"I write this short sketch of our family history for my nephews, nieces, and their children. It struck me that if I did not make some such record, a later generation might ask in vain, there being no one to remember, who, and what were the people from whom they had descended.
Some in the future may care, and some may not, for any reminiscence of their forefathers. Some only take note of the present fruit and flower of a tree and no account of the root from whence it sprang. But those who have gone before us should not be ignored or forgotten, they have left us a goodly heritage in unsullied names and respected lives. For the earlier life of our Grandfather Thomas Commins, his own record in M.S. remains too and is quaint and interesting.
Emma L. M. Guy
Dover, England (ca 1895?)