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Historian and Genealogist, 

Member of the Society of American Authors, American Historical 

Association, Illinois Historical Society, and author of 

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m. JaxL so, 1857, Emily Rebecca, dau. of Thomas J. Coe. of iladisoa.. Coan., b. Jan. 
3, 1 03 7. Res. Madison. Conn. 

3598. L EDWARD ELLIOTT, b. SepL 30, 1858: m. EUen G. Cnitieiiden. 

3599. ii. MARY ELLEN, b. Dec 7, 1S70. 

3600. lii. HARRY CHASE, b. May 13. 1=74- 

3601. iv. SAMUEL IRVING, b. jiay 2, 1577. 

2023. HARRY FIELD (Benjamin, David, David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zecb- 
ariab. John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Beniamin ai:d Lucy (Murray), 
b. in Easl Guilford. Conn., March, 17S7; d. Sept. iS, 1S4S. He m. Polly Charlotte 
Leach, b. September, 1755 ; d. Feb. 25, 1146. 

3602. L LUCY ANN, b. 1812; m. Nov. 2. 1844. Dvright F. Richmond. 

3603. IL BENJAMIN W., b. Sept. 11, 1S14: m. Betsey Robinson, s. p. 

3604. iii. WYLLIS WILSON, b. ; m. Louisa Bishop. 

3605. iv. HENRIETTA HILL, b. Feb. 4, 1523; m. June 6, IS44, Lucerne 

Hull, of Durham. Conn.; d. 2Cov. 26, 134S. 

3606. V. CHARLOTTE ANGELINE, b. Dec 7, 1S25; m. Aug. 31, 1847, 

John Jackson, of Guilford, Conn. ; d. Jan. S. 1S76. 

3607. vL DIAN-A ROSALIND, b. Sept. 3. 1832; m. June £, 1S54, George B. 

Robinson; m., 2d, Nov, 9, 1&55. Edwin A. Graves. 

2024. ANSON FIELD ^Benjamin. David. David, Ebenezer, Zechanah, Zech- 
ariah, John. John. Richard, William. William), son of Benjamin ani Lucy ^Mur- 
ray), b. in East Guilford, Conn., May. 17^4: d. May 50, 1=35. He m. Dec 5:, 1S12. 
Achsab Benton, of East Guilford, b. March 15, 1795; d. Sept. 15, 183^ 

360S. L JASON LEWIS, b. Feb. S, 1815: m. Myrtie Ann Lee. 

3609. ii. S.\RAH NARISSA, b. Jan. 25. 1817; m. Jan. 25, 1855, Leverett 

361a iii. GUSTAVUS GOODWIN, b. Nov. 5, i5i5; m. Zuni Sperry. 
361 1, iv. MARIETTE ELMIRA. b. SepL 5. 1821; d. Dec S, 1821. 
361;. V. MARIETTE, b. Aug. 24, 1825; m. March 17, 1542, Gilbert Blatch- 

ley, of Madison, Conn. 

3613. vL BETSEY ANN, b. Dec 8, 1525; m. Jan. 8. 1848, Nelson Aias- 

worth, of New Haven, Conn ; d. Aug. i, 1853. 

3614. viL ELMIRA, b. Aug. 21. 1830: m. 1852. Charles F. Dibble, of New 

Haven. Conn. 

2026. JOEL FIELD ^Benjamin, Da%-id, Da\-il, Ebeue^er. Zechariah. Zechar- 
iah, John, John, Richard. William, Williamj, son of Bcn;a-nin and Lucy .^Murray), 
b. in East Guilford, Conn.. Oct. i^ 17^; d. OcL 23, 1S55. Hem. May 
Rachel, dau. of Noah and Caroline (Parmenter) Hill, b. Dec 19, 1796; d. 


3615. L CAROLINE ELVIRA, b. Nov. 4, 1827; m. Aug. 31. i .. 

Stone, Esq., of Madison Conn.; d. Aug. 25, 1873. 

2027. FREDERICKS. FIELD ,,Benjamin,Da-i-id,Da\-id.Ebeneier,Ze .. 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, WilliamX. son of Benjamin '&: 
(Murray), b. in East Guilford, Conn., in 1797; d. Feb. 5, 1S65. He m. Oct - 
Dency, dau. of Joel and Ruth ^^Soper) Blatchley, of Madison, Conn., b. 
1797: d. November, 1881. 

3616. i. ANN MARI-A. b. ; m. . or Madison; went W..--- 

3617. ii. CATHERINE, b : m. Elliott; m.. 2d. Decembe . . 

George T. Lyon, of Minnesoia. 
561S. iii FREDERICK'fRANKLIN b. . 


3619. iv. MINERVA, b. . 

3620. V. DANIEL WEBSTER, b. . 

3621. vi. HENRY CLAY, b. April 30, 1836; d. May 30, 1837. 
3623. vii. EMMA AUGUSTA, b. 1838; d. Oct. 14, 1841. 

2028. HENRY FIELD (David, David, David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zecbar- 
iah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son ot David and Lois (French), b. in 
East Guilford, Conn.. March 3, 1787. Went with his father, in I7g4, to Jericho, Vt., 
where he d. Feb. 22, 1844. Was a farmer. He m. 1820, Rachel Howe, of Jericho; 
m.. 2d, Oct. 8, 1830, Laura Lee, of Jericho, b. Aug. 31, 1793; d. Feb. 10, 1875. 

LAURA ANN, b. Dec. 20, 1821; d. March 28, 1855. 

ANSON HOWE, b, March 14. 1824; m. Martha Baker. 

DAVID LEE, b. Dec. 24, 1831; m. Anna B. Johnson. 

JOHN HENRY, b. March 18, 1833; ra. Edna G. Janes. 

RACHEL EMELINE, b. July 21, 1835; d. Jan. 8, 1846. 

SARAH LOUISA, b. Jan. 13, 1838; d. Jan. 29, i860. 

2030. DAVID FIELD (David, David, David. Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechar- 
iah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of David and Lois (French), b. in 
East Guilford, Conn., May 7, 1790; went with his father, in 1794, to Jericho, Vt. ; 
removed to Pompey, Onondaga county, N. Y. ; then to the city of New York, 

where he d. Sept. 7, 1B77. He m. widow of Conklin, of Jericho, Vt. ; m., 2d, 

Phebe Ward, of New York, 

3629. i. EDWIN, b. . 

3630. ii. MARY, b. . 













3631. iii. ADELINE, b. . 

3632. iv. HARRIET, b. ; m. Sheldon. 

3633. V. DAVID, b. . 

3634. vi. ALBERT, b. . 

3635. vii. EMMA, b. . 

2035. DEACON ANSON FIELD (David, David, David. Ebenezer, Zech- 
ariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of David and Lois 
(French), b. in Jericho, Vt., March 5, 1803; d. 1884. Hem. Dec. i, 1828, Almira 
Renick Shaw, adopted dau. of Mr. Shaw, of Hampton, N. H., b. June 6, 1807; d. 
Oct. 13, 1856; m.. 2d, Dec. 27, 1857, Mary J. Bliss, of Jericho, b. Aug. 28, 1829. 

Anson Field was b. in Jericho, Vt., and lived there the most of his life. He 
was a mechanic and deacon in the Congregational church. 

3636. i. FLORA E. (adopted), b. Jan 19, 1831; m. July 13, 1657, Thomas 

A. Thomas, now of Philadelphia, Pa. 

3637. ii. EDWARD BRACKETT SHAW, b. March 12, 1832; d. unm., 

Rockford, 111. 

3638. iii. HENRY MARTYN, b. Nov. 26, 1833; m. Lucy Davis and Mrs. 

Elizabeth C. Shaw. 

3639. iv. MARY ALEXIA ANNIE, b. March 32,1836; unm. Res. Jeri- 

cho, Vt. 
ALMIRA JANE, b. Jan. 6, 1838; m. Oct. 9, 1861, W. Scott 

Benson, of Philadelphia. She d. Feb. 15, 1898, in Dubuque, 

ANSON, b. Oct. 21, 1840; m. Ella Louise Woodford. 
GRANVILLE SHARP, b. June 19. 1842; d. unm. 
ELLEN HENDRICK. b. June 2, 1844; m. Sept. i, 1868, Henry 

Goding, of Warren, IlL 










3644. ix. LUCIA AUGUSTA, b. Aug. 17, 1846; unm. Res. Janesville, 


3645. X. ROLLIN BURTON, b. Aug. 19, 1850; m. Sept. 29, 1870, Clara 

K. Lavigne. Res. Jericho, Vt. 

3646. xi. CHARLES STEVENS, b. Sept. 21, 1858; m. Laura Stevens. 

Res. Jericho, Vt. 

2038. ELISHA FIELD (Ichabod, David, David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zech- 
ariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Ichabod and Anna (French), 
b. in East Guilford. Conn., Dec. 30, 1788. He removed, in 1822, to Lansing, 
Tompkins county, N. Y., where he d. April 6, 1864. He m. April 3, 18 10, Sarah 
Butler, of Saybrook, Conn., b. May 2, 1786; d. Feb. 13, 1868. Elisha married Sarah 
Butler, dau. of Samuel Butler and Lizzie Beckinghara Butler, and a niece of Col. 
Zebulon Butler of Revolutionary fame. She was the youngest of seven daughters. 

They had nine children, the eldest, Hester, dying unmarried, at the age of thirty- 
six. Susan married James Egbert, and was the mother of three children ; Raynor liv- 
ing at Ilwaco, Wash. ; Alice Fairchild at Rochester, N. Y., and James Henry at Ana- 
conda, Mont. Elizabeth married Joseph Apgar, and was the mother of two chil- 
dren. Sarah and Wilbor. Sarah married Buel Smith and her descendants are 
living in Hartford county, Maryland. Alanson, who married Maria Terpening, 
and had six children, all living in Tompkins or Broome county. New York ; Selden 
Lyman who married Eliza Personius, and had one child, Dell M. Bush, Ithaca, 
N. Y. ; Henry Merwin, who died young unmarried; Samuel Butler; and a daughter 
who died in infancy. 

3647. i. HESTER A., b. Dec. 28, 1810; d. Dec. 15, 1848. 

3648. ii. SUSAN, b. Jan. 6, 1813; m. Feb. 22, 1840, James D. Egbert; d. 

March 2, 1872. 

3649. iii. ELIZABETH, b. March 18, 1815; m. Oct. 8, 1835, Joseph Apgar. 

3650. iv. SARAH, b. April 27, 1817; m. Dec. 26, 1840, Buel J. Smith. He 

was a farmer; d. November, 1871. Shed. Oct. 17, 1898. Nine 
children, six daughters and three sons were bom, five of whom 
are living, i. Mrs. Eva Campbell, West Chester, Pa. 2. 
J. Egbert Smith, Delta, Pa. 3. Milton E. Smith, Norrisville, 
Md. 4. Florence A. Smith, Norrisville, Pa. 5. Mrs. Emma L. 
Gable, Stewartstown, Pa. The latter was b. Nov. 13, 1857; ra. 
April 28, 1897, J. Benson Gable. He is a farmer; was b. March 
16, 1851. 

ALANSON. b. July 4, 1819; m. Maria Terpening. 

SELDEN L., b. Sept. 11, 1821; m. Eliza Personius. 

HENRY M., b. Oct. 23, 1824; d. July 25. 1846. 

SAMUEL B., b. Jan. 30, 1827; m. Catherine Knettles Tichenor. 

MARY, b. Jan. 22, 1831; d. in infancy. 

2039. AUGUSTUS FIELD (Ichabod, David, David, Ebenezer, Zechariah 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Ichabod and Anna 
(French), b. in East Guilford, Conn., Nov. 5, 1790. He removed, in 1822, to Lans- 
ing, Tompkins county, N. Y., where he d. Oct. 28, 1865. He m. May 4, 181 7, 

3656. i. EUNICE, b. May 13, 1818; m. Levi Wykoff; m., 2d, Nathan 


3657. ii. JULIUS S., b. May 26. 1820; m. Elizabeth S. Smith. 

3658. iii. ELIZABETH, b. Feb. 25, 1822; d. young. 

3659. iv ANNA, b. Oct. 15. 1824. 












3660. V. SAMUEL J., b. Jan. 13, 1831; m. . 

3661. vi. CATHERINE, b. Jan. 3, 1833; ra. Tunis Covert. 

3662. vii. MARY. b. Jan. 3. 1836; m W. A. Curtis. 

2040. SELDEN FIELD (Ichabod, David. David. Ebenezer, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard. William, William), son of Ichabod and Anna 
(French), b. in East Guilford, Conn., Nov. 2. 1793. He removed, in 1822, to Lans- 
ing, Tompkins county, N. Y., where he d. June 11, 1857. He m. June 8, 1817, Jane 
Boysburn, b. March i, i7qS; d. March 24, 1824; m., 2d, May 12, 1824, Lydia 
Ketchum, b. Jan. 25, 1801. 

3663. i. PAMELIA, b. April 3, 1818; m. Feb. 28, 1839, John S. Eaton; d. 

Oct. I, 1840. 
ELISHA, b. April 12, 1820; d. April 4, 1824. 
MARY, b. Dec. 30, 1821; m. Sept. 16, 1847, David Lininger; d. 

Aug. 13, 1862. 
JOHN, b. Dec. 30, 1821; d. Jan. 2, 1822. 
AUGUSTUS, b. March 7, 1824; d. March 28, 1824. 
CYLINDA J., b. Feb. 25, 1825; m. March 2, 1876, William 

Alger of Lansing; d. Sept. 12, 1847. 
ELIJAH S.. b. May 17, 1827; m. Rhoda A. Hilliard. 
LYDIA A., b. May 2, 1829; m. May 27, 1847, Noah Odell. 
DAVID A., b. Oct. 21, 1831; d. Sept. 2. 1832. 
JEDEDIAH J., b. Oct. 27, 1833; m. Amanda Russell. 
MARILLA S., b. April 11, 1835; m. April 5, 1853, Charles 

Roberts; d. Jan. 25, 1855. 
CONSTANT P., b. July 7. 1837; m- April 5, 1855, William Siddell. 
EUNICE B., b. Sept. 28, 1839; m. April 5, 1863, Marquis Black. 
WELETHA M.. b. March 14, 1844; m. April 19, 1868. Calvin 


2042. DAVID LYMAN FIELD (Ichabod, David. David, Ebenezer, Zechar- 
iah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Ichabod and Ann 
(French), b. in East Guilford, Conn., March 10, 1797. He removed, in 1822, to 
Lansing, N. Y., where he resided. He m. Sept. 23, 1823, Mary Knettles, b. 
Dec. 7, 1805. 

3676. i. JOSEPH E., b. Jan. 2, 1826; m. Cathalinda Terpening. 

3677. ii. WILLIAM H., b. July 26, 1827; d. Sept. 8. 1863. 

3678. iii. MARY K., b. Nov. 23, 1833. 

2044. REV. JULIUS FIELD (Ichabod, David, David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John. Richard. William, William), son of Ichabod and Anna 
(French), b. in East Guilford. Conn., April 2. 1799. He entered the Methodist min- 
istry, and was licensed to preach in 1820. He was first stationed in New York City; 
in 1827 at Glenn's Falls, N. Y. ; in 1829 at Fort Ann, N. Y. ; in 1832 at Salisbury, 
Conn. ; in 1834 at Sylvianna, Wis., and at various other places during his long min- 
istry. He resided at Durham, Conn. He m. May 4, 1824, Minerva S., dau. of 
Helmor Kellogg, of Goshen. Conn., b. Sept. 24, 1800; d. Dec. 23, 1875. He d. Sept. 
22, 1884. 

3679. i. SUSAN MINERVA, b. May 7. 1827; m. Jan. 2, 1855, Rev. Wil- 

liam H. Sampson, of Appleton, Wis.; d. Aug. 27. 1861. 

3680. ii. JULIA ANN, b. Jan. 15, 1829; m. Dec. >. 1858, Rev. Hiram P. 

Shephard, of Belleville. U. C. W. ; d. De< 20, 1863.* 

3681. iii. JANE AUGUSTA, b Jan. 7, 1832; m. Aug, 30. i860, Samuel S. 

Scranton, of Durham, Conn. She d. June, 1888. 






































3682. iv. LUCELIA ELVIRA, b. Aug. 15, 1834; d. Dec. 30, 1865. 

3683. V. MARY LOUISA, b. Nov. 16. 1839; d. Dec. 6, 1874. 

6384, vi. GERTRUDE ELECTA, b. June 8, 1842; m. Sept. I4, 1880, Rev. 
A. H. Wyatt, of Brooklyn, N. Y. 

2045. JEDEDIAH FIELD (Ichabod, David, David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Ichabod and Anna 
(French), b. in East Guilford, Conn., Dec. 13, 1802. He removed, in 1822, to Lans- 
ing, N. Y. ; in 1S37 to Barton, Tioga cotmty, N. Y. ; then to Grand Rapids, Mich., 
where he d. April 24, 1S65. He m. Feb. 7, 1827, Bertrand Brown, of Spencer, 
N. Y., b, Aug. 6, 1809. 

3685. i. ANSON, b. Feb. 29, 1828; m. Almira Brown. 

3686. ii. CHAUNCEY BROOK, b. April 23, 1830, ra. Mary J. Carl and 

Anna M. Lathrop. 

3687. iii. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, b. July 26, 1831; ra. Caroline Under- 

JOHN WYKOFF, b, June 13, 1833; m. Wealthy Nippress. 
JESSE BROWN, b. April 27, 1836; m. Almira Fish and Eliza A. 

DAVID LYMAN, b. Nov. 21, 1838; m. Nettie Creager. 
ALMIRA, b. Nov. 15, 1841 ; d. Sept. 11, 1842. 
MARY EMMA, b. Oct. 13, 1843. 

' "■ 2046. ICHABOD GAYLORD FIELD (Ichabod, David, David, Ebenezer, 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Ichabod and 
Anna (French), b. in East Guilford, Conn., Dec. 5, 1804. He settled, in 1822, in 
Lansing, N. Y. ; in 1837 removed to Brownville, N. Y. ; in 1843 to Orleans, N. Y. ; 
then to Kent county, Michigan, where he resided. He m. June 3, 1822, Wealthy 
Saxton, of Lowville, N. Y., b. Nov. i, 1804. 

3693. i. CHARLES S., b. May 24, 1833; m. Elizabeth Compton. 

ABRAM, b. July 26, 1835. 

SUSAN, b. April 10, 1838; ra. Dec. 20, 1857, Myron Buck. 

SYLVESTER, b. June 3, 1841. 

ABBIE ANN, b. Aug. 8, 1844. 

2048. NOAH FIELD (Ichabod, David, David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechar- 
iah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. in East Guilford, Conn., in 1809. 
He went with his father, in 1822, to Lansing, N. Y. ; then removed to Spencer, 
N. Y., where he d. in the fall of 1889, from injuries received by falling from a scaf- 
fold. He m. Sept. 23, 1832, Eleanor Stebbins, of Homer, N. Y., b. Dec. 2, 1810; 
d. June 12, 1S60; m., 2d, March 23, 1873, Mary A. Cook. 

AN INFANT, b. July 23, 1833; d. July 23, 1833. 

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, b. July 29, 1834; m. Priscilla Gutman 

and Mrs. Almeda E. Burgess Taylor. 
HORACE WEBSTER, b. Nov. 29, 1835; m. Aggie Cushman. 
SUSAN, b. Aug. 30, 1837; m. Sept. 22, 1867, Samuel B. Shaw, of 

Chicago, 111. Res. 1277 West Polk St. 
SOPHRONIA, b. Oct. 15, 1839; d. June 29, 1851. 
MARGARET, b. April 16, 1842; m. Dec. 19, 1868, Levi P. Smith, 

of Athens, Pa. Res. Waverly, N. Y. 
ELI, b. March 15, 1844; m. Eva A. Shaw and Emma Larson. 
HENRY ELISHA, b. March 31, 1847; m. Louisa F. Bunnell. 
BYRON, b. June 2, 1849; m. Alzina Sales. 




























3707. X. WILLIAM AUGUSTUS, b. June 8, 1853; m. Mary A. Shaw. 

3708. xi. JEDEDIAH, b. Sept. 5, 1S55; d. May 27, 1858. 

2051. HARVEY FIELD (Jedediah, David, David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zech- 
ariab, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. East Guilford, Conn., in 1790. 
He settled in Jericho, Vt., where he d. Sept. 13, 1814, from over-exertion in the 
battle of Plattsburg, Sept. 11, 1814. He m. Persis Church. 

3709. THEY HAD live children. 

2054. HON. LYMAN FIELD (Jedediah, David, David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son ot Jedediah and Mabel 
(Stevens), b. in East Guilford, Conn., Oct. 10, 1795. He went with his father, in 
1796, to Jericho, Vt. He removed to East Benton, 111., where he d. March 28, 1877. 
He represented the town of Jericho in the legislature in 1837-38. He m. Harriet 
Frink; m., ad, Rhoda Joslyn. 

3710. i. MABEL A., b. Jan. '25, 1826; m. Aug. 15, 1844, Dr. George Lee 

Lyman, of Jericho; d. Oct. 3, 1845. He m., 2d, Aug. 27, 1846, 
Mary Clarinda Boynton. He was b. Feb. 23, 1812; d. June 4, 
1863. Ch. : I. George Field Lyman, b. Sept. 9, 1845; d. Jan. 
18, 1846. 2. Anna Mary Lyman, b. Dec. 15, 1847: d. July 29, 
1848. 3. Ella Maria Lyman, b. May 25, 1849; rn- Sept. 8, 1869, 
William Henry Lee. Res. Underbill, Vt. 

2055. HON. ERASTUS FIELD (Jedediah, David, David, Ebenezer, Zechar- 
iah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Jedediah and Mabel 
(Stevens), b. in Jericho, Vt., June 16, 1798, where he resided. He represented the 
town of Jericho in 1835-36, and was a member of the Constitutional Convention, 
holden at Montpelier, June 10, 1870, when the council ot Censorswas abolished, 
and annual sessions of the legislature changed to biennial, and all officers changed 
to conform to it. He d. May 15, 1887. He m. April, 1828, Maria A., dau. of Hon. 
James A. Potter, of Jericho, b. June 16, 1808; d. Sept. 27, 1875. Res. Jericho, Vt. 

371 1. i. CORNELIA, b. ; m. Frederick Beach, of Jericho. Res. 340 

Maple St., Burlington, Vt. 

3712. ii. ELLEN M., b. Nov. 13, 1835; m. March 21, 1855, Hira A. Perci- 

val, of Jericho, Vt. He is a farmer; was b. Aug. 28, 1833. Res. 
Jericho. Ch. : i. Harmon Erastus Percival, b. Feb. 21, 1856; 
m. Sept. 30, 1879, Helen M. Spaulding. P. O. address, Butler, 
Bates county. Mo. 2. George L. Percival, b. March 21, 1867; d. 
Dec. 30, 1869. 3. Fred Augustus Percival, b. June 15, 1869; m. 
Nov. 12, 1888, Maime Pierce. 

2058. FREEMAN FIELD (Jedediah, David, David. Ebenezer, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. in Jericho, Vt, Oct. 6, 1806. 
He settled in 1826 in Peru, Clinton county, N. Y. ; in 1851 returned to Jericho; in 
1852 removed to Troy, N. Y. ; in 1853 to St. Paul, Minn. ; in 1857 to Prescott, Wis. ; 
in i860 to River Falls, Wis. ; in 1867 returned to Prescott, Wis., where he d. Aug. 
I. 1884. 

He was b. near Bennington, Vt. , and when twenty-one years of age he 
located in Peru, N. Y. ; was in business there as a dry goods merchant, but on 
account of poor health was obliged to give up the business which he did in 1854. 
He came west, and settled in Prescott, Wis., where he was a pioneer. He held 
public office, and for years was register of deeds of Pierce county. He m. Oct. 15, 
1829, Charlotte S., dau. of John and Elizabeth (Hay) Elmore, of Peru, b. May 27. 
1811; d. Oct. 22, 1838; m., 2d, Feb. 23, 1840, Philana Wheelock, wid. of Wil- 


cox, of Jericho; d. May 20, 1852, while on a visit to her brother at Vienna, Oneida 
county, N. Y; m., 3d, Nov. 6, 1856, Abby S., dau. of Abel and Altrida (Foster) 

Bailey, ot St. Paul, Minn., wid. of Currier. 

3713. i. ADELIAE., b. Aug. 13, 1830; m. July 8, 1852, Dr. Azro E. Good- 
win, of Clintonville. N. Y., later Rockford, 111. He was b. Chel- 
sea, Vt., Aug. II, 1826; d. May 11, 1889. She resides at 726 Jef- 
ferson St., Rockford. Ch. : i. Carrie Field Goodwin, b. Aug. 
22, 1853, at Clintonville, N. Y. ; d. in Rockford, 111., December, 
1861. 2. Nellie T. Goodwin, b. Oct. 10, 185G; m. Oct. 10, 1887, in 
Rockford, 111., Robert Rew. Res. Rockford, 111. 

Azro E. Goodwin, M. D., b. in Chelsea, Vt., Aug. 11, 1826. In 
early life he became imbued with a desire to acquire an education. 
Later in life his thoughts turned to tile practice of medicine as the 
profession of life; a poor boy, but not discouraged by poverty, 
by dint of energy he achieved success. He studied medicine at 
Burlington, Vt., meeting the necessary expenses by teaching and 
manual labor. During the Civil war he was appointed surgeon 
of the nth Illinois regiment, and afterwards with the io8th Illi- 
nois infantry. While there he received a wound that obliged 
him to leave the service, and from which he suffered the remain- 
der of his life. 

Another correspondent says: Dr. Goodwin was born in Chel- 
sea, Vt., Aug. II, 1826. He succeeded in securing an excellent 
education and decided to study medicine. He studied at John- 
son, Vt. , and taught school there. Later he worked his way 
through Berkshire Medical College, at Pittsfield, Mass., and 
began the practice in Clintonville, N. Y. There he was married 
and in 1854 moved to Rockford, 111., where he ever after resided, 
honored and respected by the entire community. During the 
Civil war he was surgeon of the nth Illinois Infantry, and after- 
wards surgeon of the loSth Illinois Infantry. He was wounded 
in the stomach at Vicksburg, and ever after suffered from his 
wound. He died of Bright's disease. May 14, 1889. He was a 
member of the Board of Education, Library Board; was presi- 
dent of the Winnebago County Medical Society, and held other 
offices of honor and trust. 

JAMES H., b. June 10, 1833; ra. Clarissa Reynolds. 

ADELAIDE E., b. July 15, 1836; d. Aug. 20, 1839. 

HELEN, b. Oct. 8, 1838; d. Oct. 15, 1838. 

NELSON P., b. Feb. 28, 1843; d. Dec. 18, 1845. 

MARY A., b. Feb. 15, 1845; m. Horace N. Hohman. Res. Pres- 
cott, Wis. Ch. : i. Henry, b. 1887. 

FRANKLIN C, b. Sept. 26, 1857; m. Nellie M. Stowe. 

JESSE S., b. Oct. 3, 1862. He was b. at the town ot River Falls, 
Pierce county. Wis. ; removed with his parents to Prescott, in 
same county, when about four years of age, at which place he 
has ever since resided. He commenced reading law in the office 
of District Attorney Ross, in Prescott, in 1883, after attending 
the public schools at that place ; entered the law department of 
the University of Wisconsin the fall of 1885 ; graduating in June, 
1886, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Law; entered upon the 
general practice of law at Prescott in the same year he gradu- 
















ated; was district attorney of Pierce county from 1893 to 1895. 
He is a Republican in politics, and is unmarried. 
3721. ix. MAUDE C, b. June 13, 1S64; m. Prof. Charles Douglas. 

2065. HON. DAVID DUDLEY FIELD (David D., Timothy, David, Eben- 
ezer. Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Haddam, 
Conn., Feb. 13, 1805; m. Oct. 26, 1829, Jane Lucinda Hopkins, dau. of John, of 
Stockbridge; d. Jan. 21, 1836; m., 2d, Sept. 2, 1841, Mrs. Harriet Davidson, wid. of 
James Davidson, Esq.; d. April 22, 1864; m., 3d, June 9, 1866, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth 
Carr, wid. of Dr. Samuel J. Carr. She d. April 19, 1876. 

(By Rev. Henry M. Field.) 

The eldest of the family received his father's name, David Dudley. He 
was born at Haddam. in a house which is still standing. The germ of his 
character showed itself when a child. It was found hard to break his will. 
As soon as he was old enough, he was sent to the village school. When he was 
nine years old, his father took him into his own study, and taught him Latin, Greek 
and mathematics. Taken at fourteen from Haddam to Stockbridge, he found there 
an excellent academy, under the instruction of a famous teacher, Mr. Jared Curtis. 
Here were three young men of about his own age, with whom he soon formed a 
great intimacy. These were Mark and Albert Hopkins, and John Morgan, of 
whom the first afterwards became president, and the second professor of astronomy, 
in Williams College; and the third a professor at Oberlin, O. These four young 
men went to Williams College about the same time, and ever after cherished the 
warmest friendship. Field entered in 1821, and distinguished himself as a scholar. 
Leaving in 1825, he went to Albany to study law. He began the study of law in 
the office of Harmanus Bteecker in Albany, but remained there only a few months, 
when he removed to New York, and completed his studies in the office of Henry 
and Robert Sedgwick, who were from Stockbridge. They were lawyers of distinc- 
tion, and of a large practice. When the elder brother, Henry, was obliged, by ill 
health, to retire from active business, the younger, Robert, took Mr. Field into part- 
nership, and thus he began his legal career. He was admitted an attorney and 
solicitor in 1828, and counsellor in 1830, and immediately, on the first admission, 
entered upon practice in New York, which he has continued for more than fifty 

Entering an established law firm, he had not to go through the long and painful 
stage of "waiting for clients," but found himself at once engaged in the work of his 
profession, in which he met with such success that when a few years later the firm 
was dissolved, and he opened an office for himself, he had already a respectable 
clientage, and was recognized as one of the rising young men at the bar. 

From that time his life has been a busy one. The first interruption to it was in 
1836, when, after the death of his wife, he went abroad, and spent a year in travel, 
many lively pictures of which afterwards appeared in "Sketches over the Sea," 
published in the Democratic Review. 

Returning to New York, he entered again on the practice of his profession, 
which soon became one of the largest in the city. It would be impossible to give a 
list of the cases of importance in which he was engaged, both in the State and Fed- 
eral courts. Some of them involved large interests of property ; others difficult 
constitutional questions; and in some the litigation was kept up for years, being 
finally decided only in the tribunal of last resort. 

See page 608. 


(From Harper's Magazine.) 

This estate formerly belonged to John Sargeant, the celebrated 
missionary to the Stockbridge Indians. 

3on law and in equity as then established in the courts of New York." 
ely technical character of the whole system impressed him from the 
He could not see that it was necessary, and thought he saw that it was 
Two works of very different character, which fell into his hands about 
nded to the same result. One was Livingston's Report of a Code for 
the other a Discourse on the History and Nature of the Common Law, 
fore the New York Historical Society by William Sampson, in Decem- 
id republished with other papers under the title "On Codes and Com- 

;her his student life, nor the first years of practice in his profession, 
1 an opportunity for the exercise of his disposition to improve the law 
1st abroad in 1836 he went through Great Britain and a large part of the 

This visit, and what he'then saw of the English courts, the civil law, 
ich Codes, did not tend to increase, but very much to lessen, his respect 
mical system of our own which he already disliked, 
eturn to this country in the summer of 1837. and resuming the practice 
le began to consider more carefully what he could do for the improve- 
system of procedure in the courts. His first public effort was a letter 

Verplanck, published in 1839, on the Reform of our Judicial System, 
e went to Albany, and addressed a committee of the Legislature on the 
vo years later, at the general election in November, 1841, he sought and 
lomination from the Democratic party for the Assembly of New York, 
w of introducing law reform measures into the Legislature. Being 
ough the interference of Bishop^Hughes in his opposition to the public 
m, then prevailmg in New York, he contented himself with preparing 
three bills to be introduced by Mr. O'Sullivan, his colleague in the can- 
mpanied by a long letter in explanation of their provisions. These 
ntroduced; but the Judiciary Committee to which they were referred, 
it or recommend them. They were printed, however, with the letter, 
al of the Assembly. 

ing of the Constitutional Convention, pursuant to an act of the Legis- 
5, gave him a new opportunity. Before the delegates were elected, and 

1846, he wrote and published in the Evening Post, a series of articles 
organization of the Judiciary," which were collected in a pamphlet and 
ulated. He wished to obtain a seat in the convention, with a view to 
aw reform ; but the unpopularity to which he had subjected himself by 
to the annexation of Texas, and the extension of slavery, made it 
3r him to obtain a nomination from the Democratic party, then the only 
lich he could expect an election. But if he was not permitted to influ- 
vention by his voice within its walls, he could influence it from without, 
3 to the utmost of his powers, by conversation and correspondence with 
5, and by articles in the newspapers. The convention met on the ist of 
iring the whole summer he kept at work. The Evening Post alone had 
articles from him relating to different parts of the constitution. The 


instrument which the convention offered to the people, was adopted at the general 
election in November. It contained two law reforming provisions, one in the first 
article, aiming at a general code, and the other in the sixth article aiming at the 
Reform of the Practice, both to be set in motion by appomtments of the Legisla- 
ture. Both of these provisions owed their existence very much to his voice and 

In anticipation of the action of the Legislature, he published on the first of Jan- 
uary, 1847, a little treatise of thirty-five pages, entitled "What shall be done willi 
the Practice of the Courts? Shall it be wholly reformed? Questions addressed to 
lawyers." This treatise he followed up by a Memorial to the Legislature before 
the passage of any act ot that body. This memorial, drawn up on the fourth of 
February, to which he procured the signatures of Vice Chancellor McCoun, Charles 
O'Conor, E. P. Hurlbut. F. B. Cutting, Theodore Sedgwick, James J. Roosevelt, 
Joseph S. Bosworth, Erastus C. Benedict, and forty-three other lawyers of New 
York, was in these words: 

"To the Senate and Assembly of the State of New York: 

' 'The memorial of the undersigned members of the bar in the City of New York, 
respectfully represents, that they look with great solicitude for the action of your 
honorable bodies in respect to the revision, reform, simplification, and abridgment 
of the rules and practice, pleadings, forms, and proceedings of the courts of record. 
They are persuaded that a radical reform of legal procedure in all its departments, 
is demanded by the interests of justice, and by the voice of the people; that a uni- 
form course of proceeding in all cases legal and equitable is entirely practicable, 
and no less expedient; and that a radical reform should aim at such uniformity, and 
at the abolition of all useless forms and proceedings. 

"Your memorialists, therefore, pray your honorable bodies to declare by the act 
appointing commissioners, that it shall be their duty to provide for the abolition of 
the present forms of action and pleadings in cases at common law, for a uniform 
course of proceeding in all cases, whether of legal or equitable cognizance, and for 
the abandonment of every form of proceeding not necessary to ascertain or preserve 
the rights of the parties. " 

This was presented to the Legislature, and a section was introduced into the 
pending bill in accordance with the memorial, except that the word which Mr. Field 
wrote "every" was by mistake made to read "any." Compare the provision, as he 
drew it, and as it now appears in the statute, as follows: 

"And it shall be the duty of the said commissioners to provide for the abolition 
of the present forms of actions and pleadings in cases at common law, for a uni- 
form course of proceeding in all cases whether of legal or equitable cognizance, and 
for the abandonment of all Latin and other foreign tongues so far as the same shall , 
by them, be deemed practicable, and of any form and proceeding not necessary to 
ascertain or preserve the rights of the parties." 

Mr. Field's name was naturally brought forward in connection with the 
appointment of commissioners; but the conservative feeling was too strong, he was 
too radical, and Mr. Nicholas Hill was appointed instead of him. The commission, 
consisting of Mr. Loomis, Mr. Graham, and Mr. Hill, was formally established by 
a law passed on the 8th of April, 1847. The commissioners could not agree, how- 
ever, in carrying out this provision, and Mr. Hill resigned in September. By that 
time the feeling in favor of radical reform had gained strength, and Mr. Field was 
appointed in Mr. Hill's place by a resolution of the two houses, passed on the 29th 
of September, 1847. Meantime he had published "Some Suggestions respecting the 
Rules to be established' by the Supreme Court," designed to effect a considerable 


reform in the pleadings and practice. Upon the reorganization of the commission, 
it went to work in earnest, and on the 29th of February, 1848, reported to the Leg- 
islature the first installment of the Code of Civil Procedure. This was enacted on 
the 12th of April, 1848, with very little change, and went into effect on the first of 
July. It was, however, but an installment of the whole work contemplated, and 
the residue was reported from time to time in four different reports, until the first of , 
January, 1850, when completed codes of Civil and Criminal Procedure were sub- 
mitted to the Legislature. These two works covered the whole ground of remedial 

Meantime the other commission, called the Code Commission, which had the 
whole body of substantive law in charge, broke down, and the law appointing it 
was repealed on the loth of April, 1850. In August of that year Mr. Field went 
abroad with his family, and left them in Rome, returning to New York in Decem- 
ber. While in England, he had an interview with Lord Brougham, and was 
warmly received by the Law Amendment Society. The former commended the 
eft'orts the commission had made for the fusion of law and equity, but doubted if it 
could ever be effected in England. He soon changed his mind, however; for in the 
following spring he wrote a letter to London from Cannes, in which he said that 
sooner or later fusion was sure to be adopted in England. 

In the same month of his return to New York, December, 1850, Mr. Field pub- 
lished in the Evening Post five articles on "The Completion of the Code," designed 
to promote the immediate consideration by the Legislature of the two Codes of 
Procedure which had been reported complete. His efforts, however, were unsuc- 
cessful. In May, 1851, he rejoined his family in Europe, and traveled with them 
over a great portion of the Continent, and into Egypt and Palestine. While in 
England, on his return home, a dinner was given to him in London by the mem- 
bers of the Law Amendment Society, an account ot which was published in the 
Morning Chronicle of the next day, Dec. 22, 1851. Robert Lowe, now Lord Sher- 
brooke (who has so distinguished himself in Parliament, and as Chancellor of the 
Exchequer under Mr. Gladstone), was one ot the speakers. He had resided some 
years in Australia, and knew how wise laws, whether framed in England or Amer- 
ica, affected legislation at the very extremities of the British empire. In his speech 
he paid a tribute to Mr. Field, such as has seldom been paid to any legislator, liv- 
ing or dead. Among other things he said: 

"He trusted that his honorable friend, Mr. Field, would go down to posterity 
with this glory — that he had not only essentially served one of the greatest countries 
in the States of America, but that he had also provided a cheap and satisfactory 
code of law for ever colony that bore the English name. Mr. Field, indeed, had 
not squared the circle; he had not found out any solid which answered to more 
than three denominations ; he had not discovered any power more subtle than elec- 
tricity, nor one that would bow with more docility to the service of man than steam. 
But he had done greater things: he had laid the foundations of peace, happiness, 
and tranquillity, in the establishment of a system which would make law a blessing 
instead of a scourge to mankind. He believed that no acquisition of modern times 
— if he rightly understood what had been done in the state of New York — he 
believed that no achievement of the intellect was to be compared to that by which 
Mr. Field had removed the absurdities and the technicalities under which New York, 
in common with this country and the colonies, had so long groaned." And again: 
"As to the colonies, he could only repeat that he had trusted the example of 
New York would not be lost upon them. While England was debating upon 
the propriety of some small and paltry reforms in the administration of law. 
a great master in the art of administrative reform had risen there in the person of 


his distinguished friend, Mr. Field, and had solved the problem which they in Eng- 
land were timidly debating. America had a great future before her, in the estab- 
lishment and diffusion of the arts of peace. Let them leave to others— to absolute 
governments — to have their subjects shot down in the street, rather than wait even 
for the headlong injustice of a court-martial; but let it be the lot of England, hand 
in hand with America, to lead the way m the arts of Jurisprudence, as well as m 
other arts — let them aim at being the legislators and the pacificators of the world." 

Mr. Field returned to New York in January, 1S52, to encounter continued hos- 
tility to the code, and to any attempt at its completion; but he abated neither his 
efforts nor his hope. In July of that year, he published a pamphlet entitled, "The 
Administration of the Code," the first of a series of Law Reform Tracts, to which 
he gave the following introduction: 

" 'What need is there of more efforts by law reformers? Has not law reform 
got so firm a foothold as not to need further aid?' were the questions of a friend to 
whom the plan of publishing a series of Law Reform Tracts was mentioned. The 
answer was: 'It is very true that the reforms we have already obtained cannot be 
undone, nor can the further progress of reform be finally stopped, but it may be 
injuriously delayed. We may help to give it a true and proper direction, and push 
it on to its just results. There remains a great deal yet to be done. That portion 
of the Code of Procedure which has not been considered by the Legislature, must 
be speedily acted upon. Certain reforms in the law of rights must be effected, and 
we must have a complete code of the whole body of our law.' To promote these 
objects is the purpose of these tracts." 

This tract was followed in the same year by two others — one entitled "Evi- 
dence on the Operation of the Code," and the other "Codification of the Common 

From this time to 1855 he was constantly watching and urging forward the 
completion ot the Code in this state, and its adoption in other states. In the session 
of 1853 he procured the whole Code of Civil Procedure, with slight changes, to be 
reported for passage by a committee of the assembly, and in like manner, during 
the session of 1855, the whole Code of Criminal Procedure. In January, 1854, he 
drew a memorial to the Legislature in favor of the passage of a law to admit the 
testimony of parties to actions. In March, 1855, he delivered an address to the 
graduating class of the law school in the University of Albany, in which he endeav- 
ored to enforce the necessity of reforms in the law. Soon after this address a bill 
was introduced into the Legislature to reorganize the Code Commission, making 
him one of the Code Commissioners. This bill was sharply opposed, and finally 
defeated. During the same year he published Law Reform Tract No. 4, on "The 
Competency of Parties as Witnesses for Themselves;" and at the beginning of the 
following year, in January, 1856, Law Reform Tract No. 5, being "A Short Manual 
of Pleading under the Code." 

On the 6th of April, 1857, his efforts to resuscitate the Code Commission were 
for the first time successful. An act, the whole of which was prepared by him, was 
then passed, appointing him with Mr. Noyes and Mr. Bradford Commissioners "to 
reduce inio a written and systematic Code the whole body of the law of this state, 
or so much and such parts thereof as shall seem to them practicable and expedient, 
excepting always such portions of the law as have been already reported upon by 
the Commissioners of Practice and Pleadings, or are embraced within the scope of 
their reports." They were required to report at the next session of the Legislature 
a general analysis of the projected codes, and at each succeeding annual session, 
the progress made to that time. As fast as any part of the draft was prepared it 
was to be distributed among the judges, and others, for examination, and afterwards 


to be re-examined, with the suggestions made, and finally submitted to the Legisla- 
ture. No compensation whatever was to be allowed to the commissioners. 

The first thing they did, after their appointment, was to prepare the Analysis 
prescribed by the law. Mr. Noyes undertook to prepare that for the Penal Code; 
Mr. Field undertook the rest, that is to say, the analysis of the Political and Civil 
Codes. After this they went to work on the Codes themselves. The Political Code 
was the first finished. That was prepared by Mr. Field alone, Mr. Austin Abbott 
assisting him. The first draft was sent out on the loth of March, 1859, ^^^'^ after a 
re-examination, the revfsed and completed work was submitted to the Legislature 

on the loth of April, t86o. On the i6th of that month a provision was, at his sug- 
gestion, introduced into an act amending the Code of Civil Procedure, authorizing 
the Commissioners of the code to prepare an appropriate Book of Forms. This was 
prepared in the same manner as the three codes ; first a draft, or, as in this case, 
two successive drafts were circulated, and then the revised work was reported to the 
Legislature on the 30th of March, 1871. This was done entirely under his super- 
vision, Mr. T. G. Shearman assisting him. The first draft of a portion of the Civil 
Code was sent out on the nth of March, 1861. Then a draft of the whole was dis- 
tributed on the 5th of April, 1862, and that of the Penal Code on the 2d of April, 
1864. The full draft of the Civil Code was prepared by Mr. Field alone, with the 
assistance of Mr. W. J. A. Fuller, Mr. Austin Abbott. Mr. B. V. Abbott, Mr. 
Charles F. Stone, and Mr. T. G. Shearman. The draft of the Penal Code was pre- 
pared under the supervision of Mr, Noyes, with the assistance of Mr. B. V. Abbott, 
and then it was read over section by section at meetings of all the Commissioners, 
and amended by them. The Political and Civil Codes were left entirely to Mr. 
Field, except that Mr. Bradford prepared a first draft of that portion of the latter 
which relates to the estates of deceased persons. After eight successive reports to 
the Legislature, the Commission submitted their ninth and final report on the 13th 
of February, 1865, laying then the Penal Code complete upon the tables of the 
members of the Senate and Assembly, and referring them to the Civil Code com- 
plete in the hands of the printer. The printing of the latter was not actually com- 
pleted until the autumn of that year. 

These law reform labors of Mr. Field occupied his thoughts and a large portion 
of his time for eighteen years. During all these years, except the first two, he not 
only received no compensation, but had to pay the expense of his assistants, 
amounting to over $6,000. 

The codes for New York were written and rewritten several times ; parts of the 
Civil Code eighteen times. These codes, as completed, are contained in five vol- 
umes. Three of them — the Civil Code, the Penal Code, and the Political Code — 
give the substantive law. Two of them — the Code of Civil Procedure and the Code 
of Criminal Procedure — prescribe the practice of the courts, and define their juris- 
diction. In their preparation, Mr. Field was associated, as stated above, with 
Arphaxed Loomis, David Graham, William Curtis Noyes, and Alexander W. Brad- 
ford, who were able and distinguished men in the profession ; but they gave to it far 
less time than he did, and wrought upon it with far less intensity. With him it was 
the passion of his life — the work which he was the first to propose, and was the most 
determined to carry through, and he wrought upon it with all the ardor of personal 
ambition. He gave to it more time than the others combined, indeed all the time 
which he could spare from the labors of an engrossing profession. His habits 
were to rise early, and take a ride on horseback before breakfast ; and then, retir- 
ing to his library, give hours to this work before he went to his office, and resume 
it in the evening, often continuing it past midnight. In this way he worked upon 


it, from 1847 to 1865 ; so that he is universUy recognized, at home and abroad, as the 
chief author of the codes. 

In a letter to his brother Stephen, reviewing these long labors, he thus speaks 
of the difficulties he had to encounter: 

"Now that my work is finished, as I look back upon it, I am amazed at the diffi- 
culties I had to overcome, and the little encouragement and assistance I received. 
It seemed as if every step I took was to be impeded by something laid across my 
path. I was opposed in everything. My life was a continual warfare. Not only 
was every obstacle thrown in the way of my work, but I was attacked personally 
as an agitator and a visionary, in seeking to disturb long settled usage, and think- 
ing to reform the law, in which was embodied the wisdom of ages. This was per- 
haps to be expected when 1 undertook such radical changes in the face of the most 
conservative of professions. Bu the has little reason to complain of the number or 
violence of his adversaries who finds himself victorious in the end. As to any real 
service which I may have rendered to American law, and so to the cause of uni- 
versal justice, of human progress and civilization, in short, as to any claim I may 
have to the title of lawgiver and reformer, 1 am willing to be judged by the wise 
and good after I have passed away. 

"One lesson, which I might perhaps have learned by reading, has been taught 
me by experience, and that is, that he who attempts reform must rely upon himself, 
and that all such enterprises have received their start and impetus from one, or at 
most a very few persons." 

Though this work of reform had been begun for the state of New York, it did 
not end here. Other states soon perceived its immense advantages, and were ready 
to toUow the example. 

The introduction of these codes attracted great attention in England, where 
there had long been felt a pressing necessity of law reform. Lord Brougham 
watched with great interest the progress of the movement here, and when Mr. Field 
went to England, sought from him the full details of this new legislation. There 
was a Law Amendment Society in London, with which he was in constant commun- 
ication. The interest thus excited led to the appointment of a Parliamentary Com- 
mittee, and of a Crown Commission, to consider the whole subject of law reform; 
and twice when in England — in 1851, and again in 1867 — Mr. Field was invited to 
meet with them, and explain the methods and extent of codification in New York. 
On the latter occasion there were present the most eminent legal authorities of the 
Kingdom, including five Lord Chancellors — Lord Westbury and Lord Cran worth; 
Sir Page Wood, afterwards Lord Hatherly; Sir Hugh Cairns, now Lorn Cairns ; 
Sir Roundell Palmer, now Lord Selborne. The last of these is the present Lord 
Chancellor — a position which he held for the second time in the administration of 
Mr. Gladstone. 

As a result of the movement for reform, Mr. Field's Code of Procedure has 
been adopted in substance in Great Britain and her colonies. When going round 
the world, he found his System of Practice m use in the courts in India, and at 
Singapore and Hong Kong. The rules which he had framed for an American state 
— in the very words which he had written in his library — were in force on the other 
side of the globe. 

Having thus finished his work tor the state, or, as it may be termed, the Code 
of National Law, he turned his thoughts towards a Code of International Law. 
The mode adopted for initiating it was this: Attending the meeting of the British 
Association for the Promotion of Social Science, held at Manchester in September, 
1866, he brought the subject before that body by an address, in which he suggested 
the appointment of a committee to prepare and report the outlines of an Interna- 


tional Code. The suggestion was cordially received, and a committee was appointed 
consisting of the following gentlemen: For England — George Denman, now judge 
of the Common Pleas, chairman; Lord Hobart, T. E. Headlam, Sir Travers Twiss, 
George Shaw Lefevre, W. T. S. Daniel, T. Chisholm Anstey, George W. Hastings, 
W. S. Cookson, John Westlake, secretary ; for the United States— David Dudley 
Field, William Beach Lawrence; for France — M. Berryer and M. Desmarest; for 
Germany — Baron von Mittermeier, Baron Franz von Holzendorf. Dr. R. von Mohl ; 
for Italy— Count Sclopis and Signer Ambrosoli; tor Russia— Professor Katche- 
nowsky; for Belgium — Professor Hans. 

Mr. Field then prepared an analysis, which he had laid before the English mem- 
bers of the committee at a meeting in London. This analysis was approved and 
accepted, and the first draft of the work divided among the members, with the 
understanding that they should interchange their respective portions, and then 
meet for the revision of the whole. It was so difficult for him to do this to advant- 
age so long as he was separated from his colleagues by the Atlantic Ocean, that he 
determined to prepare and submit to them a draft of the whole work, hoping that 
they would do the same. The result was the "Draft Outlines of an International 
Code," which he published. This was entirely his own work, with the assistance 
of Mr. A. Abbott, Mr. C. F. Stone, and Mr. H. P. Wilds, except that President 
Barnard prepared the titles on Money, Weights, and Measures, Longitude and 
Time and Sea Signals. During its progress Mr. Field visited Europe once, for two 
or three months, to attend another meeting of the British Association, which was 
held at Belfast in September, 1867, where he delivered an address on "The Com- 
munity of Nations." 

In October, 1869, he made an address on an International Code before the 
American Social Science Association at New York; and in 1870 an address at 
Albany before the Joint Committees of the two Houses, on Judicial Abuses and 
Legal Reforms; and an address in New York on the probable changes in Interna- 
tional Law consequent upon the Franco- Prussian War. 

This International Code, though an ideal code, states nevertheless the law of 
nations as it now exists. It is framed upon the idea that some time or other the 
different nations will agree upon a general treaty concerning the subjects discussed 
in it. Such a treaty has already been made upon International Postage and upon 
Sea Signals. Mr. Field's work has attracted great attention abroad among the 
statesmen of Europe, has passed through two editions, and been translated into 
French and Italian ; and Prince Kung has recently ordered it to be translated into 

While thus absorbed in the work of law reform, in the preparation of the codes, 
and in the practice of his profession, Mr. Field took a deep interest in political 
affairs. Although but once in his life has he held an office — (except as a Commis- 
sioner of the Code ; he was once offered the appointment of judge of the Supreme 
Court of New York, which he declined)— that of member of Congress for a brief 
period, yet in the discussion of principles, and in the formation of parties, he has 
exerted an important influence; few public men of the day have exerted more. 
There is a chapter in the political history of New York, and of the country, which is 
yet to be written. A few references to dates will show the abundant materials to 
be found in the journals of thirty years ago. when old parties were breaking up, 
and new ones being formed. In his political faith Mr. Field was always a Demo- 
crat. He believed the principles of the Democratic party, as elaborated by Jeffer- 
son, to contain the true principles of our government. The first political speech he 
ever made was in Tammany Hall in 1842, on the nomination of Robert H. Morris 
for mayor. But he was not under bondage to a name, and the moment he saw that 


the Democratic party was to be used as the instrument and supporter of slavery, he 
revolted. The first thing which excited the alarm of the more independent men in 
that party was the project for the annexation of Texas. In 1844 Mr. Field made a 
speech at the Broadway Tabernacle against, it as being merely a scheme for the 
extension of slavery. 

But in spite of all warnings, it seemed that the Democratic party was to be com- 
mitted to this fatal policy. At the Baltimore convention of 1844 Mr. Van Buren 
was thrown overboard, simply because he had written a letter against the annexa- 
tion of Texas, and James K. Polk was nominated on a platform committing the 
party to that project. This led to the war with Mexico, Texas was brought into 
the Union. But this only inflamed still more the Anti-Slavery feeling of the North. 
In 1846 Mr. Wilmont, a Democrat in Congress from Pennsylvania, introduced as an 
amendment to a bill for purchasing Mexican territory, his famous proviso: "That 
as an express and fundamental condition to the acquisition of any territory from 
the Republic of Mexico, neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall ever exist 
in any part of the said territory." The proviso was adopted in the House, but 
rejected in the Senate. But it became a battle-cry for the North. At the same 
time Mr. Field here in New York wrote the famous "Secret Circular" and "Joint 
Letter," designed to rally the Anti-Slavery portion of the Democratic party. In 
1847 he attended the River and Harbor convention at Chicago, and made a speech in 
favor of a strict construction of the Constitution in respect to public works. The same 
year he was a delegate to the Syracuse convention, where the Democratic party was 
split in two over the question of Slavery Extension, and on that occasion he intro- 
duced the famous resolution, long afterward known as "The Corner-Stone," which 
was for years displayed at the head of the leading column of the Albany Atlas, as 
the rallying cry of the Free Democracy. It was in these words: 

"Resolved, That while the Democracy of New York, represented in this con- 
vention, will faithfully adhere to all the compromises of the Constitution, and main- 
tain all the reserved rights of the states, they declare, since the crisis has arrived 
when that question must be met, their uncompromising hostility to the extension of 
slavery into territory now free, or which may be hereafter acquired by any action 
of the Government of the United States." 

Matters came to a head in 1S48 with the nomination of General Cass. When the 
Democrats of New York assembled in mass meeting to hear the report of their dele- 
gates to Baltimore, they were very much excited. Mr. Field wrote the address, 
which declared their strong disapproval. Carrying their feeling into action, a por- 
tion of the party refused to support General Cass, and nominated Mr. Van Buren 
for president, and Charles Francis Adams for vice-president, on a platform of no 
more extension of slavery. In support of these principles and candidates, Mr. Field 
spoke at the Park meeting in New York; in Faneuil Hall, Boston, and elsewhere in 
New England ; and wrote the address of the Democratic-Republican committee to 
the electors of the state. The "irrepressible conflict" was renewed several years 
later, in the attempt to force the admission of California into the Union as a slave 
state; in the repeal of the Missouri Compromise; and the struggle for the mastery 
of Kansas; in all which he took his stand on the side of Freedom, and against the 
extension of slavery. In 1856 he Supported Fremont, making speeches in New York, 
Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. When charged with being false to his Democratic 
principles, he thus defined his position in a letter to the Albany Atlas and Argus, 
dated May 22, 1856: 

"Though I have not hitherto acted with the Republican party, my sympathies 
are of course with the friends of freedom wherever they may be found. I despise 
equally the fraud which uses the name of Democracy to cheat men of their rights; 


the cowardice which retracts this year what it professed and advocated the last ; 
and the falsehood which affects to teach the right of the people of the territories to 
govern themselves, while it imposes on them Federal governors and judges and 
indicts them for treason against the Union, because they make a constitution and 
laws which they prefer, and collects forces from the neighboring states and the Fed- 
eral army to compel them to submission." 

By these successive strokes, the wedge was driven deeper and deeper, by which 
the old Democratic party, which had so long ruled the country, was cleft in sunder. 
Thus arose the Free Soil party, which a few years after united with the Anti-Slav- 
ery portion of the Whigs, and formed the Republican party. In all these move- 
ments Mr. Field took a part, and none were more active, and few were more influ- 
ential, in the counsels and deliberations of the leaders. He attended the Repub- 
lican convention at Chicago in i860; and Mr. Henry J. Raymond, the late editor of 
the New York Times, in a letter to that paper, ascribed largely to his influence, 
with that of Horace Greeley, the defeat of Mr. Seward, and the nomination of Mr. 
Lincoln.* Thus he did as much as any man towards the organization of that great 
party of liberty, which finally triumphed in Mr. Lincoln's election, and has now for 
these twenty years had possession of the national government. The election of Mr. 
Lincoln stirred up all the hostility of the Southern states, and there were threats of 
secession and dismemberment of the Union. To allay the Southern discontent, if 
it could be done by any honorable concession and adjustment, a Peace Congress 
was held in Washington, during the last months ot Mr. Buchanan's administration, 
composed of delegates from a large number of states, North and South. It sat for 
weeks, deliberating and negotiating. In this congress Mr. Field was at the head 
of the delegation from the state of New York, and did all he could to preserve 
peace. He foresaw the horrors of civil war, and was as anxious any man could be 
to avert the impending danger ; and yet he saw that it would be false policy to pur- 
chase peace by weakness or a sacrifice of principle, which could only postpone a 
conflict which was inevitable. His speech on the subject is reported in Chittenden's 
Proceedings of the Congress. This was the ground which he took in a correspond- 
ence with Professor Morse and Reverdy Johnson. If the war must come, he 
thought it might as well come then, and be fought out by this generation, as be 
postponed to be the curse of millions yet unborn. 

With the firing on Fort Sumter, all further negotiations were thrown to the 
winds. The time for discussion was ended ; the time for action had come. From 

* Mr Raymond is confirmed by James A. Briggs, Esq., of this city, who was also present at 
the convention, "all of which he saw, even if he cannot add "a part of which I was." Mr. Briggs 
is a nephew of the late Governor Briggs, of Massachusetts, a lawyer by profession, and lived for 
twenty years in Cleveland, during which time he became an intimate personal and political 
friend of Mr. Chase. In 1857 he removed to New York, and went from this city to Chicago, in 
hope to promote the nomination of his political chief. From his party associations, he was in a 
position to have a full "inside view" of the movements of the several divisions of the party that 
were struggling for the ascendancy. He says: 

"I have always thought that Mr. Lincoln was more indeoted to Mr. David Dudley Field for 
his nomination for the Presidency at Chicago in 1860, than to any other one man. I was present 
at that convention as the friend of Mr. Chase, but soon found that the nomination was to go 
either to Mr. Seward or to Mr. Lincoln, ana then I was for Mr. Lincoln. 

"I was at the Tremont House, with Mr. Field, Mr. Greeley, Mr. George Opdyke, and Mr. 
Hiram Barney. The night before the nomination, about midnight, Mr. Greeley came into Mr. 
Field's room, and threw himself down with a feeling of despair, and said 'All is lost; we are 
beaten.' Mr. Field replied 'No, all is not lost. Let us up and go to work.' His energetic voice 
and manner seemed to inspire Mr. Greeley with new life, and both immediately went out to 
renew the struggle. Mr. Field particularly worked with a determined will and resolute purpose 
that soemed to know no such word as fail. He went from delegation to delegation, and as he 
was from New York, Mr. Seward's own state, and yet was opposed to his nomination, he had 
great influence in turning the tide of feeling in favor of Mr. Lincoln. Before morning they 
returned in high spirits, when Mr. Field said: 'Tne work is done. Mr. Lincoln will be nomi- 
nated.' Mr. Greeley seemed equally confident — a confidence which was justified by the event. 
But it was in those midnight hours that the work was done. That was the turning-point in that 
memorable convention, and therefore a turning-point in the political history of our country. 
For the issue then reached, I have always been convinced, from vyhat passed under my own 
eyes, that more was due to Mr. Field than to any other man." 



that moment Mr. Field threw himself into every patriotic movement. He was often 
called to Washington to advise with members of the administration. He was an 
active member of the National War Committee raised in New York; spoke in Union 
Square on the great uprising of the people ; and made a stirring address to the 
Twentieth Massachusetts regiment marching through to the front. In 1862, he 
wrote the address of the loyal citizens of New York at the Union Square meeting; 
a report to the National War Committee, on the necessity of increased exertions for 
the war; and made speeches at the ratification meetings in the city and throughout 
the state, in support of General Wadsworth's nomination for governor. In 1863, he 
spoke at the mass meeting in the Cooper Institute; at the complimentary dinner to 
Governor Morton of Indiana ; at the meeting on the anniversary ot the fall of Sum- 
ter; at the mass meeting in Madison Square; etc., etc. He was in the country at 
the critical moment of the riots in 1863, but was immediately summoned to the city 
by the mayor, and by his resolute spirit did much to reanimate the people, who 
were taken by surprise, and for a moment almost paralyzed. Mr. Opdyke, in the 
history of his mayoralty, speaking of the three terrible days of the riots, says: "To 
many eminent private citizens my acknowledgments are due for most valuable serv- 
ices, and to none more than to David Dudley Field, Esq., whose courage, energy, 
and vigilance were unsurpassed, and without abatement from the beginning to the 

When the war was over, new questions' arose respecting the reconstruction of 
the states lately in rebellion. There was a disposition to carry the rule of war into 
the time of peace ; if not to declare martial law. at least to use military methods in 
place of civil government. Military leaders were put in charge of large districts in 
the South, who of course, if they were to rule at all, were likely to rule in military 
fashion. Mr. Field's strong repugnance to this kind of military domination led 
him to draw apart from some of the men with whom he had lately acted, especially 
from the more extreme and partisan. His objections to military rule were ex- 
pressed in his arguments in a series of celebrated cases before the Supreme Court 
of the United States: in the Milligan case in 1867, respecting the constitutionality 
of military commissions for the trial of civilians in loyal states, where the courts 
were open, and in the undisturbed exercise of their jurisdiction; in the McArdle 
case in 1868, respecting the constitutionality of, the reconstructing acts; and in the 
Cruikshank case in 1875. The late Chief Justice Chase spoke of his argfuments in 
the Milligan and McArdle cases as among the ablest on the subject of military rule 
and reconstruction to which he had listened. " He also argued against the constitu- 
tionality of the test oath in the Cummings case and in the Garland case. His argu- 
ments in all these cases attracted general attention, and added much to his reputation. 

In the years 1 870-72 there was a series of litigations in New York which attracted 
great public attention, and for his course in which Mr. Field was criticised by a 
portion of the city press. These unprofessional critics seemed to have strange ideas 
of a lawyer's duty, when they thought he might abandon his clients in the midst of 
a litigation. Mr. Field's firm had been retained by the Erie railroad as its legal 
adviser, and his idea of professional honor did not permit him to refuse his counsel 
in its important cases coming before the courts. He held that a lawyer had a duty 
to his clients, which he was not at liberty to throw off, because a case was unpop- 
ular. To desert a client because he had incurred public odium, justly or unjustly, 
would have been an act of cowardice, and of professional disgrace. He believed 
that every man was to be regarded as innocent until he was proved guilty; and thi^t 
even if guilty, it was for the law, and not for public clamor, to fix the measure'of 
his punishment. The trial by newspapers was, in his view, a very poor substitute 
for the trial by jury. Even though a man had committed a crime, he was not to be 


taken out and hanged by a mob ; but to be tried according to law. to be condemned 
according to law, and punished according to law. An excess of punishment, an 
infliction of penalty not prescribed by the law, was in his behalf a violation of just- 
ice, which savored more ot the wild decrees of a Vigilance Committee, than of the 
sober judgment of a court, sitting deliberately to hear evidence, and sworn to give 
its solemn verdict according to law. Thus in the case of Tweed, who was tried and 
convicted of malfeasance in office, and justly punished, Judge Noah Davis, influ- 
enced perhaps unconsciously by the popular indignation, not content with a single 
punishment, chose to consider the several counts of the indictment as so many sep- 
arate crimes, and proceeded to impose punishment as for so many distinct offences. 
This "cumulative sentence," as it was called, Mr. Field believed to be wholly with- 
out warrant of law, and he carried the case to the Court of Appeals, where is was 
unanimously reversed. 

In short, he insisted that it was not lawful to commit a second crime, for the 
sake of punishing a first. He maintained his position with such spirit, and gave 
such a clear exposition of the rights and duties of lawyers, that the warmest acknowl- 
edgments came to him from many quarters. It is not too much to say that his 
courage in standing up for the rights of lawyers, as well as clients, has made it 
easier for every lawyer to do his duty, with a sense of professional independence. 
The best proof that he was right in the stand he took, was that, after all this cen- 
sure and denunciation, his views of the law were uniformly sustained by the courts 
of last resort. 

In 1876 the country was in a position without precedent in its history, and for 
which there was no provision in the Constitution — that of a disputed presidential 
election. The candidates were Samuel J. Tilden of New York, Democratic, and 
Rutherford B. Hayes, of Ohio, Republican. The election took place on the 7th of 
November, and the next morning it was announced all over the country that Mr. 
Tilden had been elected. The result was accepted even by his opponents. He had 
received a majority of a quarter of a million of the votes of the people, and it was 
conceded a handsome majority also ot the Electoral College. But this included the 
votes of South Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana, the returns of which were in the 
hands of a set of oflScers known as Returning Boards, who had power to throw out 
any votes that in their judgment had been cast under the pressure of intimidation. 
This was an exercise of discretion that could only be entrusted to men of the great- 
est purity and patriotism ; whereas it was notorious that nearly all the persons com- 
posing these boards were political adventurers, whoUj' without character. This 
created a suspicion that the returns might be tampered with — a suspicion that was 
not lessened by the course of events — the visit of active partisans from the North, 
who held secret conclaves with members of the boards, The slow making-up of 
the returns, and the mystery m which it was involved, gave rise to a general fear 
that a great fraud was likely to be committed. 

Mr. Field, though dissatisfied with the course of the Republican party in the 
manner of Reconstruction, still followed his recent political ties so far as to vote for 
Mr. Hayes. And yet, when the election was over, he had no doubt that Mr. Tilden 
had been fairly chosen. Nor did he hesitate to express his opinion with his usual 
frankness and independence. It was the knowledge of this fact that led the Demo- 
cratic party on the retirement from Congress of Mr. Smith Ely, who had been 
chosen mayor of the city of New York, to offer him the nomination, which he 
accepted, and was elected. It was early in January when he took his seat, so that 
he was a member of the House of Representatives but about eight weeks. Few 
men have entered either House of Congress who in so brief a time took so high a 
position. He was received with the consideration due to his great abilities, and at 


oflce plflr.ft/l on Important coramitteea. He took the lemd in the ezamiiuon of the 
mcnibcrs of the Returning Board of Louisiana, proving out of their on moatbs 
th»t they were base and corrupt men, engaged m a plot to falsify the -turns of 
their Rtate. In Louisiana Mr. Tilden had !.ooo majority on the popul: rote, yet 
these niftn had the power to throw out any number of votes, end had »h»n tbiM»- 
iielves dolcrniincd to exercise their power to throw out enough to give le vote to 
thoir own party, no matter what might be the rightful majonty against tjm. 

The case was further complicated by the fact that the two House-- .Teas 

wrro rlividrrl— tlic Senate being Republican, and the House Der-v hich 

might bring them into direct antagonism. The case was a ver>- <: and 

re(|iiircd all the wisdom of patriotic men. to guide the countr>' through til perilous 
rrlMis in the nation's history. 

Ill this [tcrplrxity. with neither law no-- '-• • "- •*•'-■ » ' was 

brought forward in the Senate. ^to create an "i :;cm- 

bers -five judges of the Supreme Court, five memtjers of the Senate, an ! ve of the 
House— to sit in judgment on the case. This Mr. Field and 

ullhoii^^h the result was not what he had he r-f . •■ ! vet, ii.itcofall 

tibjiHtioiiH. made before or after, he still hol<s ti..i'. •. -.■• i ■ :neas?c. to meet 
H Ntnto of atTairs which had no precedent, and which might have involve the ooun- 
try In bitter strifes, and possibly in civil war. 

When till- commission was created. Mr. Fiel<! wu OOe o! ::.c ads '•: re 

it on tlie Democratic side, and argued the case with his usual ati;! v. axs m 

vain all the members of the commission voted at. . es. and 

tlio result was, that by a vote of eight to seven, it decided tnat there «i no power 
to ^M> behind the returns, so that no I- , , '-'^ 

there was no appeal. No matter wl... ,..;... ..;... .t . . ..._:.; 

stand. And thus the votes of Florida and I^iuisiana were taken : THldeo 

and given to Mr. Hayes, who on the night of the j<l of March, i»77, loc after mld- 
i«iy;hl. was declared prcsirlent liy a t 

Tliis I ourse of tilings Mr. Field res.,,. . -•■ i •• • "• 

loyally to tlie decision of a commission which he^had hcl{«d to creu 
from himself or from others his conviction that a great fraud had bee ;ommitted. 
and tlml for the (irst time in our history a man was seate<l in the prcsicntial chair 
who had not been elected. This view he expressed n' • •■••"•»- 'of Con- 
gress, but in a pamphlet publiHhe<l shortly after he Ic' '., "The 
\'*>tp that made the President." 

Since that time he has taken little |>art in politics, but has been whuv engrossed 
by !u;. profession. 

In the Intervals of his multiplie<l avocations, he has found lime m tnly for fre- 
quent viNits to Kuropp, but in 1H74 he made a voyage around the wod, including 
the ciuuiiinavigatloii of Australia. He has visited every quarter i the globe 
except S»»ut!i America. 

Such In the brief outline of a life prolonge<l beyond the allotted ^rm of man. 
and (ill,,! will, an activity which has shown itself in many forms, ad produced 
uuui(l,.ld and inemorable results. As a lawyer. Mr. Field has loc stood in the 
tu<nt rank of his piofenslon In iM>htical alfairs he has had a very uportant influ- 
ence in the ftinuallon of parties and in the legislation of the couiry. but the 
>:»ei»t XV. mU of bin lite, and that on which his fame will rest, is the tries of codes 
>vUh which hlH nniup will be ftuever eoiinette<l. Such a work is inmiely greater. 
A.«s it is luoie lai ivmhin^ In IIn eHlpnt, and more e' " lence. than 

that of the oidluniy lo^^UbUoi, hIikp it is making law. „;.^. — . ..ol ofily for 

th» piTsent. but for ftituiv gviieratloua 


The greatness of this work is recogxized quite as much abroad as at home. Mr. 
owe is not the only British statesman who has perceived what must be the inf n- 
ace of these reformed codes on the legislation of all English-speaking conntries. 
\ late Lord Chancellor of England said recently that "Mr. Dudley Field, of New 
'ork, had done more for the reform of the law than any other man living." A 
.an who has thus left the impress of his mind on the laws which rnle great nations, 
.ay well leave his claim to the title of law-giver and reformer "to be judged by the 
ise and good after he has passed away. " ' 

During the latter part of his life, after the death of his wife, in 1S75, he spent 
:uch time travelling abroad- On one of his return trips to America, owing to 
qjosure, he had a chill, which developed into pneumonia. He sank rapidly and 
ved but a short time. 

" 'For at least a third of a century", said the late Mr. Austin Abbott, Da^-id 
udley Field was the most commanding figure at the American bar. . . . But 
a was not merely 'a figure at the bar." however 'commanding;' he was a reformer 
ad reconstructor of the law itsell In the colonial period of American history our 
^w was the common law of England, that dates back to the time of Alfred the 
reat and was o\-erlaid with the accumulations of a thousand years. The acts of 
arliament were scattered through hundreds of volumes. There were whole librar- 
s of decisions of the courts; decisions that were often so contradictory as to create 
3p>eless confusion. And even more confusing than the law itself was the admin- 
tration of the law, as there were two forms of procedure — in law and in equity— 
nereby what was decided in one might be reversed in the other. Was there any 
2cessity for this roundabout way to secure simple justice? Was it not possible to 
xiuoe somewhat the enormous bulk of the English law ; to gather up the weighty 
■agments that were scattered all along the centuries, and frame them into fixed 
ides: Such were the questions that a young lawyer asked himself more than fifty 
iars aga He believed that even where chaos reigned it was within the power oi 
.an to restore order; to cut a passage through the jungle, and 'cast up an highway' 
lat shoTild lead straight to the temple of justice. . . . The very idea of justice 
as sacred to him. God was the great lawgiver, and human justice should be 
ELmed as far as possible on the foundation of eternal justice. . . . If, as Mr. 
'ebster tells us, 'justice is the great interest of man upon earth.' there can be nc 
reater service to humanity than to establish justice by law. The union of justice 
id power is the only solid foundation for human societ%-. Inspired by such a con- 
ction, the reform of the law was to its projector a holy crusade. Brought up in 
te old Puritan faith that the law of God was not only for the wise but for the simple, 
i would have the law of man brought down to the intelligence of all who were 
ider iL No foreign phrases should obscure its meaning. Every word should be 
: the dear old English tongue wherein we were bom. If all men could not under- 
said the intricacies of the law they could at least understand justice, as they felt 
le stings and wrongs of injustice. He would have the pressure of the law like the 
"assure of the atmosphere, resting alike upon all, yet not as a burden, but as the 
vy breath of life, the inspiration of freedom as well as of justice, that makes men 
rong and nations great. Thus the law should be "of the people, by the people, 
ad for the people, ' 

'•. . . A lord chancellor of England, the late Lord Cairns, said that he "had 
cne more for the reform of the law than any other man living;' and expressed his 
z^axement that he could undertake the enormous labor it involved while at the 
ase time carrying on a large professional practice. . . . Nor was this alL Nc 
an was more deeply interested in the political questions of the day. . . . Bui 
aove all professional or political ambitions was the reform which he undertook ii 


his early manhood, and which filled up the measure of his days till he breathed his 
last in his ninetieth year, a purpose thus briefly recorded on his tomb: 
'He devoted his life to the reform of the law, 
To codify the common law; 
To simplify legal procedure ; 
To substitute arbitration for war; 
To bring justice within the reach of all men.' 
"Did any man, living or dead, ever aim higher than this? . . . He pur- 
sued it for half a century against an opposition that would have crushed most men, 
till before he closed his eyes in death he had given law to forty millions of his 
countrymen." — Boston Transcript, 

He d. April 13, 1S94. Res. New York, N. Y. 

3722. i. DAVID DUDLEY, b. March 28, 1830; m. Laura Belden. 

3723. ii. JEANIE LUCINDA, b. Oct. 9, 1833 ; m. June 20. 1870, Sir Anthony 

Musgrave, the governor of British Columbia, who had previously 
been governor of Newfoundland, and has since been governor of 
Natal, in Africa, and of South Australia, and later, in 1877, gov- 
ernor of Jamaica, which office he held for five years. He d. Oct. 
8, 1887, in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland. Ch. : i. David 
Dudley. 2. Arthur David. 3. Herbert. 4. Joj'ce; d. in Aus- 
tralia. Sir Anthony is descended from an ancient famil5% whose 
ancestor was one of the companions in arms of "William the Con- 
queror, who obtained a grant of Scaleby, Castle county, Cumber- 
\ land. Camden, in his "Britannia," speaking of the two villages 

called Musgrave, in Westmourland, describes them as the places, 
"which gave name to the warlike family of the Musgraves." 
Members of the family have been in Parliament and held many 
important positions in state and church. 

3724. iii. ISABELLA, b. April 3, 1835; d. March, 1836. 

2066. HON. MATHEW DICKINSON FIELD (David D., Timothy. David, 
Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of 
Rev. David D. and Submit (Dickinson), b. in Haddam, Conn., June 26, i8ri. For 
many years he was engaged in the manufacture of paper at Lee, Mass. In 1843 
he removed to St. Louis, Mo., where for eleven years he was engaged as contractor 
in building railroads and constructing bridges. He constructed the splendid sus- 
pension bridge across the Cumberland river at Nashville, Tenn., having a span of 
656 feet and no feet above the water. The whole length of the bridge, including 
the embankments, is 1,956 feet. It was destroyed by the rebels in 1863. He also 
built one of a similar character over the Cumberland river at Clarksville, Tenn. 
Later another at Frankfort, Ky., of strength sufficient to bear the passage of rail- 
road trains. In 1854 he returned to Southwick, Mass., and engaged in the manu- 
facture of paper. He was a senator from Hampden county in 1856; d. March 22, 
1870. He m. Oct. 6, 1836, Clarissa Laflin, of Southwick; d. June g, 1879. 

3725. i. HEMAN LAFLIN, b. Sept. 11, 1837; m. Martha Forwant. 

3726. ii. CATHERINE SUBMIT, b. Sept. 13, 1840; m. Aug. 9, i860, Wil- 

liam B. Herbert, of Southwick, Mass. She d. March 14, 1898, at 
Lakewood, N. J. Ch. : i. Henry Arthur Herbert. Res. 216 
West 14th St., New York, N. Y. 2. Clara Wells. Mrs. Herbert 
was for eight years an assistant of Mrs. T. J. Life, at Rye Sem- 
inary, for girls, and the last two years of her life carried on a 
most self-denying and useful life at the head of the Brooklyn 


Home for Consumptives, where she was greatly beloved and 
deeply mourned. 

3727. iii. HENRY MARTYN. b. Sept. i, 1842; unm. Res. Brownville, 

Texas. Conducts a large commission business. 

3728. iv. WELLS LAFLIN, b. Jan. 31, 1846; m. Ruth Downing Clark. 

3729. V. A SON. b. April 24, 1848; d. April 24, 1848. 

3730. vi. CLARA, b. March 15, 1851; unm. Res. New York City, N. Y. 

For the past three years she has assisted her uncle with his work 
on "The Evangelist." 

3731. vii. MATHEW DICKINSON, b. July 19, 1853; m. Lucy Atwater. 

2067. HON. JONATHAN EDWARDS FIELD (David D., Timothy, David, 
Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. July 
II, 1813, Haddam, Conn.; m. May 18, 1835, Mary Ann Stewart, of Stockbridge, b. 
1816; d. Oct. 14, 1849; m., 2d, Oct. 17, 1850, Mrs. Huldah Fellowes Pomeroy, wid. 
of Theodore S. Pomeroy. Esq., and dau, of John H. Hopkins. He entered Williams 
in 1828, and graduated in 1832 with the second honor ot his class, and studied law 
in the office of his brother, David Dudley Field, in New York. Seized with the 
ambition of young men in those days to strike out into new paths, and make a 
career in some new part of the country, he removed, at the age of twenty, to Michi- 
gan, which was then very far west, and the next year (1834) was admitted to the 
bar at Monroe, and commenced practice at Ann Arbor, which was then quite a new 
settlement, but is now one of the most beautiful towns in the west, the seat of the 
University of Michigan. In 1836 he was elected clerk of the courts of Washtenaw 
county. He was one of the secretaries of the convention which framed the Consti- 
tution of the state preparatory to its admission into the Union. But his ambitious 
career was checked by that which was the scourge of all the new settlements, chills 
and fever, from which he suffered so much that, after five years, he was obliged to 
abandon his western home. He returned to New England, and settled in Stock- 
bridge, where for nearly thirty years he continued the practice of his profession, 
holding a very honorable place at the Berkshire bar. In the town he was invalu- 
able as a citizen for his enterprise in projecting improvements for the general good. 
It was to his public spirit and energy that the village is indebted for the introduc- 
tion of an abundant supply of pure water from the springs on the side of one of the 
neighboring hills, which conduced not only to the comfort, but to the health of 
•the town. Till then the people had been dependent upon wells, and there had been 
almost every year a number of cases of a fever, which was sometimes called in the 
neighboring towns the Stockbridge fever. But scarcely had this abundant supply 
of pure water been introduced when it entirely disappeared. 

In 1854 he was elected a member of the State Senate for Berkshire county. 
The same year he was appointed by Governor Washburn one of a commission to 
prepare and report a plan for the revision and consolidation of the statutes of Mas- 
sachusetts. His associates in that commission were Chief Justice Williams and 
Judge Aiken. Originally a Democrat in politics, yet when the war broke out he 
forgot everything in his devotion to the Union; and in 1863 he was elected by the 
Republicans to the State Senate, and was chosen its president — a position in which, 
by his dignity, his impartiality, and his courteous manners, he rendered himself so 
popular with men of all parties that he was three times elected to that office — or as 
long as he continued in the Senate — an honor never before conferred on a member 
of that body. Such was the personal regard for him, that on one occasion, in the 
beautiful summer time, the members of the Senate came to Stockbridge to pay him 
a visit, and were received with true New England hospitality. Nor did this contin- 


uance of honors excite surprise, for never had the Senate, or indeed any public 
body, a more admirable presiding officer, or one who commanded a more thorough 
and universal respect; so that when he died, April 23, 1868, there was an universal 
feeling of regret among those with whom he had been associated. The Springfield 
Republican, in announcing his death, gave a brief sketch of his public career, and, 
alluding to the singular distinction which had been conferred upon him, of being 
three times elected president of the Senate, added: "The same general esteem 
he enjoyed among the brethren of his profession, and in the community. Active 
and public-spirited as a citizen, he will be greatly missed in the affairs of the town 
and county, as well as of the state ; while as a kind friend and courteous gentleman, 
he will be truly mourned by all who knew him." 
He d. April 23, 1868. Res. Stockbridge, Mass. 

3732. i. EMILIA BREWER, b. June 19, 1836; m. Oct. 4, 1856, William 

Ashburner, of Stockbridge. He was son of Luke Ashburner and 
Cornelia (Whitney), and d. in California in 1891. She resides 
1014 Pine St., San Francisco, Cal. William was educated at 
Ecole des Mines, in Paris, and for many years resided in Cali- 
fornia, where he had a high reputation as a mining engineer. 
He held the position of Professor of Mines in the State University. 
They had one son, Burnet Ashburner, b. March 22, 1858; d. March 
24, 1862. 

3733. ii. JONATHAN EDWARDS, JR., b. Sept. 15, 1838; m. Henrietta 


3734. iii. MARY STUART, b. July 18, 1841; m. Oct. 3, 1872, Chester 

Averell, of Stockbridge. Ch. : i. Chester, b. Aug. 11, 1873. 
2. Julia Pomeroy, b. July 2, 1875. 3. Alice Byington, b. Feb. 21, 

3735. iv. STEPHEN DUDLEY, b. Jan. 31, 1846; m. Celestine Butters, 

3736. V. SARAH ADELE, b. Oct. 8, 1849; d. Dec. 6, 1850. 

2068. JUSTICE STEPHEN JOHNSON FIELD (David D.. Timothy, David. 
Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Had- 
dam. Conn., Nov. 4, 1816; m. in San Francisco, June 2, 1859, Sue Virginia, dau. of 
Richard S. and Isabella Virginia Swearingen, of St. Louis, Mo., b. in Louisville, 
Ky., Sept. 10, 1836. No issue. 

(By Rev. Henry Martyn Field.) 

For the first time in the history ot the descendants of Rev. David Dudley Field, 
death came into the household. In the midsummer of 1815 (July nth) was born a 
fifth son, to whom, in honor of a venerable minister of Connecticut, was given the 
name of Stephen Johnson. He lived but a little over five months, dying on Christ- 
mas day of the same year. This early grief consecrated the memory of that child, 
so that when a sixth son was born, Nov. 4, 1816, his parents gave him the same 
name. He too was of a mould so delicate and fragile as gave little promise that he 
could ever reach manhood. For a time it seemed doubtful if he could live. The 
old dames who came around his cradle shook their heads, and told his mother that 
"she could never raise that child!" But her love watched him night and day — no 
hired attendant ever took her place — and carried him through the perils of infancy. 
Nothing but that incessant care saved him ; so that he has always had reason to 
feel, that in a double sense, he owed his lite to his mother. 

He was not three years old when the family removed to Stockbridge, in August, 
1819, and here he spent the ten years following — the period of boyhood. In 1829 

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(Dec. 2d) his sister Emilia was married to Rev. Josiah Brewer, who was immedi- 
ately to embark for the East, as a missionary, to^promote female education among 
the Greeks. Her brother Dudley (who, as the eldest of the family, was always 
looking out for the education and advancement of his brothers) thought it would 
be a good opportunity for Stephen, now a boy of thirteen, to accompany his sister, 
to study the Oriental languages, and thus qualify himself to be a professor of 
Oriental Literature in some college on his return. His sister was delighted at the 
suggestion, and as our parents gave their consent, it was decided upon. The fam- 
ily party sailed from New York on the loth of December, bound for Smyrna. It had 
been Mr. Brewer's intention to go from there to Greece, but when he reached Smyrna 
he was persuaded to remain in that city as a place where he could labor for Greek edu- 
cation quite as effectively as in Greece itself. There were in Asia Minor at that 
time more Greeks than of any other nation. Accordingly he settled in Smyrna, 
where he remained nine years. For two and a half Stephen was in his family. 
During that time he visited Ephesus, Scio, Patmos, Tenos, and ^gina. He 
accompanied Mrs. Hill (the wife ot Rev. John Hill, D. D., the well known Epis- 
copal missionary in Greece) from Smyrna to Athens, and there spent the winter of 
1831-32. The place was then in ruins, and unable to find a house, they lived in an 
old Venetian tower. While in the East, young Field learned modern Greek so that 
he could speak it fluently, and for a time, kept his journal in it. He also acquired 
some knowledge of Italian, French, and Turkish. 

An experience of a very different kind was the visitations of the plague and 
the cholera, by which Smyrna, like so many other cities of the East, was often 
scourged. In the terrible plague of 1831, every one avoided his neighbor, as if the 
slightest touch carried contagion. If two men went in the street, each drew away 
from the other, as if contact were death. Sometimes they hugged the walls of the 
houses, with canes in their hands ready to strike down any one who should 
approach. All papers and letters coming through the mails were smoked and 
dipped in vinegar before they were delivered, lest they might communicate infec- 
tion. Even vegetables were passed through water before they were taken from the 
hands of the seller. Terrible tales were told of scenes where guests were carried 
away dead from the table, and servants dropped down while waiting upon it. On 
every countenance was depicted an expression of terror. When the plague appeared 
in a house, it was instantly deserted, the occupants running from it without stop- 
ping to look at anything, or to take anything with them, as if pursued by an avenging 
angel. Of those who were attacked nearly one-half were swept away. Few, except 
those who had recovered from the plague, ventured to go about the city. And it 
was not till the pestilence had spent its force, and their houses had been thor- 
oughly cleansed and purified, that the affrighted inhabitants returned to their 

Such was the memorable plague of 1831, of which this missionary family were 
witnesses. Mr. Brewer remained in the city for two or three weeks after it broke 
out, when, for the safety of his family, he took them on board a vessel and sailed 
for Malta. But no sooner had they arrived than they were ordered into quarantine. 
So without remaining more than two or three days, not being permitted to land, 
they returned to Smyrna, after an absence of a little over six weeks, when the 
plague had passed. On their return voyage they visited Patmos, Scio, and other 
islands of the Grecian Archipelago. 

In the autumn of the same year Smyrna was visited with the Asiatic cholera, 
when there were three hundred deaths a day. Thirty thousand people left the city 
and camped in the fields. During that period Mr. Brewer filled his pockets with 
medicines, and went around in the lanes and alleys, and ministered to the sick and 


dying. His young brother-in-law, with his pockets filled in the same way, accom- 
panied him in all his rounds. 

Young Field remained in the East two years and a half, when Mr. Brewer 
thought it was time for him to return to America to enter college. Accordingly 
he sailed for home in the latter part of 1832, and entered Williams College in the 
fall of 1S33. He graduated in 1837, with the valedictory oration— the highest honor 
of his class. The next spring he went to New York, and began the study of law in 
his brother Dudley's office. His studies were interrupted by a long illness. When 
he was sufficiently recovered he removed to Albany for change of scene and occu- 
pation, and for some months taught in the Female Academy, spending his leisure 
time in the office of John Van Buren, the attorney-general of the state. After a 
year and a half he returned to New York City, and re-entered his brother's office, 
and in 1841 became his partner, and so remained for seven years. 

In the spring of 1848 he was seized with a desire to visit Europe, and terminat- 
ing his partnership that he might be free, he went abroad, and spent the following 
winter in Paris. That was the year of the Revolution, when Louis Philippe was 
overthrown, and the government of France was passing through the stage of a 
Republic back to the Second Empire. While he was in the city, it was visited with 
the cholera, whose terrible ravages recalled the cholera of Smyrna. His sister 
Mary joined him in Paris, and in the following spring came out his brother Cyrus 
and his wife, and all together travelled extensively in Europe. The Continent was 
still in great agitation. They were in Vienna while the war was raging in Hungary. 
They returned home in the autumn of that year. 

The fall of 1849 was a stirring moment in the history of the country. The 
Mexican war had been brought to a close by a treaty in which California was ceded 
to the United States, and soon afterwards this new acquisition was discovered to be 
a land of gold. Nothing could be conceived more fitted to excite the imagination 
of Young America. The picture of an empire on the Pacific, rising as it were out 
of the sea, presented itself as a boundless field for enterprise and ambition. No 
one was more prepared to catch the excitement than the young lawyer just returned 
from Europe. Years before his attention had been drawn to the country bordering 
in the Pacific, and particularly to the bay and town of San Francisco. In 1845, the 
year before the Mexican war, his brother Dudley had written two articles for the 
Democratic Review— a political magazine of the day— upon the Oregon Question, 
which was that of the Northwestern boundary between the British possessions and 
the territory of the United States. In preparing them, he had examined several 
works on Oregon and California, and among others that of Greenhow, then recently 
published, and thus became familiar with the geography of the Pacific Coast. 
Afterwards, when the war broke out, in speaKing of its probable issue, he remarked 
that "if he were a young man he would go to San Francisco;" for he was satisfied 
peace would never be concluded with Mexico without our acquiring that harbor (as 
there was no other good harbor on the coast), and that, in his opinion, at no dis- 
tant day it would be the seat of a great city. He offered to furnish his younger 
brother the means to go, and also for investment in the new city which was to be. 
Some months afterwards, while Colonel Stevenson's regiment was preparing to start 
from New York for California, his brother again referred to the subject, and sug- 
gested the idea of his going out with the regiment. But he wished to go to Europe, 
and so the project was deferred. But the idea thus suggested had taken possession 
of his mind. He was attracted by the prospect of adventure in a new country, 
besides the ambition of being one of the founders of a new commonwealth. 

In December, 1848, whilst in Paris, he read in the New York Herald the mes- 
sage of President Polk confirming the reports of the discovery of gold in California. 


This recalled the suggestion of his brother, and made him almost regret that he had 
not acted upon it. But as he was now in Europe, he concluded to carry out his 
original plan of completing his tour, before returning to America. But the fire was 
only smothered, not extinguished, and it burst out anew when he found himself 
once more in his own country, being kindled afresh by the general excitement. 
Crowds were leaving by every steamer to the Isthmus, and by every ship around 
Cape Horn. Thousands had crossed the plains the previous summer, or were on 
their way. He v^as not long in making up his mind. He landed in New York on 
the ist of October, and on the 13th of November he left on the steamer Crescent 
City for Chagres, an old Spanish- American town on a river of that name, on the 
Isthmus of Panama, where he arrived in about a week. In company with others, 
he took a boat and was pushed up the river by Indians to Cruces, where they 
engaged mules and rode over the mountain to the city of Panama. Here they 
found a crowd of emigrants and adventurers bound for the land of gold. They 
took passage for San Francisco on the old steamer California, which was crowded to 
the utmost, passengers being stowed in every nook and corner, and some without 
even a berth lying on the deck. It was said there were over twelve hundred per- 
sons on board. Many carried with them the seeds of disease, contracted under a 
tropical sun, which, being aggravated by hardships, insufficient food, and the 
crowded condition of the steamer, developed as the voyage proceeded. Panama 
fever in its worst form broke out, and soon the main deck was covered with the 
sick. There was a physician attached to the ship, but he too was prostrated. In 
this extremity the young lawyer, just from New York and from Paris, turned him- 
self into a nurse, and went from one sufferer to another, bending over the sick, and 
watching them as carefully as if he had been trained in a hospital. One gentle- 
man, afterwards a lawyer of high standing in California, Mr. Gregory Yale, thought 
that he owed his life to this attention of his fellow-passenger, and ever after felt 
towards him as a brother. At last, after twenty-two days, this voyage of misery 
ended; they reached San Francisco on almost the last day of the year, Dec. 28, 1849, 
and went on shore between eight and nine o'clock at night. 

Mr. Field landed in California with ten dollars in his pocket. He had two 
trunks, one he might perhaps have carried, but could not manage both ; so he was 
compelled to pay seven out of his ten dollars to have them taken to an old adobe 
building, where a room was to be had, ten feet long by eight wide, for thirty-five 
dollars a week. Two of his fellow-passengers shared it with him. They took the 
bed, and he took the floor. The next morning he started out early with three dol- 
lars in his pocket, and hunted up a restaurant and ordered the cheapest breakfast 
to be had it cost two dollars ; so that when he began his career in California, he 
had as a capital to start on, exactly one dollar! But he did not abate a jot of heart 
or hope. In after years, when he could smile at his early fortunes, he loved to 
recount these first experiences.* He said: 

"I was in no respect despondent over my financial condition. It was a beauti- 
ful day, much like an Indian Summer day in the East, but finer. There was some- 
thing exhilarating and exciting in the atmosphere which made everybody cheerful 

* His friends in California, many of whom had been, like himself, among the pioneers of '49 
were as fond of hearing as he could be of relating his adventures and often urged him to put 
them on record before he and they should pass away. This he long refused. But once when in 
San Francisco he was persuaded to dictate some of them to a reporter, who took them down in 
short-hand, and afterwards wrote them out. In the course of successive conversations, they 
grew into a volume, which was printed privately for his friends under the title "Personal Remin- 
iscences of Early Days in California." It reads more like a tale of fiction than of sober reality. 
Though related in familiar style, as one tells a story to a group of friends, it is a thrilling nar- 
rative, full of excitement and adventure, and full also of dangers, from coming in conflict with 
desperate men, that could only be met with the greatest personal courage. To some of these 
incidents we may refer hereafter, though it can only be a passing allusion, as we must reserve 
what space we have to speak of his work as a legislator and a judge. 


and buoyant. As I walked along the streets, I met a great many persons I had 
known in New York, and they all seemed to be in the highest spirits. Every one 
in greeting me. said, 'It is a glorious country,' or 'Isn't it a glorious country?' or 
'Did you ever see a more glorious country?* or something to that effect. In every 
case the word 'glorious' was sure to come out. There was something infectious in 
the use of the word, or rather in the feeling, which made its use natural. I had not 
been out many hours that morning before 1 caught the infection : and though I had 
but a single dollar in my pocket and no business whatever, and did not know where 
I was to get the next meal, I found myself saying to everybody^I met, 'It is a glori- 
ous country.' 

"The city presented an appearance which, to me, who had witnessed some curi ■ 
ous scenes in the course of my travels, was singularly strange and wild. The Bay 
then washed a portion of the east side ot what is now Montgomery street, one of 
the principal streets of the city; and the sides of the hills sloping back from the 
water were covered with buildings of various kinds, some just begun, a few com- 
pleted — all, however, of the rudest sort, the greater number being merely canvas 
sheds. The streets were filled with people, it seemed to me, from every nation 
under heaven, all wearing their peculiar costumes. The majority of them were 
from the states; and each state had furnished specimens of every type within its 
borders. Every* country of Europe had its representatives; and wanderers without 
a country were there in great numbers. There were also Chilians, Sonorians, 
Kanakas from the Sandwich Islands, and Chinese from Canton and Hong Kong. 
All seemed, in hurrying to and fro, to be busily occupied and in a state of pleasur- 
able excitement. Everything needed for their wants, food, clothing, and lodging- 
quarters, and everything required for transportation and mining, were in urgent 
demand and obtained extravagant prices. Yet no one seemed to complain of the 
charges made. There was an apparent disdain of all attempts to cheapen articles 
and reduce prices. News from the East was eagerly sought from all new comers. 
Nev7spapers from New York were sold at a dollar apiece. I had a bundle of them, 
and seeing the price paid for such papers, I gave them to a fellow-passenger, telling 
him he might have half he could get for them. There were sixty-four numbers, if 
I recollect aright, and the third day after our arrival, to my astonishment he handed 
me thirty-two dollars, stating that he had sold them all at a dollar apiece. Nearly 
everything else brought a similarly extravagant price." 

His fortunes were further recruited by the proceeds of a note of over $400, 
which his brother Dudley had given him against a man who, having prospered in 
his new home, paid it promptly. As the newcomer handled the money in Spanish 
doubloons, he felt rich. With this start he opened an office in San Francisco, but 
had only received his first fee when the excitement about gold in the interior led 
him to abandon the city, and take a steamer up the Sacramento river, then in its 
annual flood, to a point which, being at the junction of two rivers, the Feather and 
the Yuba, seemed a natural site for a town, and where already some hundreds of 
people had pitched their tents upon the bank. Two of the proprietors were French 
gentlemen, who were delighted when they found he could speak French, and insisted 
on showing him the town site. It was a beautiful spot, covered with live-oak trees 
that reminded him of the oak parks in England. He saw at once that the place, 
from its position at the head of river navigation, was destined to become an import- 
ant depot for the neighboring lines, and that its beauty and healthf ulness would ren- 
der it a pleasant place for residence. Here accordingly he pitched his tent, and was 
to spend the next seven years. 

