~ 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

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Happy Birthday, Steve!

Springtime Among the Apple Blossoms ~

Springtime is here in North Carolina.
I went out to look at the beautiful blossoms on my apple tree and found a nest, nestled among the branches.

Mother Robin bird had laid her brood in a tiny nest surrounded by blossoms.
I peeked later and found four eggs, altogether.

Springtime is a wonderful tonic for any winter weary soul.
Go out and breathe in some renewal of spirit!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Obituary ~ Elizabeth Caroline Benfield Winters, wife of James Lenoir Winters

Obituary ~

Death took from our midst on July 24, 1912, Mrs. Elizabeth Caroline Winters, wife of Mr. James Lenoir Winters, aged 76 years, 10 months, and 7 days.

She was laid to rest in Oak Hill graveyard. Rev. Albert Sherrill, her pastor, conducting the funeral services.

She leaves a bereaved husband and four children, two boys and two girls, who are James Winters, and W. Winters of Catawba County, Mrs. C.A. Williams of Granite Falls, and Mrs. William Conley of Marion.

"Aunt Bettie" as she was usually called, was a member of the Methodist Church and had been since her youth.

She was a woman that attended to her own affiars, a good neighbor and a friendly, kind-hearted woman in every respect. She was a hard working woman and very attentive to her home, and also a devoted wife and mother.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved husband, children and relatives.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Oak Hill Methodist Church ~ Quaker Meadows ~ Burke County, NC ~

The final resting place of many Winters descendants.
Many in the  family of Zachariah and Temperance London Winters are laid to rest at Oak Hill.