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;; Daniel, John, Moses, Robert Brown.

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

[iii] 13th Regiment of Mississippi Militia; digital record ( 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 ( 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 ( 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, 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.


 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 ( accessed Aug. 2017 & April 2019). Sgt. Jeremiah Smith.

[ii] Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers, 1812 – 1815; digital image, Ancestry ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( accessed May 2022). Pvt Jeremiah Smith.

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

75 Years Ago: Wedding of Fortenberry – Bennett, 9 May 1947 MS

The description of this wedding includes many charming details: apple blossoms in a rose garden, a linen wedding gown with eyelet embroidery, and a three - tiered wedding cake. It is a wonderful setting for a Marine and a music student to be united in marriage. 

William Harold Fortenberry

Born 13 January 1923 MS

Son of: William J. F. Fortenberry & Annie Myrtis Ellzey




Selma Elizabeth Bennett

Daughter of Hiram G. Bennett

1927 - 2015


An improvised archway, beautifully decorated with trailing ivy interspersed with apple blossoms, placed in the rose garden at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram G. Bennett, furnished the setting for the wedding of their daughter, Miss Selma Elizabeth Bennett and William Harold Fortenberry, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Fortenberry also of McComb. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. H. P. Porter, Friday afternoon, May 9.


The bride, given in marriage by her brother, Jasper Bennett, was attired in a white linen model, the yoke of which was heavy eyelet embroidery. She wore an off-the face hat and her corsage was of red roses, and she carried a white prayer book, from which fell white satin streamers.


Miss Pothyena Louise Gordon and Miss Vivian Alexander served as maid of honor and bridesmaid, respectively. Fred Gordon was groomsman and the bridegroom had as best man James Allen.


A reception was held at the bride’s home following the wedding. In the dining room the table was covered with an exquisite lace cloth. The three-tiered wedding cake was beautifully decorated with calla lilies, and had atop a miniature bridal scene. On either side were white tapers in crystal holders. After the couple had cut the first slice of cake in traditional manner, the cake was cut and served with punch and sandwiches.


For traveling the bride changed to a pink suit, with which she wore her wedding corsage. They are at home in McComb.


Mrs. Fortenberry, an accomplished musician, is graduating with the class of ’47 from Southwest Mississippi Junior college, Summit. Mr. Fortenberry, graduate of Fernwood High School served several years in the Marine Corps. 


Source: State Weddings. (Jackson, MS: Clarion – Ledger, 17 May 1947) 2; digital image, accessed July 2021.



Thursday, May 5, 2022

Forget Me Not: Tom Ott, 1927 MS

Uncle Tom, a Pioneer Citizen


Thomas Charles Ott

25 Jan 1854 LA – 4 Dec 1927 MS

Son of Samuel Edward Ott & Elenor Esther Addison

Husband of Emily Jones

Father of 6 children


My 2nd cousin, 3x removed


The death of Thomas Ott, one of the pioneer citizens od Osyka, occurred Saturday and he was buried at Osyka Sunday. He was 74 years of age and was a life – time citizen of that locally. Everyone knew him as Uncle Tom, and everyone was his friend who came in contact with him. For many years he was in the saw mill business at Osyka, until a few years ago when he sold out his interest in the mill to Walter Ott. Hundreds of people who go to Osyka will miss the familiar figure of Uncle Tom and his cheery words of greeting.


Source: Tom Ott Dies at Osyka (McComb, MS: Semi – Weekly Journal, 7 Dec 1927)1; digital image, accessed Nov. 2021.