|Death: ||Jun. 19, 1849|
Aged 18 at death, year of birth calculated.
Pioneer wife who died in this place. Ash Hollow Cemetery was established around her burial place.
This is a transcript of the historical marker shown here:
RACHEL E. PATTISON
"Rachel taken sick in the morning, died in the night." Thus did twenty-three-year-old Nathan Pattison record the death of his wife of two months, Rachel Warren Pattison.
Nathan and Rachel were married April 3, 1849, in Randolph Count, Illinois. They left their homes near Sparta just one week later to take the trail to Oregon. Their company consisted primarily of Nathan's immediate family: his parents, William and Mary; five brothers; and William's aunt, Charlotte Irwin. Nathan's brother James was accompanied by his wife, Jane, and their infant son. With the Pattisons were some relatives of Jane Pattison named Wylie.
On June 18 the company reached Ash Hollow by way of Cedar Bluffs. The day before, they had lost three oxen that had eaten poisonous weeds, and William planned an early stop to do some repair work and to harness four mules to take the place of the remaining oxen. William Pattison's diary for June 19 is as follows:
"next day our Company left us about 11 ocl Rachel was taken with Colara and died by 11 at night of 19 instant Medical aid was obtained from a train from Mechigan of the Dr Ormsby after buring on the left side of the hollow as you go round the bluff up the River on the second bank placing a grave stone at her head Rachel Pattison aged 18 June 19th 1849"
The man who tended Rachel in her final hours was Dr. Caleb N. Ormsby of Ann Arbor.
Charlotte Irwin died on October 12 as the company crossed the Blue Mountains. The Pattisons reached the Dalles of the of the Columbia on November 3. An attempt was made to raft down the river but an early winter storm left them stranded at the Cascades. After many days of privation they finally reached Fort Vancouver late in the month. The Pattisons spent the winter there while the men of the company cut timber for the fort to earn their living. They went on to Oregon City in the spring of 1850.
Nathan Pattison never remarried and lived with his brother James and his family for most of the rest of his life at various places in Oregon and Washington. He died at Olympia in 1893 and is buried at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in that city.
Research, Signing and Funding by the:
Oregon-California Trails Association
In cooperation with the Ash Hollow Cemetery District
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Nathan Pattison (1827 - 1893)*
Ash Hollow Cemetery
Created by: Cherie Atkinson Clark
Record added: Aug 30, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11644754