I realized quickly that I’d have to “think outside the box” to learn about my ancestors. I LOVE to interview people, and listen to stories about "the older days" when life seemed a little slower and simpler. I study USGS maps, plats, read chanceries, look for long forgotten cemeteries and try to help preserve memories people share with me. This blog is ad free, so it's easier to focus on sharing stories. Feel free to sign the guestbook, or join the FaceBook group. Even if we aren't related by DNA, I'd still love to hear about your research efforts and family stories. I am interested in posting (to this blog) stories relevant to the Mecklenburg-Brunswick families.

21 February 2009

Trying to be remembered-The Taylors

I wanted to find the Taylor Cemetery. In Munsey Moore's cemetery book he described where it was. So I drove there with a friend to take pictures, in Oct 2008. Sadly the lady in the house had not lived there very long, and the cemetery was very overgrown when she bought the house. And it's technically not on her property, the cemetery part was sold before she bought the house. She helped me clear things out to take pictures. She was very interested in her house and it's history. She was told her house was called the Finch House. This house was not in the WPA books, but a family Bible was listed in Family Records book (Family Bibles) compiled & edited by Sheppard & Corker. (pg 46) The Taylor Cemetery and Finch cemetery adjoin each other. I hope to attach a slide show here of the pictures I took there. (Still have to read more on how to do that) Frances Clark later told me she had pictures of a few more tombstones that weren't there anymore when I took pictures. She had taken pictures about 10 years earlier than I had. This Cemetery is located on the corner of 655 & 657. I do have some chanceries for these Taylors. And descendants moved to the Bracey area.
What was really cool about this visit, was that the owner asked if she could give me a tour of her house. I LOVED her house! There was the narrowest winding staircase I think I've ever seen, and I loved all the old trim and wood floors. Lots of great character in that house. She showed me an above ground cellar, where names and dates were carved into the wall. Like a family Bible carved into the foundation of their house!!!
In Fredericksburg, VA, soldiers wrote in their journals that their greatest fear was to die unknown. So they'd carve their names and unit to try to be remembered. This wall made me think about how many people have been forgotten. And how many people were buried without tombstones, so carving your name in a stone foundation would ensure you weren't forgotten. I just loved this cool old house!!
More on the cemetery and about the people buried there in a coming soon post...

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