The Sequalitchew

May 2005

Fifth Edition

President: Roxanne Woodruff
Vice President: Judy Bridges
Secretary/Treasurer: Roger Newman

Spring Meeting

Our meeting this spring is scheduled for Sunday May 15th, 2005 at the DuPont City Hall 303 Barksdale Ave. DuPont, WA 98327. Our speaker will be Rick Keller-Scholz who will present a first person presentation of the life of Washington pioneer and entrepreneur, William Winlock Miller. At our Break time there will be some snacks. A raffle for any donated items will also be held. Bring your thoughts, ideas, and histories and join us for a wonderful afternoon.

At our Break time there will be some snacks and a raffle for any donated items will be held. Bring your thoughts, ideas, and histories and join us for a wonderful afternoon.

We meet bi-annually (May and October generally) at the DuPont City Hall and on occasion at the DuPont History Museum 207 Barksdale Ave DuPont, WA 98327 Our $5.00 dues are collected each spring. If you know someone who might be interested in joining, please pick up an application.


Another one of my wonderful internet cousins, Neil Ray, who has web pages on the Sinclair and other related histories, sent out an invitation for the Red River Descendants Reunion. He states the following:

“Our web site is now up and running and all the information regarding the Red River Descendants Reunion (formerly HBC Reunion) to be held in August 2005 at Lower Fort Garry can be found on the site. The address is The registration kit and the pertinent registration forms can be downloaded from this site. I would urge you to register early as space is limited and I know they will be going fast. Look forward to hearing from you. Any questions regarding the kit can be sent via the email address on the web site. The web page will be updated on a regular basis so please visit it often.”

Neil Ray


VANCOUVER — In the early days, the Hudson’s Bay Company kept its cemetery “about a gunshot to N. of fort, in a fertile upland meadow greatly beautified by wild flowers & trees in flower,” says an 1833 account.

A few years after the U.S. Army arrived in 1849, “The graveyard became gradually almost obliterated,” says another account.

Today, the site has blended into the modern-era, 366-acre Vancouver National Historic Reserve property, which includes the re-created Hudson’s Bay fort, Pearson Field and Vancouver Barracks military buildings dating to World War I.

Next week, an Army colonel will meet with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians to discuss what, if anything should be done about the former burial ground. The meeting follows the inadvertent discovery in August 2003 of human bones on the Reserve grounds.

Officials concluded those bones had been moved previously, and, after an investigation under the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the remains were interred elsewhere.

But a tribal committee meeting with the Army officer wants to make one thing clear, Gerald Reed of the Umatilla Tribe said.

“We don’t want them digging up graves,” said Reed, co-chairman of the culture/elders committee with the Affiliated Tribes. “That’s a historic cemetery as far as Indians are concerned.”

About 200 people were buried in the Hudson’s Bay cemetery between 1829 and 1855. Many were of Native American or Native Hawaiian lineage, but also French Canadians and Europeans, including a son of Chief Factor John McLoughlin, who was essentially chief executive officer for Hudson’s Bay in the Northwest. Many of those interred lived in Kanaka Village, a community of about 1,000 workers serving Hudson’s Bay Company on the west side of the fort walls.

“It was a very diverse group,” said Doug Wilson, National Park Service archeologist for the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Wilson and others are reluctant to say where the cemetery was located, convinced that artifacts robbers will use the information to dig up graves.

“We want to protect the site,” Wilson said, though he acknowledged buildings, and even a road, may be covering some graves.

Nevertheless, "We do think it's important to recognize there was a cemetery there," perhaps with a plaque, he said.

Allan Brettman: 360-896-5746 or 503-294-5900;
©2005 The Oregonian


Hi Folks! This is just an “early bird” reminder that this year’s Queen Victoria’s Birthday Celebration is coming up on Saturday, May 21st. We hope you can join us as the royal subjects of Fort Nisqually celebrate the birthday of her Royal majesty, Queen Victoria with the firing of cannons, playing bagpipes, volleys of muskets and birthday toasts. Also this will be an opportunity to view the newly furnished Tolmie bedroom during a special dedication ceremony. Two years of research and work have gone into bringing this room back to its 1855 look. If you have questions or would like to participate in either event, please contact the fort at: 253/591-5339 or

Thanks, Peggy


By John N. Millner

Radio Shack advertises, "You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers." The following discourse poses a question or two that Radio Shack couldn’t handle, but hopefully a reader of this article somehow, someplace, sometime, might be able to help us discover the answers we seek.

At the last descendant’s meeting Roxanne Woodruff asked if I would write an article for The Sequilachew about our family’s Washington ancestry. Mulling it over I recalled that one or two of our family’s stories are just that,— stories —without a shred of documentation to back them up. Interesting, yes, but how can we determine where they started and if they are indeed true.? Well, I thought, if the story exists it had to start somewhere so why not start asking. Someone somewhere must have read or have been told the same or a similar story. We will never find out unless we start asking so here goes.

My wife, Elizabeth Millner’s great-great-grandparents, Gabriel and Keziah Jones, with children Morris, Lewis and Elizabeth were members of the 1844 party of Oregon Trail settlers led by Michael T. Simmons who established the first American settlement on Puget Sound. First known as Newmarket, the town later became Tumwater. During his twelve years residency in Tumwater, Gabriel took an active part in business and civic affairs. His name appears among those petitioning for the formation of Thurston county; He was one of the five original stockholders in the sawmill and grist mill started by Michael Simmons at Deschutes Falls; He traveled to Puget Sound Agricultural Company Farm at Cowlitz Prairie to pick up the grist wheel for the mill.

