Tuesday, December 27, 2011

MISSING: Arthur Moses Gartner

Arthur Moses Gartner, my grand uncle. Where did he go?

He was the son of Leopold & Fannie (Edelstein) Gartner, born 15 June 1884 in New York City. He was originally Moses Gartner but is later found as Arthur Moses Gardner or Arthur Gardner.

In the 1900 US Census he was living at 445 East 83rd Street, Manhattan. In the 1916 – 1917 & the 1918 – 1919 New York City Directories he was living at 234 West 120th Street. He was a telegraph operator. He was at the same address for the 1920 US Census. For the 1925 New York State Census he was still at 234 West 120th Street. For the 1930 US Census he no longer lived with his father, Leopold Gartner. Arthur was married and renting a home on West 164 Street, Manhattan. He was working for the Western Union Telegraph Company.

In 1942 Arthur Moses Gardner registered for the World War II Draft. He was living 790 Riverside Drive, New York. He was working for Western Union Telegraph Company. He was described as 5 feet tall, 164 pounds with brown eyes, gray hair and a dark complexion.

In June 1948 Leopold Gartner’s obituary tells us that his son, Arthur, was still living in New York City.

Questions: Where did he go? I believe his wife’s name was Frances. Did they have any children? Did he stay in New York City? When did he die?

Possibilities: The 1940 US Census may be helpful. It might list children. New York city Directories may be helpful. If I knew what temple he belonged to maybe there would be records of him. Perhaps there is a way to get employment records from Western Union.

If you know what happened to Arthur OR if you have suggestions on where I should look please leave a comment or contact me.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Marguerite Coyle in Forest Hills, NY
Christmas photos from the Coyle family.

Marguerite Christina (Coyle) Marshall

born 24 December 1901 in NYC
died 13 March 1980 in Arizona


and her younger sister

Kathleen Gloria Coyle

born 31 October 1916 in New York City
died 21 November 2007 in Arizona
Kathleen G. Coyle

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories December 18 – Christmas Stockings

Growing up we had the usual red felt stockings with our names written in silver glitter across the top. Our mother hung them on the back of our front door in the little house when we were small and going up the stair posts in the big house when we were older. When my husband and I bought our house with a fireplace I was thrilled that we could hang stockings form the mantle, like in story books and magazine pictures.

As a quilter, I made our stockings. They were white with an appliqué on each: an angel or tree or Santa. One year our daughter decided to they needed further enhancement and colored on them with a permanent fabric marker. (Why did I leave it in her reach??)

Our son’s stocking is different from the rest. His is crocheted in red & green yarn. Why? He was born on the evening of December 23. When he was brought to me on Christmas morning, the nurses had put him into the stocking which they had sewn. They even snapped a Polaroid of him, peeking out the top. The best filling for a stocking ever!

This year I have made a new set of stockings, patchwork in greens, reds and golds. Our son will be married soon and I think a more adult stocking is appropriate. However, I put away the crocheted stocking carefully. There may be a time when a new generation can use it.

Written in response to Geneabloggers Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. Click on the link to read Christmas memories from other genealogists.

Cousins, do you have a Christmas memory you'd like to share? Let me know. I can add it to this Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories and maybe to the next family book. Contact me: cgbp[at]nycap.rr.com



Friday, December 16, 2011

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories December 16 – Christmas at School

Teaching at a small Catholic school, I witnessed lots of happy children counting the days till Christmas. The challenge was directing their excited energy in positive directions. I found that having them think of others, giving rather than receiving, helped us get smoothly through the days before Christmas. We baked. Using our math skills [measuring & counting] and language arts skills [following directions & sequence] we measured, mixed and baked cookies. Moms and Dads came in to lend a hand in the process. The hallways of the school smelled like sugar & butter. We gave the cookies to the veterans staying at our local Veterans’ Hospital. Cards & cookies cheered those soldiers and sailors who had to be in the hospital during the holidays.

