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DNealeDE (#47447815)
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Bio Photo When my mother passed away, my sister and I inherited her geneology binders. She had been researching geneology most of her life.

I am trying to continue her work and this web site has been a tremendous help. (Thank you Kim for telling me about it).

If you would like to use one of the photos I have taken, please just ask. It is, after all, why we do it. Asking and a thank you makes the days walking through cemeteries and sitting at the computer worthwhile.

I will be glad to transfer any memorial that belongs to your family.

All readable monuments in the following cemeteries have been photographed:

Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Cemetery, Warwick, MD, 05/13

Old Drawyers Church Cemetery
Odessa, DE, 08/13

Old Saint Anne's Church Cemetery
Middletown, DE 05/12

Elmwood Cemetery
Shepherdstown, WV (in progress)

Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery
Wilmington, DE 06/2014

Silverbrook Cemetery
Wilmington, DE (in progress)


The Story Tellers

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.

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 their place in the long line of family story tellers.
That, is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones. [Author Unknown]
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RE: Philip Combs Memorial# 128699246
She is the daughter of Philip according to

The others may be his wife and other children

Added by MGBVA on Nov 20, 2015 8:35 AM
RE: Philip Combs Memorial# 128699246
OK here is what I have found for Philip Combs

His wife was Anna Eliza Bradford Combs She was born in NJ and died in DE
abt. 1838 - 1903

Their Children were

Ella Combs Southard

Clara Vanderon Combs Middleton McGrane
Born Aug 15, 1869 Died Sept. 20, 1919 in PA

Norris Combs

Tyler Combs

Leroy Combs

Warren Stevenson Philip Combs

Hope this helps
Added by MGBVA on Nov 20, 2015 7:08 AM
Spaceman Spiff
Adlene Clark
Thanks very much! I really appreciate it!
Added by Spaceman Spiff on Oct 21, 2015 5:37 PM
FAG # 133745019
John S Shewbrooks is my great-grandfather. I am trying to find information on his wife Mary Grantland and other related ancestors. Would you happen to have info to share?
Added by JuneZ on Oct 21, 2015 9:12 AM
Gayle Gurney
Miriam E. Carlisle
Miriam was my great great grandmother, spouse of Stewart, and is buried in Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery. Thank you for adding her info. If you wish, I'd appreciate your transferring her to me.Thank you. I visited the cemetery last weekend (Oct. 10th, 2015) and just by pure luck, located the family graves there. Next to Stewart's grave is Elizabeth, who I believe was his sister. Behind her is Lydia A. Carlisle, who may be a child of Stewart and Miriam.I live pretty far away (NH), so the research goes slowly. Thanks again, Gayle Gurney
Added by Gayle Gurney on Oct 14, 2015 3:54 PM
Merritt Noxon Willits (1847-1918)
May I please use the nice gravestone photos that you took of Merritt and his wife Louisa? It'd be for a private family tree in Ancestry. One of their sons married into my family, and I always try to include information about a spouse's parents. Thanks for taking the pictures anyway! It's always a bonus to see what someone's gravestone looks like.
Added by Suellen on Oct 12, 2015 12:06 PM
William Thomson
RE: William Newell Bannard
That would be great. Thank you. The two William Newell Bannard's are my grandfather and my great grandfather.
Added by William Thomson on Oct 04, 2015 11:13 AM
Ronald McAvoy
RE: Bane Family
Yes, That would be great, thanks
Added by Ronald McAvoy on Oct 04, 2015 9:26 AM
Ronald McAvoy
Bane Family
I would like to use your photos of the grave markers in Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery for my
family tree.

Added by Ronald McAvoy on Oct 03, 2015 12:19 PM
Lydia M. Pierce
Thank you for taking the time to document this grave in the Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery. Lydia M. Pierce was my great-great grandfather's sister. I was born and raised in Wilmington and have other relatives there. having lived in Georgia now for decades, it's not possible for me to get up there often and take these pics myself.

As a fellow volunteer photographer who also documents and surveys local cemeteries, I appreciate your many footsteps. Thanks again!

Added by garden8er on Sep 28, 2015 2:11 PM
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