Thursday, October 27, 2022

Military Service: Kenneth K. Fortenberry, US Army

Kenneth’s obituary tells us he served in the US Army for 21 years. Fold3 has the Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File which shows Kenneth serving during the Vietnam War from 17 July 1970 to 31 March 1971. A source for his other years of service is yet to be discovered.




Kenneth Keith Fortenberry

16 Sep 1925 MS - 27 Nov 1987 SC

Son of Tate Edward Fortenberry & Lucy Viola Brown

US Army, Vietnam War


My 1st Cousin, Once removed


Kenneth Keith Fortenberry, 62, of 7340 Highview Drive, died Friday. Born in Magnolia, Miss., he was a son of the late Edward Tate and Mrs. Lucy Volene [Viola] Brown Fortenberry. He retired from the U. S. Army after 21 years and was a service representative with Roach Bio Medical Laboratories. He was a member of Silver Springs Baptist Church of Silver Springs, Miss., and attended Eastwood Baptist Church of Columbia.


Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Tinsey Mae K. Fortenberry, a son, Kenneth D. Fortenberry of Dayton, Ohio; daughters, Misses Debra A. and Sherry D. Fortenberry of Columbia; and nieces and a nephew.


Services will be held a 1 p. m. Sunday at Talbert – Shives Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Howard Price. Burial with military honors, will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park.


The family will receive friends from 7 p. m. to 9 p. m. today at the funeral home.


Source: Kenneth K. Fortenberry. (Columbia, SC: The State, 28 Nov 1987) 16; digital image, accessed August 2022. 

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Sunday, October 23, 2022

Military Service: William Mayo Ott, World War II

On 18 February 1943 William Ott, aged 19 years old, went to Houston, Texas and enlisted in the U. S. Army. Fold3 tells us he was in the Medical Administrative Corps. After the war he did become a doctor. His obituary tells us he served in the Army Air Corps. At some time he became a pilot. His obituary says he served in the China – Burma – India Theater. He served until 26 March 1946 and remained in the Army Reserves.

Dr. William Mayo Ott


18 October 1923 LA – 24 October 1996 TX

Son of W. O. Ott & Margaret Jane Smith 


World War II, Army Air Corps




William's obituary:


Services for Dr. William Mayo Smith, 73, longtime Kilgore physician, will be 2 p. m. Saturday, Oct, 26, 1996, at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Buddy Duggins, Father Mark Kusmirek and Deacon Bill Holda officiating. The burial will follow in the Kilgore Cemetery. Dr. Ott died in his home surrounded by family on Oct. 24 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Bogalusa, La., Oct. 18, 1923 and was raised in Fort Worth, Texas. 


He attended Texas A & M University and joined the Army Air Corps at the onset of World War II, serving in the China – Burma – India Theater.


He completed his education at the University of North Texas and graduated from Southwestern University Medical School in 1954. After completing an Internship at Baylor University Hospital, he established his general practice in Kilgore where he practiced medicine for 38 years. 


He was a member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and the Gregg County Medical Association. Dr. Ott served as a Chief od Staff at Laird Memorial Hospital and was awarded a Life Membership to the Texas medical Association. He was also a designated FAA Aviation Medical Examiner. 


Dr. Ott participated in many activities which involved his children and grandchildren. His hobbies included sailing, where he was one of the founding members of the Tyler Yacht Club, and golfing. He was also a longtime pilot and member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.


He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary Brennan Ott; six daughters, Jane Lane of Liberty City, Patricia Irving of Kilgore, Liz Jodry of Magnolia, Kathryn Toon of Kilgore, Laura Nivin of Plano and Lynn Ott of Plano; three sons, Bill, Jim and John Ott, all of Kilgore; four sons – in – law, Mark Lane, Mike Jodry, Steve Toon and Steve Nivin; two daughters – in – law, Debbie Allen Ott, and Judith Dupree Ott; sisters, Jane Taylor of Mexico, Peggy Willing of Anchorage, Alaska, and Mary Ann Bynum of Williamsburg, Va.; nine grandchildren, Chris and Amy Ott, Lindsey and Clint Toon, Sarah and Chelsea Irving, Hunter Pollard, Jackson Lane and Matthew Jodry.


He is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. William Oscar Ott, his brother, Dr. David Ott, and daughter, Mary Kathleen Ott.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the charity of choice.


The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening between 6 – 7 p. m. 




Dr. William Mayo Ott. (Longview, TX: Longview News – Journal, 25 Oct 1996) 30; accessed May 2022. 


Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File; digital record, accessed May 2022, William Ott. 


World War II Army Enlistment Records; digital record, accessed May 2022, William Ott. 








Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Forget Me Not: Joe Glenn Fortenberry, WWII Veteran

 Joe served in the US Army during World War II. According to, he enlisted 8 December 1941, the day after the attack at Pearl Harbor, and served until 7 December 1945. At this time I can find no other details of his service.

Joe Glenn Fortenberry

5 November 1918 MS - 23 April 2004 Walthall, MS

Son of Charles Esco Fortenberry & Lula Conerly



Image from

Joe Glenn Fortenberry, 85, of Tylertown, died April 23, 2004, at Walthall County General Hospital.


Visitation was Saturday and continues at 10 a. m. today until time for the funeral services at 2 p. m. at Capps Funeral Home Chapel in Tylertown. Elder C. W. Breeland and Elder Glynn Erwin will officiate. Burial will be in Oral Cemetery in Walthall County.


Mr. Fortenberry was born Nov. 5, 1918 in Walthall County. He was the son of Charlie [and] Lulu Conerly Fortenberry.


He was a dairy farmer, a World War II veteran and member of Oral Baptist Church.


Mr. Fortenberry was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; and two sisters.


