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John Watson Brumfield II (abt. 1750 - 1845)

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Sgt John Watson Brumfield II aka Broomfield
Born about in Prince EdwardCo. VA ( Old Amelia Co.).map
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Descendants descendants
Died in Washington Parish, LAmap
Profile last modified | Created 5 Dec 2014
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Categories: Washington Parish, Louisiana | West Florida History | Louisiana First Families | Marion's Brigade, South Carolina Militia, American Revolution | US Southern Colonist.

Sgt John Brumfield II served in the Marion's Brigade during the American Revolution
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John Brumfield II settled in the Southern Colonies in North America prior to incorporation into the USA.
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John was born circa 1750 in Virginia, son of Watson Brumfield. His family lived in Virginia, North Carolina and the High Hills of Santee, South Carolina.

Not to be confused with the John Brumfield] (his nephew) that settled a few miles NE of him on the Bogue Chitto River circa 1812 via GA

Military Service

He enlisted in 1777, he furnished his own arms and he lost two horses in the Revolution and received no pay

He served under Col. Thompson, Capt. Edward Richardson, Col. Nathaniel Singleton, Col. Richardson and a General Richardson. He fought at Snowy Camp on the Reedy River, Sullivan's Island ; the Battle of Scott's Lake Fort; and the Battle of Begings Church. This John also served under General Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox in SC. It appears that John was later deployed and stationed among the Catalba (Catawba) Indians, probably in their main village, Rock Hill, SC, at their treaty reservation in York Co., SC. John married (Susannah Statham?) and started raising a family in that vicinity. [1]

Note: According to the book "They Came West" compiled by the Washington Parish Oushola Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, "During the Revolution John served in General Francis Marion's Brigade." This was also reprinted in an article, "John Brumfield slept in a field for five years during Revolution", July 9th,1976 Daily News, Bogalusa, LA

Post War Years

His discharge was signed in 1882 by a Capt. WIlson, following his discharge he lived for a while in Sumpter (Sumter) County, South Carolina.

John & family moved to Spanish West Florida (Louisiana) in 1808, apparently landing at Bayou Sara on the Miss. River where his nephew, Isaac Brumfield was a Spanish land agent with Ira C. Kneeland and John Barclay, first and second Assistant Surveyors General [2]

They moved to the Tchefuncte River, about 7 miles North of Folsom, La. Sons Ezekiel & Ridley claimed sections of land there. Ezekiel died a soldier after the Battle of New Orleans, & Ridley died before the 1830 Census

Children (maybe more?):

1. Ezekiel BRUMFIELD b: 1785-1790 d: Feb-Mar 1815 in Camp Morgan, LA

2. Ridley BRUMFIELD b: 1798 in York Co, SC d: 1830 in Washington Parish, LA Ridley served three months in the War of 1812 as Corporal i n the 12th and 13th Consolidated Regiment, Louisiana Militia, apparently guarding the Navy Yard at Madisonville, LA.

3. Cornelius "Neely" BRUMFIELD , b: Aug 1821 in Washington Parish, LA d: 18 Jun 1912 in Rankin Co, Ms. Cornelius "Neely" Broomfield raised a large family there.

4. Charles S. BRUMFIELD, moved to Oldfield, Livingston Parish, La, & raised a family

5. Margaret Frances BRUMFIELD, m. _____ Croft, & moved to West Texas, raised a family there.

6. George W. BRUMFIELD

(?) Flemming Tynes BRUMFIELD Birth: 1790-1800 Death: 10 Dec 1843 in Washington Parish, LA Lived 3 mil S of Franklinton, LA. Private in Battle of New Orleans.

(?) William BRUMFIELD Birth: 1790 in York Co, SC Death: 1868 in Washington Parish, LA "Unconfirmed"

1820 Census

Next to John Brumfield on the 1820 census for Washington Parish, Louisiana, is a young Ridley Brumfield who might be John's son. One entry farther on is "Widow Brumfield" who could conceivably be the widow of another son. This John's census (and other) records are not to be confused with those of his nephew, also named John Brumfield, about 18 years his junior. (The younger John was a large slave owner; this older John was not.)

