Simpson and Brumby family papers, 1847-1945 (bulk 1858-1871).

Creator: Simpson and Brumby family.
Collection number: 1408-z
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Abstract: Sarah Catherine Brumby Simpson (1840-1915), daughter of John Greening Brumby (fl. 1830-1871) and Catherine Sarah Remley Brumby (d. 1863) of Benton and Goodman, Miss., is the central figure in these papers. Sarah had at least five brothers: Arnoldus (1832-1892), Robert E. (1834-1864), John Greening (1838-1863?), James R. (b. 1846), and Thomas Micajah (b. 1852); and three sisters: Virginia Carolina (1836-1915), who married a Mr. Wellons; Mary E. or Mollie (1844-1907), who married Augustus Vaughan; and Emily (b. 1848). In 1858, Sarah married Richard Simpson (d. 1871) of Covington, La., and Goodman, Miss. A businessman, Simpson traveled frequently througout Louisiana and Texas. Together they had four children. The collection includes family letters, chiefly 1858-1871, received by Sarah Catherine Brumby Simpson from her husband Richard Simpson, other family members, and friends. A handful of letters are addressed to other family members, including Sarah’s brother-in-law, Augustus Vaughan. Civil War letters provide information on troop conditions and civilian hardships, especially in Tennessee and Mississippi. Other topics of interest in the letters are courtship; Arnoldus Brumby’s medical practice in Mississippi; postwar economic conditions; religious fervor among women in Marietta, Ga., during the Civil War; and family life.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: In Folder 1, there is a 15 April 1847 letter from William Winans about an enslaved man named Colbert whom he wished to buy. Winans described the man as a “practical engineer,” with skills in leather tanning, bricklaying, carpentry, blacksmithing, and steam-engine operation.