OUR FAMILY HISTORY AND ORIGINS

Updated October 30, 2011


Wayne Leroy Osborne
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"To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth." Voltaire (1694-1778)

"We live as long as we are remembered" Old Russian Proverb

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." Unknown

"It is not length of life, but depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Not to know what happened before we were born
is to remain perpetually a child.
for what is the worth of a human life unless
it is woven into the life of our ancestors." Cicero

"There is a moral and philosophical respect for our ancestors which elevates the character and improves the heart."
Daniel Webster

"They that can give up essential liberties to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
Benjamin Franklin

"True Courage is not the ABSENCE of fear, but the MASTERY of fear." Mark Twain

"Liberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility of saying no to any authority literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social, and even political." Ignazio Silone, author (1900-1978)

"A people without knowledge of their history is like a tree without roots." Marcus Garvey

"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." --Samuel Adams

The Story Tellers.....

We are the chosen. My feelings are in each family there is one who seems 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. All tribes have one. 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 would be proud of us? How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do? It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference 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 storytellers. 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.
( Unknown Author )

I have spent many enjoyable hours compiling the information listed here. I have found many cousins that have all been very generous by sharing their family records and stories with me. Thank you all and I hope that you enjoy reading through this site.

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