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Don Blauvelt (#46932939)
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Findagrave is a wonderful avenue in which to present one's ancestors in a free environment coupled with an image of the ancestor's final resting place. Given the nature of life, this is the closest one can come to putting life back into a long deceased ancestor or loved one.

But the greater part of the current Findagrave system reflects someone adding a name from a cemetery list, the date of death, no biographical information, no image of the person's gravestone if it still exists, or no transcription of what the gravestone does or once said.

By virtue of FAG modernizing and upgrading its functionality, linking a spouse or just one child to his/her parent creates a family genealogy beyond Findagrave's original purpose of simply registering an individual gravestone. The linking function has turned Findagrave into a rich and evolving genealogical database and allows correction of longstanding ancestral errors as well as elimination of downright bogus genealogy.

That an ancestor died long before genealogy became popular, and either does not currently have a known place of interment or gravestone, does not diminish the importance of their life to living descendants. For example, according to a well-respected (now deceased) New England genealogist, during the American Rev. War Hessian mercenaries employed by the British used a Hull, Mass. cemetery as their campground, pushed all of the gravestones over using them for personal purposes or target practice. What a shame! No wonder there are no gravestones there prior to 1790, but the people are still interred there.

My maternal ancestry in America began in 1620 at Plymouth, Mass. Rev. John Robinson, pastor of the core Leiden, Holland pilgrims, is my ancestor. The painting that memorializes Rev. Robinson's famous send-off sermon aboard the Speedwell at Delfthaven, Holland hangs in the rotunda of the U.S. Capital building. Three pilgrims who landed in 1620 at Plymouth, Edward Fuller, Edward's unnamed wife, and fellow passenger George Soule, are my ancestors. My surname ancestry in America started in 1639 when Gerrit Hendrickszen (Blauvelt), a 15 year old Dutch shoemaker, arrived on the Kalmer Nyckle with the first Swedes that settled Christiana near present-day Wilmington, Delaware. By 1642 Gerrit had settled at present-day New York City. Part of my children's ancestry also began with ancestors who were occupying North America before Europeans knew North America existed as a land mass. My eldest child is a descendant of Nanye-hi (Nancy Ward), the last Beloved Woman of the Cherokee Indian Tribe.

The memorial pages I have created, may create in the future, or ask others to transfer, reflect either a direct ancestor, part of the extended ancestral family, or of particular interest as having been associated in some meaningful way with my children's ancestors. A transfer request from me of an unrelated person is the result of personal research that corrects or extends the basis of the existing memorial. Any biographical presentation is also not intended to glorify, only present who the people were.

I am more than willing to transfer a memorial I have created to a person's descendant when not specifically associated with my core ancestors. I have no desire to control or manage someone else's ancestry, or ask a person requesting a transfer to prove his/her deceased ancestor is within three generations of themselves. An ancestor is an ancestor regardless of when they died.

Corrections or suggested additions are always welcomed.
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Jay Rutan
RE: Christopher Almy
I sent the request for a translation
Added by Jay Rutan on Oct 07, 2015 11:11 AM
Jay Rutan
RE: Christopher Almy
I will check with the Holland Society to see if there is someone of staff that can do translations. I'll be back to you.
Added by Jay Rutan on Oct 07, 2015 11:04 AM
Jay Rutan
RE: Christopher Almy
I have a Hendrickson connection through a John Hendrickson born c. 1710. He was one of the original settlers in Ewing, NJ a city very close to Trenton, NJ and sometimes referred to as Trenton. I haven't been able to find anything of a positive nature about his father and mother, however there are speculators out there showing his father being John Hendrickson and the mother is Maritia VanHoughen. I don't accept speculation, so the search continues. This family continued with the Hendrickson surname, but yours converted to Blauvelt.
Added by Jay Rutan on Oct 07, 2015 10:31 AM
Jay Rutan
RE: Christopher Almy
Here's the source I commented on before from Stilwell:

This should clear it up with no questions:

"The Historical and Genealogical Miscellany of Early Settlers of New Jersey and Their Descendants" by John Edwin Stilwell 1916

pages 34-35 #10 Lewis Morris of Passage Point and married to Elizabeth Almy (MISTAKE; daughter of William Almy and Audrey Barlow). (Should be Christopher Almy and Elizabeth Cornell) Mentions being murdered by his slave in 1695.

