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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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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
Rick Miller
Lucy Clayton Miller
No need to transfer her back. I am not related to these Millers.

All the best,

Added by Rick Miller on Jul 06, 2014 5:31 PM
Kathy,Dave &Tanya Winters
zenas harrington..
I would like you to transfer zenas harrington's memorial to me.I already have susannah,his wife. If at any time you want to add info I would give him back till you have added your info then you can return him to Find A Grave # is..46963953..I would like to have my family all together...thank you..kathy winters
Added by Kathy,Dave &Tanya Winters on Jul 03, 2014 11:44 AM
Janet de la Peña
RE: Frances (Kinne) Taylor, Somerset City Cemetery, Kentucky
You are welcome!
Added by Janet de la Peña on Jun 30, 2014 11:32 AM
Yvonne Freed Dunn
RE: Elsie Haugh, United Church of Christ and Lutheran Cemetery, Madisonburg
Your are quite welcome..Have a very wonderful day
Added by Yvonne Freed Dunn on Jun 29, 2014 4:44 AM
Gerry Jean
RE: Santo & Leonardo Navarra, Holy Cross Cemetery, Colam, CA
Catherine ... you're very welcome!! Aisle G, where the Navarras are, is located in one of the darkest areas of MSM. There is only skylighting in the entire huge building but G is always dark even on sunny days!
Added by Gerry Jean on Jun 29, 2014 12:12 AM
Let me know if you would like transfers... ; )
Added by AlbqFirefly on Jun 25, 2014 9:11 PM
Yvonne Freed Dunn
Elsie Minerva Vonada Haugh
Transfer was complete enjoy her and thank you kindly.
Added by Yvonne Freed Dunn on Jun 25, 2014 6:58 AM
Eliza A Chatfield (Sellers)

I have a question about Eliza hopefully you can answer.

Per Eliza's memorial she had children as early 1842, but the 1850 census puts her living with her parents and some of her siblings in Dover Twp, Fulton, OH and Gilbert is not on the census page either. By any chance do you have a marriage reference you can share?

United States. 1850 Ohio Federal Census Records. Series M432, Roll 681, Image 25. (George & Nancy Cellors) Note spelling of last name.

Any help for clarification would be appreciated. Thank you.

Added by Joe on Jun 12, 2014 4:06 PM
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