Burials in the Pioneer & Military Memorial Park
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There is no actual cemetery named 'Pioneer Cemetery' in Phoenix. The official name of the seven cemeteries located in the vicinity of 14th Avenue and Madison Street is the Pioneer & Military Memorial Park. Our organization's name, Pioneers' Cemetery Association, Inc., was chosen to reflect our interest in all of Arizona's historic cemeteries.
There never was a complete list of the burials for these cemeteries. The information included on this website has been drawn from death certificates, newspaper obituaries, and other death and burial records. Some records list only 'Phoenix' as the place of burial. The Odd Fellows (IOOF) and the Masons fraternal organizations have donated some records. Transcriptions of early mortuary records and church records from St. Mary’s and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral were done by Algona Winslow when these lists were still available. Other entries come from a list of deaths and burials donated to the Phoenix Museum of History by Posey Moore Nash. Military records and deeds were also transcribed, and information contributed by family members who contacted the Pioneers’ Cemetery Association has been added. Other important sources were discovered at the Arizona State Archives in the records of Thomas Hayden, a co-founder of the original PCA.
This list of burials in the historic Phoenix cemeteries is a work in progress. We take responsibility for typos and transcription errors and add our apologies. In the various sources used, there were conflicting spellings, dates, burial locations, and even names for a single person.
Please be aware that the death records naming the burial place may have used different names for the same cemetery. Loosley and City Cemetery refer to the same cemetery. Rosedale is sometimes called Loring or Walker. The GAR and Confederate (or ex-Confederate) cemeteries are both sections of Porter Cemetery.
Records show that between two and three hundred burials were later moved from these cemeteries, the majority of them to what is now Greenwood Memory Lawn. In most cases, the markers were also moved to the new burial site. We have chosen to include these names on our list since the records show that the first interment was made in one of the downtown cemeteries.
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