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Dancing With Ghosts (#47068368)
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Bio Photo First thanks to Basil McVey and Robert Moorefield for all the pictures (hundreds)of graves and cemeteries in Johnson County Tennessee they have donated. Big HUGs. Also Big Hugs to Dixon Marshal for All the Photos of Rural Cemeteries.

If you are a cemetery photographer and do not want the work of imputing individual graves send to me and I will do it. I always give proper credit for others work. The goal for me is to get the information out there.

I am more then happy to post family links, bios, obits and photos to any memorial. Please do not post with a flower but click the edit button and give me a day or 2.

I hail from Riverside County CA, I restore antique photographs, love my iguana (very large very cranky lizard)and am willing to photograph graves within 75 miles of Riverside.

WE ARE THE CHOSEN...

We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems 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.

Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. 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 do 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 the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth. Without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach.

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 they and they are the sum of who we are. 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 my 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 restore the memory or greet those whom we had never known before.

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Judy Llamas
Nick Grindstaff
Thank you, Dancing With Ghosts, for your kind words regarding Mr. Grindstaff's memorial, but I'm not sure they were my words. It's been almost seven years ago that we passed that way in Johnson County, TN, and I was impressed by his grave marker and by the accounting of his life. By the way ... we share the same philosophy you quoted on your profile page.
Added by Judy Llamas on Mar 26, 2014 6:02 PM
L Lemon
RE: SHASTA CEMETERY
Thank you! Yes, It's a lovely old Cemetery ;)

L Lemon
Added by L Lemon on Mar 23, 2014 9:31 PM
LSP
RE: Eliza McPheeters
Hi,

No. My McP is Wm, # 69447396. I saw your site for Rev Saml Brown McP. I note there was also a Rev Saml Brown In Augusta or Rockbridge Co. Find A Grave # 48082319. Maybe he has kin in the area.

Best,
Added by LSP on Mar 11, 2014 12:55 PM
Dixon & Mary Lou Loveless McNair
Henniger family
Thank you for the rest of the Henniger family. I have a book that Monroe Richard Henniger wrote and completed in 1964. It is a fairly complete story of the Henniger family. I'm hoping with the info from the book to add some to the memorials. It's a 283 page (I believe) hand typed book. Probably done on a manuel typewriter. Quite the labor of love. Monroe was in his 60s at the time he finished it.
Added by Dixon & Mary Lou Loveless... on Mar 08, 2014 8:08 AM
Dixon & Mary Lou Loveless McNair
Henniger family
Thank you so much for the transfer of my grandparents. I'll send a request for the rest of them as well.
Thanks for ALL you've done...and continue to do!
Added by Dixon & Mary Lou Loveless... on Mar 07, 2014 5:37 PM
Julia Young
RE: Confusion about DoB
Look at the stone again. It does say "born" on that date. His mother Maria lost several children in their early years if not right at birth. On Ancestry.com I found his mother Maria married to George, her maiden name being Grace.

I have lots of ancestors from Johnson County, some buried there with markers and some without. In 2009 I was blessed with an opportunity to visit Mountain City and found a few cemeteries but we only had a few days there. I'll be 68 this year and want very much to return.
Added by Julia Young on Mar 07, 2014 12:59 PM
Mike
RE: Beautifully Done
I thought you'd like that view of the cemetery :-) Hard to get a sense of the place in framed photos. Glad you like it!
Added by Mike on Mar 07, 2014 9:19 AM
RickC
RE: Kyger Cemetery Photos
Absolutely, feel free to use whatever photos you wish.
Added by RickC on Feb 28, 2014 6:59 AM
Dan Curd
Eunice May Curd Payne
Thank you for this photo!
Added by Dan Curd on Feb 25, 2014 11:50 AM
Mary Danford
Nichols
Thank you!
I appreciate you taking your time to do the photo of Lula Nichols.
Added by Mary Danford on Feb 25, 2014 8:35 AM
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