Information and photos compiled by Helen (McCutchen) Buell Whitworth
The goal of this site is to share information about my grandparents, James Monroe McCutchen and Mary Mirinda Landon McCutchen, and their decedents. Do check out the links I've added. These pages can tell you better than I can about things like grist mills, vigilantes at Alder Gulch, emigrant trains, the Oregon Trail, growing hops, raising wheat or logging in the Pacific Northwest.
James Monroe McCutchen: Born in Morgan County, MO on May 23, 1834. The son of a magistrate and miller, James Monroe left home in his early 20's. He made at least two trips west by the time he was 26, when the Civil War started. His adventures before he was married at age 46 included being shot in a family feud, mining gold in Alder Gulch during the time when the vigilantes were active, being caught as a spy in the Civil war--by his own side, owning a successful cross-continenal transportation company, ranching in Nevada and homesteading in Washington state.
Mary Landon McCutchen: Born in Hinesburg, VT on May 31, 1855, Mary attended a teacher's academy, taught school in Vermont for a couple of years, then she and a girlfriend took an emigrant train to Elko, NV, where she taught school until she met and married James (J M).
James Monroe McCutchen and Mary Mirinda Landon were married February 2, 1880 in Elko, NV. The couple became ranchers in Elko and had 9children in as many years, 8 of whom lived to adulthood. Six of their children eventually moved to Eastern Oregon. Some stayed some didn't. The following pages tell the stories.
In 1892, the family sold their land in Nevada and took almost 3 years to trek from Elko to Yacolt, WA.
The McCutchen Children...and their children