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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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John Bathurst
Patience Bathurst Partridge
Unable to help with that. I have no record of where or when she died.
Added by John Bathurst on Feb 07, 2017 8:28 AM
John Bathurst
Patience Bathurst Partridge
Edward & Elizabeth (Besbeech) Bathurst had three
known daughters christened at Horsmonden, Kent,
of whom Patience was the second, on 10 Nov 1583.
Edward died in 1591 and widow Elizabeth then married Rev Anthony Field, bachelor, the Rector of Chillenden, 11 Feb 1591/2.

John Bathurst (family historian since 1947)
Added by John Bathurst on Feb 07, 2017 8:12 AM
Memorial# 96418759
I noticed on this memorial for Jonathan Wright 1736-1766 there were only 2 children, Jonathan 1762 and Mary 1764. I have Luther Wright b. 1762 and Cornelius b. 1765.

I must be wrong, what do you think? Do we have any solid evidence they only had 2?

Larry Wright
Added by LHW on Feb 04, 2017 1:56 PM
I have transferred your father-in-law, Ira E. Cowen, to your care.
Added by OkieBran on Feb 03, 2017 7:22 PM
RE: Mary Pearl (Phipps) Cowen 133056143
Done. Thank you so much. I'm glad she is with family.
Added by TombstoneChavers on Feb 03, 2017 8:18 AM
All yours
Added by ProgBase on Feb 03, 2017 8:06 AM
Jan Franco
RE: You bio on 23925409
Thanks for the correction, which I'm not able to do because the page is now maintained by findagrave. Will forward to them.
Added by Jan Franco on Jan 31, 2017 5:27 AM
RE: Kush and Mary Ellen Williams
Thank you so much for the fast reply and information I can add to my family tree!
Added by DEA on Jan 28, 2017 2:59 PM
Celtic Queen
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 5823815

Thank you for your reply. You're probably correct, that there would be a difference in the connotation of "freeman" in England and "freeman in Massachusetts.

I misunderstood that the 1631 application was from a source in Dorchester, Dorset, England, not from Dorchester, Massachusetts.

I found the record online:

The Municipal Records of the Borough of Dorchester, Dorset. Dorchester (Dorset, England), Arthur William Gould.
W. Pollard, 1908 - Dorchester (Dorset, England) - 756 pages
p. 426: Barnard Cawpen, shoomaker.
Added by Celtic Queen on Jan 14, 2017 3:25 PM
Gillian Wagenaar
RE: Your auto suggestion(s) for 71956928
Hi Don,

I've been researching the Day family through various historical records (mainly through - here's Elizabeth's Wikitree profile that I've set up, citing my sources! Hope this helps:

Added by Gillian Wagenaar on Jan 14, 2017 1:56 PM
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