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.


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.


Off To Mississippi

progress high school062 doneReggie, 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.

Adding new discoveries to old articles!

1937 Adrian head986After 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!

Gasua tintype 917Today’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!

Society of Mayflower Descendants

mayflower-8Terry 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!

Polish Lace

mushroom hunting for articleToday’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!

Emigration and Immigration!

Wedding 1920 grandparentsToday’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!

A Civil War Letter

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! 

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