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Donna O (#47153920)
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Bio Photo Author of "My American Family"

We have a wonderful family. One anyone would be proud to be a part of. Families are like fudge - mostly sweet, with a few nuts. That's us.

I have put all my research in, and it will remain there long after I am gone.

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, it is 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, I do.

In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before? 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 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 so 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 whom 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 with love, 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.

Donna O'Neill
Author of "My American Family" book.
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Anton Dries

Anton Dries is buried at St. Mary's Cemetery..Ashton, Iowa...please check out this memorial.. 74316747

Thank you
Added by BJ on Mar 04, 2017 11:27 AM
Sue Green
Sarah Woodworth Barber
There seems to be a duplicate for this person #41214069 with
Find A Grave Memorial# 109521203
Thank you
Added by Sue Green on Oct 28, 2016 2:42 PM
Olive (138907710) and Charles (138906793) Needham are buried in the Highland View Memorial Gardens, just south of Farmington, San Joaquin County, CA. I uncovered their grave markers and put them on
Added by lawman on Oct 03, 2016 8:50 PM
71873864 Laura Davis
I added headstone photos and obit is below:

Laura Davis, Long In Lodi, Succumbs
Miss Laura A. Davis, 84, a native of Thallville, Ill., and a resident of Lodi since 1916, died yesterday in a local hospital following a short illness. She made her home at 25 De Force ave.
Before coming to California in 1907, Miss Davis taught school in Aurora County, S.D. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Lodi.
She was the daughter of the late John and Albina Davis; the sister of Dr. Homer Davis, Genoa, Neb.; and aunt of Leon S. Davis, Hillsboro, Ore.; Dr. Kenneth S. Davis, Van Nuys; Mrs. Dorothy Buendefelt, Hillsboro, Ore.; Miss Lorraine Rowe, Missoula, Mont.; Royal C. Rowe, Arizona; Victor Rowe, Seattle, Wash.; and Mrs. Carol Hartell, Portland, Ore.
Funeral services are pending at Wells Funeral Home.
Lodi News-Sentinel Jan 27 1958
Added by LyndaBentz on Sep 06, 2016 9:01 PM
40498884 Cpl John Davis
I finally noted your original memorial and added photos and locations for his burial.

Davis Funeral Sunday
The funeral of the late John Davis, a member of Hartford Post, G. A. R., will be held from the Congregational Church Sunday afternoon at 2:30. The members of Hartford Post will attend in a body and are requested to meet at Hale & Bawden's undertaking parlors promptly at 2 o'clock.
The Lodi Sentinel Sept 26, 1914 page four

Masons and Veterans Officials at Funeral
The funeral of John Davis was held Sunday afternoon from the Congreagational Church, Rev. Sahlstrom of Lockeford officiating. J.B. Waugh, Robert Christie and S.W. Hopkins acted as pall bearers for the G.A.R. and G. L. Meissner, H.M. Smith and Marcus Newfield represented the Masons.
The Lodi Sentinel Sept 29, 1914.
Added by LyndaBentz on Sep 06, 2016 8:45 PM
Pam Tabor
Richard L. Bandy 87534651
Hi Donna O.,

I am researching my ancestor Richard L. Bandy which led me to your memorial # 87534651 In doing so, I also found the death record for the Richard Bandy who died in Clay Co. on 9 Feb 1916. There are some discrepancies. The death certificate appears to be a different Richard Bandy: Middle initial H., b.8 Mar 1830 to Samuel and Nancy Bandy in Bedford, VA.

Pam Tabor
Added by Pam Tabor on Aug 03, 2016 9:32 AM
Anonymous Rex
Margaret Mary Bandy Barth 88009002
I have found a stone for Margaret M Barth buried beside her brother Harley in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque IA if you wanted to update the burial site from "unknown" ~Rex
Added by Anonymous Rex on Mar 08, 2016 11:34 PM
Emma Huxtable Overturf
United States Census, 1870 ward 2, Mineral Point, Iowa, Wisconsin
Anthony Huxtable M 40 England
Mary Huxtable F 31 England
Thomas Huxtable M 13 Wisconsin
John Huxtable M 12 Wisconsin
Mary J Huxtable F 10 Wisconsin
William W Huxtable M 8 Wisconsin
Elias E Huxtable M 5 Wisconsin
George S Huxtable M 3 Wisconsin
Emma M Huxtable F 1 Wisconsin
Added by Slappy on Nov 07, 2015 4:49 AM
I saw your message on Tryphena Jewett's find a grave page. Tryphena was my 6th great grandmother!
I'm a Dunning (well... was I'm married now) so I thought I should at least say hello to you!
Added by Noble on Jun 09, 2015 7:46 PM
Penny Lee
Frank Beck
He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery Spokane Washington. Maybe you could start thinking about finding someone to manage your memorials while you are so busy with your book. Penny
Added by Penny Lee on Mar 08, 2015 2:11 PM
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