Michael Plaster
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Parents
Michael Plaster
Michael Plaster
1776 - 1857
Anna Murphy
Anna Murphy
1780 - 1850
Spouse
Edith Hinkle
Edith Hinkle
1818 - 1907
Ruth Burress
Ruth Burress
1819 - 1878
Children

Michael Plaster's ancestors came from Germany, and he was a farmer and horse breeder.  He served under the company of Abraham Lincoln in the Black Hawk War of 1832, when he was eighteen years old.  Michael and Ruth Plaster, in 1857, made the 2,000 mile journey over the plains of the Oregon Trail to Brownsville, Linn County, Oregon. This was the full stretch of the trail, where pioneers followed the wide and muddy Missouri River to the Platte River.  The following is from an article on the trail:  "Those traveling to Oregon had a very tough time ahead of them...Families who were departing along the Oregon Trail gathered at small towns on the Missouri River, called "jumping off points." At this point their wagon trains would have been almost completely outfitted. The wagon, which was made of seasoned wood to withstand extreme temperatures, was hauled by four to six oxen."

1820


Age: 6y
Michael Plaster - 1820 United State Federal Census

residence


Leesburg, Loudoun, Virginia, USA ⇓
There is a John (Jno) Murphy aged 45+ living on the same page.
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1820 John Stuart Mill sets out on his formative boyhood trip to France.

1832


Apr 21
Age: 18y
Michael Plaster - Record of the services of Illinois soldiers in the Black Hawk War, 1831-32

military


Beardstown, Illinois, USA ⇓
He served in the Black Hawk War, under the company of Abraham Lincoln. Mustered out May 27, 1832. Lincoln rode a horse from New Salem to Richland Creek where neighbors had gathered to form a company of volunteer militia near Beardstown, Illinois.
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1832 Bad Axe Massacre ends the last major Native American rebellion east of the Mississippi in the U.S.

1836


Jun 23
Age: 22y
Ruth Burress - Oregon, Biographical and Other Index Card File, 1700s-1900s

marriage


Ruth Burress
Schuyler County, Illinois, USA ⇓
"Schuyler County Illinois I Do hereby Certify that I Did Join to gether in Marriage Michel Plaster & Ruth Burrass on the 23 day of June 1836" signature of the justice of the peace is difficult to make out.
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1836 Rio-Grandense Republic is proclaimed in South America.

1838


Mar 22
Age: 24y
1838 First Anglo-Afghan War: British and Presidency armies set out from Punjab in support of Shah Shujah Durrani's claim to the throne of Afghanistan.

1840


Age: 26y
Michael Plaster & Ruth Burress - 1840 United States Federal Census

residence


Township 66, Lee, Iowa Territory, USA ⇓
Michael and Ruth (Burress) Plaster are living with their oldest daughter Ann Marie Plaster, who is about one or two years old.
1 Source ⇓
1840 Joseph Strutt hands over the deeds and papers concerning the Derby Arboretum, which is to become England's first public park.

1840


Age: 26y
Michael Plaster & Ruth Burress - 1840 United States Federal Census

residence


Township 66, Lee, Iowa Territory, USA ⇓
Michael and Ruth (Burress) Plaster are living with their oldest daughter Ann Marie Plaster, who is about one or two years old. On the next page is a 20-30 year old Joseph Burris.
1 Source ⇓
1840 Louis Agassiz publishes his Etudes sur les glaciers ("Study on Glaciers", 2 volumes), the first major scientific work to propose that the Earth has seen an ice age.

1843


Jan 10
Age: 29y
1843 • In Barbados, Samuel Jackman Prescod is the first non-white person elected to the House of Assembly.

1846


May 16
Age: 32y

1849


Oct 1
Age: 36y
1849 • French troops occupy Rome; the Roman Republic surrenders.

1852


Sep 10
Age: 39y
1852 • President Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed a new constitution for the French Second Republic.

1856


Feb 28
Age: 42y
1856 • The Second Opium War between several western powers and China begins with the Arrow Incident on the Pearl River.

1857


Age: 43y

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Oregon ⇓
They were pioneers on the Oregon Trail, that connected Missouri to Oregon, and was about 2,000 miles long. In the "Oregon Biographical Index", it mentions that Ruth Burress and her husband Michael Plaster traveled to Oregon in 1857 from Gentry, Missouri over the plains. This photo is not of them, but of some travelers from that time period. See gallery for more info on the Oregon Trail: https://johnsonfamily.talldude.net/ruth-burress-124/gallery/oregon-trail/all
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1857 France and the United Kingdom formally declare war on China in the Second Opium War.

1857


Age: 43y

moved


Oregon ⇓
The Plasters were pioneers on the Oregon Trail from Missouri to Oregon, a journey of 2,000 miles. In the "Oregon Biographical Index", it mentions that Ruth Burress and her husband Michael Plaster traveled to Oregon in 1857 from Gentry, Missouri over the plains. This photo is not of them, but of some travelers from that time period. See gallery for more info on the Oregon Trail: https://johnsonfamily.talldude.net/ruth-burress-124/gallery/oregon-trail/all
2 Sources ⇓

1880


Age: 66y

1880


Age: 66y
1880 Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza signs a treaty of protection with the chief on the large Teke tribe and begins to establish a French protectorate on the north bank of the Congo River.

1886


Jul 6
Age: 72y
1886 • The Mount Tarawera volcano erupts in New Zealand, resulting in the deaths of over 150 people and the destruction of the famous Pink and White Terraces.

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