Monday, November 28, 2022

Military Service: Major Max F. Brumfield, WWII Marine

Major Max Freeman Brumfield

1 February 1921 MS – 5 June 2004 CA

Son of Charles Edgar Brumfield & Katie Leona Freeman



World War II & Korean Conflict, US Navy 

Max was a college student when World War II broke out. He served in the Marines throughout the war and stayed in through the Korean Conflict. He was a major when he retired in 1964. 

Image from Fold3

Service details from his obituary:

Mr. Brumfield attended Southern Louisiana University until his education was interrupted by World War II. He was a proud member of the U. S. Marine Corps, graduating first in his class of 400 at Parris Island boot camp. He served as a communications officer in Honolulu in the 1940s, during the Korean conflict in the ‘50s and aboard the Navy’s USS Eldorado during the ‘60s. As officer – in – charge of recruiting in New Orleans, his station led the nation from 1955 – 58. Other assignments included teaching at the Army Artillery School at Ft. Sill, Okla., and performing defense and prosecutorial legal work for the judge advocate general at Camp Pendleton. He retired as a major in 1964.

Source: Max Freeman Brumfield. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 13 Jun 2004) 3; digital image, accessed May 2022.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022



Thanksgiving is spatulas & spices & the family china;

Tables pushed together, folding chairs & mismatched glassware.
Thanksgiving is answering the ringing doorbell; 
Children chasing and hiding;
Hugs & surprises; Jokes & smiles.

Thanksgiving is aprons & appetizers & the family recipes;
Multicolored paper turkeys, crayoned pilgrims & pinecone centerpieces.
Thanksgiving is squeezing around the table;
Passing the mashed potatoes;
Candles & napkins; Gravy & cranberries.

Thanksgiving is cameras & cousins & the family traditions;
Posing in front of the fireplace, smiling on cue & laughter all around.
Thanksgiving is playing favorite board games;
Telling tall tales of holidays past;
Uncles & babies; Memories & plans.

Thanksgiving is Family.

Colleen G. (Brown) Pasquale

Friday, November 18, 2022

Timeline: The Ott Family

Timeline of the Ott Family 

1699                Birth of Melchoir Ott, Switzerland

1725                Birth of Jacob Ott I, son of Melchoir

1742                Swiss astronomer, Anders Celsius, invented the centigrade thermometer

1755                14 Aug. Birth of Jacob Ott II, son of Jacob I, Orangeburg, SC

1755                23 Oct. Death of Melchoir Ott, age 56, Orangeburg, SC

1776 - 1783     Revolutionary War; Jacob Ott II served under Col. Francis Marion 

1774                Birth of Jacob Ott III, son of Jacob II, Orangeburg, SC

1800                24 Apr. President John Adams approved $5,000 for books for the use of Congress and the Library of Congress was begun

1811                Robert Livingston & Robert Fulton had exclusive charter to navigate MS River with steam powered vessels

1813                5 Sep. Birth of Charlotte Temple (Ott) Brumfield, daughter of Jacob III, LA

1812 – 1814    War of 1812. Jacob Ott III & his son, Joel, served in LA Militia

1815                Jan. Battle of New Orleans was fought; after Peace Treaty had been signed

1820                12 Sep. Death of Jacob Ott III, age 65, in Mt. Hermon, Washington, LA

1822                24 Dec. The Night Before Christmas written by Clement Moore

1835                Marriage of Charlotte Temple (Ott) Brumfield & Nathaniel Brumfield, LA

1838                27 Sep. Birth of Jessie Alexander Brumfield, son of Nathaniel & Charlotte

1850                Population of Louisiana: 517,762

1852                8 Feb. Death of Nathaniel Brumfield, age 39, in LA

1853                Yellow Fever Epidemic killed 11,000 in New Orleans

c 1854             Marriage of Charlotte Temple (Ott) Brumfield & Elijah Brumfield, brother of Nathaniel

1855                Leaves of Grass written by Walt Whitman

1861 - 1865     Civil War; Samuel Edward Ott served

1868                Louisiana readmitted to the Union

1874                April. Severe floods hit LA

1880                1 Jan. Construction of the Panama Canal began

1883                18 Nov. Five standard time zones established by the US & Canada

1895                Death of Charlotte Temple (Ott) Brumfield, age 81, LA

1900                Summer Olympics held in Paris, France; women took part for the 1st time

1903                The Ford Model A automobile was produced & sold for $750

1914                27 May. Death of Jessie Alexander Brumfield, age 75, in MS

This Chart shows the link between the Ott family & my paternal grandfather. 

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Thursday, November 10, 2022

Military Service: Captain Nelson Ott, USAF WWII


Captain Nelson Tate Ott

10 March 1917 LA – 25 June 1996 LA

Son of Charles Jacob Ott & Lillie Nelson Tate


World War II US Air Force Pilot & Instructor


Nelson Tate Ott Sr., 79, of Osyka, died June 25, 1996, at Baton Rouge, La., General Health Center.


