One of the earliest burials at Mount Union Cemetery following its establishment in 1861 was that of Andrew Jackson Linebarger. Part of a family that moved to Oregon Territory in 1843, Mr. Linebarger died in his early 30s on June 10, 1861, according to the gravesite database, “Find A Grave.”

A published obituary for Mr. Linebarger could not be found, but family genealogists shared an account of his life in the public realm on and Following is the story of his life as published:

Andrew Jackson Linebarger was born in 1829 in Covington, Fountain County, Indiana. His parents were Lewis and Jane (Henderson) Linebarger. In 1831, the Linebarger family moved from Indiana to Will County, Illinois, when Lewis Linebarger became the first settler in the township of Florence. After living there for a short time, they relocated to Macoupin County, Illinois, where they remained until 1836, and then moved to Montgomery County, Missouri, where they remained until early 1843.

In April 1843, Andrew Jackson Linebarger joined his parents in departing on the overland journey to the Oregon Territory and arrived in Oregon City on Nov. 26, 1843. They settled on a home site in Washington County and were listed there in the 1850 U.S. census. The Linebargers remained in Washington County for about seven years. Andrew Jackson Linebarger fought in the Cayuse Indian War in 1848 with two of his brothers.

In 1851, Andrew’s father, Lewis Linebarger, took a donation land claim in Linn County, Oregon, and the family moved there where Andrew Jackson Linebarger met Lucy Eleanor Gilmour. They were married there on Jan. 22, 1852. They settled in Linn County and became the parents of one daughter, Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Linebarger, who was born in Linn County on Dec. 14, 1852.

Lucy died shortly after Elizabeth’s birth and their daughter, Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Linebarger, went to live with her uncle and aunt, John Thomas and Virginia (Linebarger) Gilmour, in Linn County, Oregon, who raised her.

On Dec. 31, 1857 in Benton County, Oregon, Andrew married Elizabeth McBee and they became the parents of two daughters, Nancy Virginia Linebarger (born in 1859) and Mary Josephine Linebarger (born in 1860), in Benton County, Oregon. Andrew died on about June 10, 1861 and was buried there.

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A Mount Union Cemetery map shows that Elizabeth Linebarger, his second wife, is buried in the Southeast Section, Row 3, Plot 77-2. On the map, there is a vacant plot next to her at 77-1 and although it’s always possible he was buried there without a marker surviving, most of the other early cemetery burials in 1861 were close together in the northwest corner of the northeast section.

Married in 1857, she died on Dec. 19, 1889. Inscribed on her stone is the following: “Our Mother, Wife of A. Linebarger, Aged 50 Y, 6 M, 4 D, A Precious one from us has gone, A voice we loved is stilled, A place is vacant in our home, which never can be filled.”

Based on the 1860 census, Mr. Linebarger was 31 years old when enumeration occurred on June 26, 1860. Since he died on June 10, 1861, he was probably 32 years at death — unless his birth date happened to fall within the two-week range of June 11 and June 26 in 1829.

Above is an image of Mr. Linebarger’s household in Benton County as recorded in the 1860 census.