Thursday, December 31, 2020
New Year, New Family Calendar
Sunday, December 27, 2020
A Christmas Memory from 1928 NY
These little Christmas ornaments were purchased by my maternal grandparents,
Nathaniel Gardner & Helen F. Coyle Gardner.
They were actually electric bulbs to be lit on the tree.
Nathaniel & Helen bought these the year my mother was born;
her first Christmas 1928 in New York City.
My mother, Alberta Joy Gardner Brown, gave these little treasures to me.
I do not hang them because I do not want them to fall & break but I put them out on display in a little clear glass bowl. I think they are adorable and quite special.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Monday, December 21, 2020
A Christmas Memory from the Michael Coyle Family
Here is a Christmas memory from Kathleen Gloria Coyle who lived in New York City as a girl.
My grand aunt, Kathleen G. Coyle, was a very private person but there were times when she would open up and give me a glimpse of her life as a young girl in New York City. She was born in 1916, the child of Irish immigrants. She was the youngest of seven children. Her father, Michael Coyle, was a baker.
Friday, December 18, 2020
A Christmas Memory from my Childhood
Here is a Christmas memory of my own...
At Christmas time there was always lots of baking, especially on
Christmas Eve. My brothers and I all helped. My oldest brother, Lance, was good at stirring the big bowls of thick batter. He could stir thick buttery batter when our mother’s mix master could not. The kitchen would be in a delicious disorder. The counter would be covered with canisters of flour and sugar, teaspoons and measuring cups, spoons and spatulas. On the table we’d have red and green sprinkles and chocolate chips. Decorating the cookies was great fun. We’d make several types of cookies. I liked the Sptitz cookies that we made using a metal cookie press, loading the dough inside and then pushing the handle with just the right amount of pressure to make the shapes of trees, wreaths, reindeer and bells. Making and baking all those cookies and restoring the kitchen to order again was a huge job for our mother. She’d be moving from the stove to the table and back again, with hot trays of cookies. Our attention would be divided between watching Charlie Brown’s Christmas, wrapping the last presents, hanging up Christmas cards, and giving her a hand. I’m sure our mother was hot and tired but she kept smiling and baking making Christmas special for us.
Those favorite Spritz cookies were from our mother’s Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book [unsure of the year of publication because the cover is missing.]
Mix thoroughly: 1 cup soft butter; 2/3 cup sugar; 3 egg yolks; 1 tsp. vanilla or almond flavoring. Work in with hands: 2 ½ cups sifted flour. Force the dough through cooky [sic] press onto ungreased baking sheets in desired shapes. Bake until set but not brown. 400 degrees, 7 to 10 minutes. Makes about 6 dozen cookies
Monday, December 14, 2020
A Christmas Memory from Ireland
A Christmas memory from Ireland... This Christmas card is evidence of the connection
between our family in Ireland and our family New York City. The Daniel Mullane family lived in Clonmel, Tipperary Ireland. Daughter, Mary Josephine (Mullane) Coyle left Ireland in 1885 for the United States where she married Michael Coyle and raised seven children.
This Christmas card was sent from the Mullanes in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland to the Coyles in New York City, c. the mid 1930s.
The card was signed by Aunt Ellen (Ellen Mullane, 1874 – 1952) and Uncle Dan (Daniel J. Mullane, Jr., 1882 – 1965). They were the siblings of Mary Josephine (Mullane) Coyle [deceased]. It was sent to the daughters of Mary Josephine, the Coyle sisters, Marguerite (Coyle) Marshall, Lillian A. Coyle and Kathleen G. Coyle. After Mary Josephine's death in 1927, her daughters continued to keep the connection alive. It must have been a special connection because the card was treasured and saved and is still in the family.
