Monday, January 30, 2023

Military Service: Brumfield Brothers, War of 1812


Sergeant William Brumfield

1790 York, SC – 1868 Washington Parish, LA


Corporal Willis Brumfield

23 Jul 1794 York, SC - 16 Oct 1833 Washington Parish, LA


Private Davis Brumfield

1 Jan 1795 York, SC - 23 Apr 1863 Pike Co., MS


Private Charles Brumfield

1 Jan 1796 York, SC - 29 Jul 1870 Yazoo, MS


Corporal Ridley Brumfield 

b 1798 York, SC 


Sons of John Brumfield & Margaret Kelly





During the War of 1812, Louisiana supplied 7,491 infantry men, 988 cavalrymen, 163 artillery men, and 1,045 men in miscellaneous troops for a total of 9,687 men.[i] While the youngest sons of John and Margaret were toddlers, the older sons served in the war. Five of John’s sons served. Sergeant William Brumfield, Corporal Willis Brumfield, Private Davis Brumfield, Private Charles Brumfield and Corporal Ridley Brumfield all served in the 12/13 Consolidated Regiment of the Louisiana Militia.[ii] Fortunately all five of the brothers returned home safely after the war. However, those brothers were not safe from the effects of war. In the future their sons would also take up rifles to defend their homes.


[i] Louisiana in the War of 1812; Family Search ( accessed August 2017.)

[ii] Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812; digital image, fold3 ( accessed Aug 2017).

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Monday, January 23, 2023

Forget Me Not: Daniel W. Fortenberry, Policeman, 1957 MS



Daniel Webster Fortenberry

19 February 1888 MS – 12 December 1957 MS

Son of Ivan Hollis Fortenberry & Laura Ann Alford


My 2nd cousin, 2x removed


Daniel W. Fortenberry, 69, of 604 W. Pearl St., died Thursday night after suffering a heart attack while attending the Policeman’s Ball.


He had been a resident of Jackson for the past 33 years and was a retired building contractor and policeman. He was born and reared in Pike Co., he son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ivin H. Fortenberry. He was a Masson, a Shriner and a member of the Baptist Church.


Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Maggie E. Fortenberry at Jackson; four sons, Daniel W. Fortenberry, Jr. of Seattle, Wash., E. T. and Nelson Fortenberry, both of Jackson, and William S. Fortenberry of the U. S. Navy, stationed aboard the USS Frank Knox; three daughters, Mrs. Jack Medley of Lubbock, Tex., Mrs. B. E. Lee of Jackson and Mrs. T. B. Williamson of Amarillo, Texas; two brothers, Bernard Fortenberry of Marks and Robert Fortenberry of Ark.; four sisters, Mrs. Charles Schillings of Hattiesburg, Mrs. Golda Lane of Summitt, Mrs. Murray Reagin of Magnolia and Mrs. Dean Alford of Progress; and seven grandchildren.


Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 p. m. from the Baldwin Funeral Chapel with Rev. Robert Girling officiating. Interment will be in the Lakewood Memorial Park Cemetery.



Source: Fortenberry Rites Saturday. (Jackson, MS: Clarion – Ledger, 114 Dec 1957) 14; digital image, accessed March 2022. 

Monday, January 9, 2023

Forget Me Not: Burrell W. Fortenberry


Burrell W. Fortenberry

6 January 1927 MS – 13 August 1984 MS

Son of Burrell H. Fortenberry & Osea Magee

Husband of Iris L. Stinson


Korean War Veteran

My 4th cousin, 1x removed


Tylertown – Burrell W. Fortenberry, 57, Walthall County native and husband of Iris Stinson Fortenberry, died Monday in Jackson’s Humana Hospital following a lengthy illness. 


Services were 2 p. m. today in Hartman – Hughes Funeral Home of Tylertown with the Rev. Silas Thomas officiating. Burial was in Rushing Cemetery in Walthall County.


Born Jan. 6, 1927, Mr. Fortenberry was the son of Burrell H. and Ossie Magee Fortenberry. He was farmer and veteran of the Korean War. 


Other survivors include two daughters, Belva Ann Fortenberry of Franklinton, La., Iris Fornier of Angie, La.; three brothers, Denman and Charles Fortenberry of Tylertown, Robert Fortenberry of Denman Springs, La.; three sisters, Irma Williams of Angie, Jimmie Lou McElveen of Tylertown, Lela Newman of Kentwood, La.; and one grandson.


Source: Fortenberry. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 14 Aug 1984) 14; digital image, accessed March 2022.