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Ellece (#47103719)
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The Story Tellers...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 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 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 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.

Originally written by Della M. Cummings Wright. Re-written by her Grand Daughter, Della JoAnn McGinnis Johnson. Edited and Reworded By Tom Dunn
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Ora Bairrow
I am almost positive it is Bairrow. It is spelled that way on her husband's tombstone. I have a picture somewhere. I will try to locate it and post to her memorial.
Added by BK on Aug 03, 2015 7:36 AM
Joyce Rye Kasberg
I just know them and did some research on them a few years ago.

Added by Joyce Rye Kasberg on Jul 30, 2015 1:39 PM
J F Phillips
RE: Lester Herman Pitman
That was the only scanned copy of my Great Grandfather I had at the time. Have more now and plan to update when I have time. My Grandfather, LH Pitman is identified as Ben's son. The other photo is of Great Grandfather Ben and his sister, Great Grandaunt Savannah Pitman Leonard. Would Like to share any Pitman family that you have.

John Phillips

Added by J F Phillips on Jul 20, 2015 1:35 PM
Melissa Suits
Hi Ellece,
I marked my great grandfather's grave today. Would you be so kind as to delete the old photo of his grave. Elijah Bee Mote
Thank You,
Melissa Mote Suits
Added by Melissa Suits on Jun 04, 2015 4:08 PM
Kathline York Forrester
RE: William Henry McCoy
Hopewell Cemetery- before moving away from the Cullman County area in 2011, I tried to visit every cemetery possible -and I know I missed a few. But I lived close enough to Hopewell to photograph it or walk it. The one to ask about a mass grave would be findagrave contributor rebekah younce, I believe she would know more about it. I got the lead about the tornado from another contributor for one of my memorials I had in the city cemetery on one of the tornado victims , last name Griffin.
Added by Kathline York Forrester on May 31, 2015 10:27 AM
RE: Aunt Mandy Neal
Thank you for such a quick response!
Added by cfenters on May 09, 2015 3:40 AM
Reba Irene Sparks Gulsby
RE: Sparks genealogy
I am sorry I can only go back as far as my Granddad and not sure where he originated from. He lived around Commerce Texas for his younger days and that is about all i can tell you.

Added by Reba Irene Sparks Gulsby on Apr 19, 2015 4:42 PM
Ken Hutchinson
Ellece, My info was incorrect. His name was Wilburn Barto Sparks, not Wilber. This is confirmed in the marriage license of his daughter, Wilma, in her second marriage to Chitwood. Wilburn was spelled out.

Death location was Huntsville.

Thank you for catching this. Correction have been made.
Added by Ken Hutchinson on Apr 16, 2015 7:30 AM
Teresa Watson
Tommy & Lorene Watson
Would you transfer memorial 80200789 and 80200821 for Thomas Ulmer & Emma Lorene Watson? These are my husband's grandparents.

Added by Teresa Watson on Mar 29, 2015 7:37 AM
Deborah Hearn Dugdale
Thank you so much!
Thanks for the Jasper Wiginton links! Your work is very much appreciated! All the best,
Added by Deborah Hearn Dugdale on Mar 18, 2015 7:27 AM
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