Tuesday, November 24, 2020


 I am thankful for

Our country home, sheltered & peaceful;

Brilliant autumn colors adorning every tree;

Our children, independent & resourceful;

Our three grandsons, smiling & laughing;

Our big family, diverse & lively, healthy & safe;

Our friends who know our history & share our fun;

A holiday meal, board games & jigsaw puzzles, a glass of wine & pumpkin pie;

Our beautiful world, full of wonders to explore.

Enjoy Your Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 20, 2020

Forget Me Not: Canolia A. Simmons Fortenberry, 1925 MS

Canolia A. (Simmons) Fortenberry

1858 MS – 1925 MS
Wife of William Jackson Fortenberry

Mrs. Fortenberry Dies at Brandon.
Beloved Osyka Woman Falls into Final Sleep at Daughter’s Home.

Mrs. W. J. Fortenberry of Osyka, aged 68 years, and widely known and held in very high esteem throughout Mississippi, died at 11:30 o’clock Saturday night, February 7, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O. L. Simmons, at Brandon, after an illness that had extended over a period of several weeks. Mrs. Fortenberry had been at a local hospital and had been taken to the Simmons home for further treatment. 

The funeral will be held at the Silver Springs Baptist Church at Osyka Monday, February 9, at 11:30 a. m., with services by her pastor, Rev. A.J. Davis od Tylertown and Rev. J. H. Lane of McComb.

Besides her husband, who himself is ill at the Simmons home at Brandon, Miss. Mrs. Fortenberry is survived by six sons as follows:

Dr. A. J. [Andrew Jackson] Fortenberry of Canton,
F. E. [Fermon Esco] Fortenberry of Atlanta, Ga.,
E. B. [Victor Eurel, possibly] Fortenberry and
C. L. [Charlie Lane] Fortenberry of Monticello, and
H. G. [Henry Glen] Fortenberry of Natchez; 

And by five daughters,

Mrs. J. C. Denmore [Lelia Paline Fortenberry] of Franklinton, La., 
Mrs. A. M. Dodds [Myrtis Jane Fortenberry] of Eddiston, Miss.,
Mrs. Henry Steinbrenner [Sarah Louise Fortenberry] of Brandon and
Miss Wanzie [Jimmie Wanzie] Fortenberry of Osyka.

She leaves also several grandchildren and many other relatives and family connections.

Children not mentioned in this obituary:
Josie Lee Fortenberry, 6 Nov 1899 – 9 Nov 1900
Burrell Sheldon Fortenberry, 1890 - 1951

Source: Mrs. Fortenberry Dies at Brandon (Jackson, MS: Clarion-Ledger, 8 Feb. 1925) 12; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed August 2020.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Brumfield Reunion, 1950, MS


The family of Henry Sims Brumfield, Jr. & Mary Sauls gathered in Holmesville, MS in July 1950 for a picnic dinner. Their seven children & most of their grandchildren enjoyed the day. 



Brumfield Family Reunion is Enjoyed



Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brumfield, who live on the Quin’s Bridge Road were made happy when they held a family reunion with all their children and their families attending with the exception of two grandchildren, Sgt. C. A. (Al) Bennett, who is stationed at Norfolk, Va. And Delores Brumfield, who is playing baseball with the Kenosha Comets, an all girls’ league. 


The Brumfields spread a bountiful picnic dinner at Battes Beach in Holmesville. Those attending were:


Miss Helen Brumfield of McComb,


Mr. and Mrs. Earl Brumfield and family, Lamar and Mary Helen, Pritchard, Ala.,


Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Brumfield and family, Bob, Jean, Jane, Belzoni, Miss.,


Lt. and Mrs. Lyle Brumfield family, Terese and Buster, St. Louis, Mo., 


Mr. and Mrs. [Sylvia] Stanley Johnson, Jr., and sons, Billy and Stanley III, Providence, R. I.,


Mr. and Mrs. [Evelyn] Dolph Ellzey and son, Dolph, Jr., Holmesville,


Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Shirley and family, James Lee and Mary Martha, Friendship.


All above mentioned were sons, daughters and grandchildren.


