Thursday, June 23, 2022

Forget Me Not: Adolphus Everett Ott, 1931 MS


This obituary refers to the subject of its article as both E. A. and A. E. Ott. My records show him to be Adolphus Everett Ott.


 

Adolphus Everett Ott


22 February 1858 LA – 25 May 1931 MS

Son of Charles Ott & Margaret Ann Tate

Husband of Berilla Susan Damper

 


 

 

A. E. Ott of Peoria passed away quietly at his home in Peoria early Monday morning, May 25th, at the age of 73 years.

Mr. Ott had been a resident of Amite county for about forty years. During this time he had been a merchant and postmaster, first at Bates’ Mill, then at East Fork and for the past 21 years at Peoria. 

No more popular or better beloved man ever lived. His business and official record was unblemished. He was a practical Christian. He lived by the Golden Rule. The many personal tributes paid him by old friends and neighbors at the funeral attested his high character and useful and well – spent life. His greatest pleasure was derived from helping those in need. He was indeed the poor man’s friend.

Besides his wife, Berilla Dampeer Ott, he leaves one brother and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins among the large and well known family of Otts of South Mississippi and Louisiana. 

 


 

Source: E. A. Ott. (McComb, MS: Semi – Weekly Journal, 6 Jun 1931) 3; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed Sept 2021.




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Friday, June 17, 2022

Timeline: The Brumfield Family

 Here's another fun timeline from my book in progress, 'Our Brown Roots.' Timelines are useful tools when trying to understand the lives & movements of a family. They are also very useful for understanding a family in relation to local and world events. I am currently writing a book, 'Our Brown Roots.' At the beginning of each surname section I have included a timeline like the one below. 

Click on the links to learn more about the people in this timeline.

Timeline of the Brumfield Family


1699                            Williamsburg was established in VA

c 1714                         John Watson Brumfield born VA

1732                            George Washington born VA

c 1745                         Charles Brumfield, son of John, born VA

1754 - 1763                 French & Indian War. British won control over eastern North America

1768                            Birth of John Brumfield, son of Charles Brumfield, NC

1770s                           John Watson Brumfield was living in Craven Co., NC

1775 - 1783                 Revolutionary War; Charles & John Brumfield served

1788                            23 Oct. John Brumfield married Margaret Kelly in Wake, NC

1789                            21 November. North Carolina became the 12th state of the United States

1799                            18 Sept. George Washington laid the cornerstone of the Capitol bldg.

c 1799                         Nathaniel Brumfield, son of John Brumfield, born LA

1801 – 1809                Thomas Jefferson President of the USA

1804                            Lewis & Clark set out from MO to explore the West

1810                            Charles Watson Brumfield & wife were living in York, SC 

1811                            John Brumfield & family traveled from SC through tribal nations to LA

1812 - 1815                 War of 1812. Many Brumfields fought, including: 

Charles, Davis, Fleming, Ridley, William & Willis Brumfield

1820                            Charleston, SC reached a population of 23,300

c 1820                         Charles Brumfield died in SC

1825                            The Erie Canal in NY opened to traffic

1829                            27 June. The Smithsonian Institute was founded

1831                            John James Audubon arrived in SC to work on his ‘Birds of America’

1835                            Nathaniel Brumfield married Charlotte Temple Ott

1843                            22 May. The 1st major wagon train headed for the northwest on the Oregon Trail

1850                            Nathaniel & Charlotte Brumfield & 5 children living in Louisiana

1850 – 1853                Millard Fillmore President of the USA

1852                            Feb. 8. Death of Nathaniel Brumfield

1838                           27 Sept. Jessie A. Brumfield born LA

1846 - 1848              Mexican War

1849                          Baton Rogue became the capital of Louisiana

1852                          8 Feb. Nathaniel Brumfield, father of Jessie, died in LA

1853                          Louisiana endured yellow fever epidemic. Killed more than 11,000 people in       New Orleans alone.

1856                         11 Aug. Hurricane hit Louisiana. Killed more than 200 people, Lost Is. resort.

1860                        Jessie living with his mother & stepfather/uncle in Washington Parish, LA

1861 – 1865           Civil War; many Brumfields served in Confederate Army in MS & LA units

1863                         11 May. Jessie A. Brumfield enlisted in the 3rd Louisiana Calvary 

c 1865                        Jessie Alexander Brumfield married Martha Elizabeth Alford

1867                          18 July. Daughter, Rose Ella Brumfield, born in MS

1868                          Louisiana was readmitted to the Union

1870                          Jessie A. Brumfield & family lived in Osyka, Pike County, MS

1874                          Spring. Great Mississippi Flood. 2.5 million acres submerged in Mississippi, 8 million acres in Louisiana and 2 million acres in Arkansas 

1876                          Invention of the telephone. 3,000 telephones by the end of the year

1886                          The Statue of Liberty was dedicated

1887                           21 Dec. Rose Ella Brumfield married Jasper Pascal Brown, Pike, MS

1895                          Mother of Jessie, Charlotte Temple (Ott) Brumfield, died

1895                            The Time Machine written by H. G. Wells

1898                           Spanish – American War; Dudley, Henry S., Jr. & William Brumfield served



This Chart shows the Brumfield line in relation to my paternal grandfather.






