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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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RE: Theodocia Little Wright
You're very welcome! Only a small portion of her stone was visible at first, as most of it was covered by a thick layer of moss. It probably fell over many years ago and I'm glad I was able to locate it for you.
Added by psc on Oct 21, 2016 8:35 PM
RE: Grove W. Stoddard
Would you also like transfer of Grove's wife, Anna's memorial? If so, please place request.

You can contact Find A Grave and request that Martha's memorial be transferred to you as the original poster is deceased:
They are very accommodating.
Added by mommycita on Oct 17, 2016 5:03 PM
RE: Grove W. Stoddard
His information was from Prospect Lawn Cemetery Index 1850-1950 published on If you would like management of his memorial, please make request.
Added by mommycita on Oct 17, 2016 2:24 PM
RE: Grove W. Stoddard
His information was from Prospect Lawn Cemetery Index 1850-1950 published on
Added by mommycita on Oct 17, 2016 2:23 PM
Marie Bonafonte
RE: Rev. Gershom Bulkeley
I've deleted!
Added by Marie Bonafonte on Oct 05, 2016 2:11 PM
Marie Bonafonte
RE: Rev. Gershom Bulkeley
Hi Don, all is well. I just recently relocated to Ohio and loving it here. I saw your message and was just getting ready to delete my memorial when I saw a photo that someone had added in addition to mine. I don't think mine is a problem deleting but I'm wondering about the other photo which looks pretty clear. I'll hold off deleting memorial until you let me know how you've decided to handle. Marie
Added by Marie Bonafonte on Oct 05, 2016 1:05 PM
Reid McMahon
James Scovill
Have picture of his stone also if interested.
Added by Reid McMahon on Oct 01, 2016 9:18 AM
Kevin Avery
Yes, you need to double check the merge requests for ghost links, etc..... I tend to be very detailed in my instructions to Admin, especially now that people are doing the changes.... works most of the time, but I do find the need to go back on occasion.
Added by Kevin Avery on Sep 29, 2016 10:59 AM
Kevin Avery
Gershom Bulkley
Thanks... let me know when you are successful in getting Administration to do merger... I will need to correct (or delete) the HTML pointers in my memorials.

Added by Kevin Avery on Sep 29, 2016 10:33 AM
Patricia O'Neal
Josiah Wright, Cherry Hill Cemetery
I saw the inscription section in the memorial narrative and also what was recorded in the survey that I referenced previously. Is there something else you wanted me to do? I took other photos from a couple of different angles as well as showing the grave's location in relation to other graves in the immediate area. Will be glad to email them to you if you like. It didn't look like a 'family plot' and wasn't surveyed as such - but I could be wrong.


Added by Patricia O'Neal on Sep 28, 2016 12:43 PM
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