Guests were:


Mr. and Mrs. Hollis O’Quin, McComb,


Mrs. Aline Crain and granddaughter, Carmen Klotz, McComb,


Mrs. Brumfield’s nieces and nephews, all of Hattiesburg;


Mr. and Mrs. Ray Chughlin and family, Raymond, Helen and Mary Ray,


Mr. and Mrs. Bob Keahey and son, Bobbie,


Mrs. Peggy Herring,


Mrs. Mary Swelling and children, Sylvia and Ray,


Mr. and Mrs. George Sauls and daughter, Mary Audine,


Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Sauls and son, Clyde.


Other relatives and friends called during the afternoon. 




Source: Brumfield Family Reunion is Enjoyed. (McComb, MS, Enterprise-Journal, 24 Jul 1950) 3; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed June 2020).

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Forget Me Not: Henry Sims Brumfield, Jr., 1959 MS

Henry was a veteran of 2 US wars, according to his obituary. I believe those wars were the Spanish American War and World War I. Additional research is required to prove this.

Henry Sims Brumfield, Jr.
1 April 1877 MS – 12 Jan 1959 MS
Son of Henry Sims Brumfield & Martha E. Bickham
Husband of Mary Sauls

Father of:
Mary Helen Brumfield, 1902 – 1999
Evelyn (Brumfield) Ellzey, 1904 – 1988
Earl H. Brumfield, 1905 – 1979
Mabel Aline Brumfield, 1908 – 1908
Dudley Brumfield, 1909 – 2002
Lyle Elmer Brumfield, 1911 – 2002
Sylvia (Brumfield) Johnson, 1914 – 2013
Dixie Martha Brumfield, 1916 - 1997

My 2nd cousin, 3x removed

Brumfield Rites Held Here Today

Funeral Services for Henry Sims Brumfield Jr., 81, soldier in two United States Wars, and a member of a pioneer area family, were held at 3 p. m. Tuesday from Catchings Chapel. 

The Rev. Ed Williams, pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, of which Mr. Brumfield was a member, conducted services, with friends of the deceased and family serving as pallbearers. 

Mr. Brumfield died suddenly at 2:10 p. m. Tuesday while visiting in the home of his brother, D. A. (Dud) Brumfield, Summit, route three, together with a daughter and other members of his family. 

He was born April 1, 1877, in Pike County, a son of the late H. S. and Martha Bickham Brumfield.

Entering the Army as the Spanish-American War developed, he served throughout that conflict. Some two decades later he was again a member of the infantry, in World War I.

He operated a nursery ear McComb for many years, and at other times was employed in various capacities n the community and he managed his farm.

He and Mrs. Brumfield had lived on their place n Quin’s Bridge Road for almost 20 years.

His survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary Sauls Brumfield; four daughters, Miss Helen Brumfield, City Tax Collector of McComb, Mrs. Dolph Ellzey, Holmesville, Mrs. Stanley Johnson, Fabyan, Conn., and Mrs. Roy Smith, Brookhaven.

Three sons, Earl H. Brumfield, Mobile, Ala., W. C. Brumfield, Ruleville, and Lyle Brumfield, Baton Rouge, La.: two brothers, Charles E. Brumfield, Brookhaven, and D. A. Brumfield, route three, Summit. 

Two sisters, Mrs. Will Mackey, Rogers, Ark., and Mrs. Mert Thigpen, Biloxi; 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. 

Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery with Catchings Funeral Home in charge of services. 

Source: Brumfield Rites Held Here Today. (McComb, MS, Enterprise – Journal, 13 January 1959) 8; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed June 2020).

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

November Anniversary: Roy Nee & Isabell Mark; 98 Years Ago

Roy Edward Nee
9 April 1878 TN – 20 March 1963 OH
Son of Henry Nee & Matilda Millan
This was his third marriage.

Isabell Esther Mark
21 December 1903 OH – 9 March 1984 OH
Daughter of Thomas Kenneth Mark & Nancy Regina V. Gruissy
My father's aunt.

