Sunday, June 28, 2020

Forget Me Not: Eileen Brady Winston, Fashion Model, 1914 - 1993

Eileen Brady Winston

6 November 1914 NJ - 19 Jul 1993 NC
Daughter of Thomas Joseph Brady & Catherine Lynch
Wife of Morris Winston

My 2ndcousin, 2x removed

Eileen Brady Winston, 78, of Leisure Village West, Manchester Township, died Monday, July 19, at the Rex Convalescent Center, Raleigh, N. C. She was a fashion model many years ago. She graduated from East Orange High School in 1932. Mrs. Winston was born in East Orange and lived in Queens and Westchester County, N. Y., for many years, retiring to Leisure Village West in 1975.

Surviving are her husband, Mike; a son, Ronald, Raleigh, N. C.; a daughter, Nancy Agen, Utica, N. Y.; and six grandchildren. Madison Memorial Home, Madison, was in charge of arrangements. 

Asbury Park Press (Asbury Park, New Jersey) · 26 Jul 1993, Mon · Page 4 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Forget Me Not: Roy Jessie Brown, My Paternal Grandfather

I keep more and more of my genealogy records in digital form but I do still have a file cabinet full of folders. They are filled with assorted paper documents, photographs, letters, graduation programs, Baptism certificates, etc. I have not been able to find my grandfather's obituary in digital newspapers. However, tucked into a sympathy card sent to my father was a yellowed newspaper clipping with the obituary. The advertisements on the back side are all for locations in Hudson, NY. Therefore, it is mostly likely from the Hudson newspaper. He had lived in Columbia County, NY for about 15 years.

Roy Jessie Brown

8 March 1902 MS - 12 May 1956 MS
My Paternal Grandfather

Formerly of Stockport. Roy J. Brown of Stockport, died Friday in Tylertown, Miss., where he had been spending the winter with relatives. The funeral was held there Monday with interment in Tylertown. Mr. Brown, 54, was a native of Tylertown. He had been a resident of Stockport since 1941 and had been employed at both the Stockport paper mill and Bonafide Mills. He was a member of the Stockport Fire Department. Survivors include his wife [Ivy Regina (Mark) Brown], who resides in Cobleskill; five sons, Delbert of Germantown, Leo of Schenectady, Larry of the United States Army, Robert and William of Cobleskill; two daughters, Mrs. Carl Wieland of Hagman and Mrs. Elmer Sparks of Cobleskill; four grandchildren; several brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces. 

Source: Formerly of Stockport (newspaper clipping most likely from Hudson Register Star, Hudson, NY, 1956) in possession of author. 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Recent Discovery: Roy Jessie Brown, WWII Registration Card

I recently found this card on This card is for my paternal grandfather, completed 14 February 1942. He had only been living in New York State for about two years. I knew his birth date & place. I did know he worked at a paper mill. I did not know he spelled his middle name "Jessie" rather than "Jesse". 

My grandfather was 39 when he gave the information for this card. However, he had gray hair. He also had hazel eyes & a "ruddy" complexion. 

It is nice to see his signature. 

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Spotlight on: Ina Lucille Brown Alford

Ina Lucille Brown Alford

29 December 1890 MS - 25 Jul 1972
Daughter of Jasper Pascal Brown & Rose E Brumfield
Wife of Dewitt William Alford
Mother of 7 children

My Great Aunt
Sister of my Grandfather, Roy Jessie Brown

Ina Lucille (Brown) Alford was born 29 December 1890. On 8 December 1910 Ina married Dewitt William Alford[i], son of Seaborn S. Alford MD and Anice (Ball) Alford. Dewitt was born 29 October 1874 in LA. They had seven children: Devoe Alford, Doris Alford, Bruce Alford, Zelda Marie (Alford) Fortenberry, Mary Alice (Alford) Bennett, Louise (Alford) White and Lindy R. Alford.
            Dewitt registered for the draft in 1918. He was a farmer, described as having gray eyes and black hair.[ii]
            In 1920 Dewitt and Ina were living in Washington Parish, Louisiana. They owned their own farm. Two children were at home: Bruce was 6 years old and Zelda was 4 months old.[iii]
            In 1930 Dewitt and Ina had five children at home: Bruce, 16; Zelda, 14; Mary, 10; Louise, 6; and Lindy, 2.[iv]
            In 1940 Ina and Dewitt were not living together. Ina was with daughters, Lindy and Louise, in St. Tammany Parish. Ina told the census taker she was a widow.[v]However, Dewitt was living in Tangipahoa Parish. He was a laborer and lodging with the Raines family.[vi]
            Dewitt William Alford died 24 May 1942 at the age of 68.[vii],[viii]Ina Lucille (Brown) Alford died 25 Jul 1972.
            Their daughter, Zelda Marie (Alford) Fortenberry died 1 April 2005.

