Holt Cemetery near Enterprise, Utah


In 1867 James Holt, my 3rd Great Grandpa, came to visit relatives in the little town of  Hamblin located at the north east part of the Mountain Meadows on the Old Spanish Trail. One morning he walked out north down the canyon.  There he discovered a beautiful stream of water.  He moved his family from Washington, Washington County, Utah to a spot he had chosen near the mouth of the canyon where he built a home and began cultivating the ground.  A ditch was dug and the water from the spring was used for culinary purposes.  The remainder of the water was impounded to irrigate fields where gardens and crops were raised.

There was a little knoll at the mouth of the canyon a few hundred yards north of where James Holt built his home.  Here James Holt selected a site for the cemetery for his family.  This cemetery became a necessity because of the death of Rosa Angeline, the little two year old daughter of his son George A. and Nancy Jane Hunt Holt.  Rosa had been thrown out of the swing and the swing board had hit her in the head, causing her death in 1892.  Her father was on an LDS mission at the time and James Holt, her grandpa hand dug her grave, the first in the cemetery.


Today there are 7 or 8 generations of Holt family members buried here, about 70 grave sites.  The cemetery is small and baren, hot and dry.  Faded silk and plastic flowers are stuck into the dirt by many of the graves.  I saw obsidian arrowhead pieces scattered on one of the graves and dead day lilies that had given up planted by several others.  In spite of the forlorn appearance of this seemingly abandoned spot, there was a sacred reverence here.  I photographed each headstone, reading the inscriptions and sentiments, and these words kept going through my mind as I did:  “These are My People.”  Again, I felt more deeply connected to them by having been there.  There really is something about walking where they walked that helps you to feel a part of who they are.


In Memory Of James Holt
Born Feb 10, 1804 in North Carolina
Died Jan 25, 1894.
An Amiable Father here lies at rest
As ever God with his image blest
The friend of man the friend of truth
The friend of age the guide of youth.


Below is a digitized history  with some more information about James Holt and his ranch.  Today it is nothing but barren land covered in sage brush.  There is no water in sight, just a dry stream bed filled with rocks and lizards.  It’s a marvel to me that anyone could sustain life and support a family in a place like this.  I take my hat off to James and his family, and all who followed him in this place.


Enterprise, A Brief History of

James Holt, Holt's Ranch history


GRAVES in the Holt Cemetery:

