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Re: Reunion At The Newly Found Grave Site

I know your excitement. I stumbled on information about my grgrandma in a cemetary book in our genealogy library. I really wasn't looking for her. I had run out of ideas to do research that day, and pasted by this book, stopped set down, opened it. The second section I opened fell open to the V section so I started crusing thru and there was her name. The only person with that name in the entire section. Now I really didn't think it was her. But it seems as though graves had been moved for expansion of our airport and names had been published. The airport payed for removal and head stones for all individuals removed. Grandma Vance was moved to a better cemetary. I had just found out through the publication of 1930 census where her TRUE birthplace was and finally found out when she was born and family names in SC. I remembered my mother telling me my grandmother's mother held me when I was a baby under a tree in the backyard of my 1st known home. I checked the year of burial and it coincided with my birth year. I'D FOUND GRGRANDMA LUCY VANCE. I couldn't believe it. I don't go roaming around in cemetaries, but I went to find her. Across the street from the very well kept cemetary were 2 head stone business' where you could order headstones. I didn't know at this point that she had one, but I decided she wasn't going to get lost again. I priced them at both stores. A 2nd chilling thing happen that day. The 2nd store had been hired to help relocate these graves and they confirmed she already had a headstone. I had no idea how much those things cost and the one I was going to buy was exactly what she had. But grgrandma had no birth or death dates. I knew the birth but used the date of internment as death date. So I decided to have those engraved on the stone. It's so depressing to know cousins do not care about this find. Only my mother. I bore the expense alone because no one else would help. But you know that's ok, because I will get my blessings. I took my mother to the gravesite and she stood there and was very quiet, remebering her grandma. I wish there was a picture somewhere of grgrandma Vance. What I did do was give a copy of the gravesite map that has information where she is to all cousins in my generation. One day somebody in the future will get curious. And you know this cemetary is located on one of our major streets and I had lived across the street, in a very nice apartment for years, before moving to a home. Ain't that something.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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