~ 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

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Aunt Minnie Lankford

Arminda "Minnie" Arrowood married William Walter Lankford.
She and Walter are buried at Gaston Memorial Cemetery in Gastonia, North Carolina.
Minnie was born on June 13, 1893 in Mitchell County, North Carolina to
Welzia Augustus Arrowood and Isabell Correll Arrowood.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

William Grant and Nina Texie Arrowood ~

William Grant Arrowood
Laid to rest in a beautiful area outside of Johnson City, Tennessee.
"In Heaven He Is Resting"
Son of Samuel Augustus Arrowood and Sarah Ellen Winters Arrowood .
Unmarked grave beside of William Grant is believed to be that of Samuel Augustus Arrowood  1836-1873.

Laid to rest beside of William Grant Arrowood is his wife, Nina Texie Griffith Arrowood.

Beside of her parents, little Liddie Arrowood lies.  She died from Typhoid Fever, just as her father, William Grant did.  May she rest in peace. 

In the middle of the cemetery, there is a large area of Lily Of The Valley Flowers.
It must be breath-takingly beautiful in the springtime.
I plant to return to see the blossoms.

Sunday, June 30, 2013


Please contact me again and please leave your contact information.  Thanks so much. Martha Jane

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Angel Watching Over Us~

An Angel sits with a serene expression, holding a bouquet of roses, while

 silently watching over loved ones now departed in Gaston County, NC.

*angels walk among us,
you just have to know where to look*


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ludie Ethel Arwood Van Huss~ Buried in Monte Vista Cemetery, TN

Ludie Ethel Arwood "Arrowood" Van Huss. Daughter of
William Grant Morgan Arrowood and Nina Texa Griffith.
William was the son of Samuel Arrowood and Sarah Ellender Winters Arrowood.

If you are related to this branch of the Arwood/ Arrowood family I would love to hear from you!

Please leave me a message with your email address and I will respond.

Searching for the final resting place of William Morgan Arrowood "Arwood".


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013!

"New Year's Day is every man's birthday." - Charles Lamb

May 2013 be better for all of us.

Carter County, Tennessee