Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Presidential Relatives

I am not aware of any US Presidents in my family tree.
 However, that did not stop my family from naming their sons after our presidents.
Besides having several George Washingtons we have these famous names.

Thomas Jefferson
was the 3rd US President. He lived 1743 – 1826.

Thomas Jefferson Brumfield     1884- 1950   son of James Monroe Brumfield & Sarah Prescott

Thomas Jefferson Futch     1830 – 1914 husband of Mary Elizabeth Fortenberry

Thomas Jefferson Mark      1840 – 1863   son of Abraham Mark & Mary Isabella Heffelfinger.            Killed in the Civil War.

James Monroe
was the 5th US President. He lived 1758 – 1831.

James Monroe Brumfield     1843 – 1899 son of J. K. Brumfield & Hannah Youngblood.
          His brother was George Washington Brumfield.

James Monroe Brumfield     1854 – 1896 son of Isaac N. Brumfield & Sarah J Smith

James Monroe Fortenberry   b 1877     son of Thomas B Fortenberry & Gabriella Sanders

James Monroe Ott               1886 – 1951 son of William W. Ott & Sarah Euseba Ellzey

Andrew Jackson
was the 7th US President. He lived 1767 – 1845.

Andrew Jackson Alford        1866 – 1944 son of Jeptha J. Alford

Andrew Jackson Andrews     1837 – 1914 husband of Susan Lucinda Brumfield

Andrew Jackson Andrews     b 1876          son of Andrew Jackson Andrews

Andrew Jackson Brumfield    1830 – 1885 son of J K Brumfield & Hannah Brumfield

Andrew Jackson Fortenberry   1880 – 1956 son of William J Fortenberry & Canolia Simmons

Woodrow Wilson
was the 28th US President. He lived 1856 – 1924.

Woodrow Wilson Fortenberry                      son of William E. Fortenberry & Nora

Woodrow Wilson Simmons        1918 – 1996 son of William Archie Simmons & Lillian Alford

Do you have any presidents in your tree?

Sunday, November 19, 2017


Thanksgiving is spatulas & spices & the family china;
Tables pushed together, folding chairs & mismatched glassware.
Thanksgiving is answering the ringing doorbell;
Children chasing and hiding;
Hugs & surprises; Jokes & smiles.

Thanksgiving is aprons & appetizers & the family recipes;
Multicolored paper turkeys, crayoned pilgrims & pinecone centerpieces.
Thanksgiving is squeezing around the table;
Passing the mashed potatoes;
Candles & napkins; Gravy & cranberries.

Thanksgiving is cameras & cousins & the family traditions;
Posing in front of the fireplace, smiling on cue & laughter all around.
Thanksgiving is playing favorite board games;
Telling tall tales of holidays past;
Uncles & babies; Memories & plans.

Thanksgiving is family.

Colleen G. (Brown) Pasquale

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Benjamin Franklin Hiding in the Family Tree

Benjamin Franklin, 1706 – 1790, was a Founding Father of our country. He was also a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. Long after Benjamin’s death some branches of my family named their sons after Benjamin.

Recently I posted about the George Washingtons in my family tree a friend saw the post on FaceBook and he made a comment about Benjamin Franklin. Well, Russ, here are a few Benjamins for you.

Benjamin Franklin Barton      1904-1992    son of Yearby Franklin Barton & Ophelia Kemp

Benjamin Franklin Ellzey       1827-1904    son of John Ellzey & Elizabeth Coney

Benjamin Franklin Ritter        1835-1884    son of Michael Ritter & Eloisa Miller

Benjamin Franklin Wolf         b 1833           son of Andrew Wolf & Catherine Dick

Do you have any "famous people" in your tree?

Monday, November 6, 2017

George Washington in Our Family

George Washington lived 1732 – 1799. My family is not related to our first president. However, we do have several members named after George Washington. Our first president must have been a hero to these families.

George Washington Brumfield        1830 – 1865 son of J K Brumfield & Hannah Youngblood

George Washington Cutrer              1899 – 1977 son of Isaac Omer Cutrer & Fannie Smith

George Washington Fortenberry    1842 – 1910 son of C K Fortenberry & Narcissa Simmons

George Washington Mark                1878 – 1938 son of William Mark & Elidia Rebecca Ritter

George Washington Simmons          b 1820        son of Willis Simmons & Jane Goslin

George Washington Westmoreland            1832 – 1906     husband of Adeline Julia Brown

George Washington Wolf                 1842 – 1920 son of Frederick Wolf & Louisa Goetz