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William Wirt Brumfield, Sr.

Birthdate: (48)
Birthplace: Stoney Creek, Montgomery County, Virginia, United States
Death: November 1833 (48)
Cabell County, Virginia (WV in 1863), United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James W. Brumfield, IV and Susannah "Sugar" Brumfield
Husband of Eleanor Brumfield
Father of John Humphrey Brumfield; Milton D Brumfield; Henderson Brumfield; Suannah Hatfield; Allen T. Brumfield and 4 others
Brother of Byrd Brumfield; Dicey Bias; Sarah Sally Sanford; Ann Brumfield; Sina Brumfield and 4 others

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About William Wirt Brumfield, Sr.

William Wirt Brumfield Sr. Family Story William Wirt Brumfield was born 1785 in Stoney Creek, Montgomery County, Virginia, USA. Although he was forty-five years old in the 1830 Cabell County Census, some researchers have projected his date of birth to be 1781. He was the pioneer settler and ancestor of most of the Brumfield’s in Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Logan Counties. He was the son of Susanah "Sugar" Lnu and James Brumfield IV of Giles County, Virginia, USA. William married Eleanor ‘Nellie" Hoover in 1808, the daughter of Thomas and Peggy O’Bryan Hoover. Eleanor was born 1786-87 in Montgomery City, Virginia, USA, as per census readings. Thomas Hoover was a wealthy planter and slave holder in Giles County, Virginia, USA as written by Bostic Brumfield, grandson of William Wirt Brumfield. Bostic further stated that William married "Nellie" Hoover. They were listed as the parents on their son’s Milton’s second marriage record. William and Eleanor left Giles County about 1808, and rode horseback to then Kanawha County. Some say they settled first on big ugly Creek of today’s Lincoln County, West Virginia (Kanawha County in 1809 changed to Cabell County, Virginia), some say he came directly to today’s Wolf Creek of Shoals of Wayne County, and that he followed an Aunt, Fanny Brumfield Napier, wife of Patrick Napier Jr. William Brumfield (Broomfield) appeared on the 1809 Tax List of Cabell County, along with Widow Brumfield (Broomfield). On 2 June 1809 in Cabell County the Commissioner’s Report Showed that notes and accounts were owed by William Brumfield along with several others on the Cabell County Deeds Book. In 1810 William, George and Byrd Brumfield were included on the Cabell County Tax List. On 15 August 1814, an indenture was made to William Brumfield from Paul Spears and wife Charity for land on Alford Creek listed on Cabell County Deeds Book. An Indenture is a legal contract between two parties, particularly for indentured labor or a term of apprenticeship but also for certain land transactions. An Indenture was commonly used as a form of sealed contract or agreement for land and buildings. In the early history of the United States, many European immigrants served a period of indentured labor in order to pay the cost of their transportation. This practice was common during the 17th and 18th centuries, where over half of immigrants worked off an average of three years servitude. In 1815 both William and Byrd were again taxpayers in Cabell County. By 1818 William became one of the Gentlemen Justices , these men were like our present day juries, of the Cabell County Court and his name appeared on numerous deeds in Cabell County. Sims Index 1819 lists William Brumfield with 75 acres on Waters of Guyandotte. He was not included in the Census of Cabell County in 1820, but his brother Byrd was. About 1823 William moved to the mouth of Wolf Creek, below what was called Iverson (Shoals) in today's Wayne County. In 1828, he paid James Watson $50.00 cash for a 100-acre tract on Wolf Creek of Shoals in Wayne County. His Household was included in the 1830 Cabell County Census. In January 1833, he purchased 150-acre tract for $400.00 cash from John and Mary Allison, "beginning where James Fuller Now lives, corner of John P. Duvall and Anthony Pymale" as stated in the Cabell County Deed Book. In September 1833, he was an appraiser for the estate of Samuel Ferguson Jr. Two months later he signed his will, 9 November 1833, and it was prohibited 24 November that same year as stated in the Cabell County Deed Book. The will named sons; John, Henderson, Allen, Bostic, Milton, William, and Jourdan. The Daughters were Margaret, Catherine and Susannah. In the 1840 Census of Cabell County two Eleanor Brumfields were named as head of households--one was the widow of William Wirt (the older one), and the other the widow of Byrd. ( In 1850 an Eleanor Brumfield was head of household in Wayne County. Some have mistaken this Eleanor to be the widow of William Wirt. Her household included two males: William R. Brumfield 23 and Byrd, 19 (assumed to be Byrd Jr.), Emeretta Wilson (assumed to be a daughter) was also a resident, as well as two young Wilson boys. Who was the William R.? You will note that William Wirt and Eleanor had a son William Wirt Jr. who was listed in this 1850 census with brother Milton. So this seems to prove that this household was not William Wirt’s widow and children, but Byrd’s. Please note also that neither Emeretta nor Byrd were listed as heirs in William Wirt’s Will. At the age of 68 years old Eleanor Brumfield was a resident of Wayne County, living in the household of Emeretta Wilson, widow of Joseph Wilson. These records facts strongly suggested that this is the young Eleanor, widow of Byrd rather than the widow of William Wirt, is the one included in the 1850 and 1860 Census of Wayne County.) William Wirt died on 1 November 1833 in Wolf Creek, Monroe County, Virginia, USA. Eleanor died on 9 November 1833 in Wayne, Augusta County, Virginia, USA. It is believed that they are both buried at Dock’s Creek Cemetery, 2421 Dock’s Creek Road, Kenova, Wayne County, West Virginia, USA.

