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Monday, June 20, 2011

Carquinez Cemetery

Even though I could not find a gravestone for Charlene's grandfather, Joseph Martins, I did enjoy my visit out to the cemetery.  My mom-in-law decided to go with me.  I hope she'll go with me on future trips.

That poor old cemetery is in sad shape, but there's still quite a charm to the little place.  It not only is a very old cemetery (the first burials date back to the 1840's), but it feels old as well.  Picture a few green trees and lots of brown overgrown weeds surrounding the tops of barely visible stones.  The cemetery probably looks much as it did in its early years.

Wrought iron is not often found in town anymore.

The McCarty family plot is one of the nicer areas in the 
front of the cemetery.

Originally from Scotland, Thomas Brownlee married Mary Lamont
in New York City before moving to Vallejo circa 1857. 

According to Charlene's description,
Joseph Martins is buried somewhere under these trees.

Thanks for coming out to the cemetery with me, Mom.


  1. I'm going to have to explore this cemetery. I never heard of it before. Thanks for blogging about it!

  2. Hi! Thanks for posting. The entrance to the cemetery is located on Benicia Road, about one block south of Glen Cove Road. Its entrance is a little difficult to find. The main gate is locked, but a small entrance is open just to the left of the gate.

    You may wish to spend some time in this area as St. Vincent Cemetery is next door and Skyview Memorial Lawn and All Souls Cemetery are about a block away. Happy hunting & thanks again for stopping by!

  3. Thanks so much for your help. I'm not really familiar with the cemeteries up that way. I clearly need to get out more!

  4. It sounds like you're either from the East or South Bay. I can email specific directions to you if you'd like. :)

  5. I am related to the Brownlee and Lamont families. I just found them in this cemetery. Thanks for the info. I plan to visit soon... not far... just from Chico.

  6. Please let me know if you would like me to return to the cemetery for your Brownlee and Lamont family. I would be very happy to do so.