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Tom Brocher (#47674416)
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Bio Photo In early 2015, the Golden Gate National Cemetery Photography Project completed its 3-year-long effort. The cemetery, located in San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, is now 99.96% photographed, with less than 50 inscriptions that need to be photographed.

Since March 2015, I have been photographing the markers in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, San Mateo County, California. Only 22% of the 355,000 markers there have been photographed. Many of the burials are reinterments from the now defunct Calvary Cemetery in San Francisco. I am currently posting photographs in Section V: For Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery the San Francisco Genealogy website is invaluable:

I add new memorials as need be and add missing information and links.

Please contact me if you have taken a better photograph of a headstone for a memorial (e.g., with better lighting), and I will be happy to remove my photo.


Golden Gate National Cemetery Credits:

FAG members Samme Templin, Theresa Miller, Christine S., and Cindy S. helped post the photos.

FAG contributor Stewart Blandon completed Section 2E. Stewart also created an excel spreadsheet for the burials in the cemetery that has been vital for the project. Stewart and Kathleen Clemence added plot information to memorials.

FAG contributor Kathleen Clemence completed Section R.

FAG contributor Christine and Winmar finished photographing and posting photos from Section MA.

Notes on the Golden Gate National Cemetery:

Section A: Redo north facing markers starting with A-133.

Section E: Contains markers for 45 graves of German and Italian prisoner of war from World War II; there also about 100 graves of servicemen who died between 1865 and 1910.


I am currently interested in the Brocher, Lahey, Williamson, Weber, and Grumann families of eastern Wisconsin, particularly Manitowoc County.

I am also researching Nuzum, Wright, Wheeler families of western Wisconsin.

Finally, I am researching Welch, Belden, Dunbar familiies of southeastern Minnesota.
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Ms. Clyde
Please check the photo on this memorial; not sure that it might belong elsewhere.

Added by Ms. Clyde on Apr 19, 2017 8:48 AM
Norman Dodge
Find A Grave # 113615331
Thank You Tom Brother for posting William Dodge's Memorial Photo. This is greatly appreciated.
Added by Norman Dodge on Apr 15, 2017 8:46 AM
Teresa Caldwell
Hello Tom, I was wondering if you would please consider transferring the care of my husband grandparents over to us. Olga and Grosvenor Morse. This is my # 47277290
thank you, Teresa & Ward
Added by Teresa Caldwell on Apr 11, 2017 12:17 AM
Lynne Hartz
Edna Hahn
Thank you so much for the photo of my grandmother's grave marker. I have never visited it and hope to someday. Nice to know it is still there.
Added by Lynne Hartz on Apr 06, 2017 6:50 PM
Roberta (Schott) Cyr
William Peter Bassett
St.Mary's Church Records, Champlain, Clinton County, New York 1860-1899, published by Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society in 1996, Compiled by Barbara Sequin,edited by Elizabeth Botten;

Births;page 9
Bessette, William, born 26 Mar 1871, baptised 16 Apr 1871; Father: Pierre, Mother: Montagne, Milie (Lamontagne, Sophia)
Witnesses: Cardin, Martial/Lafontaine, Celeste (God parents)
William's sisters and a brother also baptised in the same church, listed on same page.
Added by Roberta (Schott) Cyr on Apr 02, 2017 1:45 PM
Roberta (Schott) Cyr
William Peter Bassett
I forgot to add, William's sister, Sophie Matilda "Jessie" (Bessette) Noonan was born Dec. 11, 1869 in Champlain, NY, then William Mar. 26, 1871.
I believe their births are printed in St. Mary's Church, Champlain, Clinton, NY book of births, deaths and marriages. I'll take a look, I have the book here.
Added by Roberta (Schott) Cyr on Apr 02, 2017 1:37 PM
Roberta (Schott) Cyr
William Peter Bassett
Good afternoon Tom,
You asked about the correct birth date William Peter Bassett Find A Grave# 87784060. Thank you for adding the headstone photo William.

The date on the headstone is an error. Correct birth date is on his memorial which came from the late Dorothy (Bassett) Hauschild who was directly related and a former President of the Western Mass. Genealogy Society.

Long story for this Bassett/Bessette family. William's father Jean Pierre Bessette (correct spelling) murdered his wife Sophia (Lamontagne) Bessette (William's mother) in their rented apartment crushing her skull with the back of an ax while she slept in Ludlow, MA.after they went to Christmas Mass so some of the family changed the spelling of the last name so no one would connect them to the scandal.
William Peter Bassett moved to Bridgeport, CT then to California to get away. Back then William and some of of the other family didn't want anyone to know they were related. Possibly the birth year wasn't known by the family member who handled the burial.
Added by Roberta (Schott) Cyr on Apr 02, 2017 1:33 PM

Can you please add the image thats on 105549103 onto 105116239?
Thank you.
Added by SFLondon on Mar 22, 2017 11:16 PM
Ms. Clyde
Please check the photo you left on this memorial; might belong elsewhere. Thanks!
Added by Ms. Clyde on Mar 13, 2017 8:25 AM
Gerry Jean
RE: Annie Demates
Tom, you're absolutely right ... thx for the fix! I've been confined to my bed/house for at least 10 days now with the super allergy "bug" that's hitting a lot of Bay Area folk ... tain't fun! I'm still so curious about that question I posed to you here re Arthur Sullivan's grave position in my context photo. I had hoped to go out there & check myself but, alas, been sleeping in a spare bedroom (keeping that coughing, etc. away from my dear wife). If you're by that way, please it if another look-see.
Added by Gerry Jean on Mar 11, 2017 7:46 PM
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