Wednesday, April 26, 2017

An Adorable Leaf on Our Family Tree

My husband and I are celebrating the birth of our second grandson! Our oldest daughter & son-in-law are now the parents of two adorable boys.

Baiden Donald Pasquale Mensing
Born 20 April 2017, Virginia

Baiden was born on the birthday of my youngest brother. I think it makes that date doubly special. As our grandsons get older I can teach them about my three brothers and why they are special in my life. Of course, that will lead to many family stories.

As family historians we record the past for the future. Our little grandsons are the future and the time to share the past is now, through my blog, my books, and times when they sit on my lap and cuddle. “I know that you like trains. My father liked trains too. Did you know…”

Tell  and record your stories today. The future is here.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

50th Anniversary for Col. Aaron Brown

Col. Aaron Brown

7 June 1822 MS - 2 July 1904 IA
son of Moses Brown & Nancy Perkins
husband of Elizabeth

Yesterday being the fiftieth wedding anniversary of Col. Aaron Brown and wife, some of the old settlers hereabouts decided to celebrate the occasion by having a gathering in Odd Fellows Hall where refreshments and a social order of affairs should mark the event. It being “our busy day” we were not present. Col. Brown has passed the greater portion of his married life in this vicinity.

from: Anniversary. (1894, Oct. 4). Fayette County Leader, p. 8. Retrieved Feb. 28, 2017, from Colonel Aaron Brown

It is interesting that Col. Aaron Brown's wife's name is never mentioned in this clipping about their anniversary.

Are you related to this family? I'd enjoy hearing from you.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter!

Easter Memories

The buds of spring;
Fragrant lilacs, tulips & delicate forsythia;
Colors emerging from the snow.

A new dress to twirl;
A wide brimmed hat with flowers & silky ribbons;
Shiny new shoes tapping and dancing.

Baskets full of grass;
Crayon colored jellybeans & chocolate treats;
Tiny treasures making us smile.

A house full of family;
Cousins playing games & laughing;
 Aunts, uncles, moms and dads smiling around the table.


Photo: Me in my new Easter dress, c 1960s

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Baby Girl Fortenberry

This is a great newspaper notice with information on three generations of the family.

Alice Darrell Fortenberry
My Second Cousin 

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Fortenberry announce the arrival of a beautiful baby daughter, Alice Darrel Fortenberry, on Wednesday, March 23, at their home in the Progress community. Mrs. Fortenberry will be remembered as Miss Zilda [sic] Alford. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lucius Fortenberry, and those on the maternal side are Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Alford.

from: Mr. and Mrs. Fortenberry of Progress Announce Arrival of Daughter. (1938, Mar. 30). McComb Daily Journal, p. 3. Retrieved March 5, 2017;; Ray Fortenberry.