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"Life's Greatest Handicap is Being Contented."
"I believe that love and prayer are the most important things in life," -Anne Nichols
Excerpt from "Abie's Irish Rose:
FATHER WHALEN. Sure, we're all trying to get to the same place when we pass on. We're just going by different routes. We can't all go on the same train.
RABBI. And just because you are not riding on my train, why should I say your train won't get there?
— Anne Nichols (1891-1966), American playwright; from Abie's Irish Rose (play), 1922
Haunting eyes peering at me
Through the veiled, forgotten past;
Spirit voices, phantom actors
Beckon me to join their cast...
Time unravels ancient stitches
As I vainly grasp each thread;
Scattered whispers, faded photos
Tell the tale of those long dead...
Withered memories pressed like flowers
Speak of young love once in bloom;
Scented traces faintly linger
Over long-neglected tomb...
Ghostly chanting leads me blindly
Down each darkened corridor..
As I ponder things that once were
-Things that are will be no more...
One of my favorite poems by Alan Seeger:
"I Have a Rendezvous with Death"
I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
When Spring comes back with rustling shade
And apple-blossoms fill the air--
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.
It may be he shall take my hand
And lead me into his dark land
And close my eyes and quench my breath--
It may be I shall pass him still..
I have a rendezvous with Death
On some scarred slope or battered hill.
When Spring comes round again this year
And the first meadow-flowers appear.
God knows 'twere better to be deep
Pillowed in silk and scented down.
Where love throbs out in blissful sleep,
Pulse nigh to pulse and breath to breath,
Where hushed awakenings are dear--
But I've a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,
When Spring trips forth again this year,
And I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous.
-Alan Seeger (1888-1916)
I would like to take this time to thank all of those who have visited my family including, my granny, Vera Griffis Westberry (who got me started on genealogy). Also many thanks to those who have visited my Anne Nichols and Adelaide Matthews Memorials. These were two wonderful ladies of the theatre who knew each other as friends and wrote plays together. I am fortunate to be related to Anne and to have known her and Adelaide through the eyes and memories of my friend, Janet. I am always looking for more information on Anne and Adelaide. If anyone has information please contact me or Janet (capecodder). After all, Anne's most popular quote was:
"Life's Greatest Handicap Is Being Contented!"
The following poem was found in my mother's (Hazel Westberry Paesano) belongings after she passed:
"The Time Is Now"
If you are ever going to love me,
Love me now while I can know
The sweet and tender feelings,
Which from true affection flow.
Love me now, while I am living...
Do not wait until I'm gone
And then have it chiseled in marble,
Sweet words on ice-cold stone.
If you have tender thoughts of me, please tell me now...
If you wait until I am sleeping, never to awaken,
There will be death between us and I won't hear you then.
So, if you love me , even a little bit,
Let me know while I am living so I can treasure it.
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|CINDY BENNETT||BENNETT genealogy|
Just realized this Richard Bennett you have is the brother to my Peter Bennett .. I would love to exchange information with you. CABforHIM@aol.com We have been looking for Peter Bennetts family for many many years. Your information just linked us together..
|Phil Johnson||RE: Griffis and Thornton|
Yes. I see where we are related for sure.
Daniel Kirkland Griffis I (1821-1882) was your GG Grandfather and my GGG Grandfather.
Just using this site, I'm not sure which son/daughter you descend from. This is my path:
Daniel Kirkland Griffis I --> Keziah Griffis --> Lonnie Griffis --> Fannie Lou Griffis Herrington --> my mother (living) --> me
Like I said, I have a lot of my grandmother's family in Big Creek PB Cemetery. My grandmother (Fannie Lou Griffis) grew up on the Big Creek Church Rd between the church and the now paved highway.
|Phil Johnson||RE: Lizzie Alice Griffis|
You must live near k'ville. A lot of my maternal great-grand parents family grew up just west of K'Ville and many are buried at Big Creek Primitive Baptist Cemetery. Do you have family out there? If you do and they are either Griffis or Thornton, then we are more than likely related.
|pam miltiades||George Henry Hamilton Westberry Nichols|
Hi. I noticed you are researching this line extensively. I have found some new info and would like to share it with you. If you are interested please contact me at email@example.com. Thank you for all the work you do.
|Al Ford||Alfred Ford Jr. Family|
A cousin in Richmond, VA just sent me the link to " Find-a-Grave". I saw information regarding my dad and other family members. Are you a cousin of mine? I am Alfred L. Ford III and my brother is David W. Ford. I have so much info on the Ford family! Someone also posted some old family pics of my family and I was wondering where they got them.
