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lonnie wilson-birge (#48359003)
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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.
{Author: Della M. Cumming ca.1943}


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kat woodfill-childress
hmm
ok nevermind. I saw on Carl Melvin Woodfill's memorial "your great grandson Dalton Smith" and thought this was my cousin's son's profile. I'm sorry if I got it wrong lol :)
Added by kat woodfill-childress on May 14, 2016 8:12 PM
kat woodfill-childress
2nd cousins
Hey, Dalton! I'm your father's cousin (his Uncle David' daughter). Just stopping by to say hi :)
Added by kat woodfill-childress on May 14, 2016 8:10 PM
SimonH
RE: none
I am distantly related to many, but I also post family members for friends and distant relatives of mine.
Added by SimonH on Nov 07, 2015 6:36 PM
SimonH
RE: Obits
Thank you for providing the obituaries. I will be happy to post any you would like to provide.
Added by SimonH on Nov 06, 2015 2:57 AM
SimonH
RE: MINNIE B REEVES
If you will use the edit button on her page to send me the link, & your member number, I will be happy to transfer her to you.
Added by SimonH on Apr 08, 2014 12:13 PM
Carole Rogers
RE: nancy rogers
Dear Lonnie, I just saw your wonderful offer to do the headstone for Nancy Rogers. I am so pleased I just never thought we could find her. If I can help here on the west coast please ask.
Regards Carole Rogers
Added by Carole Rogers on Apr 07, 2014 1:39 PM
SimonH
Stella Gray
Hi, Lonnie,
I cannot add a bio for your grandmother. When I transferred it to you, I lost the ability to make any changes. You are the only one who can control this webpage now. Best wishes, Michele
Added by SimonH on Mar 06, 2014 2:15 PM
Denny Jackson
RE: Ruby Stevens
Hi Lonnie,
Just let me know what family memorials you want and I'll be glad to make the transfer. Find a Grave is a fun hobby along with genealogy. You guys will enjoy it.
Denny
Added by Denny Jackson on Mar 05, 2014 8:07 PM
Denny Jackson
RE: Ruby Stevens
I am indeed!!
Added by Denny Jackson on Mar 05, 2014 7:23 PM
Jodi (Cohen) Bolden
Webster
Hi! Welcome to Find A Grave:) I have linked the parents. If you would like me to transfer this memorial to you,please let me know...Jodi
Added by Jodi (Cohen) Bolden on Mar 04, 2014 8:29 PM
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