Cindy, do you know where in California the events you mention took place? I had some (Mississippi to Texas to California) Bristers who settled in Southern California (Los Angeles County in the San Fernando Valley) during the 1940s. However, I have never found any connection between them (Guy Clark Brister and Wade (Mathews) Brister and the Bristers you mention. Do you have any other facts related to your California Bristers? Perhaps we can find a connection I am not aware of?