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segarrison (#47120179)
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We Are Chosen

My feelings are in each family there are those who seem called to find their ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell their story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts, but, breathing life into all who have gone before us.

They cry out: "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 my 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 usI cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who we are and why we do the things we 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 folks 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 up or never giving in. Their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.

With love and caring we record each fact of their existence. Because we are them and they are us. We might be born that we might remember them. So, we the chosen tell their story.

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Linda Lyons
RE: Sarah Compton Alward
My Patriot is Abraham Williamson of Hunterdon. I have others including Cornelius Tunisian who married Mary Alward, but I am too lazy to do the supplementals. Clearly they knew each other. Old New Jersey was a small world. A woman in my chapter's Patriot was in the same militia unit, lived next door in what is now Stockton, and my ancestor purchased her ancestor's land from his heirs. She has a distant cousin who is a NJ genealogist who I already knew and it turns out the his mother and my mother went to high school together. LyonsLW@aol.com
Added by Linda Lyons on Apr 28, 2017 6:01 AM
Linda Lyons
RE: Sarah Compton Alward
My Patriot is Abraham Williamson of Hunterdon. I have others including Cornelius Tunisian who married Mary Alward, but I am too lazy to do the supplementals. Clearly they knew each other. Old New Jersey was a small world. A woman in my chapter's Patriot was in the same militia unit, lived next door in what is now Stockton, and my ancestor purchased her ancestor's land from his heirs. She has a distant cousin who is a NJ genealogist who I already knew and it turns out the his mother and my mother went to high school together. LyonsLW@aol.com
Added by Linda Lyons on Apr 28, 2017 6:01 AM
Linda Lyons
RE: Sarah Compton Alward
First, yes, I am a descendent via their daughter Mary who married Cornelius Tunison. He's buried in the middle of a 1950s housing development in Martinsville. So we are some kind of distant cousins. I'd have to count on fingers and toes to figure it out.

Basking Ridge is so central that you'd think everything there will have been noted. Still, things are always missed. I found two gravestones (one largish) that no one else had posted at Fairmount. I was particularly interested but still. My cousin (1st) is an active member there--actually I think she is a big fish in the tiny puddle. Maybe I'll ask her what they have.

Don't you wish that there was a better Find A Grave mechanism for dealing with 18th and 17th century graves that we know are in an area but the specific graves are lost in the past.

Added by Linda Lyons on Apr 27, 2017 5:40 PM
Linda Lyons
RE: Sarah Compton Alward
You are right of course. I saw that after I posted because I was just reading the Littel quote.

Do they actually have gravestones or not?

What about Sarah having remarried?

Added by Linda Lyons on Apr 27, 2017 1:13 PM
Conservative Patriot
Ebenezer Adamy
And I posted Charlottes obit

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=83206430
Added by Conservative Patriot on Jan 23, 2017 4:11 PM
Conservative Patriot
Ebenezer Adamy
I posted his obit for you too

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=76023663
Added by Conservative Patriot on Jan 23, 2017 4:04 PM
Conservative Patriot
Ebenezer Adamy
Ebenezer Adamy
wife came from tombstone

son was something someone linked to parents
and has not yet been verified in anyway
Added by Conservative Patriot on Jan 23, 2017 3:26 PM
Joseph R. Klett
RE: Ayers Line
Hi Sharon:

Thanks for your message (and your patience!). Thomas Ayers (1692-1732) is buried in Metuchen, not Basking Ridge, according to Patty B. Myers' genealogy, "Ancestors and Descendants of Lewis Ross Freeman ..." (1995), p. 443. I consider that source to be highly reliable (and was a contributor to its sections relating to the early Freemans and my own line of descent).

The same source notes Thomas's father's connection to the Basking Ridge Church and burial at the churchyard there. However, Thomas's estate records show he lived in Woodbridge Township (where Metuchen was located), Middlesex County, at the time of death. Basking Ridge is in Somerset County.

Fyi, Patty Myers' work does not identify Thomas's wife Mary's maiden surname, nor does it state where Mary was buried. Please note that the memorial created for Mary at Basking Ridge shows a cropped image of the gravestone of Thomas's sister-in-law Mary Creshaw Ayers (d. 1759), wife of his brother John (1692-1759).

It appears that some "creative genealogy" has been employed to place Thomas and Mary in Basking Ridge with other family members. I have no idea whether Mary was really a Tappan, by the way, as her memorial shows, so I am not linking to it. I did link Thomas to his parents. In my opinion, the Basking Ridge memorial for him should be deleted, and the one for wife Mary should be changed to
"burial unknown" status and the false image removed.

Lastly, Thomas's birth is recorded in the Woodbridge town records. I have no idea where the notion of Sussex County being his birth place comes from.

I will send a note to Find A Grave. Thanks again for pointing out the issue.

With best regards and wishes for a Merry Christmas.

Joe Klett
Added by Joseph R. Klett on Dec 17, 2016 10:48 PM
Mary Ann Bumgarner
Pierre Peter Cresson
Would you please consider transferring Pierre (#97892505) to me (#47200592). I have quite a bit info on him and get a lot of ??? about him. It would help to have him on board. He is my 11th gg father...Thank you...Mary Ann Bumgarner
Added by Mary Ann Bumgarner on Nov 26, 2016 7:20 PM
Mary Ann Bumgarner
Pierre Peter Cresson
Would you please consider transferring Pierre (#97892505) to me (#47200592). I have quite a bit info on him and get a lot of ??? about him. It would help to have him on board. Thank you...Mary Ann Bumgarner
Added by Mary Ann Bumgarner on Nov 26, 2016 7:19 PM
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