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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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Tom Lee
RE: Michael Metcalf
Thanks Don. You do great work.
Tom
Added by Tom Lee on Oct 21, 2014 1:09 PM
Tom Lee
Michael Metcalf
Don would you mind if I made a copy of your bio on Michael for my file on Ancestry. Michael is my 9th Great Grandfather.
Thank you
Tom
Added by Tom Lee on Oct 21, 2014 4:34 AM
Bonnie Maskery
RE: William McAllister #87015999
Dear Don,

I have descended from Angus McAllister, William's father and all of his children are my descendents. If you get a chance, please see his memorial for additional information regarding the Scottish descent of Angus and his family. This also may explain why no info on "Jane Campbell" can be found. There is much confusion as to the number of children and who they were that were born to both Angus and William. Finding exact data during this time in family histories is, at best, very difficult and often very inaccurate. I hope this is of some help to you.

Sincerely,
Bonnie
Added by Bonnie Maskery on Oct 03, 2014 12:10 AM
Bonnie Maskery
William McAllister
Dear Don,

William is a direct relative/ancestor. If this were not the case, I would be more that happy to transfer him. I'm glad I was able to provide you with a connection to your family.

Sincerely,
Bonnie
Added by Bonnie Maskery on Oct 02, 2014 4:02 AM
kickstand
RE: Judith (Cooper) Robinson
Well done!
Added by kickstand on Sep 23, 2014 1:55 PM
kickstand
RE: Judith (Cooper) Robinson
Let me know if there's anything else you'd like me to transfer, I'm glad to be rid of them.
Added by kickstand on Sep 23, 2014 1:21 PM
Lisa Coyne Hall
Riddle (Thomas) Cemetery
Yes, Don, it was me telling you about the grave markers. I sent you an explanation in a email. By the way, even though all but three people buried in this cemetery are Thomas family members and the earliest graves are 1873, it is called Riddle because, the land eventually became Fannie Thomas Riddle's allotment.
Added by Lisa Coyne Hall on Sep 22, 2014 4:07 PM
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
David
incorrect photo of John Montague
Don,

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.

Dave
Added by David on Sep 04, 2014 9:22 AM
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