Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Golden Anniversary of Brumfield – Rollins, 16 December 1885

This newspaper article was written in 1935 when Clifton & Ada celebrated their 50thAnniversary. A big crowd of family were present to celebrate. This couple went on to be married for 56 years. They died in 1941, just a few days apart.


Clifton Barksdale Brumfield

10 Dec 1862 LA - 24 Aug 1941 MS

Son of Barksdale Wade Brumfield & Mary Lucy Brown


Ada Salena Rollins

14 Feb 1868 - 29 Aug 1941 MS


Married 16 Dec 1885

Parents of 11 children

Mr. and Mrs. Brumfield Celebrate Golden Anniversary


The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton B. Brumfield was celebrated at their Auburn, Lincoln county, home on Sunday, marked with those joyous functions and attended by those that distinguished such rare events. A throng of friends gathered to offer felicitations and make merry over the achievement.

In the experiences of this half-century of wedded fellowship the pleasures must have had the preponderance over incidental sorrows, for the honorees reach this advanced matrimonial anniversary hale and hearty, in the possession of their natural faculties, and a perennial zest in life.  

As hostess Mrs. Brumfield entertained the large company of guests with characteristic social graces as in those youthful days when love was young. In the chivalrous affections of the husband, that maiden loveliness is unmarred. 

With Mr. Brumfield, the vigor of youth is yet in evidence, and his interesting stories are reminiscent of those gallant days of spirited young manhood. In the realm of sport his prowess in winning is well known. On the turf his ponies left the track wearing the blue; in the chase of his hounds were heard pressing the quarry. But his boasted red letter day was when he won the affections and promise of the girl who became his wife against all contenders.  

This union brought together two of the aristocratic pioneer connections populous over south-west Mississippi, and contiguous Louisiana. Mrs. Brumfield – formerly Miss Ada Rollins – being of Felder extraction. The marriage ceremony was performed by Mr. Willis H. Germany, the popular “marrying person” of that era.


Members of the immediate family participating in the celebration were 

·     Mrs. Quilla May and four children, [Lucy E. Brumfield May]

·     Mrs. Moore Felder and four children, [Mary Elizabeth Brumfield Felder]

·     Mr. and Mrs. Harrison H. Brumfield and six children, [Henry Harrison Brumfield]

·     Mr. and Mrs. Clifton G. Brumfield and three children, [Clifton Grady Brumfield]

·     Mr. and Mrs. Smith F. Brumfield and one child, [Smith Felder Brumfield]

·     Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Wallace and five children, [Mattie Velma Brumfield Wallace]

·     Mrs. Maxine Lofton and two children. [Audrey Lucille Brumfield Lofton]

Mr. Brumfield’s brothers and sisters attending were 

·     Marcus Brumfield, McComb; 

·     Oscar Brumfield, Franklin, La.;

·     Robert Brumfield;

·     Mr. and Mrs. John D. Wood, Franklin, La.; [Lucy Brumfield Wood]

·     And a large number of nieces and nephews from various points.

Near kindred of Mrs. Brumfield were

·     Mr. and Mrs. J. W. D. Mercier and nieces, McComb.

Bearing the distinction of being the sole great grandchild was Margaret Claire Terrell Jackson.

Other celebrants from distant points came from Memphis, Wesson, Brookhaven, Norfield, Johnston Station, Summit, McComb, Kokomo, Natchez, Amite City and Baton Rouge, with many rural sections represented. 


Source: Mr. and Mrs. Brumfield Celebrate Golden Anniversary. (McComb, MS: Semi-Weekly Journal, 17 Dec. 1935) 3; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed March 2021.

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