Friday, July 22, 2011

A Helping Hand

Helping Hand: Someone who has helped to part the tangle of leaves and branches and point in the right direction to find our family tree.

Thank you to Eammon.
My Mullane family came from Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland. Although Daniel Mullane was born in County Cork, he and his wife Brigid English lived in Clonmel when they married and raised their children. They lived in various locations within Clonmel:
1866 married at St. Mary’s Church; 1869 living on Mary street; 1870 living on Johnson Street; 1872 – 1880 members of Saints Peter and Paul Church; 1874 – 1880 living on Queen street; 1907 – 1952 the family on Upper Gladstone Street.

I discovered the websites, Clonmel Graveyards, which gives information on the Clonmel cemeteries and My Clonmel Scrapbook, which has many photographs of the Irish town, both present and past, including streets and shops. Daniel Mullane was a carriage builder. A business card tells us his business was on Upper Gladstone Street. It was a long shot but I decided to contact Eammon to discover if he had information on the business or the family.

Eammon responded the same day:
Clonmel Directory
I’m afraid I haven’t been investigating Upper Gladstone Street, only Gladstone Street, so I don’t have anything much for you. I have attached a page from Thoms Directory 1935 in the form of an image, which shows the firm still trading at Upr. Gladstone St. I’m pretty sure the directory is indeed the 1935 one, so someone must have bought out the name, or else another family member took over the business.
If I come upon anything about him, I’ll let you know. Regards, Eamonn.

He sent me an image of the Directory which showed Daniel Mullane Coachbuilders! I had not seen this before. A couple days later he contacted me again:

I forgot to mention that quite a good place to inquire about your ancestor is through a forum board, specifically
There are 2 areas where you could pose a question:  which is the forum for County Tipperary,

I have become a member of the Ireland Message board and hooked up with many helpful people there.

Eammon, thank you for the wonderful website that has given me a first look at the place my ancestors once lived and for the helping hand. I am in my beginning steps in researching in Ireland and planning a trip there next year. You’ve taken the time and helped point me in the right direction!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A New Connection

Home of Jasper Brown family.
Photo from Kimmel Williams

When I began this blog in September 2010 I was hoping to keep my relatives informed about my research: new discoveries and old connections. In hearing feedback I get from my family (Special thanks to: Mark, Louise, Carol, Alyssa & Spencer) I feel I am being successful in meeting that goal. 

I had also hoped to reach out to relatives I have not yet met, to share and compare information on our mutual family trees and branches. Recently I have met my first relative through my blog!

I was recently contacted by Kimmel R. (Hutchinson) Williams, my second cousin. Her parents are Charles and Edith Rose (Ball) Hutchinson. Edith is the daughter of James Alton & Mildred Olga (Brown) Ball. Olga and my paternal grandfather, Roy Jesse Brown, b. 8 March 1902, were siblings, children of Jasper Pascal and Rose Ella (Brumfield) Brown, married 21 December 1887 in Mississippi. Jasper and Rose had nine children, all born in Mississippi. Roy and Mildred were numbers 7 & 8. It is interesting to consider that, all these years later, their descendants are meeting on the internet.

We are just beginning to share information and photographs. I am thrilled we have made this internet connection and look forward to learning more.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

July Family Birthdays, July 15 - 31

Is your birthday coming soon? Maybe you share your special day with someone in our family. Look below and see. Happy Birthday!

16 July        

1805    Gasua Chapman FORTENBERRY was born in South Carolina, son of William Jasper & Violette (Kennington) Fortenberry. He married Sarah Brown. He was a farmer.  They had nine children. Gasua died in 1884 in MS.

17 July   

1893    Frederick Isaac RITTER was born in Ohio, the son of Anthony Casper & Emma Alice (Mowrer) Ritter. He married Ella Mae Sprankle. Their children: Kathryn & Dean Ritter.  Frederick Isaac Ritter served in World War I.