As may well be supposed, life in this new settlement was very primitive. 
Besides the old adobe of the original settler, there was only one house. The new- 
comers slept in tents or under the open sky. But this was the least of their anxieties. 


Society was in a state of chaos. There was no law, no government, no ofiBcial 
authority, no protection for life or property, except the instinct of self-preservation 
which leads men to combine to protect each other. To create something like civil 
order, the first thing was to organize a temporary local government. So the settlers 
got together, and christening the place with a name — that of Marysville, in honor 
of the only woman in the place, the wife of one of the proprietors of the town — they 
agreed to elect a town council and a chief magistrate, or in Spanish phrase an 
Alcalde. To this position Mr. Field was chosen. Under the Mexican law an Alcalde 
was an officer of very limited jurisdiction; but in the anomalous condition of affairs 
in California at this time, he was called upon to exercise, and did exercise, very 
great powers. Mr. Field therefore became at once the center of authority, around 
whom the elements of society could crystalize. He was the chief official in the 
newly-formed community, and had use for all his powers, since along with the 
respectable, the orderly, and the law-abiding class of people, there was a great num- 
ber of disreputable characters — gamblers and thieves and desperadoes, the scum 
and refuse of older communities, who had to be held in check with a firm hand. 
They soon found that there was an authority with which they could not trifle. Thus 
a man had committed a robbery. He had stolen gold dust out of the tent of a 
miner. It was found upon him, and he was at once convicted. What should be done 
with him? There was no jail to hold prisoners, and the sheriff could not be kept 
standing guard over him. Nor could he be sent to San Francisco but at great 
expense. If he had been turned over to the mob, they would have hung him to the 
nearest tree. The judgment of the Alcalde was more merciful, though not less 
swift and effective. It was, as all punishment of crime ought to be, sharp and 
stinging. The thief was sentenced to be stripped, and to receive fifty lashes on his 
bare back — a sentence that was promptly inflicted; and he was then turned adrift 
with the warning that he would be flogged again if he was caught in the town within 
two years. The warning did not need to be repeated. The wretch slunk away 
like a hunted wolf, and never troubled them more. 

Thus the Alcalde did not bear the sword in vain. A few instances of such whole- 
some severity quelled the spirit of lawlessness, and established order in the com- 
munity. A good many bad characters hung about the place, and gambling-shops 
were open ; but deeds of violence were effectually repressed, and during the whole 
time that he bore rule, this settlement on the border was as peaceful as a New Eng- 
land village. Sometimes he had more pleasing duties than that of punishment. In 
one case a husband and wife came to him bitterly complaining of each other, and 
demanding an immediate divorce. Then the good Alcalde forgot his office as a 
magistrate, and tried to interpose as a pacificator and friend, which he did with 
such good effect that they promised to kiss and forgive each other, and departed arm 
in arm, to live in peace and love foraver after. 

As chief magistrate, he had the general superintendence over matters affecting 
the public interests of the town. He had the banks of the Yuba river graded so as 
to facilitate the landing from steamers and other vessels. He established a night 
police, and kept the record of deeds of real property. 

This efficient rule of the Alcalde was of course but temporary. It ceased as the 
new State Government went into operation, and its officers appeared and took the 
place of officials with Spanish titles and unlimited powers. The change was no 
doubt, on the whole, a benefit ; although in some cases it was quite the contrary, as 
in the haste of organization some very unfit men were appointed to positions in 
which their power for mischief was great. Thus in the District Court of Yuba 
county a lawyer from Texas, who was of a low type of desperado, was appointed 
judge. A drunkard, he often appeared in court in a state of intoxication, and by 


his vulgar and brutal manners created universal disgust. He took a hatred to Mr. 
Field, and even threatened personal violence, so that the latter always went armed ; 
but as bullies are generally cowards, he prudently confined himself to swaggering 
and bluster. But the nuisance did not continue long. The following winter Mr. 
Field was a member of the Legislature, and secured a reorganization of judicial 
districts, by which this model judge was sent off to the extreme northern part of 
the state, where at the time there were few inhabitants and little litigation. For 
some years he continued on the bench, but his ungovernable passions and habits 
of intoxication finally led to a movement for his impeachment, when he resigned, 
and soon afterwards died in utter disgrace. 

The nomination to the Legislature introduced Mr. Field to a new experience. 
Every candidate had to make the canvass for himself. It did not do to stand upon 
his dignity. The people did not know him, and an Eastern reputation counted for 
little in the mining gulches of California. He had to mount his horse like a Meth- 
odist circuit-rider, and ride from camp to camp, speaking to the people wherever 
he could find them — in the oak grove, under the shade of trees, or by the river-side 
where they washed for gold. In this way he saw a great deal of the rough life of 
the border, and had many a novel, and sometimes a touching, experience. A single 
incident, which is related in the "Personal Reminiscences," is given in the note 

*I witnessed some strange scenes during the campaign, which well illustrated the anomalous 
condition of society in the country. I will mention one of them. As I approached Grass Valley 
then a beautiful spot among the hills, occupied principally by Mr. Walsh, a name since become 
familiar to Californians, I came to a building by the wayside, small lodging-house and drinking- 
saloon, opposite to which a Lynch jury was sitting, trying a man upon a charge of stealing gold 
dust. I stopped and watched for awhile the progress of the trial. On an occasion of some little 
delay in the proceedings, I mentioned to those present, the jury included, that I was a candidate 
for the legislature, and that I would be glad if tbey would join me in a glass in the saloon, an 
invitation which was seldom declined in those days. It was at once accepted, and leaving the 
accused in the hands of an improvised constable, the jury entered the house and partook of the 
drinks which its bar afforded. I had discovered, or imagined from the appearance of the pris- 
oner, that he had been familiar in other days with a very different life from that of California, 
and my sympathies were moved towards him. So, after the jurors had taken their drinks and 
were talking pleasantly together, I slipped out of the building and approaching the man, said to 
him, "What is the case against you? Can I help you?" The poor fellow looked up to me and 
his eyes filled with great globules of tears as he replied, "I am innocent of all I am charged with. 
I have never stolen anything nor cheated any one; but I have no one here to befriend me." 
That was enough for me. Those eyes, filled as they were, touched my heart. I hur- 
ried back to the saloon; and as the jurors were standing about chatting with each other I 
exclaimed "How is this? you have not had your cigars? Mr. bar-keeper, please give the gentle- 
men the best you have; and, besides, I added, let us have another 'smile'— it is not often you 
have a candidate for the Legislature among you." A laugh followed, and a ready acceptance 
was given to the invitation. In the meantime my eyes rested upon a benevolent-looking man 
among the jury, and I singled him out for conversation. I managed to draw him aside and 
inquired what State he came from. He replied, from Connecticut. I then asked if his parents 
lived there. He answered, with faltering voice, "My father is dead; my mother and sister are 
there." I then said, "Your thoughts, I dare say, go out constantly to them; and you often write 
to them of course." His eyes glistened, and 1 saw pearl-like dew-drops gathering in them; his 
thoughts were carried over the mountains to his old home. "Ah, my good friend," I added, 
"how their hearts must rejoice to hear from you." Then, after a short pause, I remarked, "What 
is the case against your prisoner? He, too, perhaps, may have a mother and sister in the East, 
thinking of him as your mother and sister do of you, and wondering when he will come back, 
For God's sake remember this." The heart of the gooa man responded in a voice which, even to 
this day— now nearly thirty years past— sounds like a delicious melody in my ears: "I will do 
so." Passing from him I went to the other jurors, and finding they were about to go back to the 
trial, I exclaimed, "Don't be in a hurry, gentlemen, let us take another glass." They again 
acceded to mv request, and seeing that they were a little mellowed by their indulgence, I ven- 
tured to speak about the trial. I told them that the courts of the state were organized, and 
there was no necessity or justification now for Lynch juries; that the prisoner appeared to be 
without friends, and I appealed to them as men of large hearts, to think how they would feel if 
they were accused of crime where they had no counsel and no friends. "Better send him, gentle- 
men, to Marysville for trial, and keep your own hands free from stain." A pause ensued; their 
hearts were softened; and, fortunately, a man going to Marysville with a wagon coming up at 
this moment, I prevailed upon them to put the prisoner in his charge to be taken there. The 
owner of the wagon consenting, they swore him to take the prisoner to that place and deliver him 
over to the sheriff; and to make sure that he would keep the oath, I handed him a "slug," a local 
coin of octagonal form of the value of fifty dollars, issued at that time by assayers in San Fran- 
cisco. We soon afterwards separated. As I moved away on my horse my head swam a little, 
but my heart was joyous. Of all things which I can recall of the past, this is one of the most 
pleasant. I believe I saved the prisoner's life; for in those days there was seldom any escape 
for a person tried by a Lynch jury. 


The experience of this campaign was useful in other ways. In the mining 
camps he learned the rules by which the miners regulated their claims, and their 
relations with each other — rules which he was soon to lift into dignity by giving 
them the force of positive law. 

The Legislature met in San Jose, then the capital of the state, on the first Mon- 
day of January, 1851. It had an immense work on its hands in framing the laws 
for a state just coming into existence, but destined to a magnificent future. Here 
Mr. Field found himself at home. As a diligent student of law for many years, he 
had become familiar with the civil and criminal codes and the codes of procedure at 
the East, and now had opportunity to turn to account the results of long study, 
aided by experience and observation. He at once took a leading position in the 
Legislature, and it is said by those familiar with the history of that body, did more 
towards framing the laws of California than any other individual. 

He at once directed special attention to legislation for the protection of miners. 
California was a mining state. The vast immigration from the East had come in 
search of gold. This was for the moment the great interest of the state, and the 
miners the most important class of the population. Here Mr. Field turned to account 
his recent experience. He had been among the miners. He had slept in their tents 
and their cabins, and sat by their camp-fires, listening to the tales of their adven- 
tures. He had learned the rules by which they were governed — rules by which he 
perceived that justice was practically administered. He saw that it would never 
do to undertake to override these regulations by a set of arbitrary laws, framed at 
a distance, by men ignorant of their peculiar conditions. The attempt to impose 
such an authority would be extremely impolitic; it would provoke resistance; a con- 
flict would be inevitable ; and what was far more important in his view, it would 
be cruelly unjust. The miners, who at great hardship and peril had sought out the 
places were gold was hidden in the beds of rivers and in the rocks of the mountains, 
had rights which could not be ignored. The wise course was to give the sanction 
of law to the rules which they had made for themselves. Then they could not com- 
plain of injustice when bound by the laws which they had framed for their own pro- 
tection. Accordingly at an early stage of the session he introduced the following 
provision, which through his advocacy was adopted and incorporated into a general 
statute regulating proceedings in civil cases in the courts of the state: 

"In actions respecting 'Mining Claims' proof shall be admitted of the customs, 
usages, or regulations established and in force at the bar, or diggings embracing 
such claims ; and such customs, usages, or regulations, when not in conflict with 
the Constitution and Laws of this State, shall govern the decision of the action.' 

These five lines contain, as the acorn contains the oak, the germinal principle 
of a whole code of wise and beneficent legislation. The great principles of law, 
being founded in natural justice, are always simple, and yet^simple as this was, no 
one had had the sagacity to perceive or the courage to propose it ; but once proposed 
and adopted, it solved all difficulties, and smoothed the way to peace in all the 
borders of the Golden State. It was afterwards adopted by other mining regions, 
and finally by the Congress of the United States. Its wisdom has been proved by 
thirty years of experience. For this single act, says a California writer, "the peo- 
ple of this state and of Nevada, should ever hold the author in grateful remem- 
brance. When they think of him only as a judge deciding upon the administration 
of laws framed by others, let them be reminded that in a single sentence he laid 
the foundation of our mining system so firmly that it has not been, and cannot be, 

Next to the miners, and forming a large part of them, was another class requir- 
ing protection — that of poor debtors. Of the thousands who rushed to California in 


the early days, a large proportion were men who had met with reverses of fortune 
in the older states. Many were utterly broken down ; and sick at heart, and often 
sick in body, they had sought a new field in hope to begin life anew. It was all- 
important that they should not have their hands tied at the very beginning ; that they 
should not find, on landing in their new home, that they were pursued by prosecu- 
tions, and their little means taken from them. In the older states there were laws 
exempting certain effects of a debtor. But these exemptions were very small. The 
workers who had come to build up an empire on the Pacific Coast needed some- 
thing more. Strong-limbed mechanics might as well be bound in hands and feet as 
deprived of tools to work with. The farmer needed his plow and his oxen, the 
surgeon his instruments, and the lawyer his library. To meet all these cases, Mr. 
Field drew a provision more comprehensive than had ever been framed before, 
exempting from forced sale under execution the following property of judgment 
debtors, except where the judgment was recovered for the purchase-money of the 
articles, viz: 

"r. Chairs, tables, desks, and books, to the value of one hundred dollars. 

"2. Necessary household, table, and kitchen furniture, including stove, stove- 
pipe, and stove furniture, wearing apparel, beds, bedding, and bedsteads, and 
provisions actually provided for individuals or family use sufficient for one month. 

"3. Farming utensils, or implements of husbandry; also two oxen, or two 
horses, or two mules, and their harness, and one cart or wagon, and food for such 
oxen, horses, or mules for one month. 

"4. The tools and implements of a mechanic necessary to carry on his trade, 
the instruments and chests of a surgeon, physician, surveyor, and dentist, necessary 
to the exercise of their professiorrs, with their professional library, and the law 
libraries of an attorney or counsellor. 

"5. The tent and furniture, including a table, camp stools, bed and bedding, 
of a miner; also his rocker, shovels, wheelbarrow, spade, pumps, and other instru- 
ments used in mining, with provisions necessary for his support for one month. 

"6. Two oxen, or two horses, or two mules, and their harness, and one cart or 
vT^agon, by the use of which a cartman, teamster, or other laborer habitually earns 
his living ; and food for such oxen, horses, or mules for one month ; and a horse, 
harness, and vehicle used by a physician or surgeon in making his professional 

"7. All arms and accoutrements required by law to be kept by any person." 

This comprehensive provision spread a broad shield of protection over every 
honest man who was willing to work. 

Mr. Field was a member of the^Judiciary Committee, and his work naturally 
related mainly to the administration of justice. "Among the most important of the 
measures drawn up by him," says Prot. Pomeroy,* "was a bill concerning the 
judiciary ot the state. This act was general, dealing with the whole judicial sys- 
tem, and requiring great labor in its preparation. It completely reorganized the 
judiciary, and defined and allotted the jurisdiction, powers and duties, of all the 
irades of courts and judicial officers. An act passed in the subsequent session of 
g853, revising and amending in its details the original statute of 1851, was also drawn 
up by him, although he was not then a member of the Legislature. The system then 
planned and established in 1851, and improved in 1853, and again in 1862, to conform 
to the constitutional amendments of the previous year, was substantially adopted 
in the codes of 1872, and continued in operation until it was displaced by the revolu- 

♦John Norton Pomeroy, LL.D., Professor of Law in the University of California, has written 
a somewhat elaborate review of the career of JudgeField, as a legislator, State Judge, and Judge 
of the Supreme Court of the United States, from which the above is taken. 


tionary changes made in the new constitution of 1879-80. In connection with this 
legislation affecting the judiciary, he also drafted and procured the passage of an 
act concerning county sheriffs, defining all their official functions and duties; an act 
concerning county recorders, creating the entire system of registry which has since 
remained substantially unaltered ; and an act concerning attorneys and counsellors 
at law, by which their duties were declared and their rights were protected against 
arbitrary proceedings by hostile judges." 

"He also prepared and introduced two separate bills to regulate the civil and 
criminal practice. These acts were based upon the Code of Civil Procedure, and 
the Code of Criminal Procedure proposed by the New York commissioners, but they 
contained a great number of changes and additions made necessary by the provi- 
sions of the California constitution, and by the peculiar social conditions and habits 
of the people. They were by no means bare copies taken from the New York 
codes, since Mr. Field altered and reconstructed more than three hundred sections, 
and added over one hundred new sections. The two measures were generally 
designated as the Civil and the Criminal Practice Acts. They were subsequently 
adopted by the other states and territories west of the Rocky mountains. They 
continued, with occasional amendments, in force in California until the present sys- 
tem of more elaborate codes was substituted for them in 1872; and even this change 
was more in name than in substance, since all their provisions substantially reap- 
pear in some one of these codes. ' ' 

In the Civil Practice Acts he incorporated the provisions above mentioned 
respecting mining claims, and exempting certain articles ot property of judgment 
debtors trom forced sale under execution, both of which have become permanent 
features ot the legislative policy ot California. 

But to enumerate all the acts framed by this indefatigable legislator would 
require us to write the history of the Legislature itself during that memorable ses- 
sion. Says one who was familiar with all the steps taken in that founding of a com- 

"The session of 1851 was the most important in the history of the state. It was 
the first one held after the admission of California into the Union ; and some of the 
best timbers of the new governmental structure are the handiwork ot Mr. Field. 
His labors exhibited great devotion to the public service, untiring industry, and a 
high sense of the responsibility of a public officer. Many bad bills were defeated 
through his influence, and many defective ones amended by his suggestions. He 
was seldom absent from his seat ; he carefully watched all measures ; and there 
were few debates in which he did not participate. Such is the universal testimony 
of all the survivors ot the legislative body of 1851, and its truth is established by the 
Journal of the Assembly and^the papers of the time." 

At the close of the Legislature, Mr. Field returned to Marysville. He had 
added to his reputation, but in other respects his fortunes were at a low ebb. His 
legal practice had been broken up by a ruffian on the bench, and he was as poor as 
when he landed in San Francisco with but ten dollars in his pocket, and he had to 
ask credit for a week's board. But this judicial ruffian was now gone, and he had 
at last a clear field before him ; and soon the same ability which he had shown in 
the Legislative Assembly gave him a conspicuous place at the bar. The next six 
3'ears, which were devoted to his profession, were years of success in every respect. 
His practice became very large. Indeed, one who watched his progress during 
those years said: "His practice was as extensive, and probably as remunerative, as 
that of any lawyer in the state." The same careful observer thus analyzed the 
secret of his success: 

"He was distinguished at the bar for his fidelity to his clients, for untiring 


industry, great care and accuracy in the preparation of his cases, uncommon legal 
acumen, and extraordinary solidity of judgment. As an adviser, no man had more 
the confidence of his clients, for he trusted nothing to chance or accident when 
certainty could be attained, and felt his way cautiously to his conclusions, which, 
once reactfed, rested upon sure foundations, and to which he clung with remarkable 
pertinacity. Judges soon learned to repose confidence in his opinions, and he 
always gave them the strongest proofs of the weight justly due to his conclusions." 

Thus established in the high esteem of the profession and the public, he had an 
assured future before him. He was universally recognized as among the leaders of 
the bar. Had he chosen thus to continue in the courts, there seemed to be nothing 
of success or of fortune which was not within his reach. It was at this moment, 
when his prospects were at the brightest, that his legal career was interrupted by 
his elevation to the bench. 

In 1857 he was elected Judge of the Supreme Court of the state for the term of 
six years, commencing Jan. i, 1858. There were two candidates besides himself 
before the people, and 93,000 votes were polled. He received a majority of 36,000 
over each of his opponents, and 17,000 over them both together. His duties began 
even before his regular term of office. In September of that year the chief justice 
of the court, Hugh L. Murray, died, and one ot the associate judges was appointed 
to fill the vacancy. This left the remainder of the associate judge's term of service, 
which extended to the following January, unoccupied, and Mr. Field was appointed 
by the governor of the state — a political opponent— to fill it. He accepted the 
appointment, and took his seat on the bench Oct. 13, 1857. He held the office of 
associate judge until the resignation of Chief Justice Terry in September, 1859, 
when he became chief justice, and so continued as long as he remained on the bench 
of California. 

In the exchange of positions from the bar to the bench, Mr. Field left the sphere 
in which he was at home, and which might have seemed most attractive to his 
ambition. To an aspiring lawyer there is no fame so dear as that of a great advo- 
cate. One who has already gained success Jn this arena, who has proved his power 
over courts and juries, is very reluctant to turn aside from this brilliant career. 
He felt a natural regret that he could no more take part in these exciting contests, 
even though it were to exchange his place for the more calm and dignified position 
of a judge. But in the condition of California at that time there was perhaps no 
officer of the state so much needed to strengthen law and order — the foundations 
of the commonwealth — as an uptight, able, and courageous judge. The bar of 
California contained a number of men of eloquence and ability, lluent speakers and 
debaters, ready in wit as in argument, who would run over a weak judge or a timid 
one. They now found in the seat of authority one whose clearness of mind and 
understanding of the great principles of law could not be confused or deceived, 
and who, with the utmost courtesy of manner, united a firmness and courage 
nowhere more needed than on the bench. This combination of qualities inspired 
respect for the judicial office, and for the law which it represented. Besides this, 
in California the laws themselves were unsettled. Successive legislatures had 
indeed passed volumes of enactments, but the force of these could only be deter- 
mined by actual decisions in the courts. It is well understood in law that the work 
of the legislator is incomplete until the judge comes to apply the acts which have 
been passed, and in Scripture phrase, "to give the meaning and the interpretation 
thereof." The novelty of some of the cases presented for decision, and their 
extreme difficulty, are such as only a lawyer can understand. I do not feel compe- 
tent to give an opinion on the numerous complexities which he was to disentangle, 
but will quote what was written of him afterward, when he was about to retire from 


that court, by one who was for three years his associate in this work — Judge Joseph 
G. Baldwin; 

"When he came to the bench, the calendar was crowded with cases involving 
immense interests, the most important questions, and various and peculiar litiga- 
tion. California was then, as now, in the development of her multiform materiel 
resources. The judges were as much pioneers of law as the people of settlement. 
To be sure something had been done, but much had yet to be accomplished ; and 
something, too, had to be undone of that which had been done in the feverish and 
anomalous period that had preceded. It is safe to say that, even in the experience 
of new countries hastily settled by heterogeneous crowds of strangers from all coun- 
tries, no such example of legal or judicial difficulties was ever before presented as 
has been illustrated in the history of California. There was no general or common 
source of jurisprudence. Law was to be administered almost without a standard. 
There was the civil law^ as adulterated or modified by Mexican provincialism, 
usages, and habitudes, for a great part of the litigation; and there was the common 
law for another part, but what that was was to be decided from the conflicting 
decisions ot any number of courts in America and England, and the various and 
diverse considerations of policy arising from local and other facts. And then, con- 
tracts made elsewhere, and some of them in semi-civilized countries, had to be 
interpreted here. Besides all which may be added that large and important inter- 
ests peculiar to this state existed — mines, ditches, etc. — for which the courts were 
compelled to frame the law, and make a system out of what was little better than 

"When, in addition, it is considered that an unprecedented number of contracts, 
and an amount of business without parallel, had been made and done in hot haste, 
with the utmost carelessness; that legislation was accomplished in the same way, 
and presented the crudest and most incongruous materials for construction ; that 
the whole scheme and organization of the government, and the relation of the depart- 
ments to each other, had to be adjusted by judicial construction — it may well be 
conceived what task even the ablest jurist would take upon himself when he assumed 
this office. It is no small compliment to say that Judge Field entered upon the 
duties of this great trust with his usual zeal and energy, and that he leaves the 
office not only with greatly increased reputation, but that he has raised the charac- 
ter of the jurisprudence of the state. He has. more than any other man, given 
tone, consistency, and system to our judicature, and laid broad and deep the founda- 
tion of our civil and criminal law. The land titles of the state — the most important 
and permanent of the interests of a great commonwealth — have received from his 
hand their permanent protection, and this alone should entitle him to the lasting 
gratitude of the bar and the people." 

As might be supposed, the fame of such judicial decisions could not be hid in a 
corner. It was spread abroad, especially in the Pacific states, where there were 
many similar cases to be decided, and he came to be recognized as the first judicial 
authority on that coast. So universally was this conceded that when in 1863 the 
rising importance of those states led Congress to pass a law creating a new district 
on that coast, and a tenth judge on the Supreme bench of the United States, the 
whole delegation from the Pacific — Senators and Representatives, Democrats and 
Republicans — went in a body to President Lincoln and urged the appointment of 
Judge Field. No other name was pressed by the bar of California for the position, 
for no other man was thought so eminently fitted for it. He was accordingly nom- 
inated by the president, and confirmed unanimously by the Senate. His removal 
was a great loss to the bench of Calitornia. "By this event," said Judge Baldwin, 
"the state has been deprived of the ablest jurist whoever presided over her courts." 


Judge Field's commission was dated on the loth of March, 1S63, but he did not 
take the oath of office till the 20th of May. For this there was a reason of conven- 
ience and a reason of sentiment. A great number of cases were pending in the 
Supreme Court of California, m which he had heard the arguments, and he desired 
to have them decided before he left the bench. But there was also another reason. 
The 20th of May was his father's birthday, and he thought that the dear old patri- 
arch, then li\-ing in New England, who on that day would complete his eighty-sec- 
ond year, would be gratified to learn that on the same day his son had become a 
justice of the Supreme Court of the L'nited States. 

The new appointment obliged the removal of Judge Field from San Francisco 
to Washington, which now became his residence for the greater part of the year; 
but as he was assigned to the new circuit, consisting of the Pacific states, it was a 
part of his duty to return each summer to hold a term of the circuit court in Cali- 
fornia, Nevada, or Oregon, and sometimes in all of them. 

■When he ascended the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States, he 
took his seat in a company of illustrious men. Taney was then chief justice, and 
though he had long passed his fourscore years, his mind did not fail with age, and 
he still continued to preside with the serenity of wisdom. He died the following 
year, and was succeeded by Chief Justice Chase. There sat, as associate judges, 
Wa^-ne, Catron, Nelson, Grier, Clifford, Swayne, Miller, and Davis. The questions 
which came before this court were worthy of the dignity of such a tribunal. As 
observed by a legal writer: 

Legal questions of a countless number and variety, affecting private rights, and 
invoh-ing ever)- department of jurisprudence — common law and equity, admiralty, 
maritime and prize law, patent law and copyright, the civil law as embodied in 
Louisiana and Mexican codes, statutes of Congress and of State Legislature — 
ever\-thing except pure matters of probate — ma^- come before that court for 
adjudication. Probably no other single tribunal in the world is called upon to exer- 
cise a jurisdiction extending over so many different 'subjects, and demanding from 
its judges such a variety of legal knowledge. But the highest power of the court, 
that incident of transcendent importance which elevates it far above any other 
judicial tribunal, is its authority as a final arbiter in all controversies depending 
upon a construction of the L'nited States Constitution, in the exercise of which 
exalted function, as the final interpreter of the organic law, it determines the bounds 
beyond which neither the national nor the state governments may rightfully pass. 
It is the unique feature of our civil polity, the element which distinguishes our 
political institutions from all others, the crowning conception of our system, the 
ver\- keystone of the vast arch, upon which depend the safety and permanence of 
the whole fabric, that the extent and limits of the legislative and executive powers, 
under the Constitution, both of the nation and or the individual states, are judicially 
determined by a body completely independent of all other departments, conserva- 
tive in its essential nature and tendencies, and inferior to no authority except the 
deliberate organic will of the people expressed through the elective franchise. 

The vast conservative power of this department of our government, as well as 
the magnitude of the questions submitted to its decision, was never more fully illus- 
trated than in the cases which grew out of the civil war and the legislation to which 
it gave rise. One or two examples will illustrate the nature of these cases, and of 
the questions involved. One of the first of these was the famous Milligan case. In 
October, 1S64 — six months before the close of the war — a man by the name of Milli- 
gan, a resident of Indiana, was arrested by order of the military commander of the 
'listrict, and thrown into prison. In the excitement of war the authorities were dis- 
posed to make quick work of treason, proved' or suspected. He was almost immed- 


lately brought before a military commission charged with conspiring against the 
government, affording aid and support to rebels, inciting to insurrection, disloyal 
practices, etc., and was found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging. The proof 
may have been ample. No doubt he was a "rebel sympathizer," and may have 
been very open and bold in expressing his sympathy. But he was not a soldier, 
and under military authority; there was no rebellion in Indiana, no state of siege, 
and oo excuse for martial law. The courts were open, and of whatever offence he 
had been guilty, he could be tried and punished according to law. But this did not 
sitisfy the eager spirit of those who would trample down opposition as they would 
trample down an army in the field. Even the good President Lincoln was so far 
governed by these considerations, that he approved the sentence, and ordered it to 
be carried into immediate execution, and the man would have been hung had not 
the supreme court stretched forth its powerful hand to save him from the scaffold. 
When the question was brought b}' appeal before that tribunal, the judges were 
unanimous in decreeing that the man who had been so accused and condemned 
should be set at liberty. But five of the nine judges (of whom Judge Field was 
one) went still farther, and in rendering their decision entered a solemn declaration 
in support of civil authority as against military tribunals, which is one of the most 
memorable decisions in the annals of the country. Referring to this decision, in 
which he took part, Judge Field pays a high tribute to one of his associates: 

"The opinion was written by Mr. Justice Davis, and it will be a perpetual 
monument to his honor. It laid down in clear and unmistakable terms the doctrine 
that military commissions organized during' the war, in a state not invaded nor 
engaged in rebellion, in which the Federal courts were open and in the undisturbed 
exercise of their judicial functions, had no jurisdiction to try a citizen who was not 
a resident of a state in rebellion, nor a prisoner of war, nor a person in the military 
or naval service ; and that Congress could not invest them with any such power; and 
that in states where the courts were thus open and undisturbed, the guaranty of 
trial by jurj' contained in the Constitution was intended for a state of war as well as 
a state of peace, and is equally binding upon rulers and people at all times and 
under all circumstances." 

Hardly had the excitement of this case subsided when the court was called 
upon to consider the famous Test Oath case. In the constitution of Missouri just 
passed had been inserted a provision requiring, as a condition of holding any o:fice 
of honor, trust, or profit under the state, or of filling any one of numerous positions 
previously open to all, that the party should take what was called the Ironclad Oath 
— that is, swear that he had never had anything to do with the rebellion, and had 
never favored it openly or secretly. Not only did the oath extend to his acts, but to 
his secret motives and feelings. It contained more than thirty distinct affirmations, 
and seemed like a series of tests framed b}- the Inquisition to search out a man's 
very soul, and to convict him in spite of himself. If a man could not swear to each 
of these, the Constitution did not permit him to hold any of the offices, trusts, or 
positions mentioned. He could not teach school ; he could not practise law; he could 
not be a trustee of a church or an officer of a corporation; he coud not preach the 
Gospel ; he could not administer the sacraments. It is hard to believe in this time 
of the world that such provisions coud be found in the Constitution or laws of any 
civilized countr3^ They belong to the Dark Ages rather than to the nineteenth 
century, to Spain and Russia rather than to free America. Yet there they were, 
broadly laid down in the Constitution of Missouri — a constitution just made, and 
it was to be supposed, "with all the modern improvements." 

Nor was this a dead letter. A Roman Catholic priest in that state, Father 
Cummings, was indicted for the horrible crime of teaching and preaching the gospel 


without taking this oath, and convicted, and sentenced to pay a fine of five hundred 
dollars, and to be committed to jail until it was paid. The case was appealed to 
the supreme court of Missouri, which affirmed the judgment, and then as the last 
resort it was carried to the supreme court of the United States. Of the nine judges 
sitting on that tribunal, in that sanctuary of justice, four voted to sustain that leg- 
islation. Judge Field gave the casting vote against it, and wrote the opinion in 
burning words by which that infamy and shame was swept away forever from an 
American state. 

But we have no space to follow the cases growing out of the war which sprung 
up in great number and variety: such as cases of pardon and amnesty; cases of the 
confiscation of property ; cases involving the question of the legislative power of 
the insurgent states during the war, and the extent to which the Confederate Gov- 
ernment should be regarded as a de facto government. Then came up for review 
the Reconstruction Acts of Congress, by which the South was divided into military 
districts, and placed under the government of military officers. To Judge Field all 
vhis policy was odious in the extreme. His whole nature revolted against it. It 
served only to prolong the irritations of the war. and to give up a whole section of 
the country, which had already been swept with destruction, to the anarchy of mis- 
rule. In all these cases he was animated by one controlling desire — to bring back 
the government to the rules and methods of peace. In his view it was time that the 
reign of arms should cease, and that the reign of law and order should begin. 

In the famous Legal-tender cases he stood with Chief Justice Chase against the 
constitutionality of the act of Congress making the promises of the government a 
1 igal tender for the payment of debts. Had that decision, which prevailed in the 
court by a majority of one, been sustained, it was his opinion that the people would 
l:ave been spared the financial uncertainty which followed the war, ending in a 
revulsion which for a long period depressed the whole industry of the country. But 
shortly after the decision two new judges were placed on the bench, and the ques- 
tion was reopened, and the former decision reversed by a majority of one. This he 
thought a fatal step backward, and he has always believed that it was owing in 
great measure to this reversal of the former policy, that the country, which had 
begun to emerge from financial chaos, and had made some progress towards 
resumption, was thrown back where it was before, and had to ' 'wander in the wil- 
derness" seven years more. 

In the Slaughter-house cases of New Orleans he went beyond the majority of 
the court, and gave a wider application to the Fourteenth Amendment of the Con- 
stitution, arguing that it was designed to prevent hostile and discriminating legisla- 
tion against any class of citizens — whites as well as blacks. In another instance, in 
referring to the amendment abolishing slavery, and the provisions of the first sec- 
tion of the Fourteenth Amendment, he said that they constiuited the crowning glory 
of the government: for they made freedom, when not forfeited by crime, the normal 
condition of every human being within the United States, and equality before the 
law his constitutional right. 

In the case of protection of sealed matter in the mails, he held that letters and 
sealed packages subject to letter postage in the mail, can be opened and examined 
only under warrant issued upon oath or affirmation, particularly describing the 
thing to be seized, the same as is required when papers are subjected to search in 
one's own houseliold; that the constitutional guaranty of the right of the people to 
be secure in their papers against unreasonable searches and seizures, extends to 
their papers thus closed against inspection wherever they may be. But the law that 
thus sacredly guards private correspondence, is abused and perverted, when made 
a shelter and screen for vice and crime; and he points out in what way. consistently 


with the constitutional guarantee, the senders through the mails of obscene books 
and prints may be reached and punished. 

In his dissenting opinion on the constitutionality of the Thurman Act in regard 
to the Pacific railroads, he argued for the inviolability of contracts; that an engage- 
ment once made by a state or by an individual, is sacred, even though it be difficult 
of fulfilment; that it is the mark of a just government, as of a just man, that it 
"sweareth to its own hurt, and changeth not." As stated by the legal writer from 
whom we have already quoted : 

The principles which underlie all Judge Field's work in interpreting the con- 
stitution, and to which he has constantly adhered, whether acting with the court or 
dissenting from it, "are summed up in two ideas: P'irst, the preservation from 
every interference or invasion by each other of all the powers and functions allotted 
to the national government and the state governments ; and Second, the perfect 
security and protection of private rights from all encroachments, either by the 
United States or by the individual states. These two ideas he has steadily kept in 
view, and has made the basis of his decisions. He has demonstrated that a con- 
stant and firm maintenance of the powers justly belonging to the federal govern- 
ment, is not incompatible with an equally firm upholding of the powers entrusted to 
the states, with an undeviating adherence to the sacred doctrine of local self-govern- 
ment, and the zealous protection of private rights, because all, in fact, rest upon the 
same foundation." 

Judge Field has now (1883) been twenty years on the bench of the Supreme 
Court of the United States, and m length of service is the senior judge, with the 
single exception of Judge Miller, who took his seat ten months earlier. In the 
decision of the multitude of cases which have come up from year to year, he has 
taken his full share of labor and responsibility, sometimes writmg the opinion of 
the court, and sometimes dissenting from its views. It would require a volume to 
give even a condensed history of these cases. 

In the summer of 1873 Judge Field was appointed ,by toe governor of California, 
in connection with two other persons, to examine the codes of the state, and pre- 
pare such amendments as seemed necessary for the consideration of the Legislature. 
The codes had been reported by a commission in the previous year, which had 
adopted them principally from the reports of the New York Commission. There 
was some conflict in the provisions of the different codes which prevented their har- 
monious working. It was thought, by the bar and profession m the state that if 
Judge Field would undertake it, the conflicting provisions could be, by proper 
amendment, removed. At their suggestion, the governor appointed him and Mr. 
John W. Dwinelle and Mr. Jackson Temple commissioners. They entered upon the 
labor with great cheerfulness, and prosecuted it during the summer of 1S73 and 
made a report to the Legislature, with the drafts of several bills. The amend- 
raents proposed were adopted by the Legislature, with few alterations, and since 
then the codes have worked well in the state. 

In th'S beginning of the year 1S77 the supreme court of the United States, 
then sitting in Washington, arrested its session for a case which had no precedent 
in the history of the government. There was a disputed presidential election (see 
pages elsewhere). The country was greatly excited, Congress was divided, the 
Senate being Republican and the House Democratic. To meet a crisis for which 
the Constitution made no provision, a law was passed creating an Electoral Com- 
mission, composed of five judges of the Supreme Court, five Senators, and five 
Representatives. In the act of Congress Judge Field was designated one of the 
commissioners, and sat in the deliberations upon the question whether Mr. Tilden 
or Mr. Hayes was entitled to the electoral votes of certain states. On their decision 


it was to depend who was to be president for the next four years. The history of 
that commission is well known. They refused to go behind the certificates forwarded 
from the different states, which declared certain persons to have been appointed 
electors, and considered that their duty was simply to announce the result of those 
certificates; when by the very terms of the act creating the commission, they were 
required to determine — not merely who had certificates of election — but who had 
been duly chosen. The position taken by some of the commissioners appeared to 
him to be monstrous, and he expressed his opinion without qualification. 

In the year i38o the name of Judge Field was prominently before the country 
as a candidate for the presidency. He had always been a Democrat, and except 
during the civil war uniformly acted with the Democratic party. When the war 
broke out, he ranged himself on the side of the government, and gave the heartiest 
support to the administration of Mr. Lincoln. Some of his friends think he con- 
tributed as much as any one to keep California in the Union; certainly he was one 
of a few persons who accomplished this. But when the war was ended, he was for 
peace — actual peace — not one in name only. All the oppressive measures taken by 
the Republican party towards the South, known as Reconstruction acts, under 
which carpet-bag rule was inaugurated and sustained, with all its attendant and 
subsequent corruption and plunder, were to him the subject of utter detestation. 
The stand he took on the supreme bench against these measures, drew upon him 
the eyes of the whole country; and before the meeting of the convention at Cincin- 
nati, no name was more conspicuous than his. On the first ballot he received sixty- 
hve votes. He had assurances from various portions of the countrj', and from men 
who were members of the convention, that he would receive, at a very early stage 
of the proceedings, over two hundred and fifty votes. It is quite probable that such 
would have been the case, had he been earnestly supported by his own state. This 
might have been expected by one who had received such proofs of his popularity, 
not only in the state, but everywhere on the Pacific Coast, as were given in his 
immense majority of the popular vote when a candidate for the supreme bench in 
California, and in the unanimous recommendation of the Pacific delegation for his 
appointment to the bench of the supreme court of the United States. But the con- 
vention in California, which chose delegates to the National Convention, met at the 
time when Communism, under the name of Kearneyism, held sway in the state, and 
the convention there was affected by its influence. Judge Field despised Kearney 
as a pestilent agitator. He detested every form of Communism and agrarianism, 
that would tend to upset the foundations of law and order and security in society, 
and as usual in such cases, did not conceal his sentiments. Nor would he try to 
conciliate this worthless crowd, even to change the vote of the state. 

Another case which affected his popularity was his decision in the famous 
Queue case. An ordinance had been passed by the city of San Francisco declaring 
that every male person imprisoned in the county jail, under the judgment of any 
court having jurisdiction in criminal cases in the city and county, should immedi- 
ately upon his arrival at the jail, have the hair of his head "cut or clipped to an uni- 
form length of one inch from the scalp thereof," and made it the duty of the sheriff 
to have this provision enforced. This ordinance, though general in its terms, was 
intended to apply only to the Chinese, and was enforced only against them, although 
the imprisonment might be for the most petty offence, and only for one day. This 
seemed a small matter, but it involved a great principle. Among the Chinese the 
queue is a badge of respectability, and to cut it off involves a personal degradation. 
The ordinance imposed upon them a degrading and cruel punishment, and so far 
was contrary to the spirit of our laws. Judge Field decided that the ordinance was 
unconstitutional, in that it was hostile and discriminating legislation against a class, 


orbidden by that clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution which 
declared that no state "shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal 
protection of the laws." He held that this inhibition upon the state applies to all 
the instrumentalities and agencies employed in the administration of its govern- 
ment; to its executive, legislative, and judicial departments; and to the subordinate 
legislative bodies of its counties and cities. All this seems plainly and obviously 
just; and yet such was the feeling against the Chinese, that the decision created 
great bitterness, and probably lost Judge Field the vote of California in the 
National Convention. But little did that disturb him. He followed his own sense 
of right, and left consequences to take care of themselves. Could he have foreseen 
the result of his decision in its effect upon his political 'fortunes, he would not have 
decided otherwise, nor delayed the decision a single hour. 

This political campaign was a novel experience, which probably he would not 
wish to repeat. His candidacy was not a matter of his own seeking; it was urged 
upon him by friends who thought that if elected he might do something to bring 
the two sections of the country into more amicable relations than had for a long 
time existed. The whole canvass was a mere episode in his career, and the result 
was accepted without regret. 

In the summer of iS3i Judge Field went to Europe, and remained abroad sev- 
eral months, extending his journey to the East, and revisiting Athens and Smyrna, 
where he had spent several happy years of his boyhood half a century before. 

' 'The peculiar distinction belonging to Justice Field did not attach, as many peo- 
ple appear to think, to the length of his service. It is probably not too much to say 
that with the possible exception of Chief Justice Marshall, he rendered more import- 
ant service than any other man on the Supreme Court bench. If that eminent jur- 
ist blazed the way for the proper interpretation of the constitution, Justice Field 
was without a rival in the maintenance of the interpretation of that instrument 
within the lines that had thus been laid down. What is still more to his credit, 
showing that his courage was not inferior to his legal attainments, he adhered to an 
interpretation that brought upon him the severest and most unjust criticism. But 
no charge that he was a traitor to his country could swerve him a hair's breadth 
from what he believed to be his duty. 

During the exciting and turbulent times of the Civil war and the period imme- 
diately following the constitution was subjected to a strain that often threatened to 
nullify some of its most important provisions. As always happens under such cir- 
cumstances, men of action, facing a great peril, did not stop to consider whether 
there was constitutional warrant for the policy they pursued. They were more 
intent upon the accomplishment of the task that untoward events had set before 
them. They left it for the interpreters of the constitution to find a warrant for 
what they had done. Too often the interpreters did not fail to meet their expecta- 
tions. Justice Field's jealousy of personal liberty was hardly less than his jealousy 
of the nation's honor and honesty. In the multitude of cases that came before the 
supreme court after the civil war, when individual rights were ruthlessly trodden 
under foot, he never flinched from the maintenance of the fundamental principle of 
American institutions. He always insisted upjn the observance of the good old 
democratic doctrine that the rights of the individual should be limited only by the 
exigencies of order and justice. 

Justice Field's retirement from the Supreme Court bench occurred Dec. i, 1897, 
and Attorney-General McKenna, of California, shortly afterward was nominated to 
succeed him. He tendered his resignation in April, 1897, to take effect December 
ist. The president in his letter of acceptance of the resignation wrote: 


"Upon your retirement both the bench and the country will sustain a great 
loss, but the high character and great ability of your work will live and long be 
remembered not only by your colleagues, but by your grateful fellow countrymen." 

The dead justice made the formal announcement of his resignation to his col- 
leagues on the bench in a long letter sketching his own and the court's history dur- 
ing his extended service In one part, he said: 

"It is a pleasant thing in my memory that my appointment came from Presi- 
dent Lincoln, of whose appointees I am the last survivor. Up to that time there 
had been no representative here of the Pacific coast. A new empire had arisen in 
the west, whose laws were those of another country. The land titles from Spanish 
and Mexican grants were often overlaid by the claims of the first settlers. 

"To bring order out of this confusion congress passed an act providing for 
another seat on this bench, with the intention that it should be filled by some one 
familiar with these conflicting titles and with the mining laws of the coast, and, as 
it happened that I had framed the principal of these laws and was, moreover, chief 
justice of California, it was the wish of the Senators and Representatives of that 
state, as well as those from Oregon, that 1 should succeed to the new position. At 
their request Mr. Lincoln sent my name to the Senate and the nomination was 
unanimously confirmed." 

During his incumbency he said that he alone had written 620 opinions, which 
with fifty-seven in the circuit court and 365 in the California supreme court made 
up a total of 1,042 cases decided by him in his life. He took issue with the styling 
of the court as an aristocratic feature ot a republican government and said that it is 
the most democratic of all. "It carries," he wrote, "neither the purse nor the 
sword, but it possesses the power of declaring the law and in that is found the safe- 
guard which keeps the whole mighty fabric of government from rushing to destruc- 

The court replied in a very feeling letter, and later called in a body and bade 
him farewell. Since his retirement he had lived quietly in his old home facing the 
eastern section of the capitol grounds. 

Judge Field was appointed by President Lincoln as associate justice of the 
Supreme Court of the United States, as an office from which he did not retire till he 
had made the record of holding a place on the nation's judicial tribunal longer than 
it had been held by any other incumbent. His nearest competitor for the honor was 
Chief Justice i^Iarshail, the first chief justice of the United States supreme court. 
When Associate Justice Field retired, in iSgy, after thirty- four years of service, he 
had held the office a few months longer than Chief Justice Marshall ot earlier fame. 

For his selection to a place on the bench of the United States Supreme Court 
Judge Field had the support of the entire Pacific coast delegation in Congress, con- 
sisting of four Senators and four Representatives, of whom five were Democrats 
and three Republicans all union men. While on the supreme bench he was distin- 
guished especially for a minute knowledge of laws relating to mines and mining and 
land claims, and held high rank also as a constitutional lawyer. 

Like every man of strong convictions and independence of action in public life, 
Justice Field had enemies. About thirty-two years ago, soon after taking his place 
on the United States Supreme Bench, Justice Field received in the mail a package 
containing an infernal machine. The appearance of the parcel aroused suspicion, 
and he was prevented from opening it. Investigation proved the package contained 
a mechanism calculated to kill any person who might open it without taking unusual 

On the inside of the lid of a box inclosed in the package was pasted Justice 
Field's decision which terminated litigation known in legal circles as the Pueblo 


case, and by which a large number of speculators and squatters who had occupied 
land in San Francisco had been deposed. 

The second attempt to assassinate Justice Field was made in 1889. when Judge 
Terry, a man noted for the violence of his temper, and formerly the associate of 
Judge Field on the supreme court bench of California, attempted to insult and then 
murder the then associate justice. Judge Terry had become incensed at one of the 
justice's decisions which was adverse to his own personal interests. 

Sarah Altha Hill Terry had brought suit against ex-Senator Sharon, a California 
muUimtllionaire. Justice Field was on the bench. The outcome of the case was 
unfavorable to the plaintiiif. 

A few months later Terry and Field met by chance in a railway eating-house, 
in Lathrop, Cal. Terry was accompanied by his wife, who had been the principal 
in the suit against Sharon, and whom he had married subsequent to the suit. With 
Field was Deputy United States Marshal Nagle, who had been detailed to protect 
the justice. The woman attempted to chastise the aged justice and Terry inter- 
fered. When it seemed that he was attempting to do violence to Justice Field, 
Nagle, the deputy marshal, shot and killed Terry. Nagle was acquitted. 

Former Supreme Court Justice Stephen Johnson Field died April 9, 1899, at 6.30 
o'clock at his home. His death had been momentarily expected. Justice Field 
had been in ill-health since his retirement from the Supreme Bench two j-ears ago. 
Oi- returning from a carriage ride on March 26, thoroughly chilled, a disorder of 
the kidneys developed in a few days .and complicated the aged jurist's illness. 
Since then, although showing remarkable vitality, he has gradually grown weaker. 
April Slh, at ten o'clock he lapsed into a state of unconsciousness and the watchers 
realized that the end was near. During the night prayers were read at the bedside 
by the Rev. Dr. Mott, rector of the Church of the Advent, and a warm personal 
friend of the dying jurist. All night the spark of life flickered fitfully and early in 
the morning it was apparent that Judge Field could not last through the day. Once 
he opened his eyes for a moment and looked at Dr. Mott in a way which showed 
that the minister was recognized. As the day drew to a close Judge Field's breath- 
ing became more labored and the family and the intimate friends who had been in 
the house since they were summoned early in the morning, gathered around the bed. 
There were present, Mrs. Field, her sister, Mrs. J. Condit-Smith; Mrs. Frances 
Edgerton, of California, who had been the guest of Judge and Mrs. Field during the 
winter; Supreme Court Justice David J. Brewer, a nephew of Judge Field; Mr. 
Lional Linton, Judge Field's private secretary; Dr. G. W. Curtis, the family physi- 
cian ; and the servants who had been in the household for many years. Death 
came so quietly that it was several minutes before those at the bedside realized that 
Judge Field was dead. His breathing for nearly an hour had been so faint as to be 
scarcely perceptible. Judge Field's relatives in New York were notified at once." — 
Washington Newspaper. 


Impressive funeral services were held over the remains of the late Justice 
Stephen J. Field at the Church of the Epiphany on the morning of April 13th. 
Among those present were President McKinley, Secretaries Wilson and Long, and 
Attorney-General Griggs, the British, Russian, French and German ambassadors, 
the Chinese minister and the diplomatic representatives of other foreign countries, 
ex-Postmaster General Don M. Dickinson, ex-Senator Edmunds, many senators and 
representatives and other distinguished people high in ofificial and social life. Rev. 
Mr. Satterlee, the bishop of Washington, assisted by Rev. Macey Smith, the pastor 
gf the late justice, officiated. The simple burial service of the Episcopal church 


was read and the choir sang "Lead, Kindly Light," "Rock of Ages," and "Nearer, 
My God, to Thee." Chief Justice Fuller and his associates on the supreme bench 
acted as honorary pallbearers. The remains were interred in a vault at Rock Creek 
cemetery, where they will remain temporarily until Mrs. Field decides where they 
are to be permanently buried. 

Every newspaper in the country and nearly every periodical had extended 
notices of his death and editorials eulogizing the deceased. The Chicago Inter- 
Ocean said: "Stephen J. Field went to California when he was thirty-two years 
old. He had been so thoroughly prepared in his profession and was so strong in a 
certain marked individuality of character that in nine years he became one of the 
justices of the supreme court of the state. Men were needed then to take the initi- 
ative in building up a new legal system for a state that drew citizens from every 
other state in the Union and from nearly every foreign country. Justice Field took the 
initiative, and he left the impress of the lawyer and the jurist on the legal system 
that was to bring California out of turmoil and controvers.y with laws adjusted to 
the needs of miners, investors, and all other interests. In iS6i Justice Field was a 
man ot great popularity and influence in a state in which the secessionists hoped to 
control. Although he was a stalwart Democrat, he threw his influence in favor of 
the Union. He was appointed to the supreme bench of the United States in 1S63, 
but he never ceased to exercise great influence on the Pacific coast. Whatever 
fame he may have acquired in later years, whatever reputation he made in the thirty- 
four years that he was an associate justice of the supreme court, his work tor the 
new commonwealth of California must always stand out prominently. The events 
that carried this man of the best New England stock, with his family pride, his 
New England instincts, to the Pacific coast, developed not only the character of the 
man but the character of the commonwealth to which he was transferred. The 
career of Justice Field illustrates not only the possibilities of American life, but 
the tendency of our system to adjust itself to pioneer conditions and to brmg strong 
men to the front. In Connecticut Mr. Field might have sought opportunity in vain. 
In California it came to him. " 

He d. April 9, 1S99. Res., s. p., Washington, D. C. 

2069. CYRUS WEST FIELD (David D., Timothy, David, Ebenezer, Zech- 
ariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Stockbridge, Mass., 
Nov. 30, 1819; ra. Dec. 2, 1S40, Mary Bryan Stone, of Guilford, Conn.; d. in iSgi. 

There was a time when regions and places on the surface of the earth were in 
all respects separated from each other by measurable distances. The time required 
for communication from point to point was governed by speed of such methods; 
horse or ship or foot, as might convey a man, a messenger. Very nearly in a 
related correspondence was there a wideness of separation in feeling among com- 
munities and nations. Sympathies were narrowed, neighborly feeling could not 
grow, and in times of trial the hands which might have helped were too late in com- 
ing. Numberless were the instances of resulting evils, greater or lesser, for even 
battles were fought after the nominal return of peace, but before it could be 
announced in the opposing camps. At New Orleans, Jan. 3, 181 5, all the bloodshed 
and suffering were needless, for the treaty of Ghent had already been signed two 
weeks when General Pakenham fell, and his veterans recoiled from before the 
American lines. The invention of the electric telegraph and the construction of 
land lines began at last to work a kind of revolution, but the victory over distances 
so important to the future of the world, was only half won, so long as the wide 
reaches of the oceans remained impassable. The world before the telegraph and 
the world since its coming are hardly the same, in many great features, but the 


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transition from the old to thQ new is already an almost forgotten story. We are so 
accustomed to the news of all the earth that we receive it like the air, and think and 
talk as if our ancestors had done as we do. There was a long all but desperate 
struggle before the oceans ceased to be barriers in the path of the electric current, 
and the hero part of that struggle was borne by a man who went into it altogether as a 
man of business, undertaking an enterprise in the soundness of which he had what 
may be described as "business faith." In so doing he offered a perfect illustration 
of an element essential to every permanent or considerable business success. Cyrus 
W. Field was born in Stockbridge, Mass., Nov. 30, 1819. The family to which he 
belonged has been fruitful in men and women of exceptional ability through several 
generations. His own parents were in moderate circumstances, but he received 
excellent home training, and with it all that could be obtained from the very good 
public school and academy of Stockbridge. Although fond of books, he was a tough 
and hardy boy, and evinced a spirit of adventure which was to bear remarkable 
fruit in after years. He was only fifteen when it became desirable that he should 
begin to do something for himself, and an opening was ready for him. An older 
brother, David D. Field, was beginning to win success as a lawyer in New York, 
and through him employment was secured in the flourishing dry goods house of 
A. T. Stewart & Co. It was a capital school in which to study the ways and means 
for success in business, but the young scholar from Stockbridge did not become 
devoted to business for its own sake. Especially he formed no liking for the dry 
goods business. Nevertheless, he remained with Mr. Stewart during about six years, 
acquiring the confidence of his employer and of other men. He had been looking 
around him for another kind of opening, and he had found one. When he became 
of age, 1840, he ceased to be a clerk, that he might set out for himself, with 
others, in the manufacture and sale of paper. It was comparatively small begin- 
ning, but the paper business was itself in its infancy. From that time onward the 
demand and consumption were to increase with marvelous rapidity. So were all 
the machinery and appliances of manufacture, and the sources of supply of varied 
materials. It was with reference to this development of the business he had 
selected that the peculiar faculties and training of Mr. Field came out into strong 
contrast with those of some of his slower-tooted competitors in the paper trade. He 
grew with the growth of the demand, meeting it with so much of shrewdness and 
enterprise year after year, that he was only thirty-six years of age when he declared 
that his fortune was sufficient, and he was ready to retire. Not only had he money 
enough ; his family relations were all that he could ask for ; his home was an 
acknowledged social center; there was no need for toiling so severely any longer; 
but he longed to see the vrorld, and know what was in it. He would, therefore, 
give himself to books, to art, to travel, to whatever ways in life the possession of 
wealth, position, and friends might entitle him. 

Six months were spent in travel in South America, among rivers and mountains 
and peoples outside of the accustomed paths of rich American tourists, but all the 
while a remarkable proposition had been preparing for his return. His brother, 
Matthew D. Field, and Frederick Gisborne had planned a telegraph line across 
Newfoundland, to meet the news of Europe at the coast and send it to New York. 
It would be "six days or less" from its starting point on the other side of the ocean, 
if the plan could be carried out, and all the vague possibilities of cable telegraphy 
came in as hopes to add to its attraction. 

This at first did not seem very strong, and Mr. Field resisted it. All his 
pleasant visions of the life to be led by a retired merchant seemed to draw him in 
an opposite direction. They argued, however, and he pondered, and all the while a 
great dream of a vast, world-serving enterprise crept into his mind and fixed Itself, 


taking permanent possession. The transatlantic cable had become the business of 
his life. The idea was by no means new. While studying the outlines presented 
him, he wrote to his friend, S. F. B. Morse, and received for reply that the inventor 
himself, as long ago as 1S43, had reported to the secretary of the navy; "Tele- 
graphic communication on the electro-magnetic plan may with certainty be estab- 
lished across the Atlantic Ocean." 

As to the ocean itself, its tides and currents, deeps and shoals, the acknowl- 
edged authority was Lieut. M. F. Maury of the navy, and inquiries sent to him 
brought back an encouragement that was almost startling m its nature and timeli- 
ness. The recent soundings made by the United States brig Dolphin had defined 
the existence of the great North Atlantic bottom plateau, with an oozy bed, that 
seemed as if it were made to rest cables on. Moreover, recent experiments in the 
use of gutta-percha for purposes of insulation seemed to set at rest some causes of 
anxiety concerning the character of the cable to be laid. As to the route across 
Newfoundland, it presented somewhat vaguely the idea of a rugged wilderness to 
be penetrated. 

Perhaps Mr. Field did not yet know how completely he had given himself up 
to the enterprise, which was taking form in his hands as he proceeded with his 
inquiries and calculations. He had now gone far enough, however, to assume the 
position of its eloquent advocate, when he prudently began to "ask the advice" of 
such men as he selected for desirable associates. His own views and plans were in 
shape for vivid presentation before they were heard and scrutinized by a coterie of 
the clearest-headed business men in'America. His next door neighbor was Mr. Peter 
Cooper, a man of rare acuteness and judgment, but overflowing with business dash 
and courage. To him, first of all, the new scheme was presented across the library 
table, and his prompt and strong approval, with an assurance of pecuniary support, 
was a great encouragement to Mr. Field. His own brother, David D. Field, had 
already joined him heartily, and there was need of a cool, capable counsellor, learned 
in the law. It was Mr. Cooper's opinion, as well as that of Mr. Field, that the 
general public should not be consulted, nor asked, to contribute. The nature of the 
adventure required that only a few strong hands should carry it. The next recruit 
sought was Mr. Moses Taylor, one of the leading capitalists of the city, and known 
also as one of the hardest to convince. An introduction was obtained, and Mr. Field 
himself recorded that the keen-eyed financier sat and listened to him a full hour 
without speaking a word. He then gave his assent, however, and he also brought 
in his friend, Mr. Marshall O. Roberts, a man whose name was a synonym for 
dash and enterprise to all the generation of business men that knew him. The 
next man enlisted, almost against his will, until his enthusiasm was aroused, was 
Mr. Chandler White, a retired merchant of large wealth, a personal friend of Mr. 
Field. It was now suggested by Mr. Cooper that five were as good as ten if they 
would pull together, and recruiting ceased, but Mr. Wilson G. Hunt, an eminent 
merchant, joined them about a year later. Mr. Field, accompanied by his brother, 
and Mr. White, were now ready to make a first and somewhat stormy voyage to St. 
Johns, Newfoundland. They were well received with assurances of co-operation 
from the colonial government, and after a surrender of what may be called the Gis- 
borne charter, of a preliminary undertaking, which had failed for lack of capital, a 
new company was chartered, with a right of way, a grant of land, and some financial 
help, under the name of the New York, Newfoundland, and London Telegraph Com- 
pany. As yet the ocean cable was a thing of the future, and of doubtful experi- 
ment. It was a dream entertained by Mr. Field and his brother and their four 
visionary financiers, but for which sober-minded people were not quite ready. The 
idea presented for immediate realization was a telegraph line across Newfoundland, 



a cable across the Gulf of St. Lawrence, connection with land telegraph lines to 
New York, and then the establishment of the fastest steamship line on earth. Each 
steamer was to touch at St. John's long enough to land news, and this could then 
be telegraphed to New York, possibly only five or six days from London, and the 
reverse process was to be accomplished at a point on the Irish coast, a land Ime 
across Ireland, and a cable to England. It was a daring scheme, but it had in it no 
traces of the wildness which attached to the idea of a telegraphic rope upon the 
bottom of the deep sea. The first action consisted in the general payment of debts 
belonging to the old company and assumed by the new, much to the gratification of 
many people in St. John's, and then the American party set out for home. Per- 
haps the character of the five cable visionaries may appear somewhat from the fact 
that their other business engagements were so pressing so that Cyrus W. Field and 
Chandler White, with their report, met Moses Taylor, Peter Cooper and Marshall 
O. Roberts in David D. Field's dining-room on Monday morning, May 8, 1854, 
before six o'clock. The new company was organized ; a million and a half dollars 
was subscribed; Peter Cooper was made president. Chandler White vice-president, 
Moses Taylor treasurer, all before the sun was well up; and then part of them went 
home and the others sat down to breakfast, with a general understanding that the 
company expected Cyrus W. Field to go on and do whatever he might deem need- 
ful. The first part of the undertaking, the Newfoundland line, included, under the 
provisions of the company's charter, "a good and traversable bridle road, eight 
feet wide, with bridges of the same width." along the entire distance, over 400 
miles. The country was a wilderness of^ mountain, forest, and morass, over which 
winter reigned during fully half of each year. Of large sections of the proposed 
pathway, in fact, there had as yet been no considerable explorations since the dis- 
covery of the country. 

The cost of overcoming the difficulties which arose at every step as the work 
went on was much in excess of the first estimates, but the projectors did not flinch. 
Whenever Mr. Field was in New York his house was the otfice of the company, 
and Its directors spent their evenings there, discussing the Newfoundland wilder- 
ness; but toward the end of 1854 they were ready to send him to England to con- 
tract for the cable to be laid across the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and to connect Cape 
Ray with the Island of Cape Breton. It was the first of more than forty voyages 
made across the Atlantic by Mr. Field. He secured his short cable, but discovered 
that the time was not ripe, nor the minds ot men, tor presenting the idea of the 
longer line. His only convert was Mr. Brelt, already distinguished for his success 
in laying two cables across the British Channel. Mr. Field returned and all things 
waited until the following summer. By that time the land lines were doing well, 
and a hundred and forty miles of "bridle road" were opened across the island of 
Cape Breton. The gulf cable was shipped, and came across the ocean safely. All 
things seemed to be going well, even the weather was good when the work of lay- 
ing began, on the 7th of August, 1855. When about forty miles had been paid out, 
however, a violent storm arose, and the captain of the bark, which carried the cable, 
was compelled to cut loose in order to save his craft from utter wreck. The loss 
was hopeless, and the work went over to the following year. If it had been in the 
hands of weak men it would have been given up, but there were a few neighbor- 
hood consultations, and then Mr. Field going again to England, the additional cable 
was ordered, and also the proper fitting up of a steamer instead of a sailing vessel, 
to carry and pay it out. 

The year 1856 came; the cable was laid successfully; the land lines worked 
well; there was telegraphic communication from New York to the most easterly 
point of America, 'at which the proposed line of steamers could deliver news, and 


the first great advance had been made toward a cable across the ocean. Thus far 
the projectors had paid out over a million of dollars, in nearly equal portions, Mr. 
Field somewhat more than the others. Small sums had been contributed by Prof. 
Jilorse, Robert W. Lowther, and Mr. Brelt, the cable builder of England. Now, 
however, another change came, for the admission of Mr. Wilson G. Hunt to the 
board of directors, and to a share in the financial burdens was made upon the death 
of Mr. Chandler White. The change among associates, the unexpected trials and 
reverses, the long delaj'S, the perpetual assurance that success of any kind was yet 
a thing of the far future — all are important consideration in a study of the kind of 
mental and moral fibre, capable of exercising the faith which wins success. 

During all this time the general subject of ocean cable telegraphy had received 
a great deal of careful studj% accompanied by numerous experiments, by the best 
electricians of Europe and America. There were yet mechanical obstacles to be 
overcome, and problems of transmission which had not by any means been solved. 
The keenest and most hopeful investigators were the very men to whose minds 
every doubt was sure to suggest itself. .Neither bonds nor stock of the compan)' 
had been placed upon the general market, but now a quarter of a million of dollars 
in bonds was issued, and taken at par by the associates themselves prior to an 
attempt at obtaining English co-operation. The next step required that Mr. Field 
should go to England, taking his family with him, and reside there while conduct- 
ing financial negotiations and superintending experiments. He went in the sum- 
mer of 1856, with full power of all kinds. One of his first consultations after reach- 
ing London was with his old friend Brelt, and he learned how deep an impression 
had been made by the difficulties met by that gentleman in laying the channel lines 
and by the first failure in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. If so much had to be overcome 
in laying less than three hundred miles of cable, what impossibilities might block 
the way of one three thousand miles long, if that was to be its actual length? 

Nevertheless, Mr. Field met with a great deal of cordial encouragement, espec- 
ially by scientific men and constructors. Among these was Mr. Brunei, the builder of 
the great steamship Great Eastern. He took Mr. Field to look at the vast hull that 
he was putting together, and remarked: "There is the ship to lay the Atlantic 
cable," but neither of them had any idea of what was really in store for her. 
While other financial negotiations were going on, Mr. Field opened relations with 
the British government, and was listened to by men of broad and liberal statesman- 
ship, fully capable ot comprehending the results of the proposed .achievement. 
Autumn came and nearly passed before a definite success seemed near. In Novem- 
ber a favorite sister of Mr. Field, who had accompanied him, died in Paris, while he 
and his family were making a pleasure trip to France, but he returned from her 
funeral to be stirred into activity again by the decision of the Treasury lords. It 
was given in the form of an offered contract with the company that the cable should 
be laid, and that a subsidy of fourteen thousand pounds sterling per annum should 
be paid, from the date of the completed laying, and that the governments of Great 
Britain and the United States^.should have equal rights in the use of the line. 
Other helps and protections were promised, and a financial basis was obtained. A 
new company was organized, called the'Atlantic Cable Company, with a capital of 
/"S 50, 000, and Mr. Field undertook to obtain subscriptions. He began in London, 
aided by enthusiastic friends, and he went to Liverpool and Manchester to address 
the Chambers of Commerce of those cities, but he had no need to go further. Sub- 
scriptions poured in, even excessively, and his own original subscription of two- 
sevenths, was cut down to one-fourth, or ;^S6,ooo, which he expected to distribute 
among American subscribers. It was not a "promoter's share," but every dollar 
of it was actually paid in money, and the contemplated distribution, owing to a sue- 


cession of interferences, was only in part ever made, the main burden of it remain- 
ing upon Mr. Field himself. The next immediate anxieties in England related to 
the mechanical construction of the cable itself, and to the methods and perils of its 
paying out from shipboard. These, however, had to be left, for the time, in other 
hands, for questions of vital importance summoned him to the United States. He 
arrived in New York on Christmas Day, but not for rest or a holiday, for there was 
an imperative demand tor his presence in Newfoundland. A tempestuous passage 
landed him at St. John's under the care of a physician, but he toiled on and reached 
New York again ; his errand accomplished, after a month of continual exposure, 
sickness, and suffering. It was a part of the price of the cable. The very day 
after his return he went on to Washington, to ask from his own government some- 
thing like the recognition he had received from the statesmen of Great Britain. So 
far as President Pierce and his cabinet were concerned the response was all that he 
could have asked for, but the assent of Congress was needed, and this body was at 
that time unfortunately constituted. Even the Senate, while it listened to the argu- 
ments of Senators Seward of New York, Rusk of Texas, Douglas of Illinois, Bay- 
ard of Delaware, and other able men, in behalf of the cable enterprise, was, never- 
theless, so inert or so suspicious that the required legislation was at last carried 
through after a severe contest by a bare majority of one. In the House of Repre- 
sentatives there was an opposition as narrow and. obtuse. Only at the end of the 
session did the cable bill pass, as closely almost as in the Senate, and it was signed 
by President Pierce on March 3, 1857, as one of the latest acts of his admmistration. 
With the passage of the act of Congress the cable enterprise put on a new aspect. 
Its funds had been provided, its cable and appliances were approaching complete- 
ness, the Newfoundland land lines and the cable across the Gulf of St. Lawrence 
were working well, the two nations were apparently in accord, and even the ques- 
tion of the transmission of messages seemed to be answered hopefully by the later 
experiments of the electricians. Our own government assigned the Niagara the 
best and largest steam frigate in the world, with her armament removed, attended 
by another fine ship, the Susquehanna, to the work of laying the cable. The 
British government had in like manner placed the Agamemnon and the Leopard at 
the service of the company. The Niagara was to begin the work, and, after a splice 
in mid-ocean, the Agamemnon was to finish it. The shore end was anchored Aug. 
5, 1S57, after a long succession ot courtesies and festivities. So far as the science 
and skill then available could provide, all seemed to promise well, and at an early 
hour next morning the cable fleet moved away. Before it had sailed five miles, the 
heavy and somewhat inflexible cable used for the shore end caught in the machin- 
ery and snapped in twain ; but the Niagara put back, the lost line was lifted and 
spliced, and another beginning was made. The feeling on board is described as 
intense. The suppressed excitement, the ceaseless anxiety, had such a power that 
all through the following night even the sailors walking the deck trod softly, as if 
there might be danger in a heavy footfall. All through the next two days the 
weather was fine, and messages passed freely to and from the shore. On land a 
somewhat similar anxiety prevailed, and the coming of bad news was freelj- pro- 
phesied, for it was sagely remarked by many that this was a new thing, and Mr. 
Field had never before laid an ocean cable. He was not used to it truly, but his 
long-tried faith was receiving an apparent justification. There was no cloud upon 
it until Monday evening, when they were over two hundred miles from shore ; but 
then at about nine o'clock the current ceased to work, without any assignable cause. 
It was as if the hearts of men stood still while the electricians tried in vain, again 
and again. It had nearly been decidedlo cut the cable and give it up, when sud- 
denly the current came again, after an interruption of two and a half hours. The 



ships moved on again, and all the hopes came back with the current, but before the 
dawn of day a worse thing came. The cable seemed to be running out with peril- 
ous freedom, and the brakes were applied just as the stern of the Niagara arose 
from a deep wave-trough, and the strain was too great. The cable snapped, and 
the voyage was ended, after 330 miles of perfect success, more than 100 of it in 
water over two miles deep. The fleet sailed back, and it was determined not to try 
again at once, but at least to wait for the construction of more'perfect appliances, 
suggested by this first experience. The directors of the London company seemed 
to be by no means disheartened, but ordered new cable to replace the lost piece, and 
proposed to be ready for another attempt in 1858. Mr. Field soon returned to 
America, only to hear of the great financial panic of 1857. It had swept the coun- 
try like a hurricane, and his own fortune had suffered severely. He was not a bank- 
rupt, but he was no longer a rich man. It had been a terrible year, and it closed in the 
darkness of a great doubt, for the temporary confidence of the previous year was all 
gone and in the minds and utterances of many men he was once more a mere vision- 
ary, following a will o' wisp. The first experiment had sunk ^/^ of the com- 
pany's capital, and there was difficulty in replacing it; but this was done, and Mr. 
Field returned to England as general manager, after obtaining from President 
Buchanan's administration all the ships and co-operation asked for. Comparatively 
poor as he now was, he refused the compensation offered for his services, ^1,000, 
and worked without wages. The improvements of all kinds were many and import- 
ant, but their very supervision gave Mr. Field several months of severe, unresting 
toil. The Susquehanna being detained in the West Indies by yellow fever on 
board, the British government replaced her with the Valorous. This time the lay- 
ing of the cable was to begin in mid-ocean, the two ships to meet, splice cable, 
and sail toward opposite shores. The cable squadron sailed from England, June 10, 
1858. Even in getting to the ocean rendezvous terrific storms all but wrecked ves- 
sels so heavily and unmanageably laden, but on June 25, they were all together at 
the place appointed. Days had been consumed in repairing the consequences of 
the bad weather, but on the 26th the splice was made, and the work began. It was 
only a beginning, for barely three miles of line were out before there was a hitch 
and a snapping. Three miles was no great loss. Another splice was made, and 
another start. This time forty miles of cable ran out well, and then the current 
ceased. No man ever knew why. It was disheartening, but that piece of cable 
also was counted lost. The ships came back, the cable ends were joined, and a third 
time the messages ran well as the Niagara and Agamemnon slowly separated. On 
they sailed, and hope almost grew bright again, until they were about 200 miles 
apart, and then it died. It was on the night of Tuesday, June 28th, that the current 
ceased. The cable had broken about twenty feet from the stern of the Agamem- 
non. Had the vessels been nearer each other, a new trial might have been made, 
but as it was, both gave it up and sailed back to England. The directors bravely 
determined to try again, but it was almost with the courage of despair that the 
needful preparations were made, so completely had other men abandoned the wild 
scheme that the cable fleet, when ready steamed away without having any notice 
taken of their going. Even those on board the ships were dull and downcast. It 
was afterward said by those on the Niagara: "Mr. Field was the only man on 
board who kept up his courage through it all." It was on Thursday, July 29t.h, that 
a splice was made, and laying cable began. That very evening the current ceased 
for a while, and all seemed lost, but it mysteriously returned, and the work went 
on. The next day the Niagara's compasses went wrong on account of the mass of 
attraction on board, and she wandered out of her course until the British ship Gor- 
don went ahead as guide. PYom that time onward there were checks and anxieties , 


one after another, with seemingly insurmountable difficulties to overcome as they 
were met, with storms and contrary winds, with perils even from merchant ships 
that crossed the cable-laying course, one of them nearly running down the Niagara. 
All were passed, and on Thursday, Aug. 4th, the Niagara anchored in Trinity Bay, 
Newfoundland, and the cable seemed to be laid, for the Agamemnon was already 
safe in Valenta Bay, Ireland. The nest day, the 5th, Mr. Field sent a long 
despatch to the Associated Press to surprise millions of people, who had only heard 
of the first failures, and had utterly given up any belief m him or his enterprise. 
There was a corresponding reaction in the mmds of men. Cannon salutes were 
fired, bells rang, crowds cheered, the news was received as that of one of the great- 
est victories ever won in peace, better than any victory won in war. There was 
much to be done upon the broken down Newfoundland land lines before a through 
message could be sent. Mr. Field and a force went into the woods at once to make 
the repairs, and then, although the cable was working well, the doubters began to 
deride again. The first message from shore to shore was from the English directors 
to the American: "Glory to God in the highest; on earth peace, good will toward 
men." The first through messages, however (August i6th), were one from Queen 
Victoria to President Buchanan, and the President's reply. Then the enthusiasm 
broke out again. The flags everywhere went up, the cannon thundered, and the 
church bells rang clamorously, while the name of Mr. Field was greeted with boist- 
erous cheerings, as the hero of the hour, fit to be named with Franklin and Colum- 
bus. There seemed no limit and no cessation in the all but tumultuous rejoicings. 
On the evening of the 17th the city of New York was illuminated, there was great 
torchlight procession of firemen, and a grand public reception in honor of Mr. Field 
and his associates, with the officers of the cable-ships. As Mr. Field was entering 
his carriage to attend the reception a despatch from the London directors was 
handed him, and on reaching the platform he at once stepped forward and read it 
to the enthusiastic assembly. The cheering was half frantic. It was the culmina- 
tion of a triumph, won at untellable cost, and yet it was the beginning of a long 
darkness, tor that was the last message received over the cable of 1858. Down in 
the depths of the ocean some inexplicable blow had been given, and something like 
a death had followed. Almost excessive as had been the outburst of rejoicing, the 
fever heat of unexpected success, correspondingly bitter and unreasonable was the 
reversal and the harshness caused by disappointment. It Was freely asserted, 
against all evidence, that no messages had ever crossed the ocean, and that Mr. 
Field had but engineered a stock-jobbing fraud. Bitter, indeed, was the cup held 
out to him, and all previous trials seemed as nothing compared to this. Even his 
brave associates in England and America were at last dismayed, although they 
stood firmly by him, and defended his personal character. This, indeed, was sus- 
tained, as men grew calmer, but his fortune had disappeared and little seemed left 
except the ghost of a great failure. The real strength of the cable enterprise lay, 
after all, in the vast results which were attainable by its success. The British gov- 
ernment refused to give it up, although when applied to for large financial aid there 
were reasons for hesitation. The following year, however, its Board of Trade 
appointed a committee of experts to investigate the entire subject and report. 
Two years later (1861) this committee made an elaborate, somewhat bulkj', but 
favorable report, but the times were out of joint for cable-laying. The American 
civil war was at its height, the relations between England and America were 
strained, and there were many who declared that, for military and political reasons, 
no cable should be permitted. President Lincoln and his cabinet were wiser, for 
Mr. Seward, the champion of Mr. Field in the Senate, was now Secretary of State. 
The real difficulty in the way was one of capital, and it seemed for a while insti- 


perable. In i8b2 Mr. Field undertook to meet in person. He visited Boston, Phila- 
delphia, Albany, Buffalo, calling together assemblies of merchants, bankers, ar.d 
other business men, to address them on behalf of his project. They came, they 
received him well, but they gave him no money. In New York he addressed sucn 
bodies as the Stock Board, the Corn Exchange and the Chamber of Commerce. It 
was all in vain until he went from man to man, asking for subscriptions to start 
again with, begging from door to door, until he obtained about seventy thousand 
pounds, and could go once more to stir up English liberality. He went, and the 
prospect seemed good, for in August, 1864, the London directors advertised for pro- 
posals for a new cable. A number were made to them, and one was so entirely 
satisfactory that Mr. Field returned hopefully to America. It was only to wait for 
and receive news of delays which postponed the cable-laying one year more. There 
had been many notable advances in cable-laying since the great disappointment of 
1858, but perhaps the best of all was now made when the company secured control 
of the Great Eastern. She offered the essential element of steadiness m motion 
during the paying-out process. Even her vast hull, however, required a great deal 
of changing, and fitting up, and Mr. Field returned to England late in the spring 
of 1865 to find her not quite ready. The finances of the company, however, were 
now in very good condition, and all preliminaries were ended in good season. On 
July 23 the Great Eastern began her work, the shore end of the cable being 
already laid. Then, although all the paying-out machinery worked perfectly, a 
new enemy was discovered. , Only a few miles out from shore the electric tests 
indicated a fault, the cable was recovered to find it, and a small wire was discov- 
ered, driven through its covering. A piece was taken out, a splice was made, the 
ship sailed on, and all went well until the 2gth, when the same thing occurred 
again in deeper water, with greater difficulty in the recovery. It was now plain to 
all who examined the matter that treachery' had been at work, but none could im- 
agine the agent. After that a closer watch was kept, and further mischief was ap- 
parently out of the question. Twelve hundred miles of cable ran out perfectly. 
Only six hundred more i^emained to be run. Two or three days would bring them 
to Newfoundland. The problem was solved, if it had not been for the breaking 
down of the too feeble machinery with which a discovered "fault" was being at- 
tended to. The cable was foiiled by the Great Eastern herself, snapped like a 
thread and went to the bottom. Days were spent in attempts to grapple and 
raise it, which failed only for lack of sufficiently strong apparatus, and then once 
more Mr. Field was carried back to England for a consultation with the directors. 
They again proved equal to the demand upon their perseverance. They ordered a 
new cable made with all improvements which could be devised. On the 13th of 
July, 1866, the Great Eastern again steamed out to sea with the new cable passing 
over her stern, and this time there was no failure to record. The current news of 
Europe came from hour to hour unceasingly. A war was raging between Austria, 
Prussia and Italy, and the battle tidings reached the cabin of the Great Eastern, 
but when, on the 27th of July, Mr. Field went ashore to send a telegram announc- 
ing success, the latest news from the Old World was of peace declared between the 
contending powers. The land lines, long unused, required repairs, and Mr. Field 
went to work upon them, while the Great Eastern steamed away to grapple for the 
lost cable of 1865. This was a severe task, but after several failures, it was accom- 
plished in September. Public opinion at home and abroad turned in a great tide 
toward Mr. Field and honors were heaped upon him, while full justice was done to 
his British and American co-operators. He himself for a time experienced a feel- 
ing of weariness, and was willing to rest, if he could be permitted to do so. At a 
banquet given him by the New York Chamber of Commerce he expressed his own 







view of his achievement better than another could do it for him. He said: "It 
has been a long struggle. Nearly thirteen years of anxious watching and ceaseless 
toil. Often my heart has been ready to sink. Many times when wandering in the 
forests of Newfoundland in the pelting rain, or on the decks of ships on dark, stormy 
nights alone far from home, I have almost accused myself of madness and folly, to 
sacrifice the peace of my family and all the hopes of life for what might prove after 
all but a dream. 1 have seen my companions, one and another, falling by my side, 
and feared that I might not live to see the end. And yet one hope has led me on, 
and I have prayed that I might not taste of death till this work was accomplished. 
That prayer is answered, and now, beyond all acknowledgment to men, is the feel- 
ing of gratitude to Almighty God." Time was required to recover from so long and 
so severe a strain, but he was only forty-seven years of age, and he soon rallied. 
He had abundant stimulus, for he was now once more in affluence, and his separa- 
tions from his family were ended. Congress gave him a vote ot thanks and a gold 
medal. The Paris Exposition of 1867 gave hira its highest honor, a gold medal. 
The King of Italy gave him the order of St. Mauritius. At every turn and on every 
appearance in public he was met by some hearty token of the universal apprecia- 
tion of his fidelity in that long struggle for the realization of a business man's 
dream. He did not at once engage in other undertakings, for there was much yet 
to be done in connection with the business affairs of the cable. In 1869, however, 
he attended the formal opening of the Suez canal as representative of the New 
York Chamber of Commerce, gratifying somewhat the early longing for travel 
which had led him to his tour in South America. On his return he took an active 
interest in varied business affairs, being received wherever he went as one of his 
country's most distinguished citizens. Most notable of all were his efforts for the 
developments of the system of elevated railways of the city of New York, but their 
general control and management passed into other hands. In 1874 Mr. Field's love 
of travel carried him to Iceland, accompanied by Bayard Taylor and Murat Hal- 
stead. In 1880-S1 he went around the world by way of San Francisco, the Pacific, 
Japan, China, India, and the Suez route home. It was at the end of another decade, 
after long rest in honor and prosperity, that Mr. and Mrs. Field, on Dec. 2, 1890, 
celebrated their golden wedding. It was almost the close of all. In the course of 
1891 she faded from him, and other bereavements followed. His work was done, 
and he, too, passed away, July 12, 1892. To the very last his mind had been busy 
with varied undertakings, among which was a concession which he had obtained 
for a Pacific cable, by way of the Sandwich Islands, to Asia. At the southern 
terminus of Broadway there is a spot associated with all the earlier history of the 
city. It was separated only by a parade ground from the first rude fortification 
which defended the Dutch settlers from the Indians, and which was replaced at a 
later day by the British Fort George. Here, at the outbreak of the war for inde- 
pendence, were the headquarters of General Putnam, commanding the first Ameri- 
can garrison of New York. It was and is "Numbered 11 Broadway," the very begin- 
ning of the town. It fronts upon the Bowling Green, from which the angry patriots 
tore down the leaden equestrian statue of King George III. On this spot Mr. 
Field erected a vast office building, a kind of landmark, visible from far out on the 
bay. He called it the "Washington," but most other men the "Field" building. 
It is not, nor could any structure in brick and stone and iron become nearly so en- 
during a monument to his memory as is provided by the ocean cables which now, 
one after another, span the Atlantic. It is more visible, however, and it may be 
pointed out as recording a business success which seemed to be won by a faith 








•which did not fail with the faith of weaker men, but before which, at last, not a 
mountain literally, but the sea, was overcome. 
He d. July 12, 1892. Res. New York, N. Y. 

3737. i. MARY GRACE, b. Oct. 10, 1841; m. March 5, 1S74, Daniel Allen 
Lindley. Ch. : i. Mary Grace Field, b. Aug. 2S, 1875. 2. Alice 
Field, b. April 24, 1877. 3. Arthur Field, b. Dec. 22, 1878. 4. 

Allen Ledyard, b. Sept. 14, 1880. 5. , b. April 14, 18S3. 

373S. ii. ALICE DURAND, b. Nov. 7, 1843; unm. 

3739. iii. ISABELLA, b. Jan. 17, 1846; m. Oct. 10, 1865, William Francis 

Judson. He d. in Philadelphia, Pa., March 4, 1S70. Res. 
Dobbs Ferry, N. Y. Ch. : i. Cyrus Field, b. Feb. 19, 1867. 2. 
William Francis, b. Dec. 12, i863. 

3740. iv. FANNY GRISWOLD, b. Nov, 20, 1848; m. March 16. 1869, James 

Bruyn Andrews, at Pau, France, and the day following at the 
United States Legation at Paris. Ch. : i. Fanny Field, b. Jan. 
12, 1S70. 

ARTHUR STONE, b. Jan. 24, 1850; d. Aug. 20, 1854. 

EDWARD MORSE, b. July 11, 1S55; m. Louisa Lindley. 

CYRUS WILLIAM, b. March 15, 1857; m. Susan Moore Andrews. 

2070. REV. HENRY MARTYN FIELD (David D., David D., Timothy, 
David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John. John, Richard, William, William), b. 
Stockbridge, Mass., April 3, 1822; m. New York, May 20, 1S51, Henrietta Des 
Portes, b. Paris, France, dau, of Mons. Delroze and Mile. Des Portes; d. March i, 
1S75; m., 2d, Frances E. Dwight, b. May 31, 1S36. The following biographical 
sketch of Rev. Mr. Field was written by himself and appeared in a pamphlet relat- 
ing to his branch of the family: 

"Hardly had 1 begun to breathe when a missionary to the East, Rev. Mr. Bird, 
of Syria, came to the house with his wife, and fifty years afterwards she wrote to 
me that 'an hour from my birth they knelt with my honored father at my bedside, 
and gave thanks for my safe arrival, and prayed that I might live to do good.' 
Soon after my birth, my mother had one of her terrible sicknesses, and I had to be 
taken from her to the care of another. My brother Dudley, who was then at col- 
lege, when he came from his vacation, wished to see his new brother, and found the 
stranger a mile away, near the Hopkins Place, in the cabin of 'Mumbet,' an old 
colored nurse. Nearly sixty years after he remembered distinctly how the little 
creature looked up and smiled in his face, already taking a cheerful view of life. 
Perhaps it was because I was watched over by this faithful black woman, that I 
have always felt sucn a tenderness for her race. She carried me to the old church 
on the hillside, and held me in her arms for baptism. My parents found a name 
for me in one of the spiritual heroes of the day. It was soon after the begin- 
ning of modern missions, and among the first to sacrifice his life in this Christian 
heroism was one whose name awakened a peculiar enthusiasm. A graduate of the 
University of Cambridge, with the highest honors of scholarship, and the brightest 
prospects of preferment in the Church of England, he had left all to devote himself 
to carrying the Gospel into Asia, and embarked for India, and died a few years 
after in Persia, while yet in the prime of manhood. His genius, united with his 
devotion, invested him with a tender and admiring interest, which was heightened 
by his early death. He was regarded as the saint and martyr of the Church of 
England. The story of his life awakened a similar enthusiasm inAmerica. And 
so, when 1 was brought to be baptized, my father gave me the name of Henry 


"Soon after my mother so far recovered that I could be taken back to her, and 
then my conscious life began. But who can undertake to tell at what moment and 
in what way he first became conscious of existence? We can not see much further 
into the past than into the future. Looking back only a tew years, all grows misty 
before our eyes, until they rest on a kind ot nebulae, in which it is only by long 
gazing that we discover the first twinkle of life and of intelligence. I suppose we 
all feel before we think, and that my first consciousness came to me, as to others, 
as I lay in my mother's arms, and looked up into her face. 'Heaven lies about us 
in our infancy,' and something better than the heaven of dreams, the heaven ot 
love. Next to my father and mother, my earliest recollection is of my brother 
Cyrus. As he was the nearest to me in age, we grew up together; and from child- 
hood until I was twelve years old. when I went to college (he, a few months 
later, went to New York), we were inseparable. And yet never were two brothers 
more unlike. He was, as I have said, distinguished by a nervous restlessness and 
incessant activity; while I was more quiet and slower in my movements. He was 
very fond of the outdoor sports of the country, while I would rather be curled up in 
the chimney-corner with] a book. My mother was fond of telling a story to illus- 
trate the different temperaments of her two youngest boys. We had our 'stent' on 
Saturday afternoon to get in the wood tor Sunday. Cyrus went to work with his 
usual energy, while I sat on the fence composedly looking on. He grew impatient, 
and called to me to jump down and hurry up with our task, which must be finished 
before we could go to play. 'Why, Cyrus,' said 1 demurely, 'I am meditating.' 
In this the child was father ot the man. I have been 'meditating' all my lite, while 
my brother has bestirred himself to such good purpose that he has filled the world 
with the fame of his activity. But in our childhood's days there was hardly any- 
thing in which we were not together. Together we trotted off to school every 
morning; together we went berrying or chestnuting in the woods. On the hillside 
back of the village there stood then a grove of hickory trees, where we gathered 
walnuts and set traps for squirrels. It was two lives in one, till years brought the 
inevitable moment of separation. Of our home life, of our family prayers — token 
of that domestic piety which our parents made the law of the household — and the 
strict Puritanism shown in the custom of observing Saturday night as a part of the 
Sabbath. I have always counted it a favor of Providence that I was born in the 
country. To be brought up amid country scenes, to breathe the pure country air, 
to live a simple country life, is for the health of body and mind. Thus even a child 
may grow into a love of nature. The ^objects that the eye first rests upon are 
reflected in the mind, almost before consciousness begins. I found a pleasure which 
I could not explain in brooks and trees, in the stately elms that arched the village 
street, in the stream that murmured over its pebbled bed a few rods from my 
father's door; and though my little life never went beyond the range of the en- 
circling hills, yet it had in it the germs of whatever has come from it since. From a 
child 1 was sent to school. The place of study was chiefly the 'Old Academy' 
building. One term I spent at the Academy in Lenox, under the tuition of Mr. 
Hotchkin, a teacher who was noted all the country round for the thoroughness with 
which he drilled his pupils. So closely was I kept at study that at twelve years of 
age I was ready to go to college. That was much too early ; but as Stephen, who 
had come back from the East, had entered Williams the year before, my parents 
thoaght^it would be well to have me under his care, and so permitted me to go; and 
accordingly 1 entered in the fall of 1834, Williamstown was thirty-two miles from 
Stockbridge, which was a pretty good day's journey in the old stage-coach, which 
lumbered up and down the long hills, or for my father, who often drove us up in 
his wagon. But if our progress^was slow, what charming scenes did we have along 


the way! Many years after I traveled over the road again, and wrote in a letter: 
" 'There is hardly to be found anywhere a more beautiful drive than that which 
I used to take in mj' young days from Stockbridge to Williamstown. The road is 
continually winding among hills, climbing over gentle summits, and descending 
into soft green valleys, "wandering by the brookside," and by the river. How 
familiar seem all its winding ways! Every turn recalls the time when it was trod- 
den by my boyish feet. Yonder old, brown, weather-beaten house, modestly hiding 
its hospitable virtues under its low-stooping, gambrel roof, which shuts down like 
a broad-brimmed hat over an old man's honest face, seems to give me a knowing 
look out of its little windows under the eaves. As I see the long well-sweep swing- 
ing up and down, 1 long to alight and put the moss-covered bucket to my lips. 
How softly murmur the rills by the roadside, how mournfully wave the pines over 
my head! It seems but yesterday since I came up that valley for the first time, to 
stand before the awful professors and pass an examination.' 

"When I entered college, I was so very young, and so small even for my age, 
that I went by the name of 'Little Field.' The students gave me the diminutive 
title of 'Parvus Ager,' to distinguish me from my brother, who was 'Magnus Ager. ' 
While I was but a boy, some of my classmates were men in age and in stature, and 
petted me for my extreme youth, often taking me under their cloaks to protect me 
from the rain or snow, as we went to morning prayers in the old chapel. My first 
'public appearance' was in the winter of 1835-36, when I was at home in vacation, 
and the minister of Tyringham invited me to give a temperance address in his 
church. I had then risen to the dignity of a sophomore, and was almost fourteen - 
years old! The people smiled as they saw a boy, with cloth cap and roundabout, 
go up into the pulpit; but as I had written out what I was to say, I read it off 
smoothly, and received a vote of thanks tor the performance! While in college I 
was very regular in attendance on all the required exercises. In not more than two 
or three instances was 1 absent from prayers or recitation throughout the whole 
course. I was graduated Aug. 15, 1838, and had an oration at commencement. 
Among my classmates were William Bross, afterwards lieutenant-governor of 
Illinois, and John Wells and James D. Colt, who became judges of the Supreme 
Court of Massachusetts, and both of whom died while holding that high office. 

"During the last two years 1 had come under the instruction of Prof. Albert 
Hopkins, who, with Tutor Simeon H. Calhoun, afterwards a missionary in Syria, 
took a kind interest in me. They became my religious teachers and guides. It 
was owing very much to their influence that I joined the college church in my 
senior year, and when I graduated turned my attention to the profession of the 
ministry. It would perhaps have been better if I had stopped at this point for a 
year or two, to gather up the fruits of my college course, and fix them in my 
memory by teaching before passing on to other studies. But my father had re- 
moved the year before (1837) from Stockbridge, to his second settlement in Had- 
dam, Conn., which was not very far from East Windsor, where a new theological 
seminary had been recently established. Thus its doors were open to receive me, 
and so a month or two after leaving college I entered on the study of divinity. 
The seminary course was three years, which were devoted to the Hebrew and 
Greek of the Old and New Testaments ; to ecclesiastical history ; natural and re- 
vealed theology, which included the evidences of Christianity; and to exercises in 
the writing of sermons, and to learning the practical duties of a pastor's life. Out 
side of my studies, I read a good deal; and my favorite authors, strange as it may 
appear in a student of a seminary which was ultra orthodox, were Dr. Channing, 
Edward Irving, and Orestes A. Brownson. I then began to read also Carlyle anp 
Macaulay. In the autumn of 1839, while at home in vacation, I was attacked with 


typhus fever, which proved the severest sickness I ever had. My brother Stephen 
was taken down at the same time, and mother went from one room to the other 
watching over us both. But his case was less dangerous than mine. For weeks 
my life hung by a thread, and a council of physicians thought I could not recover. 
But at length the crisis was passed, and 1 began to gain very slowly. It was not 
till January that I was able to return to the seminary. It was the custom then for 
theological students to be licensed to preach at the end of their second year. I was 
licensed by the Association of Middlesex county at a meeting in the old church in 
East Haddam, Oct. 6, 1840, when I read a sermon from Acts xvii. 23: 'As I passed 
by and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription. To the Un- 
known God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, Him declare I unto you. ' 
I was now a regularly licensed preacher at the age of eighteen, and during senior 
year 'exercised my gifts' in the villages about East Windsor, and when I went 
home in vacation, father set me at work in the scattered districts of his large 
parish. I graduated at the seminary Aug. 11, 1841, with an oration on 'The Min- 
istry Favorable to the Highest Development of Mmd,' which had at least the 
advantage of a large subject, and so was afterwards expanded into an essay for the 
New Englander, where it was published in January, 1S45. 

"And now 'the world was all before me where to choose.' My brother Dudley 
advised my going to Germany to study a year or two longer, and offered to ad- 
vance the money for it; but father was fearful of the rationalism of German univer- 
sities, and thought I had better pursue my theological studies at home. For the 
benefit of further study, I went to New Haven to spend a fourth year, where I had 
the double advantage of attendmg scientific lectures in the college — of Professor 
Silliman on Geology, and Professor Olmsted on Astronomy ; and at the same time 
the lectures of Drs. Taylor, Fitch, and Goodrich, in the School of Divinity. I 
boarded in Crown street, at the house of Dr. Murdock, so well known by his tran»- 
lation of Mosheim's Ecclesiastical History, with three of the college tutors — Powers, 
Strong, and Stoddard. They too were studying theology, and almost every evening 
we met at one or another's room to discuss some subject in divinity. How soon was 
that little group scattered ! In a year I was settled at St. Louis, and Strong in 
New Haven; Powers had gone to Mobile for his health — he died soon after ; and 
Stoddard had sailed for the East, as a missionary to the Nestorians. 

"My going to St. Louis was a turning-point in my life, and I have always 
regarded it as a special Providence, for I barely escaped being settled in New Eng- 
land. I had been invited to preach at Fairhaven, opposite New Bedford, and did 
so for two or three Sundays to the acceptance of the people, so that they were 
about to hold a meeting to give me a call. The notice was to be read on a Sunday 
morning, when on Saturday afternoon the last mail brought a letter inviting me to 
St. Louis. A few hours later and my lot would have been cast in eastern Massa- 
chusetts, on the sea coast, instead of in the heart of the great valley." 

