MARY FRANCES GAY COGSWELL, for whom this cemetery is named, was the eldest daughter of Lane County, Oregon pioneers Martin Baker Gay and Ann Evans (Stewart) Gay. Mary Frances Gay was born in Missouri and traveled the Oregon Trail in a wagon train with her family in 1851. She married native New Yorker John Cogswell on October 28, 1852. Theirs was the first recorded marriage in Lane County. They had nine children, with just four living to adulthood. Their two young daughters, Florilla and Mary Anne, were the first two burials in the cemetery in the fall of 1857.
This cemetery is located between Eugene and Creswell, "in the shadow of Spencer Butte mountain." The Mary Gay Cogswell Cemetery is mentioned in the book by Lois Barton entitled, "One Woman's West: Recollections of the Oregon Trail and Settling of the Northwest Country." This book was based upon the diaries of Martha Ann (Gay) Masterson, who was Mary (Gay) Cogswell's younger sister.
The great-great-granddaughter of David Green Gay, Pam Wirkkala, has requested that the directions and GPS coordinates to this cemetery be removed from this page. She maintains that, "The "Mary Cogswell cemetery is a private family cemetery still in use, and as such the family prefers that the location not necessarily be so vividly described on the Web." This is despite the fact that the information is available elsewhere on the Internet, as that is where it was obtained for this page originally. However, unless other Cogswell/Gay/Masterson descendants request otherwise, this lone person's opinion and request has been honored.
- Added: 14 Sep 2008
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2276158
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