Calvary Cemetery, San Diego, CA

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Name: Robert brennan carter <>
Date: 2017-03-11
Related to someone buried here? George p brennan and family
Katherine Brennan carter is buried @mt hope I am her grandson
I have her bible records that can clarify some things
I am very interested I who Anna and Nora Brennan might be ?
Molly Flynn Brennan died 1895 at point Loma . I don't see her at Calvert cem. Anna and Nora may have benn sisters of George's who may have come to take care of the kids also you are missing Nellie , just a child when her mother died also not on list joe bfennan who built SD 1918 1948


Name: Cheryl Ware <>
Date: 2017-01-20
Related to someone buried here? Alto Family seven in all plus Larque Family
I just found at my family is buried here. My three times and second great grand mothers are buried here. Gertrude Duro Alto and Modesa Alto along with most of Gertrude's other children. Alto's and Larque's. I am sad to see most all of the headstones taken out. I still plan on a trip down to see my relatives.

Name: Kevin Hartmann <>
Date: 2016-08-08
Thank you for the site!

Name: Bob Frelinger <>
Date: 2016-02-09
Related to someone buried here? William Manwaring
Thanks for providing the history and background of the cemetery. Great work.

Name: Connie Gunther <>
Date: 2015-11-27
URL of your genealogy related website DESDSTORY.COM
Related to someone buried here? Maria Laura Savin
Researching families of early San Diego

Name: Deborah couture <>
Date: 2015-11-21
Related to someone buried here? Schlegel'so and schaniel's, devine's
Thank you for the information. If you find any more please feel free to email me.

Name: Linda Jacobo <>
Date: 2014-07-20
URL of your genealogy related website
Related to someone buried here? Maria Guadalupe Machado y Smith and Angelo Smith
Maria was my great-great grandmother. I just want to thank you for all the amazing work you have done on this site. I've only been active on the descendants committee for about 5-6 years but have been chasing my genealogy roots much longer. It's sites like yours that make it possible to discover new information about our history. It's appreciated Marna. Thanks again, Linda Jacobo

Name: Brynda De Arte <>
Date: 2013-09-14
Related to someone buried here? Monico Padilla
I6301- any info, records, burial info on his wife /brother. Researching ancestors. Any help would be appreciated. Can someone show me exactly in the park where he is?

Name: Brynda De Arte <>
Date: 2013-09-14
Related to someone buried here? Monico Padilla
Picture of where in the park loved ones would be if known. I would love to go to where they are. Stone or not.

Name: Maureen McDonald-Marino <>
Date: 2013-07-13
Related to someone buried here? Yes - Juana Machado Wrightington, Machados of Old Town
My husband, Frank Marino, is related to the Machado Family. I have been teaching our children the history of San Diego and the family on their fathers side. Juana deserves much more mention in the history books and her work with Father Ubach than what little is mentioned. She is truly one of San Diego's unsung heros.

Name: paula perez jimenez <>
Date: 2013-04-12
Related to someone buried here? yes, Fillet family and Lisalda or Elisalda
I am thankful for the person(s) who have put their time and energy into this webpage.

Name: Stephanie Espinosa <>
Date: 2012-12-07
Related to someone buried here? Yes, Daniel Carmelo, Francisco Sosa Carmelo possible others
Hi I have several members of my family here..Carmelo name

Name: Becky B <>
Date: 2012-11-18
Related to someone buried here? No
A wonderful amount of information. I was wondering is there a plaque honoring those buried here? I live in San Diego and plan a visit here but was told that there is nothing honoring those buried here. If not, there needs to be one. I wanted to write our congressman about it.
Becky B


Name: Darrell Johnson <>
Date: 2012-09-01
I just want to say I hope the cemetary and all it's history is never forgotten.

