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Catherine Clemens Sevenau (#47082189)
 member for 7 years, 4 months, 6 days
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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. You've filled missing gaps, corrected 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 that is 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.
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, in parallel, or by marriage to every person for whom I hold a Find A Grave page, though some more distantly 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'm 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," and recently published my second book, "Queen Bee, Reflections on Life and Other Rude Awakenings." There are many stories of the family in both. Do a search for SEVENAU, you'll find it! I also publish a weekly blog.
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 your message and move it to my inbox. No need to fill out the code or get cranky and send me a crabby message.
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I just accepted a few edits you submitted for some O'Neils in my line. Are you related? If so, let's chat!
Added by cecilyjenkins on Apr 08, 2016 11:35 AM
RE: Edna Allen Chatfield, Mount Hope Cemetery, Northfield Falls, Vermont
I moved your information over to the entry for Mt. Hope and changed the spouse link for Lewis Chatfield. I also changed the parentage for the children to match the Mt. Hope plot. Once accepted the old one can be deleted. If you would like I can assign her Mt. Hope plot entry over to you.
Added by kjeremy on Apr 06, 2016 5:08 PM
Marilyn Nichols Trumbull
Lyman Phineas Trumbull AKA Phineas Lyman Trumbull
Hello Catherine,
I see that you are now maintaining Phineas' memorial. Are you a descendant of his? He is one of my husband's 2nd cousins. If you are related, do you have any pics of him or any Trumbull descendants? I and a couple of other Trumbull cousins have been documenting our Trumbull clan for 25+ years. We hale from John Trumble the Cooper who'd settled in CT in 1639, also the line of Gov. Jonathan Trumbull. Would love pics and further info on the Mich. Trumbulls. thanks,
Marilyn Trumbull
Added by Marilyn Nichols Trumbull on Mar 19, 2016 6:42 PM
Autistic Wonderboy
RE: Lois Chatfield, West Laurel Cemetery
Consider it done.
Added by Autistic Wonderboy on Mar 19, 2016 2:54 PM
Andrew Joseph Detrick
I am wondering if you know who Andrew Joseph "John" Detrick's parents were, 33175133?

Added by LeAnn on Mar 16, 2016 7:09 PM
L Evans
RE: Jane Candee 131815525
I "accepted" your edit that you sent a few days ago :) ... I was leaning towards just the year ... what do you think?
Added by L Evans on Mar 14, 2016 9:05 PM
L Evans
RE: Jane Candee 131815525
Thank you :)
i tried to find some info for Isaac, but the trees are hard to trust... i see a possible first wife, Mary Hawkins and then some have a Jemima Bacon .... I thought it best to wait for what you might know :)
Added by L Evans on Mar 14, 2016 7:12 PM
L Evans
RE: Jane Candee
Her number is # 131815525 .... I am holding on to the edit you sent, and will watch the day count so it doesn't automatically kick in... I did look for evidence of that date, but didn't find any.....
Thanks for Caring,
Added by L Evans on Mar 14, 2016 8:40 AM
Ted Myers
Amos Blakeslee
Catherine, No, you don't have to transfer the memorials back to me. You did a very nice job on them, enjoy. Ted
Added by Ted Myers on Mar 12, 2016 8:56 AM
CC Clements
Connection to Wisenor/Clements Family
Hello, My name is Charlotte Catherine Clements and I am the 3x great Granddaughter of Joseph Hopkins Wisenor Senior and his wife Adeline Pratt Wisenor. I saw your name on a couple of the flowers left for their memorials. Are you by chance related to them? You can email me more at

Added by CC Clements on Mar 10, 2016 2:58 PM
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