The first death in the township was that of James Moffit on July 18, 1832.
His home was near where Little York now stands. His cattle having strayed away on the prairie, he got upon a fence around a small garden spot to see if he could see them. Tripping in some way, he fell, dislocating his neck and dying soon afterwards. His widow married John C. Osborn. They moved to Oregon, and only escaped being victims of the Whitman massacre by concealing themselves under the floor of their house. The next death was also a violent one, that of William Martin, who was killed by the Indians on August 9 of the same year.
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