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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 4 years, 11 months, 24 days
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Fyi, am currently up to 5/21/16 emails and notifications, and trying to catch up! Thanks for your patience.


I have been a genealogist for the great majority of my life and am amazed by the power and richness of Find A Grave. It is an honor to contribute.

I manage Find A Grave accounts for several historical organizations. This account is reserved for my own blood relatives and their spouses, generally in North America. (Please see my sons' European Ancestors and Kim's Folks accounts as well.) Some remarkable members created a number of these memorials and have graciously transferred them to my care. The contributors I have listed as "friends" have my special thanks for their volunteer work and their many kindnesses. I am simply in awe of Wayne Irons, Scott Balyer, and Carol Foss in particular.

My Find-A-Grave Philosophy

We are put on this planet to give of ourselves, as we can, to the people around us and the strangers we meet. In the interest of accuracy and fostering appreciation of our ancestors, we should share information with our kin and the public as much as possible. If our ultimate purpose is not to disseminate what we have learned, then we are just navel-gazing.

Acts of genealogical kindness always come back in kind--one way or another. It might not be direct or immediate; but I have found this "pay it forward" principle to be true time and again as a researcher.

Graves and the memory of our ancestors are sacred things, and foremost the responsibility of family. We are commanded to honor our mothers and fathers. And it is a blessing for ourselves, as well, when we help others to do this.

I welcome contact about any of my families, and hope the information I have posted is of help to you. I don't post my personal email address publicly. If you want to contact me, please leave a public message or join Find A Grave and send a message through the edit function at one of my memorials. I will respond as promptly as I can. I am always glad to meet new cousins, or reconnect with old ones.

Why Do I Ask About Possible Transfer?

Every day I send out multiple edit requests and links in order to improve the data in Find A Grave. (I have submitted nearly 5,000 accepted edits since the automatic edit function was implemented in late 2013.) If I can add substantial information to a memorial, I sometimes inquire as to whether its creator would consider transferring (if he/she is not related, of course). The reason I do this is simple: I have dedicated much of my life to promoting scholarship in genealogy and the use of archival sources. If someone submits an edit or a link to a memorial that I manage, I analyze the information and research the documentation before accepting it. Hopefully, unrelated persons managing memorials I am interested in will do the same. However, I know this is not always the case and, as a result, I find that incorrect edits and links are sometimes accepted by members.

Please do not take offense by my inquiring. I am always glad to contribute to others' memorials as well. Most likely, though, I will not contribute biographical notes if the person who maintains the memorial is unrelated and therefore unlikely to retain the source data.

My Virtual Cemeteries, etc.

You will see that I have built nearly 140 virtual cemeteries under this account. There are over 130 more at my sons' European Ancestors and Kim's Folks accounts. I hope you will check them out--especially if you are descended from one of our ancestral families. They represent a lot of time and effort.

Regarding transfer, if you are more closely related to one of my ancestral aunts, uncles or cousins and your request is within Find A Grave guidelines, I will be glad to pass the memorial along to you if you will explain your connection.

If your request is outside Find A Grave guidelines (i.e., the person is not your close relative), I will be glad to consider transfer if you will explain your connection in detail and let me know how you will build out the memorial. Again, the memorials attached to this account are my own blood relatives or their spouses, with only a few exceptions. Linking children or getting children linked to your (our) relative, and sponsoring, are good indicators that you are committed to improving the data and caring for the memorial.

If you are a direct descendant of any of my ancestors, I will gladly add a link to your profile from that memorial noting that you are also a descendant--just ask. (Or add a flowers note explaining your connection.)

My Favorite Cemeteries

Some statistics as of January 2016--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding blood relatives and spouses in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...

1,065 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
1,043 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
770 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
662 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
623 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
468 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
362 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
337 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
322 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
283 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
256 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
251 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
250 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
248 in Brainerd Cem., Cranbury, NJ
210 in Cedar Hill Cem., Hightstown, NJ
182 in Dutch Neck Cem., Princeton Junction, NJ
173 in Princeton Cem., Princeton, NJ
164 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
138 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
129 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Titusville, NJ
123 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ
123 in West Laurel Hill Cem., Bala Cynwyd, PA
120 in Laurel Hill Cem., Philadelphia, PA
113 in Methodist Church Cem., Titusville, NJ
109 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ
105 in Bethel Methodist Cem., Hurffville, NJ
100 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Lawrenceville, NJ

Relatives for whom I have burial information: about 20,940.

