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segarrison (#47120179)
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We Are Chosen

My feelings are in each family there are those who seem called to find their ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell their story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts, but, breathing life into all who have gone before us.

They cry out: "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 my 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 usI cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who we are and why we do the things we 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 folks here are bones of my bones 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 up or never giving in. Their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.

With love and caring we record each fact of their existence. Because we are them and they are us. We might be born that we might remember them. So, we the chosen tell their story.

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Linda Lyons
RE: Henry Alward

Missing graves. No idea where they are. That time frame is so tricky. I've made a couple of virtual listings to fill in gaps in other lines. I think it is good to put in biographical information when it is known. Indeed I've written some "essays."

I don't know if you link to Henry Jr's daughter Mary Alward Tunison (my ancestor) or not. Her husband Cornelius Tunison's grave is in a residential area in Martinsville in the middle of the street with the stone flat to the ground. Just as well. Apparently someone was carrying off stones for paving 30 years ago or so!

Henry is at the Presbyterian Church in Basking Ridge. One of my uncles (no relation to him) was buried there about 20 years ago.

Added by Linda Lyons on Oct 19, 2015 6:32 PM
Reuben Coon #23701346
I noticed you added a Civil War flag to his listing. I didn't find any reference to him actually serving in the Civil War, although I did find where he registered for draft at age 42. Would you send me info you have that he served? I have tried to identify all those who served in the CW in this cemetery and I did not have him, based on Illinois and pension databases, obituaries, GAR records, etc. Thanks.
Added by BjJ on Jul 11, 2015 8:57 AM
Sarah Lewis Coon - edits
I found where the member who added her listing made an error in the death date when adding from cemetery records, so I changed it. It should be Nov. 22, 1906, not Dec., as per cemetery records and her obituary. I added her obituary for you so you might want to review it.
Added by BjJ on Jul 11, 2015 8:06 AM
RE: Schooley Children
Thanks for the confirmation!
Added by KatyDee on May 17, 2015 6:16 PM
Valarie Vine
Lester R. Taylor (St. Mary's)
Hi.............I added a photo today.
Added by Valarie Vine on May 12, 2015 6:48 PM
RE: Photo Approval
Yes you can use my photos

Added by Franny on May 11, 2015 1:02 PM
RE: Photo Approval
Sure, Susan go ahead and use the Hunt's photo's.
Thanks for asking.

Added by Saratoga on Apr 25, 2015 3:48 AM
Jane Cooke
I see she is your great grandmother , she is my 11th and I am trying to find out more about substantiating her family - Son Thomas Mitchell ( Born 1630) for the Mayflower Society - if you have any details that would be great!
Thanks Liz
Added by ELIZABETH HAHN on Apr 21, 2015 10:26 AM
my grandmother ruth garrison fox
Hi Sharon , Im kinda new to this but I have figured out that we are somewhat connected .My grandmother on my mother side was Ruth Belle Garrison (Fink) Fox . Have found alot of information though you'r work and wanted to thank you . Kinda strange how things go full circle, my father and grandfather on my dads side are buried in the same country cemetery as my great great grandparents on my moms side ( my mom and dad we're divorced and mom is buried in a different cemetery) been to Washinton Cemetery in rual Cedar Falls Iowa many times and never knew that I had many so many relatives there will have to pay my respects my next visit there . My grandmother was born in Shell Rock Iowa just a few miles down the road from me never knew that before. Shes buried in cemetery in Fayette co. Iowa not sure of name . I do recall as a young child visiting my great gramma Garrison at the nursing home in Cedar Falls and going to her funeral . Thanks again for letting me see my heritage .
Added by jzmoliv on Mar 06, 2015 10:16 PM
HC Hughes
RE: Lavinia T (Vinnie) Currey Bridenstine
Hi Sharon, thank you for contacting me.

I'm curious about the correct spelling of her first name - one 'n' or two? I had wondered if "Lavinnia" (which is how it appears on the grave marker) might be a misspelling, since I am more used to seeing Lavinia as a first name. But I found her listed in the 1924 Iowa City directory as Lavinnia, and again in the 1928 Iowa City directory as Lavinna (no 'i', but still two 'n's). So I left the spelling as it is on the headstone.

I am no relation, just a volunteer who loves history and likes to research. I'd be very happy to transfer the memorials for Vinnie and Martin to you if you would like them.

Added by HC Hughes on Feb 15, 2015 10:03 AM
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