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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 elimination of 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. For 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 1639 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 1642 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. A transfer request from me of an unrelated person is the result of personal research that corrects or extends the basis of the existing memorial. Any biographical presentation is also 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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Celtic Queen
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 5823815

Thank you for your reply. You're probably correct, that there would be a difference in the connotation of "freeman" in England and "freeman in Massachusetts.

I misunderstood that the 1631 application was from a source in Dorchester, Dorset, England, not from Dorchester, Massachusetts.

I found the record online:

The Municipal Records of the Borough of Dorchester, Dorset. Dorchester (Dorset, England), Arthur William Gould.
W. Pollard, 1908 - Dorchester (Dorset, England) - 756 pages
p. 426: Barnard Cawpen, shoomaker.
Added by Celtic Queen on Jan 14, 2017 3:25 PM
Gillian Wagenaar
RE: Your auto suggestion(s) for 71956928
Hi Don,

I've been researching the Day family through various historical records (mainly through - here's Elizabeth's Wikitree profile that I've set up, citing my sources! Hope this helps:

Added by Gillian Wagenaar on Jan 14, 2017 1:56 PM
Celtic Queen
Find A Grave Memorial# 5823815
Don, thank you for the immense amount of information you've provided for Bernard Capen and is family.

Regarding Bernard Capen (ca. 1562-1638):
I noticed that:

- In "Admission of Freeman of the Company of Freeman of the Borough, Minute Book C.6," on Mar. 31, 1631 "Barnard Cawpin, shoomaker," paid 3 shillings for the privilege of being a freeman of Dorchester.


- He and his wife, Joan Purchase, ". . . sailed from Weymouth, England and reached Boston, Mass. on July 24, 1633."

Was this common? - that is, applying for addmission of Freeman, before arriving in Dorchester, Massachusetts?

Just curious, because I know little about that time period.

Thank you,
Paula Kelley Ward
Added by Celtic Queen on Jan 13, 2017 8:44 PM
Stone Finders
You do not need a transfer to have information added. I can make updates and add bio's. I follow find a graves 4 generation rule.
Added by Stone Finders on Dec 30, 2016 8:58 AM
Blauvelt families
Hi Don-

I was just messaging on another member page, when noticed your message to her - and couldn't help but notice your surname.

I wondered if by any chance, you might be related to the Blauvelt's of NY and NJ? (oh goodness- didn't they all reside there at one time or another, I know!) My Oscar Blauvelt (1870-1950) married Jennie Gardner. He was the son of John C. Blauvelt and Eliza Poole. John, son of Cornelius Blauvelt (1819-1893) and Catherine VanHorn. Cornelius is son of John Joseph Blauvelt and Sarah Peterson. John is son of Joseph, but I haven't done much beyond that.

Jennie Gardiner (1873-1950) who married Oscar, is our great grandaunt. I have not done much Blauvelt research in a very long time, but it was fun to see your name.

Thanks in advance for your reply.

Happy Holidays!

Edmonds, WA

Added by Tami on Dec 22, 2016 8:04 PM
Janet Mercurio
RE: Capt. Michael Pierce
Well, I'm sorry to hear that your ancestor suffered the same sad fate as mine. And, again, I appreciate your efforts to memorialize them as you did on Find a Grave.
Added by Janet Mercurio on Dec 21, 2016 6:44 PM
Janet Mercurio
Hi Don - I'm a descendant of Capt. Michael Pierce and I really appreciate all the info you posted about the memorial erected in his and his men's honor. I had no idea about any of this until today when I found all the "HINTS" about him on Ancestry, including the FG link. And thanks to the manager of his memorial as well, Carole.
My niece lives in the area, so I hope she'll be able to visit the plaque.
- Janet (California)
Added by Janet Mercurio on Dec 21, 2016 5:41 PM
RE: Theodocia Little Wright
You're very welcome! Only a small portion of her stone was visible at first, as most of it was covered by a thick layer of moss. It probably fell over many years ago and I'm glad I was able to locate it for you.
Added by psc on Oct 21, 2016 8:35 PM
RE: Grove W. Stoddard
Would you also like transfer of Grove's wife, Anna's memorial? If so, please place request.

You can contact Find A Grave and request that Martha's memorial be transferred to you as the original poster is deceased:
They are very accommodating.
Added by mommycita on Oct 17, 2016 5:03 PM
RE: Grove W. Stoddard
His information was from Prospect Lawn Cemetery Index 1850-1950 published on If you would like management of his memorial, please make request.
Added by mommycita on Oct 17, 2016 2:24 PM
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