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For as long as I can remember I have had an intense curiosity to know where I came from- whom and where my family originated, how they lived, and how they died. I wanted to know them as best I could. Upon locating ancestors, I felt driven to leave as best I could, a statement in their behalf. Small-town folks deserve to be remembered; a memorial forever validating their existence. Everyone had people who loved them and had a distinct impact on their world, their community, family, and children. They deserve to be remembered.|
I have been able to trace and place memorials for many from my mother's side of the family, but as my mother's father was a Native American of the Blackfoot tribe, his history has been a monumental challenge; My grandfather was born not long after the Battle of Little Big-Horn and was five-years-old when U.S. troops, charged with the responsibility of arresting Chief Big Foot and disarming the Sioux, caused what is now infamously known as the Massacre at Wounded Knee. The once proud Sioux nation found their free-roaming life destroyed, the buffalo gone, themselves confined to reservations dependent on Indian Agents for their existence. Due to the extremely negative stigma of being a Native American, to gain work and acceptance he disguised his native-American heritage to survive by passing himself off as French or Italian, alternating over the years of his life. Neighborhoods, particularly in large cities, were much more ethnically concentrated in those days; nationalities clustered with one another. Therefore, I have been unable to trace his family.
Much is also lost of my father's family heritage- My father's family immigrated to America in the first decade of the 1900's from Eastern Europe. Continuous wars, the rising tide of Socialism and Communism, and the changing European map decimated family records- The country my father's Ukrainian mother was born in - Austria-Hungary- has not even existed in decades. Many who immigrated to America from Eastern Europe had a deep distrust of their homeland's government and feared authority in the ‘old country'. They didn't like being on any ‘records' there for good reason.
With many nationalities from many nations, so many of us Americans contain a wealth of ancestral beginnings. My personal heritage stems from England, Wales, France, Quebec, Poland, Ukraine, and Native American.
Please- treasure those you love, those who are no longer here to love in life, and the ancestors of your family! - They are truly of a fabric of which you are part. Their very existence has ushered you in and has bearing on who you are. Everyone has a story to tell.
* I welcome any information on anyone whom I have a family connection to- even if it is a small fact. Corrections are also welcome.
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Date of Birth: September 21, 1953
Added by Dogshe on Sep 22, 2013 4:12 PM
|KParn||RE: Hannah & Moses Greeley|
I guess I do not know myself how to do transfers, but I am glad I found where the Greeley's are buried, and I appreciate all your research for them! I have been to this cemetery numerous times, and I did not know until recently that they moved the Stevens/Sawyer cemetery, and the Smith/Bean cemetery into the Maplewood cemetery combined area because of the Flood control project the government built in the 1940's that flooded the original Stevens/Sawyer and Smith/Bean cemeteries. Thanks Gina for being such a good person and significant contributor to Find A Grave! regards, Ken(Kparn)
Added by KParn on Jan 13, 2013 12:20 PM
|KJV Guy||Your dear Dad|
I had visited your Mom's site before and I was surfing Find a Grave today when I came across your Dad's site. I give you on this wonderful day God gave us, my prayers and love as a Christian man with empathy and sincerity.
Added by KJV Guy on Apr 04, 2010 5:39 AM
|KJV Guy||RE: Thank you|
It was my great please ma'am. She seemed so sweet. I miss my dear Dad...Alden Louis Lovell. The picture doesn't truly look like him. Actually, he was quite handsome, quiet, reserved, and women LOVED him. He was however, a gentleman, always faithful to my mom. You must have wonderful memories and you have my prayers and thoughts. You may find a picture of me on facebook. Take care...Mark
Added by KJV Guy on Feb 28, 2010 3:12 PM
|KJV Guy||RE: Thank you|
Thank you very much...you are as beautiful as your dear mother!
Added by KJV Guy on Feb 09, 2010 6:08 PM
|Debbie Holth||It was an honor......|
Familylady - it was an honor to leave a note for your father. He is one of our dear heros in our nation - we can never repay them for what they did and continue to do. Thank you so much for your kind remarks. May you have a lovely Christmas!! Debbie Holth
|BlueGhost SCPO,USN Ret||HAPPY HOLIDAYS|
With the holidays upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and all of your wonderful family a most Happy Holiday Season. Please reflect on our veterans who are with us and who have passed. Though we live in difficult times the United States is still the most wonderful nation on earth to live in, thanks to those who fought to protect us.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES!!!
Hi, Just wanted you to know that Blue Ghost's 38 year old son passed away from a blood clot that hit his heart. He will be off of Find A Grave for a while.
Added by gabbybug on Nov 30, 2009 11:03 PM
|BlueGhost SCPO,USN Ret||I was honored.|
I was honored to leave the flowers and note for such a patriot as your father. What a wonderful man he must have been. To be the daughter of a person such as him must leave a glowing sense of pride in your heart with the mention of him. Pass his life's story to his grandchildren every day.
|BlueGhost SCPO,USN Ret||RE: Thank you|
I was honored to do just that little bit for such a patriot. What an amazing person he must have been. BlueGhost
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