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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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Don Looser
Many thanks for your correction and additional information. It takes a village, doesn't it? I'm attaching your email to my data base. Stay cool!

Added by Don Looser on Jul 25, 2016 8:59 AM
RE: Florence Miles Houston
Thank you for this information..I am getting confused, whst is your relation to Florence miles Houston? Was she your aunt? You said direct line of your mom, just wondering...I had a sister that favored Florence, I love seeing family traits, and I see it in my sis and gma Houston, my older sister said she would sit in her rocking chair and read the bible...I love this thought..Thank you for sharing anything you know about her, i was born after she died, so I only heard bits about her and charles. Would love to know more. ..Katie, I feel like my dad must have given me this nickname because of his great grandma...
Added by Katie on Jun 26, 2016 7:11 AM
RE: Betty Houston
Hi, thank you for transferring my moms page, I wasn't sure if you got my message, and I was wondering how her name was put as Elizabeth.? Weird stuff has been happening with not just hers but my brothers also. I am very thankful to maintain them now. My father is Russell Houston Sr. So Florence Elizabeth Houston was my grandma, Was she your great grandma? I would love to get the Houston tree competed, I haven't got much information. Hey did you look on Charles Houston page and see the picture I posted of him and Florence? So who are your parents? My mom betty married Russell sr. I guess you know charles and Florence had like 14 kids I think. Only 2 still alive now, which are my uncle Aubrey and aunt annie. . Anyway I would love any information you have to share. I hope you are feeling better, Katie
Added by Katie on Jun 25, 2016 11:41 PM
Name incorrect!!
I have tried to submit name change, but not getting anywhere, My moms name IS NOT Elizabeth! Her name is Betty Ann Frith Houston, How did this happen? It was not like this 2 weeks ago, who changed it to Elizabeth? Also I have requested to maintain this page but haven't haven't heard from anyone. Please help with these matters. Thank you,Katie
Added by Katie on Jun 24, 2016 2:25 PM
Name correction and page transfer
Not sure why this was on here, but on my moms page it has Elizabeth as her first name. This is not correct. Her full name is Betty Ann Frith Houston. Frith is her maiden name. I am hoping to be able to maintain this page, so I will be waiting to hear from you. Thank you very much. Katie
Added by Katie on Jun 16, 2016 5:33 PM
Maintain my moms page
Hello, my name is Katie, My mother is Betty Frith Houston, I wanted to maintain her page . I added some pictures of her, and want to add some other stuff too. Thanks
Added by Katie on Jun 15, 2016 9:36 PM
David T Bunton
Josiah Smith
I think we have corresponded in the past, but could you please email me about Josiah Smith, descendants match the Smiths in my line. Thanks so much
Added by David T Bunton on May 31, 2016 7:03 PM
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
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