Welcome to Our Family History!

I have spent a good portion of my later years putting this family tree together for all of you. You will want to use a computer or large tablet to view this website. The trees and most of the media items are next to impossible to view on a phone screen.

My Family Tree is the full tree. I have made links to the 4 main branches of my tree to make it a little easier to navigate. From my Dad's side there is Nease/Heacock/Gardner/Mumford (my grandfather's side) and Sepúlveda/Lugo/Cain/Saffell (my grandmother's side). On my Mom's side there is White/Berry/Hicks/Ashcraft (my grandfather's side) and Benham/Means/Burlison/Adams (my grandmother's side).

I also have links to individual branches for you kids: Howard/Stewart, Brown/Miller, Morin/Knight, and Stoltman/Allmer. There are also links to individual branches for Melissa's Family, Matt's Family, Grandma Carol's Family, and Grandpa Bob's Family.

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Old Los Angeles Cemeteries


Where Are Our Ancestors?

The story of a number of historic cemeteries in downtown Los Angeles and their closing reveals many stories, of graves not moved including the Old Calvary Cemetery.

All interment records from Old Calvary Cemetery, now the site of Cathedral High School known as the Phantoms, have been lost. Not all burials were moved. Artifacts, including headstones, found almost 100 years later now serve as decoration on the campus and the gates to the "Phantoms" stadium. Where are our ancestors? How many are lost forever?

Sepulveda Chart   Lugo Chart    More


The Firefighters


Solly & Joe Sepúlveda

Solomon Dolores Francisca "Solly" Sepúlveda (my great-grandfather) and José (Joseph) Amado Malarín "Joe" Sepúlveda were brothers. They were the eldest sons of José Dolores de Jesús Sepúlveda and María Antonia Lugo. Both brothers were members of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Joe was appointed callman on October 30, 1891. Joe spent his career as a driver; he loved the horses. He retired April 2, 1929/30. Solly followed in his older brother's footsteps and was appointed callman November 20, 1898. Solly became a Captain June 16, 1906 and retired as Captain on December 19, 1920.

Solly's Tree  Joe's Tree  Gallery


History & Stories

You can use this area to add links to your history pages, people pages or your favorite resources.

Looking Back...

Discover Our Family Roots

Francisco Xavier Sepúlveda

Spanish soldier and first in our California Sepúlveda family.

Irvin Budd Nease

Descendant of Bernard Nease who was a Confectioner & Baker from France.

Page White

Born 1823 in Clay County, Kentucky to Francis White & Ibby Knowling.

John Benham

John Benham came to New England with the Winthrop Fleet in 1630.

Interesting Ancestors

The Wallingford Witches

Winifred (King) Benham and daughter, Winifred Jr. who were accused of witchcraft.

James Erwin

From Grandpa Bob's family we have Jim Erwin. Early settler of Bear Valley and gold miner.

The Royal Line

Explore our Scottish royal line including the House of Stewart and House of Tudor.

General Alonzo Adams

Alonzo Adams rose to the rank of General during the Civil War yet had a very colorful past.

The Chosen

We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family. Look how far we have come. You would be proud of us!" How many tears have I a shed for those lost; some so young.

Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us, "Tell our story!" and so we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves.

So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before.

Top 100 Surnames

You can click on any of the surnames in this "cloud" to see everyone with that surname.

Common names like Adams, Brown, Stewart, Miller, etc. appear in multiple branches and may or may not be related to each other when you go back many generations. When I realize that a family is found in multiple branches, I have noted this when I catch it. If you notice that a person in one branch matches a person in another branch, let me know so I can put it in the notes and eliminate duplicates.

If you want to have some fun and explore the "Royal" line, Stewart and Stuart are a good starting point. Enjoy!

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This will be a work in progress for as long as I can do it. You will need a user name and password to see the info here. Just give me a call or text and I will make one for you. Love you all!