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Deborah Wall (#46976690)
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Bio Photo 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 at
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Ruthann Dorsey Patterson
RE: Good evening
My email is
Added by Ruthann Dorsey Patterson on Feb 21, 2017 8:19 PM
Ruthann Dorsey Patterson
RE: Good evening
Hi. I haven't received any direct message yet. I'm getting the no-reply@findagrave messages. Maybe if I can add your email address to my contacts it would come through. I don't know how we can do that, though, on our public boards. I guess we could share our addys and then delete the messages from our boards. Do you want to try that?
Added by Ruthann Dorsey Patterson on Feb 21, 2017 8:07 PM
David Fauss
RE: Hello from Ohio
I also sent the obit WITH corrections to three typos: Parkersburg, W.O. Fouse (not House), and McIntosh. I hope she catches these corrections!

Dave Fauss
Added by David Fauss on Feb 20, 2017 8:47 PM
Ruthann Dorsey Patterson
RE: Dr. Thomas Marigna
Dr. Marigna was a close, family friend. I would love to have his obituary. Did you email to the address? Haven't received it yet, but I'll watch for it. Thanks for everything!
Added by Ruthann Dorsey Patterson on Feb 20, 2017 7:13 PM
David Fauss
RE: Amelia Fouse
Deborah: Thank you for sending Amelia Fouse's obituary. Since I am not the creator or the person who maintains Amelia's memorial, I submitted the obituary through the edit process to be added to Amelia's memorial. I also submitted the death date and location to be added. We do not know Amelia's birth date (only that she was born in July of 1860) and do not know where she was born, either; it is too bad that her obituary was not more complete!
Dave Fauss
Added by David Fauss on Feb 20, 2017 5:38 PM
Ruthann Dorsey Patterson
We Are the Chosen
May I use your reading? I'd like to share it with my family this summer at our family reunion. It says everything I believe about connecting to our ancestors. Did you compose it? It's beautiful...
Added by Ruthann Dorsey Patterson on Feb 18, 2017 6:49 PM
Ruthann Dorsey Patterson
RE: William Dorsey
Thank you for the obituary. I've added it to his memorial.
Added by Ruthann Dorsey Patterson on Feb 18, 2017 6:44 PM
L. McKinnon
RE: Richard Coakley
Thank you, Deborah for passing that along. You kind of blew my mind for a few minutes... I couldn't figure out how you knew I was looking into the Coakley family history... then I realized it was from the edit I requested a few days ago.

Thanks again!
Added by L. McKinnon on Feb 17, 2017 2:36 PM
Not so Irish
RE: ?
Was a note documenting the edits I submitted for memorial #27079440 you have. Thank you for all your work. You are the keeper of many of family. Gail
Added by Not so Irish on Feb 17, 2017 1:43 AM
Gary Adams
Request Link: Maud (McIntire) Wieneke
Please link Maud (McIntire) Wieneke (#26685800) with her husband, Edward Cracraft Wieneke (#111589864). I've added some photos of them. Thanks!
Added by Gary Adams on Feb 12, 2017 4:38 PM
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