When Evergreen Cemetery was first created, residents were allowed to move their interred to the new garden cemetery from the older cemeteries. Many jumped at the chance, including the son of Captain John Mussey. He sold the empty tomb in Eastern to the Jordan family, and transferred all that was mortal of his father and mother—as well as their box tomb monument—to the new family plot at Evergreen.
The Jordan tomb is assumed to be empty with only a small marker to note its ownership.
The Mussey family was and continued to be prominent in Portland. It is written that John Jr. tried to have the remains of the captains (Blythe and Burrows) moved as well—but an unimpressed crowd at city hall objected.
Eastern Cemetery 1817.
Removed to this spot 1871.
Special thanks to Ron Romano for the photos and information on the Mussey move.
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