Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Talented Tuesday~ There's No Place Like Home

Painting By Louisa Duff Mitchell

Louisa Duff Mitchell was born at Woodside of Delgaty, Aberdeenshire Scotland on the 1st of February 1836, she married  Alexander Imlah on the 3rd of March 1859 at Woodside of Delgaty. In April of 1872 Louisa, Alexander and 5 children sailed to America, They traveled on the  sailing vessel  SS Moravian which when nearing the coast of Newfoundland struck a rock and began to leak badly. Rescue vessels took off the women who could be persuaded to leave, the men remaining aboard to assist in manning the pumps. Louisa Mitchell Imlah elected to stay with her husband and young family, together they stayed on the ship which was eventually able to proceed to port and deliver the remaining passengers safely.

The Imlah's came on to Oregon and the Willamette valley where Alexander found work on the farm of Colonel James Nesmith in Polk County. Later he worked for John Porter near Silverton after which he operated a farm near Brooks, Oregon. In the late 1880's the couple purchased a farm which was located on the east bank of the Willamette River about a mile below Wheatland from Louisa DuRette. This was their home during the remainder of their lives, Alexander died May 17, 1914, and Louisa July 17 1915.

The painting above was done by Louisa Mitchell Imlah of the home she and Alexander shared at Woodside Of Delgaty.

I want to Thank Mike Imlah, Great Great Grandson of Alexander Imlah  and Louisa Duff Mitchell for sharing the photos and information contained in this post.

Louisa Duff Mitchell wife of My Second Cousin 4X removed 


  1. Thanks for sharing. I love the painting. It makes me want to walk inside the cottage and take a look around.

  2. I love the painting, the little home looks so cozy and warm. I wonder what the chances of it still being there? Thank you for stopping by :)

  3. The painting of this home speaks volumes. Having the family portrait is always such a gift. Thanks for sharing.

  4. was wondering if you could send me the picture of the house that Louisa Duff Mitchell painted. She is related to me 5 generations back. My name is Wendy May Imlah Huffman and so I would love to have that photo for my family history. You can email it to me at snuglebuny34@yahoo.com. Thanks