Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Don Blauvelt (#46932939)
 member for 9 years, 10 months
[Add to MyFriends]
Bio and Links
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.
Leave Public Message
Contributions to
Find A Grave
 • 1,510 Memorials Added
 • 2,955 Memorials Managed
 • 3 Memorials/Week
 • 144 Photos
 • 29 Photo Requests
 • 4 Volunteer Photos Taken
 • 1,050 Virtual Flowers
 • 1 Famous Bio
 • 1 Sponsorship
Search Contributor's Records

First NameLast Name

Messages left for Don Blauvelt (695)[Leave Message]
The Fuller Family
Don, I just want to thank you for your thorough and informative research on the Mayflower Fuller family. I just found your "alternate" memorial for Robert Fuller of Redenhall, England and have found it very informative. Thanks again for all of your work and persistence.
Added by ol'mom on Jun 19, 2017 4:37 PM
RE: Isaak/Isaac Robinson
Thank u for your prompt is Peter father of Isaiah and his wife that concern me.
I have followed our Robinson Line from Eliza Robinson and her father....
Eli Robinson 1829

William 1778 Vermont died in Ontario

Isaiah 1755-1858 w.Sarah Foote

Isaiah 1729- 1790 w.Amy Chappel

Peter 1796/6 died?w.Elizabeth Sabin
John 1667- 1726/7 w. Hannah Wheaton?
John 1640-1714 w.Elizabeth Weeks
Isaac 1610- 1704 Mary ?
John 1575/6-1625 w. Brigette Whyte.

I have read the many articles including yours and that of John Hurlin Robinson regarding proof of the above but in finally selecting Peter I was able to find documents on Isaiah noting both the names of his wife and his father, Peter.The other Peters did not seem to have a son Isaiah. I also noted that Chappel Robinson named a son SABIN which may have been a nod to his grandmother or not! Lyda
Added by LYDA SMITH on Jun 12, 2017 9:41 PM
Isaak/Isaac Robinson
My husband's maternal line includes the Canadian Robinsons who came from VERMONT in the mid 1800s. Isaiah Robinson son, William and his wife, Pamillia Or Milly Spencer came first to Quebec and then to Ontario.Have also traced her line.
I do have some questions about the various "Peters" in the Robinson Tree and whether or not in my research I have chosen the correct wives and by not doing so have redirected the line.
In my sons'tree we have the Soules who settled in Nova Scotia. Much of my research indicates their ancestors came from the American Colonies.Along with the Soules are the Crossmans and the Ayers some who came during the time the Rhode Island Migration.

I am in BC Canada so am limited in visiting American sites and reading documents. Find A Grave has been enormously helpful. If possible, would you consider responding to my queries?
Thank you for all your work.

Added by LYDA SMITH on Jun 12, 2017 11:13 AM
Simon Allen Nickerson
Sorry for delay in reply, yes a direct line from William Nickerson the Immigrant, 1637, England to Massachusetts.
Added by Marna on Jun 09, 2017 12:33 AM
Judith Lee Howard Shea
Lydia Strong and David Lee
Hi! Don … Long time…

The parents of Rev Jonathan Lee—does anyone have a clue as to where they might be buried?


Judith Lee Howard Shea
Added by Judith Lee Howard Shea on Jun 05, 2017 12:09 AM
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
[View all messages...]

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service