I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who helped make this project possible. I have so enjoyed getting acquainted with members of the family both living and long dead and have developed a love for them and an understanding of their joys and their sorrows.
There are so many people who have so willingly helped and shared in different ways toward the completion of this book that I would like to thank. I very much appreciate their willingness and enthusiasm.
I owe a great deal of gratitude to Donna Spackman Carlson who has donated years of her time to research our Black/White family line. She has done so much to make this information available.
I want to especially thank my dear grandmother, Iris Spackman, for instilling in me the desire to get to know my ancestors. She had a great love for other people and wanted them to be remembered. I will be forever grateful to her for the hours she spent with me and for the seed she planted.
“Let us now praise ... our fathers that begat us ...
And some there be which have no memorial;
Who are perished as though they had never been;
And are become as though they had never been born;
And their children after them.
But these were merciful men, whose righteousness
Hath not been forgotten.
With their seed shall continually remain a good inheritance,
And their children are within the covenant.
Their seed standeth fast, and their children for their sakes.
Their seed shall remain forever, and their glory
Shall not be blotted out.
Their bodies are buried in peace, but their name liveth forever.”
Becky Spackman Porter - 1987