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Gravelford Cemetery

Gravelford, Coos County, Oregon


©2010 Robyn Greenlund

Gravelford Cemetery, Gravelford, Oregon

Cemetery transcription done January and July 2010, with additional historical information for historical headstones and markers as recorded by Alice Woodridge in about 1970.


 The notes column includes any additional notations found on the headstones. Where there is presently no headstone for the grave, information show for the deceased is taken from the earlier transcriptions, when the markers still contained readable information.


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Last Name First Name

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Notes
Bennett Sarah ([Baker]) 10/24/1828 1/5/1916       [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
  Bennett, Sister Sarah, nee Baker, born Oct. 25, 1828, in Elkhart County, Ind., died Jan. 5, 1916, at the home of her son, J. D. Bennett, near Gravel Ford, Oregon, aged 87 years, 2 months and 11 days. Early in life she moved to Minnesota. Here she was married. Later the family lived in Missouri and in Indiana. Mr. Bennett died in Missouri about twenty years ago. Mrs. Bennett returned to Minnesota and later on came to Oregon, to make her home with her son, J. D. Bennett, near Gravel Ford. She was the mother of eight sons and three daughters, of whom four sons and two daughters survive. Deceased united with the Church of the Brethren about fifty years ago, and lived a faithful Christian life. Services at Gravel Ford by Eld Thos. Barklow, of Myrtle Point. – Rachel Michael, Myrtle Point, Oregon.
The Gospel Messenger Feb. 5, 1916 page 94

