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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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Heather, svh77
Messages left for Savannah Cemete... (52)[Leave Message]
Mark Persons
Thank you for the help with the burial location of James and Florence Patterson! I was stuck for DAYS and your emails really helped. I called Evergreen and located lot and plot info and updated their records. Just wnat to say THANKS for going the extra mile!
Added by Mark Persons on Feb 22, 2017 1:42 PM
Werner Howald
Thanks for upgrades on her ( Tabitha McCaige ) memorial. And what you added looks very correct.
Added by Werner Howald on Jan 07, 2017 5:54 PM
Lisa Albanese
Kenneth Pike --- FAG# 26186002
He passed away last year (2015), and here is his obituary if you are interested, (it's a good one, very detailed) ...
Added by Lisa Albanese on Sep 23, 2016 9:17 AM
Rita Osborne
I try real hard to make sure that when I get edits for links to parents. I check, I guess that one caught me. SO when you sent me the edit with a different mother. I thought oh no that one caught me. So I link to her to her correct mom, and sent the other duplicate off to admin.
Added by Rita Osborne on Sep 08, 2016 7:45 PM
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
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