Jesse D. Walling

Born in Ohio in 1816; moved to Illinois and thence to Iowa, where he was residing in 1847. Came across the plains in that year in a large company led by Captain Davidson. On Christmas of the same year settled in Spring Valley, Polk County, taking a donation claim, which is still possessed by his family. In 1849 Mr. Walling went to California and mined for a short time. Was married in Illinois in 1839 to Miss Eliza A. Wise, a native of New York. The children resulting from this union numbered fourteen, of whom thirteen survive. Mr Walling died in 1870. His widow resides on the donation claim in Spring Valley.

Source: Lang, H.O. 1885. History of the Willamette Valley. Portland, OR: Geo. H. Hines, Book & Job Printer.

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