Name: Deborah Bradley <>
Date: 2012-06-09
Related to someone buried here? Edward Alexander Alvarado
I would like to thank everyone that has been invovled in gathering information about people that have been buried here at Calvary. I have been looking for years to the whereabouts of a family member that has been lost to my mother for years. With little information I have been hitting road blocks and then one day there was a hit. Not only was I able to find out where he was buried, but with the information you were able to provide I was now able to know what had happened to him. My mother only knew the name of her grandfather and like him his son died at an early age. Edward Alvarado had a son he never knew because he died before his son was born, as life would have it Edwards son also died at an early age and we are unable to find him either. Edward's son was given his name exactly. We never even knew Edward Sr. parents or siblings, only that they were from Hollister, CA. Now we know who his family members are thanks to your diligent work. They are all gone now but my mother at least has some questions answered now. I dont know if this will ever lead to my mother's father's whereabouts, but with renewed hope that you have been able to provide maybe one day he will be found....Thanks, Deborah Bradley

Name: Robert Thomas Kraus <>
Date: 2012-02-28
Related to someone buried here? Grandmother - Katherine Kraus
Katherine Kraus was my dad's (Jerome Charles Kraus - born June 24, 1912 and died April 21, 2001) mother. I was born Oct. 17, 1946 and my sister Loretta Jean Kraus - Shea was born Aug. 13, 1944.

Name: Heidi <>
Date: 2012-02-02
Related to someone buried here? Roy Lee Sikes
Looking for gravesite of Roy Lee Sikes. DOD Nov 28th, 1990

Name: Theresa Ann Zimmer < >
Date: 2012-01-28
Related to someone buried here? The Laderoot family.
My great grandmother was Jane Laderoot. Most all,if not all, of those listed under the Laderoot name are her family. I remember their names during conversations among family and I have personal diaries between my great grandparents that also speaks of some of these names. My family on my mother's side, came down from Canada and settled in Michigan and then into the San Diego area, specically in the Otay area at that time. They then moved to Hillcrest and the Normal Heights area, where I grew up and attended school. My mother had five brothers and one sister. All her brothers served in the U.S.Military at the same time. I only have one surving uncle and he still lives in the San Diego area. My Great grandmother married Earl Harrison. My grandmother was Anna (Laderoot), who married Moses C. Wilkins. Their children were: Lyle,Forrest,Melvin,Leslie,and Rodney who is stlii living.their daughters were Dorothy and Shirley. Dorothy being my mother, who married Loyd Marcus Dampier. Her sister, Shirley married David Layman. Almost all my cousins on the Wilkins and Layman and Dampier sides of the family are on my facebook page. We talk to each other through that medium and keep in touch with updates and various events happening in our families.

Thank you for the opportunity to share all these facts.


Name: Morag Roberts <>
Date: 2012-01-25
Related to someone buried here? Leon Gomez, my husband's Grandfather
After many years of searching and with the help of your web site we have finally located my husband's Grandfather's burial site. His name was Don Leon Gomez, Mexican Consul to San Diego. He died in 1913. He was 60 years of age. His wife, my husband's grandmother was only 24 when he passed and had three small children including my husband's mother who was only 3 at the time. After his death his wife eventually traveled to northern California and spent the rest of her life there, passing away at the age of 94. We never had much information about Leon Gomez except that he was buried somewhere in San Diego County. We visited the park today and although his grave is not marked now, we were fulfilled to visit the site and see his final resting place. Thank you for efforts in keeping this website in tact.

Name: Bruce Woolery <>
Date: 2012-01-04
Related to someone buried here? Harvey, Sarah, Wyan Woolery
my g-grand Parents and g-uncle
thank you all that you do


Name: Annette Ford <>
Date: 2012-01-03
Related to someone buried here? Manuel Castro-My great grandfather
Remembered my mother always saying her grandfather was buried on top of the hill from old town and he passed away on the train tracks. First web site here confirms it. Thank you for putting this together.

Name: Keith Arnold <>
Date: 2011-12-05
Related to someone buried here? Henri Ide
Henri Ide passed away Feb 1921. Need information re: birth date, and place.

