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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. However, corrections and suggestions will not be accepted if they are not historically correct, reflect wishful assumptions, or "junk" genealogy.

Of specific note: The words "of record" referring to a person or event in any memorial I created or maintain means the data is from a primary record source that has been cross-verified. It does not mean it is based on Ancestry, Familysearch, WikiTree, myHeritage, Geni or like-type web-based genealogy sites unless the data therein can be verified by a primary record (e.g., town vital and church records, deeds, probate records, etc.)
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Natalie Schlesinger
RE: Sarah Riggs and TY in advance!
Added by Natalie Schlesinger on Oct 13, 2017 6:14 PM
Natalie Schlesinger
Sarah Riggs
Hello! I was wanting to know what documentation you have that shows Sarah Riggs father is Capt. Edward Riggs. All documentation I have found to include other family trees list Timothy Riggs & Sarah Dunkham as her parents. My only goal is to "get it right". =P I would love to learn all I can as you seem very knowledgeable on this family.
Added by Natalie Schlesinger on Oct 12, 2017 1:25 PM
Jane Clancy Debenport
RE: Hester Massey Casstevens-Langston
Thank you, Don! I'll look forward to hearing from you. Jane
Added by Jane Clancy Debenport on Oct 11, 2017 9:18 AM
Jane Clancy Debenport
Hester Massey Casstevens-Langston
Dear Don - first I wish to thank you for your excellent work that you have posted on findagrave. I am helping a friend establish a Colonial Dames XVII Century line that goes through Hester Massey. My friend descends from Hester's first marriage to Thomas Casstevens. I found your information in the the Cope Cemetery listings.

I am attempting to prove that Hester is the daughter of Joshua Massey. So far, I have no proof of this relationship. If this is your family line and you have info that would assist this search, I would really appreciate your help.

Again, my sincere thanks for all of the help you have been and continue to be with your postings. Sincerely, Jane Clancy Debenport, Temple, TX
Added by Jane Clancy Debenport on Oct 10, 2017 10:18 AM
RE: John Case Sr - Hopmeadow Cemetery
Thanks so much for taking care of this so promptly. That has happened to me, too - the duplicate memorials being created due to technical problems with the site. I really appreciate your work on this site!
Added by Deirdre on Oct 09, 2017 12:03 PM
John Case Sr - Hopmeadow Cemetery
Hello there, In searching today today for John Case, I find that he has five memorials on FindAGrave. Four were created by you (#180197238, #180197262, #180197220 and #180197245) and one that was created by a contributor known as ZoeTom (#3309769). Please eliminate the duplicates and merge the info into one profile with the help of ZoeTom. Thanks very much!
Added by Deirdre on Oct 09, 2017 10:59 AM
Don Green
RE: Your gravestone photos at 9622623
Happy to do so for a fellow Don. Photos added to Philinda.

Added by Don Green on Oct 02, 2017 7:22 PM
Scott Cavey
Samuel Allen Sr
Your letter on Samuel Allen Sr says it refutes anyone claiming Samuel to be the son of George Allen. The story is that Samuel Sr and three brothers came to America before their father George. I am curious what makes Samuel not be the son of George

also there is a document that shows Samuel Allen of Braintry MA as a freeman in 1632.

Added by Scott Cavey on Sep 06, 2017 12:20 PM
Rebecca Jones Buccilli
Richardson family
Dear Don,
Amos Richardson, Find A Grave mem # 137841316, created by you, is my 5th great grandfather.
Eliza Richardson, Cheever Richardson and Electa Winch's daughter, Find A Grave # 45803908 was married to Daniel Hatfield #45803907,
His mother Abagil # 45803904 is buried with Eliza and Daniel at the Comstock Cemetery in Kalamazoo, MI. I have struggled to find Abagil's maiden name or anything of Daniel's parents.
Where would I look?
I can make a trip to Kalamazoo, I live 3 hours from there.
I have noticed you have created many of my family members grave memorials, thank you.
Added by Rebecca Jones Buccilli on Aug 25, 2017 6:51 PM
Jabez Bingham (Memorial 125223221)
Do you have any source information for the information (marriage/children) for Jabez. I'm working on differentiating records for him and his father. Thank you!
Added by MCole on Aug 18, 2017 11:06 AM
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