Smoot Cemetery, Smoot

About Smoot Cemetery, Smoot

The Smoot Cemetery was started in January 1891 when Brother and Sister Thomas Walton lost a daughter “Marinda May” with diphtheria. In the same year, nine other children died with the same disease.

Here are the dates and names furnished by Archie Hale: Marinda May Walton – 19 January 1891, Seth Crook – 23 January 1891. Emily Walton – 2 February 1891, Phoebe August Wilbur – 8 September 1891, Amos Elish Wilbur – 9 September 1891, William Oliver Wilbur – 9 November 1891
Stephen Francis Wilbur – 15 November 1891
Royal Ottis Wilbur – 21 November 1891

Five children were lost within three months in one family.

The ward had no title to the ground until 1931 when Wilbur Cranney signed the deed to about four acres of ground – the present cemetery ground. It was fenced good in 1934 by WPA workers. Since then very little work had been done maintaining it.

In 1965 we voted for Smoot Cemetery District. All headstones and markers were moved and the ground plowed. Now the headstones and markers are back in place one would not know it was the same ground. We also have it seeded and hope to have a sprinkler system installed to take care of our lawn.

2422 Seymour Ave, Cheyenne, WY, 82001