This blog is edited by Barbara Basden, ePublications Director, and is published by the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society, www.rvgsociety.org, to publicize Meetings, Programs, and Classes and Society and Library News. This post includes a Mysteries in Our Backyard report and reports on Lost Cemeteries.
Meetings,Programs, and Classes
Saturday, April 7 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Class: Starting your Genealogy Project from Scratch
Charleen Brown will teach the basic information needed to get you started on your family tree. The class is designed for the true beginner who wants to learn how to start a genealogy project. Save time by organizing what you already know by filling out an Ancestor Chart before going on the computer. Learn what types of documents will be useful in helping you trace your family. Put the fun in fundamentals of genealogy. The information you learn along the way will help you succeed in compiling a commendable family history. This is a free class for those just beginning their genealogy project. No reservations necessary. Jackson County Genealogy Library, 95 Houston Rd., Phoenix, OR
Monday, April 9 through April 16 Salt Lake City Research Trip
RVGS annual bus trip to Salt Lake City for a week-long genealogy research extravaganza. You are invited to join the group. Register with Raindance at (541) 479-8217 to reserve a seat. Limited seating; make your reservation NOW! For more information and a full itinerary of events contact the library, call 541-512-2340.
Saturday, April 14 10:30 a.m. -1200 p.m. Class: Computer Basics
Bring your questions and your laptop computer if you can anytime during this open period. This session will decide your learning needs. Future sessions will be planned according to your individual requirements. Contact Alan Marion, 541-535-5956, email@example.com, or register at JCGL in person or by telephone 541-512-2340. Jackson County Genealogy Library, 95 Houston Rd., Phoenix, OR.
Tuesday April 17, 2012 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Genealogy Program and General Meeting
Program: Barbara Basden, Andrea Patterson, Melinda Henningfield and Connie Miller will talk about their trip to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in January. The Institute has been providing top-notch genealogical education for fifteen years. SLIG is dedicated to providing a forum for the best genealogical educators in the field to present their knowledge to avid family historians. Barbara Basden will also talk about her experience while at the RootsTech Conference. Free and open to members and non-members. OEA/Uniserv Building located at 2495 S. Pacific Hwy. Medford, OR
Saturday, April 21, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Class: How to Use Cemetery Sources
Mysteries in Our Backyard series of classes: Many pieces of information about a person or situation can be found in cemetery records that includes the gravesites themselves. Dirk Siedlecki will help us learn what we can from a visit to a cemetery. Free to members and non-members. No reservation necessary. Jacksonville Cemetery, Jacksonville, OR. Adjacent to the parking lot near the post office. Part of the Mysteries in Our Backyard lecture series. See http://mysteries.jcheritage.org
Friday, April 27, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Class: Finding the Treasures in the Jackson County Genealogy Library
Library Director Anne Billeter will show you what’s where in the library, the library’s hidden treasures, and how to use the library’s online catalog. Price is $10.00 for Members and $20.00 for non-members. Please call 541-512-2340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. Jackson County Genealogy Library, 95 Houston Rd., Phoenix, OR
Saturday, April 28, 2012 10:30a.m. – 12:00 noon Brick Wall Roundtable
Charleen Brown will lead a roundtable discussion to help you find ways to find that elusive ancestor. Bring your question, e.g., “Who were my ancestor’s parents?” and the list of the sources you have used to try to solve your problem. This class is free to members and non-members. No reservation necessary. Jackson County Genealogy Library, 95 Houston Rd., Phoenix, OR
Thursday May 3, 2012 10:30-12:30PM. FTM Users Group
A new Users Group for Family Tree Maker will meet at at JCGL. Call the library (541-512-2340) or email email@example.com to sign up. This second Users Group will eventually be combined with the first. Family Tree Maker Version 2012 is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as the demonstrations by instructors will not focus on old versions. Group leaders will be Charleen Brown, Barbara MacMillen and Andrea Patterson. Member attendance is free, non-members $5.00 for library day use. Jackson County Genealogy Library, 95 Houston Rd., Phoenix, OR
Saturday, May 5, 2012 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. Class: The Do’s and Don’ts of Genealogy
