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Jeffrey W. Adams (#48181502)
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Bio Photo My interest in genealogy arose only recently. Sadly, it was long after my parents and grandparents were gone. In their absence, I credit websites like Ancestry and Find-a-Grave with piquing and sustaining my curiosity and my research. I was born in Long Beach, California, and still reside there, recently retiring from a career in geology and petroleum engineering. I am a fourth generation Californian, something I did not know until I undertook this effort.

Among my paternal roots are these surnames: Van Benschoten – arrived in California before Gold Rush in 1848 from New York, with roots in The Netherlands (Holland). McKay – arrived in California circa 1850-1865 from Nova Scotia, Canada, with roots in Scotland. Adams – arrived in California circa 1862-1868 from Ontario, Canada, though earlier generations of Adams were from Connecticut, fleeing to Canada with other Loyalists during the Revolutionary War, with roots most likely in Great Britain. Purvine – arrived in California circa 1851-1859 from Iowa, with European roots unknown. Cameron – arrived in California in 1880s from Missouri, family originally from Tennessee and Virginia, with roots evidently in Scotland. Symington – arrived in California in 1880s from Missouri, family originally from Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee, with roots in Scotland. Qualls (or Quarles) – arrived in California in 1897 from Georgia. Leveque – arrived in California in 1858 from Paris, France. Dober and Dietzler – arrived in California in 1866 from Pennsylvania.

Among my maternal roots are these surnames: Burbridge – arrived in California circa 1932 from Montana via Washington. Olson – arrived in California circa 1932 from Montana via Washington. Widows (or Widdows) – arrived in California circa 1925 from Montana. Other Norwegian roots include surnames Christensdatter and Ringheim (“Americanized”), folks who immigrated in 1880s and settled in Wisconsin and Montana.

My virtual cemetery is called “Perpetual Slumber Memorial Park and Cemetery” and if there is not a real cemetery somewhere by that name, there should be. Mine includes most of my known ancestral fore-bearers and associated relatives - genetic, adoptive, and/or marital. I think of it as a convenient way to keep tabs on them during their "cemetery years."
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Messages left for Jeffrey W. Adam... (20)[Leave Message]
RE: Transfers - Fountain Prairie Cem.
Thanks for the requests, pleased to place all those memorials in your care.
Added by AlongTheWay on Jun 29, 2015 4:25 PM
RE: J.W. Robson (#79275555)
Hi Jeffrey,
Although the Robson name is familiar I am not finding anything as yet to tie to what you are looking for. That said, I have added several new Robson's to El Dorado that I found as I was hunting for as obit for you. I will keep looking, I like a good mystery. Not really sure if I provided the information or not but it must be out there somewhere. I will let you know if I find it.
Added by Eileen on Apr 22, 2015 1:35 PM
Lori T
RE: John William Robson # 79275555
Usually I'm better at putting down source materials. In this case, I may have received the information from a fellow Find A Graver named Eileen (#46886393). She does have in depth documentation went it comes to obits and bios and is truly a reliable source. I hope this helps.
Added by Lori T on Apr 21, 2015 12:06 PM
Darla Ball
RE: Thomas George Adams
The stone says Husband and Father Gone but not Forgotten. Orange County Cemetery District Database actually only has her listed. The location for her is Section: R Block: 12 Lot: 2 Space: 4. I can double check with the office about his location as to why he isn't listed. As a family member you may want to look into adding her name. Sounds like they had an adventurous life.
Added by Darla Ball on Mar 29, 2015 7:18 PM
Lori T
RE: Farnsworth in Georgetown
The El Dorado County Cemetery Admin would be the one to talk to when it comes to finding out when the 'newer' headstone were put in.

Phone: (530) 621-7594

Also, if you need me to make edits on his memorial (e.i. from 1914 death certificate) please use the "Edit" tab at the top of the memorial. I received your suggestion, but nothing in detail except what you typed. This will help a lot :)
Added by Lori T on Mar 24, 2015 2:44 PM
Sandra Varacalli
RE: Nancy McWilliams-Symington
Thank you for catching that mistake! I have no idea why I added that? I checked the info in my Simington family tree and the date I had there was the correct one! I deleted it in her Find a Grave Bio and will keep checking to see that it truly goes away.
Thanks again! Sandra

Added by Sandra Varacalli on Jan 04, 2015 4:27 PM
Dean Hirst
RE: Charles L. Adams
Sorry I wasn't able to connect them earlier. I only found Charles when I was looking at the plot sheets for another person. From the plot sheets I go out to the plot and enter all who are buried in those plots and take pictures of those who have gravestones. Oakdale area has very few stones since most of the people who are buried there died about 80-110 years ago and there just wasn't the money to buy a stone then. Record keeping at the cemetery then was not what it is now. The people at Union now are very diligent and committed to getting all the records up to date. They want us Find A Grave people to do our work as it helps them to get all the records updated and correct. At times you can find people in the computer but not in the card file or plot books or the other way around. I do so many of these that I just don't have the time to look at all the sources to located people and get all the correct info. The plot sheets list people by dates they are buried there, so I could be off 1, 2 days or even 10 or more.
You now have Charles. I connected him to his wife but didn't change the date of death. I know you will enjoy working with him. I know I do when ever I am able to connect families. Keep in touch if you need anything else. I am always glad to help. Dean
Added by Dean Hirst on Dec 10, 2014 7:30 AM
Karen & Tony Foreman
RE: Re. Thomas C. Puckett #80416177
So sorry for the late reply. I made the correction re: relationships. I am not related to him, so am transferring his memorial to you. You may wish to contact the other memorial holder to request they delete their duplicate. I would also suggest that you first contact the person who added the photo and request that they add it to your memorial. Good luck...
Added by Karen & Tony Foreman on Jul 16, 2014 5:50 PM
Lester Letson
RE: J.W. Van Benschoten
Thanks, I have added info from 2 of J M Guinn's "History Of" biography collections, the 1892 "History of Fresno County, and a lot from Paul Vandor's 1919 collection, as well as some biographical sketches from 1933 I found online.

The 1892 book, the two J M Guinn books and the "History of Fresno County" are all on Google Books and on

I check regularly to see what else they have made available. You can actually download the full books as PDF files for free when they are out of copyright.
Added by Lester Letson on Jul 10, 2014 7:43 PM
Dean Hirst
RE: Re: Adams in Union Cemetery
Jeff: There was one Charles W. Adams in the Union computer; born 9/9/1869, died 12/24/1941. In I found Charles Levi Adams, 12-29-1869 Cambria, San Luis Obispo, CA, died 1934 in Randsburg; married Mattie B Cameron, unk date. It shows two children by this union, Madeline born in 1899 and Iren born in 1903. This info was taken from another persons genealogy so the accuracy is questionable. The info on Mattie matches yours. Have you tried ''? It's free. Don't know what else to tell you.
Added by Dean Hirst on Jul 09, 2014 4:02 PM
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