Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sorting the Children of John Wilson Brumfield

John Wilson Brumfield
1811 LA - 1889 LA
Son of John B. Brumfield


Cinderella Lanier Brumfield
c1817 LA - 1884 LA

There are times when it is difficult to sort out the children in a family. Census reports are not always consistent. The handwriting of the census taker might not be clear. Unique names may be difficult to spell. In families with a long list of names they are sometimes confused. I find an excel spreadsheet helps me to make sense out of the confusion.

I also compared my research to various Ancestry Trees. I do not cite unsourced Trees but they can lend a bit of clarity to raw data.

The names for Candace & Claretta were a muddle until I looked at the big picture.

Are you related to this family? I'd like to hear from you.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Presidential Relatives

I am not aware of any US Presidents in my family tree.
 However, that did not stop my family from naming their sons after our presidents.
Besides having several George Washingtons we have these famous names.

Thomas Jefferson
was the 3rd US President. He lived 1743 – 1826.

Thomas Jefferson Brumfield     1884- 1950   son of James Monroe Brumfield & Sarah Prescott

Thomas Jefferson Futch     1830 – 1914 husband of Mary Elizabeth Fortenberry

Thomas Jefferson Mark      1840 – 1863   son of Abraham Mark & Mary Isabella Heffelfinger.            Killed in the Civil War.

James Monroe
was the 5th US President. He lived 1758 – 1831.

James Monroe Brumfield     1843 – 1899 son of J. K. Brumfield & Hannah Youngblood.
          His brother was George Washington Brumfield.

James Monroe Brumfield     1854 – 1896 son of Isaac N. Brumfield & Sarah J Smith

James Monroe Fortenberry   b 1877     son of Thomas B Fortenberry & Gabriella Sanders

James Monroe Ott               1886 – 1951 son of William W. Ott & Sarah Euseba Ellzey

Andrew Jackson
was the 7th US President. He lived 1767 – 1845.

Andrew Jackson Alford        1866 – 1944 son of Jeptha J. Alford

Andrew Jackson Andrews     1837 – 1914 husband of Susan Lucinda Brumfield

Andrew Jackson Andrews     b 1876          son of Andrew Jackson Andrews

Andrew Jackson Brumfield    1830 – 1885 son of J K Brumfield & Hannah Brumfield

Andrew Jackson Fortenberry   1880 – 1956 son of William J Fortenberry & Canolia Simmons

Woodrow Wilson
was the 28th US President. He lived 1856 – 1924.

Woodrow Wilson Fortenberry                      son of William E. Fortenberry & Nora

Woodrow Wilson Simmons        1918 – 1996 son of William Archie Simmons & Lillian Alford

Do you have any presidents in your tree?

Sunday, November 19, 2017


Thanksgiving is spatulas & spices & the family china;
Tables pushed together, folding chairs & mismatched glassware.
Thanksgiving is answering the ringing doorbell;
Children chasing and hiding;
Hugs & surprises; Jokes & smiles.

Thanksgiving is aprons & appetizers & the family recipes;
Multicolored paper turkeys, crayoned pilgrims & pinecone centerpieces.
Thanksgiving is squeezing around the table;
Passing the mashed potatoes;
Candles & napkins; Gravy & cranberries.

Thanksgiving is cameras & cousins & the family traditions;
Posing in front of the fireplace, smiling on cue & laughter all around.
Thanksgiving is playing favorite board games;
Telling tall tales of holidays past;
Uncles & babies; Memories & plans.

Thanksgiving is family.

Colleen G. (Brown) Pasquale

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Benjamin Franklin Hiding in the Family Tree

Benjamin Franklin, 1706 – 1790, was a Founding Father of our country. He was also a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. Long after Benjamin’s death some branches of my family named their sons after Benjamin.

Recently I posted about the George Washingtons in my family tree a friend saw the post on FaceBook and he made a comment about Benjamin Franklin. Well, Russ, here are a few Benjamins for you.

Benjamin Franklin Barton      1904-1992    son of Yearby Franklin Barton & Ophelia Kemp

Benjamin Franklin Ellzey       1827-1904    son of John Ellzey & Elizabeth Coney

Benjamin Franklin Ritter        1835-1884    son of Michael Ritter & Eloisa Miller

Benjamin Franklin Wolf         b 1833           son of Andrew Wolf & Catherine Dick

Do you have any "famous people" in your tree?

