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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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|Thomas W||Effie Davis Nix|
Glad that I was able to fulfill your request. Took me awhile to find it. It was 16 degrees but didn't bother me any. Walked in the cemetery from 8:30-12:30 looking at graves and other requests.
Added by Thomas W on Mar 01, 2015 11:03 PM
Thanks for letting me know I had duplicated these two entries. I sent the info I had to the original poster and deleted mine. Sherry
Added by Sherry on Feb 17, 2015 11:50 AM
|Vickey Williams Ford||RE: Lecil Humphres|
Thank you. I thought it would be nice if they were linked together.
|Patricia Karg||LGM White|
I am great grand daughter to Littleton Greenberry Musel White. I would like to manage this memorial. Thanks for considering. Patricia
|Ruby Lee Spencer||Audrey Gerrald|
I have added her maiden name. Thanks ever so much Ellece. Respectfully firstname.lastname@example.org # 47230178
Thank you for the cemetery name that Charles Burns is buried in, Is this a family cemetery or private one? I did not see a Chestile Cemetery on findagrave, I seen a Cheshire though.
I do have George Burns as The Father of Charles, I had found it in all my research over the past 20+ years. My grandma was a Burns.
Thank You So Much
Added by DSON1492 on Jan 22, 2015 7:02 AM
|Connie Meeks Duffey||RE: Dr J C Williamson|
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.
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