~ 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

Saturday, September 22, 2012

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.



  1. I believe her son was named Dallas Thomas Wood. My dad and Dallas were first cousins. I remember well the night Dallas died, it was the first time I saw my daddy cry. The next day we went to the car lot to see the wrecked car. I have a copy of The Tomahawk newspaper with the article about the wreck. I also have a picture of Dallas. The unusual thing about this is that daddy did not know that Dallas was getting married.

    1. Thanks for the comment! Nice to hear from you.