Sunday, August 19, 2018

Obituary: Sarah Fortenberry Smith, 1943 MS

Sarah Fortenberry Smith
4 May 1892 – 6 Dec 1943

Daughter of: Jesse Crawford Fortenberry & Susan A. Ryals
Wife of: Marshall E. Smith
My 2ndcousin, 3x removed

Photograph from Find A Grave
Memorial #93459874

Mrs. Marshall E. Smith Dies. Deceased Was Sister of Mrs. Hobgood, Mrs. McDaniel, and Essley Fortenberry. Sympathy is being extended to Mrs. W. O. Hobgood and Mrs. Lewis O. McDanieland Essley Fortenberry of McComb in the loss of their sister, Mrs. Marshall E. Smith, 51 years of age, who passed away Monday at King’s Daughters’ Hospital at Brookhaven. 

Following services conducted by the Rev. James L. Sullivan, pastor of the First Baptist church of Brookhaven, at 11:30 o’clock Tuesday at the Smith home in Brookhaven the body was taken to Mrs. Smith’s home six miles southeast of Tylertown for internment in the Fortenberry family cemetery. She was the former Sarah Fortenberry.

For several years her husband served as a highway patrolman in this section and is now associated with he OPA as an investigator, working with Jackson and Brookhaven as headquarters. 

Surviving Mrs. Smith are her husband, Marshall E. Smith; a son, Billy Fortenberry Smith, serving overseas with Marine Corps.; three sisters, Mrs. W. O. [Dixie] Hobgood, Mrs. Lewis O. [Nell] McDaniel, McComb; Mrs. Warren E. [Ruby] Woods, Tylertown, and five brothers, John C. Fortenberry, Willis F. Fortenberry, George W. Fortenberry, and Easley Fortenberry, all of Tylertown and Essley Fortenberry, of  McComb. [1900 Census shows two sons named Easley.]

Source: Mrs. Marshall E. Smith Dies (McComb, MS: Enterprise-Journal, 9 Dec 1943) 1; digital image, accessed July 2018.

[Notes in green are mine.]

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Fortenberry: Furlough & Marriage, 1945 MS

Weldon W. Fortenberry
b c 1920
Son of: Willis Franklin Fortenberry

Sgt. Weldon W. Fortenberry Back From Pacific Area

Progress, Jan. 19-Sgt. Weldon W. Fortenberry of the Fifth Air Force arrived home Monday to spend a 20-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Fortenberry. Sergeant Fortenberry has been stationed in the Southwest Pacific for the past three years. Upon the expiration of his leave he will report to Miami, Florida, for further instructions.

Source: Sgt. Weldon W. Fortenberry Back From Pacific Area (McComb, MS: Enterprise-Journal, 22 Jan 1945) 5; digital image, accessed July 2018.

Malissia Dunn Bride of Sergeant Weldon Fortenberry

Progress. Feb. 2. A wedding of much interest in Progress and in surrounding communities as that of Miss Malissia Dunn, of Bude, Miss., to Sgt. Weldon W. Fortenberry.  The double ring ceremony was said briefly and impressively at the First Baptist parsonage Saturday, January 27 at 6:30 o’clock in the evening, with the Rev. Wyatt R. Hunter officiating. Attendants were Mrs. M. H. Blackwell of McComb, sister of the bride and Miss Pansy Fortenberry, sister of the bridegroom. The bride was lovely in a becoming white wool frock with which she wore black accessories. 

Mrs. Fortenberry is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Dunn of Bude, Miss., and has been employed at the Gulf States Utilities in Baton Rouge during the past eighteen months.

Sgt. Fortenberry is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Fortenberry of Progress, is now enjoying  furlough home after serving for three years in the South Pacific. 

After his furlough he couple will go to Miami, Florida, where Sgt. Fortenberry will be given a new assignment.

