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Joseph R. Klett (#47554493)
 member for 5 years, 7 months, 16 days
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Am currently working on emails and Find A Grave notifications from 3 February. Please be patient--I promise I will get to them all!


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 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 (649)[Leave Message]
Thanks so much for William's obit. Would you happen to have his father George's?
Added by Roselvr on Feb 22, 2017 9:56 AM
Stop sending me messages unless they are relevant. I feel persecuted by you. I am busy right now with my Mother in hospice care and your remarks are very hurtful and make me feel bullied and bossed around..
BTW, when someone sends an edit, it may show other things that can be done, such as seeing a maiden name may lead to a linking. You may have sent a linking in a later SAC, but a linking has been made by the memorial manager before they get to any other edits. This makes the one you sent turn into no change. This is not strange or unusual. Aren't you the one preaching about checking edits? Do you understand? So please stop accusing me as this makes me feel very sad, and I am sad enough about watching my Mother die inch by inch.
Added by Kat on Feb 21, 2017 7:05 PM
Karen Mickel Bennett
Mary Mount
Thank you so much for taking time to send valuable information for the memorial. Sharing information is what makes Find A Grave successful and people like you are wonderful! Many will find your new information of Mary wonderful and it will be a great asset for future generations!
Added by Karen Mickel Bennett on Feb 21, 2017 2:00 PM
RE: Matthew & Mary Norton's memorials
Matthew's brother, Nicholas, and his wife, Martha Daggett, are my direct line through their son, Jabez. Then it is - Elijah-->Burroughs Sr-->Burroughs Jr-->Joseph Bullard-->Chester Weber-->Rozella, my grandmother who married Francis Henry Royal. I always love meeting "new" cousins. It is one of the benefits of genealogy I never thought about when I started researching family history. Regards, Linne
Added by Velcro on Feb 21, 2017 12:35 PM
Gonna work on putting them in my Ancestry and Family Search trees to start connecting them. I know George was born in England, came to the US (NJ) with his mother and 2 brothers. His dad was already here. I've been looking in NJ, found a few census but see I have to look in NY too. Maybe that will help me close the gap. Thanks for your help. I'll be very happy to connect them. Shame my sons great gram passed in 2015 before I started working on the family tree. Would have loved asking her for history because I'm sure she knew it all
Added by Roselvr on Feb 21, 2017 6:55 AM
RE: Matthew & Mary Norton's memorials
I try to sponsor all of my direct ancestors, when they are not already being sponsored. It is my way of honoring those who came before us and made us what we are today. Velcro came from my husband who says that is how I am affected by genealogy. LOL Regards, Linne
Added by Velcro on Feb 20, 2017 8:12 PM
So you're saying that Bruce is William G's son? It's weird the obit isn't worded to say preceded in death by his father William G. Astbury and Anna Astbury (nee Blackwell) of Point Pleasant, NJ. - See more at:
Added by Roselvr on Feb 20, 2017 1:56 PM
Sandy Boyd
ST Horner Friendship Methodist Cemetery
Just wanted to let you know that several pictures have been added to the Socrates Townsend Horner memorial (and his wife). (I noticed that you included 'cousin' in the flowers section.)

Sandy Boyd
Added by Sandy Boyd on Feb 20, 2017 9:24 AM
Hello Joseph, you left a comment on your cousin William G Astbury's Find A Grave. I've been working on a family tree for my son, his great grandma Margaret Mary Astbury MacKenzie is the daughter of Sarah Ellen Spencer and George Astbury, her brother is William G born Sept 12, 1909 Trenton. I'm trying to connect the dots and am not as experienced as you. I had found William G last year; I wasn't sure if he was the right William G because I thought I remembered gram saying everyone was buried in Plainfield but I think I am wrong because they have a history in the Trenton area. I see you're really swamped but when you have time can we try to get together here to figure out if William G, George and Sarah are the relatives I'm looking for so that we can connect them? Here is my comment on Sarah S's Find A Grave - Thanks so much

Marking my spot, need to do more research. I believe she is Sarah Ellen Spencer Astbury born 2 SEP 1877 Ashford, Galway, Ireland; with her husband being the stone to the left of her George Astbury B 1869/D 1946 Find A Grave #52485989; with her son being William G Astbury B 1909 D 1982 Find A Grave #52486018 buried nearby. Her daughter would be Margaret Mary Astbury MacKenzie Find A Grave #162155195

William G
Added by Roselvr on Feb 20, 2017 9:22 AM
Chambers-Calhoun Bible
Hi Joe,
Your email address did not work.

Added by Jeannieology on Feb 13, 2017 2:38 PM
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