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Deborah Wall (#46976690)
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Bio Photo We Are The Chosen

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 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 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 at
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Alex Colvin
Edward F. Weineke FAG # 26686134
Who is the women he is seated with? Is this Arminde Colvin? Your caption does not identify who he is with. Kind regards, A. Colvin,
Added by Alex Colvin on Aug 16, 2014 1:28 PM
Myra IV
Hi Deborah!
I was just looking at some of the open photo requests for Riverview Cem ELO & it occurs to me that the entire cemetery has likely been photographed by you! You manage quite a few of these open photo request memorials, & I know it's likely that there are no headstones to photograph, as was the case with 2 of my GG grandparents, for which I was left to my own resources, but DID figure out their location & took pics with flowers & flags.
Is there any way to access plot numbers besides having Helen look each one up? I'd like to try to find locations for some of these unmarked graves...
My sister & I want to have some stones put in for our ancestors; Perhaps others may want to do the same.
Any ideas or suggestions would be much appreciated.
Added by Myra IV on Aug 12, 2014 1:31 PM
Linda Hensley Greer
Ottie Mae Buchanan Purdue
Thank you Deborah Wall for all your dedication in working with Find A Grave. In my research I may have found a mistake. According to the obituary, Ottie Mae Buchanan Purdue's entombment took place at White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Barboursville, Cabell, West Virginia, USA. However, U.S., Find A Grave Index, has her burial taking place at Ridgelawn Memorial Park. Hope you can check this out. Again, thank you for all you do. Linda Hensley Greer
Added by Linda Hensley Greer on Aug 11, 2014 9:26 PM
Marilyn Rogers
RE: Edmund
Oh ok, I knew there had to be something like that going on. Does Edmund have a gravestone? or is it unmarked?
Added by Marilyn Rogers on Aug 08, 2014 8:27 AM
Hello, I have been working on my McBride family and see that you have Leander Lafayette Mcbride listed and also his wife and kids, Do you have any Photos to share
Added by maryanrod on Jul 29, 2014 5:58 PM
Denise Petersen
RE: Elizabeth Krickbaum
you are very welcome. I wish there was a headstone. But from that long ago, you're lucky there was anything. Glad I could help.
Added by Denise Petersen on Jul 25, 2014 3:28 PM
John Agner
RE: henry
When I said the other day you were a blessing, how little did I know what a blessing you are. Henry's obit was wonderful to read. Seeing your name adding flowers to both of Henry's parents South Cemetery, Butler, Pennsylvania is beyond wonderful. Thank you so very much.
Added by John Agner on Jul 23, 2014 6:38 PM
Henry Agner Obit
Thanks so much for the obituary on Henry Agner! I've posted it.
Added by jmkeifer on Jul 23, 2014 12:30 PM
John Agner
RE: Just me
You are a blessing. Thanks so much for getting back.
Added by John Agner on Jul 22, 2014 12:39 PM
John Agner
Catherine Agner
Dear Deborah,

You are fast. The full date of internment was 12 Apr 1893.

I can believe, however, your previous death date for Catherine Agner of 19 Sep 1883 was correct. There was an "Old Cemetery" and people were re-buried. I am looking for something that supports her death in 1883.

Thanks again for your work.

Added by John Agner on Jul 22, 2014 9:10 AM
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