Presidio Chapel Cemetery

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Presidio Chapel Cemetery

San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA Add to Map
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Burials at this small cemetery commenced soon after the establishment of the San Francisco Presidio on September 17, 1776. Soldiers and their family members ("gente de razon") received the Sacraments during infrequent visits to the presidio by missionaries serving at Mission San Francisco de Asis (Dolores) three miles away. Although founded in 1776, the Spanish crown did not approve funds for the new presidio until 1782, and most of those were used to cover pay owed to the soldados. This hampered construction efforts; a proper chapel was not completed until 1784. Tension between military and church authorities also impacted baptisms, marriages, and burials at the presidio. At least one of the deceased was dug up and reinterred at Mission San Francisco (the presidio's first commander, Lieutenant José Joaquín Moraga*). All burials had transitioned to the Mission San Francisco cemetery by 1801 (see Arriola memorial).

*Lieutenant Moraga died at the presidio he founded and commanded until his death on July 13, 1785. He was buried in the Presidio Chapel floor on July 15, 1785. His remains were transferred to Mission San Francisco (Dolores), where he was entombed with due ceremony in the floor of the sanctuary on April 8, 1791 (SFD Death 00141). Following the removal of Moraga's remains in April 1791, only three additional burials in this cemetery were recorded.
Burial information courtesy of the Huntington Library's Early California Population Project.

  • Added: 5 Jul 2016
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2617178