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Blanche Keating Collie (#47962376)
 member for 3 years, 8 months, 12 days
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I have been doing family research for own family, friends and other people upon request for many years. I am delighted with FInd A Grave and the opportunity to share research data with others in this format. My husband and I are retired educators having both taught in public school, university level and been administrators. My family lines include, Keating, Snider, Whitaker, Heinle, Cobb, Robertson, Gann, Routh, Carter, Dunn, Williams, Taylor. Also have extensive research on my husband, John's, lines, Collie, Jones, Mattox, Moran, Rimer, Snodgrass, Cockrell, Huey. After dragging my husband through cemeteries all over the country for years in my research, he was delighted to have me do it on Find A Grave and even helped before his death.
The following sums up what this adventure is all about.

The Story Teller
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 feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but instead breathing life into all those 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". - Author, Tom Dunn
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Crystal R
RE: Routh
You're welcome! The Routh's/Ruth's are my family and thank you for providing all of the information so far. (:
Added by Crystal R on Jun 18, 2016 5:44 PM
Claudia Wier
Jo Wier
Dear Blanche,

Thank you so much for the lovely tribute and memorial to my mother Jo. It is beautifully written. I also added a memorial before I saw yours so perhaps we should link them together somehow. I am new to all this as you know! I love you, Claudia
Added by Claudia Wier on Jun 06, 2016 10:51 AM
Betty Vaughn
Williams family
Thank you for sharing the history of Thomas Williams and his descendants. My children, through their father, descend from Hardy Ware. There is so much online that is wrong about him, seeing your histories help me trace the Ware family since John William Ware married Mary Naomi Williams and Leonard Williams married Mary Jane Ware (daughter of Hardy and unknown woman - NOT Drucilla House).

Betty Huddleston Vaughn
Added by Betty Vaughn on May 20, 2016 7:47 AM
Marcia Whitaker Smith
Hudson, William & Mary Whitaker
Hi Blanche, I am new to findagrave but have been doing genealogy for almost 6 years. I have one Whitaker aunt living in Sullivan's Island, SC, and she got me started. I never knew there was so much history to my direct line. I was hoping that you would transfer Hudson Whitaker #110542326, William Whitaker #110550915 and Mary Cantey Whitaker #115491764 to me. They are actually buried in the Whitaker Graveyard in Baldwin County. My husband and I saw the graveyard 3 yrs ago and I have pictures of the tombstones. I've added the cemetery to Find A Grave. I don't believe that Hudson's wife Susannah Thomas is buried there. She remarried in 1817 to Miles Young and they had a child Susannah. She married a Mr. Dudley. (found a Susannah Dudley on Find A Grave but do not know for certain who her parents are) William Whitaker and Mary Cantey Whitaker had the first James Cantey Whitaker born in 1815. My father was the 4th and my brother is the 5th. I have a picture of Mary Cantey Whitaker and I also have obits for William and Mary. It is also believed that Willis Whitaker, brother to William, and his wife Rebecca Britt, and some of their children are buried in the Whitaker Graveyard. There are many sunken places but no headstones. See History of Baldwin Co by Anna Cook and Our Children's Ancestry by Sarah Cantey Whitaker Allen. Willis had lived in Sandersville, GA, but then moved back on the east side of Gum Creek where they resided until their deaths. Mrs. Allen remembers visiting Uncle Willis at his home not that far from where she lived. I'd really appreciate it, Blanche, if you would transfer my direct line Hudson, William and Mary Cantey Whitaker to me. Thank you. Thanks for all of your hard work too.
Added by Marcia Whitaker Smith on Mar 24, 2016 1:33 PM
Pamela Whitaker
Jabez and William Whitaker
Hi there! I am so excited to read this memorial. Can you tell me where you found the data showing that William married the Camm woman? I have searched all over for this information. Please feel free to contact me via email or just reply to this message if you would be so kind!
Added by Pamela Whitaker on Mar 09, 2016 1:45 PM
Carol Chidlow
# 130516276 Whitaker
Hello 10th g-granddaughter. I am 13th g-granddaughter.
All the trees on Ancestry list her DOD as 1606, some in Dec. and some in June.
Don't know if you want to include the year on her memorial or not.
Carol Chidlow
Added by Carol Chidlow on Feb 19, 2016 7:52 AM
N White
Thank you!
Thank you so much for all of the information you have included on the Carter family. My husband is a descendant of the Carters and it was very interesting to go past Captain Thomas!
Added by N White on Jan 26, 2016 10:50 AM
adeana patterson
I was wondering if you could tell me any info on him,,I am trying to do research on Francis Marion Ruth.Routh from Tennessee ,he moved to Missouri and Ark and back several times..I REALLY want information on daughter Easter but I am trying to research the siblings in hope of finding her info..Thanks so much
Added by adeana patterson on Jan 19, 2016 10:42 PM
Jenny Buckner
The Storytellers
Hello, I stumbled across your bio and love the passage. I was intrigued enough to seek the author.
Thought you might like to know it appears to be Tom Dunn, just wanted to share with you, Happy New Year!
Added by Jenny Buckner on Dec 31, 2015 1:14 PM
Bruce Wertz
Dr. Charles Blanchard
The Dr. who owned your house was Dr. Charles L Blanchard 1900-1978 He and his wife are buried in the Masonic Cemetery here in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
Added by Bruce Wertz on Dec 14, 2015 11:37 AM
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