Pemiscot County, MO GenWeb
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Pemiscot was organized February 19,1851 from New Madrid County and named for the Indian Word meaning 'liquid mud'. The county seat of Pemiscot is the city of Caruthersville. The first county seat was Gayoso, MO. There were three different buildings used as courthouses in Gayoso. One courthouse burned in 1882. That is why there are so few records before 1882. It was rebuilt, then because the Mississippi was eroding the land Gayoso was sitting on, the courthouse was moved to Caruthersville in 1899. There have been two different courthouses in Caruthersville.
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We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the
ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the
family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy
is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who
have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have
one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone
before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we somehow
find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have
lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful
family; you would be proud of us.". How many times have I walked up to a
grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say. It goes
beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who I am, and why I do the things
I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and
indifference and saying - I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones
of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It
goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they
contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and
losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and
build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought
and some died to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense
understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love
that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not
exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might
be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and
caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and
they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of
my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the
call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why
I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step
up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before."
by Della M. Cummings Wright; Rewritten by her granddaughter Dell Jo Ann McGinnis Johnson; Edited and Reworded by Tom Dunn, 1943."
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