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 • The Daoguang Emperor succeeds the throne of the Qing Dynasty in China.

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 Dade County, Florida, is formed.

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 • The Washingtonian Temperance Society is founded.

1846


May 16
Age: 32y

1849


Oct 1
Age: 36y
1849 Zachary Taylor refuses to be sworn in office on a Sabbath. Urban legend holds that David Rice Atchison, President pro tempore of the United States Senate is President de jure for a single day.

1850


Sep 24
Age: 37y

1852


Sep 10
Age: 39y
1852 Antioch College was founded. Its first president was Horace Mann.

1856


Feb 28
Age: 42y

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


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 Kuala Lumpur, the future capital of Malaysia, is founded as a tin mining settlement.

1860


Age: 46y
1860 • The world's first ocean-going (all) iron-hulled and armoured battleship, the (British) HMS Warrior, is launched.

1870


Age: 56y

1880


Age: 66y
1880 • A big earthquake struck Zagreb and demolished everything including the Zagreb Cathedral.

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.

1892


Dec 30
Age: 79y
1892 • Master criminal Adam Worth is captured in Liège, Belgium during an attempted robbery of a money delivery cart.

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