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Don Blauvelt (#46932939)
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Findagrave is a wonderful avenue in which to present one's ancestors in a free environment coupled with an image of the ancestor's final resting place. Given the nature of life, this is the closest one can come to putting life back into a long deceased ancestor or loved one.

But the greater part of the current Findagrave system reflects someone adding a name from a cemetery list, the date of death, no biographical information, no image of the person's gravestone if it still exists, or no transcription of what the gravestone does or once said.

By virtue of FAG modernizing and upgrading its functionality, linking a spouse or just one child to his/her parent creates a family genealogy beyond Findagrave's original purpose of simply registering an individual gravestone. The linking function has turned Findagrave into a rich and evolving genealogical database and allows correction of longstanding ancestral errors as well as downright bogus genealogy.

That an ancestor died long before genealogy became popular, and either does not currently have a known place of interment or gravestone, does not diminish the importance of their life to living descendants. As an example, according to a well-respected (now deceased) New England genealogist, during the American Rev. War Hessian mercenaries employed by the British used a Hull, Mass. cemetery as their campground, pushed all of the gravestones over using them for personal purposes or target practice. What a shame! No wonder there are no gravestones there prior to 1790, but the people are still interred there.

My maternal ancestry in America began in 1620 at Plymouth, Mass. Rev. John Robinson, pastor of the core Leiden, Holland pilgrims, is my ancestor. The painting that memorializes Rev. Robinson's famous send-off sermon aboard the Speedwell at Delfthaven, Holland hangs in the rotunda of the U.S. Capital building. Three pilgrims who landed in 1620 at Plymouth, Edward Fuller, Edward's unnamed wife, and fellow passenger George Soule, are my ancestors. My surname ancestry in America started in 1633 when Gerrit Hendrickszen (Blauvelt), a 15 year old Dutch shoemaker, arrived on the Kalmer Nyckle with the first Swedes that settled Christiana near present-day Wilmington, Delaware. By 1638 Gerrit had settled at present-day New York City. Part of my children's ancestry also began with ancestors who were occupying North America before Europeans knew North America existed as a land mass. My eldest child is a descendant of Nanye-hi (Nancy Ward), the last Beloved Woman of the Cherokee Indian Tribe.

The memorial pages I have created, may create in the future, or ask others to transfer, reflect either a direct ancestor, part of the extended ancestral family, or of particular interest as having been associated in some meaningful way with my children's ancestors. The biographical presentations are not intended to glorify, only present who the people were.

I am more than willing to transfer a memorial I have created to a person's descendant when not specifically associated with my core ancestors. I have no desire to control or manage someone else's ancestry, or ask a person requesting a transfer to prove his/her deceased ancestor is within three generations of themselves. An ancestor is an ancestor regardless of when they died.

Corrections or suggested additions are always welcomed.
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Debbi Adams Gambert
Mary Whipple Cushman
Don, I have tried to email you in regard to my relationship to Mary Whipple Cushman [85246779] including some attachments from my Ancestry tree. But, the emails are bouncing. You may email me privately so that we can resolve this and exchange information. Thank you.

Regards,
Debbi Adams Gambert
Find A Grave contributor #47168007
debjmj@earthlink.net
Added by Debbi Adams Gambert on Jan 31, 2015 11:00 AM
Kaye Sass
Info
Would love to get documentation on this line. Wow Roxbury, MA.
Sarah Riggs is my 5th great grandmother.

Kaye
Added by Kaye Sass on Jan 30, 2015 3:51 PM
Vonderene
RE: William Smith, gravestone at St. Wilfrid's
No problem, I was adding some of my relations to the church site and saw your William - then realised we had taken that photograph some years ago when we were on a visit.
Added by Vonderene on Jan 29, 2015 4:10 PM
Art Parker
RE: Susanna (Allen) Look
Hi Don,
Thanks so much for your quick reply and correction re: Seth Look.
Your body of work is inspirational; I'd better get busy!
Best wishes,
Art
Added by Art Parker on Jan 29, 2015 4:04 PM
Scout
Benjamin Dyer Salisbury


Benjamin is recorded by the R.I. Historical Cemetery Commission as being buried in this cemetery along with dates listed. Since I find their records have been accurate , and I have verified , I will not change what the original manager has listed. Please refer to the R.I. death record I have now attached.
Added by Scout on Jan 28, 2015 8:51 AM
Zoe Tom
Blauvelt people
Did you want any of the Blauvelt memorials?
Zoe
Added by Zoe Tom on Jan 28, 2015 6:22 AM
Zoe Tom
See memorial #: 119677920
I welcome suggestions.

Zoe

Added by Zoe Tom on Jan 26, 2015 8:03 PM
Zoe Tom
William Edwards (1770-1851)
Oops! We can all make little errors here and there, icluding me!

William Edwards (17701851) was an American inventor, grandson of Jonathan Edwards, the elder. He was born in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. He introduced a valuable improvement in the manufacture of leather, whereby tanning was accomplished in a quarter of the usual time. He invented machines which greatly advanced the production of leather in America. This article incorporates text from an edition of the New International Encyclopedia that is in the public domain.

(I think you mean born in New Jersey).

I believe I am a descendant of Jonathan Edwrads by the way.

Zoe
Added by Zoe Tom on Jan 26, 2015 6:48 PM
Zoe Tom
William Edwards (1770-1841)
William Edwards (17701851) was an American inventor, grandson of Jonathan Edwards, the elder. He was born in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. He introduced a valuable improvement in the manufacture of leather, whereby tanning was accomplished in a quarter of the usual time. He invented machines which greatly advanced the production of leather in America. This article incorporates text from an edition of the New International Encyclopedia that is in the public domain.

(I think you mean born in New Jersey).

I believe I am a descendant of Jonathan Edwrads by the way.

Zoe
Added by Zoe Tom on Jan 26, 2015 6:46 PM
Dave Peck
Samuel Peck
Thanks for the corrected baptism date. I also enjoyed reading your bio. It was thoughtful and well written.
Dave Peck
Added by Dave Peck on Jan 24, 2015 8:31 PM
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