Thursday, May 26, 2022

Forget Me Not; Lynn H Brown, 2016 MS


Lynn Holly Brown

22 January 1932 MS – 20 February 2016

Son of Hubert Allen Brown & Freddie Smith

Husband of Beverly Thames

Korean War Veteran

 

My 1st cousin, 1x removed


 


Lynn Holly Brown, 84, of Osyka, passed away Feb. 20, 2016 at Aston Court in McComb. Visitation is 9 a. m. Thursday at Silver Springs Baptist Church until services at 11, with Bro. Wayne Hall officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery under the direction of Jones Family Funeral Services of McComb.

 

Mr. Brown was born Jan. 22, 1932, in Progress, the son of Hubert and Freddie Smith Brown. He graduated from Progress High School in 1950. He served four years in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the Silver Creek Masonic Lodge No. 410 for 50 years and was Past Master.

 

He enjoyed farming and golfing, but mostly he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was retired from Mac Millan Bloedel.

 

Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Beverly Thames Brown; a son, Craig Brown; and three brothers, Fred Allen, Borden and Hugh (Duke) Brown.

 

Survivors include his son, Wade Brown and wife Cindy of McComb; two daughters, Holly Brown and Carmen Davis and husband Stanton, all of McComb; two sisters, Thiry Fegan of Magnolia and Peggy Alford and husband George of Tylertown; 11 grandchildren, Christy Brown, Craig Brown, Keri Brown, Chris Brown, Damon Jones, Kassie Brown, Katie Brown, Clint Brown, Erik Jones, DeWayne Brown and Austin Jones; and 12 great grandchildren.

 

 

Source: Lynn Holly Brown. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 23 Feb 2016) A003; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed May 2021.


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Friday, May 20, 2022

Timeline: The Ashley Family

Here's another fun timeline from my book in progress, 'Our Brown Roots.' Timelines are useful tools when trying to understand the lives & movements of a family. They are also very useful for understanding a family in relation to local and world events. I am currently writing a book, 'Our Brown Roots.' At the beginning of each surname section I have included a timeline like the one below. 

Click on the links to learn more about the people in this timeline.


TIMELINE OF THE ASHLEY FAMILY


 1610                            Dutch East India Company carried tea from Macau to Europe & set off the beginnings of a new European habit

1618                            The Virginia Company of London set up the Headright System that gave 50 acres of land to colonists who paid their own way to VA, or paid for others

1624                            The Dutch settled New Amsterdam (New York State)

1624                            King James made Virginia a royal colony

1625                            John Ashley born in England

1650                            Colonial population approximately 50,400 

1650                            World population, estimated at 500 million

c 1650                         Birth of Thomas Ashley, Sr., son of John, in VA

1653                            John Ashley owned 300 acres of land in Lancaster, VA

1669                            John Ashley granted 137 acres of land in Lancaster, VA

1699                            Town of Williamsburg, VA established

c 1710                         Birth of Thomas Ashley, Jr. in Bertie, NC

1718                            22 Nov. Pirate Blackbeard killed off the coast of North Carolina

1729                            North Carolina became a royal English colony

c 1733                         Birth of Ann (Ashley) Lawrence, daughter of Thomas Ashley, Jr., NC

1742                            Thomas Ashley, Sr. sold to Thomas Ashley, Jr. 120 acres on Cashoke Creek, Bertie, NC

13 April 1743              Thomas Jefferson, future 3rd president, born in Virginia

1754 – 1763                French & Indian War

1758                            Thomas Ashley, Sr. with sons Thomas Ashley, Jr. & John Ashley lived in Bertie, NC

c 1762                         Birth of Ann (Lawrence) Dillon, daughter of Ann (Ashley) Lawrence, NC

1789                            North Carolina became the 12th state

1789                            30 April. New York City became the first US Capital

1790                            Aug. Death of Thomas Ashley, Jr., 80 years old, Bertie, NC

1800                            Population of North Carolina: 478,103 

1840                            The first public schools opened in North Carolina

1850                            World population, estimated at 1.1 billion



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Friday, May 13, 2022

Military Service: Jeremiah Smith, War of 1812


 

