The Basil(Boesl), Donahue, Leid, McCann Family Tree Page.Updated October 23, 2012
Al G Basil
Macomb, MI 48044
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| Hello to all visitors to our Family Tree Page.
I say "OUR" page because, I hope all that visit here will help me keep it updated, and accurate. Please feel free to Email me your comments, corrections, or concerns regarding the data here. This site is a labor of love for me, and work in process. I hope you find it interesting.
I would personally like to thank my Cousin Marie Hays in Oklahoma for all her help with the "Boesl" portion. She has worked for many years gathering data from all over the world.
My starting point for the "Donahue Tree" was the "A Little Bit of Donahue History" by Elizabeth (Lizzie) Donahoo (My Wife Carol Ann's Aunt)written many years ago. She died at age 90 in 1979.
She had names and dates going back to 1800.
For the "McCann and Leid Trees" the data comes mostly from my wife for the "Leid" portion, and for "McCann" mostly from brothers Les, Joe, and Cousins Weiss.
No man is an Island, entire of it self; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind;
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
-John Donne, 1624 - Meditation XVII
The quotation above contains one of the best known expressions in English literature, and though it served as inspiration for a novel by Ernest Hemmingway, it seems to me that in its original form it expresses a much more positive thought that may resonate with family historians.
As we learn more and more about our ancestors, often we feel diminished by not having been able to know them personally. Consequently, we search to capture and record every bit of information we can find in an attempt to minimize their absence.
In our own lifetime, we may also hear the bell toll. Hopefully, at such times, our devotion to family history will offer family members assurance that loved ones will not be forgotten, but rather become part of treasured legacy. In trying times, that can be a great comfort. (Sylvia Hanks, Ancestry.com)
"We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the
path which has led to the present."
--- Adlai E. Stevenson
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