Monday, December 31, 2018

Time for a new Family Calendar

It is Time for a new Family Calendar!

Each year, for several years, I have made a family calendar for my brothers & myself. As the years have passed I have ordered more and more copies. My cousins and their children want copies. My father, Delbert Keith Brown, was one of seven children so we are a big, ever expanding group. As long as my cousins send me photos, those photos are included.

 The top page of each month highlights the many family activities from the last year: birthdays, graduations, new babies, holidays, apple picking, snowman building, trips, etc. Other times the top page looks back at times gone by or combines past & present.

The bottom page includes birthdays & anniversaries for our family. That includes ancestors who are long gone. 

This year I added a 'Genealogy Spotlight' at the bottom of each page. It highlights someone from our past who was born or married in the month of the calendar. 

Family members tell me they look forward to the new calendar each year. One cousin has told me it makes her laugh & cry. Some folks quickly scan the pages, looking for themselves. Others turn the pages slowly, reading every little item. One family member will only look at one month at a time, setting himself up for 12 surprises a year. 

The calendars are in the hands of family now. 
I hope they learn more about our family.
I hope they enjoy it all year long.

Do you have new calendar?

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

20 Dec 1818 - 200 Years Ago - Wedding Anniversary

In looking for inspiration for my blog I looked at December birthdays & anniversaries and noticed three significant Ancestor Anniversaries. This is the third and last. I wonder what a wedding looked like 200 years ago. Was the ceremony performed in a church or their home? Who gathered for the wedding? Was there a special meal following the ceremony?  And I wonder if Edwin & Martha would be surprised to know we are marking their wedding day, 200 years later.

My 3rd great grandparents were married 200 years ago on 20 December 1818.

Edwin Barksdale Alford

25 Nov 1792 NC - 10 Mar 1878 MS
Son of Jacob Alford & Elizabeth Bryant
Edwin served in the War of 1812, in the LA Militia.
He was in the Battle of New Orleans.
After the War he moved to MS.


Martha P. Smith

25 Mar 1802 SC - 8 Aug 1861 MS
Daughter of Jeremiah George Smith & Joanna Dillon

Married 20 December 1818 Pike County, MS

They were married for 43 years. They were the parents of nine children.

  • Conerly, Luke Ward, and E. Russ Williams, Source Records from Pike County, Mississippi 1798 - 1910 and Misc. Legal and Family Records Pertaining to the Areas of Pike and Walthall Counties, MS(Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978)92 – 98.
  • Heard, Ruby Alford, Gil Alford. Early Mississippi Alfords(AAFA Action, III, 1990) 35.
  • Williams, E. R., A Potpourri of Historical Data Concerning the Founding Families and Individuals of Washington Parish, Louisiana, 1798 – 1860. (Monroe, LA: Northeast Louisiana University, 1990) 1.
  • NARA, War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files; Fold 3( Cpt. Wm. Brickham’s Co., LA Militia; Edwin Alford.
  • US Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, Land. Bounty Land Warrant #75733 for Edwin Alford in Tangipahoa Parish, LA; 12 February 1857.
  • Parish, Ray and June Sartin, Cemetery Inscriptions Pike County, Mississippi 1750 – 1978(MS: Privately Printed, 1979) Page 1.  
  • Agricultural Meeting, Osyka. (New Orleans, LA: New Orleans Times, 8 August 1868) 3; digital image, Genealogy Bank: accessed September 2017.
  • Died (Franklinton, LA: The Era-Leader, 10 December 1914) 4; digital image, accessed 26 May 2017.
  • Booth, Andrew Bradford,Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands( New Orleans, 1920) Genealogy Gophers (; accessed 2017). 
  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Tangipahoa County, Louisiana.Deluxe. (Norman, Oklahoma: Arphax Publishing Co., 2008) 126.
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Friday, December 14, 2018

16 December 1798 - 220 Years Ago - Wedding Anniversary

In looking for inspiration for my blog I looked at December birthdays & anniversaries and noticed three significant Ancestor Anniversaries. This is the second of those anniversaries. I wonder if Jeremiah & Joanna ever stopped to celebrate the day.

My 4th great grandparents were married 220 years ago, on 16 December 1798.

Jeremiah George Smith

23 Dec 1773 SC - 1843 MS
Son of Jeremiah Smith, Sr. & Jemimah Hollis
Jeremiah served in the War of 1812.
He was in the MS Territory Militia.


Joanna Dillon

22 Aug 1778 NC - after Apr 1821
Daughter of Richard Dillon & Anne Lawrence

Married 16 December 1798, SC

Jeremiah & Joanna were the parents of 13 children. 
Two of those children are my 3rd great grandparents. My great grandparents, Jasper Pascal Brown & Rose Ella (Brumfield) Brown, were both great grandchildren of Jeremiah & Joanna. They were second cousins.

