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"Life's Greatest Handicap is Being Contented."|
"I believe that love and prayer are the most important things in life," -Anne Nichols
Excerpt from "Abie's Irish Rose:
FATHER WHALEN. Sure, we're all trying to get to the same place when we pass on. We're just going by different routes. We can't all go on the same train.
RABBI. And just because you are not riding on my train, why should I say your train won't get there?
— Anne Nichols (1891-1966), American playwright; from Abie's Irish Rose (play), 1922
Haunting eyes peering at me
Through the veiled, forgotten past;
Spirit voices, phantom actors
Beckon me to join their cast...
Time unravels ancient stitches
As I vainly grasp each thread;
Scattered whispers, faded photos
Tell the tale of those long dead...
Withered memories pressed like flowers
Speak of young love once in bloom;
Scented traces faintly linger
Over long-neglected tomb...
Ghostly chanting leads me blindly
Down each darkened corridor..
As I ponder things that once were
-Things that are will be no more...
One of my favorite poems by Alan Seeger:
"I Have a Rendezvous with Death"
I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
When Spring comes back with rustling shade
And apple-blossoms fill the air--
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.
It may be he shall take my hand
And lead me into his dark land
And close my eyes and quench my breath--
It may be I shall pass him still..
I have a rendezvous with Death
On some scarred slope or battered hill.
When Spring comes round again this year
And the first meadow-flowers appear.
God knows 'twere better to be deep
Pillowed in silk and scented down.
Where love throbs out in blissful sleep,
Pulse nigh to pulse and breath to breath,
Where hushed awakenings are dear--
But I've a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,
When Spring trips forth again this year,
And I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous.
-Alan Seeger (1888-1916)
I would like to take this time to thank all of those who have visited my family including, my mother Hazel Eileen Westberry Paesano and granny, Vera Griffis Westberry (who got me started on genealogy). Also many thanks to those who have visited my Anne Nichols and Adelaide Matthews Memorials. These were two wonderful ladies of the theatre who knew each other as friends and wrote plays together. I am fortunate to be related to Anne and to have known her and Adelaide through the eyes and memories of my friend, Janet. I am always looking for more information on Anne and Adelaide. If anyone has information please contact me or Janet (capecodder). After all, Anne's most popular quote was:
"Life's Greatest Handicap Is Being Contented!"
The following poem was found in my mother's (Hazel Westberry Paesano) belongings after she passed:
"The Time Is Now"
If you are ever going to love me,
Love me now while I can know
The sweet and tender feelings,
Which from true affection flow.
Love me now, while I am living...
Do not wait until I'm gone
And then have it chiseled in marble,
Sweet words on ice-cold stone.
If you have tender thoughts of me, please tell me now...
If you wait until I am sleeping, never to awaken,
There will be death between us and I won't hear you then.
So, if you love me , even a little bit,
Let me know while I am living so I can treasure it.
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|Barbara L. Kirkland||Sampson Altman|
I have no information that indicates the Sampson Altman you have linked to Cecelia Griffis as the one she was actually married to. I show a Sampson Altman married her on 5/2/1885 and they had two children--Emma E. and Ella J Altman Mikell #38751135 (whom I believe to be linked to the wrong father). If he was indeed married to her he was having children with the other wife--Lavenia "Beady" Lynn Altman whom he married 3/7/1881 and had children with her until about 1899.
I believe the Sampson Altman that Cecelia was married to was the son of Richard Altman and Elizabeth Strickland Altman. I show he was born about 1857 and died about 1894.
|Oldpa Dennis||RE: Henry Duffy Follow-up|
Over the past year I had moved on to other projects but then out of the blue I discovered that Henry and Dale Duffy's daughter Patricia was still alive and living in Santa Barbara. Sadly she is suffering from dementia but she had a storage shed filled with Duffy photos and theater memorabilia that I was able to obtain before it was trashed. I have spent the last year going through it and making enough changes to the book that I am seriously considering a second edition (although there was nothing that led me to change the Ann Nichols information).
Thank for your clarification on the mother of George Westberry. I had come across some information about a possible illegitimate birth in me own research but did not know how accurate it was so I stuck with James Hamilton Nicholas and Sarah Francis Hopps as George's parents. Will correct my family group. Was I correct that the other children belong to James and Sarah?
|Mary Ann||Sowash Photo Request|
I have photos of the building and the wall for Philip's burial location. I can't post them because he is at his photo maximum. If interested, just email me and I'll reply to the email with the attached photos. Best Wishes!
Added by Mary Ann on Jul 17, 2016 5:53 PM
|Kathi Lynn King||Paesano|
If you delete one photo from Gaetano I can add the tombstone photo
|Kathi Lynn King||Paesano/New St. Joseph's|
Your request can not be filled because the photo limit is at the maximum one of the other photos would have to be deleted for me to be able to add my tombstone photos. Kathi
|juliana usina||Ella N.(Carter) & John M. Curry|
John Moses Curry is my grandfather but i've noticed in the obit a Morgan and Virginia are his parents? not from what i found out, i have William E. CURRY and Edith A. Hartley as his parents from Ancestry and Wiitree
|Mary Ann||RE: Phillip Sowash|
No problem! Just put in another photo request a month or two after he arrives at the cemetery. This will assure his marker is in place for the photo. Best Wishes!
Added by Mary Ann on Jun 13, 2016 4:18 PM
|B T Rigdon||find a grave # 88979931|
You have Herschel Carroll Thornton in the Piney Grove Cemetery in Wayne Co., GA, He is in the Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church cemetery in Appling Co.. He is with his wife under a different number.
Thanks BT Rigdon
|Christopher Prevost||Nanette Ann (Grand) Prevost|
I am intrigued to find on the internet the mourning ring for Anne Marguerite (Grand) Prevost (1742-1809). She was my gggggrandmother!
I also note that it was auctioned in 2014 and was on ebay in January this year and has presumably been sold. Can you throw any light on its history, as you have put it on her Find-a-Grave site. Hope you can help.
Sir Christopher Prevost, Bt.
|Patricia Maxwell||RE: Lucie Johns|
Google "Bertha Johns" and look in Images. She, and even Lucie may be in one of those pictures, if the dates match up......
I'll keep watching & will let you know if I find anything definite.
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