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Saturday, June 11, 2022

Military Service: Kelly Brothers, Mexican – American War

These four brothers were following a family tradition of military service when they served in the Mexican - American War. Their father, Sims Kelly, and uncle, William Durham Kelly, were privates in Russell’s Separate Battalion, Mounted Gunmen of Tennessee Volunteers  in the War of 1812 and their grandfather, William Stark Kelly, had been a private in North Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War. 


William Clark Kelly

9 Jan 1815 TN – 29 June 1864 TX

 

Samuel Camp Kelly

25 Mar 1825 TN - 16 Sep 1891 AL

 

Benjamin Gerard Kelly

11 Dec 1826 TN - 9 May 1911 OK

 

James H. Kelly

2 Sep 1828 TN - 1 Aug 1905 AL

 

Sons of Sims Kelly & Mary Camp



The Mexican - American War (1846-1848) marked the first U.S. armed conflict chiefly fought on foreign soil. It pitted a politically divided and militarily unprepared Mexico against the expansionist-minded administration of U.S. President James K. Polk, who believed the United States had a “manifest destiny” to spread across the continent to the Pacific Ocean. A border skirmish along the Rio Grande started off the fighting and was followed by a series of U.S. victories. When the dust cleared, Mexico had lost about one-third of its territory, including nearly all of present-day California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.[i]

 

 

These four brothers all served as privates in the Mexican – American War in Coffee’s Alabama Militia Infantry. Samuel[ii] and Benjamin[iii] were in Company I. William[iv] was in Company C and James[v] was in Company E. 


 

The brothers who remained in Alabama, James and Samuel, also served in the Civil War. James was a private in Company D, 1st Battalion of Alabama Infantry.[vi] Samuel was a Sargent in Company H of the 1st Alabama Infantry.  

 

Samuel Camp Kelly served with distinction in the Mexican War under Gen. Zachary Taylor, and later under Gen. Scott. … Samuel Camp Kelly enlisted in the Confederate Army in April, 1862, and served in all the battles in which the Western Army was engaged, surrendering with Johnston in North Carolina, April 26, 1865. After the war he moved to Oxford, Ala., where he resided until his death, an influential and valued citizen, taking an interest in every public enterprise, and contributing generously to Oxford College.[vii]

 

 



[i] Mexican – American War; digital information, History (history.com: accessed May 2022). 

[ii] Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War; NARA, digital image, Fold3 (fold3.com: accessed March 2022) Samuel C Kelly.

[iii] Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War; NARA, digital image, Fold3 (fold3.com: accessed March 2022) Benjamin G Kelly.

[iv] Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War; NARA, digital image, Fold3 (fold3.com: accessed March 2022) William Kelly.

[v] Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War; NARA, digital image, Fold3 (fold3.com: accessed March 2022) James H. Kelly.

[vi] Index to Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama; NARA, digital image, Fold3 (fold3.com: accessed March 2022) James Kelly.

[vii] DuBose, Joel Campbell. Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical With Portraits, Volume I (Spartanburg, SC: The Reprint Company, 1976) Genealogy Gophers (gengophers.com: accessed June 2020) 323-325.


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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Forget Me Not: Annie Ellzey Fortenberry, 1972 MS


 

 

Annie Myrtis Ellzey Fortenberry

24 December 1883 MS – 25 July 1972 MS

Daughter of: William Franklin Ellzey & Mary Elizabeth Gatlin

Wife of: William J. F. Fortenberry

Mother of five


My 2nd cousin, 2x removed

 

 



 

Homestead Resident Succumbs

 

 

Funeral services for Mrs. Ammie [sic] Myrtis Ellzey Fortenberry, 88, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday Navilla Baptist Church.

 

Mrs. Fortenberry died at 7:16 p. m. Tuesday at her residence in the Homestead community following a lengthy illness.

 

Born Dec. 24, 1883 in Osyka, she was the daughter of the late Billy Frank and Mary Elizabeth Ballus Ellzey.

