The town of Weaverville has six known cemeteries, with the oldest one located next to St. Patrick's Catholic Church.  This graveyard was originally called Graveyard Hill probably because it is located on a small hill overlooking the town.  George Pope Gordon was buried here in 1851 and Col. John Anderson in 1852.  Later, these two along with some others were moved to the public cemetery so the graveyard could be mind.  Not much gold was found so the area was returned to a cemetery and all the previous "residents" were returned.  The first Catholic Church was built in 1853 next to the cemetery.  It burned down and was replaced by three other churches, all of which burned too.  The present St. Patrick Church was built in 1924.
Albert Meckel is the son of the first generation pioneer John Meckel.  The Meckel family is one of the prominent families of the Trinity River area, including the towns Weaverville and Helena.  Albert and his partner, Carl W. Bremer, ran the Weaverville Supply Company from 1901 to 1945.  Albert's brothers, Adolph N. Meckel and Frederick C. Meckel, were also owners in the supply company.  He and his wife, Rose,  are buried in the Catholic cemetery
The large main cemetery in Weaverville is really three cemeteries in one.  There is a public section , a Masonic section, and an Oddfellow section.  Originally there were picket fences that separated the three cemeteries but now they are fenced together as a single cemetery.  There are many old headstones in these cemeteries, with dates of the 1860,s and 1870,s common.  Its an area of the "whos who" of Weaverville and the surrounding settlements.  The oldest known marked grave is that of D. B. Logan in the Masonic cemetery.
Fredrick C. Meckel was one of the owners of the Weaverville Supply Company.  He ran the Junction City Branch Store for the company.  He also served five terms on the Board of Supervisors of Trinity County.
Mary was prominent in education activities of Trinity County, especially with starting Trinity County High School.
John Meckel was one of the original pioneers of the town North Fork (Helena).  He and his brother, Christian,  operated a supply store, hotel, and brewery in Helena.  He also opened the trading post at Rich Gulch on the East Fork.  John's last business was the Pacific Brewery in Weaverville which he operated from 1878 until his death in 1889.
All the others buried in this family plot are second generation Meckels and are the children of John and Charlette.  They are Henry W., Charles, Louise, Edward, Christian, and John W.
D. B. Logan is the oldest marked grave in the Weaverville public cemetery.  He died in 1854 and was originally buried in Logan Gulch.  When the Masonic graveyard was created his body was moved where it lies now.
Here are some of the living residents of the Weaverville cemeteries.
The See Yup Company cemetery is a Chinese only cemetery.  The entrance gate is oriental in style and was the only item in the whole cemetery identifiable.  The cemetery is unique with its many old oak trees and rusted barbed wire fence.  What really makes this place strange is the many sunken in plots.  Legend has it that the Chinese hated living in this country, and when they died they wanted to be buried in China.  If they were rich enough their family could immediatly get their body back to China, but if they weren't then they would be buried in this cemetery.  When the family could afford it they would exhume the body and ship it back to China.  As I walked through this cemetery I could clearly see casket size pot holes all over the place.  If there were any Chinese people still buried here I surely could not tell where.
View of the See Yup Company Cemetery after passing through the enterance gate.
Notice the holes in this picture?
  They are body length long.
Meckel Family Plot.
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