Shedd - Pugh


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Nearest Town:


Est. # Burials:



T 13S, R 4W, 13

Size in Acres:


USGS Lat/Lon:

442642N 1230744W


Driving Directions:

At Shedd from O 99E West on Cemetery Road 1.1 m


Contact Info:

Linn Co. Tax Assessor: Lot 300,
30504 HIGHWAY 99E
SHEDD OR 97377-9734
Deed Ref: 139-153,220-194


The following information is transcribed from the WPA Linn County Cemetery Survey, researched & prepared by Leslie L. Haskin on 3/21/1939:

The official name of this cemetery is "The Shedd Cemetery" but it is perhaps more commonly called the "Pugh" Cemetery after the name of the man on whose Donation Land Claim it was started and members of whose family were among the earliest burials here.

This cemetery is situated on Section 13, Township 13 South of Range 4 West in Linn County, and in the North-West quarter of the section. This is the donation land claim taken up in 1851 by Francis Asbury Pugh. The cemetery is located about three-fourths of a mile south of the town Shedd and about an equal distance west of Highway U. S. 99E. The land is at present [in1940] a part of the Jensen estate....

The land for this burying ground was given for cemetery purposes by Mrs. Ruth Jessup Pugh, wife of Francis Asbury Pugh. The Pugh family, consisting of Frances Asbury Pugh, his wife and baby son, John Wesley Pugh, his brother Washington Pugh, and the widowed mother of Francis and Washington, Mary Donovan Pugh, came from Salem, Iowa in 1846, first settling in Yamhill County about fifteen miles south of Portland. In 1851 Francis Asbury Pugh, his wife Ruth, and their family removed to Linn County and took up the claim where the cemetery is located.

The first burial of record in this tract is that of George W. Pugh, on Aug. 26, 1853, at the age of 1 year, 6 months and 7 days. The second was Mary E. Pugh who died January 18, 1854 at the age of 6 years, 5 months and 3 days. These were both children of Francis Asbury and Ruth Jessup Pugh, the owner of the original claim. The third burial is that of Wm. B. Anderson who died June 18, 1857 at the age of 25 yrs. 4 mos, 3 ds.

The oldest birth age recorded here is that of Mary Pugh who was born October 2, 1789 and died Jan 23, 1872 at the age of 82 years, 3 months and 21 days. This Mary Pugh was the mother of Francis Asbury Pugh and Washington Pugh, previously mentioned, and came to Oregon in their company in 1846....

Historical & Biographical Notes:

William M. James Dunlap. 1883-1923. Sheriff of Linn County, 1923, by appointment of County Court after the death of Sheriff Kendal who was killed by a moonshiner. Sheriff Dunlap served in turn only a few months and then was himself killed by a prisoner whom he was in the act of taking to the jail after arrest.

Ada Acheson Dunlap. 1891 - ____. Wife of the above. Belonged to the Pioneer Acheson family of Oakville. After the death of her husband she went as a missionary to Egypt. Still [in 1939] serving in that capacity.

Mercer Thompson. 1821-1886. A pioneer to Oregon, 1852. His D.L.C. was situated in Sections 31-32, Township 12 South of Range 3 West. Mercer Thompson was a Methodist and a great gathering place of the Methodists was a camp-meeting ground on the Mercer Thompson farm.

Jesse W. Pugh. 1818-1904. Commonly known as "Washington" Pugh. Brother of Francis Asbury Pugh who took the D.L.C. where the cemetery is situated. Oregon pioneer of 1846.

Thomas H. C. Brasfield. A pioneer of the Shedd neighborhood, was to have been interviewed by this field worker but was killed by a train at Shedd only three days before the appointment could be filled. Died March 4, 1939.

Ida Porter (Brassfield) 1865-____. Wife of the above. Member of the pioneer Porter family of Shedd.

George W. Pugh. Died Aug. 26, 1852. First burial in this cemetery. He was an infant son of Francis Asbury and Ruth Jessup Pugh on whose D.L.C. this cemetery is situated.

Mary E. Pugh. Died Jan. 18, 1854. A sister of the above. This is the second burial of record here.

Mary Pugh. 1789-1872. Oldest birth record in this cemetery. Mary Donovan Pugh, widow of John Pugh and daughter of William Donovan of Virginia. Mother of Frances Asbury Pugh on whose claim this cemetery is situated. She was an Oregon pioneer of the year 1846.

Wm. B. Anderson. Died June 18, 1857. The third burial of record in this cemetery.

John W. Pugh. 1845-1913. Pioneer of 1846. Son of Francis Asbury and Ruth Jessup Pugh.

Fannie E. (Thompson) Pugh. First wife of the above. Daughter of Mercer Thompson previously mentioned.

Nancy E. Walker Pugh. 1849-1898. Second wife of John W. Pugh. Daughter of Washington P. Walker. A pioneer (with her father's family) of the year 1852. A cousin of the last. The children of Fannie Thompson Pugh and Nancy E. Pugh are, therefore, half-brothers on their father's side and second cousins on their mother's side.

B. V. Crawford. 1862-1921. A son of P. V. Crawford, for whom the town of Crawfordsville, Linn County, was named.

S. P. Brock. 1843-1928. A son of Vineyard Brock, early pioneer in the "Boston" neighborhood east of Shedd.


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