Tuesday, April 22, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks = Week #16; Martha E Alford Brumfield; Great Great Grandma

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 2x great grandmother is on my father’s family tree.

Martha Elizabeth Alford Brumfield

8 August 1846 MS – after 1910

My Great Great Grandmother

Martha was the daughter of Edwin Barksdale Alford & Martha P Smith. She was one of 13 children. Her siblings were: Warren Jackson, Cynthia Ann, Ira Payne, William H., Harriet Jane, Lacey A., Jeptha J., Julia Ann, Seaborn S., Elijah H., Julius Newton & Julia Ann Alford. The Edwin Alfords were in MS from the early 1800’s onwards.[1],[2]

Martha married Jessie Alexander Brumfield, son of Nathaniel Brumfield & Charlotte Temple Ott. In 1870 they were living in Osyka, Pike, MS with three children. Jessie was a farmer.[3] In 1878 those three children were attending school in Pike, MS.[4] By 1880 Jessie & Martha had 6 children, ages 11 months to 13 years old.[5] The children attended school in Pike Co., MS.[6],[7]

The family lived on Walkers Bridge Road in 1900. Jessie owned his farm without a mortgage. Three children were still at home.[8] In the 1910 census Martha was the mother of ten children; seven living.[9] Research has uncovered nine children for Martha.

At this time Martha’s death year is unknown. If you know more about my great great grandmother please contact me.

Martha, Jessie & Family:

1 Martha Elizabeth Alford b: 08 Aug 1846 Pike, MS, d: Aft. 1910
... + Jessie Alexander Brumfield b: 27 Sep 1838 LA, d: 27 May 1914 MS
......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 in Pike, MS, d: 8 Jun 1950 McComb, 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: 8 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] Conerly, Luke Ward. Resource Records of Pike/Walthall Counties Mississippi, 1798 – 1910. Reprint, Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, Inc. 1989.
[2] Land & Maps. Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Pike County, Mississippi. Deluxe. Norman, Oklahoma: Arphax Publishing Co., 2005. Land patents for Edwin Alford in Pike, MS, 1849, 1851, 1859.
[3] 1870 US Census, Osyka, Pike, Mississippi, Microfilm Roll M593-745; Jesse A Bromfield family.
[4] Haymon, Serena Abbess. Pike County, Mississippi School Census, 1878.  Greenwell Springs, LA. Three Brumfield children.
[5] 1880 Census, Pike Co., MS; ED 37, SD 3, Page 54; J Alek Brumfield family.
[6] Haymon, Serena Abbess. Pike County, Mississippi School Census, 1885.  Greenwell Springs, LA. The children of J Alek Brumfield.
[7] Haymon, Serena Abbess. Pike County, Mississippi School Census, 1890.  Greenwell Springs, LA. The children of Alex Brumfield.
[8] 1900 US Census, South of Magnolia at Walkers Bridge Rd., PIke Co., Mississippi, SD 7, ED 104, Sheet 31A; Jesse A. Brumfield family.
[9] 1910 US Census, Pike, Mississippi, SD 7, ED 95, Sheet 8A; Jessie A Brumfield family.

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  1. I always like noticing whether an ancestor had a mortgage and am always surprised and delighted when they owned something mortgage-free. Maybe it's because today's mortgages seem to last forever. I guess reading "mortgage-free" makes me think they were doing well, but it could also mean they inherited the farm that had already been paid off.

  2. I know your southern roots must be more frustrating to reseach then your northern roots. After 38 years of researching in the South it sad to realize how much data and actual toombstones have been lost over the years. Unable to determine your grandmother's death date is just typical. Your brst bet since she died after 1910 is to look for an obit or family Bible.


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