When we turn our hearts to our ancestors, something changes inside of us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves~Russell M. Nelson

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Looking to 2016

 This is the last week of Amy Johnson Crowe's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.  As we come to week 52, it's fitting that the topic is Resolutions.

 This has been a challenging year. One filled with joy and sorrow. Being a part of this weekly series has helped me to get outside of my trials and focus for a little while on my ancestors and the happiness it gives me to search for and write about them.
  Most of my goals for last year had to be modified or shelved. To say it was the hardest year of my life is an understatement, but it also taught me much about love. Love from God, family, friends and complete strangers. 
  Looking forward to next year, there are some great weekly challenges and checklists in which to participate. 



 Dear Myrtle has announced her Finally Get Organized weekly checklists.  Each week a new list will help focus on an area to organize. There will be support from the Dear Myrtle Communities on social media as well as contests to help keep participants motivated. 
 A must do program for me to get involved with over the next year!






 Another great weekly challenge is Thomas McEntee's Genealogy Do-Over.  His updated 12-week program is intended to help us look at what we have done and either completely start again or go over what we have already done. The intent is to improve our genealogy skills and help us be the best researchers we can be. He has just announced The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook to help with our progress. 
   Getting through one cycle at the beginning of last year was fun and showed me areas where improvement was needed. The workbook has been downloaded and tackling the Do-Over again is on my To-Do list for 2016.

 Along with these programs, my other goals for the year include finishing the NGS Homestudy class (that I had to put on hold) in June and Progen 25 in August. Business ideas that were put aside last year hopefully will be able to move forward.
 As for those elusive ancestors......I will be hunting you down! 




Thanks to all who have read my posts and supported me in so many ways throughout 2015.  I am grateful to be a part of the genealogy community and hope to be a support to all of you in some way during the coming year. 

Happy 2016!


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Sunday, December 27, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

December 27~January 2




 Nothing on the calendar this week. At least as far as I know now. Further research may show names to be added to these days.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

A Three Generation Christmas

Christmas about 1954 
   
             This three generation picture taken in about 1954 is of my  Great Grandmother, Emma Ruth (Baker) Early (1901-1993), my Grandmother Mary (Baker) Hudson (1920-2010), and my father John Allen Hudson,Sr.  They were enjoying Christmas with sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins.  A nice remembrance of times past.
Christmas is about love and family. It is about hope and joy as we celebrate the gift of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  May you feel the love and joy of this Christmas season. 



This post was written for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2015 Edition by Amy Johnson Crow  Week 51 ~Nice


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Sunday, December 20, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Dec. 20-Dec. 26




Dec. 25~
   My paternal 5th Great Grandfather, John Dargan (1749-1817) died in Sumter County, South Carolina 198 years ago. John is said to have been buried in the Dargan Cemetery in Sumter although there is no marker for him. 

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Monday, December 14, 2015

From Naughty to Nice

   Going through some old pictures at my Great Grandparents house I had to laugh when I saw this picture.

Gilbert "Gil" Ernest Roberts, Jr. (1944-1999)
Christmas 1955

 During the celebration of Christmas 1955 at the home of William Treadford Roberts (1894-1959) and Beulah Mae (Price) Roberts (1897-1980), someone took this unflattering picture of my maternal Great Grandmother. 
  It may not be something Beulah wanted to save, but take a look at the young boy facing the camera. 
 That is my Uncle Gil. He would have been 11 in this picture. The sweet look on his face as he enjoys Christmas with his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins is priceless. Well worth keeping. 
 The picture may appear "naughty" at first glance , but a closer look reveals the reality of the joy that comes from family.

 May you feel the love and joy of family during this special time of year.

This post was written for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2015 Edition by Amy Johnson Crow Week 50~Naughty.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

13 Dec.-19 Dec.



December 18~
    My paternal 3rd Great Grandfather, Ezra Ashby Hudson (1821-1882), died 133 years ago in Sardis, Darlington, South Carolina. He is buried in Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery in Sardis, Florence, South Carolina.


Ezra Ashby Hudson
Headstone
Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery
Sardis, Florence, South Carolina
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Monday, December 7, 2015

Food, Family and Love

         Christmas 1971 was spent at my maternal Grandparents home. My father was in Vietnam so my mother, brother and I were staying with them during his one-year tour of duty.
      Christmas at Grandmom and Frank's was always filled with food, family and love. 


