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Ciaran (#47830300)
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We are the Chosen

My feelings are: 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 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 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 put flesh on the bones.

Della M Cummings c 1943

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Vincent Pointer
I wanted to let you know that the information you have listed for Vincent Pointer is for the Vincent located out of pulaski county. However the Obit you have belongs to Vincent Pointer (Poynter) from rockcastle county. Vincent, Charity Ann and their son Martin are buried together in Providence Cemetery at Quail, their stones are identical. Sarah "Sallie" Pointer Scott and her husband Walter M. Scott are also in Providence just a short distance from her parents. Charity has other relatives buried there as well, such as Rev. Martin Owens and his wives, plus several of his children. The obit that is attached comes from the Mt Vernon Signal 5 Sept 1902. If you look through that paper there are two other pieces of evidence in this paper to help realize that it is Vincent of Rockcastle not Pulaski County. One is where it states that Mrs JB Hayes was called to attend the funeral of her stepfather, Vincent Pointer. JB Hayes is James Breckinridge Hayes, husband of 3rd great-aunt Mary Elizabeth Preston. She was the Daughter of Charity Owens and Jesse Preston. Charity was Vincent second wife.

There is also a note in which it states his last surviving wife was sister to Martin Owens.

Please advise if you are in need of any other evidence to prove the family data you have is not for the Vincent pointer buried here.

Thank you for your time
Added by Phyllis on Oct 17, 2017 6:15 AM

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