Tuesday, April 8, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks = Week #14; Emmaline Smith Brown in MS

This prompt comes from Amy Johnson Crow at her blog, NoStory Too Small. She suggests we “write once a week about a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, a research problem — any that focuses on that one ancestor.” 

I have decided to begin with my grandparents and to work back through the generations. My information on Emmaline is mostly limited to census reports.

Emmaline Smith Brown

13 September 1831 MS – 3 August 1920 MS
My Great Great Grandmother

Emmaline was the daughter of Wyatt Smith and Euseba Fortenberry. She was one of 9 children. Her siblings were: Saryntha, William, Jasper, Newton, Rankin, Eliza Jane, Adolphus & Walter.

In 1850 the Wyatt Smith family was in Pike Co., MS. Wyatt was a farmer. Emmaline was 13 years old.[1]
 Emmaline Smith married Allen M Brown on 28 April 1858.[2]

By 1860 Allen’s father had died. Allen & his wife lived with Allen’s mother, Mary. Both Mary & Allen were planters on their farm in Liberty, Amite, MS. Allen’s brother, James, was also living on the farm.[3]

In 1870 Allen and Emmaline were in Osyka where he was a farmer. Their three children were at home: Jasper, Alvira & Mary.[4] This is the last record of Allen. In 1880 Emmaline was raising their children alone.[5]

Emmaline is buried at Silver Springs Baptist Church cemetery.[6] I was able to visit the cemetery and photograph her headstone.

 Emmaline, Allen & Family:
1 Emmaline Smith b: 13 Sep 1831 Pike, MS, d: 3 Aug 1920 Pike, MS
... + Allen Moses Brown b: 26 Jan 1836 in Liberty, Amite, MS, m: 28 Apr 1858, d: Aft. 1870
......2 Mary E. Brown b: 13 Aug 1861
......2 Jasper Pascal Brown b: 15 May 1865 Pike, MS, d: 8 Jun 1950 McComb, Pike, MS
...... + Rose Ella Brumfield b: 18 Jul 1867 MS, m: 21 Dec 1887 Pike, MS d: 2 Oct 1948 Magnolia, Pike, MS
......2 Alvira E. Brown b: 5 Aug 1868

[1] 1850 United States Census, Pike County, Mississippi. Wiatt Smith family.
[2] Brown Family Papers; 1700's to 1900's; Gathered by Rayleen Hall Brown from Various Family Members; Includes Brown, Fortenberry, Smith, Alford, Ott, Kennington & Dillon. Includes information on Allen M Brown.
[3] 1860 US Census, Liberty, Amite, MS; Microfilm M653-577; Mary Brown family.
[4] 1870 U.S. Census, Osyka, E Pike Co., Pike Co., MS; Page 3, Line 19; Allen M Brown family.
[5] 1880 U. S. Census, Pike Co., Mississippi; 1880; First District, Beat #1; Page 56, Line 467; Emmaline Brown family.
[6] 'Cemetery Inscription Pike County, Mississippi 1750 - 1978' by Ray & June Sartin Parish.  Page 610.  Silver Springs Baptist Church cemetery.  Emmaline S. Brown.


  1. Such interesting names, especially Euseba and Saryntha. I wonder where those names came from.

  2. Wendy, they are the only ones I know with those names.

  3. Looks as if Pike county, Mississippi records are as scarce as Chesterfield County, SC.

  4. I find the wording on her stone a bit interesting. I wonder why it says "Aunt"? We know she was also a mother as she's your great-great-grandmother.


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