Saturday, June 24, 2017

92nd Birthday: Jesse K Brumfield, Oldest Mason in MS

Jesse Kelly Brumfield

April 1836 - August 1928
son of Isaac & Elizabeth (Holmes) Brumfield
husband of Elizabeth Jane Harvey

Jesse was my 1st cousin 4x removed.

J. K. Brumfield Has His 92d Birthday
Tylertown Veteran of Civil War Said to be Oldest Mason in the State
 Initiated 66 Years Ago

Jesse K. Brumfield of Tylertown, said to be the oldest Mason in Mississippi celebrated his ninety-second birthday Thursday in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lovie E. Ball. Mr. Brumfield is one of the two living charter members of Tylertown Lodge Number 392. He was initiated into the order 66 years ago in Holmesville when he was on furlough from the Confederate army. He was first Lieutenant of Company K, Thirty-eighth Mississippi regiment in the Civil War and served four years, with distinction. He has four children: C. L. Brumfield, Superintendent of Education in Walthall County; Mrs. Lovie E. Ball of Tylertown; Dr. Clyde Brumfield of Donaldson, Louisiana and Mrs. Jesse Davis of Abilene, Texas. Until about a month ago Mr. Brumfield enjoyed good health, but since that time he has been confined to his room.

from: J. K. Brumfield Has His 92d Birthday. (1928, April 18). Semi-Weekly Journal, McComb, MS, p. 1. Retrieved 14 March 2017 from

Not only does this newspaper article give family information about J. K. Brumfield, but it gives military information. That information led me to to verify his military service. I did find Jesse K. Brumfield there. He was a Sergeant in Company K, 38 MS Regiment. One undated record show that he was wounded. Other records show he was captured by the Union forces in Vicksburg on 4 July 1863, became a prisoner of war and was paroled as evidenced in this 8 July 1863 record shown below.

Are you related to this family? I'd enjoy hearing from you.

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  1. "Said to be the oldest mason in the state" is a tribute to this cousin of yours. Captured on Independence Day and paroled four days later? Glad to see he had a long and productive life after that.

    1. Yes, it seems he led an amazing & long life. As always, thanks for stopping by & commenting.

  2. Captured but made it home; lived to be 92, that's awesome.

    1. Charlie, I'm sure he had many wonderful stories to tell!

  3. Now that was a fun stepping stone from obit to military record!

    As an aside, women named "Lovie" are suddenly coming out of the woodwork. I had never seen that as a real name until this past week when I was doing research for a friend. She has an ancestor whose wife was Lovie and that ancestor's nephew had a wife named Lovie. And now you!

    1. I've seen Lovie as a nickname for Olivia but not sure that is always the case.


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