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Biographical Sketch of A. B. Mayfield (1781-1849) of Chester District SC,

Maury County TN and Monroe County MS

By Phil Norfleet

 

A. B. MAYFIELD was born about 1781, probably in North Carolina; he died on April 05, 1849 in Monroe County MS. He married SUSANNAH (maiden name unknown) about 1798 in South Carolina. She was born about 1782 in South Carolina and died sometime after May 1849.

A. B. Mayfield is buried in the Amory Cemetery located in Monroe County, Mississippi (MS). His tombstone indicates that he was born in 1781 and died on 05 April 1849. Some Mayfield researchers believe that the initials A. B. stand for Austin Benjamin. However, I have never seen an official document anywhere during 1781-1849 time frame that mentions the name "Austin Benjamin Mayfield."  Indeed, I consider it far more likely that his first name was Abraham.

Before migrating to Monroe County MS, A. B. Mayfield seems to have resided first in Williamson County and subsequently in Maury County Tennessee (TN).  The county records indicate that A. B. Mayfield resided in Williamson County TN as early as the 1802/1803 timeframe.  When Maury County TN was formed from Williamson in December 1807, A. B. Mayfield's residence fell within the boundaries of the new county.  In about 1823, this A. B. Mayfield removed to Monroe County MS, where he died intestate in 1849. The official records of all these counties refer to him as "Abe" or "Abraham" or by the initials "A. B."  Because of his residence in Williamson and Maury Counties during the early part of the 19th century, some Mayfield researchers have speculated that A. B. Mayfield's father was possibly one of the sons of James Mayfield who was killed by Indians in Davidson County in about August 1780. Sutherland Mayfield (d.1789) and Isaac Mayfield (d. 1794) are the sons most often mentioned in this regard.  Children of Sutherland Mayfield (d. 1789) or Isaac Mayfield (d. 1794), that may have been born in the 1781 timeframe, would have been born in that part of North Carolina (Washington County) that became Tennessee in 1796.  The 1880 Federal Census data for several of A. B. Mayfield's children indicate that A. B. was born in either North or South Carolina.

Shortly after the beginning of the year 1822, A. B Mayfield appears to have migrated to Monroe County, Mississippi where he remained for the rest of his life. All of the official records of Monroe County refer to him as A. B. Mayfield and provide no clue as to the meaning of the initials A. B.

PARENTS OF A. B. MAYFIELD

The parents of A. B. Mayfield are not known.  However, we do know that two of A. B.'s grandsons were named Valentine, viz., a son of Isaac Mayfield was named H. Valentine Mayfield (born 1838) - see 1850 Census, Monroe County MS)  and a certain Valentine G. Mayfield (born 1856 - see 1860 Census, Titus County TX).  In the 1860 Census for Titus County TX, Valentine G. [G = "Grandison"??] Mayfield is shown in the household of Seaborn and Francis Bickerstaff; however, Valentine was probably a son of Grandison Mayfield, brother of Francis Mayfield Bickerstaff.  The first Mayfield known to carry the name "Valentine" was a man who died in about 1791 in Granville County NC.  Thus, a reasonable conjecture is that A. B. Mayfield is a son or grandson of this Valentine Mayfield of Granville County, North Carolina.  Based upon the following analysis of the known facts concerning this Valentine Mayfield's family, I find that there is no contradictory evidence that would preclude A. B. from being a son of Valentine.

The 1786 NC State Census for Granville County indicates that Valentine had 4 sons and 3 daughters in his household in that year.  My review of the records of Granville County permits me to tentatively assign the following 6 people as children of Valentine:

1)  John  - born about 1770 and died in 1818.

2)  Valentine, Jr. - born 1774.

3)  Daniel - born 1785.

4)  Martha (Patsey) - born about 1772.

5)  Winifred - born about 1776.

6)  Mary (Polly) - born 1790.

The missing son:  There is still one son that cannot be identified from the records of Granville County NC.  This son either died shortly after the 1786 Census was taken or he moved away from Granville, before the 1800 Federal Census, and left no records in that county.  It is quite possible that this fourth son is the subject of this biographical sketch, i. e., Abraham Mayfield, usually known by his initials "A. B."  This man is probably the same person who appears in the 1800 Federal Census for Chester County SC (see below).

