Friday, October 18, 2019

Friday's Faces From the Past: Mildred O. Brown Ball

Mildred Olga Brown Ball

23 June 1904 MS - 27 May 1983 LA
Sister of my grandfather, Roy Jesse Brown
Wife of James Alton Ball
Married 24 December 1921 LA
Mother of 10 children.

My Great Aunt

I don't know the occasion for the top photograph but I do love her large corsage. 
The photograph below was given to me by Edith Rose Ball Hutchinson during a trip to Mississippi several years ago.

Friday's Faces from the Past was initiated by GenaBloggers Daily Prompts.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Tombstone Tuesday: Aaron Creasy/Gruissy OH

Aaron Creasy
Photo courtesy of Carole Morrison Moser

Aaron Creasy/Gruissy
August 1866 OH - 18 July 1944
Son of Christian Gruissy & Mary Wise


Etta S. Wetzel Gruissy
1871 - 1953

Although Aaron was born 'Gruissy' at some point he changed his surname to 'Creasy'. His brothers, Philip & Reuben did the same. His older, half-brother, Augustus, stayed with Gruissy. The name change makes them a bit more difficult to track.

 His tombstone clearly shows his name as Aaron Creasy.

South Lawn Cemetery
Beach City, Ohio

Monday, October 7, 2019

Genealogy Humor

Time for a laugh. Pat Brady found this on & sent it to me.

The Courier-News (Bridgewater, New Jersey) · 15 Jan 1945, Mon · Page 2

Friday, October 4, 2019

Thomas B. Fortenberry & Farm Crops, 1884 TX

Thomas Benton Fortenberry

19 February 1852 MS - 22 Nov 1923
Son of Alfred Fortenberry & Aderine Mary Faulk
Husband of Gabriella Sanders

My 1st cousin, 4x removed

A short but interesting newspaper clipping.

Alvord Messenger (Alvord, Texas) · 9 May 1884, Fri · Page 3

Friday, September 27, 2019

Jimmy Injured Cranking his Car, 1934

James Joseph McCall

28 Jan 1898 NY - 25 Mar 1944 NY
Husband of Marion Coyle McCall
Son of Daniel McCall & Elizabeth Noye

My Great Uncle Jimmy

Jimmy & Marion circa 1940

My cousin, Pat Brady, found this newspaper report of Jimmy breaking his wrist while cranking up his car. It is an accident that would not happen today because it has been decades since cars had to be started with a crank. I'm sorry my uncle was hurt but it is an interesting report!

Daily News (New York, New York) · 5 Jan 1934, Fri · Page 427

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Noel Fortenberry, 106 Years Old MS

Noel Adolphus Fortenberry

9 Aug 1910 MS – 24 Jan 2017 MS
Son of William Adolphus Fortenberry & Ada Ophelia Warner
Husband of Emmer Gene Holmes
My 3rd cousin 2x removed

This obituary gives a wonderful story of Noel's long life in Tylertown, MS. It is filled with generations of genealogical information, including his father homesteading in 1890 and Noel farming the same land for decades. Read about Noel & his very full family tree.

Noel Adolphus Fortenberry 106, of Tylertown, died Jan. 24, 2017, at Diversicare Nursing Home in Tylertown surrounded by his family.

Visitation is 10 a. m. Saturday at Hartman-Hughes Funeral Home in Tylertown with services to follow at 11 a. m. Burial will be in the Oral Missionary Baptist cemetery. The Rev. Gerald Scott :Guy” Burke III of Indianaola will officiate. Mr.  Fortenberry’s great grandson, Austin Coleman Fortenberry, will do a reading and the Rev. Gerald I. Penton will offer a prayer.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Dr. William Coleman Fortenberry, of Madison and Clairborne “Clay” Holmes Magee of Chelsea, Ala., and great- grandsons, Jacob Hamilton Fortenberry, William Jordan Fortenberry, Larry Louis “Tripp” Taylor III and Wilson Morris Taylor, all of Madison.

Mr. Fortenberry was born Aug. 9, 1910, and was the son of the late William Adolphus Fortenberry and Ada Ophelia Warner Fortenberry.

Except for the past two years, he lived his entire life in the home in which he was born and farmed the same land his father homesteaded in 1890. In his early life, he grew cotton and corn and cultivated his crops using a mule. In 1948 he transitioned from row crop farming to dairying. He dairy farmed until he was 65 years old and then spent 41 years in retirement, much longer than many people spend working.

Mr. Fortenberry was an avid quail hunter in his youth. He kept up his yard and drove himself to town to buy groceries until he was over 100 years old. Mr. Fortenberry met his wife, the later Emmer Gene Holmes Fortenberry, at a shivaree for one of Emmer Gene’s brothers in the New Zion community. They were married in 1933 and were married 78 years at the time of her death in 2011.

