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Billie (#47018966)
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We are connected, my child and I,
by an invisible cord, not seen by the eye.
It's not like the cord that connects us 'till birth,
this cord can't be seen by any on earth.
This cord does its work, right from the start.
It binds us together, attached to my heart.
I know that it's there, though no one can see,
the invisible cord from my child to me.
The strength of this cord is hard to describe.
It can't be destroyed, it can't be denied.
It's stronger than any cord man could create,
It withstands the test... can hold any weight.
And though you are gone,
though you're not here with me,
this cord is still there, but no one can see.
It pulls at my heart... I am bruised... I am sore.
But this cord is my lifeline... as never before.
I am thankful that God connects us this way.
A mother and child, death can't take it away!


O God, who holds all souls in life;
and calls them to himself as seems best:
we give them back, dear God, to you who gave them to us.
But as you did not lose them in the giving,
so we do not lose them by their return.
For not as the world gives, do you give, O Lord of souls:
that which you give you also take away:
for life is eternal, and love is immortal,
and death is only the horizon,
and the horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.


Several years ago I began researching my family history. As a history teacher, I can't believe how connected I now feel to the "American Story." Most fascinating has been tracking the westward movement of my mother's family from Massachusetts and Connecticut out to Indiana, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, and Montana and my father's from Virginia and the Carolinas westward to Tennessee, Missouri, Texas and California. I have a deeper, more personal appreciation for the pioneering and adventurous spirit that built and continues to build this land. I have discovered heroes and scalawags along the way... but mostly just regular Americans... hardworking and determined. It is inspiring to say the least.

It was in the process of doing my research that I discovered Find-a-Grave. I have been fascinated by cemeteries for as long as I can remember, and have been amazed to find so many who share my interest. In these quiet places there is no rush, no worry... none of the fears or overblown anxieties that harrass and pull at us every day and we can be assured that ultimately, none of them matter.

Cemeteries are places where we are reminded that, though each of us has a different story, we all share a common destiny. As we gaze at headstones of ancestors who have been gone for scores, if not hundreds of years, they remind us that the Story rolls on... with us, then without us. And more than ever I become convinced that each of us plays the part we have been given in THIS scene... then we move on to the next. Whether we are here for a day or a hundred years, it is but a single beat in the scope of the whole.

As Susie Salmon tells us at the close of The Lovely Bones - "I was here for a moment, and then I was gone." Thus are we all. I cannot honestly say I don't look forward to the next act.


When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that has been written will come true: Death has been swallowed up in victory. "Where, oh death, is your victory? Where, oh death, is your sting?" 1Co15:54-55


Sign in the little country cemetery where my maternal grandparents are buried:

As you are, we once were...
As we are, you will be.


Dear Ancestor

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.

It reaches out to all who care;
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist,
You died and I was born.

Yet each of us are cells of you;
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.

Dear Ancestor, the place you filled;
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.

I wonder as you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew;
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.

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Esther Johnson
Esther Draughn Johnson, Mt. Airy, N.C.
I did not know you had Draughn's until I just looked at your grandparents. Email me at
Added by Esther Johnson on Nov 07, 2015 4:36 PM
Esther Johnson
Esther Draughn Johnson, Mt. Airy, N.C.
I love your story. You should write a book.
Added by Esther Johnson on Nov 07, 2015 4:34 PM
Neil B (John 3:16)
Hi Billie,

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Added by Neil B (John 3:16) on Jan 02, 2015 1:41 AM
Debe Clark
RE: Fern Bisel Peat
Fern, If you send me a request via the edit tab on the memorials, I will be happy to transfer them to you. (Then you can add all the information your little heart desires.) :)
Added by Debe Clark on Aug 01, 2014 7:04 PM
Tonya Sapp Hames
RE: Samuel Hammond, Jr.
My fingers are frozen after all this winter weather in SC and they just don't want to work right...Sorry I submitted the previous message before it was finished and doesn't make since.

Here's what I was trying to say...

Thank you for providing Samuel Hammond Jr.'s burial information. I really appreciate this and have updated his memorial. I would LOVE a grave photo for his memorial. That would be wonderful. I have submitted a photo request so that you can get credit. Please claim the request so that nobody else takes your credit.

Thank you!
Added by Tonya Sapp Hames on Jan 31, 2014 9:55 AM
Tonya Sapp Hames
RE: Samuel Hammond, Jr.
Hello Billie,

Thank you for providing Samuel Hammond Jr.'s burial information. I really appreciate this and have updated his memorial. I would LOVE a grave photo for his memorial. That would be wonderful. I have submitted a photo request so that you can get credit. Please claim the reqf you would like, I will get a photo.
Added by Tonya Sapp Hames on Jan 31, 2014 9:53 AM
Remembered ~*~ Angels
Happy Holidays
Billie, there is no time more fitting to say 'Thank You " for all the visits to my loved ones, and to wish you a Happy Holiday Season and A New Year of Peace and Happiness
Added by Remembered ~*~ Angels on Dec 20, 2013 3:23 AM
George Stradtman
Memorial for Will Couts Smith, Jr.
What a beautiful tribute you wrote to your father! I happened upon it by accident, while looking for Pennsylvania relatives. I got misty eyed while wondering if I'll merit any such note after I leave this earthly existence.
Genealogy isn't about debunking, nor is it about myth making. It is about truth, tact, and respect... for our ancestors and for those who rely on our work to understand us and those who came before. Your own writing is an excellent example of how this *should* be done.
Added by George Stradtman on Dec 07, 2013 4:27 PM
Virginia Alice Deem/Jenkins
Andrew Jackson Nutter
Thanks for emailing back. I myself just recently discovered about the Hattie Green in my Nutter Books.
If I find more on her, I will be glad to share with you.
By chance, are you on Ancestry? I have a Private Tree, but would also be glad to share that too.
I have run across a lot of mysteries in my family also. And I know how it is to get new information.
Look forward to talking to you again and Happy Thanksgiving ;)
Added by Virginia Alice Deem/Jenki... on Nov 28, 2013 10:27 AM
Virginia Alice Deem/Jenkins
Andrew Jackson Nutter
I also have the copy of Nancy Lewis Pension deposition if you would like to read it.
The information I found about Hattie Green is from the book: Nutters From Nutter Fort The Next Generation by Tim Eastom and Ed Nutter, published 2003.
I have still to get information on this Hattie Green, but I have contacted Tim Eastom and will be contacting Ed Nutter in reference to getting more information on this Hattie Green.
Nancy Clarinda Lewis is my gr gr aunt. She is the daughter of George D Lewis & Cynthia Lee. She was married 4 times:
Feb 11 1857 to Pvt Wm Deem s/o Jacob Deem and Mary Catherine Lazure
Dec 28 1864 to Samuel Nutter s/o Christopher Nutter and Elizabeth McIntire
Jul 1868 to Jeremiah Monroe Deem s/o James G Deem and Mary Catherine Roberts
Oct 23 1873 Divorce from J M Deem
Feb 8 1874 to Asa Jenkins s/o John Jenkins Sr and Nancy Ann Jackson.
Nancy died Nov 22 1904 near Freeport, WV
Added by Virginia Alice Deem/Jenki... on Nov 28, 2013 7:10 AM
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