Family History

Family History
The following is the most accurate genealogy page that I have been able to research from multiple sources, including personal and family rememberances, the Splawn Family Bible (currently with Homer B. Splawn), several newspaper/periodical articles, library research, and data from a several other sources, most notably KA-MI-AKIN -- written by A. J. Splawn and published by his widow after his death in 1917. Although a large portion is currently under construction, this page also includes internal links to interesting historical summaries and accounts which I think you will find interesting. Comments, corrections, or any other information can be e-mailed to me at carpentg@ix.netcom.com. Also, if you are interested in receiving a copy of the book KA-MI-AKIN, e-mail me and I can give you the information where you can purchase a copy of this historically significant work.

For reasons I cannot explain, this page--and others I have made--are best viewed with Microsoft Internet Explorer. I guess it's another reason Bill Gates is the richest man in the world. "Thanks" from all the techo-peasants, Bill!

 

SPLAWN - McGINNIS - CARPENTER
GENEALOGY

SPLAWN - CARPENTER Genealogy:
...1 John SPLAWN
      +Sebrey (aka Sibra; Sebrina; or, Sevret) (last name unknown)
       ...2  Moses SPLAWN (c 1775 - after 1820 in NC)
              +(abt 1793) Nancy (last name unknown)
       ...2  Isaac SPLAWN (1779 in SC - 1853 in Daviess County MO)
              +(abt 1803) 1st Wife: Elizabeth WOOD
              +(20 Dec 1836) 2nd Wife: Mary Magdaline CLINE
                ...3  Sebrina SPLAWN (1805 in Jefferson County TN - after 1870 in Daviess County MO)
                ...3  Martha SPLAWN (18 Apr 1807 in Jeffreson County TN - after 1860 probably Grundy County MO)
                ...3 Jonathan SPLAWN (1813 in Bedford County TN - after 1860 probably in Linn County KS)
                ...3 John SPLAWN (1819 in Bedford County TN - 1856 in Dade County MO)
                ...3 Lucinda SPLAWN (6 Jan 1821 in Bedford County TN - 26 Aug 1899 in Daviess County MO)
       ...2 Mayberry SPLAWN (1780 in SC - before 1850 in Daviess County MO)
              +Jane (last name unknown)
                ...3 Rosa Ann SPLAWN (c 1805 probably TN - ?)
                ...3  Moses SPLAWN (c 1809 in TN - 6/28/1850 near Ft. Laramie WY)
                ...3  Mayberry SPLAWN (1814 in TN - after 1880 probably in Yakima WA)
                ...3  Ellender SPLAWN (1815 in TN - before 1860 in Caldwell County MO)
                ...3  Jane SPLAWN (1818 in MO Territiory - ?)
       ...2  Stephen SPLAWN (c 1792 in SC - after 1870)
              +(1824) Sarah (last name unknown)
                ...3  Mayberry SPLAWN (1829 in Ray County MO - after 1870 probably in MO)
                ...3  Stephen SPLAWN (1832 in Ray County MO - ?)
                ...3  Charlotte SPLAWN (1832 in Ray County MO - after 1900 probably in Columbia County OR)
                ...3  Harriet M. SPLAWN (1837 in Daviess County MO - after 1872 in Daviess County MO)
                ...3  Eliza Jane SPLAWN (1840 in Daviess County MO - after 1880 probably in Cowley County KS)
       ...2   John SPLAWN (c 1783 in SC - 1 Mar 1837 Daviess County MO)
               +(abt 1800) Eleanor LEIGHTON
                ...3  Mayberry SPLAWN (1801 in TN - 17 May 1852 in the NE along the Little Blue River)

                                                            (Brother of John SPLAWN, Jr. who married Nancy Cross MCHANEY)
                       +Bethena MCHANEY (Sister of Nancy Cross MCHANEY who married John SPLAWN, Jr.)
                        ...4 Mayberry SPLAWN
                               +Nancy RIGGS
                ...3   William SPLAWN (30 Apr 1802 in NC - after 1860 probably in Grundy County MO)
                ...3  Sebrina SPLAWN (1806 in TN - after 1880 probably in Grundy County MO)
                ...3  Isaac SPLAWN (7 Mar 1812 in Bedford County TN - 20 Oct 1893 in Grundy County MO)
                ...3  John SPLAWN, Jr. (1810 in TN - 1848 in Holt County MO)(Some records indicate birthplace was Kentuky)
                       +(4 Mar 1830 in Ray County MO) Nancy Cross MCHANEY (1812 in VA - abt 1902 in Ellensburg WA)

                                                                                                             (Sister of Bethena MCHANEY who married Mayberry SPLAWN)
                        ...4  Charles Aarmenus SPLAWN (13 Sep 1831 in Clay County MO - ?)
                               +1st Wife: (1861 at Ft. Simcoe WA) Dulcena Helen THORP   (1844 in MO - 1869)
                                 ...5  Viola V.  SPLAWN (1869 in Kittitas County WA - 1897) *First white child born in Kittitas County WA