Jeremiah Smith


23 Dec 1773 SC - 11 Dec 1840 Pike Co., MS

Son of Jeremiah Smith & Jemimah Hollis

Husband of Joanna Dillon


My 4th Great Grandfather

 

 


 

When the War of 1812 was being fought Sergeant Jeremiah Smith served as a mounted rifleman in Captain Bond’s Company of Lt. Colonel Nixon’s Regiment of the Mississippi Militia. He enrolled 15 October 1813 and served for 2 months and 17 days, until 31 December 1813. For that service he was later paid $11 per month, plus travel pay ($11.50 travel pay and $2.40 travelling subsistence) and forty cents a day for his horse, for a total of $73.13.[i][ii]  

 

Travelling allowance is here calculated at the rate of 300 miles, from Pierce’s Fort on the Alabama, to the counties of Pike and Marion, M. Terr. [Mississippi Territory], and 5 rations at 16 cents.[iii]

 

It looks like he was allowed, at times, to return to his home in Mississippi. Jeremiah served from 15 October 1813 to 31 December 1813. He served again from 8 January 1814 to 14 April 1814 under the same command. For that time period Jeremiah was paid $79.73 for his service and $38.13 for his horse.[iv]

Fold3 also shows Private Jeremiah Smith serving from January to February of 1815. Because it was the same unit, Nixon’s Regiment, it was likely the same man but it is interesting that his rank was private rather than sergeant.[v]

 



[i] Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812 in Organizations from the Territory of Mississippi; NARA; digital image, Fold3 (fold3.com: accessed Aug. 2017 & April 2019). Sgt. Jeremiah Smith.

[ii] Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers, 1812 – 1815; digital image, Ancestry (ancestry.com: accessed March 2019) Jeremiah Smith.

[iii] Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812 in Organizations from the Territory of Mississippi; NARA; digital image, Fold3 (fold3.com: accessed Aug. 2017 & April 2019). Sgt. Jeremiah Smith.

[iv] Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812 in Organizations from the Territory of Mississippi; NARA; digital image, Fold3 (fold3.com: accessed Aug. 2017 & April 2019). Sgt. Jeremiah Smith.

[v] Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers who Served During the War of 1812 in Organizations from the Territory of Mississippi; NARA; digital image, Fold3 (fold3.com: accessed May 2022). Pvt Jeremiah Smith.


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Sunday, May 8, 2022

75 Years Ago: Wedding of Fortenberry – Bennett, 9 May 1947 MS

The description of this wedding includes many charming details: apple blossoms in a rose garden, a linen wedding gown with eyelet embroidery, and a three - tiered wedding cake. It is a wonderful setting for a Marine and a music student to be united in marriage. 

William Harold Fortenberry

Born 13 January 1923 MS

Son of: William J. F. Fortenberry & Annie Myrtis Ellzey

 

&

 

Selma Elizabeth Bennett

Daughter of Hiram G. Bennett

1927 - 2015




 

An improvised archway, beautifully decorated with trailing ivy interspersed with apple blossoms, placed in the rose garden at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram G. Bennett, furnished the setting for the wedding of their daughter, Miss Selma Elizabeth Bennett and William Harold Fortenberry, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Fortenberry also of McComb. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. H. P. Porter, Friday afternoon, May 9.

 

The bride, given in marriage by her brother, Jasper Bennett, was attired in a white linen model, the yoke of which was heavy eyelet embroidery. She wore an off-the face hat and her corsage was of red roses, and she carried a white prayer book, from which fell white satin streamers.

 

Miss Pothyena Louise Gordon and Miss Vivian Alexander served as maid of honor and bridesmaid, respectively. Fred Gordon was groomsman and the bridegroom had as best man James Allen.

