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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 that is 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.
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," and recently published my second book, "Queen Bee, Reflections on Life and Other Rude Awakenings." There are many stories of the family in both. Do a search for SEVENAU, you'll find it! I also publish a weekly blog.
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.
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RE: Julia Duchi, Saint Michael Cemetery
You are very welcome.
It is a HUGE cemetery with 64 photo requests. 3 hours later and only 22 left that I could not find. There were only 4 DUCHI's that I searched for. I could not find Antonio & Delia listed as being in section 34, grave 75. I did try.
Celebrate Volunteerism.
Added by BobBoston on Aug 28, 2016 1:56 PM
Magdalena Von Ruden
Calvary Cemetery in Reynolds. Each and every Von Ruden and Von Rueden has a grave marker, except for Magdalena. I can only think she must be in the plot with her parents. Who knows what happens over the course of 100 years, but I found nothing with Magdalena's name on it. I will upload the Von Rueden family monumentz(the gray one her parents have) but if you don't want it there I can remove it. But, that's all there is, the cemetery is very well maintained with no sunken areas at all.....
Added by kateb on Aug 10, 2016 4:14 PM
Ron Roberson
Same person
Hi I just realized that Harley and Baxter are the same person so I've taken care of it. You can disregard my earlier message! Ron
Added by Ron Roberson on Aug 06, 2016 9:48 AM
Ron Roberson
Ashleys in Glenwood
Hi I was at Glenwood this morning and photographed the Ashley graves you asked for. I found one additional member of the family not on your list: Baxter Ashley 1903-1956. There doesn't seem to be a memorial for him so if you wanted to create one and put out a request for a photo, I'd be happy to take care of it.
Added by Ron Roberson on Aug 06, 2016 9:37 AM
B.J. Smith
With reference to Dr. Elmore Douglas, his Tennessee, Wills and Probate Records shows the date I added to be the date of his death and the Probate Date was 5 Sep 1862.

Thank you, BJ
Added by B.J. Smith on Jul 30, 2016 12:04 PM
Finneman's at Sunset
Transferred - no need to return them. You are closer in relations than I. I merely paused by their grave to document it.
Take Care!
Added by Jaci on Jul 22, 2016 6:35 AM
E. Sweeney
RE: Virginia Cheverton and son Joey Clemens, Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma
I am glad to be of help!

Except for the heading "Mother and Son" I don't think I would have noticed her name at all, hidden as it was by the ferns.

And that area of the Catacombs is very beautiful - I always enjoy visiting it.

Added by E. Sweeney on Jul 04, 2016 9:32 AM
Linda Cancilla
Lapps at Lakeside
Hi, Catherine, I will transfer all the Lapps over to you. I won't correct Donald, I'll let you do that.

Let me know if there is anyone else in your family, I'll be happy to transfer them over to you.

Added by Linda Cancilla on Jun 27, 2016 8:18 AM
Laurel in Tx
Emmett Kelly
I have made the transfer for Mr. Kelly's memorial. It pleases me that family is looking for him. Please note that his stone is not in a cemetery. It is in the side yard of a house on Berkley St. were I took this picture. The graves in the Berkley St. cemetery were moved to the Elm Grove cemetery in Alpine, why his grave or just his stone was left on Berkley St. I do not know.
Added by Laurel in Tx on May 24, 2016 12:02 PM
Brown memorial Shreveport
please keep the memorial, especially if you are a relative. My object is strictly historical preservation. If you can add to it, it is all yours.

D Evans
Added by evansd on May 24, 2016 8:11 AM
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