                                         +(First name unknown) SHADLE
                               +2nd Wife: (1873)(First name unknown) THORP (1851 in OR - ?) Sister of Dulcena H. Thorp
                                 ...5  Flora H. SPLAWN (14 Mar 1875 in Yakima County WA - ?)
                        ...4   George SPLAWN (abt 1833 in MO - ? )
                        ...4  Moses SPLAWN (abt 1835 in MO - ?)
                        ...4  William Lafayette SPLAWN (30 Sep 1839 in Holt County MO - 8 Dec 1921in Yakima WA)
                               +(7 Jan 1858 in Linn County OR) Margaret JACOBS (28 Feb 1842 - ?)
                                ...5  Nettie SPLAWN  *Was the first white girl born in the Yakima Valley
                        ...4  Martha SPLAWN (abt 1840 in MO - ?)
                        ...4   John SPLAWN (abt 1843 in MO - ?)
                        ...4  Elizabeth SPLAWN (abt 1848 in MO - ?)
                        ...4  Andrew Jackson SPLAWN (31 Jul 1845 in Holt County MO - 2 Mar 1917 in Yakima WA)

                               +1st Wife: (1872) Mary A. DAVERIN (Born in WI - 1894) One child born to this union died in infancy
                               +2nd Wife: (24 Jun 1897) Margaret Cecilian LARSEN (28 Apr 1872 in Independence KS - 13 Dec 1954 in Yakima WA)
                                ...5 Andrew Jackson ("Jack") SPLAWN, Jr.  (25 Feb 1899 in Yakima WA - 17 Jul 1957 in Yakima WA)
                                       +1st Wife: Lyna Kamm
                                       +(9 Sep 1922 in Cowiche WA) Second Wife: Dorothy Margaret SYKES (? - 9 Nov 1928)
                                        ...6 Andrew Jackson ("Jackie") SPLAWN III (22 Dec 1923 - present)
                                             +(16 Jan 1951 in Yakima WA) 1st Wife: Marilyn Joan PHELPS
                                               +2nd Wife: Charlotte Schmidt
                                ...5  Homer Bayard SPLAWN (2 Dec 1910 in Yakima WA - present)
                                       +(6 Dec 1941) Mary Virginia ("Mary Vee") STERLING (Seattle WA - present)
                                        ...6 Sidney Ann SPLAWN (21 Jan 1952 in Yakima WA - present)
                                              +Scott DOLQUIST
                                        ...6  Erik Larsen SPLAWN (13 Nov 1954 in Yakima WA - present)
                                               +(Apr 1986) Peggy WHITAKER
                                ...5  Lallooh SPLAWN (24 Feb 1916 in Yakima WA - 20 May 1997 in Yakima WA)
                                       +(14 Feb 1942) Owen Oakley CARPENTER (29 Jul 1911 in Waitsburg WA - 12 May 1958 in Yakima WA)
                                        ...6  James Owen CARPENTER (28 Dec 1945 in Yakima WA - present)
                                               +1st Wife: Karlene BLADOW
                                                ...7 Kari Lynn CARPENTER (8 Jul 1971 in Yakima WA - present)
                                                ...7 Todd James CARPENTER (12 Dec 1974 in Glendale CA - present)
                                                       +Lori DYSON (13 Dec 1974 - present)
                                                        ...8  Jada Lynn CARPENTER (22 Mar 1995 - present)
                                                        ...8  Izabel Shiana CARPENTER (6 Oct 1997 - present)
                                               +2nd Wife: Linda Marie WOOD (3 Jul 1948 in Seattle WA - present)
                                        ...6  Gerald Carl CARPENTER (18 Mar 1948 in Yakima WA - present)
                                               +(31 May 1975) Janet Sue SUTHERLAND (28 Feb 1947 in San Diego CA - present)
                                                ...7  Jeffrey Michael CARPENTER (26 Nov 1976 in Austin TX - present)
                                                ...7  Jason Matthew CARPENTER (21 Feb 1980 in Anchorage AK - present)

McGINNIS - CARPENTER Genealogy:
                ...3  Henry Washington MCGINNIS (3 Jul 1855 in IL - ?)
                        +(5 Apr 1882) Estrella (last name unknown)(23 Oct 1857 in IL - ?)
                        ...4  Veva MCGINNIS (15 Apr 1886 in Sprague WA - ?)
                        ...4   Nelle MCGINNIS (23 Nov 1882 in Sprague WA - ?)
                                +(3 Jun 1906) Forrest CARPENTER
                                ...5   Gordon CARPENTER (1 May 1908 in Waitsburg WA - ?)
                                ...5   Owen Oakley CARPENTER (29 Jul 1911 in Waitsburg WA - 12 May 1958 in Yakima WA)
                                        +(14 Feb 1942) Lallooh SPLAWN (24 Feb 1916 in Yakima WA - 20 May 1997 in Yakima WA)

