Amador, California Pioneer Cemetery Locations and Map

location of cemetry

Directions and a few Residents of the Amador Pioneer Cemeteries

If your ancestors are buried in any of these cemeteries and you would like their brief biography to be posted on this website feel free to submit a biography, with dates, to Jill O'Neall Ching and ask for "Amador Cemetery listing".

The map is numbered according to the cemeteries described here.

Amador County Cemetery Board Website Homepage

Shenandoah Valley: Cemetery #1

From Hwy 49, Plymouth ~ East on Shenandoah Rd. 4.3 miles to Steiner Rd; left .3 mile.

Adam Uhlinger (1820-1880) Swiss immigrant, early vinter near Fiddletown (Oleta), later of Shenandoah. Founder of first commercial winery. Sold Zinfandel estate to D'Agostini in 1911. The winery is currently operated by the Sobon estate.

Plymouth City and Catholic Cemeteries: Cemetery #2

From Hwy 49~West .2 mile on Main St. to Church St; North on Church St. 2 blocks.

Fremont Mine Disaster Memorial A single monument just inside the main entrance along the south fence line marks the mass grave of 10 of the 11 victims of the disaster of Nov. 30, 1907. Thirteen miners were lowered to the 1,000 ft. level into a raging fire. It had ignited with the mine empty and smoke had been drawn into the adjoining Grover Mine. Two of the miners climbed out, escaping. One of the victims was buried at Diamond Springs.

John Joseph Ekel(1840-1914) Colorful lawyer, crippled in a shoot-out while representing the owner of a local bagnio. Later sentenced to San Quentin for assualt with a deadly weapon. Possibly responsible for the naming of Plymouth.

Plymouth I.O.O.F.: Cemetery #3

From Hwy 49~ West .3 mile on Main St. to Sherwood St., South 2 blocks; picket fenced cemetery on left above fire house.

Fiddletown Community and Masonic Cemetery: Cemetery #4

From West end Main St. ~ South .15 mile on American Flat Road.

Jimmy Chow (1885-1965) Born Chow Foung You. Adopted son of Chew Kee, Chinese herbalist, owner of California State Historical rammed earth bldg. Jimmy's care and preservation of the store saved one of the premier vestiges of the once thriving Chinese Mother Lode Community.

Fiddletown I.O.O.F. Cemetery: Cemetery #5

From West end main St. ~ West .4 mile on Fiddletown-Silver lake Rd: entrance on left.

Votaw Children Malissa, Millard, and Eugene Votaw, died within six weeks of one another during May and June of 1863, victims of the childhood perils faced by the early pioneers.

Drytown Public Cemetery: Cemetery #6

From Hwy 49 at Dry Creek Bridge~ North .2 mile to entrance on left.

Johann Heinrich Meiss(1793-1865) Served in the Prussian Army during Napoleon's first conquest of Europe. Came to Drytown 1852, established first butcher shop in area in 1854.

Drytown Catholic Cemetery: Cemetery #7

From Hwy 49~ East on County Road 81 (Spanish St.), immediate left turn after Claypiper Theatre; .15 mile; entrance on right

Manuel King (c. 1829-1864) One of more than 100 persons out of 170 who were killed or missing in the explosion of the steamboat "Washoe" in Rio Vista.

Peter McCabe (1833-1863)Native of Co. Monaghan, Ireland. Killed in a wagon accident on the road between Jackson and Ione

"How strange oh God that reigns on high
That I should come so far to die;
And leave my friends where I was bred~
To lay my bones with strangers died.
But I have hopes when I arrise~
To dwell with them in yonder skeys."

Amador City:Cemetery #8

From Hwy 49 ~ North on Church St., 1 block West of Imperial Hotel.

Oliver Vance(1848-1880)One of numerous people killed in mining accidents. He died when he was crushed by a skip in the Keystone Mine. Left behind a wife and 5 children who received death benefits from the Ancient Order of United Workmen, one of many benevolent societies supplying an early form of life insurance.

Oak Knoll Cemetery: Cemetery #9

From Hwy 49 at Imperial Hotel~ 2 short blocks East on Water St. to East School St; uphill to Fremont Mine Rd.; right, then left onto Bunker Hill Rd.; from Hwy 49 .6 mile; gate on left.

Sutter Creek Catholic, City and I.O.O.F. Cemetery: Cemetery #10

From Hanford St. (Hwy 49)! West on North Amelia St. to Spanish St.; corss Spanish to immediate right fork on City Cemetery Rd.; from Hwy 49, .15 mile.

City Cemetery: Robert Carleton Downs(1828-1901) A partner of Levi Hanford. part owner and superintendent of the Lincoln Quartz Mine of which Leland Stanford was also a partner. Also owned the Golden Eagle Mine near Sutter Creek. Member of the State Assembly 1879-80.

Catholic Cemetery: Joseph Lubanski(1906-1993) American Polish soldier for freedom and independence of Poland. fought with the Polish Commando Company 1942-1945. Came to US 1952, continued to fight for Poland using his typewriter as a weapon. received the Polish Cross.

Immaculate Conception: Cemetery #11

From Hanford St. (Hwy 49)~ West on North Amelia St.; corner of Amelia and Spanish Sts.; park in lot.

Mahoney Family The plot, located just outside the main entrance to the church, contains a number of very large stones, representative of the early old~style monuments. At least 17 members of the Mahoney family~brothers, wives, cousins, and children~are buried in this cemetery. From 1858 through 1868, 13 Mahoney's succumbed to various causes ranging from illness to violence at the hand of another. Three more joined from 1879-1888. The last, Johanna Mahoney, died in 1942.

Jackson Catholic: Cemetery #12

From Hwy 49/88 intersection with Main St. ~ left on North Main St. 2 long blocks to Church St.; turn right; go 2 blocks to main entrance.

Marie Suize or Swize(1824-1892) Also known as "Madam Pantaloons" French immigrant arrested in Jackson and Virginia City, Nevada for wearing men's clothing. Owned Amador's most successful winery near Clinton (Secreta Gulch) and worked as a miner on her own claim and others.

Angelo Noce (1847-1922) Sought recognition of Christopher Columbus for discovery of America, and was founder of Columbus Day as a legal holiday in the U.S.

Andrew Kennedy (1803-1871) Discoverer of the Kennedy Mine, at one time the deepest gold mine in the world.

Jackson City: Cemetery #13

From the Catholic ~ continue around on Church St. to entrances on left.

Mike Tovey (1842-1893) Distinguished Wells Fargo shotgun messenger and rider. Was shot and killed by a robber who attempted to hold up the stage on which he was traveling as guard.

James T. Farley (1826-1886) Gifted orator and politician. State Assemblyman, State Senator 1869-1876, U.S. Senator 1878.

Anthony Caminetti (1854-1923) State Senator 1880's, U.S. Senator 1890's. Introduced the bill making California's Admission Day, September 9th, a state holiday. Secured for Amador County the Preston School of Industry in Ione.

Hiram Craig Meek (1788-1881) Native of Virginia. Major in the War of 1812. Thought to be the only man buried in California who personally knew George Washington.

Jackson Jewish (Givoth Olam): Cemetery #14

From intersection of Hwys 49/88 ~ turn left on Hwy. 88; 1 block then left on Broadway; 1 block to Water St.; turn right and continue to Placer; left on Placer past Conv. Hospital; then to City Cemetery Lane; iron fence on right.

Herman Goldner (1827-1906) Postmaster of Jackson 1885-1889. Justice of the Peace in Jackson from 1878 until his death. From his obituary: " of the largest funerals ever seen in Jackson. No one, rich or poor, irrespective of religion, died but that Judge Goldner paid his last respects by attendance at the funeral."

