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Myra IV 💕 (#47941544)
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Bio Photo I have a baby daughter buried in San Diego, California, & a findagrave contributor was kind enough to get a picture of her headstone for me. It really touched my heart...

I recently returned to my hometown, the Tri-State area of Ohio, WV, & PA. The ancestry I'm researching are Nease, Wright, Zirkle, Camp, Allmon, Seevers, Cheek, Higgins, McGraw, Shriver, Bishop, Capps, Powell, Jackson.

I am the 4th "Myra" in the family...

Every ancestor has a story & I'm compelled to tell it.

*You are welcome to use any picture that I have contributed in any manner you deem appropriate.

Prayer for Genealogists

Lord, help me dig into the past
And sift the sands of time
That I might find the roots that made
This family tree of mine.
Lord, help me trace the ancient road
On which my fathers trod
And led them through so many lands
To find our present sod.
Lord, help me find an ancient book
Or dusty manuscript
That's safely hidden now away
In some forgotten crypt.
Lord, let it bridge the gap that haunts
My soul when I can't find
The missing link between some name
That ends the same as mine.

~by Curtis Woods

​The Dash

​I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what's true and real
and always try to understand
​the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

​So, when your eulogy is being read,
with your life's actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash?

​~by Linda Ellis

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
it is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.

~Author unknown


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David Stacy
Nicholas Mays Bio
Myra, thank you so much for the information on the death of Nicholas, which definitely adds a lot of intrigue to this nearly lost grave.
Added by David Stacy on Feb 14, 2015 4:54 AM
Willi Anderson
RE: Mary Ann Lewis Little
Myra, I'm related on the Little side of the family. As far as I know, not on the Lewis side. Have a good day,
Added by Willi Anderson on Feb 12, 2015 1:26 AM
RE: William Lewis & Amelia
Hi Myra, As far as I know, I have no direct connection to this Lewis line. My family married into the Mason/Jackson, WV, Lewis line in several places, but it was not direct connections for me. Thank you for asking. Judy
Added by Righthouse on Feb 11, 2015 10:18 PM
David Stacy
RE: Mays/Payton Cemetery
Myra, the son and his mother are buried there. His father, according to the death certificate that someone was kind enough to post on Find A Grave, indicates that he is indeed buried in Bishop Cemetery, but it is located in Gill, Lincoln County, WV. This is quite some distance from the one I named in Cabell County.
Added by David Stacy on Feb 01, 2015 10:09 PM
David Stacy
RE: Mays/Payton Cemetery
Myra, I just looked up Bishop cemeteries, and there are none listed in Cabell County, West Virginia. So without further info I think I will just leave it as is for now. If you can provide death certificates for any of the people listed in what I have called the Mays/Payton cemetery I will certainly reconsider as the naming was solely my doing. Thanks again for trying to make this as accurate as possible, which is my goal also.
Added by David Stacy on Jan 31, 2015 5:08 PM
David Stacy
RE: Mays/Payton Cemetery
Thanks for the contact. This cemetery is located up in the hills on a farm owned by a good friend of mine who lives in Milton. After doing a little research, and contacting the local funeral home, I gave this cemetery the arbitrary name of Mays/Payton based solely on the majority of the graves located there. There is only one Bishop. So I will look for an additional listing for Bishop, and if I find you are correct I will try to relist all of the graves to the correct name. This cemetery is rarely visited, and my friend said when he bought the property that the previous owner said that it was unnamed.
Added by David Stacy on Jan 31, 2015 5:02 PM
Schatzie Moore
RE: Wm A vs Amon
Hello! Some of the names I am coming up with are Hazel M Purdin, Opal Evaleane and Evelyn Jean Jackson. Who were his parents??
Added by Schatzie Moore on Jan 08, 2015 11:10 AM
Ernie Wright
RE: Patricia Sadler
Are you somehow connected to her ?
Added by Ernie Wright on Jan 06, 2015 6:16 AM
Ernie Wright
Patricia Sadler
Louie was my step dad , personal knowledge from Louie & from Pat herself.

This is her g son
Added by Ernie Wright on Jan 05, 2015 6:01 AM
Schatzie Moore
RE: Wm A vs Amon
Hello and Happy New Year! That is a question I need to ask a very detailed Capps researcher in Arizona. I will need to get back with you on that!
Added by Schatzie Moore on Jan 01, 2015 10:23 PM
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