                                        ...6  James Owen CARPENTER (28 Dec 1945 in Yakima WA - present)
                                               +1st Wife: Karlene BLADOW
                                                ...7 Kari Lynn CARPENTER (8 Jul 1971 in Yakima WA - present)
                                                ...7 Todd James CARPENTER (12 Dec 1974 in Glendale CA - present)
                                                       +Lori DYSON (13 Dec 1974 - present)
                                                        ...8  Jada Lynn CARPENTER (22 Mar 1995 - present)
                                                        ...8  Izabel Shiana CARPENTER (6 Oct 1997 - present)
                                               +2nd Wife: Linda Marie WOOD (3 Jul 1948 in Seattle WA - present)
                                        ...6  Gerald Carl CARPENTER (18 Mar 1948 in Yakima WA - present)
                                               +(31 May 1975) Janet Sue SUTHERLAND (28 Feb 1947 in San Diego CA - present)
                                                ...7  Jeffrey Michael CARPENTER (26 Nov 1976 in Austin TX - present)
                                                ...7  Jason Matthew CARPENTER (21 Feb 1980 in Anchorage AK - present)

MCHANEY - COLLINS - SPLAWN - CARPENTER
GENEALOGY

...1  Terry MCHANEY
      
+Sara Hubbard LUCK
      
...2 Andrew Jackson MCHANEY (c. 1784 in VA - c. 1856 in Daviess County MO)
              
+(11 Dec 1804 in Pittsylvania County VA) Mary COLLINS (c. 1787 in VA - c. 1862 in Daviess County MO)
                                                                                                                        (Daughter of
Thomas COLLINS and Elizabeth CRADDOCK)
                ...3   Christina Evans MCHANEY (c. 1805 in VA - ?)
                       +
(15 Nov 1823 in Boone County MO) John B. WOOD
                ...3   Bethena Collins MCHANEY
(c. 1806 in VA - 26 May 1889 in Yakima WA)
                                                                          (Sister of Nancy Cross MCHANEY who married John SPLAWN, Jr.)

                       +
(20 Oct 1826) Mayberry SPLAWN (1801 in TN - 17 May 1852 in the NE along the Little Blue River)
                                                                                       (Brother of John SPLAWN, Jr. who married Nancy Cross MCHANEY)

                ...3   Matilda Anderson MCHANEY (c. 1808 in VA - after 1880 in Daviess County MO)
                       +(c. 1826 in MO) Samuel MCDOW
                ...3   Elizabeth Crollie MCHANEY (c. 1811 in VA - ?)
                       +(29 Apr 1829) James STONE
                ...3  Nancy Cross MCHANEY (1812 in VA - abt 1902 in Ellensburg WA)
                       +(4 Mar 1830 in Ray County MO) John SPLAWN, Jr. (1810 in TN - 1848 in Holt County MO)
                        ...4  Charles Aarmenus SPLAWN (13 Sep 1831 in Clay County MO - ?)
                               +(1861 at Ft. Simcoe WA) Dulcena Helen THORP
                                 ...5  Viola SPLAWN (1869 in Kittitas County WA - 1897) *First white child born in Kittitas County WA
                        ...4   George SPLAWN (abt 1833 in MO - ? )
                        ...4  Moses SPLAWN (abt 1835 in MO - ?)
                        ...4  William Lafayette SPLAWN (30 Sep 1839 in Holt County MO - 8 Dec 1921in Yakima WA)
                               +(7 Jan 1858 in Linn County OR) Margaret JACOBS (28 Feb 1842 - ?)
                                ...5  Nettie SPLAWN  *Was the first white girl born in the Yakima Valley
                        ...4  Martha SPLAWN (abt 1840 in MO - ?)
                        ...4   John SPLAWN (abt 1843 in MO - ?)
                        ...4  Elizabeth SPLAWN (abt 1848 in MO - ?)
                        ...4  Andrew Jackson SPLAWN (31 Jul 1845 in Holt County MO - 2 Mar 1917 in Yakima WA)
                               +(24 Jun 1897) Margaret Cecilian LARSEN (28 Apr 1872 in Independence KS - 13 Dec 1954 in Yakima WA)
                                ...5 Andrew Jackson ("Jack") SPLAWN, Jr. (25 Feb 1899 in Yakima WA - 17 Jul 1957 in Yakima WA)
                                       +1st Wife: Lyna Kamm
                                       +(9 Sep 1922 in Cowiche WA) Second Wife: Dorothy Margaret SYKES (? - 9 Nov 1928)
                                        ...6 Andrew Jackson ("Jackie") SPLAWN III (22 Dec 1923 - present)
                                             +(16 Jan 1951 in Yakima WA) 1st Wife: Marilyn Joan PHELPS
                                               +2nd Wife: Charlotte Schmidt
                                ...5  Homer Bayard SPLAWN (2 Dec 1910 in Yakima WA - present)
                                       +(6 Dec 1941) Mary Virginia ("Mary Vee") STERLING (Seattle WA - present)
                                        ...6 Sidney Ann SPLAWN (21 Jan 1952 in Yakima WA - present)
                                              +Scott DOLQUIST
                                        ...6  Erik Larsen SPLAWN (13 Nov 1954 in Yakima WA - present)
                                               +(Apr 1986) Peggy WHITAKER
                                ...5  Lallooh SPLAWN (24 Feb 1916 in Yakima WA - 20 May 1997 in Yakima WA)
                                       +(14 Feb 1942) Owen Oakley CARPENTER (29 Jul 1911 in Waitsburg WA - 12 May 1958 in Yakima WA)
                                        ...6  James Owen CARPENTER (28 Dec 1945 in Yakima WA - present)
                                               +1st Wife: Karlene BLADOW
                                                ...7 Kari Lynn CARPENTER (8 Jul 1971 in Yakima WA - present)
                                                ...7 Todd James CARPENTER (12 Dec 1974 in Glendale CA - present)
                                                       +Lori DYSON (13 Dec 1974 - present)
                                                        ...8  Jada Lynn CARPENTER (22 Mar 1995 - present)
                                                        ...8  Izabel Shiana CARPENTER (6 Oct 1997 - present)
                                               +2nd Wife: Linda Marie WOOD (3 Jul 1948 in Seattle WA - present)
                                        ...6  Gerald Carl CARPENTER (18 Mar 1948 in Yakima WA - present)
                                               +(31 May 1975) Janet Sue SUTHERLAND (28 Feb 1947 in San Diego CA - present)
                                                ...7  Jeffrey Michael CARPENTER (26 Nov 1976 in Austin TX - present)
                                                ...7  Jason Matthew CARPENTER (21 Feb 1980 in Anchorage AK - present)

