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C. Bryan (#46788769)
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Bio Photo Regarding SUNNYSIDE on Signal Hill - - Photo requests posted without location data are suspect since they might be for Forest Lawn on San Antonio at Cherry (which was called Sunnyside prior to 1978). I have a liaison position with management, and they are good about giving me sites. This arrangement is necessary because of past abuses of good will. I will post locations for the requests in the "problem notice," and maintain currency. Your cooperation assures accurate data and a satisfactory conclusion.

Please use any photos associated with your loved ones' sites as you desire; they belong to you. If you ask for permission I'll know you can't read.
Transfers for anybody but close family if you have a good story - or even a bad lie. You can be adopted, or the ex.
íLa vida es demasiado corta como para objetar - Life's too short to quibble!

A note on why some 'souls' evade discovery: Think about it; there's little entertainment for the majority. One game everyone really gets into is to hide while we seek; hilarious watching us bumble about with growing frustration, using nicknames, omitting dates, or the ultimate - not paying for their marker!

Earliest ancestors Philadelphia 1697 on my father's side - My mother's side arrives in 1749 & 1751. Latest kin here by 1777.
In 1685 a Strode grandfather helped Monmouth's attempt to overthrow James II; and in 1745 another grandpa, this time a Grant, marched with Charles Stuart against George II - both causes failed utterly. Strode's son lost his purchase in England and fled eventually to Philadelphia (aboard a misnamed vessel in which he and his wife perished and his orphans prospered).
The strappan Sawney was transported in May of 1747 aboard the "Gildart', indentured, got a pass - then joined the opportunistic hoards flooding through Cumberland Gap. That whole pack has enough romantic burnishing to fill several Janice Holt Giles novels.

I'm NOT directly related to Daniel Boone of pioneer fame - I'm related to two of his sisters (5th great-grandmothers - Mary's grandson, Luke, wed Elizabeth's granddaughter, Mary Sanders).
I'm NOT related to Gen. John J. Pershing - but his uncle, J.S. Pershing (by another wife of our common sire, J.M. Pershing) is my great-grandfather.
NOT connected to Wm. Jennings Bryan at all - former Secretary of State and thrice Presidential candidate, a dedicated public servant and son of a dedicated public servant, who once lent law books to the aforementioned Mr. Pershing.

My direct lineage seems to have had an aversion to military service but for a maternal great-grandpapa who got himself wounded by the defenders of Vicksburg.
Well, too, there was that earlier trouble in the late mid-1700s; a few grandpas mixed it up in the Ohio Valley, rode with Geo. Rogers Clark and the boys - other scuffles with the Tories in the Carolina and Kentucky hills. Most got pensions for their efforts (them who weren't Loyalists). Myself - I spent three years in the US Army working for the Security Agency.

And - this from another graver:
'Much better to be looking for dead people, than to have dead people looking for you.'

There is an underscore _ in my address below, not a space.
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John Bracchi
Hi C.,
Thanks for the crypt photos and also thanks for being able to draw arrows to crypt locations. That raises you above most other photo volunteers and I appreciate it.
Added by John Bracchi on Dec 14, 2014 10:44 AM
Margaret Ann Galasso
Helen Margaret Brown Grave Photo
Hi C.Bryan,
Thank you so much for your kind and wonderful up close photo of the grave marker of Helen Margaret Brown.
The family and I appreciate this so much.
Margaret Ann Galasso
Added by Margaret Ann Galasso on Dec 13, 2014 4:15 PM
Bill Norman
Sgt Thomas E. Rosser
Hi C.,
Thank you so much for taking and posting the photos of the headstone and location for SSgt Rosser. Excellent photos. Nice work.
Added by Bill Norman on Dec 13, 2014 2:47 PM
Treva Poe
Polley 139382951
Thank you for the very nice photos of this family's markers and the special effect of adding photos of the marker placement. I commend you for your remarkable dedication to this site through your vast contribution of photos.
Added by Treva Poe on Dec 03, 2014 1:25 PM
Thank you so much for the photos for Helena Rose and for the corrected dates. You're the best!
Added by Joy on Dec 02, 2014 8:46 AM
James Tate Transfer Request Cancellation
Good morning! Received your request and subsequent cancellation of request. -But am really writing to congratulate you on your very entertaining profile, which would be award winning if Find A Grave passed such things out. Also loved the memorial you created for Josip Tomasic. You definitely have a gift for a nicely turned phrase!
:-) ChloÚ
Added by Chloe on Nov 30, 2014 8:37 AM
Matthew Clyde wright
Thank you so much for going to take the photo of Clyde's grave so quickly! I appreciate the time you took out of your day to do this for me.
Added by Onionbun on Nov 29, 2014 11:09 PM
Tim Madrid
The photo you took.
Dearest Sir or Madam,

I wanted to thank you for taking your own time and the trouble of taking a photo of JoEllen McCombs and downloading this photo. Her death was tragic. We both worked for an airline named PSA. I just lost my roommate to a drunk driver and was in college at the time. Money was tight so I needed another roommate. She was divorcing her husband and needed a place. She me asked to rent it. I knew and spoke with her soon to be divorced husband who was a Long Beach firefighter. He said it was fine, than on Feb 7, 1987, I came home from work to find he shot her and than himself. It was quite horrific. She was such a wonderful, kind and loving person, I think of her often to this day. Thanks again, I really appreciate your efforts.

With respect and gratitude, Tim Madrid
Added by Tim Madrid on Nov 29, 2014 5:53 PM
Patty Olmsted Emerson
Isabel Lipani
Thank you so much for taking this photo for our family, especially in light of the fact that her daughter is getting up in years and has been very ill. Thanks for putting a smile on her face. Happy Thanksgiving blessings, Patty
Added by Patty Olmsted Emerson on Nov 26, 2014 3:16 PM
Donna Webb
I really appreciate your photograph of my aunt's gravestone.

Many thanks,

F. Terry Hambrecht, M.D.
Senior Technical Advisor to the
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Added by bioengineer on Nov 23, 2014 5:44 AM
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