Source: Malissia Dunn Bride of Sergeant Weldon Fortenberry (McComb, MS: Enterprise-Journal, 2 Feb 1945) 6; digital image, accessed July 2018.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Obituary: Jesse D. Brumfield, 1935 MS

Jesse D. Brumfield Dies at his Home in Mesa Community

Jesse Davis Brumfield
son of Willis Nathaniel Brumfield & Nance Haley
My 1st Cousin 4x removed

Tylertown. Funeral services were held for Jesse D. Brumfield, who died at his home in Messa Community, with the Rev. V. C. Walker and Tylertown Blue Lodge Masons conducting the services. Interment was made in the Burkhalter cemetery.  Mr. Brumfield, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Willie Brumfield, is survived by his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Percy Fortenberry, Misses Tillie Belle, Emma and Rosa Brumfield; two sons, Hiram and Howard Brumfield; two brothers, John and Henry Brumfield, and one sister, Mrs. James O’Quinn. He was a member of the Centerville Baptist church and had lived a good Christian life. He was married in 1901 to Miss Lutisha Estess.

Source: Jesse D. Brumfield Dies at his Home in Mesa Community (McComb, MS: Semi-Weekly Journal, 10 December 1935) 2; digital image, accessed May 2018.

Photograph from Find A Grave
Memorial #89383973

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

1948 - August 8 - 2018 70th Anniversary

My Parents'
70th Anniversary

Delbert Keith Brown 
27 July 1928 OH- 24 October 2000 NY
Son of Roy Jesse Brown & Ivy Regina Mark
Alberta Joy Gardner
26 March 1928 NY - 10 August 1992 NY
Daughter of Nathaniel Gardner & Helen F. Coyle

70 years ago today my parents, both 20 years old, were married. My mother said she wanted to get married in August because it was less rainy than July. She also liked the repetition of the "8s" in the date, 8/8/48.

They were married in the Rectory of the Church of the Resurrection in Germantown, NY. At that time Roman Catholics who married outside their faith were not allowed to be married in the church itself. My mother came from a long line of Irish Catholics but my father had no religious connection. My mother told me that this policy was changed soon after their wedding. Because she was married in the rectory, rather than the church, she decided to wear a hat rather than a veil.

30 years later my husband & I would be married in that little Catholic Church in Germantown.

My maternal grandfather, Nathaniel Gardner, had died in 1944. The invitation shows that my grandmother paid for the wedding & reception on her small income. My mother sewed her own wedding gown. The bill for the reception, held at the General Worth Hotel in Hudson, NY, shows that the meals were $1.75 for each guest and the cake was $14.00.

My parents took a honeymoon by driving to New York City & Washington, DC. I have letters written by my mother to her mother during the honeymoon trip. When my parents returned they lived with my grandmother until they saved up money for their own place. First they had a small apartment and later, c 1952 they bought a small house on Woods Road. The house is still in the family and my nephew & his small family live there today. It is a house full of happy memories.

20th Anniversary
Del & Joy

40th Wedding Anniversary,
My parents, their four children, two children in law & five grandchildren

If my parents were still with us today I could post a photograph of them with their four children, two children in law, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. I cannot do that but I can make sure all their grandchildren & great grandchildren know the stories about their lives. 

The great grandchildren of Delbert K. & Alberta Joy (Gardner) Brown. 

Congratulations, Mom & Dad.
You created a wonderful living legacy that continues today & tomorrow.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Civil War Veterans Reunion, 1926 MS

Annual Reunion of Civil War Veterans

I never know what I will find when I search I recently put in my Brumfield surname and a range of years. I was looking for an obituary which I did not find but I did find a dozen assorted articles that do relate to my family. This article shows that several family members were in attendance at the reunion. I had not known that a couple of these men were veterans. From here I will go to fold3 to find their service details.