COUNTY RECORDS

 

Some of the more important official county records of Tennessee (TN) and Mississippi (MS), that are associated with A. B. Mayfield, are summarized below:

 

From Williamson County TN:

 

03 August 1803:  "Abe" Mayfield witnesses a deed between Leroy Johnson and John C. Irvin. [See Williamson County TN, Deed Book A1, page 617.]

 

08 July 1805:  "Abe" Mayfield witnesses a deed between Joseph Mairs and Benjamin White. [See Williamson County TN, Deed Book A1, page 680.]

 

14 October 1805:  "Abe" Mayfield witnesses a deed between William Wright and William Henderson. [See Williamson County TN, Deed Book A2, page 102.]

 

From Maury County TN:

 

On 15 December 1807, Maury County was formed from land formerly belonging to Williamson County TN;  A. B. Mayfield's residence fell within the boundaries of this new county.

 

24 March 1809: A. B. Mayfield, et al. is ordered "to assess damages done John Davidson in removing his fence on Pillows Road." [See Maury County TN Court Minutes, 1807-1809, page 105.]

 

19 March 1812: Joseph Carlock conveys Lot No. 85 in the town of Columbia to A. B. Mayfield. [See Maury County TN, Deed Book C, page 283.]

 

01 September 1813: John Davidson conveys 105 acres of land to A. B. Mayfield. [See Maury County TN, Deed Book E, page 210.]

 

05 August 1815: A. B. Mayfield conveys Lot No. 85 in town of Columbia to Isaac Williams. [See Maury County TN, Deed Book F, page 242.]

 

21 August 1815:  A. B. Mayfield witnesses the deed between John Davidson and John D. Martin for 120 acres of land on the Little Tombigby Creek, adjoining the land of A. B. Mayfield. [See Maury County TN, Deed Book F, page 217.]

 

30 June 1819: A. B. Mayfield is mentioned as serving on a jury in Maury County TN. [See Maury County TN, County Court Minute Book, 1817-1821, page 218.]

 

30 December 1820: Decision of the Circuit Court of Maury County TN in the case of Moses Chaffin versus A. B. Mayfield is issued. [See Maury County TN, Circuit Court Minutes, 1817-1821, page 437-438.]

 

15 March 1822:  Marriage bond issued in Maury County TN for Martha Mayfield (daughter of A. B. Mayfield) and Isham Flinn.  A. B. Mayfield is cited as the bondsman.

 

15 September 1823: A. B. Mayfield conveys a 93-acre tract of land lying on Little Bigby Creek to Andrew Neelly. Witnesses to the execution of the indenture were Isaac Mayfield and Obediah Trimmer. The deed was recorded in Maury County TN at the October 1824 [date should probably be 1823] Term of Court by the oath of one of the subscribing witnesses, Isaac Mayfield. The clerk of the court, Joseph B. Porter, recorded the deed on 17 February 1824. [See Maury County TN, Deed Book L, pages 159-160.]

 

From Monroe County MS:

 

24 September 1822: Obediah Trimmer marries Elizabeth Mayfield in Monroe County MS. Elizabeth is presumably the eldest daughter of A. B. Mayfield. Obediah Trimmer is undoubtedly the same man who witnessed A. B. Mayfield's indenture in Maury County TN on 15 September 1823 (see above).

 

War of 1812 records for A. B. Mayfield

 

Mayfield served in the War of 1812 as both a private and a sergeant.  The book  entitled Tennesseans in the War of 1812, transcribed by Byron and Samuel Sistler (published 1992), at page 333 contains the following two entries:

 

1)  Mayfield, A B, Pvt, Col T McCrory, Capt Wm Dooly, Inf; transferred to Gordon's Spies.

2)  Mayfield, A B, Sgt, Regt Commander omitted, Capt John Gordon, Mtd Spies.

 

FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS FOR A. B. MAYFIELD

 

1800 Census:

 

The 1850 and later Federal Census data for the two eldest children of A. B. Mayfield, i. e., Elizabeth Mayfield Trimmer (born 2 August 1799) and Martha (Patsey) Mayfield Flinn (born November 1802), indicates that they were both born in South Carolina.  Accordingly you would expect to see a census record for A. B. Mayfield in the South Carolina Census for the year 1800. My analysis of the South Carolina Census records for that year indicates that the following record for Chester District SC is probably the one associated with  A. B. (Abraham) Mayfield:

 

Pg #

Name

M <10

M 10-16

M 16-26

M 26-45

M = >45

F   <10

F 10-16

F 16-26

F 26-45

F = >45

Slaves

Remarks

88

Abraham Mayfield

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

This man may be the Abraham or A. B. Mayfield who later resided in Maury County TN and subsequently in Monroe County MS, where he died in 1849. If this A. B. Mayfield is indeed a son of Valentine (d. 1791) of Granville County NC, he would have had many close relatives in Chester District.  In particular, both Jonathan Mayfield (d. 1818) and Robert Mayfield (d. 1816) would have been his uncles. The female under age 10 could be his eldest child, Elizabeth (born 1799). The female in the 16-26 age group could be his wife Susannah.  The older female in the above 45 age group may be his widowed mother-in-law.

