Important Spring 2013 Dates
Spring is always the time that we have more going on at the cemetery. We need to get things spruced up after the winter, and have everything looking good for Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and Father's Day, when we tend to have the most visitors. Starting the weekend of March 9th we will have a portable toilet on site until after Memorial Day for everyone's convenience. We rely mostly on volunteer help from family and community members, scout troops, and the Clackamas County Community Service Crew. If you or your family would like to join us sometime, there is always work to be done. From big projects like uncovering and leveling sunken monuments, to lighter work like sweeping and raking, to cleaning out engravings where your largest tool might be a toothbrush!
Here's the schedule for this spring:
Saturday March 16: Scout Project and Veteran Commemoration
Eagle Scout candidate,
Reed Burress, from Troop 194, installed new markers
for twelve veterans whose monuments are missing or perhaps have
never had one. Not having any sort of marker has made it
difficult to acknowledge them with a flag on Memorial Day or
Veterans Day. Reed has been making the markers for several
months and with the help of his troop, he got them all installed the morning of Saturday,
March 16th. Then at 1:00 PM he hosted a flag raising
and commemoration for these veterans with the assistance of the
Sherwood American Legion. Look for these new markers next
time you visit.
Saturday, May 11th: Work Day
The Clackamas County Community Service Crew came out and really hustled to get a lot of trimming done around monuments, along the fence, and throughout. We removed two problem trees, but have not gotten all the debris picked up yet. Another job for the 18th! A few volunteers came by to help and several people came to decorate monuments for Mother's Day.
Saturday May 18th: Annual Meeting and Work Day
We held the Annual Pleasant View Cemetery Association Meeting at the cemetery this year. In generations past annual meetings were often held at the cemetery so we thought we gave it a try. In spite of cold, rainy weather, we had about 15 hearty souls show up to help with trimming, cleaning, and general pick-up. At noon we took a break for some lunch and a brief meeting. Luckily we had a tent cover! We re-elected two board members, discussed past and future projects, and had two more people express interest in serving on the board next year.
If you did not get an annual meeting notice in the mail, it is
because we don't have a current address for you.
May 25 - 27 Memorial Day Weekend
Once known as Decoration Day, this is the biggest weekend of the year at Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitors come from far and wide to honor our veterans, clean and decorate family monuments, and generally pay tribute to pioneers and community members who have come before us. It's an opportunity to introduce younger family members to their ancestors and start important family traditions that connect across the generations. The weather has not been very cooperative the last couple weeks so we are scrambling to get one more mow and trim done before the weekend despite very wet conditions. If you are coming up for Memorial Day, you might want to bring a scrub brush to clean out engravings which have been growing moss and lichen like crazy lately!
All of these are names that someone was buried with at Pleasant View, so maiden names are not included here unless we have someone buried under that name. The exceptions to that are the names in black & white (Galbreath, Boeckman, and Edy). We don't have anyone by those names at PVC but we have multiple connections to those families. In parentheses is the primary cemetery where this family can be found. The Galbreaths are at Winona Cemetery in Tualatin, the Boeckmans are at Meridian on 65th near Stafford, and the Edys are at Gibbs near Sherwood.
So have fun exploring your connections and check back as the chart continues to grow in size and complexity. I wish I could make it more searchable, but I have added a list of the names that are on it below. If your name is there, you are on the chart and related by blood or by marriage to everyone else on the chart. I challenge you to find anyone who is more than six degrees of separation from the Bakers!
Names currently on this chart (and connected in some way to
every other name on this chart):
A Few Research Tips for this Site
There are two primary ways to search for people here: 1)The main alphabetical listing and the 2)cemetery map. Either way will take you to individual links to people in the cemetery where you will find whatever information we have about them. If you are researching for genealogy info, you should try the alpha list first, find what Lot they (or a close relative) are in, and then go to the cemetery map. Click on the block that contains that Lot # to see where the individual is located and most importantly, who the near neighbors are. Cemetery lots were often sold in groups of 6 or 12 (a half row or a whole row) so if the near neighbors are related, probably all 6 or all 12 for that row are relatives as well, regardless of their surnames.
People are generally filed here by the name they had when they were
buried, so women who marry - especially more than once - may not be
readily apparent as relatives. Or they may be elsewhere in the
cemetery under a married name. You can check first names and dates to
see if those match the person you are looking for. Try the
Site Search below to search by first names (or by any other term). Of course
this will be easier if you are looking for Hilda than if you are looking
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Checking the block map is especially important because it shows burials without a monument as well as those with monuments. It will also indicate who shares a monument with someone else. There are between 200 and 300 missing monuments at Pleasant View, a combination of those lost or deteriorated over time and those who never received a permanent marker. Early burials were recorded as "south half of Lot 25" or sometimes just "Lot 25", so for those without a marker, the exact location within the family plot may be an estimation. We do occasionally find missing monuments that have just sunk below the sod, and when we do, that information gets updated.
Additional Family Members
If your genealogy research is based heavily on census records (Ancestry.com, for instance), keep in mind that children who are born and die within one ten-year census reporting period will never appear in any census. The family cemetery plot is often the only place to find evidence of these additional family members who belong in the family tree.
On-going Data Management
As any researcher knows, data from different sources is not always in agreement. Even monuments carved in stone have been known to be in error! Information on this site comes from the following sources, any of which may, or may not, agree with each other or with the information you have, so you will have to use your best judgment as to its veracity:
1) Monuments - There are photos and transcriptions for each one with the date of the last survey. This next year (2013) I plan to do a full re-survey that will pick up recent monuments, new inscriptions, and monument repairs completed since the last survey date.
2) Ledger Notes - I have transcribed these exactly as they appear in the original ledger, but the ledger's completeness and accuracy varies. In some cases individuals did not make it into the ledger at all.
3) Obituaries - When people find obituaries in newspaper archives, they are often kind enough to pass them along to me. I post them, with their source when I have it. Obituaries often contain a wealth of information, but they are not infallible either.
4) Family Contributions and Remembrances - When people send them, I generally identify them as such and post them as is, without further verification. This includes photos as well.
5) My Own Research - As I work with Ancestry.com and discover maiden names that can help identify relationships, I have been adding those, as well as verifying other information and relationships.
Your Assistance is Appreciated
If you come across information that I can add to any of these individuals please send it along with directions for who it should be posted with. A scanned .jpg file or text that I can simply copy and paste under a specific individual is best. If you discover obvious errors that I have made - entering the wrong century for instance, or someone who seems to have been buried before they died - by all means let me know so I can correct it! You can email it to me here:
Charlotte Lehan, PVC Webmaster
Other Cemeteries to Consider -
The chart below indicates some of the family connections between area cemeteries. Other than Willamette National, Pleasant View Cemetery is by far the largest of these historic cemeteries that we know share multiple family connections. Champoeg and Butteville are south, just across the Willamette River from PVC. Before 1920, the Willamette was the primary means of travel in the valley, so there were lots of connections across the river. Gibbs, Middleton, and St. Paul Lutheran are to the northwest, in the Sherwood area. Meridian and Robert Bird are to the northeast in the Wilsonville-Stafford area. Winona is north in Tualatin. Phillip Foster is far to the east in Eagle Creek, but for early pioneers, the Phillip Foster Farm, like Champoeg and Butteville, was an important way station for travelers. Several very early pioneer names like Case and Bell occur at Phillip Foster and at PVC and Champoeg. Finally, there is Willamette National in Portland, the large military cemetery where veterans and their spouses from throughout Oregon might be found if you can't find them with the rest of their local family.
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Site launched 6/19/06
Last Update 10/22/11