Monday, October 24, 2016

Eddie Brumfield Sr. His childhood in his own words Part 1

Eddie Brumfield Jr. In His Own Words Part 1

I have a guest blogger Kerry S. grandson of Eddie Brumfield Sr. He describes why he interviewed his grandfather. 

About six years ago, I decided to interview my grandfather Eddie Brumfield Sr. after listening to a series of interviews on NPR (National Public Radio) highlighting the historical perspective of older Americans. It had been my intention to record my grandfather for some time as a result of my growing knowledge of African/African American history and to learn more of my own personal family history. I thought it might be a good idea to interview Big Daddy, especially since he enjoyed sharing his stories and because I was so impressed with his razor-like ability to recall dates, people and events, even at the young age of 93. I had heard a number of the stories during previous visits with him, but I was aware that there were many more stories of which some family members were aware and others were not. So, in the Spring of 2010, I decided to craft a series of questions, conversation prompts mostly, to help direct me through a series of major periods of his life. Once he started the talking, there was very little I really needed to ask.

Upon completion of the interview, about six hours of video recording, I wasn’t sure what I would do with the information. My initial thought was to just hold on to the video and at some future date, when he was no longer with us, we could gather the family together and relive the stories and celebrate the life of our beloved Big Daddy. Some years later however, during a discussion at family funeral, my uncle initiated a conversation about his young daughter, in elementary school at the time, who had been assigned a school project to interview her grandfather (her teacher, having found out that her grandfather was a nonagenarian, exhorted her to interview him). I informed my uncle that I had the video recording of Big Daddy that I could email to him, but since the file was too big to email, I decided to upload the video to Youtube, and thus publish the information to any and all family and friends desiring to view the living history of Big Daddy. 


-----Tree Gardener

Monday, October 17, 2016

How we are related? Part 2

The Removed, Half , Step and Blend

In the process of determining family relationships, I found the term “removed” when describing a relationship between cousins. First cousins share the same grandparents. Removed means that there is a generational difference between the cousins. What is considered a generation? I found two definitions that can apply. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary a generation is the average span of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring. The English Oxford dictionary defines a generation as the average period, generally considered to be about thirty years, in which children grow up, become adults, and have children of their own. I have recently found my second cousin because we share great grandparents (Gerald H.). Eddie Brumfield Sr. is my second cousin one time removed.

A half brother or half sister means you have one biological parent in common. A step brother or step sister have no blood or genetic relationship. Step siblings are related by marriage because one parent with children married another person with children. Step siblings usually cause the formation of another family tree. 

A blended family is a family consisting of a couple from this and all previous relationships. In my family tree, Liddie and Calvin Caston had a blended family with two sets of children Brumfield and Caston who are half siblings.  

----- The Tree Gardener

Monday, October 10, 2016

How Are We Related? Part one

Genealogy is about tracing the line of decent and relationships within a family. Part of my excitement about family tree is discovering family members. I now know about previously unknown relatives.   I call all my new relations “cuz” because I have not figured out our real connections.  We all know the basic relationships of mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle and grandparents. It often becomes confusing when trying to explain a familial relationship beyond the basics. It is even more confusing when there is a blended or step family involved.  I have decided to tackle and decipher the family relationships in my family tree. I would like to mention the familial designations and terms maybe different in other cultures and countries. 

THE BASIC (five generations)
Every child has parents; mother and father
A child may have siblings; sisters and/or brothers which are other children of the same mother and father.
A child has four grandparents; the parents of the mother and the parents of the father
A child has eight great grandparents; parents of the mother’s grandparents and parents of the father’s grand parents
A child has 16 great-great parents; the  8 parents of the mother’s great grand parents and the 8 parents of the father's great grand parents.    

Aunts and Uncles 
A child may have many aunts and uncles or none if both their parents were the only child of their grandparents.
A child may have aunts and/or uncles which are the siblings of the mother and/or father or their spouses.
A great aunt is the sister of your grandfather or grandmother.
A great uncle is the brother of your grandfather or grandmother
A great-great aunt is the sister of your great-great grandfather or great-great grandmother
A great-great uncle is the brother of your great-great grandfather or great-great grandmother

A first cousin is a child of and aunt or uncle. First cousins have the same grandparents
Second cousin share the same  great grandparents.  A second cousin is the grandchild of  your great aunt or great uncle  
Third cousins share the same great-great grandparents (aka second great grandparent)
Fourth cousins share the same great-great grandparents (aka third great grandparents)

The In-laws
In-laws are relatives by marriage.  Usually the term is used for parents, sister and brother of your spouse. The terms aunt in-law, uncle in-law or cousin in-law is generally not used.  I however used the term cousin in-law. It would probably be proper to say my cousin's wife or husband.

More information to come

-----The Tree Gardener

Monday, October 3, 2016

Willis Brumfield and Neathie Gatlin Brumfield Part 2

Willis Brumfield the father of Eddie Brumfield Sr. was a farmer. Willis, Neathie and their children Ethel, Bessie, Bertha, Agusta,  Eddie, Wilous, Milton, Thad, Herman and the twins Essie and Gussie lived in Pike County, Mississippi.  I have found the family enumerated in the 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 census.  Willis also was listed along with his father Tom Brumfield on the 1881 taxes for Pike County which I have not listed.  

Willis Brumfield, Niece, Bertha, Ethel, Bessie, Gussie and Essie are enumerated Year: 1910; Census Place: Beat 2, Pike, Mississippi; Roll: T624_756; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0098; FHL microfilm: 1374769

It is on the 1920 census the Eddie Brumfield Sr. appears as a 3 year old with his family. 

Willis, Neathie, Ethel, Bertha, Essie, Wilous, Milton and Eddie Brumfield Year: 1920; Census Place: Tylertown, Walthall, Mississippi; Roll: T625_896; Page: 5B; Enumeration District:117; Image: 388
Willis C., Nethia, Wilcous, Eddy J., Herman, Thad Brumfield and Bessie McEwen  Year: 1930; Census Place: Beat 3, Pike, Mississippi; Roll: 1162; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 0007; Image:861.0; FHL microfilm: 2340897
Willis , Netha, Eddie J., Thad, Leiler McEwen and Leo Brumfield Year: 1940; Census Place: Pike, Mississippi; Roll: T627_2058; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 57-1
----The Tree Gardener