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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. For 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 1639 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 1642 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. A transfer request from me of an unrelated person is the result of personal research that corrects or extends the basis of the existing memorial. Any biographical presentation is also 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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Joan Kennedy
Paul Robinson/Sullivan Robinson
Thank you for information posted on Find A Grave memorials #64812472 and #64812469. I, too, am descended from Rev John Robinson. In Holland on business, I visited the church where he is supposedly buried in the floor but arrived 30 minutes after closing. Your posting is the first I have heard of a painting of the send off to America being hung in the Capital. Your work is appreciated.
Joan Robinson Kennedy
Added by Joan Kennedy on Jul 03, 2015 6:18 PM
Sarah Tracy Partridge
Wow! Wonderful memorial. Thank you for all of your hard work researching her. She is my 10th great grandmother.
Added by GrammyJan on Jun 29, 2015 12:45 PM
RE: Wilba Loraine (Crumley) Dillinger
Don, yes Wilba was my Aunt, but by marriage. She
married my Uncle Les Dillinger. I knew the family
quite well, we all lived in Afton, Ottawa Co., Ok., at one time. Sorry I don't have anything else
on the family. I knew their brother real well also, and the irony was I lived in Ardmore, Ok.,
where he was killed while on duty. And I was called to Jury duty at the time of his killer's trial. I had to be excused because of the family connection.
Added by Phyllis on Jun 21, 2015 9:20 PM
RE: Samuel E. Crumley 125869458
Registration date has been added as a caption under Samuel Crumley's WWI draft registration card.
Added by jcq on Jun 19, 2015 3:54 PM
Ross Adam Wood Sr.
RE: Mary Ann Borglum Ellsworth
No problem, I understand. My source is but there are mistakes within that database as well.
Added by Ross Adam Wood Sr. on Jun 15, 2015 8:01 PM
Almanta Mooney.
I will be happy to add any information to her memorial you would send to me.
Added by JFI on Jun 13, 2015 11:03 AM
Mark A. Swafford
Clem Marsh
Hi Don,
I too am related to Clem. I am a descendant of Edith (Marsh) Swafford who was the daughter of Hester Idella (23682489)and Ira Marsh (23682502). I would appreciate if you could update it with your information but wish to maintain it at this time. Mark
Added by Mark A. Swafford on Jun 13, 2015 9:19 AM
Diane Gravlee
RE: Wethersfield, Conn. Suggestions
Thanks for that note re the other much earlier source. I will use that for any future needs.
For the ones I sent my note for, they are only extended family members. Diane
Added by Diane Gravlee on Jun 08, 2015 1:27 PM
Tamara McDaniel Kincaide
Roy Botts
I found a marriage for Roy to Arlie Mae Smith Sept 11 1944 San Benito CA, Arlie was born Arlie Williamson 1903 in Oklahoma daughter of Howard & Alie Jones Williamson and she married first Charles H Smith.
Arlie and Charles are in 1930 Los Angeles CA her Williamson family left OK for Colorado about 1910. Her children with Charles were born in Colorado before 1925. Roy's death record does not show his martial status at death but list father James Thomas Botta and mother Ola Felser. If you have any additional on what happened to Arlie contact me.
Added by Tamara McDaniel Kincaide on Jun 05, 2015 10:29 PM
Douglas Robinson
RE: Isaac Robinson/A B Robinson
Thank you, I actually do have Capt Isaac Robinson line who was married to Julia Harwood in my PAF file but never got to go so far as to finding his children. From this I will see if Julia Harwood is related to our Harwood family of Bennington, VT. Thanks again.

I have this in my notes under Isaas:
"Isaac Robinson, son of Capt. Samuel Robinson, of Charlton, Mass., was born July 8, 1781. He married Julia Harwood, October 21, 1808, and some time in that year emigrated to Calais. They were parents of five children. Mr. Robinson died July 30, 1826. His widow married Col. Cyrus Johnston, and died, a widow, July 27, 1878. Samuel Robinson, born December 27, 1816, is the only one of this family now living in Calais. He married Mrs. Harriet (Arnold) Simpson, of Boston. Mr. Robinson followed harness making until 1841. Since then he has been engaged in farming. He is a highly respected citizen, was elected town clerk in 1875, treasurer in 1876, and has since continually held both of these offices."
Added by Douglas Robinson on May 31, 2015 2:31 PM
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