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Lester Letson (#46627920)
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Bio Photo Born and raised in Fresno, California of Alabama born parents, got into Genealogy in 1997 when I could not figure out what else to do with this computer on-line. I have built up quite a lot of pictures of old shots of Clay County and Jefferson County Alabama. I have visited most of the cemeteries of my ancestors and my Wife's ancestors in Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. A Self-proclaimed Historian with a California Historical society (E Clampus Vitus), I am visiting places of historical interest and with my trusty Dimage , Vivitar and Olympus digital cameras have been taking pictures of headstones at whatever cemeteries we may visit and Historical Monuments in our travels in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Washington. In Fresno, I have added the 1919 biographies of early Fresno residents from the Paul E Vandor book titled "The History of Fresno County" to as many listings as I could. If you have something you would like to have added to a Bio, just drop me a line.

I follow FindaGrave rules and usually transfer close relatives within 30 days. You can complain to the FindaGrave administrators if you want, but you will likely find they too have little patience for impatient people.
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Tipton family
Lester, thank you very much for transferring the Tipton family to me. I will complete their bio soon and will take good care of them. Thanks. mygen
Added by mygen on Mar 24, 2015 12:28 PM
Sheila Ruiz Harrell
Manuel G Velasco, #120118904
Thank you for creating this memorial and thank you even more for the transfer. Our family so appreciates all the work you do here on Find A Grave!
Added by Sheila Ruiz Harrell on Mar 19, 2015 5:30 PM
William F. Ford
I am his older sister and I created a memorial for him in 2008 and have him connect to our family already.
Added by Ghost on Mar 17, 2015 11:20 AM
Steve Andrews
James L. Williams. 20326024

Just found out that you put my great-great grandfather on this site! Thank you very much! He was not only the 1st Probate Judge of Clay County, Alabama, but was a war hero from the Civil War. He was a Captain and commanded Co. H of the 31st Alabama Infantry Regiment. He was captured twice: At Vicksburg, MS and then at Ringgold, GA after action of Battle of Chattanooga / Missionary Ridge, TN.

Thanks again!

Steve Andrews
Added by Steve Andrews on Mar 06, 2015 8:31 AM
Albert Cariher - 33179406
Hi Lester - I just sent you a bio for Albert Cariher's memorial. When you get a chance, I'd really appreciate it if you could please add it to his memorial. I don't need a transfer, but if you could add that info for me, that would be great! Thank you!
Added by Calcat on Mar 05, 2015 1:21 AM
Henry Webber
William Venard
Thank so much for the article on William. I have posted it to his Bio and gave you credit for it. Thanks so much, Henry
Added by Henry Webber on Mar 01, 2015 3:58 PM
RE: Sarepta Akers Statham
Thanks Lester!
Added by JeanR on Feb 25, 2015 8:01 AM
Della Coen Lipe
W. D. De La Grange
Thank you so much for posting the biography online. His mother was the sister of my great-grandmother and I have copies of old family letters that date back to Civil War days. I have been trying very hard to discover who W. D. De La Grange's mother's family was. The McCLAIN sisters were evidently left without parents before 1850, and no record has surfaced yet to tie them to any one set of parents. I have one letter in W. D. De La Grange's handwriting that was written July 6, 1879 before he moved his family from Missouri to California that mentions the death of their 6 month old baby in June, 1879. The baby, Oscar, is buried in Schuyler Co., MO. The family name is sometimes "LaGrange" and that is how William wrote it in the letter.
Added by Della Coen Lipe on Feb 24, 2015 5:16 PM
Dannette Marie Dickson
Thank you so much for the photo, Lester.
Added by Peggy on Feb 24, 2015 10:28 AM
Paul S.
Saroyan 2
I have spoken to a Saroyan scholar who knew Saroyan himself and the extended family. He says he has never ever heard any claim that Cosette and Henry were anyone's child except for Armenag and Takoohi's. Perhaps the story got confused, in which Uncle Aram was the one with the brother/uncle relationship to William, not his actual brother Henry. Like I said it is also believed that Minas Saroyan was dead by 1903, meaning his alleged son Henry was born two years after his death. I appreciate all the work you did in adding Saroyan information to findagrave, thank you. Could you remove the parts from Henry and Cosette's page which state they were not the children of Armenag and Takoohi as it seems to be based on a misunderstanding? Thanks!
Added by Paul S. on Feb 23, 2015 2:39 PM
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