Ellmaker family papers, 1768-2005  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Dnr
Clark, Elaine Ellmaker; Clark, Elaine Ellmaker; Ellmaker, Enos S., 1807-1890
Title
Ellmaker family papers
Dates
1768-2005 (inclusive)
Quantity
25.6 linear feet, (15 containers )
Collection Number
A 032
Summary
The Ellmakers are a prominent pioneer family who first settled in Lane County, Oregon in the 1850s following their journey across the United States on the Oregon Trail. The Ellmaker family papers include personal papers of members of the Ellmaker family; maps, drawings, and photographs; artifacts; books and periodicals; and genealogical research and resources.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

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Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Ellmakers are a prominent pioneer family who first settled in Lane County, Oregon in the 1850s following their journey across the United States on the Oregon Trail.

Originally from Rhine-Neckar region of Germany, the Leonard and Anna Ellmaker settled in the colony of Pennsylvania in 1726. The family flourished in Lancaster County, and three Ellmaker sons fought as part of the county militia in the Revolutionary War. Many of the Ellmaker's were involved in Pennsylvania and national politics, but were, primarily, farmers.

Enos Ellmaker, was born on May 15, 1807 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania to Adam Ellmaker and his first wife, Magdalena. Enos and his siblings, Ruben and Eliza, migrated from Pennsylvania to Iowa in 1837. Enos, a farmer and blacksmith, married Elizabeth Fisher Ellmaker in 1840, and together they had six children: Byron, Alice Ann, Melinda, Mary Jane, Amos Fisher, and Levi Robb. In March of 1853, Enos and Elizabeth left Iowa and began their journey west on the Oregon Trail. Upon reaching Oregon, the Ellmakers established a homestead on a donation claim of 320 acres on the Long Tom River in what would become Lane County, Oregon.

Amos Fisher and Levi Robb both continued to farm in Lane County. Amos died unmarried with no children, while Levi Robb married Frances Almeda Baker in 1881. They had three children, Reuel, Jewel Miriam, and Ulysses. Ulysses married Ruth Le Van in 1915, and had one daughter Elaine. Elaine, a school teacher and award winning nature photographer, graduated from the University of Oregon in 1938 after marrying her husband, Gordon Clark, in June of 1937.

The Clark's collection of Oregon nature photographs were also donated to the University of Oregon's Special Collections and University Archives along with the Ellmaker family papers.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Ellmaker family papers collection contains material that documents the life of Oregon Trail pioneer Enos Ellmaker and the lives of his decedents in Lane County, Oregon. This collection also contains some 18th century documents related to the Ellmakers of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Material includes personal papers of members of the Ellmaker family; maps, drawings, and photographs; artifacts; books and periodicals; and genealogical research and resources.

The personal papers series contains a variety of written and graphic materials created by Enos Ellmaker, his son Amos, Ulysses Ellmaker and his wife Ruth La Van Ellmaker, as well as Elaine Ellmaker Clark and her husband Gordon. A small number of documents attributed to other members of the Ellmaker family have been described in this series as other family papers.

The maps, drawings, and photographs series contains maps and surveys of the Ellmaker ranch and the Lane County area; 19th and early 20th century family and class portraits; 20th century family photo albums; as well as architectural plans and drawings of Ellmaker family properties.The artifacts series contains sentimental items collected by members of the Ellmaker family including common household and personal items, such as spoons and shaving razors, homespun samples, and keepsake locks of hair.

The books and periodicals series consists of works published in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Publications include religious writings, children's textbooks, novels, poetry compilations, and works focused on Oregon and the Pacific Coast. The genealogical research and resources series contains materials used and generated by Michael Ellmaker while writing his family history, The Ellmaker Chronicles. Items include photocopies and transcripts of primary sources, published memoirs and family histories, and correspondence.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Century farms--Oregon
  • Century farms--Oregon
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Oregon--Lane County
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Oregon--Lane County
  • Pioneers--Oregon
  • Pioneers--Oregon

Personal Names

  • Clark, Elaine Ellmaker

Geographical Names

  • Lane County (Or.)--History--Sources
  • Lane County (Or.)--History--Sources
  • Oregon National Historic Trail--Description and travel
  • Oregon National Historic Trail--Description and travel

Form or Genre Terms

  • Family histories
  • Family histories
  • Family papers
  • Family papers

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Clark, Elaine Ellmaker (dnr)