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We Are The Chosen
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.
[Author: Della M. Cumming ca 1943.]
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|Kaye Harkins McClintock||# 108745278 Nora A Beasley Edwards|
Deb, I sent you this obit to be added to Nora's Bio back in April of this year. Did you not get it? Kaye
"Nora died from Lockjaw which developed from a splinter in her left leg over two weeks ago. The splinter came from a basket of tomatoes that she pressed her against her leg.
She was a life-long resident of Thompsonville community and a member of County Line Church. She would have observed her 54th wedding Anniversary April 4th, the day of her funeral rites.
She is survived by her husband, Scott and her two daughters, Mrs Wesley and Mrs Mary Rotramel east of this Thompsonville; three sons, Hester, Harvey and Bryce Edwards south of Thompsonville; a brother, Hester Beasley of Pittsburg, two sisters, Mrs. Roy Clayton south of Thompsonville and Mrs. Troy Mitchell of Johnston City; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren."
Info source: Daily American Newspaper Obituary Apr 2, 1947
I am Arvil Lee Craig's niece and I was wondering where you got the info on him at for I have been trying to find other family members his parents were my grandparents and my mom was his sister. Any info would be helpful.
|Kaye Harkins McClintock||RE: 107425995 Zella Boner Spani|
Deb, if it was mine, I would delete it. Hope you are doing well! Thank you for all you do on Find A Grave, Kaye
|Phil Hollinden||RE: Lithuanian Masonic Cemetery|
Yes, I found it. There are two sections to the cemetery. The section that has my family is located behind an auto body shop. Duvall's Auto Body Shop 15558 Shakerag Rd, Johnston City, IL 62951.
|Thomas Frymire||RE: Luther L Wallace #140887385|
got it thank you so much for your help
|Thomas Frymire||RE: Luther L Wallace #140887385|
Yes that will be great.
|Thomas Frymire||Luther L Wallace #140887385|
Vena Sanders Was My Aunt She Married Luther L Wallace 5 Oct 1928 in White County IL.White County Marriage Records has his Parents listed as Maggie Roberts and John Wallace. I have been trying to find them in a Census ,But cannot ,I found Luther and Aunt Vena in the 1930 Census .but cannot find them in the 1940 Census.I Saw that you have Luther Father as George ,So i was hoping you could help me with his fathers name was it George John or John George or Did White County get the Name Wrong? Would be thankful for any info you have
Thomas W Frymire
|Kaye Harkins McClintock||107425995 Zella Boner Spani|
Deb, Zella is still very much alive! She turned 99 yesterday. Just seen her last Sunday at the Logan School Centennial in West Frankfort. Thought you might like to know, Kaye
|email@example.com||Marion L London|
I have an lost family member with this name and DOB but the family had lost contact with him. Do you have an obit? or any other info?
|Phil Hollinden||Lithuanian - Masonic Shakerag Cemetery|
I will be passing through Johnston City, IL, and would like to visit the Lithuanian - Masonic Shakerag Cemetery. I haven't been successful in finding directions. Can you help? Thanks, Phil
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