Friday, April 3, 2020

Friday's Faces from the Past: Thomas K. Mark & grandsons

 Thomas Kenneth Mark

19 July 1879 OH - 12 Feb 1975 OH
Son of William Mark & Elidia Rebecca Ritter
Husband of Nancy Regina Victoria Gruissy

circa 1931

Thomas is standing with two of his grandsons,
both sons of Ivy Regina Mark Brown:
Delbert Keith Brown (my father) & Leo Dwight Brown

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Two Obituaries for one Man with Varying Facts

Junius Earl Brown
12 May 1892 MS – 11 Jan 1955 WA
Son of Jasper Pascal Brown & Rose Ella Brumfield
Father of Joseph Pershing Brown & Everett Earl Brown

My Great Uncle, Brother to my grandfather, Roy Jesse Brown

These two obituaries have minor differences. The second tells us Junius was a carpenter and gives two residences for him: Clarkston, Washington & Kellogg, Idaho. The first gives a location for his widow and the second gives a more exact location for one son. 

Junius was one of nine children and both obituaries give incorrect information concerning his siblings. The informant must have given the wrong data to the newspaper. 

Searching through Find A Grave, I found him at Greenwood Cemetery, Kellogg, Shoshone, Idaho. Memorial #73134214. The stone has his name but no dates. The memorial had no information except a photo of the very worn stone. I left some brief information. 

Brown Service Set Tomorrow.Kellogg, Idaho, Jan. 13 – Funeral services for Junius E. Brown, 61, who died Tuesday at Spokane will be held tomorrow at 3 p. m. (MST) from McGlade chapel in Kellogg. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Survivors include his widow, Ora, at Rose Lake; two sons, Joe, New Orleans, and Everett, Tennessee; one brother and a sister.

Source: Brown Service Set Tomorrow (Spokane Chronicle, 13 Jan 1955) 13; digital image, accessed January 2020.

Funeral is Today for Former Resident.Kellogg, Idaho, Jan. 13 – Funeral services for Junius E. Brown, 61, retired Clarkston, Wash. Carpenter and former Kellogg resident, who died in Spokane Tuesday, will be held in McGlade Chapel here at 3 p. m. Friday and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Brown’s survivors include the widow, Ora; two sons, Joe in New Orleans and Everett, Alko, Tenn., one brother and two sisters.

Source: Funeral is Today for Former Resident (Spokane, WA: The Spokesman Review, 14 January 1955) 28; digital image, accessed January 2020.

 If you know more about Junius, please contact me.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

March Birthday: Martha P. Smith Alford

Martha P. Smith Alford

25 March 1802 SC - 8 August 1861 MS

My 3x great grandmother

Mother of 12 children:

Warren Jackson Alford
Ira Payne Alford
William Henry Harrison Alford
Harriet Jane Alford Tynes
Julia Ann Alford Alford McEleveen
Seaborn S. Alford MD
Elijah Hayden Alford
Julius Newton Alford
Martha Elizabeth Alford Brumfield

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sunday's Obituary: Maryanne Coyle Cass, 1977 CT

Maryanne (Coyle) Cass
7 March 1891 CT - 29 March 1977 CT
Daughter of Patrick Coyle & Margaret Brady
Wife of William F. Cass

My 2x great aunt
Sister of Michael Coyle, my great grandfather

Mrs. William F. Cass

Waterbury – The funeral of Mrs. Mary (Coyle) Cass, of 619 Prospect Road, who died Tuesday at St. Mary’s Hospital after a brief illness, was held today at St. Anthony’s Church, Prospect, where a Mass was celebrated at 10 a. m. Burial69  was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Milford. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony’s Church Building Fund, Prospect. The Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow St., was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Cass was the widow of William F. Cass, who at the time of his death in 1969 was assistant superintendent of parks in Waterbury. She was born in Waterbury, daughter of the late Patrick and Mary (Brady) Coyle. She was a lifelong resident of Waterbury, and a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church in Prospect.

She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Edward (Patricia) Herbert of Toronto, Ohio, and Mrs. John (Jacqueline) Bredice, of Waterbury, 13 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Naugatuck Daily News (Naugatuck, Connecticut) · 31 Mar 1977, Thu · Page 2

My cousin, Pat Brady found & shared this clipping with me.

