Biographical Sketch of Edmond Mayfield (c. 1763-1832)
By Phil Norfleet
Edmond Mayfield (c. 1763-1832), a son of Robert (d. 1816) and Sarah Mayfield, was probably born in Granville County NC in about 1763. In 1764, when Bute County was formed out of the eastern part of Granville, the plantation where Edmond and his parents resided fell within the boundaries of the new county. About 1775, when he was in his teens, Edmond and his parents removed to Ninety-Six District, South Carolina. When the Revolution began, Edmond served several tours in the Whig militia. Three of his brothers, John, Abraham and Samuel also served in the SC Whig forces during the War. One brother, Lieutenant John Mayfield, was killed by Tories in 1782; however, his other brothers survived the War. Shortly after the end of the Revolution, Edmond married Mary Sanders, daughter of Ezekiel and Catherine Sanders, by whom he seems to have had eight children: Obadiah, Samuel, Savilla, Ezekiel, Robert, Sanders, Catherine, and Fanny. [The names of the above cited eight children were provided to me by Joyce Hill [Email: HILLJMS@cs.com] and came from a family group sheet printed in the book "Pioneers of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Prior to 1830" that had been submitted by Henry J. Mayfield and Brenda S. Wilson.]
Edmond's primary occupation was that of a planter. Federal Census Reports indicate that Edmond lived in several different locations while in South Carolina as follows:
1790 Census - Chester County
1800 Census - Fairfield County
1810 - Pendleton County
In about 1820, Edmond and his brother, Ezekiel (also known as Sugar) Mayfield and their father-in-law, Ezekiel Sanders, removed to Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. Edmond's brother, Samuel Mayfield, also removed to Tuscaloosa in about 1825.
Abstracts, in chronological order, of all known official
records for Edmond Mayfield are presented below:
In South Carolina:
06 March 1778: James and Martha Campbell of Craven
County SC convey to John Hope, for 330 pounds, a 200-acre tract of land situated
on both sides of Thicketty Creek. Witnesses to the deed are Robert Mayfield,
William Casey and Edmond Mayfield. [See Union County Deed Book A, page 323.]
Comment: - to the best of my knowledge, this is the earliest appearance in the
South Carolina records of Robert Mayfield and his son, Edmond Mayfield. It is
interesting to note that the land in question is located north of the Pacolet
River; this is the same area where, in my opinion, the 100-acre tract of land
granted in 1768 to John Mayfield (the Tory) was located.
10 February 1797: Shadrack Jacobs conveys to Edmond Mayfield, for £100, a 129-acre tract of land in Fairfield County SC. [See Fairfield County SC, Deed Book L, pages 1-2.]
1800: The Fairfield County SC Federal Census for 1800 lists the household of Edmond Mayfield as containing 1 WM age 26-45, 1 WM 10-16, 3 WM's under age 10, 1 WF 26-45, 2 WF's under age 10.
11 January 1806: Edmond Mayfield of Fairfield District conveys to Abner Fant, for $400, a 129-acre tract of land on Rock Creek of Broad River in Fairfield District SC. [See Fairfield District SC Deed Book Q, pages 327-329.]
By 1810, Edmond and his brothers, Samuel and Ezekiel (Sugar) Mayfield seem to have removed to Pendleton County SC.
1810: The Pendleton County SC Federal Census for 1810 lists the three Mayfield brothers as follows:
Samuel Mayfield - 1 WM 45 or older, 1 WM 26-45, 1 WM 10-16, 1 WF 45 or older, 1 WF 16-26, 1 WF 10-16, and 1 WF under age 10.
Shugar [Sugar] Mayfield - 1 WM 26-45, 1 WM 10-16, 2 WM's under age 10, 1 WF 45 or older (his mother-in=law??), 1 WF (his wife?) 26-45, 2 WF's 10-16, 3 WF's under age 10.
Edmond Mayfield - 1 WM 45 or older, 1 WM 16-26, 2 WM's 10-16, 3 WM's under age 10, 1 WF 26-45, 1 WF 10-16 and 1 WF under age 10. Edmond also has 2 slaves in his household.
In about the 1820 time frame, Edmond Mayfield and his family migrated to Tuscaloosa County AL. Apparently his brother Sugar Mayfield and his father-in-law, Ezekiel Sanders, migrated with him. The following chronological list of records are pertinent:
07 October 1822: The will of Ezekiel Sanders, deceased, dated
28 June 1822, is entered into probate in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. Pertinent
extracts from this will are as follows: