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Jeanne Gaffney (#47876312)
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Bio Photo I am researching the Brakefield/Rogers/Thrasher/Burns lines originally from Scotland, Ireland, and Switzerland, more recently Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. Any pictures that I have added to FAG may be used without any further permission from me.

The Story Tellers...We are the Chosen.

My feelings are 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. 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. 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 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.

Originally written by Della M. Cummings Wright. Re-written by her Grand Daughter, Della JoAnn McGinnis Johnson. Edited and Reworded By Tom Dunn
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David Thrasher
RE: My Thrasher Line
It is always good to connect with cousins (second cousins twice removed) Our grandfathers were 1st cousins. My THRASHER Line:

George THRASHER (b. 1755; d. 7/13/1840 Gwinnett Co., GA)
+ Casia ? (? - ?)

Thomas THRASHER (b. 1792 GA?; d. 12/1881 Trinity, Lawrence Co., AL)
+ Mahalia ELLIOTT (b. 1796 GA d. 1875 AL)

William Green THRASHER (b. 3/7/1819 Franklin Co., GA; d. 3/8/1908 Lawrence Co., AL)
+ Elizabeth Malinda MORRISON (b. 9/11/1829 TN; d. 4/12/1896 Lawrence Co., AL)

George Washington THRASHER (6/22/1849 Wedowee, Randolph Co, AL; d. 9/21/1915 Town Creek, Lawrence Co., AL)
+ Mary Elizabeth COATS (b. 10/25/1843 AL; d. 1/17/1929 Lawrence Co., AL)

George Lewis THRASHER (b. 12/21/1867 Lawrence Co., AL; d. 10/10/1945 Hartselle, Morgan Co., AL)
+ Dora Isabella NORTON (b. 5/3/1869 AL; d. 5/10/1939 Hartselle, Morgan Co., AL)

Newton Columbus THRASHER, Sr. (b. 6/23/1903 Lawrence Co., AL; d. 4/17/1961 Hartselle, Morgan Co., AL)
+ Clara Whyte PICKENS (b. 4/13/1905 Mt. Hope, Lawrence Co., AL; d. 7/14/1971 Hartselle, Morgan Co., AL)

Newton Columbus THRASHER, Jr. (b. 2/14/1925 Morgan Co., AL; d. 8/4/2005 Huntsville, Madison Co., AL)
+ Betty Inez COLLIER (b. 6/12/1927 Vinemont, Cullman Co., AL 8/22/2008 Decatur, Morgan Co., AL)

David Lindsey THRASHER (b. 10/01/1951 Hartselle, Morgan County, AL Present)
+ Theresa Marie KILGARIFF (4/17/1953 Patuxent River, MD Present)

I live in Hartselle, Morgan County, AL. My Thrasher ancestry tree is at: I also have a more complete tree at familytreemaker: I haven't updated it in a while, but it's pretty complete.

I haven't done much research in a few years because of family obligations, etc. Hope to get back to it soon. Always glad to share what I have. Feel free to contact me anytime.

Added by David Thrasher on Aug 14, 2012 5:22 PM
David Thrasher
RE: My Thrasher Line
Leaving in a minute to fly to TX for a week. Will respond when I return.
Added by David Thrasher on Aug 08, 2012 3:00 AM

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