Nebraska Pioneer Grave: Rebecca Winters

From Nebraska Historical Marker, near Scott’s Bluff

“Rebecca Winters, daughter of Gideon Burdick, a drummer boy in Washington’s army, was born in New York State in Rebecca Winters Grave1802. She was a pioneer in the Church of the Latter Day Saints, being baptized with her husband Hiram in June 1833.

Membership in the Church brought persecution in Ohio, Illinois and Iowa. In June 1852 the family joined others of their faith in the great journey to Utah, some of which took place along the Oregon Trail. It was a pleasant trip across Iowa through June, but in the Platte Valley the dread Cholera struck. Rebecca saw many of her friends taken by the illness, and on August 15, she was another of the victims. She was buried on the prairie near here with a simple ceremony.

A close friend of the family, William Reynolds, chiseled the words “Rebecca Winters, age 50” on an iron wagon tire to mark the grave. The family continued on with the wagon train and settled in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Burlington Railroad surveyors found the crude marker and changed the right-of-way to save and protect the grave.* In 1902, a monument was erected by Rebecca’s descendants. Rebecca WinterRebecca Winters Graves is a symbol of the pioneer mother who endured great hardships in the westward movement.”

Visiting the Gravesite

Hwy 26
Scottsbluff, Nebraska

GPS Coordinates:
N41° 49.895′ W103° 34.697′

*In 1995, the grave was moved to prevent visitors from wandering too close to the railroad, which was only six-feet away before the move.

[Please note: Apologies for grainy images.  Photos were taken in 1998 with an original Nikon Coolpix 100, 0.3 megapixels]

One comment

  1. My mother had a poem about grandma Winters. It can not be located and I would like to know if anyone has it and if so if you could send it to me.
    Thank you for your time. Florence

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