McCRACKEN - CALDWELL - TILTON - LARSEN - SPLAWN - CARPENTER
GENEALOGY

Isabel MCCRAKEN
James MCCRAKEN
Joseph MCCRAKEN
John MCCRAKEN
(unk - abt 1817)(McCraken was a private in Capt Frederick Vernon's Company; also Capt Grigg's Company - Fourth Battalion Cumberland County  Militia 1780 [from 271 Vol 6 Pennsylvannia Archives 5th Series]).  (ALSO: "I hereby certify John McCraken was a private in Captain James Patton's Company - Fourth Battalion Cumberland Company Militia 1780." [from public records in Pennsylvannia State Library - 7 Jun 1913])(Will probated on 7 Mar 1817; Will Book No. 3; Page 139; Washington County, PA)
+Esther SWEET
(12 Jun 1798 - 22 Feb 1873)
      ... Margaret MCCRAKEN
           +(first name unknown) BROWNLEE
      ...  Hannah MCCRAKEN
           +(first name unknown) CARRUTHERS
      ...  Sara Jane MCCRAKEN
           +(first name unknown) WILSON or Hoon TANNER (of Claysville)
      ...  Clara MCCRAKEN
           +(first name unknown) LOCKHART
    
...1 Esther MCCRAKEN
            +
(4 Mar 1818) James CALDWELL (6 Aug 1794 - 5 Nov 1836)(Son of Robert CALDWELL--who served in the Revolutionary War as a private in Capt McConnell's Company - Fifth Battalion Cumberland County PA - Dec 8, 1776 [from public records - State Library, Harrisburg PA])
            ...2  A.B. CALDWELL
            ...2  John CALDWELL
            ...2  Joe CALDWELL
            ...2  Samuel CALDWELL
          
...2  Margaret CALDWELL (27 Jun 1823 in Washington County PA - 26 Sep 1875 in Independence KS)
                    +
(Jan 1845) J.D.S.W.P. ("John") TILTON (31 Oct 1812 in Washington County PA - 4 Mar 1890 in Chicago IL)

                                                                                     (Son of
James TILTON and Annie (last name unknown))(6 Mar 1772 - 6 Jun 1856)
                    ...3  Bell TILTON   
                    ...3  Sara TILTON
                          + James GLEED
                    ...3  Alice TILTON
                    ...3  T. William TILTON    
                  
...3  Hester "Hettie" Elvina TILTON (28 Dec 1844 in Washington PA - 11 Jun 1928 in Yakima WA)

                          +
(8 Jun 1867 in Kansas City MO) John Henry LARSEN (15 Jun 1838 in Bornholm, Denmark - 7 Nov 1908 in Yakima WA)
                           ...4  William D. LARSEN
(4 Nov 1869 in Garnett KS - 11 May 1941)
                                  +Elvina (last name unknown)
                           ...4  Hester L. LARSEN
(? - 11 May 1941 in Seattle WA)
                                  +Joe WICKS
                                  ...5  Johnny Wicks (son)
                                  ...5  Joe Wicks (daughter)
                           ...4  Esper (Eosa) B. LARSEN
(3 Sep 1871 in New Chicago KS - 18 Nov 1872)
                           ...4  Lawrence H. LARSEN
(28 Nov 1875 - ?)
                           ...4  Birton Tilton LARSEN
(12 Jan 1877 - 23 May 1953)
                                  +(name unknown)
                                  ...5  Birton LARSEN
             ...5  Elizabeth LARSEN
                                  ...5  Josephine LARSEN
                                  ...5  Margaret LARSEN
                           ...4  Minnie Birton LARSEN
(13 Aug 1879 - 5 Apr 66)
                                  +James A. LOUDON
                         