Survivors include his wife, Claudine Stringer Fortenberry of Tylertown; a daughter and son – in – law, Dianne and Danny Cooper of Morton; a grandson, Zachery Daniel Cooper of Morton; two sisters, Undean Fortenberry Stringer of Tylertown and Sadie Fortenberry Pigott of Tylertown; and a host of nieces and nephews.



Source: Joe Glenn Fortenberry. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 25 Apr 2004) 3; digital image, accessed May 2022.

Friday, October 14, 2022

Timeline: The Lawrence Family

Timeline of the Lawrence Family

 1593                Death of Thomas Lawrence, goldsmith, in England

1607                The Virginia Company sent 144 men and boys to establish a colony on the Chesapeake Bay; Jamestown

1639                Death of Sir John Lawrence in England

1642                Robert Lawrence, Sr. obtained 100 acres Lawne’s Creek, Isle of Wight, VA

1653                Virginia settlers began moving into northwestern Carolina on Albemarle Sound

1663                John Lawrence, son of Robert, had 625 acres of land on Chowanoke R., NC

1672                Birth of Robert Lawrence, son of John, Nansemond, VA

1682                William Penn founded Pennsylvania

1682                Quaker records include Robert Lawrence and family in Nansemond, VA

1693                The college of William & Mary was founded, VA

1699 – 1704    Williamsburg was established & designated the capitol of VA Colony 

1709                Daniel Fahrenheit invents the alcohol thermometer 

1711 – 1712    Tuscarora uprising in North Carolina frontier

1718                Birth of John Montagu, fourth Earl of Sandwich and purported inventor of the sandwich, was born

c 1726             Birth of Humphrey Lawrence, son of Robert

1730                Population of Colonial South, 292,000: 50% white; 27% blacks; 23% Native Americans

1732                Birth of George Washington, VA, later 1st President of the USA

1744                Death of Robert Lawrence, age 72, Bertie, NC

1754 – 1763    French & Indian War

1768                Humphrey Lawrence bought 77 acres of land on Black Walnut Swamp, NC

1772                Death of Humphrey Lawrence, age 46, Bertie, NC

1775                Population of Colonial South, 972,500: 56% whites; 38% slaves; 6% Native Americans

1775 – 1783    Revolutionary War

1783                Ralf and Montgolfier built first manned hot air balloon

1789                George Washington became the first United States President

This chart shows the link between the Lawrence family & my paternal grandfather.

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Sunday, October 9, 2022

Military Service: Dillon Brothers, War of 1812

I enjoy finding brothers who served together. I was especially excited to see that one of these brothers was a Trumpeter! Did he sound attack & retreat on his trumpet? How did he carry the trumpet as he rode his horse; on a strap around his neck; in a saddlebag? I get images of a young man in uniform sounding off with his trumpet but I am guessing that the images in my imagination are not close to reality. During a day on horseback the brothers were probably tired, dirty, sweaty and missing their home. But they made a small mark in the history of our country and in the history of our family. 

Private Clarkston Dillon

B c 1785 Bertie, NC


Trumpeter Willis Dillon

31 December 1787 Bertie, NC – c 1862 Pike, MS


Private Theophilus Dillon

26 May 1796 NC – c 1879 Washington Parish, LA


Sons of Richard Dillon & Anne Lawrence

My 5x great uncles



By 1810 [Richard] Dillon was a resident of Amite County (listed in the 1810 Census for that year). In that same year he obtained a land grant in Marion County in a portion of the county that later became Pike County. This was probably the land that became known as ‘Dillon’s Bridge’.[i]


At the time of the War of 1812 the Dillons were in Mississippi. These three Dillon brothers went to the Court House in Marion County, Mississippi on 3 January 1815 and enlisted to serve in the War of 1812. They were in Captain John Bond’s Company, Lt Col. Nixon's Regiment, 13 Reg. Mounted Riflemen of the Mississippi Territory Militia. Clarkston and Theophilus were privates and Willis was a trumpeter.[ii] Company pay roll records show Willis was paid $63.00 for his service from 3 January to 5 April.[iii] Theophilus was paid $60.00 for the same time period.[iv]



[i] Conerly, Luke Ward and E. Russ Williams Jr., Source Records of Pike/Walthall Counties Mississippi, 1798-1910 (Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1989) 117.

[ii] Rowland, Mrs. Dunbar, Mississippi Territory in the War of 1812 (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996) 200-201; digital image; accessed August 2017). Nixon's 13 Regiment.

[iii] Compiled Service records of Volunteer Soldiers who Served During the War of 1812 in Organizations from the Territory of Mississippi; NARA film #M678, roll 6, 13th Regiment, Nixon's, 1815; digital image, fold3 ( accessed 2017) Willis Dillon. 

[iv] Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812 in Organizations from the Territory of Mississippi; NARA; accessed Aug 2017.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Forget Me Not: Frank R. Ott, 1959, MS


Frank Ross Ott

8 April 1880 MS – 20 June 1959 MS

Son of Samuel Edward Ott & Elenor Esther Addison


Services for Frank Ross Ott, 79, of Osyka, retired farmer who died Saturday at his residence were held at the Osyka Baptist Church at 4 p. m. Sunday.


Burial was in the Osyka Cemetery.


The Rev. Ralph Webber, officiated. He was assisted by the Rev. Clyde Rodgers, and the Rev. O. W. Wardlow.


Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mattie Edwina Ott, Berkerly [sic], Calf.; two daughters, Mrs. George E. Armstrong, New York City, N. Y.; Mrs. O. L. Colee, Magnolia; one brother, W.  D. Ott; one grandchild.

Source: Frank Ross, 79, Buried in Osyka (McComb, MS: Enterprise - Journal, 22 Jun 1959) 8; digital image, accessed March 2022.

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