Although San Francisco had prohibited burials within the city as of the beginning of January 1898, an extension had been granted for the burial of Chinese in City Cemetery, due to the inability of the Chinese Six Companies to purchase land for a cemetery in San Mateo County. Finally in July "Patrick Brooks sold 2 acres of land for $1,000 to the Chinese Christian Cemetery Association in an area that is now Daly City.
Chinese Six Companies (六大公司) refers to the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. The Six Companies consisted of the Sam Yup Company, Yeong Wo Company, Kong Chow Company, Ning Yung Company, Hop Wo Company, and Yan Wo Company. In 1882, they extended their earlier cooperative efforts and officially established the benevolent association in San Francisco.
|SF Chronicle 24 Jun 1911|
Many Chinese came to the United States hoping to make enough money to live comfortable lives on their return to China. Even in death it was important to many to return to be buried beside their ancestors where living relatives would honor them. There are many good articles on Chinese burial customs y u'll find a few links below.
|SF Chronicle 12 Nov 1911|
- Chinese Christian Cemetery - Find A Grave Only a few listings
- Six Companies - Found
- Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
- Daly City Cemeteries
- Chinese Cemetery Association miscellany, 1955-1999 - UC Berkeley
- Tung Sen Cemetery - More on burial practices
- Chinese Burial Traditions
- The Final Journey Home: Chinese Burial Practices in Spokane