Name: Stephanie <>
Date: 2011-11-30
Very interesting to find this website. In July/August 1969 my sister discovered the old cemetary. A few friends and ourselves began a quest to clean up the cemetary as best we could. The city sent dump trucks for garbage and even honored us with a flower pin - something to do with San Diego's Bicentennial, I believe. The San Diego Evening Tribune and the local paper (can't recall the name of it - Independent, maybe?) sent crews and took our photos and printed our story. We even spoke with the Catholic Church next to the cemetary to try and enlist their help, but they told us they gave it all up to the city. Just too much for a few local girls, but we tried!

Name: Kent Koopman <>
Date: 2011-07-17
I live in the Green Manor senior apartment building on Ibis Street and Pioneer Park is visable from my front window

Name: S Hathaway <>
Date: 2011-07-12
Great work, Marna!

Name: Lora Messina <>
Date: 2011-04-30
Related to someone buried here? Yes - Jose Trinidad Rodriguez Direct Ancestor
I found more information in this one page than I have been able to find in years of searches. I have the names of my family, but never had the "proof" to back them up. Now I do! Thank you so Much!!!

Name: Colleen Marie Standley/Aguilar <>
Date: 2011-03-27
Related to someone buried here? Ysidora Aguilar Elis and her children
Three of Ysidora's children are still at Calvary: John B. Ellis, Charles Ellis, Anna C, Ellis - Ysidora and the rest were moved to our family cemetary at Ellis Ranch in Descanso, CA which has monument status and can never go the way of dear Calvary. So sad this now " group grave" and so displaced the remaining few now without markers. Horrible. Ysidora was a Californio, as were her siblings which include my GGgrandmother, Domitilla Aguilar Kincaid, also buried in our family Cemetary at Ellis Ranch in Descsanso, CA. Her parents and their kin were integral parts of the founding and creation of San Diego: Gabino and Antonia Aguilar - brother to Blase Aguilar of Mission San Juan Capistrano and son of Rosario Aguilar, early title holder of Poway,CA - ealry landowner of Old Town San Diego's "Jolly Boy Saloon" and original immigrant as a Lt. in the Spanish Army and former Major Domo of Mission San Diego in his task. Family history is precious. Preserve yours to pass on now. ~ Thank you for your service to enable me to know mine. Thank you for honoring the dead of my family for me and for my heirs. C. Standley

Name: Brenda <>
Date: 2011-03-13
URL of your genealogy related website None
Related to someone buried here? No
I have lived in Mission Hills for 25 years this coming August 2011, and am very fascinated how a park can be allowed to be built over a graveyard, when only the gravestones have been removed. That is just amazing to me.
I also am interested in the paranormal & am working with a group (as a hobby)to find out all I can.


Name: Anne Kalich <>
Date: 2010-11-14
Related to someone buried here? Infant Kalich
The family had no idea there was a child born in California before my aunt was born in 1902 in Washington. The picture of the gravestone is a treasure. Thank you for the work you do!

Name: Donna Karasek <>
Date: 2010-09-19
Related to someone buried here? yes - by marriage according to a cousin who told me about park
Love the web site. Who is responsible for destroying so much history? It is disgraceful that headstones were simply destroyed - we are losing so much of ourselves all over the country.

Thanks again for this information


Name: Angelina A. (Ursino) Fish <>
Date: 2010-08-05
Related to someone buried here? All Ursino's
Angelo Migelo (Great-grandfather)
Vito Michele Ursino (Grandfather)
Infant Ursino (uncle)

I am aka Angela Fish


Name: james P. Pierik <>
Date: 2009-12-27
Related to someone buried here? John Pierik
Thank you for your work and effort regarding the persons buried at Calvary Cemetery

Name: Kevin Hartmann <>
Date: 2009-10-28
Thank you for your research and time to create this site.

