Thursday, December 30, 2021
Monday, December 27, 2021
Above: blank receipt from the gas station.
Friday, December 24, 2021
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
This newspaper clipping includes my mother,
Alberta Joy Gardner Brown.
She was a member of the Germantown Fire Auxiliary.
The clipping from my archives, is dated December 1959, probably from the Hudson Register Star.
Firemen’s Ladies Plan a Christmas Tree
A Santa loaded with gifts for firemen and their wives and children is the focal point of planning by these women of the Germantown Fire Auxiliary. Santa will open Dec. 21 at 6:30 P. M. At the firehouse.
Seated from left:
Mrs. Herman Thoman, president of the Auxiliary,
Mrs. Raymond Moore and
Mrs. Raymond Funk.
Standing left to right:
Mrs. Richard Millington,
Mrs. Delbert Brown [my mother, Alberta Joy Gardner Brown],
Mrs. Robert Altman, and
Mrs. Douglas Dodge
Monday, December 20, 2021
Friday, December 17, 2021
My mother was the best Santa ever. She did not dress in red or jingle any bells. She did not call any attention to herself. Quietly, secretly, she made sure my brothers and I found our most wanted Christmas gifts beneath our tree on Christmas morning. Our mom put away money all year for this shopping. It was time before internet shopping and there was never a computer in our house. Our Mom ordered from catalogues or drove from one store to another to find the toy or clothes or radio or watch we wanted. She hid her finds in her bedroom, tossing a blanket over things till she had time to wrap them.
As a girl, her parents put up their Christmas tree on Christmas Eve and we always did the same. It was always a busy day with my brothers putting up the tree and all of us following a list of things to do. We all decorated the tree, helped in the kitchen and wrapped a few final gifts. With a Christmas show on the television, sweet smells from he kitchen an a sparkling tree, Christmas unfolded. Our mother moved from one thing to the next until the stage was set for Christmas morning.
One year I wanted a gold cameo ring more than anything else. I had seen it in a catalogue and thought it was beautiful. On Christmas Eve my mother & I took a quick trip to Hudson, NY [the ‘big’ city near us] for a couple last minute errands. On the way home in the car my mother told me that I would not be getting the ring. She had sent away for it but it had not arrived and now that it was Christmas Eve deliveries were finished till after the holiday. She had been watching for it every day but now it looked like it was not going to arrive in time to go under the tree. I was deeply disappointed but said it did not matter. I just thanked her for the ring and all her efforts to get it on time. I knew she felt terrible that she could not do this for me. We arrived at home and carried our packages up to our door. There, sitting on our front porch, was the box with the ring! I still have that ring and remember my mom whenever I wear it.
I have followed my mother’s example and done my best to make Christmas special for our children and now our children do the same.
Family traditions are made with love.
Be Santa. Pass on the love.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
This newspaper article was written in 1935 when Clifton & Ada celebrated their 50thAnniversary. A big crowd of family were present to celebrate. This couple went on to be married for 56 years. They died in 1941, just a few days apart.
Clifton Barksdale Brumfield
10 Dec 1862 LA - 24 Aug 1941 MS
Son of Barksdale Wade Brumfield & Mary Lucy Brown
Ada Salena Rollins
14 Feb 1868 - 29 Aug 1941 MS
Married 16 Dec 1885
Parents of 11 children
Mr. and Mrs. Brumfield Celebrate Golden Anniversary
The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton B. Brumfield was celebrated at their Auburn, Lincoln county, home on Sunday, marked with those joyous functions and attended by those that distinguished such rare events. A throng of friends gathered to offer felicitations and make merry over the achievement.
In the experiences of this half-century of wedded fellowship the pleasures must have had the preponderance over incidental sorrows, for the honorees reach this advanced matrimonial anniversary hale and hearty, in the possession of their natural faculties, and a perennial zest in life.
As hostess Mrs. Brumfield entertained the large company of guests with characteristic social graces as in those youthful days when love was young. In the chivalrous affections of the husband, that maiden loveliness is unmarred.
