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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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Brenda A. Darbyshire
Ezekiel Hall
http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/dougherty/photos/tombstones/oakview/hall13725gph.jpg

This is a photo of the grave you requested at Oakview. I can download it but then cannot find it
Added by Brenda A. Darbyshire on Apr 01, 2015 4:41 AM
Joy
RE: Steve Stiles
You are most welcome. It was my pleasure. If you find out who JA Stiles is that is buried with him, I'll be glad to change the photo and upload it to the memorial. Check your email for more info.
Added by Joy on Mar 30, 2015 8:59 PM
c sato
RE: William and David Turner
Thank-you for correction. We have David Turner Sr. b. 1801 d. 1857 based information from a descendant, but I don't know where she got the information. He was 49 in the 1850 census, so that would be b. 1801.

If any Turners of this family want to know more about other parts of their ancestry re Blair line please let me know.

David Turner Sr. married Mary Blair, the daughter of James Blair and Isabel Waddle. The Blair and Waddle families were from Rev. War patriots. Mary Blair's grandfather William Blair was the first Rev. War veteran buried in Iowa. I am a Blair researcher and belong to the Blair Society for Genealogical Research (www.blairsociety.org).

Mary (Blair) Turner died having her youngest son, David Jr., in 1839. David Sr. kept the oldest three children, Isabel, James and Wm. T. with him and went to Calif. in or after 1850. May have gone to the Gold Rush. He is in the census in 1850 in Center (or Centre), Porter Co., IN. David Turner Jr. was in the household of his grandparents James and Isabel Blair and it looks like he never went to California. Since he was a baby I don't know if the family in Calif. even knew about him. He moved to Great Bend, Barton Co., KS and raised his family there.
Added by c sato on Mar 30, 2015 1:40 PM
Wisterial
Mendocino/Parlier
Lester I can use that help now please, if you still have time. These are the ones at Mendocino in Parlier that the volunteer was not able to find. I know you know where they are. They are in the Parlier family area, near the office, near the big stone that says Parlier. There are 4 there that I've been trying to get : William George Sanderson, Plot: Div 2 Block 8 Lot 3 Grave 1 Memorial # 142757633, Abigail (Abby) King Sanderson, Plot: Div 2, Block 8, Lot 3, Grave 2, Memorial# 140936168, Cornelius King, Plot: Div 2 Block 8 Lot 2 Grave 6 Memorial# 143017755, Jonathan A. King, Plot: Div 2 Block 8 Lot 3 Grave 4, Memorial# 132533860. I do know for certain they DO have grave stones. And they ARE in that cemetery. Thank you SOOO much. I have advised the previous volunteer that I have someone who knows where they are so she doesn't need to go all the way back out there again and keep trying. Thank you again. I really appreciate it.
Added by Wisterial on Mar 29, 2015 6:30 PM
Michelle
Aletha Vivian Williams
I made a mistake. I went back out to Belmont and looked through the books again and low and behold I found Aletha. She is buried at Belmont. I added her photo and burial location to the memorial. Sorry for the mix up. Here is her memorial number so you can re add her location of burial. #67670787
Added by Michelle on Mar 27, 2015 9:48 PM
mygen
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
Ghost
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
Lester,

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
Calcat
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
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