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If I've created a memorial, then I have a photo of the tombstone too. If it's not posted, just let me know and I'll be glad to do it.
The Story Tellers...We Are The Chosen
My feelings are that 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. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers 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 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 they fought to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us 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 them and they are us.
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 their place in the long line of family story tellers. That is why I do my family genealogy..... and that is what calls those young and old to step up..... and put flesh on the bones.
---by Della M. Cummings Wright
and rewritten by her grand-
daughter, Della JoAnn McGinnis
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|Wanda Emler||Harris Warren|
Thank-you for the tombstone picture.
Thank you so much for taking & posting the headstone photo for Richard Houston Grubbs in Hollywood Cemetery. I appreciate your time & effort to do this.
Added by CHB on Jan 10, 2017 10:44 PM
Could you please link Andrew David Powell's mother to his memorial. Her number is 166341083. They are both buried in Rose Hill Cemetery.
|C.||Thank You. Happy New Year|
Thank You for all that you do and continue to do helping me and so many here on Find a Grave.
The last few years have been challenging in my own Life, I cared for my Father until his death last year. During that time, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. As well, my mother was hospitalized. Thus, my Life Plate was overwhelmed. I so apologize to you if in these years, any requests made no sense to you. I am sincerely Sorry. I am not making excuses but felt I was stressed and may have come across as
" misunderstood " or even difficult to understand.
Our family has lost many in 2016. One you may know of, Diane Webb from Find a Grave.
You're A Blessing to me and other's and I greatly appreciate You.
I wish you and your family A Blessed New Year 2017.
Guy- Barnes - Johnson descendant. Hollywood Cemetery
Added by C. on Jan 02, 2017 2:10 PM
You have some lovely pictures of martha jane hoppers (1849-1920) and her son John W Lawrence (1872-1944). Can you tell me how you came by these pictures? martha jane appears in my family tree and I would love to make contact with any of her descendants. thank you! Liz Hopper Field
|Sarah Jones||Grant Forsythe|
Thank you so much for adding a photo to the memorial of Grant Forsythe.
|liz field||thank you|
|Pat Hall||William Kendrick|
Are William Kendrick b. 1786 d. 1844 and Jane b. 1784 d. 1867 buried in Rocky Springs Cem.? In his will it is listed that his wife paid for a coffin. Any Help is very much appreciated.
Added by Pat Hall on Nov 15, 2016 5:04 PM
Thanks for volunteering and the very nice photo.
|Pat Hall||Nancy Pyles|
Thank you so much for your prompt reply to my request for a photo of Nancy's gravestone. I can now continue with a DAR application for a descendant of Nancy. All of you who take these pictures are such a great asset to the genealogy world and are much appreciated!!!
Added by Pat Hall on Nov 13, 2016 11:14 AM
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