Mr. Fortenberry was saved in 1927 when he was 17 years old and joined Oral Missionary Baptist Church where he remained a member until his death.

Mr. Fortenberry was preceded in death by his parents: his wife: seven sisters, Ovie Ophelia Fortenberry Patten, Ollie Olivia Fortenberry May, Lillie Fortenberry McKenzie, Effie Fortenberry Magee, Velma Fortenberry McKenzie, Jessie Fortenberry Pope and an infant brother William Willis Fortenberry.

He is survived by his children, William Eugene Fortenberry, and wife Judy and Lu Ann Fortenberry Magee and husband Gene, all of Madison, and Larry Noel Fortenberry and wife Janice of McComb: grandchildren, Dr. William Coleman Fortenberry and wife Stephanie and Judith Cheryl Fortenberry Taylor and husband Larry, all of Madison, Kimerly Alaine Magee Hester and husband Rex of Memphis, Tenn., Clairborne “Clay” Holmes Magee and wife Sarah of Chelsea, Ala., Lindsay Leigh Fortenberry Burke and husband Guy of Indianola and Larry Kenneth Fortenberry of Alexandria, La.: great- grandchildren, Austin, Jacob and Jordan Fortenberry, Tripp, Wilson and Allie Taylor, all of Madison, Evan and Addison Burke of Indianaola, Ann Reece and Stella Magee of Chelsea, Ala., and Brecon, Hallie, Ava and Blair Hester, all of Memphis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Residential Training School, 6715 Highway North, Boyce, LA 71409.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Diverseicare Nursing Home in Tylertown for their excellent care the past two years.

Source: Noel A. Fortenberry. (McComb, MS: Enterprise-Journal, 26 Jan 2017) A03; digital image, accessed Sept. 2019.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday's Obituary: William E. Fortenberry, MS 1957

William Eslie Fortenberry

6 August 1880 – 22 March 1957
Son of Jesse Crawford Fortenberry & Susan A. Ryals
Husband of Nora (Fortenberry) Fortenberry
My second cousin 3x removed

 Photograph from Find  Grave Memorial # 93459385

Funeral services for William Easlie Fortenberry, Pike county farmer, were conducted from the Chapel of the Ginn Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at 2. Mr. Fortenberry died Friday at his home in McComb. He was 76.

The Reverend Herman Hays, McComb, Reverend Truly Reynolds and Reverend Enos Branch, Tylertown, officiated at the final rites for Mr. Fortenberry, and interment was in the Fortenberry Family cemetery.

Mr. Fortenberry was born August 6, 1880 in Old Pike County, the son of Jesse and Susan Ryals Fortenberry. He married Fortenberry who preceded him in death by several years. Mr. Fortenberry had lived in this county until six years ago when he moved to McComb.

Pallbearers included: J. C. Lewis, J. J. Gulledge, Bird Martin, Fayette Stubb, Albert Jackson and Earnie Howell.

Mr. Fortenberry is survived by 3 sons, Jack Fortenberry and Wilson Fortenberry, McComb; and Jesse Fortenberry, Tylertown; 2 daughters, Mrs. Elmise Wallace, Fernwood; Mrs. Martha Statham, Daytona beach, Fla.; 3 brothers, George Fortenberry, Easley Fortenberry, and Willis Fortenberry, all of Tyklertown; 3 sisters, Mrs. Dixie Hobgood, McComb; Mrs. Rudy Wood, New Orleans, La. And Mrs. Nell McDaniel, McComb.

He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were conducted by Ginn of Tylertown.

Note: The year of William's birth on the tombstone does not agree with the obituary.

Source: Magee, Zuma Fendlason. Selected Obituaries from Louisiana and from Mississippi, Volume I (LA: privately printed, 1976).
Found at the Washington Public Library, Franklinton, LA

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Happy Blog Anniversary to Me - - Maybe

Leaves & Branches began in 2010 when I talked to my daughter about genealogy & told her I wished I could reach out to people who may be connected to our family in order to learn more about those people. My daughter showed me options; listened to my ideas; got me set up & showed me how to add new posts. A big thanks to her!

Over the years, I wrote about many different branches of our family and met some distant cousins. We have shared photographs, stories and documents. It has been an educational and enjoyable experience. 

I joined GeneaBloggers & made buddies of fellow bloggers. I enjoyed reading & commenting on other blogs. I learned tips and found support from fellow bloggers.

Recently, I have not been able to comment on other blogs. It rarely works. I often cannot comment on my own blog in response to comments left by visitors. It rarely works. I have checked my settings and do not know how to fix the problem. 