...4  Margaret Cecilian LARSEN (28 Apr 1873 in Independence KS - 13 Dec 1954 in Yakima WA)
                                  +
(24 Jun 1897) Andrew Jackson SPLAWN (31 Jul 1845 in Holt County MO - 2 Mar 1917 in Yakima WA)

                                  ...5  Andrew Jackson ("Jack") SPLAWN, Jr. (25 Feb 1899 in Yakima WA - 17 Jul 1957 in Yakima WA)
                                         +1st Wife: Lyna Kamm
                                         +(9 Sep 1922 in Cowiche WA) Second Wife: Dorothy Margaret SYKES (? - 9 Nov 1928)
                                         ...6   Andrew Jackson ("Jackie") SPLAWN III (22 Dec 1923 - present)
                                                +(16 Jan 1951 in Yakima WA) 1st Wife: Marilyn Joan PHELPS
                                                +2nd Wife: Charlotte Schmidt
                                  ...5  Homer Bayard SPLAWN (2 Dec 1910 in Yakima WA - present)
                                         +(6 Dec 1941) Mary Virginia ("Mary Vee") STERLING (? in Seattle WA - present)
                                         ...6  Sidney Ann SPLAWN (21 Jan 1952 in Yakima WA - present)
                                                +Scott DOLQUIST
                                         ...6  Erik Larsen SPLAWN (13 Nov 1954 in Yakima WA - present)
                                                +(Apr 1986) Peggy WHITAKER
                                 ...5  Lallooh SPLAWN (24 Feb 1916 in Yakima WA - 20 May 1997 in Yakima WA)
                                         +(14 Feb 1942) Owen Oakley CARPENTER (29 Jul 1911 in Waitsburg WA - 12 May 1958 in Yakima WA)
                                         ...6  James Owen CARPENTER (28 Dec 1945 in Yakima WA - present)
                                                +1st Wife: Karlene BLADOW
                                                ...7  Kari Lynn CARPENTER (8 Jul 1971 in Yakima WA - present)
                                                ...7  Todd James CARPENTER (12 Dec 1974 in Glendale CA - present)
                                                       +Lori DYSON (13 Dec 1974 - present)
                                                         ...8   Jada Lynn CARPENTER (22 Mar 1995 - present)
                                                         ...8   Izabel Shiana CARPENTER (6 Oct 1997 - present)
                                                +2nd Wife: Linda Marie WOOD (3 Jul 1948 in Seattle WA - present)
                                         ...6  Gerald Carl CARPENTER (18 Mar 1948 in Yakima WA - present)
                                                +(31 May 1975) Janet Sue SUTHERLAND (28 Feb 1947 in San Diego CA - present)
                                                ...7  Jeffrey Michael CARPENTER (26 Nov 1976 in Austin TX - present)
                                                ...7  Jason Matthew CARPENTER (21 Feb 1980 in Anchorage AK - present)

INTERESTING
HISTORICAL DETAILS

John SPLAWN
    `Family records speculate that Johan Spohn arrived in Philadelphia on 23 Sep 1752, on the ship Ann Galby from Rotterdam.
     It is postulated that, to mix better with English settlers, Johan Casper Spohn likely changed his name to John Splawn. 
     On 12 Mar 1765, John Splawn received a land grant from King George the Third. The grant was approximately 200 acres on the Middle Prong of Wateree Creek in Craven County... now known as Fairfield County, South Carolina.  According to sources, the Splawn sons moved to Tennessee before 1800; the location of their first home is still called Splawn Ridge.

John SPLAWN, Jr.
    John Splawn moved early in the 1800s to northwest Missouri, where he died in 1848, in his thirty-eighth year.  John Splawn, Jr. was born in Kentucky [other records indicate Tennessee], in 1810, and was a farmer and school teacher.  He was a pioneer of Missouri and was in the Black Hawk war.