Please write soon. My e-mail is: four firstname.lastname@example.org.
Added by Al Ford on Nov 11, 2013 10:41 AM
|Patricia Ann Hardesty||RE: Mabel Hunter|
I am sorry, I just found your post about picture of the Hunters.
I will see if I can make a connection for you.please if you want to connect to me us my email address
Would you mind sending me you email address?
Are you working on a family tree?
Are you related to Hunter's?
Please let me hear back
Pat Bennett Hardesty
|Barbara Wilson Krause||John "Revolutionary Soldier" Sheffield Memorial #35346985|
I'm very confused by all the children's names listed on John's memorial you created.
I agree with some of them since I have a transcribed will of John Sheffield dated 22 Jan 1790, Book A page 427 Duplin County, NC.
Children listed in will below:
Byan Sheffield (Do not see him listed.)
John's Elizabeth Sheffield wife's son William Graddy
Nancy Sheffield Screws
Will dated 22 November 1790
If you send me your email address I can scan the will for you.
As you may or may not know there are two John Sheffield of North Carolina. John of Duplin and John of Moore. Both John's were born the same time frame and had many children named the same name, especially the sons. Making the Sheffield descendants more difficult to sort and place.
I also have a document showing information on John Sheffield of Duplin County and a John Sheffield of Moore. I will also be happy to scan and send to you if you are interested.
I have found another John Sheffield on Find A Grave, but won't go into that until we get your memorial with the correct information.
I will look forward to hearing from you. Please write me at Barbjk7@aol.com Barbara
hello I am very close to new saint josephs cemetery I actually go there lot and will gladly go and take a picture for you. I looked at find a grave and saw they have 45 photo requests. this place is big and would take some time finding the tomb stones. if u can call the cemetery office they will tell you the section the person you are looking for is buried. That would help greatly! the office number is 1-866-794-5081 and their email is email@example.com if you find the section you can email it to me and ill go find the tombstone. my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Added by angela on Jul 11, 2013 9:01 PM
|Rene Cronnon-Barnes||Photo of Uncle Car (Griffis)|
Thanks for posting the photo of Uncle Carl. I will share it with his youngest son Tommy when I see him later in a few weeks. We purchased a lake house on Lake Eufaula in Alabama, and Tommy & his wife Kaye live a short distance from there. We took my mom up with us for Memorial day weekend and Tommy & Kaye were able to join us. We have made plans to get together again next month for the 4th of July. My husband & I try to go up at least once per month and will eventually retire there. It is in my husband's home town.
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I did not know until I saw your message and you indicated you found the photo when going through her things. I will make sure to let my grandmother know. She will be 89 in August and still resides with my aunt in Clermont. FL. She spends several weeks each year with my mom in Winter Garden, FL. Uncle Jack (Carl's brother) is not doing well. He has cancer and is not doing well at all. He and Uncle R.A. are the only two of the brother still living.
I have been very busy in the past several months. I took a new position as a nurse case manager and I am back in school working towards my MSN. I don't have much of an opportunity to post on this site or Ancestry.com right now, but hope to be able to devote more time to it soon.
I hope you are doing well. Again, I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother.
|Paddington||is that a picture of Anne??????????????/|
I just got a picture of Anne from 1955. Taken at Thanksgving time in first of our home in New York. She is with my my Mom, Aunt Adelaide and my sister. Surprised to get it from my brother. Nice picture.
Love all the new pictures of your Mom....
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