Sunday, March 25, 2018

Photographs Reunited!

Esther Barbara Wolf Gruissy & Augustus Ceaser Gruissy
with their grandson
Richard Ray Nichols 
(son of Willis & Rephenia Cathern Gruissy Nichols)

I have had this photograph for some time. I like the framework and the photographer's information. Augustus is my 2nd great grandfather. My paternal grandmother, Ivy Regina Mark Brown, vaguely remembered seeing him as a little girl. She said he was friendly.

Recently (see previous post) a cousin contacted me. Carol  Morrison Moser had read my blog & reached out to me with photographs and family information. Carole is a descendant of Augustus and his first wife, Mary Everett. I am a descendant of Augustus' second wife, Esther Barbara Wolf. 

One of the photos Carole shared is below.

Rephenia Cathern Gruissy Nichols & 
Nancy Regina Gruissy Mark
 Augustus & Esther had 5 children. 
Only these two lived to adulthood.

Look at the two photographs! They must have been taken the same day. They show Augustus & Esther, their two daughters and their grandson. These photographs have been separated for many years and now, due to Carole, they are reunited. This is just one of many advantages of meeting cousins!

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A New Cousin Found Me!

Recently I received an email from a New Cousin!

Carole wrote, “Colleen, your blog is wonderful!!  Augustus Ceaser Gruissy is also my Great Grandfather.” She had read my blog and, saw my connection to the Gruissy family and explained her relationship to the family.

Augustus Ceaser Gruissy is our common 2nd great grandfather.

Augustus Ceaser Gruissy

16 May 1840 OH – 8 Dec 1915 OH
Son of Christian Gruissy & Mary Grorisclauss

Augustus Ceaser Gruissy
Photo courtesy of Carole Morrison Moser

Our great grandfather married three times.
1.     He married Mary Everett on 21 February 1861 in Wayne Co., OH. They had four daughters. Carole’s family line descends from Augustus & Mary and their daughter Margaret Jane Gruissy Morrison. We believed Augustus & Mary were divorced. 

2.     He married Esther Barbara Wolf on 6 Dec 1868 in Stark Co., OH. They had five children. Three died young and two daughters grew to adulthood. My line descends from Augustus & Esther and their daughter, Nancy Regina Gruissy Mark.  Esther died 11 August 1906.

3.     He married Ellen J. Stoner 8 January 1908. She had been twice widowed before the marriage. They had no children together. Family stories say she heard that Augustus was going to leave her out of his will & she killed him with an axe. A great story that we have not proved.

Mary Ann Everett Gruissy
Photo courtesy of Carole Morrison Moser

Since our initial email Carole & I have been sending messages back & forth. We each have photos and information that the other does not have. We also have some photos that are the same. 

Joining in on the excitement of expanding our family’s history is another cousin who contacted me a few years ago. Sharon is also a descendant of Augustus & Mary Everett and their daughter Margaret Jane Gruissy Morrison. Carole and Sharon did not know each other before our recent discoveries. Now, the three of us are having a wonderful time learning about each other & about our family.

This has inspired me to look again at my research & to update my knowledge. I will be writing about the Gruissy family in several blog posts. Of course, this will intrude on my current research of my Brown branches but it is a fun intrusion and I am often pulled in various directions at the same time.

Augustus Ceaser Gruissy & Esther Barbara Wolf Gruissy
Photo courtesy of Carole Morrison Moser

By the way, if you have a copy of 'The Mark Family Story' be warned that we are altering the Gruissy Chapter with this exchange of information. Perhaps there will have to be a revised edition. ha!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Book: Mississippi Territory in the War of 1812

Mississippi Territory in the War of 1812

By Mrs. Dunbar Rowland
Baltimore, MD: Clearfield Company, Inc., 2005

In this short history I endeavor to give a truthful account of the part played by the Mississippi Territory and its soldiery in the Campaign against the British and the Creek Nation during the War of 1812.