 

A reception was held at the bride’s home following the wedding. In the dining room the table was covered with an exquisite lace cloth. The three-tiered wedding cake was beautifully decorated with calla lilies, and had atop a miniature bridal scene. On either side were white tapers in crystal holders. After the couple had cut the first slice of cake in traditional manner, the cake was cut and served with punch and sandwiches.

 

For traveling the bride changed to a pink suit, with which she wore her wedding corsage. They are at home in McComb.

 

Mrs. Fortenberry, an accomplished musician, is graduating with the class of ’47 from Southwest Mississippi Junior college, Summit. Mr. Fortenberry, graduate of Fernwood High School served several years in the Marine Corps. 

 

Source: State Weddings. (Jackson, MS: Clarion – Ledger, 17 May 1947) 2; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed July 2021.





 

 

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Forget Me Not: Tom Ott, 1927 MS

Uncle Tom, a Pioneer Citizen

 

Thomas Charles Ott


25 Jan 1854 LA – 4 Dec 1927 MS

Son of Samuel Edward Ott & Elenor Esther Addison

Husband of Emily Jones

Father of 6 children

 

My 2nd cousin, 3x removed



 

The death of Thomas Ott, one of the pioneer citizens od Osyka, occurred Saturday and he was buried at Osyka Sunday. He was 74 years of age and was a life – time citizen of that locally. Everyone knew him as Uncle Tom, and everyone was his friend who came in contact with him. For many years he was in the saw mill business at Osyka, until a few years ago when he sold out his interest in the mill to Walter Ott. Hundreds of people who go to Osyka will miss the familiar figure of Uncle Tom and his cheery words of greeting.

 

Source: Tom Ott Dies at Osyka (McComb, MS: Semi – Weekly Journal, 7 Dec 1927)1; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed Nov. 2021.






Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Forget Me Not: Samuel A. Ott, 1927 MS


 

 

Samuel Adolphus Ott

C 1858 MS – 29 July 1927 MS

 

Son of Jacob Jackson Ott & Margaret L. Addison

Husband of Georgia Ritchie

Father of 11 children


My 1st Cousin, 4x removed





S. A. Ott, Osyka, Died Friday

 

S. A. Ott, a prominent citizen and long-time lumberman of Osyka, died Friday evening of last week. Funeral services were conducted at five o’clock Saturday afternoon.

 

He suffered a stroke of paralysis several days ago, but for a time it was hoped that he would recover. His heart gave out, however, at 5 o’clock Friday afternoon.

 

Mr. Ott was the father of a large family and was loved and honored by all who knew him. His home was always open to his friends at all times, and he was universally loved and respected. He was the father of Mrs. J. C. McNees of McComb.

 

Mr. Ott was a frequent visitor to McComb, being a familiar figure at baseball games and other events of the city and was known by practically every one in the city.

 

Source: S. A. Ott, Osyka Died Friday. (McComb, MS: Semi-Weekly Journal, 3 Aug 1927) 5; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed Sept. 2021.





 

 

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Timeline: The Alford Family

Here's another fun timeline from my book in progress, 'Our Brown Roots.' Timelines are useful tools when trying to understand the lives & movements of a family. They are also very useful for understanding a family in relation to local and world events. I am currently writing a book, 'Our Brown Roots.' At the beginning of each surname section I have included a timeline like the one below. 

Click on the links to learn more about the people in this timeline.


TIMELINE OF THE ALFORD FAMILY


 1607                First British settlement in Colonies established at Jamestown, VA

1640                The first book is printed in North America; Bay Psalm Book 

1645                Birth of John Alford, in VA

1687                Birth of James Alford, son of John, in VA

1717                Birth of Julius Alford, son of James, in VA

1729                North Carolina became a royal British colony

c 1745             Brothers, Lodwick, Goodrich & Julius Alford, moved to Granville, NC

