Rhoads Family Cemetery

Rhoads Cemetery after restoration

It is not know exactly when the cemetery near the Rhoads adobe was begun. The first known person buried in the cemetery is Sarah Rhoads Phillips who died in 1882 at the age of 35. She was the daughter of Daniel and Amanda Rhoads and was the wife of John Fisher Phillips. Four years later, her 52-year-old husband died, and he became the next to be buried at the cemetery. Six more family members were buried over the next 10 years.

In December 1895, family patriarch Daniel Rhoads. Amanda died on August 11, 1906 in Hanford. Both are interred in the mausoleum.

There are about 21 graves in the cemetery, including Daniel’s brother William B. Rhoads (1898), his sister Mary Elizabeth Rhoads Pierce (1899) and Amanda’s brother Justin Esrey (1900). There may be other unmarked graves as well.

The Rhoads cemetery was restored by the Lower Kings River Historical Society in 2002 and is now under the management of the Lemoore Cemetery District.

Prior to restoration