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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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Kevin Avery
Yes, you need to double check the merge requests for ghost links, etc..... I tend to be very detailed in my instructions to Admin, especially now that people are doing the changes.... works most of the time, but I do find the need to go back on occasion.
Added by Kevin Avery on Sep 29, 2016 10:59 AM
Kevin Avery
Gershom Bulkley
Thanks... let me know when you are successful in getting Administration to do merger... I will need to correct (or delete) the HTML pointers in my memorials.

Added by Kevin Avery on Sep 29, 2016 10:33 AM
Patricia O'Neal
Josiah Wright, Cherry Hill Cemetery
I saw the inscription section in the memorial narrative and also what was recorded in the survey that I referenced previously. Is there something else you wanted me to do? I took other photos from a couple of different angles as well as showing the grave's location in relation to other graves in the immediate area. Will be glad to email them to you if you like. It didn't look like a 'family plot' and wasn't surveyed as such - but I could be wrong.


Added by Patricia O'Neal on Sep 28, 2016 12:43 PM
Git `Er Dug
RE: Josiah Wright, Jr. (c1756-1792)
Hi Don!
Obviously you are devoted to the Wright clan. I don't have access to my PC at this time, so I cannot name the source for the narrative on Josiah.

I have M.S. and occasionally my brain is stuck in it is now! Whay would you like me to do? If you have info that should be shared or if I've made an error please let me know.

Added by Git `Er Dug on Sep 28, 2016 9:22 AM
T Barker
John m whedon
I transfered the memorial to you. I am no relation to him, I made the memorial for his stone because I was in Rupert and was photographing stones. I have no knowledge of the corrections you provided so I dont feel right adding them myself.

Added by T Barker on Sep 23, 2016 3:20 AM
Patricia O'Neal
Cherry Hill Cemetery Survey
You'd think by now I'd know better than to hit 'Enter' after the subject!! Please, just delete that faux pas - two in one week are kinda' hard to swallow.
About the survey, I can only apologize and promise to get the photo for you as soon as this Eastern Carolina 'monsoon' passes. I downloaded the link I sent to you a few years ago and have always found what I was looking for with the 'find' feature; never had a problem before. I went back and tried 'Wright' again and still no luck. Now I'm afraid to use it. I may have to use Bill's in the future, at least if 'find' doesn't find what I'm looking for. Thanks for your patience and I appreciate your enlightenment.


Patricia O'Neal

Added by Patricia O'Neal on Sep 21, 2016 1:19 PM
Patricia O'Neal
Josiah Wright, Cherry Hill Cemetery
I just sent a reason why your photo request could not be fulfilled (I assume you'll be notified). Anyway, I sent a link to a survey of Cherry Hill Cemetery and I didn't include the Introduction Page. Here it is:

The members of the Pitt County Family Researchers have done a massive amount of work and if that grave is in Pitt County, someone in that group will probably know where. Much luck in your quest.


Patricia O'Neal
Added by Patricia O'Neal on Sep 19, 2016 7:11 AM
Love My Ancestors
John Hanum
Thank you for that information - I have added it to the bio section. But if you notice - the year date is not able to put 1712/1713 - hence the word NOT. Thanks.
Added by Love My Ancestors on Sep 06, 2016 10:49 AM
remembered patriot
Eleazear Stoddard
Added by remembered patriot on Aug 29, 2016 7:10 PM
remembered patriot
Eleazear Stoddard
Am really interested in any additional information you may have on Eleazear Stoddard. Your post for his memorial leaves a lot of room for interpretation of his background/parents. I would appreciate any documentation you may have discovered. Eleazear is my wife's 5th great grandfather. He represents a roadblock which we have failed to break.

Added by remembered patriot on Aug 29, 2016 2:57 PM
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