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Admiral Spotts: SF's 1st US Naval Officer

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Posted by Sebastian Nelson [] on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 20:03:52 :


My name is Sebastian Nelson and I am trying to discover the present location of the remains of Rear Admiral James Hanna Spotts, USN (1822-1882). Admiral Spotts served aboard the USS Lexington along the Pacific coast during the Mexican War and was supposedly one of the first American naval officers to reside in San Francisco (http://www.famousamericans.net/jameshannaspotts/).

Admiral Spotts died in the Falkland Islands in 1882. His body was brought to San Francisco in 1899 and buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery:

Here is an article about the arrival of Admiral Spotts' body in San Francisco aboard the USS Badger. It appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on 17 April 1899, page 9:


Here is another article about the burial of Admiral Spotts' in San Francisco. It appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on 18 April 1899, page 11:


Admiral Spotts’ body was moved from Laurel Hill Cemetery to Woodlawn Cemetery in Colma on 13 August 1921 and cremated. That is where the trail goes cold. Does anyone know about any Spotts descendants still in San Francisco who may know more?

Thank you!

-Sebastian Nelson

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