Name: Martha Soto <>
Date: 2009-09-23
Related to someone buried here? Maria Perfetta Espinosa
I've been looking for information and pictures of any of the Jesse Julian Ames Family and Perfecta Espinoza. I am their great-great grand-daughter. I am trying to get a family historical book together as a gift to my uncles, Jesus, Andres, and Sergio Ames Espinoza and my mother, Guadalupe Ames Espinoza. They are the children of Salome Tomasa Ames who was the daughter of Samule Ames, Jesse Julian Ames' son. My uncles and mother are very proud of their family history and I know this gift would make them very happy. Any information would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you,
Martha Soto


Name: Jo Ann Merrill <>
Date: 2009-07-26
Related to someone buried here? Direct descendant of Machado
I would love to have copies of the pages mentioned of the Machado Stewart Bible.

Also, I was unable to download photos of tombstones I had hoped to attach to the family tree I am working on ... I could only get a "temporary" file. My computer? or by design?

My line is Worthen-Baric-Berryessa and Worthen-Chavez-Machado


Name: Donald Ince <>
Date: 2009-05-26
URL of your genealogy related website none
Related to someone buried here? no
I just cant figure out why this cemetery was not taken care of full time. From the beginning until they turned into a park. It really bothers me that it was turned into a park. I do not think the vistors at the park know that the graves are below.You have a great site here with lots of history and information.

Thank you



Name: Robert Blaske <>
Date: 2009-03-31
Related to someone buried here? Blaske or Blaschke family and Wollgast family
Thank you for your research which helps validate my own.

Name: Ruth Monreal <>
Date: 2008-11-06
Related to someone buried here? ??
We are looking for information on the Aguilar Family. We have visited a cementary in San Diego recently,and were directed to the San Juan Capistrano Mission for the key to the grounds,which were on the other side of the 5freeway on the left side. I am sorry I do not have the name of the cementary and were hoping you could help us. We were told that Blas Aguilar was buriedthere,but could find no headstone. Any help you could give us would be greatly appreciated.
Thanking you,
Lambert Monreal
Great Grandson to Gavino Aguilar


Name: Emily Colleen Davis <>
Date: 2008-03-12
Related to someone buried here? Cave Johnson Couts & Ysidora Bandini Couts (Great Great Grandparents)
Thank you so much for all the wonderful information. It's so nice to know they may be gone, but they arn't forgotten.
You've done a great job.


Name: D. J. W. <>
Date: 2007-10-27
Related to someone buried here? I'm related to several families - SAN MARTINEZ & ZAPATA
I have information for the above families which will document what you have already entered and make several corrections to names, etc.

I've been at a standstill with both of these family lines for some years now and can't express how wonderful this was to come upon your website and find my lost ancestors.
I had a hunch that they were probably buried at Calvary, but wasn't able to find them when I was researching.

Thank you for your wonderful website. I understand completely how hard you have worked to compile all the information you have contained here.

With my best regards.



Name: Patricia Leonberger Hooper <>
Date: 2007-09-17
Such a loss, I find where gravestones have been tossed all over the country. Some states have laws to protect graves and a few have restoration projects for old cemeteries, Ohio is one. A big thank you to the people who worked so hard to search the names of the people of this cemetery. Thank You, Patricia

Name: Heather Harp <>
Date: 2007-08-17
URL of your genealogy related website
I found your site through I believe in a man you listed as Henry Nicholas Schill is my Great Grandfather. I would love to hear from you and share the information I have with you.

Heather (


Name: Sue Haubert Potts <>
Date: 2007-07-29
Related to someone buried here? Joseph Haubert (listed as Hanbert)
Joseph was the younger brother of my grandfather, born a year after my grandfather was born. Joseph was the son of Michael Haubert and Anna Straus Haubert. Michael was born in Germany, Anna was born in Belgium, Wisconsin.I'm still trying to locate Haubert cousins in San Diego.

Name: wendy zeugschmidt <>
Date: 2007-07-23
Related to someone buried here? George Lyons, Maria Bernarda Lyons, Maria Dolores Hinton
Great job! You have helped to answer so many family history questions!

Name: Judy Giamanco <>
Date: 2007-06-24
Related to someone buried here? Andrew Gangitano
It was so nice to see your website. I knew Andrew was buried in a catholic cemetery in mission hills but was not sure where. I took a walk by their today and it was nice to see the remaining stones. There was also a name that I know of "Hennenberry". I am going to see if he is related. Thanks for your hard work. Judy

Name: Amber <>
Date: 2007-04-13
Thank you for this site, I was sitting at the park last night wonder what was the history behind these gravestones. Its horrible that they just buried the headstones, I cannot believe that travesty!

