Bev Gillihan
LAZARUS VANBEBER — Among the many pioneers of Benton County, there are none more highly respected than this early argonaut of King’s Valley, having arrived in that beautiful place where the whole valley lay in its virginity and the feet of white man had hardly tread upon it —— his was among the first to press it. Mr. Vanbeber was born in Clayton county, Tennessee, February 27, 1807. At the age of twenty-one years he emigrated to Illinois, where he followed farming until the spring of 1846, when, with his family and mule teams, he crossed the plains to Oregon, and to Benton County, taking up his donation claim in King’s Valley, where Morris Allen, now lives. He now owns a farm of three hundred and fifty acres in the south end of the valley where he now resides.

Benton County, Kings Valley Cemetery
VANBIBER, Martha, wife of L. Vanbiber, d Nov 3, 1883; 26 yrs 8 mo.
VANBEBBER, Lazarus, Feb 27, 1802
Lazarus VanBebber, b 1807, was a son of Peter and Ellender Van Bebber. Martha, b 1805, was a daughter of James Vanbebber and Hannah Hoover. They were first cousins, both being born in Claiborne Co., TN. They lived in Macoupin Co., IL where their daughter, Almeda was born. In 1846 they valiantly headed for Oregon. It was not an easy trip and they left those following the Oregon Trail at the point where the California broke off. Then Jesse Applegate met them and said there was an easier route below Klamath Falls, OR that would get them there easier but it was not. We visited an Interpretive Center just past Grant's Pass which a brother and sister had worked on for 7 years. It was a dream of theirs and the brother built the center and they both made a short movie with local people acting the parts and explaining how rough the trail was. Signs, artifacts and dioramas covered 4000 square feet within the building. What a history lesson we learned. Lazarus and Martha continued up to Benton and King's Valley where they laid out a claim, recorded in Benton Co. records as OR Donation Land claim #5129.
Almeda married Isaac King and had 9 children. Isaac died under mysterious circumstances as revealed by a newspaper clipping. Then she married Andrew Jackson Zumwalt and had 4 more children.
Every year there is a King's Valley Reunion the Saturday after Father's Day in King's Valley. If anyone is related or would like more information I would be happy to share my holdings.
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Laura Elieff Martin Does anyone know where in Illinois he lived? He adopted a daughter shortly before his move west. Please contact me if you have any information.
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