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Lyndon Comstock (#47312093)
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Michael V Greenspun
RE: James Leonard grave
Your welcome. Just to make it perfectly clear, the city verified that his remains were still there but there is no marker. Give the direct descendant the info, there is a waiting list but a marker will be placed if requested.

Added by Michael V Greenspun on Apr 25, 2014 1:50 PM

Michael V Greenspun
James Leonard
In reference to Chris Maes' comments he is not 100% correct. At he time the cemetery was turned into a park none of the remains were removed unless requested so by close relatives, most of the headstones were removed except for some of the smaller ground level markers.

I went to Cemetery Memorial Park today and looked for Mr Leonard's marker/headstone but was unable to locate it, I also contacted the City of Ventura and was told that there is not marker for James Leonard.

If you are a close relative you can request a marker for Mr Leonard's plot, contact Barbara Cavalli at (805) 652 4553 or

Added by Michael V Greenspun on Apr 25, 2014 1:37 PM

chris maes
I copied a link for u

Added by chris maes on Apr 25, 2014 9:40 AM

chris maes
RE: James Leonard
What I have read this morning is by all accounts your right. The families who approved the remains to be moved were moved but many still remain buried in cemetery park in unmarked graves. I live not far and could confirm such story. Its a sad thing that the city decided to not protect such grounds. Chris

Added by chris maes on Apr 25, 2014 9:39 AM

chris maes
RE: James Leonard
I did not write this......I do not know the actual truth, but below is what I have read and understand: Ventura City Cemetery was at 1315 Main Street between Hemlock and Aliso Lane.
The old cemetery was two blocks long, roughly seven acres, outside the city limits, as required by law then. The Catholic Church obtained 3.69 acres in 1862 and named it Saint Mary's Cemetery. Then in 1870 the First Presbytarian Church was granted 3.4 acres as a "public cemetery". Many of Ventura's Pioneers and Founding Fathers
are interned in the Cemetery. Residents such as: Olivas, Mills, Foster, Brewster, Vandever, Obioles, Nidfer, Hobson and Kelsey were laid to rest there. By 1912 the Cemetery was reported to be filled to capacity, all though a few burials took place. The cobblestone wall was built in 1934. The 1295 Main Street location (closest to the Rec Center) was
St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. They look like one to the visitor. It was divided into four areas: Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and another section for Chinese, Native Americans and other races. In 1963 the Los Angeles Archdiocese deeded the Catholic Cemetery to Ventura City. The last person laid to rest there was in the mid 1940's. In 1964 Ventura decided to remove the gravestones and
convert the area to a park because of upkeep and vandalism. Many felt the City had desecrated the area. All the grave markers, headstones and monuments were removed and taken to the City Yard in Hall Canyon. They were laid out alphabetically in the yard. Families were supposedly informed so they could pick up the headstones. Not many responded. Some stones were taken by others for their own yard as a conversation piece. After a period of time, some of the unclaimed stones were taken to the Olivas Golf Course Levee and buried in the rubble. Others were pushed into the ravine
in Hall Canyon. City said they had ground up the stones, but after the 1969 flood a couple were found way down to surfer's point. Could have been the stolen ones. (Don't know which story to believe). Over the years some families were able to move their ancestors remains across town to the Ivy Lawn Cemetery. There are still over 3000 bodies buried in the park.

Added by chris maes on Apr 25, 2014 9:25 AM

chris maes
James Leonard
Hi, I see your request for cemetery park in Ventura. I hate to be the bearer of bad news. Several years ago the park experienced vandalism etc in which the city decided to have all plots and tombstones removed and placed in other cemeteries at the descendants approval. Now its a very long story but the person's remains were moved to another cemetery. If you can do some further research someone surely will go snap a photograph. Sorry again. Fellow volunteer Chris.

Added by chris maes on Apr 25, 2014 12:53 AM

RE: thanks
You are very welcome. Sorry I could not be of more help.
Bob Hubbard

Added by arrowkeeper on Apr 14, 2014 7:19 AM

Undertaker's Gr/Granddaughter
RE: Helen August Scott Comstock
No on the correcting the census. I enjoy taking pictures and like to contact the memorial creator to edit family link. I also added a memorial for W C Scott 2nd wife Lucy and added additional pictures to many family members in that plot. :o)

Added by Undertaker's Gr/Granddaug... on Apr 08, 2014 2:52 PM

Joanne Morehouse
Gladys Hensky
Thank you for the information about Gladys and family. Your contribution is genuinely appreciated. - Joanne