My photograph from Manassas Battlefield

The annual reunion of Stockdale Camp Confederate Veterans of Pike County, was held in the city hall in McComb Wednesday, June 23, with General W. M. Wroten presiding. “Dixie” was sung by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, with the invocation by Rev. J. L. Sells. Misses Dorothy Brumfield and Nellie K. Holmes of the Children of the Confederacy, gave an exhibition of fancy dancing. Miss Mary Margaret Fugler gave a reading. The welcome address was given by Major Dean C. Holmes, who in an eloquent manner made the Boys in  Gray feel welcome to the city. P. J. Albright welcomed the visitors on behalf of the  local Sons of Veterans. Dr. W. P. Price, pastor of the Magnolia Baptist Church, responded, paying tribute to the soldiers of the South. Following this, General Wroten made general announcements and business of the camp was attended to. 

W. W. Grant, a veteran from Crystal Springs, gave some interesting incidents of the war, dealing more especially with Howard Divinity, 94 year old Negro, of Copiah County, who went through four years of war with his master. 

The veterans then assembled in the basement of the Centenary Methodist Church, where a splendid dinner was served by he local chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy. Mrs. D. A. Brumfield, president of the local chapter, welcomed the visitors. Miss Thelma Stewart, with the Violin, accompanied by Mrs. Beverly Dickerson, entertained by music. Readings were given by Miss Sue Fay Nall and Grace Allen. Josephine Stanton, president of the state organization of Children of the Confederacy, responded to the welcome. Rev. J. H. Lane and F. D. Hewitt made brief remarks. 

Following this, the memorial service, honoring departed members, was held, with Mrs. W. T. Stuart in charge. “Blest Be the Tie that Binds” was sung by the Daughters of the Confederacy, after the invocation, by Dr. J. W. Mayfield. Bruce Benson gave a reading, “The Man We Can Never Forget,” a tribute to Woodrow Wilson.

In the absence of Mrs. Joseph C. Rankin of Gulfport, Mrs. W. T. Stuart, read the memorial address honoring the departed heroes in gray. Mrs. R. M. McEwen placed a flower in a large wreath in memory of each veteran who had died since the last reunion. Nine flowers were placed representing as many men: W. P. Andrews, Ira L. Felder, A. J. Mixon, George Stewart, John E. Carter and Henry Q. Garner of McComb; Dr. R. H. Purser, and H. H. Cutrer, of Magnolia; G. F. Cutrer, Osyka. A brief tribute to the memory of Rev. R. H. Purser, was made by Rev. J. H. Lane. The benediction by Rev. J. L. Sells closed the memorial service. 

The resolution endorsing the sale of Confederate memorial coins passed at the session one year ago was readopted. A letter was sent to the absent Rev. J. M. Hutson, as follows: “Stockdale Camp, Confederate Veterans of Pike county, in annual reunion assembled, hereby express to you our sincere regret that you are unable to be with us this day. We trust you will soon be well and about again. As our faithful chaplain, we miss your presence among us.”

In closing the reunion, General Wroten said it was one of the best meetings ever held by the camp. “It has been just like a state reunion,” said General Wroten. The Local U. D. C. and people of McComb were thanked for heir hospitality and entertainment. 

A feature of the afternoon was the presentation of a flag by the camp to Mrs. W. T. Stuart. Dr. Wroten, in making the presentation, said the camp had ordered a large flag to present to Mrs. Stuart but that it had not yet arrived. In lieu thereof he presented a small Confederate flag. 

The camp voted to send five dollars to Howard Divinity, 94-year-old Negro of Copiah County, who fought in the Confederate army and who is now blind.

Reunion Sidelights
The oldest veteran present was a visitor, Jesse K. Brumfield, of Tyler town, who is ninety years young. He was one of the most active men present. His son, C. I. Brumfield [Claude Isaac Brumield], county superintendent of education in Walthall County, was with him.

