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Mourners Point Cemetery
Hamilton, White Pine County, Nevada

Lat: 39° 15' 38"N, Lon: 115° 29' 07"W
T16N R58E Sec 7

Contributed by Donna Frederick, Mar 22, 2002, last edited Feb 20, 2007 [wpnative@yahoo.com]. Total records = 18.

Travel U.S. 50 west from Ely for 36 miles. There will be a Nevada Historical marker. Exit south on a well maintained gravel road for nine miles. The cemetery is located on the left (east) side of the road up a small rise. There is a "Cemetery" sign.

Hamilton (Cave City) is located in western White Pine County at an elevation of 8,052 feet. Hamilton was the original county seat of White Pine County. The road into Hamilton may be traveled in a two-wheel drive vehicle. Access is dependent upon the weather and time of year.

Hamilton was created because of the necessity for a town with a desirable location after discovery of rich silver ore in the area. Early arrivals found shelter in natural caves and by May 1868 a settlement known as Cave City was formed with approximately 600 inhabitants.

It was soon renamed for mine promoter W.H. Hamilton. Many thoughtless prospectors, lured by the imagined riches, ignored the warning not to come to White Pine until the snow disappeared. The weather has been described as "ten months winter and two months damned cold weather."

The post office was established Aug 10, 1868 while the area was still a portion of Lander county, Nevada. White Pine county was formed in March 1869 and Hamilton was selected as the first county seat.

A fire destroyed the courthouse at Hamilton along with all of the records in Jan 1885. Records at the Ely courthouse begin Jan 5, 1885.

The following tombstone transcripts were copied May 21, 2000. This is not an official listing of all those buried in the Hamilton cemetery. It is a list of all the names that could still be read.

- Donna Frederick

Casey, Mary, b. Native of Cambridge Mass., d. 13 Jun 1870, age: 19y, Top: I.H.S. In Memory Of At bottom of stone: Erected to her memory by her esteemed friend Isaac Philips, This is an elaborate marble stone in excellent condition, It is beginning to tilt some
Charles, Albert B., b. Native of Plattsburg N.Y., d. 6 Dec 1869 Hamilton
Ghirardelli, John, b. 1896 Italy, d. 1918 Hamilton
Heriot , R. Donald, b. 1894, d. 1907
Heriot-Alden, Mary E., b. 1873, d. 1907
Lani, Angela, b. 1857, d. 1934, Shares stone with Louis
Lani, Louis, b. 1854, d. 1939, Shares stone with Angela
Lani, Umberto, b. 1886, d. Jul 1890, age: 4yr 9mo, Sweet be your Rest
Mattson, Etta, b. 1886, d. 1907
Mattson, Mary, b. 1878, d. 1907
Paul, Charles Henry, b. 8 Jul 1894, d. 27 Jul 1894
Paul, Kenneth Linn, b. 20 Jul 1892, d. 12 Oct 1893
Paul, William John, b. 9 Oct 1890, d. 19 Nov 1890
Thorpe, William Allen, d. 1876
Timson, Arthur, b. 27 Jul 1873, d. 6 Jan 1898, "Sweet be you sleep, Arthur My Darling Boy"
Timson, John, b. 23 Jan 1868, d. 24 Jan 1888
Timson, William John, b. 27 Apr 1824, d. 14 Mar 1885, Masonic symbol on top of stone
Zadow, Louis C., b. 1838 Native of Germany, d. 1907

 

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