A. S. Smith placed many of these notices in the newspaper to advertise his dentistry practice. I selected two to share. We can see some changes in his advertisement, including "artificial teeth a speciality" in 1899.
Monday, September 25, 2023
Thursday, September 21, 2023
This is a wonderful vintage photograph. I love the studio background, the pretty dresses and, most of all my Nana and two of her sisters. For many years this photograph lived in a large wooden chest. The chest sat on the landing at the top of the steep stairs at my Nana's house. From there the chest of assorted treasures moved to my mother's house. I have the chest in my bedroom now with quilts carefully folded on top. I have moved the photograph into an archival safe box. Putting this in my blog will help the digital version live on.
Monday, September 18, 2023
Yarborough was a "lifelong resident of Pike County." I wonder what percentage of our population, today, stay in one area for their lifetimes. My husband and I have remained in New York State but we live in a different counties than where we grew up. However, two of my brothers live in the same town as we did as children.
Yarborough S. Alford
19 October 1891 MS – 29 March 1971 MS
Son of Jeptha Josephus Alford & Olevia Luminda Fortenberry
Pike Native’s Rites Set
Tylertown – Funeral services for Yarborough Alford, 80, will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday in Progress Baptist Church.
Mr. Alford, a native and lifelong resident of Pike County, died Monday morning in Walthall County General Hospital.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Ina Simmons Alford; two sons, Melvin Alford, Maryland, J. D. Alford, Progress; one brother, Claude Alford, Progress; three sisters, Mrs. Ethel Bruns, California, Mrs. Errol Smith, Columbia, Mrs. Lillie Ellzey, Tylertown and one grandchild.
Rev. Jerry Wise will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Hartman Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
McComb, MS, 30 Mar 1971, page 4
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
These two newspaper notices tell us of the illness and death of Frederick Wolf, the "oldest citizen of Abbottsville." He was 87 years old.
Note: the first notice was published 30 Oct. I believe he had died before that was published. I need to double check my source.
Born 9 September 1804, Berwick, Adams County, PA
Died 29 October 1891, Abbottsville, Adams County, PA
Son of John Frederick Wolf & Esther Barbara Shaffer
Husband of Louisa C. Goetz
My 4x great uncle
Adams - in Abbottstown, Frederick Wolf, ex - director of the poor, aged 87.
Carlisle, PA, 6 Nov 1891, page 3
Friday, September 8, 2023
Saturday, September 2, 2023
Happy Blog Anniversary to me!
I'd like to share a big piece of cake with all of you to celebrate Leaves & Branches.
Thanks for stopping by on my blog anniversary, begun in 2010, because of my desire to connect with others who may share a family connection.
Thanks to my daughter, Alyssa, who taught me about blogs and who set up this page for me. It has undergone changes over time but the idea of learning and sharing remains its focus.
Thanks to all the bloggers who have taught me research tips and methods for sharing my discoveries.
Please help me to blow out all those candles with wishes for more new discoveries to share in new blog posts.
- Thomas Kenneth Mark & Nancy Regina Victoria (Gruissy) Mark, 1903 OH
- Clifton B. Brumfield & Ada Salena Rollins, 1885
- Seth Benner Morrison & Margaret Jane Gruissy, 1880 OH
- Delbert K. Brown & Alberta Joy Gardner, 1948 NY
- Lambert Jochemse Van Valkenberg & Annetjen Jacobs, 1642 Netherlands
- Patrick Coyle & Margaret Brady, 1870 Ireland
Friday, August 25, 2023
Do you have roots in the early Dutch in New Netherlands? My Van Valkenberg family was in the colony and this book has taught me about the place where they lived.
The Edge of New Netherland
L. F. Tantillo
Published for the New Netherland Institute, 2011
During the 17th century a small European Protestant country comprised of seven provinces and ruled by a prince rather than a king, became a dominant international sea power and a leader in global trade. It is referred to as Holland, although Holland was only part of the country, The United Provinces of the Netherlands, achieved a level of success unparalleled by a nation of its size in the colonial era.
Holland’s colony of New Netherlands encompassed much of today’s New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware and part of Pennsylvania. The primary rivers were today’s Hudson, Connecticut and Delaware rivers.
This beautifully illustrated book gives a look at life in New Netherland. Learn about the fur trade; its trappers and hunters; the hat production and trade. Learn about the forts and their bastions.
The book then gives details on Fort Casimir in Delaware. My family lived in Fort Orange in New York but this is still a very interesting history.
Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Julius Ceaser Alford
15 January 1855 LA – 11 April 1937
Son of Warren Jackson Alford & Celia Ann Lewis
Husband of Sarah Elizabeth Fortenberry
My First Cousin, 3x Removed
J. C. Alford, 82, Dies at Progress
Julius C. Alford, eighty – two years old, died at his home in Progress community April the eleventh. Mr. Alford was a faithful member of the Baptist Church and lived in Pike county most of his life.
He leaves his wife and seven children,
E. C. [Elmer C. Alford],
H. Victor [Hollis Victor Alford],
Talmadge [Dewitt Talmadge Alford]
and Mrs. Losia Simmons [Losia Irene Alford] of Progress;
Mrs. Ada Ball of Osyka;
Mrs. John Burris of Smithdale;
and H. E. Alford [Hugh Edwin Alford] of Washington, D. C.;
fifteen grnadchildren and four great grandchildren. One brother, the Rev. N. E. Alford [Needham Edwin Alford] of Magnolia, and one sister of McComb, [Laura Ann Alford Fortenberry] besides a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his loss.
He was buried in Silver Springs cemetery, with Kennedy Funeral Home in charge.
My records also show another daughter, Floy Maudlina Alford, 11 Apr 1903 - 1919.
Source: J. C. Alford, 82, Dies at Progress. (McComb, MS: McComb Daily Journal, 21 April 1937) 3; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed February 2023.
Saturday, August 19, 2023
Thomas was my maternal grandmother's brother. There were seven children in the family and only two boys. The first boy, Francis Patrick Coyle, died before he reached two years old. Thomas had five sisters to contend with. His father, Michael Coyle, left the family and then Thomas was the only male. Thomas also left. He may have gotten in with a bad group of young men. In this vintage photograph my great uncle looks like a charming little boy. If you can tell me more about Thomas, I'd be delighted to hear from you.