Sunday, February 26, 2017

Mary Polly Spurlock Gave Birth to 3 Babies in One Year

Mary ‘Polly’ Spurlock was born 1 January 1800 [parents unknown at this time] in Oglethorpe, Georgia. She married Edward Stewart Brown about 1835. Together they lived in Amite County, Mississippi where, in 1836, Mary gave birth to three children. On 26 January 1836 she gave birth to her first child, Allen Moses Brown [my 2nd great grandfather]. On 15 December 1836 she gave birth to twin girls, Martha M. Brown and Mary Magdelene Brown. [They would later have two more children.]

I have three children born over a span of five years. I cannot imagine having three children in one year! At this time I don’t know of any family living in the area but I hope there was someone who lent a hand.



Source: Brown Family Papers; 1700's to 1900's; Gathered by Rayleen Hall Brown from Various Family Members; in possession of author; Includes Alford, Brown, Dillon, Fortenberry, Kennington, Ott & Smith.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday's Obituary: Rose Ella Brumfield Brown

Mrs. Rosa E. Brown Passes at Pike Home

Time of Services to be Set after Daughter Arrives From California

Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa Ella Brown, beloved native and lifelong resident of Pike County, have not been completely arranged pending the time of arrival of a daughter who lives in California. Mrs. Brown passed away at her home in the Progress community at 11:30 Saturday morning, Oct. 2. She was born July 18, 1867 in that community and had lived there during a lifetime known for its sterling Christian character, respected by all who knew her. Last rites will be said from Silver Creek Baptist Church with the pastor, Reverend Moore, officiating.
            She leaves her husband, Jasper Brown, Progress; four daughters, Mrs. Ina Alford, Bogalusa, La; Mrs. Lydia Pierce, of Walthall County; Mrs. Mildred Ball, Angie, La.; and Mrs. Thelma Mitzell, Montgomery, Calf.; three sons, Junius and Hubert Brown, both of Magnolia, and Roy Brown, Hudson, N.Y.; a brother, Fletcher Brumfield, McComb, RFD, and three sisters, Mrs. Lillie Alford, Angie, La.; Mrs. Daisy Alford and Mrs. Sally Brumfield, and many other relatives.
            Catchings’ Magnolia Funeral Home will be in charge of services.

Mrs. Rosa E. Brown Passes at Pike Home. (4 October 1948). McComb Enterprise-Journal. Retrieved February 4, 2017, from https://www.newspapers.com; page 1





Rose was my great grandmother. 

1 Rose Ella Brumfield b: 18 Jul 1867 MS, d: 02 Oct 1948 Magnolia, Pike, MS
 +Jasper Pascal Brown b: 15 May 1865 Pike, MS, d: 08 Jun 1950 McComb, Pike, MS, m: 21 Dec 1887 in Pike, MS

2 Lucy Viola Brown b: 16 Oct 1888 MS, d: 23 Mar 1942
+Tate Edward Fortenberry b: 14 Jan 1885 MS, d: Aft. 1940, m: 17 Dec 1908 in Pike, MS
2 Ina Lucille Brown b: 29 Dec 1890 MS, d: 25 Jul 1972
+Dewitt William Alford b: 29 Oct 1874 LA, d: 24 May 1942 LA, m: 08 Dec 1910 LA
2 Junius Earl Brown b: 12 May 1892 MS, d: Jan 1956 +Armetha Brown
            2 Hubert Allen Brown b: 01 Oct 1894 MS, d: 25 Nov 1971 Jackson, Hinds,
MS
+Freddie Smith b: 19 Nov 1899, d: 21 Apr 1988 MS, m: 10 Jan 1920 Pike, MS
2 Mavis Marie Brown b: 18 Aug 1897 in Mississippi, USA, d: 28 Jun 1928 in Mississippi, USA +Denny Herbert Smith b: 03 Mar 1892 in Tylertown, Walthall, Mississippi, USA, d: 18 Mar 1966 in Mississippi, USA
2 Lyda Mearl Brown b: 24 Dec 1900 in Pike, MS, d: 06 Dec 1979 Walthall,
MS
+Arlie Pierce b: 27 Jan 1898 in Walthall, MS, d: 07 Mar 1993 in Hammond, LA
2 Roy Jesse Brown b: 08 Mar 1902 Osyka, Pike, MS, d: 12 May 1956 in
Magnolia, Pike, MS
+Ivy Regina Mark b: 08 Jun 1908 in Medina, Medina, OH, d: 18 Sep 2003 in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, NY, m: 02 Aug 1927 in Seville, Medina, OH +Mary Thelma Ellzey b: 22 Feb 1906 in Pike, MS, d: Jan 1974 in Magnolia, Pike, MS
2 Mildred Olga Brown b: 23 Jun 1904 MS, d: Unknown
+James Alton Ball b: 22 Mar 1902 in Angie, Washington, LA, m: 24 Dec 1921 Vernado, LA
2 Thelma Lady Brown b: 27 Feb 1908 MS, d: 15 Nov 1979 +Reynolds

