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William Royal diary and bible census, 1858-1864
- Royal, William, 1796-1870
- William Royal diary and bible census
- 1858-1864 (inclusive)18581864
- 0.1 cubic feet, (2 folders in shared box)
- Collection Number
- Coll 915
- Diary of William Royal (1796-1870), and notebook he used to record information about bible ownership in Portland, Oregon. Royal was a Methodist minister who came to Oregon in 1853, and who lived in Portland in the 1860s.
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
William Royal was born in 1796 in Monogalia County, Virginia (later West Virginia). He came to Oregon in 1853, and lived in Portland, Oregon, in the 1860s. Royal was a Methodist minister, and in 1864 he founded the Centenary Methodist Church (later Centenary-Wilbur Methodist Church) in East Portland; a building for the church was completed in 1867.
Royal married Barbara Ebey (1800-1890) in 1818; the couple had two sons. William Royal died in 1870 in Salem, Oregon, and was buried there.
Sources: Vital and census records on Ancestry.com; articles in the Oregonian, 1870-1939; Portland city directories from 1863 to 1868; "The Preacher Train," by Robert Livingston Casebeer, oregonpioneers.com, http://oregonpioneers.com/ThePreacherTrain.pdf
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection consists of a diary of Methodist minister William Royal and a notebook he used to record data about bible ownership in Portland, Oregon. The diary covers the period of Royal's life from 1858 through February 1862. The notebook contains the names of the heads of 808 households that Royal canvassed from April to July 1864, along with information about the number of men and women in the household, the number of people who were literate, the number of Protestant bibles, Catholic bibles, or Torahs they owned, and whether they purchased a bible from Royal, accepted a bible donation from him, or refused. The first page of the notebook includes a clipping from a November 23, 1864, issue of the Oregonian newspaper, summarizing Royal's findings.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
William Royal diary and bible census, Coll 915, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Christianity--Oregon--Portland--19th century
- Methodist Church--Oregon--Clergy
- Royal, William, 1796-1870
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