He remained in St. Louis for five years. In 1847-48 he traveled in Europe, and 
was in Paris during the revolution in February of the latter year, and also in Italy 
during similar scenes a few weeks later. His observations and experiences in Rome 
were published in a pamphlet entitled, "The Good and the Bad in the Roman Cath- 
olic Church." On his return to the United States he became acquainted with the 
families of Irish patriots living in New York, and was led to study the History of 
Ireland, during the latter part of the eighteenth century. In consequence he pub- 
lished "The Irish Confederates, a History of the Rebellion of 1798" (New York, 
1851). He was pastor of the church in West Springfield, Mass., 1851-54, and then 
moved to New York to become one of the editors of the Evangelist, of which he 
was subsequently proprietor. He has published "Summer Pictures from Copen- 

jen to Venice" (New York, 1859); "History of the Atlantic Telegraph" (1S66); 
rora the Lakes of Killarney to the Golden Horn" (1876); "From Egypt to Japan" 
•8); "On the Desert" (1S33); "Among the Holy ^Hills" (1883); "The Greek 
mds and Turkey after the War" (1885); "Bloodjs Thicker than ^Water— a Few 
^'S Among Our Southern Brethren" (18S6); "Old Spain and New Spain," "Gib- 
;ar," "The Barbary Coast," "Bright Skies and Dark Shadows," "Our Western 
:hipelago," "The Story of the Atlantic Cable," "David Dudley Field," biogra- 
' of his late brother. He retired from active work in 1899, and now resides in 
ckbridge, Mass. _.-^^..;^_^^^.^, 

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2075. ALFRED BISHOP FIELD (Timothy, Timothy, David, Ebenezer, 
:hariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, 'William, William), b. Canandaigua, 
Y., Oct. 6, i8oi; d. Feb. 23, 1858. He was an enterprising and successful 
rchant. Hem., Oct. 2, 1828, Harriet Hosmer, dau. of Bradley and Harriet B. 
rtin, of Avon, N. Y., b. Jan. 9, 1807; d. Feb. 23, 1829; m., 2d. March 7, 1833, 
□a, dau. of Thomas and Abigail (Field) Beals (his cousin), of Canandaigua, b. 
;. 4, 1805; d. Jan. 5, 1896. 
3744. i. HENRY MARTYN, b. Jan. 2, 1834; m. Fanny A. Warren. 

ANN ELIZA, b. Nov. 9, 1835; m. June 20, 1862, George B. Bates, 

of Detroit,'Mich., 67 Theodore street. 
MARGARET BROWN, b. Nov. 17, 1S37; d. March 13, 1841. 
LUCILLA BATES, b. Nov. 3, 1839; m. July, 1863, Rev. Samuel 
W. Pratt, of Prattsburg, N. Y. ; d. June 10, 1876. He was b. in 
Livionia, N. Y., Sept. 9, 1838; is a Presbyterian clergyman; res. 
Batavia, N. Y. Ch.: i. Rev. Alfred Field Pratt, b. 1865; res. 
Campbell, N. Y. 2. Sarah Ann Pratt, b. 1867; res. Elgin, 111. 3. 
Jennie H. Pratt, b. 1869; res. Waverly, N. Y. 4. Frances P. 
Pratt, b. Feb. i, 1870; res. Batavia, N. Y. 5. Henry Field Pratt, 
b. 1871; res. Campbell, N. Y. 6. Lizzie Bates Pratt, b. 1873; 
res. Campbell, N. Y. 
MARY ELIZABETH, b. June 23, 1S42; m. Sept. 14, 1865, Willis 
P. Fiske, of Chicago, 111. ; son of Lonson (Stephen, Jonathan, 
Josiah, Samuel, William, William, John, William, Robert, Simon, 
Simon, William, Symond), b. Newark, N. Y., April i, 1836. His 
wife d. Feb. 27, 1871, and he m., 2d, Oct. 9, 1873, Julia L. Sher- 
man, b. April 23, 1847; res. 34 15th street, Buffalo, N. Y. 
[See Fiske Genealogy, p. 459, by Fred. C. Pierce.] Ch. : i. 
Lizzie Field, b. July 30, 1866; res. 34 15th street, Buffalo, 
N. Y. 2. Adelia Louisa, b. June 5, 1868; d. Aug. i, 1S6S. 3. 
Mary Field, b. Dec. 2, 1870; m. Feb. 2, 1892, Edward C. Fisk; 
res. Mayville, N. Y. He was b. Titusville, Pa., June 12, 1872; is 
editor and publisher of the Mayville Sentinel. Ch. : (a) Everett 
Lonson Fisk, b. Aug. 31, 1892. (b) Kenneth Hudson Fisk 
b. April 18, 1894. (c) Mary Louise Fisk, b. Nov. 27, 1895. 
(d) Katharyn Field Fisk, b. May 7, iSgS. 4. Daisy Sherman 
b. Aug. 23, 1875. 5. Charles Pomeroy, b. March iS, 1S82. 6. Eliza- 
beth Sherman, b. April 14, 1884. Willis spent his early years 
until the age of seventeen on his father's farm, attending the 
district school and doing such work on the farm as was required. 
In addition to the common school education, he was allowed a 
few terms at the Macedon Academy to fit himself for teaching. 



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He taught his first school while in his eighteenth year, and con- 
tinued in the profession until June. 1864, when he resigned his 
position in the Canandaigua Academy to accept a position as 
book-keeper in the Bank of Ontario, in Canandaigua. At the end 
of a year he was made assistant cashier, and for a considerable 
time had charge of the bank, whose business was large and the 
responsibility of his position great. He continued to fill respons- 
ible positions in the banking line until the spring of 1874, hav- 
ing been connected with banking houses in Marathon, Herkimer 
and Newark, N. Y., as cashier, and for three years held positions 
in the Merchants* Savings, Loan and Trust Co., of Chicago, and 
the Traders' National Bank, of Chicago. In 1874 he went to 
Buffalo and engaged in the insurance business in partnership 
with Stephen F. Sherman. In October, 1875, he entered the 
office of Richard Bullymore as book-keeper, continuing in that 
capacity until December, 1878. when he resigned this position to 
become cashier of the Buffalo Grape Sugar Co. He remained in 
this company with its successor, the American Glucose Co., until 
the summer of 1894, nearly sixteen years. In April, 1894, the 
plant was destroyed by fire. He has been chief book-keeper in 
the office of the comptroller of the city of Buffalo. He is a Repub- 
lican, but never is active in politics. In the several financial 
positions he has held he has never been required to give a bond. 

3749. vi. LOUISA HOWELL, b. Oct. 23, 1845; m. Oct. 4, 1866, Horace 

Marshall Finley, of Canandaigua. 

3750. vii. ALFRED BISHOP, b. Jan. 25, 1849; m- Frances Ellen Lapham. 

2078. HON. TIMOTHY FIELD (Timothy. Timothy, David, Ebenezer, Zech- 
ariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son ot Rev. Timothy and 
Wealthy (Bishop), b. in Westminster, Vt., June 8, 181 1. He settled in 1835 in Onta- 
rio, La Grange county, Ind. He has held the following offices: Appraiser of real 
estate, county commissioner three years ; enrolling and draft commissioner for the 
United States during the Rebellion of 1861-64; member of the Indiana Legislature 
two years during the Rebellion. He has been engaged in farming and merchandise. 
Was in 1879 postmaster in Ontario. He m., Nov. 7, 1839, Hannah, dau. of 
Rev. Charles and Sarah Mosher, of Ontario, b. in Romulus, N. Y., May 9, 1809; d. 
Dec. 13, 1871; m., 2d, Oct. 31, 1874, Ellen L., dau. of Chauncey and Gertrude Foote, 
of La Grange, Ind., b. in Mount Morris, N.'Y., March 3, 1849. Res. Ontario, Ind. 

3751. i. TIMOTHY BISHOP, b. Sept. 18, 1875. 

3752. ii. GERTRUDE ELIZABETH, b. Sept. 13, 1S77. 

2o3o. SERENO FIELD (Timothy, Timothy, David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Rev. Timothy and 
Susannah (Pomeroy), b. in Westminster, Vt., Aug. 19, 1815. He settled in Sken- 
eateles, N. Y., where he resided. He m., Oct. 3. 1844, Juliette, dau. of Thomas 

and Margaret (Reed), of Skeneateles, b. ; d, May 21, 1865; m.. 2d. Sept. 11, 

1866, Sarah S., dau. of Col. James and Irene Rudd, of Auburn, N. Y. 

3753. i. SARAH E., b. May 23, 1847; m. Sept 7, 1876. Edward A. Blanch- 

ard, of Boston, Mass. ; res. Mattapan, Mass., 46 Stanton street. 

2o3i. LORENZO FIELD (Timothy, Timothy, David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. in Westminster, Vt., Aug. 
19, 1815. He settled in Putney, Vt., where he resided; a farmer. He m., 
















Sept. 22, 1848, Phebe Ann, dau. of Alexander and Rebecca (Adams) Atchison, of 
Rockingham, Vt., b. Sept. 28, iSiS; d. Sept. 5, 1853; m., 2d, June 23, 1854, Martha, 
dau. of John and Lydia (Joy) Townshend, of Putney, b. March 20, 18 [9; d. March 
30, i860; m., 3d, Oct. 6, 1864, Elvira, dau. of Squire Wells and Sophia (Carpenter) 
Haven, of Dummerston, Vt., b. Feb. 6, 1828. He d. March 10, 1898. 

FRANKLIN, b. Aug. 2, 1S49; m. Dora M. Graves. 

ELLA REBECCA, b. Aug. 31. 1851; d. Aug. 3. 1874. 

JOHN TIMOTHY, b. May 31, 1855; d. Sept. 30, 1855. 

FRANCES MARTHA, b. May 30, 1856; m. Otis FoUett; res. 
Worcester, Mass., s. p. 

JAMES AIKEN, b. May 29. 1857; ni. Alice M. Sanborn. 

CYRUS CURTIS, b. Nov. 23, 1865; unm., invalid; res. Putney, Vt. 

ALFRED LORENZO, b. Aug. 3, 1867; m. Jennie M. Stanley. 

2082. WILLIAM FIELD (Timothy, Timothy, David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John. Richard, William, William), son of Rev. Timothy and 
Susannah (Pomeroy), b. in Westminster, Vt., Nov. 5. 1817, where he resided for 
some time. He m. Nov, 10, 1841, Miriam, dau. of Lemuel and Fanny (Putnam) 
Rogers, of Westminster, b. Sept. 16, 1S21. He d. Nov. 5, 1896. Res. Saxton's 
River, Vt. 

GEORGE, b. Feb. 26, 1843; d. Dec. 25, 1879. 

TIMOTHY H.. b. March 29. 1845; m. Martha A. Dalton. 

MARY A., b. May 7, 1847; unm.; res. Saxton's River. 

FREDERICK, b. April 29. 1850; d. Nov. 18, 1850. 

ALICE MARIA, b. March 21, 1853; unm.; is a teacher in the 
Clarke School at Northampton, Mass. 

SUSIE FLORENCE, b. Feb. 23, 1858; d. March 25, 1S93. 

REUBEN ADAM FIELD (Reuben, Reuben, Ebenezer, Ebenezer. Zech- 
ariah. Zechariah, John, John. Richard, William, William), b. Belleville, Ont.. July 
9. 1834; m. Nov. 14, 1864, in Cumberland, Md., Amanda Deetz, b. March 3, 1841. 
He was a passenger conductor on the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad. 
He d. June 23, i8g8. Res. Cleveland, Ohio. 

3767. i. FRANK H.. b. July 12, i366; m. Anna A. Matson. 

3768. ii. ANIEMAY, b. Oct. 14. 1867; m. Aug. 10, 1898, Capt. Frank Doug- 

lass Ferew; res. 16 Sanford street, Cleveland, s. p. He was b. 
Aug. 4, 1864. Is vessel master on the great lakes. 

2084. BENJAMIN CHARLES FIELD (Reuben, Reuben, Ebenezer, Eben- 
ezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Kingston, 
Canada, Sept. 16, 1836; m. Cleveland, Ohio, May 20, 1873, Eliza A. Jackson, b. Jan. 
25, 1843. He is station master at the Union Passenger Station at Cleveland. Res. 
Cleveland, Ohio, 475 Dunham avenue. 

3769. i. LAVINIA ELIZA, b. July 6, 1875; m. Nov. 16, 189S, Charles 

Tilton Denby; res. 475 Dunham avenue, Cleveland. 

2o86>^. LIEUT. SILAS WRIGHT FIELD (Michael, Michael, Ebenezer, 
Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah. John, John, Richard, William, William), b. 
Vienna (now Phelps), N. Y., July 14, 1835; m. June 18, 1859, Nellie M. Jacobs, of 
Oswego, N. Y. She m., 2d, Amos J. Hooker; res. New Haven, N. Y. He was b. 
in New York State; educated at Racine College and Beloit College; was preparing 
for law, but connected with A. and M. R. R. at Freeport, 111., when he answered 
first call for volunteers; was gifted with eloquence, and created great enthusiasm 
in Freeport and Racine in speaking at public rallies for enlistment for three years; 















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was mortally wounded at battle of Shiloh; d. at Central Hospital, Paducah, Ky. . 
May 9, 1862; buried at Freeport, 111.; captain of Company A, Eleventh Regiment, 
Illinois Volunteers; always known' for his bravery and fearlessness. He d. May 9, 
1 362. Res., s. p., Freeport, 111. 

2092. CHESTER FIELD (Luther, Reuben, Pedijah, John, Zechariah, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Luther and Priscilla (Ware), b. 
in Putney, Vt., Aug. 16, i8i2; went with his father in 1S24 to Gates, Monroe county, 
N. Y. ; in 1837 removed to Thornapple, Mich. ; in 1845 returned to Gates, where he 
d. March 19, 1891. He m. Feb. i, 1837, Eliza, dau. of Simon and Betsey Perkins, of 
Claremont, N. H., b. Aug. 12, 18 16; d. May 10, 1892. 

3770. i. HELEN I., b. Dec. 8, 1837; d. May 16, 1867. 

3771. ii. REUBEN L. , b. Nov. 27, 1841; m. Frances E. Munn. 

2094. HENRY FIELD (Luther, Reuben, Pedijah, John, Zechariah, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Luther and Priscilla (Ware), b. in 
Dumraerston, Vt., Aug. i, 1816. He went with his father in 1824 to Gates, Ontario 
county, N. Y., where he d. Aug. 3. 1853. He m. April 3, 1850, Eliza Higgius, of 
Gates, b. . 

3772. i. ANN FRANCES, b. Feb. 8, 1851; m. Feb. 16, 1875, Emmett S. 


3773. ii. HENRY, b. April 3, 1853; d. Sept. 20, iS6r. 

2f05. SOLOMON M. FIELD (Levi, Bennet, Pedijah, John, Zechariah, Ztch- 
ariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b, Newfane, Vt., Nov. 16, 1818; m. 
November, 1839, in Derby, Vt., Louisa Sias, b. March, 18 19; d. December, 1S83. 
He was a merchant and contractor. He d. Feb. 14, 1885. Res. Newport, Vt. 

3774. i. MARY, b. April 25, 1852; m. Dec. 20, 1886. Charles N. Brady, b. 

Feb. 9, 1854; res. s. p. Newport, Vt. He is a merchant and is 

3775. ii. LEON G., b. Januarj', 1S55; m. Sarah Port Whitney. 

2106. JAMES M. FIELD (Levi, Bennet, Pedijah, John, Zechariah, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Jamaica, Vt., Feb. 12, 1821; m. March 
8, 1847, Hannah G. Shafter, b. May 13, 1824; d. Jan. 23, 1893. He was a black- 
smith. He d. Mclndoes Falls, April 16, 1S84. Res. Athens, Vt. 

JAMES A., b. Feb. 24, 1848; m. Dec. 25, 1873; d. Dec. 29, 1886. 

CHARLES O., b. Dec. 29, 1849; m. April 24, 1S76; d. Nov. 13, 

NEWTON H., b. Aug. 12, 1S51; m. Martha Ellen Bailey. 

EUGENE L., b. April 28, 1853; m. Dec. 25, 1S84. 

JENNIE, b. Nov. 29, 1855; d. Feb. 17, 1S71. 

FRANK E., b, April 27. 1859; ™- June 25, 1SS4. 

CLARA, b, Jan. S, 1861; d. Sept. 10, 1882, 

JOHN S., b. Feb. 29, 1S64; d. July 12, 1889. 

2108. DEACON LEVI FERRIN FIELD (Levi, Bennet, Pedijah, John, Zech- 
ariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Newport, Vt., Aug. 5, 
1827; m. West Derby, Vt., Jan. 16. 1850, Emily M. Atkinson, b. Jan. 24, 1828; d. 
Jan. 30, 1871; m., 2d, 1S72, Mrs. Lusetta M. Frizelle. The earlier part ot his life 
he worked at carpenter and joiner's trade. He was married in 1850 to Emily M. 
Atkmson. In the year 1S52 went to California; worked at mining, and was quite 
successful. Returned to Newport, Vt., in the fall of 1S55. In the spring following 
went to La Crosse, Wis., bought two farms and went into the stock business; re- 
mained there until 1S70; moved from there to Yankton, Dakota. His wife died 


















there. He married again in 187 1 a widow by the name of Lusetta M. Frizelle, who 
is still living. They had no children. She had one son, Uri E. Frizelle. They 
crossed the plains to the Black Hills in 1876, with a stock of merchandise; opened a 
store in Deadwood, followed mining in connection; afterward went into the stock 
business. Came to Billings, Montana, in 1881; engaged in the lumber business for 
a time, then in the stone business, which he has followed for the past fifteen years. 
He does not use tobacco or liquors of any kind. Is a deacon in the Congregational 
church. Republican in politics ever since the party started ; came out from the old 
Whig party. 

During the winter of 1875 Custer was stationed a few miles below Yankton. 
There came a Dakota blizzard which demolished their tents and what little protec- 
tion they had, leaving them in very destitute circumstances. At Yankton their 
position was surmised, and Mr. Field organized a rescue party which saved not a 
few scalps for Sitting Bull's wari-iors six months after. Many of the soldiers were 
so benumbed with cold that they were with great difficulty removed to a place of 
safety. This may seem a tame incident, but it is not to one who has seen a real 
Dakota blizzard. 

Res. Billings, Montana. 

3784. i. WILBUR B., b. Jan. 29. 1857; d. Aug. 13, 1868. 

3785. ii. SARAH E., b. i860; m. 1880, William H. Sanborn, of Yankton. 

He d. in 1889. Ch. : i. Jennie E., b. 1882. 2. Fred Field, b. 
1884. 3. Estelle, b. i883; d. 1893. 

3786. iii. FRED M., b. 1S69; unm. ; res. Pony, Montana. He was born on a 

farm near Black River Falls, Wis. His father's family removed 
from there to Osage, Iowa, in 1870 or 1871. Remained there but 
a short time, going to Sioux City, Iowa, and finally settled at 
Yankton, Dakota, where they remained for seven years. Yank- 
ton at that time was a frontier settlement and trading post on 
the Missouri river. During this period his father was engaged in 
several enterprises, some of which are still flourishing, including 
mercantile, contractor and builder, mining in Colorado in 1874 
and 1875. His father started the Billings sandstone quarries 
about 1885, which have furnished a large percentage of the stone 
used in building m Montana and Washington. Fred attended 
public schools at Yankton, Osage, Deadwood and Billings; at- 
tended Yankton College at Yankton, Dakota, in 1890 and 1891 ; 
went from that institution to Colorado School of Mines at Golden, 
Col. ; graduated there in 1895 as mining and metallurgical 
engineer. After various experiences in Colorado and Utah, he 
took position as assayer at the Easton Mill in Alder Gulch, near 
Virginia City, Montana. In 1897 he went to Pony and entered 
parnership with C. E. Morris, firm name of Morris & Field, 
"metallurgists and mining engineers. " ... . .,., , , ., 

2109. BENNETT BARNARD FIELD (Levi, Bennet, Pedijah, John, Zecha- 
riah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Barnet, Vt., Sept. 24, 
1824; m. Newport, Vt, Dec. 22, 1845, Clarissa Lindsay, b. Sept. 17', 1824. Con- 
tractor. He^d. June 20, 1887. Res. West Derby. Vt. 

3787. i. OSMOND LINDSAY, b. May 8, 1851 ; ra. Maria Frances Carter. 
; 3788. ii. ALBERT LE ROY,;b.;April 6, 1855; m. Julia E. Abbott. 

3789. iii. NANCY JANE, b. Sept 5, 1849; d. Sept. 30, 1849. 










2117. JOHN CHANDLER FIELD (John, John. Pedijah, John, Zechadah, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of John and Nancy 
(Carter), b. in Northfield, Mass., Oct. 3, 181 1. He kept for a time the King Harris 
Tavern, and removed to Chelsea, Mass., where he d. Jan. 12, 1874. He m. Dec. i, 
1834, Mrs. Abby, dau. of Thomas and Desire (Ward) Lord, of Northfield, widow of 
King Harris, b. June 7, 1S03; d. May 9, 1894. 

3790. i. WARREN SILVER, b. Dec. 7, 1834; m. Harriet A. Hodge. 

3791. ii. FREDERICK KIMBALL, b. June 28, 1836; res. Clifton Heights, 

St. Louis, Mo. 
CHARLES SQUIRES, b. April 16. 1838; m. Helen A. Pettibone. 
HARRIS CHANDLER, b. Sept. 16, 1839; m. Sophia A. Smith. 
GEORGE POMEROY. b. Nov. 29. 1841; res. Northfield, Mass. 
FRANK SHERWOOD, b. Aug. 18, 1844; res. Melrose, Mass. 

2119. FREDERICK H. FIELD (John. John, Pedijah, John. Zechariah, Zech. 
ariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of John and Nancy (Carter), b. 
in Northfield. Mass.. April 30, 181 6. He settled in Winchester, N. H.. where he 
now resides. He m.^May 30, 1845. Charlotte, dau. of Frederick and Mary Ann 

JOHN F., b. April 3. 1846; m. Harriet L. Bancroft. 

EMILY M.. b. July 31. 1847; d. Aug..i. 1853. 

GEORGE W., b.;,May 29, 1849; m. Ellen Delvey. 

CHARLES B., b. March 2, 1854; m. Mary A. McHugh. 

ALLEN M., b. Oct. i, 1857. 

ELISA E., b. April 6, 1864. 

INFANT, b. Feb. 20. 1853; d. Feb. 21, 1853. 

2122. HERVEY CUTLER FIELD (Oliver. John, Pedijah. John, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John. Richard. William. William), son of Oliver and Rhoda (Love- 
land), b. in Northfield, Mass., Jan. 26, 1811. He m. Feb. 14, 1839, Martha R., dau. 
of Calvin and Statira P. (Richardson) Stearns, of Northfield, b. Nov. 20, 18 10; d. 
June 24, 1894. 

Martha R., Northfield, Aug. 7, 1894; died June 24, 1894; husband, Hervey C, 
died Jan. 31, 1S92. ;The will gives the name of daughter Charry S. Crandall. The 
will dated Dec. 8, 1S79. ^^ the probate citation"the daughter's name is given as 
Charrie S. Doolittle, of Northfield. She asks to be appointed administratrix, her 
father having died since the mother's will was made. — Franklin Co. Probate. 

He d. Jan. 31, 1892. Res. Northfield. 

3803. i. CALVIN STEARNS, b. Sept. 4, 1841; unm. He enlisted Sept. 3, 

1861, in Company B, 22nd Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers; 
killed at Gettysburg, June 4, 1S63. Honored and respected by 
all who knew him. 

3804. ii. CHARRY STATIRA, b. July 7, 1847; m. Sept. 3, 1868, Dexter 

Lyman Crandall, of Shutesbury, Mass., b. Sept 3, 1846; d. May 
1879; m., 2d, Jan. 14, 1SS2, Franklin Doolittle; res. Sunnyside, 
Wash. He was b. Jan. 4, 181 2; d. September, 1888; m., 3d. Nov. 
28, 1899, James Sherwood, b. Dec. 22, 1845. Is a farmer. Ch. : 
I. .Lyman Harvey Crandall. b. in Northfield, June i. 1869; 
adopted by Franklin Doolittle March, iStz, and name changed to 
Doolittle; m. to Luella May Olds, of Belchertown, May 30, 1893; 
now residing in .Greenwich, Mass. ; pcstoffice address, Enfield, 
Mass., Box 258. , 





























2128. LUCIUS OLIVER FIELD (Oliver. John, Pedijah. John, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. in Northfield, Mass., Jan. 
20, 1824. He removed to Mmnesota, where he now resides. He m. Aug. 30, 1850, 
Rhoda Stratton, dau. of Charles F. and Mary H. (Alexander) Field, of Northfield, 
b. April 28, 1829; d. March 20, 1889. Res. Spring Lake, Minn. 

LUCIA RHODA, b. ]\Iarch 5, 1852; m. James H. Mahler; res. 

4947 Prairie avenue, Chicago. 
MARY ELVIRA, b. Oct. 31, 1853; m. H. Olson; res. Montevideo, 

GRACIA MARIA, b, Aug. 13, 1856; d. unm. Oct. 12, 1877. 
EFFIE SOPHIA, b. March 28, i860; m; Gilbert Hopkins; res. 

Farrington, Minn. 
GEORGE LUCIUS, b. April 27, 1862; d. unm. Oct. 27, 1889. 
CHATTIE EMMA, b. Sept. 13, 1865; is a teacher; res. 4947 
Prairie avenue, Chicago, 111. 
3S11. vii. FRANK JARVIS, b. May 6, 1869; m. Mrs. L. Holcomb; res. 

Spokane, Wash. 
3312. viii. EDWIN CYRUS, b. Jan. 16, 1872; unm.; res. Spokane, Wash. 

2130. IRA STRATTON FIELD (Elihu. John. Pedijah, John. Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Jan. 25, 1813, Orange, Mass. ; 
m. in Athol, Mass., 1834, Harriet Andrews, b. March 5, 1810; d. Jan. 17, 1887. He 
was a blacksmith. He d. June 2, 1892. Res. Northfield, Minn. 

3813. i. CAROLINE AUGUSTA, b. Jan. 6, 1842; m. January, 1867, Ben- 

jamin Ogden; res. Northfield, Minn. 

3814. ii. JOHN WESLEY, b. Nov. 20, 1847; m. Virginia C. Stansbury. 

3815. iii. MARY ADELAIDE, b. July 14, 1849; m. Sept. 10, 1867, Charles 

H. Goodsell; res. Fergus Falls, Minn. He was b. Nov. 26, 1840; 
is superintendent of grain elevators. Ch. : i. Charles Ernest 
Goodsell, b. Nov. 3, 1869; m. June 21. 1899; lawyer, San Jose, 
Cal. 2. Francis E. Goodsell, b. April 17, 1872; d. June 18, 1882. 

3816. iv. HARRIET FRANCES, b. Sept. 27. 1853; unm.; res. 1206 Fourth 

street, s. e., Minneapolis, Minn. She is principal of the Motley 

3817. V. ALEXANDER SPENCER, b. Feb. 23, 1835; d. Jan. 10, 1836. 
3S13. vi. WILLARD CONKEY, b. Nov. 10, 1836; d. Feb. 17, 1S39. 

3819. vii. SARAH MARIA, b. Feb. 3, 1839; d. Feb. 22, 1840. 

2133. FRANKLIN FIELD (Elihu, John, Pedijah, John, Zechariah, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Wardsboro, Vt. ; m. Tonawanda, 
Erie county, N. Y. , Zarina Barton; d. in 1896. Franklin Field was engaged in 
public works, such as railroad building, until his death in Texas, which was caused 
by a fall from a horse that ran away with him. He was a contractor on the New- 
York and Erie, Buffalo and State Line, and also on lines running east from Buffalo. 
Removing to St. Louis, Mo., he was engaged in building the Ohio and Mississippi 
railroad, Belleville and Illinois Town, Alton and St. Louis, North Missouri, Iron 
Mountain and Missouri Pacific railroads. He also built some railroads in Alabama. 
At the time of his death he had a contract to build twelve hundred miles of railroad 
in Texas. He was call^ "The Railroad King of the West." He d. in 1859. Res. 
Tonawanda, N. Y. 

3820. i. R D., b. ; res. Carabridgeport, Mass. 

3821. ii. ; WALTER W., b. ; res. Cambridgeport, Mass. 

See page 665. 

See page 666. 


3322. iii. JULIA, b. ; m. George White; res. Cambridgeport, Mass. 

3323. iv. FRANK, b. . 

3S24. V. CHAUNXEY H., b. . 

3825. vi. MARIA, b. . 

3826. vii. EDGAR L., b. May 22, 1841; m. Mary E. Russell. 

2134. ELIHU HOYT FIELD (Elihu, John, Pedijah, John, Zechariah, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Wardsboro, Vt., Jan. 13, 1823; m. 
in Bennington, Vt., Maria J. Houghton. He was a farmer. He d. in New London, 
Minn., 1S89. Res. Eagle Bridge, N. Y. 

3827. i. FRANK G.. b. Dec. 8, 1850; unm. 

3528. ii. CLARENCE C, b. Dec. i, 1S53; m. Mary Gallagher. 

3529. iii, HATTIE A., b. Aug. lo, 1S57; m. J. Carlile; s. p. 

2137. DAVIS PLINEY FIELD (Reuben, Nathan, Pedijah, John, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Winchester, N. H., April 4, 
1809; m. there in 1838, Polly Edgar, b. 1820; d. 1851; m., 2d, there in 1854, Mary 
Sophia Sprague. He was a tarmer. He d. in 1888. Res. Winchester, N. H. 

3530. i. MARY, d. when an infant ten weeks. 
3331. ii. WILLIAM, d. when ten months. 

3832. iii. SARAH, b. Nov. 9, 1842; m. Jan. 30, 1S60, Lorenzo R. Draper, of 
Chesterfield, N. H. He d. March 11, 1864; m., 2d, May 24, 1S75, 
Emerson A. Clark, formerly of Volney, N. Y. Res. Winchester, 
N. H. Ch. : I. Mrs. Nellie L. Spencer, aged 22; res. Jamaica, 
Vt. 2. Mrs. Leon Ellar, aged 20; res. West Swanzey, N. H. 3. 
Albert D. Clark, b. May 16, iSSo. 4. Stephen E. Clark, b. April 
6, 1883. 

LOIS, b. July I, 1844. 

ELLEN, b. Feb. 3, 1846; d. May, 1855. 

FRANCES, b. August; 1847; d. September, 184S. 

JULIA ANN, b. July 3, 1S49. 

RUFUS D., b. Feb. 16, 1S51. 

LANACY S., b. March 15, 1855. 

FRED H., b. July 4, 1S56; m. Henrietta S. Breed. 

2140. NATHAN FIELD (Reuben, Nathan, Pedijah, John, Zechariah, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Winchester, N. H., 1S04; m. , 

Res. Winchester. N. H. 

3840. i. RUFUS, b. ; res. Winchester, N. H. 

3841. ii. OSCAR, b. ; res, Winchester, N. H. 

2143. JONATHAN BURT FIELD (Reuben, Nathan, Pedijah, John, Zecha- 
riah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Winchester, N. H.,iSo8; 
m. . Res. Winchester, N. H. 

"- 2144. SPAFFORD CLARY FIELD (Amos, Amos, Bennet, John, Zechariah, 
Zechariah. John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Adams, N. Y., Aug. 3, 1809; 
m. Beloit, Wis., April 27, 1846, Mrs. Martha Ann Cooper, b. Augusta, Me., July 
19, 1816; res. 224S Michigan avenue, Chicago, 111. He was bom in Adams, N. Y., 
where he resided until he was twenty-one years of age, when he came to Illinois 
and located on a farm near Rockford, in Winnebago county. After a short resi- 
dence there he returned East, where he remained a few months, returning to Illinois 
accompanied by two of his brothers. He was married in Peru, Ind., and immedi- 
ately took up his residence in Beloit, Wis., having disposed of his Illinois farming 
















lands. For several years he owned and conducted an extensive dry goods store in 
that city. Later he engaged in the real estate business, buying and selling farm 
lands in Wisconsin. In 1S44, with his brother, he went to New Orleans. La., and 
engaged in real estate and banking business. About the close of the Mexican war 
the soldiers who had served in that campaign were paid to some extent with land 
script or warrants of government land in Wisconsin. Mr. Field purchased largely 
of these warrants, which he disposed of quite advantageously, on his return home, to 
the Norwegian settlers who were then coming into that locality. Later he became 
interested in mining in Colorado and California, and died in the latter state near 
Sacramento while on a business trip there. He was highly esteemed and respected 
by all who knew him. He d. Aug. 13, 1880. She d. Aug. 30, 1900. 

Mrs. Martha A. Field of this city, widow of Spafford C. Field, died at the sum- 
mer residence of her son-in-law, Clarence I. Peck, in Oconomowoc, Wis., yesterday 
morning. She had been in feeble health several years and exceptionally weak the 
last few months. Her last hours were painless. She was conscious until an hour 
or two before death, which seemed to have no terrors for her. Mrs. Peck and John 
S. Field, a son, were present when the end came. The tuneral will be held at 9:30 
o'clock to morrow morning at the Peck summer residence. A special train, bearing 
the remains and relatives and friends, will leave Oconomowoc at 10:30 o'clock for 
Beloit, where the burial services will be held in the afternoon. Rev. Dr. Gunsaulus 
will officiate at both funeral and burial. With the demise of Mrs. Field there passed 
away a notable woman — one identified with the early history of the Northwest and 
for over a quarter of a century an important factor in the quiet social element of 
Chicago. Mrs. Field was the daughter of Ezra C. Durgin, and was born in Augusta. 
Me., in 1816. She went to Ohio with her parents in 1824, and there, in 1833, married 
John S. Cooper. In 1838 they went to Beloit, where Mr. Cooper died, leaving two 
sons, who have since died. In 1846 she married Spofford C. Field. 

Mrs. Field was one of the most prominent and loved residents of Beloit for 
years. She had much to do with building up Beloit College and the Congregational 
church there. Her home there was the center where many now prominent men, 
then students of Beloit College, found sympathy and encouragement and were 
guided by her words of advice and friendship. In 1869 the family moved to Chicago. 
Mrs. Field was a woman of strong characteristics, mellowed by a sympathetic dis- 
position. Of profound religious beliefs and extraordinary judgment, she lived a 
beautiful home-life with her children and friends. Surviving her are four children 
— John S. Field, president of the Knickerbocker Ice Company, George D. Field of 
Chicago, Mrs. Clarence I. Peck and Frederick Field of Des Moines — her brother, 
John C. Durgin of Chicago, and her sister, Mrs. James B. Sherwood of Nebraska. — 
Chicago Times-Herald, Aug. 31. 

Res. Beloit, Wis., and Chicago, 111, 

3842. e. JOHN SPAFFORD, b. Aug. 14, 1847, ; unm. ; res. 2248 Michigan 
avenue, Chicago, 111. Immediately after the civil war the devel- 
opment of railroad properties brought to the front many of the 
most noticeable men of our times. During the past few years 
the promotion of street railways, and gas and electrical corpora- 
tions has done the same, and public interest now centers largely 
in the growing strength of all great mdustrial combinations. It 
has been truly said that "The Standard Oil Trust has been the 
most successful of all these, and its steady growth has been attrib- 
uted to the fact that it has dealt with rare skill with one of the com- 
mon necessities of modern life." The Sugar Trust, Steel and Iron 
Trusts, and many others have been developed on similar lines, 


and now the Knickerbocker Ice Co. of Chicago, which also con- 
trols the sale of a modern necessity, has become conspicuous as 
a well managed and prosperous corporation. The prominence 
given to it by the local newspapers has attracted attention to the 
guiding spirit in the enterprise, its president and general man- 
ager, Mr. John SpatYord Field, 

Mr. Field was born in the beautiful city of Beloit, Wis., justly 
celebrated for its college and schools, to which place his father 
had migrated from Adams, N. Y. Young Field secured an ex- 
cellent common school education, supplemented by several terras 
at high school. Later his parents sent him to a French school, to 
study that language and to finish his education. When fourteen 
years of age he came to Chicago and entered the employ of 
Cooley & Farwell, wholesale dry goods dealers, but the life of a 
clerk was so confining and unsuited to his tastes, that he remained 
there only three months; resigning, he went to Denver, Col., 
where he remained for a year, and returned to Chicago. In 1867 
he engaged in the ice business with Swett & Crouch, and in 1879 
with E. A. Shedd & Co. In 18S5 he was vice-president of the 
Knickerbocker Ice Company, and general manager. For 
many years there had been a destructive competition between the 
old and new ice companies in this city. Mr. Field in 1898 re- 
solved to put an end to this kind of warfare between the thirty- 
five competing ice companies, and undertook the exceedingly 
difficult and almost herculean task of bringing them together in 
one large economically managed concern. An undertaking of 
this kind required just such a man as Mr. Field. With rare diplo- 
macy and persistence and after the expenditure of considerable 
money, he finally united all the companies that amounted to 
anything, and all their properties, embracing hundreds of ice 
houses in this and adjoining States, into the Knickerbocker Ice 
Company, with a capital of $7,000,000. This capital stock has 
been divided and classified into preferred stock or preferred 
shares, and common stock or shares; the preferred stock of said 
company now consists of 30,000 shares of the par value of $100 
each; the common stock of said company now consists of 40,000 
shares of the par value of $100 each; the preferred stock 
is convertible into common stock at the pleasure of the re- 
spective holders of preferred stock under such lawful regula- 
tions as the Board of Directors of said company may prescribe ; 
the preferred stock will be entitled in each fiscal year of the com- 
pany to a fixed dividend of six per cent., payable onlv out of 
net earnings of the company, before any dividend for the year is 
paid or set apart on common stock, such dividend on preferred 
stock to be cumulative, from year to year, so that any deficit 
occurring in any year shall be made up as soon as practicable 
thereafter before the making thereafter of any dividend upon the 
common stock ; the preferred stock will not be entitled to divi- 
dends, nor to participate in net earnings applicable to dividends, 
beyond said fixed, annual, cumulative dividend of six per cent. : 
all net earnings of the company which may be set apart or ap- 


plied by the Board of Directors to the payment of dividends, over 
and above the amount of net earnings necessary for paying said 
fixed, annual, cumulative dividends on the preferred stock, will 
be divided and distributed exclusively upon the common stock of 
the com pan 5\ 

One of the first official acts of Mr. Field and the Board of Con- 
trol of the new company was to reduce the price of this commod- 
ity to the consumer from thirty-five to twenty-five cents per 
hundred pounds. This remarkable cut of thirty per cent, took 
efifect Dec. i, 189S. One of the Chicago daily papers in referring 
to this cut, said editorially: "In this great reduction in the price 
of an article of almost universal consumption we are able to see 
the immediate benefit of the much-abused combination in busi- 
ness. The Knickerbocker Ice Company represents the ice com- 
bine effected last spring for the purpose of ending the periodical 
cuts and advances by which the competitive companies were 
alternately ruining themselves and squeezing their customers. 
One of the effects of competition was to make some of the inde- 
pendent companies reckless as to the purity of the sources of their 
supply so long as they were contiguous and yielded plentifully. 
Under the combination the quality of Chicago's ice supply was 
greatly improved and great economies were introduced. Instead 
of all the ice storehouses being opened at once, subjecting the 
supply to the attendant loss through melting, the stock of ice was 
kept intact, except at one or two of the nearest houses, from 
which immediate supplies were drawn as needed. In the matter 
of distribution there was even greater economy. Here one 
wagon could do the work of three rival concerns. This was not 
only an enormous saving to the combmation, but a great relief to 
our streets. With their loads of several tons ice wagons do more 
to obstruct street car traffic and wear out pavements than any 
other heavy vehicles. The reduction of their number by two- 
thirds has not been the least benefit of the ice combination of 
last spring. It is said that the combine saved $200,000 on hauling 
alone during the season just closed. The success which has at- 
tended the consolidation in the ice business is largely due to the 
shrewd and able business methods introduced by John S. Field 
who was elected president of the Knickerbocker company yester- 
daj'. Happily for the public, Mr. Field is a man of the highest 
personal honor and integrity, and recognizes that the success and 
profit in supplying such an article of common necessity as ice 
has become lie in sharing the economies of production and dis- 
tribution made possible by combination with the customer. The 
public's share in the economies of the Chicago ice combine is rep- 
resented by ten cents on every hundred pounds, or $2 a ton." 

The growth of the ice business in this city and this country 
during the past twenty years has been something marvelous. 
It has increased at the rate of more than ten per cent, per annum 
during that period, and in this city the increase has been most 
marked. It has been said that Chicago uses more ice annually 
than is used in all of Europe. 

It is a singular coincidence that the people associated with Mr. 


Field and his relatives were among the first persons iu New Eng- 
land to engage in the ice business. Mr. Field was first associated 
with the son-in-law of Addison Gage, the pioneer ice merchant in 
Boston, whose houses were at Wenham Lake, where it was the 
finest ice was cut. Connected with the Gages as head man was 
a Mr. Field, a distant relative of Mr. Field's father. 

Mr. Field's success has been due not only to the early advant- 
ages he enjoyed, but also largely and mainly to his good, sound 
judgment, self-reliance, quick perception, determination and 
conservatism. No question in business is left unsettled. He 
has always had the courage to grapple with great problems, and 
has mastered difficulties as they came one after the other. Gen- 
erous to his friends, frank and outspoken, patient with his ene- 
mies, he wastes no time on the trifles of life, but concentrates his 
talents in directions where great results can best be achieved. 
He is a good example of what a sterling character can accomplish 
in this land of great possibilities. 

Mr. Field is naturally proud of the success which he has 
achieved, but he is not at all given to self-glorification, a habit to 
which self-made men sometimes are addicted. On the contrary, 
he is one of the most unassuming of men, and is always easily 
approachable by any one having business to transact with him. He 
is a member of several of the local clubs, a director of the Charity 
Hospital and the Glenwood School for Boys, and chairman of the 
Board of Trustees of Plymouth Congregational Church. 

The author of this work is greatly indebted to Mr. Field for the 

encouragement and assistance given to the work. It was he who 

first suggested the Genealogy, and the credit of its inception 

should be given to him. 

3843. ii. GEORGE DURGIN, b. May 16, 1S49; unm. ; res. 2248 Michigan 

avenue, Chicago, 111. ; Board of Trade broker. 
3S44. iii. FREDERICK AMOS. b. April 11, 1S51; m. Dec. 9, 1880, Ida 
Rollins, b. Aug. 3, 1S59; res. Des Moines, Iowa; s. p. He left 
school at the age of sixteen, entering a mercantile establishment 
at Beloit, Wis., where he was born and then lived. He remained 
with the concern four years, having assumed charge of the boot 
and shoe department in the meantime. He then engaged himself 
as traveling salesman for a shoe factory — this was in 1871 — con- 
tinuing as traveling salesman till 1887, Twelve years of that 
period he was with C. M. Henderson & Co., of Chicago. In 1884 
he established himself in the wholesale and retail shoe business 
in the city of Des Moines, Iowa, and is at the present time con- 
tinuing the same. At the time of resigning his traveling posi- 
tion, he was earning a salary of $5,000 per annum. He has pros- 
pered in his business and is fairly independent. He has in the 
meantime been connected with various enterprises as side mat- 
ters, especially :n real estate dealing; has built some twenty- five 
houses in that city ; has been and is director in the Iowa National 
Bank for nearly ten years; is president of the Field-Ingalls Shoe 
Co. ; director on board of the Des Moines Commercial Exchange ; 
member of the Grant Club; president of the Golf and Country 
Club, and other minor social affairs. With Mrs. Field he has trav- 


eled abroad considerably, having spent some time in Egypt, and 
followed the Nile, the Jordan, etc., Cuba, Bermudas, and other 
countries. He is a self-made man; is held in high esteem by 
the citizens of Des Moines, of which he is one of the wealthiest 

3845. iv. MARY B., b. June 19, 1857; m. Chicago. 111., Feb. 3, 1886, Clar- 

ence Ives Peck, b. Chicago, Aug. 20, 1842; res. 2254 Michigan 
avenue, Chicago. She was educated at the public schools of 
Beloit and Chicago, and graduated at the Dearborn Seminary in 
Chicago. She is a member of the Century and Forty clubs, and is 
prominent in literary and church work in Chicago. Ch. : i. Philip 
Peck, b. Dec. 6, 1886, Chicago, 111. ; postofhce address, 2254 Michigan 
avenue, Chicago, 111. 2. Winfield Peck, b. June 24, 1889, Ocono- 
;. monoc. Wis. ; postoffice address, 2254 Michigan avenue, Chicago, 

III. 3. Martha Peck, b. March 28, 1891, Chicago. 111.; postoffice 
address, 2254 Michigan avenue, Chicago, 111. 

3846. V. DEXTER CLARY, d. in infancy. 

2145. GEORGE BAKER FIELD (Amos, Amos, Bennett, John, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John. John, Richard, William, William), b, Adams, N. Y., April 3, 1817; 
m. in St. Louis, Mo., Leonora Murphy, b. March, 1831. She resides at Hotel 
Savoy, New York, N. Y. Mr. George B. Field was born April 3, 1817. He was a 
lawj'er by profession, and began practice in the firm of Augustus Schell & Co. He 
gave up the practice of law to become president of the Gold and Stock Telegraph 
Company, which position he occupied for many years. He resigned his position in 
that company in order to devote his entire time to invention. He invented several 
successful things which he had patented. He introduced the stock ticker in London 
m 1 87 1. He retired from active business several years before he died. Thomas A. 
Edison was in his employ while he was president of the Stock Telegraph Company. 
He took a great interest in him (Edison), and furnished him the money to start a 
laboratory and to perfect and develop his inventions. Mr. Field died in New York 
city in his seventy-tifth year, March 15, 1S92. Res. New York, N. Y. 

3847. i. HARRIET, b. Jan. 9, 1854; m. Dec. 20, 1893; Wm. Gordon Kel- 

logg, s. p. ; res. New York, N. Y., The Schuyler, 59 West 45th 
street, and Fairfield, Conn. 

2146. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FIELD (Amos, Amos, Bennett, John, Zech- 
ariah. Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Adams, N. Y., March 
7, 1823; m. Sheboygan Falls, Wis., in 184S, Eliza A. Trowbridge, b. Dec. 26, 1831; 
she resides in Los Angeles, Cal. "Benjamin F. Field, who had lived in Chicago 
almost continuously since 1836, died at his residence, 90 22nd street, at the age of 76 
years," says the Chicago Tribune. "Mr. Field was born in Adams, N. Y. He was 
an active Christian worker, and numbered among his friends Dwight L. Moody, John 
V. Farwell, the Rev. Simon J. McPherson, and many others prominent in evangelical 
work. He was best known otherwise as an inventor, and many of his inventions are 
now in successful use. Among them were the steam plow, straw-board for building 
purposes and fiber ware, a water filter, and a bicycle saddle. He went to Beloit about 
1S47. He built the Beloit Straw Board Co.'s mill and invented building paper. He 
also conceived the idea of lining straw board by machinery. The cobblestone 
house on Broad street, now occupied by Walter Robinson, was built by him. Mr. 
Field was active in organizing the North Market Sunday-school in Chicago, and 
was aided in the work by such men as John B Farwell and Dwight L. I»Ioody. He 
left a widow, a son, Edward I. Field, of Telluride, Col., and two daughters, Mrs. 
Judge Stiles, of Charleston, W. Va., and Mrs. Frank M. Kelsey, of Los Angeles, 
Cal. The remains were taken to the old family home at Beloit, Wis., for burial." 
He d. July 31, 189S. Res. Chicago, 111. 


3S48. i. EDWARD ISAAC, b. Sept. 30, 1854; m. Ida A. Shattuck. 

3849. ii. ELLA SOPHIA, b. Nov. 19, 1849; m. Gunnison. Col., May 27, 

1884, Judge Maynard F. Stiles; res. s. p. Charleston, W. Va. He 
was b. Tunbridge, Vt., May 7, 1854. He is a graduate of Phil- 
lips Exeter Academy of New Hampshire. 1873, and of Harvard 
College in 1877. He went from Boston to Colorado in 18S0, and 
to Los Angeles in 1887. Was city auditor there in 1888. He 
practiced law in Colorado and California, and while in the former 
State was city attorney at Crested Butte, 1885-86-87. He returned 
to Boston, and resumed the practice of law in 1891. In 1893 he 
went to West Virginia in charge of extensive litigation concern- 
ing a large tract of land situated in Virginia, West Virginia and 
Kentucky, known as the Robert Morris five hundred thousand 
acre grant. Litigation mostly in the P'ederal courts of those 
States, and in United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth 
Circuit, and Supreme Court of the United States. 

3850. iii. ADA, b. Nov. 2, 1S57; m. September, 1S79, Frank M. Kelsey; res. 

Los Angeles, Cal., 2432 Fignerva street. 

2147. FREDERICK FIELD (Alfred, Amos, Bennet, John, Zechariah, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. in Dorset, Vt., Oct. 12, 1820. He 
removed in 1873 to San Jose, Cal. , where he resided. He was the first man to take Ver- 
mont marble from the quarries in Dorset to Chicago, 111. He m. Oct. 16, 1856, Mary 
Hannah, dau. of Judge Nathaniel and Mary (Sweetman) Bacon, of Niles, Mich., b, 
Dec. 6, 1833. Frederick Field was a man of the true New England type, upright, 
honest, patriotic and fearless. He was a slender, delicate boy, but brimfull of 
energy and enterprise. He was but twenty-one when he left home and began life 
tor himself. He brought the first marble to Chicago, and opened the first marble 
factory, but previous to this taught one of the ward schools in the winter of 1843 or 
1844. He found the climate of Chicago, or its water, poisonous to him, and moved 
to Niles, Mich., where he was in the marble business seven years. He then took 
$9,000 — his earnings — and bought an interest in a marble quarry in Dorset, Vt., and 
returned to his beloved Vermont. Here the children were born, and here they 
lived for seventeen years; then in 1874 came to California. Mr. Field was always 
prominent in church and public affairs; a God-fearing, neighbor-loving man, 
greatly mourned and tenderly remembered. He d. Nov. 17, 1887. Res. San 
Jose, Cal. 

ALFRED BACON, b. Oct. 17, 1857; d. Nov. 12, 1870. 

EDWARD SWEETMAN, b. May 15, 1&62; d. Oct. 14, 1870. 

ARTHUR GILBERT, b. May 15, 1862; m. Sarah G. Richards. 

MABEL JEANETTE, b. Nov. 1865; unm. ; res. San Jose. 

AMY GERTRUDE, b. Nov. 19, 1S69; d. Nov. 5, 1870. 

WILFRED BACON, b. Feb. 6, 1873; unm.; res. San Jose. 

CHARLES HUBERT, b. Nov. 26, 1875; unm.; res. San Jose. 

2149- HON. CHARLES FIELD (Alfred. Amos, Bennet, John, Zechariah. 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Alfred and Sophronia 
(Gilbert), b. in Dorset, Vt., Dec. 25, 1824, where he resided. For forty 
years he was a man well known and honorably known. Mr. Field's ances- 
tors came from England to Massachusetts, in those early days of emi- 
gration, between 1620 and 1633. On his mother's side he was descended from 
Thomas Gilbert, of Windham, and Henry Bowen, of New Roxbury, and Simon 
Huntington, of Norwich, an ancestor of both Mr. and Mrs, Alfred Field, all among 
















the founders of their towns in Connecticut. His forefathers were all actively con- 
cerned with the duties of citizenship, the forming of the village and town systems 
of this country, and the defense of their homes against the Indians. They were 
prominently concerned in the sharp, masterful struggles of the Pequot war, and 
the frightful Indian warfare in central Massachusetts. In every one of those fami- 
lies happened dreadful losses by death and kidnappings of women and children by 
the savage Indians, such as move the heart to hear of. The recollections of his 
childhood were full of pleasure to Charles Field. The most beautiful holidays of 
his life were those spent in going over the lovely uplands of his old home. To see 
once more the grand elm trees towering above the housetop, to walk about the 
familiar rooms, where he could recall many and many an hour of youth, where he 
might see again his mother's room and look out of its north window, as he had been 
used to do with her in the summer mornings of long ago at her bed of marigolds, 
and the orchard trees, and the view of the northern mountains; to drink from the 
spring in the old dairy, to walk across the quiet road and the meadow to the edge 
of the bluff, and then, perhaps, away down the old grassy road among the knolls to 
the lower meadow where the stream goes, flowing in soft curves away. 

When about twenty-five years of age he, like so many other young men of New 
England, went west and entered into the marble business in Chicago with his elder 
brother Frederick, who had preceded him. Their place of business was on La Salle 
street near the river. They established a branch of their business at Niles, Mich., 
which at that time proved to be so much better a point for their business than 
Chicago that they removed to Niles. Mr. Field married in 1851 Henrietta Arm- 
strong, daughter of Cyrus Armstrong, of Dorset, Vt., and in 1852 returned to Ver- 
mont and became a member of the firm ot Holly, Field & Kent, who up to the time 
of the Rebellion operated the Dorset marble quarries. In this this firm were 
among the early developers of the well known Vermont marbles. Meeting with 
very heavy financial losses on account of the war, the firm in which Mr. Field was 
a partner suspended business. 

Mr. Field had now been tor some years a prominent man in Vermont. Keenly 
interested in the political questions of his day, a staunch Republican, he was, for 
years before the war, chairman of the district convention. He was a delegate from 
Vermont to the first national conventions at Pittsburg and Chicago. He w-as re- 
presentative in 1S59, carrying his election by a majority of 300. He was offered a 
consulship at Valparaiso. Chili. In his own village he had a great and loving pride, 
and did much to beautify it, and to aid it in various ways. During the war of the 
Rebellion he was recruiting officer for Bennington county; he was offered a colo- 
nelcy in one ot the earlier regiments. When the call for the nine months' men 
came he went south as quartermaster of the 16th Regiment, Second Brigade, Ver- 
mont Volunteers. He was acting brigade quartermaster for several months. 

At one time during their service the Vermonters of the second brigade awoke to 
the full realization of the fact, that they were in the center of the vast of what might 
be the decisive battle of the war. The men of the i6th on picket had been relieved at 
daylight by troops of the 3rd corps, and the brigade joined Doubleday's division 
to which it belonged, which was lying in the rear of Cemetery Hill, a little east of 
the Tarrytown road. Here they got their breakfast. That they had anything to eat 
was owing to the energy of Acting Brigade Quartermaster Charles Field. Aware 
that the men had not over a day's rations with them, he took the responsibility 
when the trains were ordered back by General Sickles of going forward with four 
wagons loaded with hard bread, pork and coffee. He reached the field with these 
after dark of the first day, coming in by the Emmettsburg road; he would have 
gone, unawares, into the Confederate lines if he had not been halted by the third 

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See page 673. 



corps pickets, who directed him to the position of the brigade. He had a cordial 
welcome from General Stannard, and the regiments were thus supplied with the 
food so needed to sustain the men in the strain and struggle before them. Stan- 
nard's Vermont brigade contributed greatly to the victory of the last day." — From 
Benedict's "Vermont in the Civil War." 

During the last two days of the battle he acted at his own request as aid to 
General Stannard on the battlefield. After the battle he was ordered to find and 
to bring north, to Brattleboro, Vt., the sick and wounded Vermont soldiers. 

After the war Mr. Field began anew the contest with that burden of business 
and private debt that had pursued his honest and straightforward soul so many 
years. He had a rather tall, slight figure, a finely shaped and well poised head, 
handsome, dark brown hair, and particularly beautiful dark blue eyes. He had. 
great alertness of appearance, commingled with a peculiar dignity and affable com- 
posure of manner. He possessed a nature addressed to distinction. He had a courte- 
ous nature and true. He had simple and faithful affections, and loved to think of 
his friends and to be with them. His love for his wife and his children was one of 
the strong parts of his nature and his character, and his habitual attitude toward 
them was very beautiful, touching the ideal. 

He m. Oct. 23. 1S51, Henrietta Frank, dau. of Cyrus and Samantha (Baldwin) 
Armstrong, b. June 9, 1826. He d. in Dorset in 18S6. She resides at 621 Addison 
avenue, Lake View, Chicago. 

3858. i. CHARLES ARMSTRONG, b. May 23, 1853; m. 1894. Sylvia Wil- 

liston Little, of Liverpool, England; res., s. p., San Francisco, 
Cal., 1106 Bush street. Charles A. Field, son of Charles Field, 
was born in Dorset, Vt., in 1853. After graduating at Phillips 
Academy, Andover, Mass., he went to the Pacific coast in 1874, 
and spent some time on the stock ranches of Californiaand Nevada. 
In 1877 he returned East and entered the employ of the Vermont 
Marble Co. ; again returning in 1S83 to San Francisco, to become 
manager of their Pacific coast branch, in which capacity he still 
remains. Since Mr. Field's connection with the Vermont 
Marble Co., it has fallen to his lot to travel very extensively, for 
the purpose of introducing the American marbles in foreign coun- 
tries, having been the pioneer in this line in Europe, Asia, Africa, 
Australia and South and Central America. In 1894 Mr, Field 
married Miriam Sylvia, only child ot Mr. John Sylvester Willis- 
ton, Liverpool, England. 

3859. ii. FRANCES, b, Sept. 6, 1855: m, April 23, 1884, Prof- Nathan 

Abbott; res. Stanford University, Cal. Nathan Abbott, son 
of Abial Abbott and Sarah Davis Abbott, born Norridgewock, 
Me,, July II, 1S54; moved in infancy with his parents to Water- 
town, Mass, He graduated from Andover Academy, Yale Col- 
lege and Boston Law School, practicing law in Boston for some 
years. In 1891 he became professor of law in the University of 
Michigan. In 1892 he removed to Chicago, as professor of law in 
the Northwestern University. In 1S94 he became dean of the 
law department of Stanford University of California, where he 
now is. He married Frances Field, daughter of Charles and 
Henrietta Armstrong Field, of Dorset, Vt., April 23, 13S4. Ch. 
I. Dorothy, b. in Dorset, Vt., June 19, 1885. 2. Phylis, b. in 
Wellesley, Mass., Nov. 13, 1888. 

3860. iii. KATHERINE ARMSTRONG, b. July 12, 1857; m. Jan. 19, 1886, 


Horace F. White; res. 621 Addison avenue, Chicago, 111. Ch. : 
I. Lorraines Field White, b. in Chicago, Nov. 9, 1886: d. Dec. 8, 
1887. 2. Katherine Fay White, b. Nov. 11, 1888. 3. An infant, b. 
and d. Nov. 17, 1890. Horace Fay White, b, in Rutland, Vt., 
April 22, X843, son of Horace T. White and Lorain (Fay) White, 
graduated from Middlebury College, Vt., and Columbia College 
Law School in Washington. Mrs. White now resides at 621 
Addison avenue, Chicago. Her family includes her mother, 
Mrs. Charles Field. 

3861. iv. HENRY IRVING, b. Sept. 7. 1859; d. Dec. 5. 1859. 

3862. v. GILBERT BALDWIN, b. July 15, 1864; d. Jan. 7, 1865. 

2153. HON. BENJAMIN COLLINS FIELD (Spaflford, Amos, Bennet, John, 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Spafford 
and Sally (Collins), b. in Dorset, Vt., June 12, i8i6. He settled in 1828 in Albion, 
N. Y., where he d. Aug. 14, 1876, unm. He was an extensive and successful farmer. 

"Mr. Field was a native of Dorset, Vt., but went to Albion, N. Y., in 1829, w^hen 
a boy, and there he resided ever since. He read law when a young man, and was 
admitted to practice, and also pursued the vocation of his brother — that of lettering 
headstones; but becoming interested in politics, he abandoned all other business. 
He at one time entered into contracts, a number of railroads being constructed 
under his supervision. Mr. Field was the real inventor of the sleeping car, and it 
was of his thought and money that George M. Pullman availed himself to perfect 
one of the greatest inventions of the age. Politically, Mr Field was at first a 
Whig, allying himself to the Republican party upon its formation, and to his influ- 
ence are due the victories of the latter party in this State during and for some time 
after the war. In 1872, however, Mr. Field became a convert to Liberalism, and 
was at the time of his death, a conscientious supporter of the St. Louis ticket. In 
1S54 and 1855 Mr. Field represented the twenty-eighth district in the State Senate, 
and he was Republican representative from this county in the constitutional con- 
vention in 1867. He was also for some years a hard-working member of the Repub- 
lican State Committee. Personally, Mr. Field was a generous, fair-minded, hon- 
orable man. Magnanimous and frank, he was never a bitter politician. His low, 
temperate tones contrasted peculiarly with those of his opponents when engaged 
in any controversy of a political nature, and characterized him as one of nature's 
noblemen. In this we are borne out by comments of the press and individuals all 
over the State, for Mr. Field had a large circle of acquaintances and friends in 
nearly every county. We quote from the Rochester Democrat of yesterday 

" 'In nine cases out of ten his work at Albany was in preventing obnoxious spe- 
cial legislation, while he never was identified as assisting in the passage of any bill 
which savored of jobbery or was unjust in any of its provisions. His private life 
was above reproach. Genial and communicative, possessing an inexhaustible fund 
of political anecdotes and reminiscences, he was a delightful and instructive com- 
panion, while his unselfish devotion to his friends, his willing sacrifices in time 
and money on their behalf and for their advancement, won the admiration and 
respect even of his political opponents. ' 

"Mr. Field was never married, but resided with a sister. He leaves a brother 
and three sisters. The funeral, which was held at his house, was largely attended." 
— Albion, N. Y., Republican, Aug. 16, 1876. 

Benjamin Field was admitted to the bar at Albion, Orleans county, N. Y., Jan. 
25, 1845. — (From the roll of attorneys, examined by me September, 1899.) 

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He was quite a famous though quiet politician of western New York. A man 
of many virtues, with few if any vices, and was highly esteemed by all his neigh- 
bors. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1867. The civil list 
of the State of New York shows that Benjamin C. Field, of Albion, N. Y., was a 
State senator from the twenty-eighth senatorial district in the years 1854 and 1855; 
a member of the New York and Connecticut Boundary Commission in 1856; a 
member of the Constitutional Convention of 1867, from the twenty-ninth senatorial 

While residing in Albion, Mr. Field became acquainted with George M. Pull- 
man, who had lately come to that place from Westfield, where he had been a clerk 
in a store, earning $40 a year for such services. Young Pullman at once engaged 
with a cabinet maker in that place to learn the trade. While so engaged he found 
an opportunity to make more money by engaging in building moving along the 
route of the Erie canal when that famous waterway was widened. Having finished 
a number of contracts satisfactorily and learning that much of the same kind of 
work was in demand in the city of Chicago, 111., he went to that city. One of the 
largest jobs he secured was the raising of the old Tremont House, something like 
three feet above its foundation. On his trip to Chicago he was accompanied by Mr. 
Field, who had formed a partnership with him in New York State under the firm 
name of Field & Pullman. They had an uncomfortable ride to that city in what 
was then called a sleeping car, over the Lake Shore road. It was in reality, how- 
ever, nothing more than an old-fashioned flat-top day coach fitted with a lot of cum- 
bersome bedding without linen. When not in use at night the bedding was stored 
in an unsightly heap at one end of the car. The whole arrangement was very 
crude and unsanitary. With one end of the car stored with mattresses and blankets, 
a large part of the interior was practically useless, when the occupants were not 
snoring; besides no one but a foreign emigrant would ride in such a car in day- 
time, even if thoroughly aired. 

]\Ir. Field had a car built about this time at Dayton, Ohio. It was rebuilt a 
number of times, and when completed cost a considerable sum of money. Mr. Field 
had the outside of it lettered, "New Orleans, New York, San Francisco," etc. It 
is said* there was not a place on the side of the car but what had the name of some 
place on it. This car was afterwards run on the Alton road. 

Field & Pullman did not have any shops of their own at this time, but the cars 
of their designing were built at the various railroad shops. The first sleeping cars 
built in Illinois were built at the Chicago and Alton shops in Bloomington in 1857, and 
were made from old day coaches Nos. 9 and 19. It was thought at this time by the 
railroad officials that two cars of this character would be sufficient. One to be run to 
Chicago, and the other from Chicago every night. In remodeling the cars every- 
thing was taken out from the inside of the day coaches, and the contract between 
Field & Pullman and the Alton company was that the former company was to keep 
up the repairs on the inside of the coaches while the railway people were to make 
the necessary repairs on the outside. 

The lower berth was a double berth, and there were two single berths above. 
Field & Pullman charged $1.00 for the lower and 50 cents for the upper berths. The 
car at that time was a great curiosity, not only to the general public, but to the train- 
men as well. Old-fashioned stoves with blocks of wood for fuel furnished the heat 
in those days.| No one appears to remember fhe exact details or who the passen. 

* Mr. Huntington, of the Alton Road. 

t This information is from Dudley Walker of the Adv. Department of the Alton Road' 
furnished him by Mr. Goodell of Denver, who at that time was treasurer and a director of the 


gers of old No. 9 were on its first journey. The cars as stated above were run to 
and from Chicago and St. Louis. On the departure and arrival of every coach 
each evening and morning either ]\Ir. Pullman or his brother, A. B. Pullman, 
■would be at the Alton depot to note the progress the car was taking with the traveling 
public. The employes of the road did not take kindly to the sleeping car. At that 
time old Governor Mattheson was "the whole thing on the line," and the employes 
criticised him quite seriously for putting $4,000 into new fangled cars and not pay- 
ing them their regular wages. As a result of this occurred the first railroad strike 
in Illinois. Mr. Field remained a member of the firm for several years, until about 
1S66, when the company was succeeded by the Pullman Palace Car Company. 
"The Tremont" and "Southerner" were built soon after the others, as was "The 
Pioneer." This latter was a twelve-section car, finished inside with black walnut, 
and there were two washstands, one at each end of the car. The seats were cross- 
ways, the same as now. The berths were also the same as they are now. The 
upper berth hinged from the back side of the car and tipped up in front. On this 
car there was also a linen closet, on the opposite side was the saloon, and next to 
that was a washstand. This was the same arrangement at each end of the car. 
From this crude beginning Mr. Pullman developed one of the greatest industries in 
this country, and but for the financial aid Benjamin Field rendered George M. Pull- 
man, the traveling public would probably not have quite as luxurious traveling as 
they do to-day. 

In the Orleans American of Aug. 17, 1876, I find the following which was taken 
from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle of Aug. 16, 1876. After a notice of 
the death, etc., I find this: 

"Subsequently Mr. Field became interested in politics, and gave his attention to 
the contract business, especially in the building of railroads — some of the most im- 
portant in this country have been constructed under his supervision. His first 
political principles wereof the Whig school, which he followed faithfully, zealouslyand 
conscientiously. After the formation ot the Republican party he allied himself to 
its fortunes, and brought to its support an indomitable will, unfiinching devotion, 
and a genius for work and organization which gave him peculiar and distinctive 
success. In 1S69 he was favorably mentioned for the oiSce of surveyor of the port 
of New York." 

lu speaking of his candidacy for that office, a correspondent of the Democrat 

"Standing where it has been given me to stand, I claim to be able to demon- 
strate beyond cavil the truth of my averment that the Republicans are indebted to 
the earnest, unselfish, disinterested and very devoted labors of Mr. Field as much 
as to any other man in their ranks who has occupied the position of a worker and a 
manager, and if it is to be in any sense a political apothegm of the party that the 
patronage within its gift be rewarded in the ratio of faithful service rendered. Gen- 
eral Grant cannot have a higher obligation imposed upon him with reference to 
this oflSce than the claims of Mr. Field will present. 

"In 1854-55 he represented the twenty-eighth district in the State Senate. In 
1867 the Republican representative from Orleans county in the constitutional con- 
vention. Both as a senator and as a member of the constitutional convention he 
displayed marked native ability for political duty, and brought to each office a ) 

wide and varied experience, which, coupled with an intimate knowledge of the 
details of political affairs, made him a man of conspicuous worth in the offices with 
which the people so fittingly honored him. He was also, for a number of years, an 
indefatigable member of the Republican State Committee." 

Personally, Mr. Field's character in many respects was unique. He is said by 




those who best knew him never to have displayed, in how bitter soever a contest 
he might be engaged, those smaller and baser qualities which seek and only obtain 
satisfaction in wreaking political vengeance upon his foes. He was magnanimous 
to a fault, and generous and open-hearted to the last degree. His life had been 
pitched in the very midst of political corruption, and yet so sagacious and well- 
informed a paper as the New York Commercial Advertiser, speaking of him in 
1869. said: "DiiTering, as we have, from him for many years, we are bound to say 
in fairness that he has labored incessantly for the success of the Republican cause. 
The imputations thrown out against Mr. Field's connection with legislative jobs 
lave no foundation in truth." And ot the correctness of this opinion all those who 
inew the deceased will bear willing testimony'. In nine cases out of ten his work 
;n Albany was in preventing obnoxious special legislation, while he was never 
.dentified as assisting in the passages of any bill which savored of jobbing or was 
injust in any of its provisions. His private life was above reproach. Genial and 
;ommunicative, possessing an inexhaustible fund of political anecdotes and remi- 
aiscences. he was a delightful companion, while his unselfish devotion to his 
'riends, his willing sacrifices of time and money on their behalf and for their 
idvancement won admiration and respect even of his political opponents. 

But Mr. Field was not only widely known as a sagacious political leader; he 
vas the promoter of the Pullman sleeping-car, and, at Chicago, the first one of 
hose now world-wide famous cars was constructed under his personal surper vision, 
ind paid for with his money, and it was from his start that Mr. Pullman perfected 
his great invention. For many years Mr. Field was interested in the manufac- 
ure, and for a time held a controlling interest in the stock. 

"The best years of his life, his talent, his energies and the means which he had 
iccumulated by industry and bj' his inventive mind, were chiefly donated for the 
lonorable success of his party, and in a legitimate way, for the political advance- 
nent of his friends. He was sixty years of age, and while building a road in Chicago 
;ome two years ago, heart disease became more rapidly developed and hastened his 
ieath. He was a man of fine presence, and compelled friends everywhere by his 
geniality and benevolent impulses. 

Mr. Field leaves one brother, M. S. Field, at present supervisor of the town, 
md four sisters. He came of an honest, sturdy New England stock. His father, 
spafford Field, 'was noted for honesty, virtue, intelligence and industry. He 
smigrated from Dorset, Vt., first to Weedsport, Cayuga county, then to Alton 
n 1S29. 

The neighbors and friends of Mr. Field in this county where he is best known 
herish many warm recollections of his various kindly and sympathizing actions, 
.nd good words for all, whether of his own politics or not. He had a large heart, 
md to those who tmsted him as a friend bound himself with hooks of steel. There 
vas nothing he would not do for a friend. There are a few selfish and purchasable 
>fiice-seekers around the country who hated him, because he was not of them and 
lad frequently thwarted their venal schemes. But no man can truthfully say 
'Ben" ever cheated or cut the corner on any worthy, straightforward and deserving 
nan, and it is well known that he effectually assisted to political offices a large 
lumber of tlJose he believed to be "honest and capable." The other kind he 
.voided and opposed. 

Mr. Field was remarkably independent in forming his political opinions and 
ixing his party relations. He followed what he believed to be right principles, 
md for the best interests of the whole people. This must be conceded to his mem- 
)ry in connection with his separation from the old Republican party. In change of 
►arty association, painful as it was to him, in some of the personal aspects, no man 



can doubt that he was whoU}* actuated by the highest and purest motives and 
strongest convictions." 

"Green be the turf above thee, 
Friend of my better days." 

— From the Orleans American. 

2154. NORMAN SPAFFORD FIELD (Spafford, Amos, Bennet, John, Zech- 
ariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Spafford and Sally 
(Collins), b. in Dorset, Vt., May 25, 1S18. He removed to Albion, N. Y. , where he 
afterwards resided. He m., June, 1846, Sarah D., dau. of William Baker, of 
Fort Ann, N. Y. ; m. 2d, October, 1850, Mary E., sister of first wife, b. Aug. 27, 
1830: d. July II, 1S84; m., 3d, Oct. 16, 1S85, Mary Wolcott. 

Norman Spafford Field, son of Spafford and Sally (Collins) Field, was born at 
Dorset, Vt. It was at Dorset that his grandfather, Amos Field, had settled in 
1772, having taken a tract of farming land about a mile from the village. Spafford 
Field moved to Weedsport, N. Y., while his son Norman was quite young. From 
Weedsport the family moved to Albion, N. Y., which is located on the Erie canal, 
in 1827. The Erie canal had been open, but a short time, and the journey to 
Albion on the line boat was a great event in the life of a boy nme years of age. 
Albion at that time was a small tovm in the wilderness, with only a few stores and 
houses near the canal landing. 

Norman was educated at the public schools, and later at Lima Seminary, 
Lima, N. Y., and Burr and Burton Seminary, Manchester, Vt. After leaving school 
he learned the trade of marble cutting. At an early age he established a marble 
shop in Toronto, Canada, and soon after opened a second shop in Lockport, N. Y. 
In 1847 he was married to Sarah Droun Baker, daughter of Col. William Baker, of 
Fort Ann, N. Y. Miss Baker was descended from one of the oldest Massachusetts 
colonial families, had been carefully educated, and was a young woman of rare 
endowments. Within a year after the marriage she died, leaving no children. In 
October, 1850, he was married to Mary Eliza Baker, sister of his first wife. By this 
marriage there were four children. She was a woman of rare personal beauty, of 
deep religious conviction, and of most lovely and exemplary Christian character. 

After his marriage, Norman S. Field began housekeeping in Lockport, but 
about 1855 moved to Albion, and with his father bought a farm of one hundred 
acres lying on the edge of the village, but now included within its limits. Having 
sold his business in Toronto, he continued his marble and stone business in Lock- 
port, and increased his enterprise in the same line by adding a shop at Albion, and 
one at Buffalo, N. Y. In 187S he sold his interest in the marble shops to partners, 
and spent several months in the western states, examining their resources and op- 
portunities for investment. The result was that he entered upon the business of 
negotiating Kansas farm loans, which he continued until his death. About 18S0, 
in conjunction with two others, he established the Smith County Bank at Smith 
Center, Kansas. During twenty years he placed a large amount of western loans 
in Albion and vicinity, and his dealings were always characterized by the highest 
integrity and honor. 

He never sought political preferment, but was twice elected supervisor of his 
town, and left a record of active and honorable service in that office. He succeeded 
in having the assessment of the town, unjustly large, reduced by the State Board 
of Equalization, and in having a system of work on the stone pile introduced, 
which effectually suppressed the tramp nuisance in Albion. 

Mr. Field was a member of the Presbyterian church, and for many years was a 
trustee of the First Presbyterian church ot Albion. He was a devoted husband and 


a most kind and indulgent father. To his children he was a companion and 

"Died, Saturday, November 17, 1894. Norman S. Field, aged 75 years. 

"Albion has had the blessing of being what is called 'a model residence town,' 
a town of the homes of business men of sterling worth and unblemished character. 
One of the most honored of our citizens was Norman S. Field. Rugged and kindly 
like Lincoln, you felt his truth and honesty of soul every time you looked in his 
face. • Simple in all his tastes, free from prejudices, lenient toward the erring, sym- 
pathetic toward the unfortunate — no one ever knew him to use bitter words or to 
entertain bitter thoughts. He was self-reliant; it never occurred to him to be 
otherwise. His sons have similar traits because they were brought up that way, 
self-reliant and self-respecting, sharing their father's sturdy cheerfulness and in- 
heriting the temper and habit of making the best of things. Norman Field came of 
the same stock as Cyrus Field, and shared fully in the family traits of mental inde- 
pendence, modesty and perseverance. The affectedness and artificiality of the age 
passed him by. He loved that only which is real, homely, sincere, lasting and truth- 
giving. His charities were hand-to-hand, his own charities, though he did not 
refuse to give freely his money, presence and words of encouragement for the 
charities of others. Unswayed and unbiased, his judgment was sought and his 
example followed. His fine sense ot humor and quaint way of putting things, which 
again reminded one of Lincoln, made his companionship delightful to his friends. 

"There is a beauty in a character like his which is beyond words, but which we 
all can feel. The numberless and repeated inquiries received during his illness 
from all kinds of people showed how widely he was regarded. 

"We keenly feel the loss of Mr. Field, who as an intimate family friend and 
neighbor is endeared to us by a thousand ties and kindnesses."— Albion paper. 

"Died, July 11, 1884, at her home, in Albion, N, Y., Mrs. Mary Field, wife of 
Norman S. Field, aged fifty-four years. 

"Rarely are we called upon to record the death of one so universally beloved. 
In every relation of life she was a most excellent and exemplary woman. Hers was 
a noble and unselfish life. She was too young to die. Her name will be mentioned 
gratefully, and her memory cherished in many a humble home that was blessed by 
her kindness. Thoughtful and untiring in her care for others, generous in her 
deeds of charity, full of mercy and good works, she will long live in the hearts that 
were made glad by her unselfish ministries. She seemed to live under inspiration of 
divine injunction, 'to do good, forget not.' 

"Her home life as one of loving devotion to those to whom she sustained the 
most endearing relations, gentle, responsive to every appeal of duty and aflfection. 
Her influence as a mother was very marked. Her undying love for her children, 
her tender longings, her unceasing care for their interests, have yielded fruit in 
their love and gratitude, and in lives that give promise of usefulness and honor. 
Her children rise up and call her blessed. Her religious character was of an earnest 
and positive type. She was a woman of deep and decided religious convictions, and 
of fixed religious principles, and from these she was never known to swerve. She 
took refuge in the promises of the Gospel, and its doctrines seemed to satisfy her 
heart. Surely her life was an illustration of their power. Her walk and conver- 
sation were in harmony with her profession. Patient under suffering, as her end 
approached, her character grew more beautiful in its quiet trust. Her life was well 
spent, and she has gone to the reward that awaits every such life. She being dead, 
still speaks by the memory of her ardent and consistent piety, and still lives in the 
very heart of the church ot which she was an active and influential member. To 
her surviving husband, worthy in every way of such a companion, and to her sor- 


rowing kindred, we extend our sincere sympathies, and to her memory we offer 
this humble tribute, for she was well beloved by us all. She rests from her labors, 
and her works do follow her. 
He d. Nov. 17, 1894. 

3S63. i. WILLIAM SPAFFORD, b. Jan. 26, 1853: unm. ; res. Mankato, 
Kansas. William S. Field was born at Lockport, Niagara 
county, N. Y. He is the oldest son of Norman S. and Mary E. 
Field. He was educated at the Albion Academy, Albion, N. Y., 
and the Brockport, N. Y., Collegiate Institute. It was his in- 
tention to have a college education. He entered Dartmouth 
College, but on account of ill health, was obliged to give up at 
the end of a year. In 1S74 and 1875 he w^as in the hardware bus- 
iness in Albion with his father. In the year 1879 he went to 
Smith Center, Kansas, where he was interested with his father 
in the Smith County Bank, acting as cashier. In i88q he re- 
moved to Mankato, the county seat of Jewell count}', where he 
has since resided. He is engaged in the real estate and farm 
loan business at the present time, his loans being placed princ- 
ipally in the Eastern States. Mr. Field is a man held in high 
esteem by the people of Mankato, and has served one term as 
Mayor of the city. 

3864. ii. JOHN WOLCOTT, b. Nov. i, 1854; d- March 3, 1856. 

3865. iii. KIRKE HART, b. June 26, 1S57; m. Myra Lee Howard. 

3S66. iv. SARAH DROWN, b. April 26, 1862; m. Sept. 14, 1887. George 
T. S. Foote. She was educated at private schools, Albion High 
School and Elmira College. She was married to George T. S. 
Foote, a graduate of Rochester Unviersity, who is now teller of 
the Orleans County National Bank in Albion, N. Y. 

2162. ALPHEUS FIELD (Bennet, Bennet, Bennet, John. Zechariah, Zech- 
ariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Bennett and Lucinda (Fox), 

b. in Berlin, Vt., Oct. 5, 181 1. He removed in to Union Mills. Pa., where in 

1877 he resided. He m., Jan. i, 1S42, Mary Averill, June, 1844; m. 2d, Jan. 5, 
1845, Mary Chapin. 

FRANCIS, b. Nov. 21, 1842; m. Lois Clark. 

WILLIAM WALLACE, b. June 12, 1844; m. Jennie Blow. 

GEORGE W., b. June 12, 1S44. 

ELIZABETH, b. Feb. 17, 1S46; m. June 18, 1S72, James Sher- 

DORA C, b. Sept. ii. 1852; m. June 18, 1872, Warren Jones. 

DOLLY E., b. Oct. 29, 1858. , 

2168. SAMUEL MILTON FIELD (Alpheus, Bennet, Bennet, John, Zech- 
ariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard. William, William), son of Alpheus and 
Rhoda (Emerson), b. in Berlin. Vt., Feb. 19, 181Q. He removed to Topsham, Vt., 
where he now resides. He m. Nov. 15, 1842, Abigail House. 

3873. i. ALICE JEAN, b. April 16, 1844; m. Feb. 16, 1865, Samuel 


3874. ii. EDWIN C, b, Nov. 15, 1846. 

3875. iii. ELIZABETH M., b. Nov. 19, 1S54; m. March 5, 1874, Mills G. 


2169. DR. ANDREW EMERSON FIELD (Alpheus, Bennet, Bennet, John, 














Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Alpheus and 
Rhoda (Emerson), b. in Berlin, Vt., Dec. 21, 1820. He graduated at Dartmouth 
College in 1845; studied medicine with Dr. Owen Smith, of Berlin, and settled in 
the practice of his profession in Barre, Vt , where he now resides. He ra. Feb. 29, 
1848, Clarinda, dau. of David and Lucy (Adams) Nelson, of Orange, Vt. , b. Aug. 
14, 1S25. Andrew Emerson Field was born in Berlin, Vt. ; studied medicine and 
graduated from Dartmouth Medical College in 1845. His practice was in Orange, 
Vt., for five years. While there he married Clarinda Nelson, of that town, and 
moved to Washington, Vt., in 1851, where he practiced for about twenty years; 
then removed to Barre, Vt., where he now resides, 

3S76. i. EDNAH LUCY, b. June 26, 1850; m. Sept. 13, 1870. Dr. Hiram O. 
Worthen, of Barre, Vt. Ch. : i. Clarence Field Worthen, b. 
Dec. 4, 1879. 2. Ernest Nelson Worthen, b. July 25, 1883. 3. 
Judith Grace Worthen, b. March 2, 1885. 4. Roy Owen Worthen, 
b. April 27, 1888. Postoffice address, Barre. Vt. Hiram Owen 
Worthen was born in Orange, Vt., Aug. 16, 1838; studied medi- 
cine and began practice in Barre, Vt., in 1864, where he has con- 
tinued to practice ever since. He married Drusilla Wood in Sep- 
tember, 1866, who died in 1869. He afterward married Edna 
Field, of Washington, Vt., by whom he has four children. He 
was one of the founders of the Barre Granite Savings Bank and 
Trust Company, and is vice-president and director of the same 
at present. He has served in the Vermont Legislature as sena- 
tor and representative. 

3877. ii. ANNA BELLE, b. Jan. 7, 1S66; d. Sept. II, 1S67. 

3878. iii. CLINTON NELSON, b. Dec. 15, 1S67; m. Katherine C. Brush. 

2170. WILLIAM HENRY FIELD (Alpheus, Bennet, Bennet, John, Zecha- 
riah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Alpheus and 
Rhoda (Emerson), b. in Berlin, Vt, Oct. 12, 1S22. He settled in 1850 in Rutland, 
Vt, where he now resides; a carpenter and house builder. He m. April 15, 1855, 
Amanda Maria, dau. of John and Mary (Spaulding) Whitney, of Ludlow, Vt, b. 
No". 16, 1834. Res. 13 Chestnut avenue, Rutland, Vt 

3S79. i. ROLLIN DENISON, b. March 3, 1857; m. Dec. 24, 1S77; res. 
Brandon, Vt. 

Bennet, John, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son 
of Alpheus and Rhoda (Emerson), b. in Berlin, Vt, Feb. 4, 1825. He settled in 
Montpelier, Vt, and engaged in mercantile business. In 1S62 he removed to Han- 
over, N. H. He was appointed postmaster in 1864, which office he held until April 
13, 1885. He m. Jan. 20, 1843, Maria, dau. of Israel and Nancy (Hervey) Dewey, 
of Berlin, Vt, b. March 12, 1828. Cornelius A. Field was born in Berlin, Vt He 
lived with his parents upon the farm and attended the public schools until about 
nineteen years of age, when he went to Hanover, N. H., and attended the academy 
connected with Dartmouth College. He became a clerk in the store of Baldwin 
& Scott, in Montpelier, Vt., and four years later purchased an interest in the busi- 
ness which was carried on for about ten years under the firm name of Scott & Field. 

On account of poor health he sold his interest and returned to the farm at Berlin. 
A year later he removed with his family to Hanover, N. H.. where he became en- 
gaged in the mercantile business. He was appointed postmaster at Hanover, by 
President Lincoln, taking the office July i, 1864. Receiving appointments from 
Presidents Grant, Johnson, Hayes and Arthur, he continued in this office till April 



13, 18S5, when he was removed by President Cleveland. He was also active in 
business and public enterprises, being a member of the Board of Education at 
Hanover, and a stockholder and secretary and treasurer of the Hanover Gas Light 
Co. In 1886 he removed to Duluth, Minn., and is engaged in the loaning and real 
estate business. In politics he has always been a Republican. Is a member of 
the Congregational church, and was for several years a deacon in the Pilgrim 
Congregational church of Duluth. Res. 1227 East 3rd street, Duluth, Minn. 

3880. i. HARRIET MARIA, b. Oct. 15, 1855; m. April 30, 1888. Prof. 

Clarence Watkins Scott, b. Aug. 20, 1849; res. Durham, N. H. 
He is professor of History and Political Economy in New Hamp- 
shire College. Clarence W. Scott was born in Plymouth, Vt. ; 
graduated from Dartmouth College in 1874; librarian of Dart- 
mouth until 1878; studied law, and was admitted to the Ver- 
mont bar in 1879. In the year 1881 was appointed professor of 
English Language and Literature in the New Hampshire Col- 
lege of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts. This position he 
« still holds, though his work is now in History and Political Econ- 

omy. Ch. : I. Charles Field, b. Jan. 22, 1890. 2. Susan Helen, 
b. July 30, 1895. 

3881. ii. EDWIN DEWEY, b. June 25, 1858; m. Mabel Bronson Smith. 

3852. iii. FLORA, b. Aug. 8, i860; d. Feb. 4, 1861. 

3853. iv. CORNELIA, b. Feb. 27, 1865; m. Aug. 16, 1894, James Bradford 

Vail, of Castleton, N. D., He is a farmer; res. Chaffee, N. D. 
Ch. : I. James Bradford, b. May 13, 1896. 2. Edwin Field, b. 
Nov. 3, 1897. 

3884. V. . ELIZABETH, b. July 8, 1866; unm. ; res. Duluth, Minn. 

3885. vi. HELEN EMERSON, b. Oct. i, 1869; unm.; res. Duluth, Minn. 

3886. vii. ALICE HOVEY, b. Oct. 9, 1871; unm.; res. Duluth. Minn. 

2174. SIMON CLOSSON FIELD (Seth P., Bennet, Bennet, John, Zecha- 
riah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard William, William), son of Seth P. and Sarah 
(Closson), b. in Northfield, Vt., Sept. 15, 1820. He removed in 1843 to Boston, 
Mass., where he resided. He m. April 7, 1846, Rhoda W., dau. of Isaac W. and 
Lucy (Brown) Lord, of Hanover, N. H. Res. Bunker Hill, 111. 

3887. i. LEONORE ALDANA. b. Oct. i, 1847; d. Aug. 20, 1874. 

3888. ii. BRUCE FLEWELLING, b. Oct. 18, 1849; m. Charlotte H. Green 

and Josephine M. Wilmont. 

2179. DAVID DANA FIELD (Seth P., Bennet, Bennet, John, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. in Northfield, Vt., March 
12, 1836. He settled in 1S59 in Worcester, Vt. ; in 1876 he returned to Northfield, 
where he now resides; a farmer. He m. April 15, 1859, Laura Asenath, dau. of 
Erastus K. and Eunice (Moxley) Dewey, of Northfield, b. July 30, 1838. 

3889. i. LEWIS EGBERT, b. Dec. 29, 1861; m. Mary McClearn. 

3890. ii. LILLIAN LENETTE, b. July 24, 1S67; res. Somerville, Mass. 

3891. iii. CARL FORREST, b. Sept. 21, 1874; address, 33 Summer street, 

Boston, Mass. 

3892. iv. CARRIE MAY, b. Sept. 21, 1874; d. Sept. 24, 1874. 

2180. MOSES LANE FIELD (Seth P., Bennet, Bennet, John, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard. William, William), son of Seth P. and Nancy 
(Lane), b. in Northfield, Vt., Sept. 20, 1840, where he resided. He d. Jan. 12, 1898; 
was a farmer. He m. Feb. 14, 1864, Susan B., dau. of Ozias and Louisa Silsby, of 
Montpelier, Vt., b. Jan. 24, 1847. 


3893. i. WESLEY OZIAS, b. Dec. 29, 1S64; m. Leillie May Spalding. 

3894. ii. WALDO SETH, b. Oct. 14, 1867; m. Eulalia M. Lyle. 

3895. iii. GEORGE EDWIN, b. May 22, 1871; m. Hattie L. Culver. 

3896. iv. CHARLES M., b. Feb. 13. 1873; m- Carrie E. Goodwin. 

2182. ALANSON FIELD (Elijah, Elijah, Bennet, John, Zechariah, Zecha- 
riah. John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Judge Elijah and Esther 
(Butler), b. in Ballstown, N. Y., Jan, 27, iSor. He went with his father in 1810 to 
Sacket Harbor, N. Y., where ^he now resides. He m. May 20, 1830, Harriet, dau. 
of Jeremiah and Lydia (Smith) Goodrich, of Houndsfield, N. Y., b. in Vermont, 
Jan. 21, 1808. 

3897. i. ANDREW, b. March 3, 1S31; d. June 11. 1S72, 

3898. ii. ELVIRA, b. Feb. 20, 1S35; d. Oct. 23. 1839. 

2185. HEZEKIAH FIELD (Lebbeus, Elijah, Bennet, John. Zechariah, John, 
John, Richard, William, William), son of Rev. Lebbeus and Eunice (Warren), b. in 
Houndsfield, N. Y., Oct. i, iSii. He settled in Clayton, N. Y., in 1S40; returned 
to Houndsfield, where he resided; a successful and model farmer, and valued 
citizen. He m. Feb. 12, 1S35, Lucy W., dau. of John and Betsey (Wilder) Hayes, 
of Houndsfield, b. Jan. 21, 1812; d. Oct. _5j 1887. '-^ 

Field — In East Houndsfield, April 15, 1S93. Hezekiah Field, aged 81 years, 6 
months and 15 days. It again becomes a painful duty to record the death of 
another of our older residents. On Saturday morning Hezekiah Field, a man who 
had attained more than fourscore years, and one who was universally esteemed for 
tiis even temper, his kindness of manner, and his high moral principle, laid down 
Lhe burdens of life at the death messenger's bidding. Mr. Field retained his mental 
faculties in a remarkable degree, and until two or three weeks of his death was 
mcommonly active, considering his advanced age. He came of vigorous stock, 
(lis grandfather, Elijah Field, coming here from Woodstock, Vt., and locating at 
ivhat is now known as Field's Settlement, in 1S06, having a family of nine sons and >*^ 

:hree daughters. Of the sons three became clergymen — Hezekiah, a Methodist 
:ircuit preacher, and Alpheus and Lebbeus ministers of the Christian denomina- 
;ion. The latter, who was the father of the subject of this sketch, founded the ^5 

Christian church at this place in 18 [7, and preached here many years. He lacked 
3ut a few months of one hundred years at his death in 1879. Elijah, another son, 
ivas judge of Jefferson county for several years, and during the war of 1812 was 
postmaster at Sacket Harbor. Spafford was the father of S. E. Field, of Water- 
:own, and grandfather of Justice B. A. Field. The vigor of the family is shown by 
;he fact that the twelve children all lived to see the grandchildren of the youngest. 
Rev. Lebbeus Field bought the farm, recently owned and occupied by his son, in 1S16. 
[n 1837 Hezekiah married Lucy Hayes, who died Oct. 6^^ 18S7, in the fiftieth year of 
ler marriage. After their marriage they lived a few years in Orleans, but returned 
;o the old homestead here, where he has since resided. In 1889 he married Mrs. 
Luthera Grow, widow of the late Oliver Grow, who survives him. 

3893. i. ADELAIDE ELIZA, b. Feb. 3. 1839; m- Feb. 14, 1856, Robert 
Clinton Adams, of Watertovvn, now in Dwight, 111. He was b. 
Sept. 22, 1828; d. Aug. 5, 1S92; was a retired farmer and musi- 
cian. Ch. : I. Nellie C. Baker, b. Nov. 13, 1S56; m. April 26, 
1874; postoffice, Chicago, 111. 2. Edwin F. Adams, b. May 11, 
1859; m. Dec. 5, 1882; d. Aug. 11, 1886. 3. Herbert F. Adams, 
b. Feb. 28, 1861; m. May 24, 18S5; postoflfice, Dwight, 111. 4. 
Cora E. Adams, b. July 22, 186S; postoffice, Dwight, 111. 5- 




Chas. C. Adams, b. March 22, 1876; m, Jan. 7, 1898; postoffice, 
Dwight, 111. 
3S99. ii. LEONORA V,, b. July 16, 1844; m., 18S2, H. W. Pierce; res. 
Hinesburgh, Vt. 

3900. iii. EDGAR DENTON, b. April 22, 1846; m. Jennie M, Baker. 

3901. iv, FRANK WALTER, b. Aug, 7, 1848; m. Alice May Jones. 

3902. V. JOHN H., b. April 2, 1S50; d. 1866. 

21S7. SAMUEL WARREN FIELD (Lebbeus, Elijah, Bennet, John, Zecha- 
riab, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Rev. Lebbeus and Eunice 
(Warren), b. in Houndsfield, N, Y., July 15, 1S15. He removed to Decorah, Iowa, 
where he now resides, engaged in merchandise and drug business, connected with 
farming. He m. Feb. 4, 1839, Tamson Maria, dau. of Elisha and Chloe (Austin) 
Matteson, of Houndsfield, b. Feb. 16, 1817; d. July 27. 1895. 

3902;^. i. MARIA ADELINE, b. Jan. 18, 1855; m- Aug. 10, 1876, George 
W. Potter, of Blooming Prairie, Minn. She d. March 28, 1S80. 

3903. ii. ALBERT A., b. Aug. 24, 1840; d. Dec. i, i860. 

3904. iii. EVERINGTON M., b. Dec. 19, 1844; d. September, 1845. 

3905. iv. ADELLA M., b. April 6, 1851; d. August, 1851. 

2188. LEBBEUS FIELD (Lebbeus, Elijah, Bennet, John, Zechariah, John, 
John, Richard, William, William), son of Rev. Lebbeus and Eunice (Warren), b. in 
Houndsfield, N. Y., March 17, 1818; d. July 12, 1856. He was a successful farmer 
and tanner. He m. March 11. 1839, Lucy, dau. of Levi and Betsej'- (Farwell) Moore, 
of Denmark, Lewis county, N. Y., b. in Hanover, N, H. ; d. 1856; no issue. 

2200. SAFFORD ELIJAH FIELD (Spaflford, Elijah, Bennet, John, Zecha- 
riah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Spaflford and Alice 
(Moore), b. in Houndsfield, N. Y., Dec. 27, 1825, where he resided; a farmer. He 
d. April 8, 189S. He m. Jan. 17, 1850, Phebe, dau. of Eunice (Knowlton) Allen, of 
Houndsfield, b. Feb. 25, 1829. Safi:ord E. Field, son of Spafford and Alice (Moore) 
Field. He married Phebe Allen, daughter of Leonard Allen, of the same town. 
He spent his life upon the farm where he was born, except from 1889, until his death, 
April 8, 1S98, he lived with his son in the city of Watertown, N. Y. He is survived 
by his widow, his son Brayton A. Field, of Watertown, N. Y., and his daughter, 
Carrie B. Merrill, of St. JohnsviUe, N. Y. In politics he was always a Republican. 

39oe'- i- BRAYTON ALLEN, b. March 18, 1S53; m. Nettie E. Thompson. 

3907. ii. CARRIE, b. Feb. 27, 1861; m. in 1S83, Rev. George E. Merrill, a 
Christian clergyman and graduate of Syracuse University, lately 
business manager of the Herald of Gospel Liberty, a denomina- 
tional paper at Dayton, Ohio, and now pastor of Grace Christ- 
ian church at St. JohnsviUe, N. Y. They have one daughter, 
Mattie M. Merrill. 

net, John, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of 
Samuel and Phebe (Allen), b. in Sacket Harbor, N. Y., July 28, 1S16. In 1833 he 
entered the service of Smith & Merrick, at Clayton, N. Y., as clerk; about 1836 he 
left them and entered the store of Farwell & Co., of Watertown, N. Y. In 1837 he 
was appointed a lieutenant in Company I, Sixth Regiment, United States Infantry, 
and ordered to Florida, where he served three years during the Seminole war, sta- 
tioned at Tallahassee and Fort Clinch, Ga., where he acted as quartermaster. In 
1 84 1 he returned on sick leave and resigned his commission and engaged in mer- 
chandise with William Stowe at Sacket Harbor, but scon sold out and removed 



to Logansport, Ind. In 1S4S he went to Toledo, Ohio, and engaged in the forward- 
ing and commission business with Mr. C. A. King, as Field & King. In 1S55 he 
engaged with Mr. William Wilmington in the manufacture of railroad cars, which 
proved disastrous, losing all his previous earnings. In the summer of 1856 Field & 
King took a contract to handle all the grain for the Toledo and Wabash railroad 
for ten years. They built the first elevator in Toledo, and just as they were pre- 
paring to commence business it was burned. They rebuilt and were doing a suc- 
cessful business when Mr. Field was taken sick from overwork and financial 
troubles and died Feb. 11, 185S. Chief Justice Waite, in speaking of him, said that 
he was a consistent Christian gentleman, and a thoroughgoing business man. He 
belonged to various orders of societies, Knight Templars, Odd Fellows and Sons of 
Temperance. He ra., April 11, 1S44, Jeanette, dau. of Philander Butterfield, of 
Sacket Harbor, b. July 12, 1825; d. Toledo, Ohio, Sept. 21, 1849; m. 2d, Sept. 9, 
185 1, Caroline Amelia, dau. of Lincoln and Eliza W, (Dollison) Morris, of Ogdens- 
burg, N. Y., b. March 28, 1822. 

