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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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Abbie Sanderson
Lester Thank you for the picture you posted of Abbie Sanderson's grave stone. It is so clear, readable, and beautiful! I'm done with all the lines of our family so I've not been on- I just saw it tonight - Thank you!
Added by Wisterial on May 20, 2015 1:19 AM
RE: Assuntina Marchini
Thanks for the reply, Mr. Letson. Charles Arnabolde(i) was her husband. Interesting that their surnames are spelled differently on the headstones - - however... there is a story behind that that may explain it, not a happy one. I never heard of the name "Quilici" either. My genealogical records show Concetta and Assuntina's mother as Angelina Bandoni, (Maiden name). They all came from Lucca, Italy, although I cannot confirm that as their actual birthplace... some records I have indicate St. Pankraz, Italy as Assuntina's birthplace. I have some other dates I'll be submitting soon. Thanks again.
Added by JamesJM on May 19, 2015 6:20 PM
Uncle Al
RE: John Abner Russell
Lester, I think I have everything ready for you to delete your memorial for my grandfather. I added the information about E Clampus Vitus---and I had no idea he had ever belonged---to my bio for Grandpa, and it only enhances my image of him, mind you.

I have the utmost respect for E Clampus Vitus. My other grandparents were dirt-poor immigrants who are buried in a pioneer cemetery in Martinez, CA. Twice a year, E Clampus Vitus members descend upon the Alhambra Cemetery to do the cleanup. Thirty years ago, the cemetery was swarming with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the deceased. But as years pass, and the older generations pass on, there are fewer and fewer of us descendants who bother to show---but E Clampus Vitus is always there!

Interesting to not also that you hail from my home town of Fresno, CA. I lived there from 1949-1967, but go there seldom since my parents and step-mother passed on.

Thanks for all your work!

Added by Uncle Al on May 18, 2015 10:32 PM
Helen Bickel
Caleb Harman "Cale"
Caleb Edson "Ed" Harman's father is buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California.
This information sent to me from his great-grandson Walter Russell.
Added by Helen Bickel on May 17, 2015 11:00 AM
Uncle Al
John Abner Russell
Hello Lester. Several days ago, I created a memorial for my grandfather, John Abner Russell. I just found out that you had already created a memorial for him back in 2008! I would like to merge the memorials. I think the easiest way would be for me to delete the one I created and start linking his descendants to your memorial. Sound like a plan?
Added by Uncle Al on May 16, 2015 6:09 PM
Weaver Family
Thank you for your picture of my GGG grandfathers grave-Issac Suttles Weaver in Georgia. My grand mother Mignon kezia Weaver Barnes was born in lineville Alabama daughter of permilla Weaver of Georgia-she is not listed though. I appreciate your work here.

Brenda Kay Winters Texas
Added by Brenniewinters on May 09, 2015 3:44 AM
CHRISTINE (Dawson/Nystrom) LU
Would love some help please
I am writing to first of all thank you for providing a photo and cemetery of my paternal grandfather's grave site. No one in my extended family has seen or visited it.

It is my great desire to locate with your help. I will be in that area in a few days.

I know that Lawrence Grant Dawson (1894-Oct 13, 1975) died in San Luis Obispo and interred in the Mountain View cemetery. I have been told that there are no records kept from 1975 to help me locate it.

Years ago I did go there and tried unsuccessfully because 5 cemeteries fill the place with thousands of grave markers.

I was also told that Lawrence Dawson was buried in the COUNTY section of Mountain View cemetery. But they can't help me either. I even checked with the Coroner's office in Fresno to no avail.

If by any chance, you have GPS coordiantes or other means to help me find this, I would so VERY much be grateful.

Hopefully yours,

Added by CHRISTINE (Dawson/Nystrom... on May 05, 2015 6:22 PM
Cindy Owen
Wilhelm Winter - 25713531

I'm interested in managing this memorial. He is my great great grandfather. Thank you so much for putting up a photo of his marker and the location. My Find A Grave member id is 48722261.
Added by Cindy Owen on May 02, 2015 4:01 PM
Sarah Davis-Espinosa
Thank you for the transfer, and for taking the time to add him here!

Added by Sarah Davis-Espinosa on Apr 29, 2015 9:14 AM
Dani Cash
Duclos Memorial# 22488726
Hi! Wondering if you could transfer this one to me? Trying to get everyone gathered and together.
Dani Cash
Added by Dani Cash on Apr 28, 2015 9:55 PM
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