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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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RE: Duplicates
Hi Don - I sent a list of the remaining pending dupes to your email address. ~ Chris
Added by Chris on Nov 24, 2015 9:32 PM
RE: FAG 36410559
Added by JH on Nov 22, 2015 11:10 PM
RE: Levi Bunnell etux
I agree, it's what I would have done. It's about the person memorialized, not the person creating it. I was happy to see another person on the "Lost at Sea" list who was found.
Added by Daystcat on Nov 22, 2015 12:55 PM
Robert Quinn
RE: Methodist Episcopal Churchyard

I'm not certain of the location as the records I entered were originally transcribed back in the early 1900s. I took the transcription and entered them to make searching easier. Let me circle back to see if the original transcription describes where it is. I seem to recall it may.

Added by Robert Quinn on Nov 13, 2015 8:16 PM
Ardy Born With Three Thumbs
RE: Warren Tolliver Thomas
Kwe' Mr Blauvelt,
I know that is sounds a bit far fetched given the time frame of my assertion of relatedness to the Sixkiller family but I will try to explain best I can. In Nova Scotia in the 1600's a lot of Native women were taken by Non-natives as wives, both British, Scottish and French. In 1755 Nova Scotia the Acadians were deported to many places, Louisiana, Georgia, Maine, to name a few of the states. Along with the Acadians, Indians were also deported along with them. The Sixkiller woman that I am connected to today is a cousin to me and I can connect Thomas, Gipson(Gibson) Rice families to Nova Scotia Authoritive Governors of the day, in a book titled "History of the County of Annapolis" by W.A. Calnek. My own Grandmother's family was married off to a Prominent Robinson family in the 1790's whose "issue" persists in the Southern States of America today. Our mtDNA is strictly Maternal and is shared unchanged through the maternal line. We also have an exact match to "starchild" but that is another matter. If this person "Sixkiller" family would share their information with me I could tell them these things. I hope this answers your questions as to any validity to my claim.

Added by Ardy Born With Three Thum... on Nov 03, 2015 11:00 AM
Ardy Born With Three Thumbs
Warren Tolliver Thomas
Kwe' Don, I have read a lot about the Sixkiller family lately and your name comes up a lot about Warren Tolliver Thomas. About two weeks ago I was contacted by at least 2 persons that have had their dna done and claim they have an exact match to me. My Haplogroup is C1c, and I am a 64 year old Micmac Woman from Nova Scotia. I am curious to know if I am related to your daughter through her maternal lineage.

Added by Ardy Born With Three Thum... on Nov 02, 2015 6:07 PM
Jay Boone
Samuel and Lucy Robinson
I added the photos from my memorials to yours and am deleting my memorials
Added by Jay Boone on Oct 30, 2015 3:32 PM
Thanks very much for your thoughtful and timely response. I'm awaiting a response from the person who manages the other set of memorials and hope to make a recommendation to him/her therefter.
Added by Greenie on Oct 30, 2015 2:55 PM
Daniel and Mehitable Cone
Hi. Thanks for all you contribute to findagrave. I have a question about the memorials you manage for our common ancestors Daniel and Mehitable (Spencer) Cone (39022988 and 39023088). The memorials denote that both are buried in the Old Cove Burying Ground in East Haddam. Could you please let me know what information you have supporting that? I have been unable to find anything. Further, I have been confused because there are two preexisting memorials for Daniel and Mehitable (Spencer) Cone (29178624 and 29178814) indicating that Daniel was buried on his own property and that Mehitable’s burial is unknown. I would really appreciate any information you can share. Thanks! Greenie
Added by Greenie on Oct 28, 2015 8:42 PM
vl beck
Jedidiah Allen
148794179 and 87862948 are the same person please merge or give reference to the older so they are linked also add their son Ephraim Allen 87861744
Added by vl beck on Oct 17, 2015 6:10 AM
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