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Ione Public Cemetery, Ione, Amador Countye

From Main St., South on Church St. (Hwy 124) 0.2 mile to Sacred Heart Church entrance and access to cemetery. Continue .15 mile to Public Cemetery entrances on left.

Jesse C. Hamrick(1823-1878)
Jesse and his wife E.W. (Elizabeth Wisdom) Hamrick arrived in Amador with their first 2 children in 1850 by covered wagon. A farmer with 11 children, Jesse was the first Grange Master of the Ione Grange and ran the Hamrick Toll Road for years, after gold mining did not pan out. Named one of seven sons, Amador Jackson Hamrick and one of four daughters, Cosumnes California Hamrick, after their new home. Buried with Jesse's parents, N.M and Mariah, many Hamrick descendants are buried throughout Amador County.

Albert Theodore "William" Courtright(1848-1933)
In San Francisco, he first gained fame as a comedian in the minstrel show circuit. With the advent of the motion picture industry, he found employment in silent films. He is buried next to his first wife, Mary Jane "Jennie Lee" Courtright, a well known actress of early silent films.

Elizabeth W. Withington (1824-1877)
Joined her husband George in Ione Valley in 1852. As an artist and photographer, she won awards at one of the first State Fairs held in California. Samples of her works are found in the collections of the Huntington Library and Amador County Archives.

Nathaniel Cecil (1838-1907)
Born a slave in Missouri to Mr. S.G. Cecil and brought with him to California in 1857. Three years later he earned enough to buy his freedom. Respected cowboy, sheepherder and teamster on the Arroyo Seco Grant.

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Information, photographs courtesy of the Amador County Archives, The Historical Marker Database, and the Chronicling America Database