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Catherine Clemens Sevenau (#47082189)
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Bio Photo 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.
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.
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.

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 realize 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 at some point be found.
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
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, though some more distant than others.
I've thought about this: obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told how the person died.
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B.J. Waters
RE: Bertha Albertson: Birth and death date question
Oh dear, I don't know where I got that but it is obviously wrong. The CA Death Index says b. 10/27/1906 in Missouri and d. 1/3/1973 in Los Angeles County. Sorry! Looks like I goofed!

Added by B.J. Waters on Mar 31, 2014 9:44 PM
B.J. Waters
RE: Oscar & Bertha Albertson
You're welcome!

Yes, I noticed that in the bio section. He was extremely lucky. Stories like that make you think twice about capital punishment.

Added by B.J. Waters on Mar 31, 2014 5:40 PM
B.J. Waters
Bertha Albertson
I am happy to transfer this one to you. My statement on my Profile Page regarding transfers is because I am tired of people asking for transfers for remote ancestors and then they do absolutely nothing to enhance them. Believe me, I've checked. So I think it is a waste of time. I also got tired of people asking for all burials with the same surname in the cemetery. Many of them were questionably related, even to each other! So I just stopped transferring.

That being said, if I am doing photo requests, I usually will transfer all of the same family that I find buried in the same plot, regardless of the relationship. I feel confident that if a closer relative of Bertha should ask for a transfer from you, my guess is that you would comply.

If there is anything else I can do for you, just let me know. FYI, there were no other Albertsons buried in the vicinity.

Best regards,
Added by B.J. Waters on Mar 31, 2014 5:10 PM
Cemetery Hunter
Find A Grave Memorial# 10698149....forgot something
Actually... I gave you the wrong name but not memorial number. Mary (Hazen) Putnam was her daughter. The site which is our topic, Find A Grave Memorial# 10698149, is her mother's, Elsey (Taylor) Hazen.

Added by Cemetery Hunter on Mar 28, 2014 1:35 PM
Cemetery Hunter
Find A Grave Memorial# 10698149
Dear Catherine,

I started out with craby feeling, but washed them away. I had asked for all of my relatives in the Novi Cemetery from Laura's group but it took soooo long to get any of them and when I did get any, it was only a few. I really would like to have my great great Grandmother Mary Hazen Putnam's site unless she is related to you, too. Then I under stand and it would be a "hello, cousin" celalbration. (Is that spelled right?) If you look at your page will see that I have added two pictures to her page. The reason you don't see is that is I can't remember my pass word to my old Find A Grave account. I sure wish I could figure out how to do that, too. Anyway....

Jodie Schram Jenks aka CemeteryHunter
Added by Cemetery Hunter on Mar 28, 2014 1:20 PM
Terry Chaplin
Chaplin family
I see you maintain a couple of Chaplin family graves, specifically a son of Aaron Chaplin. Are you related? I acquired most of the initial information on this branch of my Chaplin family from Stephen Chaplin of Yuma, CO before he passed away.
Added by Terry Chaplin on Mar 26, 2014 9:16 AM
Bob O
RE: Daniel & Church, Evergreen Cemetery, CT
Hi Catherine.
You are very welcome. Sorry it took so long to reply to you - lost track of things for a bit. Now that the snow has melted at Evergreen Cemetery.I am going to send you an email concerning some requests you have still outstanding there. Hope it gets past your spam block!!
Added by Bob O on Mar 19, 2014 1:14 PM
Carol Wolf
RE: Anna Clemens Walsh
Hi, Anna's sister-in-law, Margaret Adamson Walsh recently passed away just Feb. 102 years old.

Do you perhaps have a wedding photo of Anna and Francis or a family photo. Frances was my grandma's brother.

Added by Carol Wolf on Mar 14, 2014 11:00 AM
Henry Beaver
Thank you for the family links. I'm not related to this family so if you would like me to transfer their memorials to you, I'll be happy to do so. Just let me know.
Added by Kathy on Mar 11, 2014 12:02 PM
Roderick Robles
Harold Chamberlin
Hi Catherine - - Harold Chamberlin was my uncle. His mother was my grandmother. I just sent you an email regarding Harold. Thanks for all your work and the pics. Wonderful.

Roderick Robles
Added by Roderick Robles on Mar 05, 2014 10:15 PM
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