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DebRob (#47945281)
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We Are The Chosen

My feelings are in each family we are 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.
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 I am and why 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.

[Author: Della M. Cumming ca 1943.]

Della Commings
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Sue Beckley
Deb: Thanks for updating Columbus Williams. When I went to his grave site # 29560539 there is a "Robert J Martin" as his spouse. This doesn't belong to Columbus. Please remove.
Added by Sue Beckley on Jan 17, 2016 12:07 PM
Kaye Harkins McClintock
107426243 Frankie Boner
Deb, if you would like Frankie's obit, I can email it to you. In fact if there are any that I have edited of yours, and you want thier obits, just let me know. Merry Christmas, Kaye
Added by Kaye Harkins McClintock on Dec 17, 2015 9:11 AM
Kaye Harkins McClintock
Deb, are you receiving any edits from me? Hope you are doing okay! Thanks, Kaye Harkins McClintock
Added by Kaye Harkins McClintock on Dec 02, 2015 8:31 AM
Novella Chaffin
Thomas markers
Thank you for taking the pictures of Carl and W June Thomas Smith, and Evelyn Thomas's markers. Are you related to the Thomas family? I see where your name is on several of the same names that I am working on. Thank you so much.
Added by Novella Chaffin on Nov 03, 2015 10:34 AM
Paula Ali
Marcellino Giacomelli
Thank you for the photo.
Added by Paula Ali on Nov 01, 2015 12:35 PM
Barb Fowler
Fowler, Otes
Hi, I noticed that you added a memorial to Otes's Find A Grave. Was wondering if you are related to him some how. Been looking for other family members for our genealogy.
Added by Barb Fowler on Oct 15, 2015 7:41 AM
Emily Stokes Rowe
Columbus Williams #29570539
I think there may be a mistake on his mother, which is understandable because it appears his father married two Mary Anns. His first wife, Mary Ann Williams #133109089 b KY 1833, d 1868 IL. She was the mother of Columbus. Andrew Jackson Williams married again after his wife died, in 1868 Mary Ann Marks, the widow of James Marks. This Mary Ann was born Mary Ann Lewis, in 1821 in Tennessee. Pretty confusing! But, I am certain that Mary Ann Williams, was the daughter of Elizabeth Reynolds Williams who died before 1855 in Kentucky. If I am right, this Mary Ann was likely born in Graves County where her grandparents settled around 1820. Her mother was born between 1807-1809, likely in either Muhlenberg or Hopkins County as her grandparents lived in Muhlenberg in 1800 and Hopkins in 1810. Incidentally, Andrew Jackson Williams was likely a cousin as the Williams and Reynolds families migrated out of Georgia to Kentucky together, settling in Hopkins and Muhlenberg County.
Emily Stokes Rowe
Added by Emily Stokes Rowe on Oct 12, 2015 5:45 PM
MaryAnne Lagerman
Mary A. Payne Endicott #117752212
HI, This is Mary Anne Lagerman, I would like to add children of Mary A and Shelby Endicott.
1st- Ronald Shelby Endicott
2nd- Darrell Dee Endicott- 7/6/1934-9/12/1934 they could not get any formula to agree with him. He was born sickly.
3rd- David Endicott- died 5/30/1984. David was a Ret.Major General in the AirForce.
4th- Mildred Anne Endicott
5th- Nancy Lee Endicott

Side note for DebRob- I am the daughter of Mildred Endicott.
And the eldest granddaughter of Mary Anne and
Shelby. I have many precious memories of them.
Thanks for your original post,
MaryAnne Lagerman
Added by MaryAnne Lagerman on Sep 15, 2015 3:00 PM
Kaye Harkins McClintock
Emil Hinnen # 82163670
Deb, do you know that you have two photographs exactly alike of Emil's grave marker on his memorial? Thanks, Kaye
Added by Kaye Harkins McClintock on Aug 02, 2015 5:14 AM
Kaye Harkins McClintock
RE: Blake's 120738034 & 120738098
Debbie, so good to know you are okay. Thanks so much for letting me know. Take your time, they aren't going anywhere. Hope you had a nice safe 4th of July! Your friend, Kaye
Added by Kaye Harkins McClintock on Jul 05, 2015 4:30 PM
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