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Interments at Mulkey Cemetery

Over a thousand burials have been made at the Mulkey Cemetery. This list of interments is based on historic and modern cemetery records, grave markers, and research conducted by Tami Dingle in the records of England's Funeral Home in Eugene.

This list represents most of the information which the cemetery has on the individuals buried here. We welcome any additional historical information our visitors can provide. Our resources for responding to research requests are presently very limited. Please feel free to e-mail us at administrator [at sign] mulkeycemetery.org for more information.

For more information on the Mulkey family, we recommend consulting Phillip Mulkey Hunt's 1982 The Mulkeys of America, available at a number of research and reference libraries in the United States.

Surnames Abbott - Grate
Surnames Hagan - Murry
Surnames Nadeau - Zeaman 

Mulkey Cemetery: A Historical OverviewMartha Mulkey gravemarker


Mulkey Cemetery is named for Philip Mulkey, a native of Kentucky who arrived in Oregon in 1853,
accompanied by his wife, Martha, and several of their adult children. The elder Mulkeys farmed 320 acres of land in what became west Eugene. Philip was the first traveling preacher in Lane County and became a well-known local figure.

Pioneer life in Oregon was rewarding but challenging. Between 1863 and 1865, Martha Mulkey and three of the Mulkey grandchildren died. They were buried on a hilltop above the Willamette Valley, which became known informally as the "Mulkey Cemetery."

By the late 1870s, more than 25 burials had taken place at the cemetery. In the 1880s, several local families joined together to formally deed the hilltop land as a cemetery. The arrangement was formalized in 1891, when a plat map was made and recorded with the county.

From the late nineteenth century through the 1950s, the cemetery was surrounded by the pear and cherry orchards planted by Edward Hawkins, who came to Oregon as a child in 1845. After Hawkins' death in 1956, the orchard was subdivided. The area is still known as "Hawkins Heights," and the names of early settlers have become the names of streets in this quiet residential neighborhood. 

The Mulkey Cemetery is maintained by the Mulkey Cemetery Association, a private nonprofit group.