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Bill R Sheffield
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WE ARE THE CHOSEN
My feelings are in each family we are 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.
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 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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Polly Fry Hagerman
Links done. My thanks for your help. Polly
Polly Fry Hagerman
on Apr 10, 2015 3:52 PM
Kim Reedy Maxwell
Nettie Shehan 97395137
Would you kindly link Nettie to Joe Donald Shehan 49012290 please? Joe was Nettie's son.
Kim Reedy Maxwell
on Nov 15, 2014 11:26 AM
RE: Lura M Allred
The correct memorial number is 35792572.
Thanks for making the links.
on Apr 02, 2014 10:56 AM
please link 51524683 Hallie L Tysinger Moore as a daughter to 27143587(John Walter Tysinger and 27143588 (Artie Florie Bean)
on Dec 05, 2013 7:15 PM
Are you related to Helen Bates Ray?
on Aug 14, 2013 9:22 PM
Are you related to morris gene sheffield
on Aug 07, 2013 2:47 PM
Martha E. Allred 1837-1882
Franklinville United Methodist Church....
PLEASE delete the photo you added of JOHN ALLRED's stone on her memorial page.
I have another photo to add, and 5 is the limit.
on May 09, 2013 9:45 PM
Raeford Boyd "Rip" Brewer
Husband related to the Boyd's. Was his mother's name actually Mary Elizabeth Boyd?
on May 07, 2013 11:39 AM
RE: Susan Sheffield Withers
thank you. so, did she marry Henry Withers?
where is he buried?
on Mar 06, 2013 5:26 AM
Susan Sheffield Withers
born 1833, buried Oakwood Cemetery. Who did she marry? where is he buried? thanks!
on Mar 05, 2013 7:37 PM
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