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Judy K. Brantley/Wilson (#46578531)
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Bio Photo I will be happy to transfer relatives into your care - just send me an edit to do so.

So there is no confusion, please suggest your corrections through the Edit tab on the memorial, not on my profile page.

Please... if you have changes or additions to a memorial that I created, biographical information or an obituary, please do not leave the information in the flower/token section of the memorial. Instead, please use the Edit tab and send the information to me to include.
PLEASE.......when you find your relative's page, leave flowers and at least a short note. In that note, state your relationship to that person. This is a great way to find living members of your family. If you leave nothing, no one knows you are out there. Leaving this lets them know that you are also kin to them and they will contact you. This is a win, win situation.

The Story Tellers...We are the Chosen.

My feelings are 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. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers 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 they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. 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 them and they are us.

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L Ferree
RE: Charlie & Elwyn DeGraffenried
Yes, there is a Charlie that is 1884-1886. I am referring to your memorial for Charlie = Memorial# 40629471 - 1886-1958 and Elwyn - Memorial# 40629494 - 1886-1958. They have exact same birth and death dates.
Added by L Ferree on Feb 12, 2016 12:23 PM
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Charles Ragsdale
Thank you for sending the information on Charles ... I've added it to his memorial.
Added by Yankee Magnolia on Feb 10, 2016 5:26 AM
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Douglas Freeman
Thank you for the information on Douglas Freeman. I have added it to his memorial.
Added by Yankee Magnolia on Feb 10, 2016 5:21 AM
Marlene Lee Lawley
RE: Jim Miller - Cumberland View Cemetery
No, sorry I don't know where Gussie is buried. It might be on her death certificate, but I never looked at it. DOD 1 Oct 1958 in Jefferson Co., AL; Certificate 22292, Volume 45 Roll 5.
Added by Marlene Lee Lawley on Feb 06, 2016 11:11 AM
Marlene Lee Lawley
RE: Jim Miller - Cumberland View Cemetery
It's very possible that the Susie (Mossie) Miller that the photo is addressed to is my great-grandmother since Gussie's father (Amanda's husband) was very close to her. Gussie was born in 1894, so my ggmother Mossie was not yet married when Gussie was 2. I've been told that James Franklin was devastated when Mossie Miller Brewer died in 1902 (baby died also). Gussie May is on the 1910 census with her parents in Jackson Co., AL - age 15. Someone else gave me her birthdate as 22 Dec 1894. Gussie married Samuel M. Boling before 1946 (she was listed in the Birmingham directory with him. She died 1 Oct 1958 in Jefferson Co., AL (probably Birmingham).
Added by Marlene Lee Lawley on Jan 30, 2016 6:58 PM
RE: Joseph Beckwith Allen and Elizabeth Ennis/Allen
Marylizzie never married, as far as we can tell, but Iona Lorena married Emmett Baxter Thomas and adopted Emily Allen, Samuel's eldest daughter. It's George and Josephine that sort of vanished.

I think Samuel's unmarried brothers may have died in the Civil War.

My cousins are very excited about Iona Lorena's discovery and the adoption shown in her obituary. Thank you for your great detective work.

Added by aighaid on Jan 29, 2016 7:59 PM
RE: Joseph Beckwith Allen and Elizabeth Ennis/Allen
Hi, Judy,

Yes, my grandfather did put his children in an orphanage--or his family did after he left them. And, no, he didn't go back for them, but at least one of them was cared for--iona's adopted daughter, Emily Allen, is my mother's half-sister. She never knew their names and no one ever told her Emily was her sister. I'm wondering where Josephine and George are/were. Thank you for clearing up the mystery of Emily--I knew she had been adopted by a Mr. Thomas, but when I knew that, I didn't know Iona had married him and she wasn't listed on the adoption record. This obituary is an eye-opener.

Added by aighaid on Jan 28, 2016 3:32 PM
RE: Joseph Beckwith Allen and Elizabeth Ennis/Allen
That was very kind of you, and it saves me a lot of time, too. I appreciate your efforts for our family and hope it produces some new descendants. I found that Lalar had just the one child, Mary Lizzie, but in the 1920 census, there was a black girl, the same age as Mary Lizzie, living in the house and listed as a daughter of Mary Lizzie's father, Willism Ostin Hightower. I found someone in the 1940 census who appears to be the same person, but she had only gone to the sixth grade--not what one would expect of a daughter of the house. I couldn't find her before 1920 or in the 1930 census.

Joseph Alexander appears to have had only one child, Alma Louise, who seems to have married twice--the first time between 1930 and 19140, and the last time in 1946 to Robert Mainor, so there is no way to tell for some years to come if she had a child late in life.

Lorena Iona (Iona Lorena) Allen Thomas appears to have had no living children--in 1910, she is living with her husband and his parents, is 39 years old, and shows no children. I can't find her or her husband in Findagrave, and he seems to be gone after her death in 1919. I can't find a trace of him.

In fact, it appears that it's quite possible that there are no other descendants except for those of Samuel Arthur Allen, my grandfather. It appears that a number of Joseph Beckwith's children did not marry for some reason, and those who did marry did not reproduce well.

Added by aighaid on Jan 26, 2016 3:58 PM
RE: Joseph Beckwith Allen and Elizabeth Ennis/Allen
Sorry, Judy, I forgot to answer one of your questions. I do not yet know who Robert Cross was, but I notice the obituary has a Ross in it--perhaps it should have read Cross? When I get all the people in the obituary located, I think we might know more.

Added by aighaid on Jan 26, 2016 12:11 AM
RE: Joseph Beckwith Allen and Elizabeth Ennis/Allen
Yes, G. A. was her son--I had him dying a year later, but it's him. You were right about the names--Marylizzie Hightower is HUGE! I've been looking for the Marylizzie who told my mother to "let sleeping dogs lie" for years! My mother wanted to know who her father's first wife and children were, and Marylizzie wouldn't tell her. Mother was sure they would want to know his second family (unlikely), but really wanted to be sure he was divorced when he married her mother (apparently so). Thank you so much for sending the obituaries--they mean a lot to me, since Mother didn't know they existed and thought her grandmother died alone and abandoned. My cousin says the hospital was not just a mental hospital and that it's likely that she was not left there to die alone--the obituary confirms this theory.

Added by aighaid on Jan 25, 2016 11:34 PM
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