<-- My sons, Sean and Eric, and myself, several years ago.
The older you get, the more deaths it seems, or maybe I was just too young to know the difference. I wanted something to memorialize members of my family and friends.
My cousin found out that in our Scovill line we come from three Mayflower passengers; John Howland, Elizabeth Tilley, and Richard Warren.
The majority of the memorials I made are family and some are very close family friends.
For all those that took my family pictures and used them on Ancestry, you weren't supposed to copy them unless you ask me first, and it would have been nice for anyone of you to say "Hey, I used your picture on my family tree!" I would have replied with something like "Lets see how we are related!"
Discovering who your ancestors are is one thing, but reading about them even if its just an obituary tells you something about them as a person, not just another leaf in the tree. Seeing their final resting place is a type of closure for me.
I'm looking for any information on Scovill, Hill, Gear, Parlett, Lawton, Shields, Weilbacher, Frierdich, Murrah.
Just to clarify, my mother does a lot of work on here with me since she knows the older family better than I do. If a memorial has many links, they are probably in my family.
Please don't add any music to my interments. If you have a picture for one of my memorials you'd like to add, go ahead, but please let me know so I can see it! Thanks!
If I've left flowers on a memorial, that doesn't mean that I know them. It could be that I was flowering random names, or I got there by following links from other memorials. I've flowered over 30,000 memorials, and I probably only knew a very small percentage of those people.
**I've sent out a lot of edits lately. I didn't single anyone out or intentionally pick on anyone, I'm just looking through family names in various counties. If I can see things that can be put on the memorial to make it more complete, then I send an edit.**
This was posted in the forums, and I think it pretty much sums up how most of us feel about graving and looking for our ancestors.
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 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 Spread 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.
By Walter Butler Palmer (1906)
THE RECORDING OF A CEMETERY By Thelma Greene Reagan
Today we walked where others walked On a lonely, windswept hill; Today we talked where other cried For Loved Ones whose lives are stilled. Today our hearts were touched By graves of tiny babies; Snatched from the arms of loving kin, In the heartbreak of the ages. Today we saw where the grandparents lay In the last sleep of their time; Lying under the trees and clouds - Their beds kissed by the sun and wind. Today we wondered about an unmarked spot; Who lies beneath this hollowed ground? Was it a babe, child, young or old? No indication could be found. Today we saw where Mom and Dad lay. We had been here once before On a day we'd all like to forget, But will remember forever more. Today we recorded for kith and kin The graves of ancestors past; To be preserved for generations hence, A record we hope will last. Cherish it, my friend; preserve it, my friend, For stones sometimes crumble to dust And generations of folks yet to come Will be grateful for your trust.
RE: Request for Transfer Hi Sherry, A Woman named "Pattie" created a memorial for William E Smith (Find A Grave Memorial# 158039945) who is William Ross Smith's father. So I am not sure what "SENIOR" you are talking about since they do not share the same middle name. But since I am a friend of the family I know for sure that WES is the father of WRS. Pattie transfered William E Smith to me and after that was done, Cindy (daughter of WES and sister to WRS asked if I could control her brother's monument also. That is the reason for the request. I appreciate your offer for transferring both but I am not sure what SENIOR you speak of at this time. Thank you again for consideration of this request.
Hi Sherry, This may be a second request as I am not sure the one I tried to send yesterday actually got sent. Request transfer of William Ross Smith (Find A Grave Memorial# 8996632) to me. WRS is the son of my recently departed friend, William E Smith (Find A Grave Memorial# 158039945). WES and I flew together as combat helicopter pilots in Vietnam. Cindy (daughter of WES) asked me if I could also maintain her brothers memorial. I told her that I would ask.
I appreciate any consideration you give this request. If you need to contact me please email me at CobraCaptain@earthlink.net.
Rhonda Jean Hill grave Hi Sherry, I attached Rhonda to her father, Robert "Bob" here in De Soto. When they buried Bob they brought Rhonda from her original burial cemetery over here next to her father. Do you want to connect this differently. Please let me know. Thanks. Kathy Ross De Soto Cemetery Sexton