I learned that the traditional Christmas party where students exchanged gifts with each other almost always ended in tears. Someone was forgotten or someone wanted a different gift. I found a solution to avoid this. Rather than exchanging gifts with each other the children brought in books to donate to our school library. Our small library was always in need of fresh reading material. The children were proud to donate a book or two that had their name on the inside cover. The librarian would come to our Christmas party and exclaim over each book. After vacation the books would be displayed in the library and available for anyone to read.

We also made cards and small gifts for our families with glitter and glue, crayons and ribbons, and big imaginations. The results were always one of a kind creations. Focusing on giving & , of course, on the religious aspect rather than the commercial aspect of Christmas made the days productive as we lit the candles on our Advent Wreath and colored in the days on our Advent Calendars.

Written in response to Geneabloggers Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. Click on the link to read Christmas memories from other genealogists.


Cousins, do you have a Christmas memory you'd like to share? Let me know. I can add it to this Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories and maybe to the next family book. Contact me: cgbp[at]nycap.rr.com



Thursday, December 15, 2011

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories December 15 - Holiday Happenings December Brithdays, December 16 - 31

16 December     1872       David J. MCMILLAN
Ina L. Brown
                            1877       William C. FORTENBERRY
                            1879       Mary POLLACK was born in South America, daughter of David & Mary (English) Pollack. She grew up in Ireland and came to the USA in 1885 with her cousin, Mary Josephine (Mullane) Coyle.

 17 December    1898       Elma M. Blades
                           1912       Ross POWELL
                           1914       Raymond Alexander FORTENBERRY
                           1933       Hugh Frances BROWN was the son of Hubert Allen & Freddie (Smith) Brown. He married Frances Birch and had two sons.

18 December     1918       Arnell Wessie WILSON was the daughter of Thomas Clarence & Euna Clarabelle (Fortenberry) Wilson. She married Eugene C. Pigott.

19 December     1850       John W. RITTER
                           1858       Amos RITTER
                           1937       Kenneth Leroy MARK was born in Ohio, one of 11 children  of James Everett & Effie Margaret (Carter) Mark.

20 December     1840       Margaret Ellen SWANK
    1869       Joseph Davis BRUMFIELD was born in Mississippi, son of Isaac Nelson & Sarah J. (Smith) Brumfield. He married Annie Quinn.
                           1877       Alfred M. SCHILLING

21 December     1806       Jacob WOLF
    1888       Bridget COYLE was born in Connecticut, daughter of Patrick & Margaret (Brady) Coyle. She married Bernard William Kelly. They had no children.
                            1903       Isabell Esther MARK

22 December     1856       Olevia Luminda FORTENBERRY married Jeptha Josephus Alford on 18 February 1874. He was the son of Ira Payne & Elizabeth (Hope) Alford. Olevia and Jeptha’s son was George Howard Alford (1875 – 1958).
                                1897       Edna J. FORTENBERRY
                                1902       Elma Grace Pletcher Jolliff

23 December     1773       Jeremiah SMITH was born in South Carolina, son of Jeremiah & Jemimah (Hollis) Smith. He married Joanna Dillon on 16 December 1798. They had 13 children. Jeremiah died in 1843 in Mississippi.  He was my fourth great grandfather.
                                1840       Rachel Ellzey Smith Schilling
                                1860       Frederick Jacob WOLF
                                1873       Catherine COYLE
                                1882       Celia Euseba SMITH

24 December     1835       Warren M. HUFFMAN
                                1854       James Monroe BRUMFIELD
                                1884       Annie Myrtis ELLZEY
                                1886       Blake H. WALDO
                                1900       Lyda Mearl Brown Pierce
                                1901       Marguerite Christina COYLE was born in New York City, daughter of Michael & Mary Josephine (Mullane) Coyle.  On 29 December 1933 she married Wilfred Stewart Marshall. She died 13 march 1980 in Arizona.

