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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 3 years, 6 months, 23 days
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NOTE: My apologies to all for a major backlog in responding to Find-A-Grave emails and postings. I recently had a computer crash followed by multiple trips and deadlines. Then my mom, Florence A. Klett, passed away on 12/7.

I am back on track, but as of 1/28 I am only up to email notifications from Jan. 9th. 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 2,700 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 100 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 December 2014--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding blood relatives and spouses in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...

780 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
774 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
704 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
599 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
429 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
423 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
290 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
269 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
265 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
237 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
219 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
209 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
205 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
142 in Dutch Neck Cem., Princeton Junction, NJ
130 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
125 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
108 in Laurel Hill Cem., Philadelphia, PA
107 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ
103 in West Laurel Hill Cem., Bala Cynwyd, PA
102 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ

Relatives for whom I have burial information: 15,459.

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 (339)[Leave Message]
Debora Rosenbaum
Mary Elizabeth Blackwell
Hi Joe, By any chance do you have any info about Mary E. b abt 1926 from Jane's obit, she was going under the name Betty Patterson and living in MA. I'm researching her as she is a direct descendant on the Willmot line...Thank you
Added by Debora Rosenbaum on Jan 21, 2015 2:28 PM
Gertrude Rabke Lillian Rath
Thanks for the updated info on Gertrude and Lillian.
Added by seekers on Jan 19, 2015 7:10 PM
John L. Nelson
Joseph, No problem more than happy to do it. No thanks is needed.

Added by John L. Nelson on Jan 18, 2015 2:32 PM
Stretch Family
Hi Joe,

I was just looking at the Find A Grave pages for Albert & Mabel Stretch, and noticed that you identified yourself as a cousin to them. Could you tell me how you are connected to them?

Here's my reason: I am trying to connect to their family to share some pictures with Albert's family. My great grandmother Lydia Larsen Charles seemingly knew Albert, Ethel, David, and family very well when she was living in Warren, PA. I never knew Lydia, but I ended up with a photo album which includes quite a few photos of the Stretch family, mostly taken in Point Pleasant, NJ between 1912-14. I would love to pass along digital copies of these pictures, if the family is interested. Can you point me in the right direction?

Thank you!

Kevin Charles
Kannapolis, NC
Added by KevinCharles on Jan 18, 2015 1:35 PM
Jeff Edwards
Your three messages ref Sameul, Alice, & George A Horner
Joe, thanks for the note. As far as transferring the records for Samuel (one of My Great Uncles), Alice Lippincott Horner, and their only son George A. Horner I am not opposed if t will save a lot of work. However, your note gave me the reminder that I had not entered all of the information I had for them. I have now added details as to birth and death dates, and linked the records. Is there something else you can fill in? Do you know who Alice's parents are. I am stuck here. I live in Raleigh, NC and don't get back to Salem county very often. If you have a lot to add let me know and I will transfer to you or I can just enter any additional information you have. Please let me know, especially if you know who Alice's parents are. I have a lot of Lippincott's on my father's side, but they are back in the 1600-1700's.

BTW, how are you related to Samuel? He is my maternal Grandmothers brother. Maybe we are related via distant cousins.
Added by Jeff Edwards on Jan 16, 2015 10:17 AM
RE: Mount Vernon Cemetery
ok thank you for the quick response
Added by Hereslooking4 on Jan 12, 2015 10:12 PM
Mount Vernon Cemetery
in Philadelphia PA I notice you added a memorial~ I am trying to get in there and have been in contact with the owner. I was wondering if you or if you know someone(or a group over 18 years old) that would like to help clean up the cemetery...... please let me know THANK YOU!
Added by Hereslooking4 on Jan 12, 2015 4:04 PM
Pennock Images
I've moved over all the pictures!
Added by catncamo on Jan 10, 2015 7:21 PM
RE: Jackson Denton
You're more than welcome. Ditto for your new year!
Added by Debbie on Jan 08, 2015 11:09 AM
Ken Wright
RE: Mary Donohue
I have some old pictures of the Stevens family if you are interested.
Added by Ken Wright on Jan 07, 2015 5:51 PM
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