            


            

Friday, February 10, 2017

Thomas Ashely, Sr. in North Carolina


 Thomas Ashley, Sr.
My 8th Great Grandfather


At this time the early life of Thomas Ashley, Sr. is unknown. His patents, birth year and birth location are unknown. What we do know about Thomas, a blacksmith, comes from the court records of Bertie County, North Carolina.
Thomas Ashley, Sr. first appears in documents in 1734 when Thomas was the witness to two land transactions. Daniel Frazor and Robert West sold land to each other on 6 May 1734. Two years later he witnessed a deed between George Phenney and Thomas Jones.[i]
            On 3 August 1739 “Thomas Ashley, blacksmith, & wife Ann” were in Bertie County Court once again. They sold 340 acres of land on Rawquiss Swamp to Edward Howkett for 60 British pounds.[ii]
            On 2 August 1740 Thomas Lovick sold to Thomas Ashley 150 acres on Black Walnut Swamp. Thomas Lovick was the executor of the will of Laurence Larson and sold the land in that role. Thomas Ashley paid 30 British pounds for the land.[iii]
            Thomas Ashley and his wife, Ann, had at least one child, Thomas Ashley, Jr. born circa 1710. There is evidence of Thomas Ashley, Jr. in Bertie County on 10 August 1742 when his father sold him 120 acres of land on Cashoke Creek. Thomas Ashley, Jr. paid 100 British pounds for the land adjacent to Henry Van Luven’s land. One of the witnesses to the transaction was William Ashley who may have been a family member.[iv],[v] William’s name appears in many records of the county.[vi]
            Thomas Ashley “the Elder” sold 50 acres on Black Walnut Swamp to Samuel Cook four British pounds May 13, 1747.[vii]
            On 16 May 1753 Thomas Ashley, Sr., blacksmith, sold 100 acres of land on Black Walnut Swamp to Richard Lakey.[viii] On 23 April 1759 he sold 50 acres of land to Patience Demsey. The land was:

50 acres on south side of Solomon Creek, joining Florence Branch, Waters Branch.[ix]

This is the last reference to Thomas Ashley, Sr. in the courthouse records. His death date is unknown.







[i] Bell, M. B. (1963). Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina: Deed Books A - H, 1720 - 1757 (2nd Edition). Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc. Pages 99 & 114.
[ii] Bell, M. B. (1963). Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina: Deed Books A - H, 1720 - 1757 (2nd Edition). Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc. Page 148.
[iii] Bell, M. B. (1963). Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina: Deed Books A - H, 1720 - 1757 (2nd Edition). Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc. Page 157.
[iv] Bell, M. B. (1963). Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina: Deed Books A - H, 1720 – 1757 (2nd Edition ed.). Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc., page 174. Aug. Court 1742. Deed Book F, 317.
[v] Haun, Weynette Parks. Bertie County North Carolina County Court Minutes 1740 thru 1743; 1758 thru 1762. Book II. North Carolina: 1977. From the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, NC.
[vi] Bell, M. B. (1963). Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina: Deed Books A - H, 1720 - 1757 (2nd Edition). Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc.
[vii] Bell, M. B. (1963). Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina: Deed Books A - H, 1720 - 1757(2nd Edition ed.). Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc., page 190. May Court 1747. Deed Book G, 31.
[viii] Bell, M. B. (1963). Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina: Deed Books A - H, 1720 - 1757(2nd Edition ed.). Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc., page 234. May Court 1754. Deed Book H 99.
[ix] Bradley, S. E. (1992). The deeds of Bertie County, North Carolina, 1757-1772. Keysville, VA: S.E. Bradley. Page 13.