 

1810 Federal Census:

 

The 1810 Federal Census records for Tennessee have all been lost except for Rutherford County.  Since A. B. Mayfield was undoubtedly residing in Maury County TN in 1810, we have no Federal Census record for him for that year.

 

1820 Census:

 

The 1820 Federal Census for Monroe County MS lists the family of a certain Austin Mayfield. Some Mayfield researchers have assumed that this Austin Mayfield is the same person as the A. B. Mayfield who migrated from Maury County TN and settled in Cotton Gin Port, Monroe County at about this same time. However, there is an A. B. Mayfield listed in the 1820 Census for Maury County TN. The Austin Mayfield of Monroe County MS is almost certainly the son of Abraham Mayfield (d. 1826) of Pendleton County SC; this Austin Mayfield died in Talladega County AL in 1872.

 

The following table provides a side-by-side comparison of these two 1820 census entries:

 

Name

M <10

M 10-16

M 16-26

M 26-45

M = >45

F <10

F 10-16

F 16-26

F 26-45

F = >45

County/State

A. B. Mayfield

1

0

1

1

0

4

3

2

1

0

Maury County TN

Austin Mayfield

0

0

0

1

1

3

2

1

1

0

Monroe County MS

 

Some researchers have speculated that the two census entries are duplicates; one taken when A. B. Mayfield was in Tennessee and one taken later when he was in Mississippi. I seriously doubt this. The Austin Mayfield census data does not match the age data known for A. B. Mayfield and his son Isaac. If Austin Mayfield was born in 1781, he would have been only 39 in 1820 and thus would have fallen into the "Male 26-45" age group. However, Austin Mayfield is shown in the "Male 45 and Up" age group. Also, where is Isaac Mayfield in the Austin Mayfield census data? Isaac Mayfield (born 1803) would have been about 16 or 17 in 1820, yet the Austin Mayfield family data has no one in this age category.

 

Conversely, the A. B. Mayfield census data does fit the gender and age groups mentioned above. A. B. Mayfield is included in the 26-45 age group which would be correct for a 39 year old man. Also, one of his sons is in both the 16-18 and the 16-26 age groups - presumably this is Isaac Mayfield. The other son, in the 0-10 age group, is probably Grandison Mayfield who, form Census data for 1850 and 1860, was born about 1820. A document executed by the Administrator of A. B. Mayfield's estate, Isaac Mayfield, dated 1852, is on file in Monroe County MS. This document indicates that A. B. Mayfield had at least nine children, two sons and seven daughters. The 1820 census record for A. B. Mayfield in Maury County TN, implies that Mayfield had two sons and 9 daughters at that time. It is possible that two of A. B. Mayfield's daughters died before A. B. Mayfield's death in 1849 and had no descendants.

 

I do not think that there is any close connection between A. B. Mayfield and the Austin Mayfield of the 1820 Census. Mayfield researchers of the past probably jumped to the conclusion that Austin and A. B. Mayfield were one and the same person. Apparently they had not thoroughly researched the Maury County TN data, especially the Census information. It now seems that A. B. Mayfield, his son Isaac and the rest of his family were still residing in Maury County TN at the time of the 1820 Census. Also, it is very likely that A. B. Mayfield's first name was Abraham not Austin.

 

To me, it appears reasonable to conclude that the A. B. Mayfield who died in Monroe County in 1849 is the same A. B. Mayfield who appears in the 1820 Census for Maury County TN. I note that the Maury County TN data is reasonably consistent with what is known about his family. Accordingly, the Austin Mayfield shown in the Monroe County Census is undoubtedly another person.