James Cumer Angell, Born March 9, 1919 and Died December 16, 1989
Josephine Holt Angell, Born December 26, 1919 and Died April 28, 1995
Emily Aston Burnham, Born February 24, 1909 and Died September 29, 1980
Luther Franklin Burnham, Born December 16, 1903 and Died September 9, 1973
Sheryl Ann Burnham, Born January 12, 1948 and Died January 26, 1978
Parthenia Chadburn, Born January 23, 1890 and Died February 22, 1913
Bessie B. Decker, Born July 17, 1901 and Died March 18, 1979
Bartlett C. Farnsworth, Born May 19, 1881 and Died July 3, 1939
Clayton E. Farnsworth, Born May 14, 1925 and Died April 24, 2005
Lillie H. Farnsworth, Born March 10, 1888 and Died December 6, 1962
Kim Holt Foster, Born November 3, 1954 and Died March 23, 1977
David Reed Gardner, Born June 10, 1981 and Died June 10, 1981
Roy Alwin Greene, Born October 17, 1912 and Died November 2, 1993
Mcvoy Holt Hafen, Born March 15, 1929 and Died December 1, 2002
Albert Adams Holt, Born May 15, 1906 and Died November 7, 1981
Alma Adams Holt, Born July 24, 1915 and Died September 21, 1997
Berle Bowler Holt, Born June 14 1921 and Died December 20 1993
Bess Ward Holt, Born February 17, 1918 and Died March 19, 1996
Brent Joseph Holt, Born February 9, 1943 and Died December 21, 1991
Clayton W. Holt, Born 1919 and Died 1919
Courtney Wayne Holt, Born December 7, 1948 and Died July 3,1949
Dorithy Helen Tobiasson Holt, Born 25 January 1919 and Died 24 July 2004
Enid Ferrol Holt, Born September 7, 1929 and Died August 23, 1987
Erma E. Woods Holt, Born December 11, 1896 and Died May 3, 1967
Ethan Joseph Holt, Born ???? and Died December 5, 1999
George O. Holt, Born July 29, 1879 and Died August 2, 1945
George A. Holt, Born May 28, 1858 and Died September 13, 1935
Heber Martin Holt, Born April 10, 1896 and Died June 26, 1987
Heber Wayne Holt, Born June 14, 1924 and Died June 28, 1999
Howard Adams Holt, Born April 16, 1909 and Died April 18, 1971
Hugh George Holt, Born December 15, 1907 and Died December 15, 1907
James O. Holt, Born August 3,1885 and Died May 23, 1906
James Holt, Born February 10, 1804 and Died January 25, 1894
Jay Overton Holt, Born December 31, 1916 and Died March 25, 1976
Joseph Woodruff Holt, Born August 25, 1885 and Died May 31, 1971
Joseph A. Holt, Born May 13, 1908 and Died May 13, 1908
Juliette A. Holt, Born January 5, 1879 and Died April 13, 1957
Keri Ann Holt, Born December 27 1981 and Died December 27 1981
Koni Kay Holt, Born January 21, 1971 and Died January 21, 1971
M. Estella Adams Holt, Born July 28, 1887 and Died March 9, 1954
Marilyn Snow Holt, Born September 6, 1927 and Died April 15, 2006 Mishalee Holt, Born January 22, 1970 and Died January 23 1970
Monta Beth Holt, Born July 14, 1933 and Died July 14, 1933
Nancy Jane Holt, Born September 20, 1859 and Died February 1, 1944
Newell Holt, Born July 14, 1933 and Died July 14, 1933
Parthenia Holt, Born July 12, 1821 and Died May 7, 1906
Rosa A. Holt, Born July 3, 1890 and Died May 10, 1892
Stanford Kim Holt, Born February 6, 1958 and Died March 30, 1984
Verna Burnham Holt, Born December 22, 1905 and Died November 9, 1978
Woodruff Adams Holt, Born August 20, 1917 and Died January 3, 1977
George Albert Moyle, Born May 11, 1941 and Died June 26, 1966
Georgia Holt Moyle, Born January 29, 1910 and Died January 29, 1994
Gordon Holt Moyle, Born June 15, 1938 and Died August 20, 1945
Henrey Gordon Moyle, Born July 30, 1909 and Died November 19, 1970
Jack Elliot Moyle, Born February 11, 1913 and Died December 29, 1971
James Blaine Moyle, Born 1916 and Died 1977
Maud Austin Moyle, Born March 20, 1876 and Died October 15, 1963
Nellie Holt Moyle, Born August 28, 1910 and Died August 17, 1997
Parley Moyle, Born June 12, 1881 and Died February 4, 1952
Gene Cory Nelson, Born October 28, 1921 and Died September 20, 1985
Phyllis Holt Nelson, Born September 9, 1921 and Died January 13, 1992
Allen Roberds, Born April 14, 1920 and Died April 28, 1994
Camilla Holt Robinson, Born April 16, 1912 and Died July 7, 1993
Marian Holt Slankard, Born 21 August 1921 and Died 12 August 2006

Burial list from Find A Grave


Burial list from the Washington County, Utah Tombstone Project


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2 Responses to Holt Cemetery near Enterprise, Utah

  1. sue sneed says:

    My many great grand mother was sister to James’s father Jesse. Thank you for pictures of Holt Cemetery. When I joined the church 50 years ago , I thought I was the only member. I so wanted pioneer ancestry. Now it is so exciting to know I do.

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