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My family all settled in the Republic of Texas around 1835. Some of them coming with the Parkers to Anderson Co. Texas. Some going on into Limestone County and erecting Fort Parker. Some settling in Houston County. They supported the Republic when it was trying to become a state, separate from Mexico. They fought in the Civil War for the Confederacy. They built churches and established religions. They built forts and fought off Indian attacks. They forged this land called Texas for a new way of life. Elder Daniel Parker, Miles Bennett, Levi Jourdan, Evan Douthit, (all of Anderson County) Joseph, and A. Elisha Walling, Armistead Bennett (Houston County) Elisha Anglin, Seth Hurin Bates, Elder John Parker (Limestone County).
I am lucky to have directly descended from such great men and women.
I do not want to forget their wives; Sarah White Parker died in Ill. in 1824, Patsey Dickerson Parker, Laura Jordan Bennett, , Cynthia Conger Jourdan, Sarah McCullough Douthit of Anderson County. Katherine Anderson Walling, Amanda Williams Walling and Faith (unknown) Bennett all of Houston County, Orpha Bates Anglin, of Limestone County.
OTHER FAMILIES I DIRECTLY DESCENDED FROM IN THIS AREA;
B. H. KENNEDY AND WIFE ELIZA KILLION, Buried at Pilgrim Cemetery, Elkhart. MARTHA KENNEDY WATTS CONAWAY QUARLES, Buried at Pilgrim Cemetery, Elkhart, AND HUSBAND ALFRED H. CONAWAY, unknown burial. JAMES CONNIWAY (CONAWAY), buried Freestone County, Harrison Chapel Cemetery AND WIFE MARY PICKETT, unknown burial. WILLIAM NELSON WILLIAMS, WIFE NANCY buried ANTRIM CEMETERY, HOUSTON CO, TEXAS.
Nancy Franklin-Walling Bundrick YES, CYNTHIA ANN PARKER IS MY 1ST COUSIN 4 TIMES REMOVED.
Note; I used the name Walling as I was growing up because my uncle Forest Walling raised me. As it is not my legal name I still prefer to use it.
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 not 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 and flesh blood and 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.
We live as long as we are remembered......Old Proverb
If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
If anyone has any stories or information on any of my memorials, please let me know. Every person that has lived has a story to tell. I would like to know those stories. I think that every person should have their life remembered. Anything at all is not to small, when it comes to a person's life.
If I have pictures, you may use them without asking. They are all our families.
A.R. Kendrick (A Parker relative, written on his stone).
I want no costly stone upon my grave to be Ah, Savior knows his own and that's enough for me. Just write it deep and plain that all who pass may know that death to me is gain: Through it to life I go.