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My Mother and Aunt started this research many years ago. In the beginning when they would talk about it I would just roll my eyes and think to myself "Here they go again". I didn't think anything could be more boring. Needless to say as I got older and had a family of my own I began to get interested. Now I am "HOOKED" as they say. I now am the one that make people roll their eyes.
As my research grows so do my surnames and nationalities.Irish, English, French, Italian, German, Scottish, and of course that elusive Indian everyone has in their family.
My ancestors fought in every war since this country began. They imigrated to new lands and left homes and families behind to build this great country. I am very proud of where I came from. They were all hard working God fearing people.

My Surnames

My Husband's Line

My Line

We Are the Chosen

My feelings are in each family we are called to find the ancestors.

To put flesh on their bones and make them live again,

To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.

To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead,

Breathing life into all who have gone before.

We are the story tellers of the tribe.

We have been called as it were by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story.

So, we do.

In finding them, we somehow find ourselves.
How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count.

How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family, you
be proud of us?
How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love
for me?

I cannot say.
It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do
things I do?

It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and
And saying I can't let this happen.

The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh.

It goes to doing something about it.
It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish.

How they contributed to what we are today.

It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or
giving up,
Their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.

It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation.

It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us.
That we might be born who we are.

That we might remember them. So we do.

With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence,

Because we are them and they are us.

So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family.

It is up to that one called in the next generation,

To answer the call and take their place in the long line of family
That is why I do my family genealogy,

And that is what calls those young and old to step up
And put flesh on the bones.

[Author Unknown]

If You Could See Your Ancestors
A Poem by Nellie Winslow Simmons Randall

If you could see your ancestors
All standing in a row,
Would you be proud of them or not?
Or don't you really know?
Some strange discoveries are made
In climbing family trees.
And some of them, you know,
Do not particularly please.

If you could see your ancestors
All standing in a row,
There might be some of them perhaps
You shouldn't care to know.
But here's another question
Which requires a different view -
If you could meet your ancestors
Would they be proud of you?

February 2002
Since adding my family to the internet I have met many new and very helpful people. They have given me corrections and also new information. Fee
A Bridge To The Past
Updated October 14, 2003

