Tombstone Tuesday ~ Palmer

This headstone is in the Downieville Cemetery in Downieville, California. The monument is for Arthur C Palmer and Catherine Ann Palmer. Arthur C Palmer was born December 25, 1878 in San Francisco Co. California. He passed away on April 24, 1950 in Alameda Co. California.

Catherine Ann Palmer was born Catherine Ann Pizzotti on February 12, 1881 in Gilroy, California. She died at sea and is buried in Ponce, Puerto Rico. I do not know the circumstances of her death or where she was headed or coming home from.

I have a copy of "Family Facts" handwritten by Catherine dated February 12, 1881. I received a copy from one of her sons back in 2001. Her handwriting was so fancy, it was difficult to read and transcribe the several pages I was given. A few words I haven't figured out yet. The son was the only descendant living when he asked me if I could decipher the papers. Sadly, he passed away before I was able to give him the transcription. I asked him at one point if he wanted what I had accomplished at that point and he said he didn't want it until it was complete. As I feared, he passed all to soon.

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


  1. What a fascinating story! I hope you can someday discover why she was at sea.

  2. Hi Cheryl,

    I found this very interesting as I belive this is who Cathy's first name came from.


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  4. Such an interesting gravestone --- and just tossing out a puzzle piece "buried at sea". That kind of puzzle piece would be enough to drive me a bit wacky. Good luck on the research.

  5. Hi Joan, you are correct, it is going to drive me crazy until I figure it out, and hopefully I will one day!

  6. Hi Linda, I almost missed your post! Interesting, I am not sure I knew that she was named after anyone in the family. I learn something new every day!

  7. Hi Lisa! I hope I discover why also, and if and when I do I will share here on my blog!


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