The Billingsley Family Tree
There are probably more spellings of this family surname than can possibly be listed here. I haven't found that they are all related, but the majority of those I have found so far are. Back in the earlier days, it was difficult to find people who were concerned about how their words were spelled. Education was not a high priority and reading and writing for the older folks in the family were also not important to them. Often times things were spelled as they sounded or however the person writing it felt like writing it that day. Example alternate spelling is Billingslea. This is the second most popular spelling of this name.
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
So many years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.