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Rita Taylor (#47824139)
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Bio Photo We Are The Chosen

My feelings are in each family we are 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.
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 I am and why 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.

[Author: Della M. Cumming ca 1943.]

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Keith English
RE: Woodrow Wilson Patterson Find A Grave Memorial# 33171899
You're very welcome.

Added by Keith English on Apr 11, 2016 4:03 PM
Martha Franks Phillips Martin
Verlie D. Mosely
I fulfilled the photo request for Verlie D. Mosely. The headstone has the last name spelled Moseley. I will notify the contributor to bring it to her attention also.
Added by Martha Franks Phillips Ma... on Sep 21, 2015 9:48 PM
Leona Mize Lann
I see I already have her pic up there. I didn't take my list and just made pics of some I thought I didn't have. Oh well. You have all you need now.
Added by armymom on May 10, 2015 7:23 PM
RE: Leona Lann
You are so welcome. And I think I got a picture of her gravestone yesterday. My pics are still at Walgreens. Will get them tomorrow and get them uploaded to the graves as soon as possible.
Added by armymom on May 10, 2015 7:13 PM
RE: James Basil Newman Find A Grave Memorial# 42866215

Your inquiry made me investigate, a little further.

I just found the 1880 US Census where James Basil Newman and his children were living in ED 203, Union, Mississippi, USA...and, he is a widower, there.

So, I'm assuming, then, that the documentation I had stating that Leonidas B. & Lenore Onanna (Ona) Newman (Martin) were both born in Texas were erroneous.

So, now we know that Martha had to have passed away sometime between when Ona, their youngest, was born (1878) and 1880 (when the census shows James as a widower....and, the census, being in Mississippi, would indicate that she probably passed away in Mississippi!

Had to share....

I'll keep digging! Let me know if you find something, ok? I'll do the same!

"Talk" to YOU, SOON!!

Added by j* on May 09, 2015 6:32 PM
RE: James Basil Newman Find A Grave Memorial# 42866215
Hi, Rita! Nice to meet relatives! :)

James Basil (Jim) Newman was my great great grandfather. His son, Thomas Wiley was my great grandfather. My grandfather was James Leon (Lonnie) Newman, son of Thomas Wiley Newman & Lou Burge Newman (Tom's first wife).

I have found three different references to Jim's birthplace: South Carolina, Georgia, & Mississippi. I tend to lean towards South Carolina. I haven't found any solid documentation (i.e. birth certificate of any kind, etc.) that confirms this, though.

Martha Mize Newman was my great great grandmother.

According to birthplaces listed in census for Jim & Martha's youngest two children I've found, to-date, she had to have passed away here in Texas (as I show their next-to-youngest child, Leonidus B. (Lee) Newman, was born here in Texas per 1910 US Census in Bessmay, Jasper, Texas, USA). So, if Lee was born in Texas about 1875, then Martha had to have made it to Texas with Jim before her passing. I have made assumption, then, that their youngest child I've found (L. Ona Newman - I believe her first name may have been Lenore) was also, then, born in Texas. (L.) Ona Newman Martin was, according to her F-A-G memorial and tombstone, born about 1878.

This narrows the time period of Martha Jane E. Mize Newman's death to sometime after 1878 and 1900, as that is the next census I've found James Basil (Jim) in Titus, Texas living with his son, Stacey Alexander and his family.

Since the Newmans lived, primarily in that time period, in Titus County, Texas, I would imagine this is where Martha is buried - most likely in Gladewater Cemetery or Greenhill Presbyterian Church Cemetery. James Basil lived in Titus County, Texas, from 1900 until his death (at least as far as all documentation that I've been able to find - i.e., census and death record information). In the 1900 census, he is listed a widowed.

But, the short answer to your question is, unfortunately: no. I've tried and tried to find ANY information on her death date and burial information and she has been illusive to me, since day-one. :(

I will continue to research and will be happy to share, when / if I find anything solid and factual.

Feel free to browse my cemeteries for other information, or ask. I just recently broke further into the Mize family (finally worked my way 'round!) I'll be happy to share whatever I've found!

Hope you have a WONDERFUL rest of the weekend!

HUGS to my NEW CUZ!! :) I saw your name on many of the memorials I've been leaving flowers on.


j* (Judith L. Newman - Mesquite, Texas)
Added by j* on May 09, 2015 5:45 PM
Leona Lann
Thanks for the update Beth Mitchell armymom
Added by armymom on May 07, 2015 6:54 PM
Ron Miller
RE: John Alexander Christopher and wife, Sarah Porter Christopher
You are very welcome
Added by Ron Miller on Dec 31, 2014 9:16 PM
Wendell Alderson
Thank you so very much
Just came across the memorial to my grandfather Lee Vernon Mize. I had never seen pictures of him. Thank you Rita for doing this.

Wendell Alderson Jr.
Sacramento, CA
son of Virginia Ruth Mize
Added by Wendell Alderson on Feb 22, 2014 2:43 PM
( Pam & Teresa ) Pamala Metzger Gammill&T
RE: Rosa Gabriella Ballard Beckham Patterson
You are so very welcome, Teresa and I LOVE doing this for people.God Bless, Pam
Added by ( Pam & Teresa ) ... on Aug 21, 2013 1:28 PM
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