Betty Miller will teach you all the things you wished someone had told you in the beginning to make your research easier and more accurate. Fifty points to help you start off on the right track for successful genealogy research. Price is $10.00 for Members and $20.00 for non-members. Please call 541-512-2340 for reservations or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Jackson County Genealogy Library, 95 Houston Rd., Phoenix, OR
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 9:30-10:30 a.m. Special Class by Susan LeBlanc: Understanding Emigration & Immigration
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 11:30-12:30 p.m. Special Class by Susan LeBlanc: German Ancestry Explained
Rogue Valley Genealogical Society presents two special classes by visiting lecturer Susan LeBlanc during the morning before the monthly genealogy program and meeting. Price is $20.00 per class. Call 541-512-2340 or email email@example.com to reserve a space. OEA/Uniserv Building is located at 2495 S. Pacific Hwy. Medford, OR
Biographical Information: Susan LeBlanc is an Accredited Genealogist. She is a 2005 graduate of BYU- BGS/BA; focus in family history. 1985 BYU – AA in Spanish; research and translation skills. Susan began researching her family history over 35 years ago. She is a native of Portland, Oregon. For the past 13 years she has volunteered at the LDS Family History Center in Milwaukie, Oregon. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2005 with a Bachelor of General Studies degree with a focus in Family History and in 1985 with an Associates of Arts degree in Spanish. She also received the BYU certificate for research in North America. In her work, she has gained extensive experience in using the LDS Family History Library and working in online databases. Working to create accurate and complete family histories is one of her specialties. She enjoys helping others research, lecturing, teaching classes and translation work in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. In 2010 she became an Accredited Genealogist through ICAPGen. Visit http://gophergenealogy.blogspot.com/ to read Susan’s blog.
Tuesday May 15, 2012 1:30pm – 3:30pm Genealogy Program and General Meeting
The Best Kept Secret: World Vital Records on the Internet by Susan LeBlanc. This program is free and open to members and non-members. The genealogy program precedes a brief meeting of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society. OEA/Uniserv Building located at 2495 S. Pacific Hwy. Medford, OR
Out of Town Event:
In Bend:The BGS Spring Seminar is Coming Up!
Saturday, April 21, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bend Genealogical Society Spring Seminar
The Bend Genealogical Society is excited to announce the 2012 Spring Seminar, featuring Dick Eastman, founder and editor of “Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter.” This nationally-acclaimed genealogy resource has been on the web since 1996 at: blog.eogn.com. The Spring Seminar events will include a social evening with Dick on Friday, April 20th and an all-day seminar on Saturday, April 21st. Registration is required, and the fee includes all events, meals and materials. NOTE: Early registration ends April 13th. Registration fees increase after that date. Go to http://www.orgenweb.org/deschutes/bend-gs/springseminar.html for more information about the event, including registration forms. The seminar will be held at Bend Golf and Country Club, 61045 Country Club Dr., Bend, OR 97702. Price is $80; $70 in advance (before April 13). All questions about the Seminar should be sent via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org; or call BGS at (541) 317-9553.
Society and Library News
NEW HOME FOR Jackson County Genealogy Library by Charleen Brown
By now you have probably heard that we have closed the paperwork on a new building for JCGL. By the time you read this, we will be ready for remodeling to begin and yes, painting the outside will be one of the first tasks. The new building is located at 3405 S. Pac. Hwy. (old Hwy 99) between Medford and Phoenix. As you drive from Medford to Phoenix, it is on the left side of the highway about two miles south of Medford. The building is approximately 5,500 sq.ft. which is nearly double our current library building. It has a 60-space parking lot, larger classroom, restrooms, and kitchen to mention a few improvements. We will begin remodeling soon after closing and hope to move in early this summer.
We were approved for a bank loan at 7% interest but we didn’t need it because some members made us a better offer. This offer is an interest-only 7-year loan at 6% interest. We have the option to renegotiate at the end of the 7-year period if needed. To help pay down the loan, our building is being offered for sale or lease and we are currently negotiating with a possible purchaser or tenant.
But, we still need YOU! When we purchased our current building in 2003, it was the extra donations by library users that helped pay off that 10-year bank loan in 3 ½ years. Now, we are looking to friends of JCGL/RVGS to help in doing it again. We are asking each of you to make a donation to what is going to be our beautiful new library. Contributors will be able to see where 100% of their donation is being used. All contributors will be given recognition in the new library.