Relatives identified in or added to Find A Grave to date: about 19,640.

What a wonderful resource Find A Grave is!
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Messages left for Joseph R. Klett (563)[Leave Message]
Marilyn Kenyon, Psy.D.
Jane aka Jean Butler
Thanks for pointing out the duplicate. I'll fix that.
Added by Marilyn Kenyon, Psy.D. on Jun 28, 2016 9:54 PM
Ida Durden
Springer Family
Thanks for your response. Here is why I was asking the question about Lorentz Springer =
I have been reading the North America, Family History on Springer (164 pages) Have you reviewed?

My personal email is, if you would like to respond there.

I really would appreciate anything that you would share. The Springer connected to my husband is Nancy Springer that married William Jackson - daughter Mary Polly Springer Jackson married John Ware. John Ware's daughter Mary is my husband's 2x great grandmother - she married John Edward Durden

Thanks again and I am not trying to be a pest. I really try very hard to have accurate information in the family tree. I am on Ancestry or you?

Have a blessed day,
Added by Ida Durden on Jun 28, 2016 2:16 PM
Ida Durden
Lorentz Springer

Hi, I have followed research on him, due to his family is part of our 8th great grandparents. Records show he was only son of first wife of Christopher Springer - Alma Doretha Jacobie - they married 1645 he was born 1646 = she died appx two years after marriage. Can you shed some help on what is written on his findagrave.

Thank you so much for your time and response
Added by Ida Durden on Jun 25, 2016 1:22 PM
Well, a little further reading revealed to me that you are far more than a hobbyist. I'd guess that my recent populating of the OurFamilyTree database, at best, was inefficient, perhaps pointless.

Still, my particular interest is the intersection of land title and genealogy as a frame for history, and you are the guy to talk with. My career is in IT, originally databases, so I may have something to contribute.

Looking forward,
Added by robweis on Jun 22, 2016 6:55 AM
41520793 Mary A. Lewis
Good Morning Mr. Klett! I became a member just to send you an email, but computer / technology is a challenge for me so I'm not sure that I sent it successfully, as you probably never got it. I'm quite sure that Mary A. Lewis would be a relative of mine, as well as a few other Lewis family members and I'd love to have a conversation or email exchange with you, if you would. I can try resending my original email - I hope you receive it. If not, please email me at
Thank You So Much! Have a Happy Fathers Day!

PS: If anyone reading this is also related to these Lewis Memorials, please feel free to email me! Thank You!
Added by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2016 12:17 AM
Charles Perot - Msg 2
I have a few semi-personal questions about the family.
Please email me personally / privately.
I also have a story to tell any direct surviving members of the family, such as any possible Grandchildren.

Added by viv on Jun 09, 2016 10:21 AM
Hi, Joseph.

I wanted to thank you for all the work you've be doing on local genealogy. I live in Lambertville and am studying local history, particularly through local family histories. (My ancestors include a Hendy/Baker union in revolutionary times).

I have a particular interest in Lambertville's explosion in the 2nd half of the 19th century. I've been ripping off, uh, I mean, referencing your work at the site I use for genealogy.

I can make a great case for using this free and quality controlled site.

If you're interested, we may be able help each other in related goals.

Rob Weisenborn
HVCHS '76 w/ a shout out to Ted, who may remember me.
Added by robweis on Jun 05, 2016 8:13 AM
George & Carrie Mount
Delighted to offer you the transfer. My ancestors are also Mounts--some born and buried in Bristol. I have no idea how/if your relatives are linked to mine, but I look forward to your bios. I enjoyed reading your Contributor's Page.
Added by Sheppard2 on Jun 04, 2016 4:41 AM
RE: Otterville images (Hanson, Collver)
You are very welcome. Next time I am at Otterville Cemetery I will check again for the remaining names you requested (I was a bit pressed for time).
Karen VN
Added by KVN on Jun 01, 2016 12:45 PM
Charles Perot
Under the flowers section for Charles Perot, you used the word "Cousin" are you related to him?
Added by viv on May 30, 2016 8:15 PM
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