Saturday, March 26, 2022

The Estate of Josiah Spurlock, 1833 MS

I enjoy finding estate sales for family members because the list of their possessions gives insights into their lives. I also like seeing the prices of the items sold. This sale also shos=ws that Josiah's family members bought items. His father, brothers and brother-in-law purchased items. I often read about farm items and kitchen crockery but this sale included a dictionary & books! Was he a well read man?

Do you have a source for Josiah's birth? I have seen his birth posted on Ancestry but I have not seen a source. Please share if you know more.

Josiah Spurlock 

died 1833 MS

Son of Allen Spurlock & Frances Traylor

Husband of Rebecca Adaline Knox


Sales of the Perishable Property to the Estate of Josiah Spurlock Dec’d., 1833

Samuel Burrows                       1 lot of Hogs 9 Head                           $12.75

Willford Garner                       1 lot of Hogs 13 Head                           22.00

Allen Spurlock                         1 Work Steer                                         23.50

John Wilson                            1 Steer                                                   20.75

Willford Garner                       1 Cow 7 Calf                                         12.00

            Do                                           Do                                             13.50

            Do                               1 Cow & Yearling                                  10.25

            Do                                           Do                                             10.25

James Lowrey                          1 Cow & Yearling                                  11.00

Willford Garner                       1 Cow & Yearling                                  6.00

Oliver Garner                          1 Cow & Yearling                                12.75

James Lowrey                          2 Young Steers                                       20.25

Willford Garner                       6 head of young Cattle                           27.00

Oliver Garner                          1 Heifer                                                  4.25

Wm Baker                               50 Bushels Corn                                    42.50

Robt Brown                             25 Bushels Corn                                    24.25

William Gardner                     25 Bushels Corn                                    24.25

Wm Baker                               50 Bushels Corn                                    44.50

Lewis Suddith                          1 horse bridle Saddle                              49.00

Fletcher Campbell                   Black mare                                             56.50

Allen Spurlock, Senr.               1 Bay mare                                           100.00

Wm Gardner                           1 Colt                                                    35.00

John Wilson, Jun.                    1 Stack fodder                                         6.00

T. J. Spurlock                          1 Stack fodder                                        6.25

Willford Garner                       1 Stack fodder                                        17.50

            Do                               1 Lot Castin [?]                                       1.50

William Burris                         1 Lot Castin [?]                                       3.75

            Do                               1 Lot Wheels & Reels                            2.00

John Wilson                            1 Lot Plows & gear                                 7.00

Allen Spurlock                         1 Plow & gear                                         7.00

Thos Warens                           1 froe [?]                                                  .68

            Do                               1 lot Plows & Gear                                 2.50

            Do                               1 Drawing knife                                      1.00

Leo Wilson                              1 axe                                                       2.12 

Samuel Burrows                       2 axes                                                     1.75

Thos Warens                           1 Grubbing hoe                                      .50

            Do                               1 lot nails & Irons                                  1.87

Willford Garner                       1 Log Chain                                           1.50

            Do                               1 Log Chain                                          1.62

Thos Warens                           1 Lot of Copperware                               1.00

Allen Spurlock                         1 Bushel Rice                                         2.12 

Wm Burrows                           1 Side Leather                                          .81

T. J. Spurlock                          1 Bed & furniture                                  25.00

Allen Spurlock, Senr.               1 Bed & furniture                                  29.00

Mary Ann Spurlock                 1 Bed & furniture                                  26.00

James Lowrey                          1 small table                                            6.12

Wm Garner                             1 lot Cookery & Glass                           4.00

Leo Wilson                              1 looking glass                                         .50

Samuel Burrows                       1 lot cookery, knives, forks                     2.75

Wm Baker                               1 lot cookery                                           2.25

Allen Spurlock                         1 lot cookery                                           1.50

John Wilson                            1 rassp                                                    .50

Allen Spurlock, Senr.               1 lot Candlesticks                                  26.20

Samuel Burrows                       1 Pine Slab                                              1.75

James Lowrey                          1 Dictionary                                           1.00

William Garner                       1 lot of Books                                         1.50

James Lowrey                          1 gun & horn                                         10.12

Willford Garner                       1 pr Smoothing Irons                              .93

Allen Spurlock                         1 Box Shot                                              1.00

T. J. Spurlock                          1 Hand Saw                                             .87

Wm Keith                               1 pr Log Irons                                         1.75

            Do                               1 Trunk                                                   .25

Samuel Burrows                       1 Bushel Wool                                        1.50

T. J. Spurlock                          3 pr. Cotton cards                                  1.00

Allen Spurlock                         1 lot shaving instruments                        1.87

Wm Keith                               3 Umbrellas                                            2.00

Wm Burres                              1 Loom                                                   5.00

Wm Keith                               3 Chairs                                                  4.00

            Do                               1 Trunk                                                  1.43

James Lowrey                          1 Goat Pail                                              .62

Willford Garner                       1 Water Pail                                             .62

Leo Wilson                              1 Pitcher                                                  .75

A Spurlock                               1 Lot Crockery                                        .50

            Do                               1 Table Cloth                                         3.00

Wm Burres                              I Folding Table                                      12.00


Thos. J. Spurlock Says an Oath the within is a true copy account of the Sales of the Estate of Josiah Spurlock so far as said sales have taken place. Sworn & Subscribed this 18th day of November 1833.