1840 Census

John Brumfield appears on the 1840 census for Washington Parish, Louisiana, in the household of Fleming Brumfield. His name is shown in the column for Revolutionary War pensioners, and his age is given as 93. (The birthdate of 27 June 1750 comes from Glenn Brumfield; I don't know what his sources are.)

Family stories relate that during the Revolutionary War, John was sent to the Catawba Indian territory to try to recruit this tribe to the American cause. John's wife's name is unknown, but she may have been a Catawba, since John visited the tribe on several occasions after the war. (Beverley Dowdy)[3]

A note from the late Alfred Brumfield to a relative

The Indians tended to live in round dwellings, and Caucasians tended to live in rectangular houses. Mrs. Haidee Reeves was descended from both the part Indian line and the all Caucasian line of Brumfields. She told of a female ancestor who had a proposal of marriage. She accepted, with the condition that the suitor build her a cabin with a wood floor instead of the packed earth floor that some couples had! The cabin with the wood floor was built, they married, had a family!
Later I'll go back and see if I can find where you fit in! Take Care!
Sincerely Cousin Al
Albert R. Brumfield
BRUMFIELD HISTORIES, La. & Ms. 10108 St. Paul Ave., River Ridge, La. 70123

"BRUMFIELD, Watson, Patriot, SC, b ca 1720, d bef 1790, York Co, SC, m unk; ch,

  1. Watson, Jr, b ca 1767;
  2. Ezekial, b ca 1774;
  3. Richard, b 1779;
  4. Charles, m Lucy;
  5. Jesse;
  6. John, b 27 Jun 1750;
  7. Susamah, b 1743, m John Gaulden, 1759."[4]

This profile is a collaborative work-in-progress. Can you contribute information or sources?


  1. My Southern Family on RootsWeb
  2. LA Parishes on Ancestry
  3. Glenn Brumfield's Web site Publication: [1] Note: Based on Glenn's father (Albert Brumfield)'s yet-unpublished revision of Alma Dell Clawson's book _Fields of Broom_
  4. Fairfield Genealogical Society Newlsetter, p. 4, 1995, Vol. 8, No. 2. Abstracts from Mississippi DAR Application Records.
  • john Watson Brumfield, extracted from Brumfield Histories, by Albert Ray Brumfield and Dell Magee Clawson[2].

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On 9 Nov 2015 at 15:38 GMT Mags Gaulden wrote:

Hey Allan,

I haven't read through the bio - just skimmed...A whole group of this family, my two of Susannah B. Gauldens children included, migrated to LA from SC.


On 9 Nov 2015 at 04:16 GMT Allan Thomas wrote:

11/08/2015 Note from V Birch for further research:

John R. Burch, Jr. was an active member of Franklinton Masonic Lodge 101for many years. He was Worshipful Master of the Lodge in 1880. His wife was Melissa Brumfield (1843-1923). She was a daughter of John W. Brumfield and a granddaughter of Ezekiel Brumfield who died at Camp Morgan (near Madisonville) during the Battle of New Orleans Campaign in the winter of 1814-1815. She was a great granddaughter of John Brumfield, Sr., a Revolutionary War Veteran who settled in Washington Parish.

On 2 Feb 2015 at 04:01 GMT Ruth (Cattles) Cottrell wrote:

I am seeking to connect Maria (Mary) Brumfield who married Benjamin Key to her Brumfield parents. Benjamin and Maria are listed as parents of the bride on the marriage certificate of Dorothea Key and James Sides when they married in E. Baton Rouge Parish, LA in in 1810.

John is 15 degrees from Caryl Ruckert, 14 degrees from Harriet Stowe and 14 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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