|At the Family Reunion with cousins Linda |
Garrison Sessoms (l) and Kolby Garrison (r) and
her precious guide dog Amelia.
We had the reunion at my cousin's house which had the perfect backyard for such an event. It was a gorgeous day and everyone had a great time. We talked about reunions of the past, and special memories of those we have lost. It was so nice to see everyone. Thanks to my three cousins, Delores, Debi and Gwen, who put it together.
One of the subjects we discussed was our family history, the genealogy we have worked on, and trying to find out who the father of my Great, Great Grandfather John Wesley Garrison really was. Several of us have looked into it and have found no definitive answer, but more on that in a later blog.
|Mittie Hayworth Garrison's family home, before it was |
taken down. The gentleman who owned it was going
to renovate but must have thought it was too far gone.
Our first adventure, after the reunion, was to try to find my grandmother's family home near High Point, NC. We had an address, put it into the GPS and off we went. Sadly, when we arrived at the address, we realized that they had recently torn it down. You can't image the sadness when we made that discovery. Thank goodness, my cousin Anne and my Aunt Gladys had visited there not long ago and taken some pictures, so we do have a visual record. After leaving the location where Grandma's home had been, we started hitting the cemeteries that were close by, where some of my relatives were buried.
While visiting the Springfield Friends, and looking for Micajah Haworth's gravesite, I met the new Pastor, who had just started weeks before. He was a very nice man and was very helpful in helping us locate the tombstone. He also gave me the name of someone higher up, should I need further help in the future.
I couldn't make it to all the cemeteries that day, but I got to a lot of them and enjoyed seeing many of the family plots for myself. It became obvious, very quickly, that I could spend weeks, trekking around the state, walking through many more burial grounds. But that will have to take place at a different time. I will share more about this fact finding trip in the next blog. Needless to say, being this close to where my family members lived, just reignited the fire to find those elusive, long lost relatives!