Pleasant View Cemetery
Clackamas County, Oregon
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Address:  14250 SW Westfall Road
          Sherwood, OR  97140

Located on Westfall Road about 2 miles from Wilsonville and 4 miles from Sherwood. 
On Westfall, between 145th and Baker Road

R1W T3S Sec 5
N 45 degrees, 19.079', W 122 degrees, 49.447'
 

       This historic pioneer cemetery is the fourth largest historic cemetery in Clackamas County.  It was established between Wilsonville and Sherwood in the 1850's during the nation-wide rural cemetery movement, sometimes also known as the cemetery-on-the-hill movement that sited cemeteries in view locations outside of towns rather than in church yards or pleasant view cemetery image2other urban locations.  The movement was especially pronounced in the West where many settlers were not affiliated with an established church.  Part of the philosophy behind the movement was the belief that the soul could better find its way to God, if the final resting place was in a natural setting, removed from the earthly trappings of human development.  The cemetery was called Pleasant Hill Cemetery, named for the Pleasant Hill census tract that covered much of the Wilsonville-Sherwood area for the 1850 and 1860 census. It was also known as Hood View Cemetery since at one time it had a fabulous view of Mt. Hood, that has since been lost to tree growth. Until 1860 this area west of Wilsonville was part of Yamhill County. Documents, such as obituaries, marriage certificates, and census data thru 1860 will refer to this area as Yamhill County. After 1860 it became part of Clackamas County and remains so today.

     The oldest death date on a monument in the cemetery is 1851 for Thomas Tuckness, an infant of 5 months who died in Missouri before his family emigrated in 1853.  He is likely buried in Missouri but his name is on the monument with his siblings, Sarah M. Tuckness, who died in 1865 at 2 years of age and W. J. Tuckness who died in 1866 at the age of 10 years.  It is likely that this monument was not produced until 1865 or 1866 or even later. The exact age of the monuments is hard to determine because they may have been produced, or original markers replaced, at dates much later than the actual burial date.   The oldest recorded burial here is for Mary Elizabeth Baker, who died here in 1856 at 4 years of age, but there is no monument for her.  Among the oldest known monuments in the cemetery is that of Mary E. Short who died in 1862 at 2 years of age.  Most of the pre-1900 monuments are marble on a sandstone base, although some sandstone bases have deteriorated and been replaced with concrete.  After the turn of the century, cutting technology improved enough to work with the much harder and more durable granite, which tends to dominate after 1910.  About the same time, concrete or granite replaced sandstone as the primary choice for bases.  Other materials used for monuments include zinc, bronze, concrete, wood, and a black glass resin plate.

      The cemetery was part of the Donation Land Claim of Moses Matthew Baker whose stone says it was donated in 1886.  By that time it had been in use as a family and community cemetery for thirty years.  In 1980 the cemetery name was changed to Pleasant View Cemetery after the discovery of a second Oregon pioneer cemetery named Pleasant Hill.  The wrought iron gates and fencing were added in the 1980's after an especially damaging attack by vandals who toppled most of the large stones, some of which were not re-set until the restoration work in May of 2008. 

     Pleasant View Cemetery is an active historic cemetery, continuing to serve families from the Wilsonville/Sherwood area.  There are approximately 2300 burials of record, making it one of Oregon's larger pioneer cemeteries.  At least 250 recorded graves are unmarked.  Some may have never received a monument, wooden markers may have deteriorated, stone markers may have fallen and been covered by sod, and others may have been removed by vandals. Fortunately we have the original cemetery ledgers which have been used to locate, as closely as possible, everyone who is recorded in the ledgers.  Unfortunately, not everyone who was buried here made it into the ledgers.  Check the block maps to see everyone the ledgers indicate is in the family plot, even if they have no marker.  If you don't find someone you believe should be here, it is possible that they are one of those with no marker, who also was missed in the ledgers.  If you have evidence - like an obituary or death certificate - that indicates they are probably here, please let me know and I will try to rectify the records.

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