Sunday, October 21, 2018

Obituary: Lillian Ellzey Fortenberry, 1950 MS

Lillian Ellzey Fortenberry
31 May 1883 – 20 June 1950 MS

Daughter of Oscar J L Ellzey & Elizabeth Fortenberry
Wife of Lemuel Q. Fortenberry

Progress News
The death of Mrs. Lillian Ellzey Fortenberry, last Tuesday night, came as a shock to her many friends in the county. She was one of the beloved members of the Silver Springs church and was well known throughout county as one of its most devout Christians. She was the wife of Mr. L. Q. Fortenberry and was the mother of six children: E. J. of Colorado; Devoix, New Orleans; Hendrix, U. S. Navy; Mrs. Charles Ott, Mt. Herman, La.; Mrs. Ralph Simmons of Baton Rouge, La. Ten grandchildren also survive. Internment was in the Silver Springs Cemetery Thursday fternoon, with the Rev. Clyde Jones, F. W. Gunn, Kelly Fortenberry, McGehee and J. C. Pinson fficiating.  


Photograph from Find A Grave
Memorial #22274537


Source: Progress News (McComb, MS: Enterprise-Journal, 29 June 1950) 2; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed July 2018.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Following Jesse C Fortenberry in the US Census

Jesse Crawford Fortenberry
1853 – 1911
Son of Calvin Kennington Fortenberry



U S Census

This family appears to have two sons with he same name. That sometimes happens when one son dies and another is born but these two are both in the 1900 census so they lived at the same time.

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

Jesse                             b Mar 1852 MS           m 1878            farmer
Susan                           b Dec 1857 MS           mother of 9/9 living
George son                  b Sep 1878 MS            farm laborer
Easley son                    b Aug 1880 MS           farm laborer
Dixie daughter            b July 1882 MS
Crawford son               b May 1884 MS          farm laborer
John son                      b Apr 1886 MS            farm laborer
Narcissa daughter        b Oct 1888 MS
Sarah daughter           b May 1891 MS
Easley son                    b Apr 1894 MS
Willis son                    b Aug 1896 MS                       


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

Jesse C                         58 b MS          farmer
Susan                           58 b MS          mother of 11/9 living
John son                      22 b MS
Sarah daughter             18 b MS
Easley son                    16 b MS
Willis son                    14 b MS
Ruby daughter             11 b MS
Nellie daughter             8 b MS


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