Sandoval County Cemeteries

Bland Cemetery
(Bland Albemarle Cemetery)
Sandoval County
Submitted by Thomas F. Ball

Taken in June of 1984
Iron fence dates to ca. 1920

June 1984

Photo from ca. 1930 from found negative.

Taken June of 1984. Rock may have the word NOAH scratched into it.


The following are buried at the Bland Albemarle Cemetery

H. S. Anderson: died of heart attack & buried during snow season.
DuJean: morphine overdose, buried within fenced plot.
Tom O'Neil: accidentally crushed by a stone while building bakery.
Cpt. George Smith: died after long illness
Mrs. West:
Ernest West: froze to death
Finch: one week old baby boy of A. L. Finch
Ed Smith: died in Albuquerque after long illness & buried at Bland
Art Kneable: old age & pneumonia, ashes scattered
J. B. Winfree:
Grace Callahan: died Albuquerque and buried at Bland 1965
John Callahan: old age at Albuquerque and buried at Bland 1965
George Spence Jr.: cancer
Thomas Williams: infant son of Rosa Williams Grant
Little Willy: typhoid
Bart Kindred: smallpox
Henry Brown: heart attack
Augusta Hofhiens: Typhoid Oct. 1898
John Henry: Typhoid
Lilly Smith Typhoid, 10 yrs old
Anson Smith: Typhoid 9 yrs. old
Lee children:
Callander-Winfree grandchildren:

The following people died at Bland and were buried elsewhere:
Andy Horne
Mr. Steel
George Spence Sr.
Charlott Benson
Major Edward Tyrell about 1921

The following people died at Albemarle and were buried elsewhere:
Fred Studley:

One of the reasons for a person, living at either Bland or Albemarle and being buried at a different location would be that of religious beliefs. Bland did not have a Catholic church thus most of the Catholic deceased were taken to Pena Blanca or Rancho de la Canada. Rancho de la Canada falls with in this particular research area and is with in the boundaries of the Canada de Cochiti Land Grant but Pena Blanca does not, although Pena Blanca is mentioned because it was, and is, the closest industrialized community to Bland, Albemarle, Pines or Kent City and Allerton.
There are five other locations, with in the Cochiti Mining Districts that may have additional cemetery sites. the first being Rancho de la Canada, followed by Kent City, followed by Allerton, followed by Pines. The fifth location would be that of Kotyiti, a refugee village build during the Coronado Expedition, by the Pueblo Indians. If there are cemeteries at Rancho de la Canada and Kotyiti, their date line would be close. Kent City, being the earliest mining related settlement would only date back to 1880.
So far, I have not examined any legal records that pertain to cemeteries or vital statistics but plan to in the near future. I do have the names of some undertakers, that operated out of Bland and two of those have ancestors that are still in the undertaking business.
Thomas F. Ball, June 15, 2004

Note: Albemarle is located in Sandoval County in the Jemez Mountains in Colle Canyon. It was a mining community ca. 1890 to ca. 1910. Bland was a community about one and a half miles northeast of Albemarle. Bland existed from the 1890s to the 1940s. It had at one time over 3,000 residents.

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