Zelda Alford Fortenberry, 90, of the Silver Springs community, died April 2005, at Beacham Memorial Hospital in Magnolia. Visitation is 5 to 8 tonight at Silver Springs Baptist Church. Burial will be in Silver Springs Cemetery. Mrs. Fortenberry was born March 2, 1915, in Angie, La. To William Dewitt Alford and Ina Brown Alford. She was a homemaker and a member of Silver springs Baptist Church, where she taught children’s Sunday school for 45 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ray Fortenberry, Sr.; a brother, Bruce Alford, and two grandchildren, Darrell Scott Fortenberry and Kelly Ray Fortenberry.  Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Billy Joe and Daisy Fortenberry of Progress and Ray Fortenberry, Jr.; a daughter and son in law, Alice Fortenberry Overall and Charles of Progress; three sisters, May Alice Bennett of Folsom, La., Louise White of Bogalusa, La., and Linda Breland of the Improve community; six grandchildren, Tina Meyers and husband Charles of Tylertown, Stacy Fortenberry of Bay St. Louis, Michael Fortenberry, Stephen Fortenberry and David Fortenberry and his wife Deanna of McComb, and Dana Nelson and husband Ricky of McComb; six great-grandchildren, Adam Meyers and wife Alicia of Camp LeJeune, N. C., Rachel Meyers and Masey Meyers, both of Tylertown, Kelsi Fortenberry, Alexis Fortenberry and Blake Nelson, all of McComb; and two great-great-grandchildren, Adrianna Michelle Meyers and Caden Adam Meyers of Camp LeJeune. Pallbearers will be Mark Johnson, James Kemp, Lee Lambert, Roger Moret, David Johnson and Bart Ravencraft.[ix]

Siblings: Ina & Hubert Brown 
date unknown

Do you know more about Ina?
Please reach out to me.


[i]Louisiana Marriages, 1718 – 1925;; Dewitt W. Alford L. Brown, 8 December 1910.
[ii]World War I Draft registration Card 12 Sept 1918;; William Dewitt Alford.
[iii]1920 US Census, LA, Washington; SD 6, ED 146, Sheet 13B;; Dewitt Alford family.
[iv]1930 US Census, LA, Washington; SD 8, ED 59 - 19, Sheet 4A;; Dewitt Alford family.
[v]1940 US Census, LA, St. Tammany;; Ina Alford family.
[vi]1940 US Census, LA, Tangipahoa;; Dewitt Alford.
[vii]Certificate of Death for Dewitt W. Alford, 24 May 1942, Cert #500; Louisiana State Department of Health; Louisiana Archives, Baton Rogue, LA. 
[viii]Magee, Zuma F., and Thelma S. Bateman. Cemetery Records Louisiana. Volume I. Privately printed, 1962. 
[ix]"Zelda Alford Foretnberry." AAFA ACTION The Official Publication of the Alford American Family Association XX Number 2(2007): 40. Enterprise-Journal McComb Pike County Mississippi; Monday 4 April 2005.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

June Anniversary: Jesse Kelly Brumfield & Hannah Youngblood, 1830 MS

 Jesse Kelly Brumfield
1 March 1807 SC – 25 July 1884 MS
Son of John Brumfield & Margaret Kelly

Hannah Youngblood
27 September 1808 GA – 25 March 1885 MS
Daughter of Benjamin Youngblood & Susannah Collins

11 June 1830 Marion, MS; 190 years ago

Randolph, Ruth Brumfield, and Nell Brumfield Jacobs Smith. Brumfields Revisited: Ancestors and Descendants of George Y. and Martha Penny Brumfield. Privately printed, 1995.

Parents of:

Andrew Jackson Brumfield
Benjamin Kelly Brumfield
Henry Sims Brumfield
Mary Luezer Brumfield
Jesse Alexander Brumfield
Susan Lucinda Brumfield Andrews
John Richard Brumfield
Leah Elizabeth Brumfield

Other June Anniversaries:

2 June 1923 OH   Charles Forest Mark & Bertha Flickinger   97 years ago
8 June 1949 MS   Fay Seward Smith & Patricia Brock   71 years ago
15 June 1870 OH   Henry C. Miller & Mary Ritter   150 years ago

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Forget Me Not: Anna Damush Brady, Concert Violinist

Anna Josephine Damush Brady

21 September 1921 – 21 February 1997 NJ
Wife of John Leo Brady
Wife of my 1st cousin, 3x removed

Anna Damush Brady, 75, teacher, concert violinist. Pine Beach - Anna Josephine Damush Brady, a teacher and concert violinist, died yesterday at home. She was 75.

Mrs. Brady was a teacher with Berkeley Township School district. She attended the Philadelphia Musical Academy, the University of Pennsylvania, earned an associate degree from Ocean County College, Dover Township, in 1973, and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Gerogian Court College, Lakewood.

In addition to being with the Garden State Philharmonic for 32 years, she also was a violinist with the Crestwood Symphony Orchestra, Whiting, Manchester Township.

She was a communicant of St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church, Bayville, Berkeley Township. Born in Shenandoah, Pa., she moved to Pine Beach in 1963.

Her husband, John L., died in 1977.

Surviving are four sons, John, Philadelphia, Senan, Rochester, N.Y., David, Newport, R. I., and Mark, Pine Beach; five daughters, Marian and Anna Brady of New York; Moria Brady, North Hatfield, Mass., Siobhan Brady, Philadelphia, and Brigitta Brady, Roanoke, N. C., a brother, Joseph George Damush, Laguna Beach, Calif.; two sisters, Elizabeth Marian Morlock, Jacksonville, Fla., and Margaret Antionette Markowski, Pennsylvania; and seven grandchildren.

Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, Toms River, is in charge or arrangements.

Whiting Memorial Park, NJ
Taken summer 2017