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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 5 years, 1 month, 21 days
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Am currently working on emails and Find A Grave notifications from 29 July. Please be patient--I promise I will get to them all!


I have been a genealogist for the great majority of my life and am amazed by the power and richness of Find A Grave. It is an honor to contribute.

I manage Find A Grave accounts for several historical organizations. This account is reserved for my own blood relatives and their spouses, generally in North America. (Please see my sons' European Ancestors and Kim's Folks accounts as well.) Some remarkable members created a number of these memorials and have graciously transferred them to my care. The contributors I have listed as "friends" have my special thanks for their volunteer work and their many kindnesses. I am simply in awe of Wayne Irons, Scott Balyer, Carol Foss, and Leigh Miller in particular.

My Find-A-Grave Philosophy

We are put on this planet to give of ourselves, as we can, to the people around us and the strangers we meet. In the interest of accuracy and fostering appreciation of our ancestors, we should share information with our kin and the public as much as possible. If our ultimate purpose is not to disseminate what we have learned, then we are just navel-gazing.

Acts of genealogical kindness always come back in kind--one way or another. It might not be direct or immediate; but I have found this "pay it forward" principle to be true time and again as a researcher.

Graves and the memory of our ancestors are sacred things, and foremost the responsibility of family. We are commanded to honor our mothers and fathers. And it is a blessing for ourselves, as well, when we help others to do this.

I welcome contact about any of my families, and hope the information I have posted is of help to you. I don't post my personal email address publicly. If you want to contact me, please leave a public message or join Find A Grave and send a message through the edit function at one of my memorials. I will respond as promptly as I can. I am always glad to meet new cousins, or reconnect with old ones.

Why Do I Ask About Possible Transfer?

Every day I send out multiple edit requests and links in order to improve the data in Find A Grave. (I have submitted over 5,600 accepted edits since the automatic edit function was implemented in late 2013.) If I can add substantial information to a memorial, I sometimes inquire as to whether its creator would consider transferring (if he/she is not related, of course). The reason I do this is simple: I have dedicated much of my life to promoting scholarship in genealogy and the use of archival sources. If someone submits an edit or a link to a memorial that I manage, I analyze the information and research the documentation before accepting it. Hopefully, unrelated persons managing memorials I am interested in will do the same. However, I know this is not always the case and, as a result, I find that incorrect edits and links are sometimes accepted by members.

Please do not take offense by my inquiring. I am always glad to contribute to others' memorials as well. Most likely, though, I will not contribute biographical notes if the person who maintains the memorial is unrelated and therefore unlikely to retain the source data. Generally, I do not submit vital dates/places unless the current information in the memorial is incorrect or insufficient.

My Virtual Cemeteries, etc.

You will see that I have built over 140 virtual cemeteries under this account. There are over 130 more at my sons' European Ancestors and Kim's Folks accounts. I hope you will check them out--especially if you are descended from one of our ancestral families. They represent a lot of time and effort.

Regarding transfer, if you are more closely related to one of my ancestral aunts, uncles or cousins and your request is within Find A Grave guidelines, I will be glad to pass the memorial along to you if you will explain your connection.

If your request is outside Find A Grave guidelines (i.e., the person is not your close relative), I will be glad to consider transfer if you will explain your connection in detail and let me know how you will build out the memorial. Again, the memorials attached to this account are my own blood relatives or their spouses, with only a few exceptions. Linking children or getting children linked to your (our) relative, and sponsoring, are good indicators that you are committed to improving the data and caring for the memorial.

If you are a direct descendant of any of my ancestors, I will gladly add a link to your profile from that memorial noting that you are also a descendant--just ask. (Or add a flowers note explaining your connection.)

My Favorite Cemeteries

Some statistics as of January 2016--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding blood relatives and spouses in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...

1,065 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
1,043 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
770 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
662 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
623 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
468 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
362 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
337 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
322 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
283 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
256 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
251 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
250 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
248 in Brainerd Cem., Cranbury, NJ
210 in Cedar Hill Cem., Hightstown, NJ
182 in Dutch Neck Cem., Princeton Junction, NJ
173 in Princeton Cem., Princeton, NJ
164 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
138 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
129 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Titusville, NJ
123 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ
123 in West Laurel Hill Cem., Bala Cynwyd, PA
120 in Laurel Hill Cem., Philadelphia, PA
113 in Methodist Church Cem., Titusville, NJ
109 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ
105 in Bethel Methodist Cem., Hurffville, NJ
100 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Lawrenceville, NJ

Relatives for whom I have burial information: about 20,940.

Relatives identified in or added to Find A Grave to date: about 19,640.

