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Kanaka FlatLogtownRuch

Maranda Ann Johnson Geary with son James Irwin

Mbhs #: 0360

Year: 1870

First Row: Maranda Ann Johnson Geary 1843-1873 with son James Irwin 1869-1958

Notes: Maranda was born in Tennessee, daughter of former slave Susannah Mask (Mathis) and widower Lewis Johnson, descended from "Jane" who was brought from Madagascar and sold by slave traders. In 1853 a large entourage of Jane's descendants came to Oregon Territory via the Applegate Trail. Once here, Maranda's mother and siblings were shunned in Jacksonville; they lived at One Horse Town aka Kanaka Flats. At age 15 Maranda married Lewis Geary. He reported that he was a wagonmaker from Pennsylvania but there is an alternative narrative that he was an outlaw. Maranda is buried at Logtown cemetery.