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Wiregrasswalker (#46887942)
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"Life's Greatest Handicap is Being Contented."
-Anne Nichols
"I believe that love and prayer are the most important things in life," -Anne Nichols

Excerpt from "Abie's Irish Rose:

FATHER WHALEN. Sure, we're all trying to get to the same place when we pass on. We're just going by different routes. We can't all go on the same train.
RABBI. And just because you are not riding on my train, why should I say your train won't get there?
Anne Nichols (1891-1966), American playwright; from Abie's Irish Rose (play), 1922


Haunting eyes peering at me
Through the veiled, forgotten past;
Spirit voices, phantom actors
Beckon me to join their cast...
Time unravels ancient stitches
As I vainly grasp each thread;
Scattered whispers, faded photos
Tell the tale of those long dead...
Withered memories pressed like flowers
Speak of young love once in bloom;
Scented traces faintly linger
Over long-neglected tomb...
Ghostly chanting leads me blindly
Down each darkened corridor..
As I ponder things that once were
-Things that are will be no more...

-Robert Westberry

One of my favorite poems by Alan Seeger:

"I Have a Rendezvous with Death"

I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
When Spring comes back with rustling shade
And apple-blossoms fill the air--
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.

It may be he shall take my hand
And lead me into his dark land
And close my eyes and quench my breath--
It may be I shall pass him still..
I have a rendezvous with Death
On some scarred slope or battered hill.
When Spring comes round again this year
And the first meadow-flowers appear.

God knows 'twere better to be deep
Pillowed in silk and scented down.
Where love throbs out in blissful sleep,
Pulse nigh to pulse and breath to breath,
Where hushed awakenings are dear--
But I've a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,
When Spring trips forth again this year,
And I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous.

-Alan Seeger (1888-1916)

I would like to take this time to thank all of those who have visited my family including, my granny, Vera Griffis Westberry (who got me started on genealogy). Also many thanks to those who have visited my Anne Nichols and Adelaide Matthews Memorials. These were two wonderful ladies of the theatre who knew each other as friends and wrote plays together. I am fortunate to be related to Anne and to have known her and Adelaide through the eyes and memories of my friend, Janet. I am always looking for more information on Anne and Adelaide. If anyone has information please contact me or Janet (capecodder). After all, Anne's most popular quote was:

"Life's Greatest Handicap Is Being Contented!"

The following poem was found in my mother's (Hazel Westberry Paesano) belongings after she passed:

"The Time Is Now"

If you are ever going to love me,
Love me now while I can know
The sweet and tender feelings,
Which from true affection flow.
Love me now, while I am living...
Do not wait until I'm gone
And then have it chiseled in marble,
Sweet words on ice-cold stone.
If you have tender thoughts of me, please tell me now...
If you wait until I am sleeping, never to awaken,
There will be death between us and I won't hear you then.
So, if you love me , even a little bit,
Let me know while I am living so I can treasure it.
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JoAnn HAGANS Harris
"The Thornton's of Old Appling Co., GA"
For many moons, I have wanted to get the book by Wilbur G. Thornton. There are connections between the Thorntons and the Harris families on my husbands side of the family.

Added by JoAnn HAGANS Harris on Apr 06, 2014 2:57 PM
Phil Johnson
Keziah Griffis
Does Keziah Griffis have a marked grave? You have it listed for Big Creek Prim Bapt Church Cemetery, but no picture.

I hope to have time in three weeks to swing by Big Creek on my way to Jesup. I am having a Griffis Family Reunion (Children of Lonnie Griffis)and it won't be much out of the way.

Phil Johnson
Added by Phil Johnson on Apr 06, 2014 2:24 PM
BENNETT genealogy
Just realized this Richard Bennett you have is the brother to my Peter Bennett .. I would love to exchange information with you. We have been looking for Peter Bennetts family for many many years. Your information just linked us together..

Added by CINDY BENNETT on Mar 07, 2014 8:36 AM
Phil Johnson
RE: Griffis and Thornton
Yes. I see where we are related for sure.

