Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Rose Ella (Brumfield) Brown; MS Mom

Rose Ella (Brumfield) Brown
18 July 1867 MS – 2 October 1948 MS
My Great Grandmother

Rose Ella Brumfield Brown

Rose was the daughter of Jessie Alexander Brumfield & Martha Elizabeth Alford. Rose was the oldest daughter. Her siblings were: Martin, John, Fletcher, Lily, Daisy, Lucy, Sallie & Newton.

In 1870 Jessie and family were in Osyka, Pike, MS. Jessie was a farmer and Martha was the mother of 3 children.[1] Rose was 4 years old. In 1878 she was in school.[2]

In 1880 Jessie was still farming. Oldest son, Martin, was helping on the farm.[3] In 1885 Martin, Rose, John, Fletcher, Lily & Daisy were attending a local school.[4]

On 21 December 1887 Rose married Jasper Pascal Brown, son of Allen Moses Brown and Emmaline Smith.[5] Jasper was 21 and Rose was 18.[6]  Jasper and Rose were second cousins. Rose’s grandmother, Martha P. Smith Alford, and Jasper’s grandfather, Wyatt Smith were siblings. Martha and Wyatt were the children of Jeremiah and Joanna Smith.

In 1900 Jasper and Rose were still in Pike, MS. Rose was the mother of 6 children, all living: Lucy, Ina, Junius, Herbert, Mavis & Baby.[7] Lucy, Ina, Junius & Herbert were in school. [8] 1910 shows Jasper a farmer on his own farm and Rose as the mother of 9 children.[9] In 1912 6 of the children were in local schools: Thelma 5, Mildred 8; Roy 11; Lyda 13; Mavis 15 and Hubert 17.[10]

In 1920 Jasper was still farming in Pike, MS. Sons, Hubert & Roy were helping on the farm.[11] Roy, Mildred & Thelma were attending school.[12]

Sometime between 1920 & 1930 Jasper & Rose moved to William Road in Washington Parish, LA. In 1930 Jasper was 64 & Rose was 63. Two grandchildren were with them: Bernarr [son of Thelma Lady Brown] & Joseph [possibly the son of Junius]. Their son, Junius, lived next door.[13]

In 1940 they were back in Pike, MS. Jasper was still farming. Bernarr was still with his grandparents.[14]

I am fortunate that my aunt has shared some memories of Rose; snippets that bring her to life.

Granddaughter, Gen Brown, remembered that her Grandma Brown’s house smelled like lemons and tea.  When her son, Roy’s family, drove down from Ohio to visit Rose put big feather mattresses on the floor for them to sleep on. When the children lay down to sleep, their grandma knelt down to kiss them each good night.

Gen also remembered when her grandmother visited them in Ohio. Gen was just a little girl.  She went into the bedroom with her grandmother while her grandmother changed her dress, out of her travel dress.  Gen saw that her grandma had money pinned into the bodice of her slip. Rose told her granddaughter that travel was not safe; there were robbers on the roads so she pinned her money in her slip to keep it safe. 
 BROWN: Jasper & Rose 

I never met Rose. She died before I was born. Rose Ella Brumfield Brown died 2 October 1948 in MS[15]. Jasper died of bronchial pneumonia 8 June 1950 in MS.[16]  They are buried in Silver Creek Cemetery, MS.

