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"Our family's like a patchwork quilt with kindness gently sewn...Each piece is an original with beauty of its own...With threads of warmth and happiness it's tightly stitched together to last in love throughout the years...Our Family Is Forever!" -- Linda Coleman Copyright Linda Coleman, 1989. (Thank you Linda and Cross Country Stitching for allowing me to post this quote.)

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Dedication

These pages are dedicated to my paternal grandmother, Ora O'Neill Hackney Ratcliff ("Junior's Mama" story) who left behind some relics of her past to start me on a future of investigative and genealogical research. If you are linked to any of my families, please e-mail me by clicking on the mailbox below. Please help me to add patches to our family quilt. I have been fortunate to have found cousins on the Internet and hope that you will too.

The Quilt

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls.

Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles. An Angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.

But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.

I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich colour and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.

My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.

Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others arose, each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise.

My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and death, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.

And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was.

I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.

Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, "Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you."

May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through.

Please share this with someone you love, care about or even someone who needs Jesus in their heart. They may scoff, but at least the seed has been planted, and God will do the rest. May God bless you today and Forever.
---Author Unknown

 

My genealogy or family history is comprised of my dad's predominantly English Ratcliff ancestry, my mother's Spanish Salvadoran ancestry and my husband Kent's, Milanese and Lucchesi 100% pure Italian ancestry. Please stop by and visit often to see what changes and new additions have been made. As this is my first attempt at creating web pages, I hope that you will bear with me while some of the pages are updated as new information is obtained.

 

Some of the pages below contain census, wills, land records, photos, cemetery and obituary records, pedigrees and/or descendancy charts and outlines. Others may contain family genealogies and stories which may have been abstracted from other sites, books, etc. All material on these pages are "child-safe" for viewing by all ages.

 

Sites not underlined are currently

Birdsall Carleton Curry Everman
Brown Hackney Kibbe/Kibbey Lisle
Lord Maggiora Milanese Osborne
Plott Ratcliff Rivas-Mena Shippee
Slater Stites Warner Whitaker


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