Keesee family grave marker
Sylvia D. Keesee died at age 60 in June 1886 and two years later in June 1888, her son, Andrew T. Keesee died at age 23. Both are buried at Mount Union Cemetery. This side of a family monument shows Sylvia's information, although it is difficult to read. Another side includes Andrew's name. The small, white marker to the right is where Andrew is buried. (Photos by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on June 30, 1886, in the Morning Oregonian (Portland), Page 4, Column 2.

Sylvia D. Keesee


Mrs. Sylvia Keesee died at Corvallis June 23 of apoplexy, aged 60 years. Deceased was born in Bradford county, Pa., December 11, 1825. She was married to William Knotts September 6, 1844, came to Oregon in 1845, settled first in Washington county, and afterwards removed to Benton county in 1847. Mr. Knotts died in 1855 and the subject of his notice then married John Keesee, with whom she lived until his death, which occurred March 9, 1883. She leaves surviving her the following children: Margaret Langell, Sarah A. Robinson, William Knotts, Henry W. Keesee, Andrew T. Keesee and Lizzie Keesee, and one stepdaughter, Mrs. Morris Newton.

Published as it appeared on June 29, 1888, in the Corvallis Gazette, Page 3, Column 4.

Andrew T. Keesee


KEESEE—In Corvallis, at the residence of Mr. Hitchens, on June 22, 1888, at 7:15 p.m., Andrew T. Keesee, aged 23 years.

“Andy” had been in bad health for quite a long time past and during last winter made a trip to California in hopes of improving, but a few weeks there found that it was of no benefit, and returned home. A short time ago he was married to Nellie E. Hitchens, little expecting that in so short time, death would take him from her side. The burial services were conducted at the Methodist church on last Sunday by Rev. J.T. Wolfe, the fireman and E company being present. The remains were interred in the burying ground a few miles south of this city.

Andrew Keesee's grave marker
This modest grave marker in the Keesee family plot at Mount Union Cemetery shows the final resting place of Andrew Keesee. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)