~ 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

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sentimental Sunday ~MERRY CHRISTMAS !

Love Came Down~

The world was blessed at Christmas

with a miracle of love...

a guiding star and angel choir

rejoicing from above.

They pointed to a tiny babe

within a cattle stall-

a Saviour bringing peace on earth-

the greatest gift of all.

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given...and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wordless Wednesday~ Well, just a few...

Sunrise, Dallas, NC, December 5th, 2012~

Friday, November 30, 2012

Trees on the Mountain~

If you have never heard the mountains singing; or seen the trees of the field clapping their hands, do not think because of that they don't. Ask God to open your ears so you may hear it, and your eyes so you may see it, because, though few men ever know it, they do, my friend, they do.

McCandlish Phillips

 Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina ~

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thinking Thursday ~Avery County Calls Me Back~

Christmas trees growing in the high country of Avery.

Pilgrim Baptist Church in Elk Park, Avery County, North Carolina ~


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sentimental Saturday ~Fields of Snowballs~ Cotton Fields in SC

 Searching for an old cemetery in Chester County, South Carolina these fields of white "snowballs" enticed me to stop and wander out among them.

"The fabric of our lives" the phrase echoed in my mind.

What soft white balls enclosed in hard and sharp enclosures.

An early snow this year.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving ~ Musing Monday

May the Lord continually Bless You with heaven's blessings as well as with human joys. Psalm 128:5

Give Thanks for all the Blessings in your life~

Sunset Tamarindo, Costa Rica~

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wandering Wednesday ~ An Angel on my Path

Angels watching over us.

She drops roses in her path.

A beautiful early November day with green grass and autumnal colors painted in the trees.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wandering Wednesday ~ Richlands, Home of John James Winters

Pictures of the area of Richland, where John James Winters
 made his home and where he is laid to rest.
This stream runs right through the land that once belonged to him.

Quiet and peaceful, this area has become one of my favorite destinations.
I have met a wonderful family that lives in this area,  and have been invited back again and again.
After one visit I was ready to stay!
I felt I was 'back home', once again.
What a wonderful place.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Scenes from Virginia ~ A wonderful trip!

Nothing more relaxing than blue skies, blue water and white sand.......

Thank you ever so much for your gracious hospitality, Elaine!

Neptune Festival in Norfolk sand sculpture on exhibit
Simply amazing ~

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday~ One Heart Stopped, The Other Broke

Love endures throughout all eternity.

Stone is located on a tiny hillside cemetery in Carter County, Tennessee.

May they rest in peace.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sentimental Saturday~ Mountain City, Tennessee

The quaint town of Mountain City.

Rolling hills and beautiful vistas surround the town

A friendly, welcoming downtown invites you in.

Another trip here is planned for this fall, when the leaves are colorful,  and my intentions are to fully explore this town of exquisite old homes along tree lined streets.


Donnelly Graveyard, Mountain City, Tennessee ~

This, according to the death record for Martin Winters, is the final resting place of one of the Winters' Family  "Seven Devils".  Martin was a brother to Sarah Ellender Winters Arrowood.  His family members rest here, also.  There was no marker located for him in this small cemetery located on a hill overlooking the highway in Mountain City.
May he rest in peace.

There is a large expanse in the middle of this cemetery where no markers remain.

Myrtle Lee Winters Wood, daughter of William "Billy" Winters, Jr.  She was born September 14, 1901 and died November 12, 1942. She married Richard I Wood.  The parents of her husband, Richard, also rest here.  

Her son David Thomas Wood is buried nearby.

He was tragically killed by a head on collision the night before he was to marry.  May they rest in peace.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thinking Thursday~ Sentimental Verse on Stone

Warm Summer Sun Shine Kindly Here.
Warm Southern Wind Blow Softly Here.
Green Sod Above, Lie Light, Lie Light.
Good Night, Dear Heart, Good Night, Good Night.

Poem by Robert Richardson

One day we will all be but a name, etched in stone.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sentimental Saturday ~ Roan Mountain, Tennessee

In the Johnson Roan View Cemetery in Roan Mountain rests at least three Civil War Soldiers.

Above is the grave of Samuel Hugh Merridith, born 1837 and died in October 1889.

He rest on a beautiful bluff overlooking the Roan.
Also rests here, his wife, Malinda Smith Merridith.
May they slumber peacefully.

Name: Samuel Meredith

Side Served: Union

State Served: Tennessee

Service Record: Enlisted as a Private.

Enlisted in Company C, 2nd Cavalry Regiment Tennessee.

Sources: 304

Name: Samuel H Meridith

Spouse: Malinda Smith

Marriage Date: 17 Feb 1868

Marriage County: Carter

Son of Bradley Meridith and Nancy Young Branch Meridith~

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Winters Resting Grounds ~Old Ellis Cemetery

John Winters, brother to Sarah Ellender Winters Arrowood.
Family legend states that she was very close with John and loved him very much.

Rest in Peace, dear Uncle.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Musing Monday~ Winters Cemetery on the Stateline NC/TN

A tiny family burying ground in Carter County, Tennessee, just over the line from Avery County, North Carolina.  Just up the knoll a way, not far from the cemetery, is location of the old homesite.  The boyhood home of descendant and cousin, Dan Winters.  What stories he can tell!

What a wonderful place to visit, can't wait to go back and spend time with the family, once again.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thoughtful Thursday ~ Mary Winters

Mary Magdalene "Lana" Cook Winters

She rests in the old Ellis Cemetery, now known as Pilgrim Church Cemetery on the top of a knoll overlooking the town of Elk Park.  Her husband, John Winters rests nearby.

John was the son of Billy and Eliza Shell Winters.
Brother to my second Great grandmother, Sarah Ellen Winters.

She was the daughter of George Hobson Cook and Isabell Edwards.

Recently visited the old graves again, in the Avery/Carter County area.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Carter County, Tennessee

Thanks for all your help, Dan !

My time spent with you was most enjoyable.
Enjoyed meeting all my cousins.
Looking forward to coming back again!


Friday, August 10, 2012

In Search of My Family ~ Being a Graveyard rabbit ~

Moments of discovery in a misty morning setting, overlooking the mountains, it just doesn't get any better for me.

One smiling Graveyard Rabbit.

And the search continues.....


Misty Morn in Avery County, NC ~

Avery County, North Carolina ~ Sweet Pleasures of Summer

Enjoying my time in Carter County, Tennessee and Avery County, North Carolina.

Quaint, tiny town atmosphere with extra friendly locals, what more could one ask for?

Beautiful vistas and plenty of cemeteries just waiting to be explored.
I am in heaven for sure!


Monday, July 30, 2012

Scenes from Elk Park, Avery County, North Carolina ~

In the mountains of North Carolina this morning!

Seeking graves of the Winters Family and enjoying myself immensely!

Follow along as I find more and add pictures.