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Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery (#47150050)
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Bio Photo As volunteers for the Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery, we manage Find-A-Grave memorials for the majority of the people buried at the Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery. We make a concerted effort to insure that the posted information is as accurate as possible. Our primary focus is on maintaining and expanding historical records rather than conducting extensive genealogical research on individuals. The material that we post on Find-A-Grave is typically limited to basic information about the deceased because of personal privacy concerns, copyright restrictions, and the suggested Find-A-Grave policy. We have also determined that if extensive information is posted on the memorial, we may not make direct contact with people who will help us further our knowledge that we, in turn, can share with others. We are always happy to hear from relatives and researchers and make any material we have collected available to them.

Since the cemetery is located adjacent to Marshfield High School, it is essential to help foster in students an appreciation of this special place. Therefore, we also facilitate collaborative endeavors that engage students in historical inquiry and the care of the cemetery. In addition, we assist students in presenting a Memorial Day program for the school and community, and our virtual cemeteries are an outgrowth of those projects.

We have noticed that there are several common points of confusion about local cemeteries. The Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery was officially established by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) in 1891, and served as the primary burying ground from the late 1880s until the 1910s, serving the communities of Marshfield, North Bend, Empire, Eastside and other small, neighboring communities. There have been less than 300 burials in the Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery since the 1920s, although burials in family plots can still be arranged. After 1914, the I.O.O.F. opened a new cemetery, today known as Sunset Memorial Park, which was also referred to as the “Marshfield Cemetery.” In addition, for a comparatively short time, a cemetery, now referred to as the “Old Marshfield Cemetery,” was situated on Knob Hill (Telegraph Hill). We have also noted that a number of burials were relocated from one cemetery to another. We encourage you to visit our website for further information.

We hope that you will respect the choices we have in regards to Find-A-Grave. Please contact us directly with any concerns or questions.
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Victor Bennison
Enos Smith grave again
Nevermind, I found a transcription online and a previous note from Jennifer Swank (that you?). Her information implies that the information in in incorrect, which I believe is true. She told me: "Enos Smith died 6 Dec 1895 and was buried 8 Dec 1895 in the IOOF Cemetery [often referred to as Pioneer Cemetery] in Marshfield [now Coos Bay], OR." The transcription of the tombstone (also by Jennifer) reads:
SMITH, Enos -- d. 6 Dec 1895, ae 78y

This would be exactly right for the birth year of 1817, which is what almost all the census records yield. So I would appreciate it if the death year on were changed to 1895. Thanks!
- Vick

Added by Victor Bennison on Sep 18, 2016 7:13 PM
Victor Bennison
Enos Smith grave
Thank you so much for taking the photo!! Just one question. It's very hard to read the year. says it's 1890, but it looks more like 1895 or 1896 to me. His age is pretty unreadable. Are there cemetery records that have the date of death or internment? Are there old transcriptions that might have been made before the stone became so damaged? Thanks for any help!! My email is
- Vick
Added by Victor Bennison on Sep 18, 2016 10:57 AM
Ernie Krewson
RE: Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery
Ok, I will double check a name on the death certificate with all cemeteries on Coos County. Thanks so much for your suggestion
Added by Ernie Krewson on Jan 14, 2016 4:31 PM
Ernie Krewson
RE: Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery
Thanks for your suggestion. Please help me in obtaining yout objective. Are there other cemeteries in the area other than Sunset or Ocean View where their may be interments? I'll check with Find A Grave and test the interments. The death certificate shows Marshfield Cemetery. Is there another cemetery you may think would be the correct cemetery other than Marshfield Cemetery? Thanks, Ernie
Added by Ernie Krewson on Jan 14, 2016 3:09 PM
Bonnie Rickman
Beatrice Vonder Green
Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery

Thank you to the volunteer(s) who so willingly give of their time and dedication to this pioneer cemetery. I am pleased for the quick and nice photo posted to her memorial. I am related to Beatrice's granddaughter, Charlotte "Lottie" Rickman, my 2nd cousin twice removed, through our letter correspondences in the 1960's. It is in memory of her dedication to ancestry research that I excitedly work on furthering my own family genealogy. What great fun! MERRY CHRISTMAS To All!!
Added by Bonnie Rickman on Dec 16, 2015 3:28 PM
Leslie MITCHELL Smith
Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery
Thank you so much for taking the headstone photo of my relative, Mary Jane CARRICK Magary. I truly appreciate your time and willingness to help others :o)

Thanks again!
Leslie Smith
Added by Leslie MITCHELL Smith on Oct 12, 2015 5:01 PM
Martin Burrell
Leo I. Murphy
Birth 10 Apr 1894 in Oregon, USA
Death 04 Mar 1911 in Oregon, USA

It is mentioned that there is a obit for him. Would you folks be of a mind to send me a copy with the source information. There is so little known about him.

Thank you for your continued work at the cemetery.

Do you have one for his mother and father too? Especially his mother, Adda Murphy. As I can't fine an Oregon Death Certificate for her.

Martin Burrell

Added by Martin Burrell on Sep 10, 2015 3:54 PM
David Anderson
Peter Johnson
Thank you very much for the information on Peter's unmarked grave. It is really appreciated. I like the 'photo'!
Added by David Anderson on Mar 31, 2015 10:54 AM
Martin Burrell
Loren W Lyster

Is it not wonderful to have a answer to who his parent's were and what happened to them. This answers several more questions. One of his sisters married another member of the Lyster clan. I did all this to see where she fit into a family. I have maybe 10-12 clippings concerning the family from very old Douglas and Coos County newspapers. Most of them are just daily actives.

I tracked down his parent's and siblings. Please, reframe from being upset as I have newspaper clippings to install. I would ask that you would not report me.

The parents both died in Portland, after having lived there for years. They moved there sometime after the 1930 U.S. Census. I was so hoping to find obits.

By the way, Loren's mother very likely had the maiden name, Law. It appears that they left the United States for Quebec, Canada after the Revolutionary War.

Thanks, Martin Burrell

Mother: Lillie Lorena Law Lyster - Find A Grave# 142103806
Father: Fredrick William "Fred" Lyster - Find A Grave# ..........142103592
Added by Martin Burrell on Feb 02, 2015 1:30 AM
Undertaker's Gr-Granddaughter
RE: O. N. Geers w/o Gonterman
Other then Katy being an aunt several times over, I have no information on her or Geers. Sorry I couldn't help.
Added by Undertaker's Gr-Granddaug... on Nov 23, 2014 6:36 AM
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