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In memory of William Daniels, my Paternal 2nd Great-Grandfather on the DANIELS branch.


  • 1870 Census Olympia, Thurston, Washington

  • 1871 Washington State Census Chehalis, Washington

  • 1875 Washington State Census Thurston, Washington

  • 1900 Census Satsop, Mason County, Washington

  • Washington, Compiled Marriage Index, 1802-1902,

  • 1885 Washington State Census Mason, Washington

  • Washington Standard, Olympia, Washington, Feb. 26, 1886

  • "Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 March 2018), William Daniels, 24 May 1924; citing Olympia, Thurston, Washington, reference , Bureau of Vital Statistics, Olympia; FHL microfilm 2,022,224. Image 2240 [Link]

  • Masonic Memorial Park website

  • New York State Dept. of Health Marriage License #3861, Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York, 1929. (Show relationship to son, Percy).

  • William Daniels gravestone [Link]

  • 1860 U.S. Federal Census Soap Creek, Benton County, Oregon
  • 1870 U.S. Federal Census Snohomish, Washington
  • 1880 U.S. Federal Census Mount Vernon, Whatcom (Skagit) County, Washington
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William Daniels

Oregon Trail Pioneer

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1840 Jan 2

Marion County, Missouri


1881 Nov 21




1924 May 24

Olympia, Thurston, Washington

Masonic Cemetery (Masonic Memorial Park)

Tumwater, Thurston, Washington


William Daniels was reportedly born in Marion County, Missouri on January 2, 1840, a son of Austin Daniels and Mary Ann Wilkinson. Assuming the January 2 part and his age at the time of the 1850 census (12) was correct that would mean he was born January 2, 1838.


The family went West on the Oregon Trail, arriving in Benton County in August of 1851.


William had four known brothers: Jonathan, Thomas, Harrison and Andrew, and three known sisters: Emily, Margaret and Nancy, living in their home in Soap Creek, Benton County, Oregon, in 1860 when the census was taken. By 1870, William was on his own, living in Snohomish County. In 1880, he was counted on the census in Mount Vernon, Whatcom County, Washington. He was working as a "logger", working at Ball's Logging Camp at Mount Vernon, Whatcom (Skagit) County, Washington. Ball's camp was called Ball's Landing, now called Sterling. He was a homesteader and homesteaded at least 320-acres of land in Mason County, Washington.

William married on November 21, 1881, to Eliza Bell Gale. They were counted on the Washington State Census on February 16, 1885, living in Mason County. They had one daughter at the time and their son, Percy, would be born in December that year. Sadly, Eliza died soon after, on February 13, 1886. Percy went to live with her mother for a short time, but in 1900 William and his son, Percy, lived together in Satsop, Mason County, Washington. Percy was 15 years old and soon after he took up the occupation of Sailor and sailed off to fulfill his destiny. He was living on the other side of the country when William died in 1924.

William died on May 24, 1924, at Olympia, Washington, from "Sypostatic Pneumonia". On his death certificate, his age is given as 84 years 4 months 22 days. He is buried in Row 1, Grave 4, Lot 1, Block 17 in the Masonic Cemetery (Masonic Memorial Park) in Tumwater, along with Eliza and their daughter who died at age 3.


William Daniels & Eliza Bell Gale were the parents of my ancestor,

Records, photos, and memorabilia pertaining to the life of William Daniels:

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