I am looking for a connection between the Ownbey/Owensbees that homesteaded in Benton Co. OR then moved to Union/Wallowa Co. I have census information for some descendants of a Nicholas Ownbey/Owensbee that came from NC in 1845 via MO to OR. Then, sometime in 1875, they all moved to Eastern OR where several by this name live even today. My ggfather, Virgil was possibly born somewhere here in 1886. His wife, Alice Woods, also. There son, my gfather, was born in Joseph and raised in Enterprise before moving to Hood River where he married my gmother, Dorothy Olinda Sparks in 1943. She died a few years later and he remarried at least twice. He died in 2000 in Sandy, OR.
I am still missing information to connect the settlers with this family though both lived in the same area only one generation apart.
Does someone have information that could fill in the missing gap? Please let me know.