Walla Walla County
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Also known as Saint Rose Mission Cemetery. The original land donation for this cemetery was made by Narcisse Reymond. There are no remaining memorial stones. A single marker with a list of burial names, on both sides, mark the burial area that adjoined the St. Rose Catholic Mission.
Church records begin in 1863 recording burials at the previous Frenchtown Cemetery. Due to flooding, by l876, the remains from this cemetery, along the river, were moved to the hill on the current Narcisse Raymond land donation claim where the present cross and monument are located.
According to church records, approximately 62 graves remain on the hill where the final Frenchtown cemetery is located, the last interment being Marcel Gagnon in l893. However, other statements about the cemetery indicate there are "are approximately 125 burials."
The Bergevin family alone has eleven relatives buried in this cemetery. Six Bergevin relatives were initially buried in the cemetery that was flooded by the river, and then moved to this hillside location. Five Bergevin relatives died after the cemetery was transferred and were buried directly on this hill. This includes ancestral grandfather Joseph Forest who died in l889 and his wife Marguerite Pichet who died in l881. Three Native American women are buried here along with a number of French settlers.
The 4 May 1947 issue of the Walla Walla Union Bulletin has an old cemetery roll for Frenchtown Settlement. It was complied from oldsters in the area in 1942.
The 4 October 1953 issue of the Walla Walla Union Bulletin states that Joseph Bergevin helped build Saint Rose Mission in about 1872. There "are approximately 125 burials" in the cemetery.