25 December     1860       Elizabeth RITTER was born in Ohio, daughter of Isaac & Isabell (Fisher) Ritter. She married William Hawk on 22 February 1880. They had six children, all born in Ohio: Gertrude, Forest, Lulu, William, John and Ruth. She died 1 January 1950.
                                1862       Mary Fortenberry Ellzey
                                1870       Thomas MULLANE
                                1881       Mary Louise Fortenberry
                                1901       Luther Vernon Fortenberry
                                1902       Willie Webb Morris

26 December     1861       Margaret Jane GRUISSY was born in Ohio, daughter of Augustus Ceaser & Mary Ann (Everett) Gruissy. She married Seth Benner Morrison on 24 October 1880. They had eight children. Margaret died 8 March 1946.
                                1937       Mildred Fay TURNAGE
                                1942       Jimmie Joe MORRIS

27 December     1739       Johann Jonas WOLF
                                1764       John RITTER
                                1857       Mary Jane ELLZEY
                                1863       Letitia Susan BLADES
                                1907       Milton Sydney WEISSBERG was born in Buffalo, New York, son of Frank Samuel & Florence (Gartner) Weissberg.  On 26 December 1937 he married Anne Bloom. They had a son and a daughter. Milton was a lawyer. He was my first cousin, once removed.
                                1917       Claudia Martha BRUMFIELD

28 December     1799       William M. FORTENBERRY
   1839       Frederick Calvin WOLF was the son of Frederick & Louisa C. (Goetz) Wolf. He married Eleanor Getz.  Frederick died in 1907.
                           1879       Patrick Joseph COYLE
                           1914       James Albert BRUMFIELD

29 December     1777       Esther Barbara SHAFFER
                           1874       Susan Isabel RITTER
                           1886       Martha BRACEY
                           1890       Ina Lucille BROWN was born in Mississippi, daughter of Jasper Pascal & Rose Ella (Brumfield) Brown. She married Dewitt William Alford. They had seven children: Devoe, Doris, Bruce, Zelda, Mary, Louise and Lindy. Ina died in 1972. 

30 December     1842       George Washington FORTENBERRY was born in South Carolina, son of Calvin Kennington & Narcissa (Simmons) Fortenberry. He married Emily Pittman. 

31 December     1763       Appollonia WOLF was born in Pennsylvania, daughter of Johann Jonas & Appollonia (Dick) Wolf.
                           1787       Willis D. DILLON
                           1886       Clark Rudy WOLF

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories December 13 – Holiday Travel

1969
There’s no Place Like 

Home for the Holidays



For my brothers and I the place to be on Christmas was home, our parents’ house. No matter what was happening in our lives or where we lived, we went home. We gathered around the tree together, opening gifts, covering the floor with papers and ribbons, and laughing. Later in the day we sometimes went to our Uncle Leo Brown’s house for dinner or dessert but our house in Germantown, NY was the gathering place for Christmas Joy.




Of course, lives change. As adults there was a time or two that one of my brothers was missing due to holiday travels and now we gather at each other’s houses but I never thought I would be away from my brothers on Christmas. I love to travel on any other day of the year but not on Christmas.

2007
As with many things, our children change our lives. When our oldest daughter got married and moved to South Carolina she and her husband invited us there for Christmas. My husband and I and our two other children packed up the old minivan with suitcases & pillows, gifts & tins of Christmas cookies, stockings & surprises. I was secretly afraid it would not ‘feel’ like Christmas, far from snow and cold and my brothers. The day was wonderful. We opened gifts, played board games, ate too much food and passed around the phone so we could all talk to the family back up north. Now we go to our daughters’ house every third year and in the future who knows where we will be? As long as we are together it will be special.

Written in response to Geneabloggers Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. Click on the link to read Christmas memories from other genealogists.



Monday, December 12, 2011

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories December 12 – Chartable/Volunteer Work


1967. Thomas K. Mark
Here is a Christmas Memory from my grand aunt, Viola Cathern (Mark) Nothstein, 1913 – 2004, daughter of Thomas K. & N. Regina (Gruissy) Mark. She talked about Christmas in Ohio when she was a girl, one of seven children.