Christmas 1971
Sullivan Home
Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina
Gilbert Ernest Roberts, Jr. (1944-1999)
Frank Emerson Sullivan,Jr.(1923-2004)
Azile Juanita (Daughrity) Roberts Sullivan (1920-2009)

  The house is now owned by someone else and my grandparents and uncle have passed on, but the memories remain. 
  Holidays are still filled with food, family, and love. Generations move on as time passes. Old memories are stirred while new ones are made. 
  May this holiday season be filled with memories. Old and new. 

This post was written for week 49 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2015 Edition by Amy Johnson Crow -Holidays.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Dec. 6-Dec. 12


Dec. 6~
 Azile Juanita (Daughrity) Roberts Sullivan (1921-2009), my maternal Grandmother would be 94 on this day. Azile was born in Sumter County, South Carolina to Manning David Daughrity, Jr. (1889-1931) and Loretta (McManus) Daughrity (1894-1936). 


Azile Juanita Daughrity Roberts Sullivan
(1921-2009)



Dec. 10~
 My paternal 3rd Great Grandmother, Mary Ellen (Jones) Baker (1826-1865) was born 189 years ago in Sumter District, South Carolina. Mary was the daughter of Ludolphus Jones and Mary Elizabeth Chandler.

Dec. 12~
  William A. McManus (1854-1914) and Frances Virginia McRady (1856-1903) were married 143 years ago. William was 18 and Fannie 16 when they were married in Sumter County, South Carolina. 

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

29 November-5 December



November 29~
   My paternal 6th Great Grandparents, Samuel Cook and Alice (Cook) Dargan (1753-?) were married on this day in 1771. They would be celebrating their 244th wedding anniversary. They were most likely married in the Sumter District area of South Carolina.

December 1~
    Beulah Mae (Price) Roberts (1897-1980), my maternal Great Grandmother, died 35 years ago in Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina at the age of 83. She is buried in Quaker Cemetery, Kershaw, South Carolina.

December 2~
    This day marks the 216 anniversary of the birth of my paternal 4th Great Grandfather. John Milton Dargan (1799-1847). He was born in Sumter District, South Carolina and was the son of John Dargan (1749-1817) and Mary (Strother) Dargan (1772-1822).
  
December 5~
  My maternal Step Great Grandmother, Mary Christine (Williams) Sullivan (1896-1930) was born in Kershaw County, South Carolina 119 years ago. Christine was the daughter of  James Lewis Williams (1873-1937) and Lizzie (Pettigrew) Williams (?-before 1900)

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thankful, Grateful and Blessed



Week 48 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2015 Edition by Amy Johnson Crow suggests Thankful as our topic.

   This week marks the return of me to blogging for the 52 Ancestors weekly themes. The last month was spent saying goodbye to a precious son and trying to deal with his loss.
    There are so many things to be thankful for even in times of trial.
I am thankful for good friends and family who helped and will continue to help us through this hardest of life events. 
 I am grateful for the genealogy community for their love and support. Family history and all it entails is not just a hobby or a fun thing to do. It's a passion, a calling for me. Being able to blog, write, research and engage in activities with those in this wonderful extended family has helped me immeasurably. 
  I am blessed to have a heritage of ancestors who lived, loved and passed on their strength to me. So many had to deal with hardships in their lives, including the deaths of children. That they picked up and carried on and in many cases became stronger through their experiences encourages me to follow in their footsteps. 
  
Because of each of you, I am thankful, grateful and blessed.






Sunday, November 22, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Nov. 22-Nov. 28



Nov. 22~
    My paternal Grandfather, Benjamin Allen Hudson (1918-1976), was born 97 years ago in Clarendon County, South Carolina. He was the only child of John McSwain Hudson (1880-1961) and Louvinia Blanche Thames (1886-1918). 
Benjamin Allen Hudson
(1918-1976)


 William Gordon Bonner Stukes (1745-?), my paternal 6th Great Grandfather, was born 270 years ago in Cambridge, England.

Nov. 23~
 Ellen Caroline (Martin) Early (1850-1926), my paternal Great Great Grandmother, died 89 years ago in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina. She was 76 years old. Ellen is buried in the Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Statesville, Iredell, North Carolina.

 The 195th wedding anniversary of my paternal 4th Great Grandparents, John Milton Dargan (1799-1847) and Emily Elizabeth (Vaughn) Dargan (1897-1865). They were married in 1820 when John was 20 and Emily 23. Their marriage most likely took place in Sumter District, South Carolina.

