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CL Hileman (#47502760)
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Bio Photo 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.

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Marcia Hedrick
I just saw this and not sure I ever replied back to you.

I'm interested in any and all info/pics you may have from the Smiddy/Parks family.

I've been in contact with Sue Kirk in Lutz, FL We traveled there a couple yrs ago and got some of the Smiddy family from IL acquainted with some of the Smiddy family members in FL There are quite a few in FL

There is also a Smiddy group on Facebook now. I don't know if you are a member or not. You might want to look at that.

My maternal grandmother was Molly Josephine Smiddy, daughter of Wm Smiddy/Lucinda Parks.

Thank you for any info you can share.

My email is:
Added by Marcia Hedrick on May 12, 2016 9:42 AM
Lois Revenaugh
Would you contact me at my e-mail address?
Thank you.
Added by Lois Revenaugh on Apr 30, 2016 10:41 AM
Jacky Wetzel/Jacky Basl
Thank you very much for answering my email. Yes,
I am doing this for my uncle who is 89 yrs. young and didn't know much about his family history, so he asked me to see what I could find out. His mother was a Baker (Olive Faye Baker)and she comes from Cap't. John Hontas Baker - I am doing the line on his son Henry. Any information you have on this family would be very much appreciated. There were so many children in these families, that it is hard to keep track of all of them. I see at the top i inserted Col. instead of Cap't. John Hontas Baker. And there is no connection between these Bakers and the ones from Kentucky, right?
Again, thank you so much for any help you can give me on Cap't. John Hontas Baker.

My email is:
Added by Jacky Wetzel/Jacky Basl on Mar 26, 2016 8:30 PM
Randy Watkins
RE: Saint John's Cemetery Dongola
Thanks for the kind words. It is appreciated
Added by Randy Watkins on Feb 05, 2016 1:27 PM
C. J. Baker
Baker Genealogy
Do you have any info on the Baker Family that came from SC (may have been in PA before that) and had several family members buried in Madison Co, TN?

See Henry Baker son of Joshua Baker in Baker Family Cemetery in Madison County, TN.

We are looking for burial of Elijah Baker also son of Joshua Baker and father of E. W. baker.
Added by C. J. Baker on Nov 17, 2015 9:26 AM
debbie donehower-adams
RE: Sarah Romberger Miller
OK, I see, thanks again, :)
Added by debbie donehower-adams on Nov 05, 2015 2:06 PM
debbie donehower-adams
RE: Balthasar Romberger
Awesome info, tks. :)
Added by debbie donehower-adams on Nov 04, 2015 7:20 PM
debbie donehower-adams
RE: Sarah Romberger Miller
Can we be certain this is her? I only ever saw them residents of Schuylkill County, PA. Tks
Added by debbie donehower-adams on Nov 04, 2015 7:12 PM
debbie donehower-adams
RE: Miller
Yes, I am descended from Jacob Miller & Sarah Romberger. I have Sarah's line pretty far back; however, I knew only that she & Jacob died after 1850. I am curious as to how you found her death date and burial site. Do you know if Jacob is buried there as well? My "assumption" is that Jacob's parents came from Germany, only because I can get no further back than a birth year of 1766-1767. I wonder though if perhaps he may be a son of Wendell Miller (born in PA and migrated to North Carolina).My grandfather always insisted his father (John Ellsworth) or his grandfather (Wendel) was an Indian. I was always skeptical, but some other "oddities" he "claimed" i have found were true. And my grandfather "looked' Indian and that trait has followed his sons (my Uncles) and his grandchildren (my male cousins). Also, my cousin recently passed, and her mother (my Aunt) has this large portrait of an Indian that always hung in my grandparents home, but nobody knows now who it was or why my grandfather had it. I appreciate any help and offer any help I can give as well. Look forward to hearing from you, Deb Adams
Added by debbie donehower-adams on Nov 01, 2015 5:16 PM
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Wendel Miller(Rowan,S.C.)
Any connection to Jacob Miller,married Sarah Romberger (Berks,PA)?
Added by debbie donehower-adams on Oct 31, 2015 4:15 PM
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