Viola said her father, Thomas Kenneth Mark, 1879 - 1975, dressed up as Santa Claus for the program at church. He wore a red costume from the church. Viola said, “I remember one year when we were pretty small Owen got up in church and said, ‘That’s my Daddy!’ Another time Dad had a turkey for the church.  After the program Daddy come over to home and he had the red suit on and he’d said. ‘Now you guys better be in bed before I get back.’ He always done a lot around the church. If they wanted anything fixed they would always ask Dad.”




Written in response to Geneabloggers Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. Click on the link to read Christmas memories from other genealogists.

Cousins, do you have a Christmas memory you'd like to share? Let me know. I can add it to this Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories and maybe to the next family book. Contact me: cgbp[at]nycap.rr.com

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories December 10 – Christmas Gifts

The Thomas K. Mark family, Ohio
Here is a Christmas Memory from my grand aunt, Viola Cathern (Mark) Nothstein, 1913 – 2004, daughter of Thomas K. & N. Regina (Gruissy) Mark. She talked about Christmas in Ohio when she was a girl, one of seven children.

 “Well Momma made everything. What Mom didn’t make, Dad did,” she said. Sometimes they strung popcorn to hang on the tree. One year Viola wanted her father to make her a red cedar box for Christmas. She said, “I wanted one he made but he saw this one down at town and he was running short of time and he saw this one at the candy store and he bought it for me. I still have it. I was disappointed because I didn’t get one he made.” She said she and her sisters each got two dresses for Christmas. They needed the dresses and wore them all year.   


This year I will giving copies of my book, 'The Mark Family Story', telling about the lives of the Thomas & N. Regina (Gruissy) Mark family!

Written in response to Geneabloggers Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. Click on the link to read Christmas memories from other genealogists.

Cousins, do you have a Christmas memory you'd like to share? Let me know. I can add it to this Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories and maybe to the next family book. Contact me: cgbp[at]nycap.rr.com

Friday, December 9, 2011

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories December 9 – Grab Bag





In the second photo the faces of my younger brothers bring the photo to life. I had strep throat the day of our famous photo shoot. I probably celebrated our celebrity by spending the day in bed.

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Cousins, do you have a Christmas memory you'd like to share? Let me know. I can add it to this Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories and maybe to the next family book. Contact me: cgbp[at]nycap.rr.com

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

‘The Mark Family Story’ is Here

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My book is in hand & available to be ordered. After years of research, interviews with relatives, traveling to cemeteries and archives, reading local histories, and gathering documents I wrote my book centered on my paternal grandmother’s family. Formatting, proof reading and cover design are behind me. My dream of sharing the family’s heritage is a reality.

‘The Mark Family Story’ is dedicated to my father, Delbert Keith Brown, and his mother, Ivy Regina (Mark) Brown, both born and raised in northeastern Ohio. They left Ohio reluctantly, leaving behind a piece of their hearts. The Ohio stories they shared with me were the beginning tales for this book.


Surnames included: Mark, Ritter, Wolf, Dick, Heffelfinger, Keck, Gruissy and more. 

It is a large 8 x 10 soft cover book with a color cover and over 400 pages, including family charts, timelines, many  photographs, documents, an index and the story of an American family that begins before our country was born.

I hope you read and enjoy the book as much as I have enjoyed writing it. To order a copy (copies), click on the tab above. To contact me concerning my book email me at cgbp[at]nycap.rr.com. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories December 6 – Santa Claus

This Christmas Memory dates back to 1985, the year my brother, Mark Keith Brown, dressed up as Santa for the little ones. We were gathered at our parents' house in Germantown, NY. I remember our older daughter saying that, when his mustache slipped a bit,  he looked familiar.




Written in response to Geneabloggers Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. Click on the link to read Christmas memories from other genealogists.

