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Ephraim in Sanpete County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, June 14, 2014
1. Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery Marker
Inscription. In 1854, Ephraim's first settlers erected a one and one half acre stone fort for housing and protection against Indian attacks. A cemetery was not included in their plans. The first pioneer to die was Mr. Manwaring. Permission had been granted to use Allred Settlement's (Spring City's) cemetery, and the funeral party was en route to that site when a warning came of a threatened Indian attack. Instructions were given to dig a grave, bury the body, and return to Fort Ephraim. This burial took place about two miles north of Ephraim and is the present site of Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery. It was used almost exclusively until May 1905. Mr. Manwaring's grave site is unknown as are other burials recorded in journals but not on grave markers.
Numerous markers bear names of young children, as various diseases and malnutrition took a terrible toll in those early years. Ornate oolite, granite and simple wooden markers dot the cemetery, most engraved with loving words, poetry and decorative emblems. A striking granite marker designates the burial site of seven pioneers who were massacred by Indians in 1865. Seven Ephraimites, who drowned in Funks' Lake in 1878, are buried nearby.
For many years, the cemetery had an unkempt appearance until 1990 when the present transformation occurred under the direction of the Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery Committee.
Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 14, 2014
2. Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery Marker

 
Erected 1995 by Fort Ephraim Camp, Daughters of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 483.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 23.392′ N, 111° 35.079′ W. Marker is in Ephraim, Utah, in Sanpete County. Marker is on Pioneer Cemetery Road 0.9 miles north of U.S. 89, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ephraim UT 84627, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Dorius, Jr., House and Barn (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Old Fort (approx. 2 miles away); Fort Ephraim (approx. 2 miles away); Ephraim Co-op Building (approx. 2 miles away); Ephraim Settlement (approx. 2 miles away); Snow Academy Building (approx. 2 miles away); Ephraim Relief Society Granary (approx. 2 miles away); Fort Ephraim Peace Treaty (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ephraim.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 14, 2014
3. Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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