October 29, 2022

William Albert Hockett, 1838-1918 [RG1092.AM]


RG1092.AM:  William Albert Hockett, 1838-1918

Reminiscence:  1846-1914; mostly 1846-1851

Salem, Iowa; Oregon:  Settler

Size:  One folder


The collection consists of the reminiscences of W.A. Hockett regarding his family’s journey on the Oregon Trail from Salem, Iowa to Oregon in 1847. The reminiscences, written in 1914, were based on Hockett’s memory as well as letters written by Hockett’s father. The reminiscences mention six families starting out together and some of the names mentioned include Henderson Lewelling, Spicer Tease, John W. Fisher, Enos Mendenhall, Nathan H. Hockett (W.A. Hockett’s father), and Thomas Hockett (W.A. Hockett’s uncle). He describes encounters with Indians, illness and death of members of the wagon train, and life in Oregon and California after arriving on the West Coast. Hockett returned to Iowa with his uncle in 1851 via the Isthmus of Panama. Also included in the collection is a poem by W.A. Hockett entitled, “I Ain’t Dead Yet.”


William Albert Hockett reminiscences (PDF)



The Library/Archives collections contain various other reminiscences and accounts of overland journeys.


Subject headings:

Fisher, John W., -1847

Hockett Family

Hockett, Nathan H., 1812-1847

Hockett, Thomas

Hockett, William Albert, 1838-1918

Lewelling, Henderson

Mendenhall, Enos

Oregon Trail

Overland journeys to the Pacific

Robinson, J.M., -1847

Salem (Iowa)

Tease, Spicer, -1847


Revised TMM         05-01-2008

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