Nancy MCHANEY (Splawn)
   "Led an exceptional useful and busy life, most of her years having been spent on the frontier.  A pioneer of Missouri, three years after the death of her husband, or in 1851, she started across the Plains with ox teams, accompanied only by her five sons, Charles, eorge, William, Moses, and Andrew Jackson, the oldest being but twenty and the youngest, Andrew Jackson SPLAWN, only six.  After having courageously endured the severe trials and fortunately escaped the many dangers of this long journey, she eventually settled with her family in Linn County, Oregon, where a homestead was taken up, which for a number of years, remained the family home."   [An Illustrated History of Klickitat, Yakima and Kittitas Counties, 1904]

Charles Aarmenus SPLAWN
    [Excerpts from text, circa 1904}.  Charles A. Splawn. . . was born in Missouri. . . is a pioneer and a son of a pioneer.  He was educated and lived in Missouri, working on his father's farm until he was twenty.   Then he crossed the Plains to Oregon by ox team in 1851.  He was at Brownsville and in the Willamette valley for a while, and went thence to the Gallice creek mines, where Indians ran him out.  He ran a pack-train from Winchester, Oregon, during 1852 and 1853, and for thirty days served under Captain Martin in the war against the Rogue River Indians.  Later he was at Coos Bay, Williams creek and Grave creek, mining.  He struck a good property, but Indians drove him away.  He ran a pack-train for a time by himself, and later for the government, and at times had fights with Indians.  Then engaged in logging and cattle selling.  In February, 1861, he located in Yakima county and ran cattle until 1868, when he moved to Kittitas valley and engaged in stock raising and mining. . . was married at Fort Simcoe in 1863 to Dulcena H. Thorp, who was born in Missouri in 1844, and started across the Plains with her parents when she was only nine years old.  She was eighteen years old when married, and died in 1869.  Her parents were Fielding M. and Margaret (Bounds) Thorp.  In 1873, Mr. Splawn married a sister of his first wife, who was born in Oregon in 1851, and was twenty-two years old at the time of the wedding. . . He was appointed auditor of Yakima county, but resigned and was appointed sheriff by the county commissioners.  The next term he was elected sheriff, and served two terms.  He was also elected probate judge, and served two years.  Later he was elected county commissioner, and served two years, and for seven years he occupied the office of justice of the peace.

Dulcena Helen THORP
    Daughter of F. Mortimer THORP and Margaret BOUNDS. Her mother and the five daughters were the first white women to settle in the Yakima Valley. In the  fall of 1861, she married Charles A. Splawn.  They were married by Father Wilbur at Ft. Simcoe WA.
    F.M. Thorp was the first cattleman to settle permanently in the Yakima Valley. According to records... Thorp thrived on pioneering in a primitive country... in a text entitled "Unveiling of Thorp Memorial Monument" (15 Jun 1941). . .
        "F. Mortimer Thorp moved west with his father, Major John Thorp, to Oregon in 1844.  Thence to Goldendale WA, and then in 1861 to Moxee WA, and settled near the spot where this monument stands.  In 1867 [sic - other sources list the year as 1870], he again moved on to the Kittitas and settled on the Taeneum Creek where he lived until his death about forty-five years ago.   His granddaughter, Mrs. W.D. Bruton, is at present operating the stock ranch on old homestead near the town of Thorp, named after this sturdy pioneer family."


F. Mortimer Thorp... He Was Yakima's First White Settler
by Gary L. Jackson

    The first real settler in the Yakima Valley was F. Mortimer Thorp.  Born in Kentucky, he and his wife ventured to Polk County, Oregon, in 1844.   Born in Kentucky, he and his wife ventured to Polk County, Oregon in 1844.  As settlements thickened, the restless pioneer craving to move on possessed them, and in 1858 the family, then including nine children, left Oregon and located in the Klickitat Valley at the subsequent site of Goldendale.  In the latter part of 1860, Thorp again pulled up stakes and moved on, driving a herd of 250 Durham cattle into the Moxee.  He employed Benjamin Snelling, John Zumwalt, and A.C. Myers as herders and built them a little log cabin, the first house built in the Yakima Valley except for those of military forces and Catholic fathers.  Then, in February of 1861, Thorp moved with his family from Klickitat to the new home on the Moxee.
    The Thorp homestead was located near the bluff, across the Yakima River from the mouth of the Ahtanum.  Living first in the log cabin built for the cattle herders, the family soon constructed a better cabin, twenty-five by fifteen feet in size, and were ready to live in the generous frontier style.
    Although the Indian wars were over, the Yakima Valley was then a genuine Indian country and at times that first family on the Moxee were in no little peril.  But, Thorp was one of the boldest of men and he met all dangers with such inflinching courage as to quench them at the very outset . . .
    The first marriage of Yakima took place between Charles A. SPLAWN and Dulcena Helen THORP.  This occurred in the fall of 1861 at Fort Simcoe with Father Wilbur performing the ceremony. . .


Moses SPLAWN
    According to personal accounts of Lallooh Splawn (Carpenter), "Uncle Mose" was the person who taught her to swear.  He set her on a stump outside a ranchhouse... and taught her everything he felt she needed to know about (im)proper use of the language.  According to Lallooh, this was not true -- being the only young girl on a ranch "defaulted" her into knowing as much (or more) than she ever needed long before any instruction was offered by Moses.


