Climbing the Family Tree
post date: June 4, 2011
What have we discovered?
**There are lots of preachers, doctors and teachers in our family tree.
**It’s amazing how some names pop up again and again. For instance, the name Lydia occurs a number of times. That fact was emphasized by my cousin Susan walking in carrying her six-month-old granddaughter named Lydia.
**Many of our ancestors came from Ireland and Scotland, but the Pritchard name is of Welsh origin.
**Jeremiah Gray, born in 1805, had 15 children.
**There are lots of twins in our family tree.
**We had one man four or five generations back who suddenly moved to another part of the country under questionable circumstances. The official family position is, “He was a rounder.”
**The Gray family has a monument in the Macedonia cemetery that lists the various members of the family across the generations and then says at the bottom, “In that great family was fulfilled the promise of Psalm 128:1-4.»
Somehow it’s very comforting to learn about your family history because it gives you a sense of time and place. I like knowing that my father used to wear overalls when they rode horses to the Philadelphia Baptist Church in the 1930s. Every family has its own distinctive story, and it’s good to know that you have a history and a heritage. It’s also good to know that although your family is not perfect, it’s still your family, and that’s why you smile when someone says, “You remind me of your dad.”
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