5 November 1922; 98 years ago
Seville, Medina, OH

Certified copy of Marriage record from their son, Paul Nee

Parents of

Harold Jay Nee
Paul Kenneth Nee

Other November Anniversaries:

3 November 1698 VA     Jacob Winfrey & Elizabeth Alford     322 years ago
6 November 1856 OH     John Franklin Wolf & Caroline Orwig     164 years ago
12 November 1871 LA     William Franklin Brock & Cynthia E. Alford    149 years ago
15 November 1883     Anthony Casper Ritter & Emma Alice Mowrer     137 years ago

16 November 1848 OH     Isaac Ritter & Isabell Fisher     172 years ago
My 3x great grandparents

20 November 1768     John Lawrence & Mary Duke     252 years ago
23 November 1823 MS     Davis Brumfield & Cynthia Holmes     197 years ago

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Forget Me Not: C. J. Fortenberry, 1936, MS

Calvin Jefferson Fortenberry

22 June 1865 MS – July 1936 MS
Son of George Washington Fortenberry & Emily Pittman
Husband of Lucy Stogner

My 2nd Cousin, 3x removed

Tylertown – July 15 – Funeral services for C. Jeff Fortenberry were held from the family residence by Rev. W. R. Cooper of the Tylertown Baptist Church. 

Mr. Fortenberry, who was 71 years old, ws living in Walker’s Bridge community at the time of his death.

Following the services at the family residence interment took place in the New Zion cemetery. Mr. Fortenberry having been a resident of that community for many years prior to moving to Walker’s Bridge.

He is survived by three sons, Bill, Carl L. and Tillie F. Fortenberry, and one daughter, Mrs. Lily Estess. HE is also survived by one sister, Mrs. W. D. Brumfield, and five brothers, Monroe, Charlie, Mack, Columbus and Ed Fortenberry.

C. J. Fortenberry. (Jackson, MS: Clarion-Ledger, 16 Jul 1936) 6; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed June 2020. 

Friday, October 23, 2020

October Anniversary: Seth Morrison & Margaret Gruissy; 140 years ago

Seth Benner Morrison
24 March 1861 PA – 18 April 1952 OH
Son of William Hiram Morrison & Emily Benner

Margaret Jane Gruissy
26 December 1861 OH – 8 March 1946 OH
Daughter of Augustus Ceaser Gruissy & Mary Ann Everett

24 October 1880 Medina, OH; 140 years ago

Creston - Mr. and Mrs. Seth Morrison on Oct. 24 will have been married 65 years. They feel that their 65 years have been years of planning and sharing and have enjoyed their children and their families. While Oct. 24 was the date of their marriage in 1880, they will not celebrate until Sunday, Oct. 28, when a family gathering and dinner will be held at their home two and one half miles west of Creston. Open house for friends and relatives will be held Sunday 2 to 5 p. m. and 7 to 9 p. m. The Morrisons, retired farmers, came to this community in 1900 and have made many friends. They are also well known in Medina County, having lived in a farming community near LeRoy for 9 years. Mr. Morrison is 84  years and Mrs. Morrison is 83. He was the son of Hiram and Emily Benner Morrison and was born March 1861 at River Styx. His good wife was formerly Margaret Jane Gruissy, daughter of Augustus Gruisys and lived her girlhood at Marshallville. They later moved to Wadsworth where she was married to Mr. Morrison at a small wedding in her parent's home with the Rev. G. Smith officiating. Little sorrow has come into the lives of the Morrisons, they had eight children, all living. They are Mrs. Mona Hurd, of Sonia, Mich., Mrs. Lena Swagler, Wadsworth, Mrs. Gusta Peters, Ithaca, Mich., Albert Morrison of Creston, Paul Morrison of Middletown, Mrs. Pauline Mowrer, Clifford Morrison of Akron, There are 31 grandchildren and 35 great - grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Morrison feel it's a great blessing never to have a break in their family circle. Friends wishing to send cards should address them to Creston, Rt. 1. 
Source: "Morrisons Married 65 Years Ago." Unknown newspaper clipping, 1945. Copy from Sharon Ambrose, Ohio. 

