An American Family History

Samuel Stanfield 1745

Stanfield was also spelled Standfield, Stanfill, Stanphill, Stansfield
Chester County was one of the three original Pennsylvania counties created in 1682.
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.
American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.

Samuel Stanfield was born on December 29 1745 on the border of Chester County, Pennsylvania and New Garden County, Delaware. He was the son of John Stanfield and Hannah Hadley.

His family moved to North Carolina in 1753. Their farm was in Snow Camp, Alamance County. It was Orange County at that time.

On April 6, 1754 , Samuel was one of the children of John and Hannah who were received at Cane Creek Monthly Meeting on certificate from the Newark Monthly Meeting in Delaware.

His father died in 1755 and he inherited the home tract of 200 acres (his mother had a lifetime estate). And he and his brother, Thomas, inherited the Rich Hill land of 320 acres.

When his grandfather, Simon Hadley, died in 1756 he inherited 50 pounds.

Samuel married Lydia Vernon about 1771 in New Castle County, Delaware. Lydia was born about 1749 in Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware. Her parents were Isaac Vernon and Hannah Townsend.

On May 4, 1771 at Cane Creek Monthly Meeting, Samuel was disowned for marrying out of fellowship.

Their children could have included:

John Stanfield (1772, married Sarah Dillon),
Phebe Stanfield (1773, married Thomas Ripley),
Ann Stanfield (1775, married Jesse Johnson),
Thomas Stanfield (1778, married Mary Johnson),
Samuel Stanfield (1778, married Hannah Smith),
Rebecca Stanfield (1780, married Samuel Dalton),
Nathaniel Stanfield (1786),
William Stanfield (1790),
David Stanfield (1793, married Elizabeth Beales), and
Lydia Stanfield (married James Britton).

Samuel was listed on the 1783 tax list of Greene County,Tennessee.

In 1791-1792 Samuel was on the Greene County tax list of Captain George Wilson.

In 1797-1798 Samuel's family members were on the Greene County tax list of Captain Jacob Henninger (Heneger).

Thomas and Sarah (Stanfield) Ripley
John Standfield
Samuel Stanfield

On December 7, 1799 at the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting, Samuel condemned the misconduct for which he was disowned and was granted a certificate to New Hope Monthly Meeting in Greene County, Tennessee.

On December 28, 1799 at the New Hope Monthly Meeting Samuel was received on certificate from Cane Creek.

On March 29, 1800 at Newhope, the sons Thomas, Samuel, William, David, and Nathaniel were received on request of their father Samuel.

On January 23, 1808 at Newhope Monthly Meeting, Samuel was disowned for attending shooting matches and betting.

In 1809 John and Samuel were listed on the Greene County tax list.

In 1809 at Isaac Collett's estate sale they bought:

1 churn to Lydia Stanfield .51
1 Razor Samuel Stanfield .2

Samuel's family was still in Greene County in 1812.

In 1812 a John and Thomas Stanfield were on the Sullivan County tax list. They witnessed Abraham Smith's will in 1810 in Washington County, Tennessee. During the War of 1812, a Thomas Stanfield was a private in Colonel Ewen Allison's Regiment, East Tennessee Militia in 1812. In 1814 he was in Bunch's Regiment

David Stanfield married Betsy Bailes (Beals) on May 8, 1813 in Washington County.

In 1814 there was a Samuel Stanfield in Washington County.

In 1816 George Henderson sold land in in Greene County to Samuel Stanfield, Jr. The land was on McCartney's Creek adjoining McCartney's Mountain. The deed was witnessed by Thomas Stanfield, Samuel Pickering (son of Benjamin Pickering and Rebecca Ellis), and William Johnston.

Samuel Stansfield vs. Squibb; June 26, 1824 in Washington County.

Sullivan County in 1830

John Standfield, p. 6 in

A man and a woman between 40 and 49
a boy between 5 and 9

Sarah Standfield, p. 6

A woman between 30 and 39
2 girls between 10 and 14
1 girl and 1 boy between 5 & 9
a boy an a girl under 5

Alexander Standfild, p. 6

Sullivan County 1840

John Stanfield, p. 118

A man and a woman between 50 & 59
a boy between 15 & 19

Alexander Stanfield, p. 122

A man and a woman between 30 & 39
2 girls and a boy between 10 & 14
a boy and a girl between 5 & 9
a boy and a girl under 5

Samuel died on February 5, 1832 in Greene County.

Lydia died 1838 in Greene County.

Greene County, Tennessee developed from the Nolichucky settlement. It was formed in 1783 from part of the original Washington County, North Carolina.

The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.



from "The Making of a Township, being an account of the early settlement and subsequent development of Fairmount Township, Grant County, Indiana, 1829 to 1917

David Stanfield, son of Samuel and Lydia Stanfield, was born about nine miles above Greenville, in Greene County, Tennessee, on the Second day of the week. Fifth month 13th, 1793. From a little private diary....

David Stanfield's Family Record of his own and his wife and family's births, marriages, removals and deaths. 1824....

David Stanfield and Elizabeth Beals, aforesaid, were married by Esq. Miller, at her father's house, in Washington, Tennessee, aforesaid, on the 13th of 5th mo., 1813.

Births of David and Elizabeth Stanfield's children, the 2 eldest, William Williams and David S. Stanfield, both born at his father's house, nine miles above Greenville, Green County, Tennessee State.

The other children as far as the now youngest, namely, Lydia Jane, were all born on Big Sinking Creek, Green County, five or six miles above Greenville, Tennessee,...

David Stanfield moved from Tennessee to Indiana in the year 1833, and from Madison County to Grant County in 1837.

David Stanfield was of English stock. He bought a piece of land not quite a mile east of Fairmount, which is now a part of the Foster Davis farm, where he lived for a short time prior to buying the land south of town, where he made his permanent home.

In stature, he was erect, five feet, ten inches tall, square-built, of a commanding appearance, weighed about 175 pounds, big forehead, dark hair and grey eyes, pleasing address, and when speaking in public used good English. His habit was to go smoothly shaven, hair cut short, was neat and clean in nis dress and appearance, wearing the Friends regulation cut of clothes and using the plain language at all times. As a recorded minister of the Society of Friends, he traveled some in ministerial service, always paying his traveling expenses, which all preachers did not do.

He held advanced views in reference to the resurrection of the dead to what was generally accepted by his church in his day and time, hence some objected to giving him liberty to travel, as was Friends usage. His faith is now quite generally accepted by all orthodox churches.

He was a man of energy and perseverance. He did not wait for opportunities to come to him, but got out and turned something up. He was strictly fair and honest in his dealings with men, but wanted what was his by right. He loved to trade in real estate, owned a number of farms at different periods of his active life, and gave each of his sons a good start in life. At one time he kept a large fruit nursery, from which many of the orchards of this section were stocked. He was kind and considerate

David Stanfield was a man of splendid spirit and of singular purity of character. ...

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