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segarrison (#47120179)
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We Are Chosen

My feelings are in each family there are those who seem called to find their ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell their story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts, but, breathing life into all who have gone before us.

They cry out: "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 my 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 usI cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who we are and why we do the things we 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 folks here are bones of my bones 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 up or never giving in. Their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.

With love and caring we record each fact of their existence. Because we are them and they are us. We might be born that we might remember them. So, we the chosen tell their story.

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Conservative Patriot
Ebenezer Adamy
And I posted Charlottes obit
Added by Conservative Patriot on Jan 23, 2017 4:11 PM
Conservative Patriot
Ebenezer Adamy
I posted his obit for you too
Added by Conservative Patriot on Jan 23, 2017 4:04 PM
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Ebenezer Adamy
Ebenezer Adamy
wife came from tombstone

son was something someone linked to parents
and has not yet been verified in anyway
Added by Conservative Patriot on Jan 23, 2017 3:26 PM
Joseph R. Klett
RE: Ayers Line
Hi Sharon:

Thanks for your message (and your patience!). Thomas Ayers (1692-1732) is buried in Metuchen, not Basking Ridge, according to Patty B. Myers' genealogy, "Ancestors and Descendants of Lewis Ross Freeman ..." (1995), p. 443. I consider that source to be highly reliable (and was a contributor to its sections relating to the early Freemans and my own line of descent).

The same source notes Thomas's father's connection to the Basking Ridge Church and burial at the churchyard there. However, Thomas's estate records show he lived in Woodbridge Township (where Metuchen was located), Middlesex County, at the time of death. Basking Ridge is in Somerset County.

Fyi, Patty Myers' work does not identify Thomas's wife Mary's maiden surname, nor does it state where Mary was buried. Please note that the memorial created for Mary at Basking Ridge shows a cropped image of the gravestone of Thomas's sister-in-law Mary Creshaw Ayers (d. 1759), wife of his brother John (1692-1759).

It appears that some "creative genealogy" has been employed to place Thomas and Mary in Basking Ridge with other family members. I have no idea whether Mary was really a Tappan, by the way, as her memorial shows, so I am not linking to it. I did link Thomas to his parents. In my opinion, the Basking Ridge memorial for him should be deleted, and the one for wife Mary should be changed to
"burial unknown" status and the false image removed.

Lastly, Thomas's birth is recorded in the Woodbridge town records. I have no idea where the notion of Sussex County being his birth place comes from.

I will send a note to Find A Grave. Thanks again for pointing out the issue.

With best regards and wishes for a Merry Christmas.

Joe Klett
Added by Joseph R. Klett on Dec 17, 2016 10:48 PM
Mary Ann Bumgarner
Pierre Peter Cresson
Would you please consider transferring Pierre (#97892505) to me (#47200592). I have quite a bit info on him and get a lot of ??? about him. It would help to have him on board. He is my 11th gg father...Thank you...Mary Ann Bumgarner
Added by Mary Ann Bumgarner on Nov 26, 2016 7:20 PM
Mary Ann Bumgarner
Pierre Peter Cresson
Would you please consider transferring Pierre (#97892505) to me (#47200592). I have quite a bit info on him and get a lot of ??? about him. It would help to have him on board. Thank you...Mary Ann Bumgarner
Added by Mary Ann Bumgarner on Nov 26, 2016 7:19 PM
Curtis Garrison
Garrisons from Autuxit
Did you get my e-mail with the copy of "The Garrisons from Autuxit"?
Added by Curtis Garrison on Sep 17, 2016 12:42 PM
Hi, Sharon - yes, I did receive your email and I replied to it. Did you not get my reply? Thanks for your offer of the birth certificates but that is probably a little further than I need to go. My husband is related to William's wife, Isabella, so I should concentrate my research on her and her parents.
Added by manders on Jun 17, 2016 8:02 AM
Williams #42774502
My apologies. I now see that at least on two censuses, he was listed as born in England with immigration in 1886 or 1887. However, on his draft registration for both WWI and WWII, he said he was born in Pittsburgh.
Added by manders on Jun 15, 2016 10:24 PM
W. Williams #42774502
I am researching William Charles Williams because my husband is related to his wife, Isabella Alice Hall Williams. I see that you have William born in England, however, all of the records I find on him say he was born in Pittsburgh. I looked at the passenger list and I suspect that this was a trip that his parents made with him to go back to visit their family, rather than their original arrival in the U.S.A.
Added by manders on Jun 15, 2016 5:10 PM
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