 

1830 Census:

 

Page #

Name

M <10

M 10-20

M 20-30

M 30-40

M 40-50

M 50-60

M 60-70

M = <70

F < 10

F 10-20

F 20-30

F 30-40

F 40-50

F 50-60

F 60-70

F 70 =<0

# of Slaves

County & State

127

Isaac Mayfield

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Monroe County MS

128

A. B. Mayfield

1

 0

0

0

 0

 1

 0

 0

0

 4

 0

0

 1

 0

0

Monroe County MS

 

Census data for A. B. Mayfield reflects A. B. himself, youngest son Grandison, 4 unmarried daughters ( Frances, Esther, Susannah and Amanda) and wife Susannah.

 

By 1830, A. B. Mayfield's eldest son, Isaac, has established his own household.  Census data for Isaac Mayfield reflects Isaac himself, one daughter (Mary) and his first wife, Sarah Bickerstaff Mayfield.

 

1840 Census:

 

Page #

Name

M <10

M 10-20

M 20-30

M 30-40

M 40-50

M 50-60

M 60-70

M = <70

F < 10

F 10-20

F 20-30

F 30-40

F 40-50

F 50-60

F 60-70

F 70 =<0

# of Slaves

County & State

78

"Abe" Mayfield

0

0

1

 0

0

 0

 1

 0

0

0

2

 0

0

0

 1

0

0

Monroe County MS

79

Isaac Mayfield

1

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

5

Monroe County MS

 

 Census data for A. B. ("Abe") Mayfield  reflects himself, his youngest son Grandison, 2 unmarried daughters (Susannah and Amanda) and wife, Susannah Mayfield.

Census data for Isaac Mayfield (son of A. B. Mayfield) reflects Isaac himself, his son H. Valentine Mayfield (b. 1838), 3 daughters (Mary, Margaret and Eliza) and his first wife Sarah Bickerstaff Mayfield.  The other 4 young males in Isaac's household are probably hired hands (storekeepers).

 

1850 and 1860 Census:

 

Having died in April 1849, A. B. Mayfield is now deceased,.  However 1850 or 1860 census data for the households of his nine (9) known children are shown below.  Where available, the 1850 Census is used.  However, in the case of two daughters, Susannah Angeline Mayfield and Amanda M. Mayfield, the 1850 records could not be found.  In those two cases, the 1860 Census information were substituted.

 

1.  Isaac Mayfield (1850 Census, Monroe County MS, Family # 111):

 

Isaac Mayfield - male, age 46, farmer, born Tennessee, real estate worth $10,000, 24 slaves (per census slave list).

Martha A. (Allison) Mayfield (Isaac's second wife) - female, age 26 , born Alabama.

Mary S. Mayfield - female, age 21, born Mississippi.

H. V. (Valentine) Mayfield - male, age 12, born Mississippi.

Sarah J. Mayfield - female, age 4, born Mississippi.

Frances M. Mayfield - female, age 1, born Mississippi.

Mitch Owen  - male, age 33, grocery keeper, born Georgia.

Wesley Donathan - male, age 22, merchant, born Georgia.

 

2.  Grandison Mayfield (1850 Census, Titus County TX, Family # 398):

 

G. (Grandison) F. Mayfield - male, age 30, carpenter, real estate worth $200, born Tennessee.

Henrietta (Sargent) Mayfield - female, age 27, born Tennessee.

Abe Mayfield - male, age 4, born Mississippi

Eliza Mayfield - female, age 2, born Mississippi.

 

3.  Elizabeth Mayfield (wife of Obediah Trimmer, 1850 census, Harrison County TX, Family # 667):

 

O. (Obediah) Trimmer - male, age 61, farmer, real estate worth $177, born Virginia.

E. (Elizabeth) Trimmer - female, age 48 (probably should be age 51!), born South Carolina.

E. E. Trimmer - female, age 21, born Mississippi.

O. G. Trimmer - male, age 20, born Mississippi.

J. N. Trimmer - male, age 18, born Mississippi.

S. S. Trimmer - female, age 17, born Mississippi.

B. E. Trimmer - female, age 15, born Mississippi.

J. A. Trimmer - female, age 12, born Mississippi.

 

4.  Martha (Patsey) Mayfield (wife of Isham Flinn, 1850 Census, Monroe County MS, Family #1308):

 

Isham Flinn - male, age 57, laborer, born South Carolina.

Patsey (Martha) Flinn - female, age 47, born South Carolina.

Isham Flinn - male, age 25, laborer, born South Carolina.

Abraham Flinn - male, age 23, laborer, born South Carolina.

