Webley Hauxhurst was the first white settler on the mainland section of Bayocean Park, now known as Cape Meares. The Dictionary of Oregon History says Webley brought his Yamhill Indian wife Mary and four younger children (eight were adults by then) with him from Salem in 1867 and purchased a squatter's claim. He filed Homestead Claim # 843, but it was eventually granted to Mary because Webley died in 1874. A 1996 calendar dedicated to Bayocean by the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum (TCPM) said Webley was attracted to Bayocean because it reminded him of Long Island, New York, where he grew up. Webley's photo is from the calendar. Mary's photo is from Ruby Fry-Matson, the TCPM archivist, who also let me know that Mary's Indian name was Wat-Tiet.
|A.B.Hallock: OrHi 9824|
Oregon Historical Society
|Homestead Land Claim map pre-Bayocean, scribbles by author|
When Hallock died in 1892 his duties were transferred to Mrs. Bert Biggs according to McArthur, who noted that she was one of Webley Hauxhurst's daughter. Bigg's Homestead Claim # 3471 surrounded Pitcher Point, explaining why the coordinates provided by Sateliteviews.net and other websites refer to that location. The name of the post office was changed to Bayocean in 1909, but the 1910 Federal Census still used Barnegat to identify the precinct.
To find stories about the earlier use of the spit by Tillamook Indians, and its exploration by earlier white men, see the Index page.