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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Espy Family of Oysterville


The Espy Family of Oysterville

Author/historian Sydney Stevens says, “I often feel that the Espy family and Oysterville are so inter-related it is hard to know which has had the greatest influence upon the other.”


R.H. Espy Family, 1895.  R.H. Espy co-founded the village/town of Oysterville, Washington.  He's sporting the beard.  For history of family, click here.







For a walking tour of Oysterville, WA, click here.

When I asked my cousin Beverly Espy Dayries if she had discovered anything about the Espys of Oysterville, she e-mailed this:

Many many years ago I checked the book Oysterville out of our library and read it beginning to end. It is a very interesting, informative, and enjoyable book. I'm almost sure that Willard Espy gives ancestry background in the book and names the common ancestor. By that I mean he names an ancestor our line goes back to. I think that what happened is some of the children of our Espy ancestor who came to America split up, like one brother heading north and another south. The book is very interesting in that the brother who headed north - either he or a descendant went on the Oregon Trail, winding up in Oysterville. Our ancestor is the one who came south. I recall that I felt like when you read Oysterville, you learned much of the history of America and that our Espy ancestors represented much of our country's background. I think the book even told of some Espys who moved to Mexico after the War Between the States because they did not want to take The Oath when the War ended. If you like such reading you might want to see if you can find the book on the Internet or the library. Willard Espy's Oysterville makes for very good reading, in my opinion.    

To order a copy, click here.





Could my love for raw oysters be drawing me nearer to my Northwestern ancestors??? 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for directing me to your blog on The Espys of Oysterville, Washington. Very nice article. .....But ohhhh - those oysters!! They looked so good. I remember Daddy eating raw oysters. I also remember when visiting Headland and staying with Aunt Frances, I went to see Granny one morning to find her on that side porch - eating raw oysters and drinking - I think - a Pepsi! For breakfast!!! That was before I had ever tasted a raw oyster. That was not to come until I married, moved to Metairie, LA, and had dinner with Bud's aunts, his father, and Bud. A fairly formal meal - and raw oysters served in individual small bowls as an appetizer. I didn't dare let on that I had never eaten a raw oyster. I thought I would die putting the first one into my mouth. But, I learned to love them right away. Bud and I enjoyed them for several years. But after the warnings about problems from eating them, even Bud won't eat a raw one now. However, Carolyn's husband John does still eat raw oysters.



I haven't eaten at Hunts for many many years. Bud and I must go there some day.



Beverly