City Section - Jacksonville Cemetery - Jacksonville, Oregon
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ddtfamily
N 42° 19.072 W 122° 58.313
10T E 502317 N 4685070
Marker describing the history of the City Section in Jacksonville Cemetery
Waymark Code: WMJP89
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 12/12/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member silverquill
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Jacksonville Cemetery, a contributing site within the Jacksonville National Historic District, is a pioneer cemetery dating to circa 1860. The cemetery is divided into several sections, one of which is the City Section. Several years ago, the local Rotary placed a number of markers describing the history of each section. The text of the marker reads:


Purchased by the city on December 16, 1865, this is the largest section of the cemetery. It contains
the graves of son and father Anderville (1831-1852), and Gabriel Plymale (1804-1852), whose deaths
were the earliest recorded in Jacksonville. Typhoid victims, they were originally buried at the bot-
tom of cemetery hill and re-interred in this section at a later date.
   Others buried in this section include Peter Britt (1819-1905), the well-known Swiss born pho-
tographer, painter, and horticulturalist, and P.P. Prim (1822-1899), an Associate Justice of Oregon's
first Supreme Court. At one time William Bybee (1830-1899), was the largest landholder in the
Rogue River Valley. Brilliant writer and journalist, William Green T'Vault (1806-1869), started the
Oregon Spectator, Oregon's first newspaper.
   Also buried here is Reverend Moses A. Williams (1811-1897), who established Jacksonville's
Presbyterian Church in 1881. While Superintendent of Schools, he divided the county into its ini-
tial school districts.
   The Potter's (or pauper's) Field is also part of the City Section. It contains 133 grave of those
who were poor, who were members of Jacksonville's Native American Indian, Chinese, Hawaiian,
and black minorities, or who did not belong in any other section.
   There are no elaborate head stones in Potter's Field and some graves have no markings.
Jacksonville formally honored this nearly forgotten portion of the cemetery with a marker in 1996.

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Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: Other

Marker Type: City

Region: Southern Oregon

County: Jackson

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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