Who is remembered lives on ❤
I consider my "roots" from East Tennessee and Bell County, KY. Many of my direct line moved to Monroe, MI as early as 1923 and that is where our line also starts to include the State of Michigan. My parents/family moved to the Grand Haven area about 1960, stayed 20 years, and only I chose to come back. Only my direct line will continue nearby. In the 1990s the internet/web became available and became a boom for genealogists. I started off with a webtv and took it upon myself to do as much as possible to preserve our families past, that they will be remembered. Miller/Cox/Brogan/Parks.
I visited with those in our line as much as possible to gather any old family photos and stories ; before those who could share them were gone. Much would have been lost forever without these personal accounts and photos. So many of those that shared so much are gone now. They gave us much more than just facts and "data". They become more "real" and dear to us.
I chose Find-a-grave first because it was free to all, which made it most accessible. I also loved the layout. It was unique, had a vintage feel and you felt part of a community that had shared "this place" together for years.
I also find it a special place to remember old friends and those who have touched my life in some way. A place created to stop by in their memory.
Please contact me or add any photos, obituaries, biographical sketches, first hand accounts, or stories. I would love to add them. I also love hearing from distant kin.
It makes me a little sad to realize that most of my immediate line will have little ties with the areas of my childhood of TN and Monroe, MI, but those ties are preserved here. My favorite places are Cosby and Gatlinburg. My mother loved Monroe and Gatlinburg.
From a man of Ninety-one "the hardest part of living to an old age is that most of your friends and relatives are not there to share it with you."
I like this quote I saw today...
Faith, is to trust in something that you cannot see, touch, or feel. Faith is knowing that everything will be okay, whatever the outcome, and trusting in God's plan- even if we cannot comprehend why or it goes against our prayers. God is good- always. No matter what.
WHEN I'M GONE
When I come to the end of my journey
And I travel my last weary mile
Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned
And remember only the smile
Forget unkind words I have spoken
Remember some good I have done
Forget that I ever had heartache
And remember I've had loads of fun
Forget that I've stumbled and blundered
And sometimes fell by the way
Remember I have fought some hard battles
And won, ere the close of the day
Then forget to grieve for my going
I would not have you sad for a day
But in summer just gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay
And come in the shade of evening
When the sun paints the sky in the west
Stand for a few moments beside me
And remember only my best
THE RECORDING OF A CEMETERY
BY THELMA GREENE REAGAN
Today we walked where others walked
On a lonely, windswept hill;
Today we talked where other cried
For those whose lives are stilled.
Today our hearts were touched
By graves of tiny babies;
Snatched from the arms of loving kin,
In the heartbreak of the ages.
Today we saw where grandparents lay
In the last sleep of their time;
Lying under the trees and clouds -
Their beds kissed by the sun and wind.
Today we wondered about an unmarked spot;
Who lies beneath this hollowed ground?
Was it a babe, child, young or old?
No indication could be found.
Today we saw where Mom and Dad lay.
We had been here once before
On a day we'd all like to forget,
But will remember forever more.
Today we recorded for kith and kin
The graves of ancestors past;
To be preserved for generations hence,
A record that will last.
Cherish it, my friend; preserve it, my friend,
For stones sometimes crumble to dust
And generations of folks yet to come
Will be grateful for your trust.
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