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Catherine Clemens Sevenau (#47082189)
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Bio Photo 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 you there and get your message and move it to my inbox. No need to fill out the code or get cranky and send me a crabby message.
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.
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. Your gifts have filled missing gaps, corrected many errors and answered numerous questions. My family thanks you too, as this is really a gift to them.

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 realize 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 at some point be found.
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
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, by parallel, or by marriage to every person for whom I hold a Find A Grave, though some more distant than others.
I've thought about this: obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told how the person died.
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mabel riley
Thank you for affirming my findings - that was what I thought was correct all along. :)
Added by Dorothy on Aug 26, 2014 12:26 PM
RE: Lomira Sanford, Westlawn Cemetery
Finding that stone wasn't bad. I had to stumble upon others behind bushes
Added by ProgBase on Aug 24, 2014 4:26 PM
RE: Charles & Mae Thornton, Rural Hill Cemetery, Northville, Michigan
You can keep them. I'm not related. Just took pictures of headstones at my local cemetery in Northville.
Added by ViLySn on Aug 24, 2014 10:23 AM
Sharon Gerber
Your Bio!
I LOVED reading your bio! I agree with every bit of it! & I especially have always thought obits should report how a person passed on, unless it wasn't reportable. (I found you as a friend of Chris Smith while searching for a long lost cousin...just passing by!)
Added by Sharon Gerber on Aug 15, 2014 8:50 PM
Patty Frank
RE: Ruth Hoy, Pine Hall Cemetery, PA
Hi Catherine,

Thanks for updating the memorials. The same for my cousin, Ruth. I found a copy of her obit and that’s when I discovered she married James Hoy. With this find, I’ve now linked Ruth with the rest of her family. This E’wing’ looks much better too!

Added by Patty Frank on Aug 11, 2014 5:46 AM
Alycia K
RE: John & Sarah Chatfield, Milford Cemetery, CT
Awwwww shucks! Many Chatfields and their kin to come, most of the cemetery is not listed yet. Workin' on it!
Added by Alycia K on Aug 10, 2014 6:43 PM
Alycia K
RE: Eliza Beecher, Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery, Bethany, CT
If I make it back up there, I'll look for family. So sorry I didn't find her.
Added by Alycia K on Aug 01, 2014 8:17 AM
RE: Bartoleme & Antonia Houser
Catherine: I will be happy to transfer anyone that you find to be related. Many of the older records from this church were lost, which is why I am making a point of adding the WPA survey to F.A. G. Have a great day.....DC
Added by DC on Aug 01, 2014 5:52 AM
Jean McKee
Henry William Chatfield
For anyone working on the Chatfield line, Henry William died in Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. He is my great grandfather and we have his death certificate.

Added by Jean McKee on Jul 13, 2014 3:46 PM
Vicki Sanow
Herman Brown
Thank you for updating Herman's memorial. It was a pleasure to discover his record and also links to his wife's and daughter's, since I didn't have any information about this family. I do have two nice photos of him, taken in the early 1900s when he visited my relatives in Waushara County WI.
Added by Vicki Sanow on Jul 09, 2014 5:44 PM
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