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Sunday, May 20th, 2012 07:41 am
Geneabloggers who have been blogging for any length of time know this to be true.

If you blog it, they will come.

Cousins you never knew you had will find your blog entries in searches on Google and other search engines.

In the case of several of mine, they will keep coming back.

They cheer me on.

They share photos and other interesting tidbits they discover in their own searches, and keep an eye out for surnames in my tree that aren't even in theirs.

My cup ran over this week.
First was Dixie, a new Balding cousin.

She found my Wedding Wednesday entry on Anson Balding and Ruth Woodrow.

She's a direct descendant. She gave me the names and other data on 5 of the 8 children born to them.

And thoughts about where some of those folks are buried - right here in Little Rock, in two of my favorite cemeteries.
My Callaway cousin, Joe, shared a photo I'd never seen before of Thomas Nathaniel Callaway and Laura Isibelle Holder. (They are his great grandparents.)

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Thomas Callaway was the son of Nathaniel C Callaway, whose grave we'd never been able to find until a chance remark made to me at the annual Callaway/Holder family reunion in 2010 made me come home and give Google a real workout.

Joe and I went to Elmwood Cemetery in February last year, and finally placed proper markers on Nathaniel's grave and that of one of his cousins.
And bless her soul...

My Freeman cousin, Jennie, always keeps me in mind in her searches. She and I have deep ancestral roots in Pope Co., AR, and before that, in Tennessee.

My morning email had a note from her wondering if she had located the grave of Anne Parker, wife of William Stout. I had no dates of birth or death for either of them, and did not know where they were buried. Their son, John Wesley Stout, married Martha Jane Ashmore, my first cousin, 3 times removed.

The grave she found at Arkansas Gravestones wasn't the right one, but I did a little searching around and found both William Stout and Anne Parker's graves memorialized in Old Lake Cemetery, just outside Dover.

They were buried on their farm. A memorial plaque for William said he was assassinated at his farm on 4 December 1865.

There were a lot of bushwhackers from both the Union and Confederate sides back then.

So now, I'll wonder...

Did one or more of them surprise 56 year old William Stout as he fed his livestock or mended harness, or any one of many other winter chores?

Or could it have been one of his neighbors? Loyalties were deeply divided in Arkansas about the Civil War...
Keep up with your cousins, folks.
(Anonymous)
Sunday, May 20th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
I have always believed people connect for reasons unbeknownest to them. Often our ancestors dust links us to new found knowledge of our past...lives. Reincarnate, i don't know, but the dig is always good.
Thanks for the cheers. Love Jen
(Anonymous)
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
How wonderful for you to have cousins who send you photos (in addition to everything else, but especially photos!). Cousins find my blog but they never seem to have photos to share. Maybe one of these days....
Nancy from My Ancestors and Me
Friday, July 13th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
I was doing a search and saw your blog. I am a Callaway descendant on my Mother's dad's side. Also a Freeman as our Dennis men have Freeman Y-DNA. And those lines went to Pope Co. AR. We cannot determine where our name change or other non-paternal event happened for us to get the Dennis name.
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