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“Over the course of the millennia, all these ancestors in your tree, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time—to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have gone before. Hopes and dreams for a better world. What will you do with your time on this Earth? How will you contribute to the ongoing story of humankind?” ~ Laurence Overmire

Connections

Posted by Tonya Keitt Kalule

I am starting to realize that this blog is as much about me as it is my ancestors.  One day I too will be an ancestor and what will be my story, what will my descendants want to know about me, where will they look, will this blog be archived?  These are the questions I ask as I research those that came before me.  I just hope that this blog is somehow archived so they can not only learn about me and my family but all that I have learned.  All of those that have been connected through this blog as well as my ancestry.com account, is work someone else will not have to do.  Yes I do hope to get the entire story of my ancestors in my lifetime, but I do realize that there is a good possibility that I will not.  As ambitious as I am, I am also a realist.
I am hoping that more and more of the family will make their voices heard and stories known here on this blog.  I am so excited about the connections that are being made via this blog, email, ancestry.com and Facebook. There is still so much more to learn.

I am making more connections with the descendants of John Franklin McCray through Leila McCray, his daughter.  John Franklin had three wives, and the grandchildren of the second wife, Hattie.  I understand from Leila that Hattie was a well known seamstress in Lakeland, Georgia.  She would sew and knit for many in the area especially the white people there.  She also would place her stuff in some of the clothing stores there, because she was obviously just that talented, but she was not allowed to attach her name to any of her work, even the things she made for the people outside of the store.  Leila says that this was one of her first memories of racism.

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