|CL Hileman (#47502760)|
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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 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 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 whom we had never known before.
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|Carol M.||RE: Related?|
Woo Hoo! Email me at Crittermom1950@att.net. We'll see how we connect. I love "meeting" new cousins.
Added by Carol M. on May 02, 2017 4:20 PM
|Ken Keller||RE: Mary Mardis|
You are very welcome
|Ken Keller||RE: Mary Mardis|
Yes, Mary is listed at that local in the cemetery records but I was unable to find a headstone.
I am going back & check a 2nd time (I have missed some) probably today.
On my 2nd visit I always check the graves around where I believe her exact grave site is & match to cemetery records - I will post her grave site or headstone photo.
|Sandra Cox||RE: Josiah/Eliz Todd Smith|
Thank you very much for responding. I will check out your tree.
|Sandra Cox||Elizabeth Todd Smith|
Can you please tell me if the above is buried in Jellico Cemetery with her husband, Josiah Smith - B. 1780 - D. 1852? He is my 7th great-grandfather. Do you know anything about his father, John Smith. I have not been able to find anything on him.
Would appreciate info on any of this!
Mary Sandra Cox (Daughter of Violet May Lovitt, daughter of Mary Emmaline Creekmore and Samuel Lovitt. My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|KY Kids||Belle Jones Memorial|
Memorial 29689470 picture has been added per your request. Memorial was buried in many years of underbrush. Eagle Scout project uncovered the headstone.
Added by KY Kids on Apr 05, 2017 6:42 AM
|Michael Limer||RE: James Dabney|
Thanks for looking. The family has always indicated that. I also found mentioned in Thomas Shelton Dick's Will that Calvin and Margaret had no children but had a foster child that they raised, James Dabney.
|Michael Limer||Calvin Barrier and James Dabney|
I am researching my Great Grandfather, James Dabney. From all I can gather he was raised by Calvin Barrier and his wife. I am struggling to find information about when and under what circumstances that Calvin and Margaret took James in. If anyone in the Barrier family would have this information I would live to hear about it.
Thanks, Michael Limer
|KY Kids||Tuttle Cemetery|
Currently working with an Eagle Scout candidate to clear underbrush. Hope to find headstones after the clean up.
Added by KY Kids on Mar 21, 2017 7:47 PM
|Jeff Harvey||RE: Cpt John Robb|
I am very sorry, but if you look down under the cemetery listing for Mr. Robb, the memorial does state that his grave is unmarked.
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