William Flinn - male, age 21, laborer, born South Carolina.

Jesse Flinn - male, age 19, laborer, born Alabama.

John Flinn - male, age 15, laborer, born Alabama.

Sarah Flinn - female, age 13, born Alabama.

 

5.  Ann (Nancy) Mayfield (wife of Alfred Wiygle, 1850 Census, Itawamba County MS, Family # 482):

 

Alfred Wiygle - male, age 48, farmer, real estate worth $2000, born Tennessee

Nancy Wiygle - female, age 42, born Tennessee.

Ephraim H. Wiygle - male, age 22, farmer, born Mississippi.

Ruth Wiygle - female, age 21, born Mississippi.

Susannah Wiygle - female, age 20, born Mississippi.

Milverda Wiygle - female, age 16, born Mississippi.

Alfred Wiygle - male, age 11, born Mississippi.

Mayfield Wiygle - male, age 8, born Mississippi.

Melissa E. Wiygle - female, age 5, born Mississippi.

John S. Wiygle - male, age 1, born Mississippi.

 

6.  Frances Mayfield (wife of Seaborn Bickerstaff, 1850 Census, Titus County TX, Family # 341):

 

Seaborn Bickerstaff - male, age 38, carpenter, real estate worth $1500, born Georgia.

Frances Bickerstaff - female, age 37, born Tennessee.

James Bickerstaff - male, age 15, born Alabama.

Amanda Bickerstaff - female, age 13, born Mississippi.

Benjamin Bickerstaff - male, age 11, born Mississippi.

 

7.  Esther Mayfield was the wife of Henderson Willson; she died before her father in about 1845, thus her three children (Martha, Emily and Marion) were named as heirs-at-law of A. B. Mayfield.  Per the 1850 Census, the three children were living with their father in Itawamba County MS, Family # 586:

 

Henderson Willson - male, age 37, carpenter, born South Carolina.

Dorcus (Kirksey) Willson (second wife of Henderson Willison) - female, age 36, born South Carolina.

Martha J. Willson (daughter of Esther Mayfield) - female, age 13, born Mississippi.

Emily R. Willson (daughter of Esther Mayfield) - female, age 11, born Mississippi.

Marion Willson (son of Esther Mayfield) - male, age 6, born Mississippi.

William Willson (son of Dorcus Kirksey) - male age 3, born Mississippi.

Saphrona Willson (daughter of Dorcus Kirksey) - female, age 1, born Mississippi.

 

8.  Susannah Angeline Mayfield married Abiel S. Lowrance in 1841.  Unfortunately, I could not locate their 1850 census record.  Accordingly I have substituted their 1860 census record from Dewitt County TX, Family # 470, as follows:

 

A. S. Lowrance - male, age 40, farmer, real estate worth $600, personal estate worth $650, born North Carolina.

Susan A. Lowrance - female, age 45, born Tennessee.

Westley D. Lowrance - male, age 16, farmer, born Mississippi.

Sarah E. Lowrance - female, age 14, born Mississippi.

Alfred R. Lowrance - male, age 12, born Mississippi.

Parnellius A. Lorance - female, age 11, born Mississippi.

Myra L. Lowrance - female, age 10, born Mississippi.

 

9.  Amanda M. Mayfield apparently never married.  I have not been able to locate her 1850 census record.  Accordingly, I have substituted her 1860 census record, when she was residing in the household of her brother, Grandison Mayfield in Hopkins County TX, Family # 163, as follows:

 

G. (Grandison) F. Mayfield - male, age 36, farm laborer, born Tennessee.

Ritta (Henrietta) Mayfield - female, age 35, born Tennessee.

Allen B. Mayfield - male, age 14, born Mississippi.

Elijah Mayfield - male, age 12, born Mississippi.

Susan Mayfield - female, age 10, born Mississippi.

Seaborn Mayfield - male, age 8, born Texas.

Ephraim Mayfield - male, age 4, born Texas.

Melvina Mayfield - female, age 1, born Texas.

Amanda Mayfield - female, age 44, domestic, born Tennessee.

 

ESTATE PAPERS OF A. B. MAYFIELD

 

A summary of the more important papers associated with the estate of A. B. Mayfield, deceased, [see Monroe County MS Estate Papers, Packet Number 391] are as follows:

 

05 May 1849:  Susannah Mayfield relinquishes her dower rights in real property and other rights re administration of the estate of A. B. Mayfield deceased (see below for the full text).

