My name is Timothy Burk. I live in Morgan County IN Sur names of interest: Burk/Cramer/Groseclose/ Wyrick/ Bradford/Matthews/ Shultz/Hardwick/ Henderson/ Spillman/Printz/Mark. I have an extensive photo library for many of these.
"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 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 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 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 birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. 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 they and they are the sum of who we are. 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 my 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 restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before."
RE: duplicate The first message was sent by mistake. SORRY. The second message was NOT about being a duplicate. This is what the second message said: husband David E. Burkhart (#106055998). please add year of marriage (1964). thanks.
Tim Burk Thank you, Thank you for sharing the beautiful and heartfelt feelings and thoughts of the writer of the essay you have provided for us. Della M Cummings Wright. Everything she wrote, I feel. I am now 75 years of age and I am looking to grandchildren and great-grandchildren to continue my quest of searching for those you are forgotten! Thank you again. Shirley B
RE: Eliza Mark memorial 142722825 Tim, I FINALLY transferred Eliza Gipson Mark's memorial to you. Please take good care of it!!! She is also the an ancestor of my dear friend, John W Taylor. So you guys are cousins!!! - Carolyn Davis
Eliza Mark memorial 142722825 Tim, HI - My friend, John W Taylor, is also a 3x great grandson of Thomas Fletcher Mark. Do you have any info on his wife, Eliza Gibson Mark? After searching unsuccessfully for a FindAGrave Memorial for her, I created one, hoping that if and when a headstone is found, we can transfer her data there. Perhaps you would like to manage this new memorial? - Kind regards, Carolyn W Davis
Henry & Catherine Cramer Tim, how are Henry Cramer #16945540 and Catherine #16945539 related to the family? Found time to work on updating Cramers. Still looking for Caroline Jane Mandeville Cramer's grave, also Nelson Abram Howell Cramer. Have you perhaps found them?
Tombstone: John Hardwick Thank you for recent photo of the tombstone damage of John Hardwick in Moorseville Cemetery. I am a 4th great grandson: John to Thomas Franklin to Barclay Allan to William Perry to Michael Garal to me - Michael R Hardwick. I live in Santa Barbara, Ca. and have periodically visited this grave for years. Any chance of repairing the damage? My email: email@example.com. I would be happy to contribute to a restoration.