An American Family History

Alexander Stanfield

Stanfield was also spelled Standfield, Stanfill, Stanphill, Stansfield

Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

Alexander Stanfield was born on August 9, 1806 in Tennessee.

He married Rachel Adams. Rachel was born on March 11, 1814 in Tennessee. Her name is from Caroline's death certificate.

Alexander and Rachel's children included:

David Stanfield (1826),
Margaret Stanfield Booher (1828, married Christian Booher),
William M. Stanfield (1829, married Sarah C. Mauck,
Rebecca Stanfield (1831, married Henry Mauck, Jr.),
Jesse Stanfield (1837, married Lucy N. Erwin),
Nancy Stanfield (1839, married Henry H. Lady),
Mary Stanfield Crump (1841),
Samuel G. Stanfield (1843), and
Caroline Stanfield (1845, married Benjamin Keys).

At the time of the 1840 census the family was in Sullivan County, Tennessee. The household consisted of:

A man and a woman between 30 and 39 -Alex age 37 and Rachel age 26?
A boy and 2 girls between 10 and 14 - David age 14,, Margaret age 14, Rebecca age 9
a girl and a boy between 5 and 9 -William age 12?,
a boy and a girl under 5 -Jesse age 4 and Nancy age 1

In 1850 the household consisted of

Alexander Stanfield 47
Rachel Stanfield 36
Jessee Stanfield 13
Nancy Stanfield 11
Mary Stanfield 9
Saml G Stanfield 7
Caroline Stanfield 5

David age 24, William age 20, and Rebecca age 19 were an independent household in Sullivan County, Tennessee. David and William were farmers.

In 1860 William and Sarah were living in Sullivan County with their children at Yoakely's Store post office. Rebecca and Henry Mauck were in Sullivan County at Union Depot.

Rebecca's husband, Henry, died of wounds he suffered in the Civil War. William served in Company G of the 60th Tennessee Infantry.

Alexander died on March 23, 1879 and Rachel on January 11, 1878.

Alexander and Rachel Stanfield, Henry and Nancy Lady and Margaret and Christian Booher are buried at Gunnings Cemetery in Sullivan County, Tennessee.

Sullivan County is in far northeast corner of Tennessee between North Carolina and Virginia and was originally part of those states. It was formed in 1779 when it was divided from Washington County.

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.



During the Civil war many citizens of East Tennessee opposed secession, but the area was under Confederate control from 1861 to 1863. Some citizens engaged in guerrilla warfare against state authorities and joined the Union army, while others were loyal to the confederacy. It was a heartbreaking case of neighbor against neighbor and brother against brother.

Stanfield William, Sullivan County, Tennessee, CSA Tenn # 4016.

Reside near Bluff City, Sullivan co, TN. Born 1829 Sullivan Co, Tenn, resident of Tennessee all his life.

Enlisted 1862 Co G, 60th Tenn Infty, served under Capt Crofford, Capt John

I was exposed at the battle of Vicksburg – came near freezing at night picket duty. Was not wounded. Lost my health in the war from exposure and hardships…also given me heart disease. Was sent to hospital, do not remember surgeon.

Q: How did you get out of the Army?
A: After the surrender, we just went home.
Took the oath of allegiance. The following fall we were ordered to Blountsville [Tenn] to take the oath so I went and took it.

Married, wife 70 and daughter 33 at home. Have 3 sons, 1 daughter married;
total 2 girls 3 boys. Children cannot support applicant.

Occupation farming, own household and kitchen furniture valued at $50.00. My son & I farmed he is now gone does not help me any.

William [his X mark] Stanfield

E. S. King, physician: "varicose veins of right leg, the left one is also somewhat affected…also nervousness and his heart is somewhat affected…consider disabled."
s/s E. S. King

R. R. Anderson and Jesse R. Rodgers of Sullivan co, TN, state applicant was always on his post, constantly on duty except while he was in the hospital.
[both signed]

In the Civil War (1861 to 1865) eleven Southern states seceded from the U.S. and formed the Confederate States of America.

Colonial Maryland
Colonial New England
Colonial Virginia & West Virginia
Quakers & Mennonites
New Jersey Baptists
German Lutherans
Watauga Settlement
Pennsylvania Pioneers
Midwest Pioneers
Jewish Immigrants

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