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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 5 years, 16 days
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Fyi, am currently up to 7/8/16 emails and notifications, and trying to catch up! Thanks for your patience.


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, generally in North America. (Please see my sons' European Ancestors and Kim's Folks accounts as well.) Some remarkable members created a number of these memorials and have graciously transferred them to my care. The contributors I have listed as "friends" have my special thanks for 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 5,000 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 nearly 140 virtual cemeteries under this account. There are over 130 more at my sons' European Ancestors and Kim's Folks accounts. I hope you will check them out--especially if you are descended from one of our ancestral families. They represent a lot of time and effort.

Regarding 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 pass the memorial along 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, 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 January 2016--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding blood relatives and spouses in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...

1,065 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
1,043 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
770 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
662 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
623 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
468 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
362 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
337 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
322 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
283 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
256 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
251 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
250 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
248 in Brainerd Cem., Cranbury, NJ
210 in Cedar Hill Cem., Hightstown, NJ
182 in Dutch Neck Cem., Princeton Junction, NJ
173 in Princeton Cem., Princeton, NJ
164 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
138 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
129 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Titusville, NJ
123 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ
123 in West Laurel Hill Cem., Bala Cynwyd, PA
120 in Laurel Hill Cem., Philadelphia, PA
113 in Methodist Church Cem., Titusville, NJ
109 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ
105 in Bethel Methodist Cem., Hurffville, NJ
100 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Lawrenceville, NJ

Relatives for whom I have burial information: about 20,940.

Relatives identified in or added to Find A Grave to date: about 19,640.

What a wonderful resource Find A Grave is!
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Janeen Welsh
RE: Clevengers at Arney's Mount
I'll try to go tomorrow. Supposed to be brutally hot and muggy all weekend, but if I can get going early enough it'll be fine. The cemetery is completely shaded except for one small corner. SC is in the shaded area right by the front gate.
Added by Janeen Welsh on Jul 22, 2016 7:57 PM
Linda Hollingshead
Jonathan Frazee
Thank you so much for adding the information on Jonathan Frazee's page. I appreciate it very much.
Added by Linda Hollingshead on Jul 20, 2016 2:39 PM
Jo Peterson
Ralph Edward Powell
I found him in the newest field begin the church office. He is not next to Stella. went Dutch Neck today and forgot to take the Ralph's grave picture. Will continue to look

Added by Jo Peterson on Jul 20, 2016 1:36 PM
Lisa MacFerren Minerd
Beckett Family
You seem to have a lot of information on the Beckett family. Do you have a Susan or Susanah Beckett born about 1820-1821? She married Paul Andrews in Gloucester in 1841. I am trying to find her parents.

Thanks for your help.

Added by Lisa MacFerren Minerd on Jul 15, 2016 9:45 AM
Luke Davidson
Ayres Family Burying Ground
Hi, I have a few questions. First, do you know if the Ayres Family Burying Ground in Middlesex County, NJ is still standing? If so, is it accessible to the public? Also, do you know if any of the graves are still standing? It sounds fairly old based on the description and may be off the beaten path.
Added by Luke Davidson on Jul 13, 2016 9:28 PM
Donna Luzzi
West Laurel Hill, Pa.
Saw your post to a cousin Campbell. I have many Campbell's in my tree with Charles Campbell born abt 1825 in Ireland married to Mary McCrystal in the Philly area. Any chance we have any connections??
Donna in Va. Bch., Va.
Added by Donna Luzzi on Jul 13, 2016 1:15 PM
Janeen Welsh
RE: Clevengers at Arney's Mount
Joseph: I didn't take a picture of the stone, but will go back possibly this weekend and take the pic.
along with the stone next to it, that may be a wife.
Added by Janeen Welsh on Jul 11, 2016 12:59 PM
Stone Hunter Babe
RE: Maine Avenue Cemetery
You are most welcome!
Added by Stone Hunter Babe on Jul 08, 2016 10:14 AM
Stone Hunter Babe
RE: Harvey and Julia Gay
No trouble at all :~}
Added by Stone Hunter Babe on Jul 08, 2016 10:11 AM
Polhemus and Everett graves
Dear Sir or should I say, cousin,
I am the daughter of Henry Rizer Everett, son of Raymond Everett, son of Rev. Charles Everett. Because of your good work I was able to locate and visit the graves of my ancestors in New Jersey. We were so delighted to find all of the graves well kept. I left red roses at Middlebush Cemetery for my great grandparents, Rev. Charles R. and Sara Ella P. Everett and for Ella's partents Tunis DuBois and Elizabeth Hoagland Polhemus.
Then we went over to Cranbury for lunch at the Inn.(I have since purchased the book about Cranbury's history.)In Brainerd Cemetery we found
(after much searching, eroded and broken stone) Thomas Smith Everett, my 3rd great grandfather. We did not find his father, Ezekiel Everett, Sr., but assume he is there too. I also would have liked to have time to visit graves of Elizabeth Robinson and Arthur D. Perrine.
Then on to Dutch Neck to find many Everetts, specifically my great great grandparents, Charles Randel and Julia Ann Hooper Everett and many children. It seems there are Everetts still living in the area, so I hope to get in contact with them through the church.
It was particularly wonderful to connect with my ancestors before Independence Day since the families had been in that area before the Revolution. We could not have done it without your photos and information. We were stayibng with friends in Lawrenceville so it made a perfect outing for the day.
Thank you a million times,
Dot Everett Waldrip
Added by Dot on Jul 07, 2016 2:11 PM
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