Notes for Nathaniel Fields: Revolutionary War hero- died in combat Died during revolutionary war Lived in Roway County, N.C. that later became Guilford County, then Rockingham County
Records show he began his military service 11/24/1776. He was in Capt. Rose's Company 6th Va. Regiment of the Continental Forces commanded by Col. James Hendricks.
Sources: Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Title: FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service Publication: www.familysearch.org Page: IGI, no film info, patron submission Text: (1) Nathaniel FIELDS b. 1725 in Hanover Co., VA (2) Nathaniel FIELDS b. abt 1725 in Hanover Co., VA md Mrs. Mary FIELDS
Title: McAdams, Bill, records of Repository: Name: William H. McAdams Albuquerque, NM 87112 WmMcA@aol.com
Page: e-mail Date: 12 Aug 2000 Text: Nathaniel FIELDS & Mary parents of Obidiah FIELDS Sr. Nathan and Mary of the part of Rowan county, NC that became Guilford in 1771 and Rockingham Co., in 1786. Title: Snider, Jim Repository: Name: Jim Snider Mongtomery, AL
Page: e-mail Date: 28 Aug 2000 Text: Nathaniel FIELDS b. 1725, d. 1 Apr 1777 in the Revolutionary War, md Mary ALLEN Title: GenForum Internet Bulletin Board Posting Page: FIELDS, Joseph L. Smith, email@example.com, #184 Date: 12 Jun 1998 Text: I believe the Nathaniel FIELDS you refer to married Mary (family name unknown, perhaps ALLEN) in Hanover Co., VA. They were there in 1749-52 when sons Ansel and John were born. They moved to Rowan/Guilford/Rockingham Co., NC abt 1765. He was killed in the Revolution and died before 1778 when his wife and children were awarded 440 acres on the Mayo River. Much information can be obtained from a book by Ruth Fields Lewis. There are a number of descendants, many of whom went to Indiana in the 1830s, others went to So. Carolina, TN, KY, etc.
Ansel FIELDS md Martha DODD and his brother Nelson (full name, Robert Nelson Pleasant FIELDS) md her sister Mary DODD ... Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Title: Ancestral File (R) Publication: Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998 Repository: Name: Family History Library Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA Title: McAdams, Bill, records of Repository: Name: William H. McAdams Albuquerque, NM 87112 WmMcA@aol.com
Page: e-mail Date: 1 Sep 2000 Text: The book "FIELDS-WHITESELL-DODD" does not identify Obidiah as the son of Nathaniel & Mary FIELDS. Ruth FIELDS LEWIS recognized that Obidiah was related to Nathaniel & Mary, but she did not know how he was related to them. A key record is the following deed recorded in Rockingham, NC:
On the 19th June 1795 Mary FIELDS and three of her sons, including Obidiah, sold their interests in a tract of 440 acres she had been granted in 1779 for herself and her oprhaned children by Nathaniel FIELDS. The buyer was her oldest son John FIELDS who still owned his original interest in this same land which was described as being in the northwest section of Rockingham Co. An abstract of that deed follows:
"Mary FIELDS, Exc'r of Nathaniel FIELDS, dec'd and Ansel FIELDS, William FIELDS of the County of Rockingham & State of North Carolina and Obidiah FIELDS of the State of South carolina Legatees of the said dec'd Estate of the one part and John FIELDS of the County of Rockingham & State of North Carolina of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Mary FIELDS, Ansel FIELDS, William FIELDS & Obidiah FIELDS for & in consideration of the sum of Fifteen pounds North Carolina Currency to them in hand paid by the said John FIELDS grant, bargain & sell and confirm to the said John FIELDS their part of certain tract or parcel of land granted to Mary FIELDS & her oprhans containing Four Hundred & Forty Acres lying and being in the County of Rockingham on the waters of Mayo River -- beginning at the black oak in Mayo Mountain running thence North crossing Mountain Runnone hundred and eighty poles to Elisha Joyce's Corner hickory thence along the line east crossing ehe aforesaid Creek seventy one poles to a black oak & white oak, thence along his line North crossing the said Creek five times Ninety five poles to a white Oak, thence East two hundred & ten poles to a post oak in William Lewis's line thence along his & James Holderness's lines, South crossing to the first station Together with all houses, Orchards & gardens, pine woods and under woods, Waters and water Courses etc."
(ref: Rockingham Co., NC, Deed Book F, p. 8)
Mary's original land grant listed her fifth child as Elijah, but a large body of circumstantial evidence proves that the fifth child was Obidiah and that the surveyor errored in writing the name Elijah in place of Obidiah.
