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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 3 years, 2 months, 11 days
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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 as a volunteer for several historical organizations. This account is reserved for my own blood relatives and their spouses. Some remarkable volunteers created a number of these and have graciously transferred them to my care. The contributors I have listed as "friends" have my special thanks for the 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

I believe 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.

I also believe 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. 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 most 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 over 100 virtual cemeteries. I hope you will check them out--especially if you are descended from one of my ancestral families.

Please do visit my virtual cemetery of direct ancestors before requesting a 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 transfer the memorial 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 the memorial, 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 September 2014--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding blood relatives and spouses in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...

726 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
667 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
589 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
581 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
404 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
364 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
289 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
264 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
261 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
231 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
192 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
171 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
145 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
130 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
109 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
106 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ
105 in Laurel Hill Cem., Philadelphia, PA
102 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ

Relatives for whom I have burial information: 14,052.

Relatives identified in or added to Find A Grave to date: about 11,900.

What a wonderful resource Find A Grave is!
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Messages left for Joseph R. Klett (269)[Leave Message]
I transferred the graces to you, enjoy.
Added by Edotte on Sep 13, 2014 3:57 PM
Kay Beucler
RE: Combs Memorials at Floral Grove
Happy to transfer. Please let me know if there are others you would like to manage.
Added by Kay Beucler on Sep 12, 2014 6:25 AM
Terri Rickert
RE: Your Cousins George Louis Meade & Family
Thanks for your reply Joseph.

I laughed at your comment that I would get to the cemetery before you. I now live in Australia and am no longer able to fly the up to 28 hour trip to the US (depend on which coast flying to).

Bless you.
Terri Rickert
Added by Terri Rickert on Sep 10, 2014 2:49 PM
Sharri Bodnar
Re: Catherine P. Cubberley Ivins
Hello Joe,

Thanks for giving me Catherine's parents names. I linked her to them.

Added by Sharri Bodnar on Sep 09, 2014 11:43 PM
Terri Rickert
Your Cousins George Louis Meade & Family
Hello Joseph
I have no idea where you live. But is there any reason why there is only a Photo of the sign for Mount Hope Cemetery San Diego and not Headstone photos for your cousins? They are buried in the Civil War area “Grand Army of the republic”.

George Louis Mead Find A Grave # 68121191
Emma Somers Iszard Mead Find A Grave # 68121137
Parker Wright Mead Find A Grave # 68121250

Thanks very much for all your hard work and time.

Terri Rickert
born Calif
live Australia
Added by Terri Rickert on Sep 08, 2014 4:56 AM
Thomas and Barbara Huse
Thomas Huse and Barbara Huse Stackpole were twins born to Charles Huse and Florence Johnson Huse.
Charles Huse, Jr was their older brother. Not sure why Charles Huse, Jr page lists Barbara as a half-sibling.

Added by SSynn on Sep 05, 2014 8:30 PM
Hamilton Square Methodist Episcopal Church
Greetings. I read your article about the Methodist church and graveyard on Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, New Jersey. I have the names of the 67 persons interred there and over the last ten years or so I have discovered that I am directly related to about 16 of them, perhaps more. So it was a shock when I found out that the graves are still there and that the headstones were destroyed.

I assume some kind of permit(s) are needed before a graveyard can be de-comissioned, or whatever the word is, and from talking to local residents a little, it is my understanding that this was not done, and that the covering over of the graveyard was a bit of a scandal.

Several years ago I contacted a minister fairly high up in the Methodist hierarchy and he at first denied that such a thing was even possible, since it was clearly illegal, but during our second conversation, did acknowledgs that the church failed to honor a covenant they had entered into with the purchaser in the 1950s or 1960s.

Needless to say, I am very curious to learn more about the circumstances surrounding this unfortuna final resting place. I do have more information which I would be happy to share, and of course I would be grateful for any information you might have.

Jim West
Added by jbwest on Sep 05, 2014 1:17 PM
Sherida (Riggs) Childers
RE: Rue transfers in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery
You're welcome. Glad I could help.
Added by Sherida (Riggs) Childers on Sep 05, 2014 7:41 AM
Jo Ann Hudson
The Bell Family
Hi there,

I was very pleased to find this site and the helpful info in researching my mother's ancestors on the Bell side. She passed away in 2011. Her maiden name was Mary Butler, daughter of Susanna Campbell Bell and Herbert H. Butler, and she was the granddaughter of Alice C. Ludlam Bell and James B. Bell. Was also pleased to find information on Henrietta (Aunt Hettie to us) as her history has been a mystery to us, and all of those who would have the answers have passed on. Well, now I know why there are so many people in our family named James. And, the name "Alice" made it all the way down to me. I am Jo Ann Alice Hudson, born in 1953, daughter of Mary Butler and Thomas Hudson. I will explore further, but, quite frankly, at this point it is very confusing. I am currently 61 years of age, but I must tell you that throughout my lifetime, and even in my own family (including the pets), everyone seems to get the name "Bell" attached to their nicknames. So, pleased to "meet" you! Several members of our family are very, very interested in the genealogy and have hit a lot of dead ends. I thank you for your time spent in your research!
Added by Jo Ann Hudson on Sep 03, 2014 1:52 AM
Cheri Pivowar
Hello, thank you for adding the Find a Grave record above, we couldn't find anything on my husband's grandparents until you did. I was wondering about a reference to cousin you made on the right side of the record, was he your cousin?

Can you tell me where you found the information that you entered?

Thank you
Added by Cheri Pivowar on Sep 02, 2014 12:13 PM
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