1 Davis Place Genealogies






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The earliest Brumfield ancestor I have found is James William's father. James death certificate lists his birth date as 24 February 1848 in Simpson County, Mississippi, his father as Davis Brumfield, and his mother as Mary Self, I found a James W Brumfield with a Daniel and Mary Brumfield on the 1850 Simpson County, Mississippi census. Davis E/Daniel and Mary are also an enigma as James William and a brother(?) John Brumfield, along with a Daniel Kelly are found in Sabine Parish, Louisiana in 1860, in the home of Baptist minister, Henry Simmons. According to other Brumfield researchers, most of the Brumfields in Louisiana and Mississippi are probably descendants of John Brumfield and Margaret "Peggy" Kelly.

As mentioned earlier, my research into this family revealed evidence more than once that we do indeed live in a small world. In the first example, with the knowledge that Aunt Carloyn's father-in-law was raised by Richard Mothershed, we found while researching her great grandfather, James Jones, who lived in Sabine Parish, Louisiana, that a JW Mothershed witnessed an affidavit for his Mexican War Pension Application. It is very likely that this witness was Sarvelia and Richard Mothershed's father, James William Mothershed. Aunt Carolyn's father knew the Mothershed family (James W and Nancy Caroline) as they lived just a couple of doors down from them in Sabine Parish, until Caroline and her children moved to Vernon Parish sometime before the 1910 census. He, too, remembered hearing that there were unusual circumstances surrounding the disappearance of James and Sarvelia Mothershed.

As for the Collins line, Clida Marie Collins is the daughter of Thomas H Collins and Leona E Graham. Thomas was born 13 September 1873, in Hardin, Texas, and passed away 10 September 1931 in Livingston, Polk County, Texas; Leona was born in April 1877 in Mississippi, and passed away 10 February 1920 in Texas. Thomas was the son of Morgan Columbus Collins and Lucinda Jane Sumrall. Morgan, his father, and two brothers were part of an anti-Confederate band of men led by Newton Knight in Jones County, Mississippi. This band became famous, or infamous depending upon which side of the fence you stand, for defending the "Free State of Jones" from Confederate soldiers as described in the excellent book of the same name by Victoria E Bynum.

Morgan Collins was born 18 April 1846 in Jasper County, Mississippi, Lucinda on 1 July 1848. He enlisted in Company F, 7th Regiment of the Mississippi Infantry in May 1864. He was captured at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, on 3 July 1864 and was transferred to Camp Morton, Indiana, where he remained a POW until he was released on oath 18 May 1865. Sometime after 1872, Morgan and Lucinda moved their family to Hardin, in Polk County, Texas where Morgan passed away on 7 July 1926, Lucinda on 20 March 1942. Both are buried in Blue Water Cemetery.


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