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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, 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 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, 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," in which there are many stories of the family. Do a search for SEVENAU, you'll find it! I also publish a weekly blog.

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RE: Charles, Reed and Perry Allen obits
And thank YOU for posting the memorials for my cousins :-) and ALL your Find a Grave contributions!
Added by Cherie_in_OC on Jul 27, 2015 3:13 PM
RE: Henry Allen and family updates
Sorry they didn't open properly. This is probably quicker than e-mail and you can delete when done :-)

The Seattle Times, 18 Jan 1942, pg 28

ALLEN -- Reed, January 17, aged 65; brother of Mrs G Savage and Henry Allen. Member of F.O.E. Services Tuesday 1:30 p.m. at John Kalin Funeral Home, 828 Broadway at Marion.
The Utica Observer-Dispatch, 3 Oct 1924, pg 9

Charles C Allen Dies
Mrs George Savage of this city has the sympathy of her friends in the death of her father, Charles C Allen, aged 76 which occurred Monday at his home in Marion
The Utica Observer-Dispatch, 21 Dec 1923, pg 8

Perry C Allen
The funeral of Perry C Allen was held at his home at Richardson Place at ... o'clock this morning. A prayer service was held at the home last evening, the Rev C J Oxley being in charge. The bearers were Thomas McLoughlin, Paul Endres, Bernard Johnson, Arthur A McMann, Clarence Geschwind and Fred Wildback. The cremains have been taken to Marion, N.Y. where a funeral service will be held tomorrow afternoon, the Rev Lester B.... of the Baptist Church of that place officiating. Interment will be in the family plot in the Marion cemetery.
Added by Cherie_in_OC on Jul 27, 2015 12:12 PM
Evelyn B. Duchi
Transferred... thanks for the offer.... but I already owe the tax man..
Added by Scout731 on Jul 26, 2015 6:46 AM
Carlene Steel
Lucy Ann Rudisill Wolfinger
Lucy was m. to Albert Mitchell Wolfinger. Her parents were Joseph M. Rudisill (whose Find A Grave # I just found) & Susan I. McKee Rudisill. They are linked correctly.
Added by Carlene Steel on Jul 23, 2015 2:28 PM
RE: Henry Allen and family updates
I will try to get the obits and send them to you this weekend. Noticed some of your ancestral names...we might be distant cousins somewhere along the way. I've every name in your main ancestral line in my database except Nigon and have strong roots in Wayne Co, NY and Lenawee, MI :-)
Added by Cherie_in_OC on Jul 22, 2015 2:31 PM
Jan Franco
RE: over to you
If you want to keep her, that's fine.
Added by Jan Franco on Jul 14, 2015 10:29 AM
Jan Franco
over to you
Find A Grave contributor Colin John Chatfield has made a suggestion to you regarding your Find A Grave memorial for Anna Kimberly.
Link to memorial:
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Email address of contributor:

Their suggestion:
Evidence of birth and parents.

Ontario, Births and Baptisms
Name: Anna Louise Whitebread
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 17 Jul 1883
Birthplace: Innisfil Township, Simcoe, Ontario
Father's Name: George Whitebread
Mother's Name: Jemima L. Wright
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C01725-5 , System Origin: Ontario-ODM , GS Film number: 1845865
Added by Jan Franco on Jul 14, 2015 8:26 AM
Homeward Bound
RE: McMickle, Lorenzo and Martha
You are very welcome. I have always felt that memorials should be maintained, when at all possible, by family, no matter how close or distant in relation. Memorials look very nice.
Added by Homeward Bound on Jun 28, 2015 9:17 AM
Homeward Bound
RE: McMickle, Lorenzo and Martha
They are no relation to me so an going to pass on to you, even though distantly related. You might know someone closer related that would like them.
Added by Homeward Bound on Jun 23, 2015 11:04 AM
Homeward Bound
McMickle, Lorenzo and Martha
Haseville Cemetery, Haseville, Linn, Missouri

Are they family of yours? If so, I would be happy to transfer memorials to you.
Added by Homeward Bound on Jun 23, 2015 9:16 AM
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