Page 38 #31 Lewis Morris the son of Lewis Morris. Here it mentions being the son of Lewis Morris and selling land to his step father-John Leonard.
Added by Jay Rutan on Oct 07, 2015 8:48 AM
Jay Rutan
RE: Christopher Almy
Here's how you get into the virtual library for Nixon's information on the Almy/Morris Family

I tried going directly to and got lost, so use the above site to find the information.
Added by Jay Rutan on Oct 07, 2015 4:41 AM
Jay Rutan
RE: Christopher Almy
What you need to do to view the stuff about Nixon is go to:

This will list all the information about the following pages.
Added by Jay Rutan on Oct 07, 2015 4:26 AM
Jay Rutan
RE: Christopher Almy
Here's another source:

"The Memoir of the Life of Colonel John Nixon"

Listed after the last page of the book pg.38 is the heading RN'S Genealogy Material. This is Richard Nixon's genealogy.

#1812 William Almy
#1813 Audrey Barlow
#1814 Tomas Cornell
#1815 Rebecca Briggs
#452 Lewis Morris
#453 Elizabeth Almy
#906 Christopher Almy
#907 Elizabeth Cornell

This family actually goes back to 3 Presidents, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and Warren Harding and also King Henry II and Charlemagne and as mentioned William de Huntingfield a Surety of the Magna Charta. We have a Saint, St Margaret Queen of Scots and many Knights.
Added by Jay Rutan on Oct 07, 2015 4:22 AM
Jay Rutan
RE: Christopher Almy
Here's a couple of items that show that Lewis was married to Elizabeth.

Ancestors of Jimmy and Roselyn Carter by Jeff Carter 2012,
"The Morris, Cox and Ansley Ancestors and their Ancestors" page 54.

National Genealogical Society Quarterly Vol VIII Washington, Jan 20, 1920 Maud Morris pages 60-61

The Hub newspaper,
The Tredwell House Links Settlers.

Stilwell mentions the connection in his book, as Elizabeth Almy being the wife of Lewis Morris, but lists Elizabeth Almy the wife of Lewis Morris of Passage Point, as the daughter of William Almy and Audrey Barlow which we know isn't correct, she would be their grand daughter.

Another book also make the reference of Elizabeth Almy being married to Lewis Morris and then John Leonard but refers her as the niece of Christopher. Again, wrong, that would be her father.
Added by Jay Rutan on Oct 07, 2015 3:42 AM
Jay Rutan
RE: Christopher Almy
As I remember, through my many years of research, the Blauvelt name has been seen in connection with my wife and my family. The VanVoorhees Family. Of course, the Voorhees family is one of those families that everyone is related to somehow. Not sure, but there is some remembrance of that name in New Amsterdam back in the 1600's. I have many Dutch connections from that era as does my wife. Her maiden name was Voorhees. I'm a member of the Holland Society of New York and I believe that one of the officers of that society is a Blauvelt. Again, I will have to look into that. By the way, you did a very nice presentation of Christopher Almy in his Bio on FindAGrave.
Added by Jay Rutan on Oct 07, 2015 2:52 AM
Jay Rutan
RE: Christopher Almy

I am a member of the Barons of the Magna Charta and the Military Order of the Crusades, and I used this line to get back to William de Huntingfield a Surety of the Magna Charta. Audrey Barlow was the entry ancestor, and of course, she was the wife of William Almy. These two societies are perhaps the most thorough of all the societies on checking the lines. I will find the paper work for you, however.

Added by Jay Rutan on Oct 06, 2015 7:16 PM
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