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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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Monica Hedges
Blauvelt Ancestry
Thank you for all of the great information on the Blauvelt family. I am finding that they are pretty well documented and the facts you have provided are fascinating. Thanks again!
Added by Monica Hedges on Nov 26, 2014 6:57 PM
Memories of You
RE: McAllister transfers
You're quite welcome. I'm glad to be able to help a little. Have fun and happy hunting.
Added by Memories of You on Nov 25, 2014 1:12 PM
Yvonne Smith
John Bissell & others
Looks like we are related, as John Bissell is my 10th great grandfather.

If you are the one who added the history to his memorial, I wanted to thank you for posting it. It was most helpful to me.

I've just begun to see the black/white photographs of old headstones, like this one for John, that make them so easy to read. Would love to know that trick they are using on these headstones.

I wonder if we are any relation to the vacuum cleaner company?? LOL

Albuquerque, NM
Added by Yvonne Smith on Nov 24, 2014 1:12 AM
Richard Lewis
Allen Lewis
Mr. Blauvelt:

I just want to thank you the photographs of my father's grave. I visit at least twice a year. It just nice to be able to see it at will. If you ever make it to Sacramento, I would love to buy you lunch or dinner. Thanks again.
Added by Richard Lewis on Nov 23, 2014 2:59 PM
Lee Ashmore
Asa Terry s/o Timothy Terry
Their names are mentioned in the 1827 will of Asa Gillet b1784 of Worthington, Franklin Co., OH. His mother is mentioned as Violet Gillet 1757-1831 buried Hudson City Cemetery in Columbia, Co., NY. The will also mentions a brother James Gillet also born 1784 (twins?) of Simsbury, CT with wife Violet Gillet b1788. Also mentioned is Violet (Gillet) Hopkins, his sister buried in same cemetery as his mother. What's with all the Violet Gillet's. Any help sorting this out would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Lee
Added by Lee Ashmore on Nov 12, 2014 2:12 AM
Mary John
Clark Family Request

I read your bio and strongly feel the same as you do. When it comes to who maintains a memorial. I do not like to call it ownership. I also feel that any photos that I have posted I have posted for the benefit of any family members. I am not the person who goes crazy about the copyrights, but, I do feel that the credit should be given to the person who took the photo.

So all this said I will gladly transfer the Clarks and anyone else that may be related to you in Johnson Corner Cemetery. I am not related to any one in Johnson Corner Cemetery that I know of. I was bored one day and photographed the entire cemetery and tried to link family together.

Have a great day.
Added by Mary John on Nov 11, 2014 7:00 AM
RE: Lemuel Richardson Gravestone

Added by Sara on Nov 08, 2014 2:55 PM
Tom Cochran
RE: Samuel Newton
Added by Tom Cochran on Nov 06, 2014 4:55 PM
Tom Cochran
RE: Samuel Newton
(“The Reverend”) Samuel Newton (b. January 1, 1792, Woodbridge, Conn.; bapt. November 17, 1793, Woodbridge; d. May 28, 1865, San Antonio, Texas)

m. 1st (January 4, 1813) Betsey Baldwin (b. June 18, 1795, Milford, Conn.; d. May 6, 1821, Shawneetown, Ill.), daughter of Silas Baldwin and Mary Smith (Baldwin) of Milford, Conn.

m. 2nd (also her 2nd; June 3, 1822, Harmony Mission) Mary Hunt MaCarthy (Seeley) (b. 1802, Rockaway, N.J.; d. March 30, 1835, Forks of Illinois Mission, in what is now Oklahoma), widow of John Seeley

m. 3rd (her 2nd, July 27, 1835, Forks of Illinois Mission [in what is now Oklahoma]) Sophia Martesia Palmer (Joslyn) (b. May 2, 1811, Thetford, Orange Co., Vt.; d. November 4, 1899, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas), widow of Matthais Joslyn (d. November 21, 1833, Dwight, Missouri)

Also his ancestors and descendents.
Added by Tom Cochran on Nov 06, 2014 4:34 PM
Tom Cochran
Samuel Newton

I found you on Findagrave on the web. I am a descendent of Samuel Newton. I have done considerable genealogical research on my family, including the Newtons. If you are interested we can compare data. Contact me at

Added by Tom Cochran on Nov 06, 2014 4:18 PM
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