Bill Author: Mrs. Eldred Martin Yochim, Pres. General Title: DAR Patriot Index, Centennial Edition Publication: NSDAR Centennial Administration, Washington, 1990 Repository: Name: Las Vegas Family History Center Las Vegas, NV
Call Number: LV-FHC Book 973 C42 darc Page: Part 1, p. 1016 Text: FIELDS, Nathaniel b c 1720 VA d. 4-1-1777 md Mary --- pvt VA
Nathaniel is the earliest known ancestor of this branch of the Fields family. He enlisted in the 6th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Forces commanded by Lt Col James Hendricks. He served as a private until May 31, 1777; however, he was marked "deceased April 1" on the roll dated 16 June 1777. His oldest son, Ansel Field, in an affidavit for pension stated that his family moved from Hanover Co, Va to Rowan Co, NC in 1765. (The area in Rowan County in which they lived became first, Rockingham County in 1771 and then Guilford County in 1786.) Nathaniel and Mary had eight known children: Ansel or Anselna FIELDS, b. 5 Jan 1748/1749, John A. FIELDS b. 3 Apr 1752, Agnes FIELDS b. abt 1753, Elijah FIELDS b. 1755, Agatha FIELDS b. abt 1756 (Abbeville, SC), Obidiah FIELDS b. abt 1760, William FIELDS b. 1760, Susanna FIELDS b. 15 Dec 1765 (Rowan Co, NC), Robert Nelson Pleasant FIELDS b. 26 Feb 1768 (Rowan Co, NC), and Allen FIELDS. b 1770 (Rowan Co, NC). Except as noted, all of their children were born in Hanover Co, Va. "Obidiah" may be the same person as "Elijah." [See land grant & will notes below.] At the time of his death, Nathaniel had acquired rights to at least 440 acres of property on the Mayo River in what had become Rockingham County, NC at that time. (This property was sold by Mary, his executor, with Ansel, William and Obidiah, also legatees, joining in the sale.) [Rockingham Co, NC: DBk F, p. 8.] Obidiah is referred to as Obidiah Fields of SC; however, he is not included in the children's name listing in the land grant. He may have been a child of a deceased son of Nathaniel. The land grant stated: "You are hereby required to lay off and survey for Mary Fields in behalf of John, Ansel, Agathy Barns, William, Elija, Susanna, Nelson and Allen, orphan children to Nathaniel Fields, deceased, part or parcel of land containing 440 acres in the County aforesaid [Guilford] on the East side of the Mayo River and on the Mayo Mountain, and both sides of the Mountain and Creek, bounded and adjoining to the West of William Lewis, to the East Elijah Joyce's." [Date of grant: 13 Nov 1779.] In 1795, when the land is transferred to Nathaniel's son, John, the deed is signed by Mary (Nathaniel's wife), William, Allen, Nelson and Polly Fields. "Obediah Fields of South Carolina" also executes the deed. To join in the transfer, Obediah would have had to have been born sometime on or before 19 Jun 1774 (1795-21); however, his DOB has been placed as early as circa 1760. Although Obediah is currently listed here as a "son;" possible he is a grandson on one of the other children, most likely Elijah, the only other son not signing the transfer to John. "Polly" Fields is also unclear. She must be either Agathy Barns Fields or Susanna Fields, the only daughter's mentioned in the grant. The other sister most likely had died prior to the transfer. The listing for both Agnes and Agatha is also incorrect. These would be the same person according to the pension application.
Muster Roll of Captain Alexander Ross in the Sixth VA Regt. - Record Group 246, Roll 103 at the National Archives.
CORRECTION:::: Nathaniel Fields, b. 1727 was married to MARY ALLEN! (he was not married to Mary "Polly" Dodd.)
Mary "Polly" Dodd, was the wife of his son, Robert Nelson P. Fields, b. 26 Feb 1768, Guilford Co, NC. They were married 09 December 1790, in Rockingham, NC.
I am a descendant of Robert Nelson P.& Mary "Polly"(Dodd) Fields through their son, Ambrose Fields, b. 02 Feb 1792, in Rockingham, NC., d. 17 Mar 1872, in Clackamas, OR; married 18 Dec 1817, in Mason Co, KY to Anne Nower, b.20 Feb 1802 in KY, d. 24 May 1883, in Clackamas, OR.
Marian C. Reid
More About Nathaniel Fields and Mary Allen: Marriage: Abt. 1747, Hanford, Virginia.
Children of Nathaniel Fields and Mary Allen are:
+Ansel Fields, b. 05 Jan 1748/49, Hanover Co, Virginia, d. 01 Oct 1834, Shelby Co, Indiana.
John M Fields, b. 02 Apr 1752, Hanover Co, Virginia, d. 01 Sep 1835, Rockingham, North Carolina.