Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Those Places Thursday: Bute Co., NC; an Extinct County

 Bute County, North Carolina: Land Grant Plats and Land Entries 
Holcombe, B. H. (2007)
Westminister, MD: Heritage Books

Bute County, NC is an extinct county that had a short life. Therefore records can be difficult to find. This book is filled with land records.
“Bute County was formed in 1764 from Granville County and abolished in 1779 to form Warren and Franklin Counties.” All the plats & land entries are included in this book.


These land records show property owned by sons of James Alford, c 1687 – c 1730 New Kent, VA. Those sons were Julius, Goodrich & Lodwick  Alford. It also shows land owned by John Alford, son of Julius Alford & grandson of James Alford.

Bute Co. Lodwick Alford enters 200 A beginning on Ross’s line, thence to Arnold’s line thence to Wright’s line, south side of Tarr River & on the waters of Crooked Creek including Wm Alford’s Improvements. 16th March 1778.           [Lodwick Alford, s/o James Alford, 1687 – 1730]

Bute Co. Lodwick enters 200 A on south side of Tarr River, beginning at my own line, upon the Beaver Dam. Lodwick Alford, 16th March 1778 [Lodwick Alford, s/o James Alford, 1687 – 1730]

William Ferrell eters 640 A on So. Side of Tarr River, adj. Jno Farrell, Jno Cheaves, Julas Alford, Benj. Person & Burrell Perrery’s lines, 18 May 1778; Wm Ferrell [Julius Alford 1717 – 1771, s/o James Alford]

Bridges Freeman enters 620 A on Anders Creek adj. lines of Alford, Jno Mullins, Wm Freeman, Saml Jones, Jno Cooly, Hartsfield, Wright, Wommock. 15 June 1778; Bridges Freeman

Cornelius Taylor enters 280 A on waters of little Turkey Creek adj. Wm Rosses line, Wm Andrews line, Jno Drivers entry, Wm Andreys formerly belonging to Goodridge Alford including his Impt. 15 June 1778; Cors Taylor.[Goodrich Alford, s/o James Alford, 1687 – 1730]

Wm Stiles enters 400 A on waters of Turkey Creek adj. lines of Alford, Jeremiah Stevens, & Thomas Clover’s entry including 2 Improvements. 4 Augt 78; Wm Stiles

Jno Alford enters 640 A on So. Side of Tarr River on both sides of the beaver Dam adj. lines of – Gal Alford, Cheves, Alfords Entry, & Wm Ferrels Entry. 9 Novr 1778; Jno Alford    [John Alford, 1747 Bute NC – 1830 AL, s/o Julius Alford, grandson of James Alford]

Robert Butler enters 450 A on No. side of Tarr River adj. lines of his Own, Jas Hobbs, --- Alford (?), including his Improvement. 19th Decr 78; Robt Butler

Elizabeth Jones enters 200 A on No. side of Tarr River adj. lines of Capt. Ferrell, Saml Horton, Lod. Alford & Benj. Brown Including her Impt. 19 Decr 1778; Elizabeth Jones. [Lodwick Alford, s/o James Alford, 1687 – 1730]

Robt Melton enters 200 A on waters of Tarr adj. lines of the Widow Alford & including one Impt. 28 Decr 1778; Robert Melton

Jno Alford enters 400 A on waters of little Beaver Dam adj. lines of Lucey Alford including one Impt. 31 Decr. 1778; Jno Alford. [John Alford, 1747 NC – 1830 AL, son of Julius Alford & Lucy Newton, grandson of James Alford]


Jno Rice enters 300 A on the little Beaver Dam Swamp beg. At Alford’s line. 5th Jany 1779. Jon Rice

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Census Sunday: Eliza Jane Smith McClendon Fortenberry

Eliza Jane Smith, 1846 – 1905, 
daughter of Wyatt Smith & Euseba Fortenberry

Eliza married twice, first to David Jackson McClendon & later to John Norvel Fortenberry. Looking at census records, I have been able to find her with her parents and with her second husband but not with her first husband. Fortunately, the 1880 census shows children from both marriages.

1850 US Census, Pike County, Mississippi. Wyatt Smith family.

‘Wiatt’, 41, farmer, b. Mississippi; value of real estate $1,000. Wife, Libbey, 40, b. S Carolina
Children all born in Mississippi: [names as they are spelled in the report]
Sarintha, 17; William J. M., 15; Emeline M., 13; Jasper, 10; Oscar N., 8; Elija J, 6; Adollphus, 3 years old.