Visitation is 6 – 9 tonight at Hartman Funeral Home of McComb. T Services will be at 11 a. m. Friday at Osyka Baptist Church, with the Rev. Joe Trull officiating. Burial will be in Osyka Cemetery.


Mr. Ott was born March 10, 1917, in Hackley, La. He was the son of Charles Jacob and Lillie Tate Ott. He was reared in Osyka.


He was a graduate of McComb High School, where he excelled in football. He graduated from Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) where he lettered four years in football.


He was a captain in the U. S. Air Force. He was a pilot and instructor at Foster Field, Texas. He flew a P – 47 in combat in the European Theater, where he received numerous citations.


After World War II, he returned to Osyka with his wife, June, who was a 1st Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force. There he taught school and coached for 35 years in the surrounding areas of Mississippi and Louisiana. He retired as principal of Osyka Elementary School.


He served as alderman for the Town of Osyka. He was a member of Osyka Baptist Church.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Rebecca Ott Best, Gena Ott Trask and Zelma Ott; and his brother, Charles Jacob Ott Jr.


Survivors include his wife of 52 years, June Balogh Ott of Osyka; four daughters, Doris Ott Harris of Houston, Texas, Sara Ott Wall of Denham Springs, La., Becky Ott Applewhite of Summit and Donna  Ott of Osyka Ott Speed of Chatawa; one son, Nelson Tate Ott Jr. of Osyka; one son – in – law, Jack Speed of Chatawa; one daughter – in – law, Ruthie Ott of Osyka; seven grandchildren, Mandy Wall, Leigh and Lesley Harris, Courtney and Allison Applewhite, and June and Dan Speed; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. 


Source: Nelson Tate Ott Sr. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 27 June 1996) 8; digital image, accessed May 2022. 


Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Forget Me Not: Kenneth Ott, 1971 LA

This obituary gives us a list of survivors which is always useful with genealogy research. However, I wish it told more about Kenneth's life. I'd like to know more about the man. Of course, I always wish for more information in obituaries! ha! 



Kenneth Ott

28 August 1900 MS – 9 December 1971 LA

Son of Samuel Adolphus Ott & Georgia Ritchie


My 2nd Cousin 3x Removed


Funeral services for Kenneth Ott, 71, were held at 3 p. m., Saturday in the Osyka Baptist Church. 


Mr. Ott died at 10 p. m. Thursday in Osyka following a short illness.


Born Aug. 28, 1900, he was a native and lifelong resident of Osyka.


Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Kenneth Ott; two stepsons, June Austin Spears, New York, James Monroe Spears, Osyka; two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Blackwell, Baton Rouge, La., Mrs. Ruth Varando, New York; one brother, Richie Ott, Osyka; three sisters, Mrs. Margaret McNees, Osyka, Mrs. Ruby Dean Williams, Osyka, Mrs. Harriet Carruth, Dixie Springs; 19 grandchildren and one great – grandchild.


Rev. Richard Gordon officiated. Burial was in the Osyka Cemetery with Hartman Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Source: Kenneth Ott Rites are Held (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 13 Dec 1971) 3; digital image, accessed March 2022.





Sunday, November 6, 2022

Military Service: Spurlock Brothers, Mexican – American War

Private Allen Spurlock, Jr.

c 1809 – c 1849 MS


Private James M. Spurlock

c 1820 – 25 February 1848 Mexico


Sons of Allen Spurlock & Frances Traylor

My 4x Great Uncles

The Mexican–American War, also known in the United States as the Mexican War and in Mexico as the Intervención estadounidense en México (U.S. intervention in Mexico), was an armed conflict between the United States and Mexico from 1846 to 1848.



These brothers were mustered into service in October 1848 in Liberty, Mississippi when Allen was 38 and James was 27. They served under Captain Crowson in Anderson’s Rifles, Mississippi Battalion. James Spurlock was killed on 25 February 1848 in Mexico. His brother continued to serve for four more months. Allen Spurlock was mustered out 28 June 1848. 

Source: Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War from the State of Mississippi, NARA; digital image, Fold3 ( accessed May 2022).

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

Military Service: Kenneth K. Fortenberry, US Army

Kenneth’s obituary tells us he served in the US Army for 21 years. Fold3 has the Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File which shows Kenneth serving during the Vietnam War from 17 July 1970 to 31 March 1971. A source for his other years of service is yet to be discovered.




Kenneth Keith Fortenberry

16 Sep 1925 MS - 27 Nov 1987 SC

Son of Tate Edward Fortenberry & Lucy Viola Brown

US Army, Vietnam War


My 1st Cousin, Once removed


Kenneth Keith Fortenberry, 62, of 7340 Highview Drive, died Friday. Born in Magnolia, Miss., he was a son of the late Edward Tate and Mrs. Lucy Volene [Viola] Brown Fortenberry. He retired from the U. S. Army after 21 years and was a service representative with Roach Bio Medical Laboratories. He was a member of Silver Springs Baptist Church of Silver Springs, Miss., and attended Eastwood Baptist Church of Columbia.


Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Tinsey Mae K. Fortenberry, a son, Kenneth D. Fortenberry of Dayton, Ohio; daughters, Misses Debra A. and Sherry D. Fortenberry of Columbia; and nieces and a nephew.


