Hi, I'm a San Diego County native. I enjoy both genealogy and photography. I really like this site. It helps with my genealogy and I also like to help others by fulfilling their photo requests.
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My Genelogy: Surnames I am researching are: - Meserole, Maryott, Thomas, Deubler - Ely, Lyman, Lathrop - Valentine, Smith, Blyth, Blithe Most of my relatives are from: - Springville, Susquehanna, PA - Brooklyn, Kings County, NY - Camden, NJ
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Jesse Getchell Thanks so much for the photo of the grave location of Jesse Getchell. It is a bookend to my study of Jesse Getchell who pioneered and lived in Minnesota for 50 years. When and where he died was a mystery until I found the obituary. Your photo is a nice companion to the other things I've found. I appreciate the work you do!
Clara M. Wetmore, San Diego You left "flowers" for Clara M. Wetmore b 1822, NY; d 8/31/1894 in San Diego's Mount Hope. Clara M. is in the family plot of George H. and Mary A. [nee Ellis] Wetmore. Hopefully you will be able to confirm the family connections. Is this Clara M. Wetmore the wife of Gilbert M. Wetmore (the first cousin of George H.) who is buried in Girard Cemt., Crawford Co., KS? Can you verify the name as Clarissa M. [nee Douglass] Wetmore. I believe her father was Amos Douglass and mother was Lucy Parkhurst.
Ive Harwood My husband's aunt died 23 Dec 1961 in El Cajon, San Diego, CA - she never remarried. I was looking for her husband's stone - I have come to understand that there isn't one for him. Thank you for all of your assistance.
As compared to the photo you uploaded for Ray, I like them both so would you upload the 2nd photo to each? It would be nice to have the names over the headstones. As time goes by, I forget what was once obvious. I have added names to a PDF that I created of Mary Ella's bio.
On the photo taken from Ray's headstone, stepping back a bit could have made the adjacent markers for Magdich and Danzkay completely legible. I suspect as time goes by these are all going to be connected. The road appears to be two roads, one each way separated by a narrow strip of grass? From this photo, the graves appear to be closer together than I thought but you said about 50 feet in a prior message.
On the photo taken from Tom's headstone, I think I see some flowers in the background. Did you put them there to mark the graves of Mary Ella and Tom?
RE: Mary Ella (Sperry) Dawson #156442263 When you realize that back in Dec, I didn't even know if a headstone existed, the most logical cemetery was Merced. When that failed, I re-assigned to Mount Hope because that is where her son was. Remarkable progress and thank you for the great photos.
When I read the caption about similar headstones with Tom, I started letting myself think Tom was her husband. Then I realized that her husband pre-deceased her by 19 years and that he was at Merced. Now you report that Tom and Mary Ella have the same set of surviving children. I missed it in the obit where it said she was survived by her husband Thomas when her 1st husband David Thomas Dawson died in 1946. I am beginning to wonder if she married the brother of her first husband? With 20 years she certainly had plenty of time for a 2nd marriage but not a 2nd set of kids. Possibly a mixture of kids and step-kids. Do you have an obit for Tom Dawson?
Also, there is a Margaret Larson that survived per the obit. Mary Ella and David Thomas had a daughter Margaret b1930 which would be 85 and could easily be living. However, when I zoom on the photo, I think it is a Larson headstone to the right of Mary Ella. Do you have a closer up showing the stones on either side of Mary Ella?
I will have to review the thought of a photo looking from Ray towards Mary Ella. What I like to do is edit the photos to make it easy to point out what one is trying to show on the photos as compared to foreground, center foreground, etc. I don't feel most people read the captions and you will see that I have added to the bio.
As an unrelated example, take a look at the 2nd photo on #58034015 and scroll down to the bottom of the bio where there are links to 37 interments in Lot 8079 with only four headstones representing 6 interments. I use the same photo with different captions for several of the 37 interments with more to do.
That's more than enough for a public message, much easier by email.