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|Retired legal secretary. Retirement didn't "take" so I went to work part-time at my local library and ended up staying with them 5 years. Have been working on my family tree since the mid1980s. Find A Grave was recommended to me by an archivist in Lauderdale County, Alabama and I find it an added bonus in my geneaology tracking.|
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 to feel that somehow they know and approve. 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 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 the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. 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 they and they are the sum of who we are. 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 my 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 restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before."
by Della M. Cummings Wright; Rewritten by her granddaughter Dell Jo Ann McGinnis Johnson; Edited and Reworded by Tom Dunn, 1943."
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|Melissa||Nicholas James Roberts|
Hi Bonnie, I added the obituary per your request.
Added by Melissa on Sep 30, 2014 11:29 AM
|tania thompson||Martha Gober Lord|
Thank you for the transfer of my gg grandmother. Means a lot to me. Thanks Bonnie!
|Sue Lee Johnson||Hiram Floyd|
Hi Bonnie - Hiram is the son of my 2nd great grand uncle, John Floyd (1804-1913).....John is the son of my 3x great grandfather, Reuben Floyd (1765-1824) and Mary Roberts. Reuben's daughter, Mary Ellen Floyd is my 2x great grandmother who was married to Minor Walter Pannell.
|Sandy Lyle Rakestraw||RE: #97349614|
You're welcome. :)
|Sandy Lyle Rakestraw||Demaris C Summerhill Lester|
Hi Bonnie, I added the information you sent me for Demaris. Since you are related to her, I transferred her memorial to you. thanks again, Sandy
|MLW||RE: Pleasant Thomas Wynn 1829-1891|
I am going done to Hartville area in October to see the cemetery's and will see if I can find someone who can direct me to Pleasant Sr's possible gravesite. I will let you know if I have any luck.
Added by MLW on Sep 24, 2014 3:57 AM
|LIZ LEONARD||RE: Photo Identification #22147438|
Thanks for the quick response! I am related to Troy Petty's wife, Norma May Pendergrass. Rebecca is Troy's grandmother. Norma May's mother was a Ragain and I found the Ragain family bible among my mother-in-laws things she left behind when she moved. It was a very tattered bible I almost tossed as it had no binding and was in pieces. But as I looked closer and leafed through the pages I found the front page tucked inside with all the names, births & some marriages in the family from the mid 1800's. I've been researching this line since finding this treasure. I also gather the information and link in-laws so I have complete lines, when it is available. You are very inspiring! I love your poem!!! I love this work! So though we aren't related we must be kindred spirits!
|LIZ LEONARD||Photo Identification|
Hello Bonnie. Thank you so much for all your efforts and contributions! I am wondering if you could tell me on memorial #22147438 which woman is Rebecca Curtis Petty and if you know the identity of the other woman. Thanks so much for sharing this photo!
|tania thompson||Martha M A Gober Lord|
Thanks for your help and input. Snice to meet a cousin. :)
|Mountain Traveler||RE: Hux Family|
From the phone number on here I'd say Ed Hux was not in this area of TN. Our area code here is 423, but the extension 459 is not in use here now. What the internet brought up was the Knoxville area.
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