With Mr. Brumfield, the vigor of youth is yet in evidence, and his interesting stories are reminiscent of those gallant days of spirited young manhood. In the realm of sport his prowess in winning is well known. On the turf his ponies left the track wearing the blue; in the chase of his hounds were heard pressing the quarry. But his boasted red letter day was when he won the affections and promise of the girl who became his wife against all contenders.
This union brought together two of the aristocratic pioneer connections populous over south-west Mississippi, and contiguous Louisiana. Mrs. Brumfield – formerly Miss Ada Rollins – being of Felder extraction. The marriage ceremony was performed by Mr. Willis H. Germany, the popular “marrying person” of that era.
Members of the immediate family participating in the celebration were
· Mrs. Quilla May and four children, [Lucy E. Brumfield May]
· Mrs. Moore Felder and four children, [Mary Elizabeth Brumfield Felder]
· Mr. and Mrs. Harrison H. Brumfield and six children, [Henry Harrison Brumfield]
· Mr. and Mrs. Clifton G. Brumfield and three children, [Clifton Grady Brumfield]
· Mr. and Mrs. Smith F. Brumfield and one child, [Smith Felder Brumfield]
· Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Wallace and five children, [Mattie Velma Brumfield Wallace]
· Mrs. Maxine Lofton and two children. [Audrey Lucille Brumfield Lofton]
Mr. Brumfield’s brothers and sisters attending were
· Marcus Brumfield, McComb;
· Oscar Brumfield, Franklin, La.;
· Robert Brumfield;
· Mr. and Mrs. John D. Wood, Franklin, La.; [Lucy Brumfield Wood]
· And a large number of nieces and nephews from various points.
Near kindred of Mrs. Brumfield were
· Mr. and Mrs. J. W. D. Mercier and nieces, McComb.
Bearing the distinction of being the sole great grandchild was Margaret Claire Terrell Jackson.
Other celebrants from distant points came from Memphis, Wesson, Brookhaven, Norfield, Johnston Station, Summit, McComb, Kokomo, Natchez, Amite City and Baton Rouge, with many rural sections represented.
Source: Mr. and Mrs. Brumfield Celebrate Golden Anniversary. (McComb, MS: Semi-Weekly Journal, 17 Dec. 1935) 3; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed March 2021.
Thursday, December 9, 2021
6 December 1868 OH
Augustus Ceaser Gruissy [son of Christian Gruissy & Mary Grorisclauss] & Esther Barbara Wolf [daughter of John Franklin Wolf & Elisabeth Burkholder]. hey were married in Stark Co., OH. Esther was the second of three wives for Augustus. They had five children. Augustus was a laborer, a peddler and made & sold medicines.
16 December 1798 SC
Jeremiah George Smith [Son of Jeremiah Smith, Sr. & Jemimah Hollis] & Joanna Dillon [Daughter of Richard Dillon & Anne Lawrence]. Jeremiah served in the War of 1812. He and Joanna lived in MS and were members of the Silver Creek Baptist Church. They were the parents of 16 children.
17 December 1908 MS
Tate Edward Fortenberry [son of Webster Fortenberry & Nannie Ellzey] & Lucy Viola Brown [daughter of Jasper Pascal Brown & Rose Ella Brumfield]. They were married in Pike Co., MS. They had three sons. Tate was a farmer and a log cutter in a logging company.
20 December 1818 MS
Edwin Barksdale Alford [Son of Jacob Alford & Elizabeth Bryant] & Martha P. Smith [Daughter of Jeremiah George Smith & Joanna Dillon]. They were married in Pike Co., MS. They had 13 children. They were married for 43 years. Edwin was a part of the LA militia during the Battle of New Orleans.
20 December 1897 LA
Benjamin E Blades [son of William Ephraim Blades & Morgana Josephine McDaniel] & Ollie Izellie Schilling. They were married in LA. They had a son and a daughter.
22 December 1926 OH
Glenn Raymond Jolliff [son of Samuel Martin Jolliff & Margaret Maude Mark] & Elma Grace Pletcher. They were married in Wayne Co., OH. Glenn was married twice.
