William Jory (1828-1924)

Father: James Jory Sr.
Mother: Mary Stephens

1828 – William is b. on Sept. 20 in St. Cleer Parish, Cornwall, England & is baptized on 16 Nov 1828 at Saint Clear, Cornwall, England.

1830 – April 3, left England on an old lumber ship named the Restitution with his family & took 8 weeks & 5 days to get to St. Johns, New Brunswick, Canada.

1830 – June 4, arrived in Canada & farmed in poor soil. Later they decided to move to St. John, New Brunswick where James Sr. used his skills as a mechanic.

1836 – Oct. 25 or 31, Sailed to NY on the Mary Elizabeth because they wanted to cut through the Erie Canal in search of fertile farming land in Northern Canada.

1836 – Nov. 7 left NY.  Changed their minds about Canada & instead headed for Missouri on a ship called the Franklin. Took 6 weeks & 5 days to get to New Orleans.

1836 – Nov. 28, traveled from New Orleans to St. Lewis MO. On a steam boat named the George Collier.

1836 – Dec. 11, they arrived at New Orleans just before Christmas.

1837  – They were shocked that blacks were treated as slaves and decided to move across the river to Pittsfield, Pike County, Illinois in the fall of 1837 & buy a farm of 40 acres part prairie & part timber.

1840 – The family is living at Spring Creek Township, Pike County, Illinois.  The Budds and John Fenn newly married to Mary Jory lived nearby.

1846 – brother, James Jr., married & bought the original farm of 40 acres at or before this time, while James Sr. moved to a farm at Mt. Sterling, Brown Co. about 40 miles away. The Jory’s were doing well financially, however James Jr. was afraid of Malaria which was prevalent in the county.  He talked his entire family to move to Oregon, except Henry.

1847 – In spring they went west on the Oregon Trail. William thought it was the happiest summer of his life. James Jory Jr. agreed to meet his father & brothers at Independence, but was unable to locate them when he got there.  He went on without them & the families reunited at Umatilla.

1847 – They arrived in Oregon City on Dec. 25. They spent the winter there. Next they came up the valley to Mission Bottom where they spent a year or more working and looking for a place to settle.  William moved to a farm south of Salem with his parents.

1849 – Before going to the gold fields William helped James Jory Sr. build a log cabin. Then he promised to share some of his money with his father.

1849 – William traveled to California on March 12 to look for gold.  He borrowed passage money from his brother and with a small pig on his shoulder, a few clothes under his arm, with snow a foot deep, he started north for Salem.  At Milwaukee he boarded a small brig for San Francisco, a city of tents, and traveled up the Sacramento River to American river, where a party of Salem friends was encountered.  They were finding gold, so William was persuaded to stop. Scarcity of fruit and vegetables caused scurvy to appear in the camp towards fall, so William Jory and his friends decided to return to Oregon for a time.  They sailed             north on a sailboat from San Francisco. They had a little trouble crossing the Columbia River bar, but finally made it. He returned with $1500.  He shared a little of his money with his father. (Also on the trip were John Fenn, James Jr. & Thomas Jory.)

1852 – May 20, William took a donation land claim.  His daughter, Ada, says that William’s brothers staked their claims right away, but William worked at Lake Labish for a little while first.  At the beginning he had 320 acres, but later in life increased his farm to 500 acres.  80 acres of the farm was planted with fruit. He annually gathered a rich harvest of fruit.

1852  – ca. Apparently William was harvesting grain on land that is now Wilson Park in front of the State Capitol.  I assume that it belonged to him.

1856 – William married Jane Eliza Moore on Sept. 9 in Marion Co., OR.  Jane was b. on July 7, 1839 in Toronto, Quebec, Canada. Her parents were Christopher & Eliza (Crawford) Moore, both natives of Ireland.  They came to Canada with their parents when they were very young and remained there until they crossed the plains with ox teams in 1852. Jane’s family lived on an adjoining farm. William & Jane went to the Methodist Church.

1858 – Ella Editha is b. on Jan. 15 in Salem, Marion, OR.

1860 – Walter H. is b. on March 19 in Marion Co., OR.

1860 – An article gives this explanation for the name “Battle Creek.” (I think it is different from another story given by James Jory Jr.)When Walter was a baby, the Calipooia Indians, and the Molalla Indians had a battle across the creek, which runs through the park.  Some of the Indians came to the house for help being wounded and wanting help.  Mrs. Jory took the baby, Walter, and went to the Thomas Jorys who lived in a log house on Bates road in the Rosedale area. The creek has been called Battle Creek ever since.

1860 – census records show William living in Salem, Santiam Precinct, Marion Co, OR. He is farming.  His wife is from Canada.  Also living there are his wife, Ella & W.

1864 – Ada Estelle is b. on April 24, in Marion Co., OR.

1870 – census records show William Jory living at Salem, South Salem Precinct, Marion Co, OR.  He is a carpenter.  Also living there are his wife, Walter, & Ella.

1873 – Edwin Anson is b. on June 12, 1873 in Salem, Marion Co., OR.

