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Penny Wood Spaziani (#47639767)
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Currently I am working in the Mt. View Cemetery (Oregon City) in the County Park #1 section (paupers). It has been neglected for many many years. I have unearthed and photographed some 62 headstones and marked their rows. These folks deserve to have their graves maintained as much as anyone else in the cemetery.

I am a 6 generation Oregonian and have been doing my family genealogy since the early 70's. Back then it took months to find out one fact, today with the computer that information can be found in the blink of an eye.
Only now it seems more confusing the first thing I learned back then was to document all my information and make sure the facts were correct. Now a day's people just put anything on the internet only guessing or by family stories, making things more confusing. I am now trying to set apart family fact from fiction to keep the information correct for future generations to come.
I love doing genealogy it's a real life a good book you can't put down the only thing is I will probably never know the ending or the beginning.

My memorials are family and a work in progress, adding to each one as I find family material and photos. I have traveled to Washington, California, Ohio and Pennsylvania doing my family research in cemeteries and historical societies. If you are family I would love to hear from you.

There is nothing worse than someone stealing someone's work, not giving credit to the original poster then pretending it is their work. Please don't be one of those people, and please don't use my photos or documents without asking first.

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I do photo requests and take photos while I am in the cemetery. I like to take more than one photo of the headstone, to give you the feeling of being there and seeing the surrounding area. If you would like me to remove any of my photos just ask.
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May Edgerton
Thank you for fulfilling my photo request for May. I appreciate your time and your effort.
Added by ScottishLass on Aug 27, 2015 4:04 PM
James Gandolph
John Conaught Guthrie
Hi I was wondering if I could use the tombstone picture for him and his wife. His findagrave memorial is 136908395. He is my great-uncle. If I could use it as part of my sources that would be very helpful. Thank you very much.


James Gandolph
Added by James Gandolph on Aug 21, 2015 6:45 PM
Mattie Cannon Merriss
Just wanted to let you know that what you did for me was phenomenal...I won't ever forget it. :)

Added by Rebeltem on Aug 19, 2015 8:44 PM
Sid Fisher

Thank you for informing that there are no records of Elizabeth Blaesing being buried in Mount View Cemetery. I will check my sources. I am curious, did you call up the cemetery to request her burial location?

- Sid
Added by Sid Fisher on Aug 17, 2015 1:32 PM
William Calvin CARLTON
Thank you for attempting to get a photo of his marker. And for letting me know that there is no headstone or other marker.
Added by Angel BAKER on Aug 15, 2015 4:11 PM
RE: Mattie Cannon
Just curious, did you find out anything useful at the cemetery?

Added by Rebeltem on Aug 11, 2015 11:21 PM
RE: Mattie Cannon
Thank you for you help....I'd rather this be correct than misleading.....this is great....
See, William's 1st wife died in Oklahoma 1945 and when she was buried there was a "pre-need" stone for William showing his name and birth date, but no death date. He wasn't buried in OK, but in this really gets a little messy....I was surprised to see he had married a second time.

If we can get it right, that will be great.

Thank you so much.
Added by Rebeltem on Aug 11, 2015 1:27 PM
RE: Mattie Cannon
One more piece of evidence is an Oregon Death index record for William Merriss which states that his spouse was Mattie Merriss. And yes, it's possible to marry later in life, it's done all the time. :)

Added by Rebeltem on Aug 11, 2015 1:13 PM
RE: Mattie Cannon
Well the cemetery published a list of its burials, and on that list there is a Mattie Merriss who died age 101, it gives burial plot info..and it lists her only as a Merriss surname. Can you contact me at my email address could get to be long....but I can send you that cemetery list if you want. I believe that cemeteries go by the death certificates...not sure though.

Added by Rebeltem on Aug 11, 2015 1:05 PM
RE: William Merriss
Thank you for both photos, they are just great.
Please leave Matties memorial as a Merriss....that was the name she had when she died, even though she was buried next to the father of her children. She did not have kids with William Merriss as this marriage was later in her life.

Added by Rebeltem on Aug 10, 2015 6:34 PM
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