In another sense, it is an attempt to increase our appreciation of what life was like for our ancestors and, quite possibly, learn something from their experiences. Likewise, it may even be helpful to gain an understanding of why they did the things that they did. On two distinct occasions (leaving France for the English colony of South Carolina and leaving Georgia and Alabama for Texas), a group of Roquemores did what is unthinkable to our modern way of thinking. They left all that they knew and headed into the unknown, realizing that, in all likelihood, they would never see the loved ones being left behind. For us, here in the 21st-century with our comfortable, temperature-controlled homes (and cars), we are amazed, and perhaps appalled, that anyone would consider taking risks such as those. Today, some people call it the pioneering spirit. Back then, those were things that were just done – it was part of life.
In memoriam I would also like to give special recognition and honor to Mrs. Josephine (Jodie) Costello Huffaker (shown here at her Dallas home November 1, 2002), who has been doing genealogy research on the Roquemore family for over 45 years. It was her book, “The Roquemore Report of 1967”, that provided much of the material that went into this web site (not to mention the inspiration to continue my own genealogy project). To this day, her book remains the most definitive work ever done on the Roquemore family.
Special thanks go to another cousin, Don Roquemore, who provides the hosting service for this site, plus invaluable technical advice to this novice web developer.
Stephen Roquemore who, at age 13, was an up-and-coming military historian and aspiring aviator, has contributed a work of fiction to this web site. Set in the Pacific during WWII, it describes one soldier’s journey from boot camp to the end of the war. Click here to read it.
Ideas and comments are welcome. Feel free to contact me via email.
Darrell E. Roquemore