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Simpson, Alfred Henderson
BORN: 30 Jan 1841 DIED: 11 Apr 1904 BURIED:  ~ English Cemetery
BIRTH PLACE:  Lawrence Co., Arkansas
DEATH PLACE: Independence, Polk Co., Oregon
1900 OR CENSUS - Hend Simpson, age 59, occupation teamster, b. Jan 1841 in Arkansas, enumerated with his wife of 39 years, Martha E., age 58, mother of 6 children 4 of whom are living at the time of the census, b. Mar 1842 in Arkansas, along with Fain A. Simpson, age 17, b. Oct 1882 in Oregon, and mother-in-law Sarrah (sic) Sebring, age 75, mother of 10 children 8 of whom are living at the time of the census, b. Apr 1825 in Tennessee
OSBH DC (Polk County 1904) #446 - Alfred Henderson Simpson, male, farmer, married; b 30 Jan 1841 in Lawrence Co., Arkansas, d. 11 Apr 1904 in Independence, Oregon at the age of 63 years, name of father Rice William Simpson (b. Georgia), maiden name of mother Rebecca Lasiter, informant Reuben H. Simpson of Monmouth, Oregon. 

BIOGRAPHICAL: (Source - Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley, Oregon, "Henderson Simpson", Chicago, Chapman Pub. Co., 1903, pg 735):
HENDERSON SIMPSON. Another name to be mentioned among those of the early pioneers from the Mississippi valley is Henderson Simpson, who came to Oregon in 1845, in company with his parents, growing to manhood among the privations incident to the life of the first settlers in a new country. He is now retired from the active duties of life and makes his home upon the ranch which he purchased near Airlie, Polk county.
The father of Henderson Simpson, Rice W., was born in Tennessee, reared in Alabama, and on attaining manhood he removed to Arkansas. In 1845, he followed the example of the many other inhabitants of the Mississippi valley and sought a home in the west, crossing the plains by the route known as the Meeks cut-off, the greatest difficulty experienced on the journey being the lack of water. During the winter of 1845-6 he made a home for his family on Tualatin plains, after which he located near Luckiamute, Polk county, where he remained for one year. In 1847 he removed to Washington, locating seventeen miles above Vancouver, on the Columbia river, his removal from this place being brought about by the report of the discovery of gold in California, whiter he repaired in 1849 and engaged in the life of a miner. Returning in the fall of the same year her purchased, in the spring of 1850, a ranch of six hundred and forty acres on the Luckiamute and near Airlie, Polk county, for the sum of $200. On this land he established a comfortable home, and as the years have passed by and land increased in worth it has become a valuable piece of property. The remaining years of his life were spent upon this farm, his death occurring in 1882 at the age of seventy-five years. His wife, Rebecca, also a native of Tennessee, died here in 1863, at the age of fifty-four years. She was the mother of nine children, six sons and three daughters.
The second oldest of this family of children was Henderson Simpson, who was born in Franklin county, Ark., January 30, 1841, and made the trip across the plains at the youthful age of four years. To the extent permitted by circumstances he attended the district schools in the neighborhood of his home, in his boyhood years, being trained to the useful and practical life of a farmer. Some time previous to his twentieth birthday he was engaged in farming and stock-raising, and at that age he went to Montana and was employed as a miner, after which he tried life in the sunny clime of California. For a brief period of his life he lived in Umpqua valley, and for one year in Tillamook county. In 1883 he went into the logging business, on Luckiamute river, from which he reaped the fruits of a laborious life, being interested in log contracting. In addition to his home ranch he owns eighty acres located on Rtner creek, which has not, however, been improved.
Mr. Simpson was married in Airlie to Miss Martha Faulkenberry, a native of Arkansas, whose father, Hugh, of Tennessee, started from Arkansas in 1853 to Oregon, and died while on the way. He was buried near the present site of Denver. Mrs. Simpson’s mother was Sarah Estes, also of Tennessee, and she ended her widowhood by becoming the wife of William Sebring, who is now deceased. He was born in Ohio and crossed the plains in 1844 and located in the Willamette valley. To Mr. and Mrs. Simpson were born the following children: Jefferson and Hugh, deceased; Phy, a sketch of whose life appears elsewhere in this work; David H., engaged in farming and logging near Pedee, Ore.; Lelia now Mrs. Hugh Hanna, of Independence, Ore.; Fain, engaged in the logging camp; and one child who died in infancy.
OSBH DC (Polk County 1904) #446 - Alfred Henderson Simpson, male, farmer, married; b 30 Jan 1841 in Lawrence Co., Arkansas, d. 11 Apr 1904 in Independence, Oregon at the age of 63 years, name of father Rice William Simpson (b. Georgia), maiden name of mother Rebecca Lasiter, informant Reuben H. Simpson of Monmouth, Oregon.
Henderson Simpson, who died April 10, was buried in the English cemetery, Tuesday, the funeral services being held at Airlie by Rev Haynes. Deceased was born in Arkansas, January 30, 1841. In 1860 he was married, and one daughter, Miss Leila, and three sons, Phy, Dave and Fain, all of Polk county, and his wife survive him. He moved to Oregon in 1845, and has lived on the Luckiamute most of the time since. Mr Simpson was well known throughout the county and leaves many relatives. He conducted an extensive logging business, besides farming.
Polk County Observer, Friday, April 22, 1904, 3:4
Alfred H. Simpson
1841 - 1903
(shares marker with Martha)
Saucy and Tolle Survey & Photographs
1900 OR CENSUS (Polk Co, Luckiamute, ED 176, Sheet 1B)
OSBH DC (Polk County 1904) #446
Polk County Observer, 22 Apr 1904, 3:4
PBRWV, pp 732-735
ROW: 17-6  

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