Sessions Settlement Cemetery

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Sessions Settlement Cemetery

730 W 1500 South
Woods Cross, Davis County, Utah, USA
Memorials 13 added (38% photographed)

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Monument Erected May 26, 1940

Marker Inscription: In the early summer of 1849, a death occurred in Session's Settlement and this plot was selected as a cemetery. Nearly a score of people, including Pioneers, Indians, and a California emigrant (whose headstone is on opposite side of monument), were buried here. Later sub-irrigation caused the settlers to locate a new cemetery. This spot unites in common brotherhood, the Indians, the Mormon Pioneers and other emigrants, who died in the conquering of the West. – Eutaw Camp (Daughters of the Utah Pioneers)

(Information courtesy of Woods Cross City, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, and the Utah Historical Society.)
In the summer of 1849, Charles Peter Hogan, the eighteen month old child of Eric G. M. and Halga Hogan, died after eating poisoned parsnips. His burial was the first in this cemetery. The cemetery is located on the route taken by many of the early California Pioneers around the north end of the Great Salt Lake. It is the second cemetery in the State of Utah.

The remains of the following people are buried here:
Fannie Dack Parrish, pioneer of 1847, redheaded Irish woman, living on the John Willy Farm, born October 28, 1795 at Wicklow, Ireland; died September 27, 1851. The cause of her death was attributed to loneliness.
Eliza A. Beebe Cheney, born January 11, 1815; died October 6, 1851. She was a pioneer of 1850. Four months later, (February, 1852) her husband Nathan Cheney, age 41, died, leaving five children orphans. The oldest was fourteen. The baby, Franklin Cheney, five years old, born January 23, 1848, died in 1852.
Thomas Day, the son of Joseph and Ann Hardy Day, born March 12, 1842; died November 1853, of inflammation of the bowels.
[Robert] Williams Bidwell, born August 29, 1794, at Stillwater, Saratoga County, New York. This family was in the Haun's Mill Massacre. They arrived in Utah on September 14, 1850. They made their home in Bountiful. He died January 4, 1851.
Ira Robert Hatch, the infant son of Ransom and Lavern Bidwell Hatch, died in infancy. Born April 1857 and lived only two weeks.
John Thomas McKechinie, the three year old son of Jane McKechinie, a widow, died about 1855.
The stone bearing the name Olive Cynthis Ormsby, was placed in the cemetery in remembrance of a California emigrant. This marks the route taken by Major William Ormsby of San Francisco between 1849 and 1852. She was the child of Major Ormsby, and died March 17, 1851.

In the early 1800's this cemetery was located on high ground, but due to sub-irrigation in later years, it was necessary to discontinue burials here. After 1857, most of those who died in Sessions Settlement were buried in the Bountiful cemetery. Some graves were later discovered outside the cemetery fence and were moved to the Bountiful Cemetery.


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GPS Coordinates: 40.8746, -111.9004

  • Added: 2 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #109241