When I joined the Church in 1974, my sister Susan, who had joined in 1965, and I began to work together on our family history. We soon learned that the records of our parents, who were from Greene County, N.C., had been destroyed in a courthouse fire. This left missing links in our family line. I married in 1979 and moved away, and did not do much research until returning to Greene County several years later.
As my sister and I resumed our research at the public library in Greene County, we found a book on the Sugg family that included a personal history on our Sugg line. We realized this had been written by our mother's great-grandmother, Martha Sugg.
We discovered that this book had been in an attic until 1979, the year I was married. We were so thrilled to see this book. Our eyes welled up with tears as we read Martha Sugg's preface:
"I am not quite sure why I take up this pen. Some, I guess, will say it is the useless rantings of an old woman in her dotage. And some that it is the longings of a silly old woman to return to an age gone by.
"But I guess the real reason is to save some of what has gone before for my children and those who follow. And I feel that some of what I know should be saved, especially for those who will someday come to long for these things. For my children and grandchildren, my family and those not yet born, I leave this small remembrance of my family and their history and times as I know them."
We knew why she was prompted to pick up her pen and write. We were the ones not yet born that would come to long for these things. Many family members who had been lost to us were now found, and temple ordinances performed for them. — Sharon Hill Moss, Kinston 2nd Ward, Kinston North Carolina Stake.