18 July     

1867    Rose Ella Brumfield lived in MS. She was the daughter of Jessie Alexander & Martha Elizabeth (Alford) Brumfield. She married Jasper Pascal Brown in 1887. They had nine children. Rose was my great grandmother.
1925    John Snyder

19 July        

1879    Thomas Kenneth MARK lived his life in Ohio. He was the son of William & Elidia Rebecca (Ritter) Mark. He was a farmer & a carpenter. He married N. Regina Gruissy in 1903. They had seven children, all born in Ohio. He lived to be 95 years of age.
1916    Gladys May MOORE

20 July  

1746    Anna M. GERMANTOWN
1852    William Franklin ELLZEY was born in MS, son of John Shaffer & Saryntha (Smith) Ellzey. He married Mary Elizabeth Gatlin. They had eight children. He was a farmer on a general farm.

21 July         

1815    Martin B. RITTER
1845    Frederick Jacob WOLF
 1882    Nathaniel GARDNER was my maternal grandfather. He was born in New York City, son of Leopold & Florence Gartner. He worked for the Western Union Telegraph Company for over 50 years, beginning as a messenger boy and becoming a branch manager. On 9 May 1921 he married Helen Francis Coyle. They had one daughter, Alberta Joy (Gardner) Brown.

22 July        

1914    Marian Louise MOORE

24 July        

1747    Casper RITTER
1866    Martha A. ALFORD married William J. Smith, son of William J. M. & Rachel (Ellzey) Smith. She had seven children. She died in 1926.
1914    Marian Louise MOORE

25 July       

1929    Everett Leroy WILSON was the son of Thomas Clarence & Euna Clarabelle (Fortenberry) Wilson. He was my 4th cousin, 1x removed.

26 July       

1806    Edward S BROWN
1808    Theobald RITTER
1867    Samuel J ELLZEY
 1878    Dixie Irene SMITH was the daughter of Adolphus Scott & Julia Jane (Simmons) Smith. Adolphus Smith was a dentist. She married Hugh Algernon Brown.
1928    Mavis Addie DYKES

27 July   

1766    Nathaniel RITTER
1780    Johann Philip RITTER
1851    John H. WOLF
1855    Robert R. RITTER
1905    Vera Victoria MARK
1928    Delbert Keith Brown was my father. He was born in Ohio, the oldest child of Roy Jesse & Ivy (Mark) Brown. On 8 August 1948 he married Alberta Joy Gardner. They lived in Germantown, NY. Delbert was a mechanic & trucker.

28 July      

1915    Clarence William WILSON was the son of Thomas Clarence & Euna Clarabelle (Fortenberry) Wilson.

29 July       

1842    John D. BRUMFIELD was born in Louisiana, son of Nathaniel & Charlotte Temple (Ott) Brumfield. He married Zadie Martin. Children: John D. T. & James H. John was a farmer in Washington Parish, Louisiana.  He died in 1903.
1912    Marshal Heigle
1922    Eugene C. PIGOTT

30 July       

1854    Elidia Rebecca RITTER
1872    Cora Bell MARK was born in Ohio, daughter of William & Emma Abeline (Flory) Mark. She married Edward Newell. Children: Edna and Maude. She died in 1905.
1889    James Ray MILLER

31 July   

1915    Ruth Geneva JOLLIFF was born in Ohio, daughter of Samuel Martin & Margaret Maude (Mark) Jolliff. She married Herbert Phillip Mullen, Sr. in 1936. Their son is Herbert Phillip Mullen, Jr. She was my 1st cousin, 2x removed. We corresponded at one time and she shared some genealogy information. She died in 1997.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Patricia Ann (Brock) Smith, A Special July Birthday

Fay & Pat (Brock) Smith
Patricia Ann (Brock) Smith

b. 15 July 1932 MS – d. 31 August 2010 MS
Wife of  Fay Seward Smith who was my first cousin, once removed.  
They had three children: Patricia, Michael & Kim. 