Note: Maryanne (Coyle) Cass had no children but did help to raise the granddaughters of her brother, William Paul Coyle. 

Sunday's Obituary is a Genealogy Blogging Prompt originated by Ancestors Live Here.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Irish: In my Roots & In my Heart

Wishing you always...
Walls for the wind, 
A roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you, 
Those you love near you, 
And all that your heart may desire.

An Irish Blessing for you on St. Patrick's Day, my birthday!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

March Anniversary: Sam Foil & Margaret Brumfield; 142 years ago

Margaret Jane Brumfield
13 April 1862 MS - 20 February 1937
Daughter of Isaac Nelson Brumfield & Sarah Jane Smith 


Samuel Matthew Foil

11 March 1878; 142 years ago

Other March Anniversaries:

3 March 1916 Ireland   Julia Mullane & Timothy Horgan   104 years ago
10 March 1898 OH   Margaret Maude Mark & Samuel M. Jolliff   122 years ago
15 March 1892 Hungary   Hermina Gartner & Ignac Farkas   128 years ago
24 March 18878 NY   Fannie Edelstein & Leopold Gartner   142 years ago

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Sunday's Obituary: Catherine Kilday Thompson

Catherine Kilday Thompson

February 1884 CT - 1955 CT
Daughter of James Kilday & Ann Brady
Wife of Jack B. Thompson
My 1st cousin, 3x removed

Mrs. Jack B. Thompson. Milford, Dec 3. – Services for Mrs. Catherine C. Thompson, 71, of 50 Park avenue, Wildemere beach, wife of Jack B. Thompson, who died today after a long illness in her home, will take place Monday at 8:30 a. m. in the Smith funeral home. 135 Broad street, and at 9 o’clock in St. Gabriel’s church where a solemn high Mass of requiem will be celebrated. Burial will be in Milford cemetery.

A native of Derby, Mrs. Thompson had resided 40 years in Milford. She was a member of the Maccabees society.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. F. Douglas Coby, and a grandson, Frank Douglas Coby of Milford; a brother, James L. Kilday of New Haven and a sister, Miss Frances Kilday, New York city.

The Bridgeport Telegram (Bridgeport, Connecticut) · 4 Dec 1955, Sun · Page 55 

My cousin, Pat Brady, found this clipping & sent it to me.

Photo from Find A Grave, memorial #189746408

Sunday's Obituary is a Genealogy Blogging Prompt originated by Ancestors Live Here.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Spotlight on: Lucy Viola Brown Fortenberry

Lucy Viola Brown Fortenberry 

16 Oct 1888 MS - 23 March 1965 MS
Daughter of Jasper Pascal Brown & Rose E. Brumfield
Wife of Tate Edward Fortenberry 
Mother of 3 sons

My Great Aunt; 
Sister of my Grandfather, Roy Jesse Brown
Lucy Viola (Brown) Fortenberry was born 16 October 1888. On 17 December 1908 she married Tate Edward Fortenberry, son of Webster Fortenberry and Nannie (Ellzey) Fortenberry. Tate was born 14 January 1885.[i] Both of their fathers were farmers.
            In 1910 Lucy and Tate were in Pike County where Tate was a farmer. They had one son, Shirley Fortenberry, who was 5 months old.[ii]In 1920 Tate was a log cutter in a logging company. Lucy, 31, was the mother of two children: Shirley, 10 years old; and Cecil, five years old.[iii]In 1930 Lucy and Tate had sons Cecil, 16, and Kenneth, 4, living at home.[iv]In 1940 they were still on Walker’s Bridge Road. They owned their home, valued at $900. Tate was a farmer and Lucy ran their home. Their youngest son, Kenneth, was 14 and lived at home.[v]
            At the time of World War II, Lucy & Tate's sons, Shirley Redelle Fotenberry and Kenneth Keith Fortenberry, were living at 409 Maurice Avenue in New Orleans and both working at Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation. Shirley was married to Thelma Mae (Ginn) Fortenberry. Kenneth was single and listed his oldest brother as his closest relative.[vi],[vii]
            Tate Edward Fortenberry died 8 February 1941.  There was a question about the cause of his death.

