Skagit County
Washington Surname Database
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. This is a copy of correspondence between CC and searcher. The information from the CC is usually from Cemetery lists compiled by Clara Mathias in the 60's and 70's. A wonderful lady, Clara still made mistakes as do I when I extract the information. Please document all information presented here. Corrections appreciated.
. The 5 Cemeteries I have in the database are Bay View, Bayview; Pleasant Ridge Cem, near LaConner; Swinomish Indian Cemetery, near LaConner; Fern Hill Cemetery, near Anacortes; and IOOF Cemetery, Mt Vernon.


MA(T)THEWS (Original Note)
Dated 29 October 1998

Hi - I've just received a marvelous photo from my mother - it's a picture of 56 G. A. R. Members - probably taken about 1920. I was planning to send this email to the Whatco County coordinator but am confused when reading my Grandfather's obituary which refers to James H. Mat(t)hews as a pioneer resident of Skagit county. All his years in Washington were in Sedro-Wolley, Whatcom County.
The only person we can identify in the photo is James Mathews and I was going to ask the county coordinator if she would like to post the photo and ask if family/friends could identify the others.

Thanks - Lorna Marks


MATHEWS (CC Response to listing)
Dated 29 October 1998

Skagit is one of those counties that started off one way and then went another. It was part of Whatcom but Sedro-Woolley is most certainly Skagit now.
Looking at my database I got
Herman J. MATHEWS/MATTHEWS 1882-1938 at the Bay View Cem. Bay View WA
C. L. MATHEW 1860-1940
Emma D. 1867-1931 at the Mt Vernon Cem.
There are Mathews listed in the Skagit Pioneer book.. (my copy is still missing). I don't have the Sedro-Woolley Cem available yet.
The two cemeteries were extracted and transcribed by Clara Mathias of Everett back in the 70's...


FAMILY NAME: MA(T)THEWS (second posting)
Dated 29 October 1998

Dated Sept 13, 1926:
G.A.R. members and other friends of James H. Mathews, old soldier and pioneer resident of Skagit county, who died at his home here on Monday at the age of 82 years, attended funeral services for him which were held here yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Baptist church. The Rev. Guy W. Jones had charge of the services at the church, and the G.A.R. conducted services at the Union cemetery where interment took place. Mr. Mathews, who was born on September 8, 1844, at Chittenango, N.Y., came to Skagit county 20 years ago and has made his home here since that time. He was married twice, having three children, Will Mathews, Ray Mathews, and Mrs. Ethel Clifton all of Los Angeles, by his first wife Mary Peck, and two children, Josephine and Helen Mathews of this city, by his second wife Allie Everett Summers, who died about ten years ago.
Only started researching In July and am having a wonderful time - have really learned to appreciate the effort folks like you are putting into getting information online. And it's been fascinating to learn about this grandfather - he was actually present when Lee surrendered to Grant (not in the room, but he was Officer of the Day and was present at the location) - at first, didn't seem possible my grandfather could have been there but he was 70 when my mother was born and she is 84.


MATTHEWS Posting from CC
Dated 4 Nov 1998
MATTHEWS stuff found in Skagit Valley Gen Soc. publication of Skagit County deaths pre 1908 MATTHEWS, James F. died 30 Aug 1891 age 67 born Virginia Resided Guemes no parents cert 006 =========================================================

McKOWN (Original Note)
Dated 23 October 1998

Would like information on the Samuel McKOWN family who moved to Washington from Indiana approx 1877-1879. Sam was born in Pennsylvania approx 1836. His family on the 1880 census for Whatcom Co, La Conner Precinct: Alvina, 38; John A, 8; Frank A, 5; Ida L, 4; & Perry E, 3...all born in Indiana. After this census the family disappears. On the 1900 census, Skagit Co, Clear Lake Precinct, I've found an Olive McKown, 16, whose father was born in PA & whose mother was born in Indiana, which would fit the profile of Sam & Alvina. Olive was a servant living with a couple whose last name (thank you, census taker!) I cannot make out. Her parents are not in Skagit Co. Please contact me if you have even the remotest information, snailmail: Penelope Repko, RR 1, Box 30, Argenta, IL 62501; or e-mail: Thanks!

McKOWN (CC Response to listing)
Dated October 1998

Hi I found at the Bay View Cemetery, located Bayview, Skagit Co WA
FREDERICKS, Nora F. 1880-1960
FREDERICKS, Olive 1883-1943
McKOWN Alvina 1842-1918
OLIN, Arthur 1886-1962
OLIN, Ida L.1876-1956
McKOWN John A. 1871-1951
I Included the Fredericks and the Olin because they were just before and between the Alvina and John A..
This extraction was done by Clara Matthias in July 1972.


