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Updated December 5, 2003

I am constantly reminded of my mortality, as my children scrape layers from my life with each bit of independence that they achieve. I am but one small piece of a generation, which, too soon shall be but a memory..just as those who have lived before myself. Ironically, it is those people to whom I turn to, for intangible connections to my future. My search for genealogical links has led me from Ohio to Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Massachusetts and beyhond the Atlantic Ocean to Ireland, Wales, England and Germany. My journey then comes back to America, making a full circle with a link to our Native Americans.I have spent many hours in libraries, written many a letter, and talked to anyone who would or could give me any encouragement in my quest to know about my ancestors or those of my dear husband, John. I have visited many cemeteries, gingerly skipping across the graves. It is impossible to side step with certainty. I wonder if taking my children to cemeteries, to explore and learn, rather than to mourn, will free them of the common apprehension about dying? I stiffen and hold my breath when my foot sinks into the soft ground. We spread out, myself and whomever accompanies me, to read each tombstone until one of us finds a familiar name. Together we brush the dried mud from the letters of the stones. We then wonder together about this ancestor with whom we perhaps share so much. Our talents, our dreams, our eye color, our stride, and perhaps even our personality. Did they ever wonder what their descendents might be like? We walk down the rows of markers and often the older ones are of children. How hard life was and how difficult were the struggles of these people who came before me. We leave the cemetery feeling a closer link with our past. Perhaps as I research joyfully and put these many names, dates, places and anecdotes into print, I am leaving a legacy for my own descendents. That would definitely be my fondest hope.........the family names that I research are: AMERINE, BIGGERSTAFF,COPPOCK, DAVIS, DENNIS,DUGAN, DUNHAM, EATON, ELLEMAN,ELLIS,FISCHER,FISHER,FREEMAN, FULLER,GILLESPIE, GRIFFITHS, HAZELTON,HENDERSON, JONES,kEPLAR, MEIERS, MYERS,NICKELSON, PEMBERTON,PENNYBACKER,ROGERS, ROWAN,SACKETT,SEA, SELF,SNYDER, THOMAS,TRUE,TRACY,WHITEHEAD,AND WRINKLE

Judith Lynn Wrinkle
Sunbury, Ohio 43074
United States

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