Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers & Louisiana Confederate Commands

Looking for Confederate soldiers? This book has long lists of soldiers with their service details. I found many soldiers from my family branches including those listed below. I have found some of this information from other sources, therefore I know it is accurate. The enlistment date is something I rarely found elsewhere. It is nice to have all this in one place. 

Extra Bonus: This book is available online at Genealogy Gophers.

 Andrew Bradford Booth
New Orleans, 1920

Barksdale Wade Brumfield; 1822-1884; son of William Brumfield
B. W. Brumfield, Pvt. CoC & K, 3rd Wingfields, LA Calvary. Enlisted: 14 May 1862 Franklinton, LA. Transferred from A C Bickham.

Elisha Kelly Brumfield; 1840-1911; son of Davis Brumfield
Elisha Brumfield, Pvt. CoK. 38 MS Volunteers. Rolls of Prisoners of War. Paroled Baton Rogue.

Henry Sims Brumfield; 1835-1915; son of Jesse Kelly Brumfield
            H. S. Brumfield, Pvt. CoK, 3rd Wingfields, LA Calvary.

Isaac K. Brumfield; b c 1843; son of Davis Brumfield
Isaac Brumfield, Pvt. CoK. 3rd Wingfields, LA Calvary. On Rolls of Prisoners of War. Paroled at Provost Marshall’s Office, Baton Rogue, 21 June 186?

Jesse Alexander Brumfield; 1838-1914; son of Nathaniel Brumfield
J. A. Brumfield, Pvt. CoC, 3rd Wingfields, LA Calvary. Enlisted 11 May 1863 Franklinton LA.

John D. Brumfield; 1842-1903; son of Nathaniel
John D. Brumfield, Pvt. CoC. 3rd Wingfields, LA Calvary. Enlisted May 1862 Camp Moore, Franklinton LA

Martin Penn Brumfield; 1837-1862; son of Nathaniel Brumfield
Martin P. Brumfield, Pvt to 2nd LT. Enlisted July 1861 Camp Moore LA. Died 12 April 1862 Gordonsville VA.

Thomas W. Brumfield; 1842-1930; son of Alexander C. Brumfield
T. W. Brumfield, Pvt. CoA, 3rd Wingfields, LA Calvary. Enlisted: Camp Moore, LA 13 May 1862.

William L. Brumfield; b c 1831; son of William Brumfield
W. L. Brumfield, Pvt. CoC & K, 3rd Wingfields, LA Calvary. Enlisted: May 14, 1862 Franklinton, LA. Transferred from Capt. A. Bleckham. Federal Rolls of Prisoners of War. Paroled at Port Hudson, LA July 1863.

Note: the full name, birth & death dates & father's name came from other sources.

Source: Booth, Andrew Bradford, Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers and Louisiana  Confederate Commands (New Orleans, 1920) digital image at Genealogy Gophers (gengophers.com: accessed July 2017).

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Past had Once Been the Present

I was recently reading a novel and came to this paragraph. I stopped and read it a couple more times. Then I stuck a bookmark in the page.  William Martin's books are packed with history, overlaid with the present. As genealogists I think we also have one foot in the past and one in the present.

He didn’t expect that too many people thought about the world the way he did. To him, the past had once been the present…and the future. And if you looked at it like that, not only did it keep the past alive, it made the present more comprehensible and gave contour to the future’s flat horizon.

The view of life of the character, Peter Fallon as written by William Martin in Harvard Yard (Boston: Grand Central Publishing, 2003) 228.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

John Ellzey Bible

The Ellzey is not a direct line family of mine. However, the Ellzey family married into my Alford, Fortenberry & Smith lines. They were our neighbors, friends & in laws.

Finding the Bible record on line at Genealogy Gophers was a nice surprise. It yielded the oldest information I have on this family.

John Ellzey Bible
Original owner: John & Elizabeth Coney Ellzey
Bible published 1851


John Ellzey                  Elizabeth Coney                      18 July 1823
Wm S Ellzey                Winneyfred Sibley                   20 Jan 1842
Burrel Fortenberry       Eliza Jane Ellzey                      15 Aug 1850
John S Ellzey               Sarintha Smith                         1 May 1851
Benjamin F. Ellzey       Elizabeth Holmes                    2 Sept 1852
Lewis N. Ellzey            Mary Ann Holmes                   1 Sept 1853
James W. Ellzey           Nancy C. Jane                          18 Sept 1856
John Ellzey                  Margaretta Indiana Hall          5 Jan 1860


John Ellzey                  10 Nov 1796
Elizabeth Coney          24 Apr 1808

Their children:
William S.                   8 Aug 1824
Mary N.                       25 Dec 1825
Benj. F.                       10 Sept 1827
John S.                        13 Mar 1829
Eliza J.                        5 Sept 1830
Lewis                           2 Feb 1832
Jackson J.                   8 Dec 1833
James W.                     9 Aug 1835
Thomas J.                   19 Apr 1837
Wesley M.                   1 Feb 1839
Rachel M.                    23 Dec 1840
Lemuel N.                   1 Nov 1842
Laura A.                      25 Apr 1844
Eveline E.                    6 Feb 1846
Jesse C.                      15 Apr 1848
Sarah W.                     13 Sept 1851

Source: Mississippi Genealogical Society, Mississippi Cemetery and Bible Records, Volume 8 (Jackson, MS, 1961) 84-85; digital image, Genealogy Gophers (gengophers.com: accessed Aug. 2017).