MOORE Post from CC
Dated 4 Nov 1998

MOORES stuff found in Skagit Valley Gen Soc. publication of Skagit County deaths pre 1908
MOORES, D.W. 14 Jan 1901 age 55 male born Maine resided Seattle, King Co cert. 442


MURRAY (Original Note)
Dated 20 Mar 1999

Looking for descendents of:
ix) Mary Sibella (Robertson) Murray. Mary was born on 2/27/1853 in Barney's River. She married John Stewart Murray on 8/8/1872 at New Glasgow Presbyterian Church in New Glasgow, NS. She was baptized at Free Presbyterian Church of Candlish in 5/1853. John Stewart Murray was born on 6/7/1848? somewhere in NS. Mary Sibella died on 1/7/1925 and John Stewart (who may have went by his middle name) died 10/2/1923, both in or around Ferndale, WA is my guess. Mary and John moved to WA in 1882. They had five children in NS and four in WA. They are:
a) Joanna Ross (Murray) Roessel. Joanna was born on 3/10/1873 in Barney's River, NS. She married George Lewis Roessel on 11/24/1892 in Ferndale, WA. George was born on 6/9/1866 in Mt Clemens, MI. Joanna died 11/16/1965 and George died 4/24/1943, both in Belfair, WA.
b) Alexander Robertson Murray. Alexander was born on 5/25/1874 in Barney's River. He died 6/4/1874 and is buried at Kenzieville Cemetery, plot # 347.
c) Alexander Neil Murray. Alexander was born 5/20/1875 in Barney's River. We have that he remained single.
d) Duncan Blair Murray. Duncan was born 6/16/1877. We have that he also remained single.
e) Elspat (possibly Elizabeth) Christine Murray. Elspat was born on 2/4/1879.
f) John James and Daniel Lee Murray. The twins were born on 7/19/1883 in LaConner, WA. Daniel Lee died (possibly young) and John remained single.
g) Sarah Holloran Murray. Sarah was born on 1/19/1885 in LaConner, WA.
h) Hubert Carter Murray. Hubert was born on 6/13/1888 in LaConner, WA.
i) Vivian Jeanette (Murray) Duncanson. Vivian was born on 11/13/1891 in Ferndale, WA. She married Joe Duncanson and they had a daughter Helen Marie. Vivian died on 7/10/1979.

MURRAY Posting from CC
Dated 20 Mar 1999
I found these Murrays buried in the I.O.O.F. Cem in Mt. Vernon WA. Buried as grouped.
MURRAY, Baby Francis P. 1880-1882

MURRAY Hal W. 12 Sep 1902-23 Dec 1950 (Mason)
REDAL, Gerda 1888-1918
MURRAY Fannie 17 Jan 1874-22 Dec 1958
MURRAY John C. 5 Aug 1972 (sic...)- 21 Jan 1953

MURRAY Byers Bill 30 Jul 1895-6 Sep 1939 (father)

MURRAY Patrick J. 1825-1921

MURRAY Hugh M. 1887-1941
MURRAY Catherine 1890-1937


Post from CC
Dated 4 Nov 1998

NELSON stuff found in Skagit Valley Gen Soc. publication of Skagit County deaths pre 1908
NELSON, Henry d 24 Aug 1905 age 17 male born Kansas; resided Nooksack, Whatcom Co. Father NELSON, thos; Mother FURGESON, m. cert #629
NELSON, Hilda 11 Jan 1900 age 35 female born Sweden; resided Skagit. no parents cert 397
NELSON, Matilda d 29 Dec 1901 age 36; born Sweden; resided Skagit No parents cert 470
NELSON, Sophus d 12 May 1893 age 27 male born Norway Resided ??cert 59


PARADIS (CC response to listing)
Dated January 2000
RESEARCHER: Jayne email address:

     Buried at Fernhill Cemetery is

PARDIS Edith W.  1885 19--

              William E. 1877 - 1968


Post from email
Dated 8 Nov 1999

St. Helena Star, St. Helena, California
April 1913
Miss Laura Payne, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Payne, died Monday morning at 1:10 o'clock at the home of her parents, four miles East of St. Helena, death following a long illness. Miss Payne's health began to fail four years ago, and about a year later she was taken out of school in the hopes that outdoor life might restore her to health and strength. The family resided at Mt. Vernon, Washington, and the climate being damp, it was finally decided that a change must be made, so St. Helena was chosen as a home and Mr. and Mrs. Payne and two daughters came here eighteen months ago. The change was made too late, however, the young lady continuing to fail, a victim of consumption. For several months life hung by a thread and death was not unexpected.
Deceased was born at Mt. Vernon, Wash., April 4, 1894. She was possessed of a sweet, lovable disposition that greatly endeared her to all. She is survived by her parents and one sister, Alberta.
The funeral took place from the undertaking parlors of the J. S. Noble Co. Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. James Mitchell officiating. The pall bearers were Ivan, Arthur, and Marshall Hobson and William Dinning. The remains were laid to rest in the St. Helena cemetery


