Monday, May 24, 2021

Moving & Moving Again! Dr. Andrew Fortenberry, 1931 & 1933 MS

In the years I have researched the Fortenberry family I have discovered variations on the spelling of the name. Originally, in Holland, they were "Van Valkenberg". In later generations the most common variation on the name is Fortinberry/Fortenberry. The following newspaper clippings use both spellings for Andrew. I decided, some time ago, to use 'Fortenberry' for all of that family to keep them all in one place; rather than dividing them up by spelling.

I have found Andrew Fortenberry in US Census reports. In 1900 he was farming; in 1910 he was a "physician general practice" and in 1930 he was a "medical physician." These articles show movements of Andrew, his family & his medical practice.



Andrew Jackson Fortenberry

2 August 1879 MS – 2 October 1956 LA

Son of William Jackson Fortenberry & Canolia A. Simmons

Husband of Victoria Brock

Father of Sheldon Jasper Fortenberry & Joseph S. Fortenberry

My 2nd cousin, 3x removed

Dr. Fortenberry Comes to McComb

Establishes Office in Frith’s Drug Store and Will Practice Medicine in Pike


Dr. A. J. Fortenberry, of Carthage, Miss., has moved with his family to McComb and will engage in the practice of medicine here. Dr. Fortenberry, who is a brother-in-law of Dr. L. W. Brock, has his office in the Frith Drug Store on Main and Boulevard.


The people of McComb extend a hand of welcome to Dr. Fortenberry and his family. We hope that they will like our city.


Source: Dr. Fortenberry Comes to McComb. (McComb, MS: Semi-Weekly Journal, 7 Oct. 1931) 5; digital image, accessed March 2021.




Dr. Fortinberry Moves to City


Dr. A. J. Fortenberry, formerly of McComb, has announced the opening of offices in Jackson for the general practice of medicine.


A practitioner for 29 years standing, Dr. Fortinberry is quite well known in Pike, Rankin, and Leake counties where he was formerly located in the practice of his profession.


He is a brother of C. L. Fortinberry and Glen Fortinberry, inventors of Mississippi’s lock-strip theft-proof license tags.



Source: Dr. Fortinberry Moves to City. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 26 May 1933) 1; digital image, accessed March 2021.



  1. Dr. Fortenberry's wife, Vickie Brock and Dr. L. W. Brock are my 4th Cousins twice removed.

  2. Don't you just love how newspaper writers didn't consistently spell the last name the same way!

  3. I love seeing how unusual surnames morphed from their original form. I'm working with a DAR applicant right now whose ancestors included "Monasmith," a name I had never heard of before. When I researched her line, it took me back to "Mahnenschmidt." I can see how one became the other.


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