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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.
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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
Believe I've made a reasonable case connecting your New Haven CT Atwater-Olmstead line to my Rootsweb World Connect DB "greengiant-2". Analysis indicates William Olmstead Atwater married a Californian, Ann E Eckfeldt, and they were in the Hawaiian Islands in the 1890's. The family moved back to California when he died there.
Added by danderup on Mar 06, 2015 8:57 AM
RE: John Lee Mandary
Cora has the same birth year as Rosa - I'm wondering if they are one and the same person. There is no 1890 Census when you need it. The two family trees that show Cora are undocumented.

If not there is one more Infant Death Grave, in addition to the one for John of 1905-1905 next to the father's grave, John Lee Mandery. Your thoughts? I can defer to whatever documentation you have.
Added by FamilyManic on Feb 19, 2015 1:28 AM
Quick Heads Up FYI
I have located all of the remaining children of John Lee Mandery and sent edits to the managing Find A Grave user with the correct mother you have defined. Hopefully they will respond in a timely manner for you. I even located the infant grave of John near his parents.

Also ,,,,, I read your Profile page - don't be concerned about the "Burial Unknown" memorials you have. These memorials no longer come up in user or member searches - I have a few too.The Find A Grave search engine only works on memorials designated in a cemetery. The only way you can find them is if you link them to a memorial that has a designated cemetery or if they read your list of memorials that you manage.

All the best to you and yours;
Added by FamilyManic on Feb 18, 2015 11:40 AM
Kathy Burr
RE: Annie McIlravy
I just sent you her obit...are you related? Eliza does not appear in the 1900 Census, so I believe she died before then...she would account for the other daughter who died in infancy, mentioned in the obit...they would have been in Seward Co at that time - unfortunately, no McIlravys in Seward Co on Find A Grave...Annie states that she had 7 children, 4 alive, so that would also support that Eliza d.<1900... :( k
Added by Kathy Burr on Feb 07, 2015 9:50 AM
J. G. Ivey
Mary Lee Taylor Ryan
Hi Catherine
Mary Ryan is buried in Maple Grove Cem., Russellville, Logan Co., Ky. and her parents linked few moments ago.
But Her sisters, Anita and Ella Sands Taylor are not located. I got her in census 1920. They were in New York City, NY.
any questions
let me know
Joseph Ivey
Added by J. G. Ivey on Jan 28, 2015 12:43 PM
your poem
just read your poem "I am" on the Missouri GenWeb site & wanted to let you know how much I liked it. You are a gifted writer, for sure!
Added by EntiatKay on Jan 03, 2015 1:19 PM
T. L. C.
John Henry Wildman
John Henry Wildman is deceased, his ashes are scattered at his favorite fishing hole, along with his wife Shirley.
Added by T. L. C. on Jan 03, 2015 9:47 AM
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