Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tombstone Tuesday: Silver Springs Cemetery, MS

Silver Springs Cemetery
Progress, Pike Co., MS

Many of my family members are buried in Silver Springs Cemetery, including my great grandparents. Jasper Pascal Brown & Rose Ella Brumfield Brown.

Jasper Pascal Brown & Rose Ella Brumfield Brown

My paternal grandfather, Roy Jesse Brown is buried beside his parents.

Mavis Marie Brown Smith was the daughter of Jasper & Rose. 
She married Denny Herbert Smith. They had three children. 

Denny Herbert Smith

Emmaline Smith Brown, mother of Jasper Pascal Brown, is also buried in Silver Springs.

Other family members are also in this cemetery. I was glad I had a chance to visit a few years ago. Now that I know more about the family, I'd like to visit again.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Cousins = Friends

Have you found cousins through your genealogy searches? I have. Researching my mother's Irish family has lead me to discover cousins I never knew I had. 

Before that, all my cousins were on my father's side of the family. My father was one of seven children and my mother was an only child. So our family was always stacked heavily towards my father.

Irish Cousins 
A weekend on the New Jersey shore

There are three of us at the heart of the Irish cousins. There's me, Colleen in New York State; Patricia, in New Jersey who is my 2nd cousin 2 x removed; and Tara in Massachusetts who is my third cousin. We Irish Cousins not only connected through emails, we met. We have hopped in our cars and driven to each other's houses. And we continue to meet. First, it was just a meal. Now we spend weekends or several days together.

 June 2019 in Cape Cod, MA

We have gotten together to do research and share stories & photographs & documents. But we have also met to visit museums, take a boat ride on the Hudson River & to share meals. We talk about the things we like to do, our children & grandchildren, our homes, and more. We have found that we share much in common, more than just DNA. Over the years, we have become friends. 

This year we met at Tara's new house on Cape Cod. We went to beaches, saw charming lighthouses, browsed in antique shops, ate lots of fresh fish and we talked, talked & talked. 

There are more than just the three of us. We have more cousins in Connecticut, the place where our common ancestors, Patrick Coyle & Margaret Brady Coyle, lived. They include Lisa, Eric & their twins; Lisa's parents, Lucille & Charles; Maureen, Daniel and their boys, Henry & Gavin; Shaileen;  and... We keep growing. Add our children & grandchildren to the numbered you can see it quickly gets big. On this recent trip we met Linda for the first time. She was found through DNA matches. 

Of course, it is much harder to connect with everyone at once. We try for that through emails and our busy calendars. But the three of us, at the core of the Irish cousins, continue to see each other. We look forward to getting together and have lots of fun.

My cousins on my father's side have been in my life all my life. We played together as children. We shared our life's happiest and saddest moments. We are always there for each other. We have been my cousins & friends all my life. It is probably because I have that wonderful connection that I was eager to reach out and find it in my mother's family too.

If you find cousins, don't just add them to your charts & genealogy programs. Get to know them. Make them friends!

Below are other posts I have written about my Irish Cousins: 

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Census Sunday: Wm J Fortenberry, 1810, 1820 & 1840

These census reports don't match this family exactly but I have high confidence this is the correct family.

These records are from ancestry.com.

William Jasper Fortenberry
c1772 SC – 1842 MS
My 4th great grandfather

son of John Faulkenberry & Hannah Eubanks (Hubanks?)

More about William on this link.

1810 US Census; SC, Lancaster

Wm Fortenberry

5          household members
2          free white males under 10 [Gasua & Calvin]
1          free white males 26 – 44 [William]
1          free white female under 10 [Euseba]
1          free white female 16 – 25 [Violette]

1820 US Census; MS. Pike

Wm Fortenberry

7          household members, all free white
2          males under 10 [ William & Burrell]
2          males 10 – 15 [ Gasua & Calvin]
1          male 45 and over [William]
1          female 26 – 44 [?]
1          female 45 and over [Violette]

1840 US Census; MS, Pike

Wm Fortenberry 

11       household members, 3 slaves & 8 free whites
2          males 10 – 14 [Willis & Hollis]
2          males 15 – 19 [Alfred & Burrell]
1          male 50 – 59 [William? He would be older than this.]
2          females 15 – 19 [Olevia?]
1          female 40 – 49 [Violette? She would bee older than this]

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: AT THE CEMETERY

Amy Johnson Crow challenges us to remember our ancestors and their families through this task: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. I completed ’52 Ancestors’ in 2014 & now I am following the 2019 suggestions. This post is in response to that challenge. The topic for this week is AT THE CEMETERY.

