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Did You Know? The Lynden Cemetery is the only cemetery in Whatcom County that is listed on the Washington Heritage Register.
  • More than 70 Civil War veterans are interred in the Lynden Cemetery.

  • The person interred in the Lynden Cemetery who lived the longest life was Ellen Booman-Nelson. She lived to be 108 years old (1892 - 2001).

  • The Lynden Cemetery was founded in 1889.

  • The Greenwood Cemetery was founded in 1887.

  • Amanda Bell was the first person to be buried in the Lynden Cemetery.

  • More than 170 pioneers are interred in the Lynden Cemetery.

  • Civil War veteran John Smith's unmarked grave in the Lynden Cemetery was located in 2011.

  • Four veterans buried in the Lynden Cemetery made the supreme sacrifice for their country.

  • There is only one person interred in either the Lynden or Greenwood cemeteries who was born in the 18th Century. William Earle was born in Vermont in 1796.

  • The Lynden Cemetery is the only cemetery in Whatcom County that is listed on the Washington Heritage Register.

  • Phoebe Judson, the "Mother of Lynden" is interred in the Lynden Cemetery.

  • Clara Tennant was the wife of Rev. John A Tennant, daughter of Tsi'lixw of the Nooksack tribe and spoke several languages. She is interred in the Lynden Cemetery.

  • Tennant Lake is named after Rev. John A. Tennant who is interred in the Lynden Cemetery.

  • The Greenwood Cemetery has a beautiful Urn Garden with charming pathways and a dry creek.

  • Phoebe Judson's family donated land to help establish the Lynden Cemetery. She is considered to be the "Mother of Lynden."

  • Phoebe Judson's husband, Holder, was elected to be the first mayor of Lynden.

  • Phoebe Judson was the town midwife. Ellen Violinda Booman-Nelso, who died at the age of 108 in 2001, was the last living person to be delivered by Phoebe.

  • Phoebe & Holder Judson established the first post office in Lynden.

  • Phoebe Judson's mother, Anna Goodell, died in 1881 and was the first burial in Lynden.

  • The Tennant, Lawrence, Packard, Austin, Wilmore and Cudworth families conveyed the 10 acre plot to the Lynden Cemetery Association in 1891.

  • The Lynden and Greenwood cemeteries are the final resting places for nearly 300 veterans for wars dating back to the Civil War.

  • One Civil War veteran, John Owen, who served with the Confederacy, is interred in the Lynden Cemetery.

  • Only one Eagle Scout is interred in the Lynden Cemetery. Loraine Ashton, from Troop #28, was born in 1912 and passed away in 1935.



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