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Citizens Cemetery
Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona

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GPS: 34.545161, -112.458450

815 East Sheldon St
Prescott AZ 86301

Published: September 10, 2019
Total records: 3,456

Citizens Cemetery is owned and maintained by the County of Yavapai.

Cemetery History

The City of Prescott was founded in 1864.  The same year, Citizens Cemetery, which has also been known as the Town Cemetery, Prescott Cemetery, City Cemetery, County Cemetery and Citizens Burying Ground, was first utilized in June of that year with the burial of Colorado Legislator Joel Woods. 

Located on East Sheldon Street, Citizens Cemetery was purchased from private parties by the County in 1884.  The cemetery was in use from 1864 until 1933.  Subsequently, the cemetery was permanently closed to new burials by the Board of Supervisors except for those who had already leased plots at $99 per plot.  No additional plots were leased after that date.

A stone wall was constructed around the cemetery in 1934 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA).  In the last 15 years, the cemetery has been partially fenced, primarily through the efforts and fund-raising of Yavapai Cemetery Association.

Citizens Cemetery consists of approximately 6.5 acres of land only a mile from Prescott’s historic downtown.  When the cemetery was founded, it was far from town and was considered to be a quiet and peaceful place for the eternal rest of Arizona’s early citizens.  Of the more than 3,000 burials in the cemetery, fewer than 1,000 are marked.

Citizens Cemetery contains the remains of a wide spectrum of individuals who settled and developed central Arizona during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The young share their final resting place with the very old, the wealthy with the poor and the bad with the good.  Veterans of several wars are interred at Citizens Cemetery.

Researched Records

Records published below were acquired from the County of Yavapai. The County obtained these from someone who had researched numerous death records, including obituaries, death certificates, hospital records, tombstones, and previous cemetery transcriptions. The bulk of these records are from the older era, 1800s up to the 1950s. Many of these records do not exist in the cemetery's computer database. Total records: 3,456

Key to Abbreviations

  • 1892 List –Refers to the 1892 Sexton’s Report list
  • ADC –Y Indicates if there is an Arizona Death Certificate
  • C.H. Bio’s –Refers to theCarl Hayden Bio website
  • Calif. D/R –Indicates there is a California Death Record
  • CC Map –Information fromthe CitizensCemetery Map
  • Cor’s. Rept –Information from County Coroner’s Report
  • D/Notice –Information from Newspaper Death Notice
  • Family –Information Provided By Family Member
  • Headstone –Information Taken From Headstone
  • HFHR –Indicates there is a Hampton Funeral Home Recordfor that person
  • Mil. Rcds. –Information fromMilitary Records
  • MV Cem. –Information fromMt. View Cemetery Records
  • Obituary -Indicates an obituary was found referring to the death of that person
  • PDR –Indicates there is a Prescott Death record
  • Probate Info. –Information fromProbate & Will Records
  • RFHR –Indicates there is a Ruffner Funeral Home Record for that person
  • St. Luke’s -Indicates there is a St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Record for that person
  • YCHR –Indicates the death information for this person was found in the Yavapai County Hospital Records

Surname Index:

Woodmen of the World Burials

  • Click Here to view burial records of persons belonging to the Woodmen of the World. Total records: 11

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