I have walked through many cemeteries. There are often beautiful, serene places. They are filled with history and art. It is wonderful to find a relative's memorial. I often find birth or death dates I did not know. Looking all around the memorial I sometimes find other family members. 

It is nice to find a family connection in the real world, not just another digital image. As I stand & photograph the memorial I wonder who else has stood in that spot, grieving for this individual or, like me, learning about this individual. 

Here are links to blog posts about some cemeteries I have visited. I have folder filled with more cemetery photos that I should add to future blog posts.






New York

New Jersey




When you take photographs of a cemetery be sure to add them to Find A Grave
There may be someone else anxious to see those memorials.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: MILITARY, Gettysburg PA

Amy Johnson Crow challenges us to remember our ancestors and their families through this task: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. I completed ’52 Ancestors’ in 2014 & here I go again. This post is in response to that challenge. The topic for this week is MILITARY.


Here I am, many years ago, at Gettysburg. Our parents had a great love for our country and its history. They took my brothers & I to many historic places. They taught us to be proud of our country & all the men and women who helped us to gain our freedoms.

At that time I did not know we had many family members who had served, on both dies, on the Civil War. I'd like to go back now that I have an even greater appreciation of the sacrifices made during that war & other wars.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: NATURE; Ireland

Amy Johnson Crow challenges us to remember our ancestors and their families through this task: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. I completed ’52 Ancestors’ in 2014 & here I go again. This post is in response to that challenge. The topic for this week is NATURE.

Clonmel. County Tipperary, Ireland

In 2012 my oldest daughter and I traveled to Ireland. We rented a car and drove around the island. We were both site seeing & researching our Irish roots. One of the first places we went was Clonmel, home of our Daniel Mullane family. 

    The Daniel Mullane family took picnics to Saint Patrick’s Well. Old black and white home movies show the place, easily recognizable by the stone cross. Family stories tell of the dog running away with Aunt Nell’s hat and when he was chased the hat ended up in the water. I was delighted to be be in the same place my ancestors had enjoyed. Now the ancient site is the setting for memories for another generation of our family.

 It was a beautiful. peaceful place. A good place to enjoy nature & think about our family.

St. Patrick has always had d special place in my heart because I was born on his Saint's Day, St. Patrick's Day. So his well near Clonmel is special in many ways.

 I hope you enjoy these NATURE photos from our memorable trip.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Mary (Spurlock) Brown: Parents Found?

Mary ‘Polly’ (Spurlock) Brown is my 3rd great grandmother. She married Edward Stewart Brown. I know almost nothing about her early life. She appeals to me because she was born 1 January 1800 in Oglethorpe, Georgia. She was born with the new century. She lived 88 years; living through the War of 1812 and the Civil War. 

Unfortunately, I know nothing more about the Spurlock family.
That may have changed.

Ancestry DNA now has ‘ThruLines’ that suggest how you may be related to your DNA ancestors through common ancestors. If I click on ThruLines I am shown my parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc. When I scrolled down those names recently, I saw familiar names that I have spent many hours researching. Then I noticed a new name. 

Allen Spurlock (unproven)
Aug 1774 NC – 8 Aug 1864 Amite, MS

Is this Mary’s father? The name sends me to an Ancestry tree which is fully sourced. Allen Spurlock lived in Amite, MS from at least 1820 according to those sources. His wife was Frances (Traylor) Spurlock. 8 children are listed, including Mary. 

