I am currently living in Lansing, Michigan. My ancestors are mainly from Ohio, Missouri, Belgium and Holland. I am researching Clemons (or any alternative spelling), Lunsford, DePauw, Harper, and the list is way too long!
The Story Tellers
We are the chosen. My feelings are that 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 if it were in our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: "Tell our story", and 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 and 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 cannot 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 and how they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, and 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 and that we might remember them, and 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 I am 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 Unknown
looking for family hi my name is beverly gailgher johnson i saw the flowers left on my dad grave site. my dad is bernard david johnson jr his parent are bernard d johnson sr and harriett pinkerton johnson and.papa johnson parents were clara harper and james johnson all from ohio papa Johnson had a brother john russell johnson lived in zanesville Ohio last i can find for him. my grandmotherharriett pinkerton johnson mom was katie gailgher. ever where i look for johnsons my age i can't find them. but should be some harpers around.my great grandma on johnson side was clara b harper please contact me i am on face book as beverly johnson richards wv
RE: Mary Ann Blackstone Mary Ann Blackstone Tinker Is my 2xgreat grandmother on my father's side. I have her father, Ebeneezer Blackstone dying in 1824. I have Ebeneezer's y o d as 1824 and Hiram's DOB as 1820. I also have 2 more children (twins) born to Ebeneezer and his wife in 1822. Not sure if all of this is accurate, but these are my clues so far. And a lot of trees as well as find a grave have second Ebeneezer as this Ebeneezer's brother. Why would parents name two sibs with the same name born only a few years apart? Both lived well into adulthood evidently so naming another child with the same name because the first sib so named died does not seem to explain this one.
mAY kEARNS good Morning Cousin: Ok we now no how we are related. So what is your line to the above. Have you researched Kearns. I have researched them for about 5-8 years. My Grandparentswere Her parents Thomas and Virgini Kearns> I have a fewpictures of May. She was a pretty girl. If you will send me your mailing address ( I can not prnt off my computer) I will send them to you. This is and interesting family, Your cousin Tom
Winfield May Kearnes Kate> While looking at people buried in the Capehart cementary in New Haven, West Virginia that you had placed some items on her grave. Are you related to this line?She was my great aunt
Sarah E. Steen Kate, I noted your post on Sarah E. Steen in Oak Grove Cemetery in Washington County, OH. I have tried to contact the person who posted the information for her and they are no longer accepting messages via Findagrave. There are some serious errors in this posting from what I can determine.
Sarah E. Steen may have been a Clemons but she was not the daughter of William Templer Clemons of my files. Sarah Emily Clemons, d/o of William Templer Clemons married Elza Sheely (also shown as Sheley) and she died in Iowa in 1883. They had several children.
From what I can see, there are children listed that are children of William Templer Clemons but there are at least two that are from other Clemons families.
If you know the person who posted this data, you might want to pass this information on to them. I would be happy to answer any questions they have if they contact me at email@example.com
Ebeneezer Blackstone Want to compare notes about this common ancestor? I found a lot of tidbits about his time in Ohio, but I show Dante of death as 1824. This line in my family going up his line has a lot of blanks. He was my third great grandfather on my father's side. Interestingly enough, I have a Blackstone line on my mother's side also.
RE: lucy blackstone Thank you so much for all your info , my dad will be so thrilled to hear the info. I really think that a DNa test would be the best thing at this point. I'm so confused about the two Indian mystery women . :) thanks again for reaching out. I'll send a pic of Lucy once I find it again. Ttyl :)
RE: lucy blackstone Thank you so much , it at least narrows it down for me, I'm betting it's with Eliza then , my grandmother says to this day that there were 2 full blooded Native American woman one married and Irishman , trying to figure out the mystery :) my grandmother looks very Indian and also great grandma and great aunt , I have pic of Lucy also and you can see it. I myself even look Indian . It's cool to find out where you came from, thanks for your info :)