Our ePublications reach more than 700 families. If each recipient contributed $100 per year, we would be able to easily pay off the building in 5 years or less but, donations in any amount will be appreciated. No contribution is too small and all are tax deductible. So, please take a minute and mail your check to RVGS, PO Box 1468, Phoenix, OR 97535. We need your support!
If you are able to donate your time, building materials, or skills to help us bring the transformation about please email Charleen Brown,email@example.com
Fund-Raiser for New Library
Ready to frame. Send your words or names to firstname.lastname@example.org to have your words randomized into a beautiful piece of artwork. All profits go to the building fund to remodel the new library….
• $25.00 for 8×10 with white or ivory background
• $35.00 for black background
• $45.00 for 11×14 white background
• $55.00 for 11×14 black background
Follow Us on Social Media Sites
“Like” us on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/RVGS.JCGL, and follow us on Twitter,https://twitter.com/#!/RVGSLib. Facebook friends “Like” the ‘new’ building! Read about and contribute to the story of the remodeling efforts. Pictures of successive stages of remodeling will follow.
Other Ways to Support the Library
Before buying at Amazon.com go to www.rvgslibrary.org and click on the big Amazon ad down on the lower right hand side of the page. The Society gets 5% commission on each item you buy, but you must navigate to Amazon by first going to the Jackson County Genealogy Library website. The volume of purchases was approximately $200 since December 2011.
Congratulations to Melinda Henningfield
Melinda recently completed the home study genealogy course offered by the National Genealogical Society. She was listed in the latest issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly publication.
PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Winners of the 2012 Ancestor Photo Contest were announced at the monthly Genealogy Program on Feb 21st. RVGS thanks Ida Pruitt and Pat Tracy, judges, who spent their time and a great deal of effort to judge these wonderful photos. Winners in 13 categories were announced as follows: David Hodson won in three categories:Group, Open and Oldest photo. Carl Shauger for Most Interesting Headstone; Charleen Brown for Hats and Occupation; Ken Clarke for Transportation; Richard Davis for Military; Connie Miller for Most Beautiful and Wedding Category; Steve Kious for Most Handsome; Anne Billeter for Funniest Ancestor; Carolyn Beron for Children.
The blog will feature contest winners in the next few issues. Enjoy the one we have for you in this issue.
CENSUS BUREAU LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE 1940 CENSUS WEB PAGE
In anticipation of the April 2 release of 1940 Census records from the National Archives, the U.S. Census Bureau is launching a new page on its website. Strict confidentiality laws ensure that census records are only unsealed after 72 years have passed, so genealogists, storians and researchers have waited with great eagerness for this release.
The site features an interactive overview of the 1940 Census, including questions asked on the census form, history facts, blogs, a 1940 Census video, pictures and a countdown clock. From the site, users will also find a direct link to the National Archives website for looking up individual 1940 Census records.
In addition, there is a newly released infographic providing a rich visual depiction of how characteristics of the U.S. population have changed between 1940 and 2010. This is the first in a series of three infographics that will explore topics related to the 1940 Census.
For more information, visit http://www.census.gov/1940census. This site will be updated regularly with new interactive features in the days leading up to April 2.
Rogue Valley Genealogy Society Joins the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project
Rogue Valley Genealogy Society has joined forces with genealogy societies and organizations around the country as part of the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project. The initiative aims to publish a free, online searchable name index of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census after images of the census are released to the public in April 2012. This online index will be free forever, offering family history researchers a rich genealogical data set for their ongoing use. Three leading genealogy organizations, Archives.com, FamilySearch International, and findmypast.com, launched the initiative at the end of last year, and the project is already engaging volunteers to help provide this invaluable resource to family historians around the world as soon as possible.
Go to www.the1940census.com/society and register to participate with our society. Simply select Rogue Valley Genealogy Society on the profile screen when creating your account. Every new person indexing with our society gets us closer to milestones that qualify us for incentives provided by the sponsors of the project, so sign up today!
Genealogy on Television!
“Who Do You Think You Are?”
NBC’s acclaimed alternative series “Who Do You Think You Are?” follows some of today’s most beloved and iconic celebrities as they embark on personal journeys of self-discovery to trace their family trees. From Ireland’s freedom fighters to the American Revolutionary War, and from the African nation of Cameroon to Bulgaria, this season will reveal the fabric of humanity through everyone’s place in history.
