FRENCHTOWN HISTORIC SITE

Cemetery



SAINT ROSE CEMETERY

 

 

The original Saint Rose Cemetery was established in 1853 near the mouth of Yellowhawk Creek southeast of the Frenchtown site.  In 1863, a second cemetery was established in the vicinity of the Frenchtown Historic Site along the banks of the Walla Walla River.  The final Saint Rose Cemetery was established on a hill at the site on January 10, 1876.



The last of the l7 recorded burials on Yellowhawk Creek was on February 3, 1856.  The interred were all Native Americans who had converted to the Catholic faith.  The exact location of that cemetery has not been identified.

 

In the second St. Rose cemetery established along the river in the vicinity of the Frenchtown site in 1863, church records show 18 burials through 1875, including Canadians of French descent, Métis, and Native Americans.  Burials from that cemetery were later moved to the final cemetery on the hill due to flooding.

 

Fifty-seven new burials were recorded at the final Saint Rose Cemetery on the hill at Frenchtown from 1876-1893, primarily French-Canadians associated with the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Walla Walla, their Indian, French, and Métis wives, and their descendants.  Further burials are also reported to have been made there through 1912.

 

Those buried at the Saint Rose of Lima cemetery include members of the following families, including Native Americans Suzanne Cayouse Dauphin, Marie Baptiste Beauchemin, and Marianne Walla Walla Beauchemin, among others (spelling of names may differ)

 

                                     

                             

Allard

Depot

Lussier

Beauchamp

Dobson

Martin

Beauchemin

Farron

McBean

Belanger

Foret

Morais

Bergevin

Gagnon

Murphy

Bonenfant

Gardipe

Normandin

Braden

Gravel

Pain

Brechtel

Groves

Parent

Brisbois

LaCourse

Pereygne

Dauphin

Lefebvre

Pichet

              

                                     

                                     

                             

                                                                                                             

         

From Papers of Damase Bergevin

 

A fire burned all the markers when I was a boy, but Clem Bergevin has relocated

 all the graves.  They are mostlyreturned Hudson Bay people.  

The wooden cross was saved from the fire and preserved in Clem's barn

for many years before replacing in the graveyard.

 

 

In the Cemetery

 

Thirty children who died in a diptheria epidemic including 2 Pambrun children, 

2 Allard children (grandchildren of Joe Forest), one McBean child.

 

Mr & Mrs Ferrians                                                                             Baptiste Perrier

Mr & Mrs Joe Forest   (Marguerite Pitchers)                                       Celena Forest Bergevin

Mr & Mrs Benjamin Raymond   (Eleanor Findlay)                              Baptiste Dorian

Julia Raymnond Gagnon & Infant Son                                                Mr & Mrs John Findlay

Mr & Mrs Edouard Beauchemin   (Marie LaRocque)                          Nicholas Findlay (brother)

Mr & Mrs Desire St Dennis   (Jerry & Rosalie Raymond)                       Joseph Bergevin

Isadore Beauchamp                                                                            Pecore

Mr & Mrs Romaine Remillard   (Denise Raymond)                            Mr & Mrs Tellier

Annie Forest Lefebvre                                                                        Mr & Mrs Paino

Isabelle Dobson Rainville                                                                   Mr & Mrs Terry St Dennis

Mr & Mrs Gedeion Gravelle   (Julie)                                                  Baltzor

Mr & Mrs James Dobson   (Cecile Raymond)                                     William Dobson

Mr & Mrs Pierre LaCourse   (Louise Hops)

 

The above names are not recorded in the Catholic Records as a

Priest was not in the Frenchtown area at the time.