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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 4 years, 7 months, 2 days
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Fyi, am currently up to 1/25/16 emails and notifications, and trying to catch up! Thanks for your patience.


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 son's European Ancestors account 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, 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 5,000 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 nearly 140 virtual cemeteries under this account. My son has over 100 others at his European Ancestors account. 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.

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)...

1,032 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
1,023 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
767 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
662 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
610 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
465 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
351 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
321 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
311 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
265 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
257 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
250 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
248 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
212 in Brainerd Cem., Cranbury, NJ
198 in Cedar Hill Cem., Hightstown, NJ
182 in Dutch Neck Cem., Princeton Junction, NJ
162 in Princeton Cem., Princeton, NJ
159 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
138 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
129 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Titusville, NJ
120 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ
117 in West Laurel Hill Cem., Bala Cynwyd, PA
115 in Laurel Hill Cem., Philadelphia, PA
113 in Methodist Church Cem., Titusville, NJ
109 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ
104 in Bethel Methodist Cem., Hurffville, NJ
100 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Lawrenceville, NJ

Relatives for whom I have burial information: about 20,050.

Relatives identified in or added to Find A Grave to date: about 18,875.

What a wonderful resource Find A Grave is!
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Messages left for Joseph R. Klett (501)[Leave Message]
Keziah Johnes
Thank you for your Find A Grave edits concerning Keziah Johnes. The memorial has two pictures of the gravestone but I am not certain about reading of the year of death, 1793 or 1795. I have asked for a close-up picture of the gravestone centered on the year of her death. Also asked for the volunteer's opinion of the reading. Hopefully someone will respond. Two readings of the gravestone are posted to the memorial as is a plea for clarification. I tend to see it as 1795, and am looking an additional source or opinion.
Added by Jay on Feb 09, 2016 9:37 AM
Transfers were made. Thanks for "claiming" them. :)

Added by jenny on Feb 08, 2016 7:44 AM
New York Historian
George Coryell
A findagrave contributor sent the bio to me, I have since deleted the bio. Please notify the person who submitted the photo on that bio of your findings. Thank you.


Find A Grave contributor Joseph R. Klett has made a suggestion to you regarding your Find A Grave memorial for George Coryell.
Link to memorial:
Link to contributor profile:

Their suggestion:
The bio you have for George does not relate to him. This George (1806-1874) was born 30 years after George Washington crossed the Delaware and 7 years after Washington died. Thus he was not a lieutenant during the Revolutionary War and was not President Washingtons pallbearer.

Thanks for taking a look at this.

Joe Klett

Added by New York Historian on Feb 07, 2016 2:35 PM
Lorraine Anne Lienemann
Mary A Shidner Bee #154376194
I am looking for any documentation that ties your Mary A Shidner Bee to possible parents Benjamin Kelly Shidner and Elizabeth Wright Shidner. Do you happen to have anything that will help me, please?
Added by Lorraine Anne Lienemann on Feb 06, 2016 9:39 PM
Elizabeth Shea
Sorry, it is William T Yard (in 1870 he is 25. I think he may be the William T buried in the Baptist Cemetery in Hamilton.


Liz Shea
Added by Elizabeth Shea on Feb 05, 2016 10:48 PM
Elizabeth Shea
Yard, Paul, Embley, Bedford
I am looking to find whatever information I can.
D. W. Bedford married Jennie Paul...She had one son who died almost 1 year after birth and Jennie died only a couple of months after the child. Do you have any information on this?

D. W. then married again to Maggie Dussman...he had two children with her. August "Yard" Dussman and Charlotte Bedford.

In 1870 he is living in Weehawkin, New Jersey near Maggie the same house where he is living there is a William F. Yard, age 25. I do not know who he is but am assuming he is related thru marriage from Jennie. Can you supply any answers to this one?

I know I have a lot of questions here but there are so many that are baffling me.

Do you have a marriage record for Daniel and Jennie? I cannot find the surname for Daniel's mother and was hoping it might be on some of the documents from her children. so far, no success.


Liz Shea
Added by Elizabeth Shea on Feb 05, 2016 10:26 PM
Woodstown Friends Cemetery Info
Just spoke with the Clerk of the Woodstown Friends Meeting (Quaker equivalent of president of a church congregation). Email for the cemetery on their web site does not work, so I phoned him using the number on their web site. They just completed a project to computerize their cemetery records. He is going to have the head of that project contact me re locating a couple of family burials (Jacob Kirby and Mary Ann Horner Kirby) I believe are there. He even offered that someone form the meeting might be willing to take photos of the grave(s) involved. I explained the Find A Grave web site to him. He was not familiar with it. Anyway, if others are working with this cemetery (Salem Co, NJ), I suggest phoning this gentleman. Based on the results of my contact with the cemetery project person, we may be able to add a name/email/phone to the listing for this cemetery.
Added by SueB on Feb 05, 2016 4:32 PM
Elizabeth Shea
Catherine Ann Yard (Paul)
I am interesting in finding more information about this family, especially, Jennie Paul Bedford.

She married Daniel W. Bedford. Can you tell me what was her cause of death. Her husband , Daniel W. Bedford is the GGG grandfather to my children. Daniel had a son, August Yard Bedford. I am trying to find out if August's mother was Jennie or if she was Margaret Dussman. My records show Margaret as the mother but I can not understand why he gave him the name of Yard. Can you help me with any of this?


Liz Bedford-Shea
Added by Elizabeth Shea on Feb 04, 2016 8:43 PM
Elizabeth Shea
Catherine Ann Yard (Paul)
I am interesting in finding more information about this family, especially, Jennie Paul Bedford.

She married Daniel W. Bedford. Can you tell me what was her cause of death. Her husband , Daniel W. Bedford is the GGG grandfather to my children. Daniel had a son, August Yard Bedford. I am trying to find out if August's mother was Jennie or if she was Margaret Dussman. My records show Margaret as the mother but I can not understand why he gave him the name of Yard. Can you help me with any of this?


Liz Bedford-Shea
Added by Elizabeth Shea on Feb 04, 2016 8:42 PM
Robert Laning 49081771
I just read your memorial for Robert Laning Sr. After spending a frustrating week with this family, I'm now completely confused. On your list of children on that memorial, I want to be clear I understand it. Your Robert Jr (I have his dates ca 1702-1782) is the one that m. Martha Hart (ca 1713-aft 1749)dght of Maj. Ralph Hart and Sarah Furman? His siblings, and other children of Robert Sr., are: Stephen (ca 1710-1781) m. Abigail Hart (1708-aft 1781), dght of Ralph and Sarah, Martha's sister; Daniel (1713-1772)m. a Furman?; Francis (bpt 1715-) m. Jonathan Furman (is he son of Josias Furman and Sarah Strickland?); Richard (ca 1718-)m. Sybil Rose; Mercy m. Elijah Jones (Is he son of Joseph Jones and Elizabeth Hart, dght of Ralph and Sarah?). So are these children: Martha m. John Phelps/Phillips living in Warren Co, NJ; Robert (1737-1808) m. Judith Baker; John (-1816) m. Martha Hunt, Rachel Hankins (?), the children of Robert Laning Jr. and Martha Hart?
I descend from Maj. Ralph Hart and Sarah Furman through their dght Sarah m. to Robert Akers.

Thanks for your help.
Added by DKMac on Feb 04, 2016 6:45 AM
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