1880 – census records show William living in South Salem Precinct, Marion, OR.  He is a farmer.  Also living there are his wife, Walter, Ada & Edwin.

1887 – Jane dies on Sept. 5 in Salem, Marion Co, OR of heart disease & is buried in the Salem Pioneer Cemetery. She was highly respected by all who knew her.

1900 – census records show William Jory living at Sidney Precinct, Marion, Oregon. Birth date appears to be wrong.  He is a farmer.  He is widowed.  Also living with him are Walter, Ada, Edwin & Edwin’s first wife, Joanna.  It says that Edwin is a gold miner.

1924 – William dies on April 11 in Salem, Marion, Oregon & is buried in the Salem Pioneer Cemetery. He lived on his homestead two miles southwest of Liberty until he died. He was a very ambitious worker & admired by many for his friendliness toward others.

Story told by William about early pioneer days:  He and his younger brother were on their way to Oregon City mills with a wagon load of wheat to be ground into the year’s flour at the Pudding River. The river was swollen with no bridge.  Undaunted, they swam the oxen. A tall tree had fallen across the river, and on this they carried their load, sack by sack, and finally taking the wagon over piece by piece, putting it together on the other side, reloading, they proceeded on their way.



By Esther Nihlen Smith about her Uncle Bill’s home in 1919

Esther is a a niece of William – Salem, OR

There’s a trail by a creek that is winding

Its way thru a place I still see.

A house that has held happy memories.

It was built by a man called Jory.

The inside of this house is old fashioned.

Wall paper all faded and gray.

But nought can compare with

Those days I spent there.

In fact ‘twas the making of me.

The “Lone Maple:” ranch ah the memories.

In my visions I still can see

A pear tree that swayed in the breezes,

Battle Creek rippling gently

I can yet hear child’s voices in glee.

What’s that! Do I hear bob-whites calling

And “Lone Maple” still swing and sway.

Oh beautiful God given memories

May I hold them forever and nye (or Aye)

So when life’s full of pain

Down thru memories lane,

I’ll meet true friends the

best I’ve ever known.

And we’ll wander at will

Where the “Lone Maple” still

Guards the old Jory home.


(The lone maple was actually planted over the grave of daughter, Ella Editha Jory, at the time of her death)

1. Ella Editha Jory was b. Jan. 15, 1858 in Salem, Marion, OR & d. Aug. 31, 1862 in Salem, Marion Co., OR. First she was buried at home and a “lone maple” is planted on her grave & later she was moved to the Salem Pioneer Cemetery.

2. Walter H. Jory was b. March 19, 1860 in Marion Co., OR & d. May 25, 1932 in Salem, OR.  Buried at the Salem Pioneer Cemetery. Member  of the Elks. Residence was Main & Summer Streets.  Unmarried & living in the family home most of his life.

3. Ada Estella Jory was b. April 24, 1864 in Marion, OR & d. Aug. 25, 1932 in Salem, Marion Co., OR.   Residence at the time of death was 425 Fawk Ave. Salem, OR. Buried at the Salem Pioneer Cemetery. Unmarried & living in the family home most of her life.

4. Edwin Anson Jory was b. June 12, 1873 near Salem, Marion, OR on the donation land claim of his father, William Jory south of Salem, OR located on Jory Hill Road near Joryville Park & d. Aug. 11, 1957 in Salem, Marion, OR of cancer. Buried at Salem Pioneer Cemetery.  He was a farmer & orchardist.

Edwin first married on April 3, 1896  to Joanna (Josie) Snyder.  (I have Bible records that state April 13, 1897). They were married at The Girand, in Portland, OR. At the time both of them were from Portland, OR. Josie was born in January 1870 in Maryland. (1900 census)  Her parents were also born there.  (The 1920 census says they were all born in Virginia.)  Then Edwin & Joanna went to Alaska during the time of the great gold rush.  On January 22, 1898, the Daily Oregon Statesman printed an article about them being in the Klondike.  It states that Edwin used to be a farmer in the red hills south of Salem.  Joanna was one of the few newspaperwomen in the Alaska Territory, and people back home in Salem admired her for her bravery in undertaking the trip.  One obituary described Edwin as a horse-trader with the Eskimos.

Victor Jory’s daughter, Jean, states that Edwin lost money to a claims speculator in a failed horse business in Skagway.  About Feb. 23, 1902 he decided to return to Salem and farm again.  Joanna didn’t want to leave the North.  She stayed in Canada and ran a boarding house called the 60 Below Bananza, near Dawson City.  She became pregnant after Edwin’s departure. She wanted to convince Edwin that he was the father of her baby.  Victor was born in April of 1903, but he celebrated on Nov. 23(1902) every year because Joanna switched the birthdate to 9 month after Edwin’s departure. Victor’s children think that George de Lion may have been the father of Victor because there is an old transcript of a Yukon court case in 1903 where George accused Joanna Jory of breaking down his door and threatening to “torment and murder” him unless he gave her $5000.

