Friday, October 12, 2018

Albert & Dora Morrison Together for 50 Years

Albert Rowlen Morrison & Dora Rand

Married 13 October 1914 OH

Albert  14 April 1894 OH - Mar 1977 OH
Dora 26 Dec 1897 OH - 30 Dec 1971 FL




Creston – Mr. and Mrs. Albert R. Morrison will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary at an open house Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the home of their son Edward, 115 Carter St. <orison, 70, was born in Seville; his wife, the former Dora Rand, 67, in Sandusky. The couple were married Oct. 13, 1914 in Sandusky. Morrison was affiliated with Morison’s Garage in Rittman for 15 years and farmed in Creston for 30 years before retiring. The couple now live in Marathon Shores, Fla. In addition to their son the Morrisons have a daughter, Mrs. Helen Hauffman of Creston, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The Morrisons are members of the Brethern Church. Friends and relatives are invited to attend the open house Sunday.


Source: Celebrate Anniversary (Akron, OH: The Akron Beacon Journal, 15 Oct 1964) 7; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed April 2018.



Sunday, October 7, 2018

Obituary: Ella Blackwell Fortenberry, 1935 MS

Ella Blackwell Fortenberry
Wife of James Calvin Fortenberry



Funeral Rites for Mrs. Fortenberry Held at Magnolia

Final Tribute is Paid to Prominent Resident of County.  A large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives attended the funeral of Mrs. Ella Blackwell Fortenberry in Magnolia Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock. The services were held at the Magnolia Baptist church and internment followed in the Magnolia cemetery with the Rev. H. K. Horton, pastor of the Baptist church, assisted by the Rev. Flowers of the Presbyterian church and Rev. Carter of Fernwood, officiating.

Mrs. Fortenberry has been a resident of Pike County for a number of years and her passing was the source of much regret among her large circle of friends who admired and respected her. The beautiful floral offerings which were in evidence at the funeral, bespoke the high esteem in which he deceased was held.

She was born March 16, 1883 and was married in 1903. 

Mrs. Fortenberry died at her residence in Magnolia Tuesday morning at 5 o’clock following an illness of several months. 

Source: Funeral Rites for Mrs. Fortenberry Held at Magnolia (McComb, MS: Semi-Weekly Journal, 17 October 1935) 3; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed July 2018.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Following Willis Fortenberry in the US Census

Willis Franklin Fortenberry
4 Feb 1887 MS – Dec 1976 LA
Son of Webster Fortenberry

It is great when we can follow a family through the years by way of the US Census records. We can confidently put together a picture of the family structure.




U S Census Records

1920 US Census, MS, Pike, Beat 1; digital image,Ancestry(ancestry.com: accessed July 2018) Willie Fortenberry.

Willie Fortenberry       32 b MS
Ivie                              24 b MS
Edith daughter             5 b MS
Clinton son                  b July MS


1930 US Census, MS, Pike, Beat 1; digital image,Ancestry(ancestry.com: accessed July 2018) Willis Fortenberry.

Willis                           43 b MS
Iva                               37 b MS
Edith daughter            16 b MS          bc1914
Clifton son                   12 b MS          bc1918
Wilden son                  10 b MS          bc 1920
Gilbert son                  8 b MS            bc 1922
Pansey daughter           6 b MS           bc 1924
Arlie daughter             4 b MS            bc 1926
Bonnie B daughter       1 b MS            bc 1929

1940 US Census, MS, Pike; digital image,Ancestry(ancestry.com: accessed July 2018) Willie Fortenberry.

Willie                          53 b MS          farmer
Ivy May                       47 b MS
Clifton son                   21 b MS          farm laborer
Wilbert son                 19 b MS          farm laborer
Gilbert son                  17 b MS
Pansey daughter           15 b MS
Aarle daughter             13 b MS
Bonnie Bee daughter    11 b MS
Locky May daughter    9 b MS
Carl L son                    7 b MS

Friday, September 28, 2018

Ernest & Ella Married 1920 Ohio

Ernest Creasy & Ella Rupert

Ernest S. Gruissy/Creasy 1893 OH - 1953 OH

There are no romantic details in this short announcement 
of the marriage of Ernest & Ella.