Added by Joanne Morehouse on Mar 26, 2014 4:47 PM

Bush Cemetery
Many thanks for the photos you added for the graves of my family in the bush in Kentucky. This cannot have been an easy undertaking!

b, with much gratitude

Added by BetsPix on Mar 20, 2014 4:23 PM

Perfield Girl
RE: Lyndon Comstock memorial
Good luck. He's not a kinsman of mine, and when I saw you were his namesake, it only make sense to give him to you so you could work on him. Happy hunting. Sharon

Added by Perfield Girl on Dec 26, 2013 6:44 PM

Memories From The Mist
RE: Thanks!
oops..sorry...I gave you info on the wrong James Buswell...yes, it is his brother Albert...

Added by Memories From The Mist on Oct 15, 2013 8:44 AM

Memories From The Mist
RE: Thanks!
Yes, you're is hard reading the Buswell stone...

Chloe Pratt Buswell Aug. 17, 1800 - Sept. 28, 1893
James Buswell Aug. 7, 1793 - Aug. 2, 1874

Thank you for asking permission...I have no problem with your credit is a very nice gesture...thank you!

Added by Memories From The Mist on Oct 14, 2013 6:16 PM

Gail Black
RE: Waters Cemetery
both...I wanted to photograph the remaining stones and then Candice emailed me as well. I will send you my email.

Added by Gail Black on Oct 14, 2013 3:08 PM

Gail Black
Waters Cemetery
I probably have asked you this before, but where is it & how to get to it from Utica Pike?

Added by Gail Black on Oct 14, 2013 12:06 PM

Reminder for Roy & Grace Gormley
Can you please call the cemetery and obtain the grave location (Section & Lot numbers) and ask them whether or not there is a grave marker?

Forest Home Cemetery: 708-366-1900 or 773-287-0772

This cemetery will not assist photo volunteers with finding the grave's location and the Find A Grave FAQs (Help File) states it is the photo requestors job to provide this information.

Thank you! Ace

Added by Ace on Oct 04, 2013 2:57 AM

Gormley's at Forest Home Cemetery
Hi! I have posted photos for Marcus & Viola Gormley that show the general area of burial.

The photos do show a James and Anna Gormley. If you create the memorials and add photo requests I will add the individual photos I took of their grave markers.

The cemetery did not provide me any information regarding Roy or Grace Gormley. They might not be buried at Forest Home. Ace

Added by Ace on Aug 30, 2013 6:53 PM

RE: Italian Hall grave markers
It would be great to see the photo if possible. Do you know how long ago it was taken?

Added by CelticLass on Aug 10, 2013 6:36 AM

Italian Hall grave markers
Just wanted to let you know that I was unable to find Mary Smuk, Teresa Renaldi, and Katarina Bronzo in the sections listed. I did find a couple of Renaldi and Bronzo grave markers but not the ones needed. Also, with the Mihelchich children's markers, Elizabeth's is completely unreadable and Agnes and Paul's are not very good. However, I tried to write down what they said as best as I could read them (this cemetery does not allow grave stone rubbings) Agnes' reads: Agnezza Mihelcich, next line is birth, Umrla Dec 24, 1913, U Talijanskom Hall, Pggivao U Mirh. Pauls' reads the same except his name is Paval Mihelcich. Hope this helps.

Added by CelticLass on Aug 08, 2013 7:16 AM

Nancy Woodard
Yes you may use my photos. I am sorry I wasn't able to find Charles and Jane Davis. There are many stones in this cemetery that just can no longer be read as well as lots that have been broken and/or buried in the ground...sad.

Added by Nancy Woodard on May 13, 2013 7:38 AM

Barbara Lee
William Graves
Thank you so much for the picture of the stone of William Graves. I appreciate your help.

Added by Barbara Lee on May 02, 2013 5:58 PM

Ginny Berry
Scott sisters
Information added and links made. Thank you.


Added by Ginny Berry on Mar 11, 2013 10:12 AM

RE: Thanks for the photo!
Feel free

Added by INsk8r on Mar 03, 2013 7:28 PM

RE: Thanks!
You're welcome. Go ahead and use the photo however you like.


Added by Jeff247 on Sep 05, 2012 5:01 AM

RE: Mary Bozich gravestone
I am giving my permission for you to use my photos in the way you see fit for your family. To me they are just a rock with letters on them.

Added by Phillip on Jun 23, 2012 1:48 AM


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