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 • King William I of Württemberg marries his cousin, Pauline Therese, in Stuttgart.

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 • The Siege of Antwerp ends with the Netherlands losing the city.

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 Francis Baily, during an eclipse of the sun, observes the phenomenon named after him as Baily's beads.

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.
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1840 • The Province of Canada is created by the Act of Union.

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.
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1840 Willem II becomes King of the Netherlands.

1846


May 16
Age: 32y

1849


Oct 1
Age: 36y
1849 Zachary Taylor, the 12th President of the United States of America, takes his oath of office.

1852


Sep 10
Age: 39y
1852 • The Studebaker Brothers Wagon Company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, was established.

1857


Age: 43y

moved


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 Dred Scott v. Sandford: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Blacks are not citizens and slaves can not sue for freedom, driving the country further towards the American Civil War (the ruling is not overturned until the 14th Amendment in 1868).

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
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1857 • The Dunbar wrecked near the entrance to Sydney Harbour, Australia, with the loss of 121 lives.

1860


Age: 46y
1860 • Spanish victory (under General Leopoldo O'Donnell, 1st Duke of Tetuanat) at the Battle of Tétouan, In the 1880s the first world war began.

1880


Age: 66y
1880 Cologne Cathedral is completed, after construction began in 1248, 632 years earlier.

1886


Jul 6
Age: 72y
1886 Charles Hall files a patent for his process of turning aluminium oxide into molten aluminium.

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