Cover of the September 2015 of the Douglas County [Oregon] Genealogical Society's quarterly publication, Douglas County Pioneer. This cover art has remained consistant during the 2014-2015 publication dates of the "Search for Letitia Carson in Douglas County, Oregon," but this is the first digital issue of the Pioneer, and the first one in this series that is white, rather than blue -- and possibly for that reason.

The Search for Letitia Carson in Douglas County, Oregon:

Part IV. The Carsons and the Lavadours, 1868-1886

by Dr. Bob Zybach

REFERENCE: Zybach, Bob 2015. "The Search for Letitia Carson in Douglas County, Oregon: Part IV. The Carsons and the Lavadours, 1868-1886," Douglas County Pioneer, Genealogical Society of Douglas County, Inc., Roseburg, Oregon: Vol. 29, No. 3: 55-58. [PDF_1_MB]

This is the fourth in a series of articles about Letitia Carson and her life in Douglas County, Oregon. These articles are being published in whole or in part by the Genealogical Society of Douglas County, Inc. (DCGS) in their quarterly publication Douglas County Pioneer, and by the Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS) in their quarterly publication The Umpqua Trapper.

The principal purposes of these articles are to: 1) inform people and make them aware of Letitia Carson's place in Oregon history and in US history; and 2) hopefully locate people who may have the interest, time, and ability to aid in the research of Letitia's life -- and the lives of her children and their father -- from 1800 to 1922.

Note: This was the very first issue of the Douglas County Pioneer to be distributed digitally -- in the form of a PDF file attachment to an email -- rather than in print format and US Mail. That may account for a number of major editorial errors in this issue that were not so preevalent in earlier issues. Major concerns: 1) an article about the death of an African American Smokejumper during WW II was attibuted to me, although I didn't write it (this error was corrected in a subsequent issue, although my name was misspelled); 2) my own article was abruptly cut in half in mid-sentence without any explanation why or any indication that it was to be continued; 3) instead of completing my article a full-page "pedigree" of Mary Alice Bigham Lavadour was substituted without explanation or source and with a number of blatant errors that were directly contradicted in numerous places in the text. Examples include the misspelling of Mary Alice's married name as "Lavrador" and the odd claim that her stepfather (and eventual brother-in-law), was her father! Her actual father, correctly identified in the text as Solomon Bigham, has his own name misspelled as Bingham in a separate profile. An accurate (and complete) version of this article was published a few months prior to this version by the Douglas County Historical Society and can be found here:


Pg. 55. Erroneous Pedigree Pg. 57. Martha Carson Lavadour

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