Retired legal secretary. Retirement was not my cup of tea, so I went to work part-time at my local library and ended up staying with them 5 years. Have been working on my family tree since the mid1980s. Find A Grave was recommended to me by an archivist in Lauderdale County, Alabama and I find it an added bonus in my geneaology tracking. *******************
We are the chosen. 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 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 I am, and why 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 who we had never known before."
by Della M. Cummings Wright; Rewritten by her granddaughter Dell Jo Ann McGinnis Johnson; Edited and Reworded by Tom Dunn, 1943."
George Gober (1740-1786) Hello Bonnie, I am a member of the Gober line through my GG Grandmother, Polly Gober Hardman. I am a member of the DAR(Daughters of the American Revolution) and was able to prove that George Gober (1740-1786)served in the American Revolution. Just wondering how you are related to the Gober's and your ancestry line.
James Clyde Lambert Thank you Very much for this, He was my Great Grandfather. I have been trying to find out where he come from and was born (Before Tennessee), for years. He and his two Brothers who come to Mississippi from Tennessee.
I just left a note on Melissa's wall about my search for the father of my GGF, Will Bart Roberts (New Hope Cemetery). I suspect his dad is Samuel Roberts, son of Reuben F Roberts. Do you have any information about Samuel that could confirm or disprove this relationship? Thank you for the information you have shared- I have learned a great deal from your postings.
H. O. "Mac" McAnally, 88, of Counce, Tenn., died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth. He was born on Aug. 28, 1913, near Jacinto in Prentiss County, the second of 12 children born to the late Daniel Edgar McAnally and Mary Della Lasiter McAnally. He attended New Candler School in Prentiss County. For many years Mr. McAnally was a resident of Cicero, Ill., where on June 22, 1963, he married Raney Curtis Gober. In 1964, he retired from Solo Electric Company in Elk Grove Village, Ill., and he and his wife moved to Counce, Tenn., where they owned land and rental properties and were the proprietors or McAnally's Cafe. Baptized and raised in the Pentecostal faith, in 2001 he became the oldest member of Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Corinth. The Rev. Elizabeth Goodyear Jones, Vicar of St. Paul's officiated at a funeral mass at the church at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Burial was in Center Hill Community Cemetery in, Counce, Tenn.; next his beloved wife, Raney Curtis Gober McAnally, who preceded him in death on May: 26, 1992. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Savannah, Tenn., was in charge of arrangements. Other than his wife, he was preceded in death by his siblings, all of whom were from Booneville: Gertha McAnally Haney, Olar McAnally Cooksey, Willard Eva McAnally Stevens, Bernice McAnally Stevens, Olan McAnally, Louis McAnally, Thomas McAnally, Ina Mae McAnally and Melvin Chamous McAnally; a son, W. T. Gober of Savannah, Tenn.; and a grandson, Richard Curtis Gober of Huntsville, Ark. He is survived by his children, Bobby Joe Gober of Counce, Tenn., Clara Gober Tyson May of Harrisville, Miss., Charles E. "Chuck" McAnally of Corinth, Grady A. McAnally of Lockport, Ill., Bonnie Gober Crocker of Pearl, Margie Gober Jenkins of Alcorn County Care Inn, Corinth, Clara Quay McAnally Hollimon of Booneville, Carolyn Ruth Gober and Debra Lisa McAnally, both of Counce, Tenn.; two sisters, Bertha Bell McAnally Cartwright and Jean McAnally Williams, both of Booneville; 26 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and 12 great- great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross for the New York City Sept. 11th Fund.