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Terrible Hurricane in South Mississippi, 1882

Hurricanes are in our news. While we have been learning about Texas, Louisiana and Hurricane Harvey and Florida bracing itself for Hurricane Irma I read this account of a Hurricane in Mississippi in 1882 that caused trouble for my family.
The years pass but many things remain the same.

Pike County. The unfortunate victims of this calamity are, so far as we have heard, as follows: J. P. Welch, W. J. Fortenberry [William Jackson Fortenberry, 1853-1928], W. S. Ellzey [Willis S. Ellzey, 1857-1946], Jeptha Simmons, Alexander Green, Raymond Alford, Mrs. Shillings, Eli Alford, Ellis Varnado, Jordan Dykes and Rhoda Smith, a colored woman. These persons lost their houses, fences, timber and some stock. Nearly all of them received some personal injuries, and the only particulars we have obtained are in regard to Mr. Fortenberry and Mr. Alford.

Dr. W. F. Simmons was at Mr. Fortenberry’s on a professional visit when the storm occurred, and just previous to that awful visitation, Mrs. Fortenberry [Canolia A. Simmons, 1858-1925] had given birth to a child – a girl [Myrtis Jane Elizabeth Fortenberry b 18 April 1882]. Several ladies were present, and manifested some alarm at the threatening elements. The force of the wind struck the house, first breaking the glasses, then taking off the roof, after which the walls fell in. Dr. Simmons knew no more for some time, for he was knocked senseless by falling timbers. After he became conscious, he found himself under the debris of the building, and with powerful exertions extricated himself. The he began a search among the ruins to see who was hurt. He found Mrs. Fortenberry still in bed, and safe. The foot of the bed-stead was broken down, and she was slightly bruised. One lady had the infant in her arms, and was sealed in a rocking chair when the storm came. Dr. Simmons found her and the babe wedged in among the timbers, and it took about 15 minuted hard work to extricate her. When she was released from the perilous condition she was found to be bruised considerably, but the infant was not injured at all. Mrs. Fortenberry and the ladies were injured also but not seriously.

Mr. Raymond Alford’s family were all injured, and Mrs. Alford seriously, by some gashes on her forehead and other parts of her head. She remained unconscious from Tuesday until last Friday, when she realized her condition. The fright and wounds have had a terrible effect upon her. Her condition is regarded as being very critical.

A mule was blown some distance from Mr. Alford’s place, and a broad-axe was taken up by the wind an carried 50 yards.  A dead crane was found in the track of the storm with its neck and both legs broken. Other dead birds were also found.

Farm fowls were carried off and feathers scattered in all directions. Some of the fowls have been found and they present the appearance of having been picked or deprived of their plumage. Bark was taken off the young pines and oaks and the large timber were all blown down. Some of the largest trees after they had fallen show signs where they have been forced by the wind, as though they had been dragged a distance of from five to fifteen feet. In some places the grass had been actually torn up by the roots.

Source: The Terrible Hurricane in South Mississippi on the 24th. (Jackson, MS: The Clarion-Ledger, 3 May 1882) 2; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed Sept. 2017.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

My 7th Blog Anniversary!

In September 2010 I talked to my daughter about my genealogy and I wondered how I could get my research and findings out to family members. I wanted to contact family members that I knew and those that I had never met. My daughter suggested writing a blog. She explained how a blog works and helped me to set up this blog. 

On 3 September 2010 my first post went out and I waited to see where it would lead.

I've made cosmetic changes over the years, trying many things to make it look inviting. I added Tabs with basic information about my family branches & research tips. I have spent many happy hours writing, posting, finding attractive graphics, and rearranging the layout. 

The good news is: I have made several good blogging buddies. I have found cousins I never would have known without this blog. My family has become more interested in our past and the people in it. People have left me kind & helpful comments. I have been motivated to learn more & to share more.

There are many blogs with more followers & more visitors than mine, and I'd be insincere if I said I wouldn't like higher numbers, but I am proud of how much I have learned and happy with my blogging experiences. 

Grab a cupcake & celebrate with me:
 7 years & more to come!