Pleasant View Cemetery
A Pioneer Cemetery in Clackamas County, Oregon
"There is a history in all men's lives."    -- William Shakespeare

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Getting Ready for Spring!
2014

            Spring is always a busy time 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 22nd we will have a portable toilet on site for everyone's convenience and this year we have decided to make it a permanent addition. We are hoping to have a 5' X 5' concrete pad made for it to sit on, so if you know anyone who might be able to assist with that please let me know!   Charlotte

Restoration Underway:  This spring we have undertaken some of our largest restoration projects to date, repairing about 16 of our marble tablets that were broken back in the 1980's.  We have been working to locate and level their bases, even though the weather has made a muddy mess of things.  The tablets are in the process of cleaning and when we get a few dry days we will begin the reconstruction work.  We hope to have them upright and looking good by Memorial Day.

Spring Cleaning:  Speaking of cleaning, we are in the process of cleaning and treating all our marble monuments (about 150 of them) with a product called D2 that kills lichen, an annoying little plant that can turn white marble nearly black and hasten deterioration of the stone.  It is used by stone conservators at places like Arlington Cemetery and the Washington Monument, so it comes with good credentials.  It takes several months to fully lighten the marble back to its original color, so you might notice our marble in a variety of stages of lightening. 
 
BEFORE CLEANING AFTER CLEANING 6 MONTHS LATER

        Looking to Volunteer?  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 trimming, sweeping and raking, to cleaning out engravings where your largest tools might be chopsticks and a toothbrush!  If your family or group would like to help out on a day not currently scheduled, please let me know and we will do our best to accommodate your schedule.

Here is the schedule so far for this spring:       

Saturday May 3rd:  Annual Meeting and Work Day 

       We held the Annual Pleasant View Cemetery  Association Meeting at the cemetery last year, and it went well enough that we thought we would give it another go.  We will plan on a work session from 9AM to Noon and then break for lunch and a brief meeting.  We will provide sandwiches, snacks, and beverages, or you can bring your own.  We will have a cover in case of inclement weather.  We will provide some chairs, but if you have a couple to bring that would be great! Come for any part of the day you can fit in your schedule.

If you did not get a notice last year we probably don't know your contact information.  Send it to me here or call and let me know - Charlotte 503-313-8040.

May 24 - 26  Memorial Day Weekend

       Once known as Decoration Day, this is the biggest weekend of the year at Pleasant View Cemetery.  Lots of folks work to get their family plots and the cemetery in general, looking their best.   We always have visitors from far and wide come to honor our veterans, clean and decorate family monuments, and generally pay tribute to pioneers and community members who have come before us.  It is an important day of family traditions and an opportunity to connect across the generations.  We hope to see you then!
 


 


A  Family Cemetery
Many of the names in Pleasant View Cemetery are related to each other in one way or another. 
Here is a chart, called a mind map, that shows some of those connections. 
Click on it to see the updated, larger and clearer .pdf  version.
More explanation and full name list below.




Six Degrees of Separation or what is going on with this chart??

      The chart above is a map of the connections among family names at Pleasant View Cemetery.  We have been working on it for some time as we research family connections, so more names keep getting connected.  With a few exceptions, a connecting line between two names indicates a marriage between those two families, sometimes multiple marriages.  If any of those unions produced children (and most did) then the various descendants are cousins of some sort, or at least cousins of cousins!  One exception is the Parrett - Parrott connection which is not a marriage, but a change in spelling that occurred in one generation.  The colors don't represent much, but make family groupings easier to spot. 

      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):
 
Adams
Allison
Ashpole
Auld
Badley
Bailey
Baker
Ball
Ballard
Barber
Barnes
Bartholomew
Batalgia
Baxter
Beavert
Bell
Boland
Boozier
Boston
Boyce
Bristow
Brobst
Brookman
Brous
Brown
Bruckhart
Brunner
Brush
Butson
Calkins
Case
Catching
Cereghino
Chance
Chapman
Christensen
Clutter
Cochran
Collier
Comstock
Conner
Crisell
Crist
Crocker
Crow
Curry
Cuthill
Daniel
Davis
Day
Demeritt
Dittman
Dygert
Edwards
Ellison
Epler
Eyman
Fadley
Failmezger
Fitzwater
Fletcher
Forney
France
 
Franklin
Fray
Frye
Fuhrer
Gagne
Gaines
Gotthardt
Graff
Graham
Gregg
Guild
Hacker
Hagey
Hall
Harris
Hasselbrink
Haynes
Haywood
Heater
Heimbach
Herman
Herron
Hoffman
Howard
Humble
Iler
Irwin
Jaeger
Jewell
Johnston
Jones
Kelly
Kiser
Knight
Knutson
Korb
Krause
Kruger
Lamont
Landwehr
Larson
Lehan
Lichtenthaler
Lucas
Luehmann
Lukes
Lyons
Macinaw
McConnell
Meeks
Mellen
Miller
Moad
Morgan
Morrissy
Moss
Mulloy
Munsell
Muralt
Murdock
Murray
Myers
Newby
Nordin
Ogg
 
Palmer
Parrett
Parrish
Parrott
Penzig
Peters
Poteet
Quigley
Reissner
Riggs
Rilee
Ripley
Roberts
Roellich
Ross
Russell
Scheerling
Schlickeiser
Schulpius
Schultz
Scott
Scott
Sears
Seely
Shaver
Short
Shupe
Smith
Smith
Smock
Snyder
Spencer
Stahlnecker
Stewart
Storey
Strang
Swope
Tatom
Taylor
Thies
Thornbrue
Todd
Tonning
Tooze
Tuckness
Vaughan
Vincent
Vinson
Vlahos
Voss
Warner
Welch
Wengenroth
Weston
Wheaton
Whitmore
Wilson
Winters
Worth
Wright
Yaeger
Yates
Young
Zumwalt


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 for Mary!

Unmarked Graves
       
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 (2014) 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 among area cemeteries.  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.  St. Paul Catholic is in St. Paul and is the oldest Catholic cemetery in the Northwest, so it draws from a wide area.

Gibbs, Middleton, St. Paul Lutheran, and Maple Lane are to the northwest, in the Sherwood area.  Meridian and Robert Bird, which is adjacent to Stafford Baptist, are to the northeast in the Wilsonville-Stafford area.  Winona is north in Tualatin.  Philip Foster is far to the east in Eagle Creek, but for early pioneers, the Philip Foster Farm, like Champoeg and Butteville, was an important way station for travelers.  Several very early pioneer names like Case and Bell occur at Philip Foster and at PVC and Champoeg.  Geer is an early family cemetery across from Butteville that has family connections to several other cemeteries.

Besides the local cemeteries, 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 locate them with the rest of their local family.

Happy Researching!
If you did not get an annual meeting notice in the mail, it is because we don't have a current address for you.
To send us your address - email, regular mail, or both - click here.

© 2006 Charlotte Lehan,  All Rights Reserved
Site launched 6/19/06
Last Update 10/22/11