Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
ROBERT TELFORD, a farmer residing
one mile south and a quarter of a mile west of Rocklyn, Washington, was
born in Roxburgshire, Scotland, on the old Telford homestead, which was
also the birth place of his fathers for many generations. The date
of Mr. Telford's birth was March 24, 1852. His father was Maxwell
Telford, whose father lacked only a few months of being a centenarian at
the time of his death. Our subject's mother was Grace Douglas (Hall)
Telford, who was named after Grace Douglas, the last of the clan of Black
Douglas, a familiar clan of fighters in Scotch history. She was a
daughter of the noted Robert Hall, of Scotland, and her mother was at one
time lady's maid to Grace Douglas.
Robert Telford is a member of a family originally
comprising seven children, only four of whom are now living: Mrs. Ellen
Winthrop, living in New Zealand; Robert; Maxwell, in Oregon, and
Joseph, in California.
Mr. Telford, until eighteen years of age,
attended the parish school in his native country, and in 1870 he came to
the United States with his parents, settling at Great Falls, New Hampshire.
From there he went to Boston where he ran a stationary engine, and in 1880
went to Pembina county, North Dakota, and filed on a homestead. Previous
to this, however, he spent five years in Canada, and while there was married,
December 26, 1877, to Jane Crawford, who died in Dakota on March 19, 1887,
leaving the husband and two children, Maxwell H., and John C., both living
near the home of our subject. Maxwell has since been married to Barbara
Mr. Telford was married a second time, to
Ellen Melville, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and daughter of Adam and
Isabella (Ferguson) Melville. The father is dead, and the mother is living
at the age of seventy in North Dakota. Mrs. Telford is the eldest of a
family of twelve children, eleven of whom are still living.
Mr. Telford's parents removed from New Hampshire
to North Dakota, and from there to Oregon City, Oregon, where the father
died four years ago at the age of ninety-nine years, seven months and three
days. The mother is still living there, aged ninety-eight years.
From North Dakota, Mr. Telford removed to
Puget Sound, where he divided his time among different points, and in 1898
he came to his present locality where he purchased a farm of 320 acres,
all good land, and all now fenced and well improved. He has plenty of stock
and farm implements and makes a specialty of grain raising.
Mr. Telford is a member of the Foresters,
and his wife of the Royal Highlanders. They have four children, William
Wallace, Grace Douglas, Maggie M. and Ellen Isabella.