*The names that are without birth or death dates no longer have headstones in the cemetery (although many still have the concrete liners showing that there is a grave there). There is a memorial plaque at the entrance to the cemetery that lists the original settlers that are buried in the Iosepa Cemetery. Their names are listed on this site, as well. *Note: There are more than the original 79 people buried in this cemetery because local ancestors and pioneers that stayed behind are, also, buried here - the Memorial was created before these people were noted as being buried in this cemetery. *Note: There are more than the original 79 people buried in this cemetery because local ancestors and pioneers that stayed behind are, also, buried here - the Memorial was created before these people were noted as being buried in this cemetery.
Mormon church converts from Polynesia, mostly Hawaii, settled in Skull Valley, Utah, in the period 1889 to 1917, working for the church owned Iosepa Agriculture and Stock Company. Their settlement, located a half-mile from the cemetery to the southwest and named after Joseph F. Smith (Iosepa is the closest English spelling to the local Hawaiian pronunciation of the name), then President of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) Church, flourished until 1917, when the Hawaiian LDS Temple was constructed. Most of the Islanders returned to their homeland. Many who succumbed to the hardships of the land are buried in this cemetery. There are a total of 79 graves in this cemetery, 33 children and 46 adults. The adult graves are lined with a six-foot long concrete liner, while the children are half that size.
Iosepa Settlement Cemetery
Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
Record added: Apr 16, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10795063