Name: Lynda Bowman <>
Date: 2007-03-30
I lived on Pringle Street from 1960(Born) until 1974. I have many interesting stories to tell you about "the graveyard". I will write to you at your e-mail. Thank you for caring about that place. It is very special.

Name: Cheryl Connors Pangborn <>
Date: 2007-01-13
Related to someone buried here? James Waterman Connors,Harritte Vandergriff Connors
They are my Great Great Grandparents...My Great was William E. Connors/Dolores Alvarado Connors. My Grandfather Thomas James Alvarado Connors (Buried @point loma) My Dad Walter Miles Connors.

Name: Barbara Gamar <>
Date: 2007-01-12
Related to someone buried here? Yes, Carlos Olvera (not me - my children by my first husband)
You have done a fine job on this website as well as at with the greatly documented sources, which I find to be a rare thing when it comes to most genealogy postings. My two oldest children are related to Carlos Olvera, as his half sister, Margarita or Mariquita, was their ggg grandmother. Her's is the only of her siblings' postings in various 'family trees' that I find repeatedly with an approximate date of birth in 1866 when she was actually born in 1856 per her marriage record and the 1870 Census for Los Angeles, CA. Thanks for giving me enough room to go on and on....

Name: Diane Frinell Evans Singer - phn:(425) 254-0603 Seattle area WA <>
Date: 2006-12-04
URL of your genealogy related website none yet
Related to someone buried here? Anna Catherine Webber (Veber) HENNEQUIN Bouvier, et al
Marna, I'm a HENNEQUIN descendant. Many many heartfelt thanks to you, and to the others who helped create and maintain this priceless website. It is easy to see that countless hours of work and effort have been expended to build a site of this quality. Anna Catherine Webber HENNEQUIN(1st marriage) and BOUVIER(2nd marriage) is my great-great-grandmother. Her father's name is probably Pierre VEBER whose photograph (plus those of Hennequin's)is in my family's archives. Anyone interested in more info, please contact me. Thanks again, Marna. Sincerely, Diane

Name: Bernice Israels <>
Date: 2006-10-06
I believe that the sphere in the picture of the Calavry Memorial at Mt. Hope Cemetery actually belongs to my Great-Great Grandfather Thomas Laundy. During the 70's I believe is when vandals on Halloween night, destroyed his momument. My grandfather Clarence Albone went to the office at Mt. Hope inquring about the destruction and was told that the sphere had been taken off and rolled down the road, and couldn't be repaired and the sphere couldn't be place back on Thomas's momument. For years I wondered what happened to it, and on a visit to Mt. Hope in June of this year I saw the monument. If you go to, and search for Thomas Laundy, you will see a picture of his momument from the 1960's. The only reason why I write this is because Thomas masoned his own momument and I just wish his name could have been inclued.

Name: Gale Lee Quade Payne <>
Date: 2006-08-16
Related to someone buried here? Jesse Julian Wilbur Ames
Sent earlier email...thank you for this wonderful site!!!

Name: Ricardo Miramontes Ames <>
Date: 2006-08-15
Related to someone buried here? Ames Families
Would like to bring my mother to view her ancestors' graves.

Name: Rita Garza <>
Date: 2006-07-04
URL of your genealogy related website Green, Castro
Related to someone buried here? Fidel Green
It's to bad that I don't know exactly where in Calvary cementery my Great-grandfather was buried so I can pay my respect.

Name: Anne Brunner Dowdy <>
Date: 2006-07-04
Related to someone buried here? undetermined
I am impressed with the amount of information you have been able to collect. Keep up the good work.

Name: Sherry Hurst Stoffers <>
Date: 2006-07-03
Marna, great job!!