Wyatt Smith Cemetery
Pat was a great help with my research into my father’s family in Mississippi. My Smith and Brown roots in Mississippi and Louisiana are like tangled vines. On many occasions Pat helped me to separate and follow those vines. I first met Pat in the summer of 1997 during a family vacation that included a stop in Mississippi. My husband, our children and I stayed with my ‘half aunt’, Sylvia Rayleen (Brown) Hall who showed us what southern hospitality is all about. She introduced us to more family members than I can remember. Two of those relatives were Fay and Pat Smith who invited us to their place in Progress for a delightful lunch. Then Fay was our tour guide to family cemeteries.  We never would have found the Wyatt Smith cemetery, located in a cow's field and covered in thorns and weeds, without our guide. After that visit we stayed in touch through letters and emails. Pat sent me documents, family trees and Christmas cards. She was an active member of the Alford American Family Association. Each time she mailed me the newest journal, she included a note. I am very fortunate to have met Fay and Pat!

McComb, Pike Co., MS—3 September 2010

            Patricia Anne “Pat” Brock Smith, 78, of the Progress community, died Aug. 31, 2010, at the Cardiovascular Institute of Mississippi in McComb.
            Visitation is 5 to 9 tonight at Hartman-Hughes Funeral Home in Tylertown and 10 a.m. Saturday at Silver Springs Baptist Church until services at 11. The Rev. Byran Wilkinson and the Rev. Wayne Hall will officiate. Burial will be in the Silver Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
            Mrs. Smith was born July 15, 1932, in Walthall County, to Leslie William and Dollie Lura Smith Brock.
            She owned and operated Smith’s Grocery in Progress. She was a member of Silver Springs Baptist Church, which she served as treasurer and taught a Sunday school class. She was a member of Silver Springs Seniors and was a hospice volunteer. She was a member and former president of the Pike-Amite-Walthall Library Board.
            Mrs. Smith was a 1949 graduate of Lexie High School, where she played basketball. She loved working with genealogy and was a member of the Alford American Family Association, from which she received a Hall of Fame award in 2009. She was a beloved member of the Progress community and will be greatly missed by many.
            She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 49 years, Fay Seward Smith; one sister, Peggy Brock Stringer; one granddaughter, Tara Smith Leonard and two sisters-in-law, Nathalee Smith Comeaux and Wilma Smith Butler.
            Survivors include two sons, Michael D. Smith and Kim Lee Smith, both of Progress; a daughter, Patricia Gail Smith Hall of Tylertown; a sister, Joana Brock Breeland of Tylertown; a brother-in-law, Cletus Stringer of Southaven; four grandchildren, Tricia Ann Hall and husband Ray McElveen and their children, Will and Mary Grace; James Don Hall Jr., and wife Tena and their daughter, Jaden; Judy Larisa Hall and husband Randall Sheets Sr. and their children, Regan, Larisa, Randall Jr., Zachary and Genell; Dustin Michael Smith and wife Shellie and their children, Sadie Claire, Everhett and Austin; and Jermiah Williams and Samarah Leonard, whose mother was the late Tara Lee Smith Leonard; two step-grandchildren, Jody Lee Stone and children Jody “JoJo” Jr. and Aimee, and Randall Sheets Sr., as mentioned above.
            Pallbearers will be James Hall Jr., Dustin Smith, Ray McElveen, Randall Sheets Sr., Wade Brown and Mac Breeland. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Silver Springs Baptist Church.

The obituary is taken from the Alford American Family Association web site. You can find it at You can also see their headstone which contains genealogy information.

Friday, July 1, 2011

July Family Birthdays, July 1 - 15

Is your birthday coming soon? Maybe you share your special day with someone in our family. Look below and see. Happy Birthday!

