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Nelson Pioneer Cemetery
Yakima County, Washington

Contributed by Judy Schuster, Apr 25, 2001 [upperwenas@fairpoint.net]. Total records = 7.

This abandoned private cemetery used to be on the Donald Nelson homestead. The cemetery now lies within the landscaped area of the Suntides Golf Course, west of Yakima, Washington. It is reached from the Old Naches Highway, by taking Galloway Road to Suntides Blvd. The entrance to the cemetery is located between two homes and is guarded by a locked gate reading "Nelson Pioneer Cemetery 1870-1913". I am told the Parks Department currently has responsibility for upkeep of the grounds.

The grassy area is well cared for and is occupied by several large blue spruce trees. The headstones are scattered around the edge of the grass and in most cases are surrounded by shrubs whose branches must be moved in order to read the inscriptions. The Yakima Valley Genealogical Society transcribed this cemetery in July of 1969 and their transcription records have been used to help compile this information. Permission for the use of those records was granted by YVGS on Nov 6, 1999. When I visited the cemetery on Nov 14, 1999, the markers for John H. Miller and Adam Nelson were not visible.

- Judy Schuster

Brooks, Lizzie R., d. 5 Jan 1903, age 32 yrs, Wife of E. F. Brooks
Johnson, Sarah M., 1871, d. 1904, Wife of S.E. Johnson
Miller, John H., 1835, d. 1899
Nelson, Adam, d. 11 Jul 1870, age 15 yrs, 2 mos, Son of John B. & C. Nelson
Nelson, Clara C., d. 26 Jul 1893, age 75 yrs
Nelson, John B., d. 18 Dec 1893, age 76 yrs, 9 mos, Our Father
Tenbrook, Nancy, d. 18 Dec 1893, age 74 yrs, Our Aunt

There is one Monument with the following names engraved:

John B. Nelson, A Pioneer, on monument with
Clara C. Nelson, Wife
Nancy Tinbrook, Sister [spelled Tenbrook on individual monument]
Margaret Frush, Daughter
John and Adam, Sons
Viola and Beulah, Grandaughters

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