Mrs. Ida Rupert of 1613 South Erie st. today announced the marriage of her daughter, Ella Arline to Ernest Creasy of Beach City. The ceremony was performed Saturday evening by the Rev. R. H. Kirk at the manse.




Source: 25 Years Ago (Massillon, OH: The Evening Independent, 1 Oct. 1945) 4; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed April 2018.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Following William G Fortenberry in the Census


William G. Fortenberry

20 May 1833 MS – 23 Nov 1920 MS
Son of Calvin Kennington Fortenberry
My 1stcousin, 4x removed

It is very helpful to find someone in several consecutive census reports. The decades roll by. Children can be identified. We see those children increase in number and then decrease as they move out on their own. In 1920 William, age 86, has moved in with his son. 




The U S Census

1870 US Census, MS, Pike; digital image,Ancestry(ancestry.com: accessed July 2018) William Fortenberry.

William                       37 b MS          farmer
Rebecca                       23 b MS
William D. son            7 b MS
Burrell W. son             5 b MS
Murry L. son               2 b MS



1880 US Census, MS, Pike; digital image,Ancestry(ancestry.com: accessed July 2018) William Fortenberry.

William                       46 b MS          laborer
Rebecca J.                    33 b MS
William A. son            17 b MS
Burrell W. son            15 b MS
Marrel L. son               12 b MS
Ginest daughter           9 b MS
Nancy O. daughter      7 b MS
Calvin C. son               4 b MS
Sarah O. daughter       1/12 b MS

1900 US Census, MS, Pike, Tylertown; digital image,Ancestry(ancestry.com: accessed July 2018) William Fortenberry.

William                       b May 1833 MS          farmer; m 1862
Jane                             b Apr 1845 MS            mother of 11/10 living
Chris son                     b Jan 1878 MS
Opelia daughter           b Nov 1880 MS
Narsissa daughter         b Feb 1883 MS
Charley son                  b May 1885 MS
Mary daughter             b June 1888 MS


1910 US Census, MS, Pike, Beat 2; digital image,Ancestry(ancestry.com: accessed July 2018) William Fortenberry.

William                       77 b MS          famer on general farm
Jane                             64 b MS          mother of 10/10 living
Esco     son                   24 b MS          farmer laborer



1920 US Census, MS, Walthall, Beat 3; digital image,Ancestry(ancestry.com: accessed July 2018) Charley E. Fortenberry.

Charley E                     36 b MS
Lula                             32 b MS
Madeedaughter          5 b MS
Joe Glen son                1 b MS
William father             86 b MS
Janie mother                73 b MS

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Obituary: John K. Fortenberry, 1939 MS

John K. Fortenberry
1857 – 1939 MS
Son of: Willis James Fortenberry


Fortenberry Dies at Tylertown

Tylertown, Miss. – John K. Fortenberry, 80 years old, died suddenly while visiting in the home of his nephew. Mr. Fortenberry was a son of the late Rev. Willis Fortenberry, pioneer Baptist minister of this section. He leaves two sons, E. H. Fortenberry of this place and Hayden Fortenberry of Franklinton, La,; three daughters, Mrs. Mack Fortenberry and Mrs. Easley Fortenberry of this place and Mrs. Henry Tolar of Clinton. Funeral services were conducted from the New Zion Baptist Church by the pastor, Rev. J. L. McKay, assisted by Rev. W. R. Cooper, Rev. Mr. Waldrop and Rev. W. M. Bowman. Internment was in the family cemetery.


Source: Fortenberry Dies at Tylertown (McComb, MS: McComb Daily Journal, 10 Jan 1939) 1; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed July 2018.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Book: The Federal Road


How did your family travel to their new home? If they were headed southwest in the early 1800s they probably traveled, at least in part, on the Old Federal Road. If you’d like to learn more about its location, construction and difficulties, read this book by Henry DeLeon Southerland and Jerry Elijah Brown.



