Lavina Florea (b abt. 1816 in KY), married (23 Nov 1837) to Preston Hamilton (b.abt 1819, KY) came west to Oregon by wagon train in 1853. There was also a Joseph Hamilton, w/ Nancy (?brother) on the wagon train.
I have no info on Preston prior to 1850 census, Kaw, MO. and possibly w/ David Hamilton in Platt Co, MO 1840.
Preston and Lavina lived in Salem OR, where Preston was a saloon keeper. They had 10 children, including my gr-grandmother Mary Elizabeth who married Martin Vanburen Kays.
Preston and Lavina are buried (no headstones,though) in the Salem Pioneer Cemetery, aka IOOF or Rural. This cemetery has a great web site, with the obituaries posted.
I would be happy to exchange information.
Marilyn (I suppose we could be cousins or some such?)
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