Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Wava Alice Mark Braun
22 Jan 1919 OH - 15 Apr 2011 OH
Daughter of Thomas K. Mark &
Wife of Alvin Henry Braun
Mother of Ann & Alvina
Sister of my paternal grandmother, Ivy Mark Brown
My great aunt
Wava was the youngest child of Thomas and Regina Mark. Her oldest sister, Isabell, was 16 when Wava was born in 1919. Wava appears in the 1920 census at eleven months old.In the 1930 census she was eleven years old and attending school.
When Wava was a little girl she had chores. She said she stood on a stool to wash dishes. She remembered taking bathes in a big tub on the kitchen floor. Wava also remembered a neighbor lady who let them ride her old horse. Wava said, “Clarence and I’d go on down the road and we’d stand on the gate to get on the horse.” She said her family had a cow and chickens.
Wava remembered the street cars in Wadsworth. Wava and her mother took the street cars as the first step on their way to visit her mother’s sister. She wrote,
When I was five my mother took me and we walked down Prospect St. to where the street car ran across our road and we got on the street car and went to Wooster, Ohio. We changed to a train and went to Fort Wayne, Indiana and changed trains and went to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rephenia’s husband, Willis, picked us up in a truck. While we were there we went swimming (playing) in the water. A big wave pulled me in and some swimmers pulled me out.
Wava’s niece, Genevieve (Brown) Wieland, remembered her aunt coming to visit her parents’ Ohio home. Genevieve was about six years old and Wava was a teenager. Wava would come to their house on weekends to help her older sister, Ivy, to clean her house. These visits had a double purpose. Not only did she help her older sister, she was also able to meet Alvin Braun. Wava’s mother was very strict and not always in favor of these meetings.
Wava married Alvin H. Braun on 11 January 1941. She was living with her parents at 181 Bergy Street, Wadsworth, Ohio at the time.
Wava and Alvin lived on their farm at 9846 Lee Road in Seville, Ohio for over 50 years. Wava never drove a car but she could drive a tractor on their farm.She did not slow down as she got older. In April 1994 Wava wrote,
I helped with the church Rummage Sale. That takes at least three days getting ready. Then Alvin was trying to get the chicken yard moved, so between him and I we managed that. Our neighbor plowed the garden so I want to plant potatoes. It has been too cold nights to plant much yet.
In August 1994 Viola wrote,
I had so many beans I gave them away, canned 46 Pints and 26 pints red beets, froze Swiss Chard, Broccoli, Cauliflower. Canned elderberries yesterday. Hoping to get a lot of tomatoes but nights are down in the 50s.”
In 1995 Wava gave a big family picnic for Alvin’s 80th birthday.
About 1998 there was a fire in the Braun’s farm house. The fire began in a motorized chair for Alvin. The chair would rise up to assist Alvin in sitting and standing. The fire began in the motor of the chair. Wava got her husband up quickly and out of their house. In a Christmas card Wava wrote, “I suppose you heard about our fire, burned out the whole down stairs. Glad to say mostly fixed up and a lot different.” In a November 1999 letter Wava wrote, “Thankful we are back in our home. But that was a year ago. The house is about as good as it is going to get, after the fire.”
Alvin died 4 June 2000.Wava wrote, “I had a long hard time taking care of him. He couldn’t even get from his chair unless I had two hands on him and if he fell I had to call the rescue squad to get him up.”His obituary said,
Alvin H. Braun, 84, of Seville, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Medina General Hospital. He was born in Kent and was a Medina County resident for 58 years. He was a 50 - year member of the Guilford Grange and a past master. He was also a member of the Farm Bureau and United Methodist Church of Seville. He lived and farmed in Seville for 58 years. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Wava Braun of Seville; daughters, Ann (John) Long of Wadsworth and Jane (Dick) Perry of Rittman; sister, Leona Webb of Sacherts, N. Y.; six grandsons; one granddaughter; and seven great - grandsons. Service: 11 a. m. Wednesday at Seville United Methodist Church, West Main St. The Rev. Philip Wilden will officiate. Burial: Mound Hill Cemetery, Seville. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Seville United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 32, Seville, 44273.
