Jared Cecil Wilkinson was born in Richfield, Utah on July 30, 1886. Lura Thompson was born in Amery, Wisconsin on July 4, 1882. The two met in Washington state where J.C. was working with horse teams and they were married in the town of Redmond in 1909. In 1914 they moved to Peace River Crossing where there first son, William Jared, was born on November 13, 1914. Shortly thereafter the family decided to move back to Washington and settled in the Wenatchee Valley. Their daughter Ethel Lougene was born on March 17, 1917. Lura Thompson's brother Bill had come to the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush. He worked for a short time as a pilot on the Yukon River, guiding boats through Miles Canyon and the Whitehorse Rapids. After that he moved to Fort Selkirk and began prospecting and mining on the nearby Selwyn River. Bill Thompson invited the Wilkinsons to join him and they arrived in Fort Selkirk in 1917. Not finding much gold on the Selwyn River, the family settled at Fort Selkirk where J.C. trapped in the Winter and did odd jobs during the Summer. The Wilkinsons' second son, Byron Edwin (Eddie), was born in Fort Selkirk on March 19, 1919. In 1927, the family moved to Plateau Mountain near the MacMillan River, just below Russell Creek, where Jared continued to be a trapper. On June 14, 1940, the family left the MacMillan River for the Pelly Farm, located six miles west of Fort Selkirk along the Pelly River. There, they pursued a life of trapping, hunting, farming, and guiding until 1954 when they sold the farm and moved to Pelly Crossing, where they lived at the site of the old Pelly Roadhouse. In 1956 Ethel met Andy Porterfield, whom she was to marry a few years later. In 1957 Jared ran boats for the topographical survey crews. In 1958 the family left the Yukon to live in Edgewood, British Columbia. From 1962-1964 Jared worked as a logger and farm hand in B.C. In 1964 Jared and Eddie returned to the Yukon and to the Pelly Crossing area where they farmed, hunted, and trapped. J.C. and Lura returned to the Yukon in 1967 and settled with their sons near Pelly Crossing. Ethel remained in B.C. for the rest of her life, only returning to the Yukon for a holiday. Lura died in 1970 and J.C. died around 1976. In 1976 Jared and Edwin moved to Lansing, an abandoned settlement near the confluence of the Stewart and MacMillan Rivers. Edwin was killed by a bear at Lansing in 1977, Jared died in a car accident in Whitehorse in 1980, and Ethel died in B.C. in 1985.