Cemetery

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The records of the Fillmore City Cemetery located in Fillmore City, Utah, are published online as a convenience to citizens for ease of locating burial locations. Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the material published online, the official cemetery records are maintained by the City Recorder.

The Fillmore City Cemetery is located at 325 East 600 South. It is a beautiful, peaceful setting surrounded by large pine trees. Located inside the cemetery is a directory of burials and a large map for identifying grave sites. This map is updated several times each year. For further assistance locating specific grave sites you may contact the city office.

For information on deceased persons you can search the Utah State History Cemetery and Burial Database. Fillmore City has updated the burial records and will continue to update the burial records on a quarterly basis.

For additional information contact Teresa or call the city office at (435) 743-5233.

History of the Fillmore City Cemetery

The settlement of Fillmore began on 28 October 1851. On 20 March 1852 Leroy King, the nineteen-month-old son of Thomas and Matilda King, died of scarlet fever. Narrative histories indicate his grave marked the beginning of the cemetery.

Locating the cemetery on a site outside of town is consistent with 19th-century practices. Placing the cemetery on a dry hillside above Chalk Creek made sense from a practical standpoint. Public health concerns in the 19th century dictated that bodies, especially of those who died of communicable diseases, be buried away from cities and water sources. It also made sense to locate the cemetery away from irrigable land needed for agriculture in a self-sustaining village with scarce resources.

Burial plots were laid out on a cardinal grid, mirroring the layout of the city, albeit with much smaller lots and blocks that the Plat of Zion survey of Fillmore mandated by Brigham Young. Fillmore was surveyed with an eye to growth into a major city as the capital of the Utah Territory, another practical reason to place the cemetery away from land close to the city center that might one day be needed for city lots.

Pioneer burials dating to 1853 were recorded at this time, but earlier burials do not appear in the sexton’s records. George Finlinson, who came from England, was appointed first sexton in 1864. The second sexton was Jesse Millgate who held the job for many years, John Davies, Murray Davies, and Orlo Bartholomew were sextons in succeeding years.