Recorded burials in this cemetery began in 1836 when the mission was established. The Pioneer Cemetery adjoins the "Great Grave" in which victims of the "Whitman Massacre" are buried. Many of the original markers in the cemetery were destroyed by time or vandalism and have never been replaced. Some of those on the following list of known burials are not actually in the cemetery but are thought to be buried near it.The burial site of the Whitman's baby daughter, Alice Clarissa was somewhere to the north of the main mission house, her tombstone within sight of the house, but not in the same area as either the Pioneer Cemetery or the Great Grave. In addition, there are many Indian graves on the grounds, most from before the Whitmans’ arrival, likely buried at the bottom of Shaft Hill.BURIALS IN THE GREAT GRAVE, WHO DIED NOVEMBER 29-30, 1847WHITMAN, MarcusWHITMAN, Narcissa PrentissROGERS, Andrew, Jr.SAUNDERS, LucienKIMBALL, NathanBEWLEY, Crockett A.GILLILAND, IsaacSAGER, JohnSAGER, FrancisHOFFMAN, JacobMARSH, Walter?SALES, AmosHALL, Peter D.BURIALS NOT INCLUDED IN THE GREAT GRAVEBROWN, D. 1841, also known as Brown's womanCAYUSE INDIAN,Elizabeth, D. 1905, April 10, helped bury massacre victimsFINDLAY, Joseph S., D. 1845, March 6, emigrantGRAY, Mary Augusta Dix, B. Jan 1, 1810, D. 1881, Dec 8GRAY, William Henry, B. Sept 10, 1810, D. 1889 Nov 14HALL, Sara, D. 1838, Aug 11, Indian, second burial in cemeteryHASTINGS, Judy, B. Nov 20, 1862, D. 1866, Jan 11HAVIRD, Grant, B. April, 1869, D. 1869, Aug 13HAVIRD, Irene Ann Hod, D. July 17,1844, D. 1869, Dec 8HAVIRD, D. 1858HAYS, Rapoleon, D. 1847,Dec, infantHINES, a Negro, D. 1836,Sept 1, came west with WhitmansHODGIS, Henry, Morton, B. Nov 23,1866, D. 1867, May 25MAHI, Joseph, D. 1840, Aug, Hawaiian, worked for WhitmansMcELHANEY, Ethel, B. Aug 10,1855, D. 1865, Oct 12McELHANEY, Julia, A.,B. Oct 31, 1853, D. 1862 Nov 08MEEK, Helen Mar, D. 1847, Dec 12, 9yrs, measlesOSBORNE, Baby Girl, D. 1847, Dec 14, measlesOSBORNE, Salivijane, D. 1847, Nov 24, 6yrs, measlesSAGER, Hannah, Louise, D. 1847, Dec 5, 6 yrs, measlesSTONE, Alta, B. 1868, D. 1870STONE, Dr. John, B. May 7,1821, D. 1870, March 9, pioneer physicianWHITMAN, Alice Clarissa, B. March 14, 1837, D. 1839, June 23, drowning.
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WHITMAN MISSION PIONEER CEMETERY
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