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Dancing With Ghosts (#47068368)
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First thanks to Basil McVey and Robert Moorefield for all the pictures (hundreds)of graves and cemeteries in Johnson County Tennessee they have donated. Big HUGs. Also Big Hugs to Dixon Marshal for All the Photos of Rural Cemeteries.

If you are a cemetery photographer and do not want the work of imputing individual graves send to me and I will do it. I always give proper credit for others work. The goal for me is to get the information out there.

I am more then happy to post family links, bios, obits and photos to any memorial. Please do not post with a flower but click the edit button and give me a day or 2.

I hail from Riverside County CA, I restore antique photographs, love my iguana (very large very cranky lizard)and am willing to photograph graves within 75 miles of Riverside.


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 storytellers 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 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 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 whom we had never known before.

Della Commings

To Cღ (#47360448)Thank you so much for the writer's information on "The Chosen." Folks like you are what makes Find a Grave the resource treasure it is!

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Linda Mecham
John Millard Everman
I found a copy of John's Death certificate. His middle name should be William. Would you be so kind as to correct this. He's grave memorial #102348346.
Thanks so much! Linda
Added by Linda Mecham on Jan 01, 2015 4:02 PM
Daniel Maxwell
Thomas Estep memorials
I just noticed that you said on my memorial for Thomas Estep that it is a duplicate. Mine was created in 2012, yours in 2014.

Also, my information is not wrong. Thomas Estep's death date isn't known. What you have on your memorial is actually the last date Thomas Estep appears in records.

On 25 Aug 1772 Thomas 'Eastub' sold to Thomas Gist for 30 pounds a 62 acre tract of land. He doesn't appear after that. Same thing for the death date you give Mary (_______) Estep. She appears in the Quaker Meeting books on that date, and never after that.

There is no evidence for the maiden name of Thomas's wife, nor is it known where either of them are buried (likely on their own property).
Added by Daniel Maxwell on Dec 28, 2014 10:41 AM
RE: Thank you so much
Thanks for all your efforts!

This is not a relative, I just got pulled into researching Ontario folk who's tombstones reference where they were born ... mostly interested in those born on the frontier along the Delaware River in Tristate New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Whether Loyalists, or for economic or marital interests, they headed into Upper Canada from 1780 to abt 1820.

If you do find "Born in..." do please drop me a line & I will add to a virtual cemetery I have building.

Best, Jane
Added by ATJ on Dec 08, 2014 11:27 AM
Lisa Clark King
Lenau Larrison # 69262543
Hello, my husband is a descendant of Lenau Larrison and I would like to manage her memorial. Could you please transfer that to me?

Thank you,
Lisa King
Added by Lisa Clark King on Nov 07, 2014 9:39 AM
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Just wanted to say, I like your screen name. Very cool.
Added by Rainbow on Sep 11, 2014 2:41 PM
Wendy Reeder
RE: Great Job!
Thank you so much, this is one of my favorite cemeteries in that area.
Added by Wendy Reeder on Sep 06, 2014 7:51 AM
RE: Thank you so much!
You are welcome! Glad we could finally connect for the penny tour, even though it was cut short by the untimely heat and humidity of the day. Enjoyed meeting you and your brother, and glad to know you arrived home safely from your trip. You two take care and plan on stopping by on your next excursion north, and make some time for the rest of the tour! Bye for now ~Mike
Added by Forestier on Aug 15, 2014 8:41 PM
michael oaks
RE: Grandparents
thank you
Added by michael oaks on Aug 15, 2014 8:06 AM
michael oaks
RE: Grandparents
my greatgrandparents john and margeret morefield are buried there. thanks
Added by michael oaks on Jul 11, 2014 4:40 PM
We Are The Chosen
Hi Chasing; I had this poem too on my bio and searched for more information on who wrote it. I sent it to my relatives in an email, they do not understand why one would " Research Records on people I never knew... ". There is another poem that is lovely " They Once Walked Amongst Us.."

I am glad to have helped and isn't that the purpose on here to assist other's, if you can ?

Thank You and I am glad to have helped in such a small way.

Enjoy your week end....

Added by C♥M on Jul 11, 2014 11:55 AM
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