Now, how do I proceed? Maybe I should begin with the marriage of Mary & Edward. I do not have a marriage record. However, their oldest child, Allen Moses Brown, my 2nd great grandfather, was born 26 January 1836 in Amite, MS. Look at the name of this child. Edward’s father was Moses. Was Mary’s father Allen? Was their first son named for both of their fathers?

In order for Mary & Edward to marry they had to have met. Both families were certainly in Mississippi. The Ancestry tree for Allen Spurlock shows the family in Amite, MS in 1810, 1820, 1830, 1850 & on to Allen’s death. Edward’s father, Moses Brown, was in the Carolinas & then in Marion, MS circa 1812. He left MS for OH circa 1825. But Edward remained in MS. He married Mary in Amite c. 1835 & purchased land in Amite, MS in 1840. 

Timing & location appear to fit. Allen Spurlock, his daughter, Mary, and her future husband, Edward S. Brown were all in Amite MS at the same time. Could this be a family connection? 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mothers' Day!

Happy Mothers’ Day

In Memory of my Mother,
who taught us the value of family,
& All my Grandmothers.

This is a repost from last year.

Follow the links to learn more about these wonderful women.

My mother,

My Grandmothers:

My Great Grandmothers:

My 2x Great Grandmothers:
Netty (Grofs) Edelstein

My [known] 3x Great Grandmothers:
Mary (Grorisclauss) Gruissy
Ellen (Hogan) English

My [known] 4x Great Grandmothers:
Barbara (Straum) Gruissy
Esther Barbara (Shaffer) Wolf
Elizabeth (Mowrey) Heffelfinger
Anna Mariah Ritter
Catherine Fisher
Margaret (Kelly) Brumfield
Margaret (Jackson) Ott
Elizabeth (Bryant) Alford
Joanna (Dillon) Smith
Sarah (Robertson) Brown
Violette (Kennington) Fortenberry

My [known] 5x Great Grandmothers:

Mary (Durham) Kelly
Anne (Lawrence) Dillon
Jemimah (Hollis) Smith
Martha Kennington
Hannah (Eubanks) Faulkenberry
Mary Elizabeth Ott

My [known] 6x Great Grandmothers:
Margaret (Collough) Durham
Ann (Ashley) Lawrence
Rosannah (Hagan) Hollis
Mary Dillon
Margaret (Fitchner) Ott
Ann (Ashley) Lawrence 

My [known] 7x Great Grandmothers:
Elizabeth (Nichols) Lawrence
Lucretia Ann (Hicks) Ashley

And all those Names yet to be Uncovered!

Roses for all my grandmothers.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: NURTURE our Family Tree

 Amy Johnson Crow challenges us to remember our ancestors and their families through this task: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. I completed ’52 Ancestors’ in 2014 & now I am following the 2019 suggestions. This post is in response to that challenge. The topic for this week is NUTURE.

To NURTURE is to care for and encourage the growth or development of.
As genealogists, we NURTURE our Family Trees, helping them grow.
Here are some ways to nurture your family tree.

Plant the Seeds 
[Seeds of interest so others will want to learn more about the family]

·     Display family heirlooms at family gatherings & tell who they once belonged to.
·     Share family recipes & include a biography of the person who once cooked the dish.
·     Have a Family Scavenger Hunt. Find someone who was once in the military; someone who has lived in 3 different states; someone who can build a log cabin…

Fertilize the Young Tree 
[Once you have their interest find ways to get others involved]

·     Make a Family Calendar that includes as many family birthdays & anniversaries, past & present as possible to make everyone feel a part of the bigger tree.
·     Write a blog or a website family members can read & learn.
·     Ask family members for their stories; everyone should be included.
·     Share family photos on a private FaceBook page.

Water the Growing Tree
[Continue your research]

·     Find out new information to keep the tree growing. 
·     Edit your work. Rethink your conclusions. Be sure of your facts.
·     Start an Ancestry Tree & include sources.

Protect the Tree

·     Preserve old photos.
·     Back up your computer records.
·     Find someone in the next generation to carry on your work.

Sit under the tree & enjoy its beauty

·     Write a children’s version for the youngsters.

·     Whenever the family gathers, tell the stories you have learned.