This is a reprint of a publication by the Mississippi Historical Society written in 1921.

This small book begins with a description of the Mississippi Territory prior to the war. The larger towns, their leadership and the military units are discussed. The history of the hostilities with the Creek Nation is detailed. Then the author leads us through the events of the war in interesting details. I must admit to having skimmed those details and hope to return to read the entire text soon.

The history of the war is followed by ‘Rolls of Mississippi Commands in the War of 1812’ which fills almost 80 pages of names. I have combed through those names and found family members in Nixon’s Regiment from our Brown and Dillon branches.

If you have soldiers who fought in this conflict or if you are interested in the war, this book will be of interest to you. Find a copy, sit back and read.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Oscar Brumfield, Brave & Gallant Soldier

Oscar Hope Brumfield
7 May 1841 MS - 8 March 1922
Son of Charles Brumfield & Harriet Knight

My 1st cousin, 4x removed

This short newspaper clipping was written by someone with a tender touch of their pen. First, it mentions Oscar's Civil War service, which I had found in other sources. He is described as a "brave and gallant soldier." But the main purpose of this notice is to tell readers that Oscar has been moved to a home where he will live out the days remaining in his life. [This would be three years later.] He is wished "peace and happiness" until he is "called up higher." In 1919 the author of this article knew how to say Oscar would not be recovering; that he would live out his remaining time in this facility; certainly not an easy fact to report. 

Mr. Oscar Brumfield to Beauvoir

Wednesday, Mr. Oscar Brumfield, one of the old Confederate Veterans, left for Beauvior to spend the remainder of his life in the home. Mr. Brumfield was a brave and gallant soldier and during the stormy days of the war between the states he was young and no truer son wore the Gray than Oscar Brumfield. May he find peace and happiness under the shade of the Spreading Oaks at Beauvior and in his leisure dream over the many happy dreams of youth until called up higher, and there let us hope all his earthly ambitions will be fulfilled...

Mr. Oscar Brumfield to Beauvior, (Yazoo City, MS: The Yazoo Herald, 7 March 1919)1; digital image, accessed February 2018.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Book: Guide to Louisiana Confederate Military Units, 1861-1865

Guide to Louisiana Confederate Military Units, 1861 – 1865

By Arthur W. Bergernon, Jr.
Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1989

During the Civil War, the state of Louisiana furnished 111 artillery, cavalry, and infantry units to the armies of the Confederate States of America. These units served in every theatre of the war and performed gallantly in numerous battles and engagements.

            Many of my family members served in Louisiana units during the Civil War. When I write about their service I like to give as many details as possible. Many of those family members were young farmers who had never traveled far from their rural homes. When and where did they enlist? Where did their units go? What military actions were they involved in? Did the units return safely?

            This book answers many of my questions. It is divided into three main sections: Artillery, Cavalry and Infantry. Within those sections regiments are detailed in numerical order with lists of companies, names of commanders and details of their activities during the war. Battles, illnesses, captures and surrenders are detailed.

            This book does not list the soldiers within the regiments. I suggest the use of fold3 to discover that data.

            We know that companies were formed in local areas and were composed of neighbors and family members. In uncovering the history of a company it often relates to multiple family members. For example, Louisiana’s Cavalry unit, 3rd Regiment, Wingfield’s was composed of several soldiers related to me. Companies A, C & K were formed in Washington Parish and I have Alford, Brock and Brumfield family members who served together. This book tells me the regiment operated in eastern Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi. They surrendered in Gainesville, Alabama on 8 May 1865.

            I also found the units for my Dillon and Fortenberry soldiers. In all, six different Louisiana units contained men from my family tree.

            Although this book is no longer in print I was able to find it through Amazon Marketplace and Texas Book Consignments. The dust jacket is worn but the hardcover, 229-page book is in great condition. If it would be helpful to you look for a library copy and enjoy.

            I wish I had a similar book for Mississippi units in the Civil War.

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