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I am 71 years old and have been researching my family tree since the 1970's on a limited basis and full time since 2006. |
My ancestors are:
Paternal - Yadkin County, NC - 4 generations: Hutchi(e)ns, Williams, Norman, Wooten, Vestal, Phillips, Martin and Fleming.
Maternal - Stokes County, NC - 4 generations: Rierson, Young, Wall(x2), Allen, Pulliam(x2) and Sullivan.
My paternal ancestors were mostly yeoman farmers, blacksmiths and Quaker ministers, preaching discipline and denial and living the clean, tidy life every day of the week.
My maternal ancestors were also farmers and woodwrights, but they would go to the large houses of the Petrees, Tuttles, Kisers, or Browders, play their fiddles and banjos and dance every Saturday night. Then, on Sunday, they chose to attend some of the many Churches of Christ in Stokes. There, they heard repentance, forgiveness and renewal with communion every week. On Monday, they would start the week anew.
They do say opposites attract.
I have found that I am related to almost everyone whose grandparents are buried in Yadkin or Stokes Counties.
In genealogical language, we are defined in the most basic form by three terms. Our birth date, a dash, and our death date. The most important of these is the dash. The motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, asked us "what will we do with our dash?" Will we be a contributor, a facilitator, a builder, a leader, or a necessary follower?
Will our country be grateful to us, will our community find it hard to replace us if we move on, will our family lean on us for support? Will a Google search find us or will we care for the needs of others when no one is watching? The Confederate general, Albert Pike, once wrote: "What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal".
Will we have a chest full of ribbons? Will a middle school be named after us? Will we minister to the medical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of others? Will we entertain many on the athletic fields of sport? Will we push back the frontiers of science? Will we sacrifice so that our descendants may be the best that they can be? Will we be missed by many at the end of our dash? What will we do with our dash?
I am a retired medical school professor. Research was my profession and is now also my hobby.
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|Lanie||Forsyth Memorial Park Cemetery|
Thank you for adding the Reavis family grave photos from Forsyth Memorial Park Cemetery. I really appreciate your doing so!
Added by Lanie on Apr 20, 2014 6:01 AM
I absolutely love your bio writing sharing. It is so true and so well said.
Thank you for your time, efforts and sharings you do for and with us ;->
|Bob Carter||RE: Floyd K Long|
Haven't tried to work with cehb given her notes posted on the page.
Wow! Thanks for the transfers. I am overwhelmed by your generosity and will do my best to be a good steward of them. Terré
If you want to transfer Enoch to me, that's fine. I really hate to keep bothering you about him.
I do not want any credit though. Helping to determine the truth (which is critical with this particular hobby) is more than enough satisfaction for me.
|Bob Carter||RE: Ancestry.com purchases F-A-G|
If you read between the lines when you posted information on Find A Grave there is probably something t the effect the data you provide is their data. The same is true for Ancestry.com as well, even if you have a "private" site where you only allow certain people to see your data and photos.
As you probably know, the only thing free is advice. :-)
|SleepingDog||Sandy Thomas Ashburn|
I've added a note to Sandy's entry to indicate that the other records show his birth year as being earlier than what is on his tombstone.
I didn't want to go against the tombstone picture on the entry itself.
Maybe whoever was the informant when he died was mistaken---or maybe he wanted 10 years knocked off of his age since they didn't have birth certificates when he was born.
My own grandmother pulled that and knocked five years off of her age---at least as far as social security was concerned. And I've seen where some other people barely aged at all from one census to another one.
|DebbieLee (Graveyard Granny)||Betty Jo Hutchens|
Thank you so much for transferring Betty Jo to me!
Your the best!
|Shirley Gragg||Margaret and children|
THANK YOU! I misinterpreted your message, thinking you were unable to find them.
So ----- you're the 'old coot'? :^)
Simply cannot thank you enough.
|J. Hobson||Junior Hobson|
Thanks for making Grandpa a memorial and transferring it to me. We found out about a month ago that he had esophageal cancer and he went downhill pretty quickly. We do not believe he suffered very much prior to passing. Grandpa hadn't seen his father since he was 3, so we believe there is a beautiful reunion taking place.
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