1 July                     

1876       Clementine Florence WOLF b. in Ohio, daughter of Joseph & Anna Eliza (Kohr) Wolf

2 July                     

1865       Amanda Adarene FORTENBERRY b. in Mississippi, daughter of William J. & Elizabeth Martha (Cutrer) Fortenberry.  She married William S. Ellzey c. 1883. Amanda was the mother of ten children. She died in 1949.
1881       Edith Edna RITTER

3 July                     

1825       Rees P. BROWN b. in Mississippi, one of seven children of Moses & Nancy (Perkins) Brown.  Children: Samantha & Anna Brown.
1866       Elizabeth Ellen NEE

4 July                     

1823       Nathan RITTER
1940       William Andrew MARK b in Ohio, son of Charles Forest & Bertha (Flickinger) Mark. Married Linda Lou Danner. Children: Robin, Michelle & William Mark. 

5 July                     

1879       William Isaac RITTER b. in Ohio, son of John William & Ruth Anna (Scott) Ritter. He married Louise Sophia Schultz.  They had six children.
1885       Spencer Sylvester McDANIEL

6 July                     

1753       Elizabeth RITTER
1879       Willie Edgar SMITH was my 1st cousin 3x removed. He was the son of Walter Lorraine & Emma Julia (Warren) Smith. He died in 1879 at the age of 13.
1927       Vern James SIMONS
1935       Virginia Burton NEE

7 July                     

1831       Richard WOLF
1884       George B. WOLF
1900       Lola Dean FORTENBERRY was the daughter of Joseph Gazie & Corine (McDaniel) Fortenberry.
1920       Elnora Marie RITTER

8 July                     

1800       Hollander SMITH
1857       Alfred FORTENBERRY Jr.
1889       Carrie Belle WOLF
1937       James Paul BALL b. in Louisiana, son of James Alton & Mildred Olga (Brown) Ball. He married Wreatha Jean Sorrell. Children: David, Roger, James & Lisa Ball. He is my 1st cousin, 1x removed.

9 July                     

1852       Albert Harrison BALLIET b. In Pennsylvania, son of Stephen & Ann (Lowrey) Balliet. He married Josephine Edna Ebert. He died in 1907 in New York State.
1870       Joseph Gazie FORTENBERRY
1939       Frederick Ralph BROPHY

10 July                   

1795       Lydia KNAUSS
1894       John Ellsworth HAWK b. in Ohio, son of William & Elizabeth (Ritter) Hawk. He married Ethel Miller. 

11 July                   

1787       Jonathan RITTER
1852       Eliza H. MORRIS
1878       Mayme Indiana SIMMONS
1894       June THORNHILL son of James Miles & Violette Eliza (Fortenberry) Thornhill. June died in 1910 at the age of 16 in Mississippi.  

12 July                   

1789       Needham Judge ALFORD
1872       Louis Flemon ALFORD b. in Louisiana, son of Needham Edwin & Mary Luzina (Strafford) Alford. He died in 1938.

13 July                   

1938       Charles Philip MORRIS

14 July                   

1864       John BRADY b. in Cavan, Ireland, son of Thomas & Catherine (Gibney) Brady. He married Mary McCartin. Children: Thomas, Bernard & John Brady all born in New Jersey. John Brady was my 2nd great grand uncle.
1891       Irene Elizabeth ELLZEY Simmons
1915       Ruth Ann RITTER

15 July                   

1816       Mehala SMITH
1842       Mary Elizabeth FORTENBERRY
1872       Catherine BRADY
1875       Helen E. VOELKER
1920       Jerry Sidney COMEAUX
1932       Patricia Ann BROCK lived her life in Mississippi where she married Fay Seward Smith, son of Denny Herbert & Mavis Marie (Brown) Smith. Their children: Patricia, Michael & Kim Smith. Patricia & Fay were warm, generous people who showed us hospitality when we visited them in Mississippi. Patricia helped with my genealogy research & with the Alford Family Association.