Nov. 24~
  Frances Virginia (McRady) McManus (1836-1903), my maternal Great Great Grandmother, died 112 years ago in Sumter County, South Carolina at the age of 47. Fannie is buried in the Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery, Pisgah Crossroads, Sumter, South Carolina.
Fanny V. McManus
Headstone
Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery
Pisgah Crossroads, Sumter, South Carolina

 My paternal 5th Great Grandfather, Philip Roberts (1763-1854) died 161 years ago in Harrison County, Kentucky.

This date also marks the 127th anniversary of the death of my paternal Great Great Grandfather, Ransom Taylor Early (1829-1888).  Ransom was 76 years old when he died in Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina. He is buried in the Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Statesville.
 
Ransom Taylor Early
Headstone
Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Statesville, Irdell, North Carolina

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Nov. 15-Nov. 21

   


Nov. 18~ 
  My paternal 3rd Great Grandfather, William A. Martin (1813-1887) died in Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina 128 years ago. He is buried in Bethesda Presbyterian Cemetery in Statesville.


William A. Martin
Headstone
Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Statesville, Iredell, North Carolina


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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Oops,They Did it Again!

  There are many times in the research process  you to wish that your ancestors had been genealogists or had the forethought to do things that would make your searching easier.
 One of the biggest Oops that frustrates me is having pictures with no label on them. The discovery of a box of photos is a joy until you realize that you don't know who those people from long ago are.
   
   Here are two that I have been wondering about. Because of who had them and the time period of each , these may be  pictures of my paternal Great Grandfather John McSwain Hudson (1880-1961). There is no one  that I know of at this time that would be able to recognize him nor have I ever seen another picture of him.

My father remembers his Grandfather as an old man and isn't sure about who these younger men may be. 

Unknown Young Man
©Cheri Hudson Passey

     
Unknown Man
©Cheri Hudson Passey

  Are they of the same man? Is this my Great Grandfather John? 
Perhaps.  
 Oops, they did it again, played with my heart and forgot to label a picture!

This post was written for Week 43 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2015 Edition by Amy Johnson Crow. 

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This Week On My Family History Calendar

Nov. 1 - Nov. 7


The first week of November is empty of family history births, deaths or anniversaries. At least those that I know of!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Next Generation from Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Exciting news this morning from Legacy Family Tree Webinars!

Contact: Geoff Rasmussen FOR RELEASE OCT 27, 2015 5AM
Tel. 800-753-3453

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New mobile-responsive site with new playlist, searching, browsing, and indexed jump-to features now available for all 275 genealogy courses
SURPRISE, Arizona; October 27, 2015—Millennia Corporation, a leader in family history software, today announced the release of a brand new responsive, mobile-friendly website for FamilyTreeWebinars.com, the leading source for online genealogy education. The new site makes it easy to find topics of interest among the now-275 courses in the library. Genealogists will now be able to watch courses on their smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices.
Other new features include:
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  • A new resume watching feature that lets members pick up where they left off.
  • A playlist to bookmark courses for future review.
  • Presenter pages that feature the individual instructor's courses and materials.
"We're very excited to make learning more accessible to the genealogy community and our members," explained Geoff Rasmussen, host of the webinar series. "Genealogists will be able to find what they need more quickly and watch on the platform of their choice. And they won't have to worry about remembering where they left off. They can focus on increasing their genealogy skills and less on navigating the website."
Rasmussen will demonstrate the enhancements and changes during upcoming free live webinars which are typically held at 2pm eastern every Wednesday. Website users will benefit from the changes immediately and will appreciate the upgrades that were made specifically with them in mind.
The new website can be found at www.familytreewebinars.com
About Millennia Corporation

Millennia Corporation is located in Surprise, Arizona. The company strives to provide top-quality genealogy software so people can record and track their family history. It is also the publisher of the award-winning FamilyTreeWebinars.com webinar series, now with 275 courses of quality genealogy education. For additional information on Millennia or the products they offer visit www.legacyfamilytree.com.

 The Legacy Family Tree Webinars have been an enjoyable part of my genealogy education for several years. Now, they will be even better! If you haven't taken the opportunity to tune in to Webinar Wednesday in the past, I encourage you to take advantage learning from some of the best in the genealogy community.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Oct. 25-Oct. 31




Oct. 28~
  My paternal Great Great Grandfather, Arthur Wellington Baker (1857-1940), died 75 years ago at the age of 83 in Sumter County, South Carolina. He was buried in the Sumter City Cemetery. 