3908. i. FREDERICK MERRICK, b. Feb. 19, 1846; d. March 4, 1846. 

3909. ii. ANDREW STEWART, b. June 18, 1849. He enlisted January, 

1866, in the United States army for three years; was stationed at 
Forts Berthold, Union and Totteu, in Dakota. He re-enlisted 
July, 1S69, at Newport Barracks, Ky., in Company F, First Reg- 
iment. United States Infantry, for five years. In 1871, showing 
signs of consumption, he was ordered to Mackinaw, and was dis- 
charged at Fort Sully; d. April 14, 1875. 

GEORGIANA, b. June 22. 1S52; d. March 28, 1853. 

SAMUEL LINCOLN, b. Jan. 6, 1855; d. June 26, 1862. 

JOHN MORRIS, b. Dec. 8, 1856; m. Caroline Wilis. 

CAROLINE MORRIS, b. July 10, 1858; d. Aug. 28, 1858. 

2204. JOHN WAITE FIELD (Bennet, Elijah, Bennet, John, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Bennett and Fanny 
(Waite), b. in Houndsfield, N. Y., Dec. 5, 1S22. He settled in 1S48 in Brownville 
(Dexter Village), N. Y. ; in 1S76 removed to Minneapolis, Minn, where he now 
resides, engaged in the boot and shoe business. He m. Dec. 10, 1848, Mary, dau. 
of James and Martha (Morgan) Francis, ot Brownville, b. in Wiltshire, England^ 
March 12, 1829. 

MARY FRANCES, b. Sept. 15, 1850; d. July 7, 1851. 

JOHN WALLACE, b. May 23, 1853; m. Ellen J. Wager. ; 

ALICE LOUISA, b. April 27, 1S55. 

FANNIE, b. Jan. 10, 1857; d. March 10, 1S61. 

2205. WILLIAM BENNET FIELD (Bennet, Elijah, Bennet, John, Zecha- 
riah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Bennet and Fanny 
Waite), b. in Houndsfield, N. Y., Jan. 25, 1S2S. He removed to Shabbona Grove, 
111; in iS52to Strawberry Point, Iowa, where he resided until he moved to Spokane, 
Wash. He m. Dec. 30, 1849, Julia Ann Hill, of Shabbona Grove, b. Sept. 26, 1S32. 

3918. i. SMITH, b. Sept. 19, 1S51; m. Achsah Chesley. 

3919. ii. ALICE, b. Aug. 9, 1S53: m. April 21, 1872, Charles H. Bungay, of 

Strawberry' Point; res. Spokane, Wash. 

3920. iii. ELLA, b. Aug. 8, 1855; m. Richard W. Wiltsie; m. 2d, 1891, Sam- 

uel Hopewell; res. Spokane, Wash. 

3921. iv. FREDERICK, b. Jan. 4, 1S59; m. Dec. 30, 1882, Mary Wheeler; 

res. Lament, Iowa. 

3922. V. WILLARD, b. Ma-ch 12, i8fi; m. 1896, Josie Wesley. 






































CHESTER, b. March i, 1864; d. March 15, 1S64. 

OWEN, b. April 7, 1867; m., 1S97, Sylvia Wright; res. Spokane, 

RUBY, b. March 3, 1873; m. 1S92, Maurice Hare. 
BERNICE, b. June 12, 1876; res. Spokane, Wash. 

2206. CHESTER FIELD (Rennet, Elijah, Bennet, John, Zechariah, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Bennet and Fanny (Waite), 
b. |in Houndsfield. N. Y., Feb. 2, 1830. He settled in Antelope county, Neb., 
where he now resides. He m. June 25, 1857, Maria D. Temple. 

JAMES W., b. May 9, 1858. 

BENNET F., b. April 13, i860. 

JENNIE J., b. Aug. 27. 1864. 

EDMUND C, b. Feb. 18, 1868. 

WILLIAM J., b. March 28, 1870. 

PHILIP, b. Nov. 18, 1876; d. Nov. 29, 1877. 

2207. ELIJAH CRANE FIELD (Bennet, Elijah, Bennet, John, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Bennet and Fanny 
(Waite), b. in Watertown, N. Y., April 13, 1833. He m. May 28, 1857, Jane Eliza 
Fritts, of Erie county, Pa., b. April 22, 1842. He d. Aug. 25, 1898. 

Elijah Crane Field, a native of New York, was born in Watertown, Jefferson 
county. He came with his parents to Illionois when but twelve years of age. He 
was the son of Bennet and Fanny (Waite) Field, the father a native of Vermont, 
the mother of New York. The parents came with their family to Illinois in 1845 
and settled at Shabbona Grove, De Kalb county, where the son grew to his major- 
ity on his father's farm, and in the meantime learned the carpenter's trade, which 
he followed until 1862, when he enlisted in Company K, 105th Illinois Vol- 
unteers, and was made company musician. The command was in the field 
until the close of the war. The war over, he was mustered out and returned 
home and again went to work at carpentering. In 1867 he removed to Piano and 
became an employe in the manufactory of Marsh, Steward & Co., who then began 
to build the Marsh harvester, as a wood worker. In this capacity he remained the 
next three years when he was promoted to foreman of this department and held 
the position ten years with Gammon, Deering & Steward, Gammon & Deering. 
and finally William Deering, who removed the works to Chicago. In the fall of 
1880 he severed his connections with the company and removed with his family to 
Nodaway county, Mo., where he resided on his farm. After one year's residence 
he sold his farm and returned to his old home, to accept the position of superin- 
tendent of the Piano Manufacturing Co., just organized, in the factory where he 
had before seen so much service, a position he held ten years. During the last five 
years of his service in the factory he lived upon and managed his farm near 
Piano, where he died of apoplexy, Aug. 25, 1898. He was a man of exemplary life, 
strict honesty and sterling manhood, and bore the respect'and confidence of all who 
knew him. May 28, 1857, he was united in marriage with Jane E., daughter of 
John and Elizabeth (Bentlej') Fritts, natives of New York. To Mr. and Mrs. Field 
were born two children — Dr. Amasa E. Field, of Plattville, 111., and Elizabeth 
Gillispie, of Piano. 

3933. i. AMASA E., b. April 13, 1S63; m. Lillian I. Fritts. 

3934. ii. ELIZABETH GILLISPIE, b. Oct. iS, 1866; m. Sept. 30, 1886; 

res. Piano, 111. 

2220. PAUL WARNER FIELD (John, Zeuas, Eliakim, John, John, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Whately, Mass., Dec. 19, 1823; m. 

See page 678. 

See page 680. 

See page 681. 

See page 688. 

See page 688. 


Aug. 22, 1847, Julia M. Dawson, dau. of Salma and Hannah (Terry), b. Dec. 10, 
1825. Res. Whately, Mass. 

3935. i. SALMA W., b. July 27. 1851; m. Catherine Packard. 

3936. ii. FRANKLIN WARNER, b. Feb. 15, 1853; m. Louisa J. Williams. 

3937. iii. CHARLES HENRY, b. Nov. 15. 1855. 

393S. iv. EFFIE ROSELLA, b. Feb. 28, 1858; m. March 31, 1880, Henry 
Sharpe, of New York. 

3939. V. EDGAR HOWARD, b. May ri. 1845; was regularly adopted. He 

enlisted July 21, 1862, in Company F. 37lh. Regiment, Mas- 
sachusetts Volunteers, and participated in all the various 
battles of that regiment in the Shenandoah Valley, Va. ; was 
taken prisoner at the battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864, and 
sent to that notorious place, Andersonville, Ga., where he died 
from ill treatment and starvation, Aug. 15, 1864. 

2223. LEMUEL BATES FIELD (John, Zenas, Eliakim, John, John. Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Whately, Mass., July 28, 1S32; m. 
June 14, 1855, Harriet Lilley, d. Sept. 20, 1868; m. 2d, Sept. 22, 1869, Augusta J. 
Robbins. Was member board of aldermen of Northampton at one time. He settled 
in Northampton, Leeds Village, Mass., where he now resides; a carpenter and 
joiner and general jobber. He m. June 14, 1855, Harriet, dau. of Chipman and 
Nabby (Clark) Lilly, of Ashfield, Mass., b. May 2, 1830; d. Sept. 20, 1868; m. 2d, 
Sept. 22, 1870, Augusta J., dau. of Thaddeus and Mary J. (Holmes Robbins), of 
Guilford, Me., b. Nov. 12, 1839. Res. Leeds, Mass. 

3940. i. LILLA ISABEL, b. May 11, 1856; m. Nov. 29, 1877, Allen R. 

Clark, of Northampton. 

3941. ii. MARY LOVILLA, b. Oct. 5, 1861; d. Jan. 26, 1S64. 

2324. SERGEANT JOHN WRIGHT FIELD (John. Zenas, Eliakim, John, 
John, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Whately, Mass., 
March 16, 1835; m. July 24, 1855, Lucy Moore, of Whately. He settled in Hatfield, 
Mass. He enlisted July 27, 1862, in Company F, 37th Regiment, Massachu- 
setts Volunteers; was in all the engagements of that regiment in the Shenan- 
doah Valley, Va., and was killed at the battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864. He 
m. July 24, 1855, Lucy, dau. of Henry and Sophia (Bardwell) Moore, of Whately, b. 
Oct. 19, 1834. He d. Fredericksburg, Va., May 6, 1864. Res. Whately, Mass. 

3942. i. ESTHER MARIA, b. Oct. 12, 1857; m. in 188—, Clifford C. Haines, 

son of Cyrus; res. West Springfield, Mass. ; cashier of the Third 
National Bank in Springfield. Ch. : i. Walter. 2. Robert. 
3. Ruth. 4. Doris. 

2226. ZENAS FIELD, JR. (Zenas, Zenas, Eliakim, John, "John, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard. William, William), b. Whately, Mass.. May 27, 1822; m. 
Sept. 27, 184 — . Clarissa Dawson, of Goshen, dau. of Chester and Philena (Lloyd). 
He d. Aug. 24, 1893. Res. Northampton, Mass. 


ISABELLA, b. Dec. 20, 1845; d. March 5, 1865. 
i. OSCAR, b. March 10, 1848; d. September, 1859. 
ii. NELLIE AUGUSTA, b. March 23, 1S50; ra. Dec. 14, 1871, George 

N. Brown, of Northampton. He was b. 1848, in Stanbridge, 

C. E., son of John and Jane. 

2232. DAVID JUDD FIELD (Zenas, Zenas Eliakim, John, John, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Whately, Mass., Sept. 13, 1837, 




9, 1862 


b. Sept 













Sarah Damon, of Worthington, Mass., dau. of Caleb and Sarah 

14, 1845. Res. Whately, Mass. 
CORA BELL. b. Aug. 31, 1866. 

FREDERICK WM., b. Feb. 21, 1870; d. July 29. 1870. 
IDA ESTELLA, b. Dec. 28, 1872. 
ARTHUR DAVID, b. Sept. 13, 1876. 
GERTRUDE, b. Oct. 22, 1878. 
SON, b. June 14, 1880. 

2235. SAMUEL GRIMES FIELD (William, John, Eliakim, John, John, Zech- 
ariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Conway, Mass., Dec. 8, 1833; 
m. Nov. II, 1859, Anna Neverson Greene, b. May 2, 1835, in Hopkinton, N. H. He 
was born in Conway. Mass. ; educated at the public schools there, and at the Am- 
herst Academy, in Amherst, Mass. Finishing his education, he was employed as 
clerk in a dry goods store in Northampton, He was connected with the business 
for ten years, four of which he acted as manager. Closing out the store, he ac- 
cepted a position in the Boston custom-house, where he remained for five years. 
This he resigned to re-engage in the dry goods business in Chicago. In 1867 he 
went with Charles P. Kellogg & Co., wholesale clothiers, with whom he remained 
for nine years. In 1875 he became associated with the firm of A. T. Stewart & Co., 
and acted as manager for their Chicago branch for six years, until the business was 
closed out. Engaging in business on his own account, he opened a store in 
Pullman, which he conducted successfully for five years and disposed of to accept 
the position of manager for James H, Walker & Co. There he remained for eight 
years, until the house closed. He then engaged in the dry goods commission bus- 
iness with his son, under the firm name of S. G. & W. G. Field. This was continued 
for two years, until his son withdrew to accept a flattering offer from a New York 
house to act as their western representative. The business is now conducted "by 
Mr. Field with offices in the Medinah Temple. 

Mrs. Field was the daughter of Hon. Hugh Wentworth Greene and Amanda 
(Colby), of Cambridge, Mass. He was a prominent citizen there, and during the 
war was on the military staffs of Governors John A. Andrew and Nathaniel P. 
Banks. He was son of Judge Greene, of Concord, N. H., and related to Hon. 
William B. Greene, the well-known Boston journalist. She died at the Metropole, 
October, 1900. Mrs. Field had been a resident of Chicago fifty-three years. She 
was born at Hopkinton, N. H., and was married to Mr. Field forty years ago at 
Northfield, Mass. She was a member of the Colonial Dames of New Hampshire, 
and was prominent in the workings of the Woman's Exchange. Mr. Field and one 
son survive her. 

Res. Chicago, 111., Hotel Metropole. 

3952. i. HUGH WENTWORTH GREENE, b. March 11, 1861; m. Mary 

2236. LEONARD HAMILTON FIELD (William, John, Eliakim. John, 
John, Zechariah, John, John. Richard, William, William), b. Conway, Mass., July 
8, 1838; m. Dec. 10, 1867, Mrs. Alia Parkman Rayner Perkins, b. May 24, 1843; d. 
Nov. 5, 1892, dau. of Thomas L. and Eunice L. (Learned), b. May 24, 1843, and 
widow of David W. Perkins, of Chicago; m. 2d, Sept. 9, 1896, Mary Martell, of 
Jackson. Born in Conway, Franklin county, Mass., the family home, then being 
on what was known as Field's Hill. Attended the village school and the Conway 
Academy, and remained in Conway until the spring of 1856, when he went to 
Northampton to take the place of a bundle and errand boy, in the dry goods store 
of J. I. & J. O. West, who were succeeded by his brother, Samuel G. Field. Re- 



lained with S. G. Field until the fall of i860, when he accepted an offer to go to 
avannah, Ga., into the employ of the firm of Nevitt, Lathrop & Rogers. The 
ivil war breaking out, he was obliged to leave the south or enlist in the Southern 
rmy. He left Savannah in the spring of i86i, spending the summer of that year 
1 Northampton, and in the fall of that year made an engagement with J. T. Rock- 
'ood & Co., of Springfield, Mass., where he remained until the following spring, 
'hen he accepted an ofter to go back to Northampton and into the employ of Stod- 
ard & Lincoln. About the close of that year he became one of the firm of Stone, 
ield & Wakefield, of Northampton, Mr. Stone having established this business 
)me years previous. During the first year Mr. Stone retired from this business to 
ield & Wakefield. This connection was continued for about two years, at the 
nd of which time L. H. Field took the business alone and continued it until the fall 
f i86g. December, 1867, he was married to Mrs. Alia Perkins, of Chicago, whose 
ttle daughter, Alia, was then about three years of age. In the fall of 1869 he sold 
is business which had been a very prosperous one to his old partner, E. E. Wake- 
eld, and bought the dry goods business of W. R. Sc S. C. Reynolds, of Jackson 
tich. With some changes he has continued in the same business in Jackson up to 
le time of the present writing, 1899. During these years there has been such a 
jmplete change in the business of the city, that he does not know of any party 
ow in business that was in the same business when he started, and he is probably 
ow the longest in the dry goods business of any one between Detroit and Chicago, 
[is two sons, William B. Field and Rayner Field, have for some time been his 
Bcient helpers in this business, and are now taking a very large share of the 
isponsibility of the business. Another son, Leonard H. Field, Jr., graduated 
om Amherst College in the class of '96, and has just graduated in the Architec- 
iral course of the Institute of Technology, Boston, Mass., and is just commencing 
is practical experience in the office of Peabody & Stearns, architects, of Boston, 
es. Jackson, Mich. 

3953. i. WILLIAM BROWNING, b. Oct. 22, 1868; m. Harriet E. Van 

3954- ii. CHARLOTTE HAMILTON, b. July 15, 1871: m. June 14, 1898, 
William H. Carter; res. Chicago, 224 Fifty-third street. 

3955. iii. RAYNER, b. Aug. 19, 1872; m. Iva M. Hills. 

3956. iv. LEONARD HAMILTON, b. Dec. 30, 1873; unm. ; res. 69 Bed- 

ford street, Boston, Mass. 

2239. CHANDLER AUGUSTUS FIELD (John, John, Eliaktm, John, John, 
Bchariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Conway, Mass., Sept. 19, 
)29; m. Feb. 27, 1869, Helen M. Wells, of Deerfield, dau. of Joel B. and Sarah 
lerritt), b, December, 1836. Res. Conway, Mass. 

He resided on the old homestead where he died very suddenly, Jan. 11, 1875. 
e married Helen, daughter of Joel and Sarah (Merritt) Wells, of Deerfield, b. 
ecember, 1836. 

Chandler A., of Conway, will filed Jan. 16, 1875; died Jan. 11, 1875; widow, 
elen M. ; father, John, of Conway; brothers, Marshall, Joseph, and Henry, of Chi- 
igo ; sisters, Helen James, of Williamsburg, Mass. , and Laura Dibblee, of Chicago. 
•Franklin County Probate. 

3957. i. HENRY N., b. Nov. 15, 1S74; d. Nov. 15, 1874. 

2240. JOSEPH NASH FIELD (John, John. Eliakim, John, John, Zechariah, 
)hn, John, Richard, William, William), b. Conway, Mass., Sept. 20, i83i;m. 
me 10, 1862, Jane Hayes, of Brattleboro, Vt. ; d., s. p., in 1864; m. 2d, May, 1871, 



Catherine Blackwell, of Chicago. Res. Bowdon, Cheshire, England; business 
address, 38 George Street, Manchester, England. 

He settled in 1857 in Sioux City, Iowa. In 1S65 he removed to Chicago, 111., 
and later became a member of the dry goods firm of Field, Leiter & Co. In May, 
1871, he went to Manchester, England, as the manager and European purchaser 
of the firm, having charge of the business at Manchester and Bradford, and 
resides at Bowdon, about ten miles from Manchester. The firm is now Marshall 
Field & Co, He married Jane, daughter of Russell and Martha (Billings) Hayes, 
of Brattleboro, Vt., b. March 14, 1841 ; d. Jan. 23, 1864; m. 2d, Catherine Blackwell. 








MAUD BLACKWELL, b. Feb. 9. 1872; m. July 8, 1S96, Henry 

Gordon Clegg. One child, Laura Kathleen, b, Dec. 14, 1897. 

Res. High Light, Cheshire, England. 
LAURA, b. June 17, 1873; m. July 10, 1900, William C. Clegg. 

Res. Dunham, Cheshire, England. 
STANLEY, b. May 13, 1875; m. Sara C. Brown, of Baltimore, 

FLORENCE JOSEPHINE, b. June 16, 1877; unm. Res. at home. 
NORMAN, b. April 28, 1880. Res. at home. 

2241. MARSHALL FIELD (John, John, Eliakim, John, John, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William. William), b. Conway, Mass., Aug. 18, 1S35; m. Jan. 
3, 1863, Nannie Douglass Scott, dau. of Robert Scott, of Ironton, O. She d. in 
France, where she had gone for her health. Res. 1905 Prairie Av., Chicago, 111. 

There is a certain subtle enemy of business success which has proved itself 
difficult of analysis. In attempts to search out the causes of innumerable failures 
the vast waste of the long credit system has been sufficiently demonstrated, but has 
been set down as an inseparable factor of the cost of our commercial transactions. 
With equal fullness have many writers explained the contractional losses which have 
been the sure consequences of all artificial inflations of whatsoever kind. In any 
further search for a formulation of the principles essential to success, perhaps no 
more can be learned than by a scrutiny of the business life of such successful men 
as have firmly refused to bear the burdens or take the risks which were assumed by 
the majority of their competitors, successful or otherwise. It is safe to say that the 
former will bear comparison, if not in number, at least in character and achieve- 
ment, with the most brilliant commercial records, in the making of which other 
methods have operated. Beyond a doubt it may be added that each of the classes 
indicated calls for or develops its appropriate business genius. The course of action 
which seems entirely natural for one man appears to be almost beyond the compre- 
hension of another. 

The dry-goods establishment which is, at this day, doing the largest general 
business in the United States, is not on the Atlantic Coast, but in Chicago. It has 
the great west for its market, and with reference to this it is more centrally located 
than it could be elsewhere. The lakes, the rivers, the continually expanding rail- 
way system, seem to have agreed together to make their headquarters at the foot of 
Lake Michigan. 

The house which seems to have best availed itself of the advantages offered by 
this pivot-point of distribution is that of Marshall Field & Co. It has been man- 
aged, through a long series of years, upon distinctly formulated business principles, 
rigidly adhered to, through good and bad report. While it has been served from its 
beginning by a number of rarely capable men, any analysis of its success is ren- 
dered more easily attainable from the fact that its guiding spirit, its somewhat auto- 
cratic unyielding manager, has not been changed. Its course, therefore, has been 







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:ceptionally uniform, and so, through stormy and quiet times, has been its solidity, 
tie variations in its profit and loss account have at no time been traceable to any 
jfect in the working of its machinery. 

Marshall Field was born in Conway, Mass. His father was a farmer in com- 
rtable circumstances, and gave his son the advantages of a thorough home train- 
g in habits of industry and sound morals, besides a good public school education, 
iding with several terms in the Conway Academy. It was about as hopeful a 
!ginning as any boy in that section could have, if he were capable of profit- 
gby it 

The boy days of a New England farmer's boy are apt to be bright and healthy 
lys, with work enough to do, but with a great deal to awaken the adventurous 
lirit which, through several generations, has all but stripped the Eastern States of 
eir energetic youths for the benefit of the Western. 

Young Field was of a somewhat quiet and thoughtful disposition, but he was 
)t fond of study. Neither did he take to agriculture nor to any profession, for be 
as, and felt himself to be, a born merchant. Conway is a very pretty place, but 
was very small even for a beginner, and when, at seventeen, Marshall Field was 
jrmitted to set out upon his chosen career, he went as far as Pittsfield, Mass., 
thriving business center, and obtained employment in what may be described as a 
country store." It was a good place to learn in, but no more, for any considerable 
Lccess would have been larger than the town itself. At the end of four years, 
erefore, little more had been attained than legal age, general information, busi- 
;ss training and a determination to go West, with Chicago as the point selected 
T settlement. 

Here, in 1S56, Mr. Field became a salesman in the wholesale dry-goods house 
' Cooley, Wadsworth & Co. It was already a flourishing concern, but the business 
terests of Chicago had trials and changes before it. It was upon a semi-chaotic 
ate of aflfairs that the great panic of 1S57 burst like a hurricane. It seemed as if 
'erything had been swept away. The banks and business houses closed their 
)ors, and even those who expected to open them again were forced to sit still until 
le storm was over. The streets of Chicago swarmed with men out of employment, 
at no real injury had been done to its prosperity. 

Only an unwholesome, feverish, unbusinesslike growth had disappeared, leav- 
ig the field clear for legitimate operations followed by financial security. 

The house of Cooley, Farwell & Co. — the successors of Cooley, Wadsworth & Co. 
I 1S57 — was one of the not very large number which survived the panic in good con- 
ition. It was even able to take up business which fell from the hands of broken 
mcerns ; but one of its best salesmen had learned an important lesson at the out- 
;t of his Western career. He had been compelled to understand the nature of new 
juntry growth, and to study the science of credit as applied to such rapidly 
langing conditions. He had already made his mark as a young man of un- 
gual promise. During the three years following he rose rapidly in the esteem 
F the firm, became a necessity, and in i860 he was admitted to a junior 

The financial disturbances of 1861 were probably less severe in the West than in 
le East, but they supplied a number of important object lessons upon the general 
ibject, the solution of which gave Mr. Field the main idea of his subsequent career, 
'hen followed the remaining years of the civil war, with the swelling volume of 
reenbacks, national bank notes, and State and National indebtedness, which again 
reduced exorbitant inflation in nominal values, speculation, extravagance, "flush 
mes" exceeding any which had preceded. 

The business of the house grew rapidly, but there came a necessity for a com- 


plete reorganization in 1S65. The impression made and the success attained by Mr. 
Field up to this date, may be understood from the fact that he stepped at once to 
the head of the new house of Field, Palmer & Leiter. Only two years later other 
business interests led to the withdrawal of Mr. Potter Palmer, and the name of the 
house was changed to Field, Leiter & Co. The flush times following the war 
were now at their height. The West was filling up, State after State, Terri- 
tory beyond Territory, with astonishing advances. The growth of the railways and 
of the commerce of the lakes was something magical and bewildering. Successive 
crop figures challenged belief. The business of Chicago was as if done at red 
heat, and the competition for it was almost tumultuous. It was a time when a 
man in charge of enormous purchases and sales might easily have yielded to the 
strong stimulus of trade which excited the great mass. It was the severest possible 
test which could be applied to a business character. But as the heat around him 
increased, Mr. Field was cooler than ever. He certainly was inflexible in maintain- 
ing the principles and perfecting the system which to his mind offered the one 
promise of permanent success. What these were may be vaguely outlined as the 
adoption of the "cash" system, with a not illiberal interpretation of its meaning. 

Goods sold to customers of sufficiently ascertained solvency, and not in amounts 
exceeding their requirements, or capacity, were "cash" at thirty and sixty days, and 
payments were sternly exacted with absolute promptness. The customers them- 
selves became more prudent men, with the certainty of so near and so sharp a settle- 
ment. Their owm sales were sure to be more carefully made, and their credits 
shorter. Mr. Field's exactness was therefore a powerful conservative agency 
throughout the widening area of his business relations. 

On the purchasing side of the account the principle involved was applied much 
more rigidly, for Mr. Field decided not to have any liabilities. Such credits as he per- 
mitted were purely nominal, covering little more than the time required for transfer 
and delivery of goods purchased. No purchase was to be made which would call for 
a note, a promise to pay. So buying for cash moreover, a varymg but important 
margin of advantage in prices paid was sure to be obtained. The best bargains came 
to the readiest payments as naturally as water runs down a hill. There was no 
mortgage upon any property owned by Mr. Field, and never has been. In close 
alliance with the cash system of purchase, there was to be maintained an exacting 
scrutiny of the quality of all goods purchased. No allurement of proposed profit 
•was to induce the house to place |upon the market any line of goods at a shade of 
variation from their intrinsic value. Every article sold must be regarded as war- 
ranted and every purchaser must be enabled to feel secure. 

That such a system, pursued with unrelenting, machine-like precision, would 
call out carping criticism, was to be expected, and a great deal of comment came. 
So did the customers, attracted by the fairness of the prices and the soundness of 
the goods off^ered, even if they grumbled at the refusal of credits such as other 
houses gave or they might deem themselves entitled to. 

The next great test to which Marshall Field's business capacity was subjected 
was sufficiently severe, but it did not come by way of a financial panic. There was 
no question of shorter or longer credits raised, but an enormous mass of property 
passed suddenly out of existence. Stock on hand, business appliances of all kinds, 
the commodious building itself, disappeared in the great Chicago fire of 1871. The 
magnitude of the transactions of the house at that date may be imagined from the 
sum total of the fire losses, for these footed up over three and a half millions of 
dollars. So prudent a house had by no means neglected insurance. It was indeed 
fully protected but for the fact that so many insurance companies were wiped out, 
as by a sponge, by their overwhelming disaster. From solvent companies, in 


due season, the firm recovered two and a half millions, but only a fraction of this 
was speedily available. The city itself seemed almost to have disappeared. Buy- 
ers coming to Chicago for goods would find, it was said, only a blackened waste, 
which would require long years to refit for business purposes. The entire country 
sent sympathy and help, and the citizens of Chicago faced their difficulties with 
admirable courage, but none did so with more imperturbable calmness than was 
exhibited by Marshall Field, the head of the burned-up dry-goods house of Field, 
Leiter & Co. 

No buildings of brick or stone were left standing, suitable for his purposes, but 
at the corner of State and Twentieth Streets were some great shells of horse-car 
barns untouched by the fire. The clouds of smoke were still going up from the 
burned district when the house rented these barns and began to fit them up for the 
wholesale and retail dry-goods business. At the same time, gangs of men were 
at work clearing away the ruins of the old place, that a better building than the 
former might be put up as speedily as possible. It was pushed to completion with 
all energy, and was taken possession of in 1872. 

The new city, built after the fire, was in many respects improved. One of the 
business changes in the house of Field, Leiter & Co. was the separation of the retail 
trade from the wholesale. For the latter a building was at once erected at the cor- 
ner of Madison and Market Streets. This department expanded to such propor- 
tions, however, that in 18S5 — to be finished in 1887 — another and really splendid 
business building was begun, occupying an entire square of ground, bounded by 
Adams Street, Fifth Avenue, Quincy and Franklin Streets. The wholesale edifice 
is a noble monument to its creator, the lamented Richardson, whose powerful 
genius easily places him at the head of American architects. The nobility of con- 
ception that produced Boston Trinity, is not lacking in this utilitarian building; 
and its massive repose, its severity, its freedom from architectural flippancy, so to 
speak, together with its fine lines and great mass, endue it with an impressive dig- 
nity ; quite at variance with most Chicago architecture, imposing as the recent build- 
ings of that city are. Doubtless the material also has much to do with this; for it 
is built throughout of granite and brown-stone, rough dressed ; and rough hewn 
stone is the noblest of building materials. Throughout the entire building sim- 
plicity of line and mass has been the ruling motive, and it is in this that Richard- 
son's genius is supreme — and no obtrusive ornamentation belittles and detracts 
from its directness and strength. The structure is absolutely without ornamental 
details, except a carved band near the top and in the stone cornice. A comparison 
of this building with the costly and stately structures surrounding it wins a tribute 
of admiration for the refinement of taste and simplicity of feeling that rendered it 
possible; and the architect was certainly fortunate in having a client who could 
understand and sympathize with an architectural masterpiece entirely' at variance 
with popular models, and quite the opposite of what the ordinary successful mer- 
chant would approve. 

The main entrance of this impressive structure is in the center of the Adams 
Street front. Within, the great building is divided into three sections by two 
parallel fire walls extending from front to [rear, with one opening on each floor, 
guarded by double iron doors. The entrance-way admits one into the center 
section, an immense room about 175 feet square, occupied mainly by the executive 
departments. On one side of the passage-way is the counting room with its 
numerous departments, and its clerical force of 250 men; and the various private 
rooms of the executive heads. On the other are the desks of an army of general 
salesmen and their assistants ; while confronting one are ushers, messengers, and a 
rushing crowd constantly coming and going from all parts of the great building. 


Within the walls there are 3,000 men employed in thirty-tour departments, all of which 
may be properly included in the descriptive words, dry. goods, carpets, and uphol- 
stery. There are nine floors, each of which has an area of nearly one and one-half 
acres,— a magnificent total of nearly thirteen and one-half acres of floor space, said 
to exceed that of any other mercantile establishment in the world. 

Only two years after the fire came the sweeping panic of 1873 but it passed over 
the Chicago "cash" dry-goods concern with no injury, while "long-credit houses," 
and such as were under varied "liabilities" went down in all directions. There 
could be no question raised as to the solvency of a concern which had no debts. 

In iSSi the style of the firm changed, as at present, to Marshall Field & Co. 

Mr. Field's rare judgment of character has been finely illustrated by his selec- 
tion and advancement of those who, under him, were to command in the several 
departments of the concern, as brigadiers and colonels under a major-general. 
Each, in his place, holds it by reason of merit, for there has been no favoritism. 

The present heads of more than one flourishing establishment, not to speak of 
partners and otherwise prosperous men, owe their present positions to this stamp 
of approval. 

At the intersection of State and Washington Streets, the great retail center of 
Chicago, where all lines of conveyance meet, where the human tide from three direc- 
tions converges into one rushing throng, are the great buildings occupied bv Mar- 
shall Field & Co. "s retail department. These are the largest and most prominent 
buildings in the neighborhood, especially built for their present purpose, and char- 
acterized, therefore, by unity of design and spacious appearance not often seen in 
retail establishments. The stateliness that attaches to large and harmonious build- 
ings occupying commanding sites, is therefore present; and it may be safely said 
that no other retail house in America has an mdividuality more marked than that 
of these imf>osing structures, one completed fourteen years ago, and the other nine 
years ago, and at once bought and occupied by Marshall Field & Co. 

Large as the original building was, however, it has not proved sufficiently large 
to accommodate the steady expansion of the business, and in consequence all the 
adjoining premises that could be secured have been added, by which the original 
premises have been greatly enlarged by additions on State Street and Wabash 
Avenue, the only remaining structure on the State Street front being the massive 
Central Music Hall, of which Mr. Field is the owner. 

The family were members of the Presbyterian Church. In religion, 'as in every- 
thing else. Mr. Field is totally devoid of display, and perhaps his chief character- 
istic in this line is the fact that he supports a missionary, but where his most 
intimate friends have never learned. Mr. Field is a champion of pure municipal 

Marshall Field is as useful and important to the welfare of his country and the 
mighty West with which he is so broadly and deeply identified, as is that class of 
heroic yeomen who have caused our boundless prairies and primeval forests to 
"blossom as the rose." 

Marshall Field is rich, because of his sagacity and industry; charitable, because 
he is just and generous; with him public spirit and business go hand in hand. As 
a m-.-rchant he must be honorable, else for him business would have been a failure. 
His career in the world illustrates that main reliance in the moral progress of man, 
is found in those means which aim at the elevation of the business character. It 
would seem almost unnecessary to paint a portrait of such a business man, and Mr. 
Field is precisely the person thoughtful people would expect. Not over the medium 
height, and somewhat spare.'but active looking, as becomes a man whose habits 
have been correct from boyhood. Reserved and yet approachable and kindly in 





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inner to any person having any business to encroach upon his time. In social life 
is quiet and modest in his tastes and goes little into society. While his tastes 
} altogether those of a refined and educated man, he is not inclined to display of 
y kind. He is a steady church-goer, but has always been averse to politics, 
yond the regular performance of the duties belonging to him as a private citizen. 
! is a member of clubs, and enjoys occasionally meeting in them his friends and 
juaintances. In fact, his personal character may be taken as in a manner repre- 
itative of and belonging to the steadfast idea of his business life. This at any 
.nt, sets forth the inestimable value of correct principles, and of these the first to 
named is absolute integrity. 

3963. i, LEWIS, b. Jan. 9, 1866; d. Aug. 17, 1S66. 

3964. ii. MARSHALL, b. April 21, 186S; m. Albertine Huck. 

3965. iii. ETHEL NEWCOMB, b. Aug. 28, 1873; m., Jan. i, 1S91, Arthur 

Magie Tree. Res., Leamington, Warwickshire, England. He 
was b. July i, 1863, in Chicago, 111. Ch. : i. Gladys; d. in 
infancy. 2. Lambert; d. in infancy. 3. Arthur Ronald, b. 
Sept. 26, 1897. 


Though in its original signification in the Greek the term museum denoted a 
nple or place sacred to the Muses, it early began to take on the signification it 
5 to-day. Thus Ptolemy Philadelphus applied to that part of the royal palace 
ich housed the great Alexandrian library the term Museum, and later similar 
lections of books and pictures and statues were designated by this word until, in 
idern times, it has lost much of the original poetical meaning of the word and is 
;d to denote a collection of curious and rare objects in nature and art, this sig- 
ication in England dating as far back at least as the year 1579, when the 
Qous Ashmolean Museum was founded at Oxford. The practice of collecting 
rks of art and other valuable objects was common in Greece and Rome. Thus 
en Corinth was taken and totally destroyed by L. Mummius, the Roman 
Qsul, in 146 B. C, its rare art treasures were also plundered and vessels loaded 
:h statues were sent to Rome. Nero, also, ordered 500 statues to be taken from 
! temple of Delphi, to ornament his "golden house," an example that was imi- 
ed in modern times, in all except its sacrilegiousness, by the first Napoleon. On 
: overthrow of Napoleon, in 18 16, however, there was a general replacement of 
: art treasures he had plundered from the various capitals and cities of Europe, 
1 since that time, fortunately for the interests of art, his example has not been 

The era of museums in Europe, it is interesting to notice, may be said to have 
jun in the age of Columbus, or to speak more accurately, in the time of the 
dicis m Florence, when Cosmo I., with that love for literature and the fine arts 
ich has almost made his name stand for the beginning of the Renaissance, laid 

foundations of the famous Florentine Museum in his magnificent collection of 
iques. The villa of the Medici on Monte Pincio thus may be regarded as occu- 
ng a place of honor in any enumeration of the many famed museums of Europe. 

the family of Este belongs the honor of making the first collection of gems, 
I the beginnings of the great museum of the Vatican were due to Pope Leo X. , 
iself of the family of the Medici. From Italy the love of preserving the noble 
lains of art, and the record of other days spread to France and Germany, Eng- 
d and America. Almost every city of importance in Germany has its museum, 

art galleries of Dresden, the Glyptotheca of Munich, and the royal museum at 
•lin being the most celebrated. The Louvre of Paris is chiefly a museum of art. 


The foundations of the British Museum, vast as are its collections to-day, were 
laid in 1733, only a little more than a century and a half ago. Its history furnishes 
the best illustration, perhaps, of the value of such an institution to students and 
scholars, and its wholesale influence on the intellectual life of the nation can 
scarcely be overestimated. This vast museum, enriched as it is with the spoils of 
the temples and monuments of Egypt and Greece, and with innumerable public 
and private gifts and benefactions, forms a storehouse of historical, literary and 
artistic treasures that well entitles it, like Ptolemy Philadelphus' first great museum, 
to be called "a home of the Muses." The Elgin and Phigaleian marbles, the col- 
lections of sculpture and other remains from the ruins of Ninevah, Lycie, and the 
various parts of Asia Minor, its celebrated Hamilton and Portland vases, its 
remains of Etruscan arts and civilization, its priceless collection of MSS., its vast 
library whose 2,000,000 volumes are deposited upon shelves that aggregate thirty 
miles in length, — these are only the most important features of the great British 
Museum. As an instance of the amount of work that has been done to make 
accessible to the public the treasures of this vast storehouse of antiquities, it may 
be instanced that Mr. Reginald Stuart Poole, who died recently at the age of sixty- 
two years, was for forty years an official of the British Museum, and for more than 
half that time was keeper of coins and medals, on which subject he wrote no less 
than thirty-four volumes of detailed descriptions of Greek, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, 
Oriental, Indian and Chinese coins. 

In America the only museum of importance, aside from Harvard Peabody 
Museum of Archaeology, is that of the Smithsonian Institute at Washington, D. C, 
founded in 1846 by a legacy of $100,000, bequeathed to the United States Govern- 
ment "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men." Its chief work 
has been in publishing and distributing scientific memoirs and reports, but so far 
neither the public nor the United States Government has manifested an interest 
in this national institution at all commensurate with the importance of its object 
as expressed in the wish of the founder. 

That Chicago, the youngest of the great cities of the world, should already be 
in possession of one of the greatest museums in America, one absolutely unique in 
kind, is only one of the many marvels of a marvelous city. The history of the Field 
Columbian Museum may be briefly told, the mere statement of the facts being the 
most eloquent presentation of the subject. The story of "the White City," that 
fairest realized dream of architecture in all the centuries since Athens, is one that 
needs no repetition in this place. But without that "white wonder" that rose as by 
enchantment on the shores of Lake ^Michigan and charmed the world in the ever 
memorable summer of '93, the Field Columbian Museum would not only have been 
impossible, but the importance of it in the future development of Chicago and the 
West would never have been so imperatively felt as to call forth the princely gener- 
osity on the part of Marshall Field, one of Chicago's most eminent citizens, by 
which alone it was realized. On Saturday, June 2, 1894, or in about seven months 
from the closing of the World's Columbian Exposition, the Field Columbian 
Ikluseum was thrown open to the public. The history of the museum is told in 
abridgment in its name. As in London in 1851, Philadelphia in 1876, and Paris in 
1889, advantage was taken of a great opportunity to obtain a vast quantity of 
museum material and gather together the best results of the researches of science, 
the development of art and the status of industry and invention. The Columbian 
Exposition had brought together the grandest and most unique collection illustrative 
of the natural history and anthropology of the world ever before placed at the 
command of the student and archaeologist, and the probability that a permanent 


















museum would grow from the Exposition had been considered in the earliest 
stages of preparation for the Fair. The museum, thus fortunate in its oppor- 
tunities, was fortunate also in its patron and founder. After a generosity and 
public spirit in giving, which is without parallel in the history of expositions, 
Chicago's munificent giving reached its climax in the gift of one million dollars 
by Mr. Marshall Field as the endowment of the proposed museum, the gift being 
wisely conditioned on the raising of a further sum of $500,000 by other citizens. 
This condition was promptly complied with, and, expedited by legislative action 
on the part of the General Assembly of Illinois and the Park Boards of Chicago, 
the "Palace of Art," the most beautiful of the buildings of the great Fair, was 
secured for at least the temporary home of the museum. 

In addition to the splendid gift of one million dollars to found the museum, Mr. 
Field is one of the patrons of the Chicago University. 

The museum was organized by the selection of Mr. F. J. V. Skiff, Deputy 
Director General and head of the Mines and Mining Department of the Columbian 
Exposition, as Director in Chief, with an able corps of assistants, and under'his 
direction the work of installation of exhibits, many of which were contributed by 
exhibitors at the Fair, was carried forward with such energy that, as already stated, 
the museum was opened with appropriate exercises, to the public, Saturday after- 
noon, June 2, 1894, President Ayer and Director Skiff welcoming those assembled 
to dedicate the museum and recapitulating its history, and Mr. Edward G. Mason, 
President of the Chicago Historical Society, delivering the oration. 

The building occupies a central position in the northern area of Jackson Park, 
and its southern facade looks upon a sheet of water called the North Pond. The 
main structure consists of two naves crossing centrally, one hundred feet wide, 
seventy feet high, and respectively five hundred and three hundred and fifty feet long. 
The naves are surrounded by galleries. Their intersection is crowned by a dome 
which reaches a height of one hundred and twenty-five feet. The four angular 
spaces formed by the naves are occupied by structures of a little less altitude, filling 
out the rectangle of the axes of the naves. At a little distance from each of the 
northern angles stands an annex, two hundred by one hundred and twenty feet, con- 
nected to the main building by a corridor. The total fioor area of the buildings is 
about six acres, divided into eighty halls, with rooms for studies, laboratories, and 
storerooms. Light in exhibition rooms is obtained wholly from above. The walls 
are of brick covered with staff, having the effect of white marble, and giving to 
the broad structure an appearance of solidity and durability beyond its real merit. 
It was designed b}'^ Charles B. Atwood, after a Spanish model in the Grecian Ionic 
style. By many it was deemed the most symmetrical, harmonious, and completely 
beautiful of all the magnificent structures which gave to the World's Columbian 
Exposition its renown as an unrivaled architectural dream. 

Having thus briefly traced the steps from World's Fair to memorial the visitor 
is now ready to accompany us on a general tour of the museum. Entering by the 
main entrance at the north the first of the four great courts of the museum more 
than satisfies expectation, and is a fit introduction to this palace of wonders. The 
court is mainly devoted to reproductions of Irish and Assyrian antiquities, among 
the latter being replicas of the winged bull, the winged lion, obelisk of Shal- 
manesar and the rosetta stone, the originals of which are now in the British 

On the right is the library of the museum, now aggregating about 8,300 num- 
bers, of which 1,000 are pamphlets. The librarj- is confined to the literature of the 
various sciences and arts illustrated in the museum, and though at present small, 
comparatively, contains many valuable works, while in several departments it is 


quite full, as for instance, in the Department of Ornithology, on which subject alone 
there are 445 volumes, and even a larger number in the Department of Geology. 
In the reading room current numbers of the principal scientific reviews and peri- 
odicals are on file, and access is also given to the general public to the book shelves. 
Purchases are constantly being made of the best and most recent works on Geology, 
Botany, Zoology, Anthropology and the Industrial Arts. Opening from the read- 
ing room is the lecture hall of the museum, where lectures of a popular scientific 
character are given at stated times. 

The Columbian Rotunda, which claims a promment place in the first view as 
the visitor enters the North Court, has as its central attraction the imposing statue 
of Columbus by Augustin St. Gaudens, which stood at the entrance of the Adminis- 
tration Building during the Fair, facing the statue of the Republic and the famed 
Peristyle. That Columbus is a favorite subject with sculptors is attested by the fact 
that there are twenty-nine statues and monuments to Columbus in America, six in 
Spain and seven in Italy. Grouped around this statue of the great Discoverer, who 
is represented with sword drawn and holding the banner of Castile and Leon, in 
the act of taking possession of the New World, are the original models of the 
beautiful sculpture that adorned the palaces of "the White City." 

South of the rotunda lies the South Court, with its full-sized reproductions of 
antiquities from Mexico and Central America. This court is seen to best advan- 
tage in a general view from the southern entrance where, looking to the north, the 
visitor sees strange monsters in stone, telling of old and half developed civilizations, 
and back of them the gigantic totem poles or heraldic columns from the North 
Pacific coast of America. Here is to be seen the reclining figure of the rain god, 
copies, casts and photographs of sculpture, idols, temples and ruins of Yucatan and 
Mexico, constituting a most valuable and interesting study in American archseology. 

The East Court contains a most imposing collection of the archaeology of 
North America and researches in this field have been much stimulated by the 
aid of Mr. Allison V. Armour. The halls and alcoves on either side of the 
East Court are devoted to anthropological collections, while in the east and 
south galleries are placed various physical and psychological apparatus, such as 
instruments for testing the various senses, and in the south gallery an extensive 
collection of crania, skeletons, etc., all interesting to the anthropologist but not con- 
ducive to pleasant reflections on the part of the general observer who may not be as 
philosophic as Hamlet discoursing on the skull of Yorick. The alcoves of the East 
Court contain, however, a number of exhibits of interest to the general visitor. 
Thus in alcove Si may be seen a collection of 8,000 flint disks from a mound in Ross 
County, Ohio; in alcove 84 hideous mummies, rude pottery, ingenious baskets, and 
sandals, ropes, etc., of the Cliff Dwellers of Utah; and in another a buffalo-skin 
lodge of the Cree Indian, the sides of which are artistically ornamented with 
painted figures. This form of lodge is now very rare, being over fifty years old. 
The interior is furnished as it would be if in actual use by the Indians. Another 
alcove is occupied by antiquities from the ancient graves of Peru and Chili, while 
in the adjoining alcoves are collections of interestmg antiquities from the southern 
and western states. On the west side of Hall 12, adjoining the North Court, is 
arranged a portion of a model of the city of Skidgate, presenting the characteristic 
features of a village of the Haida Indians, who inhabit Queen Charlotte Islands, 
British Columbia. The carved columns or totem posts in front of the houses, 
represent the crests of the house owners. The large isolated columns in front of the 
houses are erected in memory of the deceased relatives or friends. The entire south- 
east wing is devoted to the Ethnology of America. Hall 18 is dedicated to Edward 
E. Ayer, Esq., President of the Museum, and is filled with the splendid collection of 











Ethnology of North America which he presented to the institution. Halls lo, ii, 12 
and 13 are devoted to collections illustrating the Alaskan Eskimo, the Eskimo of Lab- 
rador and Greenland, the British possessions and Mexico, while four other halls are 
occupied with the Ethnology and Archaeology of South America. The groups of 
Powhatan Indians show the method of working in the great quarries recently dis- 
covered in the suburbs of Washington, D. C. The costumes are restored in accord- 
ance with drawings left by John White and Captain John Smith, of the first colony 
of Virginia, The figure at the left is engaged in prying up the flinty bowlders, the 
middle figure is breaking up the larger masses, and the sitting figure at the right is 
flaking over the rude blades, a number of which are heaped up by his side. Accord- 
ing to the Washington correspondent of the New York Evening Post, a small rem- 
nant of this once powerful tribe exists to-day about twenty miles from Richmond, 
Virginia, calling themselves Pamunkey and dwelling on a reservation of Soo acres 
known as "Indiantown." In Hall 3 there is a valuable and interesting display of 
Egyptian antiquities, including among other things a collection of bronze vases and 
utensils found in a single room of a tomb at Edfou, Upper Egypt. These bronzes 
date from the Roman period of 74 B. C, to A. D. 211. The Egyptian mummies in 
this collection, though a grewsome sight, suggest to the student of history stories 
more wonderful than romance as to the part some of these may have played in 
Egypt's mysterious past. Horace Smith, in his address to a mummy in the British 
Museum brought to England by Belzoni, best describes one's reflections as he looks 
upon these strange human relics that antedate European civilization: — 

And thou hast walked about (how strange a story!), 

In Thebes' streets, three thousand years ago. 
While the Memnonian was in all its glory, 

And time had not begun to overthrow 
Those temples, palaces and piles stupendous. 
Of which the very ruins are tremendous. 

Perchance that very hand, now pinioned flat, 

Has bob-or-nobb'd with Pharaoh, glass to glass; 
Or dropped a half-penny on Homer's hat. 

Or dolled thine own to let Queen Dido pass. 
Or held by Solomon's own invitation 
A torch at the great temple's dedication. 

Hall 4 is devoted to the Ethnology of the South Sea Islands, including quite a 
collection of idols, many of which are now very rare. The large figures to the right 
and left in the illustration are sun and moon gods ; those in the upper central por- 
tion are known as feather gods. The remaining ones are carved from hard wood, 
with great labor, and represent house or individual idols. The tapa cloth and 
stamping cylinder from Samoa is also very interesting as a specimen of South Sea 
manufacturing. Tapa is prepared from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree ; 
the bark, after having been stripped, is softened by bruising with a wooden mallet 
until it is ready to receive the pattern or print. This is first engraved upon a 
wooden cylinder, which is then rubbed over with dye and the imprint taken there- 
from. Large lances and obsidian pointed spears from the Admiralty Islands, bows 
from the New Hebrides, swords armed with shark teeth from Gilbert Islands, war 
clubs from New Caledonia, war arrows tipped with bone, and a battle- axe, formerly 
owned by Atti, the rebel chief of New Caledonia, illustrate the war implements of 
the South Sea Islanders. 

The Department of Transportation consisting chiefly of contributions from the 
interesting Transportation Building of the World's Fair, is unique in a museum of 
this kind, but as its exhibits are better known than most of the others in the museum 


they must be passed here without further mention than that the whole subject of 
land and marine transportation, human and animal burden carriers, is illustrated 
with a completeness never before attempted in any museum of the world. 

We have lingered so long over these interesting features of the museum that 
we can but glance at the great West Court and its adjacent alcoves, galleries and 
halls. This is the less to be regretted, perhaps, as the collections of this part of the 
museum are of a scientific rather than of a popvilar character, and are adapted to 
study rather than description. The general view of the West Court, showing the 
section of an immense redwood tree S7S years old and nearly fifteen feet in diame- 
ter, the skeleton of the mastodon from America, the replica of the huge Siberian 
mammoth, together with the skeleton of a whale, and large rocks grooved and 
polished by glacial action, form a view impressive in appearance and still more in 
the thoughts suggested by these huge bones and relics of time. The large beautiful 
vases or royal blue Berlin porcelain add grace to a scene which otherwise would 
perhaps, be too griml}' suggestive of the monsters of old; and the other specimens 
of ceramic industry, including Egyptian wine vats, samples of Limoges ware, Vene- 
tian glass. Royal Worcester porcelain and contributions from Japan. Sweden, and 
specimens of pottery and earthenware are exceedinglj- interesting and will well 
repay careful study. In fact, the whole museum has been arranged, not specially 
for show, but for careful, progressive study in anthropology and the development 
of civilization. 

Paleontology claims special interest and importance in the great West Court and 
its halls and alcoves, including Geology, Zoology and Botany in all their divisions 
and co-ordinate sciences, and in each will be found enough to interest general 
observers and the student of science. The botanical display occupies the galleries 
and is, perhaps, the finest on the continent. Merely as an instance of the wealth of 
the special collections in some of the departments it may be mentioned that there 
are 10,000 specimens of shells, 5,000 specimens of butterflies, and 2,000 specimens of 
birds represented. The visitor should not fail to see, to the right of the butterflies, 
a fine specimen of South American Lantern Fly. which emits a light so powerful 
that its description, it is said, has been written by the sole aid of its light. 

The Department of Industrial Arts occupies the halls on tbe north side of the 
West Court and embraces eight sections, of which that of the textile industries and 
that devoted to gems and jewels are perhaps of more interest to the general visitor. 
In the former the famous Tsuzure Nishiki Tapestry from Japan, 286 square feet in 
area, is one of the most striking and artistic exhibits. The antique Persian 
prayer-rug, 10 by 14 feet, and the Chair Seat, an exact counterpart of the celebrated 
Gobelin tapestry in color and design, and also interesting studies in artistic decora- 

Of all the exhibits in the Department of Industrial Arts that which attracts 
most visitors, perhaps, is the section of gems and jewels in Higinbotham Hall. 
The germ of this fine collection was shown at the Tiffany pavilion in the Manufac- 
tures Building at the World's Fair, and the lover o*^ precious stones and jewels will 
here find enough to make him dream ot the famous I^Ioonstone of India and the shrine 
of Benares inlaid with precious stones under a rook supported by pillars of gold, 
or perhaps by that wonderful covering of jewels and gems to which in our modern 
times the "Arabian Nights" are the only sesame. If the Pall jNIall Gazette may be 
believed, however, the Pope has received from the President of the Transvaal Repub- 
lic a diamond found in the mines at Jagersfontein, weighing 971 carats, the largest 
diamond known. This new Kohinoor, or "mountain of light," to use the Oriental 
phrase, is described as of a bluish-white cast and practically perfect, its only blem- 
ish being a tiny spot invisible to the naked eye. This collection is believed to be 



the most complete of its kind, and many of the objects are of historical interest 
and significance. It is the gift of Mr. H. N. Higinbotham, President of the World's 
Columbian E.xposition, who continues to add rare and valuable specimens to the 
notai)le c^^llection. 

In Hall 5, Ethnology of Asia, are two very curious garments made by the 
Ainos, of Saghalien. The first is a wrapper or upper garment of nettle fiber, the 
blue warp of which is of Japanese cotton. The nettle is gathered in the fall and 
peeled, only the outside coating being used. The fiber is carded with a piece of 
clam shell, and after being thus cleaned, it is tied in bundles and bleached in the 
snow, after which it is woven into cloth by the Aino women, on a hand loom. 
Another garment is made of elm bark. The bark is softened by chewing. It re- 
quires the steady chewing of one person about a month to prepare enough bark to 
weave a single garment. 

Another object of interest, coming across the ocean and traversing the long 
chain of rivers and lakes that joined the sea with the Exposition shore, was the 
Viking. This was a tiny craft, built upon the model of a boat which after a burial 
of centuries had been exhumed in these later days in Norwa3^ Without a deck, with 
but a single sail, her sides garnished with the shields of fighting men, she was a 
faithful representation of the kind of ship in which Leif Ericsson is reputed to have 
come to New England five hundred years before the great Genoese planted the 
banner of Castile upon the western hemisphere. Had any doubt remained as to 
the possibility of the achievement asciibed to Ericsson it would have been dissi- 
pated by the fact that such a vessel had made a far longer voyage, though perhaps 
not a more difficult or dangerous, without loss or injury. The Viking, like the 
Caravels, remains the property of the Field Columbian Museum. 

One of the latest acquisitions to the museum is a boat, 30 feet long, 8 foot beam 
and 4 foot hold, which is one of five that are probably the oldest specimens of 
the boat builder's art extant. This curiously designed affair possesses an archjso- 
logical value of the highest order, and is considered the greatest acquisition which the 
museum has received in recent years. The unravelling of its history has engaged 
the attention of some of the most noted Egyptologists, and they have decided that 
it was in existence long before the time of the Pharaohs, Rameses or tnost of the 
ancient Egyptians. It was lying buried in the sands of the Nile under the shadows 
of one of the big pyramids when Cleopatra was rowed about by her dusky subjects, 
while the boatmen sang airs which changed each time that the sails were shifted. 
The boat recently arrived in Chicago, packed so that its long voyage from Cairo 
should not cause any damage to befall such a precious relic from any rough hand- 
ling in transit. The boat is one of five which were buried deep in the sands of the 
Nile not far from the largest of the pyramids. Three of these boats were excavated 
and placed in the Gizeh Museum, in Cairo, after it had been ascertained that they 
were really relics of great antiquity. Through the generosity of Mrs. Cyrus H. 
McCorraick, Sr., one of the three boats in the Gizeh Museum was secured for the 
Field Museum. 

Prayer sticks, corn grinders, snake dance costumes, stone and clay pipes, fet- 
ishes and idols in human and animal form, vari-colored pottery of ancient mold and 
a vast number of other strange products of primitive Indian workmanship have just 
been installed in Hall 17 of the Field Columbian Museum, in a remarkable collec- 
tion illustrating the interesting manners and religious rites of the only Indian tribe 
in the United States which still clings to its customs of 300 years ago. 

The Hopi, or Moqui, as the tribe is called, is looked upon as a wonderful people 
by the anthropologists and enthnologists. Unaided by white men, they brought 
themselves to a surprisingly high state of civilization. They are noted for their 


peaceful, gentle and conservative modes of life. The only custom that smacks of 
the savage is their celebrated snake dance. 

The exhibit, which consists of curios and casts of groups taken from life, is the 
most complete of its kind in the world, and besides affording the public a faithful 
portraiture of a people until recently but little known, will add much to the reputa- 
tion of the museum among scientists. The peculiar domestic life, the quaint arts 
and industries, the strange religious beliefs and customs and the complex system 
of ceremonials in honor of a pantheon of gods are graphically illustrated. In that 
dry region, on the edge of the southwestern desert, all the religious observances 
center about the idea of propitiating the various gods to the end that they will send 
rain to foster the crops. Drawings in the room of the museum devoted to the Hopi 
show a region 4,000 square miles in extent in north central Arizona, where but few 
white men have found their way and where dwells this people whose customs, 
tmchanged by hundreds of j'ears, reflect but little of the influence of the trader, the 
missionary or the tourist. Oraibi, the chief pueblo of the Hopi, which was dis- 
covered by the Spaniards in 1540 during the famous Coronado expedition and called 
by them Tusaj'an, is the most western of the settlements. 

From here one looks across the great southwestern desert from one of the three 
tablelands or mesas, 7,000 feet in altitude, with steep, precipitous sides and dry and 
barren valleys between. Across the valley to the east the tableland bears the vil- 
lages of Miconinovi, the Cipantovi and the Conopavi, and still further on the third 
mesa are the pueblos of Walpi, Sitcomovi and Hanoki. No white man lives within 
thirty miles and the nearest trading post is forty miles away. 

Prominent in the exhibit is a model of the village to which the visitor might 
well imagine he has been transported — the town of Walpi, whose present location 
antedates the Spanish conquest. It is built in irregular rows of houses, rising one 
above the other in the form of terraces. The walls are of sandstone slabs, with 
interspaces filled with small bits of stone and plaster. The roofs of the dwellings 
are of thatch and mud. The streets are narrow. In the city of Oraibi itself the 
streets are never clean. They seem to be filled with rubbish to a great depth, and 
scientists believe that a little digging will open up revelations in regard to the 
antiquity of the Hopi towns. At irregular intervals in the long rows of dwellings 
are usually one or more kivas, or extensive underground chambers, used as places 
of resort for the men. In these are held the secret proceedings of all the religious 

A case near by depicts the interior of one of the Hopi houses with a group of 
four life-size figures at work at various domestic pursuits. It gives an opportunity 
to study the physical peculiarities of the people. The Hopi are of medium height 
and of slender but musctilar build. Their color is a rich brown — darker than that 
of the Indians of the plains. They ai-e intelligent, industrious, peaceable, conserva- 
tive and even shj'. They live chiefly on a vegetable diet, of which 90 per cent, is 
corn prepared in various ways. 

In this family group the daughter is kneeling' over a matate grinding the corn 
into meal between two flat stones. She wears her hair in two disklike projections, 
one on each side of the head. These symbolize the squash blossom — the emblem 
of the virgin. Her mother, who is preparing a peculiar kind of bread at the fire- 
place, has her hair gathered in two cues, which hang down the back. By the side 
of the baker lies a pile of the "tissue bread. " It is a foot in diameter and nearly as 
thin as bread. Outside the door the grandmother is moulding pottery for household 
use, and the father sits before a loom weaving garments for the women. He wears 
only a breech cloth and moccasins. This group represents the division of the 
household labors. Each has a certain work, and it is intrusted to no one else. It 



portrays the spirit of harmony that exists in the family and shows to some extent 
the respect with which women are treated in a tribe where polygamy is unknown. 
The patron of this valuable and interesting division of the Museum, is Mr. Stanley 
McCormick who has provided generous funds for the prosecution of the work. 

But our eyes have long since begun to "ache with gazing to behold" this vast 
collection of museum wonders, and our brains to tire of trying to read its innumer- 
able lessons, and we pass out into the West Court as we leave the museum, and 
even in passing glance again at the Egyptian wine vats recalling a people and a 

"Gone— glimmering through the dream of things that were." 

The Columbian Rotunda, also, and Assyrian monuments that we pass again as 
we leave the museum by the door at which we entered, make us realize "the might 
and majesty of loveliness," and also that, in the words of the poet, 

"A world is at our feet as fragile as our clay." 

Without the Field Columbian Museum, the educational institutions of Chicago 
would be an imperfect whole. They would be a balance-wheel with a segment of 
the periphery lacking. No description, however minute or vivid, found in the 
libraries or given orally in the class-rooms, equals the ocular demonstration which is 
impressed upon the memory by a glance of the eye. The student who enters the 
museum for profitable study, appreciation and enjoyment, must first be prepared 
for it by the class-book or the library. He must have his appetite whetted for 
further knowledge by what he has already tasted. The museum, therefore, holds a 
place at highest point in culture, which it helps at every stage of the progress of 
learning. It inspires a love of pure and elevating knowledge in the heart of the 
little boy or girl. It gratifies this desire to the simplest learner as well as the most 
accomplished and profound student. In a most imperfect and limited way, all insti- 
tutions seek to aftord some of the benefits of a museum, thus showing how univer- 
sally the want is felt. 

It is, therefore, to be supposed that the idea of a great museum in Chicago has 
occurred to many. It could not be otherwise. A well known editor wrote in one 
of his popular Musings, that he often passed the Philo Carpenter square, then 
vacant, on the west side, and rarely did so without thinking of Mr. Marshall Field, 
and of the British Museum. There was something in the idea that seemed natur- 
ally to suggest Mr. Field's name. Other names would seem to be more in harmony 
with a great university or theological seminary ; others with a great library. But 
Mr. Field, who touches the world in all lands, who comes in contact with all peoples, 
and is familiar with all the world's productions, from the simplest to the most com- 
plex, such a man is suggested to the mind in thinking of and wishing for such an 
institution. It was, therefore, the most natural thing to name him in this place in 
such a connection. When the munificent offer was made there was great rejoicing. 
The coming institution was hailed as the "Field Columbian Museum" by the daily 
press of the city. The museum by its name thus signifies that the character of the 
institution has for its component parts, great enterprises, a world-wide reach, skill 
in its selections, perfect order in its arrangement, and reliability in its financial and 
general management. 

The Field Columbian Museum, with Chicago's other greatjeducational endow- 
ments, its university, its libraries, its schools of art and science, give to that city an 
eminence as a conservator of the Humanities, fully consonant with her unrivalled 
commercial position. 



[Springfield Republican, April 3, 1900.] 

The plans and specifications for the Field Memorial Library have been received 
in Conway, Mass. The building will be of the classic style of architecture in Greek 
detail, and will be built of buff Bedford limestone, with trimmings of gray granite. 
It will face the central street of the village, standing on a slight elevation with a 
frontage of S2 feet, in a lot which has a front of 200 feet. It measures 50 feet from 
lowest step to top of dome and 41 feet from sill to top of dome. On the frieze 
beneath the architrave will be the inscription : "Field Memorial Library," while 
just over the entrance may be read "Free to All." This entrance will be approached 
by a flight of granite steps. The story over the basement will be surmounted at 
the center by a dome about 25 feet in diameter. The vestibule will have a tiled 
floor of white Italian marble, and will open into the rotunda, lying just under the 
dome. This rotunda will be 30 feet square, with a mosaic floor of rich-colored 
marble, and the walls from floor line to the top of the wainscoting will be finished 
in marble. The columns will be made of solid marble blocks. On either side of 
the rotunda, northeast and southwest, will be the reading-rooms, measuring 21 feet 
each way. Each will have a fireplace, and the facings and hearths to the mantels 
will be of marble. All the marble is to be the best selected Brescia violet marble, 
and highly polished, excepting the carved surfaces. In the rear of the rotunda is 
the stack-room for the books with a capacity for io,oco volumes. Exits from this 
on either side toward the front are into small rooms, serving as hallway and ofl5ce. 
In the basement are the lavatories, a large unpacking room, furnace and fuel-rooms. 
The stack to be used is the Standard library bureau steel stack of the latest pattern, 
manufactured by the library bureau of Chicago. The retaining walls and area 
walls, together with the back of the wall at sidewalk line, will be of local stone in 
good rubble masonry. All the interior walls of the cellar with the backing of the 
foundation walls above the ground line, are to be of good, hard, well-burned bricks. 
The interior walls above the cellar and the backing of the exterior walls, will be of 
the same. The rear walls will be faced with brick to match the color of the lime- 
stone. The linings and floors of the two fireplaces in the reading-rooms will be of 
gray mottled Roman brick. 

The exterior walls of the first story, together with the exterior walls in the cat- 
aloguing room, staircase, hall and lavatories in the basement will be rendered fire- 
proof by a lining of two-inch porous terra cotta furring blocks. The base around 
the building at the ground line will be of granite with fine pointed surface. The 
steps and platforms, coping walls at sides of steps, wall and coping at sidewalk 
and coping on retaining walls will all be of granite. The posts at either end of the 
steps at the sidewalk will have molded bases and cut, molded and ornamental caps. 
The base to the pedestal of the building will be cut and molded. The caps to the 
columns at the main entrance, the inscription on the frieze, the acroteria on the 
pediments, the Greek fret-work in the vestibule, the architrave to the main entrance 
door, the molding in the cap to the main entrance door and the consols to the 
main entrance door-cap will be carved from full-sized models, first approved by 
architects. The base of the delivery desk on the rotunda side will be of solid mar- 
ble. The floors of the lavatories, of the staircase hall and of the stack-room will 





















lid with white Italian marble tiles. All the ornamentation in the rotunda 
e the marble wainscoting, except the architraves and caps to tl:e doors, will 
f stucco work. Circular stairs will run from the first story to the basement, 
two lamp-posts at the front entrance will be solid bronze metal cast. The 
1 over the front door will be of cast iron, with doors of oak. Panels inside of 
orch will be glazed with plate glass. 



uly 4, 1900, was made memorable in Conway, Mass., by the interesting exer- 
at the laying of the corner stone of the Field Memorial Library. Many per- 
ivere present from a distance to participate in the exercises. Henry W. Bil- 
Esq., of the board of trustees, presided, and after appropriate exercises intro- 
l Mr. Walter M. Howland, of Chicago, who spoke in part as follows: 
)n this anniversary day, while a loyal peojjle are recalling the wisdom and the 
)us deeds of their fathers, and all through our vast domain, are rejoicing in our 
ry's prosperity and power, we, in Conway, have still another inspiring theme. 
)n a beautiful June day six years ago, a large concourse of people gathered in 
on Park, Chicago, at the dedication of the great Field Columbian Museum, 
nted to that city by several of her citizens, of whom by far the largest con- 
:or was a son of Conway, m whose honor the great museum was named. To- 
separated from that scene by more than one thousand miles, as well as by six 
of constant progress, we have gathered in this beautiful New England town, 
• the corner stone of a new library building, to be erected, furnished and 
ped, by that same son of Conway, and on its completion to be presented by him 
J village of his birth. The museum was a graceful tribute to the city of his- 
ion, where his entire business life had been passed. The library is a loving 
e to his native town, and to be dedicated to the memory of his father and 
iT. Many in this audience knew those parents well. They lived, labored and 
lere in Conway, and left to their children and to this town the priceless legacy 
lorable and blameless lives. They rest together in yonder cemetery, and 
among their neighbors and friends, quietly av/ait the bright dawning of the 
il day. 

'he library is the storehouse of the world's knowledge, and through it the dim 
of ancient history sends down to us its illuminating rays. The art of printing 
a great impulse to the formation of libraries, and all through the civilized 
they have been established. The founding of a library is a fine conception 
great blessing, but it brings with it an increase of responsibility. Such an 
nee cannot be created in your midst and the town remain the same. The 
actual standing of this community should be greatly elevated by its presence, 
lere comes the obligation to use it. If used faithfully and intelligently, this 
ition will become a pleasure and be ever a new source of happiness. But the 
lunity, like the individual, cannot remain at rest. There is no time for inac- 
The years are hastening by, and no human power can staj' their progress, 
lave had here the library of Nature, you- will now have also the library of 
;. Make the most of these surpassing gifts. The gift of a free public library 
event of the greatest moment in your history, filled with books and pictures, 
•ith things of beauty, it will stand here at the head of your principal street, a 


help and an inspiration, long after those who have gathered here to-day have passed 
on to the enjoyment of the greater opportunities in the life immortal. * 

In the years to come this library will remain here a constant reminder to the 
young men and women of Conway of life's great possibilities. 

jNIr. Field is placing in your midst the finest, the most beautiful of all your 
material possessions. 

It will stand here m Conway a monument to its founder, but those who know 
him well, know that this is not his real purpose. He needs no such monument. 
In the memory of his early home, he gives this library, and in the upbuilding of 
this town he will have his reward. 

2243. HENRY FIELD (John. John, Eliakim, John, John, Zechariah, John, 
John, Richard, William, William), b. Conway, Mass., May 25, 1841; m. Oct. 29, 
1S79, Florence Lathrop, b. Oct. 19, 1858. She m. 2d, Thomas Nelson Page, LL. 
D. Res. 1759 R. Street, N. W., Washington, D. C. Henry d. Dec. 22, 1890. Res. 
Chicago, 111. She was daughter of Jedediah Hyde Lathrop, b. Julys, 1806; d. 
1SS9; m. 184.3, Mariana, daughter of Daniel Bryan, of Alexandria, Va. She d. 1893. 
Mrs. Field was descended from Rev. John Lathrop, Queen's College, Cambridge, 
1605 ; clergyman of the Church of England, later renounced his orders and became 
pastor of the First Independent Church of London, 1623 ; was subsequently impris- 
oned by Archbishop Laud, and on being released settled in New England, 1634, 
and became minister at Barnstable, Mass., 1639. 

Henry Field died at his residence, 293 Ontario Street, in Chicago, Monday, 
Dec. 22, 1890. He was ill but a week, and was not considered to be in a dangerous 
condition until the day before he passed away. Born in Conway, he went to Chi- 
cago in 1861, and soon after entered the employ of the firm of Cooley, Farwell & 
Co., of which his brother, Marshall, was a member. When Field, Leiter & Co. was 
organized, in 1867, he was a member of the firm, and continued as such until 
1878, at which time he withdrew. In 18S1 and 1882 he was again a member of the 
firm, which at this time was Marshall Field & Co. In 1S83 he retired from active \ 

business, partly on account of failing health and partly because he had acquired a j 

fortune, which would enable him to enjoy and cultivate the finer tastes of his gentle 
nature. He made a European trip, and returned much benefited in health, and 
again became identified with the firm. The latter part of his life he was not act- 
ively engaged in business, though his interests in various directions were 
extensive. His wife was Florence Lathrop, daughter of the late J. H. Lathrop, 
of Elmhurst. 

Mr. Field was of a gentle, unassuming, retiring disposition, yet in all thing, 
that concerned the welfare, progress, and higher culture of Chicago, he was ever 
earnest, active, and generous. He was a member of the leading clubs of the city 
and was ever forward and helpful in all the charitable, humanitarian, and religious 
works and enterprises. 

After his retirement from business Mr. Field traveled much abroad and at home 
and added to a mind already well stored with knowledge the broadening and cul- 
tured experience which intelligent travel brings. He was a lover of good books 
and devotedly attached to art and is said to have owned one of the finest collections 
of paintings and other works of art in the city. Identified with all the moral, intel- 
lectual, and artistic life of Chicago, he was greatly missed in all those spheres and 
true progressive efforts. He was a trustee of the Art Institute and in 1SS4-5 was a 
member of the Art Committee of the Inter-State Industrial Exposition. While not 
entirely keeping aloof from the commercial activities of the city, his tastes and incli- 
nations were gradually weaning his mind away from them, and he loved "to stay at 







home with his soul" and with his books, and pictures, and his art treasures. Mr. 
Field was a man of large charity, which was not confined to private giving. He 
was intimately associated with the work of several of the most successful institu- 
tions in the city, in the field of organized charity. In 1883 and 1884 he was a direc- 
tor of the Chicago Relief and Aid Society and in the latter year a member of the 
executive committee. He was the society's treasurer at the time of his death. 
In 18S4 he also served as president of the Home of the Friendless. Mr. Field was 
a director of the first opera festival given in Chicago in 1885, the affair being given 
by the Chicago Opera Festival Association. He was also a director in 1886 of the 
Inter-State Industrial Exposition. His financial interests in Chicago were ex- 
tensive He was at one time one of the large holders of stock in the West Division 
Street Railwaj' Company and went out with J. Russell Jones and others. He was 
vice-president of the Commercial National Bank, of which he was a large stock- 
holder, and though not taking a particularly active part in the office of that mstitu- 
tion he generally devoted a few hours daily to its business when in the city. He 
was a member of the Fourth Presbyterian Church. 

The funeral of the late Henry Field was held at the family residence Wednes- 
day, Dec. 24th. The funeral was private and the services, which were of the sim- 
plest character, were held by Rev. M. W. Strj'ker of the Fourth Presbyterian 
Church. The remains were interred in the family lot in Graceland Cemetery. 

At the regular meeting of the Chicago Literary Club, held February 16, 1891, 
the accompanying report of a Committee appointed to prepare a tribute of respect 
to the memory of Henry Field, was read and adopted; 

When a man dies who made such a deep and interesting impression as Henry 
Field did, it is well for his friends and associates to express their thought about him, 
and say why it was that they valued him so much. But because he loved sim- 
plicity, therefore it will be better to put in a few plain words what we wish to say. 

He was manly and self-reliant, needing no help from others, but helping many. 
The calmness and quiet strength of his nature were helpful and restful to all who 
came near him. There were many whom his words, his generous giving, and the 
examples of his daily living greatly helped ; but these must tell, themselves, what 
he did for them, because he never spoke of any good deed that he had done. 

He was a lover of beautj- as well as of goodness, and he gathered about him a col- 
lection of art which was famed far beyond the limits of this city. And we shall 
never look upon the beautiful pictures he gave this club without thinking of his taste 
and his generosity. 

But to know all these things about Henry Field is not really to know the man. 
His life was centered in his home. Strong and tender, wise and modest, deeply 
loving the beautiful, yet able to cope easily with the world of affairs — such were 
the qualities we loved in him. 

In the strong and loving spirit that was given him, and in the earnest and faith- 
ful use of such helps toward noble living as were within his reach may be found 
the explanation of the character that we have known and loved. — Clarence A. 
Burley, Franklin MacVeagh, Walter C. Larned, Committee. 


When tlie superb collection of pictures of the Barbizon school, which belonged 
to the late Henry Field, was presented to the Art Institute, Mrs. Thomas Nelson 
Page, who was then Mrs. Field, requested that she be permitted to especially pre- 
pare the gallery where they were to be placed. The one selected opens off the 
rotunda of the second floor to the north and also through a small anteroom on to 
the west loggia. It is forty-six feet long by twenty-six wide, and because of its 



size, shape, and situation, is one of the best galleries in the building. The decora- 
tions of this room are complete, and as it stands it is the handsomest public gallery 
in this country and one of the handsomest in any country. 

The work was done by Tiffany from a general plan furnished by Mrs. Page, 
who desired the room should be in color and effect like the one in which the pictures 
were placed in her own home, which was planned by Mr. Field. Tiffany claims it 
is the best piece of work he has ever done, and certainly it leaves nothing to desire 
or suggest. 

The woodwork of the entire room is of solid highly-polished ebony. The casings 
of the doors and panels are delicately and unobtrusively ornamented with square 
half-inch inserts of mother-of-pearl of the shifting green shades which harmonize 
with the greens and yellows that prevail throughout the room. These mother-of- 
pearl ornamentations are arranged as narrow straight borders in admirable keeping 
with the simple elegance of the general eft'ect of the other decorations. 

The walls are hung with apple-green velours of that warm soft shade in which 
there is a strong undertone of yellow that makes a perfect background for pictures. 
The picture wall which divides this hanging from the dado is of ebony orna- 
mented with deep inserts of mother-of-pearl, like that used in the decorating of the 
other woodwork. The deep dado at the first glance seems to be a mosaic of black 
glass, but close examination reveals that it is composed of mingled tones of grays 
and bronze-browns that shade into black, as well as the black, which predominates. 
Below the dado of glass mosaic is a heavy baseboard of polished ebony. 

The floor is a beautiful mosaic in green, yellow, red, black, and a pale pink so 
arranged and blended as to form as a whole a combination which is pleasing and 
yet does not call attention to itself, but keeps its place, as a floor should. The 
various figures and colors are not elaborated with the definiteness which, while 
strikingly fine in itself, so fixes the attention that it is never a satisfactory, unobtru- 
sive part of the whole room. Like the finest Persian rugs, which are the standard 
of excellence in floor coverings, this mosaic is mottled and blended in such a way 
that the main portion of it, while including a definite figure, is soft and united in 
general effect. 

Above the wall hangings of green velours is a slender, projecting ebony pole 
from which the pictures are hung and above this is a wide, arching frieze reaching 
to the skylight. The tonality is of yellow bronze shading into green. The field is 
in yellow, touched with bronze with the figures which^while set have the effect of 
an arabesque in green and dark bronze. Both the field and the figures grow lighter 
as they approach the skylight, which is quite concealed by a singularly beautiful 
canopy of stained glass of most admirable design. 

The canopy of glass is thirty-four feet long by fourteen feet wide and above it 
wholly out of sight, are the electric lights. The edge of this big multi-colored 
translucent canopy is of small parallelograms in apple-green, outlined by a narrow 
band of opalescent green and gold. Within this on a band of delicate peaii-tinted 
pink, is a convolved pattern in varying shades of green. Still within this, but sepa- 
rated from it by slender bands in green and bronze, is a lotus pattern in light and 
dark green on a field of soft rich pink. Nearer the center are broad bands of yellow 
separated by lines of brilliant jewels in green, red, and bronze. Within this is a 
band of green that borders the center which is an arrangement of light and dark 
green, yellow, and opalescent tints placed in a conventionalized Grecian pattern. 
The effect of this exquisite glass canopy when the room is lighted by electricity is 
fine beyond all describing. Indeed, when the room is lighted by the more diffused 
daylight the beautiful shades of color it presents make it a worthy object of pil- 

















The south end of this gallery was occupied by a broad fireplace,* bricked in 
bronze and furnished with chimney-corner seats of polished ebony. Extending 
from this fireplace around the corner to the door that opens out onto the loggia is a 
seat of ebony. The fireplace is surrounded by a mosaic of bronze glass, and on 
either side, supporting a canopy of ebony edged with jewels in pale yellow and 
emerald green, are four ebony pillars with caps [of jeweled bronze. Above the 
canopy of ebony is a broad band of squares and ovals in light and dark green mot- 
tled glass. Beneath the pillar-supported canopy, most modestly placed and worked 
out in green mosaic on the bronze background which surrounds the fireplace, is 
the inscription: "Henry Field Memorial Room, MDCCCXCI." In speaking of this 
gallery as an especially fitting memorial to Mr. Field, N. H. Carpenter said: 

"Mr. Field was one of the most eflficient of the Art Institute trustees for eight 
years. He stood by the institution at a time when it had the utmost need of help. 
His judgment was always sound and implicitly to be relied on whether it was m 
regard to a picture or a business proposition. His interest in art was most intelli- 
gent, in fact there are few persons who give their whole time to the study of Art 
who understand it in all its bearings and significance as did Mr. Field. I am sure 
no monument could have been more in accord with what Mr. Field himself would 
have wished." 

With the pictures in this gallery, the room and its contents are worth in the 
neighborhood of half a million dollars. It is conceded that there is no other collec- 
tion of this school which can compare with what is known as "The Field Collection." 
There are in all forty-three works and many of them are internationally known. 
That such a gem among the public art galleries of the world should be within the 
very focus of the business center of Chicago, within easy reach of all, is certainly a 
cause for felicitation to every patriotic Chicagoan. 

Nothing certainly could be in more perfect accord with the pictures than this 
gallery where there is nothing to offend the eye and everything to charm it, and 
where that which is most elegant and exquisite suggests fitness and taste and not 
cost, although expense has evidently not been considered. 

In the report of the Trustees of the Art Institute for 1S94 is placed the following: 

The accessions to the collections during the last two "years have been of the 
greatest importance. At the annual meeting of June, 1893, the Trustees were 
apprised of the generous intention of Mrs. Henry Field to commit permanently to 
the Art Institute the entire collection of paintings which belonged to her husband, 
the late Henry Field, a former Trustee of the Art Institute. This collection com- 
prises forty-one pictures and represents chiefly the Barbizon school of French paint- 
ers, including Millet's well-known "Bringing Home the Nevz-born Calf," Jules 
Breton's "Song of the Lark," Troyon's "Returning from the Market," and fine exam- 
ples of Rousseau, Corot, Cazin, Constable, and Daubigny. This is the most impor- 
tant accession ever made to the museum. The collection is to be placed in a separ- 
ate room to be known as the Henry Field Memorial Room, and to be held in trust 
by five trustees, appointed by Mrs. Field. Room No. 33, a gallery 50 by 25 feet 
has been designated for this purpose, and is being fitted by Tiffany & Co., of New 
York, under the direction of Mrs. Field, in a manner worthy of the collection. It is 
the intention of the donor, having prepared the room, to establish a fund for the 
maintenance of the collection. Nor does her munificence end here, for she had 
already authorized the Trustees to order from Mr. Edward Kemeys, the sculptor of 
animals, two monumental bronze lions, to stand upon the flanks of the great exter- 

*This fireplace was taken out recently, and in its place was hung an excellent painting of 
Mr. Henry Field. Those who were best acquainted with Mr. Field state the likeness is perfect 
and it is here reproduced. 


nal approach of the museum. These lions have been put in place, and were 
unveiled May lo, 1894. 

The Trustees reported in 1895 that the beautiful gallery fitted by Mrs. Henry 
Field for the reception of the Henry Field Memorial Collection was opened to the 
public at the time of the annual reception, October 29, and became a part of the 
permanent museum. Gallery and collection form one of the finest exhibitions of its 
kind in existence." 

The Field collection comprises forty-one original oil paintings by twenty of the 
most esteemed modern painters, besides a portrait of Mr. Henry Field by Bonnat. 
Fifteen of the artists were French, two Spanish by birth, but largely French by 
trainmg and association, two German and one English. The famous group of 
painters, popularly known as the Barbizon School (from their favorite resort, a vil- 
lage in the border of Fontainebleau forest) is well represented by Corot, Millet, 
Rousseau, Diaz, and others; and the evolution of the movement in which they were 
so prominent is suggested by Delacroix, leader of the Romanticists, and by John 
Constable, the English painter, whom many consider an important factor in the new 
departure taken in French art about 1830. 

The men thus associated did not in reality form or found a school. The only 
point on which they were agreed was that the old ways of looking at nature were 
wrong; but in seeking better ways each took his own course. Nevertheless, as most 
of them found their subjects or their inspirations in the same beautiful country, 
their works, doubtless, have something in common — vague and indefinable, per- 
haps, but suflScient to account for the tendency to consider them examples of a new 
school of art. Be this as it may, what was called the Barbizon School (with its 
allies, among whom Daubigny may be classed) was brilliant and powerful in its day, 
and the revolution it inaugurated has continued. One phase of the succeeding 
movement is well represented in this collection by four pictures by Cazin. 

By the generosity of 2*Irs. Florence Lathrop Field these valuable paintings have 
been installed in the Art Institute for the public benefit. The following quotations 
from the deed of trust, executed June 2, 1S93, show the liberal conditions of this 

"Know all men by these presents, that I, the undersigned, Florence Lathrop 
Field, widow, of Chicago, Illinois, in memory of my late husband, Henry Field, and 
desiring to perpetuate his name in the city in which he was honorably distinguished, 
and in aid of a cause which was dear to him, do hereby transfer and deliver unto 
Bryan Lathrop, Marshall Field, Owen F. Aldis, Albert A. Sprague, and Martin A. 
Ryerson, all of Chicago, Illinois, as trustees (to be known as the Trustees of the 
Henry Field Memorial), and to their survivors and successors in trust, all the oil 
paintings (excepting family portraits) collected by said Henry Field and by him be- 
queathed to me, forty-one in number ... to have and to hold the same in trust, 
to make such provision as they may deem proper for the present care and custody 
thereof, and thereafter to permit the Art Institute of Chicago to have and retain 
the custody thereof whenever and so long as it shall provide therefor and maintain 
(in the building now occupied by it, or other strictly fire-proof building to be occu- 
pied by it in the city of Chicago) a safe and suitable room to be called the 'Henry 
Field Memorial Room,' and to be used for the preservation and exhibition of this 
collection and of no other pictures whatever . . . 

"I make this disposal of said collection inconsiderationof the interest which my 
said husband took in said Institute, and desire that the terms thereof shall be con- 
strued liberally to permit to said Institute as free, full, and beneficial use of this col- 
lection as may be, consistently with my general purpose to have it kept together as 
a memorial." 










The deed also makes provision for the care and increase of the collection. 
Acting under the authority given them by the deed, the Trustees have thoroughly 
provided for the preservation of the pictures, and fitted and finished the room set 
apart for their reception, with careful consideration of the appropriateness of every 
detail, and with full regard for a harmonious general effect. 

The pictures are as follows : 

Breton. Jules Adolphe — Paris. Born at Courrieies, Pas-de-Calais, France. 
Pupil of Drolling and Devigne. i. Song of the Lark. Courrieres, 1884. 2. On 
the Road in Winter. Courrieres, 1884. 3. At the Fountain. Two peasant girls 
in foreground filling jars at a rude fountain among low rocks. Beyond, a rough 
landscape without houses. 

Cazin, Jean-Charles — Paris. Bom at Samer, Pas-de-Calais, France, 1 841. Pupil 
of Lecoq de Boisbaudran. 4. Tobias and the Angel. Comparatively small figures, 
with a dog, in the right foreground of a strong landscape. Dated 1878. 5. Land- 
scape. A house with red tiled roof in the middle of a plain covered with a rank 
growth of matted grass. 6. Landscape. A bit of road slanting across left fore- 
ground, leading to a hamlet at the foot of a hill which rises toward the right and is 
continued in that direction to the edge of the canvas. The same hill has a slope 
toward the foreground on which a string of colored clothes is hanging out to dry. 
Heavy sky with spot of white cloud over top of hill. 7. Landscape. A rough 
country road occupies the whole foreground. The left bank starts from the left 
side of the canvas near the front and runs back and to the right, with the strongest 
bearing in the latter direction. Along the edge of this bank, on the top, is a single 
rail fence in front of a small cabin with a red tiled roof. A laboring man is leaning 
idly on the fence. In the background a low green hill slopes from the right to left 
and front. Over this, toward the left, appears a distant blue hill. 

Corot, Jean-Baptiste-Camille. Born and died in 'Paris, 1 796-1875. Pupil of 
Michallon and Bertin. 8. Landscape. In the foreground a long boat in profile 
crossing a stream. Two figures seated in the stern ; man in the bow rowing ; man 
in the center poling. The stream runs back through the middle of the picture, 
passing a tower on the end of a short causeway which extends from a pile of build- 
ings on the right bank. Large trees near foreground on both banks lean strongly 
to the left. 9. Landscape. Dull green foliage, opening in the middle on a bright 
sky of pale blue marble with white clouds. The colors intermingle in reflections 
from a shallow stream in the foreground. Figure in boat. Woman on left bank. 
10. A young lady seated on a bank at the left of the picture facing right and front. 
Background of sky and foliage. Head against sky. The lady is apparently 
leisurely preparing to bathe in a hidden stream near by. The landscape in this 
picture is little more than a background — well chosen, withal — to the solidly painted, 
semi-nude figure. 

Constable, John— English, 1776-1837. Studied in Royal Academy, London. 
Three of his paintings exhibited in the Paris Salon in 1S24 received marked atten- 
tion from the French artists. The modern French school of landscape painting was 
materially influenced by Constable's work. 11. Water in foreground reaching 
back to a bulkhead in which is a small waste gate. Man and dog on bulkhead. 
Big trees arching over from sides. Background of dense foliage. 

Daubigny, Charles-Francois. French. Born in Paris, 181 7; died there 1878. 
Pupil of Delaroche. 12. The Marsh. Water in foreground. Ducks swimming. 
Man in boat among the reeds. Dated 1S71. 13. Landscape. Flat piece of rocky 
ground broken with pools of water. Women and two cows in middle. Rough 
houses on right and left. A few small trees in middle distance. No other foliage. 

Decamps, Alexandre-Gabriel. French. Born in Paris 1803; died at Fontaine- 


bleau iS6o. Pupil of A. de Pujol. 14. Street scene in Naples. A glimpse of the 
bay is given through an archway under an old house. A man coming forward 
from the shore has just passed through the archway. Boat at side of road in fore- 
ground. 15. Study of pigs. 

Delacroix, Ferdinand-Victor-Eugene. French. Born at Charenton 1879; died 
in Paris 1S63. Pupil of Guerin. 16. Wounded lioness drinking. 17. Tiger. 
Lying at the foot of a hill. Head to right, facing front. 

Detaille, Jean-Baptist-Edouard. Born in Paris 1848. Pupil of Meissonier. 18. 
Mounted officer. At rest, facing right, inclined to front. Beyond, on the left, bat- 
teries of artillery on the march. On the right, other troops at rest. In the distance 
on a hill, seen over the marching artillery, and watching their movements, is a third 
body of troops. 

Diaz de la Pena, Narciso-Virgilio. Born in Bordeaux, 1802, of Spanish parents; 
died at Menton, 1876. Pupil of Sigalon. ig. Three little girls under a tree. 
One seated, holds a young puppy in her lap, while the old dog, standing in front, 
looks up at her. 20. Landscape with a central group of twelve or more small fig- 
ures, all seated or reclining on the ground, except one or two. 

Domingo, J. Born in Spain. Pupil of Meissonier in Paris. 21. Lazy Spain. 
Man and two donkeys in a court "yard. Dated 1878. 22. A courtier. The prin- 
cipal figure, hat in hand, comes forward, inclining to the right. Behind him at the 
left is a flight of four steps leading up to a door through which is seen a man seated 
at a table, smoking a short pipe. Bending over him is another man with a pitcher. 

Dupre, Jules. French. Born in Nantes, 1S12; died at L' Isle Adam, Seine-et- 
Oise, i88g. 23. Marine. An expanse of sea with four sails, ranging in aline 
almost straight from near the foreground on the left of the middle to the horizon at 
the right. 24. Marine. Similar in motive to 23, but smaller. Three sails in veiw 
— one near the foreground to the left, one in the middle distance, and the third a 
black speck on the horizon. 25. On the road. The road runs from the foreground 
through a cut over a hill or ridge. A team of draught horses drawing a heavily 
loaded wagon is about passing over the summit. Bej-ond nothing is visible but sky 
and sea in the distance. 26. Landscape. Flat country. Pool in right foreground 
in front of clump of large trees. Grassy road running back from left foreground 
with house on its left in middle distance. Woman in road near house. 

Fortuny y Carbo, Mariano. Spanish. Born in Reus, about fifty miles from 
Barcelona, 1838; died in Rome, 1874. Pupil of Palau, of Claudio Lorenzalez and of 
the Barcelona Academy. Worked chiefly in Rome and Paris. 27. Small figure 
of a man. Face in profile, looking intently left. Buff coat, red sleeves, knee 
breeches, and red hose. Sword by side. Hat in left hand, which rests on hip. 

Fromentin, Eugene. French. Born at La Rochelle, France, 1820; died near 
La Rochelle, 1876. Pupil of Cabat. Made studies in Algiers, 1846-48 and 1852-53. 
28. Women of the "Ouled-Nayls," Sahara. 

Hebert, Antoine-Auguste-Ernest. French. Born in Grenoble, 1817. Pupil of 
David d' Angers and Paul Delaroche. 29. On guard. Near the entrance to a cave 
lies a man (probably a bandit) asleep. In front of the sleeper stands a woman with 
a gun. 

Knaus, Ludwig. Berlin. German. Born in Wiesbaden, 1829. Studied in 
Dusseldorf Academy, under Sohn and Schadow, 1846-1852; afterward in Paris and 
Italy. The foremost genre painter of Germany. 30, The potato harvest. Dated 

Millet, Jean- Francois. French. Born at Gruchy,'near Cherbourg, 1814; died 
at Barbizon, 1875. Pupil of Delaroche. 31. Bringuig home the new-born calf. 
Dated 1873. 32. Woman feeding chickens. 





Rousseau, Pierre-Etienne-Theodore. French. Born in Pans, 1812; died at 
Barbizon, 1867. Pupil of Remond. 33. Spring. A clearing by the edge of a 
lake or the bend of a river. Rocky ground covered with underbrush. Small figure 
of a peasant woman leading a cow in middle distance, coming forward on footpath. 
34. Landscape. Small, swampy stream, spreading over foreground, but rapidly 
narrowing as it extends back through the middle of the view. Woman on right 
bank at end of rustic bridge. On left, in middle distance, a microscopic group of 
cattle. One tall tree seen over the bridge, with a clump of smaller ones extending 
to the right of the canvas. 

Schreyer, Adolf. German. Born in Frankfort-on-the-Main, 182S. Pupil of 
Stadel Institute. Lived in Paris several years; but in 1870 settled at Kronberg, 
near Frankfort. Died 1895? 35. A man riding through a waste of snow. 

Troyon, Constant. French landscape and animal painter, 1S10-1865. Born in 
Sevres; died in Paris. Pupil of Riocreux and Poupart. Influenced by Roqueplan 
to study nature. 36. Returning from Market. Woman and child on mule, a flock 
of sheep pushing forward on both sides. 803^ on foot, behind, in the middle of the 
flock. A man on horse in the rear. Strong effect of light from a low sun. 37. 
Pasture in Normandy. Cattle and sheep in front of a line of seven or eight large 
trees of fantastic outlines — apparently neglected remains of a park or garden in 
which trees were once subjected to ornamental pruning. Dated 1852. 38. Small 
landscape. A line of tall trees running from middle foreground back toward the 
right. Foliage thin on lower limbs. Farther back and farther to right is a clump 
of flourishing large trees, near which is a woman with two cows. Stamped "Vente 
Troyon." 3g. Unfinished study of sheep. 

Van Marcke, Emile. French landscape and animal painter. Pupil of Troyon. 
Born in Sevres, 1827; died 1891. 40. Study of a cow. Body almost in profile, with 
head to right, inclined front. Color red, with belly, hind legs, and one fore-foot 
white. Tied to a post with a short rope. 41. The Tete-a-tete. Two cows lying 
down. Rear view. The heads, however, are turned to face each other. 

Bonnat, Leon. Paris. Born in Bayone, 1S33. 42. Portrait of Henry Field, 
Presented by Marshall Field. 


Two big bronze lions, the gift of Mrs. Thomas Nelson Page, formerly Mrs. 
Henry Field, of this city, are the future guardians of the entrance to the Art Insti- 

The unveiling of these choice specimens of artistic modeling was particularly 
interesting from the fact that they are the first really fine pieces of animal sculpture 
to adorn Chicago. That they have proven ornaments instead of blots, as so 
much of the sculpture of another class of subject has become here as elsewhere, is 
due to the masterly skill that has modeled them. 

Mr. Kemeys, the sculptor, regards these pieces as his finest work. For over a 
year he has given his unremitting attention to their designing and modeling and the 
result is one of which even a Barye might be proud. Every line is replete with 
strength and shows the perfect knowledge of technique possessed by the sculptor. 

The lions measure quite ten feet in height and they are fifteen feet long. Both 
are standing and they are the largest lions ever modeled in that position. When 
time and the elements have done their part in the toning of the bronze itself, the 
guardians of the Art Institute will rank with the finest pieces of animal sculpture. 

