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DebRob (#47945281)
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We Are The Chosen

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.

[Author: Della M. Cumming ca 1943.]

Della Commings
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Kaye Harkins McClintock
107425995 Zella Boner Spani
Deb, Zella is still very much alive! She turned 99 yesterday. Just seen her last Sunday at the Logan School Centennial in West Frankfort. Thought you might like to know, Kaye
Added by Kaye Harkins McClintock on Jul 18, 2016 9:37 AM
Marion L London
I have an lost family member with this name and DOB but the family had lost contact with him. Do you have an obit? or any other info?

Ed London

Added by on May 27, 2016 7:53 AM
Phil Hollinden
Lithuanian - Masonic Shakerag Cemetery
I will be passing through Johnston City, IL, and would like to visit the Lithuanian - Masonic Shakerag Cemetery. I haven't been successful in finding directions. Can you help? Thanks, Phil
Added by Phil Hollinden on May 15, 2016 11:33 AM
Megan Smith
Do you have any more info on Robert A Tate's parents such as where/when they were born?
Added by Megan Smith on May 07, 2016 4:03 PM
Jo Ann Anthony Burke
Krantz family in Johnston city illinois
Are related to me. Do you have any additional information on them?
Added by Jo Ann Anthony Burke on Apr 21, 2016 9:59 AM
Deb Fehr
Maddline Webb Jackson
Please disregard the last message. Maddline's date of death is correct. Sorry
Added by Deb Fehr on Apr 10, 2016 4:54 PM
Deb Fehr
Maddline Webb Jackson
Her death date is also incorrect. She died June 6, 2006 in Altus, Oklahoma. We took her ashes home and placed them between her mother and father in Lakeview Cemetery.
Added by Deb Fehr on Apr 10, 2016 4:51 PM
Deb Fehr
Maddline Webb Jackson
Please update the information you have on her...her birthdate is not correct. I know this because Maddline was my grandmother. She was born August 2, 1918. Thanks, Debbie Wilson Zdanowski Fehr. You might add that she had one child. Alice Gertrude Jackson Wilson. Alice will be buried in Altus Cemetery, Altus, Oklahoma. Alice was born 11-8-1936 to Maddline and Clarence Franklin Jackson. Alice passed on 12-4-2015.
Added by Deb Fehr on Apr 10, 2016 4:22 PM
Robie Merritt Loriaux-Roberts
John Aaron Gunter 1846-1905
I was linking some ancestors on Find A Grave and noticed that there were two enteries for the above person and his wife Miriam Dianna Warren.

Your entry is at Franklin Cemetery and the other is at Smothers Cemetery, Franklin County, Illinois.

I just thought I might bring it to your attention if you might want to look into it further or just put a note on your entry. I am going to use your entry for my notes.

Have a great day...Robie
Added by Robie Merritt Loriaux-Rob... on Mar 29, 2016 6:29 AM
Sue Beckley
Deb: Thanks for updating Columbus Williams. When I went to his grave site # 29560539 there is a "Robert J Martin" as his spouse. This doesn't belong to Columbus. Please remove.
Added by Sue Beckley on Jan 17, 2016 12:07 PM
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