Welcome to my little World on the Web
Hello from northern Michigan!!! I'm
an advertising sales representative for our local daily paper
called The Petoskey News-Review. I love antiques, am a University of Michigan fan and enjoy watching TV. There's a picture
of our dog, BRANDY, on another page. Go visit her webpage and you can even take the
*Brandy WebDog Quiz*.
Since the summer of 1995, I've been doing genealogy research after I started discovering old photos and letters and postcards at our ancestral home at Walloon Lake, MI, featured here in the
summer and during the
winter. In some papers I uncovered, I found some information about the ancestral home of my
GGGranduncle Levi Beckwith, Jr., the youngest brother of my GGGrandfather
Sidney Beckwith, which is located in southern Michigan where many of my ancestors originally settled in St Joseph County. I've made some wonderful discoveries during the last six years and I've been
building the information on
family tree ever since. One of the surnames that I am researching is MUSHRUSH originally from Conneaut Lake, Crawford Co., PA along with BECKWITH; BUGBEE; CHASE; CLINE; GAUMER from Lehigh Co., PA, HENRY; HUNT from Merrimack Co., NH, HEIFNER from Ashland Co., OH, MORROCHE; NEEB; QUIGLEY from Crawford Co., PA RAYDURE; ROSS and STANTON from Orleans Co., NY, STARKWEATHER; VAN RIPER from Bergen Co., NJ, WERTZ from Crawford Co., PA and WHITING from Orleans Co., NY and Onondaga Co., NY During July 1997, I joined a small group of dedicated genealogy friends to help form the Emmet County Genealogical Society.
|Re-united on Sunday, 8 Sep 1996|
At long last, my dream has come true. I began a search, in earnest, for my son during the summer of 1996. Thru adoption internet links, where I received support from so many, and a compassionate caseworker who encouraged me, I determinedly continued my search. I ran into several stumbling blocks, but NEVER gave up. On Saturday morning, 7 Sep 1996, I dialed a phone number that brought me "ear to ear" with my son's adoptive parents, Dave and Ruth Schmidt. The next day, 8 Sep 1996, a reunion took place between me, the Schmidts and "our" son, Kevin. Miracles happen, the first one on 24 Jan 1972 and the second on 8 Sep 1996. It's a new beginning for all of us with our "blended families"
I've decided to write a continuing saga called *Denise's Story* about the search for my son. It includes what happened, how I felt and how I reached my decisions, the *quest* for my son and my discoveries. I want to give other adoptees and birth parents an inspiration to take those first steps to begin your own search, instead of letting the fear "take
hold", as it did me for so long.
I want to let you know, "you're not alone". This will be an on-going project, but one that I feel will be worthwhile, because I have so much to share. Several messages have been sent to me over the last several months from people who have found my story on the internet and dropped me a line of encouragement. "when's the next part coming"? "where's the continuation"? The continuation has been posted and the Epilogue is now online, too...
Update... 31 Jan 1999... The Epilogue to "Denise's Story" has been posted!
On July 11, 1998, Kevin wed his bride, Chris. Click on this link to see selected wedding pictures.
Update...I'M A GRANDMA!!!! The newest addition to my immediate family is my granddaughter who arrived on 12 Jul 2002, at 5:34pm. Click on this link to view two pictures of Darian .
This page was last updated 10 Sep 2006
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