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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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KC
RE: Well Hello Cousin
Well Hello Cousin to you too! :) My grandmother's maiden name was Devoll and I have multiple Devol and Soule lines as well as lines from Francis Cooke and Richard Warren. Wish I had known all this when I was a kid in school studying early U.S. History!
Added by KC on Aug 20, 2014 8:57 AM
KC
RE: Hannah (Binney) Sprague
That's very interesting! :) Glad to be of help! I started looking into Hannah when I found her gravestone and saw that it didn't seem to be listed anywhere in the transcriptions for the cemetery, but Silas was.

By the way, I did change the spelling of her maiden name from Beny to Binney before I transferred it to you. I'm sure you'll be adding a lot more anyway. Thanks for taking care of her!
Added by KC on Aug 20, 2014 8:17 AM
MAM
RE: Rev. Amasa Jones
Thank you for the transfer, Don. I have done a lot of work on this family, and it's nice to know someone else is interested too.
Mary Ann
Added by MAM on Aug 12, 2014 10:31 AM
priscilla ross-fox
Webster Family and Gov. John
Thank you for adding members of this family. I have the History and Genealogy of Gov. John Webster but having just had another pacemaker implant I can't pick up anything heavy. So you happen to know what ship he sailed on? Thank you
Added by priscilla ross-fox on Aug 10, 2014 9:03 PM
Daryl Doty Holloway
Memorial# 106537706 William Hart
Don,

Thank you for the catch and letting me know. I have fixed it plus added his parents' names that I have just found on an Ancestry tree. I hope the info agrees with what you have.

Daryl
Added by Daryl Doty Holloway on Aug 07, 2014 6:26 AM
Janet Muff
Sarah (Hubbard) Goodrich Williams
Don,

Just letting you know that I ran across the stone for Sarah Hubbard who m. 1) Josiah Goodrich and 2) Charles Williams, and have linked her with Josiah.
Her memorial #133408235

Now I'm hoping to link some of the children.

Janet
Added by Janet Muff on Jul 27, 2014 12:57 PM
MAM
Rev. Amasa Jones
Please link Rev. Amasa Jones to his father, Asa Jones memorial 87748506. He is in my line.
Added by MAM on Jul 24, 2014 5:59 PM
Goddess
Fller family
Hello,
Dr Samuel Fuller was my direct ancestor, too. All my information came from the books from the General Order of Mayflower Descendants on Edward and Samuel Fuller.
Added by Goddess on Jul 16, 2014 1:50 PM
Ky White
Wm Langston
He's buried in the Cope Cemetery in Johnson Co,TX. You have extensive family records in the memorial. Do you have a source for listing all of his children?

Ky W. White, a descendant.
Houston, TX
832-205-6426
kywwhite@aol.com
Added by Ky White on Jul 11, 2014 1:36 PM
Marie Bonafonte
Hannah Belding Lancelott
Your request has been completed.
Added by Marie Bonafonte on Jul 07, 2014 7:37 PM
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