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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.

Our Ancestors

John Van Frady
John V. Frady

John V. Frady

Born 1879, he born 1879.

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

Amelea Melancon
Emily Melancon

Emily Melancon

Emily [Amelea] Melancon was the wife of Clairville J. Savoy.

She is the daughter of Ursin Melancon and Doralisa LeBlanc.
This is NOT her picture.

Eric Von Axelson
Eric Von Axelson

Eric Von Axelson

Eric Gustaf Oscar was born in 1862 in Sweden, the son of Oscar and Erique D. Von Axelson

Married Mary Emma "Polly" Bryan. They had 9 children. He died December 23, 1943 in Santa Rosa County, Florida.

Martha Marshall
Martha Ann Marshall

Martha Ann Marshall

Martha was born in December 1849 in Troy, Tennessee.

She is the daughter of James A. Marshall, Sr. and Martha Ann Mariah Marshall.She married William Talbot Mayes. They had two children, Florence M. Mayes and Hume Hill Mayes.

Elmira Laperuse
Elmira Laperuse

Elmira Laperuse

Elmira Laperuse is the daughter of Alcide Laperouse and Azelie Daigle.

She was born March 1871 in Louisiana and is buried in St. Martinville, Louisiana.

Royal Joseph Bourgeois
Royal J. Bourgeois

Royal J. Bourgeois

Royal Bourgeois is the son of Alcide J. Bourgeois and Clothilde V. Boudreaux.

He was born Mar 1, 1917 and died Nov 10, 1952. He married Ella Gotti and Ethel Dominguez.

John Verner
John H. Verner

John H. Verner

John was born Feb 1849 in Tennessee and died Jun 22, 1924 in Shoal Creek, NC.

He married Lucinda Cross and Sarah Stillwell. Our ancestor is Reuben Verner, the son of John and Sarah.

Josiah Prince
Josiah Prince

Josiah Prince

Josiah prince is the son of Richard and Edith Prince.

He was born in 1774 in Spartansburg, South Carolina. He married Mary "Polly" McEntire, born 1770 in North Carolina.Their children were Eliza, Ephraim, Cooper, Isham, William, James, Nancy, Andrew and Wiley.

Our Favorite Genealogy Quotes

We hope you enjoy them!
  • 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

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