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Captain Nathan Olney

Captain Nathan Olney

Male 1824 - 1866  (42 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document


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  • Name Nathan Olney 
    Title Captain 
    Born 17 Apr 1824  Conewango, Warren, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Nathen Olney
    Nathen Olney
    "A Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Olney: An Original Proprietor of Providence, R.I., Who Came From England In 1635" by James H. Olney. Published in 1898 by the Press of E.L. Freeman & Son, Providence Rhode Island. Pages 136 & 137.
    Gender Male 
    Biographical Information At the age of 19 he arrived in Oregon by wagon train.

    He was the second settler of Wasco County, Oregon, first settler of The Dalles.

    He was elected to a number of local offices and as Justice of the Peace in 1854 he performed the first marriage ceremony in Wasco County.

    In 1854 President Franklin Pierce appointed him Indian Deputy Representative for the Oregon Territory. He held that position until 1859.

    Circa 1856 he and one of his brothers began a business trading furs in Hawaii. He built a ship for this purpose. The voyage didn't help his health issues so he sold the ship. 
    Nathan Olney Bio.
    Nathan Olney Bio.
    An Illustrated History of Central Oregon, Embracing Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Crook, Lake and Klamath counties, state of Oregon by F.A. Shaver. Published by Western Historical Publishing Company, Spokane, Washington 1905
    Census 1860 
    1860 Olney.
    1860 Olney.
    1860 US census, Fifteen Mile Precinct, Wasco, Oregon, Family Number 2061, Olney.
    Military Service U.S. Army Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Whitman Massacre
    The Whitman Massacre
    1n 1847 Doctor Marcus Whitman was thought by the natives to be responsible for a measels outbreak which killed more natives than whites. Under the guise of obtaining medicine the doctor and twelve others were killed.

    Nathan responded as a volunteer and during the resulting Cayuse war he acted as a guide for travelers and a militia scout.

    Illustration from Eleven Years in the Rocky Mountains and Life on the Frontier by Frances F. Victor. Published by the Colombian Book Company,Hartford, Connecticut 1877. Page (facing) 344.
    First Charge at the Battle of Walla Walla 1855.
    First Charge at the Battle of Walla Walla 1855.
    The Battle of Walla Walla was the longest battle 0f the Yakima War (December 7-11, 1855) Nathan responded as a volunteer. At some point he was struck in the head by an arrow. Doctors deemed it too dangerous to remove the point. Almost 11 years latter it killed him when his horse stumbled in a hole and the fall drove the point deeper into his skull.

    Illustration from; Reminiscences of an Old Timer: A Recital of the Actual Events, Incidents, Trials, Hardships, Vicissitudes, Adventures, Perils, and Escapes of a Pioneer, Hunter, Miner and Scout of the Pacific Northwest by Colonel George Hunter. Published by H.S. Crocker, San Fransisco 1887. Page (facing) 128.
    Died 28 Sep 1866  Ahtanum, Yakima, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Fort Simcoe State Park, White Swan, Yakama, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Speech for Nathan Olney.
    Speech for Nathan Olney.
    Speech at Fort Simcoe given graveside for Nathan Olney by Dr. Thomas Griffith on the occasion of the dedication of his monuments
    Speech for Nathan Olney.
    Speech for Nathan Olney.
    Captain Nathan Olney
    Captain Nathan Olney
    Speech for Nathan Olney.
    Speech for Nathan Olney.
    Nathan Olney Headstone.
    Nathan Olney Headstone.
    Nathan Olney Headstone.
    Nathan Olney Plaque.
    Nathan Olney Plaque.
    Nathan Olney Plaque.
    Siblings 3 siblings 
    Person ID I66375  Nagel
    Last Modified 13 May 2024 

    Father William H Olney,   b. 24 Feb 1792, Gloucester, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1869, Wasco County, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Charlotte Tanner,   b. 17 Sep 1795, Greenfield, Saratoga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1845, Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 18 Feb 1809  Greenfield, Saratoga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F20808  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Campbell,   b. 1811, Fort Vermilion, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Fort Walla Walla, Walla Walla, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced
    • Some sources attribute personality changes brought on by his head injury as the reason for his divorce.
    Last Modified 4 Jan 2024 
    Family ID F20809  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Twa-Wy Hol-li-quil-la,   b. 1821, Wasco County, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1917, White Swan, Yakima, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Married 23 Jan 1859  Wasco, Sherman, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Olney Marriage.
    Olney Marriage.
    Wasco County Marriage Records 1856-1883 Volume C page 3.
    Children 
    +1. Franklin Pierce Olney,   b. 7 May 1853, Wasco, Sherman, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1922, Yakima, Yakima, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2023 
    Family ID F20810  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart