According to ranch records, Tomas Sansoni came to Santa Cruz Island on December 13, 1884. His passage from Italy was paid by the Santa Cruz Island Company, for which it was to be reimbursed by Sansoni's island employment. He was hired as a laborer for 12 monthat at $20 a month. On January 7, 1885, less than a month after his arrival, Tomas Sansoni died on the island at the age of 28. Although the ranch records do not record the particulars of his death, Carey Stanton was told as a young man that Sansoni had been run over and killed by a run-away cart while he was feeding some hogs at the main ranch hog corrals.
He was orginally buried in a small cemetery located on a bluff above Prisoners' Harbor. Two white wooden crosses marked his grave. In 1978, under the direction of Carey Stanton, Sansoni's body was removed and reinterred in the chapel cemetery. The original wooden crosses were professionally restored and placed at the new grave site.
Cemetery of the Holy Cross
Santa Barbara County
Created by: merridancer
Record added: Jan 26, 2008
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