After 111 years, pioneer gets grave marker
For 111 years, the gravesite of Mason W. Brown laid unmarked amid the weeds in the Placerville Union Cemetery.
The final resting place of one of El Dorado County’s pioneers, Brown’s grave site probably would have remained anonymous if it weren’t for the intervention of Swansboro resident Jo Thomas.
An amateur genealogist and admitted lover of cemeteries, Thomas became caught up in Brown’s life through a Website called “Find a Grave” (findagrave.com).
A niche gathering place for researchers, those looking for the grave stone of a relative can post a request on the site and ask that someone in the community where the grave is located take a photograph and post it on the Website.
Thomas, who has long been a volunteer with Find A Grave, said she became involved with the Brown grave site after Brown’s great grand-niece, Kyla Sandberg of Massachusetts, posted a request for a picture of the man’s grave stone.
Sandberg had previously learned that Brown was buried in the Placerville Union Cemetery according to an Oct. 19, 1901 obituary in the Mountain Democrat titled “The Passing of a Pioneer.”
According to the obituary, Brown died at the county hospital on Oct. 15 at the age of 96 and was said to be the oldest man in the county at the time of his death. The obituary went on to say, “He was a native of Maine, and came to California in 1849, arriving in Georgetown, this county, the year following. Here he resided continuously until four years ago, when the infirmities of old age compelled him to enter the county hospital. He was a sunny-souled old gentleman and, according to Superintendent Mountain, one of the most agreeable of the many inmates of that institution. Through the kindly offices of Mrs. H. Sornberger of Georgetown, his remains were laid to rest in a private lot in Union Cemetery …”
Mrs. Sornberger was Mason’s niece. But why no gravestone was placed on the grave at the time is unknown.
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