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Catherine Clemens Sevenau (#47082189)
 member for 6 years, 3 months, 5 days
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Bio Photo I love Find A Grave. It's like Facebook for the dead. A heartfelt thanks to all the Find A Grave photographers who've fulfilled my requests for headstone pictures, and to the others of you who've generously transferred your pages to me. I'm grateful for and enjoy the friendships, camaraderie, assistance, and humor that passes between and among us. Your gifts have filled missing gaps, corrected many errors, and answered numerous questions. My family thanks you too, as this is really a gift to them.
In Memoriam:
"With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed last week. Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote "The Hokey Pokey", died peacefully at age 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in... and then the trouble started."
Note: Sorry, sometimes I just can't stop myself… Catherine
What calls us to find the ancestors? It goes beyond a simple curiosity. We are taken over, compelled, as if possessed by something bigger than us, begging to be revealed. There is one of us in almost every family called to be the scribe. I am but one of many in our clan's long line of storytellers. Like others, I'm called to gather and assemble the ancestors, to breathe life into them again as far back as we can reach. We take what we find and chronicle the facts of their existence, remembering their names, who they were, and what they did. They are the sum of who we are. Without them, we would not exist. We greet those who came before us, restoring their place in line. We scribe their stories and their histories. We search for them in public libraries, county records, and weed-filled or well-kept cemeteries. We comb through yellowed newspapers, family archives, lovely old letters and photo albums. We find them! And in finding them, we find ourselves.
Catherine (Clemens) Sevenau, Sep 2009
Note: Inspired by "We Are the Chosen" written by Della M. Cumming, ca 1943.
NOTE: If you email me and are not already in my address book, the first time out you'll get caught in my spam. Relax. I'll see you there and get your message and move it to my inbox. No need to fill out the code or get cranky and send me a crabby message.
My brother and I are researching our family lines—he for years—I of late. Compiling four volumes, our records span from the sailings to America to our parent's generation. Our main lines:

Henry HOY, Jr. & Mary Ann SMITH
Finley McLaren CHAMBERLIN & Emily S. HOY
Mathew Sylvester CLEMENS & Barbara NIGON


Always happy to connect with kin and fellow researchers to compare notes. It takes a village. Other than a handful of close friends, I'm related directly, by parallel, or by marriage to every person for whom I hold a Find A Grave page, though some more distant than others.

Anyone who fulfilled headstone requests and transferred me pages prior to Jan 2013 and have not heard back from me, please don't think me ungrateful or thoughtless; my hard drive crashed and I lost 9,000 emails of genealogy correspondence. Arrghh.

I am aware I have a number of non-compliant "Burial Unknown" and am doing my best to convert them as they get entered by others by moving information over and deleting my page. I've entered them to link the family through the generations in hopes a burial location will found at some point.
I've thought about this: obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told how the person died.
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W. Warder
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 144417654
Sorry, my mistake, I thought I got some Loving family photos for you.

Have a great evening!
Added by W. Warder on Mar 31, 2015 7:29 PM
W. Warder
Find A Grave Memorial# 144417654
Is this guy yours?

Check out the second photo transcription.
Added by W. Warder on Mar 31, 2015 3:33 PM
W. Warder
RE: Ruth Chatfield #144385713
LOL - we share that in common! I am happy to support you in all your efforts. Just keep the photo requests coming. I'll keep uploading and transferring.
Added by W. Warder on Mar 30, 2015 8:53 PM
W. Warder
RE: Ruth Chatfield #144385713
No problem!

I photograph the markers on the whole site, because it helps people find family members.

Girl, I don't want a staff job. That's why I'm a volunteer. ;)
Added by W. Warder on Mar 30, 2015 8:46 PM
W. Warder
RE: Ruth Chatfield #144385713
I just transferred her to you. Found her in the lot with Dr. AB and Hattie Chatfield.

Added by W. Warder on Mar 30, 2015 6:29 PM
W. Warder
RE: Loving family in Rock Creek Cemetery

This was sent to me courtesy of HWA,another Find A Grave member.

Rock Creek's interment records:

Hope you find more family!

As a photo volunteer,it really, really helps to have a section and lot for the graves for more efficient searching. Thanks for going the extra mile. Good luck in finding more family members!

Added by W. Warder on Mar 29, 2015 5:23 PM
W. Warder
Loving family in Rock Creek Cemetery
I uploaded the photos for the loving family in Rock Creek.

I wanted to let you know that there was a stone for Sadie L Hamner (1867-1952) in that lot also. I created a memorial # 144244257. And Sarah L. Loving (1826-1904) # 144244120.

But, I don't know how they fit into your tree.

Have a great day!
Added by W. Warder on Mar 29, 2015 8:17 AM
Sandra Brinckerhoff
I am very interested in learning more about the Chatfield's. Oliver Chatfield was my 5th Great Grandfather and Eli my 4th Great Grand Uncle. If you are able to provide me more information contact me at
Added by Sandra Brinckerhoff on Mar 24, 2015 2:04 PM
June Ford
RE: richardson 87732973
Too bad! Thank you for letting me know, will keep looking.
Added by June Ford on Mar 20, 2015 9:16 AM
June Ford
richardson 87732973
Although you don't mention Richardson in your list of families, you supplied the picture on this memorial. I don't know of a connection to this particular group but am looking at interesting Richardsons in hope of learning the ancestry of my husband's g-g grandfather Jeremiah Willson/Wilson who was b. abt 1819 in TN, married abt 1849 in Monroe Co IND, moved to Mahaska Co IA; then never found him again after his wife & children moved to Morgan Co MO- family story is he died in TX. His father was likely Moses Willson, b. VA;I'm sure a Richardson family in MO are related but no proof- they came thru Hart Co KY. If you can help me or I can help you or you know of someone who is interested, please contact me.
Added by June Ford on Mar 17, 2015 12:53 PM
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