Santa Maria Cemetery
Courtesy Bonnie Helten. Reproduction of a letter, in part, from Jennifer Peck of Safford, AZ. Granddaughter of Francisco Ferra.
There are 4 graves in the cemetery at
The family story is that the girls died in an epidemic (Scarlet Fever?) Mrs. Black was the neighbor who helped nurse the girls and also became ill and died. The girls were buried in the dresses they were to wear for their 8th grade graduation.
The chain link fence and the wooden crosses were put in 1966
or 1967 by Joe B. Ferra to replace the original markers. Joe B. Ferra is the
son of Francisco Ferra and my grandfather. The granite headstones were placed
there before 1983 by someone unknown to me, probably Ferra descendants from
Verzavi and Delfina Ferra were probably born between 1878 and 1881 on the family ranch called the Santa Maria Ranch. They probably died between 1892 and 1896.
Francisca Ferra Arriola was born on the Santa Maria Ranch about
1882. She married Jose Arriola on May 26, 1899 in
The head of the Ferra family, and father of the girls in the
cemetery, is Francisco Ferra. He was the son of Juan Ferra and Miquela
(Sambrano) Ferra. Francisco was born in
Francisco Ferra married Elaisa (or Eliza) Bobarthy Navarro
about 1877 in
All Photographs by: Neal Du Shane, 2006
1900 U.S. Census
Households of Francisco Ferra, Charles Black, Joseph Arriola
Jose Arriola and Francisca Firra, age 18
Mill Site and Water
Rights, Book 3, pg. 86, Yavapai Co.,
Marks & Brands No.
3, pg. 145, Yavapai Co.,
Livestock brand of Francisco Ferra.
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