Showing posts with label Ancestors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ancestors. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

"You Have Thousands Of Years Of Powerful Ancestors Within You..."

“You’re never alone, even during what  you think are your weakest moments.
You have thousands of years of powerful  ANCESTORS within you, the
blood of 
The Divine Great One in you, supreme  intellect and royalty
in you. 
Infinite  strength is always on tap for you.
Know that!”-Author Unknown

Keep connecting the dot! -Sarah :)

Monday, September 02, 2013

Days Gone By Poem about Family History

Days Gone By

“ The special book upon the shelf,
Was made with many hands.
Our ancestors who posed back then,
All came from different lands.

Their pictures were all tucked away,
And rarely did we see,
The importance of these treasures-
The start of you and me.

The history of our families,
Now here in black and white.
Preserved with special care and time,
Each page is done just right.

When time permits, we take it down,
And think of days long past.
Our hopes, our dreams, our heritage,
All safe and made to last.”

Author: Unknown

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Strangers In The Box - By: Pamela A. Harazim

-Pamela A. Harazim

"Come, look with me inside this drawer, 
In this box I've often seen, 
At the pictures, black and white, 
Faces proud, still, and serene.

I wish I knew the people, 
These strangers in the box, 
Their names and all their memories, 
Are lost among my socks.

I wonder what their lives were like, 
How did they spend their days? 
What about their special times? 
I'll never know their ways.

If only someone had taken time, 
To tell, who, what, where, and when, 
These faces of my heritage, 
Would come to life again.

Could this become the fate, 
Of the pictures we take today? 
The faces and the memories, 
Someday to be passed away?

Take time to save your stories, 
Seize the opportunity when it knocks, 
Or someday you and yours, 
Could be strangers in the box."

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Genealogy Trivia: 500 years ago there were 1,048,576 people involved in creating you!

Genealogy Trivia:
If you figure there’s 25 years between each generation, 500 years ago there were 1,048,576 people involved in creating YOU! YOU are special!

Keep connecting the dots. -Sarah

Friday, July 05, 2013

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

"Giving credit where credit is due is a very rewarding habit to form. Its rewards are inestimable." -Loretta Young

Someone who truly deserves credit; my Grandfather William Emry Burnes.
Read the remarkable truth I found about him.

Keep connecting the dots -Sarah

Saturday, June 29, 2013

"Dear Ancestor" Poem by Walter Butler Palmer

Dear Ancestor

"Your tombstone stands among the rest
Neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished marble stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn

You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh and blood and bone
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own

Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so
I wonder how you lived and loved
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot
And come to visit you."
-Walter Butler Palmer

About the Author: Walter Butler Palmer  was by b orn,  22 Jun 1868 in Prairie Center, LaSalle, Illinois. He was the son of Ephraim Milo Palmer and Sarah Henderson Butler. He married Irena B. Lardin on 25 Sep 1889. A year and a half later, Irena died on May 1891. He married 2nd wife Mary Frances White on 11 Dec 1894 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. They were the parents of two children; Burton White Palmer and Margaret Allison Palmer. He was a family historian, breeder of trotting and show horses, and an accomplished poet. He wrote the above poem  "Dear Ancestor" in 1906 while he was visiting the grave of his great grandfather; Ephraim Palmer (1760-1852).   He died  6 Jun 1932 in Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois.

About the photo: If you look closely, you can see a large headstone and final resting place of  my great, great, great grandfather;  George Washington Burnes.  Buried in Norristown Cemetery, in Shelbyville, Shelby, Indiana.

Keep connecting the dots!! -Sarah

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

If You Could Time Travel, Who Would You Meet?

I often think about how awesome it would be to time travel to meet one of my ancestors. I want to hear their voices, see their faces, their eyes, hands and other physical features; to see if they looked like me. I could ask all the questions I have wondered about for years like; who was your father and mother? What were your biggest trials in life? What were your happiest moments in life? What was your biggest mistake? I want to know them deeper, than just names, dates and places. To know that they were probably like me in many ways. 

If I could time travel to meet any ancestor, it would be my great great great grandfather, George Washington Burnes, someone I admire and have learned to love.

Who would you want to meet and why?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

"If You Could See Your Ancestors"

If You Could See Your Ancestors
By Nellie Winslow Simmons Randall

If you could see your ancestors
All standing in a row,
Would you be proud of them or not?
Or don't you really know?

Some strange discoveries are made
In climbing family trees.
And some of them, you know,
Do not particularly please.

If you could see your ancestors
All standing in a row,
There might be some of them perhaps
You shouldn't care to know.