Friday, December 11, 2020
Christmas Gift for my Dad, 1939 OH
Monday, December 7, 2020
A Christmas Memory from the Thomas K. Mark family, OH
Here is a Christmas Memory
from my grand aunt,
Viola Cathern (Mark) Nothstein, 1913 – 2004,
daughter of Thomas K. &
N. Regina (Gruissy) Mark.
She talked about Christmas in Ohio when she was a girl,
one of seven children.
Viola said her father, Thomas Kenneth Mark (1879 - 1975), dressed up as Santa Claus for the program at church. He wore a red costume from the church. Viola said, “I remember one year when we were pretty small Owen got up in church and said, ‘That’s my Daddy!’ Another time Dad had a turkey for the church. After the program Daddy come over to home and he had the red suit on and he’d said. ‘Now you guys better be in bed before I get back.’ He always done a lot around the church. If they wanted anything fixed they would always ask Dad.”
Thursday, December 3, 2020
December Anniversary: Jeremiah G Smith & Rose E Brumfield; 222 years ago
Jeremiah George Smith
23 December 1773 SC – 1843 MS
Son of Jeremiah Smith, Sr. & Jemimah Hollis
22 August 1778 NC – after 1821 MS
Daughter of Richard Dillon & Anne Lawrence
My 4x great grandparents
Married 16 December 1798 SC
Hollander Smith Morris
Elias V. Smith
Jane Smith Warner
Eliza Smith Bullock
Lidda Smith Harvey
Milevey Smith Harvey
Joanna Smith Bullock
Other December Anniversaries:
3 December 1754 SC Jacob Ott I & Margaret Fitchtner 266 years ago
My 6x great grandparents
6 December 1868 OH Augustus Ceaser Gruissy & Esther B. Wolf 152 years ago
My 2x great grandparents
8 December 1910 LA Dewitt W Alford & Ina Lucille Brown 110 years ago
My great aunt & uncle
20 December 1818 MS Edwin Barksdale Alford & Martha P. Smith 202 years ago
My 3x great grandparents
21 December 1887 MS Jasper P. Brown & Rose Ella Brumfield 133 years ago
My great grandparents
24 December 1921 LA James A. Ball & Mildred O. Brown 99 years ago
My great aunt & uncle
29 December 1933 NY Wilfred S. Marshall & Marguerite C. Coyle 87 years ago
My great aunt & uncle
31 December 1924 OH James Everett Mark & Effie M. Carter 96 years ago
My 2x great aunt & uncle
Monday, November 30, 2020
Civil War Soldiers Honored, Smith Brothers, 1999 MS
The idea of honoring Confederate soldiers is not socially acceptable at this time. However, in 1999 these young men were honored for their service which had resulted in their deaths in 1862. Although the idea of slavery is detestable, service did not always mean support of slavery. Whatever their reasons for serving, these men were a part of our family and this newspaper article documents their lives. William & Newton are featured in the article because their service resulted in their deaths. Another brother, Arnold Jasper Smith, was also killed in 1862.
William J. M.
William J. M.Smith
(1835 - 1862)
Son of Wyatt Smith & Euseba Fortenberry
Newton Oscar Smith
(c1842 - 1862)
Son of Wyatt Smith & Euseba Fortenberry
Possibly the son of Wyatt Smith & Euseba Fortenberry;
or a Smith relative raised by Wyatt & Euseba
John Shaffer Ellzey, Jr.
(b1829 - 1874)
Husband of Saryntha A. Smith;
son of John Ellzey & Elizabeth Coney
William J. and Newton Smith will be honored at 11 a. m. Sunday, May 8, 137 years after their deaths in the Civil War. The Sons of the Confederate Veterans of Louisiana and Mississippi will remember the Smiths, sons of Wyatt and Euseba Fortenberry Smith of Silver Springs.
Memorial markers have been placed in the cemetery and will be dedicated along with ones honoring their brother-in-law, John S. Ellzey and another relative, Rankin Smith, who was raised by Wyatt and Euseba Smith.
The cemetery is five miles north of Mount Hermon, or three miles south of Progress, on Progress – Mount Hermon Road.
