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An Oklahoman by birth, Middle Tennessee has been my home since a young girl. Working on my family history provides countless hours of enjoyment each week. The occasional road trip to visit county Archives, relatives and 'Graveyarding' in local cemeteries provides the "icing on the cake" for my research. The primary families that I focus on are Pickens (MS,OK), Hilliker/Hillaker (Canada/Michigan), Taylor (Rockcastle,KY), Whaley (Canada/MI), Wheaton (MI), Fox (OH,KY), the Lamirands (Wanette,OK) and all those who have married into these families in my research. States that I love to visit on my genealogy travels are Oklahoma, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky. Thankfully, my father-in-law completed the family history for my husband's side of the family. Those families include the Murphys(Liverpool), Maske(Germany/Poland), Spielman(Germany/Poland/Wis), and the many families affiliated with his extensive research. I have a wonderful family who supports this addiction. |
"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."
"I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there is purpose and worth to each and every life." ~ carved on the memorial wall at President Ronald Wilson Reagan's burial site. 1911-2004.
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
"As we think well of ourselves, let us remember that we are standing on the shoulders of the generations before, for if they had not come, we would not be here."
We are the Chosen
In each family there is one that 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 fact. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes 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 keep 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 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 I the long lone 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 whom we had never known before.
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Martha A & W.B. Thornton are buried in the other Thornton Cemetery in Hickman County on Sugar Creek that is listed on the Find A Grave website. The Thornton Cemetery you have them listed in is on Mill Creek.
|RAP||RE: Appreciate the update|
Always happy to help you, Helen.
Added by RAP on Apr 16, 2015 4:51 AM
Thank you so much for taking the picture for me
|Linda Olsen||RE: Sarah Elizabeth|
Thank you so much for taking time to go through them for me. I really appreciate it. Words can not express my gratitude.
|Linda Olsen||RE: Sarah Elizabeth|
I do have three others in that same cemetery: N.H. Jackson (Find A Grave Memorial# 30497712); Malinda Emaline Bell Jackson (Find A Grave Memorial# 142074797); and Sarah F. Ingram (Find A Grave Memorial# 30497265). Thank you so much.
|Linda Olsen||Sarah Elizabeth "Sallie" Buchanan Bell; Dillie Bohanan; Dillie Buchanan|
I would like to extend my THANKS to you for taking the time to get pictures of the headstones for me. I really appreciate your time and effort and your help through Find A Grave by being a photo volunteer. Again, Thank You so much.
Thanks Helen, your comments about my photo made my day. In all honesty, I didn't take the photo to post here...I took it when I was at the cemetery with my mom, after decorating her parents and my brother's graves, among others. I wanted it for my personal scrapbook, and memory. Ironically, the following Memorial Day weekend was my mother's funeral and burial...so the photo took on more meaning, as it was the last time I was at the cemetery with my mom. I posted it because I think it so represents the beauty and serenity of that cemetery and the pride of the people in honoring our veterans, our country, and our loved ones.
Helen, Thank you for the kind words regarding the photo I took of Graceland Cemetery in Blencoe, IA. I love that photo too, one of my favorites. Always beautiful sunsets there at Graceland. Blessings to you. Sincerely, Gayle
|Tom Glowacki||RE: Appreciative|
Maybe the names were on the back of the monument. I took a lot of pictures. Don't remember seeing them though.
|Chris Hanlin||RE: Harley Deal|
I'm only distantly related to Harley Deal. I've heard about the shoes, but never saw them.
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