When I began this genealogy project, it was just a small list to identify who was who and from where they came. With this list I saw something start to take shape. I began to hear things which were similar to what I had heard in school and seen on TV.
With just a little more looking around, I was able to find some stories and a few pictures. Things were beginning to come alive and have some meanings. I now realized I was a part of this epic which was unfolding before me in multi-layered chapters. I not only saw the results of a man and womans' legacy, but that which unfolded around them as well.
I was there; I saw generations of families being born, getting married, and actively becoming part of the history of this land. I was there; I was part of the Civil war, the Revolutionary war, and when Indian raiding parties attacked. I was even there as we packed up and headed across the mountains and prairies from the original colony to Texas and the West Coast. I was there; we were farmers, merchants, marshals, doctors, gunfighters, and judges.
Ian Esom Farris and Emily Jane Cameron were born and married in Scotland. They came to this country to raise a family and follow their dreams thereby becoming Americans with a Scottish heritage.
Johann Peter Schoellmann and Gertrude Holzmann were born and married in Prussia. They came to this country to escape a militaristic government and raise a family thereby becoming Americans with a German heritage.
This is our heritage, decendants of these colonists and pioneers, a heritage which still lives in me today.