24 December 1921 LA
James Alton Ball [son of James J Ball & Mattie Dennison] & Mildred Olga Brown [daughter of Jasper Pascal Brown & Rose Ella Brumfield]. They were married in LA. They had ten children. James was a farmer.
25 December 1825 LA
Thomas Coulter Warner & Jane Smith [daughter of Jeremiah Smith & Joanna Dillon]. They had 12 children.
25 December 1918 OH
26 December 1849
Henry William Leander Lewis & Salina Theresa Morris [daughter of Benjamin Morris, Jr. & Hollander Smith]. They were married for 39 years.
26 December 1937 NY
Milton Sydney Weissberg [son of Frank Samuel Weissberg & Florence Gartner] & Anne Bloom. Milton was an attorney. They were married in Buffalo, Erie, NY. They had two sons. Milton & Anne were married almost 50 years.
26 December 1941
27 December 1866
Joel H Good [son of Isaac Good & Sarah Larue] & Margaret Chidister Brown. They had one son.
29 December 1933 NY
Wilfred Stewart Marshall & Marguerite Christina Coyle [daughter of Michael Coyle & Mary Josephine Mullane]. They were married in the Bronx, NY. Wilfred was born in England. Marguerite was born in New York City.
30 December 1843
30 December 1902 OH
31 December 1878
Samuel Wolf [son of Frederick Wolf & Louisa C Goetz] & Elizabeth Reynolds. Samuel was married twice. He also married Susanne Metzger.
31 December 1924 OH
James Everett Mark [son of William Mark & Elidia Rebecca Ritter] & Effie Margaret Carter [daughter of Frank Carter & Sadie Mapes]. They had 11 children. James was a laborer. They were married for 42 years.
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Ferman Esco Fortenberry & Nellie Mae Simmons had six sons; five of them had December birthdays and three of them were born on December 7. Four of those sons were also in the US Navy.
I saw this newspaper clipping on Facebook but I do not have the original source. I believe it was printed during World War II when the brothers were actively serving. I have a grandnephew, born December 7th, who may be interested in this blog post.
Where and when was this printed? If you know, please share.
Ferman Esco Fortenberry &
Nellie Mae Simmons
Victor Everett Fortenberry b 11 Feb 1915
Ferman Elmo Fortenberry b 5 Dec 1916
Adrian Woodrow Fortenberry b 7 Dec 1918
William Jackson Fortenberry b 7 Dec 1920
Donald Curtis Fortenberry b 7 Dec 1924
Homer Clyde Fortenberry b 16 Dec 1926
Believe It or Not – These sailor sons of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Fortinberry, of Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, all have the same birthday, and to top it all, it is December 7, the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, that none of them will ever forget. It was at Pearl Harbor that Adrian, a fire controlman on the ill-fated Helena, received the painful burns about the face and body when the Japs first attacked. He is completing six years in the Navy; is married to the former Miss Wanda Werbickl, of Brooklyn, N. Y. His younger brother, Jack (center), is a carpenter’s mate, second class, in the Navy’s construction Battalion, Alaska. These two brothers received their education in Progress, Miss., schools. Donald, right, attended Clarkston High, and entered the Navy last March, and is now a seaman first class. His boot training was at Bainbridge, Md., and at Norton Heights, Conn., he attended signalman’s school, and now is a signalman in the Armed Guard on the Atlantic. Their father was a gunner’s mate in the Navy from 1909 – 1913, and an uncle had 30 years in the Navy. So it’s no wonder a fourth brother, also born in December, and although married and having two children, is preparing to enter the Navy soon.
Sunday, November 28, 2021
5 Aug 1892 MS – 24 March 1988 LA
Daughter of Howell K. Fortenberry & Mary Ann Alford
Widow of Grady Henry Ellzey
Mrs. Bertha Fortenberry Ellzey. Services for Mrs. Bertha Fortenberry Ellzey, age 95, Columbia were at 2:00 P. M. Saturday, March 26, 1988 at Silver Springs Baptist Church near McComb, Miss., with Rev. Joel Stroud and Rev. Joe Lovelady officiating. Burial was in Silver Spring Cemetery under the direction of Hartman Funeral Home in McComb, Miss.
