Today’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.
29 Nov 2015 2 Comments
While 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.
10 Nov 2015 1 Comment
Reggie, Terry, Barbara, and I are heading to Mississippi tomorrow. We are going to have a wonderful time! There are several cemeteries we would like to visit, new cousins we will be meeting, and a Pike County Bicentennial Celebration to attend. I haven’t been to Mississippi since 1984!
Photo taken by Daddy on a visit in the late 1970s of Progress High School.
09 Oct 2015 Leave a comment
After finding new photos and information, I have recently updated two of the early blog articles I had written about Daddy’s first two years in the Navy. I think you will really enjoy the new additions. Please choose Navy 1 Adrian joins the Navy and Navy 2 USS Helena Shakedown Cruise from the blogroll. (Yes, I know I have stopped at 1944 on his Navy story. I promise I will finish!) Enjoy!
22 Aug 2015 1 Comment
Today’s blog article is about a rifle barrel currently in the posession of Regina Fortenberry Cross. One day while showing it to me I began to wonder about it. What kind of gun was it from? How old was it? Who was the original owner? As it turned out, the barrel actually had a lot to say! I really did not expect to write an article about it, but here it is. From the blogroll on the right, please choose “Rifle Barrel from the Past” and enjoy!
25 Jul 2015 Leave a comment
Terry has recently completed the process of becoming a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants. This group is open to people with a direct line to someone that arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. In this case, direct line does not mean an ancestor with the same last name (ie: Fortenberry/Van Valkenburg), but anyone who would be your grandparent many generations back. For Adrian and Wanda’s grandchildren, our Mayflower ancestor would be your great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather. Yes, that is 11 greats! The genealogical shorthand for that would be 11X grandfather. Please choose “Society of Mayflower Descendants” from the blogroll and enjoy. Maybe you would be interested in joining. Terry has done all the work that would make it easier for other descendants of Mae and Ferman Fortenberry to join! Her article even explains the process you would follow. The society even awards scholarship money!
22 Jun 2015 Leave a comment
Today’s blog article is about lace. I have been on the “hunt” for this particular item for about three years. Choose Polish Lace from the blogroll on the right. The article is a pdf. After downloading it, please choose “full screen” from the “view” pull-down menu. Enjoy another small piece of family history!
18 Apr 2015 Leave a comment
Today’s blog article is called Leaving Poland. After visiting Poland in September, I realized just how radically different life became for our ancestors when they chose to move to America. Going from rural farming areas to Brooklyn must have really been difficult. Because of additional information discovered since I began blogging four years ago, I have updated some articles that carry the stories through the entire process. Please begin with “Leaving Poland” from the blogroll on the right. I wouldn’t mind hearing what you think since feedback is always helpful. Enjoy!
20 Feb 2015 3 Comments
Today’s blog article is a very special story. We are not often given the chance to view distance family events from a personal perspective. Today, you will. While collecting pictures and stories during the 1970s, Daddy located and copied a letter written by a distant uncle during the Civil War. Terry has spent many, many hours researching and writing about the events and people mentioned in the letter. She has done an incredible job and has even written a poem you will NOT want to miss! Please choose “A Civil War Letter” from the blogroll on the right. Note: The document is a PDF. Once you download it, choose “full screen” from the View pull-down menu. This will allow it to be viewed as a slide show. Then you can use page up and down to move through the slides. ENJOY!
23 Dec 2014 1 Comment
During the past few days, I have been remembering Christmas Eve with my family and missing my Mom and Dad. As I thought about our traditions, I began to wonder about my Polish ancestors’ traditions too. After researching the topic, I decided to weave a story of customs and churches for you to enjoy. Please choose Christmas Eve – Polish Style from the blogroll! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!