I found this wonderful web site OregonGold.net:
It offers this map of the area at that time.
The site gives us a good but brief history of that area in the mid to late 1800s. It's worth taking 5 minutes to read. In each of the censuses from 1850-1880 Samuel Daniels lists his occupation as Farmer. I can't help but think, however, that some kind of mining occupied his time also.
The chart at the top of this post shows that Samuel and Rebecca (Jennings) Daniels's daughter Sarah Ann (1847-1919) married William Stringer about 1864 in Oregon. The photo above is taken from Josephine County's Historical Society "Passport to History" site. You can see that the caption says "Stringer was the name of the person who first built the Wilderville Store here (Josephine County). William Stringer fought in the Indian War as part of Company B in the Second Oregon Mounted Volunteers." This is a pretty good find!
In the 1860 census at Linn, Oregon, the 26 year-old single William Stringer is living next door to his parents Bluford and Elmira Stringer. They are pictured below.
The chart below shows my relationship with William Stringer and Sarah Daniels, and specifically their daughter MARY REBECCA. Notice my full name is also MARY REBECCA (Margheim at bottom right).
It's fun to find a cousin with my name who has ties to the early mining settlement days of Oregon. If only I could interview her!