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Savannah Cemetery Vols (#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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Heather, svh77
Messages left for Savannah Cemete... (40)[Leave Message]
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
Pamela Spears Wright
RE: Emma Garner photo request
I'm noticing that the photo doesn't upload when using the find a grave app. Will resubmit
Added by Pamela Spears Wright on May 29, 2015 8:52 AM
Janet LaMotte
Leon Simpson
I recently discovered where he was buried. The manager of the original memorial refused to link him to his parents because their burials have not been located. His parents memorials were created in 2011 by another volunteer. I have requested Find A Grave merge the two memorials so that the links and other info will not be lost.
Added by Janet LaMotte on Apr 02, 2015 1:27 AM
Mac Starling
Minnie Susan Lakey Brumley
Thank you for watching over the memorial page for my grandmother, and for transferring it to me. I will do my best to keep up with it and the rest of our ancestors.

Added by Mac Starling on Nov 01, 2014 8:30 PM
GreenHills Stones Calling
Francis Teeney
Thank you for your message regarding noticing duplicate memorials for Francis Teeney.

My memorial # 72149936 was created in Green Hills Memorial Park in June 2011.

Memorial # 65453037 was created as Burial Unknown in Feb 2011. It was changed just about a week ago to Green Hills Memorial Park, thus creating a duplicate. Its creator has graciously communicated an intention to delete. So all should be well soon.

With appreciation,
Added by GreenHills Stones Calling on Sep 24, 2014 12:09 AM
David Cisco
Linking family member
Please can you link James Cisco # 26162984 to his Father George Patton Francisco / Cisco # 123007207 and his Mother Nancy Jane Francisco # 123007657. Thank you for your time.

David Cisco
Added by David Cisco on May 13, 2014 8:20 AM
Michael Kountz
anna kaplan transfet
Thank you! I'm indebted to you.
Added by Michael Kountz on Jul 02, 2013 9:14 PM
P Wilson Foley
George MacMillan
Thank you so very much for finding his burial location. I entered the memorial based on the obit I was posting and I am never quite sure if the newspaper got the cemetery name or location correct. I like it to be verified!
Hope someone comes forward that is related.
Thank you , again,
Patty in AZ
Added by P Wilson Foley on May 25, 2013 7:04 PM
Shauna Timpson
Penfold family
Hello Savannah Memorial Park,

I am trying to find information on some Penfolds. You have Stephen Penfold, memorial #26185955, in your cemetery.

I am looking for his father and brothers: John Penfold Sr. (1797-1884), John Jr. (1820-1874?), and Peter (1830-?).

If you have any information I would appreciate hearing from you....

Thank you, Shauna Johnson
Added by Shauna Timpson on May 22, 2013 12:49 PM
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