LaRinda Middleton
18760 Hwy. 72
Tuscumbia, AL 35674
A-United States

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  • Eva Bottoms Runion (28 KB)
    My Grandmother Eva Bottoms Runion
  • My Dad, James Vernon Roberts (36 KB)
    This picture was taken in 1942 at Fort Walton, Flordia before he was shipped overseas in WWII.
  • Charlie Hershel Runion (32 KB)
    My Grandfather "Buck"
  • James Roberts and his brother Lloyd Lester (Bo) (16 KB)
    Taken in the 1920's probably in Roellen, Tennessee
  • Bottoms sisters (23 KB)
    The one with the big hairbow is my Grandmother Eva Bottoms and her sister Edna. Taken in 1918, my Grandmother was 9 years old.
  • Gathering of Civil War Veterans (38 KB)
    Taken in Humboldt, Tennessee. Tennessee 47th Co. B William B Halliburton, 2nd row 4th from the left.
  • Four Generations (30 KB)
    My Great Grandmother (Ollie)Halliburton), my Grandmother (Eva Bottoms), my Mother (Betty Runion), and me. Taken in 1950 at Dyer County, Miston, Tennessee
  • Miston Baseball Team Dyer County, Tennessee 1948 (75 KB)
    Top row left to right Jack Hatch, Thomas Long, L R Cooper, G. Scott, Unknown, James Roberts (my father), Bottom: Unknown, Harry Hummer, Doc Holland, Unknown, Unknown, Kernie Thurmond
  • Sylvester Murphy (398 KB)
    He was born according to one census report March 10, 1843 in Alabama. He lived his life in Martins Mills or Cravens Mills, Wayne, Tennessee. He married Melvina Cansada Rideout Aug. 28, 1870 in Wayne County.
  • My Great Grandmother being baptized in river. (52 KB)
    Ollie Halliburton X in river. Paschal Bottoms X on bank. They did not know each other at the time but later married. This was taken aout 1903 when she was 15 years old. The Forked Deer River in Gibson County, Tennessee.
  • Paschal A. Bottoms (16 KB)
    Served in the Civil War. Co. B 12th Consolidated Tennessee Infantry
  • Four More Generations (51 KB)
    My Mother (Betty Runion),me (LaRinda Roberts), my daughter (Kelly Middleton), my "Grand" Granddaughter (Madison Geijer).
  • James Elish Middleton (27 KB)
    12/26/1872 Hardin County, TN - 1/28/1920 Childress County, TX sent to me from Ruby Middleton via Jim Rodgers descendants of Anderson Middleton
  • Daniel Irvin Helton & wife Sarah Jane Spradlin (73 KB)
    Daniel served in the 5th AL Calvary CSA. He lost everything he had including much land, because of the Civil War. Both are buried in New Salem Baptist Cemetery in Tishomingo County, Mississippi.
  • Eva Gregory (12 KB)
    Eva is the grandaughter of Amanda Goza and her first husband John Ray. Her mother's name was Emma Ray. I like this picture because so many old pictures the people are so solumn looking and she looks like she is having fun.
  • Halliburton brothers (58 KB)
    Top Left William Sam Halliburton 6-5-1875/ 6-22-1951 Top Right Henry Fletcher Halliburton 10-29-1877 Bottom left David Allen Halliburton 6-6-1858/ 8-11-1903 Bottom right Dr. Bonnie Sherill Halliburton (Bone) 8-27-1866/ 4-1915
  • And Four More Generations (36 KB)
    This my Mother, me, my daughter (Amanda Middleton),and my "Grand" Grandson Alex Aycock.
  • Caswell Lee Middleton (20 KB)
    9/22/1866 Hardin County, TN - died in TX Namesake of his uncle Caswell who died as a Civil War prisoner of war in Rock Island, IL sent to me from Ruby Middleton via Jim Rodgers descendants of Anderson
  • CSA Marker of Martin Calvin Highfield (23 KB)
    Calvin was born in Georgia and settled in Colbert County Alabama. Buried in Cherokee Cemetery, Cherokee, Alabama. Pvt. Co. A 16 Ala Inf
  • George Washington Roberts (20 KB)
    George is the old man with cane and second from him is his sister Rena Roberts Griggs. Far right on bottom is Lucille Roberts.
  • Amanda Eliza Goza Ray Bottoms (18 KB)
    Amanda was first wife to John Ray who died from wounds received in the Battle of Fort Pillow. A Union soldier. Later married a Confederate Paschal A Bottoms.
  • Ira Jackson Middleton & Katie Artie Jane Glover (42 KB)
    Taken in 1977 in Olive Hill, Hardin, Tennessee.
  • Will C Nichols & Minnie Highfield (19 KB)
    Married Feb 3, 1899 Colbert County, Alabama
  • Woodney Jordan Middleton (37 KB)
    Woodney was born in 1869 in Wayne County Tennessee. Died in 1953 in Burnsville, Mississippi.
  • Shelby O'Riley Nichols & Ruby Pearl Province (47 KB)
    This picture was taken in 1947. Pearl said she had been working in the field picking cotton.They were married Aug 12, 1925 and lived in Colbert County Alabama
  • Emisiah and Melissa Louise (Smith) Glover (20 KB)
    Emisiah and Louise sitting down standing one of their daughters, Maudell Glover Nesbitt Thacker Atkins and two of her sons Jack and Russell.
  • Marquis Lafayette Goza and his wife Ida (22 KB)
    He was the son of Edward M. Goza, grandson of Joshua Goza and Elinor Phelan. He was born June 23,1866 in Tennseess and died Nov 4, 1914 in Oklahoma.
  • William Blain and Gladys Murphy 1936 (60 KB)
    This photo was sent to me by Beverly Byrant a descendent of William M. Murphy born October 1, 1857 Wayne County, Tennessee
  • Ruben W. Province & Annie Elizabeth Helton (29 KB)
    Parents of Ruby Pearl Province Nichols
  • Four Bottoms brothers with their Aunt. (47 KB)
    "Bub" Leslie Paschal, Bertha Halliburton Weston, Noah Alexander, Clarence, & Clyde Lawrence.
  • Isabelle Middleton White Williams 1/6/1857 TN (46 KB)
    Died 4/10/1914 in Utah
  • Jim Smith (16 KB)
    Father to Louise Smith Glover, Grandfather to Katie Glover Middleton. He lived in Martins Mills, Wayne, Tennessee. Would love to find out more about him.
  • Carlos Griggs & Caldonia Roberts (185 KB)
    This photo was sent to me by Helen Hughs Caldonia Roberts was the daughter of Hezekiah Roberts & Eliza Jane Murphy. This picture was taken either in Wayne County, TN or Malvern Arkansas

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