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Caroline Feist (#48013565)
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"The Storytellers"

"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 storytellers 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 and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told 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 that there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting the 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 bones 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 and died 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 they and they are a part of the sum of whom we are.

So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to the one called in the next generation to answer the call and take his or her 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, restore the memory or greet those whom we had never known before and to put flesh on the bones."

Della M. Cummings Wright wrote this short essay in 1943. In 1981 her granddaughter, Della JoAnn McGinnis Johnson, working with her grandmother, made changes and additions. Tom Dunn later reworded and edited it. Now, there are many versions. This is one.

I am not a grave hoarder. I make memorials for family members, friends and people I don't know. If I have a memorial of someone you care about and you would like a transfer, let me know.

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Allen Grooms
Thank You
Thank you so very much to you and whom ever contacted you. I've been searching for the last 6 years to find where my best friend was buried
Added by Allen Grooms on Oct 10, 2014 9:59 AM
Thank you for finding the marker for me! I appreciate the effort you made. :)
Added by Melody on Sep 01, 2014 8:08 AM
Mary Irvin 133964830
I transferred Mary Irvin to you as requested.

Added by Anna on Aug 09, 2014 6:43 PM
Sandra Brookshire Behne
RE: Thanks
You are most welcome. If I can help from this end on anything else, please let me know!
Added by Sandra Brookshire Behne on Jul 31, 2014 4:24 PM
Odia Joyce Bragg
Thanks for letting me know that you added pics to her memorial. I did rearrange photos as suggested. They look great. Thanks for all the work you are doing on this cemetery. It's such a nice cemetery. A kind of refuge from all the businesses nearby. I have so many fond memories of my aunt and uncle who are buried there along with their young daughter. Out of all my Dad's brothers & sisters, they probably had the least to give and the most mouths to feed, but there was always room for more, whether it be to stay the night or sit at the table. They were both warm, loving, honest, hard-working people who would give whatever they had if someone else was in need. Their youngest daughter is just a couple years older than me and I count her as one of my closest friends - even though I'm in Indiana and she is in Alabama. I think the world of her & her family. Being able to see their stones is almost like being there with them. I find it very comforting. Thanks again for working on this cemetery!
Added by cfenters on Jul 27, 2014 6:24 PM
RE: Shelburne-Dunkin-Scruggs
Yes, i am a decendant on the Duncan/Dunkin side.
Field & wife Jane come in on both sides thru my DUNKIN side as well on his brothers side..very complicated to explain..
Field Allen Dunkin Duncan
maternal grandfather of wife of uncle of husband of sister-in-law of stepson of aunt of husband of sister-in-law of sister-in-law of grand aunt

Added by Kat on Jun 12, 2014 8:50 PM
Margaret Brown Caldwell
Maxine Teel
I have transferred her to you.
Added by Margaret Brown Caldwell on Feb 25, 2014 6:05 PM
Kitty Walker Lennard
Your Nancy
My Great . Great Grand Father John & Edmond are brothers
Added by Kitty Walker Lennard on Feb 23, 2014 9:52 PM
Kitty Walker Lennard
Nancy Holdridge Craddock
She wasn't really the Nancy Holdridge I thought. I had to look. My Gr. GrandMother had a sister named Nancy. Actually they all named their kids the same names.

I am not sure where Nancy's parents are buried , but she has family buried in West Ga and also Clay Co.

Added by Kitty Walker Lennard on Feb 23, 2014 7:35 PM
Sharon Frank Patrick
Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery?
Yes, The cemetery was charted August 25, 1978 and it is documented in the book, Family, Church and Community Cemeteries of Troup County. They had church members help to identify most of the graves that did not have the names on them. Troup County has them listed on their website, but the location they list is actually the page number from the book.

Added by Sharon Frank Patrick on Feb 23, 2014 2:59 PM
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