1761                Birth of Jacob Alford, son of Julius, in Granville, NC

1764                A portion of Granville Co., where the Alfords lived, became Bute Co. 

1771                Nov. Death of Julius Alford, son of James, age 54, Bute County, NC

1775 - 1783     Revolutionary War: Jacob, James & Lodwick Alford served

1779                Bute County, NC became Warren and Franklin Counties

c 1785             Marriage of Jacob Alford & Elizabeth Bryant in NC

1789                30 April. George Washington was inaugurated the first president

1789                21 Nov. N. Carolina became 12th state; 1790 population 393,751

1792                2 April. U. S. Mint was established 

1792                25 Nov. Birth of Edwin Barksdale Alford, son of Jacob, in NC

c 1793             Death of Elizabeth (Bryant) Alford; Marriage of Jacob & Frances Alford 

1795                Jacob Alford and family lived in Montgomery County, GA

1798                Edward Jenner developed first successful vaccine, smallpox vaccine

1803                Louisiana Purchase made for 15 million dollars

1804                Richard Trevithick invented the steam locomotive

c 1807             Jacob Alford and family lived in Washington Parish, LA

1812                30 April. Louisiana became the 18th state

1812 - 1814     War of 1812; Edwin Barksdale Alford served in LA Militia

1818                10 March. Marriage Edwin B. Alford & Martha P. (Smith) Alford

1818                Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley

1824                16 July. Jacob Alford died in Washington Parish, LA

1846                Birth of Martha Elizabeth (Alford) Brumfield, daughter of Edwin, in MS

1861 – 1865    Civil War; many Alfords served in Confederate Army in MS & LA units

1878                10 March. Death of Edwin B. Alford, in Pike Co., MS

1917 – 1918    World War I; Dewitt T., Elmer C., & Hollis V. Alford served



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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Poem: Burial of the Beautiful

This is another Newspapers.com discovery. I have Dillon family who were in MS at the time this poem was printed in the Rodney Telegraph. However, I do not know this John B. Dillon. I feel the poet put in a diligent effort and did find rhymes that worked but it does not flow. Perhaps it is a good example of poetry of the time it was written. I appreciate the novelty of a poet in the family.

 

 

Burial of the Beautiful

 

By John B. Dillon in 1836




 

Where shall the dead, and the beautiful sleep?

In the vale where the willow and cypress weep;

Where the wind of the west breath’s its soft’st sigh;

Where the silvery stream is flowing nigh,

And the pure, clear drops of its rising sprays

Glitter like gems in the bright moon’s rays –

Where the sun’s warm smile may never dispel

Night’s tears o’er the form we loved so well –

In the vale where the sparkling waters flow;

Where the fairest, earliest violets grow;

Where the sky and the Earth are softly fair,

                        Bury her there – bury her there!

 

Where shall the dead, and the beautiful sleep?

Where wild flowers bloom in the valley deep;

Where the sweet robes of spring may softly rest,

In purity, over the sleeper’s breast;

Where is heard the voice of the sinless dove,

Breathing notes of deep and undying love;

Where no column proud in the sun may glow,

To mock the heart that is resting below;

Where pure hearts are sleeping, forever blest;

Where wandering Perri love to rest;

Where the sky and the Earth are softly fair,

                        Bury her there – bury her there!


 

Source: Burial of the Beautiful. (Rodney, MS: The Rodney Telegraph, 15 Jan 1836) 1; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed Nov 2021.

 

 

 

 

Friday, April 8, 2022

Baby Son Born 1946 MS


Weldon Fortenberry, Jr.
son of Weldon Willis Fortenberry & Ivy Mae Smith


 

Weldon Fortenberry, Jr. 3 – months – old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Fortenberry, Baton Rouge. Recently, the Fortenberry clan met for a “get together” picnic, marred only by the absence of one of the nine children, the oldest son, Clifton, who was being treated in a San Diego, Calif., Navy hospital for wounds received in Leyie invasion. The family had hoped during the war, in which several members were serving, that all could attend the picnic. The presence of Little Weldon, who helped entertain the crowd, partly made up for the absence of Clifton, his grandmother reports.

 

Source: Fat and Fine. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 6 Jun 1946) 1; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed Jul 2021.