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Barbara Bland (#47163258)
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Bio Photo I've been researching my families for 30+ years and owe gratitude to the gravers here who've memorialized my people before I even knew where to look for them. My families: Bland, Graham, Wise, Hanson, Von Inse/Ince, Randolph, Bolling, Padfield, Hill, Tadlock, Bacon, Cocke, Jones, Poythress, Houston, Rice, Peeler, Allgood, Brown, Rumfelt, Marly/Marley, Patrick, Mashburn, Johnston, Brown, Wetherington, Taulbee, Armstrong, Lockhart, Campbell.

I'll make corrections, add info and likely make transfers unless I'm more closely related. Please use the edit tab.

This verse is mine, dedicated to my Bill, to gravers everywhere, especially to DPlus9 (#46635247), Buck Ivey (#46557951), Bill's cousin Roanna (#46932997), my cousin Jan (#46607804), my cousin Tunie (#46536984), my cousin Daphne (#46889859)--all cousins discovered through findagrave. If you like my poem, you should see Jan's. Feel free to share my verse and credit my name or not.

THE GRAVER
My Bill looks red and windblown
As he trundles down the hill.
We seek Mary Bland, the widow, who lies
Buried and is missing still.
Those in the past who'd found her
Six miles from town had said.
No road nor which direction. I ask,
"Where were their heads?"

We've rushed to use the sunlight
And there's snow just past sunset.
The antique shop man has sent us
To these Quakers who lie here yet.
Best do it now while the weeds are low
And before it gets too hot,
And he'd called ahead to the hunt club
So we'd not be shot.

Bill went to do the scouting,
Crossing dales and over berm.
The wind blows cold, cuts to the bone,
And we think I'm too infirm.
"There are so many small ones,"
As his tale he does relate,
"But no sign of Bland in all this land."
Hmmm, is this our fate?

Bill says, "There are so many,
Both looking high and looking low,
They're scattered every which way
To squeeze them in just so.
The markers all lean over
Midst the reeds and midst the thorn.
Some stones peek up just barely
As if they had been shorn."

His knees were groaning loudly
As he stooped to see beneath.
His back was aching badly as…
Oh, dear, "The name was Heath."
He gazes o'er the distance,
Looking tired and looking worn.
He sighs, then cheers, "Next weekend...."
A new "graver" has been born.

Mary Bland is still missing near Disputanta VA and local hunters are helping us to look for her, organized by the local antique store owner. They say they trip over grave stones in the woods all the time.
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Messages left for Barbara Bland (35)[Leave Message]
deegraver
RE: John C. Bragg at Blandford
i thought you meant he already had a memorial at Blandford, that's why I kept asking.
thanks
Added by deegraver on Aug 25, 2014 12:08 PM
deegraver
RE: John C. Bragg at Blandford
i can't.
what is the memorial # ?
thanks
Added by deegraver on Aug 25, 2014 8:58 AM
deegraver
John C. Bragg at Blandford
thanks for the info.
please give me the memorial # of John at Blanford, entered as "Bragg (Dr.)
I can't find it.
Added by deegraver on Aug 25, 2014 7:33 AM
Margaret and Darrell Lancaster
RE: Mrs. Elizabeth (Randolph) Bland
Margaret is a cousin, not a descendant.

Thanks!
Added by Margaret and Darrell Lanc... on Aug 09, 2014 7:36 PM
Dave Johnston
RE: William King Johnston
Barbara, Please give your mom my kindest regards. I still live in the greater Salt Lake Area. I buried my dad last year in So. Cal - he was 89.
Dave
Added by Dave Johnston on Jul 16, 2014 4:46 PM
LaDana Mashburn Stacy
Mashburn
Thanks Cuz
Added by LaDana Mashburn Stacy on Jul 16, 2014 9:26 AM
Dave Johnston
RE: William King Johnston #39890965
Barbara, thank you for contacting me. I last saw your mother at a Johnston family reunion in Palo Pinto Co., TX, (about 2005) and didn't know she'd passed away. I'm glad to see you take up the lead. I would love to know more about King and Rachel. My own ancestor, William King Johnston (1832-1862) is named for his more adventurous uncle William "King" Johnston.

The year you mom attended that Johnston Reunion was the last Johnston reunion that I know of in Palo Pinto County as all the principal organizers died soon after that reunion and I live in Utah. At that reunion we had representatives from all three of the Johnston brothers: John Clark, King, and Samuel Carter (my ancestor). It was a first and a last I fear. That particular Johnston reunion had been held for many many years - mostly descendants of Francis Marion Johnston, a Confederate Civil War soldier, who'd settled in that part of Texas near Weatherford, Parker Co., TX
Added by Dave Johnston on Jul 15, 2014 9:11 AM
CL Hileman
Eliz Bland
Thank you for the information. It's a shame when one can't trust information from a "reliable" source!
Added by CL Hileman on Jul 14, 2014 7:30 AM
Debra Walke
RE: Sarah Russell (Bland) Bland Taylor
Thanks for the info. She's my 7th cousin, 9x removed so way down the line.
Added by Debra Walke on Mar 29, 2014 11:37 AM
Debra Walke
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If I'm looking at this correctly, Sarah Russell Bland is married to her first cousin. This shows her husband as William Eppes Bland and shows that Sarah and William's fathers are brothers. Is this information correct?
Added by Debra Walke on Mar 28, 2014 3:30 PM
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