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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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Forest Hill Cemetery - Utica - FAG request
You have a request in F A G for a photo of a grave. The memorial site does not include the Plot and/or Lot numbers which would help easily find the graves you want photographed.

If you will call or email the Forest Hill Cemetery and ask for Plot and Lot information, I would be glad to go there and take the photographs for you.

The office number is 315-735-2701 and their email is

Once you have the information, please add it to the person’s F A G memorial site and mark it with a “Photo Request” or email me the burial information at

Please note: If the gravestone is covered in lichen or moss I will attempt to clean them with water and soft soap solution, except for older slate and limestone gravestones. I do not use shaving cream, chalk or abrasives.

GPS Coordinate update: Also note, I routinely update the GPS coordinates on the individual’s F A G memorial to those of the specific gravesite instead of the cemetery. Please let me know if you do NOT want this updated.

Best regards,

Added by frwill48 on Nov 27, 2015 7:03 AM
Thus, why I have made the query and suggestions I have made. Evidence that is not documented is not evidence. The matter to contemplate is your that your undocumented claim becomes fact through findagrave and ancestry. That serves no one. Thanks again for considering my request, there is no need to reply back and forth, if you disagree with my logic or don't wish to comply with the findagrave guidelines, that is your prerogative. I appreciate your consideration. Please enjoy your weekend. All the best. Greenie.
Added by Greenie on Nov 21, 2015 10:00 PM
Anna Chatfield
I'm not sure I understand the response. You are saying you have no evidence of where she is buried and that someone has to prove the negative?

As a descendant of Anna, this troubles me because findagrave is for the purpose of factual information rather than supposition and now feeds directly into As a result, when the information is accessed in it appears to be factual notwithstanding your notes. Put simply, the cemetery is incorporated into people's records as a fact about her burial despite there being no factual support.

I understand the emotional appeal of having a complete tree within findagrave but as you are aware, that is simply not the purpose of the cite.

For these reasons, I ask that you mark our grandmother Anna's burial as unknown. I also ask that you clarify the narrative as you are telling me you have no factual basis to state "most likely" or otherwise suppose where her burial is.

Thanks very much for considering my comments. I offer them with utmost respect for your contributions to findagrave and I wish you happy research. Greenie
Added by Greenie on Nov 21, 2015 9:11 PM
Anna Chatfield
Thank you for your response. I am always glad to meet cousins—Anna is my 7th great grandmother. Howdy, cousin!

Can you please state what evidence leads you to believe her burial is most likely in Old Derby Uptown Burying Ground? Thanks.
Added by Greenie on Nov 21, 2015 9:01 PM
Anna Chatfield (44799539)
Hi. Thanks for all you contribute to findagrave. I am writing about the memorial for our common ancestor Anna Chatfield (44799539). Do you have any conclusive evidence about her burial? If not, could you please change the memorial to "burial unknown"? If so, could you please share any information you have that isn't already listed on the memorial. Thanks very much for considering my request and thanks again for all have added to findagrave to our benefit. Greenie
Added by Greenie on Nov 21, 2015 1:44 PM
Jill Greene
Henry Alexander Shade
Hi there, you maintain this memorial and this is my Great Grandfather, Do you have access to the Evergreen Cemetery? Looking for Carolyn May Elsey Shade, and I am not sure if she is buried there along with Henry... can you shoot me an email if you can check for me? She passed in Long Beach after Henry Died and was either sent back there to be interred or is buried in Long Beach.... Thanks so much for your time and efforts,
Jill Find A Grave Volunteer
Added by Jill Greene on Nov 20, 2015 2:44 PM
I'm sorry, I don't have a public email to use with findagrave.
Added by Greenie on Nov 09, 2015 8:24 PM
Anna Chatfield (44799539)
Hi. Thanks for all you contribute to findagrave. I am writing about the memorial for our common ancestor Anna Chatfield (44799539). Do you have any conclusive evidence about her burial? If not, could you please change the memorial to "burial unknown"? If so, could you please share any information you have that isn't already listed on the memorial. Thanks very much for considering my request and thanks again for all have added to findagrave to our benefit. Greenie
Added by Greenie on Nov 09, 2015 8:13 PM
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Mary Turk
I have transferred her and would be glad to transfer any others you want.

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Dave Davenport
Added by Dave Davenport on Oct 23, 2015 11:32 PM
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