Name: Margaret Butler <>
Date: 2006-06-22
Related to someone buried here? James F Sullivan
I am just overwhelmed by all the information I have found regarding my GGrandmothers brother James Sullivan.I have been searching for several years for him, I knew he lived in America, but now I have so many more details about him thanks to your wonderful web site.I also thought his parents died in Ireland now I know that they died in San Diego.James had a sister Mary who lived in Australia, she is my GGrandmother.
Margaret Butler....Australia


Name: Marceline Mendoza Clausen <>
Date: 2006-03-24
Related to someone buried here? Juana Montes/maternal grandmother
I visited Calvary Cemetery many times with my mother and aunts in the 1950s and have continued to do so now that it is Pioneer Park. Before the conversion we noted where my grandmother was buried, so can still locate the spot whenever we visit.
I remember it as a desolate, gloomy, weedy, dirt only cemetery. It is comforting to see the grass, benches and families picnicking whenever I visit. I enjoy seeing my grandmother's name on the plaque. Thank you for this informational page.


Name: shirley (Fontaine) Parker <>
Date: 2006-03-16
Related to someone buried here? Great Grandmother Nellie M. Hastings (Fontaine), died Nov 17,1913, buried Nov 19.
Thank you for your Calvary Cemetery database. I have been looking for a lifetime for information regarding my father's family. My paternal great grandmother was Nellie Hastings who died just two weeks after my father Robert Fontaine was born in San Diego. My grandfather was Nellie's son Elmer Hastings, so your information says. It was a surprise to me that he was a Hastings. Our family name is Fontaine and I guess his step-father Charles Fontaine (husband of Nellie) was not Elmer's real biological father. Surprise. I was thrilled that I had finally come upon information about Nellie and hopeful that I could come to the cemetery and search the records for more information. I am absolutely appalled that she is buried in a cemetery with no headstone or marker. A park? Shame San Diego.

Date: 2006-01-16
Related to someone buried here? MARCO BRUSCHI

Name: Terence and Pamela Davenport <>
Date: 2005-12-09
Related to someone buried here? Mary Gray Hanrahan
Related to Pam. Thank you for your efforts to record the people that were buried here. We have been looking for the siblings of GreatGrandfather for some time. Her husbands name was James Hanrahan and she had two additional sons.

Name: Carol S. Wood <>
Date: 2005-11-27
URL of your genealogy related website none yet
Related to someone buried here? Robina Napier Brown, Leonard Herbert Brown, Celia McFadden
Thank you so much for providing this information online!

Name: June D. Summers <>
Date: 2005-11-09
Related to someone buried here? John Brown and Claudia Losa Brown
I found this web sit very helpful in my seach for great grandparents. I will be sure to stop by the cemetery when I'm down in San Diego.

Name: Phillip Varela <>
Date: 2005-10-25
Related to someone buried here? Great Grandfather Fostido (Faustino) Cruz
I've been searching for years for Faustino Cruz. His name was mis-spelled on his death certificate as Fostido and it was entered into the county mainframe as Tostido. He and my great grandmother came here from Prescott AZ in 1910. He died of Influenza in 1918. None of my relatives knew where he was buried. Thanks to your site I have found his final resting place.

Name: Dr. Ray Brandes <>
Date: 2005-09-06
Related to someone buried here? Half of old town: Machados, Smiths, Wrightington, and others
Marna: A wonderful job. I have only a few suggestions. You might want to mention the fire that destroyed the caretakers cottage and all of the cemetery records. This year in The Presidio newspaper I read of the lingering confusion about why th cemetery was removed. I wrote an article (1) Giving Mr. and Mrs. Ward huge credit for their role, and the University students and professors who did so much research when it looked as though everything was going to be lost. In 1958 I had published an extensive story based on my translation of Juanita Machado Wrightington's memoirs. It was published in the Journal of Southern California Quarterly, September 1959. I should add that my huge 1974 volume produced for what used to be our wonderful State Historic Park, titled "Report on the Historical Research --Old Town San Diego, California. The Period 1821-1874. That all of the original plans of the structures, biographical data, that the Professional committee of San Diego's best architects, landscape architects, historians, archaeologists and people of other professions used to lay out the Old Town State Historic Park. There were only two copies of this work, the State had one and I have the other. I hold my observations on the coming fiasco.