The public is invited to the dedication ceremonies, which will include authentically attired Confederate living historians firing rifle salutes, as well as the unveiling of the markers. A covered dish dinner will follow in the fellowship hall of Silver Springs Baptist Church.
Source: Confederate Soldiers to be Honored Sun. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 4 May 1999) 4; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed August 2020.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
I am thankful for
Our country home, sheltered & peaceful;
Brilliant autumn colors adorning every tree;
Our children, independent & resourceful;
Our three grandsons, smiling & laughing;
Our big family, diverse & lively, healthy & safe;
Our friends who know our history & share our fun;
A holiday meal, board games & jigsaw puzzles, a glass of wine & pumpkin pie;
Our beautiful world, full of wonders to explore.
Enjoy Your Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Twins Born! 1944 MS
John Hugh Brumfield
Gwendolyn Jane Brumfield
Born 5 March 1944 MS
Fletcher Mead Brumfield & Diane Payne
Twins Born to Mr. and Mrs. M. Brumfield of Tylertown
Mr. and Mrs. Mead Brumfield, of Tylertown, are the proud parents of twin babies, a boy and a girl, born at the McComb Infirmary, Sunday March 5, 1944. The boy, who weighed 7 ¾ pounds, has been named John Hugh. The girl’s name is Gwendolyn Jane. Her weight was 6 ¾ pounds. Mr. and Mrs. Brumfield have two other children, Terry and Meadette, who are happy over the arrival of the twins. The mother was the former Diane Payne. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Payne, of Atlanta, Ga., and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Brumfield of Tylertown.
Source: Twins Born. (McComb, MS: McComb Daily Journal, 9 March 1944) 3; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed March 2017.
Friday, November 20, 2020
Forget Me Not: Canolia A. Simmons Fortenberry, 1925 MS
Monday, November 16, 2020
Brumfield Reunion, 1950, MS
The family of Henry Sims Brumfield, Jr. & Mary Sauls gathered in Holmesville, MS in July 1950 for a picnic dinner. Their seven children & most of their grandchildren enjoyed the day.
Brumfield Family Reunion is Enjoyed
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brumfield, who live on the Quin’s Bridge Road were made happy when they held a family reunion with all their children and their families attending with the exception of two grandchildren, Sgt. C. A. (Al) Bennett, who is stationed at Norfolk, Va. And Delores Brumfield, who is playing baseball with the Kenosha Comets, an all girls’ league.
The Brumfields spread a bountiful picnic dinner at Battes Beach in Holmesville. Those attending were:
Miss Helen Brumfield of McComb,
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Brumfield and family, Lamar and Mary Helen, Pritchard, Ala.,
Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Brumfield and family, Bob, Jean, Jane, Belzoni, Miss.,
Lt. and Mrs. Lyle Brumfield family, Terese and Buster, St. Louis, Mo.,
Mr. and Mrs. [Sylvia] Stanley Johnson, Jr., and sons, Billy and Stanley III, Providence, R. I.,
Mr. and Mrs. [Evelyn] Dolph Ellzey and son, Dolph, Jr., Holmesville,
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Shirley and family, James Lee and Mary Martha, Friendship.
All above mentioned were sons, daughters and grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Hollis O’Quin, McComb,
Mrs. Aline Crain and granddaughter, Carmen Klotz, McComb,
Mrs. Brumfield’s nieces and nephews, all of Hattiesburg;
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Chughlin and family, Raymond, Helen and Mary Ray,
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Keahey and son, Bobbie,
Mrs. Peggy Herring,
Mrs. Mary Swelling and children, Sylvia and Ray,
Mr. and Mrs. George Sauls and daughter, Mary Audine,
Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Sauls and son, Clyde.
Other relatives and friends called during the afternoon.
Source: Brumfield Family Reunion is Enjoyed. (McComb, MS, Enterprise-Journal, 24 Jul 1950) 3; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed June 2020).