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henry osborne (#47228310)
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I am trying to add a pictorial record for our local cemeteries before they are lost forever. I see so many unmarked graves or unreadable headstones. They will be lost forever. Remember your past generations.

I want to thank all who send in corrections/additions for the memorials I have created. I will make the corrections as soon as possible. Please use the edit tab on the memorial.

My feelings are in each family we are called to find the ancestors.
To put flesh on their bones and make them live again,
To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.
To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead,
Breathing life into all who have gone before.
We are the story tellers of the tribe.
We have been called as it were by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us:
Tell our story.
So, we do.
In finding them, we somehow find ourselves.
How many graves have I stood before now and cried?
I have lost count.
How many times have I told the ancestors
you have a wonderful family, you would be proud of us?
How many times have I walked up to a grave
and felt somehow there was love there for me?
I cannot say.
It goes beyond just documenting facts.
It goes to who I am and why I do the things I do?
It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever
to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen.
The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh.
It goes to doing something about it.
It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish.
How they contributed to what we are today
It goes to respecting their hardships and losses,
their never giving in or giving up.
Their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.
It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation.
It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us
That we might be born who we are.
That we might remember them.
So we do
With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence,
Because we are them and they are us.
So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family.
It is up to that one called in the next generation,
To answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers.
That is why I do my family genealogy,
And that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.

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Robie Merritt Loriaux-Roberts
Zinn at Arlington Memorial Park
Just wanted to drop a line and thank you for taking time out of your day to help me out by locating a marker of one of my relatives. Thank you so much and have a great day, Robie
Added by Robie Merritt Loriaux-Rob... on Jul 21, 2016 1:47 PM
Sandra Lee
Elton Jolly
Believe this is a duplicate of memorial # 53592195.
He is a cousin of mine.

Michael Lee
Added by Sandra Lee on Jul 21, 2016 9:56 AM
Marc Hollingsworth
Travis Denton - Arlington Cemetery
Thank you very much!
Added by Marc Hollingsworth on Jul 17, 2016 11:28 AM
Bonnie Sisson Manning
Ralph Stedman Penuell -Sibley Cem - 115167915
Hi, Henry
Would you please transfer Mr. Ralph's site to me? I am the Alzheimer caregiver for his 98 year old daughter, Miss Elva. She loves to tell me stories about her mother and father. I'd like to take those stories and put them on his site.

Thanks a heap!
Added by Bonnie Sisson Manning on Jun 29, 2016 6:51 AM
Marc Hollingsworth
Betty Jane Kennedy Pridgen - Taylor Cemetery
Thank you very much!
Added by Marc Hollingsworth on Jun 27, 2016 7:41 PM
Carolyn Hebbe McLeod
Robert Merrel Monk, Jr.
Robert Merrel Monk, Jr., memorial #90100030, was a member of my Bishop family.

If he was not a member of your family, would you please consider transferring his memorial to me?

I have tried through the edit tab on his memorial to maybe get the transfer. Don't know if there was a problem in receiving the request.

Thank you for your help.

Carolyn (47384868)
Added by Carolyn Hebbe McLeod on Jun 09, 2016 5:03 AM
Mem #90886382 & #90886411
Thank you for photographing and adding memorials for my grandparents, Ellis and Bertie Pinnix. No family remains in that state so who knows when I may be at their grave sites again. However, you have made it possible for me to "visit" them on occasion.

If you would like to link their memorials, please feel free to do so. #90886382 #90886411
Added by ks on May 25, 2016 9:29 PM
Thank you for replying as rapidly and for relinquishing the management of my brother's page over to me! I've seen you often on here and do appreciate all your hard work!!! And I love that you put on the obits! Some don't think it appropriate; but I do!!! I'm into genealogy and I truly appreciate all the help I can get! And the best place to start is with the obits!!!
Added by KAREY DAVIS-ASHCRAFT on May 18, 2016 8:23 PM
Request for MEMORIAL transfer
Thank you so much for adding my brother, RICHARD ANTHONY RICKMAN, Find A Grave # 162361351, here! His passing has left us at a loss! I would like to manage his page to add pictures and family members. Thanks for all you do!!!
Added by KAREY DAVIS-ASHCRAFT on May 16, 2016 2:36 PM
Betty Harrigill, Hall
Betty Beatty
Thank you so much , Henry!
Added by Betty Harrigill, Hall on May 02, 2016 2:50 PM
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