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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Those who sacrificed Everything

Today there is an expression of  "making a life for ourselves."  In generations past, it took at least two generations to establish a working farm or plantation and several more generations to build a community.  Every farmer was an investor in the present and future welfare of others.  The sacrifices were enormous and the chances of  survival weighed heavy under the label of heartache and personal responsibility.
And all too frequently,  he was called away by the local militia which he served to protect the community against marauding Indians or to serve in wars where the enemies were trained soldiers who out-numbered them. Diseases which took lives, fevers, dysentery an the sort were common plagues.  The life-expectancy from 1500 to the 1800s was between 30 and 40 years.
Knowing this, then, means that the tasks which needed to be accomplished in so short a time makes our ancestors incredibly brave people and fearless.  They gave up everything to build this country, and we need to include them in our thoughts.  Find your ancestors on Georgia Pioneers 

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