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Below is a family biography included in The History of Barry County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Thomas J. Brumfield, a prominent farmer and stock raiser of Barry County Mo., was born in 1824. He is a son of Moses and Rachel (Quinby) Brumfield. Moses Brumfield was born in Virginia in 1792, and was a farmer. When but five years of age he went with his father, John Brumfield, to Kentucky. The latter was also a native of Virginia, and was one of the heroes of the Revolutionary War having participated in the battle of Yorktown. He was also one of the guards who accompanied Washington when he received Cornwallis’ sword at the formal surrender of the latter’s army. John Brumfield died at his home in Mercer County, Ky., when eighty-six years of age. Moses Brumfield was reared in Kentucky, in which State he married Rachel Quinby, a native of Lexington, Ky., born about 1790. She died in 1832, while her husband lived until 1865. They were the parents of seven children, four of whom are living. Thomas J Brumfield was reared and married in Kentucky. He first married Artimetia Baird, also a member of a Kentucky family, by whom he became the father of four children, two of whom are living, Josephine and Larabell (wife of E. R. Applegate). After his first wife’s death Mr. Brumfield married Mrs. Sarah McCullar, a native of Indiana. In 1877 he went to Illinois and remained twelve years, when he moved to Indiana, remaining two years. Thence coming to Missouri, he settled in Lawrence County, and remained about eight years, when he sold his land and, removing to Barry County, located on his present farm. He has 160 acres of fine land in the Big Flat Creek bottoms. There has lately been a post-office established in his house, named Roark, of which he is postmaster. Politically he is a Republican. In the spring of 1862 he enlisted in the Federal army, joining Company B, Eighteenth Kentucky Infantry, which was afterward transferred to the Kentucky Cavalry. He was mustered out of service in 1865. While in Kentucky he amassed considerable wealth in raising tobacco, but during the war had property to the amount of $12,000 destroyed by the Confederate soldiers. Since then he has had much sickness in his family, and has lost considerable property by high water, but he has succeeded in giving his children good educations, and now has a good comfortable home. He is now rearing some grandchildren, their parents being dead.

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This family biography is one of 103 biographies included in The History of Barry County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Barry County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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