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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 elimination of 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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Bruce Lael
RE: Elijah Carpenter g.s. photo
Don't have any information on the Brewsters. I only have second hand information for the Carpenter's this far back.

I'll also be following up on a Joseph Tucker buried in this cemetery for my Connecticut Tucker ancestors:

Replica stone reads: French Indian War
Joseph Tucker
Capt. Pitkins Co
Died Apr 8 1800
AE 64.
Added by Bruce Lael on Aug 15, 2016 8:52 PM
Bruce Lael
RE: Elijah Carpenter g.s. photo

Could not find it listed on the map or Find A Grave cemetery listing, but it has many veterans back to the French & Indian Wars.

Boston Turnpike near Lakeside Lane, Bolton CT. South side of Boston Road from Lower Bolton Lake, near United Methodist Church.

I have several pictures of Carpenter family stones from this cemetery and from Bolton Center Cemetery. My wife is descended from Nellie Carpenter (great grandmother), daughter of Homer Carpenter. Both are buried in Bolton Center Cemetery.
Added by Bruce Lael on Aug 15, 2016 8:06 PM
Warren Cushing
Rev Jeremiah Cushing 1654-1705
Thank you for sending a correction on Rev Jeremiah Cushing's date of death. I agree wholeheartedly with your belief that he died in 1705 and not 1710. My Ancestry tree actually does show this to be the case. I must have overlooked the Findagrave record. I have updated his file as a result.
Warren Cushing
Added by Warren Cushing on Aug 09, 2016 3:59 PM
Kathy W. Johnson
RE: Mary (Partridge) Brewster
It will be nice for descendants to have the marker and biographical information together. I found the CT death record and the Hale Cemetery records also gave her name as Mary Bruster.

Added by Kathy W. Johnson on Aug 08, 2016 11:20 AM
Jen Metcalf
Daniel Stodder
Hi there,
I came across your listing for Daniel Stodder, (23386614), and wanted to reach out to you. Daniel is my 10x great uncle, his parents, John and Anna Stodder are my 10th great grandparents.
I wanted to say hi, see how you are related (if you are), and find out if you had any information on the Stodder (or Stoddard) line of family.
Either way, I look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks, Jen Metcalf
Added by Jen Metcalf on Aug 01, 2016 7:56 PM
Sandra Scott
Hildebrand Family Information
I wonder if I might have your permission to use the information you have posted on various Hildebrand family memorials to my family website. Please see and the cemeteries page to see how I am using this information. I will give you credit for any information from your memorial pages.

My husband's half siblings, through their father Thomas Asbury Scott, are descendants of Nanye'hi through Michael Hildebrand (wife Nancy Martin) and Mary Emeline McLain. His mother was Pasme Ellen Beach, shown on above website.

Thank you.
Sandra Scott
Added by Sandra Scott on Jul 30, 2016 12:16 PM
Fred Saar
RE: Lothrop-Lathrop reference
Ok, now I remember.
Added by Fred Saar on Jul 25, 2016 5:21 AM
Fred Saar
RE: John Lothrop-John Lathrop
Not sure why you are sending me this message. You did not include the memorial numbers and I do not find any John Lothrop or John Lathrop that I own?

Plus if I do own one what is it that you expect me to do. From your message it sounds like you should contact the admins.
Added by Fred Saar on Jul 24, 2016 8:53 PM
L Evans
RE: Elizabeth Robinson
Actually, I do get the point..... but was trying to keep it short..... I think we both understand the Quakers viewpoint... as far as your other e-mail. I will write later as I have people coming to my house for dinner... as a side note... we are all volunteers here and kindness goes a long way with me :) I think you wrote me concerning other issues with her name etc.... I will look at them asap as time spent with my family is what I will be doing for the next few days.....
Blessings on Your Evening,
Added by L Evans on Jul 07, 2016 4:28 PM
L Evans
Elizabeth Robinson
Thanks for writing concerning her.... Oct. would be the new dating calendar and I try to stay true to individuals time frame .... and since we can't enter numbers in the drop down boxes, I had to use months... her date is 8/9/1694.
Thanks Again,
Added by L Evans on Jul 07, 2016 1:42 PM
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