They came from Italy and Cornwall, from Dalmatia and Ireland, from New Hampshire and Virginia. Some were miners
searching for gold. Some were lumberjacks, shop keepers, school teachers or ranchers. Some brought families, some came alone. They worked
and lived and loved in Amador County. And now they rest in our historic cemeteries.
Some have elaborate towering tombstones, some simple marble stones.
Some have no markers at all.
We want to change that.
There are unmarked graves, outlined in stone or bricks or crumbling cement--but no names. There are mortuary markers
showing where someone is buried--but the temporary markers have long since become illegible. Early records for the cemeteries are rare. Some
were never made, some were destroyed by fire or flood, and some lost when a clerk took them home and forgot about them.
The mortuaries in the county have information on which cemetery a person was buried in--but not where in that cemetery.
For the next two years the Amador County Cemetery Board is embarking on a Who Was I? campaign to identify all the unmarked graves in the county’s historic cemeteries. Once the identification has been made, we will install simple headstone as time and money permits. That will allow us to forever remember who is buried there.
As another facet to that identification, we know people are buried in certain cemeteries, but not where. Again, once identification is made, a headstone will be placed.
If you know of anyone buried in the historic cemeteries who does not have a headstone, please contact Barbara McMahon, 295-7182, Carolyn Fregulia 223-4601, or Teresa Ryan 267-1107. As the Board members working on this project, we will accompany you to identify the final resting place.
If you or an organization in which you belong wish to contribute to the Amador Cemetery Trust Fund to help pay for the cost of headstone, donations are gladly welcomed. You may send donations to Amador County Cemetery Trust, c/o Amador County Cemetery Board, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA 95642.
The Amador County Cemetery Board is appointed by the county’s Board of Supervisors. Members are citizens concerned about the historic cemeteries which have no perpetual care program and rely on the Cemetery Board and volunteers to keep them up.
For further information, please contact any member of the Amador County Cemetery Board. Contact us!