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).

Introduction
Chapters:
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
Index



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.






Tuesday, July 8, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks = Week #27; Wyatt Smith


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.”



Wyatt Smith
31 August 1809 LA – 16 February 1894 MS

My 3x Great Grandfather


Wyatt Smith was the son of Jeremiah Smith & Joanna Dillon.[1] His siblings were: Hollander, Martha P., Eli, Jane, Edwin, Eliza, Calvin, Lidda, Mehala, Milevey, Joanna & Jeremiah.[2]

He married Euseba Fortenberry, daughter of William Jasper Fortenberry & Violette Kennington.  In 1840 they were in Pike Co., MS with four children and 25 slaves.[3] In 1850 they had seven children. Their farm was valued at $1,000.[4] The 1860 census shows their location in Pike Co. as Holmesville. Neighbors included other Smiths, Fortenberrys and Ellzeys.[5] That year Wyatt owned ten slaves and had two slave houses.[6]

"These two seemed to possess the traits of true democracy and that is 'work'. They blazed the trail, built the stockade a quarter mile east of the present Silver Springs Church. Besides rearing eight children of their own, they proved their love for children by bringing up several orphan children, and counted them their own."[7]

By 1870 the farm was valued at $3,000 and Wyatt’s personal estate at $1,400.Only two children were still at home.[8] In 1880 Wyatt was living with his son Adolphus and family. Son, Walter, and family lived nearby.[9]

“24 Feb 1894 - Mr. Wyatt Smith, father of Dr. A S Smith of Magnolia, died 16 Feb 1894 at the home of his son-in-law Rev. J N Fortinberry at Smithburg, Pike County, 84 years 5 months 15 days. Member Silver Springs Baptist Church. Interred in family burying ground beside wife who died 17 years ago.”[10] 

Wyatt is buried in the Wyatt Smith Cemetery in Pike Co., MS.[11] Several years ago my family and I visited the cemetery. We had to go through private land to reach the cemetery. Trees and weeds were grown up around the stones. Wyatt’s stone is broken. The top half was lying on the ground, covered with dirt. I hope the stones there are still readable.

 
The broken Tombstone of Wyatt Smith



[1] Holbrook and Fressenden’s Stereotype Edition of the Holy Bible, Brattleboro, VT, 1825. Original owner: Jeremiah Smith Sr. of Pike Co., MS. Copied by Texana Carter, 27 August 1854. In possession of Mrs. W C Uhlman, Rte 6, Tylertown, MS, great granddaughter.
[2] Criminger, Adrianne Fortenberry. The Fortenberry Families of Southern Mississippi. South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1984.
[3] 1840 US Census, MS, Pike County.  Wyatt Smith family.
[4] 1850 US Census, Pike County, Mississippi. Wiatt Smith family.
[5] 1860 US Census, MS, Pike, Holmesville, page 149. Wyatt Smith family.
[6] 1860 US Slave Schedules, MS, Pike Co., Schedule 2, p. 51. Wyatt Smith.
[7] Fortinberry, G. K., Abstract History of the Fortinberry Family; 1795-1940's; Family History Center Microfilm #1036152.
[8] 1870 US Census, MS, Pike, Osyka, page 3. Wyatt Smith family.
[9] 1880 US Census, MS, Pike; SD 3, ED 37, page 58. Wyatt Smith family.
[10] O'Rourke, Helen L. Gone But Not Forgotten. Mississippi: Privately printed; Page 172; Magnolia Gazette, Reel  MG 5. Pike - Amite - Walthall Library System, 1022 Virginia Avenue, MS.
[11] Parish, Ray and June Sartin. Cemetery Inscriptions Pike County, Mississippi 1750 - 1978. Page 633.  Wyatt Smith Cemetery (John S. Ellzey Cemetery).  

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday Obituary – J. A. Brumfield of LA & MS

 Jessie Alexander Brumfield 1838 - 1914


"J. A. Brumfield was born Sept. 23, 1838, united with the Mt. Herman Baptist Church Oct., 1864, remained a member of the same until the organization of Bogue Chitto Baptist church, of which he went into the organization of, and remained a member of same until his death which occurred on May 23, 1914."

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 73. From the Louisiana Archives, Baton Rouge, LA.



1 Jessie Alexander Brumfield b: 27 Sep 1838 LA, d: 27 May 1914 MS
... + Martha Elizabeth Alford b: 08 Aug 1846 Pike, MS, d: Aft. 1910
......2 Martin Ellis Brumfield b: Sep 1865 MS, d: Aft. 1920
...... + Dollie King b: Jun 1877 LA
......2 Rose Ella Brumfield b: 18 Jul 1867 MS, d: 2 Oct 1948 Magnolia, Pike, MS
...... + Jasper Pascal Brown b: 15 May 1865 Pike, MS, m: 21 Dec 1887 Pike, MS, d: 8 Jun 1950 Pike, MS
......2 John Edward Brumfield b: Nov 1869 MS, d: 1933
...... + Ada Beatrice Fortenberry b: 25 Oct 1894, d: 1956 MS
......2 Fletcher Boyd Brumfield b: 28 Jun 1875 MS, d: 11 Dec 1960 MS
...... + Mattie Burmfield b: 02 Mar 1880 MS, m: Abt. 1908, d: 08 Oct 1967
......2 Lily E. Brumfield b: 1876 MS, d: 1959
...... + Julius G. Alford b: 25 Oct 1869 LA
......2 Daisy L. Brumfield b: Jul 1879 MS
...... + Cornelius Alford
......2 Lucy May Brumfield b: 12 Apr 1881 MS, d: 15 Mar 1882 MS
......2 Sallie Joy Brumfield b: 31 May 1884 MS, d: 1973
...... + Joseph Ed Brumfield b: 1872 MS, d: 1955
......2 Newton N. Brumfield b: 08 Nov 1872, d: 14 Dec 1874 MS