William Lafayette SPLAWN
    . . . among the many worthy pioneers of Yakima county, few, if any, are more deserving of honorable mention in the history of the events and experiences of the early days than. . . Captain William Splawn.  His experiences in the new Northwest date from 1852, when he crossed the Plains from his home in Holt county, Missouri. . . he was but fourteen when he made that trip, his birth occurring September 15, 1838. . . and his life since that time has been that of the energetic, dauntless pioneer, ever ready to enter new and unexplored countries; fearless of dangers, undismayed by hardships; with a list of experiences varying from the humorous incidents of camp life amid congenial spirits to the more serious ones of encounters with Indians, wild beasts and sometimes equally wild white men, the recounting of which our limited space forbids.   It was he who fearlessly and capably led the company of Yakima volunteer soldiers into Chief Moses' country in 1878, an expedition which completely cowed that haughty warrior, and none was more active than William Splawn in bringing of retribution upon the heads of the Indians who murdered the Perkins family that same year. . . With the blood of pioneers flowing in his veins, and with the experiences he has had, it is not surprising that Mr. Splawn should take high rank as a pioneer himself and carry with him that independent, self-reliant spirit, untiring energy and generous hospitality for which he is noted.  As a boy he was among the stockmen of Oregon; in 1858 he went to California and engaged in mining in Siskiyou county, where he also ran a pack-train for some time.   Returning to the Dalles, he outfitted and packed supplies into the various mining camps then booming, among others the Cariboo and Fraser river districts, and followed this occupation for six years.  He filed a pre-emption on a quarter section of land in Parker Bottom, Yakima county, in 1864, and engaged in the stock business, which he followed there for nine years.  He then sold his pre-emption and took up a homestead, still following stock raising for some eight years on the new place.  His next move was to Yakima City, where he lived until 1889. . .
    Mr. Splawn was married in Linn county, Oregon, in 1858, to Margaret Jacobs, a native of Pennsylvania, born in 1843.  She crossed the Plains with her parents to Oregon in 1852; later met her. . . husband and was united to him in marriage at the age of seventeen. . . William Splawn is a man who has earned and will always retain the respect and confidence of his fellow citizens of the Yakima valley, and his name will ever be inseparably associated with the history of its reclamation and development.


Andrew Jackson ("A.J." / "Jack") SPLAWN
    Andrew Jackson Splawn was born in Holt County, Missouri, July 31, 1845, the youngest child of John and Nancy McHaney Splawn.  His father was a native of Tennessee and his mother of Virginia.  They settled in northwestern Missouri, where John Splawn died in 1848.
    Three years later, in 1851, when Andrew Jackson Splawn was only six years old, his mother crossed the plains with her family and settled in Linn County, Oregon, where his youth was spent until he was fifteen.  At that age he left home to accompany his oldest brother, Charles, into the Klickitat valley, Washington, where Charles had settled the year before.
    In 1861 he went to the Yakima country in Washington, where he was actively engaged in the cattle business for thirty-five years.  In 1887 he established a herd of pure-bred cattle and for many years his Herefords were blue ribbon winners wherever shown.
    Mr. Splawn helped to organize the Puget Sound Dressed Beef and Packing Company in Tacoma, Washington, the first packing plant on the coast.  Always active in the livestock industry, he served at various times as president of the Washington Live Stock association, the Pacific Northwest Live Stock Association and the Cascade International Live Stock Association.
    He went to the Washington State Legislature in 1902 as a State Senator.  In 1906, when the matter of reclamation work was first broached in Yakima, he brought the agreement among the water users which made the government work possible.   He was active in the Tieton Water Users' Association was was its first president.
    In 1901 he ran for Governor of the state on the Democratic ticket, leading a forlorn hope for his party.  When a street car system for North Yakima was proposed, to be financed by local capital, Mr. Splawn, more than any one, put the matter through and was chosen the first president of the Yakima Valley Transportation Company July 1, 1907, serving until January 7, 1911.
    He was the first mayor of North Yakima under the commission form of government, acting from 1911 to 1914.  In 1915, he went to San Francisco as Live Stock Commissioner from the State of Washington to the Pan-American Exposition.
    Mr. Splawn died March 2, 1917, in North Yakima, leaving a wife, Margaret Larsen Splawn: two sons, Andrew Jackson, Jr., and Homer Bayard; and a daughter, Lallooh. 
[Preface to the Second Edition of Ka-mi-akin, c. 1944 by Margaret C. Splawn]

MEMORIAL ADDRESS
Sixteenth Legislature of the State of Washington
by
Representative Sawyer