The celebrities featured in the third season are Martin Sheen, Marisa Tomei, Blair Underwood, Helen Hunt, Reba McEntire, Jerome Bettis, Rita Wilson, Edie Falco, Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones, Jason Sudeikis and Paula Deen.
Go to http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/about/ to learn more about this popular TV series.
“Finding Your Roots,” a 10-part Series on PBS
Another genealogy series on television in the U.S. is “Finding Your Roots” with historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. launched on March 25. That was the first episode of a 10-part series on PBS stations. The new series will feature two people in each one-hour episode, including husband-and-wife actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, who jokes she’s afraid they might turn out to be cousins. “They are indeed distant cousins,” revealed Gates. “Talk about six degrees of separation, right?” Check your local listings for the exact time and channel in your area. http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/about/ You can stream past episodes from the PBS website, http://video.pbs.org/program/finding-your-roots/
New Indexes and Files on Jackson County Genealogy Library Website
Additions to our library website, www.rvgslibary.org, include the following indexes:Death Certificates for 1958 added on the Vital Records link; Jackson County Birth Records for 1911-1926 added on the Vital Records link; Obituaries from the Mail Tribune and other local newspapers updated through June 2011 on the Obituaries link; Birth and Wedding/Anniversary Announcements added through 2011 on the Vital Records link; Additional obituaries from the Grant’s Pass Courier added on the Josephine County link.
Mysteries in Our Backyard:
THE LILE/LYLE PHOTO ALBUM MYSTERY: One of the Mysteries in Our Backyard series. Go to http://mysteries.jcheritage.org/ for more information. Photo at right shows Charleen Brown with album and its contents. Written by Steve Kious and Charleen Brown
How did a photo album found abandoned in Butte Falls wind up in the hands of a relative in New Hampshire over 40 years later? Researchers belonging to the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (RVGS) enabled this to happen as part of a program called “Mysteries in Our Backyard.”
The album’s odyssey began when Pete Vorbeck and his family rented a house in Butte Falls from 1969 to 1970. His children wanted to build a hideout in the rafters of a garage on the property and in doing so, discovered a family album. Pete looked through the album and asked all of the old-timers in Butte Falls if they remembered a family by the name of Lile or Lyle, which was prominently mentioned in the album. No one did.
Pete did not want to see the album either lost or destroyed, and kept it until December 2011, when he gave it to his friend Charleen Brown, President of the RVGS. He figured that Charleen and other members of the Society might be able to find the rightful owners.
This is where the unraveling of the mystery began.
Charleen’s first step was to examine all of the pictures and items in the album. She found some documents with the name of Jack Thomas Lyle on them, and pictures with the name of Jack Lile. Jack Lyle’s honorable discharge document had his birth date and place of birth listed on it. She also found the name of George Shalur written on the back of one picture.
Her next step was to examine the 1930 census because Jack was born in 1929 in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She found him living with his parents, Thomas R. Lile and Clara B. Lile, but his surname was spelled Lile (not Lyle). Also living with the family was 5-year-old George Shalur, who was listed as Thomas’ stepson. She believed this was the correct family because she had seen that spelling on one of the pictures.
Further research determined that George’s correct full name was George Kerley Shaber (not Shalur). A marriage record was found for George K. Shaber in Lewis and Clark County, Montana. He was married in 1953 and his parents’ names were listed as George Shaber and Clara B. Kerley. He is now 86 years old and living in Boise.
Charleen did further research on Ancestry.com and discovered that Jack’s mother, Clara Belle Kerley, was married at least twice, to Thomas Roscoe Lile and then to Joe Kissinger. It is believed that she was first married to George Shaber but a record of that marriage has not been found.
Charleen also found photos of Jack’s younger brother, Ronald Clair Lile, in the album and on a public family tree on Ancestor.com. With the help of Anne Billeter, RVGS Library Director, they found the obituary for Ronald, who died in 2001 in Bangor, Maine. The obituary stated that he was survived by “his two brothers, George Shaber of Boise, ID and Jack Lile of CA.”
