Peggy Baldwin lives in Portland, and is a librarian and professional genealogist doing research for clients. She is a descendant of four lines of Oregon Trail pioneers and an Oregon history enthusiast. She graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Business Administration and has a Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Oregon. She also attends annually the Institute of Historical and Genealogical Research at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, taking courses in advanced genealogical research methods.
Louis Southworth (1829–1917)
Louis Southworth came to Oregon in 1853, a time that was less than hospitable to African Americans. Most people who traveled the Oregon Trail by wagon were from the nation’s midwestern and border states, and many hoped to avoid the conflicts caused by slavery. Slavery was not legal in Oregon, …