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The McConnell Cemetery index lists individuals interred at the McConnell Cemetery (also known as Stipe Cemetery), Diamond, Whitman County, Washington. Death dates on the markers range from 1881-1987. Index information about an individual may include name, birth date, birth place, death date, and names of family members. Index data was compiled by Maggie Rail, a member of the Washington State Cemetery Association who has transcribed over 400 cemeteries since 1993.
McConnell Cemetery is located at Lat: 46° 57' 15"N, Lon: 117° 28' 02"W T17N R43E Sec 24
There are 39 individuals listed in this index.
This index is in English.
This index is open for research.
Abbreviations used in this index:
b. = born
d. = died
c/o = child of
d/o = dau of
s/by = stone by
s/o = son of
s/w = stone with
w/o = wife of
** = no stone, from city or family
* = from Robertson 1973 Record
+ = map didn't list location
Notes from transcriber Maggie Rail, May 30, 2007, last edited Feb 11, 2011:
“To reach this cemetery from Steptoe WA take State Rte 23 west for about 5.5 miles, turn south or left onto Shields Road and continue for another 4.5 miles, then turn left onto the Gene Feenan Road and it will take you to the cemetery in less than 2 miles.”
“The original way to get to this cemetery no longer works because the bridge crossing the Palouse River is no longer there from Diamond. Andrews and Cooper deeded out one acre to be used as cemetery, according to the map. It is situated just north of Diamond across the river.”
“The name of the cemetery back then was Stipe Cemetery, and that is what is on old maps and in older readings of this cemetery. I do not know when they decided to change the name of it. The road extending east from the Gene Feenan Road is called the Stipe Road.”
“After two different failed tries I was finally able to find this cemetery with the assistance of Allen McSweeney, of Colfax. Allen also provided me with a map to assist in locating the burial sites. I was trying the route up from Diamond, not knowing it no longer existed. It is best visited in the summer because the roads will be muddy and washed out any other time and are closed from Nov 15 to May 15 each year.”
“The cemetery receives care, but in places huge lilac and other types of bushes have grown to huge sizes. One cannot easily reach the stones that exist in a few of those areas. There are some newer stones marking some of the burials, while a few are unmarked.”
“I have added a few names from sexton files and an older reading done in 1973. Last burial was in 1987. First burial was in 1881.”
“I visited this cemetery on Jul 29, 2007 and read all existing and legible markers and stones, using a digital camera, thus I have a photo of all existing markers.”
Preferred citation: [Identification of item], McConnell Cemetery Index (Whitman County) , Office of Secretary of State, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, [date accessed].
Source: Index and transcription notes were donated to the Washington State Archives by Maggie Rail, Historical Records Project, March 2011.