 

Survivors include two sons, 

Eric Elmon Fortenberry, 

William Harold Fortenberry, both of McComb; 

 

three sisters [daughters] 

Miss Lucille Elizabeth Fortenberry, 

Mrs. Mildred Elaine Brumfield, both of McComb,

Mrs. Jackson V. Bermet, Gulfport;

 

Four brothers,

J. Edgar Ellzey, Franklinton, La. (1885 – 1975),

Grady H. Ellzey, Osyka (1891 – 1979),

Vernon Ellzey, Honeoye Falls, N. Y. (1894 – 1990),

Clyde Ellzey, Moorestown, N. J. (1900 – 1996);

 

Two sisters,

Mrs. Lois Pope, Summit (1896 – 1983) and

Mrs. Mamie Minton, Denham Springs, La. (1898 – 1982).

 

Rev. Joseph Small and Rev. Harvey Deer will officiate. Burial will be in the Navilla cemetery with Hartman Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.



Source: Homestead Resident Succumbs (McComb, MS: Enterprise - Journal, 26 July 1972) 14; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed July 2021.





 

Monday, May 30, 2022

Military Service: Moses Brown, War of 1812


Sergeant Moses Brown

7 Feb 1777 Craven Co., NC – 27 Feb 1838 OH

Son of Edward Brown


My 4th Great Grandfather




 

 

Moses Brown and his younger brother, Daniel, served during the War of 1812. The brothers served in Nixon’s Regiment, the 13th Mississippi Regiment.[i] Moses was 36 years old when he enlisted. He served first as a private from 15 October 1813 to 14 April 1814. A Company Pay Roll details his payment for the time period between 15 October 1813 to 31 December 1813. He was paid $57.58 for his service, $10 traveling pay and $2.40 traveling subsistence. A Company Pay Roll for the time period between 1 January 1814 to 14 April 1814 shows Moses was paid $69.33 and $27.73 for his horse. Moses served in Captain John Bond’s company of mounted riflemen of the Mississippi Territory militia. He was later a sergeant from 3 January 1815 to the disbanding of the Regiment in April 1815.[ii], [iii][iv]

            Moses may have been a part of the infamous Battle of New Orleans which was fought, due to a delay in communications, after peace had been declared.

 

He was a soldier in the war of 1812 and participated in the battle of New Orleans, under Gen Jackson.[v]

 

Moses and Daniel were not our only ancestors involved in this war and who served in this unit. In fact, Jeremiah Smith enlisted in Nixon’s Regiment on the same day as Moses.[vi] The Dillon brothers, Clarkston, Theophilous and Willis were also in this regiment.

 

 



[i] 13th Regiment of Mississippi Militia; accessgenealogy.com; Daniel, John, Moses, Robert Brown.

[ii] Mississippi Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers, 1812 – 1815; Nixon’s Regiment; Moses Brown; ancestry.com.

[iii] 13th Regiment of Mississippi Militia; digital record (accessgenealogy.com: accessed Dec. 2020) Daniel, John, Moses and Robert Brown.

[iv] Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812 in Organizations from the Territory of Mississippi; NARA, digital images, Fold3 (fold3.com: accessed May 2022) Moses Brown.

[v] Moses Brown Cass County Pioneer. (n.d.). Vigilant, Cassopolis, Michigan. Retrieved February 15, 2017.

[vi] Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812 in Organizations from the Territory of Mississippi; NARA; digital images, Fold3 (fold3.com: accessed May 2022) Jeremiah Smith. 


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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Forget Me Not; Lynn H Brown, 2016 MS


Lynn Holly Brown

22 January 1932 MS – 20 February 2016

Son of Hubert Allen Brown & Freddie Smith

Husband of Beverly Thames

Korean War Veteran

 

My 1st cousin, 1x removed


 


Lynn Holly Brown, 84, of Osyka, passed away Feb. 20, 2016 at Aston Court in McComb. Visitation is 9 a. m. Thursday at Silver Springs Baptist Church until services at 11, with Bro. Wayne Hall officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery under the direction of Jones Family Funeral Services of McComb.

 

Mr. Brown was born Jan. 22, 1932, in Progress, the son of Hubert and Freddie Smith Brown. He graduated from Progress High School in 1950. He served four years in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the Silver Creek Masonic Lodge No. 410 for 50 years and was Past Master.

 

He enjoyed farming and golfing, but mostly he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was retired from Mac Millan Bloedel.

 

Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Beverly Thames Brown; a son, Craig Brown; and three brothers, Fred Allen, Borden and Hugh (Duke) Brown.

 

Survivors include his son, Wade Brown and wife Cindy of McComb; two daughters, Holly Brown and Carmen Davis and husband Stanton, all of McComb; two sisters, Thiry Fegan of Magnolia and Peggy Alford and husband George of Tylertown; 11 grandchildren, Christy Brown, Craig Brown, Keri Brown, Chris Brown, Damon Jones, Kassie Brown, Katie Brown, Clint Brown, Erik Jones, DeWayne Brown and Austin Jones; and 12 great grandchildren.

 

 

Source: Lynn Holly Brown. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 23 Feb 2016) A003; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed May 2021.