 

07 May 1849:  The personal estate of A. B. Mayfield, deceased is appraised in the amount of $199.15.

 

11 August 1849;  G. (Grandison) F. Mayfield executes a sworn statement concerning an outstanding account (for $47.46) with H. F. Reade that:

 

" ... A. B. Mayfield did trade with H. F. Reade and had an open acct with him in years 1849 and 1849 and that he believes the amt to be correct. ... "

 

03 December 1849:  Isaac Mayfield reports to the Court that the personal estate of A. B. Mayfield has been sold for a total amount of $162.81.

 

06 May 1850:  Isaac Mayfield executes a sworn statement to the Probate Court which, et al., names the heirs and distributees, which are still living, involving the estate of A. B. Mayfield, deceased as follows:

 

" ... The said petitioner further shows that the said Deceased at his death left surviving him, the following heirs & distributees still living, to wit, Nancy Wiygle wife of Alfred Wiygle, & Susannah Angeline Lorance wife of Abiel Lorance, and Martha Joannna, Emily & Marion Wilson Infant heirs of Esther Wilson Decd who reside in Itawamba County in this state -- G. F. Mayfield, Elizabeth Trimmer wife of Obediah Trimmer -- Frances Bickerstaff wife of Seaborn Bickerstaff, Amanda M. Mayfield who reside in the state of Texas.  Martha Flynn wife of Isham Flynn and your petitioner who reside in Monroe County, Mississippi. ... "

  

19 August 1850:  The real estate of A. B. Mayfield, deceased is sold for an amount of $800.00 based on 12 months credit.

 

01 March 1851:  Isaac Mayfield makes a sworn statement to the Probate Court that the notes owed against the estate of A. B. Mayfield, deceased exceed the proceeds from the sale of the personal and real property of the deceased.

 

24 June 1852:  A sworn deposition is made by Isaac Mayfield which names the heirs of A. B. Mayfield as of that date as follows:

 

The State of Mississippi, Monroe County

 

Before me T. W. Williams Clerk of the Probate Court of said County, personally appeared Isaac Mayfield admr. of A. B. Mayfield Dec'd who after being duly sworn says that Nancy Wiygle wife of Alfred Wiygle & Susannah Angeline Lorance wife of Abiel Lorance - and Martha Joannna, Emily and Marion Wilson [sic] infant children of Esther Wilson [sic] deceased (who was daughter of said A. B. Mayfield) & Martha Flinn wife of Isham Flynn [sic] residing in the County of Itawamba in this state, - Grandison F. Mayfield - Elizabeth Trimmer wife of Obediah trimmer, Frances Bickerstaff wife of Seaborn Bickerstaff and Amanda M. Mayfield who are non residents of this state & reside in the state of Texas - and the said administrator are the only heirs at law of said A. B. Mayfield deceased and that said minors have no guardian.

 

/S/  Isaac Mayfield

 

Sworn to & subscribed before me the 24th day of June 1852.

 

/S/ T. W. Williams Clk.

 

24 June 1852: Isaac Mayfield submits the final account pertaining to the estate of A. B. Mayfield, deceased.  The total proceeds from sale of the real and person property of the deceased amount to $962.81.  The total claims against the estate (including notes held by Isaac Mayfield, himself) amount to $1676.45.  Accordingly, there is a total shortfall of $713.64, which means that there are no proceeds to be distributed to A. B. Mayfield's heirs at law!

 

 

WIFE OF A. B. MAYFIELD

 

The wife of A. B. Mayfield, at the time of his death in 1849, was named Susannah. Her name is obtained from a deposition she executed on 05 May 1849 where she relinquished her dower and other rights related to her husband's estate.

 

The State of Mississippi, Monroe County

 

Personally appeared before me P. Williamson, an acting justice of the peace in and for said County, Susannah Mayfield who acknowledged that she doth hereby relinquish all right title and claim to the administration in and to the estate of her husband A. B. Mayfield Deceased into the hands and management of Isaac Mayfield.

 

Given under my hand the 5th day of May 1849.

 

" /S/ Susannah Mayfield (Her Mark)

 

And also do by these presents acknowledge that she does relinquish all right and title to her claim of dower in and to the landed estate of her husband A. B. Mayfield Deceased and all other right and title in all other things thereto belonging into the hands of Isaac Mayfield.

 

Given under my hand this 5th day of May 1849.

