Adrian’s final year in the Navy

During the past few years, I have been relating the events of ancestors from several generations ago, but now it was time to finish a story begun years ago.    This year would have been my Dad’s 100th birthday.  Since I had only one more segment of his time in the Navy during World War II, I wanted to finish this story for him now.  Many of his grandchildren may be surprised at just how much expertise with early computers he developed while advancing though his Navy Fire Controlman career.  Please choose Navy Part 11 – 1944-1945 from the blogroll on the right and enjoy.  

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F. E. Fortenberry & Sons, Inc

I have finally finished a story I have been wanting to preserve for future generations of our family – the history of an amazing company founded by a father and six sons.  This story is dedicated to the seven of them.  Cousins – I have found some surprising discoveries along the way I think you will enjoy.  Yes, I know that at 74 pages, this article is long; but I wanted to make it as complete as possible as it could not possibly be written by the next generation.  Please feel free to print it so that your family has a “hard copy.”  Choose “F.E. Fortenberry & Sons, Inc.” from the blogroll on the right.  It is a PowerPoint instead of a PDF as that allows for larger images on the screen.  Enjoy and let me know what you think!

 

The Elusive Henry Falkenburg

This new story is my Christmas gift to all of you!  A few months ago, I made a completely new and unexpected discovery about one of our ancestors!  Henry Falkenburg (born about 1675) was the son of the Indian interpreter, Hendrick Jacobs Falkenburg and the father of the the men who later helped settle the Shenandoah Valley and the Carolinas.   It is especially exciting to find information never before discovered.  This is the journey you will read about on this post, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I am thrilled to share it with you.    

To help my immediate family understand how he is related from most current back through time: Adrian Fortenberry-Ferman Fortenberry-William Jackson Fortenberry-Burrel Taylor Fortenberry-William Jasper Fortenberry-John Falkenberry-Jacob Falkenburg-HENRY FALKENBURG (my 6X great grandfather).   The above photo is of Jacob Falkenburg’s land on the Shenandoah River, Virginia.

Please choose “Henry Falkenburg” from the blogroll list on the right.  It will download as a PDF so you will have to play with your settings to make it run like a slide show.

Merry Christmas everyone!  

Adrian and Wanda’s TWO marriages

It is strange to discover that something you always believed to have been true may not be exactly correct.  We have always known that our parents got married on November 19, 1939.  Evidently, that was not the whole story.  Today’s new blog article is about the events that necessitated a second marriage between Adrian Fortenberry and Wanda Werbicki.  Please see the blogroll article “Adrian and Wanda’s TWO marriages.”  I have left it as a PowerPoint in case anyone wants to copy a photo.   I hope you enjoy this unusual story!

 

Simmons family to the Mississippi Territory

Hot off the presses – I have spent the past few months researching Willis Simmons’s time in Georgia and his eventual move to the Mississippi Territory.  Along the way, I discovered my depth of knowledge about this topic was pretty shallow –  hence the need for several months!  Special thanks to cousin Allan Thomas for sharing some of his research with me!  Allan, it would have taken me a year without your help!  The setting of the story is the central Georgia frontier in the first decade of the 1800s.

My connection to Willis and Jane Simmons is interesting as both my paternal grandparents descended from Willis Simmons. That makes me “Double Silver Creek Simmons!”  Not an uncommon occurrence in rural areas over 100 years ago!

Please choose “Simmons family to Mississippi” from the blogroll on the right.  It will download as a pdf document.  When it opens, please choose the circle with the four corners so that you can view it slide by slide.  Use the page up/down keys to navigate through it.  ENJOY!

The Falkenburgs of the Shenandoah Valley

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Yes, I know it has been a long time since a new blog article was posted.  I hope this new posting will make up for that.  Here is a little background.  This has been the most difficult topic I have ever researched and written including work done for my two graduate degrees, and it has taken 11 months.  What you will read is the heritage of every single Fortenberry, Falconberry, and Falkenberry (regardless of spelling) who can trace their ancestry to anyone of this name living in the South before the Civil War or Revolutionary War.   That is a lot of people!  I wanted this work to be contained in one document; consequently, it is very long (72 slides and 87 endnotes).  Feel free to print it and read at your leisure!  Take it to your Thanksgiving celebration and share it!  Let me know what you think!

The article, “Falkenburgs of the Shenandoah Valley,” can be found in the Blogroll list on the right.  When it opens as a PDF, locate a small symbol with arrows pointing in four directions.  Please choose this option to go to full screen per slide.  This will allow you to read a full slide at a time like in a PowerPoint using page up/page down or arrow keys.  Enjoy!

Fortenberry Buggy Ride circa 1902

Ferman, siblings with horse and wagon981smallToday’s blog post is a story derived from one photograph! Terry has always loved this photograph of  part of our grandfather Ferman’s family and wanted to share it with everyone.  It would have been taken in the Simmonsville area of Pike County, Mississippi.  Find the blog title shown above from the blogroll on the right.   Grab your hat and enjoy the ride!  

 

Mae’s Special Quilt

Quilt overviewBeginning this article a couple of months ago, I thought would be pretty straight forward.  Boy, was I wrong!  It has been slow going!   I know that the volume of names and dates may make for tough reading but I felt compelled to “make the connections.”  This story has been written for a much larger audience than my immediate family and I wanted to make the connections clear so that other branches of other families could find their connection to the quilt too!  Please let me know if you find errors.  I was dealing with a lot of people and dates and some are likely to be wrong.  Contact me if you see an error.  These surnames are especially well represented in the quilt – FORTENBERRY, SIMMONS, ALFORD, ELLZEY, and SCHILLING.  Choose “Mae’s Special Quilt” from the blogroll on the right.  It is a PDF and can be viewed as a PowerPoint from full screen using the page up and page down keys.

Enjoy! 

Granny Fortenberry

granny middle age done701Today’s story is about Granny Fortenberry.  She was the wife of Ferman Esco Fortenberry and the mother of six wonderful men, among them, my father Adrian Fortenberry.  This one is written especially for the 25 of us that are Fortenberry first cousins.  I have kept this one as a Power Point so if you would like to copy some of the pictures, it would be easier to do than with a PDF.  Please choose Granny Fortenberry from the blogroll to the right.

An Adventure in Mississippi

Tree on Magee propertyWhile in Mississippi a few weeks ago, Reggie, Terry, Barbara, and I had an opportunity to meet lots of new cousins!  While there, we visited several cemeteries so that we would have some digital images of them.  One of our newly discovered cousins, Paulette Pigott Stogner helped us locate a very old cemetery referred to as the Magee Cemetery.  Our 3X and 4X great grandparents are buried there.  Please read about our adventure!  Choose “Adventure in the Magee Cemetery” from the blogroll and enjoy!  Because it is a PDF file, for best viewing after loading the document, please use the page up and page down keys located above/near the number pad.

 

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