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This is Our Family by Cora Hays Isbell

This was taken from the forward of Cora's book
Hays-Hayes and Allied Families

This is Our Family
by
Cora Hays Isbell

I want my descendants to love me and to revere my
memory, but how can they if
they know nothing of me?

Each of us have the right to know our ancestors,
the same as our descendants
have the right to know us.

It matters not whether they were princes or
pirates, cavaliers or renegades,
planters or share croppers, they belong to us -
but more important, we belong to
them.

A large and strong chain, firmly linked together ,
is a mighty tool of great strength. If
it is allowed to fall to the earth and is
forgotten, it soon corrodes and rusts, the
links fall apart and become useless. Many of us
allow this to happen to our
families. Our loved ones are placed in the earth
and after a generation or two are
totally forgotten, not even their names are known
in many cases.

I am endeavoring to lift the memories of our
departed ones out of the past, forging
each one into a link of a family chain - working
hard to find each link, and then
polishing them by recording each name and date,
and finally forging a chain of
great worth that can never be forgotten by those
who are yet to come, and add their
link to make a chain so mighty and strong that
nothing will separate it or destroy it.

(from the forward of her book: Hays-Hayes Kinfolk
and allied families

Linked toHAYS Cora (1918)
AlbumsHays, Dee Lora and Stella Davis Hays family, Hays, Cora Hays Van Dyke Isbell, Hays, Edward Davis

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