Mr. Kemeys was given an informal reception immediately after the unveiling, 
in the large room west of the library. A corner was arranged with rugs, oriental 
draperies, and old carved furniture. In this corner Mr. Kemeys was stationed while 


receiving. In the center of the same large room a stand was placed, which held a 
number of beautiful examples in bronze and plaster of Mr. Kemeys' work. 
Mr. Field's children are: 

3966. i. MINNA, b. March 13, 1882; m. Jan. 27, 1900, Preston Gibson. She 

was educated at home and at Miss Masters' school at Dodd's 
Ferry, N. Y. Mr. Gibson is the son of the late United States Sen- 
ator Randall Gibson of Louisiana and a nephew of Justice White 
of the United ^States Supreme court, who is his guardian, and 
with whom he made his home in Rhode Island avenue, Wash- 

3967. ii. FLORENCE, b. Dec. 30, 1883. Res. Washington. 
396S. iii. GLADYS, b. March 4, 1888; d. Oct. 21. 1888. 
Thomas Nelson Page, LL.D., was born at Oakland, Hanover Co., Va., April 23, 

1853; was brought up on the family plantation, which was a part of the original 
grant to his ancestor Thomas Nelson. He was educated at Washington and Lee 
University, studied law, receiving the degree of LL. B. from the University of 
Virginia in 1874 and has practiced his profession in Richmond, Va. The degree of 
LL. D, was conferred on him by Washington and Lee in 1887. He began to write 
stories and poems in the negro dialect for his own amusement, and one of these, 
entitled "Marse Chan," a tale of the Civil War, when published in 1884, several 
years after it was written, attracted much attention and was followed by "Meh 
Lady" and others in the same vein. A collection of these has been published under 
the, title of "In Ole Virginia" (New York, 1887). His serial "Two Little Confed- 
erates" appeared in 1888 in "St. Nicholas." 

2261. FRANCIS SYLVESTER FIELD (David, David, Eliakim, John, John» 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Conway, Mass., Feb. 12, 
1834; m. Dec. 25, 1854, Emma C. Cole, of Lyons, N. Y., b. Feb. 9, 1833. He was 
in the wire business. Res. Rochester and Lyons, N. Y., and Brantford, Ont. 

3969. i. EDGAR KIRTLAND, b. July 13, 1855; ra. Sept. 14, 1876, Lillian 

Jewell; res. s. p.. 14 West Mowhawk street, Buffalo, N. Y. 

3970. ii. WILLARD COLE, b. Aug. 10, 1858; m. Lucella Hammond. 

3971. iii. HUBERT SYLVESTER, b. July 27, 1861; m. Lila Van Woert. 

2262. ALMERON FIELD (David. David. Eliakim, John, John. Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Conway, Mass., June 30, 1836; m. June 
21, 1869, Catherine C. Jones, b. Oct. 10, 1849. He was in the civil war in the Sth 
United States Infantry. Res. Jacksonville, 111. 

3Q72. i. ANGELINE CORA, b. Dec. 14, 1870. 

3973. ii. WILLIAM R., b. June 10, 1872. 

3974. iii. DAVID ROMEO, b. April 4. 1875. 

3975. iv. MABEL ELIZABETH, b. Oct. 3, 1878. 

3976. v. ALMERON GAR, b. Nov. 12, 1881. 

2264. THOMAS BASFORD FIELD (Almeron, David, Eliakim, John, Jolin, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Almeron and Mary C. 
(Basford), b. in New York city Dec. 20, 1837. He removed to Corning, N. Y., _ 

where he resided. Is a lumber dealer. He m, July 18. 1859, Mary E, , dau. of f 

Horace Coe, of Pavillion, Genesee county, N. Y. Thomas B, Field's mother died 
when he was a young babe. He lived with his grandparents at Conway, ]\Iass. , till 
he was twelve years old. For many years he was a lumber dealer at Corning, 
N. Y. In 1886 he moved to Wellsboro, Pa., where he still resides. He has been in 
the wholesale lumber business with his son under the firm name of T. B. Field & 
Son, at Wellsboro. Pa., since 1S86. Res. Wellsboro, Pa. 













3977. i. HORACE ALMERON, b. July 11, 1861; res. Wellsboro, Pa. He 
graduated with honor at the Naval Academy at Annapolis in 
18S4, and after two years' service, he resigned to go into busi- 
ness with his father. His mother was a graduate of the Genesee 
Wesleyan Seminary. 

397S. ii. ESTELLA LUCRETIA. b. March 17. 1S63; d. Dec. 13, 1867. 

3979. iii. ROSAMOND ALMEDA, b. Jan. lo, 1S67; m. Feb. 23, 1S93. Clar- 

ence Houghton Esty, b. Oct. iS, 1854; res. Addingtou Road, 
Brookline, Mass. Ch. : i. Edward Selover Esty, b. Nov. 27, 1893. 
2. Mary Chilton Esty, b. Dec. 24, 1S97. 

Rosamond Almeda was graduated at Vassar College with the 
degree of A. B. in 1S8S. In iSSg she was granted a diploma in 
music from Vassar College. In 1890, after a year's residence at 
Cornell University, at Ithaca, N. Y., she received the degree of 
M.A. with honor. Her special work for this degree was in the 
line of American and English Constitutional History. After one 
year's further study of vocal music in New York city, she ac- 
cepted a position at the head of the department of history and 
music at the State Normal School at Moorhead, Minn., for 1891-92. 
In 1892 she resigned, and in 1893 was married to Mr. C. H. Esty, 
,,^ of Ithaca, N. Y., a son of the late Hon. E. S. Esty, of that place. 

Mr. Esty graduated from Cornell University with the degree of 
A.B., and at the Columbia, N. Y., Law School with the degree 
of LL.B. After three years' residence in Ithaca and one year in 
Europe, they removed to Brooklrne, Mass., where they still 

3980. iv. GRACE, b. Nov. 10, 186S: d. Aug. 8, 1869. 

3951. V. EDITH MAY, b. Nov. 26, 1S73; d. Sept. 29, 1S74. 

2272. JOHN FIELD (John, John, John, Zechariah, John, Zechariah, John, 

John, Richard, William, William), son of John and Silence (Lincoln), b. in . 

He settled in 1805 in Leyden, Mass., where he d. . He m. 1800 Sarah, dau. of 

Charles and Sarah (Norris) Stearns, of Leyden, b. July 27, 17S4. She m., 2d, 
Cyrus Hubbard, of Henderson, N. Y. ; d. 1S44. A daughter of his was Mary Hub- 
bard, who married for her iirst husband Samuel Boynton, and second, in March, 
i36o, William Swallow. The latter was b. in Eaton Parish, near Retord, Notting- 
hamshire, England, July 26, 1S07; m., Mary Hicks, who was b. in Lincolnshire, 
England, Jan. 19, 1S12; d. Durhamville, N. Y., July 30, 1858. She d. there Jan. 7, 
1884. Ch., b. in Durhamville, were: i. Mary Ann, b. April 3, 1S37; m. James 
Williamson; res. Oneida Valley, N. Y. 2. William, b. Dec. 13, 1S38; m. Mary 
Pease; shed. May 31, 1895; res. Oneida Valley, N. Y. ; twoch. 3. John, b. Sept. 18, 
1840; m. Mary Learned, dau. of Dr. Learned; res. Buffalo, N. Y. 4. Sarah, b. Aug. 
14, 1842; m. Edward Pardridge; res. 2808 Prairie avenue, Chicago. (For his family 

see elsewhere in this volume.) 5. Thomas, b. Sept. 6, 1844; m. Annie ; res. 

Chicago; twodaus. 6. Martha, b. Jan. 3, 1847; d. Nov. 6, 1847. 7. Elizabeth, b. Oct. 
30, 1848; m. Abner B. Bailey; he d., s. p., Albion, N. Y. ; she res. 2808 Prairie 
avenue, Chicago. 8. Melissa, b. Jan. 29. 1S51; m. Byron Roberts; s. p.; res. 
Chicago. 9. Martha Jane, b. May 25, 1853; d. May 14, 1S55. 10. Truman Hicks, 

b. Feb. 16, 1858; m. Theresa ; is a dry goods merchant; res. Milwaukee, Wis. 

Res. Leyden, Mass. 

3952. i. HIRAM, b. June 3, 1S06; m. Belinda Barber. 


2274. DAVID FIELD (John. John, John, Zechariah, John, Zechariah. John, 

John, Richard, William, William), son of John and Silence (Lincoln), b. in . 

He removed in 1S14 to Canastuta, N. Y., where he d. He m. . 

39S4. i. A SON, d. in the array. 

3985. ii. A DAUGHTER, lives in Michigan. 

2275. LINCOLN FIELD (John, John, John, Zechariah, John, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), son of John and Silence (Lincoln), b. in 

. He removed in 1S14 to Canastota, Madison count)-, N. Y., where he d. 

August, 1834. He m. Fanny, dau. of Rev. Benjamin and Deborah Newcomb, of 
Oneida Valley, N. Y., b. Feb. 8, 1800; d. July 13, 1846. He was in the war of 1S12. 

NEWCOMB, b. 1821; m. ; dau. Florence, Oneida, N. Y. 

MARY. b. ; d. . 

HARRIET, b. May 27, 1824; m. March 14, 1844, William Vro- 

man; res. 268 Langdon street, Madison, Wis. He wash. Feb. 

28, iSiS; d. May i, 1896. Ch. : i. Charles E., b. Oct. 5, 1845; 

m. May 11, 1871; res. Green Bay, Wis.; member of the firm ot 

Greene, Vroman, Fairchild, North & Parker, attorneys. 2. 

Josephine, b. Dec. 5, 1847; m. 1870 Mason; res. Madison, 

39S9. iv. ELLEN, b. 1827; m. Charles Holt; res. Kankakee, 111.; of the 


CHARLES, b. 1830; m.- . 

JULIA, b. ; d. . 













JOHN, b. ; d. . 

2281. JOHN EDWARD FIELD (Abel W., John, John, Zechariah, John, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William) b. Brattleboro, Vt., Aug. 25, 
1815; m. Martha Eliza Moore, b. Sept. 28, 1832; d. Jan. 2, 18S2. He was a carpen- 
ter. He d. Oct. 23, 1895. Res. Lancaster, N. H., and Bloomfield, Vt. 

SARAH ELIZA, b. ; d. . 








MARTHA W. S., b. ; m. Booma; res. 20 Jefferson street, 

Portsmouth, N. H. 
3996. iv. LELIA ANNETTE, b. Oct. 8,1857; m. June i, 1S85, Herbert 
Clarence Munn. He was b. 1S55; d. s. p., 1S96; was a railroad 

2282. LORENZO ABEL FIELD (Abel W., John, John, Zechariah. John. 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Lancaster, N. H., March 28, 
1821; m. Boston, June 16, 1862, Sarah Ann Davis. Res. Winter Hill, Mass., 13 
Evergreen avenue. 

3997- i. IDA LOUISE, b. May rg, 1S63; m. Walter Galloway Pratt, Sept. 

2, 1893; res. Soraerville, Mass. 
399S. ii. HERBERT DAVIS, b. Sept. 5, 1864; d. Dec. 2, 1864. 
3999. iii. MABELLE ALMA, b. May 9, 1867. 

2283. HON. WILLIAM WELLS FIELD (Abel W., John, John, Zechariah, 
John, Zechariah. John, John. Richard, William, William), b. Lancaster. N. H., 
Oct. 31, 1824; m. Oct. 31, 1S50, Mahala J. Howe, b. Dec. i. 1825. His father was a 
farmer, never owning a farm, but living upon rented land upward of twenty- 
five years; and raising a family consisting of , five sons and one daughter, giving 
each of them a good common school education. William W. attended the common 
school in his native town, finishing his school education with two terms in the 


















See page 716. 

I'ROF. JO.SEl'H \\111H"(JKI) liASHFOKI). 

(President Ohio Wesleyan University.) 

See page 716. 


Lancaster Academy. At the age of seventeen he taught school in winter for three 
successive years, giving the proceeds to his father, and worked on the farm the bal- 
ance of the year. At the age of twenty his father gave him his time, as he did 
each of his brothers, saying he would give him a year's time, but money or prop- 
erty he could not give. In the spring of 1S45 he left home with a portion of the 
thirty dollars in gold in his pocket, earned in teaching a three-months' school the 
winter previous, and went to Medford, Mass. ; worked on a small farm there for 
two years, then moved to Belfast, Me., and engaged in the marble business with 
William H. Lane, a former schoolmate; remained there until September, 1852, 
when he moved to Fennimore, Grant county, Wis. ; purchased land, moved into a 
log cabin, containing one room, painted it up with his own hands, plastered it up 
with mud upon the outside, and lime and mortar on the inside, and there went to 
keeping house and to farming. In 1S65 he rented his farm and moved to Boscobel, 
Grant county, to enjoy better facilities for educating his children. He owned and 
worked a small farm near the village. In January, 1873, ^^ moved to Madison, 
Wis. He is very liberal in his religious views, belonging to no church or sect. He 
was a Whig until the organization of the Republican party, and has ever acted 
with that party. He was a strong Union man during the v/ar, and while he did not 
enlist and "step to the front," he did what he could at home to uphold the soldier in 
the iield and suppress the rebellion. He was elected to the office of chairman of 
the Board of Supervisors of Grant county in 1S61, and was elected member of the 
Legislature from Grant county in 1S55, 1862, 1S63, 1864 and 1S65; and the last two 
years was speaker of the Assembly. He was elected one of the presidential electors- 
at-large on the Republican ticket in 1864. He was appointed member of the Board 
of Regents of the University of Wisconsin in 1S71, and served on the board until 
the expiration of his term in 1873. He was elected a member of the Executive 
Board in February, 1873, upon the resignation of Prof. John W. Hoyt; was elected 
secretary of the society, to which position he was annually re-elected while resid- 
ing in Wisconsin. In April, 1875, was elected secretary of the Wisconsin State 
Board of Centennial Managers. In 1S79 he moved to Odebolt, Iowa, where he at 
present resides, the president of t he National Bank at that place. For nine years 
he has been a director of the Iowa State Agricultural Society, and was president in 
1897 and 1898. Mr. Field was married to Mahala J. Howe, by whom he has three 
daughters, namely, Jennie, Ella J. and Cora L. ; the eldest, Jennie, graduated in 
1874 at the University of Wiscont^in, and the other two attended the same college. 
While Mr. Field's life has not attracted us by its brilliancy, nor astonished us by 
extraordinary displays of power, it has interested us in its adaptibility to circum- 
stances by which he was surrounded, in the earnestness of its purpose to be useful 
to the present generation, and to leave a praiseworthy example to those which fol- 
low. Res. Odebolt, Iowa. 

4000. i, JENNIE, b. :March 3, 1S53; m- Sept. 24, 1878, James Whitford 
Bashford; res. Delaware, Ohio. He is president of the Ohio 
Wesleyau University at Delaware, Ohio., s. p. He was b. Fay- 
ette, Wis., May 27, 1849; was graduated at the University of 
Wisconsin, 1873; A.M., 1S76, Theological School, Boston Univers- 
ity; S.T.B., 1876, School of Oratory, 1878. and School of All 
Sciences; Ph.D.. i88r, Boston University; D.D., Northwestern 
University, 1S90; tutor Greek, University of Wisconsin, 1874; 
pastor Methodist Episcopal churches, Boston and Auburndale, 
Mass., Portland, Me., and Buffalo, N, Y., 1875-89; author 
Science of Religion; president of Wesleyan University since 














4001. li. ELLA, b. Sept. 7, 1S54; m. July 4, i386, William E. Frank, Ode- 

bolt, Iowa. Ch. : i. Marion Frank, b. Aug. 4, 1887 2. Howard 
Price, b. Jan. 18, 1890. 

4002. iii. CORA L., b. Sept. 2, 1856; d. July 4, 1877. 

2289. HENRY G. FIpLD (Samuel, Samuel, John, Zechariah, John. Zecha- 
riah, John, John. Richard. William. William), son of Samuel and Jerusha (Graves), 
b. in Brattleboro, Vt., Sept. 4, 1S19, where he now resides. He has been engaged 
in the sale of pianofortes, organs, sewing machines, and in fancy card printing. 
He m. Nov. 7, 1869, Jane, dau. of Nathan and Sophia Woodcock, of Brattleboro, b. 
May 30, 1820. No issue. 

2293. DEXTER FIELD (Samuel, Samuel, John. Zechariah, John, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Samuel and Jerusha (Graves), b. in 
Brattleboro, Vt., Feb. 7, 1827. He removed m 1853 to Maynoqueta, Iowa, where 
he now resides. He m. Nov. 13, 1856, Sabrina E. Millard. 

ANNA, b. May 22, 1858. 

EMMA, b. Nov. 25. 1864. 

LEWIS, b. Sept. 15, 1867. 

JENNIE, b. June 16, 1S69. 

KATE. b. Aug. 28. 1875. 

FREDERICK, b. Sept. 18, 1877. 

229S. GEORGE WARREN FIELD (Luther, Samuel, John, Zechariah, John, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Brattleboro, Vt.. July, 1828; 
m. Mary Cane, b. in 1S31; d. September, 1856; m., 2d, Mary Thomas, of Freder- 
icksburg, Va. He was superintendent of Third Avenue Railroad. He attended 
the village academy and received such education as the times afforded. But at an 
early age he felt the necessity of starting out in life for himself. He worked on a 
farm for a while, but eventually he went to New York city. For a time he worked 
on the Harlem Railroad. Finally he secured employment with the Third Avenue 
Surface Road. He remained with this road for thirty years, gradually working 
his way up, until he became superintendent and filled that position for more than 
ten years, or until his death, at which time the possibility of his becoming presi- 
dent was frequently suggested. When but nineteen years of age he married. He 
was a man of the staunchest integrity, and the soul of honor. In his business asso- 
ciations he was looked upon with the sincerest respect and love. His nature was 
as sensitive and refined as a woman's. Anything that bordered on coarseness or 
rudeness was abhorrent to him. During his connection with the Third Avenue 
Road as superintendent he at times had more than fifteen hundred men under his 
supervision. They were one and all devoted to him. Their loyalty and regard 
was manifested for him during the Draft riots in New York, when they stood by 
him to a man and saved his life and property from being destroj'ed by the mob. 
At one time he left the road and went to Titusville, Pa., to engage in the oil busi- 
ness. Eight or ten of his foremen, much against his wishes and advice, followed 
him, and when he parted from them they cried like little children. He was a 
devoted husband. He was of a jovial disposition, full of a dry wit peculiarly his 
own, and he had the gift of drawing people to him without any seeming effort on his 
part. Feeling his own lack of educational advantages, he was resolved that his 
children should have the best. He d. Jamestown, N. Y., May 9, 1880. Res. New 
York, N. Y. 

4009. i. ELEANOR JANE, b. Dover Plains, N. Y., Sept. 9, 1850; m. Sept. 
9, 1869, Dr. James Hamilton Thurston, b. 1840. He was a son of 






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David and Sophia (Curtis) .Thurston, of Newton, Ohio, born 
there Nov. 6, 1840. At, the age of thirteen he left home and 
educated himself. Was in Rome, N. Y. ; in Flint, Mich., in 1856, 
and in Farmington, Mich., in 1859. Studied dentistry and began 
practice in Titusville, Pa., in 1S63. In 1868 he moved to James- 
town, N. Y., where he was married. In 1877 he sold out his fine 
practice, and engaged in the oil business in Bradford, Pa. In 
1890 he practiced dentistry in Denver, Col., and later moved to 
Los Angeles, where he now resides. Eleanor accompanied the 
Hon. E. O. Crosby to Guatemala, Central America. He was the 
United States minister under President Lincoln, first term. Mrs. 
Crosby was her stepmother's sister; they had no children : con- 
sequently Mrs. Crosby desired to take her for company. She had 
just passed her tenth birthday. She remained with them two 
and a half years. She came home to resume her English studies 
having been compelled for lack of English teachers to confine 
herself to the study ot the French and Spanish languages, under 
private tutors, and m the convent, with the exception of a few 
months when she studied with the English minister's. Sir George 
Mathews, daughter, under an English governess, whom Sir 
George sent to England, in order that his daughter, a young 
girl her own age, might keep up in English studies. Res. 162 1 
South Flower street, Los Angeles, Cal. Ch. : i. George Hamil- 
ton Thurston, b. July 5, 1S70, Jamestown, N. Y. ; d. Aug. 2, 1872, 
Jamestown, N. Y. 2. Wallace David Thurston, b. Dec. 11, 1874, 
Jamestown, N. Y. ; res. 1621 South Flower street, Los Angeles. 

4010. ii. FRANCIS LUTHER, b. November, 1853; res. New York city; 

is employed in the ofSce of the Panama Railway Co., 29 Broad- 

4011. iii. DAUGHTER, d. in infancy. 

4012. iv. MADELINE MARY, b. January, 1880. 

4013. V. SON, b. and d. in infancy. 

2299. AUSTIN LUTHER FIELD (Luther, Samuel, John, Zechariah, John, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Brattleboro, Vt., Nov. 7, 
1830; m. Dec. 4, 1S56, Sarah Cane, b. New York city. May 2, 1834.. For nineteen 
years he was employed in making clock cases in Ansonia, Conn., and New York 
city. Res. Chicago, 111., 11 14 West Polk street. 

4014. i. GEORGIANA, b. May 11, 1859; m. December, 1S81, Lorenzo M. 

Martin; res. 11 12 West Polk street, Chicago; seven children. 

4015. ii. MARY ELIZABETH, b. Nov. 22, 1863; m. Charles Voorhees; she 

d. Nov. 20, 1S96; res. 11 14 West Polk street, Chicago. 

4016. iii. ROBERT DUNN, b. Feb. 15, 1866; d. Nov. 19, 1SS5. 

4017. iv. FRANK TYLER, b. Aug. 26, 1871; m. Cora Jones and Mabel 

Ella Winters. 

2303. CHAUNCEY T. FIELD (Tyler, Samuel, John, Zechariah, John, Zech- 
ariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. in Brattleboro, Vt., July 6, 1829. 
He went with his father, in 1832, to Jamestown, N. Y.., where he resided, engaged in 
the boot and shoe business. He d. March 24, 1894. He m. Nov. 24, 1S50, Emeline 
Rice, of Jamestown, N. Y., b. May 14, 1827; d. May 25, 1S91. 

4018. i. FRANKLIN B., b. April 4, 1852; m. Katherine E. Parsons. 


4019. ii. MARY GENEVIEVE, b. Feb. 22, 1S57; d. unm. March 30. 1891. 

2307. ALFRED D. FIELD (Tyler, Samuel, John, Zechariah, John, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William) son of Tyler and Isabella (Cunningham), 
b. in Jamestown, N. Y., March 28, 1841. He m., March 19, 1S64, Emma A. 
Mason, of Harmony, N. Y. ; d. May 10, 1967: m. 2d, Oct. 30, 1872, Alice Pierce, 
of Brooklyn, N. Y. 

4026. i. VIRGINIA A., b. Aug. 8, 1866. 

2313. RICHARD EDWARD FIELD (Robert R., Samuel, David, Samuel, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John. Richard, William, William), b. Sept. 5. 1796, Con- 
way, Mass.; m. June 21, 1820, Elizabeth Wait, dau. of William and Hepsibeth, b. 
March 10, 1787: d. April 4, 1864; m., 2d, Mrs. Sarah T. (Snow) Thompson, b. Jan. 
25, 1823, dau. of David Snow, of Heath, and his wife Sarah R. (Wait), and widow of 
John Thompson, d. Oct. 25, 1877. Richard Edward Field, son of Robert Rufus and 
Patty (Hoyt), was a resident of Greenfield, Mass., in 1816, where he was engaged 
in the manufacture of carriages and sleighs. He moved to Guilford, Vt., and en- 
gaged in the manufacture of wooden ware from solid timber. Later he returned to 
Greenfield and resumed his former business of carriage manufacturer, building 
coaches in the old stage days, employing a large number of men; was an active 
w^orker in the old Whig party ; was a justice of the peace when that office was con- 
sidered a position of dignity and responsibility, and at one time filled an appoint- 
ment under President Taylor or Fillmore at the custom-house at Boston. He was a 
zealous member of St. James' Episcopal church. For over forty years a lay reader, 
and many years a warden and vestryman ; a man of strong religious convictions, 
and consistent Christian character. He d. Nov. 14, 1884. Res. Deerfield, Mass. 

RICHARD WAITE, b. Oct. 5. 1821; d. Jan. 15, 187S. 

DAVID GRISWOLD, b. Aug. 9, 1823; m. Martha Purple and 
Mrs. Mary A. (Blood) Johnson. 

JAMES EDWARD, b. Dec. 25, 1825. 

CHARLES REED, b. Sept. 24, 1828; m. Martha H. Barr. 

MARTHA ELIZABETH, b. March 23. 1836; m., Dec. 26, 
1859, John H. Lazard, of Oswego; m., 2d, Oct. 23, 1872, F. Leon 

2315. ROBERT RUFUS FIELD (Robert R., Samuel, David, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. June 29, 1S06, Geneva, 
N. Y. ; m. May 6, 1834, Eliza Ophelia Barnard, dau. of Eleazer or Ebenezer and 
Abigail, of Northampton, b. May 13, iSii; she d. Bernardston, Nov. 3, 1869. He 
settled in Greenfield, Mass., and engaged in the manufacture of carriages and 
sleighs. In 1838 he removed to Attleboro, Mass. ; in 1843 to West Newton, Mass., 

and about 1850 returned to Greenfield. In he went to Columbus, Ohio, to 

superintend the manufacture of children's carriages. In returned to Deerfield, 

Mass., where he now resides. 

Tne territory of Greenfield was originally a part of Deerfield, being then called 
Green River. Jan. 15, 1738-39, the inhabitants of Green RiVer petitioned the town 
of Deerfield to be set off as a separate parish, which was refused. The request was 
renewed, and a question having arisen as to the divi'ding line, at a town meeting at 
Deerfield, April 2, 1753, it was voted "that Col. Oliver Partridge, Dr. Samuel 
Mather, and Lieut. Ebenezer Hunt be desired to consider and determine where ye 
dividing line shall be between ye town and ye proposed district on the north side 
of Deerfield river," and "to act and determine as if there has been no votes of the 
town previous to this with regard to said lands or district with respect to the 












boundaries." This committee met and viewed the lands, April loth, attended by a 
committee of two from the old town and two from the proposed district, and made 
a report dated April 12, 1753, which was accepted at a town meeting in Deerfield, 
April 13th. This report determined "that a line be run as far northward as the 
line known by the name of 'eight thousand acre line,' to run from Connecticut 
river west to the west end of the first tier of lots which lie west of the seven mile 
line, etc." This is the present line between Greenfield and Deerfield. The report 
goes on to state: "We further judge it reasonable that ye lands lying in a certain 
meadow or interval which lies north of Deerfield river, which is known by the 
name of Cheapside, which belong to Timothy Childs, Jr., and David Wells, who 
dwell in said proposed district, shall pay taxes to said district when set off. * * * We 
further judge it reasonable the same proportion of county tax laid on the town of 
Deerfield hereafter be paid by the said district when set off as was levied upon the 
inhabitants and ratale estate in the limits of the district for the last tax, and that 
the said district have the improvement of one-half the sequestered lands in the said 
town of Deerfield, being north of Deerfield river." At a town meeting in Deer- 
field. December, 1753, a committee was appointed to divide the sequestered land or 
the income of it, north of Deerfield river, with the minister and people of Green- 

Eliza, of Bernardston, died Nov. 3, 1869; husband, Robert R. Field; sons, 
Frederick B. Field, of Columbus, Ohio, and John A. Field, of Bernardston. — 
Franklin Co. Probate. 

Res. Greenfield. Franklin county. Mass. 

4026. i. FREDERICK BARNARD, b. Oct. 10, 1835; m. Martha M. 


4027. ii. JOHN ADAMS, b. July 11, 1842; m. Mary A. Phillips and Emma 

C. Lathe. 
4023. iii. CHARLES ALBERT, b. May 15, 1845; d. March 9, 1846. 

2319. JOHN FIELD (Samuel E., Samuel, David, Samuel, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Samuel E. and Clarissa (Clapp), b. 
in Deerfield, Mass., Nov. 4, 18x4. He removed to Shelbyville, 111., where he d. 
June 28, 1869. He m. Feb. 22, 1844, Mehitable, dau. of Joseph and Mehitable 
(Stebbins) Clesson, of Deerfield, b. Oct. 13, 1817; d. August, 1856. 

John, of Deerfield, Dec. i, i863; wife, Mehitable, deceased; child, Jane, born 
March 7, 1854, has as guardian Jonathan McClellan, Dec. i, 1868. — Franklin Co. 

MARTHA, b. April 29, 1847; m. Dec. 27, 1876, Melvin W. Bates. 
SAMUEL, b. Dec. 17, 1849. 

CAROLINE, b. Aug. 28, 1851; d. Sept. 14, 1864. 
JANE, b. March 4, 1854; m. Jan. 6, 1875, Edwin M. Palmer; res. 

2328. GEORGE P. FIELD (George P., Samuel. David, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), b. in Deerfield, Mass., Dec. 10, 1S16. He 
settled in Greenfield, Mass., where he was engaged in the bread and cracker busi- 
ness. He kept the Mansion IJouse in Greenfield a year or two about 1850. He 
moved to Peoria, 111., and engaged in the milling business. On the breaking out 
of the war of the rebellion he took the contract for supplying the Illinois volunteers 
with bread while in camp at Springfield, which proved very profitable. He was 
also successful in his milling business. He moved to Chicago, where he resided. 
He m. May 3, 1841, Sarah, dau. of Harrington and Fanny (Towne) McClellan, of 
Barre, Mass., b. Nov. 6, 1820. 











4033. i. CHARLES HENRY, b. June 25, 1843. 

4034. ii. GEORGIANA, b. June 17, 1857; m. . 

4035. iii. GEORGE THORNTON, b. May 27. i860. 

2332. DAVID ELIHU FIELD (William, David, David. Samuel, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of William and Filana 
(Field), b. in Albany, N. Y., Oct. i, 1815. His father removed in May, 1817, to 
Geneva, N. Y., where he learned the jeweler's trade. About 183S he removed to 
Sandusky, Ohio; in 1S40 to Cleveland, where he prosecuted the business of his 
trade. In 1868 he removed to New York city, where he resided, engaged in his 
profession. He m. Sarah Castle. Res. New York, N. Y. 

4036. i. A DAUGHTER, b. ; m. . 

4037. ii. A SON, b. . 

4038. iii. MAUDE, b. . 

2335. PEREZ HASTINGS FIELD (David, David, David, Samuel, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of David and Electa 
(Hastings), b. in Geneva, N. Y., Oct. 27, 1820. He settled in Albany, N. Y. , where 
he was engaged in the grain and lumber business in connection with parties in 
Geneva. He was one of the fated passengers lost on the steamer Metis on her 
passage from New York to Providence, R. I., by collision off Stonington, Conn., 
Aug. 30. 1872. He m. Dec. 23, 1869, Clara Electa, dau. of John R. and Alice A. 
(Mosier) Eddy, of Albany, b. May i, 1834. Res. Albany, N. Y. 

4039. i. ALICE ELECTA, b. April 6, 1871. 

4040. ii. WILLIAM PEREZ, b. March 22, 1873. 

2337. DR. GEORGE WHITE FIELD (David, David, David, Samuel, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of David and Electa (Hast- 
ings), b. in Geneva, N. Y., March i, 1826. He graduated at Union College, Schen- 
ectady, N. Y., in 1846; at the Geneva, N. Y., Medical College in 1849, ^.nd com- 
menced the practice of his profession in Geneva. He removed to New York city, 
where he d. March 20, 1S75. He m., Dec. 17, 1857, Eliza, dau. of John and Bet- 
sey (Holmes) Bement, of Ashfield, Mass., b. Nov. 29, 1834; d. Dec. 16, 1858; m. 2d, 
Nov. 25, 1862, Mary, dau. of Samuel and Rosannah (Covert) Jones, of Tompkins, 
N. Y.. b. Jan. 16, 1839. Res. New York, N. Y. 

4041. i. PEREZ HASTINGS, b. Oct. 28, 1863. 

2338. WILLIAM DICKINSON FIELD (James, David. David, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of James and Cynthia 
(Hathaway), b. in Palmyra, N. Y., Oct. 20, 1824. He resided several years in the 
city of New York, engaged in the forwarding business in connection with the North 
Western Transportation Co. He removed to Cleveland, Ohio, where he d. 18S0. 
He m. June 6, 1857, Jennie E., dau. of Simon and Leonora Chesley, of Cleveland, 
b. June 14, 183 1. Res. Cleveland, Ohio. 

FRANCIS L., b. March 12, 1S58; d. Sept. 26, 1859. 
HELEN M., b. Aug. 6, i860; d. Jan. 23, 1861. 
JESSIE M., b. Feb. 14, 1862. 

2342. EUROTAS HASTINGS FIELD (James, David, David, Samuel, Sam- 
uel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of James and Cynthia 
(Hathaway), b. in Palmyra, N. Y., Jan. 26, 1S33. He went with his father in 1S42 
to Adrian, Mich. In 1S59 he removed to Litchfield, 111. ; in i86r returned to Adrian. 
In 1865 he removed to Detroit. Mich. ; in 1876 to Ogden, Utah, where he resided 
until he moved to Toledo, Ohio. He m. Nov. 7. 1855, Mary L., dau. of Joseph F. 
and Julia Cleveland, of Adrian, b. Jan. 27, 1832. 







4045. i. CAROLINE B,, b. Nov. 20, 1S5S; m. April 19, 1876, Henry Bab- 

bington, of Detroit, Mich. 

234S. EDWARD PAYSON FIELD (James, David, David, Samuel. Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of James and Cynthia 
(Hathaway), b. in Adrian, Mich., Jan. 23, 1845. He settled in Plainview, Allegan 
county, Mich., where he resided until he moved to Detroit, Mich. He is superin- 
tendent of the Detroit Galvanized Sheet Metal Works. He m. Dec. 29, 186S, Susie, 
dau. of Ezra S. and Elmina Adams, b, in Ava, Oneida countj', N. Y., Dec. 8, 1848. 

4046. i. EDITH JULIA, b. Dec. 7, 1878. 

4047. ii. HOWARD ADAMS, b. Aug. 16, 1881. 

2351. DR. EBENEZER WILKINSON FIELD (Rufus, Oliver, David, Sam- 
uel, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Rufus and 
Lydia (Davis), b. in Bakersfield, Vt., March 10, 1804. He removed in 1869 to 
Bolton, Vt., where he resided until his death, Nov. 22, 1879. He m., April 12, 
1825, Adah T., dau. of Joel and Ruth (Trowbridge) Davis, of Bakersfield, b. Feb. 
23, 1803; d. April 13, 1859; m. 2d, March 7, 1865, Sarah, dau. of Samuel and Betsey 
(Eastman) Cooper, of Richmond, Vt., b. Sept. 2, 1819. Ebenezer Wilkinson Field 
was born in Bakersfield, Franklin county, Vt., March 10, 1804; he was the oldest 
son of Rufus Field, who emigrated to Vermont some years previous, and at the age 
of ten years he lost his mother ; he was then adopted by Mr. Ebenezer Wilkinson ; 
he was married to Adah T. Davis, and from this union eight children were born 
unto them — five girls and three boys — who have lived and matured into woman- 
hood and manhood, and have married and have had families of their own. Mr. 
Field chose farming as his occupation, although he, studied and practiced medicine. 
He was always a supporter of the true American principles ; in politics a Whig 
and Republican; ardent laborer for the good of his fellowmen. He was respected 
and esteemed by all who knew him, and strived through all his life to live a 
Christian life, to which he would try and lead the stray to the straight and narrow 
path which leads to heaven until the close of his day. Res. Bolton, Vt. 

4048. i. CHARLOTTE CLARISSA, b. Feb. i, 1826; m. Oct. 25, 1S49, John 

M. Davis, of Montgomery. Vt. ; res. Chadwick, 111. He is a 
farmer; was b, at Enosburgh, Vt., April 19, 1827. Ch. : i. 
Willis C. Davis, b. Dec. 6, 1866; m. June 24, 1896. 2. Eliza L. 
Davis, b. jNIarch 15, 1S50; d. Nov. 8, 1861. 3. Rufus R. Davis, b. 
March 24, 1S51; m. June i, 1894. 4. Monroe A. Davis, b. Feb. 
20, 1853; m. June 4, 1886. 5. Clarence W. Davis, b. April 7, 
1854; m. Oct. 4, 18S8. 6. Mary A. Davis, b. Dec. 23. 1856; m. 
Dec. 23, 1876. 

4049. ii. JOEL DAVIS, b. June 27, 1827; m. Margaret Ritterbush. 

4050. iii. HARRIET ELIZA, b. Aug. 13. 182S; m. Jan. 2, 1848, Samuel W. 

Parker, of Lyndon, Vt. ; res. Newport, Vt. He was b. Dec. 27, 
1S20, in Westminster, Vt. ; is a dealer in musical instruments. 
Ch. : I. George Orcutt Parker, b. Nov. 5, 184S, Bakersfield; d. 
Dec. 19, 1859, Derby, Vt. 2. Eliza Emillie Parker, b. Aug. 5, 
1853; m. Edward H. Boden, fruitgrower, Nov. 6, 1S74; present 
address, Duarte, Los Angeles Co., California. 3. Homer Ellis 
Parker, b. May 4, 185S; d, June 15, 1862. 4. Florence Effie Par- 
ker, b. Dec. 29, i860; m. George H. Newland, D.D.S., May 11, 
18S2; present address, Newport, Orleans county, Vt. 

4051. iv. LYDIA MARIA, b. March 11, 1830; m. Dec. 30, 1852, Marius A. 

Bennett ; res. W^est Bolton, Vt. She d. May 23, 1899. 


4052. V. AMANDA ELVIRA, b. Dec. 18, 1831; m. May 4. 1S57, Miner L. 

Sheldon, of Underbill, Vt. ; she d. Jan. 3, 187S. 

4053. vi. RUFUS RODOLPHUS, b. Jan. 29, i834;^m. Emma M. Carroll. 

4054. vii. MARY MIRANDA, b. March 30, 1837; m. Jan. 28, 1861, Alonzo 

M. Ritterbush, of Hyde Park. Vt. ; res. Oaks. N. D He was b. 
Eden, Vt., Feb, 6, 1836. Ch. : i. William D. Ritterbush, b. 
April 18, 1S64, in Johnson. Vt. ; m. Lizzie Dyre. in Oaks, N. D., 
March 24, 1890. Ch. : (a) Robert Alonzo, b. Oct. 13, 1891. (b) 
Clarence W. , b. May 20, 1893. William is in company with his 
father. They are contractors and builders. 2. Myrtle Ritter- 
bush, b. Johnson. Vt., July 9, 1874; d. North Hyde Park, Vt.. 
March 20. 1S78. 

4055. viii. WILKINSON EBENEZER, b. Aug. 3. 1840; m. Eliza P. Holmes. 

2355. CHARLES FIELD (Rufus, Oliver. David, Samuel, Samuel, Zecha- 
riah, John, John. Richard, William, William), son of Rufus and Lydia (Davis), b. 
in Bakersfield, Vt., Sept. 28 1811. He settled in Johnson, Vt,. where he resided. 
He m., May 8, 1S33, Harriet, dau. of William and Mercy Morey. of Bakersfield, 
b. Sept. 19, 1811; d. Oct. 15, 1S35; m. 2d. Feb. 26, 1S38, Mary, dau. of Moses and 
Mary Davis, of Cambridge. Vt., b. Oct. o, 1812; d. Sept. 4, 1861. Res. Johnson, Vt. 

4056. i. ELVIRA, b. Feb. 3. 1839. 

2359. OLIVER FIELD (Horace, Oliver, David. Samuel. Samuel. Zechariah, 

John, John, Richard, William. William), son of Horace and (Myers), b. in 

Phelps. Ontario county. N. Y.. July 13, 1805. He went with his father in 1806 to 
Alexandria. Va. He removed from there to Washington, D. C, where he d. June 
4, 1049. He m. Aug. 10, 1S26, Jane Dixon. Res. Washington, D. C. 

4057. i. JANE ELIZA, b. Aug. 25, 1S27; d. July 16, 1828. 

4058. ii. MARGARET ANN, b. July 21. 1832. 

4059. iii. HORACE, b. Oct. 29, 1S35; d. Feb. 10, 1S40. 

4060. iv. ELLA, b. Jan. 15. 1839; "i- W'illiam G. Smoot, of the Postoffice 

Registration Department, Washington, D. C. 

2366. SILAS CRANDALL FIELD (Oliver, Oliver, David, Samuel, Samuel. 
Zechariah. John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Oliver and Olive 
(Crandall), b. in Schenectady, N. Y., June 18, 1807. He settled in 1S32 in Cleveland, 
Ohio. In 1S40 he removed to Mississippi; in 1848 returned to Cleveland; in 1854 
back to Mississippi, and in 1861 removed to Oakland. Cal.. where he resided until 
1865, when he removed to National City, San Diego county. Cal.. where he resided. 
He m. in New York city. July 10. 1832, Azubah M.. dau. of John S. and Sarah (Baker) 
Harlow, b. in Sag Harbor, L. I.. J^Iarch 16, 1S03. No issue. 

2367. RUFUS W. FIELD (Oliver, Oliver, David, Samuel, Samuel, Zechariah 
John, John, Richard. William. William), son of Oliver and Olive (Crandall), b. in 
Schenectady, N. Y., Dec. 11, 1809. He settled in Reading, Schuyler county, N. Y., 
where he now resides. He m. April 30, 1S35, Catherine Maria, dau. of John and 
Sarah (Rosecrans) Monroe, b. in Lee. N. Y., Oct. 7, 1815. No issue. 

2371. WELLS FIELD (Cephas, Oliver, David, Samuel, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John, John. Richard, William, William), son of Cephas and Elizabeth (Taylor), b. 
in Phelps. N. Y., June 12, 1807. He settled in 1824 in Sodus, N. Y. ; in 1837 re- 
moved to Allegan, Mich., where he resided, engaged in mercantile and transporta- 
tion business, and d. Dec. 6, 1890. He m. Feb. 11, 1836. Mary Ann. dau. of Daniel 
and Phebe (Mitchell) Mcintosh, of Sodus, b. in Williamstown, Mass., Aug. 6, 1810; 
d. March 17, 1890. 












4061. i. JANE ANN, b. Dec. 13, 1S37; unm. ; res. Allegan, Mich. 
MARY ELIZABETH, b. Nov. 6. 1S39; d. June 29, 1840. 
MARIA ANTOINETTE, b. Dec. 23, 1842, m. Sept. 24, 1873, 

George Lowe, of Allegan, Mich. 
CHARLES WELLS, b. Dec. 10, 1845; d. April 7, 1846. 
ALICE ELIZA, b. March 4, 1847; d. March 3, 1848. 
DELIA SOPHIA, b. Nov. 23, 1850; unm.; res. Allegan, Mich. 

2374. CONSTANTINE CEPHAS FIELD ^Cephas. Oliver, David, Samuel. 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Cephas and 
Elizabeth (Taylor), b. in Phelps, N. Y., Feb. 18, 1813. He settled in 1836 in Con- 
cord, Ohio; moved to Chardon. Ohio; thence to Painesville, Ohio, where he re- 
sided, engaged in mercantile business as the firm of Field & Swezey. He d. Sept. 
14, 1886. He m. May 3, 1837, Mary Ann, dau. of Daniel and Joanna C. (Hovey) 
Warner, of Concord, Ohio, b. April 12, 1819; d. Jan. 19, 1876. 

4067. i. CORNELIA CALISTA, b. Sept. 29, 1839; m. Jan. 16, i860, Wat- 
son D. Swezey, of Painesville. She d. Dec. i, 1892. Ch. : i. 

F'ield W., b. ; res. Marion, Ind. 

406S. ii. MARY ADELIA, b. March 14, 1845; m. Aug. 11, 1863, John Q. 
Darrow. He was h. January, 1845. Is a clothing merchant; res. 
Painesville, Ohio. Ch. ; i. Curtis Constantine Darrow, b. Sept. 
30, 1865; m. Aug. 18, 1898; his present address is 215 North 
Main street, Eutte, Mont. 2. Lou Darrow Post, b. June 12, 1875; 
m. Oct. 24, 1S95; postoffice address, Painesville, Lake county, 

2376 JOHN TAYLOR FIELD (Cephas, Oliver, David, Samuel, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John. Richard, William, William), son of Cephas and Elizabeth 
(Taylor), b. in Phelps, N. Y., June 12, 1817. He settled in 1837 in Allegan, Mich.; 
in 1S39 removed to Chardon, Geauga county, Ohio, where he resided, engaged in 
mercantile business. He d. April 21, 18S9. He m. Nov. iS, 1S41, Elsie Adelia, 
dau. of Capt. Lot and Orpha (Bushnell) Hathaway, of East Claridon, Ohio, b. 
Sept. 14, 1822. 

4069. i. MARY ELIZA, b. Sept. 2, 1842; unm.; res. Chardon, Ohio. 

4070. ii. HELEN IRENE, b. Dec. 10, 1S44; m. Aug. 30, 1S65, Oscar P. 

Quiggle, of Hampden, Ohio. 

2379. LIEUTENANT CHARLES STUART FIELD (Cephas, Oliver, David. 
Samuel, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard. William, William), son of 
Cephas and Elizabeth (Taylor), b. in Sodus, Wayne county, N. Y., Oct. 13, 1S24. 
He went with his father in 1837 to Allegan, Mich. In 1S47 he removed to Chicago, 
III.; in 1848 to East Claridon, Ohio; in 1865 to Warren, Trumbull county, Ohio, 
where he resided, engaged in the clothing business. In 1852 he was appointed post- 
master at East Claridon, which he resigned in 1S64. He was appointed by President 
Lincoln a commissioner of the Board of Enrollment of the nineteenth Congressional 
district of Ohio with the rank of lieutenant of cavalry on the general staff of the 
President, which he held during the war of the rebellion. He was representative 
of the Grand Lodge of I. O. O. F. in 1858 and 1859; in 1S80 he was again elected 
as representative of Mahoning Lodge No. 29. and continued to represent that dis- 
trict until he was elected grand master in 18S5, into which he was installed at the 
Grand Lodge session at Zanesville, Ohio, in May, 1S85. He died after a life of in- 
flexible principle, thorough and untiring labor, and full of the fragrance of good 
deeds, for he loved his fellowmen. He d. May 23, 1890. He ra. Aug. 17, 1S51, Eliza 


Jane, dau. of Daniel and Joanna C. (Hovey) Warner, of Hampden, Ohio, b. April 
30, 1S32. She m., 2d, Philip Oui^^gle; res. West Salem, Wis. 

4071. i. CHARLES WELLS, b. Feb. iS, 1853; m. Anne Louisa Hine. 

4072. ii. MARY EDNA, b. Sept. 18, 1S54; m. June 30, 1885, Loren L. 

Boyle, b. Feb. i, 1853. He is western manager for the jewelers' 
magazine "Keystone. " Res. 5342 Cornell avenue, Chicago, 111. 
Ch. I. Jean Field Boyle, b. Aug. 25, 1886; d. Jan. 13, 1889; 
buried St. Joseph, Mo. 2. AUys Field Boyle, b. Oct. 19, 1888; 
res. 5342 Cornell avenue, Chicago, 111. 

4073. iii. JOHN WARNER, b. Sept. 16, 1857; d. March 15, 1859. 

2381. WILLIAM WILLIAMS FIELD (Rodolphus, Oliver, David, Samuel, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Rodolphus and 
Rachel (Williams), b. in Sodus, N. Y., Dec. 15, 1820. He removed in 1854 to Rock- 
ford, 111., where he now resides. He m, 1847, Emily, dau. of William and Elmira 
(Bruce) Tucker, of Sodus. b. April 6, 1824. 

4074. i. MAURICE D., b. Jan. 12, 1S50; m. Josephine E. Gaups. 

4075. ii. ELLA A., b. Dec. 2, i860; m. . 

2384. MORRIS FIELD (Rodolphus, Oliver, David, Samuel, Samuel, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Rodolphus and Rachel 
Williams), b. in Sodus, N. Y., Jan. 8, 1829. He enlisted Jan. 9, 1864, in Company 
D, I nth Regiment, New York Volunteers. The regiment went into action June 6, 
1864, at the Wilderness, Va., and fought every day until they arrived at Petersburg, 
Va. , where he was wounded June iS, and died from his wounds at City Point, Va., 
June 27, 1S64. He was engaged in fourteen battles beside skirmishes. He m. July 
4, 1850, Louisa, dau. of Charles and Esther (Hewitt) Degen, of Sodus, b. June 17, 

4076. i. FRANKLIN, b. April 24, 1851. 

4077. ii. MARY, b. Nov. 4, 1S53. 
407S. iii. CHARLES, b. April 24, 1S56. 

2385. OLIVER C. FIELD (Rodolphus, Oliver, David, Samuel, Samuel, Zech- 
ariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Sodus, N. Y., Nov. 10, 1830. He 
removed in 1859 to Ralls county. Mo.; in 1861 to Rockford, 111., where he now 
resides. He m. March 23, 1858, Nancy P., dau. of Chauncey and Mary (Miller) 
Graves, b. in Berlin, Vt., July 30, 1836. 

IDA R., b. Nov. 9, 1859. 
EVA S.. b. July 31. 1861. 
MINA J., b. Aug. 5, 1870. 

2387. CLESSON FIELD (Rodolphus, Oliver, David, Samuel, Samuel, Zecha- 
riah. John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Rodolphus and Rachel (Wil- 
liams), b. in Sodus, N. Y., Nov. 15, 1835; d. Sept. 14, 1S74. He m. Dec. 31, i860, 
Mary Jane, dau. of Abram and Elizabeth (Bain) Featherly, of Sodus, b. Sept. 10, 
1840. Res. Sodus, N. Y. 

4082. i. CHARLES, b. Oct. 21, 1861; d. March 3, 1863. 

4083. ii. DEWITT C, b. Sept. 22, 1863. 

4084. iii. JONATHAN, b. Sept. 29, 1865. 

4085. iv. ANNA^ b. Oct. 13, i363. 

2389. WARREN A. FIELD (Rodolphus. Oliver. David, Samuel, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John. Richard, William, William), son of Rodolphus and Rachel 
(Williams), b. in Sodus Point, N. Y., Jan. 3, 1840, where he now resides. He m. 
Jan. 13. 1864, Elmira C dau. of Emerson and Amanda (Hulet) Haroun, of Sodus, 








b. April 9, 1840. Warren A. Field, b. Sodus Point, N. Y., son of Rodolphus, who 
was in war of 181 2. Warren settled at Sodus Point, and at the age of fifteen was a 
sailor, and since then has spent most of his life on the lakes. Is owner and captain 
of the steamer Sunbeam; owns a store there; also a planing mill. Is a member of 
the Sodus Bay Yacht Club. 

4086. i. ALVIN H., b. Feb. 18, 1S66. 

4087. ii. CORA BELLE, b. Dec. i, 1870; m. Aaron Shufeit, of Sodus 

Point, N. Y. 

2392. HENRY FIELD (Henry, Elihu, David, Samuel, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, AVilliam), son of Henry and Lucinda (Frisbie), b. in 
Elbridge, N. Y., Feb. 12, 1810. He settled in 1S38 in Bellevue, Iowa. In 1854 re- 
moved to Bolivar, Texas, where he resided at the breaking out of the rebellion of the 
slave-holding states with other northern families. He with eighteen of his neigh- 
bors were arrested for refusing to take up arms in the Confederate service, and 
being refused the privilege of returning north, were hung Dec. 20, 1862. He wrote 
a farewell letter to his wife and children the day before his execution, of which I 
have been unable to procure a copy. He m.. May 19, 1842, Jane Augustine, 
dau. of Daniel and Jerusha (Boalt) Potter, of Bellevue, b. in Houndsfield, N. Y., 
June 18, 1822; d. Sept. 20, 1S48; m. 2d, July 4, 1850, Mary Bail. 

4088. i. LAURA AMELIA, b. Feb. 26, 1843; m. Dec. 25, 1874, James Rid- 

lington, of Grand Meadow, Minn, 

4089. ii. JULIA MARIA, b. June 4, 1844; m. Dec. 30, i860, James M. 

Sawtelle, of Cottonville, Iowa. 

4090. iii. LYDIA CLARA, b. Dec. 12, 1845; m., Jan. 9, i860, William 

M. Root, of Gainesville, Texas. He was forced into the rebel 
service, and being sent with a detachment after deserters, he 
said he "did not care much whether they captured them or not." 
For saying this he was shot Oct. 12, 1862; m., 2d, April 30, 1863, 
William TuUis, of Sherman, Texas; m. 3d, Sept. 20, 1877, Robert 
Coulehan, of Bellevue, Iowa. 

JANE MARION, b. May 17, 1846. 

MARCUS B., b. May 17, 1846; d. June, 1849. 

MARCUS H., b. Jan. 22, 1S51; d. Nov. 22, 1852. 

GRATIA M., b. Feb. 22. 1853; d. Oct. 18, 1854. 
viii. MARTIN L., b. Dec. 24, 1855. 

WILLIAM H., b. March 11, 1858. 

SARAH L., b. Feb. 6, 1862; d. Jan. 24, 1869. 

2393. FREDERICK FIELD (Henry, Elihu, David, Samuel. Samuel, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Henry and Lucinda (Frisbie), 
b. in Elbridge, N. Y., Aug. 20, 1S12. He settled in 1S33 in Watertown, Jefferson 
county, N. Y., where he was engaged in the manufacture of doors, sash and blinds. 

In 1841 he removed to Elmira, N. Y. ; in 1S61 to East Saginaw, Mich. ; in to 

Clyde, Iowa, where he now resides. He enlisted in a company and regiment of 
Michigan volunteers, and was in several skirmishes; was wounded in the shoulder 
at Decatur, Ala., Dec. 13, 1S64; was discharged September, 1865. He m., Oct. 
20, 1834, Hannah Fisk, dau. of Rev. Phinehas and Sally (Pettigrew) Peck, at Water- 
town, b. in Lyndon, Vt, April 26. 1816; d. Feb. 26, 1870; m., 2d, a widow in Kansas;, 
she had several children by former husband. 

409S. i. FREDERICK WARREN, b. Sept. 6, 1835; m. . 

4099. ii. PHINEHAS PECK. b. Aug. 22. 1S43; m. Clara L. Ladd. 






















2396. PLINEY ASHLEY FIELD (Henry. Elihu, David, Samuel, Samuel, 
Zechariah. John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Henry and Lucinda 
(Frisbie), b. in Elbridge, N. Y., July 10, 1S18. He settled in 1838 in Bellevue; in 
1S71 removed to Johnsonville, Kansas, where he resided until his death, Aug. 23, 
1897. He m. July 17, 1S45, Jane Ann, dau, of Thomas and Margaret (Johnson) 
Lamberton, of Bellevue, b. in Sparta, Ind., Nov. 15, 1823; d. Nov. 4, 1885. 

FREDERICK MARION, b. Nov. 19, 1846; m. Harriet L. Bruce. 
GEORGE PLINEY, b. June 9, 1853; m. Emma J. Miller. 
MARY MATILDA, b. Oct. 3, 1855; m. March 21, 1875, Ezra V. 
Ruderow, of Adel, Iowa. 
4103. iv. CHARLES ASHLEY, b. Aug. 29, 1859; res. Formosa, Kansas. 

2399. HON. RODNEY BURT FIELD (Elihu, Elihu, David, Samuel, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Feb. 25, 1809, Guilford, Vt. ; 
m. Nov. 6, 1833, Louisa H. Chamberlain, of Hull, Canada, b. 1811; d. Jan. 26, 1882. 
He entered the store of Samuel Clark & Son, Sept. i, 1824, as clerk, and remained 
with them four years, until they discontinued business, in Brattleboro, Vt. He 
settled in 183 1 in Sacket Harbor, N. Y., and engaged in mercantile business, 
which he sold out in 1833, and removed to Newark, Ohio; in 1836 to Michigan City, 
Ind., and engaged in the manufacture of furniture; in 1840 to Brockville, N. C, 
and engaged in the manufacture of clocks. In 1850 he removed to Ogdensburg, 
N. Y., and engaged in the furnace business; getting badly hurt, he sold his interest 
and returned to Guilford, where he resided. He was appointed postmaster at Guil- 
ford Oct. I, 1S65. He was elected a member from Guilford to the Constitutional 
Convention of Vermont, held at Montpelier June 10, 1870, when the constitution was 
amended, abrogating the Council of Censors, giving proposals of future amend- 
ments to be proposed by the Legislature to the people, and changing the sessions of 
the Legislature from annual to biennial and all elective offices to conform to the 
same. He represented the town in the Legislature in the years 1870, 1S71, 1S72 
and 1873. He was appointed October, 1864, inspector of distilleries for the second 
congressional district of Vermont, which he resigned in 1866. He m. Nov. 6. 1833, 
Louisa Haddock, dau. of Richard and Mary C. (Kimball) Chamberlin, b. Hull, 
L. C, Sept. 7, 1810; d. Jan. 26. 18S2. I am greatly indebted to his Field Manu- 
script, upon which he worked for many years, and which 1 was allowed to use by 
the Pocumtock Historical Society of Deertield, Mass., whom he made custodians. 
He d. March i3, 1884. Res. Guilford, Vt. 

RICHARD ELIHU, b. Oct. 15, 1S34; d. Sept. 21, 1837. 

PAMELIA JANE, b. Oct. 7, 1836; d. vSept. 25, 1837. 

CORA ARABELLE, b. Sept. 6, 1838; d. Jan. 5, 1839. 

IDA JANE, b. July 21, 1842; d. June 25, 1853. 

JULIA PAULINA, b. May 11, 1845; d. Jan. 29, 1872. 

CLIFFORD KIMBALL, b. Oct. 9, 1848; res. Boston. 

GEORGE PLINY, b. May 20, 1851; res. Boston. 

2405. CAPTAIN GEORGE PLINY FIELD (Pliny A., Elihu, David, Samuel, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Pliny A. and 
Olivia (Babcock), b. in Black Rock, N. Y., Nov. 11, 18 13. He entered the West 
Point Military Academy in 1830, and graduated in 1834; was appointed second 
lieutenant and assigned to the Third Regiment, United States Infantry, then sta- 
tioned at Fort Jessup, La. In 1838 he was promoted to first lieutenant and removed 
to Fort Towson, Choctaw Nation. On account of his health he received leave of 
absence and came to Buffalo, N. Y. On his arrival he was ordered by General 
Scott to Fort Niagara, and continued in command there during the border troubles 













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of 1838, known as the Canadian patriot war. At the close of the patriot war he 
returned to Fort Towson, and soon after left there with his regiment for Florida, 
where he remained during the Seminole war. In 1S42 he was ordered to Albany, 
N. Y., on recruiting service. From there he joined his regiment in Florida, and in 
1843 was ordered to Fort Leavenworth. In 1844 he was commissioned captain and 
ordered to Fort Jessup, La. In 1845 he sailed with his regiment for Corpus Christi, 
Texas, and marched to the Rio Grande. He was engaged in the battles of Palo Alto 
and Reseca de la Palma. From there the regiment marched into Mexico, and 
arrived before Monterey on Sept. 19, 1846. The attack was made by the artillery 
on the 20th, and on the 21st the place was stormed, the third regiment being in the 
storming column and suffering severely in officers and men, so that the command 
devolved upon Captain Field, and in advancing to the attack, -being mounted upon 
a mule, he was killed. In the official report of General Garland, he writes, "Of that 
sterling officer. Captain Field, I dare not trust myself to speak." The day previous 
to the engagement he wrote to his wife and relatives full of hope and encourage- 
ment. His remains were brought from Mexico by a committee sent for that pur- 
pose by the city of Buffalo, and interred in the cemetery there. He m. at Worces- 
ter, Mass., April 18, 1842, Elizabeth Elliot, dau. of Col. Josiah and Charlotte (Gush- 
ing) Vose, of the United States Army, b. in Milton, Mass., July 29, 1813. 

4111. i. JOSIAH HOWE VOSE, b, at Tampa, Fla., May 8, 1843. He was 
appointed by President Buchanan a cadet at West Point Military 
Academy, and graduated in 1863 in the Ordnance Department, 
and ordered to the Frankfort Arsenal at Philadelphia, Pa., where 
he remained nine months, when he was ordered to the Spring- 
field, Mass., armory, where he remained until May, 1864, when he 
was ordered to Washington, D. C, and was appointed senior 
officer of the Ordnance Department of Western Virginia, and 
placed upon the staff of General Seigel, and subsequently upon 
the staff of General Hunter. His duties were of the most ardu- 
ous and laborious kind. On June 5, 1864, General Hunter fought 
a battle and severely defeated the rebel, Gen. W. E. Jones, at 
Mount Crawford, W. Va., near Stanton, where the rebel loss was 
great, and General Jones was killed and 1,000 prisoners taken. 
"During the engagement," Field writes, "1 rode down three fine 
horses." After the fight was over he had charge of the burial 
parties and gathering up of arms, which consisted of 1,600 mus- 
kets, 1,200 being rebel, which work was very arduous. Being 
extremely tired, he did not get to bed until twelve o'clock, and 
rose at 3:30, and rode twenty miles before breakfast, being very 
weary. Three days later he writes: "Thursday was a very 
warm day, and 1 had much to do, and at night it came on very 
cold. I was taken with a chill." (Several of his letters were 
lost.) In the last he says: "Our march from Lynchburg to 
Gauley was one of the hardest ever made, traveling night and 
day without food or rest for forty-eight hours. I am exhausted, 
but my courage is good." From there he sunk rapidly and died 
at Cumberland, Md., July 14, 1864, aged twenty-one 5'ears, two 
months, six daj-s. His remains were taken to Milton, jNIass., and 
interred in the cemetery there by the side of his grandfather, 
Colonel Vose. 

2415. OLIVER FIELD (Caleb C, Oliver, Moses, Thomas, Samuel, Zechariah, 














John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Caleb C. and Sarah L. (Colton), b. 
in Longmeadow, Mass., March 27, 1S15, where he now resides on the old homestead 
of Thomas Field, which has been occupied by his descendants since 1730. He m. 
Oct. 21, 1S46, Lucy H., dau. of Thomas and Lucinda (Montague) Hatch, of Hart- 
ford. Conn., b. March 29, 1821. 

4112. i. ELLA F., b. Oct. 14, 1848; m. March 9, 1871, George P. Allen, of 

Longmeadow, Mass. 

4113. ii. ADELAIDE E., b. Oct. 13, 1850; d. Aug. 4, 1851. 

4114. iii. SARAH E., b. March 8, 1853; d. July 16, 1S53. 

4115. iv. MOSES, b. Aug. 19, 1862. 

2417. MOSES FIELD (Caleb C, Oliver, Moses, Thomas, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Longmeadow, Mass., June 20, 1820. He 
settled in Newark, N. J., where he d. July 23, iSbS. Was a manufacturing jeweler. 

He m., 1843, Abigail T., dau. of Jonathan and Pierson, of Newark, b. Jan. 

19, 1823; d. July 16, 1S59; "^' 2d, Sept. 25, i860, Ann, dau. of Charles and 

Pierson, of Newark; she m., 2d, Dr. Pennington. 

4116. i. FLAVIA, b. Aug. 6 1844; d. Aug. 15, 1S53. 
FREDERICK, b. Nov. i, 1846; d. Feb. 11, 1870. 
PAULINA P., b. Sept. 29, 1850; d. July 7, 1852. 
MARY A., b. Aug. 30, 1852; d. April 27, 1853. 
FLAVIA A., b. Aug. 24, 1854; d. March 20, 1855. 
EDWARD PIERSON, b. June 30, 1861; d. April 21, 1862. 
WILLIAM PIERSON, b. Aug. 7, 1S62; m. Josephine Downing 


4123. viii. ANNA MABEL, b. May 16, 1868; m. Pennington; res. 28 

East Kinney street, Newark, N. J. 

2421. JAMES ALFRED FIELD (Alfred L.. Peter R., Simeon, Thomas, Sam- 
uel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Beloit, Wis., Aug. 8, 
1847; m. Dorchester, Mass., Nov. 13, 1875, Caroline Leslie Whitney. She was b. 
Nov. 10, 1853, the dau. of Seth Dunbar and Adeline Dutton (Train) Whitney. Her 
mother was the dau. of Enoch Train, founder of a line of packet ships between 
Boston and Liverpool, and sister of George Francis Train. She was educated in 
Boston, and was m. at the age of nineteen. She is a celebrated authoress, and en- 
joys a world-wide reputation. (See Whitney Genealogy by Fred. C. Pierce, p. 348). 
He was educated first at an academy in New Jersey, and later in Boston in the 
Institute of Technology, and afterwards at the University at Munich in Bavaria. 
By profession he was a mechanical engineer. After his marriage he went with his 
wife to Beloit for a time, where he had an interest in the iron works. Later they 
moved to Lakewood, N. J., where he died Jan. 17, 1884. Res. Lakewood, 

4124. i. WILLIAM LUSK WEBSTER, b. July 17, 1876; was graduated at 

Laurence School, Harvard University, 1S98. 

4125. ii. JAMES ALFRED, b. May 26, 1879; has entered Harvard. 

4126. iii, DOUGLAS GRAHAM, b. Oct. i, 1882. 

2422. JAMES EDWARD FIELD (Junius L., Edward, Simeon, Thomas, Sam- 
uel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Junius L. and 
Maria (Briggs), b. in Wolcott, Conn., Dec. 30, 1832. He settled in Unadilla. 
Mich., where he resided. He was a druggist, and d. Sept. 21, 1894, at Alpena. He 
m., May i, 1854, Loretta Beal, b. Sept. 26, 1837; d. Jan. 25, 1861; m. 2d, Nov. 12, 
1863, Sarah Beal, b. July 28, 1840. James Edward Field was born to Dr. Junius 


L. Field and Maria Field at Wolcott. Conn. They came to Unadilla, Livingston 
county, Mich., in 1836. He m. Loretta Beal at Josco, Mich., but she died, and he 
married her sister, Sarah Beal. By the first marriage Junius Emery was born and by 
the second marriage were born Etta Maria and Edward C, the latter dying in live 
months. He was in the dry goods business at Dexter, Mich., from 1861 to 1873, 
when he moved to Alpena to engage in the drug business, which he continued until 
the tmie of his death, Sept. 21, 1894. He was an active worker in the Congrega- 
tional church and in the Knight Templar Commandery at Alpena. Res. Alpena, 

4127. i. JUNIUS E., b. Feb. 20, i860; ra. Ella Louisa Travis. 

4128. ii. ELLA M., b. Sept. 24, 1865; m, Sept. 7, 18S7, Arthur G. Hopper; 

res. Alpena, Mich. He was b. Oct. 27, 1862; is a pharmacist. 
Ch. : I. James A. Hopper, b. July 4, 1888. 2. Elizabeth S. 
Hopper, b. Aug. 6, 1891. 3. Junius F. Hopper, b. April 11, 1898. 

4129. iii. EDWARD C, b. Feb. 6, 1873; d. July 28, 1S73. 

2427. FRANCIS BULKLEY FIELD (Henry B., Edward, Simeon, Thomas, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Henry B. and 
Sarah (Buckley), b. in Waterbury, Conn., Sept. 16, 1S43, where he resided; now at 
Broadway Central Hotel, New York city. He m. Nov. 27, 1870, Ella Scovill, dau. 
of George Wm. and Emily (Johnson) Cook, of Waterbury, d. Dec. 10, 1885. 

4130. i. EMILY BRINTNALL, b. May 19, 1873. 

4131. ii. ALICE GERTRUDE, b. March 12, 1879. 

2428. CHARLES HENRY FIELD (Henry B., Edward, Simeon, Thomas, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Baltimore, Md., 
March 21, 1849; m. Hartford, Conn., Sept. 20, 1S71, Elizabeth Rockwell Tremaine, 
dau, of Charles, b. July 22, 1851. Charles Henry Field was born at Baltimore, Md. 
His parents were from Connecticut, and moved back there while he was an infant. 
His childhood was passed at Waterbury, Conn., where he attended a private school, 
finishing his education at another one in New Haven. At the age of seventeen he 
entered a national bank at Waterbury as clerk, remaining in that business until his 
twentieth year, when he went to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as secretary of an artificial 
ice company, which, not succeeding on account of lack of capital, he returned to 
the United States, after an absence of one year and a half, havmg meanwhile safely 
survived an attacK of yellow fever. Receiving the appointment of United States 
assistant assessor under the treasury department, during Grant's first administration, 
he was married in 1871 at Hartford, Conn., to Elizabeth Rockwell Tremaine, and 
in 1872 entered the Mercantile National Bank as teller, working his way up to the 
cashiership, which position he held until 1890, when he went to the ^tna National 
Bank, and remained there until 1893. A Republican in politics until the nomin- 
ation of James G. Blaine for the presidency in 1884, he refused to acquiesce in 
that nomination, and joined the independent movement, and was a prominent, en- 
thusiastic and zealous Mugwump supporter of Grover Cleveland in that year, and 
also in 1888 and 1892. Upon Mr. Cleveland's second election in 1892, Mr. Field 
was appointed agent and inspector of the stamped envelope agency at Hartford, 
where are made all the stamped envelopes and newspaper wrappers used in this 
county, some three million daily. This position he now, in 1899, holds. He has 
two sons, Edward Bronson and Francis Elliott, both employed as clerks in the office 
of the Pope Manufacturing Company at Hartford. Res. Hartford, Conn. 

4132. i. EDWARD BRONSON, b. April 27, 1872. 

4133. ii. FRANCIS ELLIOTT, b. July 21, 1873- 


2431. JOHN FIELD (Thomas, Samuel, Samuel, Thomas, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Port Byron, N. Y., Jan. 13, 1832; m, 
Oct. 4. 1S59, Mary Jane Field, b. May 3, 1S3S. He was a farmer. He d. April 23, 
1S99. Res, Catskill, N. Y. 

4134. i. WILLIAM THOMAS, b. July 9, i860; unm. ; address, Catskill, 

N. Y. 

4135. ii. CHARLES EDWIN, b. Aug. ir, 1864; m. Dec. i, 1885; address 

207 West Broome street, Catskill, N. Y. 

4136. iii. FANNIE ELIZABETH, b. June 7, 1867; m. Oct. 26, 1892; 

address, Mrs. Fannie E. Wilson. Coxsackie, N. Y. 

2432. GEORGE FIELD (Henry W., Samuel, Samuel, Thomas, Samuel, Zech- 
ariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Andes, N. Y.. Jan. 22, 1812; m., 
in Athens, N. Y., in 1S39, Rebecca Vanlone, b. Feb. 5, 1817; d. 1844; m. 2d, in 1846, 
Catherine HoUenbeck. George Field, the subject of this sketch, was born in the 
town of Andes, Delaware county, N. Y., on Jan. 22, 18 12. His father was one of 
four brothers who, just after the close of the Revolutionary war, took up his abode in 
Delaware county, N. Y., it then being a vast unbroken wilderness, whose solitudes 
were broken only by the whoop of the red men. It was here that George Field was 
born, and being the eldest of a large family, the earlier part of his life was spent in 
helping his father to clear off the majestic forest from the land, which in later 
years became one of the finest fruit farms in Delaware county. He is the youngest 
son, the youngest sister having died about a year ago in Polo, 111. He seems to have 
come from a long-lived race, as his grandfather lived to be nearly fifty-four, while 
his father was over ninety at the time of his;^death. In his boyhood daj'S the ad- 
vantages for an education were not so good as in these days, the nearest school- 
house being seven miles away. His mother taught him to read and write, and much 
of his arithmetic was gained by lying down at night, and figuring on a large fiat 
stone by the light of what is now called an old-fashioned fireplace. In the year 
1839 he was married to Rebecca Vanlone; from their union three children v.^ere 
born — two girls and one boy — Mrs. Mary Ette Ingham, Mrs. Catherine Ingham, and 
William H. Field. The two Mrs. Inghams survive him, while W. H. Field has 
been sleeping under the sod some twelve years. In the 3'ear 1S46 the wife and lov- 
ing mother died, leaving him with three small children to mourn her loss. In the 
year 1847 he was again married to Miss Catharine HoUenbeck. There were born 
from this union three boys, two girls, four of vrhom are still livmg — Dr. F. T. Field, 
A. W. Field, George Field, Jr., and ]\Irs. William Wilcox. For many years Mr. 
Field worked at shipbuilding, and finally became a captain of a vpssel, following 
the life of a sailor for a number of years. In the year 1858 he moved his family to 
Albany, N. Y., residing there for two years. He then determined to try his fortune 
in the west, and arrived at Reedsburg March 2, 1S61. The last thirty years of his 
life were quiet and uneventful ones — the greater part of his time being spent on 
the farm. Eight years ago he moved to Elroy, bvit during the past two j^ears has 
lived v/ith his daughters on the farm where he died ^larch 2Sth. His remains were 
brought here and placed in the Elroy cemetery. Early in life he became believer 
in the Christian religion, and during the past ten or twelve years has been identi- 
fied with the Methodist church. A wife and six children mourn the loss of a kind 
husband and a loving father, who under all circumstances had only kind words 
for all. — Copied from the Elroy Tribune. He d. March 28, 1894. Res. Elroy, Wis. 

4137. i. MARY ETTE, b. April 12, 1840; m. Ingraham; res. Elroy, 


4138. ii. CATHERINE LOUISA, b. July 23, 1841; m. Ingraham. 















4139. iii. WILLIAM HENRY, b. Nov. 24, 1843; ra. and is deceased ; a son 
is Linford Field, Baraboo, Wis. 

iv. F T., b. . 

V. ALVARADO W., b. April 19, 1854; m. Mary Thompson. 

vi. GEORGE, JR., b. . 

vii. , b. ; m. William Wilcox. 

HENRY FIELD (Henry W., Samuel, Samuel, Thomas. Samuel, Zech- 
ariah, John, John, Richard. William. William), b. Bovina, N. Y., June 11, 1821; m. 
Dec. 5, 1S42, Asenath Ferguson, b. Aug. 16, 1825; d. Aug. 5, 1857; m., 2d, Aug. 12, 
1862, Catherine Bennett, b. April 7, 1834. He is a farmer. Res. Tread well, N. Y. 
4i43>^. i. ELISABETH M., b. June 19, 1845; m. July 12. 1S62, Wm. Glad- 
stone; res. Downsville. N. Y. 
4I43X- "• JENNIE ANNA, b. July 25. 1848; m. July 24, 1867, John Sand- 
ford; res. Treadwell,' N. Y, 
AGNES D.. b. Feb. 4. 1851; m. March 12, 1868, Frank Cranford; 

res. Polo, 111. 
ALICE A., b. June 4, 1S57; unm. 
CHARLES HENRY, b. Alarch 7, 1864; m. June 15, 1S98, Bertha 

Munn; res. Treadwell, N. Y. 
ETTA LOUISA, b. Aug. 4, 1870; um. ; d. July 12, 1897. 
WILLIAM HIRAM, b. Feb. 21, 1S72; m. .Sept. 16, 1S97, Lillian 
Crosby; res. Uuadilla, N. Y. 

2436. RICHARD FIELD (Henry W.. Samuel, Samuel, Thomas, Samuel. 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Andes, N. Y.. Sept. 10, 1829; 
m. Sheffield, Mass., Jan. 21, 1S68, Emeline A. Mauvel, b. March 15, 1837. He was 
a merchant. He d. Dec. 29. 1877, Res. Durham. N. Y. 

4144. i. RICHARD MAUVEL, b. March 2,1869; unm. ; res. Sheffield, 

Mass. ; is a merchant. 

4145. ii. FRANCES EMELINE, b. Dec. 13, 1871; res. Sheffield, Mass. 

2440. WILLIAM ELI FIELD (Henry W., Samuel, Samuel. Thomas. Samuel, 
Zechariah. John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Durham, N. Y., July 24, 
1840; ra. June 8, 1865. Mary A. Meddaugh, b. June 8, 1S44; d. Sept. 24, 1895. He 
is a farmer. Res. Sunside, N. Y. 

4146. i. JAMES, b. Aug. i3, 1867; d. i863. 

4147. ii. EMMA MAY, b. July 16, 1869; res. Sunside, N. Y. 

4148. iii. FRANK L., b. Aug. 23, 1S74; res. Aera, N. Y. 

4149. iv. JENNIE L. , b. Nov. 15, 1878; res. Sunside, N. Y. 

2442. HON. SIMEON A. FIELD (Roswell. George, Seth, Zechariah, Samuel, 
Zechariah John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Northfield. Mass.. Oct. 13, 
1805; m. March 31. 1831, Mrs. Adeline (Merriman) Stratton, dau. of Levi and 
widow of Lorenzo, b. Dec. 4, iSoi, He represented the town of Northfield in the 
Legislature in 1850, beside holding various town offices. 

Simeon A. Field, Northfield, 1S83; died Dec. 28, 1883; widow, Adeline; brother, 
Horace H., of Northfield; sister, Adeline Merriam, of Northfield. Several children 
of deceased brother and sister, but it is believed that the property is so small that 
under the statute the widow should be the only heir at law. 

Adeline. Northfield, Feb. 2, 1S92; died Jan. 8, 1892; no husband; Mrs. H. Strat- 
ton, of Northfield; son appointed administrator and only person interested. — 
Franklin Co. Probate. 

He d. Dec. 28, 1SS3. Res., s. p., Northfield, Mass. 










2445. CHARLES POMEROY FIELD (Roswell, George, Seth, Zechariah, 
John. John, Richard, William. William), b. Northfield Farms, ]\Iass., Sept. 17, 1813; 
m. Sept. 7, 1843, Mary Jane Rosenbury. of Petersburg, N. Y., b. May 3, 1823; d. 
Jan. 10. 1854, m., 2d, May;[24, 1S65, Elnora S. Pratt, dau. of Jeremiah and Fanny, 
b. Feb. 24, 1 8 16; d. December, 1896, Charles Pomeroy Field was born in Northfield 
Farms. His boyhood was spent on his father's farm, but not being content with a 
farmer's life, when he attained his majority, he went to New York city, and after 
various undertakings, finally opened a grocery store. He met his wife, Mary Jane 
Rosenburj-, at an aunt's in New York, and was married to her in 1843. Five chil- 
dren were born to them, two of whom died in infancy. At the birth of Eliza, the 
mother's health failed, and six months later she died of consumption. When two 
years old, Eliza was removed to Springfield, ]\Iass., to live with an aunt, from 
whom she was named, and two years later the father went there with her brother 
and sister. He entered the grocery business, and con1 inued the same till his death. 
In 1865 he was married the second time, his wife being Elnora Pratt, of Millers 
Falls, Mass. She survived his death twelve years. He d. Dec. 28, 1883. Res. 
Springfield, Mass. 

HARRIET WHIPPLE, b. July 12, 1S44; d. Jan. 14, 1845. 

MARY LETITIA, b. Jan. 24, 1846; d. July 23. 1847. 

CHARLES HENRY, b. May 5. 1848; m. Emma Haywood. 

CATHERINE KELTON. b. Dec. 14, 1850; m., Feb. 6, 1868, 
Sanford Pease, of Springfield; m. 2d, July 29, 1878 Frank H. 
Thomas, of Springfield ; she d. Julj' 29, 1886. 

4154. V. ELIZA GROVES, b. July 4, 1853; m. Sept. 17, 1874, James Justin 

of Springfield, b. Dec. 14, 1832; d. Aug. 31, 18S5; m., 2d, Aug. 
8, 1889, George L. Pratt, b. Nov. 23, 1852. ; s. p. ; res. 46 Allen- 
dale street, Springfield, Mass. 

2447. HORACE FRANKLIN FIELD (Roswell, George Seth, Zechariah. 
Samuel, Zechariah, John. John, Richard, William, William), b. Northfield, Ma?s., 
JIarch iS, 181S; m. Brattleboro. Vt, July 31, 1840, Mary E. Gage, dau. of Brigham 
and Mary R. (Chapin), b. April 4, 1823; d. March 23, 1859. ^^^^ ^'f® ^^s not been 
different from most of the farmers of New England. He has reared a family of ten 
children to manhood and womanhood, and has had his share of hard work. He re- 
sides on the farm, in the house in which he was born, where his grandfather settled 
when he was married. He has held several public offices of trust and honor in the 
town. Has been trustee of the school fund for nearly forty years, and one of the 
board of directors of the public library for fifteen years. He is honored and 
respected in the community in which he resides. Res. Northfield Farm, Mass. 

4155. i. EMMA SOPHIA, b. Aug. 29, 1S42; m. Nov. 22, 1867, Loriman S. 

Brigham, of Northfield, d. Jan. 10, 1871, s. p. 

4156. ii. MARTHA GERTRUDE, b. Sept. 21, 1843; m. Nov. 24, 1S63, 

George C. Starkweather, of Northfield. Ch. : i. Don Arthur, b. 
Aug. 20, 1864. 2. Sidney Field, b. Jan. 15, 1867. 3. Georgiana 
Gertrude, b. Nov. 8, 1868; d. June 29, 1S70. 4. George Carj^n- 
ter, b. Feb. 4, 1S71. 

4157. iii. PRUSIA ANNETTE, b. July 31. 1845; d. July 19, 1847. 

4158. iv. ALBERT FRANKLIN, b. April 21, 1847; d. Sept. 5, 1S48. 

4159. v. PRUSIA ANNETTE, b. Sept. 22. 1848; m. Dec. 17, 1S73, Lowell 

S. Moody, of Chicago, 111., b. Jan. 17, 1850. He is a liveryman; 
res. 1738 York Place, Chicago, 111. Ch. : i. Mary Lilian Moody, 
b. Sept. 26. 1879; res. 1738 York Place, Chicago, 111. 2. Jessie 

See page 720. 

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Louise Moody, b. Feb. 2, 1881; d. March i, i83i. 3. Harry 
Lowell Moody, b. Nov. 10, 1884; res. 1738 York Place, Chicago, 111. 

ALBERT FRANKLIN, b. Aug. 11. 1850; d. July 19, 1S70. 

ERNEST CHAPIN, b. Feb. 6, 1852; m. Jennie L. Walker. 

SUMNER WALLACE, b. Nov. i, 1853; ra. Mary C. Shepardson. 

ARTHUR BRIGHAM, b. Nov. 29, 1854; m. i\Iary Ray, s. p.; he 
d. June 19, 1887. 

AUSTIN PARKER, b. March 26, 1S57; m. Jan. 23, 18S6, Ella 
Hubbard: res. Keene, N. H., s. p. 

HARRIET JOSEPHINE, b. Dec. 4, 1858; m. June 25, 1S81, 
Walter W. Hudson, of Keene, N. H., s. p. 

MARY E., b. Oct. 5, 1S40; m. April iS, 1866, Henry W. Mon- 
tague; res. Northfield Farms. Ch. : i. Frank H., b. Oct. 25, 
1872. He was b. Oct. 15, 1833, in Montague, Mass. ; is a farmer. 

2452. HON. CALEB CLESSON FIELD, M.D. (George, George, Seth. Zech- 
ariah, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William. William), b. Northfield. 
Mass., May 27, 1810; m. May 27, 1839, Hannah C. Danforth, dau. of Timothy and 
Bridget (Blanchard), of Amherst, N. H., b. Nov. ri, 1820; d. May 14, 1857; m., 2d, 
Jan. 7, 1S58, Mrs. Anna Sophia Carter, widow of W. S., and dau. of Ephraim and 
Nancy (Moors), b. May 21, 1825; d. Jan. 16, i860; m., 3d, March 18, 1861, Martha 
Joslyn, dau. of Luke and Sally (Beaman), of Leominster, b. July 24, 1814; d. Oct. 9, 
1882. After an attendance at several academies and with some experience in teach- 
ing, he entered Amherst College, from which he graduated in 1S33. During the 
next two years he taught school in Concord, Mass. He graduated from Dartmouth 
Medical College in December, 1837, and immediately settled in Leominster, Mass., 
where he practiced medicine until his death. May 6, 1881. In 1S38 he was chosen a 
member of the school committee, and served on it continuously until his death. For 
many successive years he was its chairman. The Field High School of Leominster 
is so named from Dr. Field's devotion to the cause of education in that town. In 
1S51 he was town treasurer. In 1873 and 1874 he represented Leominster as a Re- 
publican representative in the State Legislature. In 1S51 he visited Europe as a 
delegate to the first Peace congress. He was a Unitarian. He d. Maj' 6, 1S81. 
Res. Leominster, Mass. 

4167. i. MARY CROSBY, b. April 29, 1840; d. Dec. 26, 1845. 

4168. ii. CLESSON, b. June 16, 1845; m. Sarah Evangeline Murchison. 

4169. iii. JENNIE LOUISE, b. Feb. 5, 1849; d. July 20, 1850. 

4170. iv. ALFRED WITHINGTON, b. May 14, 1851; d. unm. He showed 

from early youth great fondness for reading and study. Gradu- 
ated from Harvard College with high honor in 1872. For the 
three succeeding years he remained at Harvard as an assistant in 
chemistry, working in the laboratory, and in charge of a lecture 
course. In July, 1875, he went to Europe as the recipient of a 
Parker fellowship with the intention of studying chemistry in 
Berlin. He was, however, attacked by diabetes mellitus and had 
to return home in December of the same year. In the fall of 1876 
he partially recovered so as to resume his duties in the chemical 
laboratory at Harvard. He published several articles on chem- 
ical subjects in scientific magazines, but finally succumbed to 
diabetes, dying at Leominster July 29. 1882. 

4171. V. CHARLES SUMNER, b. Feb. 28, 1S54; d. March 19, 1857. 

4172. vi. CATHERINE SOPHIA, b. Dec. 23, 1855; d. Sept. 13, 1875. 












2454. HON. ALFRED RUSSELL FIELD (George, George, Seth, Zechariah, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, Wiiliam, William), b. Northfield, Mass., 
Oct. 28, 1815; m. in 1S43, Sarah Newcomb Allen, dau. of Joseph P. and Harriet 
(Newcomb), b. May 6, 1822; d. May 6, 1851; m., 2d, Dec. 15, 1852, Mary Hunt 
Allen, sister of Sarah N., b. July 16, 1S29; d. May 3, 1859; m., 3d, Oct. 15, 1859, 
Rebecca Jackson Williams, dau. of Ephraim and Rebecca (Jackson), of Deerfield, b. 
Oct. 21, 1S32. She res. Middletown, Conn. He was well known as a civil engineer, 
and practiced his profession first in Illinois in 1838; returning East, he settled in 
Greenfield, where he was often selectman and assessor; was representative to the 
General Court; county commissioner for six years, and at his death was one of the 
State commissioners on inland fisheries. He was killed by an accident on the 
Burlington and Rutland railroad, by the breaking of a bridge at Mt. Holly. 

Alfred R., of Greenfield; filed Dec. 31, 1S70; widow, Rebecca W. Field, of 
Brookline, guardian of Mary W., only child of Alfred R. ; age, eight years. — Frank- 
lin Co. Probate. 

He d. June 9. 1S70. Res. Greenfield, Mass. 

HARRIET NEWCOMB, d. aged thirteen months. 
SARAH ELIZABETH, b. March 8, 1S46; d. Sept. 9, 1864. 
PIERRE ALLEN, b. Feb. 8, 1851; m. Adelaide P. King. 
ALFRED RUSSELL, b. Dec. 6, i860; d. Oct. 13, 1867. 
MARY W., b. Jan. 22, 1S63; m. Oct. 17, 1889, George Spencer 
Fuller, b. Feb. 25, 1863; res. West Deerfield, Mass. She has 
lived mostly in Deerfield, Mass.. with the exception of the years 
1873 and 1874 in Europe, and the ten years 1S78 to 1888 spent in 
Brookline, Mass. Has marked musical tastes, and has received 
a thorough musical education. Ch. : i. Katharine Yale Fuller, 
b. Jan. II, 1S91, Deerfield, Mass. 2. George Spencer Fuller, b. 
July 24, 1S93, Deerfield, Mass. 3. Elizabeth Brooks Fuller, b. 
April 28, 1896, Deerfield, Mass. 4. Alfred Russell Fuller, b. Jan. 
8, 1899, Deerfield, Mass. 

4178. vi. ALFRED THEODORE, b. Oct. 22, 1868; d. July 31, 1870. 

2456. DR. GEORGE FIELD (George, George, Seth, Zechariah, Samuel, Zech- 
ariah, John, John, Richard. William, William), b. Northfield, Mass., April 4, 1820; 
m. Feb. 5, 1852, Susan Anne Brainerd, dau. of Dr. James Hazelton and Susan 
(Richardson) Brainerd, b. Nov. 25, 1829, in China, Me. She d. Sept. 5, 1894, at 
Ashby, Mass., the wife of Myron D wight Brooks, whom she m. May 28, 1867, at 
Boston. He studied medicine with his brother, C. C. Field, M.D., of Leominster, 
Mass., afterward attending medical lectures in Boston and New York. He gradu- 
ated from the Berkshire Medical School in 1846, and was admitted to the Massa- 
chusetts Medical Society in 1850. He removed to Troy, N. Y., at the time of his 
marriage. His poor health did not permit the duties of an active practice. He 
finally took charge of a sanitarium in Athol, Mass., but was obliged to relinquish 
it on account of his health. He removed to Boston late in 1859, and died there 
March 9, 1861. He was a profound student, and deep thinker, a Unitarian in his 
religious views, a friend and admirer of Emerson. 

Petition for guardian, June 24, 1861. Susan A. Field, widow, appointed; 
James B. Field, minor, son of above widow, and her deceased husband, George 
Field, a doctor, all of Boston; their only child. — Suffolk Co. Probate. 

He d. March 9, 1861. Res. Athol and Boston, Mass. 

4179. i. JAMES BRAINERD, b. Feb. 16, 1859; m. Emma Louise Snow 

and Helen Augusta Ward. 
41S0. ii. ANNIE MARIA, b. Dec. 8, 1856; d. July 4, 1858. 
















2467. THOMAS JEFFERSON FIELD (Sylvester, Rufus, Seth, Zechariah, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Sylvester and 
Jemima (Freeman), b. in Northfield, Mass., Jan. 6, 1804. He settled in Petersham, 
Mass.; d. Oct. 5, 1872. He m. Jan. 6, 1828, Maria, dau. of Thomas and Susannah 
(Stebbins) Durkee, of Northfield, b. Sept. 18, 1805 ; d. May q. 1883. 

4181. i. ERASTA KNIGHT, b. June 25. 1829; m. Feb. 16. 1865, Charles C. 

Williams, of Petersham, Mass. ; res. Nichewaug, Mass. He 

was b. Jan. 27, 1S15; d. Jan. 4, 1892; was a farmer. Ch. : 1. 

Effie Jane Williams, b. Dec. 26. 1868; m. May 7, 1886, now Effie 

J. Williams Barnes, Petersham, Worcester county, Mass. 
LYDIA DURKEE, b. Dec. 30, 1S31; m. April i, 1852, Darius D. 

Hovey, of St. Johnsbury, Vt. 
ELLEN MARIA, b. June i, 1834; m. March 12, 1852, Hiram 

Eldridge, of Ashfield, Mass. ; res. 60 Carew street, Springfield, 

RUBY ELIZA, b. May 6, 1836; d. Feb. i, 1870. 
ELEANORA ELMINA, b. May 9, 1838; m. Feb. 29, 1863, Henrie 

C. Grover, of Dana, Mass., b. March 25, 1839; res. Nichewaug, 

Mass., s. p. ; he is a farmer, 
ORUS JACKSON, b. July 21. 1S40; d. April 20, i863. 
THOMAS ELBERT, b. Dec. 4, 1842; m. Philena Witt. 
MARTHA ELIZABETH, b. Sept. 19, 1S45; d. July 7, 1883. 

2468. HORATIO FIELD (Sylvester, Rufus. Seth. Zechariah, Samuel, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Sylvester and Jemima (Free- 
man), b. in Northfield, Mass.. April 21. 1S14. He settled in 1850 in Athol, Mass.; 
in 1853 removed to Springfield, where he now resides. He m. Lucinda, dau. of 
Sardis Brigham, of Erving, Mass., b. 1813; d. March, 1845; m., 2d, Frances Maria, 
dau. of George and Hannah Mason, of Warwick, Mass., b. Sept. 21, 1821; d. March 

23. 1873- 

4189. i. RALPH, b. Sept. 17, 1S53; m. Grace L. Eldridge. 

2471. SYLVANUS FIELD (Sylvester, Rufus, Seth, Zechariah, Samuel, Zech- 
ariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Northfield, Mass., Dec. 11, 1809; 
m. Erving, Mass., March 9, 1837, Deborah Bonney, b. June 6, 1804; d. Alay 28, 1S67. 
Deborah was dau. of Seth and Deborah (Weston) Bonney, b. in Halifax. He m., 
2d, May 7, 1872, Lurana, dau. of Chauncey and Harriet (Wilkinson) Parkman, 
of North Brookfield, Mass., widow of Ezra Robbins, of Northfield, b. Oct. 12, 1S24. 

Sylvanus, Northfield, 1886; died Aug. 28, 1886; widow, Lurana; son, Seymour, 
of Boston ; granddaughter, Nellie Hastings, of Meriden, Conn. ; grandson, George 
D. Clark, of Brattleboro, Vt.. children of Gertrude Clark, deceased; grandson, 
George F. Root, of Brattleboro, Vt., child of Isadore Root, deceased. — Franklin 
Co. Probate. 

He d. Aug. 28, 1886. Res. Northfield, Mass. 

4190. i. GERTRUDE, b. May 12. 1S40; m. Oct. 24, 1S61, Eugene Clark, of 

Brattleboro, A^^t. ; shed. Nov. 15, 18S0. 

4191. ii. ISADORE, b. Sept. 23, 1842; m, Nov. 29, 1S60, Frederick E. Root, 

of Brattleboro, Vt. ; she d. Feb. 11, 1S72. 

4192. iii. DUANE, b. July 9, 1845; d. March 14, 1864. 

4193. iv. SEYMOUR, b. April 29, 1838; m. Brattleboro, Vt.. Nov. 15, i860, 

Adaline Barry, of Athol, Mass., b. March 28, 1838; res., s. p. 
Wollaston, Mass. ; he is a mechanical experimenter and inventor. 

2472. AHAZ FIELD (Sylvester, Rufus, Seth, Zechariah, Samuel, Zechariah, 








John, John, Richard. William, "William), son of Sylvester and Jemima (Freeman), 
b. in Northfield, Mass., Oct. 13, 1805. He removed in 1S31 to Canton, St. Lawrence 
county, N. Y., where he d. Sept. 17, 1843. He m. May, 1S28, Mary, dau. of Walter 
and Mary Ann Brown, of Gill, Mass., b. Dec. 27, 1807. 

4194. i. JULIA B., b. Jan. 27, 1829; m. Aug. 31, 1846, William C. Cook, of 
Canton, N. Y. ; d. June 30, 1857. 
ELLEN R., b. Sept. 27, 1830. 
CATHERINE, b. Sept. 7, 1841. 
MARIA, b. October, 1836; d. Jan. 23, 1S43. 

2473. JOSIAH FIELD (Sylvester, Rufus, Seth, Zechariah, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard. William, William), son of Sylvester and Jemima (Freeman), b. 
in Northfield, Mass., April 2, 1807. He removed in 1840 to Hamilton, Madison 
county, N. Y.. where he d. suddenly Jan. 19, 1877. He m. Oct. 31, 1840, Lydia, 
dau. of Alfred and Luna (Lee) Carrier, of Madison, b. Sept. 6, 1807; no issue. 

2475. FRANCIS FIELD (Sylvester, Rufus, Seth, Zechariah, Samuel, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Sylvester and Jemima (Free- 
man), b. in Northfield, Mass., May i, 1832. He settled in 1843 in Orange, Mass., 
where he resided, and d. April 3, 1893. He m. March 23, 1848, Harriet, dau. of 
James and Catherine (Freeland) Deming, of Orange, b. Feb. 16, 1824. 

4198. i. FRANCIS, b. Nov. 10, 1850; d. Nov. 10, 1850. 

4199. ii. MINN ETTA AUGUSTA, b. May 25, 1855; d. Aug. 28, 1857- 

4200. iii. HERMAN DEWITT, b. June 10, 1865. 

2477. DWIGHT FIELD (Hollis, Rufus, Seth, Zechariah. Samuel, Zechar- 
iah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Northfield, Mass., June 19, 1810; 
m. Nov. 8, 1832, Mary A. Allen, b. March 14, 1811. Dwight Field attended the 
public schools; after becoming of age he learned the carpenter's trade, and worked 
in his line in several branches. A portion of his life was spent in Erving and West- 
field, Mass. He was a man of excellent moral character, conscientious and upright 
in all dealings with his fellow-men, and was esteemed by all who knew him. He 
was a prominent and active member of the Methodist church and an ardent Repub- 
lican, and interested in temperance work. 

Dwight, of Gill, died Nov. 22, 1871; widow, Mary A. Field, administratrix, 
appointed Feb. 6, 1872; sons, Cornelius, of Gill, and Albert A., of Worcester; 
daughter, Mrs. Eugenie M. Foster, of Gill. 

He d. Nov. 22, 1871. Res. Gill, Mass. 

4201. i. CORNELIUS O., b. April 20, 1838; m. Jane M. Miller. 

