Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sepia Saturday - Signs

 This week’s Sepia Saturday photograph focuses on signs on buildings. It reminded me of two family photos that were taken c 1925.

Weissberg Furriers
386 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY

This Fur Store was owned by Frank Samuel Weissberg, son of Morris Weissberg & Rose Bankin, and Florence Gartner, daughter of Leopold Gartner and Fannie Edelstein.  Florence was my Grand Aunt, sister of my maternal grandfather. Frank was born in Austria and Florence was born in New York City where they met and married on 27 January 1907.[1] By 1910 they were living in Buffalo, NY.[2]

The 1925 New York State Census shows the family at 386 Grant Street, Buffalo.[3] Frank was a furrier. This is the location shown in the photographs, as evidenced by the signs.

I am very happy they took the time to pose in front of their store with the signs behind them. Frank & Florence then posed their sons and even the dog in front of the store.

Milton Sydney Weissberg b 1907
Francis Weissberg b 1915

I went to Google Maps to find the same building today. However, it is just an empty lot.

Be sure to take a peek at the other photos posted for Sepia Saturday this week.

[1] Certificate of Marriage for Samuel Weissberg and Florence Gartner, 27 January 1907, #2933, State of New York, City of New York; New York City Department of Records, Municipal Archives, 31 Chambers Street, New York City, New York.
[2] 1910 United States Census, Buffalo, New York, SD 14, ED 48, Sheet 6A; Samuel Weissberg family on Walnut Street in Buffalo.
[3] 1925 NYS Census, Erie County, Buffalo, AD 4, ED2, Page 30; 1 June 1925. Frank S Weissberg family at 386 Grant street.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Anticipation: A New Book to Investigate

Casey, A. E. (2001). Amite County, Mississippi, 1699-1890.Volume 3: The Environs. Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc. (Original work published 1957).

When is the last time you had a new resource to explore: a new map, document or book that you were anxious to look at closely? This book just arrived at my doorstep and I an full of happy anticipation. Some of my families lived in Mississippi: Alford, Brown, Brumfield, Dillon, Fortenberry & Smith. They lived in Amite, Marion, Pike & Walthall counties. Potentially this book could have information on any or all of those families. It could be filled with important pieces of the puzzle OR it could have just a clue or two OR it could be that I can't connect any of the data inside to my family at this time. However, before I even open the cover, I am hopeful & full of anticipation!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks = Week #29; Nathaniel Brumfield, A Short Life in LA

This prompt comes from Amy Johnson Crow at her blog, No Story Too Small. She suggests we write once a week about a specific ancestor. I began with my grandparents and am working my way back in time.

Nathaniel Brumfield

1813 LA – 8 February 1852 LA
My 3x Great Grandfather

Nathaniel Brumfield was the son of John Brumfield & Margaret Kelly. His siblings were: William, Lucy, Willis, Davis, Charles, Ridley, Isaac, James, Elijah, Jesse Kelly, Alexander C.,
& John Wilson.[1], [2]

In 1835 Nathaniel married Charlotte Temple Ott, daughter of Jacob Ott III & Margaret Jackson.[3],[4]  In 1840 & 1850 they were in Washington Parish, LA where Nathaniel was a farmer.[5] In 1850 Nathaniel was one of the top rice growers in the parish.

"Nathaniel Brumfield produced 37 bales of 400 pounds each (along 4,000 pounds of rice and other foodstuffs) on 200 acres of clear and cultivatable land with a work force coming from his 24 slaves."[6]

Nathaniel was only 39 years old when he died. His wife had five little children to care for and a farm to run. She married Nathaniel’s brother, Elijah Brumfield.

Nathaniel had a short life but through his children and theirs his line continues.

[1] Pedigree Chart for Roy Brown; 1700's to 1948; Compiled by Zelda Marie Alford Fortenberry.
[2] Conerly, Luke Ward. Pike County Mississippi, Pioneer Families & Confederate Soldiers, 1798 – 1876. 2008 Edition. Madison, Georgia: Southern Lion Books, 1909.
[3] Randolph, Ruth Brumfield, and Nell Brumfield Jacobs Smith. Brumfields Revisited: Ancestors and Descendants of George Y. and Martha Penny Brumfield. Privately printed, 1995.
[4] Clawson, Alma Dell Magee. Fields of Bloom. Privately printed. 1972.
[5] Williams, Jr., Ernest Russ. A Potpourri of Historical Data concerning the Founding Families and Individuals of Washington Parish, Louisiana, 1798 - 1860. Monroe, LA: Northeast Louisiana University.
[6] Ibid.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Obituary – Lula O’Quin Brumfield

 Lula Brumfield, 1878 - 1909

"Lula Brumfield, daughter of W. J. O’Quin and M. E. O’Quin was born Dec. 15, 1878, and was married to H. J. Brumfield, 1896. United with Centerville Baptist church 1894, where she remained until her death March 20, 1909, leaving a husband and five children; father and mother, five brothers and one sister."

From: Williams, E. Russ. Abstracts of Obituaries from the Minutes of the Magee's Creek Baptist Association (Mississippi and Louisiana), 1882 - 1924. Monroe, Louisiana: Privately printed, 1978, page 72. From the Louisiana Archives, Baton Rouge, LA.

