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Coon Gravesite (Majuba Mountain Cemetery)
Pershing County, Nevada

Lat: 4041'24"N, Lon: 11829'33"W

Contributed by Fred Kemmerle, Jul 01, 2003 [fwk12000@yahoo.com]. Total records = 1.

This small pioneer cemetery is about 20 miles west of Imlay (exit 145 on Interstate 80) and about a mile south of the Lassen-Applegate trail. It allegedly has as many as five graves, but there is only one marker remaining. This small cemetery is below Big Antelope Springs.

The only grave marker in this cemetery was chiseled on a boulder of which only half remains. A sign near the grave was placed by the Oregon California Trails Association in 1989 which reads:

"Susan (Susannah) McCord Coon, wife of Isaac Coon, died from the complications of childbirth at this site on Aug 11, 1860, while on the way to California from Coles County, Illinois. The child, Robert E. Coon, born Aug 09, survived and was taken on to California by his father, with the aid of other members of the party. Frank Dunn, a stonecutter traveling with the wagon train, spent the night carving the original headstone from native rock. An additional grave marker has been subsequently placed by Susan's descendants. This is one of the very few emigrant graves along the overland trail with its original headstone."

I visited this area about 1996. This record is from a tombstone inscription and from signs placed near the graves.

- Fred Kemmerle

Coon, Susan, d. 11 Aug 1860, aged 40 years, wife of Isaac Coon, Coles Co., Illinois

 

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