They were back in Salem by 1900 according to census records, living with Edwin’s parents in the Sydney precinct of Marion County, OR.  (Discrepancy in records)  Edwin’s occupation was a gold miner.  According to divorce papers Josie Jory returned to the Northwest Territory in about Feb. 5, 1901 without Ed’s agreement and they remained separated. Edwin A. and Josie Jory were divorced 8 November 1902. Josie did not appear in person at the divorce hearing.  Dawson City was then a Gold Rush Camp. Josie must have returned to Salem.  The Capital Journal States that Victor attended Rosedale Elementary School until he was about 10.  Joanna died Dec. 21, 1953 at Pasadena CA & was buried at Hemmet CA.

Second Edwin marriage Grace Emma Goode on June 29, 1907 in Salem.  She had been born in Phillips County KS 23 October 1879, and had come to Salem with her parents in 1893.  She d. Aug. 16, 1961 in a Salem nursing home, buried in the Salem Pioneer Cemetery.  Her sister was Estella Mae Goode who married Edward Edwin Moore. (These are Joy Berg’s grandparents.)  Grace attended Morningstar Methodist Church.  She was also a historical activist and philanthropist. She had a 40 year membership in the Chemeketa Chapter of the DAR and was a member of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.  She furnished one room of the Newell home at Champoeg which the DAR was restoring and also provided a parlor set for Bush House Museum. Her address at the time of her death was 425 E St. NE Salem, OR.

On 2 May 1910, Ed Jory (age 36) and Grace Jory (30) were living in William Jory’s (82) household in the Rosedale Precinct of Marion County.  Victor Jory was NOT enumerated. Ed and Grace were shown as being married three years.

On 15 January 1920, Ed. A. Jory (age 46, born in OR) and Grace Jory (49, KS) were living in the household of William Jory (91, England) in the Rosedale Precinct of Marion County OR.

In 1952 Edwin and Grace Jory donated 26 acres of the William Jory land claim in the Rosedale district south of Salem to the South Salem Area Chamber of Commerce for development as a park.  The Chamber deeded the land over to the Marion county Park and Recreation Commission and was developed as a county park named Joryville Park.

Edwin died just after celebrating his golden wedding anniversary, Aug. 11, 1957.  Residence at the time of death was 425 E. Hoyt St. Salem, OR. He lived in Salem all his life except 4 years when he went to Alaska prospecting for gold.  His profession was that of a farmer and for many years he raised prunes in the Red Hills about seven miles south of Salem. Member of the Elks.

*Victor Edwin Jory was b. April, 1903 in Dawson City, Alaska, then a gold rush camp & d. in Santa Montica CA of a heart attack on Feb. 12, 1982.  Victor celebrated his birthday on Nov. 23, 1902 because Joanna was trying to convince Edwin that he was the father. Edwin had left the Yukon in Feb. of 1902.  See above.

He was cremated & the ashes were given to a friend or relative. His parents were divorced just before he was born.  He attended Rosedale School in south Salem until he was about 10.  He probably lived with his mother.  His height was 6’ 1 ½.”

Victor and “His family (probably with his motherJoanna.) moved to Pasadena CA when he was a teen-ager. He later moved to Vancouver BC where he attended high school and won the province’s amateur light-heavyweight boxing title.  He attended the University of California at Berkeley for one year and then joined the Coast Guard where he was an outstanding wrestler and boxer.  He studied theatre at the Pasadena Community Playhouse where he made his acting debut at age 18”. (about 1920.)  

On 2 January 1920, Victor Jory was living with his mother in an apartment house on East Colorado Street in Pasadena CA.  His mother was shown as J. S. (Joanna Snyder)  Jory, head of the household, age 46, widowed, and she, her father and her mother were all born in Virginia.  Her occupation was landlady of the apartment house.  Victor Jory was her son, age 17, single, born in Canada, his father born in Oregon and his mother born in Virginia.

On Dec. 23, 1928 (relatives say Dec. 21, 1927, but I think they are wrong) he married actress Jean Inness of Cleveland, Ohio & later was to appear with her in many stage roles. She was b. Dec. 18, 1901 in Cleveland, Ohio & d. of cancer on Dec. 27, 1978 in Santa Monica CA.  Her maiden name was Jean Spurney and her parents were Dr. Albert F. Spurney & Pauline J. Sykora.  Inness was her stage name. They were married for 50 years and 4 days.

He became a well known movie and television star. He was a veteran bad guy of dozens of movies and a taciturn stage actor for more than 60 years starting in 1918 at the famed Pasadena Community Playhouse. He was also a director, had his own radio show, wrote plays, and sang. He lived in New York, Los Angeles, Oregon, and Canada during his lifetime.

Victor Jory died of a heart attack 12 February 1982 in Santa Monica CA. at age 79.  He was survived by his son Jon, his daughter Jean Jory Anderson of Logan UT, and four grandchildren.

His memory is preserved with a star on the sidewalk in the Hollywood Walk of Fameat 6605 Hollywood Blvd. It is about 4 blocks east of the Chinese Theatre on the north side of Hollywood Blvd. near Whitney St in front of Venice Restaurant.

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