Thursday, June 30, 2016

4th of July - Family Style

Brumley Branches Fourth of July

Brumley Branches-4th of July-Family Style is celebrating the comeback of my Blogger Blog about family genealogy. It is also a good time to talk about visiting with relatives especially the older ones and having a good old fashion one on one talk about themselves

You will learn about a different time in our history and what people did back in those times to pass the day. Did they have to do chores before riding their bicycle to their friend's house? How did they spend the Fourth of July? Once the conversation is started it will take you in so many directions for learning more about your relative. 

And believe it or not, they will be surprised you asked but also so thrilled you wanted to know more about them beyond their name and their place in the family. You will learn that you have so much in common than you ever realized about their childhood, their teenage years and their family life. We all have great stories to tell and we just need someone to ask us to share it with them. 

The same thing can be said for sharing pictures during this holiday time. At some point in our lives, we celebrated the 4th of July in some fashion. What was it like? Did you have a carnival come to your town? What was your favorite ride? Somebody took a picture of the event - dig them out of the box way back in your closet and share them with younger relatives. If you didn't write on the back of the picture, and you don't know someone there is a good chance someone in the group will remember Aunt Betty and the memory about the picture.

It is all about connecting the young with the old or the now with the then that makes genealogy so much fun. You can't find these terrific stories on a Census page, it takes pictures and stories to make the rest of your information come alive again!

As I look back now I wish I would have listened more, asked more questions and looked at more pictures. It would have made this family genealogy journey so much easier. My mother, Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik did share a lot of her stories and pictures with me. My father thought it was all nonsense and did not. There were times when he and I were fishing that I could get him to open up about his family but it was rare so I had to listen very carefully.
On my last visit to Iowa to visit the grandkids, I was surprised to hear that they had seen the commercial where they saw the graph of the DNA pie chart of the percentage of the ethnic mix. They actually wanted to know where they came from and knew grandma could tell them. I could only tell them what I had learned over the years. It is on my "Bucket List" to do the DNA test. They were at least thinking about who they were and where they came from.

So as we go into this holiday remember that you are sharing a memory that long after you are gone your relative will pass it along.

Have a great 4th of July and please make it a safe on! 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Gerald Raymond Brumley

Brumley Branches
Gerald Raymond Brumley

Gerald Raymond Brumley, Age: 85 February 13, 1928 -- January 09, 2014 Gerald R. Brumley, Independence, Missouri, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2014, at the St. Luke's Hospital. Visitation will be held Sunday, January 12, from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Porter Funeral Home Chapel, 8535 Monrovia St., Lenexa, Kansas. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 13 at 9:30 AM in the Porter Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens, Shawnee, Kansas. Mr. Brumley was born February 13, 1928, in Kansas City, Kansas. He served in the US Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. Gerald was preceded in death by his father and mother; John and Nellie Brumley; Brothers Leo and John Jr. and a sister Nancy. Mr. Brumley is survived by his wife, Marlene, of 64 years which was a testament to their love and commitment to each other. He is survived by his sister Shirley (Eddie) Stevens; brother-in-law Richard (Bonnie) Bronson; sisters-in-law Sue Bronson, Inez Brumley and many loving nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City.

I am Jerry and Marlene's niece and it saddened me to lose one of my favorite relatives this January - Jer, and Mar (as they were known) were a couple that truly loved each other through the whole 64 years of their marriage. They did not have any children of their own but they loved every niece and nephew in their extended family so in a way we were their children. My mother Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik always referred to him as "her little brother" and he was out of 5 siblings. She did her "big sister best" to look at him as they were growing up in the 1930's and 1940's in Kansas City, Kansas at various addresses.  My mother told me so many stories over the years about their growing up days. He was loved by so many people and my life was blessed knowing him.

Isaac Brumley

Brumley Branches Isaac Brumley

What does it mean to be an indentured person back in 1868?

Technically an indentured servant serves someone under a contract. The contract may have a limited period of time after which the contract is null.

In 1868, Isaac Brumley - son of Stephen Brumley (deceased) in Gasconade County, Missouri was indentured to Henry Leimkuehler. I have transcribed this document to the best of my ability.

 This indenture, made the 12th day of November in the year of our Lord 1868 between Isaac Brumley of the age of four years and nine months, son of Stephen Brumley deceased, of the county of Gasconade, and the state of Missouri, of the first part, and Henry Leimkuhler, of the place, of the second part, witnessed: that the Isaac Brumley, by and wish the consent of Frederick  Leimkuhler, the guardian duly appointed of the said Isaac Brumley, signified by the signature of the said Frederick Leimkuhler affixed to this indenture and by his own free will and consent hath placed and bound himself apprentice to the said Henry Leimkuhler, to dwell, confine, and serve, as an apprentice aforesaid , for and during the term of sixteen years, two months  and eighteen days, from the date hereof, which will be until the first day of February in the year 1885 at which time the said Isaac Brumley, if he so long live, will be of the age of twenty-one years, during all of which him the said Henry Leimkuhler his master, shall faithfully and diligently serve, and in all such lawful business as he shall put to by his said master, according to the best of his abilities, and conduct himself honestly and orderly servant the family of said Henry Leimkuehler.

And the said Henry Leimkuhler doth covenant and agree to and wish the said Isaac Brumley to teach and instruct the said Isaac Brumley , or cause him to be well and suffice by instructed in the art and trade of a farmer, after the best way and manner he can and further that he the said Henry Leimkuhler will provide for and allow the said Isaac Brumley meat, drink, washing, lodging and apparel, and all other necessities proper and suitable for an apprentice, during the term aforesaid,, and furthermore that he the said Henry Leimkuhler will furnish the said Isaac Brumley a common school education, such as in afforded in the neighborhood, and lastly that the said Henry Leimkuhler will give to the said Isaac Brumley at the expiration of his apprenticeship, a horse valued at seventy-five dollars or the value share of in lawful money.

In witness whereof, the parties have sworn to, and to duplicate thereof, subscribed their names and affixed their seals the day and date aforesaid.

Edward Kehoe and Charles Steinberger (witnesses)

Frederick Leimkuhler  

Heinrich Leimkuhler

The State of Missouri

County of Gasconade

            Henry Leimkuhler the master to whom the within named Isaac Brumley is bound, makes oath and says that he will faithfully perform the duties required by the within indenture, and enjoined on him by law.

Heinrich Leimkuhler

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 12th day of November A.D. 1868

E. Kehoe

Clerk County Court

In the 1880 Census of Boulware, Gasconade County, Missouri he is listed as "adopted child". He was 17 years old at that time. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knows anything about Isaac Brumley, his father was Stephen Brumley and I believe his mother was Jemima Miller Brumley and his siblings may be Mary Ann (Polly) Brumley, Eleanor (Nellie) Brumley and Sophia Brumley. All lived in and around Gasconade, Osage and Maries County Missouri. I can be reached at