A. T. Smith Diary transcript 1840-1846 Index


A. T. Smith Diary transcript 1840-1846 Index


A typewritten index for all the names mentioned in Alvin Thompson Smith's diaries from 1840-1846. Some especially notable names include William Geiger, John Smith Griffin, Peter B. Littlejohn, Charles Richard McKay, John B. Mills, Abigail Raymond Smith, Harvey L. Clark (or Clarke), Henry and Eliza Spalding, Marcus Whitman, and Courtney Meade Walker.
Born in Connecticut in 1802, Alvin Thompson Smith, along with his wife Abigail Raymond, was amongst the first Euro-Americans to settle in the area on the Tualatin Plains that became Forest Grove, Oregon in the early 1840s. In his life, Smith was a missionary, a postmaster, a notable participant in the Champoeg Meetings, the builder of a 1856 house in Forest Grove that is today recognized by the National Register of Historic Places as the Alvin T. Smith House, and a contributor to an orphanage that became Tualatin Academy and later developed into Pacific University. Smith died in 1888 at the age of 85. This is one part of a collection of transcriptions of Alvin T. Smith's diaries from the years 1840-1853. The transcriptions, which are likely not identical to the diaries themselves and perhaps summarize some entries, were likely typewritten in the 1970s. The diaries are notable for their near daily entries. The original diaries are held by the Oregon Historical Society (Mss 8).


Smith, Alvin Thompson, 1802-1895

Date Created

February 9, 1840 - December 31, 1846

Is Part Of

Alvin Thompson Smith Diaries Transcript (MS.36)


Oregon--History--19th century.
Smith, Alvin Thompson, 1802-1888--Diaries.
Pioneers--Oregon Trail--Diaries.
Frontier and pioneer life--Oregon.


Forest Grove, Oregon






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