Friday, February 21, 2014

Six Degrees of Separation Caston & Brumfield Families Part 1


While searching for genealogy information, I had an opportunity to meet a cousin online.  I latter attended a family reunion and found a connection between the Brumfield and the Caston families.  Liddie (last name unknown) was the mother of Brumfield and Caston children.   Louis Brumfield was Liddie's first husband.  I have been unable to locate Louis in census records or verify when he died. According to her death certificate she was born in Mississippi and parents are unknown. Her approximate date of birth is December, 1825 from the Federal 1900 census . She is thought to have been 93 years upon her death on July 5, 1916. Calvin Caston was born in Mississippi approximate date of birth April, 1832 was married to Liddie in 1872 from the Federal 1900 census. I have been unable to verify when he died.
  Liddie and Louis Brumfield children           
1)      Richard Brumfield
2)     Frank Brumfield
3)     Irving Brumfield
4)     Tom Brumfield
5)     Eliza Brumfield
6)     Rosann Brumfield
7)     Isham Brumfield


Liddie and Calvin Caston
1)      Green Caston
2)     Silas Caston
3)     Jesse Caston
4)     Adline Caston
5)     Monroe Caston

 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday


 
Inscription
MOTHER
Fannie Brumfield
1884-1945
 
 Fannie McGowen  Brumfield was the wife of Isom Brumfield Sr. They were married in 1917 according to the Federal 1910. She was born in Mississippi.
 


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday

Isom Brumfield Sr. Pike County Mississippi


 
 inscription 
Isom Brumfield
 1883 - 1961
A Loving Husband & Father
 
 
Isom Brumfield Sr. was a farmer and the son of Irvin Brumfield and Lue (Louisa) Ellzey (McEwen) .   His death certificate states date of birth December 27, 1883 and date of death September 3, 1961. On his World War I registration record  the date of birth is December 27, 1880 he lived 80 years 8 months and 8 days from this date.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Six Degrees of separation The Edmund (Edmun) Downs Family Part 3

 

I was able to locate the Edmund Downs children in the 1878 Pike County in Holmesville School census. The following is the transcribed information.

 
CHILDREN
AGE
SEX
PARENT/ GUARDIAN Edmund Downs
Richard
19
M
 
Ann
17
F
 
Thomas
15
M
 
Mary
11
F
 
Edmund
5
M
 
Buckhaltter  Milford
16
M
 
Buckhalter  Jerimiah
(Jerry)
12
M
 
Buckhalter  W
8
M
 






The homestead of Edmun Downs was also identified in 1880 Federal Agriculture Census located on line 6 and Frank Brumfield on line 9. 




 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Going to School


It was through school records that I looked for genealogy information.  In previous posts, I made some connections in the Brumfield tree. In the segregated post Civil War south, racial designation of colored and white are present in many records. School records were not an exception. The geographic locality of many families can often be found by race in the school records. I have started my research with Pike County, Mississippi school reports.

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 This division of races has helped me find information. The of Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandon Lands established in March, 1865 to April, 1872   was established to help impecunious survivors of the Civil War.  The Freedman’s Bureau helped launch early schools. Pre-Civil War laws precluded slave education which increased dependency to the slaveholder.  Literacy allows autonomy that is beyond the physical ties of slavery. 

 

1870 CENSUS

County
COLORED POPULATION
COLORED MALES 10-14 WHO CANNOT WRITE

COLORED FEMALES 10-14 WHO CANNOT WRITE

COLORED MALES 15-20 WHO CANNOT WRITE

COLORED FEMALES 15-20 WHO CANNOT WRITE

COLORED MALES 21 AND OVER WHO CANNOT WRITE

COLORED FEMALES 21 AND OVER WHO CANNOT WRITE
 
 
PIKE
5,312
363
340
292
336
872
945

 

 

 

Many families including their children had signed labor contracts and initially did not attend school.  The necessities of life food, clothing and shelter were the priorities at that time. I however, was able to find family trees and branches in latter school records.    

 

1870 CENSUS

County
COLORED POPULATION
COLORED MALES ATTENDING SCHOOL
COLORED FEMALES ATTENDING SCHOOL
Pike
5,312
33
45