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Catherine Clemens Sevenau (#47082189)
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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.
In 2013 I published "Passages from Behind These Doors: A Family Memoir," in which there are many stories of the family. Do a search, you'll find it!
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Homeward Bound
RE: McMickle, Lorenzo and Martha
You are very welcome. I have always felt that memorials should be maintained, when at all possible, by family, no matter how close or distant in relation. Memorials look very nice.
Added by Homeward Bound on Jun 28, 2015 9:17 AM
Homeward Bound
RE: McMickle, Lorenzo and Martha
They are no relation to me so an going to pass on to you, even though distantly related. You might know someone closer related that would like them.
Added by Homeward Bound on Jun 23, 2015 11:04 AM
Homeward Bound
McMickle, Lorenzo and Martha
Haseville Cemetery, Haseville, Linn, Missouri

Are they family of yours? If so, I would be happy to transfer memorials to you.
Added by Homeward Bound on Jun 23, 2015 9:16 AM
RE: HOY & Smith Also Chatfield
I was reading your BIO & I too have a Hoy & Smith in my direct line.This Smith may have been a sister to Martha Madora SMITH Prosser. I will have to go back & check it out. The father as I recall was Simon or Simeon. The Chatfield is in my hubbies line, George, who m 2nd an Isabel NETTLETON, who I'm currently looking for. I did find GEORGE in your WONDERFUL MEMS. Sandy
Added by Sandy on Jun 23, 2015 9:06 AM
Dean Johnson
William P. Barber
Will's mother was Mary Ann Franklin, she is buried in DeEalb County. Her number to link is 148193585. Thanks Dean
Added by Dean Johnson on Jun 23, 2015 8:02 AM
Gene Wilt
Jack Thompson
Milledgeville Plymouth Cemetery

Requested Transfer has been made.

You have my permission to use the photos for personal use.

Glad I could help you out.

Gene Wilt
Washington Court House
Fayette County, Ohio 43160
Added by Gene Wilt on Jun 23, 2015 5:51 AM
The Ancestor Hunter
Peter M Wise
Accepted your additions and added more info in the bio myself. Thank You.
Added by The Ancestor Hunter on Jun 21, 2015 2:47 PM
Carlene Steel
Lucy Ann Rudisill
Oh gee! Thank you so much for calling it to my attention. I think I must have thought I was putting it in the mother slot, at least I hope so. Anyway, it's fixed now.
Would you happen to know where her father is buried? Haven't found him yet.
Thanks so much, C
Added by Carlene Steel on Jun 15, 2015 11:43 AM
Sandra Brinckerhoff
Lewis Chatfield
What does questionable son of Levi Chatfield and Sarah Bradley mean? Just wondering it seems a little strange to see on Find A Grave memorial.
Added by Sandra Brinckerhoff on Jun 10, 2015 11:06 AM
D. Larocque
Ebenezer Sumner, Sr.

I completely understand, believe me... what branch are you from? I am from the Persis Sumner Warren branch, wife of Nathan Warren. I have collected a lot of information that isn't present in one place!

Served under Captain Ichabod Phelps's 7th Company (Hebron, CT) from September 1st-December 8th, 1755 in the Fort Edward Expedition.
Served under Captain Edmund Wells's 4th Company (Hebron, CT) from April 1st-26th November, 1756 in the Crown Point Expedition.
Served under Captain Robert Durkee's 10th Company (Windham, CT) from April 8th to August 28th, 1761. [listed as Dead erroneously- D.E.L.]
His complete service can be found in "Rolls of Connecticut Men in the French and Indian War, 1755-1762" by the Connecticut Historical Society, 1903 edition.

Served in the 2nd Connecticut (Wyllys's) Regiment and the 22nd Continental Infantry during the Revolutionary War from 1775-1776 as commander of a company. He was appointed 1st Lieutenant in April of 1775 after the original appointee, Elijah Blackman, was removed from consideration, and then was promoted to Captain. His record says that he was in Roxbury Camp near Boston, MA on Mar 9th, 1776, nearKingsbridge, NY (Camp Yonkers) on the 27th of September and the 3rd of October, 1776, was listed as "Unfit for duty" and "On furlough" on Oct 4th, 1776, and eventually was transferred to be a Captainof the Connecticut Militia, Storrs, on Feb 11th, 1777. Ebenezer fought (confirmed actions) during the Siege of Boston (Apr 1775-March 1776), Detachment at Battle of Breed's Hill (June 17th, 1775), the Battle of Long Island, also known as Brooklyn Heights (August 27th, 1776), and the Battle of White Plains (October 28, 1776). His complete service can be found in "Historical Register of Officers ofthe Continental Army During the War of the Revolution" by Francis B. Heitman.

To George Washington from Brigadier General Joseph Spencer, 25 November 1775

From Brigadier General Joseph Spencer

Camp at Roxbury
Novemr 25th 1775

May it please your Excellency

The Bearer hereof Capt. Sumner in Colo. Wyllys’s Regiment, has a Lieut. on Command with Colo. Arnold-whereby the Birth is at present vacant: Roger Hooker an Ensign belonging to the same Regiment a likely young Officer-and the only one who is willing to serve another Campaign, of the Company he at present belongs to-is desirous to serve in the Birth of the absent Lieut.-as likewise Capt. Sumner and the officers of his Company to have him; till the Lieut. should return: provided he can have the pay of a Lieut. and then resign, if there could not be a Birth for him. I beg Leave to inform your Excellency-that if he can be permitted to remain in the Service, agreeable to the above proposal-as he is the only officer of the Company in the present Establishment, who rema in the Service, he will probably be able to get a considerable part of the Company he at present belongs to-to engage for another Campaign:1 I am sir with great Respect & Esteem, your Excellency’s most obedt hum. servt

Jos: Spencer

ALS, MH: Jared Sparks Collection.

1. Roger Hooker, who joined Spencer’s Connecticut regiment as a sergeant in May 1775, served as a 2d lieutenant in Wyllys’s 22d Continental Infantry during 1776. In 1781 Hooker was a brigade major in the Connecticut militia. Ebenezer Sumner was commissioned a 1st lieutenant in Spencer’s regiment in May 1775 and was promoted to captain in July. Sumner served as a captain in the 22d Continental Infantry during 1776 and subsequently as a captain in the Connecticut militia. Samuel Wyllys (c.1738-1823), lieutenant colonel of Spencer’s regiment, commanded the regiment while Spencer performed his duties as a Continental general. Wyllys served as colonel of a Continental regiment from 1 Jan. 1776 to 1 Jan. 1781 when he retired from the army.
Added by D. Larocque on Jun 07, 2015 11:10 PM
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