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Spirit Wanderer (#46826198)
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Bio Photo I was born and raised, by my grandparents, in Wheeling, WV. My husband and I have lived in GA. since 1967. I have been married 50 years, to the same man. We have 8 children; 1 daughter and 7 sons. We have 4 grand-daughters, 9 grandsons, and 1 g-granddaughter.

My grandmother was the first one, to give me a portion, of our family tree (Parham, Scott, Elliott, Robertson, Rudd, Baldwin, Williamson, and Dennis). I was about 11 years old. In my years at home, a day didn't go by, that a story was told about a member of the family or they were spoken of. My great-grandmother came to live with us and then that just added to the stories. My grandmother knew everyone's full name, when everyone was born, died, got married, or any event in their lives. Oh! To have her memory!

To understand my love for my family and ancestors, you have to know my grandparents. When my grandfather, Clifton Baucum (Baucum, Baucom, Boozer, Buser, Knox, Meetze, Edwards, Tolson, Barker, and Senn) was traveling, he would go to a phone booth and start searching the phone book looking for family names. He would call them to see if they were kin. They always checked for Parhams because my grandmother's younger brother left home and nobody ever heard from him. They would hear stories of his where abouts and what he was doing, but never saw him, again. I continue to search, for his grave.

I can remember when they heard about a Boozer Family Reunion in Lexington, SC. That was my grandfather's mother's family. Everyone was trying to get all the info they could, about each other. There was a book out, The Boozer Family of South Carolina. Guess who inherited it? We went to the family reunion several years and then they stopped having them. So sad! They said the younger bunch wasn't much interested in it and it was getting harder for the older ones. We still stayed in contact with the "ole fogies" and enjoyed every minute of it. We missed out on so many years, of not knowing this super part of the family but we were going to make up for lost time.

Friends use to spend hours at our kitchen table, drinking coffee, and listening to their stories, like when they bought their first car. At that time, you didn't have to take a test to get your drivers license. When he bought the car, he was given his license. Grandpa drove home. He never shut the car off and they packed it for a vacation, back home. They went to his brother's first. After greeting his family and talking a spell, his brother said something about going into town. They said they would take grandpa's car, since it was the last in the drive-way. My grandfather told Uncle Dan that he would have to get it out of the drive-way, that he couldn't back it out plus he didn't know how to start it. Uncle Dan asked him how did he make it from WV. to AR., without starting it or backing up. He said the man, that sold him the car, started it and he never shut it off. Whenever they stopped, he made sure he parked where he didn't have to back up. They all had a great laugh and Uncle Dan gave him a lesson in driving his car. Up to the day he died, he still wasn't good at backing up.

I work on my family trees and find my ancestors, so that one day my children, grandchildren, and etc. know who helped form their lives. With Find-A-Grave, I believe it to be the last way you can connect your family. It is so good to go to a family member and be able to click on a name, and to connect to each one's resting place. When I first found it, you could put the relative's info on their memorial, no matter who set it up. Loved it when they started the connections. But now, you have to ask permission, from someone who usually isn't a relative, to add anything. I believe a lot of history is lost that way.

I have a 2nd cousin, that I dearly love, but I couldn't find out where he was buried. His wife was buried in LA. and I was able to make the memorial for her. After, searching and searching, I found him in TN. How important was this to me? When I found him, tears poured down my cheeks. I contacted the lady, who made his memorial and thanked her so much. If it hadn't been for Maryanne A. McCracken, I wouldn't have found him. I deeply appreciate her and she was kind enough to transfer him to me. Connecting them is important to me. It doesn't have anything to do with "owning" my relatives. It has to do with connecting them, for the final time, in death.

I will follow Maryanne's way. If you have a family member, I have made a memorial for, I will gladly transfer them, to you, if they aren't related to my husband or myself. I want you to take care of your family, as most of them would do for you.
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RE: Marcel & Wayne B. Stanley
grandson of Macel and Wayne B. Stanley
Added by Tallchris on Jun 30, 2016 12:14 PM
Kay Parker
RE: William
thank you!
Added by Kay Parker on Apr 18, 2016 7:37 PM
memorial 159694941

One of the photos posted to memorial 159694941 was uploaded as a headstone. If possible can you check to make sure that it wasn't one of yours?

Thank you.
Added by Connie on Apr 01, 2016 9:10 PM
Wallena "Lena" Anderson
Thank you for letting me know about the duplicate memorial. I have removed mine, and added the headstone to your memorial. Thanks.
Added by LindaB on Mar 28, 2016 9:22 AM
Mildred Youngblood
You are very welcome!
Added by Rose on Mar 08, 2016 10:38 AM
Evening Blues
RE: Dillard Howell
Thanks for the transfer!
Added by Evening Blues on Jan 19, 2016 3:16 PM
Not so Irish
Rose Whipkey
Not a problem. You a wonderful contributor on this site. Always gracious & kind. The transfer is so appreciated. Merry Christmas & bless you. Gail
Added by Not so Irish on Dec 23, 2015 6:55 PM
Charlotte Ann Price
RE: Samuel Blakely Copeland
Sure you can transfer it.
Thanks Charlotte
Added by Charlotte Ann Price on Dec 03, 2015 1:25 PM
Hubert Knauff, Jr.
Memorial# 125951053
My regards for your nephew's passing.
I almost didn't send you that request, as I had already observed the entry dates and usually yield to the prior. At the time I looked at the entries, one did indeed have a different cemetery listing & lacked info below the death date. That was then. I only see the addition of two children on one, plus the middle name on the wife. I've not gone to any trouble to check its spelling. I just assumed that it would be easiest & wrote you. No, I only know this person through this site. But I know not to lose any sleep or gain any gray hair worrying about stuff like this. I see this site as simply an answer for those down the road that will eventually ask. I just believe in clarity & accuracy, when possible.
Hubert Knauff
Added by Hubert Knauff, Jr. on Dec 02, 2015 1:56 AM
Hubert Knauff, Jr.
Memorial# 125951053
Do you mind deleting Find A Grave Memorial# 125951053 ? Another listing was entered and tied several children, photos, and more data with them. This will eliminate a duplicate entry. Thanks.
Added by Hubert Knauff, Jr. on Dec 01, 2015 2:01 AM
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