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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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Kara Gullickson Graper
Robinson Ancestor's
Just wanted to give you a sincere thank you for all of your hard work and research on our Robinson relatives. Very fascinating information. I am thoroughly enjoying reading it all and look forward to sharing it some day with my young children. I live in Crown Point, Indiana, home of Solon Robinson (founder of the City) and my paternal Grandmother is a Direct descendent of Rev. John. When you get time to write his bio, be sure to include him as someone famous as he also hleped to create the USDA. It would be great for our little town in Northwest Indiana to have him included as a famous resident. Your research is impeccable and I truly appreciate the hours upon hours of research. Magnificent!
Added by Kara Gullickson Graper on Feb 07, 2016 11:13 AM
Marcus and Carrie Baird
I'm not sure what a 'starter' memorial is, but I'm happy to add links or biographical information to your out of guideline transfer, granted it falls within the confines of the Find a Grave protocols. Regards, LG
Added by LostGeneration on Feb 06, 2016 5:30 PM
Debra Merrill Krsek
RE: Curious
Thank you, Don. I knew I left a message on the wrong site, but was unable to go back and find it. I'll try to delete this one now that you've pointed it out. Again, thanks. Deb
Added by Debra Merrill Krsek on Feb 05, 2016 6:47 AM
RE: Additional John May
Hello again Don. I also updated the page for John May on my own website: see

Thanks again!

Added by JosMorn on Jan 23, 2016 10:00 AM
RE: Additional John May
Good snowy afternoon to you Don!

Yes, I must have typed in speed for I cited Margaret's MOTHER as John's 2d wife. While I sponsor the memorial page I do not manage it so I sent the correction to the owner. I am also going to update John May's data on my research site for I never really did place much data there. I had intended upon a biography on the man but put it up on a shelf a few years ago, distracted by myriad other things. I'll send you the link as a reminder once it is done.

I find it intriguing that one of the Edwards family and John May's daughter marry, thus a union of the Tryon and May bloodlines if not in name.

Thank you for your eagle eyes and bringing it to my attention! This was most helpful!

Added by JosMorn on Jan 23, 2016 9:42 AM
RE: Capt John May Sr. [62353505]
Hello Don,

I'll pull out my May papers this weekend and see about giving you some sources. I haven't looked at them for a couple of years... I had begun a genealogical file on John May in part because the local history had merged father and son into one person, so having John Sr. making vessels as late as thirty years after his death. I seem to recall that the information regarding John's wives came through the family records of the 2d wife... But that's not to say they are correct. Some of the misinformation regarding Capt. Moses Tryon came from his middle daughter misrecalling in her twilight years to a local historian. Please stay in touch.

Added by JosMorn on Jan 20, 2016 11:43 AM
GW Utley
Priscilla Grant -Humphrey
Hi! I've spent the last three or four weeks going through papers I have on the Humphrey families, and I found Priscilla Grant-Humphrey. Her birth and death years are listed as:
Birth: 1626
Death: 1647
could you add the death date?

Thank You
Added by GW Utley on Jan 13, 2016 2:50 AM
Jim Cochran
Sophy (Sophia) Ives
Left some info you may find interesting and beneficial on Sophia's memorial wall with the death cert you posted.

Jim Cochran
Added by Jim Cochran on Dec 23, 2015 11:49 AM
Wendy Fenn
RE: William Cushman md Sarah Holloway

Sarah's birth and baptism are given in the Pembroke MA VR 1:108 that can be accessed on the NEHGS website American Ancestors in the collection MA VR to 1850. The marriage of Sarah Holloway to William Cushman is listed in the same source

Added by Wendy Fenn on Dec 05, 2015 2:56 PM
Wendy Fenn
RE: William Cushman md Sarah Holloway
Thanks Don let me know if I can help

Added by Wendy Fenn on Dec 05, 2015 2:14 PM
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