Can you help with Jean-Baptiste McLoughlin? Immigrant Pioneers Project and Collaborative Profile of the Week

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The Immigrant Pioneers Project and Collaborative Profile of the Week Present

Jean-Baptiste McLoughlin (1784-1857)

Dr. John McLoughlin was known as the "Father of Oregon." In the late 1840s his general store in Oregon City was famous as the last stop on the Oregon Trail. He's an unconnected profile.

  1. Who were his parents?
  2. Did he have siblings?
  3. Did he have a wife and children? Let's see if we can connect him to the global tree.
  4. He was born in Canada, how/why did he end up in Oregon?
  5. Did he become an American citizen?
  6. What did he do to deserve the title of Father of Oregon?

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Immigrant Pioneers Project

The lure of free land offered by The Homestead Act of 1862 and the sale of public lands brought settlement to the west for people looking for a new life and new opportunities. The most spectacular burst of settlement occurred between 1881 and 1885, when 67,000 settlers took up homesteads in the Dakota Territory alone. European immigration fed these booms. Many Irish moved to Nebraska, Minnesota, and the Dakota Territory. Germans continued to migrate by the thousands to Kansas, Nebraska, Dakota, Minnesota, and Texas. From 1865 onward, tens of thousands of immigrants came from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, and the number increased yearly until 1882, when 105,362 arrived.

The Immigrant Pioneers Project was created to highlight the profiles of the people who came from other countries to help settle the American West.

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WikiTree profile: John McLoughlin
in Requests for Project Volunteers by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
edited by Chris Whitten

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Parents, well, at least their names!: from Dictionary of Canadian Biography (

McLOUGHLIN, JOHN (baptized Jean-Baptiste), physician, fur trader, and merchant; b. 19 Oct. 1784 near Rivière-du-Loup, Que., son of John McLoughlin, a farmer, and Angélique Fraser, daughter of Malcolm Fraser*; d. 3 Sept. 1857 in Oregon City (Oreg.).

by Bob Jewett G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Anne B
Thank you Bob, Would you like to add profiles for them? You can orphan them.
Done ... there's also wife and kids further down in that article ... will add those now.

And, woo hoo, his wife's profile already existed with parents and some grandparents.
Yes!!! Now he's connected to the "Big tree" Excellent. Thank you
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I added a source for the 1850 Census and his place of burial from FindaGrave along with pictures and a background from Wikimedia Commons.
by Alison Andrus G2G6 Mach 4 (46.8k points)
edited by Alison Andrus
Thanks Alison. Love the background, just the sort of thing I would have added.
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I just added information from his  will. Would someone like to add a couple of paragraphs of detail about his career?
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
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Father:  needs updating

Mother:  needs updating

Grandfather:  Colonel Malcom Fraser:

I edited Colonel Fraser's profile with the documentation.
by Janne Gorman G2G6 Mach 3 (34.1k points)
Thank you for the extra information

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