Mrs. Sarah Bennett, familiarly known as Grandma Bennett passed away at the home of her son, J. D. Bennett near Gravel Ford, Oregon, Jan. 5, 1916, at the age of 87 hears 2 months and 11 days. Sarah Bennett, nee Baker, was born Oct. 25, 1828 in Elkhart county, Indiana and early in life moved to Minnestoa and became a pioneer in the Middle West. Here she was married and the family resided at different times in Minnesota, Missouri, as well as Indiana. Mr. Bennett died in Missouri about 20 years ago. Mrs. Bennett returned to Minnesota and after 8 years residence in the state came to Oregon to make her home with her son, J. D. Bennett near Gravel Ford, where she has resided most of the time since. Mrs. Bennett was the mother of 11 children, 8 boys and 3 girls, of whom 4 boys and 2 girls survive the parents. Mrs. Bennett was a member of the Brethren church about 50 years. Funeral services were held at Gravel Ford.
Myrtle Point Enterprise, Jan. 13, 1916
Brady Josephine           [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
Brady Sarah           [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
Bright Angeline     Age 61 years [Wife of James S. Bright, died 6 May 1913]     [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
Bright Annie E. 12/29/1867 6/3/1889 wife of J.M. [James] Bright   S 6-6  
Bright Henry A.   12/29/1908 Born VA, nearly 81 years, early days Calif. Gold miner, brother of James Bright   S 5-6  
Bright Henry A. 3/3/1887 3/11/1887 son of J.M. And A.E. Bright   S 6-7  
Bright Infant Children   3/1903 Infant children of James Monroe and Mae Bright   S 6-9  
  Gravelford news. -- James Bright baby died at Gravelford.
Mar 13, 1903, Coquille City Bulletin
Bright James   6/1884 Age 85 years     [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
Bright James M., Jr     [Husband of Annie E. Bright.]     [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
Bright Mississippi           [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
Bright Sarah (Ellen)     Wife of W.A. Bright     [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
Bright W A. 1862 1925 Lost to sight yet dear to memory   S 5-9  
Bunch Dorsey Sherman 08/24/1906 07/17/1923       [Removed to Sunset Cemetery, Coos Bay, Oregon]
  Dorsey Sherman Bunch, youngest son of Elder and Mrs. F. S. Bunch, was born at Gravel Ford, Ore., August 24, 1906. He spent his early childhood in the neighborhood of his birthplace. At eight years of age the family moved to College Place, Wash. Here he completed the elementary school course and entered upon his high school work in Walla Walla College. During his first year in high school he gave his heart to the Lord and united with the Seventh-day Adventist church in College Place. Two years ago he entered Laurelwood Academy near Gaston, Oregon. He had high hopes of finishing high school next year and then going to college. During his last year in school he had a good Christian experience and was leader of one of the young men's prayer bands. His death occurred at Myrtle Point as the result of an accident. He leaves his parents, four brothers, two sisters, and a host of friends to mourn their loss. The funeral was held at Myrtle Point and interment at Gravel Ford. We laid him away to await the call of the Lifegiver.
--26 July 1923, North Pacific Union Gleaner, p. 14
Bunch Frank Sherman 02/11/1865 04/16/1933       [Removed to Sunset Cemetery, Coos Bay, Oregon]
  Frank Sherman Bunch, 68, died at the home of his son, Paul Bunch, in Gravelford, Sunday. Born in Linn Co., Kansas Feb. 11, 1865, he came to Oregon with his parents in 1872 settling in the Willamette valley. The family lived in Eugene for a short time, moved from there to Walla Walla, Wash., and then to Coos county. Later the deceased returned to Walla Walla and taught school. For several years he served as Dean of Theology in the University in the Washington city and later taught Bible at the academy in Auburn, Wash. Made his home on his Gravelford ranch for the last 5 years. Married 1890 Mary Elva Leek, who taught school in this section many years, at a double wedding in which his sister, Hattie and R. W. Airey shared honors. He is survived by his widow, Mary Bunch: 4 sons: Dr. James R. Bunch, Coquille; Frank Lowell Bunch, Singapore; William Herschel Bunch, Moscow, Ida.; and Paul Bunch of Gravelford; 2 daughters: Mrs. Edith Bothwell, Myrtle Point and Miss Bessie Bunch, National City, Calif.; 2 brothers, W. H. Bunch, Myrtle Point and C. H. Bunch, Coquille; 4 sisters: Mrs. Belle Bennett, Myrtle Point; Mrs. Alice Holt, Long Beach, Calif.; Mrs. Hattie Airey, College Place, Wash. and Mrs. May Bright, Myrtle Point. Buried in Gravelford cemetery. [Removed to Sunset Memorial Park, Coos Bay, OR]
--Myrtle Point Herald (Myrtle Point, OR), Apr. 20, 1933
Bunch Mary 3/16/1826 1/28/1916 [wife of James C. Bunch]   N 1-9  
  Bunch-- Mary A. Saunders was born in Sullivan County, Tennessee, March 16, 1826. Oct. 12, 1848, she was united in marriage with James A. Bunch, of Polk County, Missouri. In 1856 they moved to Lyons County, Kansas, but later returned to Missouri, where they accepted present truth in 1870, chiefly through the reading of literature. The following year the family moved to Umatilla County, Oregon, and Brother and Sister Bunch became charter members of the first Seventh-day Adventist church in the territory of the North Pacific Union. This church was organized at Milton, Wash., in 1872. They later did missionary work in Coos County, Oregon, and also in Florida, where Brother Bunch died in 1897. Sister Bunch then returned to Oregon, and her death occurred at Gravel Ford, Jan. 28, 1916. She was the mother of ten children, eight of whom survive. Among these is Elder F. S. Bunch, who has served as president of several conferences, and is now an instructor in Walla Walla College. C. L. Lingenfelter
The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, Mar, 9, 1916
Carver Elizabeth J. ([Griffith]) 5/12/1843 1/24/1921     S 10-3  
  ELIZABETH JANE CARVER
Elizabeth Jane (Griffith) Carver passed away Monday, age 76 years, 8 months and 2 days. Buried at Gravel Ford beside her husband who died December 28, 1892. She was born May 12, 1843 near Cleveland, Ohio. From there she moved to Indiana where she met Henry Carver and soon after the Civil War they were married. From Indiana they moved to Wilson County, Kansas and from there to Baker, Oregon in 1882, came to Coos Co. in the fall of 1888, locating near Dora. 8 children were born to them - 2 died in infancy and 1 son drowned in California when he was 15 years of age. The surviving children are: W.M. Carver of Bliss, Ida; Annie E. Huff of Dinsmore, Calif.; C.E. Carver and A.L. Carver of this city and J.A. Carver, who left a few days ago for Idaho. 22 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren besides 2 brothers and a sister. One of the older grandchildren is Henry Carver (Rev. John Henry Carver), an ex-serviceman and resides in Myrtle Point.