Cousins, do you have a Christmas memory you'd like to share? Let me know. I can add it to this Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories and maybe to the next family book. Contact me: cgbp[at]nycap.rr.com

Monday, December 5, 2011

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories December 5 – Outdoor Lights

Don’t look for a photo here. I almost always post a photo with my blog, a scan of an old document, the face of an ancestor or a photograph of a piece of treasured family memorabilia. Therefore, you are probably expecting a photo of the front of our house on its hill, draped in tasteful white lights along the roof line, around the big windows and wrapped perfectly around the front porch pillars. No inflatable figures or pink flamingos, of course, just a photograph equal to any magazine cover.

I do spend hours working on our photo Christmas card and yearly letter. I quilted our stockings and hung them with care. My husband cut down our tree and we decorated it with love. However, on the subject of outdoor lights, don’t ask. We just don’t have the skills. Ask our children. They laugh and say my husband just throws lights on the shrubs in the front of the house. We do not have the outdoor light gene. I will have to widen my genealogy research to uncover where this came from. Are we throwbacks to earlier ancestors or has this been passed down to every generation? I’d be happy to hear from anyone else who shares this rare gene. And, if you come to visit, please step inside quickly. It looks good inside.

Written in response to Geneabloggers Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. Click on the link to read Christmas memories from other genealogists.

Cousins, do you have a Christmas memory you'd like to share? Let me know. I can add it to this Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories and maybe to the next family book. Contact me: cgbp[at]nycap.rr.com



Sunday, December 4, 2011

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories December 4 – Christmas Cards

 This Christmas memento is a card sent from the Mullanes in County Tipperary, Ireland to the Coyles in New York City, c. the mid 1930s. The card was signed by Aunt Ellen (Ellen Mullane, 1874 – 1952) and Uncle Dan (Daniel J. Mullane, Jr., 1882 – 1965). It was sent to the Coyle sisters, Marguerite (Coyle) Marshall, Lillian A. Coyle and Kathleen G. Coyle. They were all born in New York City, the daughters of Michael & Mary Josephine (Mullane) Coyle. Although their mother had left Ireland in 1885 she kept in touch with her family in Ireland and, after her death in 1927, her daughters continued to keep the connection alive. It must have been a special connection because the card was treasured and saved and is still in the family.


Written in response to Geneabloggers Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. Click on the link to read Christmas memories from other genealogists.

Cousins, do you have a Christmas memory you'd like to share? Let me know. I can add it to this Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories and maybe to the next family book. Contact me: cgbp[at]nycap.rr.com

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories December 3 - Christmas Tree Ornaments



Here is a Christmas Memory about my mother, Alberta Joy (Gardner) Brown, 1928 – 1992, and her parents, Nathaniel & Helen (Coyle) Gardner.

I am fortunate to have these two Christmas ornaments. Look closely and notice that they were bulbs. I wish I knew more about their manufacture. They were given to me by my mother. They had hung on the Gardner family Christmas tree. She told me her parents bought them the year she was born (1928). I keep them safely in a china cabinet and do not hang them so there is no danger of our cats wanting to play with them.


The  ornaments on our tree have changed over the years. Today, along with the usual ornaments, I add many small picture frames to our tree. They have photos of our family, past & present. Our Christmas tree becomes a Family tree.


Written in response to GeneabloggersAdvent Calendar of Christmas Memories. Click on the link to read Christmas memories from other genealogists.

Cousins, do you have a Christmas memory you'd like to share? Let me know. I can add it to this Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories and maybe to the next family book. Contact me: cgbp[at]nycap.rr.com 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories December 2 – Holiday Foods

Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book



Here is another Christmas Memory of my own about my brothers and our mother, Alberta Joy (Gardner) Brown, 1928 – 1992, daughter of Nathaniel & Helen (Coyle) Gardner.







