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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 3 years, 4 months, 16 days
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NOTE: My apologies to all for a major backlog (several weeks) in responding to Find-A-Grave emails and postings. At the end of September, I had a personal computer crash followed by multiple trips, presentations and deadlines. I am back on track, but 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 as a volunteer for several historical organizations. This account is reserved for my own blood relatives and their spouses. Some remarkable volunteers 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. 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 100 virtual cemeteries. I hope you will check them out--especially if you are descended from one of my ancestral families--as the 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 October 2014--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding blood relatives and spouses in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...

726 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
716 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
667 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
581 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
404 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
364 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
289 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
264 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
261 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
232 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
199 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
192 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
187 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
130 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
120 in Dutch Neck Cem., Princeton Junction, NJ
113 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
106 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ
105 in Laurel Hill Cem., Philadelphia, PA
102 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ

Relatives for whom I have burial information: 14,139.

Relatives identified in or added to Find A Grave to date: about 11,900.

What a wonderful resource Find A Grave is!
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Messages left for Joseph R. Klett (301)[Leave Message]
Eileen Telischak
RE: Pappa Gravestone Image at Saint Nicholas, Lodi
You're very welcome! *Eileen
Added by Eileen Telischak on Nov 22, 2014 7:14 AM
Patricia Jackson
RE: Sarah Ann (Fish) Barber

Sorry, I forgot to say in my first email that I am not related to Sarah.
Added by Patricia Jackson on Nov 20, 2014 7:48 AM
Patricia Jackson
RE: Sarah Ann (Fish) Barber
Hi Joseph

I'm sorry, but I don't know were Sarah is buried. I have checked her death certificate, but it does not state burial location. I do not have a cemetery transcript for Munn's Cemetery so I cannot verify if she is buried there. I have checked other "gravestone" websites and cannont find her on any of those either. I'm sorry, but I am coming up with dead ends for you.
Added by Patricia Jackson on Nov 20, 2014 7:46 AM
Sallie Jaggard
I would like to chat with you about any information you have on Sallie. I've been to her grave site to do research. I'm also looking for information on her father Joseph Burkett. Her mother was also Sarah and is buried in the same cemetery but I was unable to find her head stone.
Added by MBurkett on Nov 17, 2014 9:34 PM
John Davis
Samuel Ledden Davis 1791-1886
My name is John Davis. I read with interest the brief bio posted for Samuel Ledden Davis. I've been searching for information about him because he is a dead end on my ancestral chart. Family records that I have from a family bible indicate that my great grandfather (Charles T. Davis, 1824-1881, Mercer County, NJ) was the child of Samuel L. Davis (1/11/1791 - 8/5/1886) and Rebecca Tantum (2/9/1797 - ?). I have no information about a marriage date or location, although the Tantum family has a very long history in Burlington County, NJ, dating back to early settlement of West Jersey in the late 1600's, in association with William Penn's efforts. They were members of the Society of Friends, and helped establish the Society in Chesterfield Township in Burlington County. Rebecca was a child of John Tantum (1776-1817) and Phebe Skirm (1773-after 1815), and a descendent of the earlier Tantums. Because of the exact match of the birth and death dates for Samuel in my family records, and the Find-a-Grave data, I believe they are the same person. If that's the case, Samuel L. Davis' first wife was Rebecca Tantum, preceding Elizabeth Smith noted as the spouse in the Find-a-Grave record. Do you have anything information that could confirm this guess?
Added by John Davis on Nov 17, 2014 4:00 PM
Rhonda Witwer
RE: Russell A. Everett Jr.
Thanks for clarifying the names for me - it's nice to know that my confusion was well founded.

I approved your edit requests and have already transferred Florence and Jr's memorials to you. I have absolutely no connection, and it makes more sense that they be connected to you instead of to me. I'm happy that I could be of assistance and help in finding pictures of them for you. With warm regards, Rhonda
Added by Rhonda Witwer on Nov 08, 2014 5:07 PM
Cousin to Barzillai West?
If you are Barzillai's cousin, then you are mine as well. His brother Elijah is my third-great-grandfather. :)
Added by Heather on Nov 07, 2014 9:05 PM
Rhonda Witwer
Russell A. Everett Jr.
I just posted pictures for Russell Everett Sr., Helen M. Everett and Russell A. Everett Jr. in Greenwood Cemetery. I wanted to bring the picture of Jr. to your attention. I'm not sure I've got the name right as it has "Libensperger" on the gravestone. I don't have additional information that might help to resolve it, but I suspect that you might. If not, I've entered it the best that I can. Thanks. Rhonda
Added by Rhonda Witwer on Nov 07, 2014 7:01 PM
Chris Rubeo
Thomas Blackwell (1715-1777)
Hi Joe -

My name is Chris Rubeo. I don't know if you've seen my site on ancestry, but I have extensive info on Thomas Blackwell (1715-1777) provided by life-long Blackwell researcher, David Blackwell of Pennington, NJ.

My email is I'd be happy to transcribe Thomas' will if you email it to me.

Thanks - Chris
Added by Chris Rubeo on Nov 04, 2014 9:19 PM
Juanita Fields
Francis Blackwell
I hope you can tell me if Elijah Blackwell's b father was Francis. Elijah Blackwell, b. March 07, 1761 in Hopewell Twnship, Hunterdon Co., NJ.

Elijah Blackwell and Martha Lanning were issued a marriage license March 20, 1781 as recorded in New Jersey Colonial Marriages 1665 - 1800 by William Nelson. Elijah and Martha had seven children
thanks for all the time you have spent on this site.
Juanita Fields
My email is islandlady1 at cox net
Added by Juanita Fields on Oct 31, 2014 11:53 AM
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