1 Lula O'Quin b: 15 Dec 1878, d: 20 Mar 1909
... + Henry James Brumfield m: 1896
......2 Ottis L. Brumfield b: 05 Mar 1897, d: Dec 1965
......2 Cullen Brumfield b: 21 Apr 1901, d: Unknown
......2 Watson William Brumfield b: 01 Oct 1903, d: Unknown
......2 Lucy Brumfield b: 17 Mar 1906, d: 30 Jul 1968
......2 Lexie Brumfield

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks = Week #28; Euseba Fortenberry, Mother of MS Soldiers

This prompt comes from Amy Johnson Crow at her blog, No Story Too Small. She suggests we “write once a week about a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, a research problem — any that focuses on that one ancestor.”
Euseba Fortenberry Smith
3 December 1809 SC – 13 October 1878 MS

My 3x Great Grandmother

Euseba Fortenberry was the daughter of William Jasper Fortenberry & Violette Kennington. Her siblings were: Gasua C., Calvin C., Isabella, William J., Olevia, Burrell T., Alfred, Hollis & Willis J.[1]

Euseba married Wyatt Smith, son of Jeremiah Smith & Joanna Dillon. They lived in Pike County, MS where they raised nine children.[2] Son, Rankin b c 1844, was not listed in the 1850 census. He may have died before then.

Unfortunately, Euseba knew great sorrow in her life. Three of her six sons died in the Civil War. The first to die was Newton Oscar Smith who died 4 May 1862. He was only 20 years old when he died of typhoid fever.[3] A month later, William J M Smith died 4 June 1862 at the age of 26.[4] The next month there was another death. Jasper R Smith died 10 June 1862.[5]

Her youngest sons were too young to serve in the war. Adolphus S Smith went on to become a dentist.[6] Walter Lorraine Smith followed his father’s footsteps and was a farmer.[7] Euseba’s three daughters all married and had children of their own. Hopefully the births of her grandchildren helped ease the sorrow from the losses she endured.

The Wyatt Smith cemetery is not easy to access. There are trees, shrubs and weeds in a big tangle around the stones. Wyatt and Euseba’s stones are broken. Euseba’s name is missing from the top of her stone. It just says, “Wife of Wyatt Smith” with the dates.

Tombstone of Euseba Fortenberry Smith

[1] Fortinberry, G. K. Abstract History of the Fortinberry Family; 1795-1940′s; Family History Center Microfilm #1036152
[2] Criminger, Adrianne Fortenberry. The Fortenberry Families of Southern Mississippi. South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1984.
[3] Confederate Service Record; 1862; Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Archives and Library Division; N. O. Smith. Private, Company H, 7 Mississippi Infantry.
[4] Creel, Bevin J. A Patriot's Legacy: The Family of Richard Dillon and Ann Lawrence from Bertie County, North Carolina To Southern Mississippi and Louisiana. Franklinton, Louisiana: Privately Printed, 2002.
[5] Confederate Service Record; 1862; Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Archives and Library Division; Jasper R. Smith. Private K Company, Mississippi Volunteers.
[6] 1900 US Census Magnolia, Pike, Mississippi Sd 7, ED 115, Sheet 21; Adoolphus S Smith,
[7] 1910 US Census, Ward 2, Washington, Louisiana, SD 4, ED 125, Sheet 8A; Walter L Smith.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Technology NOT at Its Best

Recently my emails were not coming through. I believe the problem has been fixed. I'm sorry if you were not able to connect with me through my blog or email. A big thanks to my daughter and son in law who helped repair the problem.

Friday, July 11, 2014

NGS Conference Exhibit Hall Purchase: The History of Orangeburg County, South Carolina

This is the last of the books that I purchased at the NGS Conference in Richmond. Between
these books and the syllabus I am still learning more to improve my research, long after the conference was packed up.

Salley, A. S. (2011). The History of Orangeburg County, South Carolina, from its first settlement to the close of the Revolutionary War. 
Westminster, MD: Heritage Books. 
(Original work published 1898).

1. The First Settlers
a. Who they were and where they came from
b. The German settlers of Orangeburgh Township; their church & pastor
c. The settlement of Saxe-Gotha; the condition of the settlers; their spiritual advantages and disadvantages
d. The settlers of Barnwell
2. The Giessendanner Record [1740 -1760]
3. The Colonial Period
a. Pioneer Life in Orangeburgh
b. Indian Troubles
c. Heresy in the ’Dutch Fork’
4. The Revolutionary Period
a. The Civil affairs of the Period
b. The Third Regiment of South Carolina Continentals
c. Colonel Thomson’s Order Book – June 24th, 1775, to November 3rd, 1778
d. The Local Militia
e. Various Operations in South Carolina during the War; and their relation to Orangeburgh District
f. The Germans and Scotch of Orangeburgh in the Revolution

This book is useful for me because my Ott family was one of the early settlers to Orangeburg, SC. Melchoir Ott, my 7th great grandfather, b 1699 in Switzerland, arrived in Charleston in 1735, according to this book. The marriage record of his son, Jacob Ott I, to Margaret Fichtner is also included. There are several other records related to the Ott family. I had seen this book in libraries in the past and copied out a few pages. Now I have the full context to search for more clues to the past.

I like to find historical books like this, originally written by someone who was more than one hundred years closer to those events than we are. If this area is of interest to your research, find a copy to read.