“YOU ARE THERE” | Original Writings by Catherine Shumaker Brinson

THIRTY YEARS AGO TODAY, ONE OF MY COUSINS WAS IN THE MILITARY, ABOUT TO SPEND CHRISTMAS IN SAUDI ARABIA.

So of course, Catherine wrote an uplifting poem for him. His name is Wayne Avery, and at the time, he was a private in the 82nd Airborne.

Are you also a cousin of Wayne’s? He’s a descendant of Adam Washington Brinson and Sarah Susanna Holloway, and Jasper Dekalb Terrell and Sarah J. Durr. Are you on a branch of his family tree?

Look here and see where you fit –

Adam Washington Brinson (born January 21, 1832 / died January 5, 1910) married (1860) Sarah Susanna Holloway (born November 29 , 1837/ died June 23, 1919)

Their children:

  • Anna Brinson (born 1865 / died 1916)
  • Ida Brinson (born 1866 / died 1921)
  • John Fielding Brinson (born 1867 / died 1939)
  • Lena Brinson (born 1869 / died 1927)
  • Ella M. Brinson (born 1871 / died 1943)
  • Mattie Brinson (born 1873 / died 1911)
  • William Adam Brinson (born 1873 / died 1936)
  • Virginia Brinson (born 1876 / died 1918)
  • Henry Hector Brinson (born March 28, 1877 / died February 26, 1938)
  • Alonzo Crook Brinson (born 1878 / died 1939)
  • Stanley Brinson (born 1880 / died 1980)

Jasper Dekalb Terrell (born February 11, 1841 / died October 30, 1905) married (August 3, 1865) Sarah J. Durr (born October 6, 1846 / died January 22, 1891)

Their children:

  • LaFayette Duncan Durr “Leff” Terrell (born May 14, 1866 / died September 30, 1909)
  • Samuel Gilliland Terrell (born December 14, 1867 / died January 3, 1868)
  • Infant Terrell (born November 7, 1868 / died December 30, 1868)
  • Jasper DeKalb Terrell, Jr. (born February 3, 1870 / died January 2, 1946)
  • Angie Lamkin Terrell (born September 8, 1872 / died April 20, 1874)
  • Sallie Terrell (born September 16, 1874 / died December 19, 1874)
  • Paul Vanderbilt Terrell (born December 14, 1875/ died October 12, 1876)
  • Mary Elizabeth “Mamye” Terrell (born November 22, 1876 / died April 1, 1930)
  • Ethel Faustina Terrell (born September 27, 1878 / died November 28, 1948)
  • John Michael Terrell (born 1880 / died 1941)
  • Edna Eudora Terrell (born April 21, 1882 / died July 26, 1961 / married Henry Hector Brinson about 1900)
  • Grover Cleveland Terrell (born July 17, 1884 / died September 26, 1941)
  • Charles Betts Galloway Terrell (born December 15, 1886 / died December 14, 1963)
  • Vernon LaGrange Terrell (born March 11, 1889 / died April 27, 1952)

Some genealogy sites list other children in this family. However, Edna Terrell Brinson told my mother, Catherine Shumaker Brinson, that the others are the children of Jasper Dekalb Terrell’s brother, who Jasper and Sarah took in after the children’s parents were killed in a tornado. When I locate my mother’s Terrell genealogy research, which includes information from Edna Terrell Brinson, I will make whatever corrections above are necessary. If you know of any corrections needed in the meantime, just let me know.

Henry Hector Brinson married (March 28, 1901) Edna Eudora Terrell

Their children:

  • Hazel Alva Brinson (born 1902 / died 1990 )
  • Alton Clarence Brinson (born 1904 / died 1984)
  • Jasper Terrell Brinson (born 1906 / died 1990)
  • Earl Needham Brinson (born 1909 / died 1979)
  • Sarah Louise Brinson (born 1912 / died 2001)
  • Henry Orville Brinson (born June 2, 1913 / died January 2, 1968)
  • Ralph Cranford Brinson (born 1922 / died 1998)

Henry Orville Brinson  married (date) Bessie L. Sinclair (born November 27, 1919 / died March 7, 1983)

Their children:

  • Hilda Louise Brinson (born December 17, 1936 / died October 1, 2010)
  • Nan Erle Brinson (born June 6, 1940)

Hilda Louise Brinson married (July 13, 1955) Eric Lane Avery (born November 2, 1935)

Their children:

  • Janice Marie Avery (born about 1963)
  • Allen Wayne Avery (born about 1965)

I have our ancestors tracked farther back than this, and will eventually get that information into a book, and perhaps into this blog. But here, for our Genealogy blog, I’ll usually work from the generation of Adam Washington Brinson and Sarah Susanna Holloway / Jasper Dekalb Terrell and Sarah J. Durr / Joseph Thomas Sherman Shumaker and Florence Amanda Shuler / George Washington May and Ada May Parmenter.

This poem, YOU ARE THERE, written for Wayne Avery, was in this self-made book, Original Writings by Catherine Shumaker Brinson:

Original Writings by Catherine Shumaker Brinson front cover

In the book are many poems that she wrote, mostly during the 1990s, inspired by life events or whatever she happened to be doing at the moment. They’re divided into categories; Whimsy, Canticles of Praise, Family, Nature, and Unfinished Symphony.

As you know, I’m committed to publishing the materials that my mother, Catherine Shumaker Brinson wrote, researched, and gathered that relate to our genealogy.

Update! April 24, 2021: Her entire book, Original Writings by Catherine Shumaker Brinson, is now available on Amazon. You can read it on Kindle, or have your very own print copy for your and your family’s enjoyment and for posterity. Here are the links:

Paperback Kindle

I’ll also be publishing all her other genealogy research so that you can have it for your own family records.

So if you’re not already signed up for my Genealogy list, be sure and do that now! Here’s the link: https://www.subscribepage.com/g0c4a7

Here is “YOU ARE THERE”, a poem in her book, from the Family category.

YOU ARE THERE

(Written to honor P.F.C. Wayne Avery, serving with the 82nd Airborne in Saudi Arabia.)

YOU ARE THERE —
Walking on the sands of time,
Buffeted by the winds of time that blew —
TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO.

YOU ARE THERE —
Watching the camels march across the horizon of time
As they caravanned —
TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO.

YOU ARE THERE —
Spending day after sandy day
Trudging through the desert heat as they did —
TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO.

YOU ARE THERE–
Not far from where it all began,
Protected from the wind and sand —
TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO.

YOU ARE THERE —
Not far from stable and town,
Not far from governor and potentate as —
TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO.

YOU ARE THERE —
Near where He said,
“When you do it unto one of the least of these…”
TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO.

YOU ARE THERE —
The sands of time do blow and cover
The footprints of time – save those of Him —
TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO.

HE IS THERE —
To look over you as you strive
To protect the weak — as He said —
TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO.

Catherine Shumaker Brinson
December 8, 1990

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