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1 Cemeteries of Iron County Created for the Utah Library Association Genealogy and Local History Roundtable By Steven D. Decker, Cedar City Library Director

2 Did You Know… The Utah History Research Center recognizes 12 cemeteries in Iron County? Iron County cemeteries include burials of martyrs, Olympians, and statesmen? Many of Iron Countys cemeteries are indexed for online searching?

3 Recognized Cemeteries Cedar City (5,389 burials) Enoch (140 burials) Hamlin Valley – No data John McGarry Memorial Park (15 burials) – At Beryl Kanarraville – No Data Milton Gentry Ranch Modena (98 burials) Newcastle (86 burials) Paragonah (576 burials) Parowan (2,665 burials) State Line (11 burials) Summit (190)

4 First Burial in Cedar City Cemetery Joseph Chatterley, 1807 –1853, was the first burial in the Cedar City Cemetery Died of an accidental wound Wheelwright & Iron Worker (Replacement stone)

5 Walls (Arch) Parowan City Cemetery Arch This is at least the third arch at the entrance of the cemetery, the others having been knocked down by trucks or machinery trying to enter through the arch.

6 Walls Parowan Cemetery Construction by Civilian Conservation Corps

7 Walls Cedar City Cemetery Originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps Destroyed Rebuilt using much of the same stone Southeast corner of cemetery

8 Walls Wall surrounding Enoch Cemetery

9 Memorials Cedar City Cemetery Memorial to American Veterans Wars: – Mexican, Indian, Civil, Spanish-American, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korea

10 Memorials Veterans Memorial at Enoch

11 Memorials Paragonah Memorial

12 Memorials Parowan Cemetery Visitors Center Donated by the Daniel L. Evans Family Trust and members of the Evans family in memory of Clefford and Ada Evans (Parowans Veteran Memorial is on the City Park)

13 Personalities Ellen (Nellie) Pucell Unthank Martin Handcart Company Double amputee (below the knee) Spent rest of life walking on her knees or the stubs of her legs Mother of 6 Cedar City Cemetery

14 Personalities Parowan Cemetery Grave of William Horne Dame Military commander at the time of the Mountain Meadow Massacre

15 Personalities Edward Meeks Dalton Polygamist The only known martyr for the Mormon practice of plural marriage Shot in the back by U. S. Deputy Marshal Thompson, of Beaver Parowan Cemetery

16 Personalities Parowan Cemetery Alma Wilford Richards Utahs first Olympic champion (High jump: at Stockholm) Utah Sports Hall of Fame, Helms Hall of Fame, BYU Hall of Fame, U.S. Track and field Hall of Fame.

17 Personalities Brig. Gen. J. Frank Dalley Commander of 213 th at Kap Yong (Korean War) – All members of the 213 th returned home alive even after intense fighting Summit Cemetery

18 Personalities Governor Scott Milne Matheson Utahs 12th Governor Governor: Democrat Parowan City Cemetery

19 Unique Stones Western Iron County was the home of numerous Chinese workers at the turn of the century. Chinese people worked on the construction of the railroad and in the mines of the region. Modena Cemetery Source:

20 Unique Stones Cedar City Cemetery Ball is not attached and is sometimes removed by pranksters Deceased: Hunter

21 Unique Stones Cedar City Cemetery Deseret alphabet inscribed along the top of the stone Deceased: Morris (Replacement stone)

22 Unique Stones Cedar City Cemetery Above ground mausoleum Deceased: Burrascano

23 Unique Stones Cedar City Cemetery Intricately carved stone with a draped vase Deceased: Bullock

24 Unique Stones Cedar City Cemetery Stone set diagonally Deceased: Middleton

25 Unique Stones Parowan Cemetery Tree of Life Representation Many intricately carved stones: Handshakes, lambs, draperies. This is an example Deceased: Davenport

26 Unique Stones Parowan Cemetery Charleys Grave (similar stone for Osman Ts Grave) Uniquely simple in inscription but there is a carved floral design

27 Damage: Mother Nature Reclaims Her Own Cedar City Cemetery Stone fragments lying next to each other

28 Damage: Mother Nature Reclaims Her Own Cedar City Cemetery Sandstone markers eroded completely through

29 Native Americans Cedar City Cemetery A section of the Cedar City Cemetery containing Native Americans. Certain of the local Native Americans have asked that the plots not be grassed like the surrounding area.

30 Lore Parowan Cemetery Butch Cassidy: It is not known where Butch, Robert LeRoy Parker, is buried but his brother, Daniel Samuel Parker, is buried in Parowan. At least two sextons have claimed to have hit an unmarked grave on or near the Parker plot. Is it Butchs?

31 Lore Summit Cemetery Built on Indian Mound (Fact) Nephite Battle Ground At or near this site Samuel T. Ortons team of oxen refused to continue plowing. This continued for three consecutive days until Orton had a vision that convinced him that we were standing on the battle ground where they [the Nephites and Lamanites of the Book of Mormon] had had a great battle (Dalton, ).

32 Interest Paragonah Cemetery Note the concrete slabs covering graves (once a relatively common practice Note the permanent flagpoles in the background honoring veterans.

33 Interest Paragonah Cemetery Used to be many more like this – fenced family plots Cemetery plots are deeded parcels of land Deceased: Edwards

34 And much, much more…

35 Sources Dalton, Luella Adams Dalton, History of the Iron County Mission and Parowan the Mother Town. Evans, Carl, [Oral Tradition of Samuel T. Orton Experience]. History to Go: Utah State History: history.utah.gov/apps/burials/execute/searchburials history.utah.gov/apps/burials/execute/searchburials Counties of Utah – Iron County.


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