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Martha Mitchem Graham (#46542694)
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Bio Photo Hi,
If you would like to get in touch with me, please email me at I have been researching the Mitchem Family (32 spellings of the same name) since 1983, and would be happy to exchange or share information on any of the lines I have in my hard copy files. I am in the process of entering information onto computer for preparation of publication of a book on Mitchem Genealogy. Any submissions appreciated. I especially would like to have pictures.
We are the chosen. My feelings are, 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.
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. All tribes have one. We have been called as if it were in 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 am I 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, their losses and building 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 never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on 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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Bradshaw Memorial
You have a memorial for Reaney Bradshaw,

# 59864916

Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery
Camp Creek
Burke County
North Carolina, USA

However, She and her family lived and died in Lawndale, Cleveland County NC and are supposed to be buried there in Zion Hill Baptist Cemetery. Their death records and Social Security Death Index both say Cleveland County NC.
Added by Digger on Jan 18, 2014 4:09 PM
Re: edits

I have done some edits of your memorials using the "new" system (the one we were not notified about). Please check your edit tab in the upper right of your home page for pending edits. You need to approve them before they can take effect. Otherwise, they remain forever on my pending requests list.

Thanks ever so much!!

Added by RTerry on Jan 17, 2014 7:51 AM
Rachel Haynes Tanner
Lillie Mitcham Andrews
You have 2 memorials for this person.
Added by Rachel Haynes Tanner on Dec 30, 2013 4:20 PM
Shelly Cooper
RE: William DeBerry
Haven't been on in a while - work has been rather hectic. You are more than welcome !
Added by Shelly Cooper on May 17, 2013 10:19 AM
Concerning the seven transfers(Cecil, Annie, Claude, Junius, Hattie & Donnie Mitchem) as requested, I do not transfer out of guidelines.

The info you asked me to post on Claudes is only repeated information already linked to his memorial.
The admins have been very firm about cluttering any memorial with info already linked and have also stated that info is to pertain directly to the individual.
Insofar as giving credit to info Aj stated in the forums recently:
Linking other members within bios in order to give them credit for providing info probably isn't the best thing to do, or even necessary. If you want to thank someone, email them.

In my adminly opinion, you're cluttering up the bio unnecessarily. Post the facts, and leave it at that. Leave out links, thank yous, shout outs, etc. Less is more.

Always remember: It's all about the person being memorialized, not who created the memorial.


And then this to another response in that thread:

Mmm...nah. You're cluttering up the bio area. Any links, especially for "credit" is distracting and unnecessary. Make the bio area ONLY about the person being memorialized. What a concept.

Perhaps you need to keep abreast of what is going on VIA the forums.
I just can't jeopardize all the work i have done on this site by going against the wishes of the admins. Registering graves has became a huge part of my life. Hope you understand

BTW, nice new photo Martha. It looks great.
Added by Elizabeth on Apr 28, 2012 7:10 PM
Mike Huffstetler
RE: Mary S. Mitchem Ramsey & E.L. Ramsey
You are welcome. No way will I ever get tired of helping you
Added by Mike Huffstetler on Apr 27, 2012 5:52 PM
Mike Huffstetler
RE: James Monroe Blair, Gaston Mem.
You are welcome Just for you
Added by Mike Huffstetler on Apr 25, 2012 4:13 PM
Steve Poole
RE: 19917291, Phyllis Coluccio Morgan
Looks good!
Added by Steve Poole on Apr 22, 2012 3:23 PM
RE: 67267573, Bonnie Jean Mitchem Ritenour
You are welcome. And, the memorial looks good with the additional information. It helps when someone is looking for a family member and trying to make sure they have the right person. - Joyce
Added by J L on Apr 21, 2012 6:09 AM
Bonnie Jean Mitchem Ritenour
Bonnie has been transfered to you. - Joyce
Added by J L on Apr 20, 2012 11:27 AM
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