The Federal Road 
Through Georgia, the Creek Nation and Alabama, 1806-1836



The Federal Road “permitted tens of thousands of people from the Atlantic seaboard to come into the Old Southwest and settle in undeveloped territory…” The old road, which evolved from horse path to post road, to military thoroughfare and main path for pioneers to fertile lands, was once a treacherous road from Georgia to Mississippi. It was vital for communication and transportation but it was dangerous for many reasons, chiefly because it ran through the Creek Nation.

In the early 1800s President Thomas Jefferson wanted to establish lines of communication between Washington, D. C. and New Orleans, which was an important port critical to American commerce. Postmaster General Gideon Granger, ordered a trial run that showed it took 15 days to send a letter along the Natchez Trace to New Orleans. The goal was to shorten that time for express mail.

The process to turn an old horse path into a faster mail route began. In March 1805 Congress passed an act to establish a post road partly in Orleans Territory. In November 1805 a treaty with the Creek Nation included rights for the United States to operate a horse path through their territory.  In 1806 Congress appropriated $6,400 to open a road from the then western boundary of Georgia to New Orleans. “Brush was to cleared to a width of four feet; trees which had fallen across the paths were to be cut away; causeways across the swampy bogs were to be made of logs five feet long; and logs were to be laid across the creeks.” This new route from Washington to New Orleans would be 1,152 miles, 320 miles less than the Natchez Trace route. More money would be required and problems would be many but the road was begun.

Colonel Joseph Wheaton began cutting and clearing in September 1806 but problems soon followed. Swamps and mountains slowed the expected progress. Wheaton fell ill. At times a cleared route had to be abandoned and rerouted. Samuel F. Bloomfield, a post rider, estimated that less than 23 miles could be cleared in a day. The president was not pleased with that slow rate of preparing the road. In 1807 Congress investigated the failure to complete the horse path and the failure to establish dependable mail service. Later that year Postmaster General Granger had instituted express and regular mail between Washington and New Orleans with horses and riders provided by the government. Although some mail traveled along the Federal Road, the Natchez Trace was still widely used. 

Meanwhile, war with Great Britain was a possibility. Military roads were needed. In 1811 General Hampton was directed go begin construction of three wagon roads. One road would connect the Tennessee River to Fort Stoddert; one connecting Fort Stoddert to Colonel Hawkins’ place on the Flint River; and one from Fort Stoddert to Baton Rouge. The roads, built by the U. S. Army, were intended to be sufficient for moving supply wagons, cannons, and men on horse and foot. War followed. Only military travel occurred between 1813-14. Forts were built along the Federal Road. After a peace treaty was signed people who traveled the Federal Road “would become part of a region in transition, exploding with energy and urgency.” Increased travel wore down the roads. Congress allotted money for the repair of the roads: five thousand dollars in 1809 and 1816 and ten thousand dollars in later 1816 and 1818. Swamps were extensive and bridges were decayed beyond repair. 

Maintenance and repairs were dependent on the location of the portion of the road. Within the Mississippi Territory citizens were responsible for that work. All free males between the ages of 16 and 50 could be required to work on at least one road for up to six days a year using their tools. Owners could send slaves in their place. Beginning 1817 Alabama used the same system. 

Increased use of the Federal Road did not make it safer. Poor road conditions and attacks by hostile Creeks were a reality. By the early 1820s wagons and stagecoach travel occurred along the route. Stagecoaches had a usual fee of one dollar for every eight or ten miles. Both freight haulers and families were sometimes attacked. 

Pioneers continued to travel along the Federal Road despite its flaws. Benjamin Harris reported that, between October 1811 and March 1812, 233 vehicles and 3,726 people headed west past his Indian Agency on the Flint River. Settlers streamed along the road inspired by the promise of fertile land. They traveled by foot, wagons or carriages. The influx of settlers expanded the population of Mississippi. New post offices were created to serve the increasing numbers of settlers. 

Alternative travel options and a poor economy led to a decline in the use of the road. Economic issues, including the Panic of 1837, reduced traffic on the road. Travelers preferred steamboats and railroads. “The coming of the railroads ensured the demise of the Federal Road.” Eventually county, state and U. S. highways became more reliable alternatives. 

