To ensure the preservation and maintenance of the Marysville Cemetery District.
The overall goal is preservation and stabilization to prevent future damage of our historic Marysville Cemetery. Whenever possible, work is done to enhance the general appearance with well-kept lawns, informational signage, and other components (such as fencing) kept in good repair.
Marysville City Cemetery recorded burials
The Marysville cemetery dates back to 1850. Records of burials were noted by the city sexton, Ebenezer Hamilton. When he left the post in 1870, he took the records with him and those records are lost. The available data begins in 1870 and continues through to 1942.
Those records are recorded in a large, hand-written book located at City Hall. These records have been transcribed and entered into an Excel spreadsheet and are available here. People looking for family history can search this record and find information about their ancestors buried in the City Cemetery.
This work was done by volunteers from the Friends for the Preservation of Yuba County History and provided to the City of Marysville as a service to the community. The City of Marysville, in return, is hosting the information on their website as a service to the local community and beyond.
We have included available information regarding burials in the Catholic Cemetery, across Highway 70 and owned by St. Joseph’s Parish, but these are incomplete. There are also records of people buried in the cemetery who died elsewhere, but were transported back to Marysville for burial, and records of people who died in Marysville and were transported elsewhere for burial. When Sierra View Cemetery opened in 1928, some people were moved there from the Marysville Cemetery.
There are also terms used in the cemetery records that seem insensitive to us. Once a racial minority reached significant numbers, areas of the cemetery were staked out as separate sections. There is a Chinese section, a Colored section and a Japanese section. There is a babies' section as well as a Pauper’s Field for those where the City bore the expense of burial. Other sections included are for Firemen and Masons. And, of course, there are family plots where extended members of families were laid to rest.
There is also a Jewish Cemetery within the larger cemetery’s fence that is not owned by the City of Marysville but by the Jewish Community. This record includes 31 burials in that cemetery.
There are errors in the spreadsheet. They cannot be avoided as handwritten records by physicians were copied, and recopied, by persons with no medical background. Names of diseases have changed over time, and technology is also different. Today if someone dies by being struck by a car, we assume it is an automobile. In 1875, it was a railroad car. The book was copied faithfully, but we added a column to include the modern term for the illness or to clarify the cause of the accident.
If you find errors in the record, or have questions about what is listed here, please send an email to MarysvilleCityCemetery@gmail.com.