Name: Terry Kemp <>
Date: 2005-08-19
URL of your genealogy related website
I recently moved to the Mission Hills area and stumbled upon this park by accident while out for a walk. Just so happened it was on a Friday during the summer when one of the "Summer Concert Series" was underway.

The next week I went back to enjoy the entertainment and strolled around the park. I was a bit flabbergasted when I saw the memorial and headstones and realized this used to be a cemetery.

I had never heard of a cemetery being turned into a park and continue to have mixed feelings about it. At least they didn't build a mini-mall, and perhaps in some way the enjoyment of the space by people today can be considered a tribute to the folks interned.

I hope no one is offended, but I used my new digital camera to put together a little tribute of my own, viewable at the URL listed.


Name: Joni Lee <>
Date: 2005-08-07
Related to someone buried here? Mary J. Patterson
Thank you for the wonderful picture of the tombstone of my great great grandmother Mary J. Patterson and her son Charles C. Patterson. Charles was a switchman in the Southern California yards and was run over by some cars and killed. The shock of her son's death proved fatal to Mary Patterson who had been in delicate health for some time past.

Name: Deb Spoonhour <>
Date: 2005-07-23
Related to someone buried here? Yes! Infant(s) Semper
For years there was a "rumor" in our family that my Grandfather had twin siblings who were born shortly after birth. About 3 years ago, while searching through the CADI, I found that not only were there twin boys, but there was also another boy that had died shortly after birth.
I obtained copies of their death certificates and went in search of them. I had little to go on other than that they had been buried at Catholic Cemetery in San Diego.
The first child was Michael Semper, born Jan.29, 1913, died Jan.30, 1913
The twins were John and Martin, born and died on Jan.6, 1914.
They were children of Juan Lorenzo Martin Semper (b.1868 in Yanci, Navarro, Spain) & Marianna Gachiteguy (b.1883 in Aldudes, Basses-Pyrenees, France)who were also my Great-Grandparents.
I "stumbled" across your headstone transcriptions on the internet about 2 weeks ago. I couldn't believe my luck. I had searched before to find Catholic Cemetery, but couldn't find any record of it.
I have since gone to "visit" my Uncles who are buried there. What a nice park! I would have never guessed that a cemetery had been there if not for the remaining headstones and memorial. It's very unique.
Thank you for finding that last piece of a puzzle that has been a "rumor" in my family for as long as I can remember. Your transcriptions serve a great purpose for those of us who enjoy finding out about our families.

Deb Spoonhour


Name: Adrian Ames <>
Date: 2005-07-17
Related to someone buried here? Jesse Wilbur 'Julian' Ames
This information is very interesting and important to my family.

I am looking for more information on
Maria Victoria Ames, any information will be greatly appreciated.


Name: Dee <>
Date: 2005-06-29
I think this is wonderful that you have listed the names that you have. I think that they should have never done this to those graves. Thanks for all the time and work you have done to preserve what you can.

Name: Ginny Priest <>
Date: 2005-06-25
Related to someone buried here? Yes. Maria Bernarda Lugarda Villar Lyons is my great great great grandmother.
Thank you for the work you have done! If anyone who visits this site is also related to George Lyons and Maria Bernarda Lugarda Villar Lyons please contact me!

Name: Maureen Olivia McCarthy-Wilson <>
Date: 2005-05-06
Related to someone buried here? Jessica Lee Anderson McCarthy (grandmother)
Jessica was born 17 January 1881 in Clayton, Adams Co., Illinois, the daughter of Newton H. Anderson and Leann J. Pile Anderson. She married John Bernard McCarthy born 12 September 1869 in No. Lewisburg, Champaign Co., Ohio, the son of John McCarthy and Ellen McCarty McCarthy, both born in Ireland. John and Jessica had six sons. Jessica died 16 October 1919 in San Diego, California and was buried in the Mission Hills Cemetery in the McCarthy family plot.

