About Anna Maria Lee (Pittman)
Beneath this sod, the first ever broken in Oregon for the reception of a white mother and child, lie the remains of Anna Maria Pittman, first wife of Rev. Jason Lee and her infant son. She sailed from New York in July 1836, landed in Oregon June 1837, was married July 16th, 1837 and died June 26, 1838, age 35 years. In the full enjoyment of the love which constraineth her to leave all for Christ and heathen souls. Lo we have left all and followed thee, what should we have therefore. Mat. XIX 27.
"Mrs. Anna Pitman Lee--The Sunday Statesman of December 27, 1903, contains a very interesting editorial under the heading of Rev. Jason Lee, and closes with the wording on the marble slab now over the remains of the first white mother and child interred in the soil of Oregon, as if the writer believes that Lee cemetery first received the remains of that most pathetic life in the missionary history of Oregon.
The writer of this became claimant of the original M.E. mission site at Wilamet in August, 1845, by purchase from David Carter, one of the assist-ant missionaries, who purchased it of Rev. George Geary, agent of the board of missions, in 1844. The bodies of Mrs. Lee and babe then lay in the shade of a small fir grove, within easy rifle shot of the entrance to the main mission building. All fencing around the buildings, the garden and the graves, had been swept away by the high flood of December 1844, and as the marks of high water were from 4 to 6 inches upon the window casing, it must have swept from 6 to 10 feet deep over the graves of those interred, as it was lower ground than the building; but the head and foot boards on the graves had not been lifted, and many a time between my cleaning the house for occupancy, in September, and vacating it to a new owner in February, 1846, I read the wording on the head board over Mrs. Lee, according to memory thus:
Lord, we have left all and followed Thee; What shall we have therefor?
It was in the early 50s, I saw and read the same head board over what must have been temporary graves, near ordinary high water mark, in Mill street, Salem, near the east end of the present board walk to the O.R. & N. wharf. The bodies must have been brought there by steamer, but by whom removed to Lee cemetery, where I next read the question, I am not informed. The fact that the cemetery is on the D.L. claim of the late J.L. Parrish gives reason to believe that he gave the ground and very likely the name to Lee cemetery. John Minto. Salem, Jan. 1, 1904" WOS Jan 5, 1904 6:5 See: OS Dec 27, 1903