4202. ii. ALBERT A., b. April 14, 1840; unm. He was a corporal in the 

loth Massachusetts Volunteers, Company G, in the civil war. 
He enlisted in Captain Day's company of Greenfield, Mass., 
who was afterwards killed at battle of Fair Oaks. Lieut. George 
Pierce was promoted to command the company. He participated 
in every engagement and skirmish that the company was in. 
He was a marvel of entiurance ; never was confined in hospital a 
day, or absent from duty on account of sickness. He always 
went into an engagement confident that the bullets would miss 
him. Many a time after a long march, when many were footsore 
and weary, he was able to turn handsprings and indulge in other 
athletic sports. He received an honorable discharge. Afterward 
he enlisted for one year in the 3rd Massachusetts Cavalry, 
Company M. ; went to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where they 


drew horses and accoutrements. They joined General Connor's 
expedition against the Indians, who were hostile to the settlers 
on the frontier. At expiration of service, the regiment was 
mustered out at Galloupes Island, Boston Harbor. At present 
his residence is at Riverside, in Gill, Mass. He is unmarried. 

4203. iii. EUGENIE M., b. July 5, 1845; m. July 31, 1866, Frank Benjamin 

Foster; res. Gill, Mass. He was born in New Salem, Mass., 
April 28, 1845. When he was two years of age, his father moved 
to [Greenwich, ]\Iass., where he resided until he was eighteen 
years of age. He attended the public schools. For some time 
he was engaged in a piano factory in Westfield, Mass., and was 
later manager of the business. On account of poor health he 
retired from business. Since 1892 his town has annually elected 
him chairman of the Board of Selectmen. Res. Riverside, in 
Gill. (See Foster Genealogy by Fred. C. Pierce.) Ch. : i. 
William J., Dec. 3, 1867; d. Sept. 14, 1872. 2. Frederick F., b. 
Sept. 15, 1S69; res. at home. 3. Laura J., b. Jan. 10, 1873; res. 
at home. 4. Frank A., b. Dec. 31, 1874; res. at home. £. Fran- 
cis A., b. Dec. 31, 1874; res. at home. 6. Eugenie M., b. Oct. 9, 
1877; m. Sept. 23, 1897, Howard A. Stilwell. 

2479. RUFUS FIELD (Rufus. Rufus, Seth, Zechariah, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), son ot Rufus and Hannah (Jennings), b. 
in Northfield, Mass., May 20, 1812. He settled in Erving, Mass., where he d. Feb. 
15, 1847. He m. June 18, 1835, Azubah N., dau. of Ira and Sally (Wood) Benjamin, 
of Wendell, Mass., b. May 7, 1806; d. Sept. 2, 1887. 

Rufus, Jr., of Erving, 1847; April 27, recorded; widow, Azubah N. Field, forty 
acres land to father, Rufus Field; children, Charlane Imogene, Abigail Hannah; 
sister, Louisa Bruce ; Roswell Field, of Gill, appointed executor. 

Azuba N., Erving. 1887; died Sept. 12. 1S87; daughter, Abigail N., wife of Wm. 
W. Turner, of Erving; granddaughters, Mary E. Bancroft, of Erving, and Katie L. 
Buss, of Erving. — Franklin Co. Probate. 

Res. Erving, Mass. 

4204. i. IMOGENE C, b. Nov. 13, 1837; m. Dec. 29, 1854, James M. Buss, 

of Erving, d. Dec. 27, 1868; a child is Mary E. Bancroft, Erving, 

4205. ii. ABIGAIL, b. June 29, 1839; m. Dec. 29, 1854, William W. Turner; 

res. Erving. He was b. March 5, 1834. Ch. : i. Will C. Turner, 
b. Jan. 15, 1856; res. Daphne, Ala. 2. Emily L. Tyrner, b. Dec. 
29, 1858; m. July 13, 1880; Mrs. A. W. Hanson, Erving, Mass. 
3. Ann P. Turner, b. Feb. 9, 1861; m. Nov. 27, 1884; Mrs. C. H. 
Sawyer, Waltham, Mass. 

2480. ELIAL GILBERT FIELD (Seth, Rufus. Seth, Zechariah, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son ot Seth and Polly (Coy), b. 
in Northfield, Mass,, 1816. He removed to Texas, where he resided. Hem. Feb. 
9, 1849, Fanny D., dau. of Alfred Pratt, of Brattleboro, Vt. She m., 2d, Elroy 
Stoddard, of Brattleboro, Vt. 

2483. ALVARUS W. FIELD (Seth, Rufus, Seth, Zechariah, Samuel, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Seth and Polly (Coy), b. in 

Northfield, Mass. He removed in to Hinsdale, N. H., where he resided until 

his death in 1887. He m. Sylphiana Whipple, of Winchester, N. H. 


AlvarusW., Hinsdale, N. H,, iSS?; wife, Sylphiana W. Field; niece, Nettie E. 
Cole; filed April 17, 1S96. — Franklin Co. Probate. 

2491. ELIJAH CARPENTER FIELD (Henry, Henry, Seth. Zechariah, Sam- 
uel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Henry and Mary 
(Simonds), b. in Northfield, Mass., May 28, 1819. He d. while on his way remov- 
ing to the west in 1S64. He m. 1846, Louisa H. Starr. Res. Greenfield, Mass. 

2492. ALBERT ADAMS FIELD (Henry, Henry, Seth, Zechariah. Samuel, 
Zechariah, John", John, Richard, William, William), son of Henry and Mary 
(Simonds), b. in Northfield, Mass., Feb. 13, 1S21. He settled in Greenfield, Mass., 
where he resided until he moved to Chicago and returned to Greenfield. He m. 
Nov. 28, 1845, Eliza S., dau. of Daniel and Sophronia (Corse) Morgan, of Leyden, 
Mass., b. July 26, 1S26. 

4206. i. ELLA M., b. July 9, 1848; m. April 20, 1S69, Nathan L. Eldridge, 

of Chicago. Ch. : i. Albert M,, b. October, 1871; res. with his 
mother at 2092 Carroll avenue, Chicago, 111. 

4207. ii. ALICE E., b. May 12, 1S60; m. Wells. She is a teacher in 

the Brown School, Warren avenue, Chicago, 111. 

4208. iii. FREDERICK H., b. July 9, 1863. 

4209. iv. MARY A., b. Dec. 29, 1S65; m. Charles Coburn ; res. Minneapolis, 


2493. GEORGE ARTEMAS FIELD (Henry, Henry, Seth, Zechariah, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Henry and Mary 
(Simonds), b. in Northfield, Mass., March 20, 1823. He settled in 1849 i^i Brattle- 
boro, Vt. ; in 1S58 removed to Alpine, Mich.; in 1 866 to Grand Rapids, Mich., 
where he resided, engaged in the lumber business. He m. Sept. 23, 1851, Elizabeth 
D., dau. of Alexander and Lois (Cheney) Wheelock, of North Orange, Mass., b. 
May 23, 1826. Res. Livingston street. Grand Rapids, Mich. 

4210. i. ADDIE SOPHIA, b. July 20, 1852; d. Aug. 13, 1856. 

4211. ii. LILLIAN LAURETTA, b. Feb. 5, 185S; d. June 26, 1864. 

4212. iii. ADDA ETTA, b. Dec. 5, 1867; unm. ; res. at home. 

2494. ASA SANDERSON FIELD (Henry, Henry, Seth, Zechariah, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Northfield, Mass., Aug. 22, 
1825. He settled in Brattleboro, Vt., where he now resides, a cottage organ builder 
and inventor. He m. May 29, 1S56, Laura R., dau. of David and Susan (Faulkner) 
Jewell, of Whitingham, Vt., b. Nov. 6, 1834. 

4213. i. EVERETT M., b. June 15. 1857; <3. March 2, 1S77, while a student 

at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., Commercial College. 

4214. ii. EDITH S., b. Oct. 24, i860; m. Nov. 29, 1SS3, Fred A. Cutler; 

res. 629 East Nineteenth street, Minneapolis, Minn. 

4215. iii. FRANK H., b. Nov. 16, 1870; res. 2 Prospect street, Brattle- 

boro, Vt. 

S495. JARVIS ERASMUS FIELD (Henry, Henry, Seth, Zechariah, Samuel. 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Henry and Mary 
(Simonds), b. in Northfield, Mass., May 23, 1827. He settled in Brattleboro, Vt., 

where he d. Oct. 25, 1868. He m. Nov. 27, 1850, Sarah Hopkins, dau. of Sar- 

geant, of Brattleboro, b. 27, 1830. After her husband's death she res. in 

Montague, Mass. 

Jarvis. Montague, 1S79; George J. Field, born 1862, child of Jarvis, late of 
Brattleboro, Vt., and Sarah H., his widow, now resident of ^Montague. Chose, 
May 15, 1879, Htnry C. Haskell, of Deerfield, for guardian. — Franklin Co. Probate. 


4216. i. LILLA LOUISA, b. Sept. 15, 1851; d. April 7, 1853. 

4217. ii. JULIA EMMA, b. Oct. 4, 1853; m- June 16, 1875, George H. Arms, 

of South Deerfield, Mass. 

4218. iii. HENRY JARVIS. b. April S, 1858 ; d. Aug. 23, 1858. 

4219. iv. GEORGE JARVIS, b. Feb. 13. 1862. 

2509. ELIJAH ALEXANDER FIELD (Charles F., Henry, Seth, Zechariah, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Charles F. and 
Mary H. (Alexander), b. in Nortbfield, Mass., Feb. 9, 1842, where he resided. He 
m. Mary Jane, dau. of George M. and Hannah (Wright) Holton, of Northfield, 

Elijah A., Northfield, 18S6; died Oct. 9, 1885; widow, Jennie M. ; daughter, 
Gertie. — Franklin Co. Probate. 

Red. Oct. 9, 1SS5. Res. Northfield. Mass. 

4220. i. GEORGE LEON, b. Nov. 10, 1878; d. Feb. 12, 1879. 

4221. ii. GERTRUDE MARIA, b. Dec. 28, 1880. 

2533. EDWARD PRENTICE FIELD (Charles F., Theodore, Seth, Zechariah, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Charles F. and 
Emily P. (Field), b. in Gill, Mass., March g, 1839. He went with his father in 1852 
to Johnstown, Rock county, Wis. ; removed to St. Lous, Mo. ; later to Kansas City, 
Mo., where he now resides. He m. Sept. 17, 1873, Agnes, dau. of Clark and Sarah 
(Wright) Cook, of St. Louis, b. in Claremont, N. H., Dec. 10, 1843. 

4222. i. PERCY FREDERICK, b. Oct. 8, 1874. 

4223. ii. AGNES, b. March 11, 1878. 

4224. iii. A DAUGHTER, b. 1882. 

2534. CHARLES PRENTICE FIELD (Charles F.. Theodore, Seth, Zechariah, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Charles F. and 
Emily P. (Field), b. in Gill, Mass., Dec. 5, 1842. He went with his father in 1852 to 
Johnstown, Wis. ; removed to St. Louis, Mo., where he now resides at 29005^ Sheri- 
dan avenue. He m. Sept. 25, 1872, Caroline Briggs, dau. of Asa W. and Caroline 
(Cook) Richmond, of St. Louis, b. in Utica, Wis., Nov. 28, 1842. 

4225. i. GRACE AZELLA, b. Jan. 3, 1875; m. July 8, 1896, Kee- 

baugh ; res. 4440 Elmbank avenue, St. Louis. 

4226. ii. ROLLIN RICHMOND, b. May 2, 1880. 

2537. SARGENT FIELD (Nathan, James, Zechariah, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Nathan and Hepsibah (Bailey), b. 
in Peacham, Vt., Jan 25, 1802. He m. May 14, 1829, Sarah Cobb, b. Feb. 4, 1809; 
d. Oct. 28, 1863. For seventeen years he was a merchant; later traveled for Fair- 
banks Scale Co. For some years he was sheriff and farmer. He d. July 11, 1863, 
in Brookline, Park county. 111. 

4227. i. CHARLES PORTER, b. April 21, 1831; m. ; d. Sept. 12, 


4228. ii. ORVILLE JENNISON, b. May 21, 1834; m ; d. March 29, 


4229. iii. JOHN COBB, b. May 26, 1839; m. May 26, 1866; d. March 2, 1894. 

4230. iv. SARAH AURORA, b. Jan. 7, 1842; m. Nov. 3, 1864, Charles A. 

Broughton; res. 7117 Langley avenue, Chicago, 111. 

4231. v. ALVA EUGENE, b. Nov. 6, 1849; m. Jan. 13. 1873, Isabella 


2539. CHARLES BAILEY FIELD (Nathan, James, Zechariah, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Nathan and Hepsibah 










(Bailey), b. in Peacham, Vt., Dec. 30, 1S05. He removed in 1830 to Greensboro, 
Vt. ; later to Hardwick, Vt. , where he d. Aug. 20, 1862. Was a farmer. He m. 
March 27, 1828. Abigail Cobb, of Hardwict, b. Aug. 22, 1805; d. Nov. 28, 1844; m., 
2d, Sept. 25, 1845, Merol, dau. of George Clark, of Peacham. 

4232. i. MARY E., b. Dec. 23, 1828; m. March 17, 1857, J. E. Ellsworth; 

m., 2d, August, 1867, N. Keniston, both of Greensboro. She d. 
March 21, 1898. 

4233. ii. SARAH JANE, b. March 2, 1831; m. Oct. 7, 1850, Horace Bailey, 

of Hardwick, Vt. ; res. Asotin, Wash, He was b. Oct. 7, 1824; 
d. Feb. 21, 1S97; was a farmer. Ch. : i, George W, Bailey, b, 
July 27, 1854; m. Anna Dillon, April 13, 1889; postoffice address, 
Asotin, Asotin county. Wash. 2. Fanny A. Bailey, b. Oct. 27, 
1S65; d. at Hardwick, Vt., Aug. 12, 1880. 

CHARLES BAILEY, b. March 10, 1833; d. April 25, 1859. 

EDWIN, b. Dec. 20, 1835; d. March 29, 1836. 

ALBERT, b. Mar. 23, 1837; d. March 23, 1837. 

CAROLINE, b. May 27, 1839; m. A. Clark Harvey, Jan. 20, 1869, 
of St. Johnsbury, Vt. ; res. 31 Pearl street. He was b. Aug. 7, 
1836. Is a merchant. Ch. : i. Kathrina L. Harvey, b. Dec. i, 
1870. 2. Lulu M. Harvey, b. March 21, 1S72; postoffice address, 
31 Pearl street, St, Johnsbury, Vt. 3. Grace Abbie Harvey, b. 
April 5, 1882; d. May 9, 1886. 
423S. vii. NATHAN, b. Dec. 3, 1842; m. Flora S. Blake. 

4239. viii. ELLA^C, b. Feb. 3, 184S; res. 154 Gardner street, Lawrence, 


4240. ix. ABIGAIL L., b. Jan. 9, 1852; res. 154 Gardner street, Lawrence, 


2543. NATHAN FIELD (Nathan, James, Zechariah, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard William. William), b. Peacham, Vt., Jan. 13, 1814; m. Tou- 
lon, 111., Nov. 30, 1854, Abbie E. Pratt, b. June 13. 1821. He was a clothier. He 
d. July 15, 1888. Res. Neponset, 111. 

4241. i. KATE, b. Nov. 26, 1855, Penn, Stark county, 111. ; m. Dec. 27, 

1882, at Montezuma, Poweshiek county, Iowa, Horace L. Stoaks; 
res. Grinnell, Iowa. 

4242. ii. FRANK PRATT, b. Jan. i, 1863; m. Jennie Dunham. 

2546. WARREN L. FIELD (Calvin, Joshua, Gaius, Zechariah, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Calvin and Nancy 
(Rice), b. in Clarendon, Vt., 1805. He went with his father in 1809 to Batavia, 
N. Y. : in 185 oremoved to Decatur. Mich., where he resides. He m. Adeline 
Pratt, d. February, 1872. 

4243. i. ALFRED R., b. ; d. ; aged 5 years. 

4244. ii. WALTER, b. ; d. ; aged 35 years. 

4245. iii. LAVILLA A., b. ; m. Feb. 27, 1856, Emanuel Neff, of 


4246. iv. MARY ANN, b. ; m. Albert Gregory, of Decatur; d. March, 


4247. V. AUGUSTA, b. ; m. Jackson Poor, of Springfield, 111. ; d. Feb. 

6, 1866 

4248. vi. CASSIUS, b. 1843. Cassius Field, son of Warren L. and Adeline 

(Pratt), was born in Batavia, N. Y. He went with his father in 
1850 to Decatur, Mich., where he resided at the time of the break- 












ing out of the war of the great rebellion. He enlisted in Com- 
pany — , Regiment, Michigan Volunteers, which was or- 
dered to Tennessee, where he was in the battle of Shiloh, Tenn., 
April 9, 1862; was taken sick from exposure and over-exertion, 
and was sent to a hospital in Kentucky, from which [he was dis- 
charged from the service and sent home, as was supposed to die. 
With good care and nursing, he recovered, and not having 
enough of soldier's life, he re-enlisted in Company — , ist Regi- 
ment, Michigan Cavalry, in General Sheridan's command. He 
was promoted to lieutenant for gallant services. He was at the 
surrender of General Lee at Appomatox, April 9, 1865, and was 
present at the making out of the papers for his surrender. He 

was honorably discharged at . He afterward went to Salt 

Lake, Utah, when, finding some error in his discharge, he pro- 
cured another discharge without pay until he returned home to 
Decatur, when he was taken sick and died of consumption, 
caused by the hardships he had endured during the war. 

HOMER, b. ; d. 

CHARLES, b. . 

CLINTON, b. . 

ELVIRA, b. ; m. D. Ea%tman. of Chicago, 111. 

EFFIE, b. ; d. aged i year. 

2549. CALVIN FIELD (Calvin, Joshua, Gaius, Zechariah, Samuel, Zechariab, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Calvin and Nancy (Rice), b. in 
Batavia, N. Y., Oct. 3, 1812. He removed in 1838 to Hamilton, Van Buren county, 
Mich. ; later to Pretty Prairie, Reno county, Kansas, where he died Dec. 12, 1890. 
He was supervisor of Hamilton seven years, a justice of the peace eleven years, 
highway commissioner, inspector of schools several years, superintendent of poor 
of Van Buren county five years. He was also extensively engaged in farming and 
in breaking up of the prairie, of which he has done to the amount of two thousand 
acres. He m. May 3, 1836, Samantha Strickland, b. in Greenfield, Mass., May 23, 
1816. She res, Hutchinson, Kansas. 

OTHNIEL H., b. Feb. 20, 1S37; m. Rhoda Patterson. 

OSCAR W., b. Feb. 12, 1S39; m. Ellen Bradford. 

GEORGE A., b. Jan. 20, 1841; d. March 8. 1842. 

MARY P.. b. Feb. 9, 1843; d. Aug. 18, 1845. 

WARREN A., b. Sept. 19, 1845; m. Mary A. Jordan. 

FLORENCE E., b. Oct. 10, 1847; m. July 22, 1867, Allen P. 
Jordan, of Niles, Mich. 

ESTELLA G., b. Oct. 22, 1849; d. Nov. S, 1866. 

HERBERT W.. b. Oct. 18, 1851; m. Nellie Ross; res. Pretty 
Prairie, Kansas. 

4262. ix. ALLENA C, b. Aug. 15, 1854; m. Dec. 31, 1874, John F. Brooks. 

of Hamilton, Mich. 

2554. STEARNS JONATHAN FIELD (Paul, Joshua, Gaius, Zechariah, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), 'son of Paul and Mercy 
(Stearns), b. in Brandon, Vt., July 10, 1813, where he resided, and d. Oct. 20, 1S97. 
He m. Dec. 14, 1S71, Anna Trainer, b. Dec. 30, 1839. 

4263. i. PAULS.,b, Nov. 29, 1S74; m. Feb. 22, 1896, Leida G. Newton, 

b. Oct. 4, 1 8 74; res. Brandon, s. p. ; is a farmer. 

4264. ii. ANNA T., b. May 29, 1S76; m. March 9, 1898, Willis G. Scott. 

















4265. iii. FANNY M.. b. May 26, 187S. 

4266. iv. CARROL P., b. Aug. 27, 1S80; d. Feb. 2, 1882. 

4267. V. CLARA M., b, Aug. 27, iSSo, 

2555. BURGESS PAUL FIELD (Paul, Joshua, Gaius, Zechariah, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Paul and Mercy (Stearns), 
b. in Brandon, Vt. , Jan. 6, 1817, where he resides. He inherited the farm originally 
settled upon by his grandfather, Joshua Field, in 1786, which has never been en- 
cumbered by a mortgage. He m. April 27, 1863, Lydia W., dau. of Daniel S. and 
Abigail (Barton) Hemanway, of Ludlow, Vt., b. Feb. 6, 1830; d. Oct. 31, 1899. 

"Brandon was startled Tuesday morning by the announcement that Mrs. Burgess 
C. Field died during the night, stricken with apoplexy. She was in her usual good 
health, during the day and evening. She was seventy-three years old and leaves a 
husband eighty-three years old, who is one of the oldest and most prominent citizens 
of the town." — Vermont paper. 

The Field farm above referred to is located about four miles from the village 
of Brandon, and in a hilly country. Stephen A. Douglass, a native of the town, 
began to do chores on the farm when a small boy, and was of much assistance to his 
widowed mother. Burgess Field was a schoolmate of Douglass. He is now living 
in his eighty-fourth year on a farm in the Arnold school district. The place of their 
childhood has not been materially changed in the last seventy-five years that have 
elapsed since these two country boys romped over the hills to the little red school- 
house on the Brandon turnpike. The schoolhouse is still standing with a modern 
improvement in the shape of an ell. Mr. Field remembers Douglass distinctly, and 
recalls many pleasant memories of the days which they spent together in the Arnold 
district. Mr. Field recollects Douglass as a robust and healthy boy, and says he 
was always ready to work or play as opportunity offered. 

4268. i. ABBY MARIA, b. Nov. 21, 1866; d. unm. March 29, 1890. 

2556. GEORGE F. FIELD (Paul, Joshua, Gaius. Zechariah, Samuel, Zecha- 
riah. John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Paul and Mercy (Stearns), b. 
in Brandon, Vt., June 2, 1819. He removed in 1844 to Whiting, Vt. ; in March, 1865, 
returned to Brandon; in April, 1S66, removed to Leicester, Vt., where he now re- 
sides. He m. Jan. 22, 1844, Byron A., dau. of Augustus and Temperance (Babcock) 
Munger, of Whiting, Vt., b. Feb. i, 1825; d. Oct. 4, 1872, of a cancer; m., 2d, 
March, 1879, Mrs. Mary Sampson, of Middlebury, Vt. 

4269. i. STEARNS AUGUSTUS, b. Jan. 5, 1846; d. March 18, 1846. 
GEORGE STEARNS, b. Aug. 9, 1847. 

FREDERICK AUGUSTUS, b. June 29, 1850; m. Ida Moulthrop. 
ELLA M., b. Jan. 23, 1853. 
WILLIAM HENRY, b. Nov. 10, 1855. 
FRANKLIN ELBERT, b. March 16, 1858. 

SARAH JANE, b. Nov. 21. 1862; m. July 4, 1881, Clarence Law- 
rence, of North Elba, N. Y. 

EDGAR MUNGER, b. Aug. 6, 1865. 
ARTHUR PAUL. b. Oct. 19, 1868. 

2562. WILLIAM E. FIELD (William, William, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of William and Mary Wood- 
ward, b. in Northfield, Mass., Sept. 9, 1811; d. July 5, 1874. He m. June 8, 1838, 
Lucretia E., dau. of Moses Dickinson, of Syracuse, N. Y., b. Aug. 21, 1818. Res. 
Northampton, Mass. 

4278. i. WILLIAM A., b. March 11, 1839. 


















4279. ii. GEORGE D., b. Feb. 6, 1841. 

4280. iii. ELIZA L., b. Nov. 3, 1852; m. Nov. 12, 1874, Asahel Ring, of 

Easthampton, Mass. 

2564. HAMPTON E. FIELD (William, William, Ebenezer. Zechariah, Sam- 
uel, Zechariah, John. John, Richard, William, William), son of William and Mary 
(Woodward), b. in Northfield, Mass., April 15, i3i6; m. Sarah Warner. He d. in 
California in 1892. 

4281. i. VIRGINIA, b. ; d. unm. 

2565. HON. STOVER WOODBURY FIELD (William, William, Ebene2er, 
Zechariah, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Wil- 
liam and Mary (Woodward). Stover Woodbury Field was born at Northfield, Mass., 
Nov. 30, 1819. When a small lad he went to Greenfield, an adjacent town, and 
served an apprenticeship in a jewelry store of his future father in-law. He dis- 
played so much courage, energy, and perseverance in all business methods that he 
was soon sent west to Milwaukee toestablish a jewelry store, the first ("a Tunis") in 
Milwaukee. With zeal he worked and his business habits were much admired, but, 
when failing health came a rural life was ordered by his phj'sicians, and for many 
years he engaged in farming near Madison, Wis. In 1844 he removed to Fitchburg, 
Dane county, Wis. ; in 1858 to Santa Cruz, Cal., where he resided; engaged in mer- 
cantile business. He was one of the supervisors of Dane county, Wisconsin, several 
years, besides holding various town offices during most of the time while residing in 
Fitchburg. He represented his district in the Wisconsin Legislature in the years 
1852 and 1856. He was postmaster of Santa Cruz from i860 to 1863 ; county treasurer 
1863 to 1865, and was elected mayor of the city for one year. In 1858 he came to 
California for the benefit of his wife's health. After a year's residence in San 
Francisco he went to Santa Cruz, where he engaged in active mercantile business 
with success, not once in his life failing to pay dollar for dollar, a fact to which he 
often alluded with pride. 

S. W. Field was for twenty-five years a prominent merchant of Santa Cruz ; one 
of honorable dealing and public spirited citizenship, a sj^mpathetic, just, kindly and 
generous hearted man, whose word was his bond in business circles. Mr. Field 
was for many years president of the board of town trustees of Santa Cruz prior to 
the incorporation of the city. To him was sent by McRun in Congress, July 19, 
1866, the usufructuary title of the Santa Cruz lands. He was treasurer of Santa 
Cruz county for four years. He also held minor positions. He was a charter mem- 
ber of Branciforte Lodge, I. O. O. F., and belonged to the Encampment. He was 
one of the founders of the Unity church, which in the seventies was one of the most 
potent influences in the community. He was a man of cheerful disposition, honest 
in all his dealings and always interested in the welfare of the city or town in which 
he lived. He d. April 6, 1894, past seventy-four years of age, having been for almost 
nine years a sufferer from paralysis and Bright's disease. His devoted and affec- 
tionate wife died the June prior to his death. — Taken in part from a history of the 
Bay of San Francisco, published by The Lewis Publishing Co., of Chicago, 111., in 

He m. in California, Dec. 8, 1840, Lucy Ann, dau. of Albert and Lucy (Hub- 
bard) Jones, of Milwaukee, b. in Saybrook, Conn., July 22, 1823. 

42S2. i. LUCY MARIA, b. Oct. 11, 1841; m. May 25, 1865, James O. Wan- 
zer. of San Francisco, Cal., from whom she procured a divorce in 
1868 for habitual drunkenness and ill treatment. Lucy Maria 
Field Wanzer, M. D., whose office is at 205 Taylor street, San 
Francisco, has been a resident of California since 1S5S, and has 


been engaged in the practice of medicine since 1876. She was 
born in Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 11, 1841, and received her early 
education in Milwaukee and Madison, Wis., and later was sent to 
Hartford, Conn., where she attended the public high school. 
Being called home to Wisconsin on account of her mother's ill- 
ness, she underwent a course of training in nursing and medical 
experience for months by the bedside of her sick mother, which 
determined her to make the practice of medicine her profession. 
Her mother's physician stating that nothing but a removal to the 
genial climate of California would restore her to health, the 
family went to New York, and from there by way of Panama to 
California. Here the mother's health was completely restored, 
and she lived tor many years in Santa Cruz in perfect health. 

Dr. Wanzer's parents are S. W. and Lucy A. (Jones) Field, the 
former was for many years a prominent merchant of Santa Cruz, 
and has held many positions of public trust in the town. Dr. 
Wanzer engaged in teaching soon after coming to this state, and 
also continued her medical studies, and atter saving sufficient 
means she went to New York, and there attended a course of lec- 
tures and clinics at a medical college, receiving the diploma of 
that college. Returning to California, she again engaged in 
teaching, and in 1S74 entered the medical department of the Uni- 
versity of California, graduating at that institution Nov. i, 1876, 
and receiving her degree as Doctor of Medicine, being the first 
lady graduated in medicine west of the Rocky Mountains. She 
immediately engaged in the practice of her profession, in which 
she has since continued, engaged in general practice, but paying 
special attention to the treatment of diseases of women and chil- 
dren. Dr. Wanzer is a member of the State Medical Society of 
California, of the County Medical Society ot San Francisco, mem- 
ber of the California Academy of Sciences, member of the Cali- 
fornia Botanical Club, member of The Century Club, member of 
the Calitornia Club. Since her graduation she has been con- 
nected with the Pacific Free Dispensary, from which has since 
grown the Children's Hospital and Training School for Nurses, 
which now occupies a very extensive hospital structure at 3700 
California street. Dr: Wanzer is now one of the attending physi- 
cians. Some time since she was obliged to give up her connec- 
tion with the dispensary with which she had been connected since 
1876, her work at the hospital with her private practice fully 
absorbing her time. Dr. Wanzer's family are of English descent, 
the first of the family in America having come to New England 
among the early Puritan settlers. Her great-grandfather. Wood- 
ward, was a soldier in the Revolution, and was wounded and 
drew a pension up to the time of his death. 

4283. ii. HARRIET PERRY, b. Dec. 3, 1843; m. March 12, 1S61, Charles 

Knapp, of Santa Cruz; d. Nov. 7, 1S61. 

4284. iii. CAROLINE PHILANA, b. Feb. 11, 1846; m. June i. 1S75, Wil- 

liam A. Plunket, of San Francisco. 

4285. iv. SARAH ABIGAIL, b. Feb. 28, 1S4S; m. Sept. 21, 1875, Daniel 

Sweet, of San Francisco. 

4286. V. HAMPTON STOVER, b. Oct. 14, 1849; m. Mary B. Taylor. 


4287. vi. FRANKLIN LEWIS, b. Feb. 4,- 1855; d. Jan. 13, 1856. 

4288. vii. FRANKLIN FREMONT, b. Nov. 25, 1856; m. Martha E. But- 


2566. FRANKLIN FIELD (William, William, Ebenezer, Zechariah. Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Northfield, Mass., Aug. n, 
1S24; m. Montgomery, N. Y., Nov. S, 184S, Mary Goldsmith, b. Nov. 13, 1820; d. 
May S, 18S1. Res. Grand Division St., Troy, N. Y. 

4289. i. THOMAS GOLDSMITH, b. Aug. 26, 1849. 

4290. ii. MARY CATHERINE, b. Feb. 21, 1852; m. Jan. 18, 1872, Harvey 

S. McLeod. She d. Troy, N. Y., April 26, 1891. 

4291. iii. FRANKLIN, b. Oct. 5, 1S53; m. Carrie L. Clapp. 

2567. NEWTON SAMUEL FIELD (William, William, Ebenezer, Zechariah. 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, WUHam. .William), son of William and 
Mary (Woodward), b. in Northfield, June 22, 1S33. He settled in Northampton; in 
1 87 1 removed to Chicopee, where he now resides, engaged in mercantile business. 
He m. Jan. 2, 1856, Electa G. Atkins, of Northampton, b. Aug. 15, 1S33. 

4292. i. ELLEN AUGUSTA, b. June 19, 1S60; m. July 20, 1S86, Charles 

E. Hadley. Res. 367 Laurel St., Hartford, Conn. 

4293. ii. FRANK NEWTON, b. Jan. 27, 1862; m. Euloeen M. Eaton. 

4294. iii. GEORGE ATKINS, b. May i. 1865; unm. ; res. Chicopee. 

2570. SCOTT FIELD (Jesse, Asa, Ebenezer. Zechariah, Samuel, Zechariah. 
John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Lancaster, N. Y., Feb. 23, 1852; m. 
Battle Creek, Mich., Emma Skinner, b. Aug. 25. 1856; d. Feb. 16, 1S85; m., 2d, 
Kalamazoo, Mich., Katherine E. Waterbury, b. Sept. 4, 1S71. After finishing school 
he assisted his father for a time in his business, and in the postofifice. He after- 
wards studied law in the firm of Corlett & Tabor, Bufi'alo, N. Y., but not fancying 
the law he went to Battle Creek, Mich., and accepted a position in the same bank 
with his brother Asa, and on his going :o San Francisco, took his position, which he 
filled for several years, until he organized the Merchants' Bank of Battle Creek, of 
which he was manager and cashier, which position he still holds, after reorganizing 
it as the Merchants' Savings Bank. His first wife died in 1S85, and in 1897 he mar- 
ried jNIiss Katherine Waterbury, of Kalamazoo, Mich., and is now living at Battle 
Creek, Mich. Res. Battle Creek, Mich. 

4295. i. LAURENCE, b. Feb. 6. 1885. 

2571. EDWARD CLEM FIELD (Jesse, Asa, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Lancaster, N. Y. , Nov. ig, 
1855; m. Buffalo, June 10. 1891. Alice Dell Harlow, b. April 11, 1S61. Edward C. 
was born at Lancaster, N. Y.. on the old farm homestead. When eight j'ears old 
he removed with his parents to the village of Lancaster. After graduating at the 
public schools he was tutored by the Rev. William Waith, and assisted his father in 
the postoflace. After the death of both his parents he settled his father's affairs 
and estate and departed for Ann Arbor, Mich., where he graduated in the school of 
pharmacy in the class ot 'S3. He went from Ann Arbor to Chicago, 111., and clerked 
in Whitfield & Co.'s drugstore, corner Wabash and Jackson. From there he went 
to Des Moines, Iowa, where he was prescription clerk for Norman Lichty, tor about 
a year, when, after prospecting through the west, he returned to Buffalo, N. Y., and 
established with an old friend and classmate the drug firm of Denny S: Field, at 453 
Main street. In 1S91 he married Miss Alice Dell Harlow, both now living at 44 
Brantford Place, Buffalo, N. Y. Res., s. p., Buffalo, N. Y. 

2575. PAUL FIELD (Asa, Asa, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Samuel, Zechariah, 


John. John, Richard, William, William), son of Asa and Mary A. Catherine (Cady), 
b. in Akron, O., Jan. 14, 1S32. He settled in 1870 in Canton, Starke county, O., 
where he resided. Was a local editor of the Canton Repository, and one of the 
trustees of the City Water Works, and secretary of that corporation. He enlisted 
Aug. 5, 1862, in Company H, 104th Regiment Ohio Volunteers, and served during 
the war of the rebellion, and was honorably discharged at Greensboro, N. C, June 
18. 1S65. He was in the following engagements: Knoxville, Tenn. , and in all in 
Sherman's march through Georgiaand the Carolinas. Hem. Oct. 10, 1865, Fidelia, 
dau. of James and Sarah McConnaughy, of Zelienople, Pa., b. July 5, 1843. He 
d. in 1S96. 

4296. i. DORA GERTRUDE, b. July 29. 1872; m. April 25, 1S99, 

Bayard. Res. 826 North Cherry St., Canton, O. 

2577. JOHN AUGUSTUS FIELD (Asa. Asa, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Asa and Mary A. Cather- 
ine (Cady), b. in Akron, O., INIarch 14, 1S45, where he now resides. He m. Jan. 2, 
1S65, Isabella, dau. of Baker. Res. 104 Schell Av., Akron, O. 

4297. i. ALBURTIS, b. . 

4298. ii. FANNY, b. .* 

4299. iii. CHARLOTTE, b. . 

2579. PARK B. FIELD (Asa, Asa, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Akron, O., Aug. 7, 1850; m. there June 
15, 1881, Anna E. Smith, b. Woodcock, Pa., Nov. 22, i860. Res. 117 E. Williams 
St., Canton, O. 

4250. i. ASA, b. March 23, 1SS2. 

25S0. BENJAMIN FAXON FIELD (Silas, Samuel, Samuel, Zechariah, Sam- 
uel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Silas and Ruth B. 
(Faxon), b. in Boston, Mass., Sept. 23, 1S06, where he now resides, engaged in mer- 
cantile business. He has at various times from 1833 made voyages to foreign coun- 
tries on commercial busmess. He m. Aug. 11, 1S40, Elizabeth Safford, dau. of Sol- 
omon and Lydia (Goodale) Towne, of Salem, Mass., b. in Boxford, Oct. 13, 1S14, 
when he sailed for Genoa, Italy, where he resided until 1S42, when he returned to 
Boston, and resided in Weston, where he died. 

Benjamin Faxon Field, Weston; died Feb. 27, 1S93; will dated Feb. i, 18S1. 
Al. March 28, 1893. Wife, Elizabeth Safford Field; son, Benjamin Faxon Field, 
Weston; son, William De Yough Field, Northfield, Mass.; daughter, Fanny Field, 
single woman. 

Elizabeth S. Field, Weston; died March 25, 1895. Son, Benj. F. Field, North- 
field; son, William De Yough Field, Northfield; daughter, Fannie Field, Weston. 
William De Yough appointed administrator April 23. 1895. — Middlesex Probate. 

4251. i. BENJAMIN FAXON, b. Oct. 8, 1841, in Genoa, Italj-. He 

enlisted and was mustered into the service at Readville, Sept. 12, 
, 1S62, as second lieutenant of Company K, 44th Regiment Massa- 

chusetts Volunteers and attached to 1 he i8th army corps in North 
Carolina, and was detailed in November to the United States 
Signal Corps, and was honorably discharged at Boston, June 12, 
1S63. Is a merchant; unm. Res. Northfield, Mass. 

4252. ii, ELIZABETH SAFFORD TOWNE, b. March 2, 1843; d- Jan. 30, 

4253- iii- FANNY, b. Dec. i, 1844. Res. Northfield, Mass. 
4254a. iv. WILLIAM DE YOUGH, b. March 21, 1847; m. Bertha Williams. 


2583. JOSEPH WARREN FIELD (Silas. Samuel. Samuel. Zechariah, Sam- 
uel, Zechariah. John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Silas and Ruth B. 
Faxon, b. in Boston, Mass., May 24, 1826; settled in Weston, Mass., where he now 
resides, doing busmess in Boston. He was at one time secretary of the American 
Insurance Company. Hem. Jan. 6, 1S77, Amelia Deblois, dau. of Frederick and 
Amelia (Deblois) Bush, of Weston, Mass.. b. in Hong Kong. China, Dec. 31. 1846. 

4255. i. JOSEPH WARREN, b. Nov. 8. 1S77. 

2591. ELISHA FIELD (Elisha, Samuel, Samuel. Zechariah, Samuel. Zechar- 
iah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Jan. 6, 1817; m. Nov. 21, 1S54, Mary 
Flint, of Hartford. Conn., b. Nov. 12. i82i;d. April 11. 1SS3. Was a musician. 
He d. June 2, 1873. Res. Hartford. Conn. 

4256. i. ARTHUR, b. Aug. 13. 1S55; d. Aug. 14, 1855. 

4257. ii. MARY ELLA, b. March 16. 1857; tl. April 2, i860. 

4258. iii. LIZZIE PERCIVAL. b. Sept. 6, i860; m. in Hartford. Nov. 18, 

1882, Henry J. Gibbone. Res. 5 Ellsworth Place, Hartford, 

4259. iv. WILLIAM HANCOCK, b. March 29. 1863. Res. 5 Ellsworth 

Place, Hartford. Conn. 

2593. REV. THOMAS POWER FIELD (Justin, Samuel. Samuel. Zechariah. 
Samuel, Zechariah. John. John, Richard, William, William), the son of Justin and 
Harriet (Power) Field, and brother of the late Rev. Justin Field of Amherst College, 
1835, was born in Northfield, Mass.. Jan. 12, 1814, and was fitted for college at North- 
field Academy. He studied theology at Andover Seminary and graduated there 
in 1S40. 

He was ordained Oct. 8. 1840, at South Danvers (now Peabody). Mass., and was 
pastor of the Congregational church in that place until 1850. From 1850 to 1853 he 
was pastor of the Second Presbyterian church in Troy. N. Y.. and from 1S56 to 
1876, of the First Congregational church in New London, Conn. Dr. Field was a 
member of the Faculty of Amherst College about fourteen years in all. He was a 
tutor from 183710 1839, professor of Rhetoric, Oratory and English Literature from 
1853 to 1856, professor of Bibliography, and Librarian, 1877-7S and Samuel Green 
professor of Biblical History and Interpretation and associate pastor of the college 
church, 1878-86. In the annual catalogue Boston is set down as his place of resi- 
dence throughout his college course. He had in fact two homes, one in the city and 
the other in the country. He united in himself the advantages of both, the cultiva- 
tion and refinement of Boston, and the health and heartiness, the love of nature and 
beautiful scenery which he drank in with his education in two of the most beautiful 
towns in the valley of the Connecticut. Among his college classmates were such men 
as Charles Baker Adams. Henry Ward Beecher, Samuel Hopkins Emery, Orson 
Squire Fowler. Alonzo Gray. George Freeman Homer, Henry Neill. Rufus P. Steb- 
bins, Timothy Dwight, Porter Stone, and Eli Thurston, who, although the college 
was yet scarcely in its "teens" at the time of their graduation, have since taken 
their place among the most illustrious of the educated men of their day; and 
although young Field was little over twenty at his graduation, he stood among the 
foremost of his class in all the departments, especially in classical scholarship, 
rhetoric and English Literature. One of the "seven sages" of ancient Greece left 
as a legacy to his countrj'men and to the world the following apophthegm: "The 
chief secret of a happy life is to be always gaining." According to this apophthegm. 
Dr. Field's was a happy life. He was always gaining in knowledge, in influence 
and usefulness, in all the virtues and graces. As a tutor he was highly respected 
by his classes, beloved by his colleagues, honored by the college and the town, and 


admired already for his wide reading and elegant lecturing on the old English Prose 
Authors. His three pastorates, in two denominations, and three different states, 
were all wise, useful, successful, honored and happy. And each one of them was 
more so than the one which preceded it. An incidental result of his last pastorate, 
that at New London, was the Otis Foundation, founded by Asa Otis, Esq., a mem- 
ber of his church, on which the Amherst Library now stands, and the munificent 
bequest of Mr. Otis to the American Board of Foreign Missions which for so many 
years was such a resource to the board and such a comfort to so many missionaries. 
Dr. Field's three professorships in Amherst College were all short — only about a 
dozen years in all— not because they were unsuccessful, but for sj^ecial reasons which 
need not be detailed. His rare knowledge and love ot books and his cultivated taste 
peculiarly fitted himf or the professorship of Rhetoric and English Literature, and 
also for that of Bibliography and the librarianship. But when the Faculty and trus- 
tees, finding great difficulty in filling the new professorship of Biblical Interpreta- 
tion and the Pastoral Charge, urged him to be the first incumbent, he thought it his 
duty to accept, and did everything that any man could do, under the then existing 
circumstances, to make the department a success, till, after eight years, at the age 
of seventy he resigned. Since that time he has had no charge. Yet this has been 
not the least active, useful and beautiful period of his long and useful life. He has 
had his regular hours of study and reading, and was unquestionably the best read 
man and the best Hebrew scholar, had the largest and choicest library, and the 
widest knowledge of books ancient and modern, in every department of literature — 
history, philosophy, theology, poetry, and romance — of any man in Amherst or its 
vicinity. He has continued his gratuitous service to the college as a member, and 
one of the most valuable members, of the Library committee. He has preached 
ably and acceptably in the college, in the village, in the vicinity, as a helper to his 
ministerial brethren, as a supply in churches destitute of pastors. But his best 
sermon, which he has preached every day of every week, has been his beautiful 
every-day life. He has attended the meetings of the Hampshire East Association 
and the Ministers' Meeting with exemplary regularity, and has been the light and 
life of their literary and religious exercises. His genial nature, his modest worth, 
his high culture, his rare human and Christian graces and virtues made him beloved 
by all who knew him. He was the model of a good neighbor, a sympathizing friend 
and a Christian gentleman. The whole community mourns his loss. But we give 
him joy, that he has gone through so short and easy a passage from so long and 
beautiful a life to a world where, like himself, all is beauty, purity, and peace. 

The degree of D. D. was conferred on him in iS6i by Amherst College. After 
resigning his professorship he continued to reside in Amherst, where he died from 
angina pectoris. May i6, 1S94. 

Dr. Field was married Jan. 11, 1S44, to Maria A., dau. of Robert S. Daniels, 
of Peabody, who d. July 2, iSb4; m., 2d, May g. 1SO6, to Charlotte, dau. of Robert 
Coit, of New London, Conn., d. Feb. 22, 1890; m., 3d, Nov. 4, 1891, to Ellen, 
sister of his second wife, who survives him. Three of his nine children are also liv- 
ing, one of them, Henry P. Field, Esq., being a graduate of Amherst of the class of 

MARIA DANIEL, b. Nov. 2, 1844. 

EDWARD AUGUSTUS, b. June 11, 1847. 

THOMAS ABBOTT, b. Sept. 14, 1849; d. July 2, 1851. 

ROBERT DANIELS, b. Feb. 5, 1852. 

HERBERT LINCOLN, b. Jan. i, 1854; d. Oct. 16, 1854. 

WILLIAM STEARNS, b. April 28, 1856; d. March 30. 1857. 

HENRY POWERS, b. Oct. 29, 1858. Res. Northampton, I\Iass. 
















4267. viii. HELEN ABBOTT, b. Oct. 10, 18C0; d. Aug. 30. 1861. 
426S. ix. FANNY CORT, b. June 30, 1S67; d. Nov. 25, 1867. 

2594. REV. JUSTIN FIELD (Justin, Samuel, [Samuel. Zechariah, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Northfield. Mass.. April 10, 
i3i6; m. June 26, 1862, Caroline Gushing Wilde, b. June 3, 1830; d. March 23, 1888; 
m., 2d, April 26, 1S90, Louise Hope Irene Higgs. 

Justin Field was b. in Northfield, Mass., April 10, i3i6. He was the son of 
Justin and Harriet Power Field, He prepared for college at Northfield Academy, 
and graduated at Amherst College in 1835. He studied at the Union Seminary in 
1838-39, and at the Andover Theological Seminary 1840-41. He was ordained dea- 
con on the Feast of the Epiphany, 1842, by Bishop Griswold, Sept. 7, 1842. He 
was then engaged in church work in Jamaica Plain, and the vicinity of Boston, until 
1845, when he became rector of Christ church, Corning, N. Y. From there he went 
to Stockbridge, Mass., where he was rector of St. Paul's church, 1846-50. He was 
rector of St. James' church. Great Barrington, Mass., 1850-52; of Grace church, 
Medford, Mass., 1852-62, and of Trinity church, Lenox, Mass., twenty-eight years, 
from 1862 to 1890. During his rectorship in Lenox the old church was enlarged, 
and the new Trinity church was built, and consecrated June 19, 1888. In 1890 he 
went to Europe, spending some time in travel, and in 1892, while in the South, he 
preached for some weeks in Brooksville, Fla.. where in this short time he became 
very much beloved. A friend writes: "His labors there were greatly blessed, the 
crown of his earthly ministry." He was married June 26, 1S62, to Caroline Gush- 
ing Wilde, of Boston, daughter of George Cobb Wilde, Esq. (clerk of the supreme 
judicial court), and Ann Jeannette Dence. She died March 23, 1888, leaving two 
daughters. He was married April 26, 1890, to Louise Hope Irene, daughter of 
Hon. W. H. Hilton Higgs, of London, England. He departed this lite at West 
Newton, Mass., March 5, 1893. "Now he is numbered among the children of God, 
and his lot is among the saints." "Mr. Field was a man of far more intellectual 
power than even his acquaintances knew, but he always shrank from publicity, and 
seemed to have no desire for fame, as the world considers fame; but he always did 
his day's work with a mind to see the intense interest of this life, and a heart to 
feel the joys and sorrows of others." Devoted to the church, steadfast in the faith, 
he ever preached Christ and Him crucified. To those whose blessings and 
privilege it was to know him intimately his life seemed hid with Christ in God. 

He d. March 5, 1893. Res. West Newton, Mass. 

4269. i, ROSALIE, b. April, 1868; unm. Res. 76 Brattle St., Cambridge, 


4270. ii. ALICE CAROLINE, b. May 5, 1863. 

4271. iii. GERTRUDE, b. November, 1865; unm. Res. Lenox, Mass. 

2602. SPENCER FIELD (John, Spencer, Paul, Zechariah, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Dr. John and Rhoda (Bowman), b. 
in Barre, Mass., Feb. 8, 1804. He went with his father to Oakham; returned to 
Barre; removed to Chelsea, Mass; d. May 5, 1865. He m. Oct. 5, 1829, Harriet, 
dau. of Archibald and Sophia Black. 

Petition for administration May 22, 1865; Harriet Field, of Chelsea, widow, 
appointed, deceased husband, Spencer Field; all of Chelsea. — Suffolk County 

2608. HON. THOMAS J. FIELD (Erastus, Walter, Paul, Zechariah, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Northfield, March 3. 1822; 
m. Feb. 28, 1850, Hannah Mattoon, dau. of Colonel Elijah, b. Feb. 25, 1822; d. Feb. 


25, 1S9S. Thomas Jackson Field, son of Erastus and Hannah (Callender), b. in 
Northfield, Mass., where he resides on the original farm, owned by Zechariah Field, 
•who settled in Northfield in 1716. He is a prominent man in town, an extensive and 
model farmer. He represented the town in the legislature in 1868, has been a 
county commissioner and president of the Franklin County Agricultural Society, 
He m. Oct. 28, 1850, Hannah, dau. ot Elijah and Hannah Mattoon, of Northfield, 
b. Feb. 25, 1822. No issue. Res. Northfield. Mass. 

2615. LIEUT. GEORGE W. FIELD (Walter. Walter, Paul, Zechariah. 
Samuel, Zechariah. John, John, Richard, William, William), b, Northfield, July 14, 
1840; m. Fanny Swift. Was in the Civil war. Res. Northfield, Mass., and Keene, 
N. H. 

2625. HUBBARD FIELD (Lucius, Zechariah, Paul, Zechariah, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Lucius and Lucia (Hub- 
bard), b. in Troy, N. Y., May 27, 1831. He removed to Chicago, 111.; in 1871 to 
Waukegan, where he resided until he moved to San Francisco, Cal., 330 Market St. 
He m. June i, 1862, Charlotte, dau. of Darius C. and Candace Downer, of Onon- 
daga, N. Y., wid, of George Williams, of Rochester, b. Feb. 26, 1831. 

4272. i. CHARLES HUBBARD, b. April 15, 1S64. 

4273. ii. EDITH LORAINE, b. March 17, 1871. 

4274. iii. MABEL DELLA, b. July 10, 1873. 

4275. iv. ROBERT ESTES, b. July 4, 1875. 

2627. CORNELIUS ROBBINS FIELD (Lucius, Zechariah, Paul. Zechariah, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son ot Lucius and 
Lucia (Hubbard), b. in Troy, N. Y., Sept. 29, 1836. He settled, in 1858, in Chicago, 
111. ; in i876.he removed to Montreal, L. C, where he resided, and removed to 161 
Brevoort Place, Brooklyn, N. Y. He m. March 12, 1861, Sarah E., dau. of Joseph 
and Harriet (Randall) Henry, of Albany, N. Y., b. Oct. 2, 1841. 

Cornelius R. Field, the Brooklyn representative of a family that will live in the 
story of American fame as long as history endures, was born in Troy, N. Y. His 
parents, while far from rich, were not very poor. Enterprise, rather than neces- 
sity, led him, at the age of ten, to induce his father to obtain employment for hira 
away trom home. Residing at Brooklyn, N. Y., at the time, and being personally 
acquainted with James Watson Webb, our late minister to Brazil, who was then 
editor and publisher of the New York Courier and Enquirer, he soon secured for 
him in the office of that journal a situation as errand boy. Formerly this had been 
the leading newspaper of the metropolis, but was then being eclipsed by the Herald. 

Our Troy lad was in a fair way to mature into a journalist, being a special 
favorite of the Thunderer of the American press of that day, but in the year 1848, 
his father removed to Janesville, Wis., and Cornelius accompanied the family. He 
soon became a clerk in the store of H. O. Wilson, of that place, and remained there 
for five years. He was then in the eighteenth year, and had been thoroughly initi- 
ated into the mysteries of country mercantile life. Becoming weary of the humdrum 
of the quiet store, he cast about for some better opening. His choice fell on Chi- 
cago, which had by that time grown into a city of considerable commercial import- 
ance. Arrived here with the enterprise so characteristic of the family to which he 
belongs, he connected himself with the railroad business, accepting a position under 
Capt. George M. Gray, in the Michigan Southern Railroad office. In this line of 
business he remained until July, 1858. During this period he was in the employ 
not only of the Michigan Southern but the Illinois Central, the New York and Erie, 
and the New York Central railroad companies, and in whatever capacity he was 
called upon to act, he gave entire satisfaction. The changes he made were steps in 


advance. In 1858, he became connected with the City Hotel, then one of the best 
in Chicago. Two years later he once more became a railroad man. The business 
was more to his taste, and his services were eagerly sought. Nothing occurred to 
disturb the even flow of his business life until 1862. He was at that time called 
from private to public life, and then began the real test of his capacity for some- 
thing beyond the treadmill of routine. The war had gone on far enough to create 
new demands, one of the greatest of which was the demand for money. It was 
found necessary to try new devices for replenishing the depleted national exchequer. 
One expedient was to remodel the currency system of the country by establishing 
the "greenback" and national bank plan, which proved a radical revolution in the 
monetary affairs of our country. Another was to establish a Bureau of Internal 
Revenue, something hitherto unheard of among us. The Hon. George S. Boutwell 
was selected to initiate the system. Each congressional district was also made an 
internal revenue district, with an assessor's and collector's office. 

For Chicago, as the first district of Illinois, Mr. Philip Wadsworth was appointed 
assessor. Having a large private business to carry on, he found it necessary to 
select as his head clerk a man competent not only to transact ordinary office work, 
but to lay the foundations of a new line of business, at once vast and complicated, 
and for that work he chose Mr. Field, who acted as assistant assessor for eight 
months, and was afterwards promoted to the position of chief clerk. This was alike 
fortunate for the service and for Mr. Field himself. He became widely and favor- 
ably known through the business tact, amounting almost to genius, which he dis- 
played. Mr. Wadsworth resigned in favor of Mr. Field, writing a strong personal 
letter to Mr. Lincoln, but through political influence, Mr. Peter Page was selected 
as his successor. Still Mr. Field was retained in his position as chief clerk. 

In 1866, the directors of the First National Bank, of Chicago, offered him the 
cashier's department of that institution. He accepted it, and at once took rank 
among the most sagacious and efficient bankers of the country. For two years he 
filled that important position. He then resigned and formed a copartnership with 
Messrs. George S. King and Moses Turner, doing a general real estate and stock 
business, under the firm name of Field, King & Co. In December, 1871, the 
copartnership expired by limitation, Mr. Field since continuing the business under 
the name of C. R. Field & Co. Since the fire of 1871, it has been exclusively that 
of mortgage loans and securities. In 1880 he returned to New York City, and 
since 1882 has resided in Brooklyn; has been in brokerage line most of the time 
since returning East. — New York Biographical Publication. 

CORNELIUS JAMES, b. June 4, 1862; m. Agnes M. Craven. 

FRANK HARVEY, b. Aug. 17, 1863; m. Mary L." Sniffen. 

LUCIA, b. Jan. 31, 1868; d. Dec. 2, 1875. 

HENRY R. R.. b. Aug. 31, 1871; d. Aug. 12, 1891. 

SARAH E.. b. Oct. 16. 1874. Res. at home. 

CORNELIUS ROBBINS. b. Sept. 17, 1876; d. Oct. 12, 1876. 

MARIA VIRGINIA, b. Jan. 13. 1878. Res. at home. 
FREDERICK F. FIELD (Spencer, Zechariah, Paul, Zechariah, Samuel, 
John, Richard, William. William), son of Spencer and Clara 
(Humphrey), b. in Athol, Mass. He settled in Shelbyville. Ky. ; removed to New 
Orleans, La., where he nov/ resides. He m. Mary, dau. of Dr. Bormey, of Shelby- 
ville, Ky. 

2629. SPENCER FIELD (Spencer, Zechariah, Paul, Zechariah, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Spencer and Clara 
(Humphrey), b. in Athol, Mass, He settled in New Orleans, La., where he now 
resides. He is m. and has five children. 


















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2640. BARNARD WARREN FIELD (Ebenezer S., Ebenezer, Ebeuezer, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Ebenezer and 
Amelia (Connable), b. in Bernardston, Mass., Sept. 5, 180S. He removed, in 1832, to 
Sinclairville, Chautauqua county, N. Y., where he now resides. He m. Oct. 27, 
1835, by the Rev. Addison Brown, at Brattleboro, Vt., Sarah Rachel, dau. of Ralph 
and^Sally (Root) Cushman, of Bernardston, b. July 9, 1813; d. Aug. 5, 1870. 

'4283. i. RACHEL CUSHMAN, b. July 4, 1837; d. Aug. 15, 1841. 

4284. ii. RALPH CUSHMAN, b. Nov. 5, 1841 ; d. Dec. 10, 1843. 

■ 2647. HENRY CUMMINGS FIELD (Bohan P., Ebenezer, Ebenezer, Eben- 
ezer, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Belfast, Me., 
Sept. 18," 1809; m. July 14, 1S35, Aseneth Harriman, b. July 20, 1807; d. Jan. 20. 1857. 
Henry Cummings Field, eldest son of Bohan Prentiss Field and Abigail Davis, 
b. in Belfast, Me., Sept. 18, 1809; m. Aseneth Harriman. He d. Jan. 4, 1864. He 
was graduate of Bowdoin College, class of 1827. Known there as an excep- 
tionally fine student of brilliant talents. He read law in his father's office; settled 
in Lincoln, Penobscot county. Afterward moved to Lee. Then removed to Lincoln 
where he died. Both husband and wife buried in Lee, Penobscot county. Me. He 
had a large practice; was regarded by his legal associates as a sound lawyer, thor- 
oughly read in his profession, original, critically discerning, and was highly 
respected by his compeers. The sons of Henry Cummings Field and Aseneth Har- 
riman were all patriotic good men and served through the Civil war. 
Res. Lincoln and Lee, Me. 

CHARLES EDWARD, b. March, 1837- d. Feb. 26, 1839. 
BOHAN WILLIAM HENRY, b. Dec. 22, 1839; ra. Mary Haskell. 
GEORGE EDWARD, b. Aug. 6, 1841; m. Hannah Courtright 

ABBIE MARION, b. May i, 1843; d. Oct. 12, 1869. 
CHARLES FRANK HARRIMAN, b. July 11, 1845; m. Susan 
A. Thompson. 
2648. WILLIAM PATTON FIELD (Bohan P., Ebenezer, Ebenezer, Eben- 
ezer, Samuel. Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Bohan P. 
and Abigail (Davis), b. in Belfast, Me., Jan. 11, 1811; d. Sept. 21, 1863. Hem. 
July 15, 1834, Sarah, dau. of James and Abigail (Howland) Ingram, of New Bedford, 
Mass., b. Jan. 23, 1814; d. Nov. i, 1S59. He was the second son of Bohan Prentiss 
Field and Abigail Davis, b. in Belfast, Me. He left Belfast quite young, having 
previously filled the position of clerk in the postoffice. He moved to New York 
City, where he went into business as a merchant. He removed to New Bedford, 
Mass., continuing in business there for years, when his failing health obliged him to 
seek a less active walk in life, and he returned to his native city, Belfast, where he 
filled a position in register of deeds office, until his feeble health obliged him to re- 
main indoors. He died in the old home. He married Sarah Ingram, in New Bedford. 

4290. i. WILLIAM INGRAM, b. Nov. 8, 1835; d. April 23, 1840. 

4291. ii. SARAH ELIZABETH, b. Dec. 22, 1837; d. . 

4292. iii. ALMA CLAGHORN, b. Nov. 20, 1839; d. April 24, 1840. 

4293. iv. ALMA CLAGHORN, b. March 16, 1843; m. June 12, 1866, George 

Prentice Field (see). 

4294. v. WILLIAM INGRAM, b. Dec. 17, 1844; m. Calanthe Work. 

2651. CHARLES DAVIS FIELD (Bohan P., Ebenezer, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Bohan P. and 
Abigail (Davis), b. in Belfast, Me., Aug. 5, 1814; d. Dec. 29, 1874. He m. Nov. 9, 
1841, Elvira, dau. of Peter and Lucia (Drew) Osgood, of Belfast, b. Nov. 25, 1816. 












See page 755. 

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Charles Davis Field, third son of Bohan Prentiss Field and 'Abigail Davis, b. 
in Belfast, Me. ; d. there. He married in Portland, Me., Elvira Osgood, of Palermo, 
Me. ; d. in Belfast, Nov. g, 1841. He was a very successful merchant, manufac- 
turer and wholesale dealer in furniture of all kinds, who gave employment to many, 
and was sadly missed by them all. A man highly esteemed for energy, integrity 
and uprightness of character; a good and useful citizen. 

4295. i. MARY OSGOOD, b. April 13, 1844;" m. April ig. 1869, Frank 
Hendee Russell, of Baltimore, Md. Res. Madison Av., Brooklyn, 
N. Y. Ch. : I. Charles Field Russell. 2. John Brooks Russell, d. 

42g6. ii. FANNY OSGOOD, b. Nov. 19, 1848; d. . 

4297. iii. LUCIA OSGOOD, b. Nov. 10, 1854; d. May 8, 1863. 

2652. JUDGE BOHAN PRENTICE FIELD (Bohan P., Ebenezer. Ebenezer, 
Ebenezer, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Belfast, 
Me., Sept. II, 1815; m. there Sept. ix, 1843, Lucy Harriden, b. October, 1S17; d. 
July 20, 1892. 

Bohan Prentiss Field, Jr., fourth son of Bohan Prentiss Field and Abigail Davis, 
b. in Belfast, Me. He m. Lucy Harriden. A lawyer; read law in his father's office, 
and with Hon. Jacob McGraw, of Bangor, Me. He began practice in Searsmont, 
Waldo county. Me. ; returned to Belfast, and succeeded to his father's business. 
He was never known to have an enemy ; a man endeared to the community, and 
well known and esteemed by his legal brethren in the state. In his manners, bland, 
social and affectionate ; in his morals, pure and unaffected. He was a model in 
his office duties, and fidelity to all his trusts. Through all party changes and 
administrations he held the office of Registrar of Deeds for over thirty-five years. 
He was one of the first to interest himself in insurance business in the states, and 
instructed his sons-in-law, appertaining to that department, which they chose for 
their profession in life. He was deacon of the Congregationalist church, and punc- 
tual at church, as he was in office; gave the entire influence of his example to the 
observance of the Sabbath, and all the practical duties of religion. Declining to be 
a candidate for office any longer he retired to private life, with the good wishes of 
every one. His brethren of the Waldo county bar presented him with an elegant 
gold headed ebony cane, with inscription, testifying their appreciation of his long 
and faithful service. He died in the full assurance of a higher and better life, and 
was buried beside his wife in I\Iount Repose (Belfast, Me.), the members of the 
bar attending in a body his funeral and citizens generally. He d. Oct. i, 1897. 
Res. Searsmont and Belfast, Me. 

4298. i. GEORGE PRENTICE, b, Oct. 17, 1844; m. Alma Claghorn 


4299. ii. ABBY ELLEN, b. Dec. 8, 1849; m. Jan. 10, 1872, Charles Spaft'ord 

Pearl. Res. Bangor, Me. He was b. May 20, 1843. Res. 326 
Union St., Bangor, Me. Ch. : i. Ahce Field Pearl, b. Dec. 31, 
1873. 2. Harriden Spaft'ord Pearl, b. June 27, 1879. He is news 
reporter on Bangor Whig and Courier. Mr. Pearl is actively 
engaged in the real estate and insurance business, president of 
the Board of Trade, Representative in the Legislature and has 
nlled positions of trust in the city of Bangor. 

4300. iii. CHARLES HARRIDEN, b. Nov. 25. 1855; m. May 16, 1877, 

Bertha Francis Chase. She d. s. p., Oct. 27, 1878; m., 2d, June 
2, 1886, Emma Moreland, s. p. Res. Belfast, Me. He is in the 
insurance business ; well known citizen. 


2653. REV. GEORGE WARREN FIELD, D. D. (Bohan P., Ebenezer, Eben- 
ezer, Ebenezer, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Bel- 
fast, Me.. Dec. 9, 181S; m. Springfield, Mass., April 26, 1S76, Lucy L. Humphrey, 
b. Nov. 5, 1827. 

Rev. George W. Field, D. D., fifth son of Bohan Prentiss Field and Abigail 
Davis; married in Springfield, Mass.. Lucy L. Humphrey. No children. At the 
time of his father's death, the eldest unmarried son, his mother's widowhood was 
brightened by his tender care. In force of character, eloquence and popularity he 
excels all his brothers, who to the day of their death expressed pleasant affectionate 
remembrance of his high qualities. To the younger members of the family circle, 
the name of Uncle George embodies all that is unselfish and kind. As a friend, true 
and sincere. His most intimate associate was Gov. John A. Andrew. Many letters 
passed between them, and when honored as governor of the commonwealth of Mas- 
sachusetts (War Governor), he promptly tendered to his friend any position in his 
power, if he would only name it. But Mr. Field's sturdy independence as promptly 
declined acceptance. He entered the sophomore class of Bowdoin College in 1834; 
graduated in 1837. By the faculty esteemed for application to study and originality 
of mind. With his fellow students, honor and probity comprised the aroma of his 
name. He received the degree of D. D. from Bowdoin College in 1869. He 
entered Bangor Theological Seminary in 1843; graduated in 1846. Integrity, be- 
nevolence, the outline of his character there. He afterward taught in Belfast and 
Gorham Academies. Was ordained in 1851 as pastor over the Congregational church 
at Brewer, Me.; remained there until October, 1855, when he resigned. He was 
installed over the Salem Street church, Boston, Mass. After preaching seven years 
in Boston, resigned and spent a year in travel in Europe. Returning, he received 
a call to settle over the Central Congregational church, Bangor, Me., where he com- 
menced his labors, August, 1863. He continued with them until 1892, when in his 
seventy-fifth year he resigned and retired from active ministry. Addressing his 
people, who were in tears, "1 do not expect to leave you, or forsake you, but con- 
tinue to serve you as I can ; hoping to live with you, die, and be buried among you." 
He assisted on sacramental occasions, weddings, funerals. Active in all the good 
works of the church. A faithful servant in his Master's vineyard. During his pas- 
torate in Bangor he was twice granted leave of absence by the liberality of his 
church, and went to Europe, once in 1873 and again in 1883. As a man he is firm 
and undeviating in the pursuit of what he thinks right ; without regard to private 
interests; singularly outspoken, and public spirited; a benefactor to the city; 
esteemed by all parties, and all denominations in the community. A republican. 
He is illustrious, for his support during the Civil war, his well timed speeches and 
abiding faith in his country and flag. 

At the time of his death the Boston Transcript published the following: The 
Rev. Dr. Field was born on Dec. 9, 1818, at Belfast, Me. He was educated in the 
common schools there and at Bowdoin College, where he was graduated in the class 
of 1837. He spent the following thirteen years of his life in teaching, having been 
principal of schools in Freedom, Belfast and Gorham. During the latter part of his 
career as a teacher he prepared himself for the ministry and entered the Bangor 
Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 1846. He began preaching that 
year and was located as pastor of the Congregational church at Frankfort, Me., for 
a year. He was then called to the pastorate of the First Congregational church in 
Brewer and he was at the head of that church for two years, 1S53-55. His work with 
this church attracted attention all over New England and during the latter part of 
1855 he received a call to the pastorate of the Salem Street Congregational church 
in Boston. He accepted the call and was pastor of that church until 1S62. In 1863 


he was called to the pastorate of the Central Congregational church in Bangor and 
accepted. He remained at the Central church until 1892 when he retired on account 
of his health. His resignation came as a great surprise to the members of this parish, 
and every effort was made to have him continue, but he declined, and his place was 
filled by the Rev. E. B. Barry, now of Massachusetts, who remained with the church 
for a short period and was replaced by the Rev. John S. Penman, the present pastor. 

Since his resignation Dr. Field has been a resident of Bangor, and has been, as 
far as his health would permit, actively engaged in church work. He has supplied 
the pulpit of the Central church several times in the absence of the regular pastor, 
and an announcement that he was to preach always brought out an immense con- 
gregation. For many years Dr. Field managed the Central Club course of lectures, 
and it was through his efforts that Bangor people have been given an opportunity 
to hear some of the most famous men on the American lecture platform, beside 
many musicians and singers of prominence in the musical world. 

Dr. Field received the degree of doctor of divinity from Bowdoin College in 
1S69. In 1876 he was married to Mrs. Chaplin Humphrey, of Bangor, who survives 

The Rev. Dr. Field was a man who was studious and scholarly in his habits and 
tastes. He was an attractive preacher, a man of keen wit and much originality. 
He preferred to confine his labors with his church, and as one result of his retiring 
disposition he has published but few of his masterly sermons, or, as he preferred to 
express it, "the few have been published for him." 

Dr. Field was taken ill on Dec. 9, when he celebrated his eighty-first birthday, 
at which time several of his relatives and friends gathered at dinner in honor of the 
event, as had been their custom for many years. His illness was not thought to be 
serious at the time, but a change for the worse soon took place and he passed away 
in January following. 




[Bangor, Me., Whig and Courier, Jan, 15, 1900.] 

The remains of the late Rev. G. W. Field, Bangor's distinguished divine, who 
held such a warm place in the affection and esteem of a multitude of people, were 
laid to rest on Saturday after services of a most impressive and touching character. 
The funeral was held at 10.30 a. m. in the Central church, of which he was formerly 
the beloved pastor, and a large number of the people of Bangor and other places 
representing the churches of every denomination, gathered to pay their last tribute 
to one who had the admiration and affectionate regard of all. It was one of the 
most largely attended funerals ever held in Bangor. 

It was the expressed desire of the family that no flowers be sent, and the prin- 
cipal decoration was about the altar, which was beautituUy although simply decor- 
ated, the prevailing colors being white and green, palms and flowers being used in 
a most appropriate and tasteful manner to symbolize the pure character of the emi- 
nent preacher. Dr. Field's pew was ornamented with flowers and draped in white. 
The floral setting was arranged by the ladies of the Central church. At ten o'clock 
prayers were said by Prof. Sewall at Dr. Field's late residence on Broadway before 


the relatives, and at 10.30 o'clock the body was tenderly borne to the Central 
church. As it was taken up the main aisle on the right side of the chuch it was pre- 
ceded by Rev. J. S. Penman, pastor of the church, who read a passage of Scripture 
as the funeral procession moved toward the altar, and Prof. J. S. Sewall, Rev. 
H. B. Crorae, and Rev. C. H. Cutler, the church deacons, W. S. Dennett, L S. 
Johnson and Dr. G. P. Jefferds, the honorary bearers. The body was borne by the 
junior deacons. Dr. D. A. Robinson, A. C. Sawyer, G. S. Hall, and F. L. Goodwin. 
It was followed by Prof. L. L. Paine, Prof. F. B. Denio, Prof. C. A. Beck with and 
Prof. C. J. H. Ropes of the Theological Seminary. As the procession moved 
towards the altar a dirge was played upon the organ by Mrs. H. L. Jewell. The 
casket, which was covered with some very beautiful floral pieces, was placed upon 
the platform in front of the altar. 

The members of the family and relatives entered by the main aisle on the left 
and occupied pews to the front of the church. 

The congregation arose as the remains were brought into the church and 
remained standing until the casket was placed upon the platform. 

Rev. Mr. Penman then read another passage of scripture, after which the church 
choir, composed of Mme. Despret, Miss Johnson, Dr. Warren and Mr. Clifford, 
feelingly rendered "He Giveth His Beloved Sleep." Rev. Mr. Griffin of the Ham- 
mond street Congregational church, read an appropriate Scripture selection, and 
Rev. Mr. Penman then offered an impressive prayer. 

PROF. J. S. sewall' S REMARKS. 

Prof. J. S. Sewall made some very touching and impressive remarks in which 
he spoke eloquently of the remarkable mental qualities and the lovable personal 
qualities of the deceased. He said that he first had the privilege of hearing and 
seeing Dr. Field in 1855, Dr. Field then being pastor of the church in Brewer, and 
he being a student at the Bangor Theological Seminary. Dr. Field went to Boston 
as pastor for a few years and returned to Bangor in 1S63, to become pastor of the 
Central church, where he remained until i8q2. His acquaintance with Dr. Field 
ripened and attained to the intimacies of friendship. Prof. Sewall said that he 
would speak for the Central church. He said they felt that they wanted to utter 
their words of love and reverence. 

Everybody speaks of Dr. Field as a genius and he was too large mentally to be 
pastor of our church alone. It was felt that he belonged to the community. His 
native state mourns him, and how many hearts there are which now throb in pain 
at his loss! It was in a peculiar sense that he belonged to the Central church. It 
was for its members that he preached those remarkable sermons, those wonderful 
appeals for divine love. He used to say that he never could preach so well as at 
home. It was here that he uttered such wonderful words of divine truth. How 
many of us remember with joy this dear man coming into our homes and bringing 
the sympathies of a warm heart and a great truth ! How often he has straightened 
out difficulties in our minds! How often he lightened the burden of care and 
showed to us the gateway of heaven ! He filled in the profoundest way the descrip- 
tion of what a pastor should be and we all recognize his intellectual and spiritual 
genius, his original thought, his grand, clear vision of the divine love, "his quaint 
wit and his love of God and nature. 

He is preaching to us this morning a sermon more eloquent than any of the two 

thousand which he must have delivered in this church, although his lips are dumb, 

although his eyes are closed, and we do not see his soul beaming in his countenance 

as we were wont to do. He is preaching to us in silence to follow Jesus Christ, and 

• he is appealing to us to be loyal to the truths of the Master. 


Prof. Sewall in closing spoke fondly of the lesson conveyed by Dr. Field's life; 
of his loyalty to his successor as pastor of the Central church, Rev. Mr. Penman ; of 
his very pleasant and helpful relationship with the deacons of the church and of the 
charm and power of his remarkable sermons which brought the divine truth so forc- 
ibly to his hearers. 

Tears flowed from many eyes during the wonderfully impressive remarks of 
Prof. Sewall, which touched so responsive a chord in the feelings of his hearers, 
and which so tellingly portrayed the great loss which has been sustained in the 
death of Dr. Field. 

REV. C. H. cutler's REMARKS. 

Rev. Charles H. Cutler, who followed Prof. Sewall, spoke as follows: I count 
it not the least among the joys of my life among you, dear friends, that the lines of 
my work as the pastor of a church closely related to this have lain for so many years 
alongside the ministry of Dr. Field, That he would have been just as kind and 
considerate toward any young man at his side, coming all unknown and untried to 
take up this work, I do not doubt; but you will pardon me if I say that I have some- 
times fancied there was from the first a peculiar tenderness in his manner, due to 
the fact perhaps that he half unconsciously transferred to myself the attachment 
for one of my name and kin, whom I never knew but who was a room-mate of his 
when they were young men together in Belfast. However, that may be. Dr. Field 
has been like a father to me. Was he not indeed a father to us all? 

I have been asked to say a few words here, out of my personal relations with 
Dr. Field, and 1 cannot refuse. Some men there are who have the rare gift of 
inspiration ; and as they touch they quicken our thought, kindle our feelings and 
set our spiritual nature a tingling. They sometimes have also the repose of spirit 
which breathes an atmosphere of peace. It is because they move on the uplands of 
thought, live in the higher realms of the spirit and are open to the highest aspects 
of life. "One whose nature unconsciously diffuses peace is very near to God." 

Such an one was Dr. Field. A casual call, a chance meeting with him on the 
street left us refreshened in spirit and elevated in tone. His gentle greeting, his 
eager interest, his rare insight, his acute judgments — "wise as a serpent, harmless 
as a dove" — his delicious humor, delighting to turn the laugh upon himself, his sly 
shafts of satire, dipped over in the milk of human kindness (for he did not use 
poisoned arrows), his love of the beautiful, whether clothed in a winter's ice storm 
or in a summer's rose, his stealthy way of doing good, his self-distrust and diffi- 
dence, all unite to make a fascinating personality like no other in the world, we 
may be sure, that ever was or that ever will be. It is not always the case that a 
man is endeared to us by his peculiarities, but with this unique, inimitable man, his 
very idiosyncrasies were loveable. We loved him for every one of them. 

Of Dr. Field, the preacher, in the princely prime of his powers, 1 cannot speak. 
But as 1 think of Dr. Field in the pulpit I am often reminded of a picture of "The 
Veteran Minister," drawn by one of the greatest preachers of our generation. Let 
us show you the picture and you will, I am sure, recognize the likeness. 

The delightful French artist. Millet, used to say to his pupils: "The end of the 
day is the proof of the picture. " He meant that the twilight hour, when there is 
not light enough to distinguish details is the most favorable time to judge of a pic- 
ture as a whole. And so it is of the ministry. When the cross-lights of jealous 
emulation and the glare of constant notoriety are softening toward the darkness in 
which lies the pure judgment of God, and the peace of being forgotten by mankind, 
then that which has been lying behind them all the time comes out and the old 


preacher who has ceased to care whether men praise or blame him, who has attained 
or missed all that there is for him here of success or failure, preaches on still oul of 
pure sense of how precious the soul of man is and the pure desire to serve a litlle 
more that which is so worthy of his service before he goes. 

And so, after all, perhaps we who have heard Dr. Field only in his last years 
maybe sure that we have known him at his best; because for him, as with few 
men, the Master of Life's Feast kept the best wine until the last. How he delighted 
in his later leisure, not as most men would, but as his Master did, with busy and 
generous sympathies, as he went about doing good, we cannot forget at this time, 
though we cannot remember all, "That best portion of a good man' s life, his little 
nameless unremembered acts of kindness and of love." 

And this suggests what is perhaps always true of a "good man" that his work 
is more than all of it we see, greater than we can ever know. I frequently hear the 
regret expressed that Dr. Field had not left some more permanent memorial of his 
genius. I use the word carefully, in literary form ; only a few fugitive sermons 
and addresses here and there; yes, I wish he had, but have we not a clumsy way of 
estimating the vital force of such a mind and spirit as his if we think it can ever be 
embodied in a book? I appeal to you, whose consciences he has searched with the 
sword of the spirit, to you, whose moral outlook he has widened with heavenly hor- 
izons, to you whom he has helped to put away your sins, to you whom he has taken 
by the hand in his gentle way to introduce you to his divine and adorable Savior, 
to you unto whose hearts and homes he has brought comfort in sorrow and peace in 
old age, to you unto whose tempted, troubled, burdened lives his ministry has 
brought something of the power of an endless life and a deathless hope. I appeal 
to you all, where shall we look for the abiding work of his ministry, if not in the 
hearts and lives of all those immortal souls to whom he has ministred in his Mas- 
ter's name, and much after his Master's fashion? This noble church of Christ, for 
the pastorate is a reciprocal relation and if such a pastorate belongs to the pastor, 
no less is it the part of the church ; this church, with all the saintly men and women 
who have lived and died in its communion, the young men and women who, inspired 
by his ministry to unselfish church service have gone out unto the world, and all 
those people, "common people," as we sometimes poorly say, to whom especially 
1 believe it to have been the ambition and delight of his ministrj' to bring something 
of the inspirations of the eternal life, and this great wave of affection which, sweep- 
ing through this church to-day bears our hearts on its tide and breaks the white 
crest over his pulpit, burying it to-day beneath the flowers of this church's affection. 
Where, I ask, shall we look for a nobler monument of his ministry than in hearts 
and lives made better by his presence? Rev. Mr. Cutler's remarks were very 
feeling and appropriate. 

Rev. Mr. Penman was the last speaker. His description of his relations with 
Dr. Field, which were like those of father and son, was exceedingly touching and 
was a strong evidence of the warm affection which existed between them. Rev. 
Mr. Penman spoke in part as follows: 

REV. J. S. penman's remarks. 

There can be no fitting tribute to Dr. Field that fails to notice the way in which 
he went from us in the glory of life's declining day — at the evening hour when the 
setting sun fills the heavens with its beauty and loveliness which the noon-tide glory 
could not reveal. There was a fitting harmony between the declining glory of the 
day and the setting of this life. Nature that he loved so well sympathizing with his 
spirit in the hour of his passage from earth to heaven. 

But the setting of this life here was only the beginning of the glory of the new 


life that was beyond. In the parting cloud, at the hour ot his departure and the 
flood of light that came from the depths beyond, there was something more than the 
glory of the departing day. There was the opening of Heaven's gate, as the little 
child said, to receive Dr. Field, to receive one friend, one teacher and one beloved 
pastor into the felicity and joy of the heavenly world. But the poetry of childhood 
is the spiritual vision of life. If ever man passed up the steps of light through the 
celestial glory into the divine presence, it was Dr. Field. If ever a chariot fire 
came down to carry a prophet up into heaven, it was when our prophet was caught 
up into heaven at the close of the afternoon of Wednesday last. His going from us 
was not a death. It was a translation. There was no shadow about his departure, 
no valley of the darkness to pass through. It was only out of the darkness, the 
limitation, the infirmity, the weakness of this life that he passed, into the light, the 
fullness, the freedom and the glory of the life that is beyond. He went from us 
with a smile upon his face, the gladness kindled we doubt not by the vision of Him 
he loved so well. 

We can add nothing to the dignity, the worth and the influence of his life. But 
our mourning hearts love to dwell upon his simplicity and spiritual beauty of his 
character, to understand something of the secret of his influence and power. It is 
little that 1 can add to your knowledge and his influence, but it is fitting that I 
should call your indulgence to add a personal word of his relations with myself. I 
have stood in somewhat different relation to Dr. Field than others as following him 
in his ministry and preaching from the pulpit, which he so gloriously adorned with 
his vision of health ; but our relationship has not been that of senior pastor with 
younger. It has been more nearly the relation of father and son. In counsel, in 
sympathy, in tenderness, in appreciation, he has revealed the strength of his mtel- 
lect, the beauty of his spirit, the probity of his character. I never went to him for 
advice but it was cordially and freely given, I never met him in any relations of 
church life and work, but to feel his kindness and to receive his sympathy and con- 
sideration. His consideration was not simply courtesy. He was courteous to every- 
one. It was sympathy and kindness. 

We have been together during the last five years in many pastoral relations, at 
the sacred hour of the communion service, at the sanctity ot the marriage service, 
at the holy hour ot sorrow and affliction and never have I experienced at his hand 
anything but unfailing kindness, tender consideration. Christian charity. You may 
say that it was what you might expect. Yes, expect from him. Such a spirit was 
natural to him. He could not have done otherwise. But it only shows the beauty of 
his character, the rare excellence of his heart and life. It came from his boundless 
sympathy with men, a sympathy which was the outcome of a nature peculiarly sens- 
itive to the relation of others to himself, the presence of his friends, the atmosphere 
of his surroundings, a sensitiveness which enabled him to enter completely into the 
conditions under which other men and women labored and worked. Only a man 
with a physical organization finely constructed and sensitive to every outward 
change and impression in nature and in men could have shown such wonderful tact 
and delicacy of spirit in dealing with others. We feel to-day that he is gone from 
us and our hearts are filled with sadness and heavy with sorrow. That blessed face 
which has ever been a benediction to this church in the pulpit or in the pew we 
shall look upon in love no more. The weakness and infirmity of the body have 
released him. God needed him for a greater work and a larger service. And the 
infinite love of the Father which he delighted to dwell upon in life, which was his 
consolation in death, he now knows in the ineffable beauty and power. Most 
beautiful indeed was his dying utterance, when his mind returned to the thought 


that had been central in his preaching and teaching, "My only trust is in the infin- 
ite love of God tor time and for eternitj', for myself and for the universe." 

There have been many fore-tokens that the crown of life was soon to be his. 
All this fall Dr. Field seemed to me to have a peculiar vividness of the world 

This was seen in his last communion prayer, in the last prayer he offered in the 
house of affliction. He had a vision of unseen things, a sense of its nearness, a 
witness to its hallowed friendships and associations, though always with him, yet 
such as he had not shown before. 

He is gone now into "that better world" that he loved so well to preach, to talk, 
to pray about. He has gone because he was ready to go. 

His mature character, his chaste soul, his gentle ways, his tender spirit, his 
unbound benevolence, his spiritual desires revealed the atmosphere of heaven. All 
we can say to-day is that "he walked with God; and he was not: for God took 

We would not call him back if we could. God has a greater work for him to do. 
God has a larger sphere for him to exercise that intellect whose joy was even in the 
search for and setting forth of truth to reveal that spirit whose sweet and gentle 
ways must add even to the sweetness of heaven. 

It was expedient that he should go away that we might measure the true source 
of his influence, know the secret of his life and power. Of that influence and that 
power in this community he had little conception and small appreciation. He had 
no true sense of his worth, his influence or his life work. His spirit was ever 
clothed by the grace of humility. It was characteristic of him at the very last he 
should say, "I am infinitely dissatisfied with my own life, but 1 trust in the infinite 
mercy of God." And yet it is by that subtle power of influence that he sways and 
holds the minds and hearts of this community. 

At the conclusion of Rev. Mr. Penman's remarks the choir sang, "Crossing the 
Bar," and the benediction was pronounced by Prof. Sewall. 

An opportunity was then given to view the remains, the people passing up the. 
isles to the platform to take their last look at the beloved pastor, the pulpit genius 
and the noble citizen. 

The following editorial expression appeared in the same issue of the Bangor 
Whig and Courier: 


The death of Rev. George W. Field will occasion a feeling of profound sorrow 
not only in this city but throughout New England, where he has been known and 
loved for these many years. As a citizen, as well as a minister of the gospel. Dr. 
Field was held in high esteem by the people of this city. While the active years of 
his life were given to the ministry, a vocation in which he wielded a powerful influ- 
ence, he at the same time kept in close touch with all those questions affecting the 
public good, national as well as municipal, and discussed them with an intellectual 
grasp and a moral strength of purpose that knew neither fear nor hesitancy when 
he felt it his duty to speak. It was this characteristic, a complete subordmation of 
any possible self-interest or desire to avoid topics of discussion that might have been 
passed over had a strict sense of duty yielded to personal comfort, no less than his 
pre-eminent ability as a pulpit thinker and speaker, that gave Dr. Field his won- 
derful hold upon the people of this community. When we think of the great vital- 
ity expended in his pulpit utterances, where the intensity of his thought found 


expression in language as forcible as it was eloquent, as convincing as it was lucid 
and satisfying to his hearers; the drain on his physical strength by reason of that 
boundless sympathy which went out to his people whenever in affliction, the wonder 
is that he has remained with us so long. In many and many a household the kindly 
face and tender words of Dr. Field have brought a blessed sense of hope and com- 
fort where before all had seemed dark and hopeless. With all the strength and 
sincerity of a strong man he spoke words of cheer and comfort with the infinite ten- 
derness of a woman, words that always touched the right chord and relieved the 
tensity of an overwhelming sorrow. In these households the announcement of Dr. 
Field's death will come with a sense of personal loss. A beautiful life is closed, and 
while the entire city mourns the departure of one who has so long filled a position 
peculiarly his own in the hearts of the people, there is comfort in the thought that 
he is now enjoying the realization of the beautiful truths he has so eloquently 
expounded for the benefit of others. 



[The Outlook for March, 1900.] 

Christ's parable of the man with one talent is apt to excite pity for poor endow- 
ment, as if that meant meager incentive for righteousness. Even the man with 
two talents, in comparison with the possessor of five talents, seemed to be hopelessly 
overshadowed, and to that extent disabled for high service. The zest of existence 
comes to be identified with the possession of genius. The possibility of a noble, 
self-remunerating life for the mass of mankind is in danger of being denied, if not 
in words, in feeling, which is far more disastrous. 

The force for repelling this attack upon the teaching of Jesus is found within 
the parable assailed. Upon close examination it will be found that self-gratulation 
is excluded from the foremost man as rigidly as it is from his less gifted brother. 
Both have been faithful over only "a few things." Measured against the Infinite, 
genius itself is as nothing. And the largest intellect is likely to be the readiest to 
feel the incommensurateness between achievement and ideal, power and possibility, 
the finiteness of man and the infinitude of God. The greatest man is apt to be the 
first to abandon the untenable ground of personal distinction and enduring fame as 
the fortress of character. Sooner than others the moral genius discovers that no 
soul can survive there. The relations that constitute the common framework of 
human life, the universal duties and privileges that rise out' of them, the opportun- 
ities for service and suffering in the interest of ideal ends which are set before all, 
the faith and the hope and the love which are tor mankind, are the supreme incent- 
ive alike for the humblest and the greatest man. 

The purpose of this article is to present a striking and memorable example of 
this truth. It will describe in the briefest way one of the most gifted men of his 
generation, and the chief sources of his incentive, in order to make it plain that 
these sources are open to every leader of The Outlook. 

Dr. George W. Field, who passed away in his beautiful home in Bangor, Jan- 
uary lo, was in many respects a man of the highest endowment and cultivation, ot 
the noblest power and the very best kind of influence; and yet it is questionable 
whether a hundred readers of The Outlook beyond New England know anything 


about him. To find a man of this stamp, regardless of a place in the public eye, 
consecrating wonderful abilities to the work before him, and discovering in this 
consecration, which is open to all, the source of a singularly happy life, affords an 
insight into the essential fountains of motive that should count for much. 

Dr. Field was a devout lover of nature. His senses were exquisitely acute for 
her varied and wondrous colors, her notes of grief and gladness, her many aspects 
and moods. There was, indeed, a translation of nature, through eyes and ears, 
into the character of his intelligence and feeling. He made no ado about this love 
and its constant influence. He simply went the way of faithful and loving service, 
taking his gift of insight into nature, his sympathy with her, his passionate appreci- 
ation of her sublime and beautiful forms, as an education and a solace. 

Here is the first lesson of such a career. Nature is apt to mean nothing 
aesthetically if one cannot make poems about her and have them published, if one 
cannot paint pictures of her and get them exhibited. There is a deeper purpose in 
the love of nature than that. Nature is for health, recreation, wondrously varied 
refreshment, indefinable stimulus, constant happiness rising occasionally into 
ineffable joy. Let the readers of The Outlook, therefore, when the next Vacation 
Number comes of the paper that they prize, think anew of this primary and human 
ministry of nature ; and let them regard the gift of appreciation of woods and hills 
and seas and streams and stars as chiefly the beautiful priestess of a rich and tender 

Dr. Field was a man of the brightest wit and of the happiest sense of humor. 
All subjects came to him sparkling in the light of one or the other of these powers. 
There will doubtless be some memorial of this precious endowment of the man. 
Known as a man of the most fearless courage and uncompromising convictions, 
when only two years ago he faced in his own city a conservative audience with a 
radical paper upon the Bible, the inimitable irony with which he wrought his hear- 
ers into a mood ready to receive anything which he might choose to give them can 
never be forgotten by those who had the good fortune to be present. He repre- 
sented himself as the most cowardly of creatures, as always halting between two 
opinions, perpetually trying to be upon both sides of every question, with the for- 
lorn hope of thus pleasing all his friends ; and he begged his hearers who might be 
disturbed by his radicalism to remember, for their comfort, that before he got 
through his address he would be back into the obsoletest conservatism. In the 
midst of several very radical passages he paused, looked the audience in the face 
with an expression of infinite mock regret, said that he had intended to be conserv- 
ative, but that he had gone so far in the other direction that he could not find the 
way back. A hundred instances of the rich and varied play of this gift could be 
cited, but the point to be made is. Dr. Field's humor was primarily for life. It was 
one great source of his sweetness and mental sanity. It supported his patience and 
confirmed his optimism. It gave him true perspective as a preacher, because it 
stood him in excellent stead as a man. His irony was the genial way of his fine • 
intelligence in scattering absurdities and clearing the faith and life of his friends of 
useless impedimenta. His wit shone upon the confused w-ays of men, and it let in 
light and cheer with every flash. 

Incessantly liable to depression owing to an excessive humility and an inevit- 
able and yet unreasonable sense of the futility of his best efforts, his humor again 
came to his relief. While settled in Boston more than forty years ago, one Sunday, 
returning from an exchange of pulpits with a brother minister, he chanced to meet 
the late Secretary Alden, who said to him: "Brother Field, you look utterly dis- 
consolate: what have you been preaching about?" The reply was: "1 have been 
preaching about the infinite love of God, and I am overwhelmed with shame as I 


think of the infinite poverty of my endeavor. Brother Alden, you look so happy 
what have you been preaching about?" The Secretary's answer was: "Oh, I 
preached to-day on everlasting punishment." The ludicrous incongruity of this 
contrast became to the depressed preacher of the gospel of infinite love a saving 
grace for many a day. 

It was this precious'gift of humor that saved him at the beginning of his career 
from a brutal remark that otherwise would have paralyzed him. Being of small 
stature and of frail appearance, and apt to get very much exhausted with preach- 
ing, his first sermon was greeted by the terrible comment from a member of the con- 
gregation who passed for an infallible judge: "Brother Field, I do not think there 
will be any woe upon you if you do not preach the Gospel." But the marvelous 
humor of the sensitive man of genius was more than a match for the brutal critic; 
and the wound that his criticism was intended to inflict became the cleft in the rock 
through which issued an endless stream of amusement. 

Humor, then, is primarily a gift, not for literature, but for life. It is the reliev- 
ing perspective in the midst of the absurd relations created by ambition, egotism, 
passion ; the same light that enables one to distinguish the essential from the unes- 
sential, the incidental weakness from the fundamental strength of mankind; the 
shield that catches and quenches all the fiery darts of depreciation and malice ; one 
of the great and benign forces that God has given men for use in life. 

Dr. Field's love of literature was part of his being. His knowledge ot the great 
literary masterpieces was extensive and thorough. Especially in the Greek drama 
and in French and English letters was he deeply versed. His own style was inimit- 
ably rich and idiomatic. It resembled a fine tree in its living force, in its sym- 
metry, in its evolution from the strength of the massive body to the grace and deli- 
cacy of twig and stem and leaf. He was a deep, original, and wonderfully versatile 
thinker, and his sermons, for substance, composition, and eloquence, were unsur- 
passed. He had a passionate interest in political life, in education, in science, in all 
that concerns the complex welfare of the community. And, again, his joy was in 
bringing all his powers to the happy service of these ends. He would not have tol- 
erated the idea that he had any exceptional gift or attainment ; but he would have 
confessed that whatever of happiness he had drawn from his powers and activities 
had come to him through the surrender of the best that was in him in reverent 
ministry to the needs of his fellow-men. 

Here the lesson is fundamental. Literature is one monumental expression of 
life; and it is abused if it is not used primarily as the servant of life. It is turned 
into mockery when it is employed chiefly for ornamentation or display. The great 
and difficult art of style, whether in writing or in speech, is far from wasted when 
it is held simply for conversation, or for the address or essay wnose audience is 
limited. Profound and original intelligence need not go far afield to find worthy 
acts. Human ignorance stands begging for light at its doors. Eloquence is not 
without incentive when it is restricted in opportunity or denied wide recognition. 
The kingdom of man is large; and any nature equipped with insight and true 
meanings, thrilled with deep and holy passion, directed by high and invincible pur- 
pose that speaks to any section or province of that kingdom, is a great voice, and it 
performs a self-remunerating service. 

Such was the life that has here been used as a text from which to draw comfort 
for other gifted souls who seem to play but a small part in the world, and for the 
ungifted for whom the great motives exist in all their richness and fullness. He, 
like his Master, went about doing gpod ; and, like his Master, he charged those to 
whom he had brought every kind of help that they should tell no man. Charity, 
kindness, the relief of want, the giving of sympathy, was with him a golden secret. 


He found an unspeakable inspiration and solace in doing good by stealth, in wiping 
out every visible evidence that he had done the worthy deed. It was excessive, but 
the mood shows what infinite charm lies in the compassionate act, in the pure exer- 
cise of Christian living. 

In hundreds of pulpits throughout the land, in academies and colleges, in mis- 
sion fields at home and the ends of the earth, there are men and women who will 
carry the precious tradition of this great and beautiful life with them to their grave. 
Its range, originality, depth, humor, tenderness, and silent self-devotion, all given 
with an inexpressible sense of privilege in a loving ministry to man, seem so beauti- 
ful and truly great. 

The end was peace. "My dissatisfaction with my life is infinite. God is love; 
we will rest there." All gifts, all attainments given to life in a devout service 
wherever one happens to be placed in the great world, lead out into the interest 
beside which all conceit in ability, all complacency in achievement, and all pleasure 
in the prospect of fame seem to be infinitely trivial— the interest in the eternal, 
conserving, and perfecting love of the Supreme Life. 

"Oh, not to fill the mouth of fame 

My longing soul is stirred; 

Oh, give me a diviner name! 

Call me thy servant, Lord! 

In life, in death, on earth, in heaven, 

This is the name for me! 
The same sweet style and title given 

Through all eternity." 

He d. Jan. lo, 1900. Res., s. p., 128 Hammond St., Bangor, Me. 

2654. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FIELD (Bohan P., Ebenezer. Ebenezer, 
Ebenezer, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Belfast, 
Me., Oct. 10, 1820; m. Nov. 25, 1858, Caroline Williams Tobey, b. July 28, 1828; d. 
June 22, 1864; m.. 2d, March 5, 1865, Annie Fuller Tobey, b. Jan. 11, 1831. 

