Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Genealogy Trip

RootsTech and Family History Library


I am presently on a genealogy research trip to Salt Lake City, Utah. The Family Search Library located in Salt Lake City is the largest genealogy library in the world. I will also be attending the RootsTech conference which is billed as the largest genealogy conference.   I have been preparing for this trip for years.  Years ago my level of genealogy knowledge was rudimentary. I would not have known where to start if I had made this trip when I first looked for my ancestors.  


Most of my research has centered on my maternal line in Mississippi and my paternal line in Georgia and Tennessee. The trees in my forest have also included my in- laws. From the great northern migration after World War Two described in the book Warmth of Another Sun by Isabel Wilkerson my search has spread to many other states. I have included New York, Illinois, Indiana Ohio and Pennsylvania. I have visited the Allen County and Newberry library, the National Archives, Mississippi and Tennessee state archives.   I have tried to collect known information from various sources. As I learn about my trees, I know that I probably have to visit the depositories again.  It is my hope that I can break down more brick walls beyond 1870. I hope to blog about more new discoveries.

---- The Tree Gardener

Monday, February 6, 2017

E. Brumfield Part 5 On Raising Children (and other family vices).

This is the last of the video series recorded  in 2013 of Eddie Brumfield Sr.  It is a continuation of his conversation about his family. 

Eddie Brumfield Sr. discuss how he wants to be remembered and how he provided for his family.  He tells several family stories about his brother Thad, wife, son and other family members. In these stories, he describes the hazards and perils of giving children too much.   Eddie Sr. explains how he is related to the Gatlin family. He also affirms that his paternal grandparents were not married. His paternal grandfather Tom Brumfield used his money and influence to help his cousin who committed a crime.   His father Willis Brumfield always had the protection of  the "white folks  and Mr. Henry"  in the community. Eddie Sr. characterize his mother as a hard worker.



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Eddie Brumfield Sr. Part 4 Principles of Work




Eddie Brumfield Sr. at 93 years old discussed his work ethic. He performed  piece work handling cowhides for 4 cent each.  He latter started working daily on the river as a longshoreman. He tried to learn every aspect related to his job.  With much humor Eddie Sr. explains how he progressed from a worker to crew foreman supervisor of 23 men. 

 In this episode he also divulge his secret to maintaining a sharp mind. He discusses his relationships and family. Eddie Sr. talks about his enjoyment of playing Dominos and card games Tonk and Coon-can. Coon-can also known as Conquian  is regarded as one the oldest form of Rummy. Tonk or tunk is a fast moving card game with features of Rummy.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Eddie Brumfield Sr. Life and Times Part 3

In 2010 interview Eddie Brumfield Sr. continues to discuss his family and children


https://youtu.be/EtNf9AyQJR4

Friday, November 11, 2016

Veterans of my Family Trees on Veterans Day 2016


Honoring Veterans

On the 11th hour of the 11th day on the 11th month in 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations during the Great War known as World War I was established. This day was known as Armistice Day. This day has transformed to an official holiday to honor all members of the United States Armed forces now called Veterans Day.  I would like to honor ancestors on my trees who were in the armed forces. My research has not allowed me to identify all the veterans past or present.  They however are not forgotten.  Grateful for their service. God bless them all. Let’s support our living veterans.

    
Name
State of Residence
Enlistment Date
Branch of Service
Rank
Gerald R. Hollins

16 Sep 1969-1 Sep 1993
US Air Force
Master Sergeant
(E-7)
Roy Jefferson-Lampton

1990-2000
US  Army
Sergeant
Eddie Brumfield Jr.

19 Mar 1969
 US Air Force
Airman

Bertha Bearden
Mississippi
17 Feb 1943
US Women’s Army Corp (WAC)
Sergeant
WWII
Charles David
McEwen

09 Dec 1941
 US  Army
Private
WWII
Chris Seay
Mississippi
03 Dec 1943
US Army Air Forces
Sergeant
WWII
Wiley Caston
Mississippi
23 Jan 1943

US Army

Wallace Caston
Mississippi

US Army

Cicero Caston
Mississippi
10 Dec 1942
US Army
Private
WWII
Claude Sibley

25 Sep 1942
US Army
Private
WWII
Earche Raymond Banks
Louisiana
19 Feb 1946
US Army
Private
Eddie Dunlap

28 Jan 1953
US Army

Eddie Lee Osby
Mississippi
14 Apr 1943
US Army
Private
WWII
Edward Lee
Elam
Illinois
14 Sep 1966
US Army
Private
Viet Nam
Elijah Brumfield
Mississippi
28 July 1918
 US  Army
WWI
Woodrow
Brumfield
Mississippi

 US Navy
WWII
Jethro Gatlin
Mississippi
28 July 1918
 US  Army
WWI
Ernest Benjamin
Strickland Sr
Tennessee
23 Mar 1941
US  Army
Sergeant
WWII
Thomas Claude Strickland

29 June 1949
 US Army
Corporal
Korea
Florziel Jefferson
Mississippi
20  Aug 1942
 US Army
Private
WWII
Freddie Donnell
 Texas
31 Mar 1916
 US Army
Private
 WWI
Howard Lee Graves
Louisiana

 US Navy
WWII
Willie Graves
Louisiana
22 Feb 1943
 US Navy
WWII
Jasper Graves
Mississippi
5  Mar 1918
US Army
WWI
Sylvester Hill
Ohio
2 Jun 1942
US Army
WWII
Iddo Brent Jr
Mississippi
17  Aug 1942
US Army
Private
WWII
Isom Brumfield Jr
Mississippi
20 July 1943
US Army
Private
WWII
James Edwards Sr
Mississippi
03 Aug 1942
US  Army
Private
WWII
Jessie Caston Jr.
Mississippi
13  Dec 1945
US  Army
Private first class
Martin William Watkins
Texas
14 Sep 1951
US Army
Corporal
Korea
Mattie Donnell Hicks

10 Mar 1946
US Army
Major
WWII
KOREA
VIET NAM
Rodolph Knight Jr.
Louisiana
10 June 1960


Leamon Jefferson
Louisiana
27 July 1944
US Navy

Thomas Cornelius Brumfield
Louisiana
19 Feb  1943

US Army

Thad Brumfield
Mississippi
20 July 1943
US Army
WWII
Owen Brumfield
Mississippi
16 Oct 1942
US Army
WWII
Virgil Downs
Mississippi
1 Mar 1951
US Army


                           


Edward Lee Elam Sr
US Arm Private
Chris Seay
US Army Air Force Sergaent
Wallace Caston
US Army
Gerald R.Hollins
US Air Force Master Sergeant (E-7)
Cicero Caston
US Army Private




Ernest B. Strickland Sr.
US Army Sergeant
Wiley Caston
US Army

Bertha Bearden
US Womens Army Corp (WAC) Sergeant



Jamed Edwards Sr
US Army Private

Willie Graves
US Navy