Rose & Family:
1 Jasper Pascal Brown b: 15 May 1865 Pike, MS, d: 8 Jun 1950 McComb, Pike, MS
... + Rose Ella Brumfield b: 18 Jul 1867 MS, m: 21 Dec 1887 Pike, MS, d: 2 Oct 1948 Magnolia, Pike, MS
......2 Lucy Viola Brown b: 16 Oct 1888 MS, d: 23 Mar 1942
...... + Tate Edward Fortenberry b: 14 Jan 1885 MS, m: 17 Dec 1908 Pike, MS, d: Aft. 1940
......2 Ina Lucille Brown b: 29 Dec 1890 MS, d: 25 Jul 1972
...... + Dewitt William Alford b: 29 Oct 1874 LA, m: 8 Dec 1910 LA, d: 24 May 1942 LA
......2 Junius Earl Brown b: 12 May 1892 MS, d: Jan 1956
...... + Armetha Brown
......2 Hubert Allen Brown b: 1 Oct 1894 MS, d: 25 Nov 1971 Jackson, Hinds, MS
...... + Freddie Smith b: 19 Nov 1899, m: 10 Jan 1920 Pike, MS, d: 21 Apr 1988 MS
......2 Mavis Marie Brown b: 18 Aug 1897 MS, d: 28 Jun 1928 MS
...... + Denny Herbert Smith b: 3 Mar 1892 Tylertown, Walthall, MS, d: 18 Mar 1966 MS
......2 Lyda Mearl Brown b: 24 Dec 1900 Pike, MS, d: 06 Dec 1979 Walthall, MS
...... + Arlie Pierce b: 27 Jan 1898 Walthall, MS, d: 7 Mar 1993 Hammond, LA
......2 Roy Jesse Brown b: 8 Mar 1902 Osyka, Pike, MS, d: 12 May 1956 Magnolia, Pike, MS
...... + Mary Thelma Ellzey b: 22 Feb 1906 Pike, MS, d: Jan 1974 Magnolia, Pike, MS
...... + Ivy Regina Mark b: 8 Jun 1908 Medina, OH, m: 2 Aug 1927 Seville, Medina,OH, d: 18 Sep 2003 Rhinebeck, Dutchess Co, NY
......2 Mildred Olga Brown b: 23 Jun 1904 MS, d: Unknown
...... + James Alton Ball b: 22 Mar 1902 Angie, Washington, LA, m: 24 Dec 1921 Vernado, LA
......2 Thelma Lady Brown b: 27 Feb 1908 MS, d: 15 Nov 1979
...... + Reynolds

Related Posts:

[1] 1870 US Census, Osyka, Pike, Mississippi, Roll M593-745; Jesse Bromfield family.
[2] Haymon, Serena Abbess. Pike County, Mississippi School Census, 1878.  Greenwell Springs, LA; children of Jessie Brumfield.
[3] 1880 Census.  Pike Co., Miss.  ED 37 SD 3 Page 54  taken 29 June 1880. Alek J Brumfield family.
[4] Haymon, Serena Abbess. Pike County, Mississippi School Census, 1885.  Greenwell Springs, LA. Children of J Alex Brumfield.
[5] Index to Marriage Record, White, Vol. I; 1882-1942; Pike County Court House, MS; Family History Center Microfilm #0907286; page 35. Brown, Jasper P. 14 Dec 1887. Brumfield, Rosa E. Book P, Page 354.
[6] Marriage Bond; 1887; The State of MS, Pike Co.; Page 354; Jasper P. Brown and Rosa E. Brumfield, Married 21 December 1887. 
[7] 1900 US Census, Beat 1, Pike Co., Mississippi; Roll T623  825  Page 14B, ED104. Jasper P. Brown family.
[8] Haymon, Serena Abbess. Pike County, Mississippi School Census, 1900; J P Brown children.
[9] 1910 U.S. Census, Pike Co., Mississippi; 1910; ED95, Sheet 11; Line15; Federal Archives, Pittsfield, Mass., T1269 Roll 13 (Soundex) T624 Roll 756 (Report); Jasper Brown & family.
[10] Haymon, Serena Abbess. Pike County, Mississippi School Census, 1912. Children of J P Brown.
[11] 1920 U.S. Census, Pike Co., Mississippi; 1920; Vol 48, ED 99, Sheet 6; Line 61; National Archives, Pittsfield, Mass., M1570 Roll 14 (Soundex) T625 Roll 891 (Report); Jap P. Brown family in Simmonsville Precinct.
[12] Haymon, Serena Abbess. Pike County, Mississippi School Census, 1920. Children of J P Brown.
[13] 1930 US Census; Washington County, Louisiana; Jasper P. Brown family on Williams Road.
[14] 1940 US Census, MS, Pike, SD 7, ED 57-3, Sheet 2B. Jap P Brown on Walker Bridge Road.
[15] Death Certificate State File #16010, Registrar's # 264, Mississippi; Rosa Ella Brown.
[16] Certificate of Death; 1950; Mississippi State Dept. of Health, Vital Records; 9908; Jasper P. Brown, died 8 June 1950 in Pike Co., Mississippi.


  1. I love those sweet memories of being kissed good night by a grandmother. But that had to be some sight seeing money pinned to Grandmother's underpinnings. Funny. Smart but still funny.

    1. I love it when someone shares a little memory with me. Makes the person become 3 dimensional; better than just names & dates. And, of course, funny!


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