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Bordon Chinese Cemetery
Road 28¼ and Avenue 12
Madera County, California
This one-acre cemetery was created in 1872 by and for the 2,500 Chinese laborers building the Central Pacific Railroad (later renamed the Southern Pacific). The tent town beside the tracks was named for Dr. Joseph Borden, a prominent settler in the surrounding Alabama Colony. Many of the men buried here were, according to custom, removed and reburied in their home village in China. Those remaining were either unidentified or their home village unknown.
A monument has been erected at the site. Only seven graves are marked by modern cement with inscriptions in Chinese. One grave bears the name, Lee Lung. The following list was prepared from death certificates, newspaper articles, and funeral records. * = Marital status, Single, Married, Widower.
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|Name||Date of Death||Birth||Occupation||*||Parents||Cause of death|
|Cet, Woo Wah||1922, Apr 21||1856||Hog raising||M||Broncho pneumonia|
|Chong, Ah||1908, Oct 9||1840 (approx)||Pulmonary consumption|
|Chong, Chew Kin||1908, July 29||1839||Gardener||W||Heart exhaustion|
|Choy, Woo Wah||1924, Oct 13||1858||Merchant||Cheung, Woo Chick/ Shee, Guan||Acute indigestion|
|Chung [Chong], Yee||1902, Apr 26||1844, Jan||Merchant, orchard farm||M||Apoplexy due to alcohol|
|Doo, Chang||1932, Aug 9||1865 (approx)||Laundryman||M||Arteriosclerosis|
|Duck, Leong||1903, Feb|
|Hock, Woo Que||1933, June 13||1913, Mar 21||Student||S||Wint, Woo Tue/
Shee, So Ho
|Lee, Sam||1917, Dec 25||1847 (approx)||Laundryman||S||Pulmonary tuberculosis|
|Lee, Woo||1905, Nov 24||1860, Apr||Cook||S||Wah, Chuny||Pneumonia|
|Louie, Quong||1917, Dec 24||1872 (approx)||Laundryman||S||Tubercular peritonitis|
|Lui, Woo||1916, Apr 24||1858||Cook||W||Acute nephritis|
|Ngong, Heong||1923, Aug 26|
|Pet, Cho||1910, May 1||1837||Gardener||Pulmonary tuberculosis|
|Sing, Lee||1922, Feb 24||1842||Cook||Arteriosclerosis|
|Toi, Lou||1915, Oct 2|
|Toy, Woo||1918, June 11|
|Wah, Yeng Sing||1912, Oct 4||1854||Cook||M||Way, Sing||Burned to death in his restaurant|
|Young, Fong Foo||1917, May 6|
|Yuen, Chun||1916, June 21|
|Yuen, Wo||1908, Jan 12||1823 (approx)||Laborer||S||Old age|
Last update: April 23, 2013
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