 

/S/ Susannah Mayfield (Her Mark)

 

Acknowledged and subscribed before me the day and date above written.

 

 /S/ P Williamson, Justice of the Peace

 

[See Monroe County MS Estate Papers, Packet Number 391.]

 

CHILDREN OF A. B. MAYFIELD

 

Based upon my analysis of the Federal Census records and information received from direct descendants (particularly Gracie Molino), data concerning the nine known children of A. B. MAYFIELD and his wife SUSANNAH are as follows:

1. ELIZABETH MAYFIELD, was the eldest child; she was born 02 August 1799 in South Carolina; she died on 15 January 1893 in Burnet County TX.  She married OBEDIAH TRIMMER on 24 September 1822 in Monroe County MS.  Obediah was born about 1789 in Hanover County VA and died 11 December 1855 in Harris County TX.

After Obediah Trimmer's death, his widow, Elizabeth Mayfield Trimmer, applied for a War of 1812 widow's pension for Obediah's services as a private in Captain John Pollard's and Captain B. Peyton's companies of the 20th U.S. Infantry Regiment. In the application, Elizabeth stated that Obediah had been born in Hanover County VA and had enlisted at Richmond VA.

 2.  MARTHA (PATSEY) MAYFIELD was born in November 1802 in South Carolina; she married ISHAM FLINN on 05 March 1822 in Maury County TN; Isham was born about 1793 in South Carolina.

 3.  ISAAC MAYFIELD, the eldest son, was born on 29 November 1803 in Williamson County TN; he died 18 June 1893 in Monroe County MS.  He  married (1) SARAH BICKERSTAFF about 1828 probably in Tennessee.  Sarah was born on 28 April 1808, probably in Georgia and died 01 September 1844 in Monroe County MS. Isaac then married (2) MARTHA ALLISON on 19 November 1845 in Monroe County MS; she was born 24 July 1822 in Alabama.  Martha died 11 December 1882 in Monroe County MS.

Isaac removed to Monroe County MS at about the same time as his father and became a prosperous businessman. In the 1850 Census for Monroe County MS, Isaac Mayfield is listed as owning 24 slaves and had real property worth $10,000 - a very substantial sum for those days. Data from Isaac's tombstone indicates that he was born 29 November 1803 and died 18 June 1893. He is buried in the Amory Masonic Cemetery in Monroe County.

 4.  ANN (NANCY) MAYFIELD was born 15 July 1809 in Maury County TN; she died 17 July 1875 in Itawamba County MS. Nancy married ALFRED WIYGLE who was born on 14 February 1798 in Tennessee and died 09 October 1879 in Itawamba County MS.

Ann (Nancy) Mayfield Wiygle is buried in Wiygle Cemetery, District 111, Itawamba County MS. Her dates of birth and death are those cited on her tombstone.

Alfred Wiygle is also buried in Wiygle Cemetery, District 111, Itawamba County MS. His dates of birth and death are those cited on his tombstone.

 5.  FRANCES MAYFIELD was born about 1812 in Maury County TN. She married SEABORN BICKERSTAFF in about 1811 in Georgia.

 6.  ESTHER MAYFIELD was born about 1813 in Maury County TN; she died about 1845 in Itawamba County MS.  Esther apparently married HENDERSON WILSON. He was born about 1812 in South Carolina and died after 1860.

 7.  SUSANNAH ANGELINE MAYFIELD was born about 1814 in Maury County TN; she died about 1900 in Dewitt County TX.  Susannah married ABIEL S. LOWRENCE on 05 August 1841 in Monroe County MS.  Abiel was born about 1820 in North Carolina; he died about 1887 in Dewitt County TX.

 8.  AMANDA M. MAYFIELD, the youngest daughter of A. B. Mayfield, was born about 1816 in Maury County TN; she died sometime after 1860 probably in either Texas or Oklahoma.  Her whereabouts after 1860 is unknown; there is no evidence that she ever married.

 9.  GRANDISON F. MAYFIELD was born about 1820 in Maury County TN; he died sometime after August 1862.  He married (1) HENRIETTA SARGENT on 22 October 1842 in Mississippi; Henrietta was born about 1825 in Tennessee; she died before August 1862 in Texas.  Grandison married (2) MARY C. CONWAY on 17 August 1862 in Hopkins County TX.  Grandisonís whereabouts after 1862 is unknown.  He probably died in either Texas or Oklahoma.

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