Comadore Brumfield Sr.

Comadore Perry Brumfield Sr. (1852 - 1926)

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Comadore Perry "Com" Brumfield Sr.
Born in Wayne County, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Wayne County, West Virginiamap
Died in Cabell, West Virginia, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Oct 2013
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Genealogically Defined


Although the spelling of his given name varies a tiny bit Comodore Perry Brumfield was named for an American military hero of the War of 1812 and Mexican-American War Commodore Matthew C. Perry,[2]. According to his death certificate he was born 29 Sep 1851 in Wayne County, Virginia, the son of Allen Brumfield (born Wayne Co., WV) and Pollyann Ross (born Peach Orchard, KY), however that date would seem to be too close to the birth of his elder sister Lucinda. So perhaps the year should have been 1852 on the death certificate. Because of the discrepancy "about 1852" has been used on this profile for his birthdate. He died 30 May 1926, Wayne County, West Virginia. [1][2] Other records show Comodore's mother was Nancy Adkins, daughter of Edward Adkins and Nancy Jane "Gincy" Bartram. Nancy Adkins' first husband was John H. Watts and her second husband was Allen T. Brumfield.[3] Since Comodore's death certificate is the only time Pollyann Ross is mentioned as his mother and because census records indicate Allen T. Brumfield was only married once to Nancy (Adkins) Watts as well as the fact Comodore has four siblings older than him whose mother was Nancy the conclusion would seem to be the death certificate is a mistake.

C. P. Brumfield married first Polly Adkins (daughter of Sally Adkins) on 11 Mar 1875 in Wayne County, West Virginia.[4], [5] They are in the 1880 census for Wayne County, West Virginia with children Henry C 4 and Hamilton 3. [6]

Comodore Brumfield (age 45) married second Geneva Smith (age 23) at the residence of Wiley Hail in Wayne County, West Virginia on 7 February 1897. The marriage was performed by the Rev. A.C. Hutchison.[7]

He was a life-long farmer on a farm located at Ceredo, West Virginia. In 1900 the census shows he resided at Ceredo in Wayne County, West Virginia but his wife Geneva was not living in his household. Living with him in his home were children from his previous marriage (to Polly Adkins): Lilly 19, Paralee 17, Ada 12, Milton 11, Comadore Jr 7, Emma 10 and Anna 6. [8] His wife Geneva Brumfield (age 26) was enumerated in Union District, Wayne County, West Virginia in 1900 with her parents Wm H and Martha E Smith as well as two of her children, Carrie Brumfield (age 2) and Burgess N. Brumfield (age1). [9]

He was widowed and resided at Ceredo, Wayne County, West Virginia in 1910.[10]\

His death was recorded at Guyandotte [11]in Cabell County, West Virginia 1926.


  1. "West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999," (, Comodore Perry Brumfield, 30 May 1926; citing Cabell, West Virginia, County Records, 6585, county courthouses, West Virginia; FHL microfilm 1,953,325.
  2. Wayne County, West Virginia Will book 4. page 299 dated 5 June 1926
  3. Adkins, Ronnie. 1990. The Adkins family of Wayne County, West Virginia: also Cabell, Lincoln, and Boone : a genealogical history : the descendants of William and Elizabeth (Parker) Adkins of Henrico County, Virginia, from 1690 to 1990. Montgomery, Ala. (3540 S. Georgetown Drive, Montgomery, 36109-2232): R. Adkins. p 111
  4. Wayne County, West Virginia, "Marriage Record Search (1854 - 1862, 1865 - 1970)," line 31, C. P. Brumfield and Polly Adkins, 1875; database with images, West Virginia Vital Research Records Project ( : accessed 29 October 2018); citing West Virginia State Archives, Charleston, West Virginia.
  5. "West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970,"(, C P Brumfield and Polly Adkins, 1875; citing Wayne, West Virginia, United States, , county clerks, West Virginia; FHL microfilm 583,490.
  6. "United States Census, 1880," (, Comadre Brumfield, Ceredo, Wayne, West Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district ED 144, sheet 319A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1415; FHL microfilm 1,255,415.
    Comadre Brumfield Self M 26 Virginia, United States
    Polley An Brumfield Wife F 20 Virginia, United States
    Henry C Brumfield Son M 4 West Virginia, United States
    Hamilton Brumfield Son M 3 West Virginia, United States
  7. Birth, Marriage and Death Records maintained by West Virginia Archives & History. West Virginia Division of Culture and History. [1]
  8. "United States Census, 1900," (, Com Brumfield, Ceredo district, Wayne, West Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 111, sheet 8B, family 142, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,775.
    Com Brumfield Head M 48 West Virginia
    Lilly Brumfield Daughter F 19 West Virginia
    Paralee Brumfield Daughter F 17 West Virginia
    Ada Brumfield Daughter F 13 West Virginia
    Milton Brumfield Son M 11 West Virginia
    Comadore Brumfield Son M 8 West Virginia
    Emma Brumfield Daughter F 10 West Virginia
    Anna Brumfield Daughter F 7 West Virginia
  9. US Census 1900; Union, Wayne County, West Virginia; Roll: 1775; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0118; FHL microfilm: 1241775. Enumeration date 5 June 1900
    Wm H Smith 47, Farmer, born Feb 1853, West Va
    Martha E Smith 46, wife, born Nov 1853, West Va
    Geneva E Brumfield 26, dau, born Nov 1873, West Va
    John W Smith 14, son, born April 1886, West Va, farm laborer
    Alonzo T Smith 7, son, born June 1892, West Va
    Timothy E Smith 5, son, born May 1895, West Va
    Carrie Brumfield 2, gr dau, born Dec 1897, West Va
    Burgess N Brumfield 1, gr son, born May 1899, West Va
    Martha Daniels 77, Mother in law, born July 1822, Ohio, wd, 11 children, 4 living.
  10. US Census 1910; Ceredo, Wayne, West Virginia; Roll: T624_1699; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0186; FHL microfilm: 1375712
    Comodore Brumfield Sr 57 head, widower, Farmer
    Amma Brumfield 16 daughter
    Emma Thomas 20 daughter, widow
    Ada Brumfield 22 daughter
    Comodore Brumfield Jr 18 son
    Texie Brumfield 3 grand-daughter
    Nansy Thomas 2 grand-daughter
  11. "West Virginia Deaths, 1853–1970." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah. From originals housed in Cabell County, West Virginia courthouse.

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Tombstone C. P. Brumfield and wife Polly
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