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Mary A. Cogdil (1842-1871)
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When approaching this site you will see “No Trespassing” signs. Since this road is county property, we met with people in three different county offices to determine that it is acceptable to use the road. The statement we received is; “This site is of historical value and those signs do not apply to you if you are visiting the cemetery.”
A lonely gravesite in the woods.
April 8, 1842 - Mary was born on a farm about a mile from the Missouri River between St. Joe and Kansas City. She was the daughter of Josiah Viah (Vale) and Permelia Westfall Edwards
1860 – Mary married Jacob Cogdil and moved in a covered wagon to Brownsville Neb. Here she had 2 children, William and Josiah.
1864 – The family started west. They stopped for a time in the Willamette Valley in Oregon and in Portland, OR. In 1865 she had her 3rd child, Maggie Bell. They moved on and settled in the Hanaford Valley in the Washington Territory in 1866. Here Mary's 4th child (a daughter)was born.
1871 – Mary died January 19, 1871 of scarlet fever or diphtheria contracted the previous fall.
Mary’s 6 year old daughter, Maggie, cared for her father and brothers until her father remarried when Maggie was 16.
There is uncertainty as to whether Mary is the only person buried at his site or whether her younger daughter, who also died of diphtheria or scarlet fever, is buried here with her mother.
You may honor Mary by leaving a flower. Please be respectful at this sacred place.
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Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:21:32 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:21 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum