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A Tale of Two Cemeteries

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 18
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1986
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6n014pd
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 325758
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6n014pd

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Title A Tale of Two Cemeteries
Description A turn to the left would take us to the west hills' dry farms. The old or "lower" cemetery always seemed darker and colder. Maybe that was because of the older graves with weather-beaten, lichen covered, leaning headstones. In some places, the ground was sunken around the headstones and in other places, there were gopher holes,. Foot markers for the graves are still used there. Veterans of the Blackhawk War lie at rest. There are also immigrants from other lands and third-, fourth-, and fifth-gene ration ancestors . In the old cemetery, the Anderson marker with a huge round ball on top, shining in the moonlight, was a temptation, so we dared one another to c1imb it. No visit to the lower cemetery was complete without our looking for the burial spot of Matt Helean's handu A story is told that when his hand was severed in an accident, he just threw the hand away. He suffered such pain and agony in the stump, that he recovered the hand, gave it a decent burial with a marker, and his arm stopped hurting. The most famous site is the common grave of John Given, his wife Eliza and four children; John, Jr., Mary, Anna and Martha. That family had built a cabin with a willow shanty in Thistle Valley. Marauding Indians drove their cattle away and massacred the parents and youngsters. They ripped open feather ticks and covered the bodies with feathers. Several decades ago, some graves were lost in the northeast section of the old graveyard due to flooding by the Sanpitch River. That was one reason for the existence of the other cemetery where the final resting places there are high and dry. The "upper" or new cemetery is high on the west hills overlooking the valley. The sound of lonesome wind rolling tumbleweeds over the ground greeted us. There seemed to be more stars shining on that cold Halloween night. Buried in that burial place are numerous close relatives and soldiers 107
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 18
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325638
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6n014pd/325638