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Rita Ownby Holcomb (#18927424)
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~Dear Ancestor~

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone,
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist.
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.

~Author Unknown~

If you are related to or have corrections or additional information please feel free to contact me either through my email below, my website below or through the edit button on the memorial.

And THIS is the creed I hope to live by:

If you could see your ancestors
All Standing in a row,
Would you be proud of them?
Or, don't you really know?

Strange discoveries are made
In climbing family trees
And some of them, you know,
Do not particularly please.

If you could see you ancestors
All standing in a row
There might be some of them
You wouldn't care to know.

But, there's another question
Which requires a different view---
If you could meet your ancestors
Would they be proud of you?

~~Author Unknown~~

For our genealogy information on the Ownby, Holcomb, Moore, Arnold, Hudson, Taylor and other families, check our website.
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Bobby Binion
Reuben T Binion
Would you by any chance have any pictures of Reuben T or Mahulda Binion?
Added by Bobby Binion on Jan 22, 2016 10:24 AM
Eli Craig
We are distant cousins. my great great grandfather was William D Ownby brother to Eli and his son Warren D Ownby my great grandfather. Do you have any information on if any of the brother's fought in the civil war besides William D. Ownby? I know he fought for the Union. My great grandfather and great grandmother were born in Grayson/Fannin county area.
Added by B.Griswold on Oct 22, 2015 7:53 PM
Michael Palmer
M.A. Gardenhire

I see that you have the tombstone of Martha A. Gardenhire.

Do you have any idea where her husband C.P. is buried?

Added by Michael Palmer on Aug 23, 2015 1:44 PM
LOVE your blog! I would love to add a link from the GC site to your blog, with your permission.

Added by Elaine on Aug 17, 2015 9:33 AM
Vittitoe Cemetery
Thanks for the info. about the Owensby/Ownby surname spelling. Lots of census enumerators, ets. spelled names as they sounded, oftentimes incorrectly. I will add that to his memorial page.

When I saw your photograph, I realized that you were the one I had a great page on for Pilot Grove cemetery where you & your husband reset some stones.

I had thought to ask if you would provide updated burials for Vittitoe but didn't recall anything about where you live. I would love to have the info. that you got last year from the Vittitoe cemetery & any others in the area.
My goal this fall and early winter is to visit many of the GC cemeteries that my sister & I surveyed & photographed and update them as well.
You can send the info. to me via email or dropbox.
My personal email is
I have a dropbox that I use for GC volunteers to drop cemetery photos, newspaper clippings, etc. in and then I just pull them out and put online. If you are interested in that, I can add you to my dropbox but would need your email for that.
Added by Elaine on Aug 17, 2015 9:31 AM
Vittitoe Cemetery
I appreciate all the work you've done on Find A Grave for the Vittitoe Cemetery. You have put some gorgeous photographs online as well.

I am the webmaster for Grayson Co. TXGenWeb and am revising the Vittitoe Cem at this time - lack about 6 alphabet indexes.

W.K.P.'s surname is spelled differently from his children on his tombstone. If you know the reason for that, I will be glad to put it on the Grayson Co. website - his memorial page so that future researchers understand and there is documentation for the name change.

Also if you have biographies, family trees, etc. that you want to preserve online on the Grayson Co. site, please feel free to contact me at

Elaine Nall Bay
CC Grayson Co. TXGenWeb
Added by Elaine on Aug 16, 2015 2:26 PM
Barbara Lintner
I finally got it to post so thanks anyway.
Added by Barbara Lintner on Jul 06, 2015 8:18 PM
Barbara Lintner
I tried to post this obituary under the edit tab and then I get the message that due to an error it can't be posted. I hope you can get it to post.
The Whitewright Sun
Thursday, August 24, 1933
pg. 5

Mrs. Allie Forest of the Kentuckytown community died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C.E. Allen, 205 East Brockett street, Sherman, at noon last Thursday. Mrs. Forest was 59 years old and had lived in Grayson County for the past 33 years. She was born in Harsells, Ala., Oct. 2, 1873.
Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church in Kentuckytown Friday at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Cleobus Chumbley of Howe in charge, assisted by the Rev. John Henderson, pastor at Kentuckytown.
Mrs. Forest is survived by her husband, John H. Forest, of Kentuckytown; two sons, by a former marriage, Ernest Maddox, of Tom Bean and William Maddox of Sherman, and three other sons, Henry Forest and Sam Forest of Sherman, route 3, and A.L. Forest, Sherman, route 5; four daughters, Mrs. Allen of Sherman, Mrs. Edna Mae McAfee, seven miles south of Sherman, Mrs. Eva Balew of Athens, Ala., and Mrs. Allie LaFoy of Sherman, route 3; two sisters, Mrs. Fannie Stone of Tulsa, Okla., and Mrs. Edna Howell of Decatur, Ala.; and a half brother F.A. Stephenson of Hartsells, Ala.

Elaine Nall Bay
CC Grayson Co., TXGenWeb
Added by Barbara Lintner on Jun 25, 2015 5:27 AM
Justin Buck
A.C Holcomb
Do you have any info on A.C Holcomb in Brushy Cemetery in Arkansas
Added by Justin Buck on Jun 16, 2015 8:28 PM
Rita are you related to the Wilson and Warden families from Grayson and Collin County? Thanks.
Added by Nancy on May 01, 2015 9:01 AM
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