Arthur Wellington Baker
Marker
Sumter City Cemetery, Sumter, South Carolina
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Sunday, October 18, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Oct. 18-Oct. 24




Oct. 20~
  My paternal 4th Great Grandmother, Emily Elizabeth (Vaughn) Dargan (1795-1863) was born 218 years ago. She lived most of her life in Sumter District, South Carolina and may have been born there as well. Her parents were William Vaughn (1764-1857) and Alice (Cook) Vaughn (1774-1859).

Oct. 22~
  Loretta "Etta" (McManus) Daughrity (1894-1936), my maternal Great Grandmother was born 121 years ago in Sumter County, South Carolina. Her parents were William A. McManus (1854-1914) and Frances "Fannie" Virginia (McRady) McManus (1856-1903).  Etta is said to have been adopted. 


Loretta "Etta" (McManus) Daughrity
About 1904

Oct. 24~
    The 22nd anniversary of the death of my paternal Great Great Grandmother is on this day. Emma Ruth (Baker) Early (1901-1993) died in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina from congestive heart failure at the age of 92.  She is buried in Sumter Cemetery, Sumter, South Carolina.


Emma Ruth (Baker) Early
Marker
Sumter City Cemetery, Sumter, South Carolina


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Friday, October 16, 2015

Grandmother Bessie~Wish I Had Known Her!

  My maternal Great Great Grandmother, Bessie Mae (Eargle) Price (1878-1943) was said by some to be a colorful character. 

Bessie Mae (Eargle) Price
1878-1943
                                            One of Bessie's Granddaughters described her personality in a letter written in 1997:

 "Bessie Price had a great sense of humor, she would tell them never take a trip without an umbrella, raincoat and winter coat because you never know what the weather was going to do. Bessie never came for a visit without her umbrella, raincoat and overcoat. No matter how hot it was. I don't remember Grandma Roberts going anywhere without those things. She also took food along. They enjoyed Bessie's visits because she would always make them laugh. Bessie would put cans in her windows at night to make sure she would wake up if someone broke in."

  I would have loved to have known her!

Do you have colorful characters in your tree? 


This post was written for week 41-Colorful - 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2015 Edition by Amy Johnson Crow.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Oct. 11-Oct. 17



Oct. 11~
 My paternal Great Great Grandfather, Ezra Ashby Hudson (1821-1882) was born 194 years ago in Darlington District, South Carolina. He was the son of Jacob Hudson (1788-1870) and Mary (?).

 Mary Jane (Brown) McRady, my maternal 3rd Great Grandmother (1821-1894), died 121 years ago in Sumter County, South Carolina. She is buried in the Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery in Pisgah Crossroad, Sumter, South Carolina. 
Mary Jane (Brown) McRady
Headstone
Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery
Picture courtesy Remember Me
Find A Grave 


Oct. 13~
  The 103rd wedding anniversary of my maternal Great Grandparents, Manning David Daughrity, Jr. (1889-1931) and Loretta (McManus) Daughrity (1834-1936). David was 23 and Etta 17 when they married in Bishopville, Lee, South Carolina. 
David and Etta Daughrity
Marriage License 



       My 5th Great Grandmother, Mary Strother Dargan (1772-1822) died 193 years ago in Sumter District, South Carolina.



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Friday, October 9, 2015

October Celebrations~Happy 218th Emily!





  Many October birthdays and anniversaries are on my Family History Calendar. The prompt for week 40 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2015 Edition is about those events.

   The oldest birthday found in October is for my 4th Great Grandmother, Emily Elizabeth Vaughn Dargan (1797-1863).  Emily was born 218 years ago in Sumter District, South Carolina to William Vaughn (1764-1857) and Alice Cook Vaughn (1774-1759).
    Emily married John Milton Dargan (1799-1847) in about 1820 most likely in Sumter District. They raised their 9 children on several acres of land where John was a planter.  Widowed in 1847 at the age of 50, Emily Dargan is listed in both the 1850 and 1860 Sumter District, South Carolina Federal Census. She lived a good life for the time period as her personal property was worth $8,000 and land over $2,000. 

  
Will of Emily Elizabeth Vaughn Dargan
May 1853
Sumter County, SC Will Book D1-E2, 1823-1868, pg. 256

   Her will, probated in 1863, shows a woman of means as she bequeaths several tracks of land to her children along with her carriage and several "servants".   
      