Thomas J. Spurlock


Source: MS Probate Records, 1781 – 1930, Amite County; digital image, Ancestry ( accessed Dec 2021) Josiah Spurlock, 1833.         

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Monday, March 21, 2022

Forget Me Not: Charles Edgar Brumfield, 1959 MS

A member of a Pike County Pioneer Family. This is a wonderfully informative obituary. I wish more obituaries had this much information. 


Charles Edgar Brumfield

9 June 1874 MS – 20 Aug 1959 MS

Son of Henry Sims Brumfield & Martha E. Bickham

Husband of Katie Leona Freeman


Brumfield Rites are Said Today

Last rites were said today for Charles E. Brumfield, 85, for many decades a Pike County public official and civic and business leader. Mr. Brumfield died at noon Thursday after several months of grave illness. Mr. Brumfield was buried after graveside rites in Magnolia Cemetery at 4:30 p. m. Earlier, services had been said from Brookhaven Funeral Home for the distinguished member of many of this area’s pioneer families.


In Business Here

He was born June 9, 1874 as one of 14 children of the late Henry Sims and Martha Bickham Brumfield. Educated at Mississippi A. & M. College, Millsaps College, and the Soule and Eastman business schools in New Orleans and New York City, Mr. Brumfield in early life became associated in business in McComb.


Until 1907 he was in partnership with the late J. W. Johnson, father of the late W. S. Johnson of McComb, and the late D. C. Easley, father of Dr. Dave C. Easley, in the operation of McComb Mercantile Co.


From 1907 until 1911 he was employed by the late Capt. J. J. White as accountant in the latter’s lumber business.


Chancery Clerk

In 1911 he was elected chancery clerk of Pike County and continued in that capacity for the next six terms, until 1936. That year Mr. Brumfield was named executive secretary of the Mississippi Eleemosynary Board by Gov. Hugh L. White. When the late Paul B. Johnson, Sr. became governor, Mr. Brumfield retained that post. At the end of the Johnson term Mr. Brumfield retired and had since lived in Brookhaven.


He was a Baptist, Mason and Shriner.


A number of nephews, including Thad and George Leggett, Lyle, George and Henry M. Brumfield, Wyman Lee, Bill Brent and Frank Bridges, served as pallbearers.


Survivors Listed

Mr. Brumfield leaves his wife, the former Miss Katie Freeman of Hazlehurst; two daughters, Mrs. George H. Gulley Sr., Brookhaven, and Mrs. W. A. Bilbo, Magnolia.


Two sons, Dr. Robert H. Brumfield, McComb, and Maj. M. F. Brumfield, United States Marine Corps, San Diego, Calif.


A brother, Dudley A. Brumfield, McComb; two sisters, Mrs. Will Mackie, Rogers, Ark., and Mrs. Myrt Thigpen, Biloxi; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by one son, Lieut. Charles Edgar Brumfield, Jr., who was killed in Wolrd War II.



Source: Brumfield Rites are Said Today. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 21 Aug 1959) 5; digital image, accessed April 2021.

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Monday, March 14, 2022

Timeline: The Brown Family

Do you like timelines? I do! They are useful tools when trying to understand the lives & movements of a family. They are also very useful for understanding a family in relation to local and world events. I am currently writing a book, 'Our Brown Roots.' At the beginning of each surname section I have included a timeline like the one below. Click on the links to learn more about the people in this timeline.


c 1730             Birth of Edward Brown

1760s               Edward Brown & family lived in Craven, NC

1777                7 Feb. Birth of Moses Brown, Craven, NC

c 1797             Death of Edward Brown in Jones, NC

1806                26 July. Birth of Edward Stewart Brown, son of Moses, Liberty, GA

1807                Robert Fulton’s paddle steamer, Clermont, navigated the Hudson River, NY

1812 – 1814    War of 1812; brothers Daniel, Edward & Moses Brown served in MS Militia

1830                1st US steam locomotive traveled 18 miles from Baltimore to Ellicott’s Mills

c 1835             Marriage of Edward Stewart Brown & Mary Polly (Spurlock) Brown

1836                26 Jan. Birth of Allen Moses Brown, son of Edward Stewart Brown, in MS

1838              6 Jan. Samuel Morse 1st publicly demonstrated the telegraph & developed the Morse Code system of communication

1838                27 Feb. Death of Moses Brown, age 61, in OH

1840                19 Jan. Antarctica claimed for US when Cpt. Wilkes circumnavigated continent

1841                4 April. Death of President William Henry Harrison 

1847                7 May. The American Medical Association was founded in Philadelphia

1850                9 July. Death of President Zachary Taylor 

1851                The 1st World’s Fair in history opened in London; US participated 

1856                7 May. Death of Edward Stewart Brown, age 49, in MS

1858                28 April. Marriage of Allen Moses Brown & Emmaline (Smith) Brown, MS

