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"Old Lace"

By Gladys Stewart Bennion

Yellowed with years, and musty,
A bit of rare old lace!
Nobody knew its history,
Nor had found its hiding place.

'Til deep in the darkest corner
Of a battered oaken chest,
Wrapped in a silken kerchief,
It had secretly taken rest.

Among sassafras and lavender,
And daguerreotype of old,
This tiny scrap of ancient lace
Had a story to unfold.

Great-great-grandmother, now a memory,
Had silently laid it there,
With dreams and reminiscences,
With heart aches and with prayer..

She had journeyed from her England,
To that land of the pilgrim band,
Enduring all the hardships
Of sailing-boat, and land.

Later her daughter had traveled
By ox team and hand cart, too,
Across the burning desert,
And the plains where the blue sage grew.

Times had been hard on the desert,
Over segos they said their grace,
So she gave in return for a pan of shorts
This piece of rare old lace.

She dreamed, as she turned it over
For grain to make them bread;
But silent tears on her lashes,
Were the only words she said.

The man had a sense of pity,
A heart not wholly cold,
So he snipped in two the bit of lace,
And handed it back unrolled.

Take this, as a memory, will you?
He gazed at the wrinkled face,
And placed in the hand of the  lady
Half of that rare old lace,

A trimming, perhaps, for a garment,
A baby's frock to grace,
So she's cherished in eager longing
This remnant of rare old lace.

Folded it up long years ago,
And with tears had tucked it away;
Until we had opened that sacred chest
It had lain as she wished it to stay.

Some people laugh at the memories
That cling, though the centuries roll,
But some there are who yet believe
That old lace has a soul.

Sandy City Cemetery Transcriptions

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 

    A

*AIKEN  

*ANDERSON  

*ARDEN  

*ATHANASACOS 

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B

BACKSTANDEINE 

BACKSTONDEN 

BAXENDEN 

BAXENDINE 

BAXSTENDEYN

England

BALDWIN/BAULDWIN

BARTLETT

BELCHER
England/MA

BELL
England/PA/CA

*BETZ
Bavaria

BLACKBURN
England

*BOTELER
England

*BOWEN
MA/CT

*BOWKER
England

*BREARLEY
England

*BURCHARD
Germany/NY

*BUTLER
England

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C

CALL
England/MA/VT/
OH/ILL

*CHILD 
CT

CLAESEN
Netherland/NY

*CLAIBORNE
England/VA

*CLEYBOURNE 
England/VA

CLAESSEN
Netherland/NY

CLAWSON
Netherland/NY

*CLODSHALE
England

COOL
NY

*COOLEY
MA

COLE 
England/MA

COOPER
England

CORNELISE
Netherland/NY

COWAN/COWEN/COWING
MA

CRAWFORD 
MA

*CUTTER
Collateral line

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D

*DALTON
NC/VA

*DANDRIDGE
England/VA

*DAVIS
England/MA

DEAN

*DE ARDEN
England

*DE AYLESBURY
England

*DE CLODSHALE
England

*DE GRENVILLE
England

*DE HAMPDEN
England

*DE RALEIGH
England

*DICKSON

DIXON
England

DORRIS
KY/TN

*DOXEY
England/UT

*DURRETT
VA

*DURST
MD
Collateral line

*DUTTON

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E

ELLIS

*ELLSWORTH

F

*FALCONER

FARRINGTON

*FIENNES

*FIFE

*FINES

*FILLANS
Scotland

*FLEMING
Scotland

FLINT

*FLUKER

FOY

FREAK
England

FREEMAN
England

*FULLER

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G

*GEACH

*GIBSON

*GLENN

GLOVER

*GOODWIN
England

*GOVAN

*GREEN

*GURGANEY

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H

*HALL

HAMBLY

*HAMPDEN

*HANCOCK

*HARDMAN

*HARRIS

HARTLEY

*HARVEY

HAWES

HAYNES

HEARTLEY

*HEATH

HENDRICKS

HENDRICKSON

*HEYWOOD

*HIGTON

*HODGE/HOG

*HOTCHKISS

*HOYT

HUMPHREY

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J

*JACKSON

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K

KITT

KNOWLEY
England>PA>AL>UT>CO>CA

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L

*LAING

*LAUDER

*LEES

LIVESEY

LOWDEN

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M

*MACKAY
Scotland

*MATHISON

*MELLOR

MENTELAER

*MITCHELL

MONFOORT

MOSES

*MOULTON

*MOYCE

*MOYSE

*MUIR
Scotland

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N

NORDFORS 

NOWLEY
England>PA>AL>UT>CO>CA

NYE

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O

*OGDEN

*OVERTON

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P

*PAGE

PARKE

*PARTRIDGE

*PEASLEE

PENGELLY

*POOLE

*PRENTICE

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R

*RALEIGH

*REDD

*RHODES

*RICHMOND

RIGBY

ROSKELLEY

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S

*SACOS

SANDERSON

SCHENCK

*SIMM

*SMEDLEY

*SOUTER

*SOWTER

*SPOTTSWOOD

SPRAGUE

*STARK My STARK GEDCOM
MD>PA>UT

My STARK SRC (Surname Resource Center)

*Other STARK  stuff I have collected (not related to my STARK line so far)*

*STEELE
Scotland>MD>PA>WV

My STEELE SRC

*STEWART
Scotland>MD

STRATTON

*SUTZ

SYMSON

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T

*TAIT

*TERRELL

*THACHER

THAYER

THOMPSON

THYBERG

TIFFANY

*TRACY

TRETHAKE

TUPPER

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V

*VAN DEN BURCHGRAEF

VAN NES

VAN PELT

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W

*WALRATH

*WATERS

*WATERSTON
Scotland

*WATTS

*WEBB

WEEDEN

WEEDON

*WHALESBOROUGH

*WILLIAMS

WILLS

*WINCHESTER

*WOODSON

WYCOFF

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