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Savannah Cemetery (#46994845)
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Bio Photo Savannah Memorial Park (aka El Monte Cemetery and Savannah Pioneer Cemetery) was founded about 1850. Burials may exist back into the 1840s. Henry Dalton, owner of Rancho San Francisquito, was riding his property in about 1846, as the story goes, and came upon two graves protected by a cactus hedge. Choosing to respect the site, he set aside approximately two acres for a cemetery. That was the beginning of Savannah Memorial Park. This particular spot was suitable for a cemetery, having a lower water table than the surrounding area. Originally the cemetery was within the boundary of the city of El Monte, which was the first American settlement in Southern California (California Landmark No. 975) and the end of the Santa Fe Trail, but with changing boundaries, is now in the city of Rosemead.

Savannah is privately owned, operated and maintained by El Monte Cemetery Association. The Association is made up of volunteers who, for the most part, are descended from or related to the early pioneers of the area. Many notable pioneers and their descendents are buried at Savannah.

All documented burials are listed here. It is believed that there are probably many burials that were not documented when family members simply came and buried their loved ones before the cemetery was formally organized. Unfortunately, we will never know of most of these burials without finding evidence written in family journals, Bibles, correspondence, newspaper articles, etc. If you have such evidence, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at

Please visit the Burials Listing page of our website where you will find a map of the cemetery to help in locating graves.

We are happy to transfer pages to direct family members as long as they are not also related to any legacy members of the Board of Directors. Please use the Edit Tab and "Suggest a Correction" link to request transfer, and be sure to specify your relationship.

In fairness to those who may be more closely related, transfer requests for pages that are outside FAQ Guidelines for required transfers will be considered on an individual basis. Please be specific about your relationship on any transfer requests.

In March 2012, Savannah was recognized by the State of California as a Historical Landmark (No. 1046) - the oldest public cemetery in Southern California.

PLEASE NOTE: Every visible monument and headstone has been photographed and posted here. We do, from time to time, unearth stones that have sunk or become buried over time. We then photograph the stone and post the picture here. If you don't see a photo of the headstone here, it is NOT visible. If you have reason to believe there should be a headstone that is not shown here, please contact us and we will do our best to probe to see if we can locate a buried stone.
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Werner Howald
Thank you

Yes, the Los Angeles Star was around back then " 1851" and I think the Pomona LIbrary and the Anaheim Library still has these on film. I could check here too. But at this time I live around San Luis Obispo, but when I get back down, I will check on one of these. I do have other look ups to do. I have a list of needs.

Have fun traveling.

Added by Werner Howald on Mar 17, 2016 8:29 AM
Werner Howald
RE: FAG 159508788
Thanks for checking into this family, I will call up the Pomona Library and see what they can provide. I've been there many times and they do have a great deal of resources. But I must say that in those days they could had buried any body between the Rio Hondo and the San Gabriel River, for they couldn't gig more than a few feet before ground water would come up. Pretty weird. Again thanks .

Added by Werner Howald on Mar 16, 2016 8:35 PM
Werner Howald
FAG 159508788
You ask if for what info I had for placing Elijah Stowell here. Elijah had a son Elijah Jr was born in El Monte, " See his Memorial Find A Grave 115394831 " The creator of this memorial has a Obit for him. Elijah's family must had some records for having these dates for him, they are posted on Ancestry and FamilySearch. Plus, they have their date of marriage and they say they were married in El Monte. What I do know, is that they came from Texas in Nov 1853, and like many, they couldn't buy much land since most of the land was Spanish and Mexican Granted lands by this time. It is also said that Elijah's father and mother died in LA County by 1860. The census shows no William and Margaret Stowell with in. It is also interesting to know that a Fryer child is buried there, Emily I think. So, I had only what am seeing on the net at this time. Elijah also had two sisters that went up north and am in touch with a family member at this time. And they believe that he is bureid here. Plus Elijah's wife remain in El Monte and Married again.
And I know that it's not real proof, but what other cemetery would there be.

Added by Werner Howald on Mar 15, 2016 8:26 PM
Sandy Picklesimer
John Mohor
Hi, I'm looking for any information you may be able to provide (obituary, etc.) for the subject, buried in section G, lot 14, grave 01. His headstone says 'beloved husband' but I am unable to find an interment of his wife (only name I have is "Katie").
Please, can you help me. No one in the family knows what happened to him, as he changed his last name to Mohor from Zabukovec when he moved to Los Angeles.
Thank you for your help.
Sandy Picklesimer
Added by Sandy Picklesimer on Jan 08, 2016 2:34 PM
RE: James Holyfield
Thank you! Is there a resource online that has all of that additional information? I would love to know any other background, as I am related to both the Tweedy and Reynolds families that are buried there, and all their collateral lines.
Added by jmpdalvarez on Dec 07, 2015 4:51 AM
James Holyfield
Does there seem to be any information as to why James Holyfield and Lottie, wife of Jim Owns are listed on the same headstone? I know James' wife was Nancy Owens. Was Lottie a relative of hers?
Added by jmpdalvarez on Dec 06, 2015 7:35 PM
Lynette Jones
Great research on memorials
Thanks for the diligent work adding information from death certificates and newspaper clippings.

I have a first cousin, once removed, whom I've tried to find information on for years, and years. Today I figured out a husband's name and found he was buried here. He was Wilfred Lodge, and seems to have been a member of a family that had a lot of tragedy. Should you come up with any information on how he died, I'd love to know about it. He was only 38 years old.
Added by Lynette Jones on Nov 24, 2015 2:33 PM
Barb Harshey
Olive Alma Gailey
Thank you very much for taking a photo and for writing the information down. I have been looking for her for some time now and had thought she was buried in Ohio, The date are exactly like mine so I know she is correct. I do not want her transferred as she is a cousin 2x removed.
Added by Barb Harshey on Oct 13, 2015 7:50 PM
Kay Steenerson Franklin
Knute Steenerson
You emailed me an offer to send me an obit on Knute Steenerson for 2/12/1921 from the San Diego Union...saying he is buried in Greenwood Cemetery San Diego. I will certainly look for him there. Could I please have a copy of that would mean a lot to me. Thanks
Added by Kay Steenerson Franklin on Aug 06, 2015 4:32 PM
Newspaper marriage record

I was browsing through the "Chariton Courier" newspaper on the Internet looking for a different Williams family member and I found a mention of the wedding of George Goll and Ida M. Williams in the Friday, February 24, 1893 edition of the Chariton Courier newspaper, page 8 of the newspaper.

The mention of the marriage of George Goll and Ida M. Williams is at the bottom of page 8, near the middle of the page.

Here's a link to that newspaper page:

I also looked on the Family Search website for Ida M. Goll and found a 1900 census record for George Goll and his wife Ida M. Goll, showing the month and year that they were born along with their children.

Here's a link to that 1900 census record:

I thought you might like to include this information in the bio section of the Find-A-Grave website page for Ida May Goll.


Henry T. Brown Jr.

Added by Henry on Jun 27, 2015 2:14 PM
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