Thank you so much for the warm welcome to The Villages Genealogical Society. I was quite impressed with your group and the quality of writing in the few exercises we read. I’m sure yours was wonderful, too. Here’s a link to a copy of the poem I read, “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon and some of the responses written by your fellow members.
Where John Seymour is from:
I am from Ireland & Italy.
I am from mayors, councilmen, & tax collectors, accountants, police chiefs, buyers, branch managers, farmers, hatters, lawyers, hotel &
cafe/saloon owners, barbers, & furniture & liquor salesmen.
I am from the famine in Ireland. I am from the persecution by the Ottoman Turks.
I am from the English planters in Ireland. I am from Catholic parishes & cemeteries.
Where Diane Clemmons is from:
I am from farming communities, autumn leaves, snow drifts, emerging daffodils, hillsides of gladiolas and visits on my grandmother’s front porch sitting in wicker rockers while the breeze blows through the screens, and summers where the tall corn grows so as to provide a harvest enough to market and some to feed the cattle.
My mother was short-lived and my father long-lived; my grandparents died at or near the century mark, as did theirs. I remember family picnics in The Land of Lincoln where his shadow fell over my family in many aspects, and I felt his presence in family stories told at family gatherings some years growing to over 100 members at the annual “4th of July Tomlin Family Picnic”.
My family knew and cared about their ancestors and lived in their homes and on their land.
Where Phyllis Schultz is from:
My life started in 1900 in the mountains of T.N. and N.C. close to the reservation. My parents worked hard with their hands. My mother helped raise her six brothers and sisters, washing their clothes in the river on rocks and my dad doing day labor, once being paid with a pig he could carry under his arm. He then got a job as a foreman on the R.R. building the tracks. They survived the Great Depression with hard work and perseverance, moving often with his job, toiling the soil and making muscles while they did what they could to keep clothes and food for the family as my family grew, having and raising five children starting in N.C. all the way to W.V. I didn’t have to live through the hard times as some of my siblings did. I never remember feeling poor because I had much love. So many questions I should have asked.
Also, I revised the handout and included the three websites I mentioned in the talk, which contain excellent resources for background information. Your can click here to download a copy of the new handout.