Verdict Issued in Disinterment; Coroner’s Jury Says Tate Fortenberry Victim of Pneumonia. A verdict of ‘met death by reason of pneumonia was issued Tuesday by a jury called by Coroner Ray Cain in the disinterment of the body of E. T. ‘Tate’ Fortenberry, 53-year-old prominent farmer of Progress community who died in a Magnolia hospital February 9, 1941. The jury issuing the verdict included J. O. Dulaney, D. C. Brumfield, Fred Wilson, D. D. Varado, J. W. Goings and one other man. In connection with this case, Coroner Cain issued the following statement: “E. T. ‘Tate’ Fortenberry, Progress farmer, happened into Kelly’s beer parlor on South Boulevard in McComb on or about February 8. While talking to friends there, he was hit by a man he could not identify. I have witnesses who have testified to me that Wayne Knight allegedly dealt the blow. Mr. Fortenberry was carried home to Progress suffering a severe laceration of the head. He was then taken to a Magnolia clinic where he lingered some time and then died. Two of his sons, of New Orleans and New York City, came later and demanded the body be disinterred and a post mortem conducted for which a court order was issued February 14 by Judge J. F. Guynes to the coroner of Pike county. This order was executed immediately, with assistance of Sheriff Alton Davis and Deputy Sheriff George Guy. The jury could not reach a verdict that day because specimens had to be sent to New Orleans for analyzing. And the jury adjourned to February 25 at 1 p. m.” The coroner then revealed the verdict given by the jury he summoned in the case.[viii]

Lucy Viola (Brown) Fortenberry died 23 March 1965. Tate and Lucy are buried in Silver Springs Cemetery, Progress, Pike, Mississippi.[ix]Shirley Redelle Fortenberry died 4 November 1963 and is buried in Union Baptist Cemetery in Tylertown, Walthall, Mississippi.[x]Cecil Clare Fortenberry died 18 July 1989 and is buried in Oaknoll Memorial Cemetery in Floyd County, Georgia.[xi]Kenneth Keith Fortenberry died 27 November 1987 in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina.[xii]

Do you now more about Lucy?
Please reach out to me.

[i]Fortinberry, G. K. Abstract History of the Fortinberry Family. Privately Published, 1942.
[ii]1910 U.S. Census, MS, Pike; ED 95, Sheet 8; Line 63; Federal Archives, Pittsfield, Mass. T624 Roll 756 (Report); Tate E. Fortenberry family.
[iii]1920 US Census, MS, Marion; SD 6, ED 116, Sheet 8;; Edward T Fortenberry family.
[iv]1930 US Census, MS, Pike, Beat 1;; E T Fortenberry family.
[v]1940 US Census, MS, Pike; SD 7, ED 57-3, Sheet 2B;; E Tate Fortinberry on Walkers Bridge Road.
[vi]US WWII Draft Cards, 1940 – 1947; LA;; Shirley Redelle Fortenberry, Serial #545, Order #730.
[vii]US WWII Draft Cards, 1940 – 1947; LA;; Kenneth Keith Fortenberry, Serial #404, Order #14770.
[viii]Verdict Issued in Disinterment. (1941, February 26). McComb Daily Journal, p. 1. Retrieved March 5, 2017;; E. T. Fortenberry.
[ix]Find A Grave, MS, Pike, Progress; Silver Springs Cemetery;; Edward Tate Fortenberry & Lucy Viola (Brown) Fortenberry.
[x]Find A Grave, MS, Walthall, Tylertown; Union Baptist Cemetery;; Shirley Redelle Fortenberry. 
[xi]Find A Grave, GA, Floyd; Oaknoll Memorial Cemetery;; Cecil Clare Fortenberry.
[xii]US Social Security Death Index, 1935 – 2014;; Kenneth K. Fortenberry.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Friday's Faces from the Past: Hubert & Mavis Brown

Siblings: Mavis Marie (Brown) Smith & Hubert Allen Brown 

I like this photograph because neither child seems happy to be posing for the camera. Hubert is wearing a big bow under his chin. Mavis has her hand on her hip & it looks like she has bare feet.

18 August 1897 MS - 28 June 1928 MS
Wife of Denny Herbert Smith
Mother of: Nathalee, Fay & Wilma

1 October 1894 MS - 25 November 1971 MS
Husband of Freddie Beatrice Smith
Father of: Borden, Fred, Thiry, Lynn, Hugh & Peggy

This photograph was given to me by Edith Rose Ball Hutchinson during a trip to Mississippi several years ago.

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