The reporter started to ask each veteran how old he was. Each one insisted on telling how young he was. The following were present: W. M. Wroten, Magnolia, 80; Joe Berryhill[Joseph W. Berryhill], Magnolia, 80; B. S. Alford [Barnabas Seaborn Alford], 83; M. M. Hart, 78; R. B. Bales, 79; John W. Gaitlin, 81; S. R. Quin, 80; all of McComb; J. H. Jones, 79; T. L. McGeehee, 80; E. A. Jarvis, 79, of Summit; J. W. Williams, 79, A. E. Spears, 81; Joseph Mixon, 83, of Osyka; N. E. Alford [Needham Edwin Alford], 80, Fernwood; R. S. Bridges, 80, Holmesville.

Source: Pike County Holds Reunion. (Jackson, MS: Daily Mississippi Clarion and Standard, 1 November 1926) 1 & 3; digital image, accessed May 2018.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

1928 - July 27- 2018, Happy Birthday, Dad

Delbert Keith Brown
1928 July 27 OH - 24 October 2000 NY
Son of Roy Jesse Brown & Ivy Regina Mark

The Brown brothers: Delbert, Leo, Larry, Bob & Billy

My father would be 90 years old this year if he was still with us. He was born in Rittman, Wayne County, Ohio. He would be the oldest of seven children. He would have four brothers and two sisters. They lived in many different locations in Ohio. One summer, during the Depression, they lived outdoors beside a river, sometimes in a tent and sometimes in a home made camper. Because of the frequent moves my father attended various schools and was not a strong learner. 

In 1940 my grandfather got a job in New York State, working in a mill, and the family moved to Columbia County. Delbert graduated from Hudson High School. He had a talent for repairing motors. He worked in gas stations, became a mechanic and later, a truck driver and gas station owner. He was a hard worker, working many hours for his family.

We lived in Germantown, Columbia County, New York. Our little house was on rural road with little traffic. We had room to run; to follow paths into the woods; to catch fireflies on summer evenings; to swing on the tire swing our father had hung from a tree; and to build stick bridges over the creek. It was a free, innocent world given to us by our parents.

Our Dodge Van & Camper

Our father was behind the wheel on our vacations. Whether we were in New York, Atlantic City, NJ, Gettysburg, PA, Virginia, Florida or anywhere else our camper would take us, our parents taught us about geography & history. They taught us to be proud to be Americans.

1966 Atlantic City, NJ

Late 1990s Delbert K Brown & several grandchildren 

Most of all our parents taught us to value our family and to enjoy each other.

Thanks for everything & Happy birthday, Dad!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Opinion Please: Jessie or Jesse?

I have many Jessie/Jesse given names in my family. Most of them are southern born. They are both male & female. I am trying to find a pattern to the spelling. Do you have this given name?

I have a question is Jessie for females & Jesse for males? 
Or is it just random? Or is it the census takers who decide the spelling?

I’d like to hear from readers.

Here are a just a few of my Jesse folks:
The Jesse spelling appears to be all male.

Jesse Alexander Brumfield
Jesse Alford
Jesse Alton Brumfield
Jesse C. Fortenberry
Jesse Lamar Simmons
Jesse Newton Ball
Jesse Smith

Here are a just a few of my Jessie folks:
The Jesse spelling appears to divided between male & female.
Are the names of these males just misspelled?

Jessie Brown [male]
Jessie Hannah Andrews [female]
Jessie Lee Brumfield [female]
Jessie Mary Lowe [female]
Jessie Miles Hall [male]
Jessie Ott [male]

Please comment.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The 1907 Brumfield Family Reunion & Centennial Celebration

In March 1907 the descendants of John B. Brumfield gathered in a family reunion. This newspaper account gives details of the special day and includes genealogical information. I have added family notes [in green].

