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My 3rd ggm Alice Brumfield-Gartley : Slave of Charles “Charlie” Brumfield

I had learned through a DNA matched cousin that the father of my 3rd great grandmother Alice Brumfield (b. 1857/1858 in Dover, Yazoo County, Mississippi) is his great uncle Oscar Hope Brumfield (b. 1841 in Dover, d. 1922 at the Jefferson Davis Beauvoir Soldier’s Home on Beach Road in Biloxi, Harrison Cty, MS).  Oscar’s father Charles “Charlie” Brumfield (b. 1796, d. 1870) and mother Harriet Knight (b. 1804, d. 1870) owned a plantation in Dover and had many slaves.

My Brumfield cousin’s father told him a story that when he was a boy, he was at a store in town talking to the store owner.  He saw a young mulatto woman walking and asked the store owner who it was.  The store owner told him, “That’s your uncle Oscar’s daughter Alice Brumfield.”  Oscar, the son of the plantation owner, fathered a child with one of his father’s slave women when he was 16 years old.  The child was my 3rd ggm Alice.

I found recently, with the help of members of a genealogy group, a copy of an 1865 inventory of the slaves owned by Charles “Charlie” Brumfield, that listed all of the names of his slaves.  On this inventory is my 3rd ggm Alice at the age of 8.  In this list, there are only 4 slave women that would have been an age to have possibly been Alice’s mother.  I will be travelling to Mississippi again soon to conduct further research.  I do hope, however, that someone might have information about specifically the following :

  • Oscar Hope Brumfield (b. 1841 in Dover, d. 1922 in Biloxi) fathering a child with one of his father’s slave women when he was about 16 years old
  • A slave owned by Charles “Charlie” Brumfield named Peggy/Peggie (b. abt 1823), who could potentially be the mother of my 3rd ggm Alice
  • A slave owned by Charles “Charlie” Brumfield named Charlotte (b. abt 1826), who could potentially be the mother of my 3rd ggm Alice
  • A slave owned by Charles “Charlie” Brumfield named Margaret (b. abt 1836), who could potentially be the mother of my 3rd ggm Alice
  • A slave owned by Charles “Charlie” Brumfield named Cinda (b. abt 1843), who could potentially be the mother of my 3rd ggm Alice, and was closest in age to Alice’s father Oscar Hope Brumfield

 

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