Oregon I-5 to exit 43, Rock Point, just north of Gold Hill. Follow signs for a
short distance to US 99/State Hwy 234. Turn right towards Gold Hill (US 99 south/234). From
that intersection, proceed 0.7 miles, passing over the Rogue River and continuing to a small
"Rock Point Cemetery" sign on the right side of the road pointing to a driveway on the
opposite side of the road. Turn left onto the dirt drive, go over the railroad track
(uncontrolled crossing) and proceed into the cemetery. The cemetery is open during the day,
shorter hours in winter, longer in summer. Nearest restroom facilities are in Gold Hill.
Over a hundred years ago, a local landowner deeded about 26-1/2 acres of land for a
cemetery in the Rock Point district a few miles west of Gold Hill, Jackson County, Oregon.
While the town of Rock Point no longer exists, the graves are still there.
Around 1900, part
of the cemetery land was deeded to the IOOF and that side was maintained with regular lot
designations and caretaking, but the other side, which became known as the Pioneer Cemetery,
declined. In 1955, a group of civic-minded citizens got together, cleaned up the cemeteries
and recorded tombstones and grave markers.
After the cleanup, an alphabetical index and lot
listing of the IOOF side was published under the auspices of the Rogue Valley Genealogical
Society. Included was a list of names in the Pioneer cemetery, which was created several
years later. The last revision and publication of the book was over 20 years ago.
About 900 markers were read for this survey. It is felt that there at least 1000 burials in the entire cemetery. The cemetery is walkable, with some overgrown vegetation and burrs in the spring and summer.
I completed this transcription by reading all existing and legible headstones in Jan and Feb of 2003. A few markers that were placed between March and May, 2003, are also listed.
- Elizabeth Corethers
?? = unknown date or information
DS: double stone, stone with two names on it, usually husband and wife
HS: homemade stone or marker
IOOF: International Order of Odd Fellows, a fraternal group
m or marr: married - format used is "m 6 Jun 1872"
Mason: Symbol on marker, fraternal organization
MM: Medford (Oregon) Mail, local newspaper until about 1908
MMT: Medford (Oregon) Mail Tribune, local newspaper (1908 to present)
month(s): in age at time of death, such as 76y-3m-12d
n.d.: no date
RPI: Rock Point IOOF Section (eastern)
RPP: Rock Point Pioneer Section (western)
SS: same stone or shared stone
s/w: stone with
tag: funeral home ID, metal tag or plate with glass or plastic cover
T&S: tag and stake, a funeral home tag on a stake
There are also some armed forces abbreviations, which were copied as shown on the stone.
These were not expanded under the "comments" section.