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Re: Robert Thompson Day, 1847-1892
Posted by: Leslie Slape (ID *****0097) Date: January 29, 2013 at 00:10:20
In Reply to: Robert Thompson Day, 1846-1892 by Leslie Slape of 8715

I have been able to locate updated information Robert T. Day, from his own autobiography printed in the Oregonian in 1892.
Robert Thompson Day was born in 1847 in Tazewell County, the son of Joshua Milman and Adeline Harry Day. When he was 15 years old he joined the Confederate Army and served in the 16th Virginia Cavalry, Company I.
He came to Missouri, where his parents had moved, around 1866 or '67. He married Elizabeth Pattey around 1871 and they farmed in Missouri, Kansas and then Idaho, where his parents had moved. (The information about him working in Alabama was incorrect. The same newspaper where I found that misinformation also had the wrong year of death.)
His father died in 1887 and Robert moved his family to Cowlitz County, Wash., in 1888. They settled in a logger's shanty on the north fork of the Lewis River and tried to make a living at farming and logging.
Robert and Elizabeth had five children: William (1872-?), Dexter (1875-1912), Walter Tom (1877-1964), Hattie (1883-?) and Frisco (1885-1910)
Robert's name is the missing spot, 81-102, in the Day Book under Joshua M. Day. I believe the reason his name was removed is because he was hanged for murder on June 3, 1892.


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