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Catherine Clemens Sevenau (#47082189)
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Bio Photo I love Find A Grave. It's like Facebook for the dead. A heartfelt thanks to all the Find A Grave photographers who've fulfilled my requests for headstone pictures, and to the others of you who've generously transferred your pages to me. I'm grateful for and enjoy the friendships, camaraderie, assistance and humor that passes between and among us. You've filled missing gaps, corrected errors, and answered numerous questions. My family thanks you too, as this is really a gift to them.
In Memoriam:
"With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed last week. Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote "The Hokey Pokey", died peacefully at age 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in... and then the trouble started."
Note: Sorry, sometimes I just can't stop myself… Catherine
What calls us to find the ancestors? It goes beyond a simple curiosity. We are taken over, compelled, as if possessed by something bigger than us, begging to be revealed. There is one of us in almost every family called to be the scribe. I am but one of many in our clan's long line of storytellers. Like others, I'm called to gather and assemble the ancestors, to breathe life into them again as far back as we can reach. We take what we find and chronicle the facts of their existence, remembering their names, who they were, and what they did. They are the sum of who we are. Without them, we would not exist. We greet those who came before us, restoring their place in line. We scribe their stories and their histories. We search for them in public libraries, county records, and weed-filled or well-kept cemeteries. We comb through yellowed newspapers, family archives, lovely old letters and photo albums. We find them! And in finding them, we find ourselves.
Catherine (Clemens) Sevenau, Sep 2009
Note: Inspired by "We Are the Chosen" written by Della M. Cumming, ca 1943.
NOTE: If you email me and are not already in my address book, the first time out you'll get caught in my spam. Relax. I'll see your message and move it to my inbox. No need to fill out the code or get cranky and send me a crabby message.
My brother and I are researching our family lines—he for years—I of late. Compiling four volumes, our records span from the sailings to America to our parent's generation. Our main lines:

Henry HOY, Jr. & Mary Ann SMITH
Finley McLaren CHAMBERLIN & Emily S. HOY
Mathew Sylvester CLEMENS & Barbara NIGON


Always happy to connect with kin and fellow researchers to compare notes. It takes a village. Other than a handful of close friends, I'm related directly, in parallel, or by marriage to every person for whom I hold a Find A Grave page, though some more distantly than others.

Anyone who fulfilled headstone requests and transferred me pages prior to Jan 2013 and have not heard back from me, please don't think me ungrateful or thoughtless; my hard drive crashed and I lost 9,000 emails of genealogy correspondence. Arrghh.

I'm aware I have a number of non-compliant "Burial Unknown" and am doing my best to convert them as they get entered by others by moving information over and deleting my page. I've entered them to link the family through the generations in hopes a burial location will found at some point.
I've thought about this: obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told how the person died.
In 2013 I published "Passages from Behind These Doors: A Family Memoir," in which there are many stories of the family. Do a search for SEVENAU, you'll find it! I also publish a weekly blog.

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I have found records spelled both ways. Have deleted Ruby and moved her picture to original posting.
Added by Betsy on Oct 08, 2015 6:58 AM
s schmidt
RE: Mark Chamberlain, Parshalville Cemetery
Wow this is complicated. Yes I can delete now or later, just let me know when.
Added by s schmidt on Oct 07, 2015 7:23 PM
s schmidt
Looks very nice. Tons of information which is something I like. Great Job.
Added by s schmidt on Oct 07, 2015 3:39 AM
s schmidt
Mark Chamberlain
Transfer complete. Enjoy.
Added by s schmidt on Oct 02, 2015 4:59 AM
Lyman Phineas Trumble
Thanks so much for linking him to his parents. There was another Phineas L. Trumbull in Richland, Oswego, County, New York, that was born right around the same time as this Phineas. They even lived two doors apart in the 1880 census record. I'm related to both of them, one through the Trumbull line and the other one through the Lilley line, but haven't been able to make the connection (yet) :-) I'm guessing that that is why he started going by his middle name, Lyman. Regards, Lori
Added by Elkv42 on Aug 23, 2015 9:15 AM
Ken B
Alfred Edwards
Hi, again. I was back at Greenfield today but, unfortunately, there is no marker for Alfred Edwards at Section 42, Lot 256. There is a marker with Lot 257 and, to its right, is a large space where Alfred's should be. I photographed the site and placed a white cross on the photo where the marker should be; if you don't want that on your memorial, let me know and I'll remove it. -Ken
Added by Ken B on Aug 12, 2015 10:16 AM
Ken B
More on Edwards
Okay, it looks like there might be two Fannie Edwards at Greenfield. When I asked the office for her grave site, they gave me the one at Section 21, Lot 42, grave 6. I now see that the dates on that marker are very different from what you have on your Find A Grave memorial for Fannie. I also see that there is already another memorial for the Fannie grave site that I got the photo of so I added the photos there. Please let me know if the photos I added to your memorial do not belong there and I'll remove them. -Ken
Added by Ken B on Aug 10, 2015 3:52 PM
Ken B
Alfred Edwards
Just realized I missed Alfred's grave while I was at Greenfield today. I'll go back Wednesday to get the photo (rain scheduled for tomorrow). -Ken
Added by Ken B on Aug 10, 2015 3:24 PM
Ken B
Edwards at Greenfield
Hi, there. I was at Greenfield to fulfill your photo requests today. Only Fannie's name is etched on the stone and very hard to read but I shot it from an angle & shopped it to try and make it more legible. There was also another Edwards marker right next to this one so, if there's not already Find A Grave memorials created for that (two people) I'll make them up & add the photos. That one was even harder to read but I wrote down the details -Ken
Added by Ken B on Aug 10, 2015 3:04 PM
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RE: Gilbert & Ida Konizeski: View Crest Abbey, WA
You are so very very welcome! Glad we were able to help in some small way :)

TLK Files team

Added by TLK Files on Aug 08, 2015 7:55 PM
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