Daniel Kirkland Griffis I (1821-1882) was your GG Grandfather and my GGG Grandfather.

Just using this site, I'm not sure which son/daughter you descend from. This is my path:

Daniel Kirkland Griffis I --> Keziah Griffis --> Lonnie Griffis --> Fannie Lou Griffis Herrington --> my mother (living) --> me

Like I said, I have a lot of my grandmother's family in Big Creek PB Cemetery. My grandmother (Fannie Lou Griffis) grew up on the Big Creek Church Rd between the church and the now paved highway.
Added by Phil Johnson on Jan 19, 2014 2:39 PM
Phil Johnson
RE: Lizzie Alice Griffis
You must live near k'ville. A lot of my maternal great-grand parents family grew up just west of K'Ville and many are buried at Big Creek Primitive Baptist Cemetery. Do you have family out there? If you do and they are either Griffis or Thornton, then we are more than likely related.
Added by Phil Johnson on Jan 19, 2014 1:11 PM
pam miltiades
George Henry Hamilton Westberry Nichols
Hi. I noticed you are researching this line extensively. I have found some new info and would like to share it with you. If you are interested please contact me at Thank you for all the work you do.
Added by pam miltiades on Dec 21, 2013 9:39 AM
Al Ford
Alfred Ford Jr. Family
A cousin in Richmond, VA just sent me the link to " Find-a-Grave". I saw information regarding my dad and other family members. Are you a cousin of mine? I am Alfred L. Ford III and my brother is David W. Ford. I have so much info on the Ford family! Someone also posted some old family pics of my family and I was wondering where they got them.
Please write soon. My e-mail is: four

Added by Al Ford on Nov 11, 2013 10:41 AM
Patricia Ann Hardesty
RE: Mabel Hunter
I am sorry, I just found your post about picture of the Hunters.
I will see if I can make a connection for you.please if you want to connect to me us my email address
Would you mind sending me you email address?
Are you working on a family tree?
Are you related to Hunter's?

Please let me hear back

Pat Bennett Hardesty
Added by Patricia Ann Hardesty on Aug 28, 2013 8:02 AM
Barbara Wilson Krause
John "Revolutionary Soldier" Sheffield Memorial #35346985
I'm very confused by all the children's names listed on John's memorial you created.

I agree with some of them since I have a transcribed will of John Sheffield dated 22 Jan 1790, Book A page 427 Duplin County, NC.

Children listed in will below:

Ephriam Sheffield
Wright Sheffield
Isham Sheffield
Byan Sheffield (Do not see him listed.)
West Sheffield
Arthur Sheffield
John's Elizabeth Sheffield wife's son William Graddy

Nancy Sheffield Screws
Louise Sheffield
Polly Sheffield
Catherine Sheffield
Tabitha Sheffield.

Will dated 22 November 1790

If you send me your email address I can scan the will for you.

As you may or may not know there are two John Sheffield of North Carolina. John of Duplin and John of Moore. Both John's were born the same time frame and had many children named the same name, especially the sons. Making the Sheffield descendants more difficult to sort and place.

I also have a document showing information on John Sheffield of Duplin County and a John Sheffield of Moore. I will also be happy to scan and send to you if you are interested.

I have found another John Sheffield on Find A Grave, but won't go into that until we get your memorial with the correct information.

I will look forward to hearing from you. Please write me at Barbara
Added by Barbara Wilson Krause on Jul 21, 2013 12:24 PM
hello I am very close to new saint josephs cemetery I actually go there lot and will gladly go and take a picture for you. I looked at find a grave and saw they have 45 photo requests. this place is big and would take some time finding the tomb stones. if u can call the cemetery office they will tell you the section the person you are looking for is buried. That would help greatly! the office number is 1-866-794-5081 and their email is if you find the section you can email it to me and ill go find the tombstone. my email address is
Added by angela on Jul 11, 2013 9:01 PM
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