Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Spotlight on: Lucy Viola Brown Fortenberry

Lucy Viola Brown Fortenberry 

16 Oct 1888 MS - 23 March 1965 MS
Daughter of Jasper Pascal Brown & Rose E. Brumfield
Wife of Tate Edward Fortenberry 
Mother of 3 sons

My Great Aunt; 
Sister of my Grandfather, Roy Jesse Brown
Lucy Viola (Brown) Fortenberry was born 16 October 1888. On 17 December 1908 she married Tate Edward Fortenberry, son of Webster Fortenberry and Nannie (Ellzey) Fortenberry. Tate was born 14 January 1885.[i] Both of their fathers were farmers.
            In 1910 Lucy and Tate were in Pike County where Tate was a farmer. They had one son, Shirley Fortenberry, who was 5 months old.[ii]In 1920 Tate was a log cutter in a logging company. Lucy, 31, was the mother of two children: Shirley, 10 years old; and Cecil, five years old.[iii]In 1930 Lucy and Tate had sons Cecil, 16, and Kenneth, 4, living at home.[iv]In 1940 they were still on Walker’s Bridge Road. They owned their home, valued at $900. Tate was a farmer and Lucy ran their home. Their youngest son, Kenneth, was 14 and lived at home.[v]
            At the time of World War II, Lucy & Tate's sons, Shirley Redelle Fotenberry and Kenneth Keith Fortenberry, were living at 409 Maurice Avenue in New Orleans and both working at Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation. Shirley was married to Thelma Mae (Ginn) Fortenberry. Kenneth was single and listed his oldest brother as his closest relative.[vi],[vii]
            Tate Edward Fortenberry died 8 February 1941.  There was a question about the cause of his death.

Verdict Issued in Disinterment; Coroner’s Jury Says Tate Fortenberry Victim of Pneumonia. A verdict of ‘met death by reason of pneumonia was issued Tuesday by a jury called by Coroner Ray Cain in the disinterment of the body of E. T. ‘Tate’ Fortenberry, 53-year-old prominent farmer of Progress community who died in a Magnolia hospital February 9, 1941. The jury issuing the verdict included J. O. Dulaney, D. C. Brumfield, Fred Wilson, D. D. Varado, J. W. Goings and one other man. In connection with this case, Coroner Cain issued the following statement: “E. T. ‘Tate’ Fortenberry, Progress farmer, happened into Kelly’s beer parlor on South Boulevard in McComb on or about February 8. While talking to friends there, he was hit by a man he could not identify. I have witnesses who have testified to me that Wayne Knight allegedly dealt the blow. Mr. Fortenberry was carried home to Progress suffering a severe laceration of the head. He was then taken to a Magnolia clinic where he lingered some time and then died. Two of his sons, of New Orleans and New York City, came later and demanded the body be disinterred and a post mortem conducted for which a court order was issued February 14 by Judge J. F. Guynes to the coroner of Pike county. This order was executed immediately, with assistance of Sheriff Alton Davis and Deputy Sheriff George Guy. The jury could not reach a verdict that day because specimens had to be sent to New Orleans for analyzing. And the jury adjourned to February 25 at 1 p. m.” The coroner then revealed the verdict given by the jury he summoned in the case.[viii]

Lucy Viola (Brown) Fortenberry died 23 March 1965. Tate and Lucy are buried in Silver Springs Cemetery, Progress, Pike, Mississippi.[ix]Shirley Redelle Fortenberry died 4 November 1963 and is buried in Union Baptist Cemetery in Tylertown, Walthall, Mississippi.[x]Cecil Clare Fortenberry died 18 July 1989 and is buried in Oaknoll Memorial Cemetery in Floyd County, Georgia.[xi]Kenneth Keith Fortenberry died 27 November 1987 in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina.[xii]

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[i]Fortinberry, G. K. Abstract History of the Fortinberry Family. Privately Published, 1942.
[ii]1910 U.S. Census, MS, Pike; ED 95, Sheet 8; Line 63; Federal Archives, Pittsfield, Mass. T624 Roll 756 (Report); Tate E. Fortenberry family.
[iii]1920 US Census, MS, Marion; SD 6, ED 116, Sheet 8; ancestry.com; Edward T Fortenberry family.
[iv]1930 US Census, MS, Pike, Beat 1; ancestry.com; E T Fortenberry family.
[v]1940 US Census, MS, Pike; SD 7, ED 57-3, Sheet 2B; ancestry.com; E Tate Fortinberry on Walkers Bridge Road.
[vi]US WWII Draft Cards, 1940 – 1947; LA; ancestry.com; Shirley Redelle Fortenberry, Serial #545, Order #730.
[vii]US WWII Draft Cards, 1940 – 1947; LA; ancestry.com; Kenneth Keith Fortenberry, Serial #404, Order #14770.
[viii]Verdict Issued in Disinterment. (1941, February 26). McComb Daily Journal, p. 1. Retrieved March 5, 2017; newspapers.com; E. T. Fortenberry.
[ix]Find A Grave, MS, Pike, Progress; Silver Springs Cemetery; findagrave.com; Edward Tate Fortenberry & Lucy Viola (Brown) Fortenberry.
[x]Find A Grave, MS, Walthall, Tylertown; Union Baptist Cemetery; findagrave.com; Shirley Redelle Fortenberry. 
[xi]Find A Grave, GA, Floyd; Oaknoll Memorial Cemetery; findagrave.com; Cecil Clare Fortenberry.
[xii]US Social Security Death Index, 1935 – 2014; ancestry.com; Kenneth K. Fortenberry.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Vintage Photograph: Hubert & Mavis Brown

Mavis Marie (Brown) Smith & 
Hubert Allen Brown 

I like this photograph because neither child seems happy to be posing for the camera. Hubert is wearing a big bow under his chin. Mavis has her hand on her hip & it looks like she has bare feet.

