~ 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 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.