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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Mary Ann Chapman ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Mary Ann Chapman
MAIDEN NAME: Morrison AKA 1:  AKA 2:  AKA 3: 
BORN: 10 Aug 1828 DIED: 24 Dec 1920 BURIED: 27 Dec 1920
BIRTH PLACE:  Morgan Co., Illinois
DEATH PLACE: West Salem, Polk Co., Oregon
OSBH (Polk County 1920) #149 - Mrs. Mary Ann Chapman, b. Aug. 10, 1828 in Illinois, d. in West Salem, Dec. 24, 1920, dau. of Jesey Morrison and Mary Lee, informant: Geo. W. Chapman of West Salem, Webb & Clough, bur. Dec. 27, 1920.
1880 Census - Mary A. Chapman, age 51, b. Illinois, is enumerated with husband John H. Chapman, age 61, farmer, born SC, and 3 children: Cora (18), George W. (14) and Mary A. (11).
R. L. Polk City Directory of Salem, 1921: Chapman, George W. (Ida M.) millworker at C.K.S. Logging Co., h. RFD #2; Chapman, Maryann (wid. John) res. George W. Chapman.
APART 56 YEARS UNITE IN YAKIMA. Mrs. Mary Chapman and Mrs. Maria Karr Meet Again at Brother's Home. Meeting for the first time since 1855, when the elder of the two left her home in the middle west with her husband and family to reside on the Pacific coast, Mrs. Mary Chapman, 83 years old, of Salem, Oregon, and Mrs. Maria Karr, 80 years old, of Lewiston, Idaho, sisters of J. H. and A. W. Morrison of this city [Yakima], were reunited last Thursday at the home of the latter, and have spent the week-end in a most interesting recount of the adventures which have befallen them during the 56 years of separation. 
The two "boys" are not so far behind their sisters in the matter of years, one being 68 and the other 75 years. Every one of the four is in full possession of his or her faculties, and the culmination of the reunion, a family dinner and gathering at the home of A. W. Morrison, 301 South Eighth street, this city, on Sunday, was an event of the keenest enjoyment for all present. 
Has Long Residence 
Other interesting facts in connection with the history of the aged quartet are that Mrs. Chapman has lived for 56 years in one place at Salem; that Mrs. Karr is the oldest of five generations in her family, the youngest of whom is 2 years old, and that it has been 33 years since the two sons of the family, the surviving members of a trio which was broken only recently by the death of a third brother, have seen Mrs. Chapman, their last meeting with her having been in 1878, when they left Salem en route to the Yakima country. 
Has Notable Trip 
Perhaps to Mrs. Chapman, the eldest of the quartet, belongs the story of the most adventurous career of any of the family. Leaving her home in Pike county, Illinois, November 7, 1855, she went to the port of New York and proceeded by steamer to the Isthmus of Panama, crossed upon muleback, again took steamer for the Columbia river, and after failure to find the mouth of the river and make entrance, was shipwrecked with the other passengers off the northern coast of Washington. Leaving the party on the beach with instructions to look out for themselves. After he was gone 10 days, the captain of the vessel started out for help and was gone 17 days, returning with a steamer which conveyed them through the straits of Juan de Fuca, into Puget Sound and as far as Olympia, whither Mrs. Chapman and her family proceeded by horse and canoe across country and down the Cowlitz River to the Columbia. Their journey to Salem, which was then a village of only two or three hotels, a few stores and dwelling-houses, was completed February 1, 1856. 
Visits Brothers Here 
Contrasting with the perils and adventures of her first trip through the country was the journey taken by Mrs. Chapman to North Yakima several days ago to visit her two brothers, who are 30-year residents of this valley and well known here. She had started upon her return trip to Salem, when she learned that her sister, Mrs. Karr, was coming to North Yakima, and she retraced her journey over the mountains to be present at the reunion of the past week. Mrs. Karr has been a resident of Lewiston only a short time, having come to the Idaho country from the middle west last fall. 
J. H. Morrison is a resident of the Ahtanum. At the dinner given in honor of the quartet by Mr. And Mrs. A. W. Morrison yesterday, were present, besides the honor guests, Mrs. J. W. Morrison, Mr. And Mrs. John H. Miller, Mrs. Phoebe Stewart and Miss Blanch Canfield, the last two a daughter and granddaughter, respectively, of Mrs. Karr. After the dinner the quartet posed for a picture to be added to one of the five generation following Mrs. Karr, already in the possession of the family. [unidentified Yakima newspaper clipping--without date--provided by Phil H. Ringle, Jr.] 
For more information about the shipwreck-- See: SHIPWRECKS of the PACIFIC COAST by James A. Gibbs, Binford & Mort Pub., Portland, Oregon, c. 1957; pg. 11-13.
Mary Ann Morrison was born in Morgan county, Illinois, August 10, 1828. She was married to John H. Chapman in Pike county, Illinois in 1845. In 1854 they, with their three little daughters, started for Oregon, coming by way of the Isthmus of Panama; crossing the Isthmus by mule pack train, then taking passage on the ship SOUTHERNER, they started on the last part of their journey. A storm coming on, their ship was driven ashore and wrecked near Flattery reefs, but all succeeded in reaching the shore, and in saving large supplies of food, They established a camp while some of the men made their way to Olympia, where they induced the officers of a ship to attempt the rescue of those left in camp. The fog was so dense the ship could not locate the camp, and after waiting several days, returned to Olympia, giving up rescues by that means. The party left the camp and started for Portland, traveling on foot, horseback and Indian canoe to Portland then by boat to Salem, where they arrived in February, 1855, having lost most of their belongings in the shipwreck. 
Mr. and Mrs. Chapman lived in Salem until the autumn of 1868, when they purchased a tract of land in Polk county, upon which the railroad station of Winona now stands. The farm had been Mrs. Chapman's continuous home for 66 years. Her husband having died in 1882, her son George took charge of the farm and has made his home there most of the time since. About a year ago her son moved to West Salem; since then she had made her home there with him. Her death occurred at his home Friday, December 24, 1920, at 11 o'clock p.m. She is survived by five children; George W. of West Salem; Mrs. V. B. Witherell of Tacoma, Wash.; Mrs. H. H. Cross of South Salem; Mrs. A. R. Southwick of Polk county; and Mrs. W. P. Ringle of North Salem, and a large number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had been a consistant member of the Christian church since early girlhood, a kind and helpful neighbor and she will be missed by the children and a large circle friends and neighbors, especially among the older residents of Salem and Polk county. 
Oregon Statesman, Dec. 31, 1920, 8:5-7.
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1880 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., La Creole Pct., FA #140) 
OSBH (Polk County 1920) #149 
R. L. Polk City Directory of Salem, 1921 
OS 31 Dec 1920 8:5-7 Unidentified Yakima newspaper clipping--without date--provided by Phil H. Ringle, Jr.

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