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We Are The 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 scribing 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.
Please be kind when asking for an edit or deletion to a memorial that has been created. Mistakes are made and can be corrected very easily, please be nice. After all this is done voluntarily to help others. It is not a job that we are paid to do. Thank you.
Stop by a CVS or Dollar Tree and pick up a $2 bucket, 4 or more gallons of distilled .59 cents water jugs, a very SOFT Scrub Brush and scrub lightly the growth and stains on the old tomstone. Go easy, you could easily cause damage. But PLEASE HELP. . Preserve and clean your family's tombstones. This will help another century of kin to find your family
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|Kevin Kerlin||Thank you|
Thanks Shiela for braving the cold to assist me with the picture of John Leland Martz' headstone. It is much appreciated!
|TR & DJ Grove||memorial Transfer|
Would you please transfer Adelie Faye Humberson #118621017 to my account # 47854650..Aunt Faye was my mothers sister and I have information and pictures to add.....Thanks in advance, Terry
|Richard Roberts||Angela Pirre|
Thank you for the transfer.
|Graves||RE: Dr. Henry Clay Gemmill|
I can't really help with confirmation of the burial location. Your best bet would be to contact the cemetery. Good luck
Added by Graves on Nov 30, 2013 2:02 PM
|S.R.F.||RE: Selvey Porter Monument Photo|
Yes, you are right. Sam and his second wife, "Lizzie" (my great-grandmother), are buried in Crown Hill. Unfortunately, they have no gravestones. Lizzie's name was Elizabeth Teresa Forkner Porter, and she is buried under Elizabeth Porter.
Lizzie's memorial # is 45996990
Samuel Jenkens Porter is buried under Samuel J Porter. His memorial # is 45997127
Maggie and Sam's second daughter, Effie Blanche Porter White, is buried with her husband, Clifford G White, in Rose Hill Cemetery, Sec 14,Oklahoma City, OK.
Effie's memorial # is 48912877
Cliff's memorial # is 49012871
Maybe these burials could be linked?
Thanks again! :) S.R.F.
Added by S.R.F. on Sep 14, 2013 8:29 PM
|S.R.F.||Maggie Porter Monument and Inscription|
Thank you again so very much! This means a great deal to me!
Added by S.R.F. on Sep 14, 2013 1:47 PM
|S.R.F.||Selvey Porter Monument Photo|
I got a chill when I saw this! I only learned about Selvey in the last two weeks.
I only learned about her younger sister, Effie Blanche Porter White, in the last two years.
They were daughters of my great-grandfather, Samuel Jenkens Porter, and his first wife, Margaret "Maggie" Albertson. I only learned of Maggie in the last two years, and until I found her at Cicero Cemetery, I never knew what became of her.
My grandmother was born in 1893. She never knew any of these people. Effie got married and moved to Oklahoma when my grandmother was a baby!
Selvey and Effie were my great-aunts! Thank you so much for taking this picture!
Added by S.R.F. on Sep 14, 2013 1:42 PM
There is a headstone, Its Ethyl & Darrell Renner
I tried to send you the picture but your email wasn't working. since you claimed it I will let you post it.
Added by DAW on Sep 12, 2013 11:05 AM
|DWV||Virginia C Colonese Shingleton|
I have edited Virginia's bio according to Find A Grave's guidelines concerning obits and living relatives. Thank you for your contribution.
Added by DWV on Aug 25, 2013 6:40 AM
|Barbara Wilson Krause||Kimberly Hendricks Transfer|
Sheila, Thanks you for your most kind deed in transferring Kimberly Hendricks memorial to me. Very much appreciated.
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