“The Ladies Minerva: 3 Generations, One Family”
44th Birthday Visit - 4 May 2003
At3:20AM on 4 May 2003, my 44th Birthday, I awoke for reasons unknown(I sleep well and through each night, almost without exception). Upon waking, Isat up in our dark and quiet home in Hurricane, WV (Putnam Co.). I receivedstrong feelings, in near-rapid succession….I felt the strong presence of 3persons and quickly realized they were all women. I knew two of them duringtheir lifetimes. All had the same given name, “Minerva” as well as ties to asingle family—the Cobb Family of Estill and Lincoln Counties, KY. I felt "unconditional love rooted in thecelebration of my birth", if you will, "Birthday Wishes" as Ichose to label it. I sensed there was a great deal of busy discussion,almost unbridled excitement between them. Their words garbledand confusing as if having to penetrate something else before reaching me (likea bad phone line)..near cacophony, might be a term to describe thecommotion. I could feel inside me as if they had much tosay to one another about me, but could not discern what was being said). Icannot begin to describe the oddity of hearing with organs other than my ears!!
Thethree ladies were my Great Grandmother, Minerva “Mamee” Cobb (1886-1974)buried in Bellevue Cemetery in Danville, KY (Boyle Co.); her cousin, MinervaBaughman McAllister-Jett (Died Sat., 11 Aug 2001 at age 88 and buried inRichmond Cemetery) who studied the History of our Cobb Family for much of herlife; and Mamee’s Grandmother, my 3rd GreatGrandma, Minerva (Mary) Park (born 4 May 1822, died 1909), who celebratedher 181st Birthday on this very day. Minerva Park is buried with herhusband, Richard Cobb, Sr. (1818-1900) in Buffalo Springs Cemetery in Stanford,KY (Lincoln Co.) and is the granddaughter of my 5th GreatGrandparents, Ebenezer Park (1747-1839) and Tabitha Mills (1752-1826). Last year,Minerva came to me alone on the eve of my birthday, but this year, she broughther Granddaughter and Great Granddaughters back with her.
I could feel among the “Ladies Minerva” that theywere happy and at peace with where they were and appreciative that I waskeeping their memory alive. It was important to them that I understoodthat they recognized the significance of my birth, that I knew who they were,and that although they were of 3 different generations on earth...they were nowas "one"--"a family amongst family". I also sensed a"youthfulness" about them, as if they were children again, butnot in terms of physical or emotional development—rather because they were“Spirits in the presence of God, with the gift of renewed and everlasting life”and possessed uncommon wisdom. I also sensed from them that tocome back to this side, took considerable effort on their part (a lot outof them, but energy easily replenished on the other side). Believe thisaccounts for the brevity of their visit....because it is not a"natural" occurrence for them to come back across. Regardless,the presence of these 3 Minerva’s from 3 different generations, yet one family—Cobb, was a wonderful birthday gift that cannot be matched in this world.
Finally, in reflection, the toughest part ofthese experiences for me is that I feel isolated or alienated,because even if people don’t say so, I feel most believe I am imaginingthings or lying. They have difficulty empathizing with conceptsthey cannot relate to. On occasions as this, I can sense more inmy heart, then if I were using all 5 senses. One cousincalls my gift "Clairsentience" or "the ability tosense a spiritual presence and associated thoughts, through innerfeelings". I can identify the presence of those passedand within seconds, quickly recognize who they are and what they want. Itis communication that seems to tug at my insides....the soul orheart, I'm really not sure. It issuch a foreign feeling, because I am taking in information without the useof my ears, eyes, nose or sense of physical touch.
- William “Doug” Park (1959- )