The Odell Pioneer Cemetery & Ebenezer Chapel is a listed Historic Cemetery recorded with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.
Founded by pioneers John and Sarah Holman Odell on a portion of the couple’s Donation Land Claim, the first documented burial occurred at the Odell Pioneer Cemetery in 1856, and the first chapel was built in 1857. The current chapel, built by prominent early Oregonian W.H. Odell in honor of his parents, John and Sarah, was completed in 1926.
The number of people interred at the Odell Pioneer Cemetery is unknown. Some earlier reports suggest more than 100 people are interred in the small cemetery, but currently only 47 graves are confirmed: 35 marked graves and 12 unmarked graves. Further investigation and research will hopefully lead to a clearer picture as to exactly how many people are interred in the Odell Pioneer Cemetery.
We have been diligently researching the history of the cemetery as well as the 47 known people interred (as well as two unconfirmed burials). Our graves page features biographies of all 47 people known to be interred at the cemetery. This is an ongoing research project, and are actively seeking more material that can help add depth to our biographies and the history of the cemetery and chapel. For more information about how you can help contribute to our research project, please send us an email.