|Untouched photo of Andrew|
FACT #2: The documents have been rummaged through periodically over the last 150 years and have not always been returned to their proper storage place. Occasionally we find John Doe's letter in with Jane Smith's certificate, or Sally Brown's inventory list among Susan Brown's debts. We start each day with prayer so that we can be sensitive to this problem and catch as many errors as we can.
FACT #3: Our work at the warehouse needs to be productive. We've got to keep the camera clicking. We often don't have the time to sit and read the documents in front of us as we prepare them or capture them. That's what makes Andrew's story so fascinating.
|We pray that we can be guided in our work|
MIRACLE #4: But, again, I was stopped. I started reading. This was not a probate record for Alvah Hotchkiss. It was a record for Andrew Hottell... and it contained names! Both Michael and I were speechless. The continual unfolding of miracles was overwhelming.
|Two puzzle pieces fit together|
It has taken the weekend to see how truly marvelous this experience was. From start to finish, the spirit directed our efforts. We were guided to save the first half, which resulted in a visual alert when the second half came along. The spirit made us LOOK. Otherwise, Andrew's family names would have been lost in another man's images.
We have since found that Andrew Hottell was born May 26, 1785. He died on August 18, 1840 and is buried about 20 miles away in an old, rundown graveyard. No other information seems to be readily available. We have faith that somewhere, sometime, the images we are preserving for FamilySearch will lead a great-great-granddaughter to find him. We believe Andrew will make sure of that.
|Barbour Cemetery in New Goshen Township, Indiana|
|Our weekend getaway to the St. Louis Temple|