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The Saar Pioneer Cemetery (also known as Peter Saar or Kent Methodist Cemetery) index lists individuals interred at the Saar Pioneer Cemetery in Renton, King County, Washington. Death dates on the markers range from 1880-1930, and 1817 is the earliest birth date shown. Index information about an individual may include name, birth date, birth place, death date, and names of family members. Index data was compiled by Suzanne Livingstone-Knedlik.
Saar Pioneer Cemetery is located at Lat: 47 degrees 24.77’N; Lon: 122 degrees 13.18’W T22N R5E Section 7
There are 82 individuals listed in this index.
This index is in English.
This index is open for research.
Notes from transcriber Suzanne Livingstone-Knedlik, June 12, 2011:
“Saar Pioneer Cemetery is just off Highway 167 at the South 212th exit. If heading north on Highway 167 take the South 212th exit. The exit ramp takes you to a light. If you go straight you’ll be at WinCo Foods. To reach the cemetery take a left onto South 212th. The cemetery is on your immediate right hand side before you go over the overpass for Highway 167. If heading south on Highway 167, take the South 212th exit ramp and turn left onto South 212th. Go over the overpass. At the end of the overpass before you reach the light on your left hand side is the cemetery.”
“The cemetery is located at what use to be the town of O’Brien in earlier days and was founded in about 1866. Some of the graves have been moved to the Hillcrest Burial Park in Kent, but at this time I do not have a list of those family names.”
“The South King County Genealogical Society did a major clean- up project on this cemetery within the last 6-12 months. You can see some of the cemetery stones from the main street now, whereas before you couldn’t. The majority of the blackberry bushes were cut down and removed. There is access to the stones with a couple of exceptions and there does appear to be a walking part of sorts thru the cemetery you can follow as well as a box on the front of the cemetery fence that includes a rough draft map of the cemetery, so that you can follow it as you walk thru the cemetery. The cemetery is fenced but is kept unlocked. Be careful as you walk thru the cemetery as there is lots of twigs and grass to walk thru (and at least one big gopher). “
“The following list of names is from walking the cemetery. It is possible there are others buried here as there does appear to be a few spots where a stone may have once been. A few stones were broken and at least one was toppled over.”
“Cemetery Contact: Kent United Methodist Church or South King Genealogical Society”
“Note: There are 15 unknown or illegible markers. “
“ I walked the cemetery and read all visible stones in May 2007.”
Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Saar Pioneer Cemetery Index, 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 Suzanne Livingstone-Knedlik, Historical Records Project, June 2011.