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Don Blauvelt (#46932939)
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Findagrave is a wonderful avenue in which to present one's ancestors in a free environment coupled with an image of the ancestor's final resting place. Given the nature of life, this is the closest one can come to putting life back into a long deceased ancestor or loved one.

But the greater part of the current Findagrave system reflects someone adding a name from a cemetery list, the date of death, no biographical information, no image of the person's gravestone if it still exists, or no transcription of what the gravestone does or once said.

By virtue of FAG modernizing and upgrading its functionality, linking a spouse or just one child to his/her parent creates a family genealogy beyond Findagrave's original purpose of simply registering an individual gravestone. The linking function has turned Findagrave into a rich and evolving genealogical database and allows correction of longstanding ancestral errors as well as downright bogus genealogy.

That an ancestor died long before genealogy became popular, and either does not currently have a known place of interment or gravestone, does not diminish the importance of their life to living descendants. As an example, according to a well-respected (now deceased) New England genealogist, during the American Rev. War Hessian mercenaries employed by the British used a Hull, Mass. cemetery as their campground, pushed all of the gravestones over using them for personal purposes or target practice. What a shame! No wonder there are no gravestones there prior to 1790, but the people are still interred there.

My maternal ancestry in America began in 1620 at Plymouth, Mass. Rev. John Robinson, pastor of the core Leiden, Holland pilgrims, is my ancestor. The painting that memorializes Rev. Robinson's famous send-off sermon aboard the Speedwell at Delfthaven, Holland hangs in the rotunda of the U.S. Capital building. Three pilgrims who landed in 1620 at Plymouth, Edward Fuller, Edward's unnamed wife, and fellow passenger George Soule, are my ancestors. My surname ancestry in America started in 1633 when Gerrit Hendrickszen (Blauvelt), a 15 year old Dutch shoemaker, arrived on the Kalmer Nyckle with the first Swedes that settled Christiana near present-day Wilmington, Delaware. By 1638 Gerrit had settled at present-day New York City. Part of my children's ancestry also began with ancestors who were occupying North America before Europeans knew North America existed as a land mass. My eldest child is a descendant of Nanye-hi (Nancy Ward), the last Beloved Woman of the Cherokee Indian Tribe.

The memorial pages I have created, may create in the future, or ask others to transfer, reflect either a direct ancestor, part of the extended ancestral family, or of particular interest as having been associated in some meaningful way with my children's ancestors. The biographical presentations are not intended to glorify, only present who the people were.

I am more than willing to transfer a memorial I have created to a person's descendant when not specifically associated with my core ancestors. I have no desire to control or manage someone else's ancestry, or ask a person requesting a transfer to prove his/her deceased ancestor is within three generations of themselves. An ancestor is an ancestor regardless of when they died.

Corrections or suggested additions are always welcomed.
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Sharon Lavash Hawkins
RE: John Gardner and Mary (Beach) White family
You're very welcome :) Please let me know if you'd like any of the memorials tranferred to you and I'll send them right over.
Thanks, Sharon Lavash Hawkins
Added by Sharon Lavash Hawkins on Sep 19, 2014 7:15 AM
Lisa Coyne Hall
Riddle (Thomas) Cemetery
Newton does indeed have a grave stone. His is beside the stone that is shared by Frank and Ella that are still standing in place. Jane Williams also has one although it is leaning against a tree. I don't remember how many stones are around the tree.
Added by Lisa Coyne Hall on Sep 18, 2014 9:43 PM
incorrect photo of John Montague

I deleted the photo of John Montague that is the son . I know the father's stone is not standing but its possible fragments may remain underground in our burying ground.

Added by David on Sep 04, 2014 9:22 AM
Frances Beach
Don, Done did it.
Added by Kay on Sep 03, 2014 9:06 PM
Gary Rolph
Cyprian Nichols
Thank you so much for your informative biography of Cyprian Nichols (1642-1725), my 8th great grandfather. You have analyzed and synthesized the (often confused) evidence well.
Do you continue to believe that Cyprian was born in England (but not in Withim) and came to Hartford when a young child? If so, do you have any possible/ probable candidates for parents?

Thanks again.

Gary Rolph
Manchester, NH
Added by Gary Rolph on Aug 27, 2014 7:03 AM
Sandra Lennox
Job Cushman, Burial Hill, Plymouth, MA
Hi Don:
Thank you for your input on my Job Cushman
memorial. I have read the information in
the NEHGR 1918 Vol. 72-73 - Page 13.
I got the biography from "Epitaphs from
Burial Hill," by Bradford Kingman, published
1892, page 91. I added it to the memorial
exactly as found. You are correct, the
information runs into each other. I had to read
it twice.
I will be going to the Plymouth library within
the next week to do research. There are
Cushman family genealogy books there. I will
look into this further. I will also research
the Brewster genealogy books.
Thank you for bringing this to my attention.
Take Care,
Added by Sandra Lennox on Aug 25, 2014 8:15 PM
Wendy K
I am a Waterman and I appreciate your wanting to take care of the Memorials and add whatever you can for the FindAGrave Community.
Thank you Wendy
Added by Wendy K on Aug 25, 2014 2:12 PM
Rick Martin
Alice Barker 1675
Thanks for the correction!
Added by Rick Martin on Aug 25, 2014 12:19 PM
Sandra Lennox
Job Cushman
Hi Don:
You had sent me an edit for Job Cushman,
memorial #83496332.
His birth is not in the Duxbury vital records,
it is in the Plymouth vital records.
If you can show me otherwise it will be
Take Care,
Added by Sandra Lennox on Aug 25, 2014 3:52 AM
Carl Hoffstedt
Ensign William Goodrich

As became more educated about ancestral genealogy, it became obvious that middle names were rare and I should have questioned it then when I made the entry into Find A Grave. I am in hopes that it is now correct and if not, let me know. Thanks.

Carl Hoffstedt
Added by Carl Hoffstedt on Aug 24, 2014 3:09 PM
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