Memorial Service Letter

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Memorial Service Letter 
TALENT SPEC: Older female voice that sounds between 60-70 years old.

This video is being created for use at a memorial service for the passing of a loved one. Use is non-broadcast, at the service only. The service is being held in the Cannonsburg area, which is south of Pittsburgh, PA. We've been asked to help make this memorial video wonderful (as we work in the ad industry) so I realize this is an unusual request, but we are thankful for your consideration. The payment is $300.
The following is meant to be read as a letter in the voice of the author. It is the voice of an older woman between 60-70 years old. It will be part of a video made from a series of photographs. (Think “Ken Burns documentary.”) The voice shouldn’t have a specific accent. The author of the letter was educated and well spoken. The script is a letter written by a senior-aged woman to her adult daughter explaining their family’s heritage. There is no set time limit, but because the script is so long, the talent should maintain a pace throughout the read but not sound rushed by any means.
For reference, “Herron” is pronounced as the bird heron and “Clokey” is cloak -e. 
2017-04-15 13:04:32 GMT
2017-04-18 12:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) 
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Fixed - USD 300
Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)
English - USA and Canada
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Senior Female
• Audio files must be delivered via email OR
• Audio files must be delivered via FTP/Dropbox/Google Drive/cloud
There are no special pre-, post-, or production requirements for this project.
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This is a non-union project

Script Details

Dear Mary,
In considering your request that I write a sketch of our family history I realize how meager my information is concerning our forbearers. But, as the Law of Return is “To preserve to the race its noblest past and to add the sum of our highest powers” I am glad to record that our ancestors lived up to their highest powers for they wrought for God and Truth and County and it is ours to follow in their footsteps and achieve continued blessings for the coming generations.

The Herrons and Clokeys came to this country from the North of Ireland in the early part of the 18th century. Many by these names settled in Pittsburgh and others in the Washington County, Pennsylvania. Both became a stronghold of Presbyterianism.

Our great grandfather, James Herron and Rachel Reed Herron married in 1784 and settled eventually in Washington County. They are buried there near Canonsburg.

In 1777 the Reed family, also our ancestors, and several other Seceder Presbyterians moved from Lancaster County to Washington County to take possession of land that they had purchased. George Washington had been given the same tract of land for his service in the French and Indian War. This resulted in a 2 year lawsuit where 13 Seceder settlers were defying George Washington.

The Reed family has always been fighters even to this day. It was their belief that Washington was infringing on their land rights. They would not succumb to Washington. This discipline proved a blessing to our Clokey grandfather, enabling him to purchase a large tract of land 5 miles from Washington, Pa. Grandmother Clokey Herron was given a large farm joining her father and was still living on it when we as children used to visit there. Grandmother Herron, born 1790, died 1875.

My grandfather James Herron’s only sister Rachel Herron married the Honorable William Hopkins. He was elected to Congress with President Buchanan and stayed throughout his administration. Their unmarried daughter Kate opened the Presidential Ball with President Buchanan, who was a bachelor.

Grandfather James Herron married Sarah Clokey and they had 6 children. My father James Clokey Herron the eldest was born in Bentleyville in 1821. He lived with his grandfather Clokey in Clokeysville. He was educated for the ministry at Jefferson College in Canonsburg. He married Katherine McEwen in 1850.
In 1853 father was appointed a missionary to organize a United Presbyterian church in the San Francisco area. The family sailed from New York January, 1853 via Panama and were 31 days reaching San Francisco. I was born April 13, 1853.

Representative men of Napa asked father to organize a Presbyterian church. Father built the church and a home next to it. The congregation was mostly New Englanders and New Yorkers. Father and mother cherished their memories with delight. Their friends included the Quarter Master General of the Civil War and our Ambassador at that time to England.

After father left Napa we came to Elk Grove near Sacramento as we waited a few months for the completion of the railroad across the Isthmus of Panama. We crossed the Isthmus of Panama on the first passenger train that went from the Pacific side to the Atlantic Side. It was in Elk Grove that William Hopkins Herron was born, December 25, 1859.

In 1860 father accepted a call to the Cross Roads Church of Washington County. We stayed there until he resigned in 1867 when he responded to the Western Fever that existed at the close of the Civil War. He sought a field for usefulness in Lawrence, Kansas and organized a congregation there. In 1884 he was called to Jamestown, Pennsylvania and died there in 1889. Carrie and I came to Brooklyn in 1909.

But as the Law of Return is “To preserve to the race its noblest past and add the sum of our highest powers” I am glad to record that our ancestors lived up to their highest powers for the wrought for God and Truth and Country and it is ours to follow in their footsteps and achieve continued blessing for coming generations.
Jane B. Herron, March 26, 1930 
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