Tuesday, April 15, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks = Week #15; Jessie A Brumfield; Soldier & Farmer

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.” 

I have decided to begin with my grandparents and to work back through the generations. This ancestor has always appealed to me, perhaps because I like his name.

Jessie Alexander Brumfield

27 September 1838 LA – 27 May 1914 MS

My Great Great Grandfather
Jessie Alexander Brumfield

JessieA Brumfield was the son of Nathaniel Brumfield & Charlotte Temple Ott. Jessie was one of 5 children. His siblings were: Martin Penn, John D., Sarah Lucy & Laura. In 1840 & 1850 the family lived in Washington Parish, LA. In 1850 Nathaniel was a farmer and his real estate was valued at $13,500.[1]

By 1860 Jessie’s father had died and his mother was married to Jessie’s uncle, Elijah Brumfield. The family was still in Washington Parish, LA.[2]

Jessie served in the Civil War. He and his brother John D. Brumfield enlisted 14 May 1862, after the death of their older brother, Martin Penn Brumfield. They signed for three years. Each received a $50 bounty. Martin was paid 40 cents a day for his horse. They served together in the 9th Battalion, 3rd Calvary, Company C from Louisiana. They were in Wingfield's Calvary.

Jessie married Martha Elizabeth Alford, daughter of Edwin Barksdale Alford & Martha P Smith.

By 1865 he had moved from LA across the border to MS [oldest child born there]. In 1870 they were living in Osyka, Pike, MS with three children. Jessie was a farmer.[4] In 1878 those three children were all attending school in Pike, MS.[5] By 1880 Jessie & Martha had 6 children, ages 11 months to 13 years old.[6] The children attended school in Pike Co., MS.[7],[8]

The family lived on Walkers Bridge Road in 1900. Jessie owned his farm without a mortgage. Three children were still at home.[9] Ten years later he was still farming.[10]

His obituary follows:

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.[11]

Jessie & Family:
1 Jessie Alexander Brumfield b: 27 Sep 1838 LA, d: 27 May 1914 MS
... + Martha Elizabeth Alford b: 8 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 in 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 in Mississippi, USA, 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: 2 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, d: 1947
......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: 8 Nov 1872, d: 14 Dec 1874 MS

[1] 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, 1990.
[2] 1860 US Census, Washington Parish, Louisiana; Elijah Brumfield family.
[3] Fold3 Civil War Service records, Confederate records, Louisiana, Wingfield’s. J A Brumfield.
[4] 1870 US Census, Osyka, Pike, Mississippi, Microfilm Roll M593-745; Jesse A Bromfield family.
[5] Haymon, Serena Abbess. Pike County, Mississippi School Census, 1878.  Greenwell Springs, LA. Three Brumfield children.
[6] 1880 Census, Pike Co., MS; ED 37, SD 3, Page 54; J Alek Brumfield family.
[7] Haymon, Serena Abbess. Pike County, Mississippi School Census, 1885.  Greenwell Springs, LA. The children of J Alek Brumfield.
[8] Haymon, Serena Abbess. Pike County, Mississippi School Census, 1890.  Greenwell Springs, LA. The children of Alex Brumfield.
[9] 1900 US Census, south of Magnolia at Walkers Bridge Rd., PIke Co., Mississippi, SD 7, ED 104, Sheet 31A; Jesse A. Brumfield family.
[10] 1910 US Census, Pike, Mississippi, SD 7, ED 95, Sheet 8A; Jessie A Brumfield family.
[11] 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; J A Brumfield.


  1. Jessie and my great-great grandfather were contemporaries. Reading this post makes me realize how similar their lives were.

    1. Maybe today they would have been blog buddies like us!


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