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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 3 years, 10 months, 24 days
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NOTE: Am getting close to being caught up! As of 6/1 I have gone through all emails received through 5/22. I will continue to process routine edit requests within a day or two.

Please be patient if you do not hear from me right away. I will get to every message eventually. I promise!!


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. Some remarkable members created a number of these and have graciously transferred them to my care. The contributors I have listed as "friends" have my special thanks for the their volunteer work and their many kindnesses. I am simply in awe of Wayne Irons, Scott Balyer and Carol Foss 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 nearly 3,800 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.

My Virtual Cemeteries, etc.

You will see that I have built over 130 virtual cemeteries. I hope you will check them out--especially if you are descended from one of my ancestral families. They represent a lot of time and effort.

Please do visit my virtual cemetery of direct ancestors before requesting a 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 transfer the memorial 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 the memorial, 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 April 2015--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding blood relatives and spouses in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...

933 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
890 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
742 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
630 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
526 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
450 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
328 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
309 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
289 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
257 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
248 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
230 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
227 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
151 in Dutch Neck Cem., Princeton Junction, NJ
144 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
143 in Princeton Cem., Princeton, NJ
138 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
120 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Titusville, NJ
115 in West Laurel Hill Cem., Bala Cynwyd, PA
110 in Laurel Hill Cem., Philadelphia, PA
108 in Cedar Hill Cem., Hightstown, NJ
107 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ
103 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ

Relatives for whom I have burial information: 17,069.

Relatives identified in or added to Find A Grave to date: about 15,400.

Sorry for the long profile...

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Messages left for Joseph R. Klett (411)[Leave Message]
Cindy Coffell
Emily Fish
I added a little bit to Emily's memorial this morning. Morsemere, as the location of her marriage, is the information in the JMA directory. I found Morsemere to be where the family resided in 1918 on her father's WWI draft registration. The 1920 census indicates Ridgefield but they were living at the same street address as in 1918. Wikipedia indicates that its an unincorporated area of Ridgefield near Palisades Park so we're both correct. You wouldn't happen to know where her cremains are, would you? Juanita didn't have that information.
Added by Cindy Coffell on Jun 02, 2015 5:20 AM
Sandy Lee
Lucy Thorn

I'm sorry I didn't get notifications of your first messages as they went into spam. I wasn't ignoring you! I made the change to the cemetery and then saw your request as a relative. I had found her in a book and noticed she wasn't online and added her in the hopes that a relative would find her. So mission accomplished. I will transfer her to you now!
Added by Sandy Lee on May 31, 2015 7:54 PM
Mark Snyder
Joe, there is a Lizzie Ashmore among this family her stone says 1865-1871 if you want to add her I will upload the photo.
Added by Mark Snyder on May 31, 2015 3:20 PM
Mark Snyder
photos added
added some photos of some of the Ashmore's 50681850
Added by Mark Snyder on May 31, 2015 3:01 PM
Gale Vanselous
I have relatives in N.J. in The First Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Ewing, in Greenwood Cemetery in Trenton and in Riverview Cemetery. Do you have Hendrickson or Howell Family there? You are doing amazing work.
Added by Gale Vanselous on May 30, 2015 6:48 AM
Rhonda Scott
RE: Andrew and Emily Stout
You're very welcome. I'm happy to help make available the graves at Greenwood and am in the process of uploading the rest of Section F-SE, the Veterans Section. With warm regards, Rhonda
Added by Rhonda Scott on May 28, 2015 5:06 AM
Have your concerns for the links been addressed?
Added by JARROTT P. COX on May 14, 2015 6:35 AM
Lisa Merlo
Cecelia Freeman Noe

I've just recently found her grave @ Old Colonial Cemetery on this website. My great grandfather is Daniel Noe (12/8/1789-1/26/1868) and from New Jersey. Cecelia was married to Daniel Noe Jr. Do you know if my great grandfather is related to Daniel Noe Jr. and of course Cecelia.
My great grandfather married Betsy Bower and then Susan Kelley/Kelly.
His parents are Benjamin (born 1746?) and Esther Noe. That is as far as I can go back at this time.
Please let me know if you need more information.
Thank you so much,

Added by Lisa Merlo on May 13, 2015 12:32 PM
Hester Freeman Bird
Many thanks for the info on Hester Bird. I have made the corrections you suggested. Bless you for your diligence in keeping history alive.
Thanks again,
Added by Charlotte on May 10, 2015 1:07 PM
Dick Gates
your edit for me

You seem to be a blood relative of my wife, Nancy Ann Titus (Gates).

Please let me know if you want the connection. Cheers, Dick
Added by Dick Gates on May 04, 2015 4:30 PM
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