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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. However, corrections and suggestions will not be accepted if they are not historically correct, reflect wishful assumptions, or "junk" genealogy.
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Billie Jasper
RE: Dr. Charles Bulkeley 170677763
Hello Don,

Thank you for your efforts to get this Goodrich/Bulkeley/Ufford family all linked together.

Billie Jasper
Added by Billie Jasper on May 13, 2017 11:29 PM
Billie Jasper
Dr. Charles Bulkeley 170677763
Thank you for creating the memorial for my ancestor, Dr. Charles Bulkeley 170677763. I believe that I saw others erroneously claim Hannah was a daughter of Gershom Bulkeley (72173669), but I could not see where Gershom had a daughter named Hannah so I was very confused and remained confused until I saw the memorial for Dr. Charles Bulkeley.
Billie Jasper
Added by Billie Jasper on May 12, 2017 9:19 PM
Sarah Margaret Rippetoe Thomas-75503765
Hello Don, my name is Kara Steele and I had an inquiry about Sarah Thomas. I am a Thomas family member and have followed your research of the family for years. I was browsing the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery, in Oklahoma and came across something interesting. Many Thomas family members are buried here and I found this memorial
139147551-Sarah M. Thomas
Do you think this is a match? Thank you, Kara
Added by ks on May 01, 2017 6:07 PM
Zoe Tom
John Case
Hello, Cousin - John is my ancestor too.

Let me know if you think I have written something incorrectly.


Added by Zoe Tom on Apr 30, 2017 5:36 PM
Sharyn Herian
Postings on Carpenter Fuller, Cushman & Titus
I found your postings to be very thorough and solid on these ancestors of mine. Then I read your "bio" and commentary on the work that you do for Find A Grave and was so impressed with your thoughtfulness and dedication in the way you remember our ancestors and connect them to one another.

This is only to thank you for your attention to facts and particulars in the spirit of Eugene Zubrinsky. He helped me with vexing Carpenter entanglements and I am a great admirer of his Carpenter scholarship as well. I find the photographs to be beautiful too, and most appreciated.
Sharyn Carpenter Herian
Added by Sharyn Herian on Apr 21, 2017 4:25 PM
Almira Case b 17
She married Timothy Terry in 1824 in Simsbury and moved to Portage Co ohio. I have their descendants if you would like, However I haven't added all her ancestors. Do you have a tree on line or could you share a gedcom so I can add in her ancestors?

Almira dau of Bartholomew Case and Rachel Foot Phelps his parents Bartholome and Ruth Owen

Added by Sandykp on Apr 17, 2017 11:28 AM
Karen Sipe
Mary Robinson 20172646
Herbert Fisk Robinson is a duplicate of Herbert F. Robinson. I have posted the photo to that memorial page. It would be recommended that you delete your memorial page since it was created second. Have you requested a transfer from Carolyn?

At any rate I just posted the photo to your Herbert memorial page.

Yes even after 11 years I have a hands on for all my photos.
Added by Karen Sipe on Apr 14, 2017 3:54 PM
Jane from MI
Jonathan Porter
I added the marriage date for Jonathan's 2nd wife. I should have entered in the first place. Thank you for your suggestion. Jane from MI
Added by Jane from MI on Apr 14, 2017 9:20 AM
David Goodrich
If you want his memorial page transferred to you just send me an edit from his memorial page to that effect with your contributor's number.

Hope all is well,
Added by Sara on Apr 09, 2017 12:13 PM
Judith Thompson
RE: Abigail Richardson Cae
So happy to hear you are related. at the Olsd Mill River Cemetery. Polly is buried here in New Marlborough, MA next to her 2nd husband Alpheus Underwood. I am doing a research project on Polly for the Historical Society. Right on her gravestone:

Polly Rhoades
Died Sept. 7, 1855- aged 85 yrs. 5 mos. And 3 d.ís
Being the widow of five husbands
1sr David Rockwell
2nd Capt. Alepheus Underwood, d. 1834
3rd Deacon Amos Langdon
4th Hezekiah G. Butler
5th James T. Rhoades

I was able to find the 3 oldest Rockwell children(Joseph, Harriet & Helena) through their marriage records here in New Marlborough. Hellena married Peter Betticher here and it is through the heirs in her will which I can send a link via email directly to you if you want a copy. She had brothers Hiram and Harry . I have Polly's tree on and would love to send you an invite to see it if you are able to see it. Still a work in progress. I did find David Rockwell's probate records in Hartford. I would love to know how he died if you have any info. Also I would love to know how she ended up here. Her mother did come to live with Polly and died here in New Marlborough. Send your email address to me as I am would llove to share things in a more private place. Can you confirm that the Rockwell from Coventry are related to Norman Rockwell? Judy Thompson
Added by Judith Thompson on Apr 08, 2017 4:16 AM
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