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Clairville & Emily Savoy
Martha Ann Marshall
Lillian & Hume Mayes
Sintha A. Frady

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The Chosen

We are the chosen. 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. 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 I am, and why 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 of My Bone

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 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 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 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 in the long line 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 who we had never known before. by Della M. Cummings Wright; Rewritten by her granddaughter Dell Jo Ann McGinnis Johnson; Edited and Reworded by Tom Dunn, 1943.


Herman Bourgeois

Herman John Bourgeois is the father of Robert "Bobby" Bourgeois. "Bobby" was adopted by his mother's new husband when he was approximately six years old.

George P. Verner

"Pat" is the grandfather of Robert, Bobby Bourgeois. His parents were Reuben E. Verner and Sarah Ann Trantham.

Camilla H. Forbes

Camilla Hollinger Forbes is the daughter of James Hollinger Forbes and Theodora Serena Snowden. She is the wife of Robert, Bob Stewart.

We Hope You Laugh!

  • Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.
    ~ Mark Twain
  • Everyone has ancestors and it is only a question of going back far enough to find a good one.
    ~ Howard K. Nixon
  • We've uncovered some embarrassing ancestors in the not-too-distant past. Some horse thieves, and some people killed on Saturday nights. One of my relatives, unfortunately, was even in the newspaper business.
    ~ Jimmy Carter
  • Southerners are so devoted to genealogy that we see a family tree under every bush.
    ~ Florence King
  • My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the hell she is.
    ~ Ellen

Meet Our Ancestors

Herman Bourgeois

Herman John Bourgeois is the father of Robert "Bobby" Bourgeois. Bobby was adopted by his mother's new husband when he was approximately six years old.

John Van M. Frady

John Frady, born 1879, was the son of James H. Frady and Martha M. Crawford. He died in 1918 in Polk County, TN.

Sintha A. Frady

Daughter of James H. Frady and Martha Crawford was born in 1881 in Gilmer County, Georgia. She married Elijah L. Pell in October 1908.

Lillian & Hume Mayes

Lillian & Hume Mayes were the children of Hume Mayes [b. 1873] and Loretta L. Hughes. They had four other siblings: Robert P., Velma, Juanita and Thelma.

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