St. Sava Serbian: Cemetery #15

From intersection of Hwys 49/88 with Main St. ~ Left on North Main St.; continue .3 mile.

St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, built in 1894, was the first Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church in America. One of the early obelisks at the rear of the cemetery carries inscriptions for two Dragomanovich children who died in June and July of 1887. Most of the oldest stones bear inscritptions using the old Cyrillic alphabet, while newer stones have used the newer Cyrillic alphabet or English.

Ione Catholic and Public: Cemetery #16

From Main St. ~ South on Church St. (Hwy 124) .2 mile to Sacred Heart Church entrance and access to cemetery. Continue .15 mile to Public Cemetery entrances on left.

Albert Theodore "William" Courtright (1848-1933) In San Francisco, he first gained fame as a comedian in the minstrel show circuit. Wtih the advent of the motion picture industry, he found employment in silent films. He is buried next to his first wife, Mary Jane "Jennie Lee" Courtright, a well known actress of early silent films.

Elizabeth W. Withington (c. 1824-1877) Joined her husband George in Ione Valley in 1852. As an artist and photographer, she won awards at one of the first State Fairs held in California. Samples of her works are found in the collections of the Huntington Library and Amador County Archives.

Nathaniel Cecil (1838-1907) Born a slave in Missouri to Mr. S.G. Cecil and brought with him to California in 1857. Three years later he earned enough to buy his freedom. Respected cowboy, sheepherder and teamster on the Arroyo Seco Grant.

Jesse C. Hamrick (1823-1878) Jesse and his wife E.W. (Elizabeth Wisdom) Hamrick arrived in Amador with their first 2 children in 1850 by covered wagon. A farmer with 11 children, Jesse was the first Grange Master of the Ione Grange and ran the Hamrick Toll Road for years, after gold mining did not pan out. Named one of seven sons, Amador Jackson Hamrick and one of four daughters, Cosumnes California Hamrick, after their new home. Buried with Jesse's parents, N.M and Mariah, many Hamrick descendants are buried throughout Amador County. The Hamrick Family History can be found at the Amador County Archives or contact Jill O'Neall Ching

Pine Grove: Cemetery # 17

From hwy 88 ~ South on Irish Town Road; on left .1 mile.

Harry Bluett Liversedge (1894-1951) Brig. Gen. USMC. Served in World Wars I and II. On Feb. 23, 1945, Col. Liversedge led the 28th Marine Regiment in the capture of Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, and the famous flag raising that inspired the Marine Memorial Monument at Arlington.

William W. Stewart (1844-1936) Served in Company I, 2nd Minnesota Infantry during the Civil War. He was the last surviving Civil War veteran in Amador County.

Volcano Community and Catholic Memorial: Cemetery #18

From Main St. ~ East on Consolation and immediate left, .2 mile on Emigrant Road.

Benjamin Ross (1822-1902) Sgt. Maj., Union Army. Served in Co. E, 1st Mass. Inf. during Mexican War. Came to California in 1850 and to Volcano in 1852. Was involved in mining, merchandising, banking and surveying. In 1872 he was appointed U. S. Deputy Surveyor for mines by Surveyor General, J.R. Hardenburgh. Elected to the Amador County Board of Supervisors in 1878.

Aqueduct City: Cemetery #19

From Hwy 88 ~ 1.7 miles East of Pine Grove~ Volcano Road; South on Aqueduct Road and immediate left on Aqueduct Circle; .25 mile from Hwy 88 to entrance, the path is obscured.

Amador Memorial: Cemetery # 20

On North side of Hwy 88 ~ 3.4 miles East of Red Corral Road. (Hwy 26/104) at Pioneer, this cemetery is privately owned, was established after 1900.

Sunset View: Cemetery #21

On Hwy. 88 ~ 2.3 miles West of Hwy 49 intersection at Martell, also privately owned and established after 1900.

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