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Colletta (#47089656)
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Bio Photo Cemeteries are such unique places. I enjoy the beauty of sculptures, mausoleums and various items around the interred. The statuary, the iconic images, representative symbols, old rod iron fencing; it is all fascinating. From the most elaborate statue to the simply inscribed piece of wood.

There is so much mystery in a cemetery. Stories that are told and stories to wonder about and stories to find out about.

I am a 4th generation San Franciscan and have lived in Marin County for over three decades.

I enjoy taking photographs of the surroundings and capturing the beauty of the burial plot. I do my best to capture the entire tombstone in as pretty a shot as I can manage. I continually watch for seasonal changes or offerings to capture a better representation of the marker and view.

I spend a great deal of time in cemeteries; both physically and virtually. I photograph and document a select number of cemeteries in the counties of Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino as well as San Francisco and Colma.

I have finished photographing the following cemeteries in rural West Marin, Olema, Bolinas, Tomales Presbyterian, Tomales Catholic and Marshall. Have photographed B'nai Israel, Fernwood, Little Lake and Willits with continual visits for additions.

I also enjoy researching and adding histories, especially pre-1920's. Love the old West Marin ranching history and the Mendocino logging and nautical history. I enjoy perusing old newspapers and other documents to find people lost to each other and especially connecting orphaned baby memorials to their parents.

I generally stick to the counties I am familiar with as I know the geography, area history, etc. and even get to know which census years in a community are accurate or are error ridden.

Please do not send me full obits. If you want to take your time and edit out certain points, please do so, per policy.

I will not post the names of living individuals per policy.

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I am happy to share my photos and/or provide an original jpg. Often times I have more photos and/or views, as well. Just Ask!

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Jasper J Fiack's Memorial# 150089490
Rose Park Memorial Cemetery in Fort Bragg, CA.
Added by AlexP on Nov 21, 2015 7:34 PM
Jasper J Flack... or is it Fiack?
I took a photo today of little Jasper's gravestone. I am pretty sure his name is Fiack, rather than Flack. There simply isn't room on the stone between the F and the A for a capital L, nor is there a horizontal extension to the line of the letter.

Of course, I do not have access to the grave records or any other historical documents. It just doesn't look like an L.

Added by AlexP on Nov 21, 2015 7:14 PM
Armen T
RE: Coombs
Wow. That took me forever to do. This website hasn't been updated in years. I had to fall back to old school hyperlinking which I didn't even think would work. Sorry for taking forever. You probably noticed how many times I messed up first. :P
Added by Armen T on Nov 11, 2015 1:35 AM
Armen T
RE: Coombs
That is possible, I was 6 years old in 1999 so there is no way I would have known anything about this site and Mr. Brand back then, well aside from Brand Blvd, which more than 90% of Glendale has no idea of the origin when they go to Brand Blvd, and sure, I'll be more than happy to take care of that. I actually didn't want to tamper with anything at first but I'll make this the exception.
Added by Armen T on Nov 11, 2015 1:15 AM
Armen T
RE: No problem
It is my pleasure to sponsor both. Oddly enough, when I sponsored the original one that's in Brand Family Cemetery, I became the new owner for it from the looks of it. I wasn't expecting that, and as someone who appreciates history especially local city history, I won't allow it to fall into the wrong hands.
Added by Armen T on Nov 11, 2015 1:03 AM
Armen T
RE: Coombs
You're welcome. I'm sorry for the inconvenience if any.
Added by Armen T on Nov 11, 2015 12:54 AM
Armen T
About #99889860
It's the one I believe you created about the memorial about Mr. Leslie Coombs Brand in Mono Lake? I submitted a correction. It is historicity written that he was born on May 12, 1859, not March 12. Please have a look if you are the one that can review any edits.

Source: Mr. Brand's actual grave right here in Glendale California.
Added by Armen T on Nov 11, 2015 12:20 AM
Jim L Wilson
RE: Frank Mason
Holy cow! That is some story! I had previously found his wife; she married George Landrebe and had two sons with him.
Hannah Lee and three of her brothers all migrated to California on the same wagon train in 1856. It was known as the Snow-Vann Wagon Train, and I have a story about it somewhere. I have traced two of her brothers - Samuel Winters Lee and George Rogers Lee, and I think I have her third brother, who was Charles Thornton Lee. Quite some time ago I found a death record for a Charles M Lee, age 67, in the Early Mendocino County Deaths 1873-1907. It gave his death date as 9/02/1906. The age would have been correct for Charles Thornton Lee since he was born in March 1839, but the middle initial is not correct. So I don't know if this is him or not. Then just a couple of days ago, I found a person in the 1900 census living in the household of George and Mary Landrebe who could be him. The record is hard to read, but this person has Thornton in the name and the birth date as March 1839, born in Missouri. All this would be correct for Charles Thornton Lee. It's possible he is in an unmarked grave, but in your surveys of cemeteries, if you ever come across anyone who might fit this picture, I would be interested to know. Thanks.
Jim Wilson
Added by Jim L Wilson on Nov 08, 2015 4:47 PM
Jim L Wilson
RE: The Vann brothers
Thanks for your reply. No need to apologize. I was just surprised, since I had never known the information about how these two young men met their deaths. Previously, the only information on their deaths that I had was the year. I did not know they died the same day. I have looked all over both of the memorials and can't find a caption that you referred to. Am I missing something? If you would like to connect Hannah Lee Vann to the memorials for her parents which I created the following are their numbers: Samuel Lee, # 37860729, Mary Hackney Lee, #37861150, both in Robberson Prairie Cemetery in Greene County, Missouri.
Jim Wilson
Added by Jim L Wilson on Nov 08, 2015 4:04 PM
Jim L Wilson
Charles and Matthew Vann
Thank you for adding the memorials for Charles (# 136572046) and Matthew (#136572140) Vann in Westport Cemetery. These two young men were my grandmother's first cousins. Although I have done quite a lot of research on the family, I was shocked to read about the tragedy of their deaths. This fact was unknown to me. I never remember hearing about it from my grandmother. Smith and Hannah Vann, their parents, left Greene County, Missouri, in a wagon train in 1856 and settled in California. I have a picture of the 5 daughters of Mary Elizabeth Vann and Francis Mason. Do you have any further information on the story? What happened to Francis Mason? Do I have your permission to copy the newspaper clipping for my tree? Thanks for contributing this sad, but important piece, of my family history. Jim Wilson
Added by Jim L Wilson on Nov 08, 2015 11:50 AM
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