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Blanche Keating Collie (#47962376)
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I have been doing family research for own family, friends and other people upon request for many years. I am delighted with FInd A Grave and the opportunity to share research data with others in this format. My husband and I are retired educators having both taught in public school, university level and been administrators. My family lines include, Keating, Snider, Whitaker, Heinle, Cobb, Robertson, Gann, Routh, Carter, Dunn, Williams, Taylor. Also have extensive research on my husband, John's, lines, Collie, Jones, Mattox, Moran, Rimer, Snodgrass, Cockrell, Huey. After dragging my husband through cemeteries all over the country for years in my research, he was delighted to have me do it on Find A Grave and even helped before his death.
The following sums up what this adventure is all about.

The Story Teller
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 feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but instead breathing life into all those 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". - Author, Tom Dunn
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Linda Strickland
Deborah Hannah Hammer
I am finding it difficult to be sure of Deborah Hannah Hammer's husband. On find a grave it list Edward Routh but then I see another name as Routh for her as well. Help!
Linda Luster Strickland
Added by Linda Strickland on Aug 24, 2017 9:45 PM
Maria Harvey Starkey
your tribute
Loved you bio and tribute about 'the chosen ones' in families. I seem to be that. Evidently your Uncle Jay and my father-in-law might have been brothers?? By any changd was Uncle Jay possible John Benton Starkey? He was my husbands uncle, known to him as Uncle J.B.

Got to get back to my scanning of my parents 60 years of photos so lovingly created by my mom. Yes, I have many missions. Have to share these digitally with my 5 siblings.
I'm glad I'm 'the chosen one!
Maria Harvey Starkey
Added by Maria Harvey Starkey on Aug 07, 2017 6:53 PM
Steve Lawless
William Taylor in Panola County
There may have been another child, Alexander Key Taylor. I saw his name on the 1850 census for Panola County. Born 1834 in Texas.
Added by Steve Lawless on Aug 02, 2017 3:07 PM
Spirit Consort
Collie Family - Cemeteries
Thank you for all the memorials you have added and linked on the Collie family. Appreciate the bio information on the memorials.

You have visited many cemeteries in your travels from your bio. Did you visit The Franklin Cemetery in Lincoln County, TN? Francois Cemetery in Gifford, Hot Spring Co., AR? Ward Cemetery in Hot Spring Co., AR? If yes, did you take photos of the Collie family tombstones?

Great appreciation for all your hours spent adding memorials and information on each memorial!
Added by Spirit Consort on Jul 07, 2017 6:44 PM
Gann Question
Hello. I've been looking at the Gann information and have traced the name of Jane Adams back to you. I'm curious if you can help me to locate documentation on the last name of Adams? Thanks!
Added by Raylene on Jul 01, 2017 1:25 PM
Doyle Riggan
Arkansas Collies
Hi, I am just beginning to start tracing my ancestors. I am the grandson of Bertie Collie Grissom, great grandson of Hardy Collie, and great, great grandson of Robert Carroll Collie. Bertie lived in Malvern, AR.
Added by Doyle Riggan on Apr 16, 2017 7:56 PM
Robbin Garner
Hello I am Robbin My grandfather ame was John Routh My Dad ame is Hugh Routh, Great Grandfather was Amazhar and G.G. father was Simeon Routh.
Added by Robbin Garner on Feb 21, 2017 11:20 PM
R. L. Vaughn
Ossie Vandola Keating
Hi, Blanche,

We were down at the County Line Cemetery yesterday, and took a picture of the grave of Ossie V. Keating.

I did a little work on the transcription, because it looked like a few words were slightly off on the Find-A-Grave memorial (for example, the "too" at the end is very hard to see, but the "t" is visible with faded letters following; and which completes the rhyme). I thought you might want to take a look and compare and see what you think. Blessings.

Twenty months I lived
To glad my parents sight
And now I bid to them
A short "good night."
Mourn not my fate.
My days in life were few
My pleasures brief
But brief my sorrows too.
Added by R. L. Vaughn on Feb 12, 2017 5:34 PM
carole taylor puntenney
The Story Teller
In my searching for our family lineage, I have found that NO legal document is 100% accurate. We have to take every memorial or profile, as a place to gather information. After we find information from f-a-g/wikitree/rootsweb/or, because they are all just information sites, we must actually find the census records, which are 50% accurate, the death cert may or may not have the correct DATA...Even headstones are known to be mischiseled. So bottom line, we must read "The Story Tellers" information and then go PROVE one way or another for ourselves. Until you can put the SOURCS or DOCUMENT with it yourself it is just family lore. And sometimes family stories like Blanche's are just too great not to keep in our books...Thank you Blanche for all your hard work in bringing the families to us.
Added by carole taylor puntenney on Jan 30, 2017 3:24 PM
Cinda Kay Nighswonger
Remembering Hudson
I am Hudson's second wife. We married in 1989 and divorced in 1992. I had the pleasure of meeting him in 2009 after years of estrangement. We spent a few hours catching up and mending our fences. He was one of the happiest and genuinely good men I have known.
He always reminded me that he prayed for my salvation, and I was so happy to tell him I had been saved! So soon my dear, we will see each other again. Love Cinda
Added by Cinda Kay Nighswonger on Jan 07, 2017 4:58 PM
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