Parents of

Mona D. Morrison Hurd
Lena Bella Morrison Swagler
Emily Augusta Morrison Peters
Albert Rowlen Morrison
Florence Vera Morrison Rowlee
Paul Allen Morrison
Pauline Ann Morrison Maurer
Peter Clifford Morrison

Other October Anniversaries:

3 October 1878     Jarrett Clymon Smith & Eliza Jane Brock     142 years ago
5 October 1847 MS     Tyra Jennings Tynes & Harriet Jane Alford     173 years ago
8 October 1880     Markusz S. Gartner & Libe Ruchel Lefkovits     140 years ago
18 October 1812 PA     Daniel Ritter & Lydia Knauss     208 years ago
19 October 1899 OH     William M. Mark & Alice Leota Heacock     121 years ago
21 October 1711 VA     Robert Wood & Mary Alford     309 years ago

Friday, October 16, 2020

The Will & Estate of Moses Hollis, 1793 SC

Moses Hollis

1728 VA - 1794 SC

son of John & Esther Hollis

Husband of Rosannah Berry Hagan

Moses is my 6x great grandfather.

There are several values in finding a will & estate papers for an ancestor. First, we can discover names of family members. Moses' will names Rosanna as his wife; Elijah, John, Berry & Nancy as children. The sale of his estate lists more Hollis family members, most likely more children & others. Unfortunately, the will also shows that Moses was a slave owner. Leaving out that information would be altering history. Reading through the items in his estate sale gives us a glimpse into his life. Many of the items relate to his farm: produce, livestock & tools. Household items are also mentioned: trunk, chairs, table, cupboard, pewter tableware & a frying pan. 

 The Will of Moses Hollis, 1793 SC


In the Name of God. Amen. This 9thday of April one thousand and seven hundred and ninety three. I Moses Hollis of the State of South Carolina and County of Fairfield being very sick and week but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God, but calling to mind the mortality of my body, and that is appointed all men once to die do make this my last will and Testament. Imprimis my Soul I give to God who gave it to me, and my Body to the Earth from whence it was taken to be buried in a decent Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter mentioned. 


Item. I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Rosanna Hollis all my House and Household furniture, Also my Negro Girl Abe, my Horse Gruberty, Bridle and Sadle, [sic] two cows as long as she lives or remains a widow, and after that the Negro goes to my son Moses Hollis to his heirs and assigns forever.


Item. I give and bequeath onto my son Elijah Hollis one Negro boy Tony, wherein his assigns forever. 


Item. I give to my son John Hollis one Negro fellow Pad, to his heirs and assigns forever.


Item. I give and bequeath to my son Berry Hollis my Negro boy to him his heirs and assigns forever.


Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Gladden my featherbed to her and her heirs and assigns forever.


Item. I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Catherine Paterson four head of cattle to her, her heirs and assigns forever.


Item. I have on Negro fellow Ned, and one Negro boy Glasco, also five head of horses and eleven head of cattle and working tools to be sold on my Death, debts paid with the money and the remainder to be equally divided between all my children.


Lastly I nominate and appoint Zachariah Cantley and my soon John Hollis and my son Elijah Hollis executors of this by last will and Testament hereby disannulling all others hereto fore by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal, the day and year above written.


Signed and sealed and acknowledged. Thomas Goodram, Edward Tidwell, Berry Hollis, Moses Hollis                      Proved 17 July 1794


Source: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, South Carolina Will Transcripts, Series S108093, Reel 11, Frame 100; digital image (scdah.sc.gov: accessed Sept 2020) Moses Hollis, Fairfield Co.

The Estate of Moses Hollis, 1794 SC


Papers relating to the estate of Moses Hollis have been saved in South Carolina. The papers are of various sizes and are worn around the edges. The handwriting is faded and difficult to read. The papers include his will and the “Sale of Home Goods of Moses Hollis, Senr., deceased.” The following is a list of items from his estate and the people who purchased them after his death. It is not complete because it is not all legible. The estate was settled in December 1794. 