Benjamin Franklin Field, sixth son of Bohan Prentiss Field and Abigail Davis, 
was born in Belfast, and died there. Was a farmer. After his father's death he 
occupied, with his mother, the old homestead. He was genial and sociable, in his 
disposition always extending a generous welcome and affectionate greeting to all 
his brothers and their children. "Uncle Frank" was just the one to keep the family 
circle interested with each other. He m. Caroline Williams, dau. of Robert and 
Dorothy (Craig) Tobey. of Farmington. Me; m., 2d, Anna Fuller, sister of first wife. 

He d. March 4, 1877. Res. Belfast, Me. 

4301. i. FRANK LEE, b. Aug. 26, 1859; unm. Res. Belfast. He is a 

clerk in the postoffice. 

4302. ii. ANNIE VEAZIE, b. May i. 1S61; unm. Now librarian in the 

public library city of Belfast, which position she has filled several 

4303. iii. BENJAMN DAVIS, b. Dec. i, 1862; unm. Merchant; West 

India goods and groceries. He holds a high place in the respect 
and esteem of all citizens. 

4304. iv. HERBERT TOBY, b. March 25, 1S68: unm. Now cashier in 

Belfast bank. A graduate of Bowdoin College. 

4305. v. CAROLINE WILLIAMS, b. June 10, 1871; unm. Now teacher 

in high school Belfast. A graduate of Wellesley College. 

2655. DR. EDWARD MANN FIELD (Bohan P., Ebenezer, Ebenezer, Eben- 
ezer, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Bohan P. 

See page 766. 



and Abigail (Davis), b. in Belfast, Me., July 27, 1822. Seventh and youngest son of 
Bohan Prentiss Field and Abigail Davis; b. in Belfast, Me. He graduated at 
Bowdoin College, class of 1845; read medicine with Dr. Daniel McRuer, a well- 
known physician and surgeon of Bangor, Me. He attended lectures at the Jeffer- 
son Medical College, in Philadelphia, Pa., and received the degree of doctor of 
medicine in 1848. He then, for two years, attended professional lectures, and vis- 
ited in the hospitals in the cities of London and Paris. After his return to America, 
he commenced the practice of his profession in the city of Bangor, Penobscot 
county, Me., and married the daughter of his preceptor, Sarah Russ McRuer, June 
I, 1852. He soon acquired a large practice; very popular as an accoucheur. By 
his excellent education, superior advantages, he was thoroughly equipped for his 
life's work. By his gentle, kind and encouraging manner, by the interest in them 
which he felt and manifested by word and deed; by his skill as a practitioner, he 
won and firmly held the esteem and confidence of his patients. He was warm and 
true in his friendships. His manners kind, elegant to extreme; delicately manifest 
ing the warmth of heart he truly possessed. He had a fine literary taste, and 
enjoyed books rather than ordinary conversation ; seeking and reading the best 
authors in fiction, history, art and science. He had poetical talent of a high order, 
by which he was enabled to write many beautiful poems for the enjoyment of his 
friends, social gatherings of society, and poems before the alumni reunions of Bow- 
doin College. His last sickness, tedious and distressing (heart enlargement) which 
he endured with heroic fortitude and admirable Christian patience. His medical 
associates expressed their affection for him by attending in a body his funeral as pall 
bearers, and the resolution, "Our brother. Dr. Edward Mann Field, has after a 
long and painful illness been called to the reward of a life honestly and usefully 
expended in the service of humanity. In the purity of his life, in the dedication of 
his strength and intellect to the honorable practice of our noble profession. We 
have in his career an example, which excites our highest admiration, and which 
stimulates in us an honorable emulation in well and noble doing. We mourn his 
loss; we rejoice that our memory of his worth is so bright, so unclouded, that his 
presence and example were with us so many years, that from his life and from his 
death, we may as he so beautifully expressed it, 'learn to bless the glorious Giver, 
who doeth all things well.'" He died July 29, 1887; buried in Mount Hope, 
Bangor, Me. He m. June i, 1852, Sarah Ross, dau. of Daniel and Manana (Wright) 
McRuer, of Bangor, b. Oct. 10, 1824; d. March 12, 1900. 

4306. i. MARIANNA McRUER, b, Dec. 21, 1859; m. Feb. 9, 1880, Newell 

A. Eddy, Jr., of Bangor, Me. They moved to Bay City, Mich. 
Res. 615 Grant Place. Ch. : i. Newell Avery, Jr. In Hotch- 
kiss School, fitting for Yale College (1899). 2. Mary Field Eddy. 
3. Laura Parker Eddy. 4. Charles Fremont Eddy. 5. Donald 
McRuer Eddy. 

4307. ii. ELLEN ROBINA, b. Nov. 29, 1868. She inherits her father's 

practical talent. She is a well-known and highly esteemed "kin- 
dergartner," who has published many beautiful pieces for the 
little ones, "Butter Cup Gold," and others. Res. 128 Hammond 
St., Bangor, Me. 
2669. JONATHAN ROBINSON FIELD (Eliphaz, Moses D., Moses, Eben- 
ezer, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Eliphaz 
and Susanna (Robinson), b. in Surry, N. H., Dec. 3, 1812, where he resided upon 
the farm taken up by his grandfather, Moses D. Field. He d. Dec. 20, 18S2. He 
m. Oct. I, 1S40, Julia Franklin, dau. of Seth and Naomi (Smith) Morton, of Charles- 
town, N. H., b. Nov. 7, 1S15; d. Jan. 17, 1S79. 


430S. 1. GEORGE WALLACE, b. Jan. 11, 1843; m. Catherine I. Joslyn. 

4309. ii. FRANCIS FAYETTE, b. Nov. 22, 1844; m. Margaret G Favvcett.. 

4310. iii. CHARLES ELIPHAZ, b. Oct. 31, 1853; d. June 2, 1854. 

2678. WILLIAM BAXTER FIELD (Cyrus, Moses D., Moses, Ebenezer, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Surry, N. H., June 
23, 1S16; ra. Smithboro, N. Y., Oct. 28, 1841, Esther Amelia Youtz, b. April 13, 
1S24; d. Jan. 22, iSg6. For years he was passenger conductor on the Erie railway. 
He d. March 23, 1S7S. Res. Owego, N. Y. 

4311. i. HARRIET NANCY, b. Smithboro, July 11, 1844; m. May 25, 

1373. W. H. H. Peck. Res. Redonda, Cal. 

4312. ii. GEORGE HENRY, b. at Owego, July 14, 1850; d. March 20, 1853. 

4313. iii. JOHN HENRY, b, at Owego, Aug. 28, 1854; m. Ella L. Wood. 

4314. iv. WILLIAM CYRUS, b. Owego, Feb. 8, 1S60; d. Jan. 5, 1874. 

2690. ZEBULON WHITE FIELD (Reuben W., Solomon, Moses, Ebenezer, 
Samuel, Ebenezer, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Reuben W. and 
Polly (White), b. in Conway, Mass., Jan. 19, 1807; d. April 4, 1871. He was a trial 
justice of Franklin county for several years, and no appeal from his decisions was 
ever reversed by a higher court. He m. April 15, 1835, Roxana Giles, of Charle- 
mont, Mass., b. Feb. 24, 1809; d. Sept. 20, 1897. 

Zebulon W., Shelburne, 1871; died April 24, 1871; wife, Roxana; daughter, 
Emma F. Field, only child. — Franklin County Probate. 

He resides Shelburne Falls, Mass. 

4315. i. MARY ELLEN, b. Aug. 22, 1836; d. unm. Dec. 15, 1857. 

4316. ii. EMMA, b. Aug. 21, 1844; m. Sept. 19, 1871, George G. Merrill, of 

Shelburne Falls. He is a contractor. Ch. : i. Arthur Guy, b. 
May 31, 1872; teacher Amsterdam, N. Y. 2. George Field, b. 
Sept. 9, 1874. 3. Philip, b. Aug. 20, 1S76. 4. Roy Stanley, b. 
Dec. 25. 1S78. 5. Edward Clifton, b. Jan. 7, 1881. Res. Shel- 
burne Falls. 6. Alice Francis, b. June 19,1885. Res. Shelburne 
Falls. All unmarried. George is civil engineer for Boston 
& Albany railroad, Boston. Philip at Worcester Polytechnic 
Institute. Roy at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N. H. 

2696. REUBEN WRIGHT FIELD (Reuben W., Solomon, Moses, Ebenezer, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Reuben W. and 
Abigail (White), b. in Buckland, Mass., Aug. 14, 1820. He removed in 1848, to 
Lanesboro, Mass., where he was extensively engaged in farming, besides holding 
various town offices. In 1877 he sold and returned to Buckland, where he resided, 
a model farmer and a prominent member of various agricultural societies and 
farmers' meetings. He died Oct. 20, 1895, in Shelburne Falls. He m. Nov. 27, 
1848, Harriet L., dau. of Samuel and Mary (Howard) Parker, of Dalton, Mass., b. 
April 10, 1828; d. Feb. 27, 1870; m., 2d, Sept. 22, 1872, Mary Elizabeth, dau. of 
Lorenzo and Amanda C. (Stewart) Severance, of Shelburne, Mass., and widow of 
Cheney Kimball, of Weathersfield, Vt. She was b. May 3, 1837; d. March 10, 1890. 

Reuben W., Buckland, Dec. 3, 1895; died Oct. 20, 1895; widow, Mary E. , of 
Buckland; sons, Duane W., of Oakland, Cal., Kimball S., of Buckland; daughters, 
Harriet L. Field, of Pittsfield, Mass., Jennie R. Field, of.Hartford, Conn. He gives 
to these daughters all their own mother's household furniture. 

Mary E., Buckland, 1890; died March 10, 1890; husband, Reuben W. ; son, Kim- 
ball S., of Buckland. Mentions in will Hattie L. Field, Jennie R. Field; no rela- 
tionship given ; also brother, B. F. Severance. The sixth and last item ot will is as 




















follows: "I give and bequeath my Gold Watch to my former husband brother 
Cheney Kimball, of Weathersfield, Vt."— Franklin County Probate. 
4317. i. MARY ELVIRA, b. Sept. 17, 1849; d. April 18, 1872. 

DUANE WRIGHT, b. June 10. 1S53; m. Mary A. Clute. 
HARRIET LILLIAN, b. March 22. 1859. Res. Pittsfield, Mass. 
HENRY PARKER, b. Sept. 24, i86i ; d. April 20, 1865. 
JENNIE RUSSELL, b. Sept. 24, 1867; unm. Res. 108 Ann St., 
Hartford, Conn. 

4322. vi. KIMBALL SEVERANCE, b. Oct. 7, 1873. 

2704. CHARLES^NELSON FIELD (Silas, Solomon. Moses, Ebenezer. Sam- 
uel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Silas and Gratia 
(Catlin), b. in Conway, Mass., Oct. 26, 1810, where he resided. A noted hunter. 
He m. December, 1832, Anna, dau. of Phineas and Wealthy Newhall, of Conway, 
b. Feb. 25, 1811; d. March 4, 1846; m., 2d, Sept. 23, 1846, Rebecca D., dau. of Jon- 
athan and Jane (Smith) Tolman, of Conway, Mass. He d. Oct. 14, 1884. 
EMERY, b. September, 1834; d. in childhood. 
SILAS, b. April, 1832; d. in childhood. 

WEALTHY ADALINE, b. March i, 1836: m. March i, 1854. 
Ebenezer A. Burnham, of Easthampton, Mass. Res. Shelburne 
SILAS H., b. March 23, 183S; m. Harriet N. Boyden. 
EMILY ANNIE, b. Feb. i3, 1846; m. Dec. 25, 1866, Albert S. 
Edgarton, of West Winsted, Conn. Res. New London, Conn. 

4323. vi. CHARLES THEODORE, b. May 26. 1850; m. Fanny Maria 


2706. HORACE LOREN FIELD (Horace, Solomon, Moses, Ebenezer, Sam- 
uel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Horace and Zurviah 
Burnham, b. in Conway, Mass., July 9, 1809; d. June 2, 1853. He m. 1831, Mary S. 
Sherman, of Conway. 

4329. i. ORRA SHERMAN, b. May 22, 1S34; m. Sarah Shaw. 

4330. ii. HORACE S., b. Jan. 23, 183S. 

4331. iii. CLARISSA, b. ; d. . 

2708. ALVIN S. FIELD (Horace, Solomon, Moses, Ebenezer, Samuel, Zech- 
ariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Horace and Zurviah (Burn- 
ham), b. in Conway, Mass., Nov. 21, 1814. He settled in Northampton, and d. Sep- 
tember, 1866. He m. Sylvia, dau. of Chester and Phila (Jewett) Crafts, of South 
Deerfield, Mass., b. Jan. 18, 181 8. No issue. 

2709. ELIJAH FIELD (Horace, Solomon, Moses, Ebenezer, Samuel, Zechar- 
iah, John, John. Richard, William, William), son of Horace and Zurviah (Burn- 
ham), b. in Conway, Mass., Dec. 16, 1817. He removed, in 1S62, to Springfield, 
Mass., where he now resides, engaged in trade. He m. July 6, 1842, Emerett L., 
dau. of Joseph and Anna (Davis) Hill, of Williamsburg, Mass., b. June 13, 1S24. 

4332. i. EDWIN SCOTT, b. March 5, 1844; m. Carrie Farmer. 

4333. ii. FREDERICK ELIJAH, b. Feb. 3, 1855; d. May 31, 1864. 

271 1. MOSES BURNHAM FIELD (Horace, Solomon, Moses, Ebenezer, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Horace and 
Zurviah (Burnham), b. in Conway, Mass., Oct. 25, 1822; d. March 14, 1867. Hem. 
March 16, 1848, Lucinda Edson, of Ashfield, Mass., b. March 14, 1829; d. June 2, 

Moses B., of Conway, May 21, 1867; wife, Lucinda; children, Elwin, age seven- 


teen; d. Feb. 23, 1871, age twenty-one years and three months; Lottie S., age 
twelve; m. Emory Brown. 

Lucmda, Conway, Aug. 14, 1894; d. June 2, 1894; only next of kin a grand- 
daughter, Ada S. Brown, of Conway. — Franklin Co^mty Probate. 

4334. i. EDWIN,* b. Nov. 5, 1849; d. Feb. 23, 1S71. 

4335. ii. CHARLOTTE S., b. May 16, 1855; m, March 12, 1873, Emory 

Brown, of Conway. Ch. : i. Ada S. Res. Conway. 

2715. CONSIDER WILDER FIELD (Joel, Solomon, Moses, Ebenezer, Sam- 
uel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Joel and Philinda 
(Wilder), b, in Conway, Mass., Dec. 4, 1820; d. Dec. 13, 1876. He m. Nov. 28, 
1850, Mary Ann, dau. of Charles and Fanny (Godfrej^) Field, of Conway, b. March 
12, 1827. 

Consider, of Conway, 1877; wife, Mary Ann; half of property to be given to 
children. Names not mentioned. Petition for probate dated Dec. 21, 1876. Men- 
tions as follows: W^idow, Mary Ann; Frank E., age 20 years, son, of Conway; 
Etta F., age 15 years, daughter, of Conway; Mary W., age 13 years, daughter, of 
Conway; Lizzie M., age 10 years, daughter, of Conway. — Franklin County Probate. 

He d. Dec. 13, 1876. 

4336. i. FRANKLIN EDGAR, b. Julys, 1857; non compos mentis. 

4337. ii. ETTA FRANCIS, b. May 21, 1861; m. April 9, 1878, Frederick 

W. Dowding, of Conway, at Brattleboro, Vt. He was b. 1852. 
Res. Conway, Mass. Ch. : i. Charles Edwin Dowding, b. Dec. 
15. 1879; d. Sept. 18, 18S2. 2. Mary Evelyn Dowding, b. Sept, 
9, 1883. P. O. address, Conway, Mass. . 

4333. iii. MARY WILDER, b. Dec. 19, 1863; m. Oct. 17, 1893, George A. 
Roberts. Res. Greenfield, Mass. He was b. Aug. 20, 1862. Is 
a provision dealer. 

4339. iv. ELIZABETH MARIA, b. Nov. 20, 1866; unm. Res. Conway. 

2716. ISRAEL WILDER FIELD (Joel, Solomon, Moses, Ebenezer, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William) son of Joel and Philinda Wilder, 
b. in Conway, Mass., Feb. 20, 1823; d. there Dec. 27, 1863. He m. July i, 1S51, 
Elizabeth Ann, dau. of James and Sarah (Andrews) Ranney, of Ashfield, Mass. 
He was a builder. 

Israel W., ot Conway, Dec. 27, 1863; died intestate; wife, Elizabeth A.; 
children, Edgar A., Eleanor J., both minors, of Conway; Consider Field, adminis- 
trator. — Franklin County Probate. 

4340. i. ELEANOR JANE, b. Jan. 27, 1856; m. Charles Fisher. Res. 100 

Huntington St., Hartford, Conn. 
4341. ii. EDGAR A., b. Feb. 10, i860; m. Gertrude Judd. 

2718. JOEL FIELD (Joel, Solomon, Moses, Ebenezer, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William. William), son of Joel and Philinda (Wilder), b. in 
Conway, Mass., Sept. 30, 1S27. He removed in 1866 to West Springfield, Mass., 
where he resided until he moved to South Deerfield, Mass.. and later to Mitte- 
neague, Mass. He m. Nov. 30, 1848, Fanny, dau. of Isaack and Esther H. (Wing) 
Mellen, of Conway, Mass., b. April 19, 1830. 

4342. i. SILAS WRIGHT, b. Sept. 26, 1849. 

2722. REV. CHESTER FIELD (Chester, Solomon, Moses, Ebenezer, Sam- 
uel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Chester and Sophia 

* .State records say Ehvin. 


(Loveridge), b. in Deerfield, Mass., Sept. 4, 1S16. He was licensed April 16, 1838, a 
local Methodist preacher, and supplied the vacant churches in Cummington and 
North Dighton, Mass., from 1838 to June, 1839, while pursuing his studies at Frank- 
lin Academy, when whe was stationed at Topsfield. His pastorates were Lowell, 
four years; Boston, three years; Lynn, Worcester and Wilbraham, two years each. 
He closed his active labors at Lowell, but subsequently took charge of the Dorches- 
ter street church in Boston, where he died Nov. 24, 1864, from which church he 
was buried on the 26th. He m. November, 1839, Louisa Blanchard, ot Buckland, 

b. ; d. 1845; m., 2d, Dec. 28, 1846, Marietta, dau. ot Edmund and Sarah 

(Bailey) Perley, of Lempster, N. H., b. March 30, 1823. 

Chester Field, clergyman, last dwelt in Newton; died Nov. 24, 1864; left 
widowt Marietta Field, and children, Leon Chester Field, born Feb. 8, 1848, and 
Maria Louise Field, born Nov. 28, 1851. Said Marietta appointed administratrix of 
estate, Jan. 10, 1865. Estate not exceed $4,000, all personal. He had a library of 
2,000 volumes. — Middlesex Co. Probate. 

4343. i. LEON CHESTER, b. Feb. 8, 1848. 

4344. ii. MARIA LOUISE, b. Nov. 28. 1851. 

4345. iii. CHARLES SUMNER, b. April 13, 1857; d. July ro, 1863. 

2725. REV. AUSTIN FIELD (Chester, Solomon, Moses, Ebenezer, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John. Richard, William, William), son of Chester and Sophia 
(Loveridge), b. in Deerfield, Mass., Sept. 30, 1825. He settled in 1852 in Shelburne 
Falls; in 1858 removed to North Adams; to Greenfield, and returned to Shelburne 
Falls; from there to North Adams, where he now resides. He m. May 26, 1852, at 

Vernon, Vt., Sarah Rockwood, of Greenfield, Mass., b. ; d. Sept. 17, 1855; m., 

2d, June 8, 1859, Martha A., dau. of Charles A. and Anna Butler, of North Adams, 
and widow of Clemont L. Chapm. 

4346. i. SARAH ELIZABETH, b. Sept. 16. 1855: m. Dr. Elijah Munger, 

of North Adams, now of West Winchester, Conn. 

2732. GEORGE FIELD (Elijah, Solomon, Moses, Ebenezer, Samuel, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b.;May 13, 1S29; m. Fitchburg. Mass., 
April 9. 1855, Sarah Lyon Pierce, b. Southbridge, Mass., Feb. i, 1831; d. Feb. 28, 
1859. He was a He d. July 24, 1861. Res. Ashfield, Mass. 

4347. ■ i. HARRIET JANE, b. July 12, 1857; m. Nov. 11, 1876, Dr. Dares 

Emory Bartlett; res. 63 Fairfield avenue, Holyoke, Mass.; b. 
April 3, 1852. He is a dentist. Ch. : i. Emily Gladys Bartlett, 
b. Dec. 30, 1891, Holyoke, Mass. 

2737. FRANKLIN HERBERT FIELD (Elijah, Solomon, Moses. Ebenezer, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Sept. 19, 1849, in 
South Ashfield, Mass.; m. Westfield, Aug. 28, 1873, Laura Weston, b. May i, 1845. 
He is a farmer. Res. South Ashfield, ]\Iass. 

434S. i. GEORGE CHESTER, b. Nov. 29, 1S74; m. April 5, 1898, Lillian 
E. Morton ; res. South Ashfield. 

4349. ii. ARTHUR HERBERT, b. April 10. 18S2. 

4350. iii. MINNIE LAURA, b. Sept. 28, 1887. 

273S. OBED S. FIELD (Edward, Noah, Moses, Ebenezer, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John. John, Richard, William, William), b. Deerfield, Mass., May 28. 1814; m. 
Copley. Ohio, Jan. 13, 1853, Mrs. Mary L. C. Page, b. July 14, 1821; d. May 2, 1896. 
He was a carpenter and farmer. 

Obed S. Field came to Ohio in 1833, and carried on different branches of busi- 
ness near Montrose, Summit county. He was a carpenter by trade, having bought 


his time of his father when nineteen years of age that he might learn a trade. With 
his brother Henry B. he owned and operated a saw-mill. He also worked much at 
the cooper trade, and dealt largely in fat stock for the market. He was an expert 
with the scythe and cradle, and had the "pleasure" of operating one of the old-fash- 
ioned threshing machines that threshed out the grain, but did not separate it from 
the straw and chaff. Thus he shifted about for twenty years till the comely young 
widow, Mary L. C. Page, took him and his to her own home, where he lived continu- 
ously for thirty-five years. He was known as a strong man physically, was about 
six feet in height, and well proportioned, and at the new home had a chance to use 
his strength in a fane stone quarry on the place, and also in removing the giants of 
the forest — the sturdy oaks and chestnut trees which were then in abundance. Like 
the rest of his kindred, he was of a strong religious turn of mind, and had prayer in 
his home at morning and at night. In his designs he could say, "I will" in genuine 
"Field fashion," and the execution of his plan was prompt and decisive. He never 
used liquor nor profane language. He was strictly temperate, and his four boys, 
early in life, learned to keep in "the straight and narrow path." Like most men, 
he had his faults, but it must be said, he was always "true to his home and family." 

His helpmate, Mary L. C. Field, survived him in life a little over eight years. 
She was a woman of fine qualities. She is said to have been a relative of Sir Joshua 
Reynolds, the great artist. On her mother's side was a long line of clergymen, and 
the literary and artistic nature pervades the whole house. She was born m Parish- 
ville. N. Y., July 14, 1821, and came with her parents to Ohio when about sixteen 
years of age. For a time she worked at making maps in Akron, Ohio. She was a 
splendid singer, and understood music, and in spelling was better than a dictionary 
or spelling-book — for a person could learn the correct word quicker from her than 
from any book. She was eminently a woman of the home, and like her husband, 
was a great reader. The best reading and'plenty of it was the rule. She was of 
medium stature and a woman of great endurance, and always delighted in doing 
her own housework and that in her own way. She was a Christian woman, and 
wherein the majority of women fail, she wrought her greatest success — "she made 
home happy." She was the mother of six children — two by her first husband, and 
four by her second husband. Of her children, one boy, Clarence Page, died at the 
age of sixteen years. All her children were good scholars, and except Clarence all 
have taught school, and are leading honorable lives. Ellen Page (Miller) was for 
several years a principal in the Akron High School. M. L. C. Field taught in the 
public schools of Summit county for twenty-five years almost continuously. 

Calvin Averill, b. June 21, 1777; d. Jan. 6, 1865. Cynthia Reynolds, b. May 23, 
1787; d. Jan. 31, 1842; m. Oct. 15, 1804. Ch. : i. Julius Averill, b. Nov. 19, 1805; 
d. 1823. 2. Adelia Averill, b. May 20, 180S; m. Levi Manning; he d. June 16, 1841. 
3. Emma Averill, b. Sept. 10, 1814; m. Frank Rogers. 4. Mary L. C. Averill, b. 
July 14, 1821; m. Ashley Page, Feb. 16, 1843; d. Feb. 10, 1848; m.. 2d Obed S. 
Field. Obed d. Feb. 2, 188S. Res. Copley, Ohio. 

4351. i. MANDRED L. C, b. Feb. 6, 1854; m. Mrs. Tillie G. Edgerton. 

4352. ii. WARREN S. W., b. June 11, 1857; m. Helena A. Barrett and 

Hetty A. De Witt. 

4353. iii. CHARLES H. B., b. July 31, 1S60; unm. ; res. Montrose, Ohio. 

Chas. H. B. has taught both public and high school, and is a 
printer, photographer, carpenter, stone-mason, blacksmith, 
farmer and general all-around old bachelor. As a monument of 
patience and toil he has in his library a translation into phonetic 
shorthand of the entire New Testament Scriptures, nicely done 
by his own hand with pen and ink, and making a book of goo 


pages, 8xio>^ inches and ov^er 2 inches thick. The object of the 
book was to acquire practice in writing shorthand. 


The Readin,' ' Ritui ajtd Relii^ion : Rites, Customs atid Doings 

of ojir Forefather's, 

By Chas. H. B. Field, Montrose, Ohio. 

It is the purpose of this sketch to give briefly a review of the 
customs, manners, "queer ideas," etc., of the "Long Ago." We 
leave the reader to draw his own conclusions. 

Parker Reynolds was my mother's mother's father, my great- 
grandfather, and a Baptist minister, which was also the vocation 
of his father and grandfather, and presumably so on along with 
Sir Joshua Reynolds, of England. He was born in 1753, and died 
in 1830. It is said by those who knew that he read the Bible 
through twenty-four times in the last two years of his life. On 
the first of every month he would begin the book of Genesis, and 
on the last of every month complete the book of Revelations. 

The corners of his old Bible were worn like a child's favorite 
story-book. He had then been a student for three-fourths of a 
century, but never tired of "searching The Promises." Not 
many ministers of the present day read their Bibles as much in a 
lifetime — of even a hundred years. It is hardly necessary to say 
that during those two years he did little except read. The rest 
of the story is taken from the records which are yet in a good 
state of preservation. 

The letter and other articles are copied verbatim except in two 
or three instances where words were Deacon Brown in 
his hasty writing. The spelling is retained in most instances to 
show the Deacon's collegiate training. Brown was a very devout 
man, but cared not so much for his spelling as for the thought to 
be conveyed. 

An Old Letter of the Eighteenth Century. — "Dear Brother. 
The first of May has come which again calls for the employment 
of my Pen, how readily does it moov when urged on by a heart 
flowing with Love and glowing with friendship to bare intili- 
gence to my much esteemd brother — My last informed of an 
apointment we had to attend upon the ordinance of Baptism we 
met together with a considerable auditory of People for this new 

"I entertained the people from Rom. gth. 33, 'As it is written. 
Behold, 1 lay in Sion a stumbling-stone, and Rock of offence: 
and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. ' I en- 
devored to shew who this Rock is and who lays it, and why men 
stumble at it and the talicy and danger of it — then spake of the 
stability firmness & sutibility of its being a foundation for 


"What it was to believe so as not to be asham'd concluded by 
giving my ideas on Baptism — The whol appeard solemn & 
somewhat affecting and 1 think I can say without ostentation we 
had some degree of the Divine [presents with us the Day was 


cold and raine^', and it was thought advisable for Dea. Cochrin 
to desist going forward till weather was more favorable and 
water warmer which was complied with the others went for- 

"This day weak, we met again to attend with old Deac'n 
Cochrin in the ordinance of Baptism I entertained the public 
from Eccles. nth. 6 vr I endevered to maintain that from the 
morning of our days till the evening of the sam we were under 
obligations to obey God, and could not be excus'd from the 
same, and endeavoured to press home the necessity of every-ones 
amediately complying with God's commands 

"The day was truly affecting and solemn, there was very few 
but what was appeareutly affected under the improvement 1 
concluded by attending to some objections made upon Deac'n 

Cochrins changing his oppinion when so old &C. After I 

had done speaking the old man rose up and addressed the people 
on the occation with the greatest degree of solemnity sensibility 
and good understanding every word was spoken directly to the 
very purpose none too much nor anything wanting. 

"this to what had before been said was like apples 
of Gould in pictures of silver — this seen was very affecting and 
every countinance looked solemn — then I wished for my brothers 
company to rejoice with us. we went down to the water sing- 
ing, this old Father sang all the way with heart felt joy and 
alacrity of soul — when he was coming out ot the water some ex- 
pressed that they thought he looked Angelic we went from the 
water rejoicing in the praises of God 

"The old man scem'd oncommonly elevated, he blessed God 
that he had liv'd to see this Day which was one ot the best he 

had ever seen in upwards of ninety four years Bless the 

Lord O my soul for all the wonderfull things he has and is and 
will do for Sion — 

"I must concld by subscribing my selfyours ever in the best 

of bonds " 

"Solomon Brown — 
Peru May the i 1794 — 
Parker Reynolds — 
Number 6 — " ^ 

On the back of the folded letter was written: 

"Solomon Brown 


Parker Reynolds 

6 — Monthly Letter 

May I — 1794 — " 

^Ir. Brown and Mr. Reynolds had agreed to write to each 
other every month and this was Mr. Brown's 6th letter of the 

This Deacon Cochrin's son [Silas, if rightly remembered] was 
the captain under whom my grandfather, Calvin Averill. enlisted 
in the war of 18 12. 

The above letter was written on heavy, unruled paper, fool's- 
cap size. In the paper was stamped the figure of a warrior in a 


sitting posture, supporting a spear in one hand, and the other is 
out-stretched and holds aloft a bouquet, torch or the like. 

At one side of the warrior is represented a youth. Three 
circles surround these figures and there is a representation of a 
crown resting on the circles. At the top between the circles is 
the letter H, 

The diameter of the outer circle is 2/i inches; the second, 2^; 
the inner, 2^4^ inches. On the opposite leaf in a circle lyi inches 
in diameter is what appears to be a monogram of the letters E R 
which has been interpreted as "English Royal." 

Mr. Reynolds' old diary attests to the following: "An Ac- 
count of Marriages by Parker Reynolds, Minister of the Gospel. 
Ordained at Peru, January 5, 1804." "i. Calvin AveriU to (my 
daughter) Cynthia Reynolds, Oct. 15, 1804. — At my house in 
Elisabeth Town." [The state was omitted but is New York in 
each instance.] The ninth marriage recorded is as follows; — "9. 
Isaac Williams to Ama Wait in the Highway by the house of 
deacon Richard Truesdel, Caldwell, (Warren County) June 2 — 
1814. The Bride when married had no Garment on but A 
Woman's Shirt.* Witnesses: Anna Smith, Anne Beswick, 
Rhoda Reynolds, besides a number of spectators, — Deacon 
Truesdel and his wife, Reuben Smith, William Grandy, and 
Rhenomah Thomas." 

4354. iv. CYRUS W,, b. Oct. 7, 1867; m. Margaret E. Smith. 

2739. CHESTER FIELD (Edward, Noah, Moses, Ebenezer, Samuel, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. July 20, 1817; m. Celesta Porter, 
Was a carpenter. He d. Feb. 3, 1S54. Res. Copley, Ohio. 

4355. i. ANNA, b. ; d. . 

4356. ii. NANCY, b. ; m. Elic Robinson; res. Wordon P. O., Summit 

county, Ohio. Ch. : i. Blanche. 2. Minnie. 

4357. iii. WILLIAM, b. ; m. Miss Frain; res. Orville, Wayne county, 

Ohio. Ch. : i. Forrest. 

4358. iv. ORRIN C, b. Sept. 28, 1842; m. Susan Urania Carnaby. 

2740. HENRY B. FIELD (Edward, Noah, Moses, Ebenezer, Samuel, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Dec. 26, 1815; m. June, 1841, 
Amelia Delashmot, b. Dec. 14, 1824, He d. . Res. Stow, Ohio. 

CHARLES, b. July 7, 1843; m. Lucy Rogers. 

FRANCIS, b. ; d. . 

NELSON, b. Sept. 4, 1S49; m. Louisa Weary and -- . 

ELLA, b. Oct. 26, 1847; na- Alonzo Henderschott. 
CARL, b. ; d. young. 

2742. OTIS FIELD (Edward, Noah, Moses, Ebenezer, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Oct. 17, 1805; m. Feb. 17, 1842, Mary 
Ingalls. He d. March 5, 1S51. Res. Ohio. 

2743. AUSTIN FIELD (Edward, Noah. Moses, Ebenezer, Samuel, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. March 14, 1807, in North Adams. 
Mass.; m. July 13, 1S34, Sarah Ann Compton, b. Feb. 28, 1820; d. Jan. 17, 1866; 











*There is said to have been a law or custom in vogue at that time, that if a couple was 
married in the public highway and the bride wore but the one garment, they were freed from 
paying all debts. 
















m., 2d, Feb. 24, 1S74, Matilda Stokins. He was a carpenter and cordwainer. He 
d. Dec. 8, 1879. Res. Bath, Ohio. 

4364. i. CORDELIA, b. July 14, 1S3S; m. Dec. 20, 1S55, Luther B. Doane; 

res. Conklin. Mich. Ch. : i. Delora. 2. Elmer. 

4365. ii. AURELIA, b. July 17, 1840; m. Sept. 8, i86r, Theron Emmons; 

res. Conklin, Mich. He is a farmer; was b. Oct. 11, 1842. Ch. : 

1. Ida Augusta Emmons, b. Aug. 15, 1862; m. June 26, 1S84, 
Charles Rufus Bishop; res. Conklin, Ottawa county, Mich. 

2. Daniel Escott Emmons, b. Feb. 11, 1869; m. Dec. 2, 1891, 
Mary Sarah Buck; res. Conklin, Ottawa county, Mich. 3. Mar- 
cus Henry Emmons, b. July 2, 1876; m. April 7, 1898, Ella 
Amy Nobles ; res. Conklin, Ottawa county, ]\Iich. 4. Celia Corde- 
lia Emmons, b. Oct. 29. 1882; res. Conklin, Ottawacounty, Mich^ 

LESTER, b. June 20, 1843; m. Lorinda Harris. 

DEXTER, b. Nov. 8, 1841 ; m. Eliza E. Cassety. 

HENRY, b. Sept. 14. 1S35; d. Aug. 12. 1836. 

SARAH, b. Jan. 17, 1837; d. Sept. 29, 1S37. 

AUGUSTA, b. Feb. 19, 1846; m. April 25, 186S, Samuel J. 

Cassety ; res. Menawataka, Wexford county, Mich. 
SYLVESTER, b. Feb. 20, 1855; d. March 6, 1862. 
SARA WEALTHY, b. Jan. 31, 1S79; unm. ; res. Oregon City, 


2744. EDWARD FIELD (Edward, Noah, Moses, Ebenezer, Samuel, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William. William), b. Aug. 25, 180S; m. January, 1834, 
Eliza Fuller. He d. April 24, 1891. Res. . 

4373. i. LOVINA, b. . 

4374. ii. MARY, b. . 

2751. DEXTER W. FIELD (Edward, Noah, Moses, Ebenezer, Samuel, Zech- 
ariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. May 14. 1823, Berkshire county, 
Mass.; m. Oct. 24, 1844, Misilla Smith, b. in Kentucky in 1829. He d. July 24, 
1894. Res. Delta, Col. 

4375. i. CHARLES A., b. Sept. i, 1851; res. Delta, Col. 

4376. ii. SENORETTA M., b. Nov. 5, 1859; m. Oct. 23, 1878, John W. 

Chapman; res. Spokane, Wash. He was b. Jan. 13. 1853; is a 
railroad contractor. Ch. : i. Frederick Chapman, b. Aug. 15, 
1879. 2. Franklin Chapman, b. Jan, 26, 1881, Alamosa. Col. ; d. 
July 6, 1882. 3. Maude Chapman, b. Sept. 26, 1882, Boise City, 
Idaho. 4. Mabel Chapman, b. April 25, 1884, Spokane, Wash. 
5. Wilson Chapman, b. Aug. 25, 1886, Ellensburg, Wash. 

4376X- ii" MARY E., b. Aug. 16, 1857; m. Dowling; res. Delta, Col. 

4376>^. iv. AUSTIN SHERMAN, b. Feb. 19, 1S63; res. Delta, Col. 

2752. NOAH FIELD (Edward, Noah, Moses, Ebenezer, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), b. June 11, 1827 ;*m. Jan. 6, 1848, Mrs. 
Julia Ann Owen. He d. . Res. . 

4377. i. LEVI W., b. Feb. 17, 1849; m. Young. 

4378. ii. NANCY ANN ELIZABETH, b. Feb. 12, 1S51. 

2753. ORRIN D. FIELD (Obed, Noah, Moses, Ebenezer, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Shelby, N. Y., Sept. 5, 1812; m. July 
22, 1845, Nancy Dobson, b. Nov. 6, 1884. He was a carpenter by trade; a Quaker 
in religion. He d. June 15, 1865. Res. East Shelby, N. Y. 


4379. i. MARY E., b. 

4380. ii. HARRIET L„ b. 

4381. iii. ELLA A., b. 

4352. iv. WILLIAM H., b. Jan. 20, 1864; m. Lizzie May Watson. 

2758. SAMUEL FIELD (Sharon, Phinehas. Moses. Ebenezer, Samuel, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Sharon and Elizabeth (Lamb), 
b. in Northfield, Mass., May 27, 1815; d. Jan. 13, 1880. He m. Jan. 10, 1849. Sarah, 
dau. of Benajah and Venie (Amy) Woodbury, of Potton, L. C, b. March 19, 1829. 

Samuel, of Northfield, 18S0; Jan. 26, 18S0. Heirs, Ellen M, Dunham, daughter; 
Henry J. Dunham, son-in-law; Alice J. Field, daughter; Sarah Field, widow. — 
Franklin Co. Probate. 

4353. i. ELLEN M., b. Nov, 6, 1849; m. Nov. 27, 1872, Henry J. Dunham, " 

of Chesterfield, N. H. 
4384. ii. ALICE J., b. Oct. 29, 1855. 

2759. REUBEN MORGAN FIELD (Sharon, Phinehas, Moses, Ebenezer, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Sharon and 
Elizabeth (Lamb), b. in Northfield, Mass., Oct. b, 1816; d. Jan. 16, 1S76. He m . 
Nov. 7, 1837, Harriet M., dau. of Rufus and Roxana Scott, of Gill, Mass., b. Sept. 
22, iSii; d. June, 3, 1871. 

Reuben M. Field, of Northfield, Jan. x6, 1876, died; no widow. Children, 
Ansel Field, Mary E, Briggs, Lucy F. Field; estate insolvent. — Franklin Co. 

ANSEL, b. June 26, 1839; m. Amy Graves. 

SARAH JANE, b. July 16, 1848; d. Jan. 16, 1861. 

MARY ELIZABETH, b. Jan. 14, 1850; m. Nov. 17. 1869, James 

L. Briggs, of Erving, Mass. 
LUCY FRANCES, b. April 17, 1853. 

HON. LUCIUS FIELD (Moses F., Phinehas, Moses, Ebenezer, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Northfield, Mass., Aug. 15, 
1840; m. Aug. 14, 1862, Annie S. Harrington; d. April 16, 1874; m., 2d, Nov. 17, 
1875, Mary A. Wilmarth. Hon. Lucius Field, son of Moses and Catherine Swan 
(Alexander) Field, was born in Northfield, Franklin county, Mass. He obtained his 
education in the common schools and high school of Northfield. His first connec- 
tion in business was with Hon. Elisha Brimhall, of this town, under the firm name 
ot E. Brimhall & Co., the partnership beginning Jan. i, 1867. In 1872 it was changed 
to Field & Sawyer, Mr. Brimhall retiring, and Mr. Field becoming senior member ot 
the firm, Henry O. Sawyer, now of West Boylston, being the junior partner. 
This partnership continued until 1878, when the firm became known under its 
present name, although Mr. Field was the only member of the firm. David Dias 
has been a member since 1886, while Walter V, Burdett was connected with it for 
several years, up to his removal to North Adams a few years since. Mr. Field 
married in Clinton, a daughter of Mrs. Sarah P. Harrington. His second marriage 
was with Mary A. Wilmarth, Mr. Field was elected an assessor of the town 
in 1869, and in 1873 was elected town clerk, being re-elected in 1874-75-76-77. 
He served as town treasurer in 1889. In 1878 he was elected representa- 
tive to the general court and was again elected in 1S82. He was elected to 
the state senate in 1S89, He enlisted in i86x in Company — , 36th Regiment, 
Massachusetts Volunteers, as a private, and was promoted to commissary and 
quartermaster-sergeant. He was promoted to second lieutenant ; was engaged in 
the battle of Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 12, 1862. The regiment was transferred 
from Virginia to General Grant's command, and participated in the siege of Vicks- 






















burg, J\Iiss., July 3, 1S63, when the place was taken. From there the regiment re- 
turned to Virginia, and was in the battle ot the Wilderness, May 5, 1864. and in 
various engagements and skirmishes from there to Petersburg, Va., and in several 
engagements and skirmishes from there to the surrender of General Lee at Appo- 
matox, April, 1S65, and was honorably discharged. He served as vice-president of 
the old board of trade and has been prominent in Baptist church matters. He was 
coroner from 1865 until the law was changed.requiring medical examiners. He is 
a past high priest of Clinton R. A. Chapter, a past grand king of the Grand Royal 
Arch Chapter of Massachusetts, past commander of E. D. Baker Post, No. 64, 
G. A. R. , a member of Lancaster Lodge, Odd Fellows, treasurer of the Worcester East 
Agricultural Society and treasurer of the Clinton-Lancaster Driving Park Associa- 
tion. He is also a director of the First National Bank, and a member of the board 
of trustees and of the finance committee of the Clinton Savings Bank. 

He m. Anna S., dau. of Isaac and Sarah P. (Whittemore) Harrington, of Clin- 
ton, b. Aug. 26, 1S40; m., 2d, Mary Augusta, dau. of George L. and Mary J. 
(Whittemore) Wilmarth, of Taunton, Mass. 
Res. Clinton, Mass. 

MARY ALTHEA, b. May 28, 1866, Clinton, Mass. 

CATHERINE SARAH, b. Dec. 26, 1868, Clinton, Mass. 

DAUGHTER, b. April 28, 1871; d, April 28, 1871. 

ANNE FLORENCE, b. Aug. 2, 1872, Clinton, Mass. 

LESLIE WHITTEMORE, b. April 12, 1877, Clinton, Mass. 

2767. FRANCIS EDWARD FIELD (Moses F., Phinehas, Moses, Ebenezer, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Moses and 
Catherine Alexander, b. in Northfield, Mass., Feb. 23, 1845. He removed in 1868 
to Greenfield; in 1878 to Clinton, Mass., where he now resides. Is a furniture 
salesman. He m. Jan. 2, 1868, Myra R., dau. of Nathan and Lydia (Merriman) 
Smith, of Gill, Mass., b. April 19, 1845. 

4393- i- LILLIAN MARIA, b. Dec. 23, 1868. "Frank W. Wright, of Wor- 
cester, and Miss Lillian Maria Field, were married yesterday, 
in Clinton, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. 
Frank E. Field, no Pearl street. Only relatives and personal 
friends of the family were present. Rev. Dr. W. W. Jordan, of 
Clinton, and Rev. B. W. Pennock, of New Bedford, performed 
the ceremony. The bride wore white Swiss muslin over white 
satin, with white ribbon and old lace. She carried a bouquet of 
roses, and wore a sprig of lilies of the valley in her hair. A 
reception was held at the conclusion of the ceremony." — Wor- 
cester, Mass., paper, November, 1899. 
4394. ii. FRANK ALEXANDER, b. Oct. 26, 1872. He res. Allston, Mass., 
395 Cambridge street; is a retail dealer in fruit, vegetables and 
canned goods under the firm name of Field, Wheeler & Co. 

2770. JOSIAH ALEXANDER FIELD (Moses F., Phinehas. Moses, Ebenezer, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Northfield, Mass., 
Oct. 21, i860; m. Leominster, Nov. 13, 1884, Fannie Estella Osborn, b. Dec. 15, 
1858. He is a clerk for his brother Lucius in his furniture store. Res. Clinton, 
Mass, 102 Prescott street. 

4395- i. HARLAN EUGENE, b. Dec. 17, 1890. 

2775. RODNEY AUGUSTUS FIELD (Aaron, Jesse, Aaron, Ebenezer, Sam- 
uel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Aaron and Lovina 


(Scott), b. in Bernardston, Mass. He settled about 1824 in Brattleboro, Vt. ; in 

removed elsewhere ; in 1864 returned to Brattleboro; from there elsewhere, where 
he d. He m. Theoda. dau. of Isaac and Susan (Harris) Plummer, of Brattleboro, 

4396. i. OSCAR, b. ; m. . 

4397. ii. THEODA, b. ; m. . 

4398. iii. ELLEN, b. ; m. . 

2776. AARON WESSON FIELD (Aaron, Jesse, Aaron, Ebenezer, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John. John, Richard, William, William), son of Aaron and Lovina 
(Scott), b. in Bernardston, Mass., Jan. 13, 1807. He removed in 1859 to East Hart- 
ford, Conn., where he resided; d. Dec. 26, 1872. He m. April 23 1829, Harriet, 
dau. of John and Elizabeth Hamilton, of Bernardston, b. Sept. 30, 1807; d. at 
Woods Holl. Mass., Feb. 23, 1882. 

4399. i. DWIGHT HAMILTON, b. May 27, 1832; m. Mary J. Carlton. 

4400. ii. MARY ELIZABETH, b. Nov. 11, 1834; m. Nov. 24, 1853, James 

J. Stewart. 

4401. iii. HARRIET LOVINA, b. March 26. 1837; m. June 12, 1862, 

Franklin Holmes, of ; m.. 2d, March 25, 1868, William M. 

Hubbard, of Woods Holl, Mass. 
' 4402. iv. ADALINE MARIA, b. Sept. 2, 1841; m. Jan. 24, 1866, William 
M. Cleveland, of South Deerfield, d. Feb. 2. 1S81. 

2779. JOHN BURKE FIELD (Jesse, Jesse, Aaron, Ebenezer, Samuel, Zecha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Jesse and Lurancy (Parmenter), 
b. in Bernardston, Mass., Jan. 27, 1S24, where he now resides on the original farm 
taken up by Aaron Field in 1737. The old buildings were destroyed by fire in 1850. 
He m. June 10, 1837, Sarah Huey, dau. of Abel and Hannah (Littlefield) Hubbs, of 
Brooks, Me., b. Sept. 23, 1824. 

4403. i. JOHN ERI BURKE, b. Oct. 7, 1858; m. Sarah M. Bain. 

4404. ii. HATTIE LURANCY. b. Jan. 30, 1862; m. May i, 1884, Marcus 

C. Southworth, b. 1857; res. Campello, Mass.; is a farmer. 
Ch. : I. Ernest Channing, b. Jan. 26, 18S6. 

2781. REV. AARON WESLEY FIELD (Jesse, Jesse, Aaron, Ebenezer, Sam- 
uel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Jesse and Lurancy 
(Parmenter), b. in ; Bernardston, Mass., Oct. 31, 1837. He graduated at Williams 
College in 1S6 — ; studied divinity and was ordained a Congregational clergyman. 
He settled in Blandford, Mass., where he resided until iSSi, when he was dis- 
missed, and returned to Bernardston: 1870, pastor at New Marlboro; now resides 
New Marlborough, Mass. He m. June 12, 1S67, Jennie S., dau. of Jonas and Bath- 
sheba Raymond, of Williamstown, Mass.,b. July 10, 1839; she d. Feb. 14. 1883: m., 
2d, Nov. 19, 1884, Alice Breman, of Wayland, Mass., b. Jan. 31, 1847; d. Aug. 14, 

4405. i. ARTHUR EUGENE, b. Sept. 28. 186S; d. April 12, i8g6. 

4406. ii. ALICE LOUISA, b. Oct. 15, 1871; res. New Marlborough, Mass. 

4407. iii. WESLEY RAYMOND, b. Aug. 5, 1S74; res. Mill River, Mass. 

2783. DANIEL GORDON FIELD (Nathaniel R., David, Daniel. Joshua, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Nathaniel and 
Ruth (Noyes), b. in Salisbury, Vt, November, 1805. He was engaged in staging 
from Rutland to Burlington, Vt, and from Montpelier, Vt., to Boston, Mass., by 
the way of Concord, N. H., and Haverill, Mass., where he resided in 1842. After 












railroads were built, he gave up staging and retired to his farm in Leicester, Vt., 
where he died. He m. Elizabeth Towne, of Montpelier, Vt. 

IRA S. TOWNE. b. ; d. Sept. 19, 1877. 


DANIEL GORDON, b. May 4. 1S42; m. Rebecca Gould, of 
Waterbury; now, 1882, res. Montpelier; no issue. 

LAURA TOWNE, b. ; m. Henry Oviatt, of Montpelier, Vt. 

FRANCES MARIETTE, b. ; m. April, 1879. Charles H. 

Burnham, of Burlington, Vt. 

2784. HON. WILLIAM MORTON FIELD (Nathaniel R., David, Daniel, 
Joshua, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Nath- 
aniel and Ruth Noyes, b. in Salisbury, Vt., Sept. 5, 18x3. He removed to Brandon, 
Vt., and engaged in staging; was one of the firm of Cook, Field & Co., proprietors 
of a line of stages from Rutland to Burlington, Vt. He built and kept at various 
times the Brandon House, at Brandon, Vt. ; subsequently was engaged in the man- 
ufacture of cars at Brandon. He represented the town of Brandon in the legislature 
in 1849-50, and was Senator from Rutland count}- in 1856-57. In 1861, he was elected 
sheriff of Rutland county, which office he held for nineteen years. In 1862 he 
removed to Rutland, where he resided ; and was president of the Rutland Savings 
Bank. He m. July 24, 1S34, Minerva Kimball, dau. of Barzilla and Patty (Simonds) 
Davenport, b. Dec. 25, 1816; d. Oct. 20, 1890. 

4413. i. CHARLOTTE MARTHA, b. May 28, 1835; m. Feb. 5, i860, Rev. 

John Dennison Kingsbury, D. D., of Underbill, Vt. Res. Haver- 
hill, Bradford District No. 6, Church St., Mass. He was b. 
April 19, 1831. Ch. : i. John Kingsbury, b. Dec. 3. 1861 ; d. Jan. 
18, 1873. 2. Katherine Kingsbury, b. Jul}' ix, 1863; m. Oct. 3, 
1S8S, John Herbert Davis; d. Sept. 26, 1S89. 3. Martha Kings- 
bury, b. June 23, 1865; m. Sept. 7, 1S92, Frank Henry Colby. 
Res. Haverhill, Mass., Bradford District No. 6, Church St. 4. 
Charlotte Kingsbury, b, Oct. 24, 1876. Res. Haverhill, Mass., 
Bradford District No. 6. Church St. 
GEORGE DAVENPORT, b. Sept. 17, 1837; d. Sept. 20, 1842. 
CHARLES W., b. Nov. 16, 1839; d- Sept. 4, 1842. 
HENRY FRANCIS, b. Oct. 8, 1843; m. Annie Louisa Howe. 
MARY FRANCIS, b. Oct. 30, 1847; m. Feb. 7, 1866, Henry W. 
Kingsley, of Clarendon, Vt. Res. Rutland, Vt. He was b. 1840. 
Is a custom tailor. Ch. : i. Francis Rest Kingsley, b. 1870; 
m. March 6, 1S95. 2. Henry Field Kingsley, b. 1874; m. Sept. 
2, 1896. 3. Mary Ould Kingsley, b. 1S76. 4. Thomas Daven- 
port Kingsley, b. 1884. 5. Percy Morgan Kingsley, b. 18SS. 
6. Philip S. Kingsley, b. 18S0; d. i88r. 
44i3. vi. FREDERICK ALFRED, b. Jan. 7, 1850; m. Lillie Clark. 
1419. vii. ELLEN ADELAIDE, b. March 16, i»54; m. Gilbert D. Milling- 
ton, of Shaftsbury, Vt. Res. 25 Fairfield Av., West Medford, 

27S6. JOHN SHERMAN FIELD (John, David. Daniel, Joshua, Samuel, 
Zechariah. John, John, Richard, William, William), son of John and Anna (Gowdy), 
b. in Somers, Conn., Dec. 26, 1816. where he resided. He is a prominent and use- 
ful man in town, and has been honored by his townsmen by different offices for many 
years. He m. March 30, 1S42, Mary L., dau. of Nathan and Lovina Charter, of 
Ellington, Conn., b. Dec. 26, 18 17; d. April 2, 1SS6. 
























4420. i. MONROE SHERMAN, b. Jau. 22, 1S43; m. Ella Currier. 

4421. ii. FREDERICK WRIGHT, b. Aug. 20, 1850; m. Laura Kibbe. 

27S8. MARTIN H. FIELD (John, David, Daniel. Joshua, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, Willia 11, William), son of John and Anna (Gowdy), b. in Som- 
ers. Conn.. July iS, 1S21. Hem. Harriet, dau. of Elisha Kingsbury; d. Feb. 24, 

2792. EUGENE FIELD (John, David, Daniel, Joshua, Samuel, Zechariah. 
John, John, Richard, William, William), son of John and Anna (Gowdy), b. in Som- 
ers. Conn., July 4, 1836. He enlisted in Company K, 14th Regiment Connecticut 
Volunteers, and was discharged for disability brought on by over-exertion and 
exposure, and died of consumption March 12, 1874. He m. May 4, 1S53, Delinda 

ORVILLE E., b. May 7, 1854- 

ADELIA S., b. June 4, 1S61. 

ANNA E., b. Feb. 24, 1863. 

ARTHUR J., b. Jau. 7, 1S66. 

EDDA F., b. May i, 1S69. 

IRENE M., b. June 26, 1872. 

IMOGENE D., b. Nov. 16, 1S74. 

279S. LOREN FIELD (Daniel, David, Daniel, Joshua, Samuel, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Daniel and Cherry (Wood), b. in 
Somers, Conn., April 8, 1S22. He m. Oct. 30, 1843, Mary, dau. of Peter and Julia 
(Peck) Deming; d. March 2, 1856; m., 2d, June 27, 1863, Mary A., dau. of Levi and 
Mary (Batten) Cooley. Res. Somers, Conn. 

4429. i. JULIUS L.. b. Feb. 28, 1S44. He enlisted Oct. 5, 1863, in the 48th 
Regiment of New York Volunteers, and died from wounds 
received in the battle. He d. in Philadelphia, Pa., May 6, 1864. 
ELIZABETH A., b. Sept. 8, 1S53; d- September, 1856. 
HENRY, b. Nov. 19, 1S63. 
DANIEL, b. April 27, 1865. 
ELIZABETH, b. Feb. 7, 1868. 
NELSON, b. Oct. 18, 1870. 

2804-4. OSCAR ADDISON FIELD (Frances, Frances, Nathaniel, Joshua, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard. William, William), b. Cheshire, V.. June 
29, 1847; m. Aug. 28, 1882, Maria Lunsden, b. January, 1S56. He is a piano dealer. 
Res. 4038 West Belle St., St. Louis, ]\Io. 

443434^. i. LUCETTA L., b. July 2, 1883. 

4434>^. ii. OSCAR A., JR., b. Oct. 13, 1887. 

2804-10. ALBERT FIELD (Albert, Frances, Nathaniel, Joshua, Samuel, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Arcade, N. Y., May 11, 1S28; 
m. Freeport, 111., March 20, 1855, Lany M. Crill, b. Oct. 10, 1828; d. March 30, 
1894. He is a farmer. Res. Fairdale, De Kalb county. 111. 

44342^.1. ROSETTA M.. b. May 20, 1858; m. Oct. 22, 1884, George H. 
Castle. Res. Freeport Ch. : i. Grace Irene, b. May 5, 18S7. 
2. Howard J., b. March 24, 1891. 
443434:. ii. CHARLES S., b. April 8, i860; m. Ella Eychaner. 
4434-2. iii. JOHN B., b. Nov. 8, 1S61 ; m. Adda Myers. 

2804-11. DR. ARCHELAUS G. FIELD (Abel W.. Francis, Nathaniel, 
Joshua, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Gorham, 












N. Y., Nov. 15, 1S29; m. May 7, 1S77, at Cardington, O., Harriet W. Weatherby, b. 
Oct. I, 1846. In 1S3S he removed with his parents to Cateraugus county, New 
York, and afterward to Darby Plains Madison county, O., settling in Amity in 1S42. 
Here he attended the common schools, and subsequently attended academies in 
West Jefferson and London. His first occupation was that of farming, by which 
he provided scanty means to meet the expenses of schooling. The first substantial 
present he ever received was from the hand of Judge Burnham, upon whose farm, 
near West Jefferson, he worked, and who at the close of harvesting, in addition to 
paying $S per month as agreed upon, presented him with a $5 bill, as testimonial to 
ablebodied boyhood. He began teaching at the age of sixteen, and subsequently 
taught in Pickway, Ross and Franklin counties. His examinations for certificates 
included in addition to the usual branches, algebra, chemistry and astronomy, and 
his wages enabled him to purchase a liberal supply of books, with which to pursue 
the study of medicine. In 1S4S he jomed a company of emigrants, consisting of 
about thirty people, who moved by wagons, from iMadison county, Ohio, to Center- 
ville, Iowa. They were nearly two months on the road, camping wherever night 
overtook them. His entire possessions, books, medicines and clothing ^were con- 
tained in a trunk still in his possession, as is also a small wooden trunk, carried 
upon his back, while in quest of position as teacher. He located in Centerville for 
the practice of medicine, but finding very limited demand for his services, accepted 
an appointment as deputy county sheriff under G. W. Swiarngin, and in that 
capacity made the assessment and took the census in 1850 of a large part of Appa- 
noose county. In the meantime commissioners were appointed to select a location 
for the county seat of Wayne county, one of whom was Surveyor George Perkins, 
of Centerville. As the expedition was about to start over the wild prairie, Mr. 
Perkins invited the subject of this sketch and without asking a question, or even 
surmising as to why he did so, Dr. Field joined the party. At that time there were 
probably not over half a dozen settlers or cabins in Wayne county — none within 
several miles of the center. Several days elapsed in examining the lay of the county 
before a selection was made. Then Mr. Perkins disclosed the purpose of his kind 
invitation, by furnishing a slip of paper, upon which the numbers of the land 
selected were marked, and suggesting that his eighty and that eighty forming an 
L around the southeast corner of the chosen site would be a good thing to secure, if 
the land office at Fairfield could be reached in time to make the entry. There was 
no delay nor parleying nor disclosure of intention. A good horse solved the problem. 
Benhart Henn was at that time commissioner of the land office. Without hesi- 
tancy, he accepted the story of the young dust covered stranger, and to make secure 
tor the commissioners, the chosen site for the county seat (now Corydon) against 
the possibility of entry by others, he immediately placed a land warrant upon it, and 
then another upon the two eighty's designated by Dr. Field, to whom he gave a 
bond for a deed when payment should be made. The commissioners arrived the 
following day to find their chosen site secured for them, and for the other land war- 
rant Mr. Henn subsequently secured in bonus and interest forty per cent, with 
his investment. 

Returning to Centerville Dr. Field soon after formed a partnership with Dr. 
Nathan Udell, at Unionville, and in 1852 his father having died, returned to Amity, 
in Ohio, where he again engaged in practice, until September, 1853, when he 
entered upon the preliminary course in Starling Medical College, and graduated at 
the end of the regular course of 1S53-54. He then located in Hillsboro, O., and 
afterward formed a partnership with Dr. Buchanan, at Fincastle, doing a lucrative 
practice. From there he removed to Jacento, Miss., in 1S56, at which place he did 
an extensive practice for three years. An incident in the way of good luck here is 


worthy of notice, viz., that he was called to no patient either primarily or in con- 
sultation that did not recover, until after his business at a low rate of charging had 
amounted to over $1,300. But the war clouds appearing upon the political horizon, 
admonished him to return North, and in 1859 he located at Corydon. The first and 
only personal encounter he ever had was at Jacinto. Some one wrote some dog- 
gerel poetry, addressed to a party by the name of Boatright, who, with his wife, 
an estimable lady and teacher, had been at the hotel for some time. Having no 
visible means of support except from the wages of his wife, Boatright was not in 
very good odor, and the rhyme being somewhat expressive of public sentiment was 
offensive to him. As Dr. Field, who did not know he was under suspicion, was 
returning to his office on a hot summer day with a bottle of lemon syrup, with which 
to quench his thirst, Boatright ran out of a store and struck him on the head with a 
stick. The bottle and brickbats came into such lively play that Boatright drew his 
pistol and fired, but without effect, one ball struck over a store door, in which two 
men were standing at the time. Boatright was arrested, but upon his agreement to 
leave the country, which he did, the prosecution was dropped. At Corydon he soon 
acquired a large practice, and was also elected as president of the Wayne County 
Agricultural Society. As such his duties required him to attend the meetings of the 
State Agricultural Society at Des Moines, with which city he was so much pleased 
that he decided to make it his permanent home, and to which place he removed in 
the spring of 1S63. Prompted by the increased demands of the new location for 
better equipment and qualification he left in August of that year for New York, 
where he matriculated at Belleview, University, Medical College and College of 
Physicians and Surgeons, in order to hear Valentine Mott, Sr., Austin Flint, Sr., 
Willard Parker, Alonzo Clark and other celebrities who were quite evenly distributed 
among ihe above named colleges. At the close of the term, 1S63-64, he again 
received the degree of doctor in medicine from the last named institution. He also 
took a course in the law department of Simpson Centenary College, from which he 
received the degree of Bachelor of Law, and was admitted to the bar in 1S79, but 
never engaged in the practice of law. In 1865 he was elected a city physician for 
Des Moines, and in 1866 physician for Polk county, and as such had something to 
do in establishing the present county infirmary. In 1866 he was appointed examin- 
ing surgeon for pensions at Des Moines, the duties of which office he continued to 
perform singly and as secretary of the board of examining surgeons for eighteen 
years. Upon resignation he was appointed upon the board of review in the pension 
department at Washington. In iSSi he was elected to the chair of physiology and 
pathology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Keokuk, Iowa, which he 
held until 18S5. He was elected three successive' terms as secretary of the Iowa 
State Medical Society, and also as its president in 1872. His annual address on that 
occasion was entitled, "The Present Attitude of Medical Science," and was published 
in pamphlet form. In 1876 he was elected delegate to the International Medical 
Congress, in Philadelphia. He was twice elected mayor of North Des Moines, and 
the affairs of the town were conducted through both terms without a law suit or the 
creation of a dollar of bonded indebtedness. He has been an active member of 
various medical and scientific societies, including the American Society of Microsco- 
pists, and the American Medical Association, and is now an honorary member of 
the Des Moines Pathological Society, Polk County Medical Society and of the Iowa 
State Medical Society, In 1869 he devised a universal spray syringe, Ijy which the 
spray of medicinal substances is impinged directly upon the mucous surfaces of 
canals and cavities, described and illustrated in the May number, iS6g, Medical and 
Surgical Reporter, Philadelphia. In 1S67 he originated a new treatment for the 
cure of umbilical hernia in children, described in New York Medical- Record, Sep- 


tember, 1867, In 1875 he devised a musculo-tensometer to determine the extent of 
muscular resistance or paralysis. In 18S9 he devised a universal stand for micro- 
scopy, photography and photo-micrography, described and illustrated in Photo- 
graphic Mosaics, New York, 1890. In 1897 he successfully photographed through a 
six inch Clark telescope|a five'inch image of the moon, showing mountains and craters 
with considerable detail, without the aid of special lens, method described in Popu- 
lar Science, New York, January, 1898. At the meeting of the American Medical 
Association, in Baltimore, in 1895, he read a paper on "Bright Light in School Rooms 
a Cause of Myopia, with Proposed Means to Measure Intensity of Light." This paper 
attempted to show the fallacy of the popular doctrine that the more light in the 
school room the better, and that the abuse or careless use of such light is responsible 
for a very large per cent, of the myopics who emanate from the schools; subject 
illustrated by use of rectilinear photographic lens to show that focus recedes with 
reduction of diaphragm as it also does in near vision, and the persistent strain of the 
accommodative mechanism of the eye from the two causes results in the forward dis- 
placement of the lens, and elongation of the eyeball becoming permanent. This 
is myopia, or nearsightedness. Use of modified light and blackboard in distant vision 
recommended as preventive. Published in the Journal of the American Medical 
Association, Sept. 21, 1895. Also synopsis in Popular Science, New York, July, 
1895. Dr. Field began experiments in photo-micrography in 18S3, and is one of the 
pioneers in that line of work. Of late he has given considerable attention to micro- 
scopy of natural sciences, including biology, histology, bacteriology, &c., and it 
was with a view to popularizing this line of work that the Des Moiaes School of 
Technology was organized, which has as yet not been pushed to success. At vari- 
ous times he has appeared before medical and scientific societies illustrating his sub- 
jects with lantern slide photo-micrographs of his own construction, in which line of 
work he has acquired a considerable degree of proficiency. 

In May, 1877, he married Hattie E., daughter of Edmund Weatherby, of Card- 
ington, O. Three children have been born to the union, the only survivor being 
Dalton Arthur, who has already been admitted to the public high school. In 
religious sentiment Dr. Field is a Calvinistic Presbyterian, and in politics he is a 
Prohibition Republican. 

His life earnings are represented by Field's addition to the city of Des Moines, 
now known as Summit Park, one of the most elevated eligible and desirable parts 
of the city. During the last thiry-five years he purchased many small places, with- 
out established streets or alleys, and consolidating them has been able to locate and 
establish Eleventh, Twelfth and Thirteenth streets, between North street and Forest 
avenue, thus providing for the benefit of future citizens at great financial loss to 
himself, streets and alleys to over ninety lots. In addition to donating the land 
for the streets, the improvements by sidewalks, sewers, curbing and paving have 
amounted to over $10,000. 

Res. Des Moines, Iowa. 

4434-3. i. DALTON ARTHUR, b. Dec. 19, 1884. 

2804-12. DR. ORESTES GORDON FIELD (Abel W., Francis, Nathaniel, 
Joshua, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Jan. 19, 
1832, Gorham, N. Y. ; m. Jan. 2, 1868, Josephine Dille Latham, b. Jan. i, 1846. Dr. 
Orestes G. Field was born at Gorham, near Geneva, N. Y. He was the second son 
of Dr. Abel W., and Zilpha Field, who with their family came to Madison county, 
Ohio, from New York state about 1835, and settled on Darby Plains. In 1842 Dr. 
Abel W. Field removed his family to Amity, where the subject of this sketch was 
reared to manhood, and began the study of medicine with his father. He entered 


Starling Medical College, Columbus, O., about 1S56, and graduated from that insti- 
tution in 1858. During the same year he located at California, Madison county, O., 
and with Dr. Thomas as partner, began the practice of medicine. He was commis- 
sioned surgeon in the 4th Ohio Cavalry, March 19, 1862, and remained in the war 
until the close, after which he returned to Madison county, and located at Sedalia, 
where he was a successful practitioner. He died, aged sixty-three years, two 
months and fourteen days. He was married to Mrs. Josephine A. Latham, who 
still survives. He d. April 3, 1S95. Res. Sedalia, O. 

4434-4. i. FRANCIS FLOYD, b. March 15, 1875. He was born at Midway 
(Sedalia P. O.), Madison county, O., the second child of Orestes 
G. Field and Josephine A. Field; received his early education at 
the Midway schools, and graduated from the Midway high school 
May 22, 1894. He commenced the study of medicine in the fall 
of 1895, and attended lectures at Starling Medical College, Col- 
umbus, O. From that institution he received the degree of 
M. D., April 14, 1898. He is located at Zimmer, Franklin county, 
O., and is enjoying a lucrative practice at his chosen profession. 
4434-5. ii. JESSIE DILLE, b. March 10, 1872; m. June 22, 1892, Charles 
Dorn. Res. Sedalia, O. He was b. Feb. 8, 1868. Is a farmer 
and stock raiser. Ch. : i. Howard Field, b. May 8, 1893. 

2804-13. JAMES WITTER FIELD (Abel W., Francis, Nathanel, Joshua, 
Samuel, Zechariah, John, John. Richard, William, William), b. May 20, 1837, New 
York; m. June 12, 1862, Mary Reynolds, b. Nov. 24, 1839. He is a druggist. Res. 
Maryville, O. 

4434-6. i. FRANK C. b. Nov. 4, 1866. 

2807. BENJAMIN STEARNS FIELD (Orrin, Elisha, Elisha, Joseph 
Joseph, Zechariah, John. John, Richard, William, William), son of Major Orrin and 
Maria (Atwood), b. in Cornwall, Vt., Jan. 17, 1820, where he resided. He m. May 
II. 1841, Emily, dau. of Jesse and Polly (Pratt) Ellsworth, of Cornwall, b. Dec. 30, 
1818; d. Oct. 24, 1S69; m., 2d, July 7, 1870, Harriet H.,'dau. of Norman and Arlina 
(Briggs) Rowe, of Chesterfield, N. Y., b. Oct. 7, 1838. He d. Jan. 3, 1886. 

SARAH ELIZABETH, b. May 21, 1847; d. Oct. 20, 1S70. 

GEORGE ELLSWORTH, b. Feb. 16, 1849; m. Alice Doane. 

FRANK BRIGHAM, b. Sept. 8, 1853; unm. Res. 4 Cala St., 
San Francisco, Cal. 

4438. iv. ARTHUR JESSE, b. Oct. 20, 1855; m. Minnie A. Samson. 

2810. ORRIN ALVORD FIELD (Orrin, Elisha, Elisha, Joseph, Joseph, 
Zechariah. John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Major Orrin and Hannah 
(Drury), b. in Cornwall, Vt., Aug. 22, 1834, where he resided. He m. Dec. 4, i860, 
Leonora Abigail Bingham, of Cornwall, b. Jan. 15, 1842. Res. West Cornwall, Vt. 

4439. i. MARY A., b. Jan. 19, 1866; unm. Res. corner Market St. and 

Hudson Av., Green Island, N. Y. 

4440. ii. MATTIE C, b. Nov. 2, iS63; m. Oct. 22, 1895, Dr. Samuel E. 

Maynard. Res. 73 Pine St., Burlington, Vt. Samuel Erskine 
Maynard was born in Williston, Vt., Dec. 3, 1868, son of Rev. 
Joshua L. and Electa (Rogers) Maynard. He received his early 
education in the public schools of Northfield and Burlington; 
entered the University of Vermont and having selected the pro- 
fession of medicine, after a two years' special course, he entered 
the medical department of the university, and graduated from it 
with credit in 1891. After a year of service ashouse surgeon at 








the Mary Fletcher^Hospital, in Burliugton, he took the post grad- 
uate course in surgery at the college of Physicians and Surgeons 
in New York. After receiving this special course he received an 
appointment upon the resident staff of the New York Lying-in Hos- 
pital. Subsequently he took special courses in the Polyclinic and 
Post Graduate Medical Schools of New York, and passed with 
credit the examinations required by the regents of the University 
of the state of New York. In 1893 he served for a time as ship 
surgeon on the Pacific Mail Steamship City of Paris, running to 
Colon, Central America. Thus well equipped by study and 
experience, as well as by natural gifts, Dr. Maynard came to 
Burlington in the fall of 1893, and has remained in that city in 
the possession of a large, successful and increasing practice to the 
present time. He is one of the attending physicians at the Mary 
Fletcher Hospital, and stands high in his profession and as a citi- 
zen. He is professor of Physical Diagnosis^and instructor in theory 
and practice in the medical department of the University of Ver- 
mont. A member of the Burlington Clinical Society, and of the 
Vermont State Medical Societj'. He is a member of the Lambda 
Sota College fraternity and of the Delta Mu Medical fraternity, 
also a member of Hamilton Lodge Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows. Dr. Samuel E. Maynard and Mattie Field Maynard 
have one child, Norma Field Maynard, born Jan. 6, 1897. 

4441, ill. MERRILL ORRIN, b. June 17, 1S72; m. Lillian Kendall. Res. 

Shoreham, Vt. 

2S16. HON. LOYAL C. FIELD (Luman, Elisha, Elisha, Joseph, Joseph, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Luman and Abigail 
(DeLong), b. in Cornwall, Vt., Feb. 28, 1824. He settled in Galesburg, 111., where 
he d. Aug. 17, 1878. He was engaged in the iron foundry business, which grew into 
the Frost Manufacturing Company, for the manufacture of almost all kinds of farm- 
ing implements, of which company he was president at the time of his death. He 
was elected one of the city councilmen in the years 1860-61-65-66; was mayor of the 
city in 1872-73. He m. Sept. 13, 1848, Clara A., dau. of Artemus Davidson, of Ash- 
tabula, O., b. March 4, 1828. Loyal Case Field was born in Cornwall, Adison 
Qounty. Vt., and was the son ot Luman and Abigail De Long Field, who came west 
in 1836 or 1837, stopping for a short time at Yates, N. Y., on their way to Knoxville, 
Knox count}', 111., where they stayed but a short time before going on a farm at 
Center Point, near Galesburg. As Loyal's tastes were not congenial to farm life 
he spent most of his early life after school days clerking for dry goods merchants at 
Henderson and Moline, 111. At his father's death, in 1846, he took charge of his 
father's farm, and settled the estate and farmed for several j'ears. Was married at 
Galesburg to Clara A. Davison. Sold his farm and went to Galesburg in 1851 
and bought out a Mr. Wiley's hardware, stove and tin shop business, with F. M. 
Smith, doing business as Smith & Field for four years. Afterwards became one of 
the stockholders of Frost's Manufacturing Company, and was first director and 
president of that company for over twenty years, until his health tailed entirely. 
Was alderman tor several years before he was elected ma^'or, in 1S73. His death 
occurred July 17, 1878, His wife and their two children still survive— Edward 
Loyal (artist), of New York City, and Kate E. Grant, of Creston, Iowa. He left a 
good name. Res. 367 North Broad St., Galesburg, 111. 

4442. i. FRANKLIN SMITH, b. Jan. 24. 1S51; d. July 8. 1851. 
















4443. ii. EDWARD LOYAL, b. Jan. 4, 1S55; m. Flora Stark. 

4.144. iii. KATE ELNORA, b. April gS, 1S59; m. Jan. 17, 1884, Edward 
Russell Grant. He was b. March 11, 1859. Is a farmer and live 
stock dealer. Res. Cromwell, Iowa. Cii. : i. Edward Philip, 
b. at Cromwell, Iowa, Nov. 29, 1884. 2. Field, b. Cromwell, 
Iowa, Sept. 19, 1S87. 

4445. iv. CLARA L., b. March 22, 1S62; d. April 2, 1867. 

2819. JAMES DELONG FIELD (Luman, Elisha, Elisha, Joseph, Joseph, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Luman and Abigail 
(DeLong), b. in Cornwall, Vt., July 3, 1833. He settled, in 1857, in Davenport, Iowa; 
in 1862, removed to Galesburg, 111.; in 1867, to Wataga, 111.; in 1871, to Blue 
Rapids, Kans., where he now resides, engaged in mercantile business and sale of 
all kinds of agricultural implements. He m. Feb, 8, 1857, Roxana, dau. of Albert 
and Martha L. (Bartlett) Judson, of Pontiac, Mich., b. Jan. 21, 1839. 

LUMAN ALFRED, b. Oct. 31, 1859; m. Henrietta A. Dickson. 

ABIGAIL LOUISA, b. July 19, 1S61; m. Jan. 4, 1886, William 
Norris Burr. One son, HoUard Burr. She resides Corona, Cal. 

JAMES DELONG, b. Jan. 14. 1864; m. Carrie C. Kevan. 

ORRIN JUDSON, b. Nov.i8,i86S. Department of justice, Wash- 
ington, D. C. 

ROXANA BARTLETT, b. July 13, 1870; d. July 31, 1871. 

MARY ELIZABETH, b. April 6, 1874. 

STUKLEY STONE FIELD (Norman, Elisha, Elisha, Joseph, Joseph, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Norman and Hapalonia 
Chatterton), b. in Cornwall, Vt., Feb. 27, 1845. He settled in Sparta, Wis., where 
he resided. He m, June 11, 1873, Nellie Butler, b. Oct. 3, 1851. She d. and he m., 
2d, May 14, 18S3, Ella McLean, b. 1852. He is in the harness business. Res. Lake 
City, Iowa. 

4452. i. NED McLEAN, b. April 15, i888. 

2S25. CHARLES CARROLL FIELD (Norman, Elisha, Elisha, Joseph, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Norman and 
Hapalonia (Chatterton), b. in Cornwall, Vt., Jan. i, 1S47. He settled in Bangor, 
Wis.; removed to Virginia City, Nev., where he resided. He m. July 18, 1878, 
Adelia Agnes, dau. of Albert and Jane (Shuttleton) Marshall, of La Crosse, Wis., b. 
Oct. 3, 1849. Res. Puyallup, Wash. 

2831. THOMAS CARTER FIELD (Theodore, Elijah, Joseph, Joseph, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Theodore and 
Deborah (Tobey), b. in Hawley, Mass., Aug. 5, 1814. He settled in Conway, Mass., 
where he d. May 27, 1872. A successful farmer. He m. Nov. 5, 1840, Content, 
dau. of Joseph and Content (Dickinson) Sanderson, of Deerfield, Mass., b. Nov. i, 

Thomas C, Conway, 1S72; died May 27, 1872; widow. Content; sons, Edmund 
and W. E., of Conway; minors, Abbott W., age 17 years; Addie L., or Ada, given 
both; George A., age 11 years; all of Conway. Levi L. Lee, Oct. 22, 1S72, guard- 
ian over Edmund and Ada Field. 

Content, widow of Thomas C, of Conway, died January, 1883; children, Wil- 
son E. of Nebraska; Abbott W. and George A., of Conway. Edmund S. and 
Addie L., of Conway, both non compos mentis. — Franklin County'^Probate. 

4453. i. EDMUND SANDERSON, b. Sept. 17, 1841; unm. ; d. Nov. ii, 







ii. WILSON EUGENE, b, Nov. 15, 1843; lu. Susan W. Flagg. 

iii. DIANA AMELIA, b. Sept. 22, 1847; d. Sept. 15, 1852. 

iv. ABBOT WESLEY, b. July 20, 1855; m. Eunice Ames. 

V. ADA LEORA, b. March 25, 1857; unm. 

vi. GEORGE ADAMS, b. Feb. 15, 1861. Res. Sanbornville, N. H. 









THEODORE TOBY FIELD (Theodore, Elijah, Joseph, Joseph, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Theodore and 
Deborah (Tobey), b. in Hawley, Mass., Dec. 9, 1816. He settled in Conway, Mass., 
where he d. Dec. 22, 1S77. A farmer. He m. Nov. 19, 1845, Mary A., dau. of Wil- 
liam and Mary A. Crittenden, of Conway, b. Oct. 19, 1825; d. April 22. 1880. 

Theodore T., of Conway: died intestate Dec. 22, 1877; widow, Mary A.; sons, 
Egbert and Cecil, both of Conway; son Irwin, minor, b. April 17, 1857; daughters 
Cynthia E., minor, age 17 years; Mary E., minor, age 8 years, both of Conway. — 
Franklin County Probate. 

Mary A., Conway, 1880; died April 22, 1880; next of kin, Egbert Field, of Mon- 
tague; Cecil Field, of Conway, appointed administrator May 4, 1880; Irwin Field, 
ot Orange; Cynthia E. Rice, of Conway; Mary E. Field, of Conway. 
EGBERT, b. Oct. 11, 1847; m. Sarah A. Rice. 
CECIL, b. June 12, 1850; m. Lucy P. Rice. 
IRWIN, b. April 17, 1857; m. Cora B. Hamilton. 
MARY E., b. Feb. 27, 1859; unm. Res. Fort Berthold, North 

4463. V. CYNTHIA E., b. March 29, i860; m. Feb. 20, 1878, James B. Rice, 

of Conway. Res. there. 

2833. HON. SAMUEL TOBEY FIELD (Theodore, Elijah, Joseph, Joseph, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Hawley, Mass., April 
20, 1820; m. Shelburne Falls, Nov. 20, 1856, Sarah Howe Lamson, b. Feb. 23, 1S32; 
d. Feb. 5. 1871. 

Samuel Tobey Field, b. Hawley, Mass. ; graduated from Williams College with 
mathematical honor in 1848, and from Law School in New Haven in 1S52; repre- 
sented his district in state legislature in years 1855 and 1S69. Was District Attor- 
ney in 1875-76-77. The trial of the Northampton bank robbers occurred while Mr. 
Field was filling this office. He m. Sarah Howe, dau. of Nathaniel and Sarah 
(Howe) Lamson, of Shelburne Falls; m., 2d, July 8, 1873, Susan E. Smith, widow 
of Rev. W. F. Loomis, of Boston, b. in Salem, Mass., in 1S24. 

Sarah H., Shelburne, 1871; died Feb. 5, 1871; husband, Samuel T. ; children's 
names not given; estate of $75,000. 

Samuel T., of Shelburne, Feb. 9, 1875; guardian of Clifton L., b. Feb. 8, 1858; 
Carrie E., b. Jan. 30, 1S60; Willie D., b. Feb. 22, 1861; Gertie May, b. May 17, 
1863; Franks., b. Sept. i, 1865; Thannie L., b. Jan. 5, 1868; Samuel, b. Jan. 31, 
187 1 ; minors and children of Sarah H. Field. — Franklin County Probate. 

Res. Shelburne, Mass. 

4464. i. CLIFTON LAMSON, b. Feb. 8, 1858; m. Isabella Clapp Bard- 

CARRIE ELZADA, b. Jan. 30, i860. 

WILLIAM D., b. Feb. 22, 1861; m. Grace A. Van Buskirk. 
MARY GERTRUDE, b. May 17, 1863; unm. Res. Shelburne 

Falls, Mass. 
4468. v. FRANK SMITH, b. Sept. i, 1865; m. June 25. 1890, Fannie M. 

Denous, b. July 5, 1869. Is superintendent of cotton factory. 

Res., s. p., Shattuckville, Mass. 
























4469. vi. NATHANIEL LAiMSON, b. Jan, 5, 1S68; m. Ada B. Roylance. 

4470. vii. SAMUEL ABBOT, b. Jan. 31. 1S71. Res. Shelburne Falls, Mass, 

2836. ELIJAH FIELD (Theodore, Elijah, Joseph, Joseph, Joseph, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Theodore and Deborah Tobey, b. 
in Hawley, Mass,, May 22, 1828, He settled in Buckland. Mass. He was drowned 
in the Deertield river in the great freshet Oct. 11, 1868. He m. Nov, 9, 1856, Martha 
W,, dau. of Francis and Mahala (Maynard) Mantor, of Hawley, East Charlemont, 

Elijah, of Buckland, Oct. 4, 1869, died intestate; widow, Martha W, Field; 
eight minor children — Morris E., Nellie J,, Inez M., Ozro M., Angle D., Katie M., 
Otis L. and Francis E. — Franklin County Probate. 

MORRIS EDWIN, b. Sept. 30, 1857, 

NELLIE JANE. b. Dec. 4, 1858; m. Stanley Clark, of Buckland. 

INEZ MAHALA, b. Feb. 6. 1861. 

OZRO MILLER, b. June 10, 1863, 

ANGIE DEBORAH, b. Jan. 23, 1865. 

KATIE MARIA, b, Aug. 10, 1866. 

OTIS LONGLEY, b. June 25, 1868, 

FRANCIS ELIJAH, b. March 30, 1869. 

2837. EDMUND LONGLEY FIELD (Theodore, Elijah, Joseph, Joseph, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Theodore and 
Deborah (Tobey), b. in Hawley, Mass., July 27, 1831. He settled in Shelburne 

Falls, Mass., where he now resides. He m. June 5, 1872, Harriet W., dau. of 

Griswold, of Greenfield, Mass. No children. Res. Bernardstown, Mass. 

2838. CHARLES EDWARD FIELD (Eugene, Joseph, Joseph, Joseph, Zech- 
ariah, John, John, Richard, "William, William), son of Eugene and Abigail (Hawks), 
b, in Charlemont, Mass., Aug. 18, 1825. He settled in Palmer, Mass., where he 

d. April 15. 1856. He m, Oct. 10, 1S53, Caroline Deborah, dau. of Smith, of 

Palmer, Mass. 

4479- i- CHARLES EDWARD, b. March 22. 1S55; d. March 26, 1856. 

2842. EDWIN AUGUSTINE FIELD (Eugene, Joseph, Joseph, Joseph, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Eugene and 
Abigail (Hawks), b. in Charlemont, Mass., Aug. 24, 1837, where he resided. He 
m. Mary Phillips, of Berlin, Wis., d. Sept. 9, 1876. He d. 1891. 

Edwin A., of Charlemont, 1891; father was Eugene, who died in 1881, and was 
husband of Abigail above; had two sisters and a brother living at time of death. 
The brothers, died s. p. Henry L. Boltwood, husband of Helen E. above men- 
tioned. Edwin A. Field died Feb. 2, 1891 intestate. No widow. Mother, Abi- 
gail S. Field ; sister, Helen E. Boltwood. — Franklin County Probate. 

2853. GEORGE FIELD (Asa L., Paris, Jonathan. Joseph, Joseph, Zechariah. 
John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Asa Lee and Mary W. (Field), b. 
in Leverett, Mass., March 29, 1835. He settled, in 1856, in Dover, III.; in 1S63, 
returned to Leverett; in 1867. removed to Wyanatee, 111., where he resided, engaged 
in merchandise. He m. Sept. 2, 1862, Laura A., dau. of George and Laura (Poole) 
Bass, of Dover, III., b. in Williamstown, Vt., Nov. 13, 1839. He is a bookkeeper. 
Res. Chillicothe, III. 

4480. i. MAUDE M., b. April 19, 1865; m. April 21. iS36, E. F. Hunter. 

Res. Chillicothe, III. 

4481. ii. LORA B., b. March 13, 1S80; d. Nov. 13, 1891. 
















2855. EDWARD FIELD (Asa L., Paris, Jonathan, Joseph. Joseph, Zechar- 
iah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Leverett, ]\Iass., June 25, 1839; ^'^^ 
there Jan. 2, 1S77, Lucy A. Ashley, b. Sept. 2, 1S52. He resides in the old home- 
stead of his father. He m. Lucy Ann, dau. of Marvin and Mary Smith Ashley, of 
Leverett. Res. Leverett, Mass. 

ASA LELL, b. Oct. 22, 1877. 

FRANK EDWARD, b. May 21, iS3i. 

MARY ELIZABETH, b. March 2, 1S83. 

GEORGE ASHLEY, b. April 15, 18S5; d. May 30, 1885. 

RAYMOND HARRISON, b. May 23, 1S90. 

HERBERT WILLIAM, b. March 31, 1892; d. Aug. 23, 1S92. 

EDITH LILLIAN, b. Sept. 21, 1894. 

2S65. HON. RALPH ADAMS FIELD (Alden C, Elisha, Jonathan, Joseph, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Alden C. and 
Lucena (Adams), b. in Leverett, Mass., March 7, 1S37, where he now resides, 
engaged in the manufacture of woolen goods of various kinds. He has served sev- 
eral years as selectman and on school committee. He represented the second Franklin 
county district in the Legislature in the years 1877-78. He m. Nov. 21, 1866, Mary 
Elizabeth, dau. of Peter and Sarah Darling (Blood) Hobart, of Boston, Mass., b. 
Jan. 12, 1835. 

2S70. HENRY PHILIPS FIELD (Elijah S., Elisha, Jonathan, Joseph, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William) son of Elijah S. and 
Mary Wright, b. in Moravia, Cayuga county, N. Y. , Oct. 27, 1839. In 1856 he went 
to Nashville, Tenn., and engaged in business, where he resided until the breaking 
out of the war of the rebellion, in 1861, when he returned to the North, where he 
resided until 1864, when he returned to Tennessee and settled at Gallatin, and 
engaged in merchandise and remained there until 1871, when he removed to Louis- 
ville, Ky., where he now resides, engaged in the sale of agricultural implements, 
farm and garden seeds of all kinds. Hem. Nov. 26, 1S68, Mary, dau. of William 
and Susan (Black) Alexander, of Dixon Springs, Tenn., b. Feb. 18, 1845. 

44S9. i. WILLIAM ALEXANDER, b. Sept. 27, 1S69. 

4490. ii. MARY, b. Oct. 29, 1872. 

4491. iii. HENRY W.,b. May 16, 1876. 

2875. LUCIUS SPENCER FIELD (Jonathan S., Elisha, Jonathan, Joseph, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Deerfield, Mass., 
Aug. 22, 1861; m. Montague, Oct. 19, 1892, Nellie J. Raymond, b. Nov. 9, 1S66. 
He is a merchant. Res. Montague, Mass. 

4492. i. MARION RAYMOND, b. Jan. 7, 1896. 

4493. li. FLORENCE LOUISE, b. March 23, 1898. 

2877. EDWIN WILEY FIELD (Horace W., Walter, Jonathan, Joseph, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Horace W. and 
Elizabeth M. (Hillman), b. in North Hatfield, Mass., Jan. 29, 1842, where he now 
resides. He was drafted in 1863 during the war of the rebellion, and was rejected 
on account of a rupture. He m. Dec. 20, 1864, Sarah Melissa, dau. of Samuel N. 
and Sarah (Russell) Hall, of Pittsfield, Mass., b. in Dalton, Mass., Nov. i, 1840. 

CLARA EVELYN, b. Oct. 4, 1865; d. Nov. 17. 1865. 

LUELLA ELIZABETH, b. Oct. 25, 1866; m. Dec. 6, 1888, Ernest 
A. Frary. Res. South Deerfield, Mass. 

SAMUEL HALL, b. May 18, 1868. Res. North Hatfield. 

SARAH MARION, b. April 9, 1876. Res. North Hatfield. 









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2S78. HENRY M. FIELD (Horace. Walter, Jonathan, Joseph, Joseph, Zech- 
ariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Horace W. and Elizabeth M. 
(Hillman), b. in Hatfield, Mass., Oct. 8, 1843, and now resides in North Hatfield. 
He enlisted Aug. 18,1862, in Company H, 37th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, 
and was engaged in over twenty battles and skirmishes, among them the following: 
Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 11, 1S62; Salem Heights, Massey's Hill, May 3, 1863; 
Gettysburg, Pa., July 3, 1863; Mine Run, Va., Nov. 30, 1863; Wilderness, May 5, 
1864; Spottsylvania Court House, May 12, 1864; Cold Harbor, May, 1864; Peters- 
burg, June, 1S64; Fort Stevens, July 12, 1864; Charlestown, Va., Aug. 21, 1864; 
Winchester, Va., Sept. 19, 1864, where the regiment lost ninety-tour men killed and 
wounded out of the 400 that went into the engagement; Sailor's Creek, April 6, 
1S65; Hatchen Run, Feb. 5, iS65;near Fort Fisher, N. C, March 25, 1865; Peters- 
burg, April 2, 1865. The regiment was sent to New York in July,|i863, to assist in 
quelling the draft riots there. The regiment was mustered out at Washington, 
June 21, 1865, when he was honorably discharged. He m. June 7, 1866, I»Iariette, 
dau. of Abner B. and Mercy C. (Clark) Wade, of Northampton, Mass., b. Dec. 5, 

4498. i. HORACE WILEY, b. April 21, 1868; m. Clara Hines and Mabel 


4499. ii. CARRIE CLARK, b. Sept. 26, 1869. ':.' 

4500. iii. MYRA JOSEPHINE, b. March 19, 1S71 ; m. Oct 2, 1894, Charles 

Edward Warner. Res. Hatfield, Mass. Ch. : i. Harold Field, 
b. July 9, 1895; d. May 14, 1S96. 2. Donald Fitch, b. Sept. 27,. 
1899. 3. Dorothy Field, b. Sept. 27, 1899. 

4501. iv. EDGAR HENRY, b. March 31, 1873; m. Jessie M. Ingraham. 

2880. HORACE WILEY FIELD (Abner, Walter, Jonathan, Joseph, Joseph,. 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Abner and Wealthy 
Putney), b. in Hatfield, Mass., Jan. 24, 1846, where he now resides. He enlisted 
Oct. II, 1S62, in Company F, sad Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers for the terra 
of nine months. He went with the regiment to New Orleans in General Banks' 
command, and participated in some of the hardest marches of the war in the Red 
river campaign. After its return it was ordered to the siege of Port Hudson, La.,^ 
where it was for twenty-four days under the enemy's fire. After the fall of that 
place the time of the regiment having expired, was sent home, and he was honor- 
ably discharged at Greenfield, Mass., Aug. 14, 1863. He re-enlisted March 29, 1864, 
in Company L, 2d Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer cavalry for the term of three 
years or during the war. He was in the following engagements: Aldie, Va., July 
6, 1864, where he had a horse shot from under him; Rockville, Md., July 13, 1864; 
Berryville, Va., Aug. 21, 1864: Opequan Creek, Sept. 19, 1864; Winchester, Va., 
Sept. 19, 1864; Fisher's Hill, Va,, Oct. 8, 1864; Cedar Creek, Va., Oct. 19, 1864, 
where he had another horse shot; Leesburg, Va., March 13, 1865; Five Forks, Va., 
April I, 1865, and was honorably discharged July 20, 1865. He m. April 13, 1865, 
Susan, dau. of George and Lucy Ward (Field) Hubbard, of Leverett, Mass. 

2884. FRANKLIN ARETUS FIELD (Franklin, Walter, Jonathan, Joseph, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Jan. 20, 1851 ; m. Oct. 
12, 1 883, Ruth W. Fuller. He is a manufacturer and dealer in sweet and refined 
cider. Res. 640 Harrison Av., Boston, Mass., s. p. 

2836. FREDERICK E. FIELD (Franklin, Walter, Jonathan, Joseph, Joseph, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Montague, Mass., Nov. 7, 
1861 ; m. March 20, 18S9. Rose M. Small. He is an extensive farmer and manufac- 
turer of sweet and refined cider. Res. Montague, Mass. 


<}502. i. KENNETH COY, b. June 22, 1890. 

4503. ii. FRANKLIN, b. May 2. 1895. 

2892. GEORGE DWIGHT FIELD (William W., WaUer, Jonathan, Joseph, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of William W. and 
Sarah Sanderson, b. in Hatfield, Mass, Sept. 15, 1855; went with his father to 
Whatley, Mass. He settled in Camden, N. J., and engaged in the manufacture of 
various kinds ot woodwork and power looms and fixtures. He m. Sept. 2, 1878, 
Anna Catherine, dau. of William and Harriet (Merrick) Keim, of Camden, N. J., 
b. March 3, 1851; d. April 23, 18S2; m., 2d, Sept. 16, 1885, Ida Ott, b. March 4, 1857. 

4504. i. WILLIAM DWIGHT, b. Jan. 4. 1879. 

2898. HENRY KELLOGG FIELD (Charles K., Martin, Seth, Jonathan, 
Joseph, Zechariah, Zechariah), b. Newfane, Vt., June 8, 1848; m. Nov. 25, 1872, 
Kate L. Daniels, of, Hartford, Conn., b. Dec. 18, 1S50. He was fitted for college at 
the Washington County Grammar School, I^Iontpelier, Vt, ; entered Amherst Col- 
lege in 1S65, and was graduated in 1869. Studied law in the office of Field & Tyler, 
of Brattleboro, Vt. Admitted to the bar of Windham county in 1S71. His wife 
was a daughter of Lorenzo and Elizabeth Amelia (Case) Daniels, of Hartford, Conn. 
He settled, in 1872, in Montpelier, Vt., and commenced the practice of his profes- 
sion, where he remained until October, 1881, when he removed to Oakland, Cal., 
to engage in the insurance business in connection with his law practice. He now 
resides in Alameda, Cal., and is agent for the Pacific Coast for the Northeastern 
Mutual Life Insurance Company. Business address, San Francisco, Cal., care 
Northeastern Mutual Life Insurance Company. Res. 717 Paru St., Alameda, Cal. 

CHARLES KELLOGG, b. Sept. 18, 1873; unm. 

MARTIN, b. Feb. 3, 1875; unm. 

HENRY WILLARD, b. May 18, 1877; unm. 

RUSSELL B., b. March 24, 1S80. 

ALAN DANIELS, b. Oct. 21, 1887. 

KATE DANIELS, b. Oct. 29, 1891. 

2900. EUGENE FIELD (Roswell M., Martin, Seth, Jonathan, Joseph, Zech- 
ariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 3, 1850; m. 
Oct. 16, 1S73, Julia Sutherland Cumstock, b. 1S57, in Chenango county. New York. 

[Chicago Tribune. Nov. 5. 1895.] 

