Catharine Lacefield was born circa 1782 in Shelby Co, Kentucky, and died Nov 1830 in Franklin Township, Marion Co, Indiana. She married Jacob McClain on 12 May 1803 in Shelby Co, Kentucky, son of John McClain and Catherine ?.
This is in reply to your letter which I received on Feb. 25th. I am delighted that you wrote, and wish that I could tell you much about your ancestress, Catharine Lacefield of Kentucky.
I have probably 30 or 40 pages, some handwritten and some typed, of the Kentucky Lacefields that was sent me by several different correspondents. None of the information can be tied in with my great grandfather, William L. Lacefield who was born in Tennessee circa 1817. I am sure or most sure that I will connect there after one more step. I am stuck, I do not know who the parents of William L. Lacefield were. He was married to Betty Ann Bales, 27 Jan. 1837 in Limestone County, Ala., and their two oldest sons, William Pinkney and Thomas Jefferson were born in Alabama. If you run across anything to further my search, I would certainly appreciate you letting me know.
Back to your letter, from some of the research information I have "The name was Holland Dutch--Flasveld or Vlasveld which translates into Lacefield (Flaxfield). In Virginia when the immigrant said Flasveld the English clerks wrote it as it sounded to them-Laswell--hence we lost the correct name, and all their deeds, etc, were in that name---some sort of Lasswell sound. Apparently some of them decjded to Anglicize their real name and it became Lacefield in some records. William always signed his name Lasswell, but his son John, was usually Lacefield in Kentucky records. So, it is not easy---but we think that Jacob Lasswell of Loudon Co., Va.. was the immigrant and that our William Lasswell was a grandson. We think he spent time in Wilkes Co. N.C. area before going to Shelpy Co., Ky.(briefly) and then to Green Co., Ky. and from there to Tennessee before 24 Nov. 1818."
The above paragraph was copied from a letter to Mrs. Bula Young of Ft. Worth Texas (decendant of Elizabeth Lacefield who married Joseph Whitehead) The research was done by Mrs. Josephine Lynch of Houston, Texas (now deceased).
I will give you some of the Kentucky information which I think might help you. (I will send the entire pages if you let me know you want them. I have some of them copied already, and will get copies of the balance, if you want it.) The first U.S. Census of Kentucky was 1800, I believe, since June 1, 1792 was the date Kentucky became the 15th State, admitted to the Union. Of course there were much earlier settlements there befere 1792. As mentioned above regarding our name, you will find many spellings. In my grandfather, William Pinkney Lacefield's military record, his name was spelled, Laisfield, Lasefield, Laswell, Lacerfield, and possibly others.
There was a William and Fanny Lacefield in Barren County, Ky. 1800 Census. He was still listed in Barren Co. 1810 with 3 m. 10-16; 2 m. 16-26; 1 m. over 45 (Wm.) 2 fe. under 10; 1 female over 45 (Fanny) They had these children: Betsy Lacefield m. Reuben Clark 1794 Green Co. , Ky. Sally Laisfield m. Henry Skaggs 1797 Green Co. Ky (actual spelling) Nancy Lacefield m. Aaron Blakeman 1898 Green Co. (Wm. signed Lasswell) Jacob Lacefield m. Sarah Henton Robertson 1799 John Laswell m. Elizabeth Burk 9/6/1802 Barren Co. Ky. Susanna Lazwell m. William Jones 1804 Barren Co. Peggy (Margaret) Laswell m. John Pierce 1805 Barren Co. William Laswell m. Nancy Reed 1/21/1811 Barren Co (same in Hardin Co. Tn. 1810 Cen.) Jesse Lacefield m. Elizabeth Mitchell 1818 Barren Co.( " ) Daniel Lacefield m. Amy Bayless Green Co. (In other reports there is mention of Gilliam Lacefield, son of Wm. & Fanny)
There was a Jacob Lasswell on 1800 Tax list in Shelby Co. Ky. (Do you think that might be father of your Catharine?)
Lincoln Co, Ky. Ezekiel Lacefield is Wit. to Henry Smith's Will 12-9-1788. Ezekiel Lasswell in Washington Co. Ky. 1755, 1897, 1800,(along with William) tax lists. Ezekiel Lasswell in Washington, Co. Ky. had daughters Polly Laswell, M. James Corlen 2. Chloe Lacewell m. Aaron Phillip 4-28-1804 Washington Co. 3. Naomy Lacewell m. Wm Mudd or Mugg, Nelson Co. 3-6-1826
William Lacefield was in Shelby Co. Ky 1794, then Green Co. and finally to Tenn.
Ms. Hodgson, I found mention of your Catharine Lacefield's marriage, but the county was not listed, and no information as to permission given, etc"
There was a Peter Lasswell in Washington Co. Ky. 1797. still there 1804. 1800 Tax List Washington Co. Ky. two Peter Laswells. Inventory of Peter Laswell in Jessamine Co. Ky. as Lacefield in 1807.
Most of the Kentucky information is later than 1800, that I have; hope that maybe what I have scanned through and picked up will be of help to you. Be sure to let me know if you want me to send all the information I have re: Kentucky Lacefields.
Gladys Lacefield Wooten
More About Catharine Lacefield: Burial: Unknown, Mt Zion Cemetery, Franklin Township, Marion Co, Indiana.377 Census: 1830, Perry Twp, Marion Co, Indiana (presumed with husband). Relationship: 3rd g grandmother.
More About Catharine Lacefield and Jacob McClain: Marriage: 12 May 1803, Shelby Co, Kentucky.
Children of Catharine Lacefield and Jacob McClain are: