Thursday, July 26, 2018

1928 - July 27- 2018, Happy Birthday, Dad

Delbert Keith Brown
1928 July 27 OH - 24 October 2000 NY
Son of Roy Jesse Brown & Ivy Regina Mark

The Brown brothers: Delbert, Leo, Larry, Bob & Billy

My father would be 90 years old this year if he was still with us. He was born in Rittman, Wayne County, Ohio. He would be the oldest of seven children. He would have four brothers and two sisters. They lived in many different locations in Ohio. One summer, during the Depression, they lived outdoors beside a river, sometimes in a tent and sometimes in a home made camper. Because of the frequent moves my father attended various schools and was not a strong learner. 

In 1940 my grandfather got a job in New York State, working in a mill, and the family moved to Columbia County. Delbert graduated from Hudson High School. He had a talent for repairing motors. He worked in gas stations, became a mechanic and later, a truck driver and gas station owner. He was a hard worker, working many hours for his family.

We lived in Germantown, Columbia County, New York. Our little house was on rural road with little traffic. We had room to run; to follow paths into the woods; to catch fireflies on summer evenings; to swing on the tire swing our father had hung from a tree; and to build stick bridges over the creek. It was a free, innocent world given to us by our parents.

Our Dodge Van & Camper

Our father was behind the wheel on our vacations. Whether we were in New York, Atlantic City, NJ, Gettysburg, PA, Virginia, Florida or anywhere else our camper would take us, our parents taught us about geography & history. They taught us to be proud to be Americans.

1966 Atlantic City, NJ

Late 1990s Delbert K Brown & several grandchildren 

Most of all our parents taught us to value our family and to enjoy each other.

Thanks for everything & Happy birthday, Dad!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Opinion Please: Jessie or Jesse?

I have many Jessie/Jesse given names in my family. Most of them are southern born. They are both male & female. I am trying to find a pattern to the spelling. Do you have this given name?

I have a question is Jessie for females & Jesse for males? 
Or is it just random? Or is it the census takers who decide the spelling?

I’d like to hear from readers.

Here are a just a few of my Jesse folks:
The Jesse spelling appears to be all male.

Jesse Alexander Brumfield
Jesse Alford
Jesse Alton Brumfield
Jesse C. Fortenberry
Jesse Lamar Simmons
Jesse Newton Ball
Jesse Smith

Here are a just a few of my Jessie folks:
The Jesse spelling appears to divided between male & female.
Are the names of these males just misspelled?

Jessie Brown [male]
Jessie Hannah Andrews [female]
Jessie Lee Brumfield [female]
Jessie Mary Lowe [female]
Jessie Miles Hall [male]
Jessie Ott [male]

Please comment.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The 1907 Brumfield Family Reunion & Centennial Celebration

In March 1907 the descendants of John B. Brumfield gathered in a family reunion. This newspaper account gives details of the special day and includes genealogical information. I have added family notes [in green].

Family Reunion, 

The Brumfield Family 

Met in Amite County

On Sunday March 1 an excursion was run over the Liberty White Railroad from Holmesville to Liberty, Miss. To accommodate the Brumfield family who had arranged to hold a reunion and centennial celebration at the residence of Mrs. Lucinda Andrews [Susan Lucinda Brumfield Andrews, 1845–1933], the only surviving daughter of the late Jesse Brumfield [Jesse Kelly Brumfield, 1807-1884] who now resides on the old Brumfield plantation east of Liberty.

            The train left Holmesville at 7 am, McComb at 8 and arrived at the plantation about 8:35 in a shower of rain which for a few -?- considerably disturbed the excursionists.

            The Brumfield family is one of the largest and most influential families in the State. John Brumfield  [John B. Brumfield, b 2 Nov 1768 NC]Benjamin Bickham and Benjamin Youngblood [1773 GA-1860 MS] came to Franklinton, La. From York District, S. C. about 1811, settled near Franklinton and raised large families. Jesse Brumfield, son of John Brumfield, was born March 12, 1807, and died at the Brumfield plantation in Amite County July 25, 1884. He was the father of Lucinda, Joe, Monroe and Henry S. [and 7 more children] and it was the 100th anniversary of his birth which was celebrated by the family Sunday.

         Henry S. Brumfield, who is well known in South Mississippi, having served as treasurer of Pike County for several years, married Martha E. Bickham [1840 – 1893] in 1855, he having five sons, John [John Benjamin 1868-1952], Jesse [Jesse Thomas 1858-1946], Charley [Charles Edgar 1874-1959], Henry [Henry Sims Jr. 1877-1959] and Dudley [Dudley Atkinson b1879]; and seven daughters, Mesdames W. W.  Leggett [Mary Emma 1857-1950], Hugh Bridges [Lucinda 1858-1946], Henry Lee [Elizabeth 1864-1950], Jesse Lee [Alice 1870-1953], Walter Lampton [Martha Lucy 1866-1939], H. G. Mackey, Ewell Gill [Amanda 1872-1897] and Miss Myrt [Myrtis S. 1884-1959]. Three sons and all his daughters and their families were present at the reunion, making a total of fifty direct descendants of Henry S. Brumfield present! And we were informed that fully thirty more absent. Besides these were the children and grandchildren of Joe [Joseph Warren Brumfield 1841 – 1910], Monroe [James Monroe Brumfield 1843-1899] and Mrs. Andrews [Susan Lucinda Brumfield Andrews, 1845–1933], making a total of eighty seven direct descendants of Grandpa Jesse Brumfield who were present, besides many of these were absent. It is estimated that the descendants now number about 150.

            Besides the Brumfield family a large number of friends had been invited, making the total number in attendance at the reunion nearly 200.

            In conversing with members of the family we gathered several interesting facts about the early history of the family. Jesse Brumfield and his wife [Hannah Ann Youngblood 1808-1885], parents of Henry S. Brumfield are buried side by side in the old family grave yard on the plantation and after dinner the entire assembly visited the grave yard in a body, even to the old negro slaves, who gazed sadly at the headstones of their old master and mistress.

            Mr. H. S. Brumfield’s grandmother [Margaret Kelly b 1772] was of Irish descent, she being a Kelly.

            The Brumfields and Bickhams are of revolutionary fame, several members of both families being officers in the revolutionary war. Mr. Dolph Bickham of Franklinton, La. Now being in possession of a sword carried by his grandfather. Several uncles of H. S. Brumfield were also in the battle of 1812 at New Orleans.

            The day was very pleasantly spent, the dinner being spread upon a large table extending across the front yard, and consisted of a great variety of delicacies, which all seemed to greatly enjoy.

            We will not elaborate upon the events of the day, as our correspondent from Fernwood, who was with -?- editor has taken -?- notes -?- has covered the ground so thoroughly that anything we could say would only be a repetition of what our correspondent has already said of what took place that day.

Source: Family Reunion, The Brumfield Family Met in Amite County, (Jackson, MS: Clarion-Ledger, 21 March 1907) 2; digital image, accessed February 2018.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Forget Me Not: Susan Ryals Fortenberry, 1935 MS

Searching for, and even finding, obituaries for women can be frustrating. In the past they were often only referred to by their husband’s name. Mrs. Fortenberry or Mrs. Jesse Fortenberry can refer to more than one woman in my records. However, this obituary is informative. It gives the deceased’s first name and her maiden name. It also lists her daughters by their first names! Hurray! 

 Susan Ryals Fortenberry
1857 - 1935

Wife of my 1st cousin 4x removed

Photograph from Find A Grave
Memorial #93459659

Mrs. Susan Ryals Fortenberry, widow of the late Jesse Fortenberry, succumbed at her home in the New Zion community of Walthall county recently. Deceased leaves four sons and four daughters. Sons are: George, Esley, John and Willis Fortenberry, all of Walthall county. Daughters are: Mrs. Dixie Hopgood, McComb; Mrs. Sarah Smith, Prentiss; Mrs. Ruby Wood and Mrs. Nellie McDaniel, Tylertown. Internment was in the family cemetery with the Reverends W. F. Gunn and James S. Bryant officiating. Mr. Fortenberry during his lifetime was a leading farmer of this section and a prominent member of the Fortenberry family of Pike and Walthall counties.

Mrs. Fortenberry Dies in Walthall. (McComb, MS: Semi-Weekly Journal, 7 March 1935) 1; digital image, accessed July 2018.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Happy Birthday, Ivy May Smith Fortenberry

Ivy May Smith Fortenberry

23 May 1895 MS – Aug 1978 LA
Wife of Willis Franklin Fortenberry 

Mrs. W. F. Fortenberry Of Progress Enjoys Birthday Celebration at Home Sunday

Progress – A large number of friends and relatives gathered Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Fortenberry [Willis F. Fortenberry & Ivy Smith Fortenberry] of Progress to honor Mrs. Fortenberry on her 51stbirthday. Everyone enjoyed the “get together” to the upmost.

At noon a picnic dinner was spread on the lawn in the cool shade of the trees, and a most enjoyable time was had by all. During the day the Fortenberry sisters, Pansy, Arlea, Bonnie Bea, and Lockie Mae, entertained the group with piano numbers and singing. A nice number of gifts were received by Mrs. Fortenberry. 

Those present were:
Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Fortenberry and two children;
Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Fortenberry,       [Willis F. Fortenberry & Ivy Smith Fortenberry]
Bonnie Bea,                                        [daughter of Willis & Ivy]
Lockie Mae,                                        [daughter of Willis & Ivy]
Karl and Gilbert Fortenberry,          [sons of Willis & Ivy]
Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon McGehee and two children;
Mr. and Mrs. Alton Smith and four children;
Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Bond and three children;
Mr. and Mrs. I. M. McGehee and two children, all of Progress; [daughter, Edith]
Mrs. Mallie Smith,
Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Tate,
Mrs. Janie Burch,
And Miss Glendora Schilling, all of Mt. Herman, La.;
Cecil Fortenberry and Joe Case of Louiseville, Ky.;
Mrs. S. S. Dixon of Denham Springs, La.,
Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Bond and six children.
Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Smith and two children of Franklinton, La.;
Mr. and Mrs. Shirley Fortenberry and three children of New Orleans, La.; 
[Shirley R. & Thelma  Ginn Fortenberry with Charles, Dorothy & Shirlene]
Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Fortenberry and son;
W. C. Blades,
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Blades and twin sons of Baton Rouge,
Mr. and Mrs. Otis Sims of Tylertown,
Mrs. I. U. Ball and granddaughter, Shirley Ann Ball, of Magnolia.

The Rev. Clyde Jones, pastor of Silver Springs church, read two passages of scripture, made a short talk and had prayer in the afternoon.

[Notes in green are mine.]

Source: Mrs. W. F. Fortenberry Of Progress Enjoys Birthday Celebration at Home Sunday (McComb, MS: Enterprise - Journal, 28 May 1946) 3; digital image, accessed July 2018.