This is the story of Tabitha Moffat Brown and how she came to be named by the Oregon legislature “the Mother of Oregon”. It is also the story of three generations of women who crossed from Missouri to Oregon on the Oregon Trail, along with a passel of other family: sons, husbands, brothers, daughters, and so forth. Tabby kept an unusual pet, I admit it had me intrigued and kept me turning pages to learn how it was faring. Tabby was in her sixties and lame in the 1840’s when her eldest son, Orus Brown, persuaded the family to head west to the rich farmland of the Willamette Valley. Not to be left out, Tabby joined forces with her brother-in-law, John Brown, a sea captain eighteen years her senior, to outfit their own wagon and head west too. The crossing would be grueling, they were in the mountains at the same time as the Donner party, and hardship would test their mettle. A full account of life on the trail is given. Arriving in Oregon Tabby faced many challenges, including what she would do next. Quite a lot as it turns out. The whole family is involved in the story, including a link to a famous painting made even more so by a recent Pulitzer Prize winning work of fiction. Jane Kirkpatrick did her usual painstaking research bringing a wealth of historical detail to the story of this intrepid woman and her family.— Deon Stonehouse
Drama, Adventure, and Family Struggles Abound as Three Generations Head West on the Oregon Trail
When Tabitha Brown's son makes the fateful decision to leave Missouri and strike out for Oregon, she refuses to be left behind. Despite her son's concerns, Tabitha hires her own wagon to join the party. Along with her reluctant daughter and her ever-hopeful granddaughter, the intrepid Tabitha has her misgivings. But family ties are stronger than fear.
The trials they face along the way will severely test Tabitha's faith, courage, and ability to hope. With her family's survival on the line, she must make the ultimate sacrifice, plunging deeper into the wilderness to seek aid. What she couldn't know was how this frightening journey would impact how she understood her own life--and the greater part she had to play in history.
With her signature attention to detail and epic style, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites readers to travel the deadly and enticing Oregon Trail. Based on actual events, This Road We Traveled will inspire the pioneer in all of us.
About the Author
Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A Light in the Wilderness and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have been finalists for the Christy Award, Spur Award, Oregon Book Award, and Reader's Choice awards, and have won the WILLA Literary Award and Carol Award for Historical Fiction. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.