1860                Allen Moses Brown, wife, mother & brother lived together in Amite Co., MS

1861                MS was the second state to secede from the Union; Civil War began

1861 – 1865    James P. Brown served for Confederacy; Aaron Brown served for Union 

1865                9 April Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederate troops & Civil War ended

1865                14 April. President Abraham Lincoln shot & killed

1865                15 May. Birth of Jasper Pascal Brown, son of Allen Moses Brown, Pike, MS

1867                A military government established in MS after the reconstructed government of MS was rejected by the US Congress

1870                23 Feb. MS was readmitted to the Union

1871                The Great Fire of Chicago burned 1.2 million acres of land & 17,450 buildings

1873                21 July. Jesse James & Gang, 1st successful train robbery in the American West

1881                2 July. President James A. Garfield shot; died 19 Sept.

1887                21 Dec. Marriage of Jasper Pascal Brown & Rose Ella (Brumfield) Brown

1901                President William McKinley assassinated in Buffalo, NY

1902                8 Mar. Birth of Roy Jessie Brown, son of Jasper P. Brown, Osyka, Pike, MS

1903                Wright Brothers made the 1st controlled, sustained flight, Kitty Hawk, NC

1906                Earthquake destroyed 4 square miles; killed 500, San Francisco, CA

1917 – 1919    World War I; Hubert Allen Brown served

1922                25 December. Marriage of Roy Jessie & Mary Thelma (Ellzey) Brown, MS

1923                2 Aug. Death of President Warren G. Harding 

1927                2 Aug. Marriage of Roy Jessie & Ivy Regina (Mark) Brown, OH

1940                Roy J. Brown family moved from OH to NY

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Friday, March 11, 2022

Baby Son Born, 1944 MS

The birth of a baby is always wonderful news, even during World War II. With John Brumfield stationed in Oklahoma it might have been some before he was able to meet his son. Read the Related Posts to learn more about John E. Brumfield.



Harold Edwin Brumfield

11 March 1944 MS – 2014 TX



John E. Brumfield & Mildred Fortenberry

My 2nd cousin, 1x removed 

Welcomes Son. Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Brumfield of Osyka, Miss. Are the proud parents of a son, weight nine pounds, who arrived March 11that the McComb Infirmary.


Mrs. Brumfield is the former Mildred E. Fortenberry of Osyka, Route 1. The father is a motor machinist mate 2/c and is stationed at Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Source: Hello World. (McComb, MS: Enterprise Journal, 14 Mar 1944) 3; digital image, accessed July 2021.

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Sunday, March 6, 2022

Forget Me Not: Brig. General Edward S. Ott, 1982 LA

When we learn about our wide spread family members we find people. They are people with flaws and strengths; people who make us smile and people who make us stand taller. Edward Ott stood tall through two world wars and sets an example of pride for all of us.

Brig. General Edward Stanley Ott

30 December 1892 LA – 1 November 1982 LA

Son of Elbert Weston Ott & Martha E. Leggett


My 2nd cousin, 3x removed



Hammond, La. (UPI) – Services for retired Army Brig. Gen. Edward Stanley Ott, 89, who pioneered the use of radar for detection of ground targets during World War II, were held here Wednesday. He was buried in his hometown of Mt. Hermon, La.


Gen. Ott, who died Monday following a brief illness, joined the Army as a field artillery, second lieutenant during World War I and participated in five campaigns, including the battle of Saint – Mihiel and the Meuse – Argonne defensive in 1918.


During World War II, Gen. Ott served as artillery commander of the 91st Infantry Division and commander of the XV Corps Artillery.


In Europe his command was engaged in five campaigns and he introduced the use of radar for ground target detection.


After his retirement in 1947, he returned to Louisiana.


Gen. Ott received numerous United States and foreign decorations for military service, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal, Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, French Chevalier de Legion d’Honneur, Croix de Guerre with palm and British Distinguished Service Order.


He is survived by his wife, Denise; two sons, Col. Edward S. Ott Jr. and Lt. Gen. David Ott; eight grandchildren; six great – grandchildren; and a brother.



Source: Gen. Edward Ott, veteran of both world wars. (Chicago, IL: Chicago Tribune, 4 Nov 1982) 37; digital image, accessed Feb 2022.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Forget Me Not: Jesse K Brumfield, 1884 MS

This notice of Jesse's death is disappointingly brief. However it is still good to find a source to confirm his date of death. To learn more about Jesse, click on the related posts below.


Jesse Kelly Brumfield

1 March 1807 SC – 25 July 1884 MS

Son of John Brumfield & Margaret Kelly

Husband of Hannah Ann Youngblood

Father of 11 children

My 4thGreat Uncle



Mr. Jessie Brumfield, one of the old landmarks, died at his late residence in Amite county, last Friday evening. The deceased was the father of our county treasurer, Mr. Henry S. Brumfield.


Source: (Magnolia, MS: The Magnolia Gazette, 31 July 1884) 3; digital image, accessed March 2021.

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