      It is thought that Emily Elizabeth Vaughn Dargan was buried in Dargan Cemetery in Sumter, South Carolina. The cemetery is now part of privately owned land in Sumter.  Many of the graves have been moved throughout the years as the property has changed hands. The headstones of her parents are still visible in  what was once known as Dargan Cemetery.

  Happy 218th Birthday, Emily!


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Sunday, October 4, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Oct. 4-Oct. 10 



Oct. 6~
   The 75th anniversary of the wedding of my maternal Grandparents Gilbert Ernest Roberts, Sr. (1920-1944) and Azile Juanita Daughrity (1921-2009).  Gilbert was 20 and Azile 18 when they married in Lancaster, South Carolina in 1940.




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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

An Unusual Visit

 In May of 1910, my paternal 3rd Great Grandfather, Alpheus J. Baker (1824-1917) and his son Lucius (1868-1928) went to visit a friend. The newspaper reports an unusual and sad find.

Sumter Watchman and Southron
Sumter, South Carolina
15 May 1901 pg. 3
                                                   
                           
 Upon arrival at Mr. Elias Allen's home, they discovered that he had passed away in his barn. The coroner report stated that it was due to natural causes due to heart problems that had been treated in the past by his Doctor.


                 Elias was buried in Hephzibah Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Manville, Lee, South Carolina.  The same cemetery where friend Alpheus J. Baker was buried after his death in 1917.

  They set out that day to visit a friend. Unusual and sad  circumstances met them instead.


 This post was written for the prompt Unusual, week 39 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2015 Edition by Amy Johnson Crow.

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Sept. 27-Oct. 3



Sept. 27~
     
   Matilda C. Martin (?-1876), my paternal 3rd Great Grandmother died 139 years ago in Iredell County, North Carolina. She is buried in the Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Statesville, Iredell, North Carolina.
                                
Matilda C. Martin
Headstone
Bethesda Presbyterian Cemetery
Statesville, Iredell, North Carolina

Sept. 29~
  
  My maternal Grandfather, Gilbert Ernest Roberts, Sr. died 71 years ago. He was killed in action on the island of Peleliu while serving in the Marines during WWII.  He is buried in Quaker Cemetery, Kershaw, Camden, South Carolina. 

Gilbert Ernest Roberts (1920-1944)

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Quaker Cemetery~One of My Favorite Places

           

  As a genealogist, cemeteries are on the top of my list of favorite places. One of my favorite cemeteries is Quaker Cemetry in Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina. Not only is it a beautiful, historic burying ground, but it is the final resting place of many of my ancestors. 

Main Entrance to Quaker Cemetery
    The cemetery originally owned by early Quaker settlers of the Camden area.  Founded in 1759, Quaker Cemetery was bought by the city in 1914 and retained its historical name. Buried there are members of the early Quaker Church, Revolutionary, and Civil War soldiers as well as those from the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam. Generations of the community have been interred in this peaceful place.

Roberts' Plot
Quaker Cemetery

    Historical markers are placed on several graves including those of my maternal Great Grandfather Gilbert Ernest Roberts, Sr. (1920-1944) and his brothers Wilbert Lewis Roberts (1918-1944) and Edman George Roberts (1922-1943). The brothers died as a result of combat in WWII.

  Some of the older graves are wonderful resources for genealogists. The stones were carved with information about the person buried along with family names and dates. Some even include the country of origin.

  Why would a cemetery be one of my favorite genealogy places? Family Connections. Those buried together in the same plot tell a story. Inscriptions on stones give clues to the lives of those long gone.

  Visiting the burial sites of my where my ancestors helps me to feel a connection to them. Memories of experiences and love shared with those I knew and a desire to learn more about those I didn't always fills me while I am there.
Learning about their GGMom & Frank
 Quaker Cemetery July 2015
     Recently, my daughter took her four children to visit the graves of their ancestors buried in Quaker. Sitting them on the wall that surrounds the graves of their Great Great Grandparent's, she told stories of the lives and memories of "GGMom and Frank". 
Azile Juanita Daughrity Roberts Sullivan (1921-2009) and Francis "Frank" Emerson Sullivan (1923-2004).

  Cemeteries are a great source of family history information and a source to the connect the generations. They can be a peaceful place to ponder and appreciate those who have gone before.

 Do you include cemeteries on your list of favorite places?

This blog post was written for Any Johnson Crow's  52 Ancestors Week 38 -Favorite Place


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