At Christmas time there was always lots of baking, especially on Christmas Eve. My brothers and I all helped. My oldest brother, Lance, was good at stirring the big bowls of thick batter. He could stir thick buttery batter when our mother’s mix master could not. The kitchen would be in a delicious disorder. The counter would be covered with canisters of flour and sugar, teaspoons and measuring cups, spoons and spatulas. On the table we’d have red and green sprinkles and chocolate chips. Decorating the cookies was great fun. We’d make several types of cookies. I liked the Sptitz cookies that we made using a metal cookie press, loading the dough inside and then pushing the handle with just the right amount of pressure to make the shapes of trees, wreaths, reindeer and bells. Making and baking all those cookies and restoring the kitchen to order again was a huge job for our mother. She’d be moving from the stove to the table and back again, with hot trays of cookies. Our attention would be divided between watching Charley Brown’s Christmas, wrapping the last presents, hanging up Christmas cards, and giving her a hand. I’m sure our mother was hot and tired but she kept smiling and baking making Christmas special for us.

Those favorite Spritz cookies were from our mother’s Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book [unsure of the year of publication because the cover is missing.]


Spritz Cookies

Mix thoroughly: 1 cup soft butter; 2/3 cup sugar; 3 egg yolks; 1 tsp. vanilla or almond flavoring. Work in with hands: 2 ½ cups sifted flour. Force the dough through cooky [sic] press onto ungreased baking sheets in desired shapes. Bake until set but not brown. 400 degrees, 7 to 10 minutes. Makes about 6 dozen cookies

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories December 1 – The Christmas Tree

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Colleen (Brown) Pasquale, [me]
Here is a Christmas Memory from: my maternal grandmother, Ivy R. (Mark) Brown,  1908 – 2003, daughter of Thomas K. & N. Regina (Gruissy) Mark. In 1994 she talked to me about Christmas in Ohio when she was a little girl.

Some years it was kind of spare. Some years we had a tree and we had candles, wax candles. The night before we took the tree down Dad would get a couple buckets of water and put it by his chair and light all the candles. We would all sit around and sing Christmas Carols and look and watch the candles burn, Dad keeping a sharp eye on the tree.

Here is a Christmas Memory of my own about my brothers and our mother, Alberta Joy (Gardner) Brown, 1928 – 1992, daughter of Nathaniel & Helen (Coyle) Gardner. We lived in  the small town of Germantown, NY.

Our mother made Christmas a magical time for us. The tree, the presents, the candles in the windows, the cookies. Our mother did it all. The  tree. We’d usually buy a tree from a local farm. My brothers would slide it in back of the station wagon and we’d take it home to decorate. One year, my oldest brother, Lance, had a friend who told him about a place where we could cut down our own tree. It was south of us, in Rock City.  We decided to try it. We bundled up in warm clothes, my brothers got the saw and we piled into the big old station wagon. The tree nursery was on the side of a steep hill, covered in snow, ice and pine trees. Lance’s friend assured our mother it was safe to drive up the hill on the rustic ‘road’ which was nothing but a dirt path. She did. As we were selecting a tree, it began to snow, adding a new, thick layer to the snow already on the ground. My brothers, Lance and Del, laid in the snow and carefully cut down the tree. Our youngest brother, Mark, helped them to load it in the car. It was time to leave when we realized there was no place for Mom to turn the car around. Lance’s friend admitted that his parents had walked up the hill. He had never seen anyone drive up. Very slowly and cautiously Mom backed down that hill.  By then it seemed more like a mountain to all of us. The snow was coming down heavily. The tree blocked Mom’s rear view. She rolled down her window and put her head out to see where she was going. We children were all very quiet so she could concentrate. On the way down she backed over more than one small pine tree, which helped to slow our decent. When we were safely down we were all very happy!

Written in response to Geneabloggers Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. Click on the link to read  Christmas memories from other genealogists.


Cousins, do you have a Christmas memory you'd like to share? Let me know. I can add it to this Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories and maybe to the next family book. Contact me: cgbp[at]nycap.rr.com

December Brithdays, December 1 - 15

1 December       1817       Daniel RITTER
                          1886       James Monroe OTT the son of William W. & Sarah Euseba Elizabeth (Ellzey) Ott.
                          1888       William Clarence BROPHY

2 December       1890       Eslie Guy MARK was born in Ohio, son of William & Elidia Rebecca (Ritter) Mark. He served in World War I. He was a painter. In 1922 he married Golda Mae Warner. They were married for more than 50 years. They had three children: Guy, Glenn & Dana.

