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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 4 years, 10 months, 21 days
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Fyi, am currently up to 5/9/16 emails and notifications, and trying to catch up! Thanks for your patience.


I have been a genealogist for the great majority of my life and am amazed by the power and richness of Find A Grave. It is an honor to contribute.

I manage Find A Grave accounts for several historical organizations. This account is reserved for my own blood relatives and their spouses, generally in North America. (Please see my sons' European Ancestors and Kim's Folks accounts as well.) Some remarkable members created a number of these memorials and have graciously transferred them to my care. The contributors I have listed as "friends" have my special thanks for their volunteer work and their many kindnesses. I am simply in awe of Wayne Irons, Scott Balyer, and Carol Foss in particular.

My Find-A-Grave Philosophy

We are put on this planet to give of ourselves, as we can, to the people around us and the strangers we meet. In the interest of accuracy and fostering appreciation of our ancestors, we should share information with our kin and the public as much as possible. If our ultimate purpose is not to disseminate what we have learned, then we are just navel-gazing.

Acts of genealogical kindness always come back in kind--one way or another. It might not be direct or immediate; but I have found this "pay it forward" principle to be true time and again as a researcher.

Graves and the memory of our ancestors are sacred things, and foremost the responsibility of family. We are commanded to honor our mothers and fathers. And it is a blessing for ourselves, as well, when we help others to do this.

I welcome contact about any of my families, and hope the information I have posted is of help to you. I don't post my personal email address publicly. If you want to contact me, please leave a public message or join Find A Grave and send a message through the edit function at one of my memorials. I will respond as promptly as I can. I am always glad to meet new cousins, or reconnect with old ones.

Why Do I Ask About Possible Transfer?

Every day I send out multiple edit requests and links in order to improve the data in Find A Grave. (I have submitted nearly 5,000 accepted edits since the automatic edit function was implemented in late 2013.) If I can add substantial information to a memorial, I sometimes inquire as to whether its creator would consider transferring (if he/she is not related, of course). The reason I do this is simple: I have dedicated much of my life to promoting scholarship in genealogy and the use of archival sources. If someone submits an edit or a link to a memorial that I manage, I analyze the information and research the documentation before accepting it. Hopefully, unrelated persons managing memorials I am interested in will do the same. However, I know this is not always the case and, as a result, I find that incorrect edits and links are sometimes accepted by members.

Please do not take offense by my inquiring. I am always glad to contribute to others' memorials as well. Most likely, though, I will not contribute biographical notes if the person who maintains the memorial is unrelated and therefore unlikely to retain the source data.

My Virtual Cemeteries, etc.

You will see that I have built nearly 140 virtual cemeteries under this account. There are over 130 more at my sons' European Ancestors and Kim's Folks accounts. I hope you will check them out--especially if you are descended from one of our ancestral families. They represent a lot of time and effort.

Regarding transfer, if you are more closely related to one of my ancestral aunts, uncles or cousins and your request is within Find A Grave guidelines, I will be glad to pass the memorial along to you if you will explain your connection.

If your request is outside Find A Grave guidelines (i.e., the person is not your close relative), I will be glad to consider transfer if you will explain your connection in detail and let me know how you will build out the memorial. Again, the memorials attached to this account are my own blood relatives or their spouses, with only a few exceptions. Linking children or getting children linked to your (our) relative, and sponsoring, are good indicators that you are committed to improving the data and caring for the memorial.

If you are a direct descendant of any of my ancestors, I will gladly add a link to your profile from that memorial noting that you are also a descendant--just ask. (Or add a flowers note explaining your connection.)

My Favorite Cemeteries

Some statistics as of January 2016--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding blood relatives and spouses in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...

1,065 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
1,043 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
770 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
662 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
623 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
468 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
362 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
337 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
322 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
283 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
256 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
251 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
250 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
248 in Brainerd Cem., Cranbury, NJ
210 in Cedar Hill Cem., Hightstown, NJ
182 in Dutch Neck Cem., Princeton Junction, NJ
173 in Princeton Cem., Princeton, NJ
164 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
138 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
129 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Titusville, NJ
123 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ
123 in West Laurel Hill Cem., Bala Cynwyd, PA
120 in Laurel Hill Cem., Philadelphia, PA
113 in Methodist Church Cem., Titusville, NJ
109 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ
105 in Bethel Methodist Cem., Hurffville, NJ
100 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Lawrenceville, NJ

Relatives for whom I have burial information: about 20,940.

Relatives identified in or added to Find A Grave to date: about 19,640.

