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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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Bill DeFlorio
RE: Virgil Washburn gravestone
You're welcome. Glad to help.
Added by Bill DeFlorio on Apr 13, 2015 5:31 AM
Chesnut/Behunin Descendant
Thank you sooo much for the edits.
I did a little tweaking using your info. I copy pasted your info giving you credit THANK YOU.
I have sent info and it had been copy pasted and I'm thinking NOOOOO I could have storied that better. wait. IF you think the same think I am happy to Edit. I am just Grateful you fulfilled so much of her bio.
I have read some of what you sent but had not source to verify so I left it out.
and according to your bio.... We are related through Experience and you and my hubby are related through Fuller. So You are family. We will see you at Easter Dinner.

Added by Chesnut/Behunin Descendan... on Apr 04, 2015 11:54 AM
Marilyn Kenyon, Psy.D.
RE: Helen M. Stoddard
Thanks. Sounds good.
Added by Marilyn Kenyon, Psy.D. on Mar 27, 2015 4:41 PM
Marilyn Kenyon, Psy.D.
Helen M. Stoddard
Hi Don,

I requested a change to the birth location for Helen M. Stoddard Memorial #68798142 from Lenox, Madison, New York to Vernon, Oneida, New York.

Here is what I am basing that change upon:

Grove and Polly were married in 1805 Vermont.
Helen was born in 1829. On the 1830 census Grove Stoddard was living in Vernon, Oneida, New York. Because of the closeness of this location to Helen's birth, I'm assuming this is where she was most likely born. Grove and family are seen living in Lenox, Madison County, New York on the 1850 census.

If you agree with my reasoning, then please approve my request. Thank you.
Added by Marilyn Kenyon, Psy.D. on Mar 27, 2015 2:06 PM
Tina Adams
Baker Cemetery
The only photographer covering Baker Cemetery and most of the county is not on Findagrave. He tried to email you and you are only accepting emails from certain emails. You can email him at
Added by Tina Adams on Mar 25, 2015 12:40 PM
Shelly Ketchum
Michael Metcalf Sr. memorial# 64230860
Just wanted to say what an amazing job you did getting all the info on this memorial. There is so much conflicting information on this family that it makes it hard to decide what is correct, but you combined all that info and explained it so that it was much easier to understand.

Thanks for the all work you did to make this memorial.

Added by Shelly Ketchum on Mar 23, 2015 4:30 PM
Janet Muff
Fidelia (Goodrich) Blossom
Don, I just found your second "edit" and the mother's maiden name. Thanks so much.
Added by Janet Muff on Mar 22, 2015 8:12 PM
Janet Muff
Fidelia (Goodrich) Blossom
Hello Don,

If you know Fidelia's birthdate, then I'm hoping you know her mother's maiden name. Will you please let me know what it is.


Added by Janet Muff on Mar 22, 2015 6:19 PM
Cheryl Ayres
Re: Lillie Samantha Brewer Baxter
You are wrong on your assumptions the gravestone has Brewer after her name, it only has Lillian S. their daughter, no last name. She may have divorced, reverted back to her maiden name & died under that name, but in 1880 she was going by Baxter stating that she was divorced & did not revert back to maiden name til 1900 clearly indicating the surname change back to Brewer may not have been legally changed in court, usually the request for name back to maiden name is done at the time of divorce but she did not do that by the fact she was still going by Baxter on the 1880 census already divorced. She once was married & it should be recognized. Even with the name back as Brewer on censuses she either indicated widowed or divorced. How confusing that would be for someone trying to find a husband under Brewer when that was actually her maiden name & not her married name. I will put a note about her divorce & reverting back to maiden name on censuses after 1880 but will not change the surname. I will change if you can prove by some legal document in court that her name was changed back to Brewer legally, her death certificate would not be legal with the name Brewer without the legal court document of name change to Brewer regardless of divorce. When you marry regardless of divorce this is your name for the rest of your life not unless you go to court to change it or remarry. I have seen on the early divorce preceeding of request of change to maiden name before, so I know they did it back then.
Added by Cheryl Ayres on Mar 10, 2015 10:28 PM
Cheryl Ayres
Re: Renssealaer Brewer
His 1st name is Renssealaer, this isn't the first time I have seen the name which happens to also be the name of a New York Co. & happens to be named in honor of the family of Kiliaen van Rensselaer, the original Dutch owner of the land in the area. I have seen it as a 1st name & middle name. His civil war pension records prove his name as such. This should clear up any questions about his name.
Added by Cheryl Ayres on Mar 10, 2015 9:25 PM
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