In July 2005 Wava wrote, “I am still on the farm alone. A good friend or Ann take me to get groceries. I have a walker. I use it to get to the mail box.”Her land was farmed by others. They did the planting and harvesting that Wava and Alvin once did. In 2007 she wrote, “My corn field is tall. Can’t see up the road.”The barns, hen house, and smokehouse are still there but not used. Wava kept in touch with most of the family and enjoyed visits with cousins, nieces and nephews from all branches of our family. Anyone passing through the area was invited in for a friendly visit. Warm hospitality could always be found at the Braun farm.
In 2009 Wava moved out of her farmhouse to live in a house on the farm of her daughter, Ann. Ann and her family could help take care of her there. In the fall she moved to Apostolic Christian Home in Rittman.In 2010 she was doing well and enjoying visits from her family.
Wava, the youngest child of Thomas and Regina Mark, died 15 April 2011. Her obituary in the Daily Record said:
Wava A. Braun, 92, passed away April 15, 2011 at the Apostolic Christian Home. She was born near River Styx to Thomas and Regina Mark. Wava married Alvin Braun in 1941 and they lived their life on a farm in Guilford Township. Wava was a very active member of the Seville United Methodist Church. She volunteered in many church activities but especially enjoyed the children. She served as Sunday school superintendent, teacher, secretary and was active in the United Methodist Women’s group and the Unity class. Wava also enjoyed embroidery. She was active in the Farm Bureau and Grange. She is survived by daughters Ann (John) Long of Wadsworth and A. Jane Perry of Rittman; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on June 4, 2000.
1920 U. S. Census, Medina County, Ohio; Volume 147, ED 67, Sheet 5, Line 37, Family History Center Microfilm # 1821417: Thomas K. Mark, Head of Household.
1930 U. S. Census, Guilford, Medina County, Ohio, Sheet 11B. Thomas Mark.
“Interviews with Wava (Mark) Braun”.
Letter from Wava (Mark) Braun (9846 Lee Road, Seville, Ohio) to author July 2005.
“Interviews with Genevieve (Brown) Wieland.”
Record of Marriage for Wava A. Mark and Alvin H. Braun, 11 January 1941, Medina County Probate Court, Medina, Ohio.
“Interviews with Delbert K. Brown.”
Letter from Wava (Mark) Braun (9846 Lee Road, Seville, Ohio) to author,
30 April 1994.
Letter from Wava (Mark) Braun (9846 Lee Road, Seville, Ohio) to author
Letter from Wava (Mark) Braun (9846 Lee Road, Seville, Ohio) to author,
Letter from Wava (Mark) Braun (9846 Lee Road, Seville, Ohio) to author ,
25 November 1999.
Certificate of Death for Alvin H. Braun, 4 June 2000, Ohio Department of Health, Vital Statistics, Medina County Health Department, 4800 Ledgewood Drive, Medina, Ohio.
Letter from Wava (Mark) Braun (9846 Lee Road, Seville, Ohio) to author 2 November 2000.
"Alvin H. Braun." Medina County Gazette June 5, 2000: 2A. From Medina County Library, 210 S. Broadway St., Medina, Ohio.
Letter from Wava (Mark) Braun (9846 Lee Road, Seville, Ohio) to author, July 2005.
Letter from Wava (Mark) Braun (9846 Lee Road, Seville, Ohio) to author 1 July 2007.
Friday, June 11, 2021
When I read an announcement of an engagement or wedding I wonder how it turned out. Were they married for many years? What was their life together like? In this case I could find no other newspaper clippings to answer my questions.
Linda W. Brumfield
11 September 1906 MS – December 1994 MS
Daughter of Charles Edgar Brumfield & Katie Leona Freeman
Brumfield – Bilbo Engagement
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edgar Brumfield, of Magnolia, announce the engagement of their daughter, Linda, to Mr. William Bilbo, Jr., formerly of Hattiesburg. The wedding will take place on the afternoon of Monday, December twenty-second, nineteen hundred and thirty, at half after four o’clock in the First Baptist church in Magnolia.
No formal cards will be issued but through the social columns of the press all friends and relatives are cordially invited by Mr. and Mrs. Brumfield to be present at the marriage of these young people.