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Friday, May 20, 2022

Timeline: The Ashley Family

Here's another fun timeline from my book in progress, 'Our Brown Roots.' Timelines are useful tools when trying to understand the lives & movements of a family. They are also very useful for understanding a family in relation to local and world events. I am currently writing a book, 'Our Brown Roots.' At the beginning of each surname section I have included a timeline like the one below. 

Click on the links to learn more about the people in this timeline.


TIMELINE OF THE ASHLEY FAMILY


 1610                            Dutch East India Company carried tea from Macau to Europe & set off the beginnings of a new European habit

1618                            The Virginia Company of London set up the Headright System that gave 50 acres of land to colonists who paid their own way to VA, or paid for others

1624                            The Dutch settled New Amsterdam (New York State)

1624                            King James made Virginia a royal colony

1625                            John Ashley born in England

1650                            Colonial population approximately 50,400 

1650                            World population, estimated at 500 million

c 1650                         Birth of Thomas Ashley, Sr., son of John, in VA

1653                            John Ashley owned 300 acres of land in Lancaster, VA

1669                            John Ashley granted 137 acres of land in Lancaster, VA

1699                            Town of Williamsburg, VA established

c 1710                         Birth of Thomas Ashley, Jr. in Bertie, NC

1718                            22 Nov. Pirate Blackbeard killed off the coast of North Carolina

1729                            North Carolina became a royal English colony

c 1733                         Birth of Ann (Ashley) Lawrence, daughter of Thomas Ashley, Jr., NC

1742                            Thomas Ashley, Sr. sold to Thomas Ashley, Jr. 120 acres on Cashoke Creek, Bertie, NC

13 April 1743              Thomas Jefferson, future 3rd president, born in Virginia

1754 – 1763                French & Indian War

1758                            Thomas Ashley, Sr. with sons Thomas Ashley, Jr. & John Ashley lived in Bertie, NC

c 1762                         Birth of Ann (Lawrence) Dillon, daughter of Ann (Ashley) Lawrence, NC

1789                            North Carolina became the 12th state

1789                            30 April. New York City became the first US Capital

1790                            Aug. Death of Thomas Ashley, Jr., 80 years old, Bertie, NC

1800                            Population of North Carolina: 478,103 

1840                            The first public schools opened in North Carolina

1850                            World population, estimated at 1.1 billion


This chart shows the connection between the Ashley family & my paternal grandfather's father. 






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Friday, May 13, 2022

Military Service: Jeremiah Smith, War of 1812


 

Jeremiah Smith


23 Dec 1773 SC - 11 Dec 1840 Pike Co., MS

Son of Jeremiah Smith & Jemimah Hollis

Husband of Joanna Dillon


My 4th Great Grandfather

 

 


 

When the War of 1812 was being fought Sergeant Jeremiah Smith served as a mounted rifleman in Captain Bond’s Company of Lt. Colonel Nixon’s Regiment of the Mississippi Militia. He enrolled 15 October 1813 and served for 2 months and 17 days, until 31 December 1813. For that service he was later paid $11 per month, plus travel pay ($11.50 travel pay and $2.40 travelling subsistence) and forty cents a day for his horse, for a total of $73.13.[i][ii]  

 

Travelling allowance is here calculated at the rate of 300 miles, from Pierce’s Fort on the Alabama, to the counties of Pike and Marion, M. Terr. [Mississippi Territory], and 5 rations at 16 cents.[iii]

 

It looks like he was allowed, at times, to return to his home in Mississippi. Jeremiah served from 15 October 1813 to 31 December 1813. He served again from 8 January 1814 to 14 April 1814 under the same command. For that time period Jeremiah was paid $79.73 for his service and $38.13 for his horse.[iv]

Fold3 also shows Private Jeremiah Smith serving from January to February of 1815. Because it was the same unit, Nixon’s Regiment, it was likely the same man but it is interesting that his rank was private rather than sergeant.[v]

 



[i] Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812 in Organizations from the Territory of Mississippi; NARA; digital image, Fold3 (fold3.com: accessed Aug. 2017 & April 2019). Sgt. Jeremiah Smith.

[ii] Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers, 1812 – 1815; digital image, Ancestry (ancestry.com: accessed March 2019) Jeremiah Smith.

[iii] Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812 in Organizations from the Territory of Mississippi; NARA; digital image, Fold3 (fold3.com: accessed Aug. 2017 & April 2019). Sgt. Jeremiah Smith.

[iv] Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812 in Organizations from the Territory of Mississippi; NARA; digital image, Fold3 (fold3.com: accessed Aug. 2017 & April 2019). Sgt. Jeremiah Smith.

[v] Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers who Served During the War of 1812 in Organizations from the Territory of Mississippi; NARA; digital image, Fold3 (fold3.com: accessed May 2022). Pvt Jeremiah Smith.


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