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CL Hileman (#47502760)
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Bio Photo 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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Dianna Taylor
RE: John Gilley/Mary Kate Barger
The only proof I have of the marriage is a historical marker in Wise Co. VA
" Site of Gilley family farm settled by John & Mary Barger Gilley"

I was looking at Georges will and the only mention of a Catherine is "grandchildren, heirs of Jacob Pence & Catherine Pence" no mention of a Mary that I could find, it was really hard to read.
Added by Dianna Taylor on Jul 09, 2017 3:58 PM
Dianna Taylor
George H Berger
Hello, do you know if George (mem# 66872031) and Catherine's daughter Mary Catherine is "Mary Kate Barger" who married John Gilley and moved to Lee/Wise county VA?

Dianna
Added by Dianna Taylor on Jul 08, 2017 1:09 PM
Carol M.
RE: Related !
Any news on the male Baker taking the DNA test?
Added by Carol M. on Jul 08, 2017 12:56 PM
Carol M.
RE: Related !
Thank you. Looking forward to more news. My email is crittermom1950@att.net.
Added by Carol M. on Jun 08, 2017 7:42 AM
Carol M.
RE: Related?
I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a beautiful lady! I left flowers at the memorial.
Yes, I did DNA with ancestry, FTDNA and 23andMe. And for some reason ancestry only put me in my maternal circles. I need to figure out how to get into the paternal ones.
Have you added your DNA to gedmatch.com? It's free and may connect us. My # on there is A868047.
I'll try to investigate our relationship! Thanks for the information.
Added by Carol M. on Jun 07, 2017 9:26 AM
Carol M.
RE: Related?
Did you get your DNA test back yet?
Added by Carol M. on Jun 06, 2017 3:40 PM
Carol M.
RE: Related?
Woo Hoo! Email me at Crittermom1950@att.net. We'll see how we connect. I love "meeting" new cousins.
Added by Carol M. on May 02, 2017 4:20 PM
Ken Keller
RE: Mary Mardis
You are very welcome
Added by Ken Keller on Apr 21, 2017 6:31 AM
Ken Keller
RE: Mary Mardis
Good Morning,

Yes, Mary is listed at that local in the cemetery records but I was unable to find a headstone.
I am going back & check a 2nd time (I have missed some) probably today.
On my 2nd visit I always check the graves around where I believe her exact grave site is & match to cemetery records - I will post her grave site or headstone photo.

Take Care

Ken Keller
Added by Ken Keller on Apr 20, 2017 7:19 AM
Sandra Cox
RE: Josiah/Eliz Todd Smith
Thank you very much for responding. I will check out your tree.

Sandra Cox
Added by Sandra Cox on Apr 16, 2017 2:22 PM
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