Margaret Ann Coovert

Name: Margaret Ann Fudge Coovert
Born: 14 February 1844 / Preble County, Ohio
Died: 2 November 1873 / Dayton, Oregon
Parents: David Fudge & Catharine “Kate” Wehrly Fudge
Spouse: John W. Coovert
Married: 1866 / Preble County, Ohio
Arrived in Ore.: 1869 or 1872
  • Letha Ellen Coovert Banister (1868-1929)
  • William Alonzo Coovert (1870-1953)
  • David Asher Coovert (1873-1924)

Margaret (sometimes referred to as Marguerite) Fudge Coovert was born in Preble County, Ohio, on the 14th of February 1844. She married John Wesley Coovert in 1866. John was a Civil War veteran and served in the Union Army’s 147th Ind. Reg. Vol. Infantry.

After their wedding, the young family lived in Preble County for three years. In 1869 John travelled first to San Francisco, then came to Portland by boat. He settled on a farm in the Webfoot area, near the farm of his uncle, Abram Coovert. It is unclear if Margaret came with John at this time, or arrived in 1872 with her sister Elizabeth (wife of Johnson E. Coovert, who is also John Coovert’s uncle).

The couple had three children: Letha Ellen, William Alonzo, and David Asher. Margaret died at age 29, soon after the birth of David Asher, leaving the three small children motherless. The infant went to live with Margaret’s sister, Elizabeth.

John W. Coovert remarried twice after Margaret’s death, and died in 1920. He is buried at the Amity Cemetery in nearby Amity, Oregon. Margaret’s sister, Elizabeth Fudge Coovert Robertson, as well as John’s uncles Abram and Johnson Coovert, are buried at the Odell Pioneer Cemetery.

Sadly, Margaret’s headstone has been broken off at the base, and now rests against the base of a large tree.


“Margaret Ann Coovert, daughter of Catherine and David Fudge was born in Preble Co., Ohio, Feb 14, 1844. She was married to John A. Coovert on 25 Dec. 1866 and in Dec. 1869 she came with her husband to Oregon. As she lay dying, she gave her weeping husband directions about her children, including an infant only a few days old, and on the 2nd of Nov. 1873 she fell asleep in Jesus.”– Pacific Christian Advocate, January 8, 1874

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Reference: 1870 United States Federal Census;; Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001 [database on-line], Operations, Inc., 2014; Portrait and Biological Record of the Willamette Valley, Chapman Publishing Company, 1903, p. 626