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sheila (#48055042)
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Bio Photo We Are The Chosen

We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems 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. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. 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 am I and why do 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 the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth. Without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. 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 they and they are the sum of who we are. 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 my 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 restore the memory or greet those whom we had never known before.

-Author Unknown

Please be kind when asking for an edit or deletion to a memorial that has been created. Mistakes are made and can be corrected very easily, please be nice. After all this is done voluntarily to help others. It is not a job that we are paid to do. Thank you.

Also: If your loved one does not have a headstone, or the headstone is damaged, please try to save a little money here and there to purchase them one.


Stop by a CVS or Dollar Tree and pick up a $2 bucket, 4 or more gallons of distilled .59 cents water jugs, a very SOFT Scrub Brush and scrub lightly the growth and stains on the old tomstone. Go easy, you could easily cause damage. But PLEASE HELP. . Preserve and clean your family's tombstones. This will help another century of kin to find your family
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Gladys Turner Dinkeloo
Siler Photos
Thank you so much for the photos of Nona, Bryan and addition of Charles Siler. Have a great day.
Added by Gladys Turner Dinkeloo on Sep 29, 2014 12:56 PM
Fran Campbell
Katherine Lester Davis Photo
Hi, Sheila,

Thank you so much for taking the time to get a picture of the headstone of one of my relatives, Katherine Effie LESTER DAVIS in the Summit Lawn Cemetery in Westfield. I truly appreciate your help.

Fran Campbell
Added by Fran Campbell on Sep 16, 2014 4:04 PM
Thank you for the photos. They are helpful.
Added by Ro on Sep 14, 2014 5:38 PM
Brad Manzenberger
Thomas B. Moore Cemetery
My wife is a descendant of the Moore's and we want to visit the cemetery. Can you tell me where it is specifically? Is their direct access or do we need to knock on a door to get permission? Thanks.
Added by Brad Manzenberger on Aug 21, 2014 5:13 PM
Thank you for visiting the memorial for Morgan Thompson
Hello, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for visiting my friend Morgan Thompson's memorial. Thank you and keep up the good work you do within the Find a Grave community. It is appreciated.

Added by Johnny on Aug 02, 2014 6:36 PM
juana manzana
Lot Beall
Thank you so much for the wonderful photo you took of my ancestor's grave.
I really appreciate all the work you went to. J
Added by juana manzana on Jul 28, 2014 9:24 PM
Nottingham Memorial & Photos
Thank you not only for the photo but for the memorial for her husband.
Added by Patsy1945 on Jul 21, 2014 7:43 AM
Charles Wilton
Lawtons @ Crownland
Thank you for your photo!

Added by Charles Wilton on Jun 21, 2014 12:40 PM
Pierce family at Crownland
Thank you for trying to find Mary and the other Pierces at Crownland Cemetery. And thank you for adding the photo for Lloyd Pierce and adding Halcy! I'll be sending you some info to add to Halcy's memorial.
Added by rocu on Jun 18, 2014 1:22 PM
Heather Cottrell
RE: Cooks
I appreciate the offer. Wright, Sr. and his wife Sarah had several children. Many more than just William and Abraham. Wright was my Great Great Great Grandfather's younger brother. A sister married a Moore which is why I said those Moores might also be in my tree but haven't been able to connect them yet. Sarah and Wright are both alive in 1900 and on the census. I do not know Sarah's maiden name. All that I have is what is on Find a Grave pretty much. If you follow the link back you will find Wright's parents. He is linked to them. My ancestor is his brother Joseph.

Joseph raised his family at Boxley instead of Hortonville. I looked up the two towns the other day on the map and saw they are only around 10 miles apart. My Great Great Grandma Serilda Cook Cornelius was born in Boxley.

Added by Heather Cottrell on Jun 13, 2014 7:43 AM
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