They found a phone number on an internet website for Ronald’s widow, Charlotte Lile. Charleen attempted to call Charlotte but she wasn’t home so Charleen left a message. Charlotte didn’t respond to the message so Charleen left a second one. This time Charlotte’s daughter, Karen Asselin, of Dover, New Hampshire, returned her call and verfied that this was her Uncle Jack. She said that the family had lost touch with him but she thought that he was still alive and living in California. She did not have any idea how the album ended up in Butte Falls.
Charleen mailed Karen the album after copying the album and pictures, and included the research she had compiled. Karen responded by sending Charleen pictures of her and her mother after they received the album.
The next step was to research land records. With the help of Chuck Eccleston and Roger Roberts, RVGS members, the plat map for that particular piece of property in Butte Falls was checked and the property owners were identified going all the way back to about 1900. The plat map shows that the lots were platted north and south but the houses were built east and west in that area. The Kissingers owned one third of three lots, probably in the 1950′s. Clara, Jack Lile’s mother, was married to Joe Kissinger and they or some relatives probably owned property and lived in Butte Falls during that time period. She died as Clara Belle Kissinger in Boise, Idaho on September 13, 1988. No information could be found regarding Joe Kissinger.
It is believed, as mentioned earlier, that at one time Clara was married to George Shaber in the early 1920′s because George’s son, also named George, was listed as being age five on the 1930 census, and one of the photos in the album had George Shalur (sic) and Jack Lile written on the back. Divorce records from Clara’s marriages to George Shaber and Thomas Lile could not be found.
This mystery is not completely solved and there are several unanswered questions. Is Jack Lile still alive and, if so, where is he living? Why did he change the spelling of his name? Why was the album in the rafters of the garage and why was it left behind?
Note: As part of the “Mysteries in Our Backyard” project, solving this mystery was supported in part by a grant from the Jackson County Cultural Coalition funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon’s arts, humanities, and heritage.
Lost Cemeteries Stories:
THE SATTERFIELD CEMETERY by Steve Kious
Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (RVGS) members Chuck Eccleston and Roger Roberts have been involved in the Lost Cemeteries project for the past three years. They track down reports of small, unkempt cemeteries located mostly on private properties. (Editor’s note: see previous blog posts for other reports of lost cemeteries.)
So far, 19 sites have been found and mapped, and the records have been maintained in the RVGS libary working files. KDRV Channel 12 reporter Ron Brown has taped nine of the 19 sites in the field. Another eight sites have been identified with field visits underway. Reports of an additional 30 sites, yet to be verified, are maintained in a traveling file and marked on a study map. These 27 confirmed sites are in addition to the 45 known cemeteries listed on the Jackson County Genealogy Library (JCGL) website, http://www.rvgslibrary.org under the Cemeteries link.
Teams of volunteers have conducted clearing and cleaning work on several sites throughout the county, including the small Satterfield Cemetery, also known as the Frink or Meadows Cemetery, located in an oak grove in a peninsula surrounded by a farmer’s wheat field in the Sams Valley area. This site came to the attention of RVGS in 2009 when the nearby Antioch Cemetery sextants offered the loan of an old photo album. The album included a 1994 Medford Mail Tribune article written by Paul Fattig titled “The Forgotten Ones”, which mentions several of the gravestones found in the Satterfield Cemetery.
The gravestones at the Satterfield Cemetery site represent several early settlers in this area dating back to the 1870s and 1880s. Two work sessions, comprising 50 volunteer hours, cleared the grounds of brush, vinca vine, and fallen tree limbs at this historic site. The tallest headstone at the site was that of Zilpha nee Peele Satterfield, located next to an oak tree. It measures about seven feet tall. The root of a nearby oak tree had caused the headstone to tilt. The gravestone was dismantled very carefully and its five pieces now lie on the ground. Dirk Siedlecki and his brother Lee, volunteers with the Friends of the Jacksonville Cemetery and who are knowledgeable in the restoration of gravestones, will epoxy the pieces back together after the disruptive root is cut away. The pieces are so heavy that it will take a crew using pulleys to lift them back into place.
Eccleston said that during World War II both the Antioch Cemetery and the Satterfield Cemetery were purchased by the U.S. Government. The cemeteries were covered in six feet of sand after the stones were laid face down. The grounds were then used as a military range. After the war, the government returned the property to its owners, removed the sand, and put the gravestones back into place.