Monday, November 6, 2017

George Washington in Our Family

George Washington lived 1732 – 1799. My family is not related to our first president. However, we do have several members named after George Washington. Our first president must have been a hero to these families.

George Washington Brumfield        1830 – 1865 son of J K Brumfield & Hannah Youngblood

George Washington Cutrer              1899 – 1977 son of Isaac Omer Cutrer & Fannie Smith

George Washington Fortenberry    1842 – 1910 son of C K Fortenberry & Narcissa Simmons

George Washington Mark                1878 – 1938 son of William Mark & Elidia Rebecca Ritter

George Washington Simmons          b 1820        son of Willis Simmons & Jane Goslin

George Washington Westmoreland            1832 – 1906     husband of Adeline Julia Brown

George Washington Wolf                 1842 – 1920 son of Frederick Wolf & Louisa Goetz

Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Strength of Family: The Love of Leo D. Brown

I have been blessed with a close, loving family. All of my life I have had the comfort in knowing that if I needed a hand I could call on a sibling, a cousin, a parent, or an aunt or uncle and they would reach back. Even with our family scattered over several states I know I would be helped if I had a need. Of course, there is lots of good natured teasing and jokes whenever we gather.

            Recently we were gathered for several days in the Veterans’ Hospital in Albany, NY, at the bedside of my father’s brother, Uncle Leo D. Brown. His children, grandchildren and his beautiful great granddaughters arrived by car and plane. They surrounded him with love, brought him fresh, cold cider to sip and his favorite Ohio Buckeye blanket to comfort him. We nieces and nephews backed up our cousins in any way we could. Hands were held, hugs exchanged and sad smiles on all our faces. And there was laughter. Who was the favorite child? Who would bring him a beer? Where was that cigar?

            The hospital staff, who could not have been more caring, soon realized they had to change his room. The veteran who was sharing with my uncle was over run by our family. Leo was moved to a room for four, and had it all to himself - and the rest of us. My cousins and my aunt took turns spending the nights. My uncle was never alone. We took turns holding his hand and cuddling his 3-month-old great granddaughter. At times he could talk to us and at times he could not. Emotions soared and crashed. When the veteran next door, his brief roommate, was discharged he came into the room to bid us goodbye and saluted my unconscious uncle. We cried. When my uncle rallied and someone asked him if he wanted ice chips he said, “Hell, yes.” And we laughed.

            Those days were a clear demonstration of the strength and love of our family. My uncle has left us and there is a hole in the core of our family where that veteran, fisherman, camper, father, uncle once stood. But the family will not collapse. We will step closer and fill the hole. And the tall tales of his exploits will be passed down through the years.

Leo Dwight Brown, surrounded (of course) by family

Leo D. Brown   October 27, 2017 (written by my cousin)

Leo D. Brown, 87, of Stuyvesant Falls passed away surrounded by family on Thursday, September 26, 2017 at the VA Hospital in Albany NY.
He was born on September 20, 1930 in Rittman, Ohio to Roy Jesse Brown and Ivy Regina Mark. He married Barbara J. Cottrell on September 4, 1955 in Troy, NY. 
After graduating Hudson High School, Leo entered the U S Air Force and served as a Military Police Officer Korea and was honorably discharged in 1954. Later in life, he worked for and retired as a Special Investigator for the NYS Department of Labor. 
Leo was a life member of the Stuyvesant Falls Fire Company, a life member of the Glencadia Rod and Gun Club, a life member of the Stuyvesant Falls VFW, a past member of the Town of Stuyvesant Assessment Review Board, and a life member of the Hudson Valley Girl Scout Council.
Leo was predeceased in death by his brothers Delbert Brown, Larry Brown, and Robert Brown and sisters Jeannette Wager, and Genevieve Weiland. Leo is survived by his spouse, Barbara, his children Aileen Roberts (John), Roy Brown (Nicky), Everett Brown (SC), Nancy Dilley (Tom) and Philip Bickerton (Tahnee); 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. 
Visitation hours are from 5-7 PM on Monday, October 30, 2017 at Bond Funeral Home in Valatie NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Camp Little Notch, 110 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs NY 12866. A former Adirondacks girl scout camp, Little Notch was dear to his heart. Now a nonprofit youth camp, he spent many happy hours there camping and fishing. 
Leo was a character. He was known for his voracious reading, humor, story and joke telling. If he liked you he teased you. If he teased you he loved you. He contributed a lot to our lives. The Oracle will be missed.