RANSOM A. BELKNAP-The subject of this sketch, one of the pioneers of Benton county, was born in Hart county.
Kentucky, December 16, 1820, but when seven years of age he was taken by his parents to Licking county, Ohio, where
they remained eight years. His father now moving to Van Buren county, Iowa, they there resided for a like period,
and on April 27, 1847, our subject, with his wife and two children, also the families of Samuel Starr and L. D.
Gilbert, started to cross the plains with ox.teams to Oregon, where they arrived without any especial adventure
in November of the same year. After passing some time in Marysville (now Corvallis) Mr. Belknap took up his claim
on the place which now bears his name. about two miles and a half west of Monroe, and where he has since resided.
His original property of six hundred and forty acres he has increased to seven hundred and fifty, which he has
under general farming. In Mr. Belknap we have a man of sterling worth whose word is his bond, while in his dealings
with men he is n pattern of rectitude and uprightness. He married in Van Buren county, Iowa, September 29, 1842,
Mahala, daughter of Jeremiah Starr. and a native of Highland county, Ohio, by which union there have been nine
children, viz: Lucinda J. (deceased), Sarah M. (deceased), Keziah B., Webster C., Lewis Franklin (now of Salem),
Adeline and Angelina (twins), Samuel G. (deceased), Edward H. (a graduate of the Willamette University). An excellent
view of Mr. Belknap's residence will be found in this work.
History of Benton County, Oregon
Published by: David D. Fagan
A. G. Walling, Printers, Lithograohers, Ect.
Portland, Oregon 1885
Benton County, Or
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