|Jan Jones (#47487289)|
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Growing up, I assumed everyone spent family vacations traipsing through old cemeteries. My parents and my grandparents were avid genealogists; my grandfather was a professional historian. While I loved cemeteries, I didn't understand my family's fascination with ancient data about people we never knew. I was more concerned with where I was going than where I had been. |
However, I love old photographs, and over the years I developed an interest in restoring damaged images. My passion is restoring old portraits (and any photographs with people); the stances, the eyes, the setting of the mouths and jaws, and the lines in the faces tell such vivid stories.
I also have an obsession (be it delusional) for having my world organized and identified. After the death of my mom, I began the process of identifying people and places in some of her unlabeled photographs. That simple quest has now led me full circle to the passion of my parents and grandparents. Now I am the one pouring through mountains of data, organizing and computerizing family records, and haunting cemeteries. When I get excited about finding the grave of a long lost relative, reconnecting with extended family or discovering a wonderful old photograph, I see in my teenagers' eyes the same glazed look that I remember coming from my own eyes as a youth. I smile, and hope that I will be around long enough to see my children get that same look from their teenagers.
"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people." --Thich Nhat Hanh (Vietnamese Monk and Writer. b.1926)
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|Leslie Pierce Royce||Childers|
Thank you so much for making the surname changes. That makes it possible to find when on ancestry.com and other sites. Mych appreciated!.
|Kathy and Andy Hendrix||Walter Mullican|
Jan - Thank you so much for the photo of Walters headstone. Your time and effort are much appreciated
|susie hamilton||Maritha Louisa Hefley|
Thank you soo much for your efforts to get the Photo of Martha's Stone.
|Patricia Williams Curry||Spruiell|
Jan, thank you so much for taking the photo of this stone for me. I appreciate your help so much and your dedication to those who have gone before us. Pat
|Vicki||Joseph E Corbin, Sr|
Hi Jan, thank you for doing the family links and adding the information. Vicki
Added by Vicki on May 09, 2013 12:00 PM
|Mary Patten||Ella Merrel|
Ella Merrel was born Ella Randall Smart in Greyson County Texas. She was married to Walter Ewing Merrell, son of John Wesley Merrel and Mary
Ellen Bailey. Alfred Reuben Smart, who is Ella's brother, is also buried there. He married Walter's sister, Cynthia Annie Merrell, my grandmother. There are several more Merrell graves in this cemetery.
Mary Sue Smart
So glad you have taken an interest in cemeteries since they offer a great deal of information. I am interested in a grave at the Bristol Cemetery for Edna Cooper. There are no dates with her memorial. There is a funeral home marker behind the cross at her grave. I would so appreciate any info that offer dates for this burial or if not perhaps a funeral home that I can contact. It appears some association maintains the cemetery but I do not know who holds the burial records. If you have any additional info you can share on this it woudl be gratefully appreciated.
Thank you so much!
|John Cummings||RE: Alleyne Wommack|
Thank you Jan, Your're my kind of person. God bless you and family...Your friend John Cummings
|Sherry D Chilton||Charles Emmitt Crumley|
Thanks for the links to Charles' parents. I have linked him to both Tom and Feraba.
|Nancy Roberts||The Stay Family|
I am very grateful for the transfers you made. It was very generous. Just a note: When Hans and his wife Raghnild came from Norway and arriving in America, his last name was Christensen and hers was Stay. They decided Stay was shorter and easier and so he changed his name to Stay. I say he must have been quite a man. Thanks again for your thoughtfulness. It means a lot to me.
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