|CL Hileman (#47502760)|
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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.
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|Michael Limer||RE: James Dabney|
Thanks for looking. The family has always indicated that. I also found mentioned in Thomas Shelton Dick's Will that Calvin and Margaret had no children but had a foster child that they raised, James Dabney.
|Michael Limer||Calvin Barrier and James Dabney|
I am researching my Great Grandfather, James Dabney. From all I can gather he was raised by Calvin Barrier and his wife. I am struggling to find information about when and under what circumstances that Calvin and Margaret took James in. If anyone in the Barrier family would have this information I would live to hear about it.
Thanks, Michael Limer
|KY Kids||Tuttle Cemetery|
Currently working with an Eagle Scout candidate to clear underbrush. Hope to find headstones after the clean up.
Added by KY Kids on Mar 21, 2017 7:47 PM
|Jeff Harvey||RE: Cpt John Robb|
I am very sorry, but if you look down under the cemetery listing for Mr. Robb, the memorial does state that his grave is unmarked.
I am a direct descendent of Alvin Wyatt Smith (great-grandfather). My grandmother, one of Alvin's children, is Martha Bell Smith Brown (wife of Barton Bartholomew Brown). I am just beginning to research my family, and I am so thrilled and appreciative to find this information you have collected. I would love to read more, particularly your book. I do not know how to go about contacting you, if you would be open to that. I live in Waxhaw, North Carolina. I know this is a pubic message but would love to find out more information about the Smith family.
|John Baker||RE: Baker lineage|
Thanks for the response. I think I will pursue the DNA angle; if so I will get back in touch.
I'm still pretty confused about a couple things, which maybe you've researched. I seem to be in the line of Andrew W. "Squire" Baker (1702-1781), who seems to be the son of a Robert James Baker. However, I've run across multiple references to Robert J. Baker being born in 1660 (d. 1728) AND in 1686 (d. 1760). The REALLY confusing thing is that different sources list both as being married to a Susannah Packer -- who also has two lifespans listed (1664-1729, 1688-1764). She also has two different wedding dates -- 1685 and 1709 (both in Philadelphia) -- to Robert Baker! Obviously, something's wrong. I believe Robert J. Baker (b. 1660) is the father of Robert J. Baker (b. 1686) and of Andrew W. Baker (my apparent ancestor). But were there also two Susannah Packers? Were they related? If you have any insights, I'm all ears.
|John Baker||questions about John Baker|
Hi. My name is John Baker and I'm about 95% sure I'm descended from Col. John Baker (1735-1820). My grandfather was Roscoe Melton Baker of Owsley County, KY; GGF was Julius S. Baker (also of Owsley County); 2nd GGF was Andrew "Andy Pandy" Baker; 3rd GGF was Robert Julius "Julius Bob" Baker; 4th GFF was Col. John Baker. I've noticed your comment that Col. John Baker was NOT John "Renta" Baker, which makes sense to me. My belief has been that Col. John Baker's father was Andrew "Squire" Baker (1702-1781), and that Andrew's father was Robert James Baker (1660-1728). I'd sure appreciate any confirmation/opinions you can provide, and also (if you've considered it) who Robert James Baker's father was. Thanks.
|Jami & Michael Pike 47006767||RE: Response - Dee Jordan|
I seen many names that I to am working on the Jordans as my mother was a Jordan.
|Jami & Michael Pike 47006767||Dee Jordan|
I was wondering how Dee connects to you I am related to many Jordans
|debbie donehower-adams||RE: Balthasar Romberger|
Happy New Year! I was wondering if you were ever able to locate that link for the DNA Miller genealogy?
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