Family Reunion, The Brumfield Family Met in Amite County

On Sunday March 1 an excursion was run over the Liberty White Railroad from Holmesville to Liberty, Miss. To accommodate the Brumfield family who had arranged to hold a reunion and centennial celebration at the residence of Mrs. Lucinda Andrews [Susan Lucinda Brumfield Andrews, 1845–1933], the only surviving daughter of the late Jesse Brumfield [Jesse Kelly Brumfield, 1807-1884] who now resides on the old Brumfield plantation east of Liberty.

            The train left Holmesville at 7 am, McComb at 8 and arrived at the plantation about 8:35 in a shower of rain which for a few -?- considerably disturbed the excursionists.

            The Brumfield family is one of the largest and most influential families in the State. John Brumfield  [John B. Brumfield, b 2 Nov 1768 NC]Benjamin Bickham and Benjamin Youngblood [1773 GA-1860 MS] came to Franklinton, La. From York District, S. C. about 1811, settled near Franklinton and raised large families. Jesse Brumfield, son of John Brumfield, was born March 12, 1807, and died at the Brumfield plantation in Amite County July 25, 1884. He was the father of Lucinda, Joe, Monroe and Henry S. [and 7 more children] and it was the 100th anniversary of his birth which was celebrated by the family Sunday.

         Henry S. Brumfield, who is well known in South Mississippi, having served as treasurer of Pike County for several years, married Martha E. Bickham [1840 – 1893] in 1855, he having five sons, John [John Benjamin 1868-1952], Jesse [Jesse Thomas 1858-1946], Charley [Charles Edgar 1874-1959], Henry [Henry Sims Jr. 1877-1959] and Dudley [Dudley Atkinson b1879]; and seven daughters, Mesdames W. W.  Leggett [Mary Emma 1857-1950], Hugh Bridges [Lucinda 1858-1946], Henry Lee [Elizabeth 1864-1950], Jesse Lee [Alice 1870-1953], Walter Lampton [Martha Lucy 1866-1939], H. G. Mackey, Ewell Gill [Amanda 1872-1897] and Miss Myrt [Myrtis S. 1884-1959]. Three sons and all his daughters and their families were present at the reunion, making a total of fifty direct descendants of Henry S. Brumfield present! And we were informed that fully thirty more absent. Besides these were the children and grandchildren of Joe [Joseph Warren Brumfield 1841 – 1910], Monroe [James Monroe Brumfield 1843-1899] and Mrs. Andrews [Susan Lucinda Brumfield Andrews, 1845–1933], making a total of eighty seven direct descendants of Grandpa Jesse Brumfield who were present, besides many of these were absent. It is estimated that the descendants now number about 150.

            Besides the Brumfield family a large number of friends had been invited, making the total number in attendance at the reunion nearly 200.

            In conversing with members of the family we gathered several interesting facts about the early history of the family. Jesse Brumfield and his wife [Hannah Ann Youngblood 1808-1885], parents of Henry S. Brumfield are buried side by side in the old family grave yard on the plantation and after dinner the entire assembly visited the grave yard in a body, even to the old negro slaves, who gazed sadly at the headstones of their old master and mistress.

            Mr. H. S. Brumfield’s grandmother [Margaret Kelly b 1772] was of Irish descent, she being a Kelly.

            The Brumfields and Bickhams are of revolutionary fame, several members of both families being officers in the revolutionary war. Mr. Dolph Bickham of Franklinton, La. Now being in possession of a sword carried by his grandfather. Several uncles of H. S. Brumfield were also in the battle of 1812 at New Orleans.

            The day was very pleasantly spent, the dinner being spread upon a large table extending across the front yard, and consisted of a great variety of delicacies, which all seemed to greatly enjoy.

            We will not elaborate upon the events of the day, as our correspondent from Fernwood, who was with -?- editor has taken -?- notes -?- has covered the ground so thoroughly that anything we could say would only be a repetition of what our correspondent has already said of what took place that day.

Source: Family Reunion, The Brumfield Family Met in Amite County, (Jackson, MS: Clarion-Ledger, 21 March 1907) 2; digital image, accessed February 2018.

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