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Catherine Clemens Sevenau (#47082189)
 member for 7 years, 9 months, 30 days
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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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Doug C
Jeremiah and Henrietta West
Hi there, just letting you know I fulfilled your photo request. Unfortunately both of the stones were badly scarred and in need of a good cleaning. Hope you can read them! Doug
Added by Doug C on Oct 11, 2016 1:29 PM
Paul Fergus
There ya go
Added by ProgBase on Oct 03, 2016 6:55 PM
carol fasc
Sylvan Abbey Request
Willing to look for grave when I'm there in the winter but you would need to call or email office for plot location and add to request..this is a HUGE cemetery with mostly flat markers.
Added by carol fasc on Oct 03, 2016 7:04 AM
m g
RE: Chatfields buried in Newton Cemetery
I fulfilled your photo request for William "Willie" Chatfield Jr. Memorial # 169736095. I made the Edit to the Section from 1 (one) to the letter "I". He is not near the rest of his family in Newton Cemetery.
Thank you,
m g
Added by m g on Sep 23, 2016 4:00 AM
Karen Harlow
Transfer of memorials
Catherine - Since we are distant relatives, I hope you will provide to me the same courtesy many memorial keepers have provided to you (even for distant relationships), by transferring the memorials I have already requested twice. These are my direct relatives. If you do not have my original requests, I can send them to you again. I would appreciate a quick response.
Added by Karen Harlow on Sep 22, 2016 3:34 AM
Leigh Ann
RE: Laurel Chamberlin
My pic is down but I cannot delete the note since I did not originate the grave entry.
Added by Leigh Ann on Sep 19, 2016 5:31 PM
Leigh Ann
RE: Laurel Sumner Chamberlin: 34572084
Okay, ill hold off for now.
Added by Leigh Ann on Sep 19, 2016 3:21 PM

I sent a reply to your email, but I am not going to verify who I am so you will read it.

We spend a lot of time documenting and placing memorials correctly. I made a memorial for him because you have it plainly stated he is in Potters Field. Our photos were not taken in Potters Field, there were no photos in Potters Field. If you believe yours is the correct one then you should remove the map and the photo of a patch of ground. Otherwise I will assume ours is not the same person. I deleted the WLS Chamberlain memorial, my better half thinks I should not have since we know for a fact ours is not located in Potters Field.

Added by Scout on Sep 19, 2016 12:52 PM
Sarah Pullen
34572084 Laurel Sumner Chamberlin
Catherine - you have made a lovely memorial for this Mr. Chamberlain in Oakwood Cemetery in Allegan, Mich. I just wanted to write to let you know that I believe his gravestone is actually shown in Memorial #106835921 also at Oakwood. The lettering is very worn and probably difficult to transcribe from the photograph. His wife Maria's name is on the back of the same stone and her memorial is #106835932. Perhaps they can be merged and the couple linked. Thanks.
Added by Sarah Pullen on Sep 19, 2016 1:32 AM
m g
RE: Chatfields buried in Newton Cemetery
You're very welcome. I will look the next time I am there.

m g
Added by m g on Sep 17, 2016 6:13 PM
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