    "Andrew Jackson Splawn was one of the most outstanding figures of central Washington.  He was born in the state of Missouri in the year 1845, and came with his parents, to the Territory of Oregon, in his early childhood.  When not more than sixteen years old he came, with some older brothers, to the Yakima Valley of this state, where the whole of his most active life, which ended March 2, 1917, was spent
Wholly without schooling, he became one of the most successful, prominent and useful citizens of the State of Washington, finishing his worldly career as author of an exceedingly valuable and interesting historical work covering the early history of the state.  "Kamiakin" is a work of literary as well as historical worth and shows the versatility and character of the man.  He was broad and big in every way.   Early in his life he became very prominent as a stock raiser, in which activity, he continued to be a leader throughout his lifetime.
The dominant trait of the character of this extraordinary man was that of absolute honesty.  No engagement made by "Jack" Splawn could ever be questioned.   He was always deeply interested and very active in every public matter, including politics, in which he attained prominence throughout the state.  He was an uncompromising Democrat, but in the year 1902, was elected to represent his district, which was overwhelmingly Republican, in the State Senate, where he served his constituents with marked ability and signal success, and was held in the highest esteem by every member of that body.  He was utterly fearless in his actions, and ever stood like a rock for what he conceived to be right and for the good of the state and the community, regardless of any odds that might be opposed to him.
At the first primary election held in the state in the year 1908, the Democratic party placed him in nomination for Governor and he received a remarkably large vote, but not quite sufficient to elect him.  He was elected to numerous local offices, serving several terms as the mayor of the city of North Yakima.
In his nature, he was generous to a fault and was known and loved by more people in the State of Washington than any other man that I know.
Starting upon his career with unbounded contempt for the Indian, he learned through extended intercourse with them, to understand them, and to appreciate the wrongs they had suffered at the hands of the white men, and became their best friend and most potent protector against wily schemes of the unscrupulous to practice further impositions upon them.  Every Indian on the Yakima Reservation, went to "Jack" for protection and advice and he always had time to listen to them.  Not one was ever turned down or betrayed and his suggestions were uniformly accepted by them, in implicit faith and confidence.
I feel this big, broad-minded and generous man was Yakima's most useful citizen and in his untimely death, the city of Yakima and the State of Washington suffered a great and irretrievable loss."

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Margaret Cecilian LARSEN (Splawn)
 

PARENTS
:
        John Henry LARSEN served during the Civil War and was with the Missouri Volunteers -- VanHorn's Battalion -- Company A.  He enlisted in Nov 1861 and was discharged in St. Joseph MO.  It was his second enlistment during the Civil War.   He was an immigrant to the United States from Borholhm, a Danish island in the Baltic Sea.  His first job in America was in the construction of the Erie Canal.
        Hester "Hettie" Elvina TILTON.  On her mother's side, nineteen ancestors served as officers and enlisted men in the Revolutionary War, one of whom, James Wilson, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Another, Rev. James Caldwell, chaplain of a militia unit, at the defense of Springfield NJ in 1780, when gun wadding gave out, supplied hymn books saying "Now give them Watta, boys."  Another ancestor was Rev. David Caldwell, graduate of Princeton University and a member of the Continental Congress from 1776 to 1781.

James A. LOUDEN
    Elizabeth Cochrane was born in 1858 in Scotland.  Her family moved to New Zealand seven years later and worked in the dairy business.  She married William Loudon in 1878.  They had three sons: James; William; and John--all born in New Zealand.
    The young family moved to the United States in 1884 and settled in Cowiche.  The next year, Mr. Loudon died, leaving his wife, three sons, and another son soon to come (Guy was born four months later).  Mrs. Loudon moved into Yakima City, opened a store and became the postmistress.
    She married Colin Carmichael, a hop broker, in 1899 and the family moved to California with his business.  Colin Carmichael died within two years after the marriage and the family returned to the Yakima Valley, where she established the Yakima City Creamery, the area's first creamery business.  Her private recipes became Carmichael Ice Cream.  In 1911, the business moved from Union Gap to the corner of 5th Avenue and Walnut where there was an artesian spring.  Butter from the creamery exceeded all other exports from the Yakima Valley one year.
    Mrs. Carmichael died in May of 1920 after which her son James, and his wife Minnie LARSEN moved into the Carmichael House on Chicago Avenue.  James and Minnie used the ballroom upstairs for dances until the ceiling in the living room below started to crack.  James served on the Washington State Game Commission until his death in 1956.  His wife lived in the house until her death 10 years later.

The Carmichael House: Chicago Avenue is a short street off Yakima Avenue at the top end of Portia Park.  On the corner lot (2 Chicago Avenue) stands Mrs. Elizabeth Carmichael's "cottage."  The home was built in 1917 when she decided she needed a home close to her business.  The ceilings were lower than most homes built in that era and included a well-lighted entry hall with beveled glass windows and French beveled glass doors leading to a living room and the dining room.  The dining room contains a bay window seat and is still furnished with the original dining room table and chairs.  A phone booth was designed into the hallway.  A breakfast nook is off the dining room next to the kitchen.  The kitchen still contains the original large icebox and stainless steel countertops around the sink.  Two bedrooms and a tiled bath with a tub are on the main floor.  Upstairs, there are two bedrooms and a bath.   There is one large room extending the width of the house opening into a balcony over the entry way.  The room was affectionately called "The Ballroom" by family members
[Yakima: A Centennial Perspective 1885-1995]

Family History

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Lallooh SPLAWN (Carpenter)
Owen Oakley ("Carp") CARPENTER
Gerald Carl CARPENTER
Janet Sue SUTHERLAND (Carpenter)
Jeffrey Michael CARPENTER
Jason Matthew CARPENTER

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