Basil was the first white baby in Jackson County--but he wasn't born here.
At Jacksonville, O.T., Mrs. CYNTHA, consort of Philip Dairy, formerly of Quincy, Ill.
Sacramento Daily Union, November 7, 1853, page 2
Manzanita Precinct, Jackson County, Oregon:
Wm. Wright, 60, farmer, born Ireland
Jane Wright, 62, born Ireland
Susan Wright, 34, born New Jersey
B. B. Derry, 8, born Oregon
Patrick Ivery, 31, farm labor, born Ireland
Saml. H. Claughton, 25, farm labor, born Missouri
Jane Claughton, 19, domestic, born Missouri
U.S. Census, enumerated July 25, 1860 Wright lived on today's Kings Highway, Medford.
William Wright, 70, farmer, born Ireland
Jane Wright, 72, keeping house, born Ireland
Basil B. Deary, 18, laborer, born Oregon
U.S. Census, enumerated July 25, 1870
Basil Derry, formerly of this place, but more recently of Chico, Cal., is back on a visit.
"Local Brevities," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 24, 1877, page 3
For Eastern Oregon.
This week quite a number of our people started for Eastern Oregon after their interests in that locality. We note among them the following persons: Wm. Ralston, Lon. Ralston, Jas. Elkins, Basil Derry and Mr. Parrish.
State Rights Democrat, Albany, April 23, 1880, page 3
Basil Derry, who has been engaged in ballasting the railroad track, informs us that one train has been dispensed with until further orders.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 15, 1884, page 3
Mr. Den Driscoll, B. Deary, and Mr. Moon of Lone Tree Creek are in town. Mr. Driscoll has just finished haying, having cut and stacked 200 tons.
Idaho Avalanche, Silver City, August 13, 1887, page 3
Phoenix was well represented yesterday, B. Derry, Wm. Dougherty, Mr. Albright and Jas. Brown being here at the same time.
"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 4, 1884, page 3
Basil Derry, a former resident of Jacksonville, returned from the north yesterday. He was welcomed by his many friends.
"Personal Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 1, 1890, page 3
In the early springtime of 1852 the families began to come. First Mrs. Lawless then T'Vault family, Ambrose, Dairy, Hopwood, Griffin, Rice, Angel, Evans, McCully & families were all here by July 1852 to settle on the farms located the previous fall.
Mrs. R. M. McDonough and Elizabeth T'Vault Kenney, letter of November 26, 1899.
Pleasant Valley Precinct, Owyhee County, Idaho:
Mary J. Deary, 47, widow, born New York, parents born in Ireland
Basil Deary, 16, born Idaho, father born Illinois, mother New York
Isabelle Deary, 15, born Idaho, father born Illinois, mother New York
Gertrude Deary, 13, born Idaho, father born Illinois, mother New York
John Deary, 12, born Idaho, father born Illinois, mother New York
Cynthia Deary, 5, born Idaho, father born Illinois, mother New York
Basil Deary Sr., 48, born March 1852, brother-in-law (of Mary), farm laborer, born Oregon, father born Tennessee, mother Illinois
U.S. Census, enumerated June 18, 1900
Jordan Valley Precinct, Malheur County, Oregon:
Basil B. Dairy, 52, born Oregon, stock farmer, parents born Illinois
U.S. Census, enumerated April 15-19, 1910
Basil Deary and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mumford were the last of the circus crowd to get home, coming in Tuesday evening.
"Jordan Valley," Malheur Enterprise, Vale, Oregon, September 1, 1917, page 5 This may be Basil's nephew.
MAR. 22, 1852
AUG. 27, 1918
Some interesting features are gleaned from the association's old records. It develops that Mrs. Mary Louisa Stanley, daughter of Col. Ross, well-known figure of early days, was the first girl of white parents born in Jacksonville, and the second girl to be born in the county. Basil Dairy was the first boy born in Jacksonville, the date being March 20, 1853, the second boy being James McCully, whose birthday was Aug. 27, 1853.
"Pioneers Hold Annual Meet, Elect Officers," Medford Mail Tribune, September 16, 1921, page 1
First Jackson County Baby--FIRST WHITE CHILD BORN JACKSON CO.
At the recent pioneers' meeting at Ashland it was stated that the first white boy born in Jackson County was Basil Derry, who was born March 20, 1853 [sic]. This apparently is a mistake. For the Gore family of Medford have family records to show that Walter S. Gore of this city was born December 3, 1852, the son of Emerson E. Gore and Mary E. Gilmore Gore, and one of ten children. This would make Walter Gore, who is now a hale and hearty resident, three months ahead of Basil Derry.--Medford Mail Tribune.
Ashland Tidings, September 28, 1921, page 3
Being a granddaughter of Col. John E. Ross and a great granddaughter of Thomas Hopwood, I deem it my privilege to sent this notice, taken from the Medford Mail of several years back:
"There has been some dispute as to the first white child born in Jacksonville, Ore. Some old timer signing himself or herself 'Pioneer' in [the] Medford Mail sets the matter straight. The statement, made at the pioneer reunion as Basil Dairy being the first white boy born in Jackson County is all a mistake. He was not born in Jackson County, but his parents came to Jacksonville in 1852 when he was a baby.
"Neither can Walter Gore claim the honor. Bruce Evans was the first white boy born in Jackson county. He was born in Jacksonville, August, 1852. All real pioneers know this to be a fact, and Mary Ross Stanley was the first white girl born in Jacksonville."
Respectfully, WINIFRED S. CANTRALL, Jacksonville, Ore., Oct. 15.
Medford Mail Tribune, October 17, 1926 Click here for more claimants to the title.
FIRST-BORN FUSS RAGING 40 YEARS
That the current controversy over who was the first white boy born in Jackson County is not new, is attested by a clipping handed in today by Mrs. Clara Barkdull of Medford. The time-yellowed clipping, which she has treasured for over 40 years, was taken from some pioneer paper published in the county, but she does not now remember the name. It reads as follows:
"To the editor: The statement made at the pioneer reunion as to Basil Dairy being the first white boy born in Jackson County is all a mistake. He was not born in Jackson County, but his parents came to Jacksonville when he was a baby; they came in 1852. Neither can Walter Gore claim the honor. Bruce Evans was the first white boy born in Jackson County. He was born in Jacksonville in August, 1852. All real pioneers know this to be a fact--and Mollie Ross was the first white girl baby born in Jacksonville, Jackson County, Oregon. (Signed) A Pioneer."
Medford Mail Tribune, June 12, 1934, page 3
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