I want To begin to build the family tree from the
prospective of the Mckissicks of Spartanburg, South Carolina,
which is the place of my biological birth; the place where my
mother's family lives; also the Foster side of the family lives,
or at least my grandmother Gertrude Foster- McKissick lived
with my grandfather William Branson McKissick lived; and the
McKnights of Roanoke, Alabama, this the place where I grew up
until I was about 13 or 14 years old; this is the place where
my father's family lives. This is also the place where the
Smith side of my family lives. My grandmother, Maude Smith-
McKnight, and my grandfather, Webster H. McKnight Sr. lived.
It is a fact that a human life is the immediate
combination of two unigue humans that come together to produce
another unique human being. It is interesting yet of relatively
minor importance which of the two people had the dominate
gene when they produced a child. In the process and final end
they are both equal contributor to the new life. And the
process keep going onward and out in an ever broadening circle
called family. Whether we like it or nor this fact is true and
we are of all races, no matter what the dominate feature choose
to manifest. And try and we sometimes may we cannot purify any
partcular strain or set of features, there is to many variable
that cannot be controlled.
Althought I was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, I grew up in Roanoke, Alabama. I had two brothers, Webster Hunter McKnight 3rd, and Baron Dexter McKnight, and one sister Cynthia Maureen McKnight. We grew up with Joyce Spencer McKnight. We have always considered her as our sister. Although she is a member of our family, I was never told how it fit. I knew Joyce's mother, but I personally never knew her father, as far as I know, Yet only recently I have found out who he is. Be that as it may we are still family, and that it more important than anything else.
In the area of Spartanburg, S.C., The McKissicks, Fosters, Atchisons, and McKnights, Ellis are that basic family names that I am aware of and begin with. In the area of Roanoke, Ala, the family names of McKnights, Smiths, Wrights, and Reeds. As members of the family grow up and marry, the family tree grows larger and larger. This is good. May God bless each union. And even when the union end in divorce, the family has never the less, been blessed by that union as children are born and relationships formed.
As the family grows and expand, it become even more important to maintain contact with family members. It should never effect our lives in a negative way, rather it should help us realize how rich we are as individuals and as a family, particularly when we realize the great and deverse resourses we have within the family.
There are many things that go on that can tend to divide and cause ill feelings among individuals. When we center in on the spiritual nature and reality of our lives, as life a force, we will see and learn a lesson that most of us experience from time to time in our lives, that is the fact of forgiving those who offend you, whether real or imagined.
Love and forgiveness should begin and develop with the individual and the family. Sometimes there are things that are said or done that cannot be taken back once it has been said and done. However, there is nothing that cannot be forgiven; and even it it cannot be forgotten, it can be added to our life experiences that can make us a better person. This is something that must be the responsiblity of the individual person.