Adrian - far left in front of Granny

Adrian Woodrow Fortenberry was born on December 7, 1918 on the family farm in Osyka, Mississippi just above the state line between Mississippi and Louisiana.  He was the third son of Ferman Esco Fortenberry and Nellie Mae Simmons.  Ferman and Mae had six sons and no daughters!  Just imagine the clothes washing and cooking she had to do!  Adrian grew up in a rural setting with lots of extended family around him.  Our direct Fortenberry (Falkenberg) ancestor came to this country from Holstein, Denmark (now part of Germany) in the mid 1600s.  This pioneer, Hendrick Jacobs Falkenberg, was a renowned translator between settlers of New Sweden and the Lenape natives of New Jersey and is noted on many deeds during the 1670s and 1780s.  To read a really interesting article about him, see the Wiki article at:

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