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John Van Essen (#47136297)
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Bio Photo I've been retired since 1996 and doing my family genealogy since 1997. See the Genealogy link on my home page, below, for all you'd ever want to know about my ancestors.

I'm a native of Brainerd, MN, and spend the warmer six months of the year in the Brainerd Lakes area.

I am the webmaster for the Evergreen Cemetery Association of Brainerd, MN, which operates Evergreen cemetery in Brainerd and Memorial Gardens cemetery north of Brainerd. The Association website (see either of the above two links) has a "Directory of the Dead" which lists all known burials in both cemeteries.

Evergreen is a special place for me. I have thirteen direct ancestors buried there, going back to my Swedish 3rd-great-grandmother, Christina Petersdotter Ryden, who came to Brainerd from Sweden in 1877 to be with her daughter's family and who died here in 1883.

The following memorials have transcriptions of interesting stories with lots of names about the early days (pre-1900) of Brainerd:

Nick Heller (Founding of Old-Timers Club)
C. D. Johnson (Brainerd 50th anniv. speech)
Werner Hemstead ("As I Remember")
Judge George Holland (His Generous Will)

Photographs

I have been a photo request volunteer for Evergreen since 2010. Any photograph of a grave or monument that I have uploaded can be used for private use. For public use, permission is hereby granted provided credit is given - something like "Photo taken by John Van Essen, Find-a-Grave photo volunteer".

If you find that a photo taken by me or someone else is of poor quality (dirty marker or bad lighting), feel free to submit a photo request with an info note describing the problem to be remedied.
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The man who feels no sentiment of veneration for the memory of his forefathers; who has no natural regard for his ancestors of his kindred; is himself unworthy of kindred regard or remembrance. Daniel Webster
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It isn't the date on either end that counts
But how they used their dash
For that dash between the dates
Represents the time they spent alive on earth
And now only those who loved them know
What that little line is worth

- On the headstone for William Elliott Dudley
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Al Ahlgrim
Bertha Ahlgrim
Thank you for adding the photo of my great grandmothers burial plot.

Al
Added by Al Ahlgrim on Nov 20, 2014 11:48 PM
James Odland
Charles & Elmina Gage

Thank you for photographing Charles' and Elmina' gravesite and adding it onto their memorial pages. I see by your photo that it is an unmarked grave.

---Jim.
Added by James Odland on Oct 18, 2014 8:30 PM
leslie
St Hilaire
Thank you for taking the photos for her. Your time and effort are appreciated
Added by leslie on Oct 17, 2014 10:22 AM
T Burt
RE: Edits Tab
Thanks - I do! But I've been away from my computer for 2 weeks now. Back on now. I'll catch up soon.
Added by T Burt on Oct 14, 2014 7:46 PM
James Odland
Andrew & Laura Gage

Thank you for photographing Andrew' and Laura' grave markers and adding them onto their memorial pages.

---Jim.
Added by James Odland on Oct 09, 2014 8:48 AM
norma lewless
Mary Bender photo
Thanks for the photo John.
Norma
Added by norma lewless on Oct 07, 2014 10:32 AM
Dominique Potier
Philip W Selisker
Thanks for your picture, unfortunately I can't tell if he was an airborne during the WW2 . If one day you find his obit could you contact me ?

Thanks

Domi
Added by Dominique Potier on Oct 07, 2014 6:16 AM
Diane Brown
Anna Hansmann
Thank you for fulfilling my photo request. Much appreciated.

Diane Brown
Added by Diane Brown on Oct 02, 2014 9:39 PM
jenny b
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John, Thank you so much for the Photo of my g-g-grandmother Catherine Miller in Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, MN. and thank you for contributing the 1885 census. This means a lot to me. Verifies the facts! Sincerely, Jenny Bucha
Added by jenny b on Sep 28, 2014 9:23 PM
Diane Brown
RE: Hansman relatives in Evergreen, Brainerd, MN
Yes, I would like you to transfer the Hansman plot to me. Thank you.
Added by Diane Brown on Sep 28, 2014 8:42 AM
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