Sunday, August 8, 2010

Mokelumne Hill Pioneer Jewish Cemetery

The tiny Jewish cemetery in Mokelumne Hill holds twelve graves. This burial ground is set apart by an iron fence and located in the back of the large old Protestant cemetery. Details and partial transcriptions of the headstones can be found in A Traveler's Guide to Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries of the California Gold Rush, by Susan Morris.


  1. After I posted this the first time, it became evident to me that the sign had been vandalized. I've taken that photo off this site.

  2. There is information about Rachael Marks and Rose Friedlander in the Calaveras County Records, in Box 29 of the County Court records. Apparently Rachael Marks first married Solomon Friedlander, and had their daughter Rose. After Solomon Friedlander died, Rachael remarried Michael Abel. Rachel and Michael Abel had three children: Rachel, Berta and Louis. After both Rachel and Michael Abel died, daughter Rachel (and probably Berta and Louis as well) went to live with Joseph Hyman, brother of Hyman W. Hyman, in San Francisco. Rachel, Berta and Louis are all buried in the Hyman W. Hyman family plot in Hills of Eternity Cemetery, Colma, California.

    Rachel Marks Abel, Michael's wife, is buried in plot 13 in the Jewish Cemetery in Mokelumne Hill, California. Her tombstone is shown in the blog.

    Rose Friedlander, daughter of Rachel and Solomon Friedlander, married Hyman W. Hyman, my great-grandfather. From Bruce G. Hyman (