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Tabitha Moffatt

Tabitha Moffatt

Female 1780 - 1858  (78 years)

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  • Name Tabitha Moffatt  [1, 2
    Born 1 May 1780  Brimfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Occupation “Mother of Oregon”  [3
    Submitter 192 
    Died May 1858  [1, 2
    Person ID I22925  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 29 March 2010 

    Father Dr Joseph Moffatt, Jr,   b. 2 July 1738, Sturbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 August 1802, Brimfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Lois Haynes,   b. 4 November 1736, Brimfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Maryland? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8054  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Clarke or Clark Brown,   b. 1771, Brimfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 January 1817, William Mary Parish, Charles Co., Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Married 1 December 1799  Brimfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Children 
     1. Pherne Brown
     2. Orus Brown
     3. Manthano Brown,   b. 1802,   d. 1875, Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 29 March 2010 
    Family ID F8274  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Went on wagon train out west 1846. Married man named Brown, moved to Oregon, died 1858.
      Will has some letters.

      From Marion Durham:

      “Have you ever seen one of the copies of the letters Tabitha Moffett Brown wrote to her brother & niece about her pioneering trip across the plains on the Oregon Trail?    I have a set I could send you, if you've never seen them.   Also, if you ever get to Oregon, you can go to Forest Grove (west of Portland) & see the University she helped to found --- Pacific University.   Her original orphan's boarding house is right in the middle of the campus.... & her burial is in the Pioneer Cemetery in Salem.   She is known as Oregon's Mother of Education~ there are books all over the place which mention her. The Brown family has a big reunion every 2 years --- I think 2009 is the next one --- & I keep saying I'm going to show up there one day.    We did go to church in Forest Grove (across from the University), & met a lady who performs as Tabitha for historic re-creation occasions at schools, etc.   It was quite an amazing visit, as she & her husband drove us all the way down to Salem to see Tabitha's grave.... & we'd never met them before that afternoon!”

      Notes from Judy Davison: “Try doing a google search for Chester Moffett's sister, Tabitha Brown.  She was known as the "mother of Oregon", wife of Baptist preacher Clark Brown.  A book about this family includes some wonderfully written letters from Chester Moffett's family to his sister "Tabbe".  If you cannot find them, I'll look them up and forward to you.  I remember there were some references to other family members.” [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Original Moffat GEDCOM File, Robert and Frances Moffitt.

    2. [S2096] GEDCOM file titled “Moffatt.ged”, submitted by Katharine Gates.

    3. [S2310] GEDCOM file titled “Moffatt.ged”, submitted by Katharine Gates.



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