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. Smith 

(1835 - 1862)

Son of Wyatt Smith & Euseba Fortenberry 

Newton Oscar Smith

(c1842 - 1862)

Son of Wyatt Smith & Euseba Fortenberry 

Rankin Smith

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, 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, accessed March 2017.




Friday, November 20, 2020

Forget Me Not: Canolia A. Simmons Fortenberry, 1925 MS

Canolia A. (Simmons) Fortenberry

1858 MS – 1925 MS
Wife of William Jackson Fortenberry

Mrs. Fortenberry Dies at Brandon.
Beloved Osyka Woman Falls into Final Sleep at Daughter’s Home.

Mrs. W. J. Fortenberry of Osyka, aged 68 years, and widely known and held in very high esteem throughout Mississippi, died at 11:30 o’clock Saturday night, February 7, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O. L. Simmons, at Brandon, after an illness that had extended over a period of several weeks. Mrs. Fortenberry had been at a local hospital and had been taken to the Simmons home for further treatment. 

The funeral will be held at the Silver Springs Baptist Church at Osyka Monday, February 9, at 11:30 a. m., with services by her pastor, Rev. A.J. Davis od Tylertown and Rev. J. H. Lane of McComb.

Besides her husband, who himself is ill at the Simmons home at Brandon, Miss. Mrs. Fortenberry is survived by six sons as follows:

Dr. A. J. [Andrew Jackson] Fortenberry of Canton,
F. E. [Fermon Esco] Fortenberry of Atlanta, Ga.,
E. B. [Victor Eurel, possibly] Fortenberry and
C. L. [Charlie Lane] Fortenberry of Monticello, and
H. G. [Henry Glen] Fortenberry of Natchez; 

And by five daughters,

Mrs. J. C. Denmore [Lelia Paline Fortenberry] of Franklinton, La., 
Mrs. A. M. Dodds [Myrtis Jane Fortenberry] of Eddiston, Miss.,
Mrs. Henry Steinbrenner [Sarah Louise Fortenberry] of Brandon and
Miss Wanzie [Jimmie Wanzie] Fortenberry of Osyka.

She leaves also several grandchildren and many other relatives and family connections.

Children not mentioned in this obituary:
Josie Lee Fortenberry, 6 Nov 1899 – 9 Nov 1900
Burrell Sheldon Fortenberry, 1890 - 1951

Source: Mrs. Fortenberry Dies at Brandon (Jackson, MS: Clarion-Ledger, 8 Feb. 1925) 12; digital image, accessed August 2020.

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.


Guests were:


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, accessed June 2020).

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Forget Me Not: Henry Sims Brumfield, Jr., 1959 MS

Henry was a veteran of 2 US wars, according to his obituary. I believe those wars were the Spanish American War and World War I. Additional research is required to prove this.

Henry Sims Brumfield, Jr.
1 April 1877 MS – 12 Jan 1959 MS
Son of Henry Sims Brumfield & Martha E. Bickham
Husband of Mary Sauls

Father of:
Mary Helen Brumfield, 1902 – 1999
Evelyn (Brumfield) Ellzey, 1904 – 1988
Earl H. Brumfield, 1905 – 1979
Mabel Aline Brumfield, 1908 – 1908
Dudley Brumfield, 1909 – 2002
Lyle Elmer Brumfield, 1911 – 2002
Sylvia (Brumfield) Johnson, 1914 – 2013
Dixie Martha Brumfield, 1916 - 1997

My 2nd cousin, 3x removed

Brumfield Rites Held Here Today

Funeral Services for Henry Sims Brumfield Jr., 81, soldier in two United States Wars, and a member of a pioneer area family, were held at 3 p. m. Tuesday from Catchings Chapel. 

The Rev. Ed Williams, pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, of which Mr. Brumfield was a member, conducted services, with friends of the deceased and family serving as pallbearers. 

Mr. Brumfield died suddenly at 2:10 p. m. Tuesday while visiting in the home of his brother, D. A. (Dud) Brumfield, Summit, route three, together with a daughter and other members of his family. 

He was born April 1, 1877, in Pike County, a son of the late H. S. and Martha Bickham Brumfield.

Entering the Army as the Spanish-American War developed, he served throughout that conflict. Some two decades later he was again a member of the infantry, in World War I.

He operated a nursery ear McComb for many years, and at other times was employed in various capacities n the community and he managed his farm.

He and Mrs. Brumfield had lived on their place n Quin’s Bridge Road for almost 20 years.

His survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary Sauls Brumfield; four daughters, Miss Helen Brumfield, City Tax Collector of McComb, Mrs. Dolph Ellzey, Holmesville, Mrs. Stanley Johnson, Fabyan, Conn., and Mrs. Roy Smith, Brookhaven.

Three sons, Earl H. Brumfield, Mobile, Ala., W. C. Brumfield, Ruleville, and Lyle Brumfield, Baton Rouge, La.: two brothers, Charles E. Brumfield, Brookhaven, and D. A. Brumfield, route three, Summit. 

Two sisters, Mrs. Will Mackey, Rogers, Ark., and Mrs. Mert Thigpen, Biloxi; 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. 

Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery with Catchings Funeral Home in charge of services. 

Source: Brumfield Rites Held Here Today. (McComb, MS, Enterprise – Journal, 13 January 1959) 8; digital image, accessed June 2020).

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

November Anniversary: Roy Nee & Isabell Mark; 1922 OH

Roy Edward Nee
9 April 1878 TN – 20 March 1963 OH
Son of Henry Nee & Matilda Millan
This was his third marriage.

Isabell Esther Mark
21 December 1903 OH – 9 March 1984 OH
Daughter of Thomas Kenneth Mark & Nancy Regina V. Gruissy
My father's aunt.

5 November 1922; 98 years ago
Seville, Medina, OH

Certified copy of Marriage record from their son, Paul Nee

Parents of

Harold Jay Nee
Paul Kenneth Nee

Other November Anniversaries:

3 November 1698 VA     Jacob Winfrey & Elizabeth Alford     322 years ago
6 November 1856 OH     John Franklin Wolf & Caroline Orwig     164 years ago
12 November 1871 LA     William Franklin Brock & Cynthia E. Alford    149 years ago
15 November 1883     Anthony Casper Ritter & Emma Alice Mowrer     137 years ago

16 November 1848 OH     Isaac Ritter & Isabell Fisher     172 years ago
My 3x great grandparents

20 November 1768     John Lawrence & Mary Duke     252 years ago
23 November 1823 MS     Davis Brumfield & Cynthia Holmes     197 years ago

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