~ The pieces are all sewn together, stitched with love.........and a quilt tells a story and the story is our past ~

The Arrowood family immigrated from England to Maryland in the 1700's. They went south, eventually settling in the mountains of North Carolina. Later , some went further south, into the Piedmont of North Carolina, in search of work and a better way of life.

I am in search of my family.

I search for those that came before me, and lived their lives as best they could. I am in search of their stories, how they lived, and how they loved.

I shared this love of seeking the past with my Dad, sharing each new finding with him, the thrill in his heart intermingling with mine. I continue this search in his honor, and hope to know these people of ours when I join up with them all in heaven.

~ Steve Lewis Arrowood 1932-2008 ~

Come with me, back to a simpler time and place. A place far removed from the hectic pace of today. To a time when life was hard, but the rewards were great. When your quality of life was determined by your own sweat, your own toil, and your own ingenuity.

Would you like a glass of sweet tea? Let's sit out on the porch where we will catch the sweetly scented breeze of summertime. Maybe Grandma will fry up some of her wonderful chicken... Time slows here.


"We shape our lives not by what we carry with us, but what we leave behind."

~You live as long as you are remembered.~

"Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. " Author: Unknown

"But those who came before us will teach you. They will teach you from the wisdom of former generations."


Arrowood Family

Monday, April 25, 2011

Long Creek Baptist Church in Dallas, N.C. ~

 Our Arrowood family has loved ones laid to rest in Long Creek Baptist in Dallas, North Carolina.

My grandfather's twin, Esther Arrowood Long's family is buried there.
Lewis William "Pat" Arrowood and twin, Esther Ruth Arrowood were born on January 06, 1900.
Their parents were Welzia Augustus and Isabell Correll Arrowood, buried at Mt. Olivet Methodist Church Cemetery in Gastonia, North Carolina.

Her children are in the family plot alongside their mother and father.

This is an old burying ground with many headstones in the treeline bordering the cleared section of the cemetery.
Every trip there, I discover old stones that were previously undetected, covered by leaves and undergrowth.


Esther and George Henderson Long, Sr's  children buried at Long Creek:

Aline Elizabeth Long Hutchins 1921 - 1992
George "G.L." Henderson Long, Jr. 1923 - 1996

Buried at Florida Memorial Gardens, Rockledge, Brevard County, Florida
George Jr's, wife, Mary Maxine Carter Long.
Douglas "Doug" Howard Long 1925 - 1944 (WWII)
Virginia "Ginner" Dare Long 1927 - 2008
Arthur Max "Ott" Long  1929 - 2005
"Ott's" wife,  Helen Mae Cathey 1919 - 1992

~May They Rest In Peace~

Photos Courtesy of gracious Find A Grave Member, Sandy A.   (Thanks Sandy!)

1 comment:

  1. Hi Martha Jane:

    Your website is terrific!

    I just recently found out that Virgina Dare Long had passed away in 2008. She was my first cousin , once removed.

    I grew up in Dallas, and at one time lived on Rosewood Drive, just behind Long Creek Church.(also attended Church there in the late 1960s, early 1970s.)

    Many great memories, visiting your site.

    Best regards.

    Duane Long duane@longistics.com