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A. L. Parrish 💜 (#46498466)
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Thank you to everyone who leaves tokens of remembrance for my memorials overall, especially my loved ones.
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.
Seen on another contributor's profile. I couldn't agree more.

"I think it is a real shame what findagrave has evolved into. What started as a noble way to link people with graves of loved ones they could never hope to see, and with the generations that had preceded them, has turned into a game for some. Memorials have turned into a kind of "trading card", a competition of who can own the most memorials and post the highest numbers. What has been forgotten by many is that these were people, loved in life and death, not a commodity to be traded or owned. With my apologies to those that have pure motives. I hope there are more of us than there are of them".
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Dear Ancestor,
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and the date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who cares
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.

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Brown, Carpenter, Goodall, Gwynn, Harris, Helton, Johnson, Smith, Solomon, Strother, Tyree/Tyre, Wheeler, White

Ties in Albemarle County, VA (Stony Point), Madison County, VA, Charlottesville, VA, Ardmore PA, Maryland, Washington DC


Blackburn (somehow our surname Blackburn turned into-> Blagmon/Blagman), Croucher, Davis, Holmes, Johnson, Jones, Lee, Lindsey, Morton, Parrish, Rich, Richardson, Wright, Young

Ties in Caroline County, VA & Essex Co., VA, Gloucester Co., VA, Goochland Co.,VA, Mathews, Co., VA, Burlington, NJ, Philadelphia, PA
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