Mormon Burials at Murphy Lake,
Approx. 1 m. southeast of Baker's Ford; near mouth of Deer Creek.
According to pioneer tradition, a party of Mormons wintered here in 1853-54.. They drained Murphy Lake (an ox-bow lake ) to catch fish for food. Several died, but graves have been obliterated; grave stones said to have been used in a barn foundation.
(Seneca Courier-Tribune 1938 Annv. Ed.)
Mrs. Posey.W. Cox, dau. of Eli & Eliza Williams, was 9 yrs. old when her parents settled on Deer Creek n.w. of Oneida in 1855. "We saw many Mormons passing us...They drained what we called Murphy Lake in the month of Aug. 1855. They...caught and ate the fish.
Forty in the party died. They were buried near the lake. Many of them had cholera. I saw clothing that was torn off the dead, three or four months after the Mormons left." (Tennal, p.61)
Specifically: Buried along the Oregon Trail
Maintained by: Ancestral Sleuth
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Sep 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77094254