John Hollis                  one log chane [sic]

Isabell Littleton           one Lot of pewter

Wm Evans                   eight bushes of Rye

James Hollis                three bushels of oats

Elijah Hollis                one Lot of hogs

Berryman Hollis          one Lot of hogs

Peter Patterson             one stack of fodder

Thos Hughsone           Rifle gun

Peter Patterson            one Lot of corn

Berrel Gibson              one Lot of corn

Dit Tidwell                  one Lot of corn

Isabell Littleton           one Lot of corn

Thos Hughsone           one Lot of corn

Wm Hollis                  one hand mill

Samuel Pen                  one still

Jesse Gadden               one horse

Hugh Brown                one gun

Susannah Hollis           one horse

Wm Edwins                 one cow

Dit Tidwell                  too [sic] cow

George Lott                 one horse

Edward Tidwell           one cow

Samuel Owens             one Bull

John Hollis                  one heffer

Moses Hollis               one heffer

Charles ?                      one french musket

Moses Hollis               one rifle gun

Moses Hollis               one Lot of working tools

Wm Hollis                  one plow

Moses Hollis               one hand mill

Berryman Hollis          one chest

Berryman Hollis          one bed

Nancy Hollis               one trunk

Elijah Hollis                one glass

Abner Smith                too [sic] chairs

Susannah Hollis           one saddle

Susannah Hollis           one wheel

Widow Hollis              one cupboard

Widow Hollis              one churn

Widow Hollis              one tub

Widow Hollis              one oxen

Nancy Hollis               one table

Nancy Hollis               one frying pan

Berryman Hollis          one sow

Peter Patterson            seven head of hog

Moses Hollis               one boar



Source: South Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1670 – 1980; digital image, Ancestry (ancestry.com: accessed Sept. 2020) Moses Hollis.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Forget Me Not: James Sims Kelly, 1905 AL

 Newspapers.com is a favorite of mine for research. I feel that newspapers reports can add details to basic genealogy research. I was looking for anything to tell me more about James Sims Kelly. I found these articles.

James Sims Kelly

Sep 1828 TN – 1 August 1905 AL
Son of Sims Kelly & Mary Camp

My 1st cousin, 5x removed

Executive Appointments

The Governor yesterday made the following executive appointments:

James S. Kelly, notary public and justice of the peace, Oxford.

Source: Executive Appointments. (Montgomery, AL, The Montgomery Advertiser, 3 Sept. 1887) 8; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed July 2020).

J. S. Kelly Dead. An Honored Citizen of Oxford Goes to His Reward.

Anniston. Aug. 1 – Although not unexpected the death of James S. Kelly of Oxford came as a great shock to the entire community. This morning Mr. Kelly awakened feeling unusually bright and cheerful and went to breakfast. In a few moments he complained, walked to the door and in a moment fell from the porch. Before he could be lifted up he was dead.

James S. Kelly was born in Franklin county, Tenn. Sept. 2nd, 1828 and was nearly 77 years of age. He was twice married, his first wife being Miss Elizabeth Kelly. They had two children. One died when only a child, the other, Alfred Kelly, is a successful traveling man. His second wife was Miss Emily Goodlett, who survives him. From early manhood Mr. Kelly was an earnest, consistent member of the Baptist Church and true and loyal member to all its teachings. He was a writer of considerable power and in his articles  contributed to the Hot Blast over the non de plume of Sam Slim. He wrote entertainingly of the matters of current interest. He was a philosopher, a keen judge of human nature and possessing of a great heart that beat in sympathy with all of God’s creatures. He will be sorely missed by everyone.

Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed, awaiting news from his son, Alfred, whose whereabouts are uncertain. The services will be at the Baptist probably at 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon with interment in Oxford cemetery.

Source: J. S. Kelly Dead. (Montgomery, AL, The Montgomery Advertiser, 2 August 1905) 9; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed July 2020).

Funeral of James Kelly.The funeral of James S. Kelly took place at the Baptist church at 3 o’clock this afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. R. Ivey. The church could not hold the large crowd of friends that gathered. The services were solemn and impressive. The following acted as pallbearers: J. D. Wright, D. C. Cooper, W. S. Aderhold, T. A. Howle, W. F. Hanna and T. M. Draper. 

Source: Funeral of James Kelly. (Birmingham, AL: The Birmingham News, 3 Aug. 1905) 16; digital image, Newspaper.com: accessed June 2020).