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Re: NORRIS & 5 Descending Bloodlines Reunion, 2008

Actually there is an older cousin who is the Caretaker now for it. Her mother was once the Caretaker (yes, there's a page about the Caretakers of Taylor Cemetery in the book :) ) there but she's getting older now and it's really a big job now. You wouldn't believe the size of that land there. I grew up in San Francisco where everyone lives on top of one another but there in Marshall the 'homeplace' as they call it runs for miles and miles. Just where the graveyard is itself is large enough for 5 or 6 houses and the land slopes away off down a hillside. Family history says the first graves are at the bottom of that hill. The trees on that hillside are taller than a 4-story building. They've got to go.

The family still continues the tradition of everyone going on Memorial Day to clean it and as often as possible she has it bush hogged. Yeah, I just learned that term too (smile) but still it's a big job for her. She has 3 daughters but, I don't think they plan to continue the tradition, bless their hearts.

In the 1st book in 2006 I did a section on it and a special page where I appealed to people to send her money to help with the upkeep. Since then we've even had a sign added. Not the final one we want but a sign none the least. We want a black wrought iron one with a large "N" over the center of the gate for NORRIS.

At the Family Meeting this Thanksgiving I'm hoping to suggest that we form a Committee to help her with fund raising and even two or three famiy members that we could pay a small fee, atleast their gasoline and lunch, and rotate them. Three months each to be responsible for making the 2-hour trip from Dallas to Marshall to clean the cemetery. I'd also like to replace or repair some of the older headstones that can still be read and we've got to have a bench or two there.

The tricky part will be trying to diplomatically convince her to let a few others have some small say in the cemetery if they're going to contribute funds and labor to it. Older people are sometimes a little reluctant to accept certain help. Especially for such an important charge but even she admits it's a big job so we're hopeful.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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