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Donna Hasbrouck (#47491143)
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Bio Photo I consent to the use of my marker photographs for genealogical research provided they are for personal and not commercial use. Please cite Find A Grave as your source.
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WE ARE THE CHOSEN
[Author: Della M. Cumming ca 1943.]

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.
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jenny
Rachel and Catharine Brickell
Hi Donna,

Just wanted to let you know I added a better photo for your 4th great grandma Rachel Brickell and found the stone for her daughter Catharine. Added a photo for her too. Feel free to use the photos if you like. It's hard to read, but I was able to make it out and included the text in the inscription section of her memorial. Still looking for George. There is another piece of a Brickell stone (the "ckell" is legible) near Rachel's, which may well be his, but there's not enough information there to know yet. There are some other pieces that I haven't been able to get to yet, but hope to be able to piece them together and find him for you. By the way, do you know how the Brickell's relate to the Jones or Green families? Would like to know if there is a relation or just separate families who lived or worked together on the farm.

Jenny
Added by jenny on Apr 09, 2014 2:17 PM
EAF
RE: St. Mary's Little Falls
Thank you for your suggestions.
Added by EAF on Apr 01, 2014 8:44 PM
EAF
St. Mary's Little Falls
Donna-
I noted you maintain a number of memorials for those buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Little Falls. I wonder if you might advise me where best to find a complete listing of the interments there. I am seeking the burial spot for my gggrandmother, Elizabeth (aka Lyda, aka Lizzie) Graham Taylor Cowles. She was born in 1867 in OH and died in 1933 in Little Falls. Her second husband was Albert J. Cowles of Little Falls. Her first husband, my gggrandfather, was Perry D. Taylor of Watertown. Is there a someone at the cemetery that will replay to email requests?
Thank you.
Liz
Added by EAF on Apr 01, 2014 8:05 AM
Michelle Cooley
Carlos Barnard
Donna, You gave me the same link number for both father and mother. I need the correct father. Thanks
Added by Michelle Cooley on Mar 28, 2014 7:14 PM
D Giese
Wessel Wesselson Ten Broeck
Hi Donna,
I have found that Wessel and Maria TenEyck TenBroeck had a daughter, Sarah 1679-1716. She married Cornelis Cornelissen Vernooy on Nov 22 1702 at the Dutch Reformed Church in Kingston, NY. They had 6 children. I am unable to contact Tennise Broeck Morse (sponsor of Wessel's memorial) about this. Would like to hear back from you regarding this. Thank you.
Added by D Giese on Mar 27, 2014 10:59 AM
Megan
Nicholas Smith # 88602776
Hello,
I was wondering if you could update the entry for Nicholas Smith to show he died on July 16th 1938.
Thank you
Added by Megan on Mar 25, 2014 9:05 PM
eholmberg
Levant Cemetery submissions
Ms. Hasbrouck,
Thank you so much for all of the wonderful information you included with many of the markers for the Willett family. Each one allowed me to expand my family tree and provide more information for a family member.
Elizabeth Holmberg
Kinfolk Connections
Glen Rock, PA
Added by eholmberg on Mar 16, 2014 5:34 PM
BArnold
RE: Beatrice Thompson
Thanks for the offer, she is a distant cousin.
Added by BArnold on Feb 02, 2014 7:00 PM
personna
Edward James Wheatley (Memorial# 37562320) & Gladys June Kenyon Wheatley (Memorial# 37562332)
Hello Donna - Wanted to thank you for that I've updated the memorials with the information you provided. Also took a little time to search and add a bit more, including the form for the military marker. Wanted to add Glady's maiden name, back tracked through a couple census reports to find the names of her parents and a birth record.
Added by personna on Jan 26, 2014 4:43 PM
jennifer
Mrs Carrie A. Service
Hi Donna. I just found a copy of the obituary for Mrs Carrie A Service and wanted to know if it was ok to leave a copy in the picture section on this website. Just wanted to ask first to make sure it was ok. Thanks. Jennifer Lamphere
Added by jennifer on Jan 19, 2014 8:10 AM
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