But here's another question
Which requires a different view
If you could "meet" your ancestors
Would they be proud of you?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Cries from our Ancestors; "Remember Me"

If we could hear the cries from our ancestors, they might be saying "REMEMBER ME". I often think of how difficult life was back then. The daily routine of cooking, cleaning, washing, sewing, farming, building and fixing things would consume their entire day. Diseases and sicknesses would sweep through every family, taking the lives of many loved ones. My great great great grandparents buried five of their babies because of sicknesses that existed during the mid 1800's. They wouldn't have any time for luxury or entertainment, and their way of relaxing was reading the Bible by the fire.

When I visited the homestead of my Great, Great, Great Grandparents, I couldn't help but think back on their lives as they raised thirteen children in a small four room home. Not four bedrooms; four rooms. One room was the kitchen, one room was the family room, and two rooms upstairs for the children and parents to sleep. They lived on a 700 acre farm, which only provided them with the food and income they needed to survive. They worked harder than us, and I'm sure their only request would be "remember me."

Because I know my ancestors, I am more sensitive to their hardships and losses, but also grateful for the many blessings and conveniences that we all have because of them. It's a simple, yet important request from them; "remember me".

Who's in the above photo:  My grandmother, Ruth Imogene Adams Burnes' father, Gim William Adams, her uncle, Charley Ross Adams, and Grandparents; William & Mary Adams. Photo taken about 1902 in Scotland County, Missouri.

Photos of my GGG-Grandparents 177 year old home that I visited in Hope, Indiana on September 9, 2009.

L-R: Frankie Ziegler, Sarah Burnes Heiner, Ronnie Ziegler (4th cousins)
standing in front of the Burnes Homestead.


Monday, June 03, 2013

"Family Faces Are Magic Mirrors..."

"Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future." -Gail Lumet Buckley

Who's in the picture?  Meet my Great Aunt, Jessie Jean Adams Christy. This is my paternal grandmother's sister. Isn't she beautiful?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

"Our Dead Are Never Dead To Us..."

"Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them." -George Eliot

About the photo:
Meet my great great aunt and uncle; Samuel Burnes & Martha Ursula Shaver Burnes 
 and their 10 children. Taken in 1910, in Hope, Indiana.

Front row from left to right: 
Nona Ann Burnes Snider, Myrle Belle Burnes Ferguson, Martha Ursula Shaver Burnes, Samuel Burnes,  Mary Kathryn Burnes Patterson, Alma Burnes McNealy

Back row from left to right:
Gustie Lear Burnes Gates, George Clinton Burnes, Albert Lewis Burnes, Glen Washington Burnes, John William Burnes,  Daisy May Burnes Davis

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ralph C. Lincoln, 11th generation Lincoln, 3rd cousin of Abraham Lincoln

If you're shopping at Vitamin World in Johnstown's Galleria mall, you might notice the assistant Manager Ralph C. Lincoln and his strong resemblance to Abraham Lincoln. Many people have told him "you look just like Abe."   He smiles and replies, "Which one? There are several Abrahams in the family."

Meet Ralph C. Lincoln from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 11th generation Lincoln, 3rd cousin of Abraham Lincoln. Isn't DNA amazing!!
Can you see the resemblance?

Ralph C. Lincoln writes:
"My name is Ralph C Lincoln and I am honored to be an 11th generation Lincoln. Who also shares the same Great-Grandfather as one of America's greatest Presidents. If you visit Fayette County in Pennsylvania, you will find a small, obscure cemetery where members of the Lincoln family are buried, including Abraham Lincoln’s great uncle Mordecai, who served in the revolutionary war, and his son Benjamin. Mordecai Lincoln is my 5th generation great grandfather, which makes me a third cousin of the President.   I have continued to live and work in the ancestral home of Southwestern Pennsylvania where, as a Lincoln Presenter, I can pay tribute to these great men in my family who have shaped the history of our country I am proud member of organizations dedicated to bringing Abraham Lincoln to life, to educate, entertain, inspire and honor his words and works:" - Ralph C. Lincoln

Photo Credit: Steve Mellon, Post-Gazette

Read more of this article here >>

Monday, May 27, 2013

Land of the Free Because of the Brave!

Many of our ancestors fought to give us the freedoms we have today. Let us honor them and NEVER forget this important detail... Land of the FREE, because of the BRAVE.
Happy Memorial Day!!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

James Nasmyth Quote about Ancestors

"Our history begins before we are born. We represent the hereditary influences of our race, 

and our ANCESTORS virtually LIVE in us." - James Nasmyth

Who is in the photo: Samuel Burnes & Marth Ursula Shaver Burnes and descendants, 1910 - Hope, Indiana - My GG-Uncle & Aunt.