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David Munson Chestnut (#47560150)
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Bio Photo Living through the passing of both my parents I found solace in my own spiritual guidance. Coming from a family that stretches on two continents I started to build our family tree. My mother's family is in England and my father's from different parts of the US. I found that my English cousin didn't know some family members that I knew and my American family is not as close as it used to be. While putting my family tree together I found this wonderful web site.

Death will come to each of us some day. We can die having fought hard for our beliefs and convictions, or we can die having failed to do so. Since the reality of death is the same in either case, isn't it far better that we set out on our journey toward the next existence in high spirits, with a bright smile on our faces, knowing that in everything we did, we did the very best we could, thrilling with the sense that " That was truly an interesting life"? Passage of Daisaku Ikeda on 27 Aug 97
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Karen Darwin Robert
Laura Chestnut
Hi David,
I appreciate you sending the info on your Grand mother, Laura Chestnut. I have made all the additions you requested. Since she is your family, I thought you'd like me to transfer her to you for maintenance. If so, just let me know and I'll be happy to do that so you can maintain and add information you might have. The numbers don't matter to me - what matters to me is connecting family members.

Karen Darwin Robert
Added by Karen Darwin Robert on Mar 13, 2013 10:20 PM
Loren Kelly
RE: Hi from David
Hello again, David:

Actually the Parrish's are my mother's (Vivian Williams Kelly Honea's) side. So you are not related to the Parrish-Line. My Great Grandfather, Dewitt Larue Parrish, was married to my Great Grandmother, Elizabeth Miller Parrish. Elizabeth Miller was tri-racial (Native American; White & Moor (Black). Elizabeth Miller and all of ther ancestors were Delaware Moors (The Yellow People). They were a tri-racial isolate of about 300 families who intermarried and retained their cultural identity for over 200 years. My Maternal-Line: Vivian Williams Kelly Honea (My Mom); Norah Parrish Williams (My Grandma); Elizabeth Miller Parrish (My Great Grandma); Phoebe Carney Miller (My Great Great Grandma). My Great Grandmother and Great Great Grandparents were listed on the 1850 Csnsus as free persons of color and on the 1860 Census as mulatto. At the beginning of the Civil War they migrated to the wilderness of Michigan to evade the oppressive "black codes" of Delware. At that time "slavers" were kidnapping free persons of color and selling them into slavery. When Enoch D. Miller and Phoebe Carney Miller left with their daughter, Elizabeth Miller and made it to Michigan they passed on white on every other census thereafter. This was so they could own land, a gun, vote, and be treated like human beings. So on my mother's Miller Line I am of mixed race.
Added by Loren Kelly on May 18, 2012 1:54 PM
Loren Kelly
The passing of your mother and father.
Hello David:

I am saddened to discover that your mom and dad passed. Sybil was a wonderful woman and I remember when she served tea to you and me in 1976. I had never had English Tea before. Do you remember when we attempted to go to Canada to seek out our ancestors in the middle of a winter storm in 1976?

When I left Michigan in 1976, I ended up back in Oklahoma and Texas and now live close to Dallas, Texas.

I have been attempting to locate you for some time. But I was always trying to find you in Michigan. I am an avid genealogist and have discovered a number of interesting facts about our Kelly ancestors.

Please contact me at

Your cousin, Loren Kelly
Added by Loren Kelly on May 17, 2012 3:21 PM
You might consider requesting his memorial! Best wishes in your research.
Added by SUSAN HILL DAVIS on Jul 20, 2011 8:09 AM
I was happy to add her DOB and transfer management to you of her memorial. Your photo was lovely. I'm also sorry for your huge loss! Welcome to this wonderful site and best wishes!
Added by SUSAN HILL DAVIS on Jul 19, 2011 9:00 AM

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