At Deschutes Falls; Gabriel served on the Grand Jury at Steilacoom, which indicted the Indians who murdered Leander Wallace outside the gate at Fort Nisqually. Gabriel made a special trip to Fort Nisqually in 1849 to pay Hudson’s Bay Co for the two cows and other goods supplied to him in 1846, one of the early hardship years he experienced at Tumwater.

After Gabriel Jones moved from Tumwater to Grand Prairie in the late 1850’s documentation of his activities abruptly ceased. Census records from that time onward list him as “County Pauper” and show him living in one or another of his daughter’s or granddaughter’s families or in a certain farmer’s household. Why? The following research notes written by my wife’s sister, Doris Williams now deceased, reveal details of an incident which was most likely the cause of Gabriel’s divergence from life’s normal patterns.

“During a hunting trip, Gabriel, wearing a coonskin, cap was lying behind a log, inching forward, stalking game. Another hunter with no view of Gabriel, seeing the moving coonskin cap, took aim and fired.” Further brief notes give indication that Gabriel was partially blinded and that he wore a silver plate over a hole in his skull for the rest of his life.

A note in the 1870 or 1880 census lends credence to Doris’s account. It reads, “Top part of his nose is missing”.

That’s it! Such an incident could not escape being documented. It exists somewhere. Where did my wife’s sister find it? Unfortunately, Doris had the habit of noting her sources on the first sheet of a group and then somehow managing to lose the first sheet. I must give her due credit though. She found the story that I have as yet failed to find.

A second question is posed by the occurrence, "Did the accident occur before Gabriel left Tumwater or after he moved to the Grand Prairie-Winlock area?" Needless to say, the author and a multitude of Gabriel’s descendants would be extremely thankful for any information that might lead to answers to these questions.

John N. Millner
11323 SE 180th Place
Renton, WA 98055

Another Big Reunion

“I thought you might be interested, we are hoping to attract descendants from various Grants, LaVattas, and their connections. The Grants hosting this are those descended from Fort Hall Chief Trader Richard Grant and the "Indian Woman at Oxford House.”

This is the same Richard Grant who married Helene McDonald, wife of William Kittson.

“The Grant reunion is scheduled for August 5 & 6 (Friday and Saturday) at Deer Lodge, Montana. We don't yet know if we are flying to Helena or Butte, whichever, we will prearrange to rent a car at the airport. We have reserved a room at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort for Aug. 4, 5, 6, & 7, maybe longer. If you are booking at this hotel, please be aware that weekend is looking very busy people are well advised to book asap.”

Anita Grant Steele

St. Paul’s Cemetery Memorial Wall Dedication/Invitation

St. Paul’s Cemetery Memorial Wall

You are invited to attend the Dedication of the Wall of Remembrance at the Pioneer Cemetery in St. Paul, Oregon Memorial Day, May 30, 2005 at 1:30 PM. This wall honors 535 early settlers and Native Americans who are buried in the Pioneer Cemetery established in 1839. There will be many honored guests including the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon including Kathryn Harrison, Tribal Elder, Maria Ramierez, Tribal Youth, and CTGR Drum Group. The Most Rev. Kenneth Steiner, Auxiliary Bishop of Portland, Oregon will preside over the blessing. A reception at the St. Paul Community Hall will follow the dedication. The St. Paul Catholic Church will be open for guided tours from 12 to 1:00 P.M. and 4 to 5:00 P.M. The Pioneer Cemetery is located on Main St. /Hwy. 219 in St. Paul with parking available at St. Paul High School. This is all sponsored by St. Paul Cemetery Association and St. Paul Mission Historical Society.

We give our many, many thanks to Maureen Ernst for this contribution to our newsletter. My dream would be that we could honor our deceased here on the grounds of Ft. Nisqually as well. Yes, we have less documentation and all of that argumentative type of discussions, but this place is cherished by so many as the land of their ancestors, native, Hawaiian, white, and more. God or Great Spirit, help us to preserve something of their great history.

Evelyn Bashor St. Germain-Byrnes

Evelyn Bashor St. Germain-Byrnes died Sunday, May 1, 2005. She was 97 years old, and was born January 19th, 1908, to John & Louise (Plamondon) St. Germain, in Castle Rock, WA.

She was great granddaughter of Marie Anne Plamondon, the fourth daughter of Simon Plamondon, Sr., and Veronica.

Marie Anne married Joseph St. Germain, a French Canadian. Their son, John St. Germain married Louise Plamondon, daughter of Daniel Moise Plamondon and Elizabeth Jarvis, who was Umatilla.

Evelyn attended her first tribal meeting in either 1915 or 1917. As she described it, “The first meeting I ever went to I was about six years old and that was the first meeting they had on the Cowlitz Tribe. It was a knock-down-and drag-out I will tell you.”

Evelyn served as tribal secretary of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe for 11 years, from 1964 to 1975, and on the tribal council for many years. Throughout the years, Evelyn remained focused on winning acknowledgement for the tribe.

Services will be held, or by the time most of you reach this, were held on May 7, 2005, at 2PM at the Vader Cemetery in Vader, WA, and will be conducted by Roy Wilson. The Vader Cemetery is located on the Winlock-Vader Rd.

Rod Van Mechelen had this posted on behalf of Lorraine Newberg. Thank you again Rod for your OK to add this to the newsletter.

Looking for a Picture

Does anyone have a picture of Sally Umpkane? She is John Kindred’s second wife and the ggg grandmother of Rod Van Mechelen and he would love to have a copy. Contact him at: