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Deborah Wall (#46976690)
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Bio Photo We Are The Chosen

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 at
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Sarah Bitter
RE: Elizabeth Aley
Hello Deborah

Oh the fun of genealogy. Elizabeth Veon Aley used so many dates for her birth year over the years.

She was listed in the 1850 Census with her parents as being 1 year old.

1860 she is listed as being 11 years old.

1870 still with her family age 21 years.

in 1880 she is now married and her birth year begin to change she states she is born in 1854

She settles down in 1900 & 1910 her birth year is 1852

Now this is a kicker her death certificate states her birth is 27 Dec 1843. Then the stone states it is 1851.
I have found that using the census as a first entry with their parents is usually the good dates They would have never added them to the census if they were not already born.
So in conclusion Elizabeth was most likely born 27 Dec 1848. the 1850 census page is dated Aug 1850 and she is one year old at the time.
Added by Sarah Bitter on Oct 26, 2014 11:02 AM
Craig Hamilton (Hammy) Clark
Thank you so Much!!
THANK YOU FOR THE TRANSFER. If you could take a moment some time and look at my family profile that I've begun to build, you'll notice a few other family members that could be transferred as well if you'd like.

I noticed that you've done an amazing job volunteering on this site and it's truly a blessing what you're doing for so many families. I'm sure your work will continue to be found by new members just as I've found this morning and praised for your contributions and hard work. Thank you again for helping so many.


Craig H. Clark
Added by Craig Hamilton (Hammy) Cl... on Oct 25, 2014 11:50 AM
Anne Martin
Thank you so much for the transfer.
About my lost gg-grandmother I sort of have a time line on location and I know she died when her oldest was nine yrs old. The biggest problem is her last name was Brown, may as well be Smith!:)

Added by Jill on Sep 22, 2014 3:09 PM
RE: Rev James M Turner
your welcome!
Added by nk on Sep 18, 2014 1:14 PM
Carol Neely Patterson
RE: Just Me
LOL....thanks Deborah. Maybe one of these days someone who is actually related to these Masons will step up and claim them :)
Added by Carol Neely Patterson on Sep 18, 2014 9:37 AM
Dave & Joyce Humphrey
RE: hello
OK sorry. Taking care of a bunch of duplications. Really appreciate you doing this and all your volunteer work on FindAGrave.
Added by Dave & Joyce Humphrey on Sep 16, 2014 6:44 AM
Carol Neely Patterson
Masons in Highland Cemetery
It's me

Alrighty, I added the pic of Esther's stone to your memorial page and have deleted my page for her. I also went ahead and transferred my memorial pages for her parents and brother to you. I see that I also added several other Masons to this cemetery as well. If any of those are part of your line, just let me know and I will transfer those as well :)

Added by Carol Neely Patterson on Sep 15, 2014 9:57 PM
Carol Neely Patterson
L. Esther Mason #134523903
Hi again Deborah :)

I'm a bit out of it this I didn't realize exactly what was transpiring with this memorial. Obviously, this memorial is of interest to you as you had a memorial page for her already, just listed in the wrong cemetery. I will go in and add the photo of her stone to your memorial, and then will delete my page so there is not a duplicate listing.

Added by Carol Neely Patterson on Sep 15, 2014 9:47 PM
Carol Neely Patterson
RE: L. Esther Mason #134523903
Hi Deborah,

I received the email notification of your edit request, but it is not yet appearing on my edit list.

I was in the Highland Cemetery in Midland recently and just took the pic of this tombstone as I have Masons in my family line. However, after a bit of research, I find that Esther is not part of my Mason line. If she is part of your family, I will gladly transfer her memorial to you :) Just let me know.

Added by Carol Neely Patterson on Sep 15, 2014 9:39 PM
Marco Scavo
Gladys May Siddall Bowersock Obituary & Transfer
Many thanks for the transfer and the obituary to boot. I'm amazed at all of the obituaries you have. I added the obituary to the memorial in addition to some information of my own. Thanks again.
Added by Marco Scavo on Sep 15, 2014 2:02 PM
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