Obituary from Southern Coos County (Oregon) American, January 27, 1921
as printed on page 115, "Pioneers and Incidents of The Upper Coquille Valley" Alice H. Wooldridge, April 1971
[Courtesy of Marjorie Meagher]
Carver Henry   12/20/1892 Co. K. 57th IND INF. Aged 52y 1m 13d   S 10-4  
Carver John Arthur 1/16/1885 7/26/1939       [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. Headstone located in Norway Cemetery]
Chandler (baby)     [Daughter of Isaac Chandler]     [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
Duffy           S 4-3 [In enclosure with Fred D. Schmidt-may be a pet grave]
Freeman James           [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
Goodrich Elizabeth Jane 7/8/1831 1/10/1916 [Child of James and Myrtle]   N 1-10  
Hall Lois Alberta 7/8/1909 7/13/1909 Our Darling   N 2-7  
Hammerlof Conrad 1839 1917 [b. Sweden ]     [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
  Conrad Hammerlof passed away Aug. 3, 1917. He was one of the oldest settlers of Gravel Ford. Buried at Gravel Ford cemetery Aug. 5th. Survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Colvin of Gravel Ford and Mrs. Roland of Oregon City and 12 grand children.
--Myrtle Point Enterprise, Aug. 9, 1917
Hammerlof Sofia     [died Mar. 20, 1918 per Oregon Death Index, age 78y ]     [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
Hobson Eliza [Elizabeth] A. ([Lamb]) 1/31/1851 12/10/1883 Aged 31y 10m 10d   S 5-2  
Hobson George W. 1875 1894     S 6-3 [unmarked footstone]
Hobson James Arthur 9/14/1877 2/6/1931     S 6-4  
Hobson Joe G.         S 6-4 [No dates. Appears was a photo attached to back of James Arthur Monument]
Hobson John Fred 1882 1950     S 5-4  
Hobson Nancy Catherine 10/24/1879 4/18/1888     S 6-2 [Unmarked footstone]
Hobson Rebecca ([Lamb])     [1st wife of John Hobson, born Aug. 1, 1851, MO]     [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
Hunt William   8/25/1899 Aged 25 years     [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
Johnson William A. 4/10/1836 3/27/1898     N 3-8  
Lamb Elmina ([Priest] [Jackson] [Freeman]) 5/8/1830 12/31/1913     N 2-9  
  Grandma Lamb was born in Tennessee, May 8, 1830 and died at the home of her step-daughter, Mrs. Ika Chandler near Lee, OR Dec 31, 1913 being at the time of death 83 years 7 months and 23 days. She moved to Missouri when she was 5 years old and later married John Jackson. Four children were born to this union, 3 of whom are living. Mr. Jackson died during the Civil War. She then married Samuel Freeman and to them was born 3 boys, all of whom are dead. She came to Coos County in 1873 and was married to James Lamb in 1874. To this union was born 1 boy, who at prersent resides in California. Her husband died March 1907. Besides her own children, four step-children survive. Burial in the Gravel Ford cemetery.
Myrtle Point Enterprise, Jan. 8, 1914
Lamb James 1/6/1827 3/28/1907     N 2-10  
  James Lamb was born in Crawford County, Missouri, Jan. 6, 1827 and died at Gravelford, March 28, 1907, age 80 years 2 months and 22 days. He was married to Nancy Freeman Jan 1, 1849. To this union was born 11 children: Nancy C., Rebecca C., Eliza A., Mary C., Jane M. [sic; James], Sarah C., John W., Martha M., George W., Louisa E., and Henry A. He came to this county with his family in 1873 and was married to Emma Freeman in 1874 and to this union was born Edward J. Lamb. He was a member of the Methodist church for 40 years.
Myrtle Point Enterprise, April 12, 1907
Macabee William           [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
McCloskey Charles           [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
  July 4, 1881 was going to be a day of grand celebration. Towns people and farmers met at the grove south of the post office where Giles and Son established a brick kiln to have a barbecue. The Honorable Binger Hermann was the orator of the day and the day was progressing happily. Judge Hermann was in the height of his eloquence when a pistol shot was heard back of the speakers’ stand. Charles McCloskey fell at the front of a myrtle tree and died within minutes having been shot through the heart . McCloskey had been shot by David Higgins who ran through the crowd, jumped down the river bank, swam the stream and disappeared. Higgins was never captured. Of course the pleasures of the day were at an end.
Mereen Bessie M. 8/7/1903 1/22/1904 Daughter of E.A. & S.A. Mereen   S 6-10  
Moser Frederick 6/29/1867 12/15/1929 Father   S 1-5  
Moser Ida 1/16/1869 7/15/1917 Mother Darling   S 1-6  
Muir Andrew           [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
Muir Jane or Jennie           [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
Schmidt Fred D. 11/24/1914 3/19/1977 Our Daddy   S 4-3  
Shook Carrie [Mariah] ([Allen]) 1864 1928     A 1-2 [wife of Samuel W. Shook]
  Mrs. Samuel Chook, an old resident of Gravelford, died Monday, at Keizer Hospital, in North Bend. Carrie Allen was born December 12, 1864 and died July 23, 1928. She was married to Samuel Shook in June, 1881. They came to Gravelford from Coos River in 1914. She leaves her husband and 7 children, 3 of whom preceded her in death, one son drowned. Living children - Mrs. Rachel Butler, Springfield, Mrs. Jessie Mills, Halfway, Mrs. Carrie Laskey, North Bend, Mrs. Minnie Kitselman, Norwalk, California, Milo and Luke Shook still at home.
Myrtle Point Herald - July 26, 1928
Shook Henry M. 1845 1922     A 1-4  
Shook Milo [Carl] 1908 1929     A 1-5  
Shook Morgan H. [Henry] 5/11/1896 2/1/1914 Son of S.W. And C.M.   A 1-3 [drowned in the Coquille Rver]
Shook Samuel W. 3/12/1861 7/28/1930 Father   A 1-1  
Story Luke J.   8/17/1897 Aged 64 years     [Reported to have been buried in this cemetery. No stone and location unknown]
  Luke J. Storey died at his home on the North Fork, of cancer, on Aug. 17, 1897, age 63 years. He leaves a wife and son. He came to Coos county from Spokane, Wash. a little more than a year ago. Member of the Latter Day Saints church. The remains were interred in a cemetery at this place.
Myrtle Point Enterprise, Aug. 14, 1897.
Unmarked           S 5-10  
Unmarked           N 1-6  
Unmarked           N 1-7  
Unmarked           N 1-8  
Unreadable           M 6-5  
Unreadable           S 5-8  
               

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