1880 US Census, MS, Pike; SD 3, ED 37; ancestry.com.

Norvel Fortenberry, 27 b MS, farmer
Eliza J, 34
Carl Edith, son, 5
Burrel W, son, 3
Annie McClenden,  step daughter, 15
Eugene W McClenden, stepson, 13

1900 US Census, MS, Pike, Beat 1; SD 7, ED 104, page 21; ancestry.com

John Fortenberry, 48 b Oct 1851 MS; married 1873; farmer
Eliza J, 53 b March 1847 MS; mother of 10/ 7 living
Carl L, son, 26 b Nov 1873 MS; farmer
William L, son, 16 b Nov 1883 MS; farm hand
Audray E, daughter, 14 b June 1885 MS
Emma E, daughter, 12 b June 1887 MS

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Shirley Fortenberry

Shirley Fortenberry

b 29 October 1909 MS
son of Tate Edward Fortenberry  & Lucy Viola Brown
My 1st cousin 1 x removed

Shirley is in uniform in this photo but I have been unable to find a military record for him as yet. I do not know when or where he died. I welcome more information about Shirley.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Census Sunday: Willis James Fortenberry

 Willis James Fortenberry, 1829 – 1905; 
son of William Jasper & Violette (Kennington) Fortenberry. 

He married Louisa Blackwell. They lived in Pike Co., MS & had seven children.
 Willis was my 3rd great grand uncle.

Note: Fortenberry has variations including Fortinberry/Fortinbery

1870 US Census, MS, Pike; ancestry.com

Willis Fortenbery, 40 b MS, Minister
Louisa 42 b KY, house keeper
Permelia 14 b MS
John 14 b MS
Edward 12 b MS
Monroe 9 b MS
Armintha 6 b MS
Hollace 3 b MS
Harman 1 b MS
Coyabel 52 b MS

1900 US Census, MS, Pike, Tylertown, Beat 2; SD 7, ED 106, Sheet 13; ancestry.com.

“Willis J Fortinbery” 70 b Nov 1829 MS, farmer; m 1853
Louisa, wife, 71 b Apr 1829 KY; mother of 7/ 7 living
Felder, son, 31 b May 1869 MS; farm laborer
Eliza, dau in law, 24 b Sept 1875 MS; mother of 2/ 2 living
Alberta, grand daughter, 6 b Jan 189 MS
Ecca, grandson, 4 b Mar 1896 MS

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Mappy Monday: Neighbors or Family or Both?

When searching census reports I often look at the other people on the page or in nearby pages. Sometimes I find family members who lived next door or nearby. I’m sure that many researchers do the same thing.

Another way to find neighboring family members is through maps. I have had great success by using the Family Maps books by Gregory A. Boyd, J. D. I have a few & have blogged about them in the past. I am revisiting those books to see what I have missed.

Family Maps
Of Pike, County, Mississippi
Deluxe Edition
Gregory A. Boyd, J. D.

I looked for my Fortenberry family & found the surname in map group 12, section 34, near Smithburg, MS.  Along with the Fortenberry surname I found Smith surnames. I made a list in my notebook and then looked closely at their relationships. Soon I was sketching two family trees.

Wm. J Fortenberry & Violette Kennington          Jeremiah Smith & Joanna Dillon
My 4th great grandparents                                        My 4th great grandparents

They were not listed in the map book but these children were:                                           

Gasua C Fortenberry 1805 – 1884                             Calvin Smith 1812 – 1881
Burrell T. Fortenberry 1820 – 1863                           Jeremiah 1821 – 1894
Euseba Fortenberry 1809 – 1878      ….Married...   Wyatt Smith 1808 – 1894

In this area of Pike County these two families, united by the marriage of Wyatt & Euseba (Fortenberry) Smith, my 3rd great grandparents, lived and worked side by side.

In the adjoining section, section 35, more of the same surnames are shown along with a couple new names. Here is the list of landowners along with their relationship to Gasua Fortenberry to illustrate their connection.

Gasua C Fortenberry, 1805 – 1884; my 3rd great grand uncle
Warren M Huffman, 1835 – 1905; son in law of Gasua, husband of Narcissa
Benjamin C Fortenberry, 1856 – 1895; nephew of Gasua Fortenberry
Wyatt Smith, 1809 – 1895; brother in law of Gasua; my 3rd great grandfather
Calvin Smith, 1812 – 1881; brother of brother in law of Gasua
Harrison H Burch, 1867 – 1935; grandson in law of Gasua
Isaac Broomfield, 1823 – 1909; brother of sister in law of brother in law of Gasua
Lewis W Brown; unknown

Lewis Brown is a missing piece. I know my Brown family is related to Fortenberry, Smith & Brumfield and my family was (and still is) in the county. Lewis might be a family member but at this time I cannot find a connection.

Looking at one after another section on these maps I can find more & more family connections. Celebrate Mappy Monday by looking at a map!

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