Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Solomon ZUMWALT

Residences & events:

St Charles Co, MO where he married for the first time.

Spring 1850 Solomon loaded the family's goods into two wagons, each pulled by eight oxen (four yokes), and headed for new territory. They also took their 3 horses and 8 head of "loose" stock.

1850/1851 Salt Lake City, UT. The family wintered there and resumed the journey on 3/9/1851.

1851 Benton Co, OR They finally arrived at their destination where Solomon took up a donation claim for 1 year.

1852 Lane Co, OR The family moved again and settled down for the next 20 years.

Nancy Zumwalt posted some Oregon history online. June 2006 Eugene’s River Road:


The Methodists had an early start in Oregon, as Jason Lee was one of the first
protestant missionaries to come to the area and established a Methodist mission and
settlement near Salem. In keeping with that tradition, the Methodists were one of the
first dominant religious groups in Eugene. The First Methodist Church was established
in 1854 in the small log home of Solomon and Nancy Zumwalt, located near the
present-day intersection of Highway 99 and Roosevelt Boulevard. Initially, itinerant
ministers led services. Reverend Noah Starr was the first regular minister to serve the
congregation while they met on the Zumwalt homestead.4 Though the congregation
established a formal church in town four years later, the early meetings were important
to the establishment of the Methodist denomination in Eugene, and the group claimed
the distinction of building the second church building in the city, which they used until
1886. This church was constructed by Solomon Zumwalt, himself, with the help of his
son and other members of the congregation."

1872 The moved to a 450 acre farm on the Mohawk River which was their final home.

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