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Brumfield Family Papers

Identifier: FMS-135

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a small amount of correspondence and financial documents of the Brumfield family. Most of the collection comprises records from Wayne County, although some are from Iowa. The collection is arranged in two series, one of correspondence and one of financial, legal, real estate and tax records. The series of correspondence includes some letters written by Oliver Hampton Smith Brumfield. The correspondence also covers property issues, particularly regarding Edgar Burton and E.G. Linsted, both of whom lived in Iowa in the late nineteenth century.  Correspondence is arranged in chronological order. The larger financial series primarily includes receipts describing the business dealings of Solomon Brumfield. Receipts and records cover areas such as newspaper subscriptions, purchases of animals, deeds, loans and tax records. The series is arranged in chronological order. The records give a good picture of the kinds of business practices common for farmers in the nineteenth century and reveal property and financial information for the Brumfield family. There is one folder of miscellany that includes a funeral announcement for Solomon Brumfield.


  • 1820-1892
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/2007


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Some materials may be protected by copyright. Permission to reproduce and to publish for commercial purposes must be requested from the Archivist.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Brumfield Family Papers reflect the life of a family with Quaker origins in Wayne County, Indiana.  The most significant documents in the collection are five letters written by Oliver H. Smith (1794-1859), a United States senator from Indiana 1837-1843 and author of the book Early Indiana Trials and Sketches. Most of the papers in the collection pertain to Solomon Brumfield, who was born near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, February 9, 1805, the son of John and Margaret (Howell) Brumfield.  In 1827 he married his first cousin once removed, Eliza Boone (1810-1886).  They farmed in Wayne and Fayette counties in Indiana and lived for a time in Centerville before purchasing a farm nearby.  Solomon was also considered one of the best veterinarians in the area.  He died near Centerville, September 8, 1865.  Other documents in the collection pertain to Solomon and Eliza’s son Oliver H. S. Brumfield (1829-1907). Solomon Brumfield’s sister Mary Brumfield (1803-1881) was married in Wayne County in 1821 to Oliver Hampton Smith, an attorney who was a native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  They lived in Centerville, Connersville, and Indianapolis, in addition to residing in Washington, D.C., while Oliver H. Smith served in the United States Senate as a Whig.  For further information, see Ray C. Brumfield, Descendants of Thomas Brumfield of Berks County Pennsylvania (1962).

Note written by Thomas Hamm


1 Boxes

Language of Materials



Receipts, correspondence, legal and financial papers from the Brumfield-Smith families in Wayne County Indiana and in Jasper County Iowa.

Source of Acquisition

The collection was purchased from Ron Purcell of Richmond in 2007.

Accruals and Additions

No accruals to the collection are expected

Processing Information

Anne Thomason, 2008

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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository