The Thomas Paul family left Fremont, Iowa in April of 1862 to join with an Oregon Trail caravan. They were off to realize their dreams in Washington Territory. Mrs. Elizabeth Mortimore Paul was pregnant. She had a difficult time on the trail, and around 9 a.m. on July 27, 1862 Mrs. Paul passed away giving birth to her eighth child. She was 32 years, 8 months, and seven days old.
Friends and physytions could not save
This mortal lovely boddy from the grave
Nor can the grave confine it here
When God commands it to appear
For tho it was her lot to die
Hear a mong the mountains high
Yet when gabriels trump shall sound
Among the blessed she will be found
And while she rests beneath this tree
May holy angels wach and see
That naught disturbs her peaceful clay
Until the dawning of the day.
James S. McClung
(a member of the Paul company)
Elizabeth was buried in a lovely meadow beneath a lone pine tree. August 15, 1864, Julius Merrill wrote in his diary: “Passed by a grave enclosed by a picket fence, painted white. A lovlier spot I never saw.”
Loving hands had built the fence for her during a rare pause – one day- in traveling.
The infant, named Elizabeth after her mother – died a week later. There is what appears to be a small grave with a wooden fence around it not far off HWY 89. We figure it is the grave of the infant as it would be about the right space of traveling time.
Thomas Paul traveled on to Walla Walla in Washington Territory and settled there. He died Sept. 29, 1904 at the age of 75. There is no indication that he remarried.