Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Forget Me Not: Willis R. Brumfield, 1968 MS

 Willis was a farmer & a native of "old Pike County."

Willis R. Brumfield

28 Jan 1894 MS – Apr 1968 MS

Son of Jesse E. Brumfield & Quimera Clara Smith

Husband of Ollis Blackwell

My 2nd cousin, 3x removed


Willis R. Brumfield Rites Said


Tylertown – Funeral services for Willis R. Brumfield, 74, will be held at 10 a. m. Tuesday in the Knoxo Baptist Church.


Mr. Brumfield, a retired farmer and former supervisor of Walthall County, died Sunday morning in a local hospital following an apparent heart attack.


A native of old Pike County, he was a lifelong resident of the Walthall County area.


He served as supervisor of Walthall County for 20 years, from 1940 to 1960.


At the time of his death he was president of the Walthall County Farm Bureau, a member of the board of directors of the Walthall Livestock Assn. and the chairman of the board of deacons of Knoxo Baptist Church.


Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Ollis Blackwell Brumfield; two sons, Basil and Charles Jesse Brumfield both of Tylertown, two daughters, Mrs. Eldon Holmes, Tylertown, Mrs. Wade Thorton, Merritt island, Fla.; one sister, Mrs. Limmie Alford, and one brother, Ellis Brumfield, both of Tylertown.


Rev. Larry Johnson will officiate. Members of the board of Deacons of Knoxo Church will serve as pallbearers.


Burial will be in the Tylertown Cemetery with Ginn Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Source: Willis R. Brumfield Rites Said (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 29 Apr 1968) 3; digital image, accessed March 2021.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Texas Horses & Mules for Sale, 1890 MS

This is a brief but interesting notice concerning the sale of horses and mules by two brothers. 


Elbert Watson Ott, 1855 LA – 1924 LA

Husband of Martha E. Leggett


Adolphus Everett Ott, 1858 LA – 1931 MS

Husband of Berilla Susan Damper


Sons of Charles Ott & Margaret Ann Tate

My 1st cousins, 4x removed


Messrs. E. W. & A. E. Ott, of Mt. Hermon, La., have sixty head of Texas horses and mules, which they will sell cheap for cash. Call and see them before buying elsewhere.



Source: Sale. (Magnolia, MS: The Magnolia Gazette, 5 April 1890) 3; digital image, accessed Nov. 20211.

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Friday, February 11, 2022

Forget Me Not: Thomas K. Mark, 1975 OH

Did you meet any of your great grandparents? I was able to meet my paternal grandmother's parents, Thomas & Regina (Gruissy) Mark who lived in Ohio. We did not go to Ohio often. I don't remember Regina, who died when I was six years old but I remember 'Grandpa Mark', He lived to be 95. I am in this photo, standing behind my paternal grandmother and her father. He was a soft spoken man.

Thomas Kenneth Mark

19 July1879 OH - 12 Feb 1975 OH

Son of William Mark & Elidia Rebecca Ritter

Husband of Nancy Regina Victoria Gruissy

Father of 7 children


My great grandfather


Photo: Thomas K. Mark & daughter, Ivy Mark Brown, sitting
Adults standing, my parents Delbert K. & Joy Brown
Children: Myself & my brothers
Taken when Thomas visited NY

Thomas Mark, Ex-Carpenter


Wadsworth – Services for retired carpenter Thomas K. Mark, 95, of 2204 Reimer Rd., will be at 3 p. m. Saturday at Hillard-Cox funeral home.


Mr. Mark died Wednesday in Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital. He lived in the Wadsworth area for 60 years and was a member of the United Methodist Church. 


He leaves sons Owen, Medina, and Clarence, Akron, Ind.; and daughters Mrs. Isabel Nee, Wadsworth, Mrs. Vera Ballard, Lakeland, Fla., Mrs. Ivy Brown, Kinderhook, N. Y., Mrs. Viola Nothstein, Riverdale, Md., and Mrs. Wava Braun, Seville; 19 grandchildren; 52 great grandchildren and three great – great – grandchildren. 


Calling hours: 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p. m. today at the funeral home. Burial: Woodlawn cemetery.



Source: Thomas Mark, Ex-Carpenter. (Akron, OH: The Akron Beacon – Journal, 14 February 1975) 9; digital image, accessed March 2021.

Thomas Kenneth Mark

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their great - great - grandfather

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Twin Sons Born 1946 LA

William Edwin Blades, Jr.  

& Willis Darwin Blades

Born 8 February 1946 LA



William Edwin Blades & Pansy Fortenberry


Mr. and Mrs. Willis Fortenberry of Progress have received news of the birth of twin grandsons, William Edwin Blades Jr. and Willis Darwin Blades, born Friday, Feb. 8, in Baton Rouge to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Blades. William Jr. weighed six pounds and one ounce and Willis Darwin weighed six pounds and three-fourths of an ounce. 


Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Blades of Baton Rouge who share in the happiness of the new arrivals.

Source: Twin Sons. ((McComb, MS: Enterprise Journal, 14 Feb 1946) 7; digital image, accessed July 2021.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Dinner Guests, 1946 MS

Willis Franklin Fortenberry

1887 MS - 1976 LA; son of Webster Fortenberry & Nannie Ellzey


Ivy Mae Smith

1895 MS - 1978 LA; daughter of Benjamin Franklin Ellzey 

Dinner Guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Fortenberry, Sunday were


Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Fortenberry, 

[Milton H. Fortenberry, 1889 – 1966, brother of Willis F.]


Mr. and Mrs. James Fortenberry of Frankfort, Ind.,



C. A. Fortenberry of San Antonio, Texas;

[Carl Arthur Fortenberry, 1894 – 1966, brother of Willis F.]


Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Penton,

[possibly Rosa Fortenberry, sister of Willis F. & her husband]


Ray Thomas,



Miss Elsie Penton of Franklinton, La.;

[possible niece of Willis F.]


Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Fortenberry and children, Peggy Ann and Webster of Progress;

[possibly Burt Buryle Fortenberry, 1901 – 1991, brother of Willis F.]


Mr. and Mrs. Otis Sims Jr., of Tylertown.

[possibly Arlea Fortenberry, daughter of Willis F., & her husband]


The brothers, M. H. and C. A. Fortenberry, met for the first time in 24 years. They, along with Mr. and Mrs. James Fortenberry, are enjoying a weeks [sic] visit with the Progress relatives.


Source: Dinner Guests. ((McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 5 Jul, 1946) 5; digital image, accessed Jul 2021.