Morrow County Cemeteries

Wells Springs Cemetery




Located here is a memorial to Colonel Cornelius Gilliam. He was killed when a gun he was removing from a wagon became entangled in some ropes and fired, striking him and killing instantly, March 24, 1848. His body was returned to Polk County and buried in a cemetery near the family home. Monument in cemetery reads:

"Colonel Cornelius Gilliam; killed on the spot in Indian

War, March 24, 1848 and pioneers buried here."

Sarah Childress, Polk County Chapter of D.A.R.

The other monument is for "Robert Evans Williams buried Sept 1852 placed by Wasco County Pioneers".

Wells Springs was a stop on the Oregon Trail. There are a number other burials here of persons unknown. All of the graves are unmarked.


 LOCATION: Township 2N, Range 25E, Section 20
Address: Immigrant Lane, Ione, Oregon
Directions: Off Highway 74 at Cecil

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013