Below is the tombstone of my second great grandfather, Samuel Van Every. Born Feb 25, 1820 in Brant County, Ontario, Canada, he died April 18, 1888 in San Marcos, Texas. The photographs were taken by a kindly RAOGK volunteer.
The volunteer took several views of the tombstone, including a closeup of the base
Kind father of love thou art gone to thy rest forever to bask mid the joys of the blest.
Transylvania, Holland, Alsace, Poland, England, Germany, Lithuania and Texas all contain soil upon which ancestors dwelt; Farmers, beekeepers, shepherds, tailors, blacksmiths, salesmen, clergy, judges, and doctors.
As I research ancestral lines I discover some ancestors celebrated Hanuka, others Christmas, and still others the Green Corn Ceremony; Jewish, Methodist Episcopalian, Puritan, Christian Scientist, Mennonite, Choctaw, and Cherokee.
I shall never find the records for my distant ancestors who either came to this continent by crossing the Land Bridge, or originally emerged from the Nanih Waiya in Mississippi.
I delve through obituaries, microfilm depositories, internet databases; I interview relatives, and rummage through attics.
What I find doesn't alter who I am; It illuminates the divergent, yet still intersecting paths of my ancestors.