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Centerville in Butte County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Centerville Cemetery

 
 
Centerville Cemetery - Main Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
1. Centerville Cemetery - Main Marker
Inscription.  
Main Marker:
Burials here date back to the early 1860’s but it was 1900 before the first cemetery association purchased the land from Theodore Willrich and started keeping records. In 1958 a few residents re-formed the organization which had lapsed into in-activity and undertook the task of renovation. In memory of these known pioneers whose names follow and rest here in un-marked graves this memorial is dedicated.

Charles Avisseau • William Bauman • George Beaumont • David Bell • Jacob Bieber • Horace B. Cowles • John Cox • James Deneen • Bob Dick • Frederick G. Donlin • Thomas Fittspatrick • John Green • Mrs. Wm. Hitchcock • Jacob Holmes • Antone Gierth • Mrs. Pres Longley • Charlie Ludolphi • Albert Mason • Henry Moore • Agnes Moynahan • Charles Oberteuffer • Robert Richards • Alpheus W. Spencer • Mrs. Williams

Second Marker:
Welcome to
Centerville Cemetery
A Non-Endowment Cemetery
This property began to be used as a cemetery during the Gold Rush. The earliest burials were gold miners who came to Butte Creek Canyon seeking their fortunes.
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plaque in the center of the cemetery lists those miners we know are buried here in unmarked graves.
In March of 1900 five pioneer families joined together to form the Centerville Cemetery and took possession of the land from Theodore Willrich by gift deed. Donations were collected at the old John Adams store to erect the picket fence you see here today.
The organization remained unchanged until 1958 when Lois Colman led a movement to reorganize the cemetery into a formal association. Grant Benton donated additional property at this time, and the property was transferred to the new association.

[The bronze plaque mentioned as “in the center of the cemetery” is the main marker and is now located next to this marker.]
 
Erected 1970 by Annie E. Bidwell Parlor No.168, Native Daughters of the Golden West.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. In addition, it is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1900.
 
Location. 39° 47.972′ N, 121° 38.808′ W. Marker is in Centerville, California, in Butte County. Marker is on Centerville Road south of Pasa Way, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at the cemetery just
Centerville Cemetery - Second Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
2. Centerville Cemetery - Second Marker
This sign is located to the right of the main marker.
inside of the entrance gate. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chico CA 95928, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Centerville School (approx. one mile away); PFC. Steven J. Walberg-Riotto (approx. 3.4 miles away); Old Paradise Depot (approx. 3.4 miles away); Paradise Veterans Memorial (approx. 3½ miles away); Town of Paradise Memorial Trailway (approx. 3½ miles away); Old Paradise (approx. 3½ miles away); Dogtown (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Dogtown Nugget (approx. 3.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Centerville Cemetery. A listing of known burials with links to photos of the individual grave markers. (Submitted on April 11, 2010.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1.
James Deneen Born 26 July 1794 in Bedford County Pennsylvania died in Jan 1851. He was shot during the Gold Rush. It is believed he found Gold and they stole it.
I am a distant Cousin to James Deneen daughter. We believe this is him as it is in the right place as family member from his line think so also. It would be interesting if we could find out more on why he was shot.
James lived in Lapeer County Michigan before he went out to California find Gold. his wife Elizabeth
Time Capsule image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
3. Time Capsule
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Miller is Buried in Lapeer County Michigan. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted April 6, 2011, by Darlyne C. McCullen of Howell, Michigan.
 
Centerville Cemetery Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
4. Centerville Cemetery Markers
Main marker on the left, second marker in the center and time capsule on the right.
Entrance to the Centerville Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
5. Entrance to the Centerville Cemetery
Markers and time capsule are seen in the background.
An Early Centerville Resident image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
6. An Early Centerville Resident
Frederica Hintz
Born
Sept. 2 1828
Died
July 27, 1884
Native of Prussia
Centerville Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
7. Centerville Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,148 times since then and 144 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 11, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 12, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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Dec. 1, 2023