Mark Davis of San Pedro, California, a descendent of Zilpha, visited the cemetery in September 2010 and was able to honor the gravesite of his missing Satterfield ancestors. He provided some information about Zilpha. He believed that she was in some way connected with the work of the Underground Railroad in Indiana in the 1840s before coming to Oregon. She was a Quaker and in 1844 was disowned by her Wayne County, Indiana Quaker meeting because she had joined the Anti-Slavery Friends. This group of ardent abolitionists broke off from the larger body of Friends in Indiana because they advocated immediate emancipation of all slaves, an idea that was considered quite radical in the 1840s. Many Quakers belonging to the Anti-Slavery Friends were in some way a part of the Underground Railroad movement.
Zilpha Peele was born September 25, 1813 in Surry County (now Yadkin County), North Carolina. She married Joseph W. Satterfield on November 16, 1837 in Wayne County, Indiana. Joseph was born on June 9, 1813 in Caroline County, Maryland. Their daughter, Elizabeth R. Satterfield was born on February 3, 1842 in Wayne County. The family appears on the 1850 census in Wayne County and then appears on subsequent censuses for Table Rock Precinct, Jackson County, Oregon.
Zilpha died on August 3, 1883 and Elizabeth, who married James T. Raimey, died on February 5, 1877. Zilpha and Elizabeth are buried in the Satterfield Cemetery. Joseph W. Satterfield died on April 14, 1888 and is buried in the Ashland Cemetery. After Zilpha died, he married Catharine Newell.
Besides Zilpha’s gravestone, other broken stones are being studied. The headstone of Freddie Raimy (the name sometimes appears as Raimy instead of Raimey), who died at the age of eight days in 1882, was unearthed at one of the work sessions after the area had been raked clear of debris down to ground level. Volunteers are still looking for the foundation. After his wife Elizabeth died, James T. Raimey married Susan Ellen Helman in 1879 in Jackson County. Freddie was their son.
So far, a total of 10 gravestones have been found. They include four children of J.L. and M.A. Scott. Two died in 1878 and two in 1883. Their ages were 4, 7, 11, and 14 years. It is believed that there are more undiscovered graves at the site.
MISSING GRAVE STONE FOUND IN THE MYER CEMETERY
by Jan Wright see also: http://wrightarchives.blogspot.com/
Chuck Eccleston and his colleagues have been diligently searching for and finding lost cemeteries in Jackson County. The Myer Cemetery was pointed out to the team by a neighbor. RVGS volunteers Bob Pocan and Melinda Henningfield helped locate the cemetery. While working in the historic Myer Pioneer Cemetery northeast of Ashland, volunteer’s Roberts, Shauger, and Eccleston uncovered the broken stones marking the grave site of early pioneer Rev. George Henry Brown. Brown arrived in the Oregon Territory in the 1850s via the Oregon Trail. He was training for the ministry in Douglas County when he met Elizabeth “Lizzie” Anderson who was his student at the
Umpqua Academy. In 1858 he married Lizzie, sister of pioneer Eli K. Anderson who had settled a claim on Wagoner Creek in the Talent area. Rev. Brown died on 9 February 1867 at age 36 and was buried on a grassy knoll overlooking the towns of Ashland and Talent.
His broken headstone remnants were found under the grass sod next to the graves of his wife’s brother and sister-in-law Jesse Marion and Melissa Anderson.
Records show over 30 burials from 1853 – 1888 in the Myer Cemetery with some indication that several others might also be interred there. Three stones were still in place when this un-kempt site was reported by local concerned residents. The names on those stones are Myer, Anderson, and Bunyard. Volunteers and neighbors have cut and removed tree limbs, poison oak, and mowed the tall grass to restore this site to it’s former appearance. The recent discovery of the Rev. Brown stone remnants found near the Anderson family stone rekindles hope that additional graves may also be found there.
The cemetery is located on the combined acreages of pioneers Nathaniel and Mary Myer and sons William Cortez and Benjamin Franklin Myer, recipients of early government land patents. The entire area, known in early times as Mt Vernon, encompassed approximately 1000 acres. Mt Vernon provided an early one-room school house as well as a community burial ground.