South Weber Pioneer Cemetery

6900 South 475 East
South Weber, Utah  84405-9628

South Weber City Official Website:  www.southwebercity.com


 


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* Directions to Cemetery
* Facts
* History
* Burial Records and photos of Headstones
* Map

 


Directions: 

   Take Fort Lane Road or 475 East off I-84 exit to South Weber.  The cemetery is located about 3 rods west of 475 East.  There is a narrow gravel road between properties that leads back to the cemetery.  The access road is approximately at the address listed above. 

Facts:  

Owner City of South Weber
1600 East South Weber Drive, South Weber, Utah  84405
Phone:  (801) 479-3177
Contact City Councilwoman Annette Ray Gardner
346 East 6650 South, South Weber, Utah  84405
Phone:  (801) 479-4903
Records Compiled by Mattie G. Ray (deceased)
Acreage .5154 of an acre
Year Established late 1850's
# of Burial Sites approximately 120; 106 known burial sites
First Burial Robert Cook - 1859
Last Burial approximately 1927
Unmarked Graves Several Indians are buried in unmarked graves

History:   

    The South Weber Pioneer Cemetery was started as a private burial site on the Firth property.   Robert H. Cook, who died on October 15, 1859, was probably the first settler to be buried there.  In 1927, Margaret Bambrough was the last.  It is believed that the cemetery was abandoned after 1927 because of a high water table, due to the Weber/Davis Canal. 
    The Cemetery has changed hands several times over the years.  The property was first owned by John Firth, who unsuccessfully tried to donate it to the City of South Weber.   Henry Firth, John's son, was also unsuccessful in relinquishing the cemetery.   Another son, William Henry Firth, was authorized by the Davis County Probate Court to deed the cemetery to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but the exchange never took place.   In 1979, Bruce Schmalz sold the property to Brent Winchester, who was finally successf in deeding the cemetery to the City of South Weber!
    Cemetery maintenance was a Scout project and a community service project for many years.   The U.S. Army Reserve united worked on restoring the cemetery from 1973-1975.  The City now maintains the lawns and irrigation system.  Grave maintenance is currently a family responsibility.
    The Cemetery is located south of the Old Morrisite Fort.  There is at least one burial from the White on White War of 1862. 
    There are 65 identified graves and several unknown graves, including several Indian graves on the south side of the cemetery.  Two Morrisites were buried outside the cemetery -- near the northeast corner.  Residents preferred not to have them buried inside the cemetery fence.  One of the Morrisites  buried there was Bella Bowman.

Sources: 
Information provided by the City of South Weber and Connie Allen
Article written by Doneta Gatherum
Article written by Deena Jones
Utah Historical Society
South Weber, The Autobiography of One Utah Community, by Lee D. Bell, copyright 1990.


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