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Honoring Their Lives (#47702523)
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Bio Photo The primary families that I focus on are Pickens (MS,OK), Hilliker/Hillaker (Canada/Michigan), Taylor (Rockcastle,KY), Whaley (Canada/MI), Wheaton (MI), Fox (OH,KY), the Lamirands (Wanette,OK) and all those who have married into these families in my research. Other family lines followed include the Murphys(Liverpool), Maske(Germany/Poland), Spielman(Germany/Poland/Wis), and the many families affiliated with his extensive research.


"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."
~Indian Proverb


"As we think well of ourselves, let us remember that we are standing on the shoulders of the generations before, for if they had not come, we would not be here."


We are the Chosen

In each family there is one that 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 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 fact. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes 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 keep 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 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 I the long lone 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.

Unknown Author
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"Our Ancestors of Albert County"
New Brunswick, Canada
Host: Sheila Geldert Hannah


What calls us to find the ancestors? It goes beyond a simple curiosity. We are taken over, compelled, as if possessed by something bigger than us that is begging to be revealed. There is one of us in most every family, called to be the scribe. I am but one of the many in the long line of storytellers of our clan. Like others I am called to gather and assemble the ancestorsóto breathe life back into them as far back as we can reach. We take what we find and chronicle the facts of their existence, remembering their names and who they were and what they did. They are the sum of who we are, for without them, we would not exist. We greet those who came before us, restoring their place in the familial line. We scribe their stories and their histories. We search for them in public libraries, county records, and weed-filled or well-kept cemeteries. We comb through yellowed newspapers, family archives, and lovely old letters and photo albums. We find them! And in finding themówe find ourselves.
Catherine (Clemens) Sevenau, Sep 2009

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RE: Query
I am in contact with Judy, some. Jennifer
comes by to see me. I don't want to put
any personal info on a public message
board. Any other way to contact you, email?
Added by Jeanie on May 23, 2017 10:25 AM
Also,would you be interested in transferring Brittany Lockamy's memorial #21976902 to me? She is my cousin as is Michael Curfman. I am managing their grandmother's memorial.
Added by Jeanie on May 22, 2017 10:28 AM
Transfer ownership
Would you be interested in transferring ownership of Michael Wayne Curfman #103264361 to me? He is my first cousin and I am trying to manage my father's and sibling's family.
Added by Jeanie on May 15, 2017 4:37 PM
Karen M.
RE: Query

The far as I got on my husband's Fox family was his 3rd great grandfather George Fox: Born Abt. 1797 in New York and came to Michigan.

Added by Karen M. on May 08, 2017 4:06 PM
Steven Laird
Lana Meisner bio
Huge error at the end of her bio. "The couple has three adult children, all of whom live outside of California." The 3 children are not her kids. They were Randy's children from his first wife.
Please fix.

Added by Steven Laird on Apr 28, 2017 12:20 AM
Jo W G
RE: Hilliker connection
It's nice that the research is continuing. My work continues, but more sometimes than others. Do you know if Phebe Wood who married the Hilliker is the daughter of Timothy and Esther Corson Wood? I too have researching cousins in Ontario, but a different connection. fun! Thanks, Jo
Added by Jo W G on Apr 26, 2017 2:20 PM
RE: Update
Hello Helen, I'm sorry so much time has passed since you sent your kind note. I obviously haven't been very active on this site for a while, but I really do appreciate hearing from you and seeing all that you've added. The recent death of my uncle, John Hillaker, is what brought me back. I added a memorial for him yesterday, but I now see that you had already created one. At the time, I didn't get a prompt about it because yours lists "Alvin" as his middle name when it's actually "Alvie" (the newspaper obituary was wrong). Would you mind sending a private email to me so we can talk more? Thanks!
Added by Deborah on Apr 25, 2017 4:20 PM
Jo W G
Phebe Eliza Wood Hilliker # 117382907
This Phebe was married to your Elisha Hilliker # 117382849 . I noticed Hilliker is one of the families you research. Is this Phebe Wood possibly the one who was born to Timothy Wood and Esther Corson Wood in Ontario, Canada between 1809 and 1833 ? As you might have guessed, I'm researching Timothy and Esther Corson Wood. Thanks, Jo
Added by Jo W G on Apr 17, 2017 3:12 PM
T. Gentry
RE: Appreciative
Not sure why I received this notice on Randy Dale Hinson in Brown Cemetery as I do not know him but the cemetery does have many of my Brown and Johnson families buried there.
Did not know that burials are still being done there.
Can you send me any other information on who may have sent this to me?
T. Gentry
Added by T. Gentry on Apr 08, 2017 7:22 AM
Jenna Greer
RE: Appreciative
Yes! I am a Hilliker descendant! My 4th great grandmother Content Hilliker, I think was born around 1813 in either Dutchess County, NY or Noriwch, Ontario. The William Barnes diary I sent you had a note that she passed on July 8th, 1836. I have been searching for her for quite some time now and have not been able to find any birth or death records. I did come across a marriage record to William Searls, who is also talked about in the William Barnes diary. I believe Content was probably related to the Benjamin talked about in the dairy. Just have not been able to find out how!
Added by Jenna Greer on Mar 24, 2017 1:09 PM
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