Today is Thursday, January 17, 2013. I went to East Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery on Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, California to check on a Find A Grave inclusion that states that Sarah Mildred Jones is buried at that site. She is not. Sarah Jones was cremated at East Lawn Memorial Park. She is not buried there. East Lawn’s brochure states that they assisted in sending Miss Jones cremains back to her state of origin. That may have been the intent at that time in 1925 but Sarah Jones is in fact buried Sacramento’s Masonic Lawn Cemetery on Riverside Blvd. in Section E, Lot 211, Grave 11. I do not have a picture of this site because this is in fact an unmarked grave.
Also, the Find a Grave site lists Sarah Jones year of birth as 1845. According to the 1850 Census for Palmyra, MO, Sarah Jones is listed twice, by two different census takers, once as Sarah Mildred Jones and again as Sarah Mildred Patterson with her age given as , age 9. That would mean she was born in 1841. Sarah’s younger sister Missouri Jones is listed on this census as age 5. Sarah Jones was the biological child of Lavinia Jones and Francis Patterson. Missouri census records indicate that Lavinia Jones was a slave living in another household. While Francis Patterson is listed as Head of Household, there is no wife listed. In his household is John Jones 20 years old, Sarah Jones age 9 and Missouri Jones age 5. I will look at this census again to see what relationship is offered for John, Sarah and Missouri, but they were not listed as slaves. Two other people living in the household are listed as servants. When we were in Palmyra I did not find a slave census which I will continue to look for, but I believe that Francis Patterson had a number of slaves because he built a School House for African American students on his property in 1846.
I sent a message to Find A grave to hopefully correct their record regarding Sarah Mildred Jones.
I don’t know if the staff at East Lawn and/or Masonic Lawn cemeteries will read this post but I really appreciate their courtesy and cooperation in helping me correct this matter.