BORN ca 1768 DIED ca 1834
MARRIED MARGARET KELLY ca 10-23-1788
CHILDREN 1) William b. ca 1789, d. ca 1868 2) Lucy b. ca 1790 3) Nathaniel b. ca 1793, d. 8 FEB 1852 4) Willis b. ca 1794, d. 16 OCT 1833 5) Davis b. ca 1795, d. 23 APR 1863 6) Charles b. 1 JAN 1796, d. 7 AUG 1870 7) Isaac b. 9 MAR 1801, d. 14 FEB 1862 8) James b. ca 1803, d. ca 1883 9) Jesse b. 12 MAR 1807, d. 25 JUL 1884 10) Alexander b. 1811, d. ca 1889 11) Daniel b. ca 1807, d. ante 1860
BACKGROUND (extracted from BRUMFIELD HISTORIES by Albert Ray Brumfield and Dell Magee Clawson) John was born in North Carolina. Our information on John and his father Charles is scarce before 1788, including the Revolution. On 3-2-1787 Warrant was issued to John Brumfield who entered 250 acres of vacant land on Ledge Rock Creek, north side of Neuce River, Wake County, North Carolina. He married Margaret (Peggy) Kelly of about the same age in Wake County, North Carolina. Marriage Bond dated 23 October 1788 in the amount of 500 pounds was posted by John with David Bagdon as surety. Bond is on file in North Carolina Department of Archives and History. Margaret was the daughter of William S. Kelly and Mary Durham. The William S. Kelly family moved with the Charles Brumfield family when they relocated to Fishing Creek in York County, South Carolina.
In 1789, John Brumfield with his wife Peggy, in company with the Charles Brumfield family and the William S. Kelly family moved to York County, South Carolina. We find John Brumfield listed in the 1790 census of York County, South Carolina with his wife and young son.
The 1800 census of York County, South Carolina lists: JOHN BRUMFIELD: Males 0-10 (5), Males 26-45 (1), Females 16-26 (1), Slaves (0).
The 1810 census of York County, South Carolina lists: JOHN BRUMFIELD: Males 0-10 (3), Males 10-16 (4), Males 26-45 (2), Females 16-26 (2), Females 26-45 (1), Slaves (4).
On November 11, 1811 a passport was issued by the governor of Georgia to John Brumfield with his wife, 11 children and 3 Negroes from York District, South Carolina to travel through the Indian Nations to the Western Country. This indicates that they traveled overland to their destination, the Bogue Chitto River in Saint Tammany (later Washington) Parish, Louisiana. Their youngest son Alexander was less than a year old. They traveled with the families of Benjamin Youngblood and Major Benjamin Bickham. Probably widow Elizabeth Gaulden Boatner and her two chidren were in the caravan.
John and Peggy settled on the west bank of the Bogue Chitto River, just north of Bonner's Creek. John received Patent or Headright to 641 acres at Section 43, Township 3 South, Range 10 East. This is 3 miles south of the Franklinton Bridge, approximately 2 miles south of the Historical Marker noting the location of the first school house in Washington Parish.
The 1820 census of Washington Parish, Louisiana lists: JOHN BRUMFIELD: Males 0-10 (4), Males 10-16 (2), Males 16-26 (3), Males 45 & up (1), Females 26-45 (1), Slaves (14).
The 1830 census of Washington Parish, Louisiana lists: JOHN BRUMFIELD: Males 20-30 (3), Males 60-70 (1), Females 60-70 (1), Slaves (24).
John Brumfield died in 1834, and the place was sold to cousin FLEMING BRUMFIELD, evidenced by Fleming's 1835 mortgage, among the Lyman Briggs Papers in the Covington, Louisiana courthouse. In the 1840 census, NATHANIEL BRUMFIELD had living in his home a female age 70-80, who surely was Peggy. We assume John and Peggy are buried near where they lived.
Our several sources appear to disagree on the number of children that John and Peggy had. The passport mentions 11 children. Luke Ward Conerly in "Pike County, Mississippi 1798-1876" lists only 9 children. Miss Maude McClure Kelly, a niece of Peggy, stated that there were 13 children. We have devoted a chapter to each of the eleven we have identified. The authors, and many of the Louisiana and Mississippi Brumfields are decendants of John and Peggy Brumfield.