The following are some newspaper clippings about this couple. (Location of newspaper not noted on clipping, assumed to be in Cabell County.): The Herald Dispatch,Friday January 8, 1960 by Doris Miller

"Arrived by horseback from Giles County, Virginia, USA; Brumfield Family here dates back to 1808." "Mrs.Angeline Carroll of Shoal is the granddaughter of a couple said to have ridden horseback from Giles County, VA. to this area soon after their marriage in 1808. William and Eleanor Hoover Brumfield certainly arrived early enough for him and his brother, Byrd Brumfield to serve in the War of 1812 from Cabell County and they probably reached the area while it was still part of Kanawha County. Family tradition says that William traded the horse he rode for a large tract of land, then borrowed the horse back from it's new owner, and rode it back to Richmond Virginia to record the deed. Whether or not this story is true, Mr. Brumfield did acquire several tracts of land in Cabell County, finally settling on a 250-acre farm at the mouth of Wolf Creek, almost in sight of the home where his granddaughter now lives as of January 8, 1960. Mrs. John Myrtle, the former Ursula Hale....has an authentic copy of the Will which William Brumfield, her great grandfather had written shortly before his death in November 1833, "being weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this mortal life".. bequeathed his land and other possessions to his widow and ten children: 1.John H., 3.Henderson P., 4.Allen T., 6.Jordon, 5.Bostick Brumfield, 2.Susanah Brumfield, wife of John Hatfield, were given a 150 acre tract of land, his wheat crop and debts payable both to and by him. A 110 acre tract was left to his widow during her widowhood, thereafter to his sons, 8.Milton D., 10.William W. Brumfield. Out of the estate two other daughters, 7.Margaret Ann and 9.Kit Ann (Kathren) were to receive a horse and saddle, cow and calf, bed and bedclothes each, when they married or became of age, and all the infant children were to be raised and sent "to such schools as may be near enough". (5)Bostick was to have a cow and calf, Jordon one clay bank horse". The will was witnessed by William H. Gholson, Wesley Ferguson and Benjamin Brown and recorded by John Samuels, all familiar names in early Cabell County history. From the will and other records, William Brumfield is shown to be a man of considerable note. According to Colonel George S. Wallace, Mr. Brumfield led a company of Calvary from Cabell County in the War of 1812, though no record of it is in existence. Also he was a justice of the peace in Cabell County in 1818. He paid $50.00 cash for the first 100 acre tract purchased at Wolf Creek from James Watson, a New York land agent, on 8 June 1828 and $400.00 cash for a 150 acre tract bought from John and Mary Jane Allison on 19 January 1833. Apparently (1) John H. Brumfield was the eldest son; he was already married to Rachel Haskins by 1825. They purchased land near the mouth of Big Ugly Creek, where the Brumfields seemed to have lived in Cabell County about the time of his father's death. John and Rachel are the ancestors of the Lincoln and Logan County Brumfields. (3) Henderson Brumfield married Malinda or Mathilda Hatton on 8 March 1828 and moved west with other members of her family. She was the daughter of Samuel Hatton. (4) Allen T., the 3rd son was born in 1812. He married Nancy Adkins Watts, daughter of Ed and Jennie Bartram Watts and widow of Hawkins Watts about 1846. (6) Jordon and Emily, his wife moved to Missouri by 1939. ( Note: Jordon did not marry in VA., Book 2, page 39 of the Howard County, Missouri records show a marriage of Jordon Brumfield to Emily Isbel the 7 February 1836, solemnized by J.M. Redman, JP. In another transcribed record, this marriage is read/shown as Brownfield and Isbee, which is not correct). (5) Bostick Brumfield's wife was named Anna Hatfield. He went to California in the 1849 gold rush and died there. It is not known whether he left any children. (2) Susannh and John Hatfield moved to Kentucky, somewhere beyond Louisa. (8) Milton Brumfield settled on Gragston Creek and was the ancestor of the Brumfields in the Perry Pritchard Louisa area. (10) William Wirt Brumfield Jr. married Lucinda Brumfield, a sister of George Slone and Perry Brumfield in Lawrence County, Ohio, USA. Apparently they were children of an older George Brumfield who purchased part of the William Brumfield farm from John and Susannah Hatfield in 1837, and sold it to Thomas Syrus in 1839. His wife was named Anna and they seem to have been the ancestors of the Ohio Brumfields. He may have been a first cousin of William. (7) Margaret Ann is not mentioned in this article. (But is mentioned in another much later article by the same author.) (9) Katheren Ann Brumfield, Allen named his first daughter after her, she married and moved to Missouri. Pioneers From Wayne County in Wars of 1812 1925 By J.W. Miller ......Pioneers Wayne Contains figure in a history of Barboursville, which has been written by J.W. Miller. In his history, Mr. Miller tells about a company of Calvary being organized in the War of 1812 by Captain William Brumfield. Who was the father of Bostic Brumfield of Wayne County. Many of Captain Brumfield’s men died of disease at Norfolk, Virginia.