What a wonderful resource Find A Grave is!
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Messages left for Joseph R. Klett (592)[Leave Message]
Diane Dotsko
Timothy Bloomfield 1729-1803
Hi Joe, I thought I'd follow-up on an email I sent to your office on August 12 (sorry about that, but I thought it would be too lengthy to post here). It had to do with the connection between Timothy Bloomfield and William R. Bellamy. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Diane
Added by Diane Dotsko on Aug 23, 2016 8:00 PM
Memorial 146777517
I'm trying to untangle two or three different William and John Hughes. Isaac Hughes is the only one thus far that I have correct (his dad is William; Williams dad is John). Please let me know where you got your information on Williams parents and also have a look at memorial 75882104.
You mentioned on your memorial for John Hughes that you were doubtful that Humphry was John's father. Please explain further.
Thank you. I'm sorry to inconvenience you, just looking for correct info for my tree.
Added by Bobbi on Aug 21, 2016 4:18 PM
Jeff Ard
I searched your number and it went to a last name Gould...........these numbers must be just member numbers or something not memorial numbers
Added by Jeff Ard on Aug 21, 2016 1:21 PM
Jeff Ard
memorial #46907359
Can you tell me why this memorial number 46907359 is posted as what looks like my future number maybe??? it is posted next to my name when I view my account....the reason I ask you is this number is managed by you.....
Added by Jeff Ard on Aug 21, 2016 1:15 PM
Linda Applegate Brown
Mary A Rogers Hutchinson 23947130
Thank you for the information and update on the town where this lady died. The correction has been made. Keep up the good work! ~Linda
Added by Linda Applegate Brown on Aug 17, 2016 8:53 PM
Sandy Boyd
S Emma Pfeiffer
I took a picture of SEmma Pfeiffer's grave today. She is in the 'new' Methodist cemetery in Williamstown. I will get it uploaded shortly.
Added by Sandy Boyd on Aug 16, 2016 12:40 PM
Transfer done
Hi Joe, I transferred the Hammond Profiles to you as requested. I am not related and it's great when family ancestry can be kept together. Best regards.
Added by AngelTowes on Aug 13, 2016 12:17 AM
Anita Clayton
Bessie Lee Cubberley
Joe, here is the death certificte transcript for the other Bessie Cubberley. She was daughter of Amos Lee and Emaline Norton and married John E Cubberley -

Death certificate, NJ State Archives, Bessie Lee Cubberley, 484 Greenwood Ave, Mercer, Trenton, NJ, lived in city 30 years, female, white, married, John E Cubberley, born 20 July 1856, 65y 7m 4d, housewife, b. Mercer Co, NJ, father Amos Lee, and mother Emaline Norton, both b NJ, informant John E Cubberley, same address (this would be her husband) She died Feb 24, 1922, attended Feb 14, 1922 to Feb 24, 1922 by Edgar L West MD of Trenton, NJ died of chronic interstitial Nephritis, 2 yrs 1 mon, contributing - La Grippe 10 days, burial Greenwood Cemetery, cannot read date buried, Poulson and VanHise undertaker, Trenton.
Added by Anita Clayton on Aug 12, 2016 8:36 PM
Anita Clayton
Ella Cubberley and her daughter Bessie
Joe, I can't figure out how to send misc info through the edit feature. I put the edit in but I have a transcript of her death certificate, if you want it - certificate, NJ State Archives, 07474, Ella Waters Cubberley, died Feb 14, 1953, Mercer co, Hamilton Twp, stayed 4 1/2 mo at 146 Park Ave Hamilton Square, usual residence 403 Sewell Ave, Asbury Park, Monmouth, NJ, female, white, widowed, born 11 July 1860, age 92, born Hamilton Sq NJ, Us citizen, father Charles L Rogers, mother Cornelia Waters, informant Byron M Rogers, myocarditits, for 6 weeks, and uremia, no autopsy, Attended by Floyd D Hunter, MD of Hamilton Square from 11 Oct 1952 to Feb 14, 1953, burial 2/16/53 at Greenwood Cemetery, Trenton, NJ, rec'd by registrar Frank J Unger, 16 Feb 1953, Farry Memorial Home Third Ave Asbury Park, NJ.
I also have her daughter Bessie Cubberley's death certificate - Death certificate, Bessie Cubberley, died 6 March 1948, at 403 Sewell Ave, Asbury Park, Monmouth, NJ, lived in city 25 years. Female, white, single, born 26 March 1880, Hamilton Square, NJ, father Alfred Cubberley, and mother Ella W Rogers, both born Hamilton Square. Informant Mrs Ella Cubberley of same address (this would be her mother), burial Greenwood Cemetery, funeral director Farry Mem Home, Asbury Park, She died 6 March 1948, and was attended June 23, 1947 to March 6, 1948 for chronic interstitial Nephritis for one year and (?) Scherosis for 2 years, by LL Leonard MD, of Asbury Park.
Added by Anita Clayton on Aug 12, 2016 6:31 PM
David DeRitter
Dr. VanNeste
Hey Joe;

Thanks for your message about Dr. VanNeste; I remember that location in the cemetery- I should go aback and get a better photo for you. I transferred management, since you have a personal story that ties you to him! Best of luck.

Added by David DeRitter on Aug 09, 2016 8:07 PM
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