The number of visitors to my blog is down. Maybe it is a result of not being able to comment. Maybe my content or my writing needs improvement. Maybe my layout needs to be changed. Maybe the hours I spend writing my books takes away from my blog.

I need to decide if I will continue my blog. I could use the time to work on my website, Our Leaves & Branches, and the book I am writing, ‘Our Brown Roots’. 

As always with any posts, I welcome comments & suggestions. I do all read comments. 

I shared this last year & here it is again...

Suppose You Were the Only One

Suppose you were the only one who knew:
Your father liked to listen to freight trains passing his house when he was a boy.
At night he’d lie his blonde head down & listen to the trains rattling along the tracks 
and he’d count the long line of cars until he became drowsy and dreamed of trains.
Would you tell your son?

Suppose you were the only one who knew:
Your mother was a fearless freckled girl who loved to roller skate.
She lived in New York City and raced along the neighborhood sidewalks
with her long red hair flying as she jumped the cracks and laughed.
Would you tell your daughters?

Suppose you were the only one who knew:
Your tall dark haired grandfather liked to do magic tricks.
He kept shiny coins ready in his vest pocket and a smile on his face,
ready to make those coins appear & disappear and make children laugh.
Would you tell your grandson?

Suppose you were the only one who knew:
Your grandmother had long strawberry blonde hair.
She washed it with rainwater and brushed it one hundred strokes every night
and when she told you your hair was just like hers it made you feel very special.
Would you tell your granddaughter?

Suppose you were the only one who knew:
Your Irish great grandfather loved St. Patrick’s Day. 
He’d throw open all the windows of their New York City apartment
and he’d pound out Irish songs on their piano as he sang along & music floated out to the street.
Would you tell your nieces and nephews?

Suppose you were the only one who knew:
Your great grandparents in Ohio wrote love letters to each other.
She wrote about sewing and stringing popcorn for the tree & he wrote of planting and carpentry,
And love spilled out between the words. 
Would you tell your cousins?

Suppose you were the only one who knew the family stories.
Would you pick up a pen?


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Saturday, August 31, 2019

The INDEX: An Important Tool

How do you judge a genealogical or historical book? The more research I do, the more I evaluate a book on the contents, of course, and the INDEX. When I look at a book I check out the title page, the Table of Contents and then I turn it over and look through the Index.

According to Merriam-Webster an INDEX is:

 a list (as of bibliographical information or citations to a body of literature) arranged usually in alphabetical order of some specified datum (such as author, subject, or keyword): such as a list of items (such as topics or names) treated in a printed work that gives for each item the page number where it may be found.

I love those alphabetical lists of “specified data”! 

Using an INDEX.

First, in an Index I look for NAMES. As genealogists we are primarily interested in people, “our own people”. I look for the surnames I have been researching. Which means I have to know which surnames are most likely to appear in the book I am holding. If it is a book with Virginia information I will look for Alford, Brumfield, Dillon or Lawrence. If it is a book with Connecticut data I look for Brady, Coyle or Kilday. I need to have a mental or physical list of names & the places associated with those names.

Second, in an Index I look for PLACES. I want to learn about the places my families lived. How did the environment and the events that happened there affect my people?  If I am holding a book about South Carolina I look in the Index for Lancaster, Orangeburg and York Counties. The Table of Contents might be helpful with this but an Index usually gives more details, such as the towns with in a county or the names of rivers and creeks that I have discovered in deeds and wills.

If a genealogical or historical reference book has names & places I want to spend time with that book. I’ll most likely find information that will enhance my research.

There are times that I will spend time with a book that has no index but that is rare. For example if the book’s title was “The Brumfield Family in Colonial South Carolina” and it had no index I would still want to sit down and enjoy it.

Include an INDEX. 

In my blog, at the top of the page, I have a Name INDEX. It is written by me & updated with each new post. I want visitors to be able to quickly see if our families are connected. After finding a name visitors can click on the link to the relevant post. Simple & Easy.

In my books I include an INDEX. I include: names, places, cemeteries, churches, ships, soldiers, etc. 

What do you like to see in a research book?

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Tombstone Tuesday: Calvary Cemetery, NJ


James Joseph Carberry 8 October 1907 NJ - 3 December 1966
Margaret Mary Brady Carberry 14 Feb 1910 NJ - 10 Dec 1961
[Margaret, my 1st cousin 3x removed]

Monday, August 19, 2019

Corn Shucking in 1886 Louisiana

 This is a fun newspaper article about a gathering of people to shuck corn. I am amazed at the 15,000 bushels of corn! I love the description of the food consumed by all those gathered. However, I wish I could pinpoint just which of my Alford family is J. B. Alford. At first, I thought it was Jesse Brumfield Alford but he was born in 1855; old enough to be a farmer in 1886 but not old enough to have eight children. 

