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Catherine Clemens Sevenau (#47082189)
 member for 5 years, 11 months, 2 days
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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.
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
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.
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.
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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Would it be possible to connect your Find A Grave# 89257059 to Find A Grave# 116772840? Bertha Ellen Hay is the mother of John Henry Wildman. John Henry Wildman's last name was later changed to John Henry Varner after the death of his father. Bertha married the best man "Varner" after the death of her husband John Henry Wildman.

Thank you so much!

Added by T. L. C. on Nov 25, 2014 6:16 PM
Belinda Riley-Murray
Andrew Sinay
Good Day,

I have claimed your photo request and will be taking photos this coming weekend.

If you have any more information regarding grave location (Garden, Section, and Lot Number) please post this information for me.

Thank you for allowing me to fill your request I will do so with the same care and respect as I would for my own family member.

Added by Belinda Riley-Murray on Nov 19, 2014 3:59 PM
Lloyd Raymond Rhoten
Hi, just wondering if you or anyone you know might have a photo of Lloyd Raymond Rhoten ?
Added by GKBWS on Nov 16, 2014 4:32 PM
Mary E. Warner
Father of Mark S. Smock
I just received an edit about the father of Mark S. Smock from another Find a Grave contributor. If you are working on the Smock family, and if you are positive that I have the wrong parents for Mark, please let me know.

Mark S. Smock: #79865418

You added a flower in May 2013, which would indicate that the lineage is correct.

The Smock family married into my Bush/Crippen line. Thanks.
Added by Mary E. Warner on Nov 13, 2014 5:25 AM
Linda Rhoadarmer
Kenneth Chatfield
I found an item in the Minot Daily News Oct 18, 1918 regarding the birth of Kenneth Chatfield. Would you care for it? Linda
Added by Linda Rhoadarmer on Nov 05, 2014 7:35 PM
James W. Waters
Catherine's mother
Thanks for posting this. I am cleaning up two profiles for Catherine Rose’s mother, Catharine Robinson. Would you please add the link to preferred profile, #69837681?
Jim Waters, #47509227
Added by James W. Waters on Nov 02, 2014 2:23 PM
No source that I can double-check for accuracy, no change to the entry. I've received too much nonsense. Find-A-Grave does not need more wrong "information".
Added by NWO on Oct 26, 2014 1:36 PM
Alice Hayford #90348528

I have an obituary for Alice Hayford from the Oshkosh Northwestern. If you don't already have it and want me to email you a copy, please let me know.
Added by jazzemke on Oct 13, 2014 5:22 PM
Michael Hague
Emma Victoria Marley
Catherine,transferred Emma Victoria Marley to your care. Thanks... Michael
Added by Michael Hague on Oct 13, 2014 2:26 PM
Carl Catherman
William Oldt
Thank you very much for adding the links to his memorial.
Added by Carl Catherman on Oct 13, 2014 7:29 AM
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