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Cristie (#46865585)
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Bio Photo West Tennessee

If I've created a memorial, then I have a photo of the tombstone too. If it's not posted, just let me know and I'll be glad to do it.

The Story Tellers...We Are The Chosen

My feelings are that 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 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 story tellers. 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.

---by Della M. Cummings Wright
and rewritten by her grand-
daughter, Della JoAnn McGinnis
Johnson -----

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Rick Johnson
Birth Correction
My Great Aunt Sarah Frances Jones birth year is 1890 and not 1830. Would it be possible to correct this? Thank you.
Added by Rick Johnson on Aug 29, 2014 10:52 PM
Mary A. TOWNSEND #39884043
I made a mistake in my earlier message. Her full name is Mary Aylene SHAKLEFORD TOWNSEND. I had misspelled Aylene - shouldn't work from memory. She and Homer are my Great Uncle and Aunt. Thank you.
Added by jbinsure on Aug 29, 2014 6:37 PM
Beverly Townsend Fail #18902127
I just realized there was no memorial for her parents so I created them and posted photos. Would you please link their daughter Beverly to Jesse Nevel Townsend #134781617 and to Willieclair Blackburn Townsend #134782233. All three are buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Jackson TN.

Thank you.
Added by jbinsure on Aug 23, 2014 8:38 PM
Beverly Townsend Fail #18902127
Beverly was born 21 Nov 1927 in Jackson, Madison Co TN, and died 28 Jan 2004 in Jackson, Madison Co TN. For her bio: she is the daughter of Jesse Nevel and Williclair Blackburn Townsend.
Added by jbinsure on Aug 23, 2014 7:48 PM
Mary Eilene Shakleford Townsend 39884043
Family connection to be entered:

spouse # 39884048 Homer Haney Townsend. I've also listed the full manes of Mary and her husband.

Thank you
Added by jbinsure on Aug 23, 2014 7:15 PM
Homer Haney TOWNSEND 39884048
Family connections to be entered:

Father #27429971 William Henry Townsend
Mother #27429944 Martha Ann Corley Townsend

Thank you.
Added by jbinsure on Aug 23, 2014 7:09 PM
Timothy McDowell
Providence Cemetery, Madison Co., TN
Hi Cristie:
A question for you. Based on the David Donahue 2003/2004 survey of the cemetery- -there is a Nancy Yarnell listed as being buried in the cemetery in the middle (white) section.
Nancy Yarnell, Nov. 08, 1807-Oct 06, 1871 It says the stone is broken and fallen.
The grave is not listed on the Providence Cemetery interments. Is it possible the stone is now buried in overgrowth, these 10-11 years later? Thoughts?
Added by Timothy McDowell on Jul 28, 2014 10:21 PM
Allen Reedy Curtis
Stamps & Harrell
Cristie: thank you for all the corrections you made for the Stamps and Harrell families for me.
Added by Allen Reedy Curtis on Jul 27, 2014 10:28 AM
Tom Tosh
Balch family markers
Thank you for the photos. They are appreciated.
Tom Tosh
Added by Tom Tosh on Jul 25, 2014 2:19 PM
Ruth Ann Jarrell Ricketts
Elbert & Amanda Weaver
Hello Cristie are there stones for your entries for Elbert Weaver #33547643 and Amanda Weaver #33547633? Thank you for your time and patience in this matter.
Added by Ruth Ann Jarrell Ricketts on Jul 19, 2014 9:25 AM
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