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Pioneer Memorial Cemetery ~ Murray Alfred Wade
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Wade, Murray Alfred
LAST: Wade FIRST: Murray MID: Alfred
BORN: 17 Mar 1828/1830 DIED: 26 Aug 1913 BURIED: 28 Aug 1913
BIRTH PLACE:  Lincolnville, Waldo Co., Maine
DEATH PLACE: Gervais, Marion Co., Oregon
Name of father Alfred Wade.
Maiden name of mother Sarah Gilkey.
MARRIAGE - "M. A. Wade & Jane Webb, m 23 Sep 1860; Geo. M. Abell, J. P. Wit: James & Mrs. Webb & & Sarah G. Wright #477 pg 148".
1880 OR CENSUS - A. Murray Wade, age 50, farmer, b. Maine, is enumerated with wife J. Nancy, age 40, b. Indiana, along with S. Minnie, age 19, b. Oregon, Ida, age 15, b. Oregon, L. Alfred, age 12, b. Oregon, and Frank, age 1, b. Oregon. Also enumerated with the family is a laborer, named Jim. R., age 17, b. China.
1910 OR CENSUS - Murray Wade, age 81, occupation farmer, b. Maine, is enumerated with wife Nancy Jane, age 65, b. Oregon, she is the mother of 7 children, 3 of whom are living at the time of the census, along with Ida, age 39, single, b. Oregon, and Frank, age 29, single, b. Oregon. 

BIOGRAPHICAL [the father of Murray]
(From - Steeves, Sarah Hunt, Book of Remembrance of Marion County, Oregon, Pioneers 1840 - 1860, Portland, Oregon, The Berncliff Press, 1927, Source: Mrs. W. L. Wade, 1926): 
 "Alfred Wade was born in Lincolnville, Maine, in the year 1800. Sarah Gilkey Wade, his wife, was born in Hingham, Massachusetts, September 7, 1803. Mrs. Wade died in 1896 at her home in North Salem. Alfred Wade and his wife left their home at Lincolnville, Maine, and started for Oregon by water, via Cape Horn. They arrived at Portland and made their way to the Parkerville mills, on Pudding river. From there they moved to Salem, locating in the north part of the town, where they kept a hotel on North Liberty street. Most of the workers in the old woolen mill boarded at this hotel in those early days. During the great flood of 1861-62 the street in front of their hotel was a raging torrent. The house was on slightly higher ground and the family watched houses, household goods and stock go by. Even this family felt it necessary to move to a still higher elevation and as they entered a skiff at the edge of their porch to do so, they saw a wooden pail of eggs float by right side up. With Mr. And Mrs. Wade, as they came around the Horn, were the son, William L. Wade, and one daughter, Sarah G., who afterward taught school in Marion county, at Parkerville. Another daughter, Mary, was drowned in Maine before they left there. The other children were: William L., Murray A., Sarah G., who married a man by the name of Miner. Alfred Wade died at Salem, Oregon, November 4, 1874. The Wades were descendants from the Mayflower pilgrims and were made of the same heroic mettle as those pioneers of the bleak eastern Massachusetts coast of 1620."

(Source - The Centennial History of Oregon, pg 61): 
"Murray A. Wade was born in Maine in 1829, a son of Alfred and Sarah (Gilkey) Wade. The father was also a native of Maine and lived there until 1858, when he came to Oregon by way of the Isthmus of Panama and settled in Marion county, later removing to Salem, where he died at the age of seventy-two years. The mother was a native of Massachusetts and she died in Salem, Oregon, at the age of ninety-three. They were the parents of four children, of whom only Murray A., of this review, survives. The others were: a child who was drowned at the age of one and one-half years; Sarah G.; and W. L.
Murray A. Wade started out in life for himself at the age of fourteen years by going to sea as a sailor, which occupation he followed until he was twenty-four years of age. He studied navigation under John Mederkin, of Maine, who later was a representative in congress. On the vessel he filled the position of mate, and since he was qualified as lunar observer, being one of the few in the United States who at that time were fitted for the work, he was a great assistance to his captain. He made voyages from Rangor, Maine, to different ports of Europe and America, and he has visited almost all of the ports of the latter country. He left the ship in1853 on account of certain disadvantages in the work and was employed for fourteen years in a machine shop in Boston. At the end of that time he came to Oregon on board a packet ship, by way of Nicaragua, and settled in Marion county. He bought one hundred and sixty acres of land on which he still resides. During his early days in Oregon he lived in a log house and experienced various privations in common with his fellow pioneers. He now owns three hundred and seventy-five acres of finely improved land, two hundred acres of which is under a high state of cultivation.
In 1860 Mr. Wade was united in marriage with Miss Jane Webb, a native of Indiana and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Webb, who were married in that state in 1844. The parents crossed the plains and at first settled in Oregon City, where they lived two years. Subsequently they took up a donation land claim of six hundred and forty acres near Parkersville, where they resided until their deaths, the mother dying at the age of seventy-four and the father at the age of eighty-six years. To them thirteen children were born, those still living being: Mary; Jane, now Mrs. Murray A. Wade; Tobisa; Harriet; Mrs. D. Skeen; Annie: Margaret; Frank; Daniel and Lucinda. Mrs. and Mrs. Wade were the parents of seven children: Minnie, who taught school for thirteen years and is now the wife of Andrew Sigman of Marion county, Oregon; Ida, who also engage in teaching school for several years and is now at home; Frank, at home; Sarah, deceased; Malinda, at home; and Lincoln and Christina, deceased.
Mr. Wade is a republican in his political views but is without aspiration for office, preferring to give his time and attention to business affairs. Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Grange. He and all his family are zealous members of the Christian church. As Mr. Wage in his first position, on account of his faithfulness and ability, became a valued mate for the crew of his vessel, so in a larger sense his worthiness and energy have made him a valued man in his community".
Murray A. Wade, a respected and prosperous farmer, living two and a half miles east of Gervais, suffered a paralytic stroke Tuesday morning, August 26, 1913, and died shortly after.
Mr. Wade was born March 17, 1830, near Lincolnville, Maine. In 1855 he came to California via the Isthmas. Two years later he came to Parkersville, Oregon. In 1860 he married Jane Webb, a native of Indiana, who crossed the plains with her parents in 1847.
He is survived by his wife, a son Frank Wade and daughters Ida Wade and Mrs. Minnie Siegmund, all of Gervais.
The funeral services were held at the home at 10 o’clock Thursday and burial took place at the Pioneer cemetery. [newspaper clipping, not cited]
Murray A.
Saucy Survey & Photographs 
Marriage Records of Marion Co., Oregon, Vol. I, pg 27
1880 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., Gervais, ED 84, pg 105A)
1910 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., Gervais, ED 210, sheet 1B)
Steeves, Book of Remembrance, pg. 296
The Centennial History of Oregon, pg 61

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