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McMillen Cemetery
Earl, Lincoln County, Washington

Lat: 47° 33' 07"N, Lon: 118° 23' 20"W
T24N R35E Section 34

Contributed by Pat Rice, Mar 18, 2000, last edited Apr 18, 2009 [rcrice@centurytel.net]. Total records = 9.

McMillen Cemetery sits high on a hill overlooking surrounding wheat fields and it was first walked by Marge Womach in 1991, again in 1994, and twice in 1999. The last three times were with Pat Rice who helped take measurements and pictures. Marge Womach contributed additional research and history on this cemetery.

The property was the homestead of Miles McMillen, a Civil War Veteran and originally had 30 to 40 stones. Over the years the McMillen's couldn't pay their taxes so the land was sold, without designating the cemetery. Farming practices have reduced the size of the cemetery and rumor has it that one farmer bragged of dozing all the stones into a pile. All that are left are four, two of those broken, another flat on its back.

Current size of the cemetery is 174 feet north and south, following the ridge line. Width at the widest point is 24 feet, tapering to points on either end. Pictures are available through Pat Rice, Almira.

Aug 04, 2008 I went with descendants of J Michael Dosdall to the McMillen Cemetery in the Earl district of Lincoln County. For years, the Louisa McMillen white marble tombstone could be seen from roads from the north, west and south as a landmark of the location of the cemetery. This year, the stone was not visible. We hiked up to take pictures of the Dosdall tombstone. We found that the 4-ft white tombstone for Louisa was pushed off of its base. One can speculate that the large number of deer in the area may have been responsible. The TS for Miles McMillen was visible, and the stone for Michael Dosdall was flat on the earth and beginning to be covered by soil. Several other bases were found, but as we did not take weed-eaters or other equipment with us, these were the only objects visible. This cemetery will disappear without assistance. Marge Womach coffee@sisna.com

- Pat Rice

Legend:
h/o = husband of
s/o = son of
d/o = daughter of
w/o = wife of
OB = Obituary
PR = Probate Record
FR = Family Records


Dosdall, Michael, b. 1 Aug 1824, d. 20 Sep 1907, age: 83yr (birth from other documents) stone toppled
Earl, Elizabeth M., d. 18 Jun 1895, w/o Wm. Earl OB, PR
Earl, Wilton Henry, b. 10 Feb 1871, d. 12 Mar 1895, s/o Robert A. and Lourena Powell Earl, stone recorded by Lartigues in 1974, in "Tombstones of Lincoln County"
Magill, Sarah Louisa, b. 1865, d. 1893, w/o Robert Stafford Magill, d/o Callaway Warwick FR
McMillen, Charles E., May 21, 1934 Spangle, age 71yr, s/o Miles and Martha, h/o Luvisa and Myrtle, His is last known burial, OB
McMillen, Luvisa E., b. 11 Jan 1868, d. 8 Aug 1906, Beloved wife of Charles E McMillen
McMillen, Martha A., d. Jan 1902, stone broken
McMillen, Miles, b. 17 Apr 1832, d. 13 Mar 1891 Civil War, stone broken
McMillen, Roy Edwin, no dates, s/o L.E. and C.E. McMillen, same stone as Luvisa

 

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