Tuesday, July 22, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks = Week #29; Nathaniel Brumfield, A Short Life in LA

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. I began with my grandparents and am working my way back in time.



Nathaniel Brumfield


1813 LA – 8 February 1852 LA
My 3x Great Grandfather

Nathaniel Brumfield was the son of John Brumfield & Margaret Kelly. His siblings were: William, Lucy, Willis, Davis, Charles, Ridley, Isaac, James, Elijah, Jesse Kelly, Alexander C.,
& John Wilson.[1], [2]

In 1835 Nathaniel married Charlotte Temple Ott, daughter of Jacob Ott III & Margaret Jackson.[3],[4]  In 1840 & 1850 they were in Washington Parish, LA where Nathaniel was a farmer.[5] In 1850 Nathaniel was one of the top rice growers in the parish.

"Nathaniel Brumfield produced 37 bales of 400 pounds each (along 4,000 pounds of rice and other foodstuffs) on 200 acres of clear and cultivatable land with a work force coming from his 24 slaves."[6]

Nathaniel was only 39 years old when he died. His wife had five little children to care for and a farm to run. She married Nathaniel’s brother, Elijah Brumfield.

Nathaniel had a short life but through his children and theirs his line continues.


[1] Pedigree Chart for Roy Brown; 1700's to 1948; Compiled by Zelda Marie Alford Fortenberry.
[2] Conerly, Luke Ward. Pike County Mississippi, Pioneer Families & Confederate Soldiers, 1798 – 1876. 2008 Edition. Madison, Georgia: Southern Lion Books, 1909.
[3] Randolph, Ruth Brumfield, and Nell Brumfield Jacobs Smith. Brumfields Revisited: Ancestors and Descendants of George Y. and Martha Penny Brumfield. Privately printed, 1995.
[4] Clawson, Alma Dell Magee. Fields of Bloom. Privately printed. 1972.
[5] 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.
[6] Ibid.

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