  • The Jeremiah Smith, Sr. Bible, c. 1800 - 1917, Bible in possession of Mrs. W. C. Uhlman, Rte. 6, Tylertown, Mississippi. Copy of pages given to author by Pat (Brock) Smith. Holbrook and Fressenden’s Stereotype Edition of the Holy Bible, Brattleboro, VT, 1825. Original owner: Jeremiah Smith Sr. of Pike Co., MS. Copied by Texana Carter, 27 August 1854.
  • Conerly, Luke Ward. Source Records from Pike County, Mississippi, 1798-1910; 1798-1910; (SC: Southern Historical Press, 1989) 118.
  • Casey, A. E. (2001). Amite County, Mississippi, 1699-1890.Volume 3: The Environs. Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc. (Original work published 1957) 497.
  • Compiled Service records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812 in Organizations from the Territory of Mississippi; NARA; digital image, Fold3 ( accessed Aug. 2017).

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

6 December 1868 - 150 Years Ago - Wedding Anniversary

In looking for inspiration for my blog I looked at December birthdays & anniversaries and noticed three significant Ancestor Anniversaries. This is the first and most recent of those three anniversaries from long ago.

My great - great grandparents were married 150 years ago on 6 December 2018.

Augustus Ceaser Gruissy

 16 May 1840 OH - 8 Dec 1915 OH
son of Christian Gruissy & Mary Grorisclauss


Esther Barbara Wolf 

14 Jan 1836 OH - 11 Aug 1906 OH
daughter of John Franklin Wolf & Elisabeth Burkholder

Married 6 December 1868, Stark County, Ohio
They were married for 38 years before Esther's death.

Augustus was married three times. This was his second marriage.


  • MARRIAGE: Family History Center Microfilm #897630. 1868 - 1872 Marriage Records, Stark County, Ohio. Page 82. Augustus Gruissy and Esther B. Wolf married on 6 December 1868 by Justice of the Peace J. M. Truly. 
  • 1870 United States Census, Village of West Lebanon, Paint Township, Wayne County, Ohio, Line 27, Page 28. The August Gurnsey family.
  • 1880 U.S. Census, Medina County, Ohio; 1880; Vol 44, E.D. 199, Sheet 41; Line 26; National Archives, Pittsfield Region, Mass., T767Roll48; Note: Augustus Gruissy, Wife Esther, 5 daughters, living in Wadsworth Twp. 
  • Family interviews, Gruissy letters, etc.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Happy Birthday, W J Fortenberry 28 Nov. 1900

Willis James Fortenberry
28 November 1829 MS – 1 October 1905

Son of William Jasper Fortenberry & Violette Kennington
My 4th great uncle

Rev. W. J. Fortenberry of Tylertown, celebrated his 71stbirthday on November 28, last. He had been in the ministry 38 years and, pastor of New Zion church all this time, and is called for another year. He had baptized about 1800 professed believers. Rev. A. F. Davis opened the services, when Rev. H. M. Schilling preached a strong, helpful sermon. It was a great day.

Source: Rev. W. J. Fortenberry (Jackson, MS: The Baptist, 27 Dec 1900) 1; digital image, accessed July 2018.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving is Family

This poem from last year expresses my Thanksgiving thoughts.

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

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Veterans' Day: 100 Years Later

The Great War, now called World War I, ended with an 
armistice, or end of hostilities 
Hubert Allen Brown
My Great Uncle
Son of Jasper Pascal Brown &
Rose Ella (Brumfield) Brown 
between the Allied Nations & Germany  on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918; 100 years ago.  In the following years it was known as Armistice Day.

In 1921 the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was established by Congress with a ceremony on November 11. In 1938 Armistice Day became a legal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace. The day honored World War I veterans.

Unfortunately, we know that The Great War was not our last world war. World War II and the Korean War followed. In 1954 Congress changed the day to Veterans’ Day and it became a day to honor all veterans.

My family includes these World War I soldiers:

  •  Peter Brady 1891 Ireland – 1951 NJ
  •  Thomas Joseph Brady 1896 NJ – 1986 MD
  •  Hubert Allen Brown 1894 MS – 1971 MS, Private US Army
  •  Harry Lewis Creasy 1891 OH – 1950
  •  Ernest S Gruissy b 1893 TX
  •  Charles Forest Mark 1892 OH – 1967 OH
  •  Eslie Guy Mark 1890 OH – 1972 OH
  •  Elmer Ritter b 1887 OH
  •  Frederick Isaac Ritter 1893 OH – 1975 OH

A great book to help you research your World War I hero is: 

Schaeffer, Christina K. The Great War: A Guide to the Service Records of All the World's Fighting Men and Volunteers. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.,1998.

The first part of this book includes research tips; what to expect to find in various records; and a time line of the war. The second part "takes the combatants, country by country, and describes each country's initial involvement in the war, the military records (and naval, if applicable), and, to the greatest extent possible, where they are located." The third part of the book "describes casualties, records for prisoners of war (POWs), and a table showing where to locate a geographic place-name before and after the war." The appendix includes a glossary of abbreviations, Internet addresses and a select bibliography. 

Anyone have another resource for World War I research? If you want to share, just leave a comment.

Today a big thank you goes out to all our veterans who have sacrificed much to guarantee our freedoms!

Read more about Veterans’ Day: The History of Veterans’ Day

Read more about my family’s Soldiers: Soldiers

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Forget Me Not: Clifton Barksdale Brumfield, 1941 MS

Clifton Barksdale Brumfield
10 Dec 1862 LA - 24 Aug 1941 MS
Son of Barksdale Wade Brumfield & Mary Lucy Brown

My 2nd cousin, 3x removed

Last Rites for C. B. Brumfield
Planter, Cattle Dealer Was Well Known in Mississippi

Clifton Barksdale Brumfield, age 78, years, died in a McComb hospital Sunday evening, August 24, after an illness of some time. Mr. Brumfield, known to his friends as “Cliff,” was widely known in Mississippi and Louisiana, being a prominent planter and dealer of cattle.

Clifton Barksdale Brumfield was the son of Barksdale Wade Brumfield and Mary Lucy Brown and was born December 10, 1862. On December 16, 1885, he married Ada Selena Rollins. To this union eleven children were born, five boys and six girls. Five of these children have passed into eternity.

The children of this union surviving are: Clifton B. Brumfield, Smith Brumfield, Mrs. Lucy May, Mrs. Mary Felder, Mrs. Velma Wallace, Mrs. Audrey Lofton. Surviving the deceased are 28 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The brother and sister of the deceased living are: Robert Huey Brumfield and Mrs. Lucy Emmaline Woods of Franklinton, La.

Mr. Brumfield knew the Lord and walked by faith, having united with Moak’s Creek Baptist Church when he was about 20 years old.

Mr. Brumfield loved his Master, his friends, his church, his family. His life was one of service, of devotion to those he loved. Truly he walked with God, and now that he has gone, we shall treasure his kind face and his devoted Christian character as one of the most precious gems in memory’s casket. Not only shall we remember his noble example in order that the Master may say to each of us, “He hath done what he could.” Were it possible for him to send a message from Paradise, perhaps it would be very much in the same words as those of the poet whose name is unknown:

What mean you by this weeping
            To break my very heart;
We both are in God’s keeping
            And therefore cannot part.

You there, I here, tho’ severed,
            We still in heart are one;
I’m only in the sunshine
            The shadows scarcely gone.

What tho’ the clouds surround you
            You cannot brightness see
‘Tis only a little way
            That leads from you to me.

I was so very weary,
            Surely you could not mourn
So weep not darling,
            God wipes away all tears.
‘Tis only yet a little while,
            Tho’ you may call it years.

His funeral was attended by a large crows of sympathizing friends, in the Montgomery Baptist Church. Burial was in the cemetery adjoining the Moak’s Creek Baptist Church, where it will rest “till the resurrection morn.”

Pall bearers were his grandsons, Woodrow Brumfield, John Clifton Felder, Beachman May, Henry Harrison Brumfield, Randall Brumfield and Gordon Brumfield.

Source: Last Rites for C. B. Brumfield. (McComb, MS: McComb Daily Journal, 27 Aug. 1941) 3; digital image, accessed Sept. 2018.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Forget Me Not: Borden Hamilton Brown

Borden Hamilton Brown

23 Jan 1921 MS - 27 Feb 1995 MS
Son of Hubert Allen Brown & Freddie Smith 

My first cousin, once removed

Borden and my Dad, Delbert K. Brown, were first cousins. They did not see each other often but, when they did, they had a great time together.

My Photographs
Silver Springs Cemetery, MS

Borden Brown, 74, of McComb. Died Feb. 27, 1995 at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center. Visitation is 4-9 tonight at Hartman-Hughes Funeral Home of Tylertown. Services will be at 2 pm Wednesday in the funeral home Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Gartman and the Rev. Byron Wilkinson officiating. Burial will be in Silver Springs Cemetery. Mr. Brown was born Jan. 23, 1921, in Pike County. He was the son of the late Hubert Allen Brown and Freddie Beatrice Smith Brown. He was a retired construction worker and county employee. He was a World War II veteran and a member of Silver Springs Baptist Church. He is survived by a friend and companion, Barbara Gibson of McComb; two brothers, Lynn Brown and Hugh Brown, both of Osyka; and two sisters, Thiry Fegan and Peggy Alford, both of Tylertown.

Source: Borden Brown (McComb, MS: Enterprise-Journal, 28 Feb 1995) 14; digital image, accessed February 2018.