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Salute To The Ancestors

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by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Memorial Day, without a doubt, proved to be Uncle Richard’s favorite holiday. He had been a gravedigger at Yocum Pond Cemetery, in Stone County, Missouri, in the days before backhoes were used.

The approach of Memorial Day always brings Uncle Richard to mind. He taught me the protocol of how to act in a cemetery.

Like one of the 12 Disciples, he always stressed the importance of remembering the family members, who had lived before you. The bottomline is – without them – you wouldn’t be here.

Like a U.S. Marine Corps drill sergeant, Uncle Richard reminded me time and again about having “Respect For The Dead.”

Memorial Day evolved from Decoration Day. The original celebration honored the Union War Dead of the Civil War.

Memorial Day Wreath made by Christy Warren

The approach of each Memorial Day brings to life Uncle Richard’s memory and teachings. I find myself trying to remember family stories and get them into some form of print that will last after I am dust.

I find myself trying to see how far back I can go to find my ancestors. I can go back to my Great Grandmother C.J. Bellamy on my mother’s DeLong side. I can go back to my paternal Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother Joseph S Warren and Georgia Warren on my father’s side. I can also go back to my maternal Great Grandfather John H Warren and Great Grandmother Mollie Warren on my father’s side.

My branch of Warren’s are big on J and S names like John and Joseph. There also seems to be a passion for the S as in Samuel that keep rockin’ and rollin’ through the ages.

While I should probably be able to sit down and trace my heritage back to the first man and woman, alas, on the DeLong side, I can go back to Grandma Bellamy, December 17, 1853 and on the Warren side to both Grandpa Warrens with birthdays of March 14, 1851 and October 17, 1859. Basically, I can trace my DeLong and Warren ancestors to lives within the era of the American Civil War.

The challenge of tracing my wife’s ancestors is a work in progress. Saldana is the family name in the Republic of the Philippines. The devastation of World War II in the Pacific had an impact on trying to keep family histories in one piece.

How far should you be able to trace your ancestors ?

I believe the correct answer is how far back do you want to trace your ancestors.

We all have interesting lives. Not all of us wind up being the President of the United States or a four-star general, but our presence on the world stage, allows the human race to survive.

There are things in our life that we may not be proud of, but, it makes us who we are. No doubt, the same can be said for our ancestors.

Not everyone is going to be related to George Washington, the King of England or a Chinese emperor. Probably, many of our ancestors were just normal people doing the best they could to live their lives.

Along the way, some of those ancestors might be Texas Rangers and U.S. Marshalls or they might be horse theives and cattle rustlers. Regardless of their successes or failures, they contributed to the groundwork that would one day be you.

Without them, you would not be.

Memorial Day is the day that should remind us whether we know the names, birthdays, death dates, or stories, about these ancestors; the important thing is to be grateful that they faced the challenges of their day to give us the opportunity to face the challenges of our lives.

Granted, Americans will fire up the barbeque or hit the road to being summer vacations this weekend. We are Americans, this is what we do with time off from the gerbil wheel insanity of earning a living.

In the hulabalu that is the activities associated with Memorial Day Weekend; will time be found to visit the family cemetery and place flowers on the headstones?

Is it too much to ask that we take a moment to honor and remember our ancestors ?


Ancestor links

United States US GEN WEB



Upshur County, Texas

Wood County, Texas

Missouri MO GEN WEB


Stone County, Missouri


Written by samwarren55

May 30, 2010 at 2:06 PM

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  1. Hi Sam, Just read your post, although it was awhile back since you wrote this, I just wanted to tell you that I really liked the article. Joseph and Georgia Warren are my 2nd Great Grandparents and my 3rd Great Grandparents Nathan and Elizabeth Warren. This is as far as I have been able to go. Looking forward to reading more of your blogs.


    April 5, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    • Denise,

      Thank you for the compliment. My “Papa Warren” was Joseph Samuel Warren and his wife, “Mama Warren” was Elizabeth Warren. Warren was actually her maiden name. I believe she was Papa Warren’s first cousin. My cousin, Johnny Leo Greene, has done extensive research on the East Texas Warrens of Upshur County.

      From your comment about Joseph and Georgia Warren, I believe you are talking about Joseph Stanton Warren, who I believe was married to a woman named, Georgia. I’m not sure how exactly Nathan and his wife named Elizabeth connects to my family tree, but “Papa Warren” did come from a large family of more than 15 brothers and sisters.

      We maybe related. My cousin, Johnny Leo had the detailed family history and would be a good point of contact if you think you are related to my branch of Warrens. I’m not sure I packed Johnny Leo’s email address in my household goods, so you might find him on facebook if you are interested in geneaological research.

      Good Luck on your ancestor search. Stay in touch. I’d like to know if we are related.



      April 6, 2012 at 1:12 AM

  2. Good morning Sam – yes, I am talking about Joseph Stanton and Georgiann warren . I tried to find your cousin Johnny but no luck . I will keep searching and let you know if we are related . 🙂 The warrens were a big branch and still today , lots of kids back then .

    Denise Lindsey

    April 6, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    • Denise,

      My Cousin, Johnny Leo Greene, worked in Port Arthur, Texas for years. I know he is retired now, but I’m not sure exactly where he retired to in Texas. He had even researched Mormon records in Salt Lake City to ensure all the connections were correct.



      April 7, 2012 at 12:13 AM

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