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C Jones (#47634265)
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Bio Photo I feel 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. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. 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 I am, and why 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. 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 who we had never known before."
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latina lisa
John Henry Harrison Matthews

I saw your photo of John Matthews on his page. He was my husband's great great grandfather. Do you have any additional pictures of his family such as of Romie? Romie married into the Carden family which I also married into. Please email me at


Added by latina lisa on Jun 14, 2017 7:36 PM
V. Case Ford
Gunnings Cartrights/Cartwrights
The TNGENWEB site lists Gunnings' Cartrights and Cartwrights, and I am finding, in trying to make sure they are all listed in Find A Grave, that many of the surname spellings are intermingling. I have done a lot of photographs in Gunnings and I think the Cartright/Cartwrights need to be my next focus. Though gravestones are not always correct either. Sorry if I have "edit req'd" you to death. I will leave that family alone until I get some photos. Val
Added by V. Case Ford on Dec 20, 2015 11:46 AM
Mavis Wills
S.D. (Junior) Cheaney
Would you please check and make sure if Mr. Junior Cheaney is buried in a Bethel Baptist Cemetery in Ashland, Al because I think he is buried in Bethel Cemetery in Bluff Springs. Mr. Cheaney and his wife was involved in Bethel Baptist Church at Bluff Springs is the reason why I think he is buried there. There are several Bethel Churches and cemeteries in Clay County so to keep them separated they have put a location on their site. Do you know where Bethel Baptist Cemetery Ashland, Al is located? I am going to go to Bethel South we call it in Bluff Springs when the weather gets better and check to see if Mr. Cheaney is buried there. I made pictures of this cemetery in August, 2012 but I haven't been back to make recent pictures. Thanks!
Added by Mavis Wills on Dec 02, 2015 9:08 AM
Can you tell me any information about your Shipley line? We're Shipleys also. Thank you.
Added by Tamera on May 07, 2015 2:31 AM

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