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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 5 years, 3 months, 19 days
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Am currently working on emails and Find A Grave notifications from 21 September. 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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Ancestors - America (U.S.... (309)
Ancestors - British Isles (42)
Ancestors - Canada (31)
Ancestors - Netherlands (2)
Ancestors - Royalty, Nobi... (21)
Ashcraft Family [Gloucest... (246)
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Messages left for Joseph R. Klett (614)[Leave Message]
Ayers Line
Joe, One of my lines is also the Ayers which you mentioned you are a cousin. I noticed that you have Thomas Ayers, Find A Grave #144145674 buried in the Old Colonial Cemetery of Metuchen.

Thomas Ayers is also shown as buried at Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Find A Grave #31295242 which is maintained by Find A Grave.

There are a number of other Ayers which are shown at both locations and I'm hoping when you catch up with your email that you can help sort out the issue.

Thanks so much for all your time and effort.
Added by segarrison on Oct 25, 2016 10:06 PM
Clara Moses Mount
According to the Warren County, Ohio Virtual Cemetery Project, she is interred at Woodhill, see the following link:

Although this listing does not list her husband, only their children.
Added by RAC on Oct 25, 2016 7:23 PM
Anne Mount West
RE: Cornelia (Mount) Rue
Interesting. Good catch. Leaving tomorrow for PA [should stop in to see ya]. Having a Mount gathering on Saturday at my sister's house in Churchville. Want to come????? Let me know and I will give you her address. Anne
Added by Anne Mount West on Oct 25, 2016 10:37 AM
Dear Mr.Klett,
Thank you for sharing the results you hard work. I have been working on my Iler line for many years and am still stuck. I am hoping you can help me. My Iler family was in Tuscarawas County, Ohio in 1850. I will give you more details if you feel you can assist me. My email is
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Added by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2016 3:13 AM
Lois Revenaugh
Greene family in Glouchester, N
I see you manage several memorials for this family. Are you related to them? I only ask to make contact with a family member from this line. They are 3rd, 4th and 5th cousins of mine that trace back to my Rumble line.
Added by Lois Revenaugh on Oct 20, 2016 12:22 PM
Catherine Lamb
Rolland connection
Hello Joseph! I was excited to see your memorial for Eugene Rolland. For years his line has been one of my brick walls. Are you closely related to him? Do you know anything else about his line?

Thanks for your hard work on behalf of those of us who can't visit the cemeteries.

Catherine Gonter Lamb
Added by Catherine Lamb on Oct 16, 2016 8:55 AM
Jean Williams
Elva E. Vandegrift Klumpp
You have her marriage date after her death date. ??
Added by Jean Williams on Oct 15, 2016 8:24 PM
Scott Balyer
RE: Yards in Mercer & Riverview
Hey Joe,
Just checking in, hope you enjoyed your summer and hope all is well.

Added by Scott Balyer on Oct 10, 2016 10:35 AM
Hi Joe,
I previously sent you a private message through Ann Hammell's memorial. I hope I did it right. I wrote my email address and more information about the Seeds' line (Ann's maiden name). Please send me an email if you received that, and if not, please reply back to me and I'll try again :-)
Added by Libby on Oct 08, 2016 2:30 PM
Sandy Boyd
Mc Ilvaine
I have added a picture to Luther and Linda McIlvaine's memorials of their grave markers at the Williamstown Methodist Church. (I noticed that it has been less than 2 months since you created the memorials.)
Your work on Find a Grave is remarkable!
Added by Sandy Boyd on Oct 01, 2016 1:36 PM
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