18 August 1897 MS - 28 June 1928 MS
Wife of Denny Herbert Smith
Mother of: Nathalee, Fay & Wilma

1 October 1894 MS - 25 November 1971 MS
Husband of Freddie Beatrice Smith
Father of: Borden, Fred, Thiry, Lynn, Hugh & Peggy

This photograph 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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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Forget Me Not: Eileen G. Brady, ex- Assemblywoman

Eileen G. (Banks) Brady

13 May 1902 Ireland - 26 December 1986 MD
Wife of Thomas Joseph Brady
My 1st cousin, 3 x removed

Eileen G. Brady, ex-Assemblywoman

Easton, Md. – Eileen G. Brady, 84, formerly of Spring Lake, N.J., died Friday at Memorial Hospital, here. She was a financial aide for the Internal Revenue Service for 26 years, retiring in 1972. From 1936 to 1940, she was a member of the New Jersey State Assembly and was a President Roosevelt delegate to the 1932 and 1936 Democratic conventions.  Mrs. Brady was a founder of the East Orange Business and Professional Women’s Club and a national vice-president of the Business and Professional Women. 

Born in County Armagh, Ireland, she lived in East Orange and Spring Lake, N.J., before moving to Maryland in 1972. Her husband, Thomas J., died in July.

Surviving are two sons, John J., here, and William R., Brielle, N.J.; a sister, Ethna R. Cook, Deerfield Beach, Fla., eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The Newman Funeral Home, here, is in charge of arrangements.

Photograph from Find A Grave memorial #78554846

from: Newspapers.com
Asbury Park Press (Asbury Park, New Jersey) · 28 Dec 1986, Sun · Page 15

My cousin, Pat Brady found & shared this clipping with me.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

February Anniversary: 150 Years Ago, Patrick & Margaret Coyle

Patrick Coyle
20 May 1841 Ireland – 21 June 1925 CT
Son of Michael Coyle & Mary Cunningham

Margaret Brady
c 1855 Ireland – 22 November 1934 CT
Daughter of Thomas Brady & Catherine Gibney

My 2x great grandparents

11 February 1870, Saint Mary's Church
County Cavan, Ireland

Marriage Record for Patrick Coyle and Margaret Brady, 11 February 1870, Roman Catholic Chapel of Carrick, Registar's District of Finea, in the Union of Granard, in the County of Cavan.

Marriage Record for Patrick Coyle and Margaret Brady, 11 February 1870, Roman Catholic Chapel of Carrick, Ballymachugh Parish Records, Register 33b, Page 7, Cavan Genealogy, Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan, Ireland.

St. Mary's Church
Photo taken during my 2012 Trip to Ireland.
Location of the wedding of Patrick & Margaret Coyle.

Parents of:

Bernard Coyle
Catherine Coyle
Maria Coyle
Patrick Joseph Coyle
Margaret Coyle
Thomas Albert Coyle
Bridget Imelda Coyle Kelly
Maryanne Coyle Cass
William Paul Coyle

Other February Anniversaries:

February 14, 1839 John W. & Cinderella Lanier Brumfield  181 years
February 18, 1815 MS   Needham J & Martha Waddell Alford   205 years
February 21, 1839 OH     Abraham & Mary Heffelfinger Mark   181 years
February 26, 1795 PA    Johannes & Anna Ritter     225 years

Friday, February 7, 2020

Vintage Photograph: Zelda Alford & Joe Brown

First Cousins: Zelda & Joe

Zelda Marie (Alford) Fortenberry
2 March 1915 LA - 1 April 2005 MS
Daughter of Dewitt William Alford & Ina Lucille Brown
Wife of Ray Luther Fortenberry
Mother of three.
My 1st cousin, 1x removed

Joseph Pershing Brown
31 August 1918 LA - 5 March 1993 MS
Son of Junius Earl Brown & Armetha Blades
Husband of Norma Rea McDaniel
Father of four.
My 1st cousin, 1x removed

Zelda & Joe's mutual grandparents:
Jasper Pascal Brown & Rose Ella Brumfield
married 21 December 1887, Pike MS

This photograph was given to me by Edith Rose Ball Hutchinson during a trip to Mississippi several years ago.

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Forget Me Not: Lillian Agnes Coyle

Lillian Agnes Coyle 
18 September 1911 NY -  3 June 1987 AZ
Daughter of Michael Coyle & Mary Josephine Mullane
My great aunt

Lillian A. Coyle, of Sun City, a service representative for American Telephone & Telegraph Co. for 25 years, died June 3, 1987, at Boswell Memorial Hospital. She was born in New York City. Survivors include her sisters, Mrs. Marian Kunemund and Kathleen; and one brother. Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday with rosary at 5 p.m. at Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rdAve. Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 9728 Palmeras Lane, Sun City.

from Newspapers.com
Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona) · 5 Jun 1987, Fri · Page 24

Sisters: Kathleen & Lillian Coyle 
Sunland Memorial Park, AZ

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