~ Gardner ~ Montgomery ~ Barham ~ Rider ~ Warren ~ Lewis ~
What a honor it is to meet the ones that have gone before. I feel a bond which I never would have thought with each new acquaintance and some reacquaintances. To find a name that sparks a memory of a story once told is especially gratifying. "Nice to meet ya GG."
Let me know if I have one of yours you want to bring home.
What happens during that "dash" between birth and death is the only thing we have control over. Spend the dash wisely.
I have a letter from her brother to another brother describing it. He mentioned William, her son, as an infant. "“Dear Walter, I sit down to write to you laboring under circumstances that have so oppressed by mind for two weeks that I feel scarcely able to do anything. Of course you know ere this of the death of our poor sister. I almost feared to send that message that bore too the anxious hearts of you and Ma the fearful tidings that it contained and as it flashed along the wires to Memphis I wished that I could recall it, that I might give __ to its words; but no. She is dead, and far beyond the injuries and sorrows of this cold cold world, “Where storm after storm gathers darkly o’er the way”. I hoped & prayed that she might be spared to care for those poor little children of hers; but it could not be. They will never know a mother’s care, nor even remember her. They sent for me Saturday night and as the river was very high I had to go 20 miles around by a bridge and I arrived there at one o’clock, and found Sister Fannie very low not expected to live until morning. but towards morning she seemed to grow much better, and the Dr. told me by careful nursing she might recover. I then did everything in my power to save her. I went for Drs Row & Slaughter, and had Dr. Talliaferro waiting on her before; but a higher power had ordained that she was not long for this world, and after lingering with terrible agonies that I know she must have endured she died Wednesday morning about six o’ clock. During all her sufferings she was calm. Patient and seemingly waiting her fate, resigned to the will of god scarcely ever complaining, and when she died it was without a struggle. Oh Walter you don’t know how I sickened at heart when I found that she must dye; Her little ones there in the room utterly unconscious that their mother was breathing her last within a few feet of them; and she so painfully conscious of everything passing around her to within a few minutes of her death. I cannot express to you my feelings then; by this pen and paper but Mr. Fry will tell you all when he arrives with her body and those poor little motherless ones. You must care for them and never let them want for anything they may need, and Walter when you go to bed tonight kneel down and pray that God may make you a better man, and remember that not long ago he spared you; and I entrust you do not become careless because you may think that you have long to live yet; for it may be that ere another year maybe even months or days have passed you & I also may be numbered among those that were. Death is a Sad thing to think of, and a sadder to behold and when I think that one day I must close my eyes perhaps forever on this world I think that I ought to make some preparation. The promises of the Christian Religion are indeed glorious, and even if there is no hereafter Christians will not lose anything by being such, but if there is AH! Where will you and I be! Then answer me truly Walter do you not think that it would be far better for you & myself were we on the safe side. Think of it; you probably have tasted and drained some of the cups of pleasure that the World calls sweet. Did you not at sometime or other when you were carousing with some wild companions or playing the ridiculous farce that fashion requires, feel some inward something come “tapping, gently rapping, rapping at your hears door, telling you its all false! Utterly false! That God did not make you and give you strength, health, and money to throw away in that way. Yes I know you did and could I read the thoughts of your heart tonight I believe they would be “All is vanity, nothing but vanity”. But no! all is not vanity! We were not made in vain; but for some wise purpose, and conscience was given us as a guide in “the strait & narrow way” whenever we refuse to follow it, and when troubles come upon us we cry aloud for mercy; sometimes alas! Too late but often I believe we are forgiven. Often in my heart there arises a feeling of shame, shamed to acknowledge that I want to be a Christian. Is it not strange that a man should be ashamed of his creator, who not only created him but myriads of shining worlds probably peopled by beings fare greater than himself; why is it that he cannot say with the poet: ‘I may look beyond these starry worlds, and claim my potion there, on all intelligence may gaze, While yet in earthly thrall, And in exultant hope exclaim “My father made them all.’ I feel as if there is an irresistible influence to write to you on the subject that I have been speaking, and I hope you will take it kindly and not think it presumption on the part of a younger brother; but I believe you would rather have a letter from me written as it comes from my heart than one in a cold every day form; for I think that now since dear Sisters death which I firmly believe was sent as a warning to us, that we ought to be more firmly united, that we should try & hope you will read them carefully. It is now after midnight and I must close with thanks for the picture you so kindly sent. I remain, yours affectionately, R. Geddes Davies.” "
Samuel Leondus Montgomery photo Samuel Leondus Montgomery photo that you left on his memorial page.....may I use that on my Ancestry page for him. Thank you very much for all your contributions to Find A Grave. Waynette Davis
James Coats Lewis is my great grandfather. The Lewis Family picture on his sister's (Virginia) memorial site is very interesting. Is this the family of James Lewis and Ellen "Coats" Lewis? Do you have names for any of the Lewis Family in the picture? Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, CBD
Wade Infant Please help with getting the entry for the above correct. I had originally entered it as "Dwight Wade", and I think you added a picture. There is also an "Infant Wade" with the same dates and no picture. Can we combine and eliminate?
