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CL Hileman (#47502760)
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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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debbie donehower-adams
RE: Balthasar Romberger
Happy New Year! I was wondering if you were ever able to locate that link for the DNA Miller genealogy?
Added by debbie donehower-adams on Dec 31, 2016 6:21 PM
Matt Miller
John Wendell Muller
I am working on my family tree and get stuck in Rowan County NC around 1771. The went from there to Swords Creek VA. Through DNA testing I found I am related to John Wendell Muller. I am trying to piece together the gap from John H. Miller who moved from NC to VA to John Wendell or one of his siblings.

Added by Matt Miller on Nov 16, 2016 2:34 PM
RE: Johannes Daniel Rumpel
Hi CL.
I will try to get someone to get a copy of the actual handwritten record. I believe what you posted is a poorly transcribed typed document. If I remember correctly the original document read Joh. Daniel, and also listed the sponsors as Joh. Daniel Kuntz and Anna Elizabeth Futler (somewhat illegible).

As to my second point, The Rumple Hardware store in Hamilton is quite well documented as belonging to Daniel b 1807, as seen in the 1850 census.
Added by Tor on Nov 14, 2016 9:01 PM
johan daniel rumpel
Hi CL, a few corrections on your notes for this find a grave 6882785. The proper spiritual name according to tradition would have been Johan, not Johannes. Secondly, the "pioneer merchant of Butler county, had a hardware business at Hamilton" was not Johan Daniel but his son Daniel born 1807.

Added by Tor on Nov 03, 2016 8:54 PM
James Meadors
Josiah Smith and Betsy Todd Smith
I am of his lineage through James C. Smith and wife Nancy Meadors to Elizabeth Smith Angel and Her Hsb. Lewis Sevier Angel to Sarah Adeline Angel and her Hsb. James Westerfield Meadors to Benjamin Harrison Meadors and his wife Calestine Moses Meadors to Ancil V. Meadors and wife Jeanette Shelley Meadors to (Me) James E. Meadors.
Added by James Meadors on Oct 24, 2016 1:21 PM
Susan Earnheart-Terrell
Hello, I just found your contact information on Find-A-Grave. This is one of my Brick Walls. My earliest Barker ancestor is Jonathan Fielding Barker, born around 1790 in Delaware. Jonathan was one of the first settlers of Henry County Missouri. He passed away 4 Sept 1854. Do you have any information on Jonathan Barker?
Added by Susan Earnheart-Terrell on Sep 29, 2016 5:04 PM
Dan Miller
Yes that is one of my ancestors Christian Daniel Miller.
How does Donald Atkinson tie into the Miller family?
Loved to get any info....
Added by Dan Miller on Sep 19, 2016 6:58 AM
RE: Iva May Gilman Hileman
No problem. I'll try and get it this week
Added by Betty on Sep 12, 2016 1:55 PM
Carol L Inman
Josiah Smith
I am a descendant of Josiah through William Troy Meadors and Sara Smith. I was wondering if there is a way I can get a copy of The Pioneer Family of Josiah Smithİ By CL Hileman. I would also like to know if you have a family tree on line that I might be able to view. Thanks Carol Inman
Added by Carol L Inman on Sep 10, 2016 3:16 PM
jennifer heilman
RE: Heil Heilman
my dad had a copy in late 84 or early 85 it had a spiral binding it fell apart a pg or 2 at a time the
the 1 i have is a real hard back book.
Added by jennifer heilman on Sep 09, 2016 6:31 PM
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