Name: Mark Orsborn <>
Date: 2005-05-04
Related to someone buried here? GGrandson to Thomas McCarthy/Olivia McCarthy
Great site and information. I visited the park several years ago with my father Bill Orsborn. I did not know that the McCarthy head stones were displayed at Mt. Hope. Dad and I are going to head on up that way. Thanks for the great information and access to the pictures. Mark Orsborn

Name: Florence Eva Adams Gifford <>
Date: 2005-03-19
Thank you very much for all the time and effort to produce this website. I am kin by marriage, for a brief period, to Catherine Agnes Huffner Adams Prindle and blood kin to her daughters, Mary, Alice and Helen Adams. You have certainly aided my research.

Name: Karen Vikstrom <>
Date: 2005-02-21
Related to someone buried here? The Ames'
What a wonderful website. My grandmother and I are researching her father's family history. Julian Ames is my grandmother's paternal great-grandfather. Frank Ames is his son. Perfetta Ames was married to Julian. It is amazing that these headstones are available for viewing. Thank you!
Karen Vikstrom


Name: Donna Bradley <>
Date: 2005-01-13
In researching the Salgado family, in which several were buried at Calvery Cemetery, it brought back several memories. As a child, we would play hide and seek in this cemetery on Halloween. Makes me feel guilty as I am sure somebody in the group was among those that helped to destroy this cemetery. Amazing how things come back to you in the end. Now I am searching for people who are buried in that cemetery and yet there is no headstone, nor any information. OUCH. But thanks for your help in preserving what little remains. Now that I have grown up, I not only regret what I did as a child, but appreciate your help in the cemetery information preservation.

Name: Stefanie Rodriguez <>
Date: 2004-12-07
Related to someone buried here? Don't know, maybe?
Could you help me and see if you have any ancestors of mine?

Name: Mary Gale Rogers <>
Date: 2004-11-27
In the early 1960's my father took my family to the cemetery. He loved history and was upset that the cemetery was not cared for. I recall that he wrote someone (the city?) because he thought the cemetery should be tended. I was a young girl and recall that there was a stone for Elizabeth Taylor. It is nice that the cemetery is cared for now.

Name: Lynda Fuentez and Mother Margie Rimbach-Erreca- Fuentez <lfuentez>
Date: 2004-11-07
Related to someone buried here? Carl Rimbach, Willard Rimbach and others of the Rimbach family
I'm working on a family tree

Name: Pam Emery <>
Date: 2004-09-23
Related to someone buried here? Julian and Perfecta Ames
Great website. I am glad I found my family because the
site is now gone. I remember visiting Calvary with my
mother and grandmother (daughter of Natividad (Marron))


Name: Robert M. Dunne <>
Date: 2004-08-04
Related to someone buried here? John T. Conboy, May 10, 1940
I am trying to locate my grandfathers grave.

Name: michelene clarke <>
Date: 2004-07-07
Related to someone buried here? yes, romaldo estrada, arthur head, villeriana head
i was so happy when i found this site, i've been doing family research for 10 years, with the help of our late sister catherine la costa. i'll be e-mailing you soon, i have some questions. thank you again for this wonderful site

Name: Gregory Nicloas Lerma (Ruiz) <>
Date: 2004-07-06
Related to someone buried here? Antonio Ruiz, great-great grandfather; Gracia Ruiz, great auntie; "Infant" Ruiz, great uncle
I began looking for my great-great grandfather in August of last year. I may have finally found him. Thanks for being around.

Name: Kit & Morgan Benson <>
Date: 2004-05-26
Related to someone buried here? Elmer I. Otis & other Otis and Hilbs ancestors
Thanks for creating this cemetery site. Since the cemetery no longer exists as a cemetery on the surface (it's now a park) it was extremely difficult for us to locate the cemetery - people in San Diego no longer knew the name or the where abouts of this cemetery. With your web site, perhaps others trying to locate this cemetery will be able to do so! God Bless all of those who are still interred in this cemetery.