Wednesday, April 10, 2024

A Visit with A. S. Smith, 1892 MS


This newspaper article gives us a glimpse into the life of Adolphus Smith, my 3rd great uncle.  

 


Adolphus Scott Smith


22 Jun 1848 - 18 Oct 1921

Son of Wyatt Smith & Euseba Fortenberry

Husband of Julia Jane Simmons




 

 

While attending the Bogue Chitto Association at Silver Springs we shared the hospitality of Dr. A. S. Smith, one of the foremost men in the county. He has a fine farm of 500 acres and has a nice store at Smithsburg. His accomplished daughter, Miss Lynnie, has decorated his beautiful home with the rarest of pictures drawn and painted by herself, and his good wife presides over the household like a queen. His father, Mr. Wyatt Smith, lives with him. This good man was 82 years old in August, and having been born and reared in that neighborhood, his mind is richly stored with reminiscences of bygone days and it is a pleasure to converse with him.

 

The Magnolia Gazette, Magnolia, MS

1 October 1892, page 3

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Letters from the Past – Aug 1901 Gruissy - Moore Letter


My family has letters from our Mark/Gruissy family. My paternal aunt, Genevieve A. Brown Wieland Schaperjahn shared those letters with me.  

 

This letter was written to my great grandmother, 


Nancy Regina Victoria (Gruissy) Mark 


31 Jan 1879 Medina, OH - 24 May 1959 Medina, OH

Daughter of Augustus Ceaser Gruissy & Esther Barbara Wolf

Wife of Thomas Kenneth Mark

 

This letter was written by


Lillian Vera Moore Lowe 


4 Dec 1884 Medina, OH - 26 Oct 1967 OH

Daughter of Peter Jonathan Moore & Caroline Louise Gruissy


Vera was a teenager when she wrote this letter to her aunt. It shared an envelope with a letter from Vera's mother.

 

 

Regina received this letter while was in Michigan visiting her sister, Rephenia Gruissy Nichols and her brother – in - law, Willis Nichols. The Nichols and their son moved to Michigan in late 1900 or early 1901 from Ohio.

This letter was in the same envelope as a letter from Vera's mother, Caroline. Vera's handwriting was much easier to read than her mother's. Vera's letter also had correct capitalization and punctuation. 



 

To: Miss Regina V. Gruissy, RFD No. 2, St. John’s, Clinton Co., Michigan

From: Lillian Vera Moore[1]

Postmarked: 2 Aug 1901

 

Dear Aunt Regina –

I am going to try and make up with you for not writing sooner but really I have been so busy. I have not had time. I suppose you are having a good time. I know I am. Well Fred looks kind of homesick lately. I wonder why.

Jerome is well and all right. He is coming down to-night if nothing happens. I wish I could see you now. Have you seen Emma[2] since you are out there? How are all of the folks up there?

Mama was up yesterday and helped Mrs. Morton iron. Mama[3] has been waiting for me to write my letter so her news is a couple days old.

Well I must close as it is nearly mail time. We are going to have our ice cream supper at Leroy Saturday night. Wish you were here. Good-bye. Write Soon. Your niece, Vera



[1] Lillian Vera Moore, 1884 OH – 1967 OH, daughter of Peter J & Caroline (Gruissy) Moore. 

[2] Emaline Floy (Moore) Spice, 1883 OH – 1942 OH, oldest daughter of Peter J & Caroline (Gruissy) Moore. Married Feb 1901 to Arthur Spice in Michigan.

[3] Caroline L (Gruissy) Moore, 1863 OH – 1936 OH, daughter of Augustus C Gruissy & Mary Ann Everett; half-sister of N Regina Gruissy. She and Peter were living in Medina Co., OH.



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Thursday, March 28, 2024

Forget Me Not: Norman Alford, 1955 MS


Mr. Alford was a descendant of “a pioneer family.” 

Reading that lets me know that he was a member of my Alford family.

 

 

Norman Alford

4 October 1880 – 20 June 1955 MS

Son of Barnabas Seaborn Alford & Anna Rebecca Norman




 

Norman Alford is Buried in McComb

 

Norman Alford, 74, prominent furniture merchant of McComb for over a third of a century, died at his residence Monday afternoon.

 

Descendant of a pioneer family which settled near the Bogue Chitto river in 1807, Mr. Alford was associated with the McColgan interests in his youth. He served as cashier of the first National Bank for several years and entered the furniture business in 1919. Toward the end of 1952 he retired as active head of the Main Street furniture firm which bore his name. He had been confined to his home during recent months.

 

Mr. Alford was a member of the board of stewards of the Centenary Methodist church, of McComb Masonic Lodge No. 382 and other organizations.

 

Services were held Tuesday afternoon from Centernary Methodist church, Rev. E. W. Ulmer conducting, assisted by Rev. W. Stokes. Honorary Pall Bearers were members of the board of stewards of Centernary Methodist church and members of the Masonic Lodge.

