Teresa Fortenberry

Teresa Fortenberry

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Teresa Fortenberry
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Wiki Genealogist April 2019 Club 100 May 2018 Club 100 Great War 1914-1918 Project Member January 2018 Club 100 September 2017 Club 100 August 2017 Club 100 July 2017 Club 100 June 2017 Club 100 Generous Genealogist -  Green Star May 2017 Club 100 April 2017 Club 100 Generous Genealogist - Blue Star New Netherland Project Member October 2016 Club 100 Generous Genealogist - Red Star September 2016 Club 100 Poland Project Member Military and War Project Member August 2016 Club 100
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Born and raised in Clarkston, Georgia. One brother, four sisters. Four children, five grandchildren.

Retired. Photograph mushrooms. Research family history.

As of 2 June 2015, I have been accepted into the Society of Mayflower Descendants, Georgia chapter.

We can trace our lineage through my father's mother, back to her grandmother who was Mary Jane Washburn and back through her Upham ancestors to Mary Jane's 5X great grandfather, Phineas Upham. Lieutenant Phineas Upham fought in King Philip's War in the late 1670's. For more information, please see King Philip's War

We have several family lines that would qualify for Colonial Dames, but have not gathered documentation. Lieut. Phineas Upham would qualify.

For the Revolutionary War, we have a number of family members who fought in that war.

Our William Jasper Fortenberry was a veteran of the War of 1812 (from South Carolina). Our Willis Simmons was a veteran of the War of 1812 (from Mississippi).

Our Burrell T. Fortenberry was a veteran of and died from exposure during the Civil War.

Qualify for Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors (Dad was aboard the USS Helena, his cousin was aboard the USS Arizona).

My oldest daughter continues the military tradition, serving 12 years as a Marine and deployed twice to the Middle East.

---Continuing the military legacy is this daughter's son who is now a proud Marine! 8/2018

My Mom, Dad and two older sisters wrote the book "The Fortenberry Families of Southern Mississippi".

Now on GEDmatch (10/2017)

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE MOVIE "LAKE PLACID" Oliver Platt turns to Brendon Gleeson and says "They keep information like that hidden in books". And in GENEALOGY... they DO. If you don't take the time to give up the internet search and start looking through books that are APPROPRIATE for your research, then you might miss that one little sentence, one little clue that might send you in the right direction for knocking down that "brick wall" and finding your ancestors. Scores of books have never been scanned into digital format. You should try to make the time to just open the pages and read.


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Researching John Brewer b. about 1775 in South Carolina. Father of Sarah Brewer who married James Jackson Simmons b. MS.
Our Covingtons came from Maryland and settled in Rockingham county N.C. in the very early 1800's. William Covington was one of the founders of Cartledge Creek Baptist Church.
Our great great great grandmother
Our family is currently in the process of documenting the connection between the Falkenburg name and the van Valkenburg name.
Our surname has many spellings
Fortenberry is MY name and I will never again give it up.
We are finding new information about Jane Goslin m. Willis Simmons.
We have followed our family's ancestry back to Francis Cooke. I maintain our membership.
Our Dutch roots
Special interest in 7 December
Isaac Sibley d 1810 Effingham county, Georgia. He is the father of our Patience (Sibley) Brewer.
Simmons is my grandmother's name. There are several separate families of Simmons' who seem to have no genetic connection.
A number of ancestors were involved in the U.S. Civil War
Van Valkenberg is one of the variations for the name. As the pioneers migrated south in the early 1700's, the name had many different spellings.
A variation on the Van Valkenburg name
Washburn is our grandmother's grandmother's maiden name.
New England Wellingtons before 1799
Many of America's conflicts concern my family

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On 24 Dec 2018 at 03:08 GMT Rev Daniel Washburn Jones wrote:

Thank you for the well wishes Cuz.

Merry Christmas !!!

On 9 Dec 2018 at 20:03 GMT Gigi (Ward) Tanksley wrote:

Teresa, I saw your note to Allan on William Simmons page. Just wondered if either of you knew there was a William Simmons living near Samuel Varnado Sr on the 1790 or 1800 census of Orangeburg, SC. As I am sure you know William Pearl Varnado's child Samuel Hastings Varnado married a Olivia Simmons. That was why I noticed the William Simmons. There are three census that show Samuel in Orangeburg, 1790, 1800, and 1810. Just thought you might want to take a look. I know they traveled in caravans, Happy Holidays to you and yours! :)

On 16 Sep 2018 at 13:44 GMT Michelle (Bairfield) Brooks wrote:

Teresa, I am trying to place https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Faulkenberry-48

On the Fortenberry DNA page:

  1. 21 kit-150856 Faulkenberry, Samuel Albert (1850 - 1919) Haplo Group: R-M269, is his son.

Is Faulkenberry-62 the same as

  1. 22 kit-18459 Fortenberry, Jacob (1760 SC Haplo Group: R-M269 on the DNA page?

On 1 Jul 2018 at 22:25 GMT Rev Daniel Washburn Jones wrote:

Thank you for the kind words Teresa ...

The some of those Ebenezer is in my direct line, so it's a bit sad that it's taken me this long to get to him.

I've been spending time lately in the 13th and 12th centuries, trying to firm up some of our early grandfathers.

On 4 Feb 2018 at 04:05 GMT Rev Daniel Washburn Jones wrote:

Que pasa mi amiga?

Here's hoping the Holidays and New Year have been good for you!

The days are starting to blend together here ... trudging thru the winter (it was going fine, and then February showed up).


On 22 Jan 2018 at 21:34 GMT Kevin Faulkenberry wrote:

I'll definitely have to look into the correct lineage that you have on your tree. I want to make sure I have everything down the way it is supposed to be. Thanks for telling me!

On 15 Nov 2017 at 01:22 GMT Rev Daniel Washburn Jones wrote:

If she had just left the category on, as her notice reads, it would be one thing, but she seems to think making other changes while doing so is kosher, NOT.

On 6 Sep 2017 at 13:54 GMT Rev Daniel Washburn Jones wrote:

I immediately noticed that a certain Nathan & Sarah Washburn named two of their children, 1) "Cordelia" (one of my all time favorites!) and 2) "Christopher Columbus Washburn" ... just interesting.


On 3 Aug 2017 at 00:17 GMT Rev Daniel Washburn Jones wrote:

Hey Teresa,

Check out this cousin: Snow-5292, a rather remarkable young man.


On 11 Jun 2017 at 03:00 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:

Teresa the page is ready:

I left my name on in case you need help. and I left it pvc white while you are working on it..

All of the ships with the new cats are posted and I added USS Helena category as well..

so have fun... Hollar if you need me..



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