Tip o’ the hat to Laura P.N. who left a comment on a previous post which reminded me I didn’t share this finding. I don’t know how they fit into the whole scheme of things, but it is a mysterious day in history.
I found two entries for Brummetts in Chariton County Wills and Administrations, 1861-1875 by Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry; one for James Brummett and one for Thomas Brummet. Both died on May 5, 1862. Looking at the page, there are other deaths on May 5, 1862.
A quick Google search reveals the Battle of Yellow Creek occurred in Chariton County, but that was on August 13, 1862.
William Brummit did have sons James and Thomas; but Thomas Benton Brummit/Brummet died 1933. So, I don’t know if these two gentlemen in Prather Ellsberry’s book are related. Furthermore, I sent a message to the Chariton County Historical Society but they said they “do not have a James Brummett. We do have James S Brummell and James S Brummall. (2 different records).” I didn’t request the records.
But I am curious, what happened in Chariton County, Missouri to cause so many deaths on May 5, 1862?