Monday, September 25, 2023

A. S. Smith, Dentist

 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. 

The Magnolia Gazette
Magnolia, MS, 28 April 1882, page 2

Adolphus Scott Smith
22 Jun 1848 - 18 Oct 1921
Son of Wyatt Smith & Euseba Fortenberry
Husband of Julia Jane Simmons
My 3x great uncle

The Magnolia Gazette
Magnolia, MS, 11 Feb. 1899, page 4

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Vintage Photograph: Coyle Sisters

 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. 

Left to right:

9 Jan 1897 NY - 13 Oct 1965 NY
My maternal grandmother, my Nana

24 Dec 1901 NY - 13 Mar 1980 AZ

Marion J. Coyle McCall Kunnemund
19 Mar 1900 NY - 9 Jan 1991 AZ

I own the original photograph.

Monday, September 18, 2023

Forget Me Not: Yarborough S. Alford, 1971 MS

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. 




Enterprise Journal

McComb, MS, 30 Mar 1971, page 4









Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Forget Me Not: Frederick Wolf, 1891 PA

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.

Mr. Frederick Wolf, the oldest citizen of Abbottsville, is critically ill.

New Oxford Item
New Oxford, PA, 30 Oct 1891, page 5

 Frederick Wolf

 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.

The Sentinel

Carlisle, PA, 6 Nov 1891, page 3

Friday, September 8, 2023

Vintage Photographs: Seth Benner Morrison

When I have a vintage photograph I feel I have many people to thank, beginning with the person who took out the camera and loaded it with film. It is wonderful that the photographer decided to preserve the image of their family member. Did they have any idea of how long the image would be passed along into the future? 

24 Mar 1861 PA - 18 Apr 1952 OH
Son of William Hiram Morrison & Emily Benner
Husband of Margaret Jane Gruissy

Holding granddaughter, Helen Alice Morrison Kauffman

Father of 8:

Mona D. Morrison Hurd, 1881 OH - 1968 MI;
Lena Bella Morrison Swagger, 1883 OH - 1962 OH;
Emily Augusta Morrison Peters, 1888 OH - 1950;
Albert Rowlen Morrison, 1894 OH - 1977 OH;
Florence Vera Morrison Rowlee, 1896 OH - 1966 CA;
Paul Allen Morrison, 1899 OH - 1960 OH;
Pauline Ann Morrison Maurer, 1899 OH - 1979 OH;
Peter Clifford Morrison, 1902 - 1968

Photos given to me by Carole Morrison

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Saturday, September 2, 2023

Blog Anniversary, 2010 - 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.

Read About Me to learn who I am.

A Few Family Wedding Anniversaries:

Friday, August 25, 2023

Book Report: The Edge of New Netherland

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



New Netherland

The Bastion

Fort Casimir



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

Forget Me Not: Julius C. Alford, 1937

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, accessed February 2023. 




Saturday, August 19, 2023

Vintage Photograph: Thomas A. Coyle

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.

Thomas A. Coyle

Born 16 Dec 1903 New York City
Son of Michael Coyle & Mary Josephine Mullane

Photograph taken on the occasion of his First Holy Communion 

I own this original photograph.