Friday, May 30, 2008

La Verne Cemetery, Los Angeles County, California

The following gravestones for some of my Woodside ancestors, who are buried in the La Verne Cemetery, Los Angeles County, California, were taken by Meredith Bailey. You can see more of Meredith's photos from the La Verne Cemetery at

This gravestone is for Elizabeth Jane (Hunt) Woodside, wife of Ephriam Milton Woodside, and is engraved:

Mother, Elizabeth J. Woodside
1848 - 1928
In Loving memory

John W. Woodside
1874 - 1942

[This is John Wiseman Woodside, son of Emphriam Milton Woodside and Elizabeth Jane (Hunt) Woodside.]

This stone has two memorials engraved on it:

Ophelia E. Woodside
1876 - 1953

Alberta Shafer
1917 - 1990

[Ophelia Emma (McEuen) Woodside was the wife of John Wiseman Woodside. Alberta Emma (Woodside) Shafer was the daughter of John Wiseman and Ophelia Woodside, and the wife of Russell Donald Shafer.]

Beloved Mother
Dixie Imbler
1898 - 1980

[Dixie Ophelia (Woodside) Imbler was the daughter of John Wiseman and Ophelia Woodside, and the wife of Ray Imbler.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Riverside, California

The following gravestones are for persons connected to my Pettit line, and are at the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, 4414 14th Street, Riverside, California.

This stone is for Henry Pettit Valentine, son of Nathaniel D. and Bennetta (Pettit) Valentine:

Henry P. Valentine
1872 - 1954

This stone is for Winnie P. (Stoliker) Valentine, wife of Henry P.

Beloved Mother
Winnie P. Valentine
1879 - 1972

Elizabeth B.Valentine
1906 - 1967

(This is the daughter of Henry P. and Winnie P. Valentine)

This stone is for the parents of Winnie P. Valentine:

James Stoliker
1855 - 1883
Elizabeth Stoliker
1857 - 1934

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Pioneer Memorial Cemetery, San Bernardino, California

Pioneer Memorial Cemetery is located at 211 E 9th Street, San Bernardino, California. The following Pettit family photographs were taken by Barbara LeClaire and can be found at the Find A Grave website along with many other photos she has taken.

This gravestone is for James Heard Pettit, son of Henry Newton Pettit and Elizabeth (Heard)Pettit. It reads:

J. H. Pettit
Born Feb. 18, 1819
Died Feb. 6, 1884

This appears to be the reverse side of above stone and is for Jane (Bilderback) Pettit, wife of James Heard Pettit.

Jane Pettit
Born Nov. 27, 1823
Died Apr. 9, 1907

This stone is for the daughter of James Heard and Jane Pettit. It reads:

Benetta Valentine
1849 - 1927

This stone is for Joanna B. Valentine, daughter of Benetta and Nathaniel D. Valentine:

Joanna B. Readman
1881 - 1935

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Funny Tombstone Inscriptions

Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake.
Stepped on the gas instead of the brake.

Here lies Ann Mann
who lived an old maid
but died an old Mann.
December 8, 1767

As I am now, you soon shall be.
Prepare for death and follow me.
Scribbled below: To follow you I'm not content
Until I know which way you went.

Here lies the body of our Anna,
Done to death by a banana.
It wasn't the fruit that laid her low,
But the skin of the thing that made her go.

Here lies Lester Moore
Four slugs from a 44
No Les
No more