RE: Lycurgus H King Barham Ms. Gardner: My connection to the Barham - Gardner family is a bit distant. As calculated by Ancestry, Lycurgus Barham is the "paternal grandfather of husband of 3rd cousin, once removed". I am the eldest grandson of George Coyt Landrum and Winnifred Ethel Fulton of Kemper County, Mississippi. My third cousin, once removed was Tommie Virginia Fulton. I worked on the Gardners and as a follower of military history, was very moved by the Gardner contributions to World War II. Will do my very best to honor all of the people that make up the eclectic families that preceded my family. My tree is identified on Ancestry.com as "The Morrison Enigma" and I lives up to the name. It is public and can be viewed for constructive criticism. Have been at the task for over 60 years and still finding errors and omissions. Keep me straight! Best Regards, Larry and Carole Morrison of Maumelle, Arkansas (email@example.com)
Lycurgus H King Barham As the eldest grandson of George Coyt Landrum and Winnie Fulton Landrum of Kemper County, MS, recently made connection with the Lycurgus Barham family. Mr Barham's grandson married one of my Fulton cousins. The Barham family appears to have been connected to the Lewis family of Neshoba County, MS which ties to my wife's family through a Henderson connection. In the context of furthering the research, am respectfully requesting permission to use the photograph posted for LHK Barham & the Lewis family to expand the information on Ancestry.com. Sincerely, Larry & Carole Morrison of Maumelle, Arkansas
RE: Alice Elizabeth Gardner It is a remote possibility among a hundred others. We have done some extensive research online, but in October 2012 will travel to N.O. and Longview to try to find some more clues. Thanks!
Alice Elizabeth Gardner Years of searching have not revealed who were the parents of our GGM, Alice Elizabeth Gardner. Please see Memorial # 34146136. Any help from you Gardners, McKinleys, and Magrills would be forever appreciated.
RE: 60959144 John F. Montgomery I updated the memorial for John Montgomery. My connection to John Montgomery is through is wife Mary Selina Schula Ferguson. She was my g-g grandfather's sister. I assume that Samuel Montgomery's wife, Mary Paterson Ferguson, is also your ancestor. Both of the Marys have a common ancestor Andrew Ferguson (1724-1810), who is my g-g-g-g grandfather. So, hello cousin.
I will soon be moving to Ash Flat, AR which is just a few miles from Humphries Cemetery. If you need additional tombstone photos let me know and I will try to photograph them for you.
I have taken this photo in abt 2006 while at Humphrey's Cemetery in Fulton County Arkansas. It is similar to the one on the memorial # 5800683 for Samuel Montgomery that you have posted. If I could find an email address I would mail you the photo directlly. This stone in the photo has June 27, 1828 as Samuel's birth date and instead of what you have posted: Birth: Jun. 27, 1826 Death: Oct. 19, 1896) on the memorial.
The death date on the stone is what I have on this photo exactly. Do you know which is correct of the birth dates? I think it is your Samuel Montgomery.
I also have birth date for him as June 27, 1826, Lincoln Co NC. and death date as Oct 19, 1895 instead of 1896 from Jim and Judie Montgomery tree, Jim being a direct descendant as you are. Do you know which of those two death years is correct? I am a direct descendant of Joseph Wiley Montgomery, Samuel's next older brother. Can you straighten me out on this? Waynette Davis