“Today the Federal Road is a shadowy presence, a wraith that runs beside farm-to-market roads, old U. S. highways, and its latest descendant, the interstate highway system.” 


Source: Southerland, Henry DeLeon and Jerry Elijah Brown. The Federal Road Through Georgia, the Creek Nation and Alabama, 1806-1836 (Tuscaloosa, AL: The University of Alabama Press, 1989).

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Obituary: Ira William Fortenberry, 1945 MS

Ira William Fortenberry
1883 – Feb 1945 MS

Son of Ivan Hollis Fortenberry & Laura Ann Alford
Wife: Mollie Schilling
My 2ndCousin, 2x removed


Photo from Find A Grave
Memorial #22274300


Ira W. Fortenberry Buried Monday at Silver Springs

Progress. Feb. 16 – Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p. m. from the Silver Springs Baptist church for Ira W. Fortenberry, 62, resident of the Silver Springs Community, who passed away at his home Sunday afternoon.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Mrs. Mollie Schilling Fortenberry; two children, Roy Fortenberry, in overseas service, and Herman Fortenberry of Florida; four sisters, Mrs. Murry E. Regan of Magnolia, Mrs. Charles Schilling of Progress, Mrs. John N. Alford of Tylertown, and Mrs. Herbert Lane of Summitt; six brothers, Marvin, Walter, B. L. [Bernard] and R. C. [Robert] Fortenberry of, all of Arkansas, D. W. [Daniel Webster] and C. L. [Charles Ellis?] Fortenberry, both of Jackson, Miss.

Internment in the church cemetery followed the funeral service.



Photo from Find A Grave
Memorial #22274300


[Notes in green are mine.]

Source: Ira W. Fortenberry Buried Monday at Silver Springs (McComb, MS: Enterprise-Journal, 16 Feb 1945) 4; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed July 2018.

Note: I know the sisters are: Leona Eva Fortenberry, Golda Viola Fortenberry, Rosa Fortenberry and Beulah D. Fortenberry. Can anyone match those sisters with the married names? If you can I'd like to hear from you.




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Monday, September 3, 2018

8 Years of Blogging

It is time to celebrate my 8th Anniversary of Blogging. It has been fun but it has also been work. Lots of time and research goes into each blog post. People sometimes ask me why I spend time with genealogy and blogging. This piece that I wrote a couple years ago explains it best.





Suppose You Were the Only One


Suppose you were the only one who knew:
Your father liked to listen to freight trains passing his house when he was a boy.
At night he’d lie his blonde head down & listen to the trains rattling along the tracks 
and he’d count the long line of cars until he became drowsy and dreamed of trains.
Would you tell your son?

Suppose you were the only one who knew:
Your mother was a fearless freckled girl who loved to roller skate.
She lived in New York City and raced along the neighborhood sidewalks
with her long red hair flying as she jumped the cracks and laughed.
Would you tell your daughters?

Suppose you were the only one who knew:
Your tall dark haired grandfather liked to do magic tricks.
He kept shiny coins ready in his vest pocket and a smile on his face,
ready to make those coins appear & disappear and make children laugh.
Would you tell your grandson?

Suppose you were the only one who knew:
Your grandmother had long strawberry blonde hair.
She washed it with rainwater and brushed it one hundred strokes every night
and when she told you your hair was just like hers it made you feel very special.
Would you tell your granddaughter?

Suppose you were the only one who knew:
Your Irish great grandfather loved St. Patrick’s Day. 
He’d throw open all the windows of their New York City apartment
and he’d pound out Irish songs on their piano as he sang along & music floated out to the street.
Would you tell your nieces and nephews?

Suppose you were the only one who knew:
Your great grandparents in Ohio wrote love letters to each other.
She wrote about sewing and stringing popcorn for the tree & he wrote of planting and carpentry,
And love spilled out between the words. 
Would you tell your cousins?

Suppose you were the only one who knew the family stories.
Would you pick up a pen?


Colleen G. Brown Pasquale