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Debra Priemer Turner (#47303412)
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The following is borrowed. Fortunately, I am not the only one in my family who feels the same :)


We are the chosen. My feelings are, 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 if it were in 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 am I and why do 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, their losses and building 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 never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on 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.

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Mary Escher
RE: Mariah Turner
Thanks for getting back to me, I appreciate it.

Mary Duncan Escher
Added by Mary Escher on Sep 02, 2016 6:24 AM
Mary Escher
Mariha Turner
Hi Debra,
Can you tell me are you related to Mariah Ann (Duncan) Turner, who married James Combs?

Mariah's grandfather Thomas Duncan is my great grandfather and wanted to visit with you if you knew anything about the Duncan family.

Mariah's mother was Louisa/Lavina Duncan

Thank you
Mary Duncan Escher
Added by Mary Escher on Sep 01, 2016 1:04 PM
RE: Thompsons - Peninsula Cemetery
You are very welcome!! Carla :)
Added by Peace4me on Apr 12, 2016 7:27 PM
Anita D.
can you email me, Please!
Added by Anita D. on Mar 28, 2016 8:05 AM
Mark Aschenbrenner
Peter Rouchka Wife as A Cochran.
Is where any chance you know who (first name)and where Arettia's mother's memorial rests. John was her father. Thanks MJA
Added by Mark Aschenbrenner on Mar 27, 2016 6:54 AM
Rhonda Hansch
Grace family
Interesting I just saw that I've previously left you a message, guess we knock around some of the same cemeteries. Any, I just wanted to thank you for transferring the memorials to me of John and Bessie Grace. Appreciate that!
Added by Rhonda Hansch on Mar 18, 2016 5:25 PM
Rhonda Hansch
RE: Joseph W Turner & mother
Awesome and I like your BIO on your homepage with Find A Grave even if you did "borrow" it. It says it all!
Added by Rhonda Hansch on Jan 11, 2016 5:25 PM
Rhonda Hansch
RE: Joseph W Turner & mother
Hello Debra, Anita has mentioned you. Unfortunately at this point, the only documentation I have for Elizabeth Turner's burial in Siegel is from Marion O'Dell's book. I'm still sourcing through but other than Find A Grave it's not very often that I find burial locations. I know I'm taking a bit of a leap of faith creating the memorial as there are errors in his book, but so far, most of his burial locations have been correct.
Added by Rhonda Hansch on Jan 11, 2016 11:19 AM
RE: Lodge at Saint Clairsville Union
Thank you so much that is such a wonderful way to thank me!!
Added by Peace4me on Sep 28, 2015 4:19 PM
RE: Rebecca Jane Smith Lodge # 86480275
You are very welcome!!! I didn't find Mollie's stone but I did put photos on the other Lodges that were around Thomas & Rebecca. There was a Mary, Alice, Willliam and Nannie Hays. I will look for Mollie when I go back to the cemetery. Carla😊
Added by Peace4me on Sep 26, 2015 3:52 AM
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