 

He leaves his wife; Mrs. Lola Alford; two sons; George and Mason Alford, McComb; two brothers, J. B. of McComb and Rev. L. E. Alford of Jackson; one sister, Mrs. D. M. Hayes of New Orleans, La. Burial was in Holly Wood cemetery. 

 

Clarion – Ledger, Jackson MS

22 June 1955, page 14

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Saturday, March 23, 2024

Vintage Photograph: Alberta Joy Gardner Brown

 My mother's birthday is approaching. It seems a good time to post a vintage photograph of her. I love her fluffy hat. 



Alberta Joy Gardner Brown

26 March 1928 NY - 10 Aug 1992 NY
Mother of four children




Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Letters from the Past – July 1901 Gruissy - Moore Letter

  My family has letters from our Mark/Gruissy family. My paternal aunt, Genevieve A. Brown Wieland Schaperjahn shared those letters with me.  This was written from one half - sister to another. 

 

This letter was written to my great grandmother


Nancy Regina Victoria (Gruissy) Mark 


31 Jan 1879 Medina, OH - 24 May 1959 Medina, OH

Daughter of Augustus Ceaser Gruissy & Esther Barbara Wolf

Wife of Thomas Kenneth Mark

 

This letter was written by 


Caroline Louise Gruissy Moore


23 Oct 1863 OH - 15 Apr 1936 OH

Daughter of Augustus Ceaser Gruissy & Mary Ann Everett

Wife of Peter Jonathan Moore


Caroline & Regina were half - sisters.

 

The punctuation in this letter is mine to make it a little easier to read.

In the same envelope was a letter from Caroline's daughter, Vera.




To: Miss Regina V. Gruissy, St. John’s, Clinton Co., Michigan

From: Caroline Louise Gruissy Moore

Postmarked: 1901 OH

 

 

lergy [early] july the 29th

 

dear sister I will try and rite a few lines to let you know that we are well and hope these few lines will find you well. was glad to hear from you and that you got there all right. have you seen Emma yet and how is she getting along? I will try and tell you the news … Mrs hanes has got a new house [horse?]. they paid Ma hundred for it. You aught [sic] see hear said [?]. McFarlands got theirs. Miss Moyer has got a porch on this end of her house. Oli has gone to seville [sic] to narh [?] as barc [?] Fred. I see him go by and look lonely. I gess [sic] his mind is far away. I feel so sorry for him but I cant [sic] reach him bass [?] bellow [?] Mary and Albert[i] was well the last time I saw them.

Cousin Albert and -?- was up and stayed a night with me. We had a nice time. We had a real nice rain this morning. It has been real -?- this summer. Have you heard from Bill since you went out there? Poor fellow. I wonder if you have time in his dreams. Well how many hear -?- you washed since you went out there.

 

 rita [sic] has got back from the farm. she sayes [sic] it was fine. They have got Mr. Moyer out of jail. he [sic] forged a note. the ladies are to give a shosl [?] next saturday evening in the parish. they had the meeting out in the yard last evening. it was so warm in the church. peter[ii] has gone to Wadsworth to market brick laying. They are putting up a large building there. I will close from yur [sic] Carrie Moore rite [sic] soon



[i] Mary Magdalene Gruissy Lutz, half – sister to Regina, was born 23 November 1865. She married Albert Lutz 3 July 1889. In 1900 they were living in Westfield Township, Medina County, Ohio. They had no children. 

[ii] Peter J. Moore, born March 1857 in Ohio. Husband of Caroline Louise Gruissy



This is how the first page of the letter looks.




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Saturday, March 16, 2024

Irish: In my Roots & In my Heart

As March 17 nears each year I feel a strong connection to my Irish family. 
So here is an Irish post with pictures I took in Ireland in April 2012.




Saint Patrick's Well

County Tipperary, Ireland 2012


Wishing you always...
Walls for the wind, 
A roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you, 
Those you love near you, 
And all that your heart may desire.


A few of my Irish ancestors:



An Irish Blessing for you on St. Patrick's Day, 
my birthday!
Colleen



Thursday, March 14, 2024

Forget Me Not: Annie McClendon Simmons, 1942

Annie was a "pioneer citizen" according to her obituary. Those words grab my interest and make me wish I could have sat down and heard stories from the past.

 

Annie Idelia McClendon Simmons


18 November 1864 – 10 July 1942

Daughter of David Jackson McClendon & Eliza Jane Smith

Wife of Edward Alexander Simmons

 

My 1st Cousin 3x removed




 

County Loses Pioneer Citizen

 

Funeral For Mrs. Simmons to be Held Saturday Morning

 

The community lost another of the pioneer citizens when Mrs. Annie McClendon Simmons, age 77, widow of the late Edward A. Simmons of the Progress community, passed away at 5:30 a. m., Friday at a local hospital here.

 

The funeral will be held from the Progress Baptist church at 11 a. m. Saturday, and interment will follow in the church cemetery.

 

Mrs. Simmons had spent practically all her life in Progress community, where she was a long time member of Progress Baptist Church. About a year ago, due to feeble health and advancing age, she became a member of the household of her daughter, Mrs. C. V. Webb, of Fernwood. About two weeks ago she became ill and was moved to the hospital.

