Billy Brumfield was the son of Ollie R. Brumfield and his wife Ruby Dalton Brumfield. Over ten years ago he wrote down some memories and stories about the Brumfield family which he shared with family members.
Remembrances by Billy Brumfield
Irene Brumfield Lumpkins, who was the first granddaughter of Grandpa John, talked fondly of her relationship with him. He called her "Cotton Top" because of her blond hair. She told me about Grandpa geting up very early some mornings and coming to their place and she would build a fire in the wood cookstove, fix breakfast and she and Grandpa would sit there and have breakfast long before any of the others were up.
Irene told Bobby about an incident that took place when she was the only child of Uncle Morgan. She was about two years old and someone put her on the one-horse wagon. Something scared the mule and he ran away with Irene still on board. Luckily a closed gate stopped the run-away mule and she was not hurt. Grandpa later told her that as the run-away wagon bounced her up and down she was laughing and having a big time, never realizing the danger of the situation.
Irene Lumpkins had known "Annie Dalton" the mother of Eliza Brumfied. She remembered her sitting over in the corner, wearing a black dress and smoking a little old pipe.