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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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Would love to manage memorial #95711968, as Rosie is a Mize relative of mine...thanks for considering.
Added by rhm on Nov 23, 2014 2:35 PM
|Sherry McAlpine||Billy Eidson|
Thank you for correcting me. I just saw the small headstone against the bigger one and assumed they were married. I know not to Assume anything but sometimes....
|DON SHARP||RE: Pvt John T Morgan|
I hate to be such a bother...I am assuming, and you know what happens when you "Assume"
If you look at his wife's memorial # 87605242 at Fellowship Cemetery. There are numerous Morgan family members buried there & none at Spring Hill.
Also, look at the photo by Martin Knight. That is Sarah's marker on the right and John T.'s on the left and his military marker is in the background. I will admit there is some question, but I think I am right; but you be the judge. Sarah's parents are John & Ellen Jones Shadinger...they are my maternal gg grandparents. The Shadinger family that moved to Alabama from Carrollton GA have been quite fun to trace. They are buried in Walker County, AL at New Hope Holy Church of Christ, Bennett Cemetery, & Welti Presbyterian in Cullman. If you are related, please feel free to give me some help. My profile photo is me & my great grandmother, Georgia Ann Shadinger Moore in 1956.
|Wanda Hunter Day||RE: Sarah Burns Bishop|
Yes, you're welcome to use the photo of the cemetery marker in your family tree. I appreciate your request. Thank you for all your contributions to Find A Grave.
I have been adding and deleting all morning with no problem. I just clicked on my photo and the delete option came up. But only for photos I added. Thanks.
|LeRoy Ellis||RE: Nettie Powell Monument Photo|
Done. Thanks. No disrespect intended.
|LeRoy Ellis||Nettie Powell Monument Photo|
Please contact LeRoy at email@example.com ref replacing monument photo with photo of monument without grass covering. Thanks
|Jay Brown||RE: William Pinson|
I thank you also for the work you do for all these cemeteries. I will always preserve keep up on this cemetery. I have so many plans and plan to install a road behind the church after I clear the woods behind the church. My family will never be forgotten. Thank you for all you do on here. ~Jay
|Jay Brown||William Pinson|
You would be wrong about the date. Blow the picture up if you have to. This is my family cemetery and I take care of it. I know for a fact that it is a 3. This cemetery sits in the woods behind the bible Baptist church and I found that there was no trust set up. So I take care of it. My granny was the last to be laid to rest here. I have cleared the whole property. If you change this date you would be clearly wrong. I have even done an outline of the cemetery with all information on it in case it gets weathered away. ~Jay
|Robin Knowles Miner||James Martin Entrekin|
I forgot one thing. I delete my entry, but then the link to his second wife was gone! Could you link James to 36121179 Effie L McCalman Heath.
She married James on 9 Dec 1917 in Carroll County, GA. After James died,she married Frank Heath after 1930.
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