HISTORY OF WRIGHT COUNTY Submitted by: David Tucker William Lee Brumfield, a leading farmer of Middleville township, was born on his father's homestead in section 10, November 11, 1875, son of William Henry and Nancy (Jordon) Brumfield. William Henry Brumfield was born in Carter county, Kentucky, March 3, 1821, and as a boy received but meagre opportunities. He married Nancy Jordon (born July 1, 1828), and located on a farm in his native state, where the children, Green, Hattie, Allie, James, George and Nan, were born, There were also three more children in the family, Mary, born in St. Paul, and Noah and William Lee born in Wright county. In 1871 the family set out for Minnesota. They reached St. Paul by steamboat, and came to Middleville township, where by trading a good pair of horses they obtained the homestead-rights to eighty acres of land. An old shack and a straw barn stood on the place, and about an acre had been broken. With the aid of an ox team the family cleared the land, and in time ereted suitable buildings. Mr. Brumfield was a member of the Christian church and helped to build the church at Sylvan, in Middleville township. He died December 28, 1888. His wife died October 29, 1899, aged about seventy-one. William Lee Brunfield was reared on the home farm and attended the district schools. After the death of his father, he and his brother, James, took over the home place. Later William Lee bought his brother's interest. A few years later he sold out, and bought the place of his father-in-law, W. H. Hutchinson. This tract consisted of eighty acres. Four years afterward he bought the old Levi VanNorden place of 160 acres. This was in 1905. The place was but partly improved, and the only residence on it was the homestead log cabin. Mr. Brumfield has developed the farm, and has erected a new nine- room house, a new silo, and several roomy sheds. He carries on general farming and raises good stock, marketing his cattle through the Stock Shippers' Association of which he is a member. At the present time he is supervisor of the township and clerk of the school board. He belongs to the Modern Brotherhood of America and to the Odd Fellows. Mr. Brumfield was married March 27, 1901, to Effie M. Hutchinson, daughter of W. H. Hutchinson and Helen A. (Dean) Hutchinson. Mr. and Mrs. Brumfield have three children: Russell, born March 24, 1904; Dorris, born September 8, 1908; and Evelyn, born September 22, 1911. W. H. Hutchinson came from Canada to the United States and then to Middleville township. ========================================================================= Copyright Diane Hanson 2005. All rights reserved.