The prospective groom is a graduate of Millsaps College and for the past two years has been athletic director in the Magnolia high school. He is a former Millsaps athlete and a member the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
The beautiful bride-to-be is the younger daughter of Chancery Clerk Charles Edgar Brumfield and Mrs. Brumfield and attended the University of Mississippi for three years where she was a popular member of the Chai Omega Sorority.
General social interest is centered about the approaching marriage of this young couple owing to the prominence of the families represented and the popularity of those who are to assume the sacred vows.
Source: Brumfield – Bilbo Engagement. (Jackson, MS: Clarion Register, 11 Dec 1930) 7; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed April 2021.
Sunday, June 6, 2021
I was excited to find this news about a Fortenberry Family Reunion. I had found others but this was the earliest. However, as I began transcribing the article, I looked closer at the details. I am not sure who these people are. There are many, many Fortenberrys in MS. The family is huge. I am probably related to them all. However, I am not sure how these folks fit into the picture.
Please reach out to me if you know more about these people.
After posting this & sending a link to the "Fortenberry Family (Genealogy) " FaceBook page, I am happy to say I received a response from L. Flanagan who kindly shared these family details:
These Fortenberry's are the children and descendants of James Russell Fortenberry and Nancy Jane Newsom Fortenberry. Lula Fortenberry 1864-1955 spouse of Sam Lee . Susan Ella 1866-1959 spouse Gustav Berry, Fannie (Francis ) 1869-1953 spouse Mat (William Mattison Millis)-my great grandparents, William Russell 1871-1965 spouse Carrie Berry, Molly 1874-1947 spouse Web Benson, Daniel W. 1875-1955 spouse Ida Mobley, Robert H (R.H.) 1877-1971 spouse, Brilla Berry, Tina 1881-1946. This large Fortenberry family is from Simpson Co., MS.
Fortenberry Family Gathers Recently
Clinton. July 20. – The Fortenberry reunion was held on the bank of the creek near the home of R. H. Fortenberry, Friday, July 15. Approximately 50 relatives were present.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lee,
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Van Zandt,
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Fortenberry, [possibly William Richard, 1875 – 1952]
Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Fortenberry,
Miss Myra Fortenberry,
Mr. and Mrs. Mat Mills,
Mrs. Ella Berry,
Mrs. Mallie Benson,
Mr. and Mrs. Lena Fortenberry and sons;
Mrs. Edna Buckley and family,
Mrs. Charlie Lee and family;
Mr. and Mrs. Baron Bishop,
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Thurman;
Mr. and Mrs. John Fortenberry, [possibly John K., 1857 – 1939]
Mrs. Robert Benson and son,
Master Jimmie and Bobbie Crawford, of Jackson;
Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Langston, of Clinton;
Master James Louis Garner.
The Fortenberry family plans to make the reunion an annual affair.
Source: Fortenberry Family Gathers Recently. (Jackson, MS: Clarion – Ledger, 21 July 1938) 4; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed March 2021.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Researching in person, in the places my ancestors lived is my favorite type of research. I like being in the places my family once lived. I like uncovering yellowed documents and reading books that were written decades ago. Touching these things makes me feel a strong connection to the past. Usually this type of research means I pack my car and head to the southeastern states. Recently, I only had to head south for an hour.
Hudson Area Library
I am trying to learn more about people close to me, my father and his siblings. When their parents moved the family from Ohio, they moved to Columbia County, NY and Hudson is the county seat. I have my father’s high school year book which told me what year he graduated and had his photograph. If I could find the yearbooks of his siblings I could learn the same about them.
I looked at the library’s website and discovered they have a History Room with yearbooks. I was able to make an appointment to see those books. I called my older brother who was very interested in joining me.
We found one of our uncles and two aunts in those slim volumes of the “Blue and Gold”.
Leo D. Brown graduated 1949 from Hudson High School.
Genevieve A. Brown graduated 1952 from Hudson High School.
I had not known that my aunt liked art & had considered that as a career.
Jeanette R. Brown graduated 1953 from Hudson High School.
I had not known my aunt was called "Netzi".
At the top of this blog, click on My Library for many books that I have found useful for genealogical & historical research.