Services will be held a 1 p. m. Sunday at Talbert – Shives Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Howard Price. Burial with military honors, will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park.


The family will receive friends from 7 p. m. to 9 p. m. today at the funeral home.


Source: Kenneth K. Fortenberry. (Columbia, SC: The State, 28 Nov 1987) 16; digital image, accessed August 2022. 

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Sunday, October 23, 2022

Military Service: William Mayo Ott, World War II

On 18 February 1943 William Ott, aged 19 years old, went to Houston, Texas and enlisted in the U. S. Army. Fold3 tells us he was in the Medical Administrative Corps. After the war he did become a doctor. His obituary tells us he served in the Army Air Corps. At some time he became a pilot. His obituary says he served in the China – Burma – India Theater. He served until 26 March 1946 and remained in the Army Reserves.

Dr. William Mayo Ott


18 October 1923 LA – 24 October 1996 TX

Son of W. O. Ott & Margaret Jane Smith 


World War II, Army Air Corps




William's obituary:


Services for Dr. William Mayo Smith, 73, longtime Kilgore physician, will be 2 p. m. Saturday, Oct, 26, 1996, at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Buddy Duggins, Father Mark Kusmirek and Deacon Bill Holda officiating. The burial will follow in the Kilgore Cemetery. Dr. Ott died in his home surrounded by family on Oct. 24 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Bogalusa, La., Oct. 18, 1923 and was raised in Fort Worth, Texas. 


He attended Texas A & M University and joined the Army Air Corps at the onset of World War II, serving in the China – Burma – India Theater.


He completed his education at the University of North Texas and graduated from Southwestern University Medical School in 1954. After completing an Internship at Baylor University Hospital, he established his general practice in Kilgore where he practiced medicine for 38 years. 


He was a member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and the Gregg County Medical Association. Dr. Ott served as a Chief od Staff at Laird Memorial Hospital and was awarded a Life Membership to the Texas medical Association. He was also a designated FAA Aviation Medical Examiner. 


Dr. Ott participated in many activities which involved his children and grandchildren. His hobbies included sailing, where he was one of the founding members of the Tyler Yacht Club, and golfing. He was also a longtime pilot and member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.


He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary Brennan Ott; six daughters, Jane Lane of Liberty City, Patricia Irving of Kilgore, Liz Jodry of Magnolia, Kathryn Toon of Kilgore, Laura Nivin of Plano and Lynn Ott of Plano; three sons, Bill, Jim and John Ott, all of Kilgore; four sons – in – law, Mark Lane, Mike Jodry, Steve Toon and Steve Nivin; two daughters – in – law, Debbie Allen Ott, and Judith Dupree Ott; sisters, Jane Taylor of Mexico, Peggy Willing of Anchorage, Alaska, and Mary Ann Bynum of Williamsburg, Va.; nine grandchildren, Chris and Amy Ott, Lindsey and Clint Toon, Sarah and Chelsea Irving, Hunter Pollard, Jackson Lane and Matthew Jodry.


He is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. William Oscar Ott, his brother, Dr. David Ott, and daughter, Mary Kathleen Ott.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the charity of choice.


The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening between 6 – 7 p. m. 




Dr. William Mayo Ott. (Longview, TX: Longview News – Journal, 25 Oct 1996) 30; accessed May 2022. 


Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File; digital record, accessed May 2022, William Ott. 


World War II Army Enlistment Records; digital record, accessed May 2022, William Ott. 








Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Forget Me Not: Joe Glenn Fortenberry, WWII Veteran

 Joe served in the US Army during World War II. According to, he enlisted 8 December 1941, the day after the attack at Pearl Harbor, and served until 7 December 1945. At this time I can find no other details of his service.

Joe Glenn Fortenberry

5 November 1918 MS - 23 April 2004 Walthall, MS

Son of Charles Esco Fortenberry & Lula Conerly



Image from

Joe Glenn Fortenberry, 85, of Tylertown, died April 23, 2004, at Walthall County General Hospital.


Visitation was Saturday and continues at 10 a. m. today until time for the funeral services at 2 p. m. at Capps Funeral Home Chapel in Tylertown. Elder C. W. Breeland and Elder Glynn Erwin will officiate. Burial will be in Oral Cemetery in Walthall County.


Mr. Fortenberry was born Nov. 5, 1918 in Walthall County. He was the son of Charlie [and] Lulu Conerly Fortenberry.


He was a dairy farmer, a World War II veteran and member of Oral Baptist Church.


Mr. Fortenberry was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; and two sisters.


Survivors include his wife, Claudine Stringer Fortenberry of Tylertown; a daughter and son – in – law, Dianne and Danny Cooper of Morton; a grandson, Zachery Daniel Cooper of Morton; two sisters, Undean Fortenberry Stringer of Tylertown and Sadie Fortenberry Pigott of Tylertown; and a host of nieces and nephews.



Source: Joe Glenn Fortenberry. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 25 Apr 2004) 3; digital image, accessed May 2022.