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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.

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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 ancestors—to 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 them—we find ourselves.
Catherine (Clemens) Sevenau, Sep 2009

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TH Renegar
Hortense Hayes Powell Cooper
Hortense Hayes Powell Cooper was born April 28, 1919 in Johnson City, TN.

Obituary in our hometown newspaper.

Hortense Hayes Powell Cooper

Hortense Hayes Powell Cooper passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 18, at age 98. Born before women could vote, daughter of a suffrage activist, wife of Tennessee Gov. Prentice Cooper, and mother of three sons, she devoted her life to family, Tennessee politics, historic preservation, and the well-being of her community.
Hortense was born on April 28, 1919, the second of three children to Margaret Hayes and Ferdinand Powell of Johnson City, TN. Her family tree included James Robertson, a Nashville founder, Randal McGavock, an early Nashville mayor, and Adelicia Acklen, who built Belmont Mansion.

Hortense was inspired by her mother, a voracious reader and strong Democrat (honored at Margaret Hayes Powell Park in Brentwood), and she graduated from Sweet Briar College and completed graduate study at Peabody. She taught high school Spanish and was trained to fly airplanes for the military as her service during World War II. She was one of the very first employees of the United Nations in New York, and that work took her to post-War Paris and Cuba in the 1940s.

In 1939, she met her future husband, Tennessee Governor Prentice Cooper, when she helped host Tennessee Day at the New York World’s Fair. They married in 1950, after his stint as U.S. Ambassador to Peru (1946-48), in a service at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York. The couple moved back to Shelbyville, Tennessee, where they raised three boys on a steady diet of books, Democratic politics, and purposeful travel. Their sons are William, now a Nashville attorney; Jim, the U.S. Congressman for Nashville, Cheatham and Dickson Counties; and John, a Metro Councilman-at-Large for Davidson County. After her husband died, in 1969, Hortense again worked at the United Nations, and was stationed in Vienna, Austria. She then returned to Shelbyville as a tireless volunteer and businesswoman.

She served on the Board of the Ladies’ Hermitage Association for twenty-five years, and on the Tennessee Historical Commission and the Tennessee Humanities Council. She loved Nashville’s Review Club, Centennial Club, International Study Club, and the Thursday Book Club, and the River Bend and Belle Meade Country Clubs. She was committed to patriotic societies like the Colonial Dames, DAR, and the American Legion Auxiliary. A lifelong Episcopalian, she attended Shelbyville’s Church of the Redeemer and Nashville’s Christ Church Cathedral. In 2004, Hortense moved to Richland Place in Nashville, within a mile of her three sons and six grandchildren. She hosted her family for lunch every Sunday until a week before her death.

She is survived by her sons, William, Jim (Martha), and John (Laura), and her six grandchildren: Mary, Jamie, and Hayes (Jim and Martha); and John Powell, McGavock, and Crockett (John and Laura). Her family thanks her team of exceptionally skilled and kind caregivers, led by Robbie Anderson of Paducah, KY., and the staff at Richland Place.

Visitation will be held at Christ Church Cathedral on Friday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. with funeral to follow at 2. Burial will be at Jenkins Chapel outside of Shelbyville at 5 p.m., with a Shelbyville visitation at 6 p.m. at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the charity of your choice.
Added by TH Renegar on Sep 19, 2017 7:57 PM
Joe David
Marilyn Avery "Muggs" Grimes Bufkin
I am trying to determine if the Robert S Bufkin you have linked to as the spouse of the above person is the same Robert S Bufkin who married Grace Spillman on 12 Feb 1976 in Dallas County, Texas. The obit for "Muggs" says her husband's name was Robert Selby Bufkin, but the person linked to has the name Robert Smith Bufkin. I have an obit for a son of Grace Spillman from her first marriage that lists his mother as Grace Bufkin of Silver City, NM. Since they link between "Muggs" and Robert Smith Bufkin was provided by Janice W. McDonald I looked for her name as a Find A Grave Contributor to try and contact her but there isn't one. Grace Spillman first married William Everett Oxley sometime before 1940 when they first appeared as a married couple in the 1940 census. William died in 1965 and Grace married Bufkin in 1976. The obit mentioning her as being in Silver City was in 1979. Grace died in 1993 back in Dallas County, Texas. Any help you can give me with sorting this out would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Joe David (#48095253)
Added by Joe David on Sep 17, 2017 8:08 PM
RE: Appreciative of photos
You are most welcome. Happy to be of help.
Added by BAB/FNB on Sep 10, 2017 12:10 PM
Thank you

Thank you for visiting Bacon on birthday. She was such a gentle sweet kitty. I still think of her and smile.
Added by RAP on Aug 26, 2017 5:31 PM
Jerry R. Anderson, Sr.
RE: Nolen
Not related - so, thanks but no need to transfer.

I was good friends with his oldest brother, Billy Nolen (by Mr. Nolen's 1st wife, Mary Lena Gafford)

Denise is Nancy Denise Nolen. I do not know her or any of her and Mack's siblings by Dixie Christy.

Added by Jerry R. Anderson, Sr. on Aug 24, 2017 3:51 PM
Jerry R. Anderson, Sr.
Mack Nolen - #182687936
His full name:
Donald Mack Nolen
His Mother - Dixie Irene (Christy) Nolen

Created by: Kenneth Greene, Jr.
Record added: Sep 22, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30004533
Added by Jerry R. Anderson, Sr. on Aug 24, 2017 6:12 AM
Luella Radley, Gracelawn Cemetery, Flint, MI
Yesterday I searched the entire plot and surrounding area-there is no marker for this person. Please remove the photo request. Also I checked the cemetery survey done in the early 1960's, there was no marker recorded then either.
Added by paulswife on Jul 31, 2017 1:15 PM
LdyBug ♥
Hi Helen,
Yes their death was so tragic and both so young. My best friends daughter, was Erins best friend and is devastated also. I did not know her personally. They were both loved by many people.
Thanks for offering her memorial though, that was so kind of you :)
Added by LdyBug ♥ on Jul 31, 2017 9:26 AM
Abigail Conner #181468955
Your Find A Grave Memorial for Abigail was created on July 17, 2017. It is a duplicate. The original one was created on June 25th. I noticed when I was going to leave a flower for her.
Added by EpitaphWriter on Jul 28, 2017 9:52 AM
Buddy Leech
RE: Appreciative
Thanks for the feedback, Helen. My eye for detail is all towards making Find A Grave a better Website. I'm not out there hunting, but I come across many duplicates in linking families of the many Memorials I work on. In the beginning, I picked several wrong Memorials to make family links. No more ... I hope.
Added by Buddy Leech on Jul 27, 2017 9:14 AM
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