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ON MAY 11, 1861, REUBEN AND MARY JANE HOLMES SHIPLEY, FORMER NEGRO SLAVES, DEEDED FROM THEIR FARM PURCHASED FROM CHARLES BALES DONATION LAND CLAIM, THE ORIGINAL PLOT FOR THIS CEMETERY.
BURIED IN LOT 10 ARE REUBEN SHIPLEY, MARY JANE SHIPLEY DRAKE, ALFRED DRAKE, AND THE SHIPLEY CHILDREN,
(This monument stands just inside the cemetery gate)
Mount Union Cemetery is located just outside the east border of the city of Philomath, Oregon. It is bordered on the west by Mount Union Avenue, (which took it's name from the cemetery) and on the north, east and south by farmland. It is located approximately one-quarter of a mile north from the intersection of Bellfountain Road and Plymouth Road. The cemetery is situated on the eastern slope of the hill with views to the north, south, and east. A pleasant low-density residential neighborhood is located to the West, across Mount Union Avenue from the cemetery.
Grave rows run north and south. Most of the tombstones and inscriptions face west, with the stones placed at the west end of the grave. Older sections are recognizable, but new and old burials are intermixed. Scattered shrubs and grasses are interspersed among the graves, along with several big-leaf maples and douglas fir trees.
See the "History" tab for more details about the above stone and the creation of the cemetery.
See the "CONTACTS" tab to contact Cemetery Association personnel regarding the purchase of a burial space or volunteering at the cemetery or finding a loved one buried there. The CONTACTS tab also provides a "Driving Directions Map" tab for showing the location of the cemetery.
See the "Burial Lots" tab for a map of the burial plots within the cemetery, and for lot burial rights purchase prices.