Aaron Rice

Written on a broken weathered headstone was the name Aaron Rice “The Faithful” Died 1906, Age 87 Yrs. It was located in Potter’s Field within Martinez’s Alhambra Cemetery, (where they buried the unclaimed, strangers, impoverished, criminals, and in this case nonwhite). When we first discovered Aaron’s broken headstone, we had no idea who he was let alone his ties to slavery and the historical events of the latter 1800s.

Alhambra Cemetery Photo Project

The Martinez Cemetery Preservation Alliance (MCPA) is looking for any pictures (preferably prior to 2000) to aid in their restoration efforts of the Alhambra Pioneer Cemetery. As they acquire photographic evidence, they will take a current picture from the same view point for comparison.

Chinese Funerary Burner

Chinese had arrived in California with the onset of the Gold Rush. From almost the beginning of that immigration they were in Martinez. Many more came to build the Transcontinental […]

Water Reservoir 1876 – Present

Written by Judie & Joseph Palmer One of the rough gems of the Alhambra Pioneer Cemetery is the cement remnants of what once was a very large water container.  It […]

Obed Fosdick Alley

Obed Fosdick Alley was born on June 4, 1824 in Massachusetts. He married Phebe Ray Bunker (1928) on July 18, 1950 in Nantucket, MA where he was a mariner in […]

Looking For Someone?

If you are searching for the burial site of an individual buried in either the Alhambra Pioneer Cemetery or the Saint Catherine of Siena Cemetery of Martinez, the Martinez Historical Society might be able to assist you. The Martinez Museum archive includes information about many Martinez families including burial records.

Beverly R. Holliday

Beverly Richford Holliday was born on December 22, 1823 in Warren County, Kentucky. Holliday came to California to look for gold. Not finding enough to live on, he became a […]

Hardy McClellan

Hardy McClellan was born 1815 into slavery in Virginia. In the 1870 US Census, Hardy (age 50) is listed in the David McClellan household as a farm laborer (received pay) […]