History of Barboursville Community 1925 Prepared By J. W.Miller ............Barboursville men and boys have participated in every war since the war for Independence. During the Revolutionary War they were mostly engaged in fighting hostile Indians on the raw border, allies of the British. During the War of 1812 Captain William Brumfield raised a Cavalry Company in this county. We had to raise men and supplies, and besides we were assessed $1,540.00. This Company had a hard time, as many of these brave volunteers died in a plague in Norfolk. Elisha McComas, then our of our town boys, raised a company to fight in the Mexican War. They camped on the site of what is now Mike Sanders' house. The state would not receive this Company, inasmuch as her quota was filled. Undaunted, they went to Norfolk, and enlisted in the United States Army, being known as Company C, Eleventh United States Infantry. I have no record of the losses among these soldiers, nor their history. From meager accounts I have been able to glean, their losses were heavy, and there is record that one Lieutenant Joe Samuels came back to Barboursville, his home town, and died shortly afterward of Mexican fever. Between battles and sickness of the climate, they were practically wiped out.

Wayne County's Prominent Men December 20, 1923 Sturdy Pioneers Of Wayne County Apiece taken from a letter written in the Wayne County News Eulogized By Z. T. Vinson Among the more prominent men that one saw on the streets of Wayne at that time were William Ratcliff and Samuel Damron from Lincoln district, judges of the old county court; M. Lamech Adkins, one of the great strong men of the county; B. Hoard of Ceredo; W. W. Brumfield from Buffalo; Lindsey Smith from Round Bottom, who owned the finest farm in the county; William Shannon of Gragston; Charles W. Ferguson, living a mile above Wayne; big Sam Ferguson from the right fork; Lewis Queen from Kiah's Creek; and Johnson Fry from Stonecoal. Of course there were a great many other prominent and excellent men besides these, but I cannot undertake to mention them all in a letter like this.

