Tracey Lewis

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Bio

I live in the Midwest and caught the Genealogy bug over 30 years ago. I thoroughly enjoy research and spend hours going through Ancestry, Newspapers, Find A Grave and many other research sites digging up information on families. The information is like pieces of a jig saw puzzle, and I love putting the pieces together.

While I'm researching, if I come across interesting articles or obituaries, I research to find the family information. If a Find A Grave memorial exists, I will verify and add the information, editing the memorial with names, dates and locations. If a memorial doesn't exist, I will create it adding the information that I find. It's very exciting to see families linked together and remembered.

Over the years, I found my second passion is to honor veterans and first responders. I thoroughly enjoy researching the veterans past, updating their memorials and linking their families. THEY WILL BE REMEMBERED ALWAYS!

My family line is as follows:

Henry Milden Raynor was my maternal great grandfather.

The Raynor line has been traced back as follows:

Elaine A Raynor, Arthur Henry, Henry Milden, Joel, John, Josiah, Josiah, Joseph, Thurston Raynor, Edward Reynere, Robert Reynere

Thurston Raynor immigrated to America, with his family, departing from Ipswich, England, in April 1634, aboard the ship, ELIZABETH, and arrived at Massachusetts Bay colony, in July of that year. They originally settled in Watertown, MA., and he helped in organizing the new towns of Wethersfield, and Stamford, CT. Lastly, he helped colonize Hempstead and Southampton, NY., finally settling there.

I'm also researching my grandmother's line of Elphick's and Pinkerton's:
Etta Mae Elphick was born 1904 in Bruce, Ontario, Canada and married Arthur Henry Raynor in 1919, in Sandpoint, ID. Etta is a daughter of Cora Elizabeth nee Moore and William George Elphick, who is a son of Mary Jane nee Pinkerton, of Canada, and George Elphick, of England.

Robert Anthony Troxell was my paternal great grandfather.

The Troxell line line has been traced back as follows:

Robert Leonard Troxell, Robert Anthony Troxell, Thomas Sherman, John J, Abraham, Jacob, Christian, Johannes Peter TRACHSEL, Jakob TRACHSEL

Johannes Peter TRACHSEL emigrated to America with his family on the ship "Samuel" and arrived at Philadelphia on 17 Aug 1733. They lived in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Also researching my husbands Lewis line:

Daly and Lewis from Boydton, VA and Morristown, NJ
Simmons and Gregory from Pontotoc, MS, Wynne, AR and Muskogee, OK

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~Dear Ancestor~
Your Tombstone stands among the rest
neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
on polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care.
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I'd exist.
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
one hundred years ago,
spreads out among the ones you left
who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved.
I wonder if you knew,
that someday I would find this spot,
and come to visit you.
~Walter Butler Palmer

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In a Disused Graveyard

The living come with grassy tread
To read the gravestones on the hill;
The graveyard draws the living still,
But never any more the dead.
The verses in it say and say:
"The ones who living come today
To read the stones and go away
Tomorrow dead will come to stay."
So sure of death the marbles rhyme,
Yet can't help marking all the time
How no one dead will seem to come.
What is it men are shrinking from?
It would be easy to be clever
And tell the stones: Men hate to die
And have stopped dying now forever.
I think they would believe the lie.
- Robert Frost
published in 1914
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"Who will reap what I have sown here in this almighty sweet land? You and I will be forgotten. Others will come and go; these, too, shall pass, as you and I shall pass, and others take their places, each telling his love, as I tell you, that life is sweet."
- Jack London circa 1913
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Hey, it's October ~~~~
This from another graver:
'Much better to be looking for dead people, than to have dead people looking for you.'
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Frances Elizabeth Bavier "Aunt Bea" MEMORIAL ID 1457
"TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE LEFT BEHIND IS NOT TO DIE"
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I live in the Midwest and caught the Genealogy bug over 30 years ago. I thoroughly enjoy research and spend hours going through Ancestry, Newspapers, Find A Grave and many other research sites digging up information on families. The information is like pieces of a jig saw puzzle, and I love putting the pieces together.

While I'm researching, if I come across interesting articles or obituaries, I research to find the family information. If a Find A Grave memorial exists, I will verify and add the information, editing the memorial with names, dates and locations. If a memorial doesn't exist, I will create it adding the information that I find. It's very exciting to see families linked together and remembered.

Over the years, I found my second passion is to honor veterans and first responders. I thoroughly enjoy researching the veterans past, updating their memorials and linking their families. THEY WILL BE REMEMBERED ALWAYS!

My family line is as follows:

Henry Milden Raynor was my maternal great grandfather.

The Raynor line has been traced back as follows:

Elaine A Raynor, Arthur Henry, Henry Milden, Joel, John, Josiah, Josiah, Joseph, Thurston Raynor, Edward Reynere, Robert Reynere

Thurston Raynor immigrated to America, with his family, departing from Ipswich, England, in April 1634, aboard the ship, ELIZABETH, and arrived at Massachusetts Bay colony, in July of that year. They originally settled in Watertown, MA., and he helped in organizing the new towns of Wethersfield, and Stamford, CT. Lastly, he helped colonize Hempstead and Southampton, NY., finally settling there.

I'm also researching my grandmother's line of Elphick's and Pinkerton's:
Etta Mae Elphick was born 1904 in Bruce, Ontario, Canada and married Arthur Henry Raynor in 1919, in Sandpoint, ID. Etta is a daughter of Cora Elizabeth nee Moore and William George Elphick, who is a son of Mary Jane nee Pinkerton, of Canada, and George Elphick, of England.

Robert Anthony Troxell was my paternal great grandfather.

The Troxell line line has been traced back as follows:

Robert Leonard Troxell, Robert Anthony Troxell, Thomas Sherman, John J, Abraham, Jacob, Christian, Johannes Peter TRACHSEL, Jakob TRACHSEL

Johannes Peter TRACHSEL emigrated to America with his family on the ship "Samuel" and arrived at Philadelphia on 17 Aug 1733. They lived in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Also researching my husbands Lewis line:

Daly and Lewis from Boydton, VA and Morristown, NJ
Simmons and Gregory from Pontotoc, MS, Wynne, AR and Muskogee, OK

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~Dear Ancestor~
Your Tombstone stands among the rest
neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
on polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care.
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I'd exist.
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
one hundred years ago,
spreads out among the ones you left
who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved.
I wonder if you knew,
that someday I would find this spot,
and come to visit you.
~Walter Butler Palmer

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
In a Disused Graveyard

The living come with grassy tread
To read the gravestones on the hill;
The graveyard draws the living still,
But never any more the dead.
The verses in it say and say:
"The ones who living come today
To read the stones and go away
Tomorrow dead will come to stay."
So sure of death the marbles rhyme,
Yet can't help marking all the time
How no one dead will seem to come.
What is it men are shrinking from?
It would be easy to be clever
And tell the stones: Men hate to die
And have stopped dying now forever.
I think they would believe the lie.
- Robert Frost
published in 1914
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Who will reap what I have sown here in this almighty sweet land? You and I will be forgotten. Others will come and go; these, too, shall pass, as you and I shall pass, and others take their places, each telling his love, as I tell you, that life is sweet."
- Jack London circa 1913
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hey, it's October ~~~~
This from another graver:
'Much better to be looking for dead people, than to have dead people looking for you.'
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Frances Elizabeth Bavier "Aunt Bea" MEMORIAL ID 1457
"TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE LEFT BEHIND IS NOT TO DIE"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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