|Birth: ||Jan. 3, 1815|
|Death: ||May 23, 1901|
It was a circuitous journey for Barbara Asch, her family, and the tombstone that bears her name. Many early residents of Sacramento (including the Asch family) were buried in the New Helvetia Cemetery near Sutter's Fort (founded in 1849). After 63 years of flooding, the cemetery was closed in 1912. The land later became a park (and even later a middle school), with about 400 of those buried there being moved elsewhere. The Asch marker was one of a very few that was specially engraved and the marker somehow found its way to the garden of an Auburn man. Years passed. In the early 21st century, descendants of the Asch family delved into the mystery of the Asch family's final resting place and tombstone. With diligent research and a fair amount of good luck, the Asch family and their marker were officially reunited in a ceremony at the Historic Sacramento City Cemetery in 2009.
Per a 2009 newspaper article on the so called "travelling tombstone", John and Barbara Asch were originally from Germany and emigrated to America in the late 1840s with their four children. They lived in Pennsylvania for a few years where they had four more offspring. Then they headed to California in the early 1850's and settled in Sacramento where they had two more children.
(The Asch family at the Sacramento City Cemetery includes John and Barbara Asch, and their daughter Augusta, and son Franz)
(bio by: Valarie Vine)
John Asch (1816 - 1895)
Note: Profiles for John, Augusta, and Franz Asch already created at Sacramento City Cemetery; none for Barbara Asch as of February 2013.
New Helvetia Cemetery (defunct)
Plot: sacramento cemetery
Created by: sobrien
Record added: Feb 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48319415
"Sunrise, sunset, swiftly fly the years, One season following another laden with happiness and tears."|
Added: Jul. 14, 2013
Barbara may you rest in peace with your own true tombstone on your grave soon. Fondly, Louise PipherFebruary 2010|
Added: Feb. 20, 2010