3 December       1809       Euseba FORTENBERRY was born in South Carolina, daughter of William Jasper & Violette (Kennington) Fortenberry. She married Wyatt Smith. They were my third great grandparents. They had nine children.
                           1810       Barbary RITTER
                           1872       Corine McDANIEL

4 December       1777       Johann Heinrich RITTER
                           1842       William George SMITH
                           1883       Dixie B. SCHILLING
                           1884       Lillian Vera MOORE was born in Ohio, daughter of Pater Jonathan & Caroline Louise (Gruissy) Moore. She married Ernest Elliott Lowe on 22 September 1966. He was a farmer. Their daughter was Jessie Mary Lowe (1907 – 1990).
                           1897       Elam MILLER

5 December       1810       Adam WOLF
    1828       Louisa Margany JAMES married Hollis Horton Fortenberry. Their son was H. K. Fortenberry. Born in 1852.
                            1853       William Jackson FORTENBERRY

6 December       1886       Floyd Bernard MOORE
  1899       Twins: Paul & Pauline MORRISON were born in Ohio, children of Seth Benner & Margaret Jane (Gruissy) Morrison. Paul married Elnore Marguerite Castor and had one daughter. Pauline married Elmer Maurer and had five children. Paul died in 1960 at the age of 60. Pauline died in 1979 at the age of 79.
                          1921       Fay Seward SMITH

7 December       1866       Morgana Dean THOMPSON
                           1912       Glen Ralph BROPHY
                           1925       Ellen Pearl ELLZEY was the daughter of Grady Henry & Bertha Fortenberry Ellzey. She married James Conrad McDaniel. They had two children.

8 December       1785       Jacob RITTER
    1854       Jeptha Josephus ALFORD was born in Mississippi, son of Ira Payne & Elizabeth (Hope) Alford. He married Olevia Luminda Fortenberry. Their son was George Howard Alford.
                           1871       Samuel Martin JOLLLIFF

9 December       1814       William J. FORTENBERRY
   1843       Isaac Ezra WOLF was born in Pennsylvania, son of John Jonas & Sarah Ann (Chronister) Wolf. He married Mary Cathrina Wireman in 1866. Their son was Clarence Lee Guy Wolf (1875 – 1945).

10 December     1898       Nonie Dola VARADO married Napoleon Baldes, son of William Ephraim & Morgana Josephine (McDaniel) Blades.

11 December     1820       Cynthia Ann ALFORD
                           1878       Hope RITTER
                           1888       Albert GARTNER was my grand uncle, brother of my maternal grandfather, Nathaniel Gardner. My mother, Alberta Joy (Gardner) Brown was named for Albert. Albert was a nurse who died c 1920 from complications from Diabetes.

12 December     1777       Anna Mariah RITTER
    1921       Helen Virginia SAMPSEL married Ernest Miles Mark, son of Amos Martin & Lillian Myrtle (Hoverstock) Mark. They were married on 22 February 1946 in Ohio. They had four children.

13 December     1895       Ottilia LOBAUGH was the daughter of John Adam & Christine (Wolf) Lobaugh.

14 December     1891       Grady Henry ELLZEY was the son of William Franklin & Mary Elizabeth (Gatlin) Ellzey. He married Bertha Fortenberry. Children: Wesley P. Ellzey, Odean Ellzey, Carell James Ellzey and Ellen Pearl Ellzey. Grady was my second cousin, twice removed.
                           1914       LaVerne ELLZEY
                           1916       Anna Belle HEIGLE

15 December     1836       Twins: Martha M. and Mary Magdalene BROWN, born in Mississippi, daughters of Edward S. & Mary Polly (Spurlock) Brown.
                           1857       Susan A. Ryals FORTENBERRY
                           1885       Edgar John ELLZEY