“Abraham Landess, Of Eugene.
The following write-up, accompanied by a picture of this well-known pioneer of our town, appeared in Friday’s Oregonian – Feb 24, 1899.
EUGENE, Feb. 23. — Abraham Landess, of this city, who is one of the few surviving veterans of the Black Hawk War, was born in the Shenandoah Valley Virginia, Apr 14, 1809. He removed from his native state to Indiana; thence to Iowa, and in 1854 crossed the plains to Oregon, settling in Lane county, where he has since resided, with the exception of three or four years spent in Washington. He enlisted in the Black Hawk War in 1835, and remained in the service until the close of the war.
He married in Indiana, about 1844 to Miss Amanda Lavel, who died in this county in 1868. In 1871 he married Sarah A Pizer. Until about three years ago his memory was good and he was quite strong, but for some time he has been feeble. He is the father of nine children, four of whom reside in Oregon, two in Washington, two in Idaho, and one in California.” Oregon State Journal (Eugene Oregon), Mar 4, 1899, pg. 5, col. 4.
*Spelling variations – Landus, Landis, Landes, Landess. The US 1880 Census shows “A Landus” and his wife, “Sarah A. Landus living and working as a farmer in Springfield, Lane Co., OR. This article was a good reminder about looking for spelling variations for our ancestor’s name.