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Sarah B (#47344400)
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I started this journey in April 2010 as part of my oldest son's 4th grade social studies project. He was to have his pedigree chart filled out to the 5th level, if possible. As I looked, I realized I didn't know what to tell him to fill in all of the blanks. I started making calls to my mom, dad, and sister and my husband's mom. I got a membership to and found my husband's first cousin online which was quite helpful. I have since found many distant cousins on and find a grave which has been a rewarding experience. It's always good to make new friends and especially ones that are your cousins. :)
All of the memorials I create are for my family members. Please be kind and realize I am doing my best to honor their memories. If I have created a new memorial for a family member that has just passed, please allow at least 72 hours before you send me an edit to give me time to work on the memorial and get the details straight. That is only fair and humane.

The following is something I read recently during one of my various searches. I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I did.

We Are Chosen

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 storytellers 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 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 scribbling 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 whom we had never known before.

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David Cory
Boyer/Neal/Gordy Genealogy
I noticed the virtual Boyer Cemetery here and wondered if you might be descended from Aaron Boyer and Effie Neal. I am a descendant of Effie's half brother Elmer Kirk Neal. I have quite a bit of information about the Neal family. I also noticed the Gordy Cemetery, and I am descended from Elizabeth Gordy, who married Robert V. Cory. Let me know if you would be interested in exchanging information.
Added by David Cory on Jun 04, 2016 1:17 AM
RE: Lewis Griswold
That helps a great deal!! We have been trying to verify this for awhile and everything I read pointed me in that direction. Lewis is my girlfriends 2nd great grandfather.
Added by CLKeele on Mar 03, 2016 3:57 PM
K Kerlin
RE: Mary Elizabeth Claxton Kreiter
Hi Sarah,

I'll try to take a photo of the table next week and post it. Yes, it is well constructed and good as new even though it's about 135 years old.

Happy New Year,
Added by K Kerlin on Jan 01, 2016 12:31 PM
K Kerlin
Mary Elizabeth Claxton Kreiter
Hello Sarah,

I noticed your memorial for Mary Elizabeth Claxton Kreiter and wondered if you happened to have a photo of Mary Elizabeth or Monroe? Their daughter Sarah Ella married my great grandfather's brother Joseph Kerlin. I am also connected thru Eliza Tinsley Claxton - my 3 times great grandmother - Susannah Tinlsey Patesel was (if I recall correctly) as sister of Eliza. It's been a number of years since I researched the Tinsley family who were from Franklin Co, VA. I have a table built by Monroe Kreiter for a neighbor girl who came to work in his home when his wife gave birth to their twins. My family and I live in the Silver Lake / North Manchester area. I grew up on the farm where the Gospel Hill Cemetery is located...

Thank you,
Added by K Kerlin on Dec 26, 2015 12:46 PM
Lynn Stoops Chapel
I could call Raven Funeral Home and ask them if you want me to.
Added by Lynn Stoops Chapel on Oct 02, 2015 10:54 PM
Lynn Stoops Chapel
RE: Frederick Leo Clouser
I assumed he is buried with his 1st wife as on the tombstone there is a small emblem added to the stone. His cremains could be there.
This is done a lot now. My sister-in-laws father was done this way on Fri. If you don't want to place him there ok.
Added by Lynn Stoops Chapel on Oct 02, 2015 10:47 PM
Hilda Alexander
I recd edits for some memorials at St. Louis 3. If any of these are your family and you want to take over the memorials, please let me know. I am happy to transfer any you want.
Added by Ancestors on Aug 14, 2015 6:28 AM
Hilda Alexander
I recd edits for some memorials at St. Louis 3. If any of these are your family and you want to take over the memorials, please let me know. I am happy to transfer any you want.
Added by Ancestors on Aug 14, 2015 6:26 AM
Cindy Kimes
Find A Grave Memorial# 22190273
Hi Sarah,
Regarding the BOYERs, the 1840 census for Jacob's father, Abraham, shows a male age 15-20 years old. Do you who this was?

Added by Cindy Kimes on Aug 04, 2015 3:11 PM
April Gross
John Bockman request
Hi Sarah,

I saw your request to add information to John's memorial and that you're related so I just transferred the memorial to you.

Added by April Gross on Sep 16, 2014 10:51 AM
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