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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 5 years, 11 months, 15 days
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I am glad to report that I am finally caught up with edits, Find A Grave notices, and emails!


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 as a volunteer 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, Carol Foss, and Leigh Miller 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 over 6,300 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. Generally, I do not submit vital dates/places unless the current information in the memorial is incorrect or insufficient.

My Virtual Cemeteries, etc.

You will see that I have built over 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 April 2017--mainly to satisfy my own curiosity--regarding blood relatives and spouses in certain cemeteries (when over 100 graves)...

1,240 in Greenwood Cem., Trenton, NJ
1,095 in First Presbyterian Church Cem., Ewing, NJ
786 in Pennington Cem., Pennington, NJ
690 in Riverview Cem., Trenton, NJ
665 in First Baptist Church Cem., Hopewell, NJ
501 in Highland Cem., Hopewell, NJ
434 in Eglington Cem., Clarksboro, NJ
353 in Lawrenceville Cem., Lawrenceville, NJ
349 in Harbourton Cem., Harbourton, NJ
342 in Cedar Hill Cem., Hightstown, NJ
300 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
289 in Baptist Church Cem., Hamilton Square, NJ
286 in Mercer Cem., Trenton, NJ
284 in Presbyterian Church Cem., Pennington, NJ
252 in Brainerd Cem., Cranbury, NJ
240 in Dutch Neck Cem., Princeton Junction, NJ
191 in Princeton Cem., Princeton, NJ
191 in Ewing Cem., Ewing, NJ
159 in Lake Park Cem., Swedesboro, NJ
138 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Titusville, NJ
133 in Cedar Green Cem., Clayton, NJ
124 in West Laurel Hill Cem., Bala Cynwyd, PA
122 in Methodist Church Cem., Titusville, NJ
120 in Laurel Hill Cem., Philadelphia, PA
109 in Methodist Cem., Aura, NJ
107 in Bethel Methodist Cem., Hurffville, NJ
104 in Presbyterian Churchyard, Lawrenceville, NJ

Relatives for whom I have burial information: about 23,270.

Relatives identified in or added to Find A Grave to date: about 22,060.

What a wonderful resource Find A Grave is!
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Linda Rae
Levering Family
Thomas C W Levering and Louisa Allen are my 3rd Great Grandparents. I have been unable to find either set of parents. Census show he was from PA and she from NJ.
Thank you for your assistance with Mary Irene and her daughter.
Added by Linda Rae on Jun 21, 2017 2:57 PM
The Bull
Mabel Davis Crounse
I agree the cause of death does not belong in the bio. I deleted it.

Deb aka The Bull
Added by The Bull on Jun 16, 2017 4:15 PM
RE: Spencer/ Blackwell
I have an old Spencer family tree by one of the relatives in Ireland; he has a note that says Sarah Spunner most likely nee Blackwell. Never saw it on the papers until I looked at it again the other day.

Right now I decided to try to sort out all of the Astbury's. There were so many with the same name and similar birth years.

I'll let you know if I do fgure out if there is a Blackwell connection.
Added by Roselvr on Jun 16, 2017 8:12 AM
Glen Hockenjos
Hans Hackenjos
I believe we are related through the above person. Please contact me through Gottlieb Hockenjos #129269353, edit page "suggest any other correction etc.). That is the only way to contact my private email.
Glen Hockenjos
Added by Glen Hockenjos on Jun 13, 2017 4:12 AM
Linda Rae
Palmer Hart
I believe Palmer Hart married 2nd Mary Irene Levering.
I believe they had a daughter Mary Levering Hart (Find A Grave#117037838).
I have been unable to locate a grave for Mary Irene Levering Hart B1854 D 15 May 1890.
Any assistance is appreciated.
Thank you.
Added by Linda Rae on Jun 12, 2017 1:21 PM
Allen Prunty
RE: Brett Mount's Genealogies
So that I can properly source it, as I trust your research, can I please have the book publisher, city and state published and the date published please. Also if they have ISBN Numbers that would be great too I can find the books there.

I'm having trouble finding the books in the MARC catalog. Is the title Mounts of or is it Mount of ??

Added by Allen Prunty on Jun 11, 2017 2:50 PM
Allen Prunty
Brett Mount's Genealogies
Hey Distant cousin,

Where can I find a copy of Bret Mount's Genealogie books?
Added by Allen Prunty on Jun 10, 2017 9:45 AM
RE: Spencer/ Blackwell
Sorry it's taken me so long to get back here. I've been on Ancestry almost 2 years, have not used my 2 week trial yet so can't see public trees. I'm going to do the trial in the near future. If there is a relation to my son it would be 4th plus

I'm wondering where the name came from. Hope HTML works Sarah Ellen Spencer Astbury's brother was named Samuel Blackwell Spencer (1889-1897). I'm thinking it came from somewhere, then we have her son William marrying your distant cousin.
Added by Roselvr on Jun 10, 2017 8:26 AM
Hammells of Mercer County
Hi Joseph. I am currently reading "History of Burlington and Mercer Counties" by Woodward & Hageman, published 1882, now available online. Thought you might be interested in biographical info on Hammells on pages 798-799. Link:;view=1up;seq=1133;size=175
Added by fleshingoutthetree on Jun 06, 2017 9:37 PM
RE: Hunts - Wilbur, Ernest etc
Well Hello Cousin!
Ernest was my great grandfather.
Added by LT on Jun 05, 2017 8:35 AM
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