 

The survivors include two sons, W.  W. Simmons of Cleveland, Miss., and George E. Simmons, of Magnolia, one daughter, Mrs. C. V. Webb of Fernwood; two sisters Mrs. A. E. McGee of Franklinton La., and Mrs. A. S. Fortenberry of Denver; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

 

Davis Funeral Home in charge.


Enterprise - Journal, McComb, MS

10 July 1942, page 6

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Saturday, March 9, 2024

Stray Horse, 1838 MS

 This little clipping is interesting. It looks like Edward's horse wandered away from home. I wonder if the horse was ever found.



26 Jul 1806 Liberty GA - 7 May 1856 MS
Son of Moses Brown & Sarah Robertson 

My 3x great grandfather


Piney Woods Planter (Liberty, Mississippi) · 12 May 1838, Sat · Page 3

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Letters from the Past – Jan. 1901 Gruissy Letter

  My family has letters from our Mark/Gruissy family. My paternal aunt, Genevieve A. Brown Wieland Schaperjahn shared those letters with me.  I am happy that she shared these letters & I am happy they had been saved and handed down to the future.

This letter was written to my great grandmother


Nancy Regina Victoria (Gruissy) Mark 


31 Jan 1879 Medina, OH - 24 May 1959 Medina, OH

Daughter of Augustus Ceaser Gruissy & Esther Barbara Wolf

Wife of Thomas Kenneth Mark


N. Regina Gruissy Mark
N. Regina Gruissy Mark


This letter was written by


Emily Catherine Morrison


b 15 Jan 1866

Daughter of William Hiram Morrison & Emily Banner

Sister of Seth Banner Morrison


Regina was the half - sister of Seth's wife, Margaret Jane Gruissy Morrison


 

 

To: Miss Regina Gruissy, Leroy, Medina Co., OH

From: E. Morrison, Sullivan, OH

Postmarked: 17 Jan 1901, Sullivan, OH

 

Dear friend regina I suppose you will think strange to get a letter from me But I am worrying aBout [about] seths[1] I have lookt [looked] and lookt [looked] But I ant heard one word from them since they went away I don’t know what is rong [wrong]  I allways [always]  tride [tried]  to do all I could for them wall [well] if you have heard eny [any] thing from them will you plas [please] let me no [know] if you pleas [please]and I will do as much for you if ever Can I hope to find you all well excuse mis taks [mistakes] and poor wrightin [writing] from a friend E Morrison[2] to regina Ancer [answer] soon and all the news goodby [goodbye]

Anser [answer] soon as you can

My love and Best wishes for you

 

 

Note: This letter was written in pencil on lined paper. There are many spelling errors & no periods in this letter.

 



[1] Regina’s half sister was Margaret Jane Gruissy b 26 Dec 1861. Margaret married Seth Morrison. In 1900 they were living in Sullivan Twp., Ashland Co., OH. In 1910 they lived in Medina County. This letter may refer to their move.

[2] E Morrison was most likely Emily Morrison, sister of Seth B. Morrison.




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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Forget Me Not: George W Wolf, 1920 PA

 When I read an obituary there is often something special included that I stop and read again. George was "the last surviving member of a family of nine children."  We can read that he had a wife, children, grandchildren,... but his siblings had all died before him. I wonder if that was painful for him. 

 

 

George Washington Wolf


10 Oct 1842 - 19 Jun 1920 PA

Son of Frederick Wolf & Louisa Goetz

 

My 1st cousin, 4x removed




 

Death of George W. Wolf

 

Abbottstown, June 24. – George W. Wolf, of this place, died last Saturday morning of a complication of diseases, aged 78 years, 1 month and 9 days.

 

He was the last surviving member of a family of nine children of the late Frederick and Louisa Wolf. Surviving him are his wife, Ida L. Wolf, and the following children: Ray Wolf, of York, and Mrs. Samuel Nagle and Mrs. Wilbur Haines, of this place. He is also survived by the following grandchildren: Irma and George Nagle, Mrs. Elmer Bitt, Virginia, Maude and Elinor Wolf, George and Grove Haines; and two great – grandchildren, Grace and Ervin Butt.

 

Funeral was held from his late home Tuesday afternoon, Rev. John W. Keener officiating. Interment in Mt. Olive cemetery. 

 

 

Adams County Independent

Littlestown, PS, 25 June 1920, page 7

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Friday, February 23, 2024

Ann Palilla Pasquale, born 100 years ago

My mother - in - law was born 100 years ago today. She was 99 when she left us. However, we are left with many happy memories and her love remains with us.



Grace Angelina 'Ann' Palilla Pasquale

23 February 1924 NY - 17 April 2023 OK
Daughter of Charles Palilli & Grace Brigandi
Wife of Thomas F. Pasquale
Mother of two children
Grandmother of Five children
Great Grandmother of Eight children


Happy Birthday, Ann!


Learn more by reading Ann's Obituary.