“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fort Bragg in Mendocino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

The Parrish Family Cemetery

The Parrish Family Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 28, 2013
1. The Parrish Family Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  In 1893 David Franklin Parrish, his wife, Sarah Linebough Parrish, six daughters and four sons, “set out for Fort raise potatoes and peas on the bluffs by the ocean.” David had worked with Luther Burbank in Santa Rosa during Burbank’s heyday of plant experimentation. When the family moved to Fort Bragg the University of California Agriculture Department asked that David test different varieties of potatoes to determine which were the best for the area. We are told he had about 160 acres extending all the way to the ocean planted in potatoes. (According to lore, the acreage was reduced by the 1906 earthquake when 40 acres dropped into the ocean.)

Accounts differ as to who still remains in the family plot after all this time. Harvey Wyrick, husband of David’s daughter, Alice, was buried here. Records show Ira Parrish’s first wife, Josephine, was buried here but was later moved to the Rose Memorial Park in Fort Bragg, where most members of the Parrish clan now rest. Ira later married Florence, who proudly claimed Indian heritage and its thought some of the symbols on the markers reflect that heritage. According
The Parrish Family Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 28, 2013
2. The Parrish Family Cemetery Marker
The marker is on the grey post on the right.
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to Ira’s grandchildren, Florence is buried here.

The three marked graves of the infants belong to a baby of David J. and Janet Parrish, a baby of Ester Parrish and Guy Kraft, a baby of Hester (Hatti) Parrish and Frank Mendall. Hattie (sic) is said to have spent more time here than anyone else in the family and never missed a Memorial Day to take flowers.

Gardens volunteers assisted in the restoration of the little cemetery, opening it to the public in 1991. According to the Garden’s Master Plan, the Parrish Family Cemetery will be protected and maintained as it was found and as you see it today.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1893.
Location. 39° 24.486′ N, 123° 48.831′ W. Marker is in Fort Bragg, California, in Mendocino County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of California Highway 1 (California Route 1) and Johnson Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18220 California Highway 1, Fort Bragg CA 95437, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Runway! (approx. 1.6 miles away); Whirring Saws Silenced: A Pictorial History of the Mill Site (approx. 2˝ miles away); Charles Russell Johnson (approx. 2.6 miles away); Fort Bragg (approx. 2.6
Parrish Pioneer Cemetery Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 28, 2013
3. Parrish Pioneer Cemetery Plaque
Family Members of
David and Sarah Parrish
In Residence
1893 – 1924
miles away); Major William F. Mullen Freedom Tree (approx. 2.6 miles away); Fort Building (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Weller House (approx. 2.7 miles away); Dynamite Shack (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Bragg.
More about this marker. The Parrish Pioneer Cemetery is located in the Mendicino Coast Botanical Garden.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 24, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 559 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 24, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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