What a wonderful resource Find A Grave is!
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Messages left for Joseph R. Klett (553)[Leave Message]
Sprinter request
I was at Plaisted Cemetery today. I photographed what I think is your requested headstone for William Springer.....but the middle initial is "N" not "H". There is a headstone for a wife who died in childbirth and the child who died a few years later.... Is this yours?
Added by stjojo23 on May 26, 2016 2:38 PM
Transferred these over to you. Thanks for taking care of them. :)

Added by jenny on May 22, 2016 10:10 AM
Leigh Miller
53438192 Brearly
Hi Joe-No it's not confusing, just a problem. If you look at my post for William A Brearly (the link you sent was for Wm H. Brearly) it shows it correctly as does the link for Henrietta. The problem begins when you go on the link you provded for Wm H.. It looks like someone lese has created memorials for the daughters & he has made the links, so I can't correct that. Guess you will have to try contacting him? He has Anna (died 1870) as having a different mother, Mary Rue? Good luck sorting this out. Sorry I can't help.

Added by Leigh Miller on May 21, 2016 7:08 AM
family buff
John & Elizabeth Titus
They were my gggrandparents. Margaret Ann married Andrew Bates McIntosh. Their daughter Adaliza Albina McIntosh married John Foy. Their son Arnold Saunders Foy, my grandfather, married Ida May Dennis. Their son Charles Wesley Foy was my father. I have been researching the Titus line for a long time. Can't find any record for Margaret Ann's death or burial. I'd like to know where you fit in the family. Would love to hear from yo. Thanks, Marilyn Foy McLees
Added by family buff on May 16, 2016 9:22 AM
Beverly Hayes,Dakovich
Sarah Moore Smith
I see you are her cousin.
she is my 4th gr grandmother. her daughter Phebe Smith married Abraham Huffman.
Would love to share/compare Smith Huffman family history from Iowa
Thanks for the hard work you do on FDG if it weren't for kind people like yourself, our loved ones might be lost to us forever
Thanks again, I anxiously await your response.
Have a great spring day
Added by Beverly Hayes,Dakovich on May 14, 2016 9:21 AM
Christine Kumar
A Ringo
I put up a photo of his headstone, which is rather unique and amazingly in extremely good repair, given it's age and simplicity. I thought you might like to see it, since you left him a flower.

Memorial no. 72694268

Added by Christine Kumar on May 13, 2016 10:12 AM
Thank you
I appreciate your clarification and also the info re Thomas and his wife.
Added by SueB on May 11, 2016 4:31 PM
Cathy Hart
Cirspin, Crispin
Is there a grave for a T. Blackwood Crispin, not Cirspin?
Added by Cathy Hart on May 10, 2016 10:05 AM
4 Chalkley Kirbys - Confusion
I have family records for 3 ancestors named Chalkley Kirby. Some of my data disagrees with what is on Find A Grave. I would appreciate your help in sorting out the 3 (or 4) men.
I have -
1) Chalkley (#149090460) born 12/6/1822, died 4/1894. His parents were John Kirby and Hannah Bassett. He married Melissa (Malissa in some sources) Tiffany (#149090519).
2) Chalkley (#80802714) born 9/4/1854, died 7/22/1922. His parents were Chalkley 1) listed above and his wife Melissa. He married Jennie B... (handwriting illegible).
3) Chalkley (not on Find A Grave) born 9/11/1854, died unknown. His parents were Jacob Kirby (#134070964) and Mary Ann Horner (#134070932). No information on marriage.
Find A Grave has -
1) Info agrees with what I have. (I just recently added his parents as an edit. Have not found them yet on Find A Grave.)
2) Find A Grave has his birth as 9/11/1854 and the grave marker photo agrees. Find A Grave has his parents as Jacob and Mary Ann, while I have them as John and Hannah. Find A Grave has his wife as Emma Ward (#80802756), while I have her as Emaline Wood.
3) No Find A Grave record.
4) Chalkley (#95084065) born 7/1865, died 1946. Census 1870 clearly says he was born in Wisconsin, which is odd. No parents identified. He married Elizabeth Batten (#95083999). I have no record of this person.
Can you help me figure out who are the correct parents for Chalkley 2)?
Can you help me figure out if Chalkley 4) is any relation to the rest?
Is Chalkley 3) a previously unidentified Kirby? If so, is he buried in any of the usual Kirby south Jersey locations?
I may put this question on the Find A Grave Forums, too, but since you are the resident expert on Kirbys, I thought I would bring this to your attention first, since it may mean some memorials on Find A Grave need to be corrected.
Added by SueB on May 09, 2016 10:41 AM
Mark Dixon
George & Emma (Kirk) Horner
Joe, thanks for getting back to me about George and Emma. I understand why you might not have any information about Emma, but can you add any info about George?

My M.O. for genealogy is to collect info about directs (of course), but also about their siblings and the spouses of the siblings. Below is what I have on George. If you can add anything, I would appreciate it.


George, K1/8-9:(7)
Born 1825, New Jersey, son of Elijah & Elizabeth (Coles) Horner. Occupation: Laborer at Harrisonville, Gloucester Co., N.J. (1863 draft registration); farmer at Harrisonville (1870 and ‘80 censuses); landlord at Woodstown (1900 census); “own income” (retired) at Woodstown (1910 census)

Added by Mark Dixon on Apr 26, 2016 11:23 AM
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