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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. Your gifts have filled missing gaps, corrected many 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 you there and get 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, by parallel, or by marriage to every person for whom I hold a Find A Grave page, though some more distant 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 am 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.
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RE: Temperance Ruth Cannon
Hello Catherine,
I did look up the original "We Are the Chosen" but I like your version better. I will keep looking for a reference to Temperance Ruth now that I know it's there somewhere. She was a first cousin, 3x removed. The other girl I mentioned to you was only 10, the little sister of a great-great grandmother.
Happy searching!
Added by EntiatKay on Dec 18, 2014 8:26 PM
Temperance Ruth Cannon
Hello Catherine,
I intended to sent this message to ask if you could provide any details about the note on Temperance Ruth's page that she "burned to death". This is the second time I've come across a young girl in my family who burned to death and so I wonder about the circumstances here.
As importantly, or maybe more so, I just read your notes on your Find A Grave contributor page and find that I feel the same way about finding my ancestors. So, may I borrow/copy your "Calling" note; I'd like to put it on my Facebook page for my family & friends (my page is private to family/friends, not public). And finally, may I "friend" you on Find A Grave?
My families are Cannon/Morrow/Harris/Kamm/Wilkinson for a start.
Kay "EntiatKay"
Added by EntiatKay on Dec 18, 2014 3:30 PM
RE: Old South Burying Ground William & Rebecca Chamberlain
A lot of people assume where people are buried and just "plop" them where they think they should be. Just because they died in the town does not always mean they are buried there. Without a source it does not mean anything. I am looking at the Billerica Vital Records pre-1850 and yes it says William died in Billerica, but no where does it say he was buried in that cemetery. It also states that Rebecca died "in a prison in Cambridge". It does not say she is buried here in Billerica either. If they were buried in that cemetery then there would be a code (GR1), in the VRs, next to their names saying they were there.

Yes these are very old headstones and they may no longer be standing, however, there are others who died in the early 1700s who are listed in this book as being buried there. Headstones have been found and photographed for them. I'm sorry to say this but unless, Michael Smith, can come up with some kind of source for this information they are considered to be plopped in the cemetery.
Added by Denise on Dec 12, 2014 5:12 PM
rosie mcnaughton
RE: Beatrice and Arlo Chamberlain
Beatrice L. Chamberlain Age 87, died Thursday, March 13, 2008 in Cheboygan, MI. Beatrice was formerly of Lansing and longtime employee of Michigan State University. Her husband Arlo preceded her in death in 1975. Graveside services will be Wednesday, March 19, 2008 in Evergreen Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.

Published in Lansing State Journal on Mar. 15, 2008

It's pretty short and doesn't mention anything about family. I know she had only one daughter, but I believe there were three grandsons and some great grandchildren. Maybe you know about that.
Added by rosie mcnaughton on Dec 08, 2014 7:01 PM
rosie mcnaughton
Beatrice and Arlo Chamberlain
I got to thinking about Bea this evening, and found a very short obit for her in the Lansing State Journal. I added the death date listed there through the edit button. When our boys were very young we lived next to Bea and Arlo for a short time. That was on N. Fairview in Lansing, MI. Her husband passed away while we were there. After we all moved, I kept in touch with her for a few years. They were very nice people and good neighbors. Just wanted to share that.
Added by rosie mcnaughton on Dec 08, 2014 5:51 PM
ali m rice
I see that you worked on the Chatfield line in fountain mi. If you have any questions feel free to ask it is my family.
Added by ali m rice on Dec 04, 2014 12:28 PM
dick hemenway
Catherine - You are always MOST welcome! Please let me know if I can be of assistance in the future! dick hemenway
Added by dick hemenway on Dec 04, 2014 6:05 AM
Obituaries ...
You posted: "I've thought about this: obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told how the person died." - which is why some of us spend out time reading old, faint, but RICH in detail microfilm newspaper recordations of a persons' life!
Added by Adriana on Dec 02, 2014 11:48 AM
Mona Rhone
Cemetery with two names

If you check this link you will see this cemetery has two names and I am sure there will be duplicate postings in both.

Thank you for the Thanksgiving wishes, and the same to you.
Added by Mona Rhone on Nov 27, 2014 5:47 PM
T. L. C.
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Would it be possible to connect your Find A Grave# 89257059 to Find A Grave# 116772840? Bertha Ellen Hay is the mother of John Henry Wildman. John Henry Wildman's last name was later changed to John Henry Varner after the death of his father. Bertha married the best man "Varner" after the death of her husband John Henry Wildman.

Thank you so much!

Added by T. L. C. on Nov 25, 2014 6:16 PM
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