Re: Washington Co. Oregon 1860: Hockett/Griffith surviving children
Hello, I have been in touch with Pete Hockett, descendant of Jesse Hockett, youngest brother of my great-grandmother, Rachael Hockett Griffith. I recently found a documentary video at my library, Cedar Mill Community Library in Washington County, Oregon. The video's title is "The Oregon Trail - One Boy's Journey". The introduction states: "In 1847, when he was nine years old, William Hockett left his home in Iowa and with his family, took the trail for Oregon. Sixty-six years later he wrote this account of his adventures." It is tagged by my library - VR 978 OR. In the video he gives the names of his father and mother - Nathan Hockett and Rebecca Mills Hockett, but gave no mention of each of the children's names. Their oldest child was my great, grandmother, Rachael. The next oldest was a boy, Solomon (I believe), William, the writer, was their second son and Jesse was the baby. Nathan died a few days before Rebecca, and is buried somewhere in the Oregon Territory,(Idaho now.) Rebecca is buried near Shoshone Falls. This left 15-year old Rachael with her three brothers to her care. A few years later, their uncle, who had traveled to Oregon with them,took the two older boys back to Iowa. Since Rachael was then married to John Griffith, she kept Jesse with her. All of above is documented in the afore-mentioned video. I am hopeful that this information will be of interest to any other descendants currently living in the Northwest.
My very best to you all,
Maxine Griffith McCormic