Post from email
Dated Mar 2000

Giacomo PINELLI and Saveria PANNONE 

My greatgrandparents Giacomo Pinelli b. 3.3.1830 d.15.3.1899 

in Hamilton, and Saveria Pannone came to Hamilton in 1881 

from Roccamandolfi, Isernia,Molise Region, Italy,  with son 

Angelo Pinelli and daughter and husband Maria Teresa Pinelli 

and Ilario Pinelli. 

Another son Domenico came later, became a citizen in 1907, 

but I haven't found yet if he went back to Italy or what 

happened to him. 

My grandmother Elisabetta Scasserra came from Roccamandolfi 

to marry Angelo Pinelli.  They were married in Seattle 

April 2, 1908 when she arrived. 

All are in the Hamilton Cemetery with the exception of 

Maria Teresa Pinelli who is in the Sedro Woolley Cemetery.  

Louis Castrilli and Pasquale Castrilli were cousins of the 

Pinelli's.  They had the cheese factory in Hamilton.

Children of Angelo Pinelli, b. 1.11.1863 d. 16.4.1925, 

and Elisabetta Scasserra, b. 25.11.1875, d. July, 1954, 


John Pinelli (my father)

b. 25.9.1911 in Hamilton, d. 1.5.1989 .

James Pinelli b. 29.1.1913 in Hamilton, d. 11.12.1948

Mary (Marie) Pinelli b. 14.6.1914, d. 30.1.1994

Joseph Pinelli b. 3.9.1917 in Hamilton, d. 13.1.1964

Dan Harvey Pinelli b. 22.4.1919 in Hamilton, d. 23.12.1948, all are in

the Hamilton Cemetery.

Lois Pinelli Theodoratus

Lois Pinelli Theodoratus 


PRITCHARD (CC Response to listing)
Dated October 1998
RESEARCHER: Diane Dillon e-mail address:

I have these PRITCHARDs in my database
PRITCHARD, Porter J. 1853.1917 (Father)
PRITCHARD, Ida l. 1865-1931 (Mother)
buried at Pleasant Ridge Cem, Skagit County Wa


posted by CC
Dated 4 Nov 1998

SHARP stuff found in Skagit Valley Gen Soc. publication of Skagit County deaths pre 1908
SHARP Amanda d 17 Aug 1903 age 43; born Illinois; resided Lyman; no parents cert 535


STROM Original note
Dated Mar 1999
RESEARCHER: Nick Trombley

Looking for information on Ernest Strom and his family. He died there in 1978. Thank you. Nick Trombley

posted by CC
Dated Mar 1999

Hi. The reference was to the Anacortes Story. I will need to look that up at the bookstore...but I did find this stuff on the Strom family
Buried at BayView Cemetery, BayView WA
Strom, Anna B. (unreadable)
Buried at Fern Hill
Strom, Edwin George 27 Dec 1898-7 Mar 1970 (Wash Pfc Btry WW1)


Researcher: Sandra Burgen
Dated 4 Nov 1998

. Could you please see if Francis Symond's is listed in The Pioneer Book of Skagit Co.WA.Thank you for your time. posted by CC
Dated 13 Mar 1999

I found at Fern Hill Cemetery Skagit Co located near Anacortes WA these
SYMONDS, William 1879-1964
SYMONDS, Millie J. 1886---
SYMONDS, Frank R. 1 Oct 1847-27 Nov 1927 father


RESEARCHER: Teresa Meyers
Dated Mar 1999

I am researching the Trafton lines in Anacortes. My Great-grandfather was Frank Ray Trafton. He had three sons, Ramon, Grodon, and Kenneth Frank's father was Charles Henry. I know Frank and my Grandpa, Ramon, are buried in Anacortes.