The Will of William Brumfield by Doris Miller Press Observer March 27, 1978 Page 6 William Brumfield’s Will named all of his children, apparently in order the first time mentioned. John H. Brumfield married Rachael Hasking, Henderson P. Brumfield married Malinda or Maylda Hatton on 8 March 1828 moved west with Missouri. Allen T. Brumfield married Nancy Adkins Watts, Jourden or Gordon Brumfield married Emily Isbel moved to Missouri. Susan or Susannah Brumfield married John Hatfield settled in Lawrence Co Ohio-Ky.(?) Bostick Brumfield married Anna Hatfield said to have gone to California in Gold Rush of 1849 and later returned. Margaret Ann Brumfield married Eli Ferdinand Harmon. Katherine "Kit" Ann Brumfield married William Hinds. Milton D. Brumfield married Clarissa Hinds, married second to Mary Thacker and William Wirt Brumfield married Lucinda Brumfield, daughter of William’s brother John Brumfield. It is thought by some of the Brumfield descendants in Lawrence County, Ohio that William W. and John Brumfield were sons of Humphrey Brumfield born 11 June 1752 in Amelia County, Virginia, USA. Humphrey fought in 1776 as a private with the Virginia Militia of Montgomery County in the Battle of King's Mountain and moved to a section of Gallia County, Ohio, USA that is now in Lawrence County in 1815. The relationship has never been proven but may be established at some time.

The Will of William Brumfield I William Brumfield of the county of Cabell and state of Virginia being weak of body but of perfect mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this mortal life do make this my last Will and testament in manner & form following, towit, I give and bequeath first: to my sons, John H. Brumfield, Henderson P. Brumfield, Allen T. Brumfield, Jordon Brumfield, and my daughter Susan Hatfield and Bostick Brumfield--jointly all that tract of land included in the following boundary being a part of a tract I purchased of John Allison. Beginning at a beech on the bank of twelve pole marked W.B. standing above the mouth of the first gut above the Widow Brumfields thence down the meanders of twelve pole to the mouth of a gut that runs into twelve pole below grave field thence up the gut and by a straight course to strike the Shoals road at a small drain about three hundred yards from the low gap. Thence running with the gap road through the low gap to the head of a branch thence down said branch to Duvall's back line, hence with said line to the line that divides this tract from Bowen's thence by straight line to the beginning to them and their heirs forever. I also bequeath to the above named children jointly all my crop of wheat now on hand except fifteen bushels also one gray horse and wheat fan. I also bequeath to them jointly all the debts due me--In consideration of all the above bequests the above named children are to pay all my just debts and also furnish Margaret Ann Brumfield my Daughter and my Daughter Kit Ann Brumfield when they shall marry or become of lawful age with a horse each valued in fifty dollars and each with a Saddle valued at sixteen dollars. I also lend to affectionate wife during her widowhood all the residue of my lands (except fifteen acres I have contracted with J. Allison) for all my perishable property that is not disposed of by this Will except a cow and calf and when my wife shall either marry or die in either event I Will all the said tract of land lent to her, to two sons Milton D. Brumfield & William W. Brumfield Jr., to them and their heirs with this exception that neither of them shall sell any part of said land without mutual consent. In consideration of having lent my wife the lands mentioned which includes the dwelling house it is my will that she shall give to my two daughters when they become of age or marry, Margaret Ann Brumfield and Kitt Ann Brumfield a good bed and bed clothes for each of them. Also that she shall board and school the infant children from the profits of the farm and send them to such schools as may be near enough. Also she shall give to each of the two girls in addition to the beds and bed clothes a Cow and Calf a piece and at the same period I also bequeath to my son Bostick Brumfield one Cow & Calf and to Jordan Brumfield one Clay Bank Horse. It is also my will that my wife shall hold possession of the grave field until Jorden Brumfield shall become of age. I hereby appoint Stephen Spotlock Sr. my Lawful executor. Given under my hand and Seal this 9 November 1833. In presence of: Wm. Gholson, Wesley Fergusen, Benj. Brown. Wm. Brumfield Cabell County Court 24 November 1833. The last Will and testament of William Brumfield was presented in court and was proved by the oaths of Benjamin Brown and Wesley Ferguson two of the Subscribing Witnesses thereto, which is ordered to be recorded. Teste John Samuels CKCC.


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William Wirt Brumfield, Sr.'s Timeline

Stoney Creek, Montgomery County, Virginia, United States
September 25, 1803
Age 18
Kanawha, WV, United States
January 8, 1812
Age 27
Wolfcreek, Monroe County, Virginia, United States
Age 29
Giles County, Virginia, United States
Age 29
Big Ugly, Cabell County, Virginia, United States
Age 33
Cabell County, Virginia, United States
Age 36
March 3, 1822
Age 37
Virginia, United States
November 1833
Age 48
Cabell County, Virginia (WV in 1863), United States