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DNealeDE (#47447815)
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Bio Photo When my mother passed away, my sister and I inherited her geneology binders. She had been researching geneology most of her life.

I am trying to continue her work and this web site has been a tremendous help. (Thank you Kim for telling me about it).

If you would like to use one of the photos I have taken, please just ask. It is, after all, why we do it. Asking and a thank you makes the days walking through cemeteries and sitting at the computer worthwhile.

I will be glad to transfer any memorial that belongs to your family.

All readable monuments in the following cemeteries have been photographed:

Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Cemetery, Warwick, MD, 05/13

Old Drawyers Church Cemetery
Odessa, DE, 08/13

Old Saint Anne's Church Cemetery
Middletown, DE 05/12

Elmwood Cemetery
Shepherdstown, WV (in progress)

Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery
Wilmington, DE 06/2014

Silverbrook Cemetery
Wilmington, DE (in progress)


The Story Tellers

My feelings are 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.

To me doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers 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 they fought 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 them and they are us.

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 their place in the long line of family story tellers.
That, is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones. [Author Unknown]
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Jess E. Bromley
Edit requests
I have sent you a number of edit requests the information for which comes from the book on Bromley genealogy by Viola Bromley copyright 1911.
Thank you very much
Jess Bromley
Added by Jess E. Bromley on Sep 11, 2017 9:59 AM
Richard Wright
Mary Stafford #133625161
I posted Mary's death certificate on her memorial which you created. If you read it, you will see her maiden name was Hodson, not Hudson. I've also entered an edit to change her maiden name to Hodson. I would appreciate your approval of this edit to make the change.
Thanks in advance,
Richard Wright
Added by Richard Wright on Jul 26, 2017 4:52 AM
Justin Schrepple
Louisa Hyatt
Thank you!
Added by Justin Schrepple on Apr 13, 2017 4:54 PM
RE: John McConaughy 111254520
Thank you!! Have a great day!
Added by mcollins on Apr 13, 2017 2:24 PM
Justin Schrepple
Find A Grave Memorial# 133237095

I appreciate all your contributions to the find a grave website. Louisa Hyatt is my 2nd great aunt and I was wondering if you'd be willing to transfer management of her memorial to me? Thank you for your time.

Justin Schrepple
Added by Justin Schrepple on Apr 03, 2017 7:38 AM
John McConaughy 111254520
Hello, I greatly appreciate the work you are doing to preserve the memories of those who have gone before us. I was wondering if you are able to read the inscription of the headstone for John McConaughy 111254520. I can only make out some of the words. It appears to give an age of death but I cannot make it out. Any help with the transcription would be greatly appreciated.
Added by mcollins on Mar 31, 2017 9:56 PM
charles harvey vannote
photo of grave site for mr. david
Thank you for your work.
William J. David married my aunt, Verona V David the letter was for Vannote Edna was Mr. David's first wife.
Willard Y Rutter was my aunt's first husband
in 1960, my aunt verona married Wm. J. David after his wife died
see plot: sec 2A at Silverbrook cemetery in wilmington, Del.

Thankfully, there are people out there that do what you do.

Many thanks, as now I can add this info to my family tree. (Vannote)

Charles Southby aka Charles Harvey Vannote born 1938
Added by charles harvey vannote on Mar 16, 2017 5:38 PM
Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey
RE: Beautiful job on Kerr's memorial
That is very cool..good for you!
Added by Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey on Nov 22, 2016 3:33 PM
Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey
Beautiful job on Kerr's memorial
He was truly a lowdown criminal, wasn't he?
Added by Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey on Nov 22, 2016 7:06 AM
Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey
RE: George Kerr headed your way
This is so fascinating! Thank you for including me in this information in your family history. Do you know where is his wife is buried? I recently discovered one of my great uncles was a bigamist! hahahahahahah Gottta love those skeletons!
Added by Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey on Nov 22, 2016 6:57 AM
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