A Fun Picture of the Great Rural Plantation

On Wednesday, by invitation, we attended a big corn-shucking at J. B. Alford’s. When we arrived at Mr. Alford’s we found about fifty or sixty of the neighbors and their “hands” surrounding immense piles of corn, and the shucks and ears were flying in every direction. We took a turn at the pile, and our hands and wrists are sore yet from the unusual exercise. 

Gathered around the pile were farmers, negroes, a justice of the peace, a lawyer, a merchant, an editor and a physician. Mr. Alford made about 15,000 bushels of corn, besides a full crop of cotton, etc. Very few farmers are as successful as he. His farm is self-sustaining and he always has corn to sell.

Mrs. Alford [Sarah W. Simmons Alford] and her accomplished daughters had a grand feast provided for the shuckers at noon, and while the tables didn’t groan under the weight of the edibles, as the stereotype writers would say, it was a fact that they were crowded with everything in the way of good victuals to be cooked in the best style, and our generous host and hostess did everything in their power to make everybody eat hearty and enjoy themselves, in which laudable undertaking they succeeded. 

There was old ham, the sort that makes red gravy, and fresh pork and turnips and cabbage and potatoes and chickens and chick peas and oysters and sardines and cheese and pies and pound cake and pickles and preserves, world without end. 

When we left at 3 p.m. constant accessions were being made to the shucking brigade, commanded by Major Shelton, and the work went bravely on. It was thought the corn would all be shucked by 12 at night.

Mr. Alford’s family is remarkable. He has eight children, we believe, and not a single member of the family have ever used tobacco in any form and they are all healthy and fine-looking, from the father and mother down to the youngest child.

Source: Corn-Shucking. (Shreveport, LA: The Times, 11 March 1886) 3; digital image, accessed July 2019.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Wikipedia Page for my 8th Great Grandfather!

Hendrick Jacobs Falkenberg

 c 1640 - c 1712 NJ
Indian Interpreter
My 8th great grandfather

I was recently doing research on my Fortenberry/Faulkenberry family. I was tracking down  sources on; & looking at historical books through Genealogy Gophers. Each resource was teaching me more & more.

 I also looked at Our Fortenberry Family, a blog by A. Fortenberry Criminger who has been researching this family for a long time. Her research is precise & dependable. The post about Our Family's Origins lead me to Wikipedia. 

This is a small portion of the page:

Hendrick Jacobs Falkenberg (pronounced "Falkenberry" in Swedish) (c.1640—c.1712), also known as Hendrick Jacobs or Henry Jacobs, was an early American settler along the Delaware River, and was considered to be the foremost language interpreter for the purchase of Indian lands in southern New Jersey. He was a linguist, fluent in the language of the Lenape Native Americans, and in early histories of New Jersey he is noted for his service to both the Indians and the English Quakers, helping them negotiate land transactions. Though he was from Holstein, now a part of Germany, he was closely associated with the Swedes along the Delaware because his wife was a Finn and a member of that community.In 1671 Falkenberg lived on property belonging to his father-in-law, Sennick Broer, on the Christina River, now in Wilmington, Delaware. He later moved to the vicinity of Burlington, New Jersey where he lived for nearly two decades, and where he was visited by two journalists of the Labadist sect who were looking for a place to establish a new community. The journalists provided the only known record of Falkenberg's place of origin, and also described his dwelling place, a Swedish style log cabin. By 1693 he had moved from the Delaware River across the Province of New Jersey to become the first European settler in Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, near Tuckerton. Here he dug a cave for a home, but later built a large house made of clapboard where he lived until his death, sometime after 1711. Falkenberg wrote a will in 1710, but for unknown reasons it was not probated until thirty-three years later. While he had only two known children to reach adulthood, each by a different wife, he has a large progeny as the ancestor of the Falkinburg family of New Jersey and the Fortenberry and Faulkenberry families of the southern United States.

Look at all the information!
Now I am busy checking out all the sources.

If you are a Fortenberry/Faulkenberry look at the page & at Our Fortenberry Family!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

New Branch on our Family Tree

We have a new branch on our family tree!
This week we welcomed our third grandson to our family!
He & his parents are doing well & happy.
My husband & I are counting the days till we can meet & hold him.
It won't be long till I am sharing family stories with him!
We are very blessed.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Tombstone Tuesday: Ernest S. Creasy, OH

Ernest S. Creasy

October 1893 TX - 2 August 1953 OH
Son of Aaron Creasy & Etta S. Wetzel


Ella Arline Rupert
1895 - 1974

South Lawn Cemetery
beach City, Ohio