Mrs. Ellzey died Thursday, March 24, 1988 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Columbia following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Ellzey was a native of Osyka. Miss. She was the widow of the late Grady H. Ellzey and was a homemaker.
Survivors include one son, Wesley P. Ellzey, Alexandria, two daughters: Mrs. Odean E. Simmons of Columbia, Mrs. Ellen E. McDaniel of Yadkinville, N. C., 11grandchildren, 12 great – grandchildren and one great – great – grandchild.
Source: Mrs. Bertha Fortenberry Ellzey. (Columbia, LA: Caldwell Watchman, 30 Mar 1988) 6; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed March 2021.
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Monday, November 22, 2021
My great uncle and aunt were a wonderful, gentle couple who were very involved with their church, their community and their family. My uncle kindly and patiently helped me with my genealogy research. I like the colorful account of their wedding day.
Clarence William Mark
30 May 1917 OH - 1 Aug 2006 OH
Son of Thomas K. Mark & N. Regina Gruissy
Brother of my paternal grandmother, Ivy Mark Brown
Lavon Eleanor Moyer
27 Sep 1924 OH - 11 Sep 2007 OH
Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Glen A. Moyer
Before the candle lighted altar of the Church of the Brethren, Miss Lavon Moyer became the bride of Mr. Clarence Mark at 3:30 p. m., Nov. 23. Mr. Mark is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas K. Mark of Wadsworth, Ohio.
The bride, who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glen A. Moyer, Greenville, was united in marriage by her father. Her ballerina length gown of white slipper satin was trimmed with seed pearls. Her finger tip veil was held in place by a bonnet of white satin and orange blossoms. She carried a bouquet of white roses with a corsage of pink roses in the center.
Miss Ruth Renz in a ballerina length gown of green taffeta was maid of honor. She carried a bouquet of yellow roses and wore a halo of yellow chrysanthemums.
Mr. Edgar Britten of Dayton was the best man and seating the wedding guests were Mr. Everett Rogers and Mr. Keith Hamilton. A half hour of wedding music was presented by Miss Lottie Leas with Mr. Lowell Rife as soloist.
A reception was held at the church. Serving as hostesses were Mrs. Ada Dieter, Mrs. Everett Rogers, Mrs. Russell Kelpinger, Mrs. Lavon Martin and Mrs. Glenn Willis.
The bride’s mother received her guests wearing a green dress with black accessories. She wore a gardenia corsage. The bridegroom’s mother [N. Regina (Gruissy) Mark] wore a blue dress with a gardenia corsage.
For her going away outfit, the bride changed into a green gabardine suit with brown accessories and a marching green coat. She wore the pink roses from the bouquet pinned at the shoulder.
Mrs. Clarence Mark, a graduate of Manchester college, teaches at the South school in Greenville. Mr. Mark also a graduate of Manchester college, is working at the Firestone Store.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Mark are at home to their friends at 223 East Main St. in Greenville.
Source: Moyer – Mark. (Greenville, OH: Greenville Daily Advocate, 5 Dec 1950) 7; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed April 2021.
Friday, November 19, 2021
The Ott branch of my family reaches back to Melchoir Ott, my 7x great grandfather, who was born in Switzerland in 1699. From Switzerland, the family settled in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Later generations moved further south, into Mississippi and Louisiana.
When I saw this brief announcement in an 1843 New Orleans newspaper, it caught my attention. The combination of the surname Ott and Switzerland would indicate a connection to our family. John Tyler would have been the President at the time of this appointment. I have been unsuccessful in determining what was involved with the job.
I do not know, specifically, who “A. Ott” was. If you have any information please share.
Executive Appointment. The President of the United States has recognized A. Ott, of Indiana, as Consul of Switzerland for the states of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan and the territories of Wisconsin and Iowa.
Source: Summary of News. (New Orleans, LA: The Times-Picayune, 18 Jan. 1843) 2; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed Sept. 2021.