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BonnieGober12 (#47204700)
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Bio Photo 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.

"The Chosen"

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."

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Rev John Calhoun Vaughn # 6327987


Would you be willing to go and remove the big
flower you placed on the Reverend's memorial?

I sent some EDIT TABS and the findAgraver who
owns his memorial and they kindly updated it
with almost all of the info your flower contained.

So, I was a thinking that it would look ever so
much nicer without all that information and
with, perhaps a simpler one?

Thank you!

Added by ErgoSum on Oct 08, 2015 7:49 AM
Marsha Holder
RE: #101583522 John David Riddell/Riddle
I had a request to link Opal Riddell Massengill to her parents and in doing research, I found several references to Riddle. In Doyle case, his name may have been changed in the military. I usually use the spelling in the obit if it is the same as the SSDI and what the family puts on the headstones but put a note that it is spelled both ways. I know one family that has Greene on their headstone but have never used that "e" before or in their obits. Strange. Marsha
Added by Marsha Holder on Sep 28, 2015 4:36 PM
Olivia Cartwright
RE: Help!
Ms. Bonnie, you are great. I contacted them today, so hopefully I will hear something. Thank you for the information.
Added by Olivia Cartwright on Sep 21, 2015 6:13 PM
Olivia Cartwright
Hey Bonnie,

I have talked to you in the past about the McAnally family tree. I am doing some research on my grandmother, Bertha Bell McAnally Cartwright. She had a sister named Gertha Haney. She died very young, but I just can't find any information (she died at 17). She is buried at Willis-McAnally Cemetery, and there is only one other Haney in it and it was a baby. Could she have died during childbirth? Anything would be great!
Added by Olivia Cartwright on Sep 20, 2015 6:09 PM
RE: Nicholas James Roberts #133608753 & his mother #136608753
You're welcome, Bonnie! Glad it's straight on his memorial page. It's all through the Cleveland Co. history books incorrectly, and it keeps getting perpetuated in new books they put out--the most recent is one on Civil War soldiers of Cleveland Co. Will have to write to them and let them know the correct info for the next time. I had picked up at the court house his marriage license to his 2nd wife, but I gave it to one of his direct descendants after scanning it. Let's do keep in touch!
Added by Melissa on Sep 15, 2015 5:22 AM
RE: Nicholas James Roberts #133608753 & his mother #136608753
Hi Bonnie--I think I replied to this message before, but I was looking at it again. I can tell you the county history books for Cleveland Co., AR have wrong information on Nicholas James "Nick" Roberts. His 2nd wife was Elvira (not Clara) Jane Foster, but she was the widow of Joseph Greenlees when she married Nicholas as shown on their marriage record. Nicholas is buried next to his first wife Lucinda Jane in the Rowell Cemetery in Rowell, Cleveland Co., AR, and Elvira Jane and Joseph are also buried at Rowell. Happy continued hunting! :)
Added by Melissa on Sep 14, 2015 11:13 AM
C Bozeman
Edgar Thweatt Wynn
Noticed your posting on wrong parents. Since this contributor is in active, you need to send that to administrator to get them removed. use this email:
And they will fix problem for you. Has worked for me in this situation. Happy hunting!
Added by C Bozeman on Aug 28, 2015 12:06 PM
RE: Nancy Ann Wilson Curtis, Find A Grave Memorial# 151329204
Thank you!!!!!!!!! You did good!!!!!
gjsclarke :) :)
Added by gjsclarke on Aug 28, 2015 10:13 AM
RE: James Talmadge Curtis #119625236
Could this be our Nancy's memorial page #7617083
Added by gjsclarke on Aug 27, 2015 10:51 AM
RE: James Talmadge Curtis #119625236
Hi there,

I did go to the memorial page and correct the name on the picture for Nancy.

Also you might look at findagrave memorial #46917956 which is for Nancy Jane Crow and has a picture of her grave marker. I also had the same picture on that memorial but I pulled it off. I have also changed all the info on ancestry from Nancy Jane Crow to Nancy Ann Wilson.

Thank you so much for bringing this most important info to my attention. I don't want the wrong people on my family tree.

Have a Blessed Day!!!

Added by gjsclarke on Aug 27, 2015 10:34 AM
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