Post from CC
Dated 11 Mar 1999

. In the book "With the Colors from Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan Counties 1917 1918 1919 Washington U.S.A.." Compiled and Published by Louis Jacobin. Copyright, 1921. Printed by Peters Publishing Co., Seattle, WA 1921. . On page 221
. Clyde McKinley Trafton - Private, U. S. Signal Corps; born at Newton, Iowa, Oct. 31, 1896; son of George and Martha Trafton, Hamilton, Wash; entered service from Seattle, Wash., Aug. 19, 1917; transferred from Fort Lawton, Wash., to Kelly Field, Tex.; to For Sill, Okla; mustered out at Vancouver Barracks, Wash., Dec. 31, 1918

. On page 241
.Charles R. Trafton - Private, Washington C.A.C.; born at Anacortes,Washington 12, 1899; son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas H. Trafton, Anacortes, Wash.; entered service from Bellingham, Wash., May 1, 1917; dischared at Fort Worden, Wash., Sept. 1, 1917

Dated Mar 1999

Would like to register with your listing. Surnames include: Webb, Schmitt, Murray, Rodgers....thanks. Murray Webb,

Posted from CC
Dated: Mar 1999

Found these buried Fern Hill Cem, Skagit County. Buried as grouped
WEBB, Thomas E. 28 Dec 1902-23 Dec 1971 (Darling)

RODGERS, Rose E. 1861-1951 (mom)
RODGERS, Francis - 1846-1927 (dad)
RODGERS, Mary H. 1880-1909
RODGERS, Harry J. 1878-1910

RODGERS, Selma E. 1891-1970

RODGERS, George E. 1891-1954

RODGERS, Vincent 1888-1947
RODGERS, Teresa A. 1896.....
RODGERS, Francis W. 1882-1960
RODGERS, Earl B. 1884....

RODGERS, Aurora 1864-1944
RODGERS, David E. 1863-1937

I.O.O.F. Cemetery Mt Vernon
WEBB, Eliza A. 8 Mar 1840.......

RODGERS, Miss Carrie J. 1868-1950
. Did not find Schmitt... The Murrays I have located already posted... on database.

WILSON Post from CC
Dated 4 Nov 1998

WILSON stuff found in Skagit Valley Gen Soc. publication of Skagit County deaths pre 1908
WILSON, A.C. died 10 Jul 1895 age 28 born Oregon resided Clear Lake cert 127


WOODRUFF (Original Note)
Dated September 1998
RESEARCHER: Ruth Silverstone

Day P. WOODRUFF DOB January 4m 1886 (New York?) DOD May 22, 1951 Carrie E. RUNDELL WOODRUFF DOB January 4, 1859, DOD January 13, 1929, Bow, Skagit County, Washington

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WOODRUFF (CC Response to listing)
Dated September 1998

Buried Bay View Cem...Skagit county
WOODRUFF Carrie 4 Jan 1859-13 Jan 1929
..... Day P. 4 Jan 1886-22 May 1951
..... Emma A. 30 Nov 1886-22 Feb 1924

Buried at Pleasant Ridge Cem.
WOODRUFF Anna O. 1883-1968

I didn't find a listing for Rundell or for Bass...
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Posted by CC
Dated 11 Mar 1999
. In the book "With the Colors from Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan Counties 1917 1918 1919 Washington U.S.A.." Compiled and Published by Louis Jacobin. Copyright, 1921. Printed by Peters Publishing Co., Seattle, WA 1921.
. On page 247
. Herbert B. Woodruff - Sergeant, 79th Co., 6th Regt., U.S.M.C., 2d Div; born at Green City, Mo., Mar 12 1898; son of H. B. and Susan Woodruff, Sedro-Woolley, Wash.; entered service from Bellingham, Wash., April 5, 1917; transferred from Mare Island, Cal., to Quantico, Va; to Philadelphia, Pa; to New York; to France; promoted from private to corporal, to sergeant; served at Verdun and Chateau-Thierry; wounded at Chateau-Thierry, June 6, 1918; overseas 12 months; discharged at Quantico, April 5, 1919
From: Woodruff Roger D Civ OC-ALC/EMCS
Date: Monday, February 21, 2000 8:42 AM

Surname: Woodruff

Woodruff, Henry Bascom b. 1854 Monroe Co.,Iowa

Woodruff, Susan A. (Warner) married Henry May 30,1874 Sullivan CO. Mo


 Woodruff,Louis Payne buried Green City Mo

Woodruff, Jessie      buried Green City Mo.

Woodruff, Frank Warner

Woodruff, Edward A.

Woodruff, Nove Z.

Woodruff, Henry W.

Woodruff, Martha A.

Woodruff, Alice E.

Woodruff, Howard R.

Woodruff, Herbert B.

Woodruff, Ross E.

Woodruff, Harry

****We know that Herbert & Ross came to Skagit Co. with Henry & Susan.. 


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