Eugene Field, the noted journalist, poet, and lecturer, died suddenly at an early 
hour yesterday morning at his residence in Buena Park. The news of his death 
spread with great rapidity through the city, and it has seldom happened that the 
death of a citizen of Chicago in a private station has occasioned such sincere and uni- 
versal sorrow. On the streets, in the marts of trade, and at the clubs universal 
regret was expressed at the loss of such a genius by the thousands who have enjoyed 
his acquaintance, his writings, and his public readings. The flag of the Union 
League club, quickly lowered to half-mast as soon as the news was received, was 
emblematic of the feeling throughout the city. The death of Mr. Field naturally 
produced the greatest commotion at the newspaper offices and among journalists. 
Mr. Field had enjoyed unusual health during last summer and was surprised when 
he awoke last Saturday morning feeling badly. All he complained of was dys- 
pepsia and feverishness, but he did not feel well enough to get up, and in fact never 
left his bed again until he died. As he was advertised to read in Kansas City 
to-night he sent a request to G. H. Yenowine, who usually accompanied him on 
such trips, to come to see him. When Mr. Yenowine came Sunday night he asked 













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Mr. Field why he did not telephone him, as it would have done just as well, and 
he replied: 

"Because I need you very much." 

This sounded prophetic of his end, and yet he was bright and cheerful as could 
be. He said if Mr. Yenowine thought he ought to go, to Kansas City he would go. 

"But while he looked to me well enough to go," said Mr. Yenowine, "I would 
not take the responsibility of encouraging him to do so, and told him he certainly 
should not get up out of a sick bed to go." So Mr. Yenowine telegraphed to Kansas 
City that Mr. ^ield would be there November i6. In the meanwhile Dr. Hedges 
came, gave some simple remedy, and said he would not call again until Tuesday. 

When business had been disposed of Mr. Field talked to Mr. Yenowine in the 
most animated manner until midnight, making the most minute arrangements for 
everything connected with the trip. Mr. Yenowine then left him and went to his 
room and retired for the night. 

At 4.45 o'clock in the morning, though it seemed to him he had just fallen 
asleep, Fred Field, Mr. Field's fourteen-year-old son, who occupied the same bed 
with his father, rushed into Mr. Yenowine's room, awoke him, and told him he 
believed his father was dead. Mr. Yenowine ran as quickly as he could to the room 
and found that it was too true. Mr. Field lay on his back, with his arms folded in 
front of him, and his head turned slightly to one side. Mr. Yenowine had often 
slept with Mr. Field and recognized it as his favorite position in bed. There was a 
natural color in his face, but Mr. Yenowine soon satisfied himself that he was dead. 
He then roused the family and hurried away for his physician. Dr. Hedges. Dr. 
Hawley arrived at about 6 o'clock and Dr. Hedges later. But all they could do 
was to express the opinion that death resulted from heart failure, brought on by 
emaciation. His death was probably a painless one. The news of Mr. Field's 
death spread with great rapidity and created the greatest excitement as well as sor- 
row among his innumerable friends. Hundreds of them visited the house yesterday 
to express their grief and sympathy. The first arrivals were Mr. and Mrs. H. H. 
Kohlsaat at 7.30 o'clock, and the next were Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Stone. After these 
came R. A. Waller's family, Edward Winslow's family. Dr. and Mrs. Hawley, 
John Hiltman's family, Hart Taylor's family, and so on until nearly all the people 
in Buena Park had called. Among the men who came were G. H. Yenowine, Dr. 
Reilly, Milward Adams, and Slason Thompson. Mrs. Field exhibited great forti- 
tude, and perhaps the person most completely prostrated with grief was Melville E. 

The funeral services took place at the Fourth Presbyterian church, comer of 
Rush and Superior streets, on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Dr. 
Frank W. Gunsaulus officiated, assisted by the Rev. Frank M. Bristol, and appro- 
priate addresses made by the Rev. Dr. M. W. Stryker and Luther Laflin Mills. 

Eugene Field was born at St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 3, 1850. In his case there are 
no stories to be told of poverty and scant opportunities, of being brought up on a 
farm, or of slaving away his youth behind the counter of a country store and working 
his way through college on half-fare. His father, Roswell Martin Field, who was 
born amid the green mountains of Wmdham county, Vt., was a brilliant and pros- 
perous lawyer. He had even earned for himself a place in American history by his 
connection with the famous Dred Scot case, he having been the first counsel Dred 
Scot employed. He was able to give his children all the educational advantages 
they were disposed to avail themselves of during his life and after his death. 

In 1856 Eugene had the misfortune to lose his mother, but he had also the 
good fortune to have at Amherst, Mass., a cousin. Miss Mary French, to whom his 
father committed him for his early training and who well supplied the place of a 



mother for thirteen years. When seventeen years old he entered Williams 
College, but he had been there only two years when his father died, and the 
course of his life was again rudely altered. At that time Prof. John W. 
Burgess was appointed his guardian and decided to complete his education at 
Knox College, at Galesburg, 111. He remained there also for only two years, and 
then finished his college education at the University of Missouri, where he remained 
until he attained his majority. In the meanwhile Melville L. Gray, a prominent and 
wealthy law5'er of St. Louis, had become his guardian. 

Having come into possession of his patrimony, Mr. Field determined to gratify 
at once a long-cherished purpose of going abroad, and thereby gaining inspiration 
for the life of literary effort toward which he had always been strongly drawn. 
He spent six months in Europe, passing his time mostly in London and Paris, and 
spending his money freely on all the rare literature he could lay his hands on. The 
result was that when he returned to this country the foreign booksellers had his 
inheritance, but he himself had received a mental stimulus and equipment that were 
worth far more, as they soon brought him both fame and competence. 

Mr. Field chose journalism as a profession, and plunged into it with the 
utmost ardor and confidence immediately on his arrival in St. Louis. His first 
employment was as a reporter on the St. Louis Evening Journal, in which position 
he speedily demonstrated his genius, and in 1872 became the city editor of the paper. 
Three years later he was attracted for a time to St. Joseph, Mo., but soon returned 
to St Louis, and was employed as an editorial paragraph writer on the Times and 
afterwards the Times- Journal. In 1880 he took an office position on the Kansas 
City Times, but within a year became managing editor of the Denver Tribune. In 
Denver Mr. Field speedily developed into a famous writer, especially of editorial 
paragraphs, his work in that line attracting favorable notice from ocean to ocean. 
In Denver he was not only appreciated but idolized, and this idolatry in one sense 
injured his health. It made him the center of so many social events that the excite- 
ment gradually undermined his health and laid the foundation for all of his subse- 
quent ill-health. 

Among those at a distance who noticed and appreciated his genius was Melville 
E. Stone, who had only recently launched the Chicago Morning News, now the 
Record. The particular writing of Mr. Field that captivated Mr. Stone was a series 
of caustic satires on public men and things in the form of primer reading lessons. 
In this form of humor Mr. Field has had scores of imitators, who have followed him 
only at a great distance. As he invented it and used it, the humor he evoked from 
his commonplace material was like a bubbling spring in an arid desert. When Mr. 
Stone had read and laughed over two or three of these primer reading lessons he 
said, "There is the man I want." He then took the train for Denver and never 
returned to Chicago until, in effect, he brought Mr. Field back with him. 

Mr. Field's work on the Record has consisted simply of a column on the editorial 
page called "Sharps and Flats," which was mostly excoriating satire on public 

Mr. Field resided for two years at No. 1033 Evanston avenue, but moved last 
July two blocks directly east to No. 2339 North Halsted street. Although he spent 
$7,000 in altering and enlarging the Halsted street place one would not at first see 
how it could have attracted him, for the building was a plain, white, old-fashioned 
frame residence, and the octagon-shaped addition which he built at one end tell far 
short of making it beautiful. But when one gets close to it he sees a deep front 
yard, a spacious lawn, lofty trees, an unobstructed view of the lake, a wide piazza, 
and many other features that would naturally please a poet's eye. Within, it is 
needless to say, all was rich, elegant, and even luxurious. Here he expected to 


complete his greatest literary works in the long and brilliant future which seemed 
to open before him. 

His mental activity made such heavy drafts on his nervous energy as to impair 
digestion, superinduce chronic dyspepsia, compel abstmence, and result in a dan- 
gerous and deadly emanciation. He had kidney trouble a year ago, which was soon 
corrected but which gave rise to a rumor that his ill-health was due to a serious dis- 
ease of the kidneys. This was so far from being true that he enjoyed unusually 
good health all of last summer and up to a few days ago. 

Mr. Field leaves a widow, Julia Comstock Field, whom he married Oct. i6, 1873, 
at St. Joseph, JIo., and five children, named and aged as follows: Mary French, 
nineteen; Eugene, Jr., fifteen; Frederick Skiff, thirteen; Roswell Frances, two and 
one-half; and Ruth, one and one-half. He leaves only one brother, Roswell Martin 
Field, who is an editorial writer on the Post, and no sisters. Two of Mr, Field's 
children died and one is buried at Graceland. 

Mr. Field was a member of the Union League, Fellowship, and Auditors' 
clubs, and an honorary member of clubs all over the country, but belonged to no 
church or secret society. 


New York, Nov. .4, — All the evening papers'contain long and sincere tributes to 
the late Eugene Field. The Telegram refers to him as "the inimitable newspaper 
humorist and poet." 

The Sun prints a two-column obituary and says: , 

"There is something particularly pathetic in the fact that the announcement of 
Eugene Field's death and the announcement of a new volume of poems coincide. 
It is largely due to Mr. Field's wealth of absurd imagination that he has always 
been the adored of children." 

Richard Henry Stoddard, the poet, said of Mr. Field this afternoon : "His 
humor was as whimsical in its way as that of Charles Lamb, individual and unex- 
pected, and full of exaggerations; and it was strongest when most personal, or deal- 
ing in disguised personalities. Some of his best verse had the flavor of Thack- 

The Mail and Express, in a column and a half sketch, quotes as Field's most 
widely known verse, "Little Boy Blue." It adds editorially : "Chicago gave him 
a home, but the nation long since gave him a chair at every fireside where his work 
is known. His genius could force a smile while a tear yet lingered in the eye." 

In the Evening World is a two-column obituary quoting liberally from Field's 
poems and closing with: "The humorist's strongest trait was his love for his wife 
and boys." 



Atlanta, Ga. , Nov. 4. — Cutting across all the lines of love and life, comes the 
news of Eugene Field's death. It comes to his friends the country over as sudden 
as a lightning stroke out of a clear sky. We had begun to think of him as a mortal 
who had gathered the robes of immortality about him in his own right; as a man 
who was in love with little children, as a man who was willing to stay with men 
because little children were among their possessions. But now he is dead. The 
news comes suddenly and unexpectedly. He died by the side of his little son, and 
it seems to be fitting that a man who was so in love with little children should die, as 


it were, in the arms of his child. We can imagine no happier passing of any mortal 
than that he should be assisted out of this hampering affair we call life by the sus- 
taining? arms of one of his little children. We all know what the Savior said of one 
of these little ones, and it seems idle now to refer to it; and yet it cannot be too 
often referred to — especially when we hear of the death of such a large-hearted child 
as Eugene Field. He had promised himself and the friends here who were inter- 
ested in him to visit Atlanta in March. His March never came, and now it will never 
come. Well for us who are left and who linger superfluous on the stage if some 
little child shall find us dreaming on some fine morning when our dreams are real. 

Joel Chandler Harris. 

from ainsworth r. spofford. 

Washington, D. C, Nov. 4. — Eugene Field was one of America's brightest and 
best writers in the field of light and sportive verse, which he may almost be said to 
have made his own. While the world of letters has had from his pen no sustained 
single work, such as might have come from maturer powers, a great many readers 
owe to his quaint and amusing fancies a very real pleasure. His literary skill was 
a very marked trait, and his facile, refined and sometimes dainty style of expression 
gave to his poems and to much of his prose an originality which rendered them wel- 
come to readers of taste. 

AiNswoRTH R. Spofford. 

Dr. Frank W. Gunsalus said yesterday: "I have known Mr. Field for ten 
years, and I well remember the first time he visited my home. He got the children 
together in his own charming way, played for them on the piano and sang songs for 
them. Then he declared that he had been suffering from dyspepsia, and went in 
the pantry to get something to eat. He managed to eat up almost e\5erything, from 
cold chicken to pie. Whenever he wrote to me he always addressed me in ecclesi- 
astical terms. He would dub me 'Holy Father,' and string a lot of Latin phrases 
together before he had fairly started his letter. Then he would often sign himself 
'Yours in old Adam,' and close again with some ecclesiastical phrase. Mr. Field 
was a delicious fellow, and none could help liking him." 

Eugene Field always used to call Marshall Field his "prosperous cousin," 
although Qo relationship existed between the merchant and the poet. "I was much 
shocked to hear of the sudden death of Eugene Field," said Marshall Field yester- 
day. "He was a charming man and a delightful companion, and his death will 
prove a loss to the community and to the country. Both Mr. Field and myself came 
from New England, but nut from the same state. We are not related, as far as I 
know, but I would have been delighted to claim relationship." 

"The death of Eugene Field will prove a great loss to Chicago," said Victor F. 
Lawson. "He was best known as a Chicago literary man, and it was his distinct 
ambition to secure for this city the recognition as a literary center which he consid- 
ered it deserved. He once said to me that he would do all in his power to bring this 

'He was a poet and a genius, and a man of unusual attractiveness of character. 
He was generous to a fault and warm-hearted. All his impulses and inclinations 
were in the direction of kindliness and truth. I should suppose his reputation as a 
writer will rest on his poems of childhood rather than on anything else he has 
written. They will live. He is bound to be greatly missed in the office in which he 
worked and by the many people in Chicago with whom he was acquainted." 

"I well remember," said H. N. Higginbotham, "when I returned from a trip 


to Rome, receiving a welcome from Eugene Field in his own unique fashion. As 
soon as I reached Chicago I found a copy of 'Echoes from a Sabine Farm,' by 
Eugene Field and Francis Wilson awaiting me. Mr. Field had written on the fly 
leaf a few words of hearty welcome, and had also adorned the title page with an 
original poem. The F'ellowship Club will miss his genial presence. In fact, ha 
filled such a place in Chicago that he will be missed by all classes." 

Lyman J. Gage was saddened and shocked when he learned that Eugene Field 
was dead. "1 could not intelligibly explain," said the banker, "the motive which 
prompted me to regard Eugene Field with affection. By the law of reaction, busi- 
ness men who spend so many hours daily amid brick and mortar surroundings 
wrestling with figures and financial details, should love nature — the trees, flowers, 
fields and sunshine. I know T do, and for a like reason perhaps I learned to regard 
with tender friendship the brilliant man who has so suddenly been taken away 
from us. 

"Once I was present at a little dinner at Mr. Stone's house, at which Mr. and 
Mrs. Field were guests. Eugene, in compliance to requests from his host, had 
repeated several of his poems, and at last was called upon to recite 'Little Boy 
Blue.' 'Please don't recite that, Eugene,' pleaded his wife. The pleadings of the 
company, hov/ever, prevailed over the request of the wife, and the poem was given 
with much naturalness and pathos. During the recital big tears ran unchecked 
down Mrs. Field's cheeks. After it was over she said to me: 'Mr. Gage, Eugene 
wrote those lines when our baby died. ' You see, the music of them stirred with 
grief a mother's heart. They recalled a little white coffin, that hid forever the blue 
eyes and dimpled hands of her little boy. I hope Eugene Field and 'Little Boy 
Blue' are walking hand in hand under the trees of Paradise this day." 

Franklin H. Head has been intimate with Eugene Field for the last ten years. 
"We were as often together," said Mr. Head last night, "as the demands on our 
working hours would permit. I have everything he ever wrote here in my library. 
There on the wall is a picture of himself, which is not as handsome as Field made 
believe he would like to have had it. Underneath it he has written, 'A Nameless 
Horror,' and on the other side of it, inscribed in his own handwriting, is his transla- 
tion into English verse from the German of 'Three Cavaliers Who Rode Over the 
Rhine.' Some dozen other poets have put the lines into metrical English, but none 
has got out of them the exquisite weirdness and delicate imagery that Field has. 
The sad parallel came into my mind to-day when I heard he was dead of the 
similarity in the fates of Eugene Field and James W. Scott. For six years the 
former talked to me about the kind of a home he wanted — one that would be all his 
very own, constructed according to his ideas of comfort and architectural arrange- 
ment, where, surrounded by his books, his curios, his art treasures and the odds and 
ends he had collected in many lands, he could enjoy the rest of his days blest by 
the companionship of his family and friends. Just when he had attained this ideal 
of a home, death deprived him of its possession. The late James W. Scott had 
achieved the desire of his heart in another direction when fate cut the thread of his 
life in twain." 

"If I were to name one thing more than another that will keep Eugene Field 
green in my memory," said Mrs. Lindon W. Bates, last night, "it would be the 
true chivalry of the man's nature. His manner of conferring a favor showed this 
trait most attractively. Once, I remember, the women gave an entertainment in 
Central Music Hall, to which Mr. Field was asked, with other literary people, to 
contribute his meed in making up an attractive programme. His note accepting 
the invitation was couched in phrases of humility and was worded as if he were 


under obligations to us, instead of the reverse. While he was easily the greatest 
literary person on the bill, he was the only one of the many who appeared that was 
thoughtful enough to send us next day his picture, with some lively verses, and his 
thanks in prose for having been permitted to be of use in a worthy cause." 

General A. C. McClurg said; "I had just gone to my store this morning for the 
first time in over a year — I had been abroad for quite a long time — and was holding 
in my hand a costly volume of Mr. Field's poems, bound in Paris, by the most cele- 
brated firm of bookbinders in the world, when news was brought in of the author's 
death. No other Chicago man has achieved Field's greatness in literature. He 
was, in fact, a literary artist. Everything that he did bore the imprint of the fin- 
ished literary scholar. His style was pure. His aims and ideal were classical. I 
.do not think anything on the intellectual side of his nature more beautiful than his 
love for books. It was an enthusiasm that amounted almost to a mania. The artistic 
bent of the man's mind was" shown even in the details of his handwriting, which 
was a marvel of neatness and symmetry ; and he had a way of illustrating what he 
wrote with sketches in black and white and sometimes in colors that indicated con- 
siderable cleverness in the art of drawing. Now that he is dead, his fame will 
grow greater with the passing years." 

Rev. Frank M. Bristol said: "I little thought I was so soon to lose a very dear 
friend and the world a man of great genius, and 1 can hardly believe the news. 
Eugene Field saw everything that was beautiful in lite and made it enduring by 
giving his impressions to the world in most beautiful verse. He had the power of 
bringing out all that was most charming in child life and his simple verse would 
call forth tears or smiles because of his subtle and magnetic touch. He seemed to 
reach all hearts by reason of his simple eloquence, and he loved children so dearly 
and knew them so thoroughly that he sang of them as no other present-day poet 
could. The children loved his poetry and their mothers read and apppreciated 
every line. And when the mothers turn to a poet it shows that he must be deep 
and pure and good." 

"The late James W. Scott told me." said F. W. Rice, "that when he met Sir 
Edwin Arnold in this city the latter mentioned Eugene Field and his writings, said 
they had made a marked impression on him, and that he considered Field the great- 
est living American poet. In saying this Sir Edwin Arnold undoubtedly voiced the 
opinion of thousands who have read Field's writings. I knew Mr. Field largely as 
a member of the Fellowship Club. While he was not a man who belonged to many 
organizations, his tastes being rather for home life, the Fellowship Club was always 
very near to his heart. He was always the star at every gathering of the club, and 
his death will undoubtedly be a severe blow to the organization. Of all his many 
charming traits, his unbounded love for children was perhaps the most prominent. 
He not only evinced that in his writings, but m his association with his intimate 
friends as well. He always preferred the companionship of little children to that 
of any adult, however distinguished. I never knew a man so passionately fond of 
little babies, and many of his little poems of later years were dedicated to little chil- 
dren and mothers of his acquaintance." 

Melville E. Stone was one of the first men to reach the home after the announce- 
ment of Mr, Field's death had been scattered abroad. Mr. Stone said: "Mr. Field 
was a man of finely sensitive nature and often masked a breaking heart under a 
cynical demeanor. His disposition was loving and childlike, and his capacity for 
work was something marvelous. It has been currently understood in newspaper 
circles that Mr. Field was under contract to write one column a day, but this was 
not so. He put up the standard of his own task, and month after month averaged 
probably 3,000 words a day. His acquirements were as wonderful as his productive 


power. While he did not read French he would pick out the words in a French 
lexicon, and construct a French sentence that was absolutely faultless. Certainly 
his column of 'Sharps and Flats' was one of the most celebrated and widely quoted 
departments ever conducted in any newspaper." 

W. Irving Way said of Mr. Field; "The death of no other personal friend of 
mine could have brought a greater shock to me than the death of Eugene Field. I 
knew him intimately. He had a personal charm about him which was irresistible. 
When I was in morose or melancholy mood I would seek Field's company, for he 
had in his manner and speech a certain cheerfulness which could make the most 
low spirited happy and content. His was an exceedingly delicate nature. He could 
hurt no one and I never heard a harsh word about anyone present or absent come 
over his lips. To watch him in his own home as he busied himself around his room 
and conversed with his family would reveal at once his exquisitely sensitive nature. 
He was artistic in everything he did. His letters, even to his most intimate friends, 
ves, even to his wife and family, were executed as nicely as if lithographed, and 
were filled at all times with brilliant ideas, fancies and witticisms." 


Mr. Field's limitations as a writer were marked ; but within these which he never 
tried to overpass he was strongly characteristic. He possessed a breadth of humor 
which never became fine in fibre. He gave this humor a free rein in his earlier 
years, but restrained it of late days and discouraged its exuberance. There was 
in his composition a vein which was exceedingly narrow, but it was a vein of the 
purest gold. One refers to that vein of sentiment — his love for little children — 
which won him fame and will be the preservation of his future memory. His love 
for humankind seemed to be concentrated in the essence of his love for children. 
The world of men and women he always held at arm's length; his attitude toward 
them was sardonic, but children were the friends whom he never tired of praising, 
of amusing, or of recounting their glories. In one word, he might be called the 
Laureate of the Little Ones. 

In his prose style he was fond of archaic form, admiring the dignity and pomp 
of certain worthies of the eighteenth century. The style of these he imitated, at 
first playfully, but finally with seriousness, so that his style became affected and 
artificial. He was a purist, both in use of words in prose and rhymes, in his 
metrical work. It is noticeable, in regard to the latter trait, that a false rhyme is 
not to be found in all his verses. It was some years ago that he wrote the poem, 
which will be longer remembered than anything else from his pen, "Little Boy 
Blue." It is simplicity itself, and this, with its tender pathos, constitutes its beauty: 

The little toy dog is covered with dust, 

But sturdy and stanch he stands; 
And the little toy soldier is red with rust, 

And his musket molds in his hands. 
Time was when the little toy dog was new. 

And the soldier was passing fair, 
And that was the time when our Little Boy Blue 

Kissed them and put them there. 

"Now, don't you go till I come," hesaid, 

"And don't j'ou make any noise!" 
So toddling off to his trundle-bed 

He dreamt of the pretty toys. 
And as he was dreaming an angel song 

Awakened our Little Boy Blue— 
O, the years are many, the years are long, 
,'. But the little toy friends are true. 


Aye, faithful to Little Boy Blue they stand, 

Each in the same old place. 
Awaiting the touch of a little hand, 

The smile of a little face. 
And they wonder, as waiting these long years through. 

In the dust of that little chair, 
What has become of our Little Boy Blue 

Since he kissed them and put them there. 


To place all the representative poems of Eugene Field in the columns of a biog- 
raphy would overtax its limits, for there are scores of them that are each represent- 
ative of a phase of his versatile genius. 

No less an authoriity than Andrew Lang has pronounced the poem, "Wynken, 
Blynken and Nod," one of the best, if not the very best child poem in the English 
language. It is as follows: 

Wynken, Blynken and Nod one night 

Sailed off in a wooden shoe — 
Sailed on a river of crystal light 

Into a sea of dew; 
"Where are you going and what do j'ou wish?" 

The old man asked the three. 
"We have come to fish fur the herring-flsh 
That live in the beautiful sea; 
Nets of silver and gold gave we," 
Said Wynken, 
And Nod. 

The old moon laughed and sang a song. 

As they rocked in the wooden shoe, 
And the wind that sped them all night long 

Ruffled the waves of dew 
The little stars were the herring-fish 

That lived in that beautiful sea; 
"Now cast your net wherever you wish — 
Never afeared are we," 
So cried the stars to the fishermen three — 
And Nod. 

All night long their nets they threw 

To the stars in twinkling foam — 
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoes, 
'Twas all so pretty a sail it seemed 
As if it could not be. 
And some folks thought 'twas a dream they'd dreamed 
Of sailing that beautiful sea; 
But I. shall name you the fishermen three: 
And Nod. 

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes. 

And Nod is a little head. 
And the wooden shoes that sailed the skies 

Is a wee one's trundle-bed; 
So shut your eyes while mother sings 

Of wonderful sights that be. 
And you shall see the beautiful things 

As you rock in the misty sea 


Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three — , 
And Nod. 

In "A Little Book of Western Verse" the poem entitled "Casey's Table d'Hote" 
leads all the rest, and is by many considered the most characteristic of Field's 
efforts in its peculiar vein. The follo\ving"verses will give an idea of its flavor of 
mining life in the Rockies, with its crude imitation of the elegancies of life else- 
where : 

Oh, them days on Red Hoss Mountain, when the skies wuz fair 'nd blue; 

When the money flowed like likker, 'nd the folks wuz brave 'nd true! 

When the nights wuz crisp 'nd balmy, 'nd the camp wuz all astir, 

With the joints all throwed wide open 'nd no sherilT to demur! 

Oh, them times on Red Hoss Mountain in the Rockies fur away — 

There's no sich place nor times like them as I kin find to-day! 

What though the camp hez bu'^ted! I seem to see it still, 

A-Iyin', like it loved it, on that big 'nd warty hill; 

And I feel a sort of yearnin' 'nd a chokin' in my throat 

When I think of Red Hoss Mountain 'nd of Casey's tabble dote! 

A tabble dote is different from orderin' aller cart; 

In one case you git all there is; in t'other only part! 

And Casey's tabble dote began in French— as all begin — 

And Casey's ended with the same, which is to say, with "vin;" 

But in between wuz every kind of reptile, bird 'nd beast. 

The same like you can git in high-toned restauraws down east; 

'Nd windin' up waz cake or pie, with coffee demy tass, 

Or, sometimes, floatin' Ireland in a soothin' kind of sass, 

That left a sort of pleasant ticklin' in a feller's throat, 

'Nd made him hanker after more of Casey's tabble dote. 

The poet was in one of his happiest moods when paying tribute of esteem in 
verse to a friend, and one of the cleverest bits in this line was a little thing entitled, 
"Cy and I." It relates to a meeting with Cy Warman, the Rocky Mountain poet, 
and is made the vehicle for turning a neat compliment to Charles A. Dana, of the 
New York Sun. These are the telling stanzas: 

As I went mosseying down the street. 
My Denver friend I chanced to meet. 

"Hello!" says I. 
"Where have you been so long a time 
That we have missed your soothin' rhyme?" 

"New York," says Cy. 

"Gee whiz!" says I. 

"The town is mighty big, but then 
It isn't in it with its men — 

Is it?" says I; 
"And tell me, Cyrus, if you can. 
Who is its biggest, brainiest man?" 

"Dana!" says Cy, 

"You bet!" says I. 

In a letter to an admiring friend last year the dead poet mentioned "Barbara" 
as the most finished poem he had written. It is based on Hoffman's story of a lover 
who is buried by falling earth while gayly digging for gold to insure the happiness 
of his sweetheart. Fifty years later his body is unearthed and recognized by his 
faithful Barbara, who falls upon it with tears and kisses and joins her lover in 
death. These stanzas will show its smoothness: 


The gaunt earth envied the lover's joy, 

And she moved and closed on his head — 
With no one nigh and with never a cry 

The beautiful boy lay dead; 
And the treasure he sought for his sweetheart fair 

Crumbled and clung to his glorious hair. 

Barbara bowed her aged face 

And slept on the breast of her dead, 
And the golden hair of her dear one there 

Caressed her snow-white head. 
Oh, life is sweet, with its touch of pain, 

But sweeter the death that joined those twain! 

Many people considered "Little Boy Blue" the most perfect of Mr. Field's 
poems of childhood. 

Here is a partial list of the published works of Mr. Field: "The Tribune 
Primer;" Denver, 1882. (Out of print and very scarce.) "The Model Primer;" 
illustrated by Hoppir, Treadway. Brooklyn, 1882. "Culture's Garland;" Tichnor, 
Boston, 1887. (Out of print.) "A Little Book of Western Verse;" Chicago. 1889. 
(Large paper, privately printed and limited.) "A Little Book of Profitable Tales;" 
Chicago, 1889. (Large paper, privately printed and limited.) "A Little Book of 
Western Verse;" Scribners. New York. 1S90. "A Little Book of Profitable Tales;" 
Scribners, New York. 1890. "With Trumpet and Drum;" Scribners, New York. 
1892. "Second Book of Verse;" Scribners, New York. 1893. "Echoes From the 
Sabine Farm." "Translations of Horace;" McClurg, Chicago, 1893. "Introduc- 
tion to Stone's First Editions of American Authors;" Cambridge, 1893. "The Holy 
Cross and Other Tales;" Stone & Kimball, Cambridge, 1893. 

Mr. Field once wrote the following autobiography: I was born in St. Louis, 
Mo., Sept. 3, 1850, the second, and oldest surviving, son of Roswell Martin and 
Frances (Reed) Field, both natives of Windham county, Vermont. Upon the death 
of my mother (1856), I was put in the care of my (paternal) cousin. Miss Mary Field 
French, at Amherst, Mass. In 1865, I entered the private school of Rev. James 
Tufts, Monson, Mass., and there fitted for Williams College, which institution I 
entered as a Freshman in 1868. Upon my father's death in 1869, I entered the 
Sophomore class of Knox College, Galesburg, 111., my guardian, John W. Burgess, 
now of Columbia College, being then a professor in that institution. But in 1870 I 
went to Columbia, Mo., and entered the State University there, and completed the 
junior' year with my brother. In 1872, I visited Europe, spending six months and 
my patrimony in France, Italy, Ireland and England. 

In May, 1873. I became a reporter on the St. Louis Evening Journal. In 
October ot that year I married Miss Julia Sutherland Comstock (born in Chenango 
county. New York) of St. Joseph. Mo., at that time a girl of sixteen. We have had 
eight children (three daughters and five sons). 

My newspaper connections have been as follows: 1875-76, city editor of the St. 
Joseph, Mo., Gazette; 1876-78, editorial writer on the St. Louis Evening Journal and 
St. Louis Times-Journal; 1880-81, managing editor of the Kansas City Times; 
1881-S3, managing editor of the Denver Tribune. Since 1883, I have been a con- 
tributor to the Chicago Record (formerly Morning News). 

I wrote and published my first bit of verse in 1879; it was entitled "Christmas 
Treasures" (See Little Book of Western Verse). Just ten years later I begaii sud- 
denly to write verse very frequently; meanwhile (1883-89), I had labored diligently 
at writing short stories and tales. Most ot these I revised half a dozen times. One 
(The Were-Wolf), as yet unpublished, I have re-written eight times during the last 
eight years. 


My publications have been chronologically, as follows: 

1. The Tribune Primer; Denver, i332. (Out of print and very, ver^ scarce.) 
[The Model Primer; illustrated by Hoppin ; Treadway, Brooklyn, i332. 

A private edition.] 

2. Culture's Garland ; Ticknor, Boston, i337. (Out of print.) 

A Little Book of Western Verse, Chicago, 1889. (Large paper, privately 

printed and limited.) 
A Little Book of Profitable Tales, Chicago, 1889. (Large paper, privately 

printed and limited.) 

3. A Little Book of Western Verse; Scribners, New York, 1890. 

4. A Little Book of Profitable Tales; Scribners, New York, 1890. 

5. With Trumpet and Drum; Scribners, New York, 1892. 

6. Second Book of Verse; Scribners, New York, 1893. 

7. Echoes from the Sabine Farm.*^ 
Translations of Horace, McClurg, Chicago, 1893. 

8. Introduction to Stone's First Editions of American [Author's; Cambridge, 


9. The Holy Cross and other Tales ; Stone & Kimball, Cambridge, 1893. 

Ill health compelled me to visit Europe in 1889; there I .remained fourteen 
months, that time being divided between England, Germany,, Holland, and Belgium. 
My residence at present is in Buena Park, a north-shore suburb of Chicago. 
^;;;;_I have a miscellaneous collection of books numbering 3,500, and I am fond of 
the quaint and curious in every line. I am very fond of dogs, birds and all small 
pets — a passion not approved of by my wife. My favorite flower is the carnation. 
My favoritesMn fiction are Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter," "Don Quixote," and 
"Pilgrim's Progress." I greatly love Hans Christian Andersen's Tales, and I am 
deeply interested in folk-lore and fairy tales. I believe in ghosts, in witches and 
in fairies. I should like to own a big astronomical telescope, and a 24-tune music 
box. I adore dolls. 

My favorite hymn is "Bounding Billows." My heroes in history are Martin 
Luther, Mme. Lamballe, Abraham Lincoln; my favorite poems are Korner's "Bat- 
tle-Prayer," Wordsworth's "We are Seven," Newman's "Lead, Kindly Light," 
Luther's Hymn, Schiller's "The Diver," Horace's "Fons Bandusiae," and Burns* 
"Cottar's Saturday Night." I dislike Dante and Byron. I should like to have 
known Jeremiah the Prophet, old man Poggio, Horace, Walter Scott, Bonaparte, 
Hawthorne, Mme. Sontag, Sir John Herschel, Hans Andersen. My favorite actor 
is Henry Irving; actress, Mme. Modjeska. 

I dislike "politics," so-called. I should like to have the privilege of voting 
extended to women. I am unalterably opposed to capital punishment. I favor a 
system of pensions for noble services in literature, art, science, etc. I approve of 
compulsory education. I believe in churches and'schools; I hate wars, armies, sol- 
diers, guns and fireworks. 

If I could have my way, 1 should make the abuse of horses, dogs and cattle a 
penal offense ; I should abolish all dog-laws and dog-catchers, and I would punish 
severely everybody who caught and caged birds. 

I like music (limited). I have been a great theater-goer. I enjoy the society 
of doctors and of clergymen. I do not care particularly for sculpture or for paint- 
ings; I try not to become interested in them, for the reason that if I were to culti- 
vate a taste for them I should presently become hopelessly bankrupt. I dislike all 
exercise and I play all games very indifferently. 1 love to read in bed. I am 

*In collaboration with my brother, Roswell Martin Field. 


extravagantly fond of perfumes. My favorite color is red. I am a poor diner, and 
I drink no wine or spirits of any kind; I do not smoke tobacco. 1 dislike crowds 
and 1 abominate functions. 

I am six feet in height; am of spare build, weigh i6o pounds, and have shocking 
taste in dress. But I like to have well-dressed people about me. 

My eyes are blue, my complexion is pale, my face is shaven and 1 incline to 
baldness. It is only when 1 look and see how young and fair and sweet my wife is 
that I have a good opinion of myself. 

I am fond of the companionship of women, and 1 have no unconquerable preju- 
dice against feminine beauty. I recall with pride that in twenty-two years of active 
journalism, I have always written in reverential praise of womankind. I favor 
early marriage. 

I do not love all children. 1 have tried to analyze my feelings towards children, 
and 1 think I discover that I love them in so far as I can make pets of them. 

I believe that, if I live, 1 shall do my best literary work when I am a grand- 

I give these facts, confessions and observations for the information of those 
who, for one reason or another, are applying constantly to me for biographical data 
concerning myself. 

He d. Nov. 4, 1895. Res. 2339 Clarendon Ave., Chicago, 111. 

ROSWELL MARTIN, b. July 29, 1874; d. Sept. 28, 1874. 

MARY FRENCH, b. March 5, 1876. 

MELVIN GRAY, b. Dec. 12. 1878; d. Oct. 3, 1890. 

EUGENE, JR., b. Jan. 28, 1880. 

FREDERICK COMSTOCK, b. Sept. 3, 1881. 

JULIA, b. Nov. I. 1882; d. Nov. 28, 1882. 

ROSWELL FRANCIS, b. March 27, 1893. 

RUTH GRAY. b. March 27, 1894. 

2901. ROSWELL MARTIN FIELD (Roswell M., Martin, Seth, Jonathan, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. St. Louis, Mo., Sept 
I, 1851; m. Kansas City, Oct. 28, 1885, Henrietta Dexter. Roswell Martin Field, 
son of Roswell Martin Field, was born in St. Louis. At the death of his mother, in 
1856, he was sent with his brother, Eugene to the care of his cousin, in Amherst, 
Mass. Attended the public schools at Amherst and fitted for Harvard College at 
Philips Academy, Exeter, N. H. Called back to St. Louis by the illness of his 
father, he finished his college course at the University of Missouri. After leaving 
college he went into journalism at St. Louis, in 1872, and since that time has been 
associated with newspapers in San Francisco, Kansas City, and New York. Came 
to Chicago in July, 1895, and took an editorial position on the Evening Post, which 
he now holds (1S99). Married Miss Henrietta Dexter, in Kansas City, in 1885. 
Aside fro.-n editorial work on newspapers, he collaborated with his brother, 
Eugene, in the preparation of a book of adaptations of Horace, and has published a 
book of western stories, and various other sketches of western life. Res. 35 Bitter- 
sweet Place, Chicago, 111., s. p. 

2917. AUSTIN FIELD (Phinehas, Erastus, William, Jonathan, Joseph, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Phinehas and Thank- 
ful Field, b. in Leverett, Mass., Feb. 14, 1840. He removed, in 1865, to North 
Hadley, Mass., where he resided. He m. June 13, 1872, Orphelia Maria, dau. of 
Moses and Caroline (Putnam) Field, of Leverett, b. Dec. 5, 1838; d. March 28, 1891. 
No children. He is a farmer. Res. Sunderland, Mass. 

















See page 823. 

See page 825. 

See page 833. 


(Dean of Oberlin, Ohio, College.) 

See page 838. 

HKMAN H. Fn-:LI). 

See page 805. 


2920. ADIN WILMORTH FIELD (Phinehas. Erastus, William. Jonathan, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Phinehas and 
Thankful M. Field, b. in Leverett, Mass., Dec. 13, 1853. He settled in North 
Hadley, Mass., where he resided. He m. Oct. 30, 1875, Lucinda E. Pratt, of Plain- 
field, Mass., b. July 29, 1855; d. Jan. 2, 1877. No children. Is a farmer. Res. 
Sunderland, Mass. 

2922. HEMAN H. FIELD (Frederick W., Heman, William, Jonathan, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Leverett, Mass., 
May 17, 1857; m. Milwaukee, Wis., March 31, 1883, Mintie Green Stearns, 
b. Jan. 14, 1864. Heman H. Field, of Chicago, 111., son of Frederick W. Field and 
Caroline Adams, born at Leverett, Franklin county, Mass. ; received his education 
in the common schools at Leverett, Mass., the High School at Amherst, Mass.. and 
the Wesleyan Academy, Wilbraham, Mass., where he graduated in a scientific and 
commercial course in June, 1873. Removed to Milwaukee in April, 1876, where he 
was employed as bookkeeper. Studied law with Jefferson C. McKenncy, and was 
admitted to the bar June 25, 1879; was associated with Mr. McKenney as clerk and 
partner until Sept. 24, 1880, when he entered service as clerk and attorney in the 
legal department of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway company, at Mil- 
waukee, under John W. Carey, general solicitor; became assistant general solicitor 
of the railway company in September, 1 887, which position he now holds. Removed 
to Chicago in August,. 1890, and now resides in that city at 4864 Kimbark Av., 
s. p., Chicago, 111. 

2925. HENRY J. FIELD (Frederick W., Heman, William, Jonathan, Joseph, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Leverett, Mass., May 11, 
1870; m. Waltham, Mass., Oct. 5. 1898, Myrtle Emerson Brown, b. Shelburne Falls, 
Mass. Is a lawyer. Res., s. p., Greenfield, Mass. 

2926. JUDSON LEON FIELD (Frederick W., Heman, William, Jonathan, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Leverett, Mass , 
Oct. 8, 1871; m. there Sept. 24. 1898, Elizabeth Peck Field, dau. of B. M. Field, of 
Leverett, b. Aug. 11, 1868. He is in the employ of Jenkins, Kerr & Co., dry goods 
commission merchants, 186-8 Fifth Av. Res., s. p., Chicago, 111. 

2927. AUSTIN GARY FIELD (Edwin G., Heman, William, Jonathan, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. April 14, 1850; grad- 
uated at Amherst College, in 1874; for thirteen years teacher in Worcester; also 
an organist of great merit; m. July 15. 1875. Mary Barnes, dau. of Swan L. and 
Lydia (Hough) Lesure. She resides Worcester. He d. Dec. 24, 1889. 

45i8X- i- ALICE CAREY, b. Sept. 13, 1876; member of class of 1900, Mt. 

Holyoke College. 
45i8>^. ii. EDWIN FAYETTE, b. June 23, 1878; member of class of 1901, 

Amherst College. 
4518^. iii. ISABEL CLARKE, b. May 28, 1888. 

2934. WILLIAM EDGAR FIELD (Charles H., William. William. Jonathan. 
Joseph, Zechariah. John, John. Richard, William, William), son of Charles H and 
Nancy S. (Hobart), b. in Leverett, Mass.. Aug. 23, 1849. He settled in Uxbridge, 
Mass., where he now resides. He m. April 23, 1873, Eliza B., dau. of Consul B. and 
Salome (Ashley) Cutter, of Leverett, b. Jan. 3, 1852. 

4519. i. IDA CATHERINE, b. May 17, 1874. 

4520. ii. EDGAR ARLAND, b. Oct. 24. 1876; d. Sept. i, 1879. 

2935. CHARLES MATTOON FIELD (Charles H., William, William. Jon- 
athan, Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Charles 


H. and Nancy S. (Hobart), b. in Leverett, Mass., Jan. i6, 1851, where he resided. 
He m. March 4, 1S75, Isabelle Lee, dau. of William H. and Fanny (Lee) Smith, ot 
Leverett, Mass., b. Sept. S, 1850; d. Aug. 21, i888;'m.,2d, Sept. 29, 1S97, Nattie L. 
Gtdrey, b. Oct. 2, i860. He is in the hardware business. Res. Uxbridge, Mass., 
s. p. 

2940. ALFRED FRARY FIELD (Frary, Sylvanus, Jonathan, Jonathan, Jo- 
seph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Leverett, Mass., June 
16. 1S43; m. June 7, 1S65, Ann M. Gilbert, b. January, 1843; m., 2d, in Boston. June 
I, 1893, Katherine Jane Hendnck b. Aug. 31, '1855. Was son of Frary and Julia A. 
(Comins) ; was b. in Leverett, Mass. He removed to Missouri ; returned to Leverett, 
where he now resides. A farmer. He m. Anna M., dau. of Abner and Martha 
Gilbert, of Leverett. Res. Leverett, Mass. P. O. address, Hillsboro. 

4521. i. HENRY GILBERT, b. May 21. 1S68; m. May 2r 1888. 

4522. ii. ALFRED FRARY, b. March 23, 1872; m. March 25. 1896. Res. 

51 Oak St., Hartford Conn. 

4523. iii. OSCAR NELSON, b. Jan. 13, 1874. Res. 19 Columbus Av., 

Northampton, Mass. 

4524. iv. MARY EDNA, b. Dec. 30, 1894. 

2941. BRAINARD C. FIELD (Frary, Sylvanus, Jonathan, Jonathan, Joseph, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Leverett, Mass.. July 22, 
1858; m. July 25, 1883. Fannie J. Field, b. May 3, 1864. He is in the railway busi- 
ness. Res. Worcester, Mass. 

4525. i. CLIFTON EVERETT, b. March 20, 1894; d. May 11, 1895. 

2943. DANIEL ADAMS FIELD (Dexter, Sylvanus, Jonathan, Jonathan, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Dexter and 
Celinda (Spooner). b. in Leverett, Mass., July 19, 1840. He removed to Jaffrey, 
N. H., where he resided until he moved to Fitzwilliam, N. H. He m. Aug. 24, 
1665, Mary E., dau. of George W.^ Brown, of Troy, N. H., b. in Sudbury, Mass., 
Oct. 17, 1843. He is a farmer. Res. Fitzwilliam, N. H. 

4526. i. LIZZIE IDELLA, b. Dec. i, 1866. 

4527. ii. GEORGE EDWARD, b. July 21, 1869. 

4528. iii. FRANKLIN DANIEL, b. Dec. 20, 1871; d. Dec. 25, 1871. 

4529. iv. WYNNA MAYBELLE, b. Jan. 6. 1873. 

4530. V. WARREN DEXTER, b. April 13, 1875. 

4531. vi. FREDERICK BROWN, b. Aug. 31, 1S76. 

4532. vii. ;J0HN WASHINGTON, b. Nov. 9, 1881. 

4533. viii. CLIFFORD ENNIS, b. July 2, 1883. 

4534. ix. CHARLES ARTHUR, b. Aug. 9. 1879. 

2944. ARTHUR WELLS FIELD (Dexter, Sylvanus, Jonathan, Jonathan, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Dexter and 
Celinda (Spooner), b. in Leverett, Mass., Oct. 2, 1846. He removed to Leominster, 
Mass., where he resided until he moved to Fitchburg. He m. Nov. 19, 1868, Sarah 
Delia, dau. of Merrick and Charlotte E. D. (Salisbury) Stimson, of Ashburnham, b. 
in Gardner, Mass., May 13, 1845. He was born in Leverett, Mass., Oct. 2, 1846; 
lived in Montague from the spring of 1847 to the spring of 1854, from there to 
Marlboro, N. H. ; attended school and working on the farm most of the time. He 
m. Nov. 19, 1868, Sarah Delia Stimson, of Ashburnham, Mass. Commenced house- 
keeping in West Fitchburg, Mass., in the spring of 1869; moved to Shirley, Mass. ; 
worked for the Shakers about a year and a half, doing farm work, etc. In the fall 
of 1870 moved to Leominster, Mass. ; worked driving team and various other work ; 










in a piano case shop two or three years; in baby carriage shop also two or three 
years, as clerk and proprietor of grocery store. While living here spent a winter at 
Eastman's Commercial College, Poughkeepsie, N. Y. In the fall of 1881 moved to 
Medford, working in Boston, keeping books for a commission house for six or seven 
years, living in Medford and Chelsea, Mass. ; in May, 1888, moved to Fitchburg, 
Mass., working as night clerk in Old Colony railroad ofiRce for seven years. Has 
worked in dry goods house of Nichols & Frost for the last four years. Res. 125 
Shaw St., Fitchburg, Mass. 

ERNEST ARTHUR, b. June 6, 1870: d. June 25, 1870. 

CHARLOTTE CELINDA, b. Julia 18, 1879; m. Jan. 9, 1S99. 
in Charlestown, Mass., Ira M. Didware. 

LEON STIMSON, b. June 3, 1883. 

HELEN ESTELLE, b. July 13, 1888. 

2953. BRADFORD MOORE FIELD (Harrison. Lucius, Jonathan, Jonathan, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Leverett, Mass., 
March 30, 1S3S; m. Westchester, Conn., Nov. 7, i856, Sarah Elizabeth Brown, b. 
Aug. 12, 1841. Bradford Moore Field was born in Leverett, Mass., March 30, 1868. 
Was brought up on a farm. He received his early education in the district school ; 
later he attended Deerfield Academy. He began mercantile life when about 
eighteen years of age, accepting a position as clerk in a general store in his native 
town. In January, 1S63 — when he was twenty-four years old — he became sole 
proprietor of the business. In February of the same year he was appointed post- 
master, an office which he has held continuously since that time. He was married 
Nov. 7, 1866, to Sarah Elizabeth Brown, dau. of Deacon Samuel Brown, of West- 
chester, Conn. Upon the death of his father he assumed the management of the 
large farm, which has been his home and the home of his ancestors since it was 
purchased by Jonathan Field, in 1804. Mr. Field has always retained control of the 
store where his early experience was gained, and he also deals much in lumber and 
in grain. For manj' years he has been associated with the Savings Bank as one of 
its directors. Res. Leverett, Mass. 

4539. i. ELIZABETH PECK, b. Aug. 11, 1868: m, Sept. 24, 1898, Judson 

Leon Field. Res. 211 Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, 111. 

2955. WILLIAM NICHOLS FIELD (William E., Levi, Jonathan, Jonathan, 
Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of William E. and 
Sarah (Rogers), b. in Boston, Mass., April 29, 1850. He settled in the city ot New 
York, where he now resides. He is a stock broker. He m. Jan. 20, 1876, Sarah 
Brown, dau. of Capt. Dennis Coudry, of Newburyport, Mass., b. Nov. 7, 1849, 

2957. EDWARD SALISBURY FIELD (DeEstang S., Alpheus, Jonathan, 
Jonathan, Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William William), son of 
DeEstang and Editha (Crocker), b. in Leverett, Mass., Oct. 30, 1840. He has been 
engaged in mercantile business in Amherst, Mass. ; Troy, N. Y. ; Cincinnati, O. ; 
Indianapolis, Ind., where he resided, engaged in the book and paper business. He 
was elected in 1875 president ot the Young Men's Christian Association. Now 
resides at 645 Caronado St., Los Angeles, CaU He m. June 6, 1866, Sarah M. 
Hubbard, of Indianapolis, Ind., b. Oct. 29, 1842. 

4540. i. HELEN, b. Dec. 5, 1867; m. April 16, 1888, Murray M. Harris. 

Res. Los Angeles, Cal. 
FREDERICK WALCOTT, b. Aug. 19, 1870; d. July 25. 1871. . 
EDITH HUBBARD, b. Sept. 16, 1S72. 
CARRIE LOUISE, b. Oct. 13, 1876. 
WILLIAM HUBBARD, b. May 26, 1875; d. Feb. 24, 1877. 










4>45. vL EDWARD SALISBURY, b. Feb. 23. 187S. 

4546. ^^L FLORENCE, b. Aug. S. iSSi. 

2963. EDWARD SPELLMAN FIELD (Moses S.. Jonathan, Moses. Jonathan. 
Joseph, Zechariah. John, John, Richard, William, WiUiam), b. Stanstead, Canada, 
Feb. I, 1841; m. Winfield, Kans., May 15, 1S73. Phebe Alala Tichwonh, of Kansas, 
b. Aug. 6, 1S49. Son of Moses and Margaret I. (Gibb); was b. in Stanstead. L. C. 
He settled, in 1S69, at Grouse Creek, Kans. In 1S77 removed to Victoria. British 
Columbia, where he resided. He m. Phebe Alala, dau. of WiUiam and Nancy 
(MulhoUand) Tich worth, of Paris. C. W., b. August, 1S49. Res. Victoria and 
Metchosin. B. C. 

4547. i. CHESTER GIBB. b. Sept. 2. 1876, at Glen Grouse. Kans. 

454S. ii. LEE LLEWELLYN, b. May 2, 1SS2, at Metchosin, Vancouver 
Island, B. C. 

2966. DAVID GIBB FIELD (Moses S., Jonathan. Moses, Jonathan, Joseph, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Moses and Margaret I. 
(Gibb), b. in Stanstead, L. C, Feb. 27, 1S49. where he resided a farmer. Hem. 
April 23, iSSo, Ella Frances, dau. of John and Martha (Worcester) Tilton, of Stan- 
stead, b. in Chelmsford. Mass., Jan. 25, 185 1. 

4549. i. CLARENCE, b. Jan. 7, 18S1; d. March 3, 1887. 

4550. ii. MARGARET MARY. b. Sept 7, 13S4. Res. Stanstead. 

2969. FREDERICK CLINTON FIELD (Osmond H., Moses, Moses, Jon- 
athan, Joseph, Zechariah. John, John, Richard, William. William), b. July 11. 1865. 
Kiantone, N. Y. ; m. Feb. 15. i3S8, E. Blanche Garfield, b. March 31, 1863. He is 
a farmer and manufacturer. Res. Frewsburgh, N. Y. 

4551. L RICHARD OSMOND, b. June 10, 1S39. 

4552. ii. GERTRUDE LIVINGSTON, b. Nov. 13, 1890. 

4553. iiL LAWRENCE WILSON, b. May 19, 1396. 

4554. iv. HERBERT LATHROP, b. March 21, 189S. 

29S5. CAPT. JOHN FIELD (John, John, John, John, John, John, William. 
John, Richard, William, William), b. Providence. R. I., Jan. 18, 1771; m. Provi- 
dence, R. I., Nov. 5, 1797, Amey Larkin, b. Newport, R. I., 1769; d. Nov. 18, 1S59. 
James G. Ham was appointed administrator of her estate Dec. 20, 1S59. His will 
was probated Dec. 6, 1336. 

Will of John Field. Probate Docket, Vol. 5. No. A5721. Will Book 14, p. 57. 
— In the Name of God Amen. I. John Field, of Providence in the County of Provi- 
dence. State of Rhode Island &c, of sane mind, and memory*, calling to mind, that 
all men must die, upon matuie consideration, do make and establish this my Last 
Will and Testament 

First At my decease, I order all my just debts and funeral e.^penses to be 
paid by my Executors herein named. 

Second. I give and devise to my wife Amey, all my real estate, of every kind 
and description, during her natural life provided she remain my widow. 

Third. I give and bequeath all my personal estate, except Fifty Dollars which 
I give and bequeath to my son John, at my decease, and after paying as aforesaid, 
to my said wife Amey, for and during her natural life, provided she shall remain 
my widow. 

Fourth. At the marriage of my wife, Amey, I give and devise, and bequeath 
All my Real Estate and all my personal estate then remaining, to John Field Junr, 
Albert S. Field, Martha C. Field, Emily L. Field and Richard B. Field ray children, 














and Joanna Taber my grand-daughter; to be divided between them in six equal 

Fifth. I do hereby appoint John T. Jackson and William Field Executors of 
this my Last Will and Testament; hereby revoking all other or former Wills by me 
made, and establishing this and this only, as my Last Will and Testament. 

In Testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, at Providence, 
this thirteenth day of September, in the Year of Our Lord, one thousand, eight 
hundred thirty three. John Field (L. S.) 

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced, and declared, by said John Field, as 

and for his Last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, who, at the 

same time, as his request, and in his presence, and in the presence of each 

other, hereunto set our names as Witnesses to the same. 


Benoni Lockwood. 
William Howard Jr. 
Rhodes G. Lockwood. 
Proved December 6, 1836. 

He d. Sept. 8, 1S36. Res. Providence, R. I. 

JOHN, b. ; m. Mary Burke. 

ALBERT, b. ; d. young. 

RICHARD, b. ; d. young. 

JOANNA, b. ; m. Feb. 26, 1S20, Samuel Taber. Ch.: i. 


MARTHA C, b. ; m. Daniel Leamens. 

EMILY L., b. Dec. 4, 1S07; m. Aug. 3. 1S37, Joseph Snow Davis. 
She was his second wife. By the first marriage, Oct 3. 1S24, to 
Amey L. Billings, there were four children. By Emily L. he had 
one. Ch. : i. Henry Richard, b. March 21. 1839; m. June 14. 
1S65, Mary Elizabeth Wilson. Res. Providence, R. L She was 
b. Aug. 31, 1841; d, Nov. 24, iS52. He is secretary' and cashier 
of the Providence Journal Co. He entered the ofiBce of the Pro- 
vidence Journal in 1S56. Ch. : (a) Mary Elliott Dax-is, b. April 
12, 1867. Res. 98 Congdon St.. Providence, (b) Henry Field 
• Davis, b. March 21, 1869; m. Feb. 6, 1894; Journal office, (c) 
Emma Louise Davis, b. April 4, 1871; m. Sept 29, 1S92, Walter 
Hay ward. Res. Pro\-idence, R. I. 

LOUISA, b. ; d. young. 

ALBERT SEARLES^ b. Oct. 23. 1S03; m. Deborah Kettle. 
R1CH.\RD B., b. Sept. 16, i3i2; m. Elizabeth D. HunneweU. 

29S6. SIMEON FIELD (John, John, John, John, John, John, William, John. 
Richard, William, William), b. Providence, R. L, in 1772; m. Nov. 27, 1S03, Mary 
A. Warner, b. Sept. 9, 1777; d. Oct. 27, 1S60. He was a farmer. He died intestate. 
His son Edward was appointed administrator May 13, 1S34. He d. April, 1S34. 
Res. Providence, R. I. 

EDWARD, b. June 6. 1805; m. Alice Ann Thurber. 

JAMES, b. ; d. unm. 

HENRY, b. ; d. young. 

JOHN W.. b. : m. Jerusha Bacon. 

SIMEON, b. Sept. 4, 1819; m. Elizabeth Webster. 

LEWIS P., b. ; d. unm. 

ELIZABETH W., b. ; m. Nov. 24, 1834. Thomas Brownell, 

Jr. ;m.,2d, Keep. Two children. She resides Worcester, Mass. 























4571. viii. SARAH B., ; m. Nov. i, 1842, Alfred B. Lewis; m., 2d. Dec. 

30, 1850, C. B. Johnson. She d. s. p. 

2987. WILLIAM FIELD (John, John, John, John, John, John, William,'John, 
Richard, William, William), b. Providence, R. I., March 6, 1777; m. Nov. 8, 1798, 
Betsy Larkin. b. in 1779: d. in 1847. Administrator ot Betsy's estate was ap- 
pointed June 22, 1847, she dying intestate. Her administrators were John Glad- 
ding and Hiram Barker, the latter having been administrator of the estate of her 
husband. — Providence Probate. 

Will of William Field. Probate Docket, Vol. 6. No. A6246. Will Book 15, 
p. 51. — In the Name of God, Amen. I, William Field of Providence in the County 
of Providence, State of Rhode Island, knowing that all men must die, have thought 
fit, and do hereby made and ordain this as my Last Will and Testament. 

First. I give and devise my Estate called the homestead Estate, whereon I 
now reside, with all the buildings and improvements thereon, and my pews in the 
Methodist Meeting House, to my beloved wife Betsy, for and during the term of her 
natural life, in substitution of her right of Dower. I also give to my said wife all 
my wearing apparel to dispose of as she may think proper. 

Second. I order and direct that the Lot and House on Chestnut Street, devised 
to me by the late Daniel Field deceased, and the lot of Land I own on Plain Street, 
together with all the stock and unfinished work and carpenter's tools be sold in a 
suitable time to be fixed by my Executors hereinafter named. 

Third. Whereas, I have heretofore deeded a certain lot of Land to my daugh- 
ter Susan A. Bowes, N. James Bowes her husband upon the express condition that 
they pay the sum of thirty dollars annually during the life time of myself and wife, 
Therefore at the decease of my said wife 1 order and direct that the sum of one 
hundred and twenty five dollars be paid to the said Nesbet J. Bowes and wife by my 

Fourth. 1 give my pew in the Roger Williams Meeting House to Elder James 
McKenzie, to him, his heirs and assigns forever, on condition that he pay all taxes 

Fifth. At the decease of my said wife, I give, devise and bequeath all my 
Estate both real and personal then remaining, in equal proportions to the following 
persons, viz: Elizabeth Field, Rebecca P. Field, Ann W. Field, Harriet C. Field, 
Patience B. Langley and Edward Billings to them, their heirs and assigns forever, 
as tenants in common. 

Sixth. I hereby constitute and appoint my wife Betsy Field, Hiram Barker 
and Edward Billings Executors of this my Last Will and Testament. 

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand, at Providence, this thirtieth 
day of May, in the year of Our Lord, One thousand, eight hundred and forty three. 

William Field. 
The foregoing Instrument was signed in our presence, and while we were in 

the presence of each other, and declared by William Field to be his 

Last Will and Testament. 

Stephen Branch, 

Hercules Whitney, 

Joseph L. Denise. 
Proved July 11, 1843. 

He d. June 10, 1843. Res. Providence, R. I. 

4572. i. BETSEY, b. ; d. unm. Dec. r, 1874. 

Will of Elizabeth Field. Profcate Docket, Vol. 13. No. A 1 1097. 
Will Book 25. p. 4.— I, Elizabeth Field of the City and County 


of Providence and State of Rhode Island, being of lawful age 
and of sane mind, do make and declare this my last Will and 
Testament in manner and form as follows. 

First. I hereby give and bequeath to my Sister Harriet C. 
Field her heirs, executors and assigns forever, all that shall 
remain of my personal property of every description, after my 
Executor hereinafter named shall have paid all debts due from 
me together with funeral expenses and charges for the settlement 
of my estate. 

Second. I give and devise unto my said Sister Harriet C. 
Field, her heirs, executors and assigns forever, all my right, title 
and interest, in and to any and every pacel or parcels of Real 
Estate in the City of Providence, or elsewhere, and however the 
same may be situated and described, whether in possession or in 

Third. I constitute and appoint John Gladding 3rd sole Exe- 
cutor of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and 
annulling all other and former Wills by me made, and establish- 
ing and confirming this, and this only as my last Will and Testa- 

In testimony whereof I do hereunto set my hand and seal this 
Third day of March in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred 
fifty nine. her 

Elizabeth X Field [l. s.]. 
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the 
said Elizabeth Field, as and for her last Will and 
Testament, m the presence of us, who, at the same 
time, at her request, in her presence, and in the pres- 
ence of each other hereunto set our names as witnesses 
to the same. 
Esek Aldrich. 
Joseph G. Snow. 
Nathl. Gladding. 
Proved January 5, 1875. 

4573- li- REBECCA P., b. 1803; d. unm. Oct. 12, 1857. 

4574- iii- CAROLINE, b. ; unm. 

4575. iv. ANN W., b. ; m. Jan. 1, 1845, Samuel Foote. 

4576. V. HARRIET C. b. ; unm. 

Will of Harriet C. Field. Probate Docket, Vol. 18. No. A14559. 
Will Book 30, p. 354. — Know all men by these Presents. 

That Whereas I Harriet C. Field and Elizabeth Field my sister 
now deceased did make and execute to Charles J. Wheeler a cer- 
tain conveyance dated October 26 1866 of certain real and personal 
property in said conveyance described ; And whereas in and by 
said instrument it is provided that said Charles J. Wheeler shall 
convey what remains of the property conveyed to him bj* said 
instrument, to such person or persons as the survivor of said 
Harriet & Elizabeth may direct; and whereas, I, the said Harriet 
C. Field am the said survivor; and whereas I have since acquired 
other property that I have conveyed to said Charles J. Wheeler by 
deed of even date herewith; and whereas by my said conveyance 


to said Charles J. Wheeler, said Wheeler holds said property to 
make such disposition thereof as^I_may by my last will and testa- 
ment appoint: 

Now Therefore I, Harriet C. Field of the city and county of 
Providence State of Rhode Island being of sound disposing mind 
and memory do make publish and declare this and this only to 
be mj' last will and testament, hereby revoking all other and 
former wills by me at any time heretofore made. 

First, I give, devise and bequeath to Charles J.Wheeler of said 
Providence all my shares of National Bank Stock and all my real 
estate now held by him under the trusts contained in said two 
above mentioned conveyances and in case of the death resigna- 
tion or refusal of the said Charles J. Wheeler to such other suit- 
able person as the Municipal Court of the City of Providence shall 
appoint ; Upon trust that he shall with all convenient speed after 
my decease take possession of all said property and shall in the 
first place pay out of the same all my just debts, funeral expenses 
and the expenses of my last sickness : After said payments he shall 
for and during the term of five j-ears from and after my decease 
collect all rents and dividends and income from said property and 
shall from time to time pay out of the same all necessarj' expenses 
in the management of said trust and a reasonable compensation 
to himself for his services as said trustee, and may also during 
said five years pay to any of the persons, among whom my said 
trustee as hereinafter directed be distribute said property, such 
portion of said income as he shall think proper, if any; at the 
expiration of said five years I hereby authorize and direct said 
Charles J. Wheeler to pay over and convey said trust property to 
such of the descendants of my three sisters deceased, to wit 
Patience B. Langley; Susan A Bowers and Ann W. Foote in 
equal shares, in such distribution said descendants shall take such 
property per stirpe and not per capita and any payments made 
to any such descendants or to the ancestor of such descendant 
from said income by my said trustee in the exercise of the discre- 
tion hereinbefore given to him shall be deducted from the share 
of such descendant in the said payment and conveyance ; and I 
hereby authorize and direct my said trustee to make and execute all 
such conveyances as he may be advised is necessary and proper, 
both under this will and under either or both of said hereinbefore 
mentioned conveyances, to carry out the purpose of this will. 

Second. Whereas the said Charles J. Wheeler has for nearly 
sixteen years acted as trustee under the conveyance in this will 
first above mentioned without any compensation for his services 
in said capacity. Now therefore, I give devise and bequeath to 
the said Charles J. '^'heeler all the rest, residue and remainder of 
all my estate both real and personal of which I shall die seized or 
possessed, be the same more or less than it now is, to him his 
heirs and assigns forever. 

Third I make, constitute and appoint the said Charles J. 
Wheeler sole executor of this my last will and testament, and 
hereby request the honorable the Probate Court that he be 
excused from giving any bond with sureties. 


In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal 
this twenty eighth day of July A. D. i832. 

Harriet C. Field [l. s. J. 
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Harriet 

C. Field as and for her last will and testament, in our 

presence, who in her presence, at her request, and in 

the presence of each other have hereunto set our 

hands as witnesses. 

Edward D. Bassett. 

Volney Austin. 

Isaac H. Bas'^ett. 
Proved June i6, 1885. 

4577. vi. PATIENCE B., b. ; m. James W. Langley. of Newport, R. L 

4578. vii. SL^SAX A., b. ; m. Sept. 23, 1839, Nesbit J. Bowes. 

4579. viii. WILLIAM L., b. ; unm. 

Will of William L. Field. Probate Docket, Vol. 5. No. A6060. 
Will Book 14, p. 335. — I, William L. Field, of Providence in the 
County of Providence, in the State of Rhode Island and Provid- 
ence Plantations, Merchant, make, publish and declare this my 
Last W^ill and Testament 

First. My W^ill is. and I hereby order and direct, that all my 
just debts, funeral charges, and the expenses of settling my 
Estate to be paid cut of my personal estate, other than my house- 
hold furniture and library, which I do not mean to make charge- 
able with said debts, charges and expenses. 

Second. If, contrary to my expectations, my personal estate, 
with the exception aforesaid, should prove inadequate to the pay- 
ment of debts, funeral charges and expenses of settling ray 
Estate, I then make the balance thereof chargeable on my real 
estate: And I hereby empower my Executors to sell so much 
of my real estate, and to convey the same lawfully, as will be 
sufficient to make up the deficiency. 

Third. I give and bequeath to my mother Elizabeth Field, 
wife of William Field, housewright, and to my sisters Elizabeth,. 
Rebecah Potter, Ann Whipple, Harriot Crampon, Patience Billings 
(wife of James W. Langley of Newport, Rhode Island,) Susan. 
Amey Field, and S. A. N. Field daughter of the late Joseph Field, 
all my library, beds and bedding, secretary, bureau, clothing of 
every description, stands, clock, sofa, and all other household 
furniture, of whatever name or nature; to be used in common, 
unless they may otherwise unanimously agree, forever. 

Fourth. I give and bequeath to my eldest sister Elizabeth, 
forty-four shares of the capital stock in or of that which I own in 
the Eagle Bank, Providence, Rhode Island. 

Fifth. I give and bequeath to my sister Rebeckah Potter 
Field, forty tour shares in or of the capital shares in the before 
mentioned Eagle Bank in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Sixth. 1 give and bequeath to my sister Ann Whipple Field, 
forty four shares (the same number of shares as last mentioned), 
in the capital stock in the Mechanics' and Manufacturers' Bank, 
Providence, Rhode-Island. 

Seventh. I give and bequeath to my sister Harriet Crapon 


Field, the following named shares, viz, twelve shares in the Eagle 
Bank, four shares in the Union Bank, six shares of the Mechanics 
and Manufacturers' Bank, and seventeen of the shares Exchange 
Bank, all of which are in Providence, Rhode Island: Also five 
shares of the City Bank of Providence. 

Eighth. I give and bequeath to my sister Patience Billings 
Langley, wife of James W. Langley, my house and lot numbered 
144, (one hundred and forty four,) Pine Street, Providence, R. I. 
(West side,) see Deed and Policy of Insurance,) forever: provided 
she gives to S. A. N. Field, daughter of the late Joseph Field, 
her note for one hundred dollars, payable in clothing, without 

Ninth. I give and bequeath to my sister Susan Amey Field, 
twenty eight shares in the Weybosset Bank, and sixteen shares 
in the Union Bank, of Providence, Rhode Island. 

Tenth. I give, devise and bequeath to S. A. N. Field, daugh- 
ter of the late Joseph Field, my store at the corner of Weybosset 
Street and Long Wharf Gangway (for description, see Deed), 
during her natural life, and afterwards to my sisters or their 
lawful heirs, forever. 

Eleventh. I give and bequeath to my Mother, during the time 
she shall remain the wife or the widow of my father, the use, 
income & occupation of all my other estate (not before mentioned), 
both real and personal, after the same shall have been converted 
into stocks or real Estate as aforesaid, as may be thought best 
by my Executors. And I do hereby recommend to my said 
Mother, in her own good discretion, and according to her will and 
pleasure, to distribute any surplus of property which may come 
to her hands and possession, beyond her own needs and wants, 
among our family, according to their several needs and wants and 
situations in life, or in improvement on some part or portion of 
my Estate, as she shall think best. 

Twelfth. I give and bequeath to my before mentioned sisters, 
viz., Elizabeth, Rebekah Potter, Ann Whipple and Harriot Cra- 
pon. Field, Patience Billings Langley wife of James W. Langley, 
and Susan Amey Field, their respective heirs, executors, admin- 
istrators and assigns forever, as tenants in common, in equal 
shares, all the rest and residue of my Estate, both real and per- 
sonal, from and after the future marriage or decease of my said 
mother, whichever may first happen. 

Thirteenthly. That, in case my father should outlive my 
mother, he shall have all the rents and profits that my mother 
would have, provided he shall remain a widower and in case of 
marriage or decease, my Will is, that my sisters or their lawful 
heirs above mentioned, shall have all, both real and personal 

Fourteenthly. That in case any one of the before named per- 
sons shall alter or sue for, or cause to alter or sue for, any of this 
my Last Will and Testament, that they may be debarred of any 
portion or claim to the same. 

Lastly. I hereby revoke all other Wills and Testaments by me 
made, and declare this my Last Will and Testament; and hereby 


appoint Mr. John Gladding 3d (Barber,) and Bradford Hodges, 
both of Providence, Rhode-Island, my Executors hereof. 

In Witness whereof. 1 have hereunto set my hand and seal, 
this twenty-fifth day of May, in the year of Our Lord, one thous- 
and, eight hundred and thirty six. 

Wm. L. Field [l. s.]. 
Signed, sealed, published and declared, by the said Wil- 
liam L. Field, as and for his Last Will and Testament, 
in our presence and hearing. In witness whereof, at 
his request, in his presence, and in the presence ot each 
other, we hereunto subscribe our names as witnesses. 

Asa Ames, 
Wm. H. Aborn. 
James Sherburnes. 
Proved November 24, 1840. 

4580. ix. JOSEPH, b. ; m. . 

4581. X. ADELINE, b. ; unm. 

2988. SAMUEL FIELD (John, John, John, John, John, John, William, John, 
Richard, William, WiUiam), b. Providence. R. I.; m. Oct. 14, 1798, Nancy French. 
Res. Providence, R. I. 

THOMAS, b. ; d. unm. 

SAMUEL, b. ; unm. 

SALLY, b. : m. David Jenkins; m., 2d, Aug. 30, 1858, James 

Wright. Jr. ' 

MARY, b. ; m. Blueman. 

ELIZA, b. ; m. Martin. 

2989. JOSEPH FIELD (John, John, John, John, John. John. William, John. 
Richard, William, William), b. Providence, R. I., Aug. 5, 1778; m. Dec. 18, 1803, 
Susannah Larkin; d. Feb. 3, 1809. 

Mr. Henry R. Davis has a family record of Joseph Field and Susan (Larkin) 
Field. It records their marriage Dec. 18, 1803. Death of Joseph Field Aug. 27, 
1808, aged thirty years, twenty-two days, and of Mrs. Susan Field, Feb. 3, 1808. 
Ch. : Susan N. Field, b. Sept. 26, 1804, and Caroline D. Field, b. May 19, 1807; d. 
Nov. 13, 1825, age eighteen years, five months and twenty-four days. Removed 
to the south. See copy of his father's will in which he speaks of his deceased son 
Joseph. This was in 1811. 

He d. Aug. 27, 1808. Res. Providence, R. 1., and went South. 

4587. i. SUSAN N., b. Sept. 26, 1804 

4587>^. ii. CAROLINE D., b. May 19, 1807; d. Nov. 13, 1825. 

2940. ISAAC FIELD (John, John, John. John, John, John, William, John, 
Richard, William. William), b. Providence, R. I., in 1782; m. Jan. 19, 1804, Sally 
Berry. He d. Aug. 6, i860. Res. Providence, R. I. 

4588. i. JOSEPH B., b. ; m. Bethania Mason, of New Bedford, Mass. 

Had one son. 
JAMES A., b. 1815; d. unm. Aug. 17, 1841. 
ISAAC B., b. 1817; d. unm. April 17, 1883. 

WILLIAM H., b. ; m. Dec. 28, 1845, Mary P. Jerauld. 

MARIA, b. ; m. C. B. Snow. 

ANN E., b. 1808; d. unm. Dec. 20, 1876. 

SARAH, b. ; m. Edwin R. Capron. 

DANIEL, b. ; unm. 


























2992. BENJAMIN FIELD (John, John, John, John, John. John, William, 
John, Richard, William, William), b. Providence, R. I.; m. Oct. 15, 1815, Sabra 
Fiske. His will was probated at Providence, R. I., Aug. 12, 1841. 

Will of Benjamin Field. Probate Docket, Vol. 5. No. A6122. Will Book 14. p. 
372. — In the name of God, Amen. I Benjamin Field of the City and County of Pro- 
vidence, State of Rhode Island, being in sane mind, though weak and debilitated in 
body, in view of my approaching disolation, do make this my Last Will and Testa- 
ment, in manner following: that is to say: 

Firstly. My Will is, that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid out of 
my Estate, by my Executrix hereinafter to be named. 

Secondly. I hereby give and devise unto my beloved wife Sabra, her heirs 
and assigns, forever, absolutely and in fee simple, one moiety or half part of all of 
my personal and real estate ; my real estate consisting of the following described 
property, viz. : a certain lot of land situate in the said City of Providence, bounded 
Easterly on Hospital Street, on which it measures about forty five feet: Southerly 
on South Street, on which it measures about two hundred and thirty feet: Westerly 
on Butler Street, holding its width of forty five feet: thence a straight line to the 
first mentioned bound: with two dwelling houses and other buildings thereon : it 
being the estate on which I now reside. 

Also a certain lot or parcel of land situated in said City of Providence, on the 
North East corner of Hospital and South Streets; measuring on said South Street, 
about two hundred feet: on Hospital Street about ninety feet: bounded Westerly 
on land of the heirs of my brother Simeon, and Southerly on Point Street, and con- 
taining about one acre of land. Also, a certain lot or parcel of land situated in the 
Westerly part of said City of Providence, on the Cranston road, so called, contain- 
ing by estimation about ten acres. Also, a certain lot or parcel of land situated in 
the Town of Cranston, containing by estimation, about one acre, commonly called 
the Swamp Meadow. Also, a certain lot or parcel of land, situated in the Town of 
Johnston, containing by estimation about seven acres, commonly called the wood 

Thirdly. I give and devise unto my beloved son Daniel Proud Field, his heirs 
and assigns forever, the remaining moiety or half of all my personal and real 
estate. And my Will further is, that my said wife Sabra shall receive the rents, 
profits, interest and income of all the property above devised to my said son Daniel, 
until he arrives at the age of twenty one years, or is married: to appropriate, dur- 
ing that time, so much thereof as may be necessary, to the education and proper 
bringing up of my said son Daniel, and the residue, if any, to her own use and 
benefit. And in case my said son Daniel should die before he shall attain the age of 
twenty one years, unmarried and without issue, then my Will is, that the property 
herein before devised to him, shall go to my brothers William and Isaac Field, 
in equal proportions, their heirs and assigns, forever. 

And I hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife Sabra sole Executrix of 
this my Last Will and Testament; hereby revoking and annulling all other and 
former Wills by me made, and establishing this, and this only, as my Last Will and 

In Testimony whereof, I do hereunto set my hand and seal at Providence, this 
twenty seventh day of February, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand, Eight 
Hundred and forty one. 

Benjamin Field [l. s.]. 
Signed, sealed, published and pronounced and declared, by said Benjamin 

Field, as and for his Last Will and Testament, in presence of us, who at 


the same time, at his request, and in his presence, and in the presence of 
each other, hereunto set our names as witnesses to the same. 
Nicholas C. Hudson, 
Emeline B. S. Ayer, 
Peleg Johnson. 
Proved August 12, 1841. 

He d. July 11, 1841. Res. Providence, R. I. 

4596. i. DANIEL POUD, b. 1825: m. Susan , b. 1828; d. Jan. 9, i860. 

He d. March 31, 1856. His estate was administered upon by 
Alpheus J. Shaw, May 6, 1856, 

2992. LEMUEL FIELD (Lemuel. John, John, John, John, John, William, 
John, Richard, William, William), b. Providence, R. I.; m. June 20, 1811, Mary 
Harding, dau. of Walker Harding. Res. Providence, R. I. 

4597. i. ALBERT F. 

3002. DANIEL FIELD (Daniel, John, John, John, John, John, William, John, 
Richard, William, William), b. Providence, R. L, in 1789; m. June 13, 1811, Lucy 
Potter Brown, b. in 1783; d. Oct. 13, 1875. His will was probated March 16. 1868. 
Henry A. Cory and Samuel James were executors. Providence Probate. The 
widow's will was probated Nov. 9, 1875. Henry A. Cory was executor. 

Will of Daniel Field. Probate Docket, Vol. 10. No. A9426. Will Book 22, 
page no. — Be it Remembered, That I Daniel Field of the City of Providence in the 
State of Rhode Island being of lawful age, and of sane mind, do make and declare 
this my last Will and Testament, in the manner following — That is to say 

First — I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife Lucy P. Field all my Household 
Furniture of every description whatever, except the Silver Tankard. Also Five 
Thousand Dollars to her Heirs and assigns Forever. 

I Also give, devise and bequeath, to ray said wife the use, and occupation, rents 
and profits, of the following real Estate and other property, for and during hej nat- 
ural life, to wit. 

My Homestead Estate, where I now reside. Situate on the corner of Chestnut 
and Clifford Streets, excepting a tenement occupied by my son in law Henry A. 
Cory and my daughter Zipporah B. Cory, his Wife, both, my said Wife, and my said 
Daughter, to have equal privileges, in the Basement for washing &c. 

Also to my wife as aforesaid, my Home and lot No 104 Friendship Street, Said 
lot being Forty Feet, Front, holding that width as far back as the fence on the rear 
of said lot, being the estate next Northerly from the estate of Job Andrews, 

Also to my aforesaid Wife, all the dividends and Income, from (44) Forty four 
Shares in the Mechanic National Bank, (35) Thirty five Shares in the Union Bank, 
(15) Fifteen Shares in the Roger Williams National Bank, and (3000) Three Thou- 
sand dollars in 5-20 Government Bonds, with Coupons payable in January and July. 
For and during her natural life. 

At the decease of my said Wife I give devise and bequeath to my two Sons 
Daniel W. Field, and Charles W. Field all the Real Estate given her during her nat- 
ural life, in equal proportions to them, their Heirs and assigns Forever. 

Also at the decease of my said Wife, I give and bequeath to my Three Children 
Daniel W. Field, Charles W. Field and Zipporah B. Cory, all the Bank and Govern- 
ment Stock, given her during her natural life to be divided between them in equal 
proportions, to them, their Heirs and assigns forever. 

Secondly, —I give, devise and bequeath to my said Daughter Zipporah B. Cory, 
Four Thousand Dollars in Such property as my executors can conveniently com- 
mand, which Shall be Satisfactory to her. And also (12) House lots. Situate on 


Wilson, Greenwich and Warren Streets in the City of Providence, being numbered 
(14) Fourteen, (15) Fifteen. (16) Sixteen, (17) Seventeen, (18) Eighteen, (19) Nine- 
teen, (20) Twent}', (122) One hundred and Twenty two, (123) One hundred and 
Twenty Three, (124) One hundred and Twenty four, (125) One hundred and Twenty 
Five and one hundred and Twenty Six, (126) on my plat of House Lots Said plat is 
recorded in the Land Records of said City of Providence in Book of plats, No 3. 
Page 72. Reference thereto being had, to her, her Heirs and assigns Forever. And 
in case any or all of said lots Shall be Sold during my life I direct my executors to 
pay to her the amount of the Sales in money or in Such property as She may 
Choose, without Interest on Such Sales. 

I also give, devise and bequeath to my Said Daughter Zipporah B. Cory, the use, 
occupation. Rents and profits of the following Estates for and during her natural 
life. That part of my Homestead Estate where I now reside, now Occupier) by her 
and her Said Husband, as aforesaid the same that she now occupies with all the 
privileges that She now enjoys. She paying her equal proportion of the expenses of 
Keeping Said House in repair, and for Taxes and Insurance &c. I also give, devise 
and bequeath to my Said Daughter the use occupation. Rents and profits of my 
House and lot No. 87 on Clifford Street. Said lot is Bounded as follows, to wit, 
Beginning about Forty two feet, from the Northerly corner of the Fountam lot (So 
called) to the Fence, which divides it from Said Fountain lot. Thence extending 
Northerly on Said Clifford Street Forty feet, Thence turning a corner at right 
angles, and running Westerly about Eighty five feet, in line of the Barn on the 
rear ot Said lot, Thence Southerly, Bounding on the line of Said Barn Forty feet to 
Said fence. Thence Easterly following the line of Said fence about Eighty five feet 
to the place of Beginning. For and during her natural life. She keeping Said 
House in good repair, paying all taxes that may be assessed on Said Estate, Insur- 
ance &c. 

At the decease of my Said Daughter Zipporah B. Cory, I give, devise and be- 
queath all the forenamed Estates given her during her natural life, as aforesaid To 
my Two Sons Daniel W Field and Charles W. Field, to them their Heirs and 
assigns forever. 

I also give to my Said Daughter Zipporah B. Cory The Silver Tankard, to be 
kept in her possession during her life, which was presented to my Worthy and 
Honored Grandfather, Dea. John Field, by the Field Fountain Society as a token ot 
respect, for the gift of a Spring on his Land which supplies the Fountain with 
water. At her decease, then to my Oldest Male Grand Child, if living at that time, 
if not to his Heirs Hoping that it may continue in its present form, in the Family 
name, as a token of Remembrance of our Ancestor, For a greateer length of time 
to come, than it now is Since it was first presented which was about one hundred 
years ago. 

Thirdly I give devise and bequeath, to my Son in law Henry A. Cory Two 
House lots, Situate on the Northerly Side of Warren Street, being numbered (82) 
Eighty two, and (83) Eighty three, on the aforenamed plat ot lots to him his Heirs 
and assigns Forever. Should Said lots be Sold before my decease, he to have the 
amount in money or other property without Interest. 

Fourthly. I give and bequeath to my Grand Children Lizzie S. Field, Helen S. 
Field, Zipporah C. Field, and Daniel Curtis Field, Children of my Son Daniel W. 
Field, and Marie R. Field, Lucy B. Field and Daniel Field, Children of my Son 
Charles W. Field, One Thousand Dollars Each, when they Shall respectively arrive 
at the age of twenty two or Married. All Sums of money which I may give them, 
intended for this Legacy while I live, to be by my executors considered as a part 
of their Legacy, under this Will and to be first deducted without Interest therefrom, 


These Legacies are intended for the Sole and Separate personal use of the Lega- 
tees and their Separate receipt therefore Shall be accepted by my executors. 

If any one or more of my Said Grand Children Should die before receiving the 
above Legacy, Then it is my will, that the legacy of said Grand Child would have 
received if living, Shall be divided equally among, his or her Surviving brothers 
and Sisters. 

Fifthly. I give and bequeath, to my Sister Catharine James, Widow of William 
James, One Hundred Dollars, — I also give to my Brother in law William Brown, 
One Hundred Dollars, I also give to my Nephew Samuel James, Also to his Brother, 
Oliver H. P. James, Also to my Neice Mary Helmn, And also to my Cousin Catharine 
Martin, and to her Sister Nancy Martin, Fifty dollars each, to them their Heirs and 
assigns Forever. To be paid to them Severally out of my estate within one year 
after my decease, By my executors, hereinafter named. 

Sixthly. I give devise and bequeath to my two Sons Daniel W. Field and 
Charles W. Field, all the residue and remainder of my Estate both Real and Per- 
sonal of every name and description and wheresoever to be found, to be divided in 
Equal proportions, to them their Heirs, and assigns Forever. 

My executors paying all my just debts. Funeral expenses, and the expenses of 
Settling my Estate out of the Same. 

Lastly. I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my two Sons Daniel W. 
Field and Charles W. Field, together with my Son in law, Henry A. Cory, executors 
of this my last Will and Testament: hereby revoking and annulling all other and 
former Wills by me made, and establishing and confirming this and this only: as 
my last Will and Testament. 

The Estates frontmg on Clifford, Chestnut, and Friendship Streets, the Land of 
which belonged to my Grandfather's Grandfather, Capt. John Field, about two 
Hundred years ago, I hope my Heirs will try to keep the Same, in the Family name 
for as long a time as is mentioned. ' " : 

In Testimony whereof 1 do hereunto Set my Hand and Seal this eighteenth day 
of December, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty Seven. 
Signed, Sealed, published, pronounced and declared. By the Said Daniel Field, 

as, and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who at 

the Same time at his request, in the presence, and in the presence ot each 

other hereunto Set our names as witnesses to the Same. 

Daniel Field [l. s.]. 

Henry Martin. 

Joseph A Barker. 

Wm Spencer. 
Proved March 17, 1868. 

Will of Lucy P. Field. Probate Docket, Vol. 13. No. A11364. Will Book 25, 
page 209. — I Lucy P. Field of the City and County of Providence in th^ State of 
Rhode Island make this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is 
to say. 

I direct that all my just debts, funeral expenses, expenses of settling my Estate 
and expense of suitable grave stones at my grave be first paid. 

I give and bequeath to my daughter Zipporah B. Cory (wife of Henry A. Cory) 
to and for her own use benefit and behoof forever, all the rest, residue and remainder 
of all my personal property and effects of every name and description, wherever or 
however the same is or may be situated. 

I hereby nominate and appoint the said Henry A. Cory sole Executor of this 
my Will hereby revoking and annulling all other and former Wills by me made and 
establishing this and this only as and for my last Will and Testament. 












In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourth day of 
September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty nine. 

Lucy P. Field [l. s.]. 
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Lucy P. Field 
as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who, at the 
same time at her request, in her presence and in the presence of each 
oiher have hereunto set our names as witnesses to the same. 
Henry Martin. 
J. G. Parkhurst. 
Thos. A. Sweetland. 
Proved November 9, 1875. 

He d. Feb. iS, 186S. Res. Providence, R. I. 

DANIEL HUNTER, d. infant, aged 2, Sept. 5, 1813. 
LUCY BROWN, d. infant, aged 3. May 11, 1816. 
LUCY FULLER, d. infant. Aug. 20, 1830. 
DANIEL W., b. 181 5; m. Nancy Curtis, 

ZIPPORAH B., b. July 13, 1S18; m. Henry A. Cory; res. Provi- 
dence, R. I. They were m. in Providence June i, 1840. He was 
b. Nov. 23, 1813; d. Sept. 27, 1887, s. p.; she d. Feb. 17, 1900. 

4603. vi. CHARLES W., b. Nov. 24, 1823; m. Emeline R. Phillips. 

3006. JOSEPH WARREN FIELD (Joseph, John, John, John, John, John 
William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Providence, R. I., in 1789; m. Sally 
Taber. He d. Jan. 23. 1851. Res. Providence, R. I. 

4604. i. ISABEL, b. ; m. July 2, 1846, Gideon Vinal. 

4605. ii. LOUISE, b. . 

4605}^. iii. GIRL, b. in 1832; d. Sept. 10, 1849. 


3012. GREENE BURROUGHS FIELD (Joseph, John, John, John, John, 
John, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Providence, R. I., March 2, 
1812; m. May 11, 1S31, Mary Thompson, b. May 12, 1813; d. Dec. 30, 1877. He d. 
May 31, 1865. Res. Providence, R. I. 

4606. i. ELIZABETH BURROUGHS, b. Feb. i, 1832; m. Peleg Peckham, 

of St. Louis, Mo., April 19, 1855. He was b. June 26, 1818; d. 
June 23, 1894. Was a merchant. She res. Orlando, Fla. Ch. : 
I. Minnie Louise, b. Jan. 4, 1858; m. Sept. 12 1S89, Archibald 
MacCallum, of Oban, Scotland. Res. Orlando. Fla. 

4607. ii. WILLIAM THOMPSON, b. Oct. 26, 1833; d. Sept. 25. 1835. 

4608. iii. JAMES HENRY, b. Sept. 25, 1835; m. Cornelia D. Prentice. 

Ch. : I. Maitland T. 

4609. iv. ELLEN FRANCES, b. Dec. 18, 1837; m. Sept. 28, 1864, Henry A. 
* Heath, of Newport, R. I., b. Jan. 23, 1831. Ch. : i. Adele, b. 

Sept. 28, 1867; res. Newport, R. I., P. O. Box 440. 

4610. V. GEORGE BRADFORD, b. July 21, 1844; unm. ; res. Newport, 

R. I., P. O. Box 440. Is a jeweler. 

4611. vi. CHARLES W., b. Oct. 7, 1848; m. Lizzie C. Anthony, of New- 

port, R. I. 

3013. JOHN W. FIELD (Joseph, John, John, John, John, John, William, 

John. Richard, William, William), b. Providence, R. 1.; m, Pattie W. . His 

will was probated in Providence Aug. 28, 1S94. His son Cyril A. was executor. 

Will of John W. Field 2d. Probate Docket, 2001-3000. No. 2005. Will Book 
37, page 272. — I, John W. Field 2d of the city and county of Providence Rhode 


Island of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testa- 
ment hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made. 

First. It is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of 
my estate. 

Second, — I give devise and bequeath to my wife Pattie W. Field all my per- 
sonal estate of which I may die seized or to which I may be entitled at the time of 
my decease to have and to hold to her and her heirs executors administrators and 
assigns forever. 

Third. I also give to my wife Pattie W. Field the use improvement and in- 
come of all my real estate wherever situate to have and to hold the same to her for 
and during her natural life. 

Fourth. I give to my older son Cyril W. Field all the use improvement and 
income of all my real estate wherever situate to have and to hold the same to him 
after the death of my wife Pattie W. Field for and during his natural life. 

Fifth. I give, devise and bequeath to my grand children Herbert C. Field and 
Ida J. Field children of said Cyril W. Field all'the reversion or remainder of my 
estate and all the profit, income and advantage that may result therefrom from and 
after the decease of my wife Pattie W. Field and my son Cyril W. Field to have 
and to hold the same to them the said Herbet C. Field and Ida J. Field their heirs 
and assigns forever. 

Sixth, I do nominate and appoint my wife Pattie W. Field to be executrix of 
this my last will and testament. 

In witness whereof I the said John W. Field 2d have to this my last will and 
testament subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 21st day of August A. D. 

John W. Field 2d. [l. s.] 
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said John W. Field 2d as and 
for his last will and testament, in the presence of us who, at his re- 
quest, and in his presence and in presence of each other have sub- 
scribed our names as witnesses thereto, 
William R. Randall. 
Asahel D. Taf t. 
Proved August 28, 1S94. 

He d. July, 1S94. Res. Providence, R. I. 

4612. i. CYRIL W., b. ; m. . 

4613. li. MARTIN E., b. ; m. . 

4613^^. iii, EMILY, b. in 1845; d. Jan. 7, 1851. 

3027. EDWARD FIELD (Benjamin, James, John, John, John, John, William. 
John. Richard, William, William), b. Providence, R. I., Aug. 25, 1800; m. Sept. 11, 
1S22, Eliza M. Jepson, b. 1802; d. July 22, 1865; m., 2d, Abby P. Hermon. Aug. i, 
1866. No children. 

Will of Edward Field. Probate Docket, Vol. 21. No. A16970. Will Book 33, 
page 400.— I Edward Field of the City and County of Providence in the State of 
Rhode Island make this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is 
to say. 

I direct that all my just debts, funeral expenses, expenses of settling my Estate 
and expense of suitable grave stones at my grave be first paid. 

I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife Abby P. Field to and for her own 
use benefit and behoof forever the sum of Three thousand ($3000) Dollars, to be 
paid after and upon my decease; and also Five (5) shares in the capital stock of the 
Rhode Island Horse Shoe Company; also twelve (12) silver tea spoons, six (6) silver 


tablespoons, twelve (12) silver forks, twelve (12) silver plated knives and twelve 
(12) silver plated tea knives (new), one (i) second size silver ladle and my silver 
plated tea set, (the spoons and ladle mentioned above to be taken from those I had 
newly polished) and so much of my other household furniture and housekeeping 
utensils of every name and description as she may select as would be necessary to 
furnish a house or tenement, and including therewith the Willard Clock, excepting 
only therefrom my piano family pictures silver ladle and books which are included 
in the bequests hereinafter made to my residuary legatees. 

Also the use and occupation free of any expense to her, with help of one serv- 
ant, of my dwelling house and estate situated in said Providence for six months from 
the date of my decease or longer if the same be not sold, provided she wishes to 

I give, dev-ise and bequeath all the rest, residue and remainder of my Estate, 
real and personal of everj' name and nature and description wherever or however 
situated and including therewith all such other real estate as I may hereafter ac- 
quire of which I shall die seized, possessed of and entitled to at the time of my 
decease in equal shares to my children Martha L. Palmer, Eliza J. Barrett and 
Sarah J. Manchester, subject however to a deduction from the share or portion of 
such of my said heirs as are or may be indebted to me at the time of my decease 
which indebtedness shall be evidenced by certain notes signed by such heirs and by 
book account, in my possession at the time of my decease. 

To have and to hold the same with all the rights and pri\nleges thereof in 
equal shares to them the said Martha L. Palmer, Eliza J. Barrett and Sarah J. 
Manchester, their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever subject as 

I hereby nominate and appoint the Rhode Island Hospital Trust Company ot 
Providence, sole Executor of this my Will, hereby revoking and annulling all other 
and former Wills by me made and establishing this and this only as and for my 
last Will and Testament. 

la Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Nineteenth 
day of October, in the Year of our Lord, One thousand eight hundred and eighty 

Edward Field [l. s.]. 
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Edward Field 

as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who, 

at the same time at his request, in his presence and in the presence of 

each other have hereunto set our names as Witnesses to the same. 

Henry B. Rose 

Oilman E. Jopp. 

Whereas I Edward Field of Providence, County of Providence and State of 
Rhode Island, have made and duly executed my last Will and Testament in writ- 
ing bearing date the nineteenth of October A. D. 1886; Now 1 do hereby declare 
this present writing to be a codicil to my said Will and direct the same to be an- 
nexed thereto and taken as part thereof. 

And I do hereby give and bequeath to my niece Florence M. CofiBn, my Piano 
above mentioned. 

To have and to hold the same with all the rights and privileges thereof to her 
the said Florence M. Coffin, her heirs and assigns forever. 

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh (7th) 
day of September in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and eighty 

Edward Field [l. s.]. 










Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Edward Field 
as and for a Codicil to his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us, 
who at the same time at his request in his presence and in the presence of 
each other have hereunto set our names as Witnesses to the same. 
Henry B. Rose 
Oilman E. Jopp. 
Proved May 13, 1890. 

He d. April iS, 1890. Res. Providence, R. L 
FOUR infants d. 

MARTHA L., b. Aug. 6, 1825; m. June 11, 1844. Joseph E. 
Palmer, b. 1808. Ch. : i. Edward T., b. Jan. 29, 1845; m. Flor- 
ence Starbuck. 2. Joseph B., b. June 6, 1852. 
ALBERT E., b. 1828; unm. ; d. Sept. 20. 1881. 
ELIZA JANE, b. March 16, 1831; m. Oct. i, 1851. Zenas Coffin, b. 
May 31, 1830; m. 2d., - — Barrett Ch. : i. Albert F., b. May 15, 
1854; m. Lilly Smith. 2. Martha P., b. April 27, 1856; m. John 
Henry Bostwick. 3. Walter, b. Nov. 25, 1857. 4. Florence M., b. 
Oct. 12, 1871. 

4618. V. SARAH J., b. May 31, 1835; m. Nov. 19, 1856, Albert H.Man- 

chester, Jr., b. May 27, 1833. Ch. : i. Eliza F., b. March 16, 

1858. 2. Helen P., b. Jan. 21, 1862. 3. Albert F., b. Nov. 14, 

. 186S. 

3033. CALEB FIELD (Benjamin, James, John, John, John, John, William, 

John, Richard, William, William), b. Providence, R. I., June 9, 1815; m. Elizabeth 

Gardiner, b. 180S; d. May 31, 1878. He d. Aug. 19, 1849. Res. Providence, K I. 

46i8>^. i. GARDINER, b. . 

4618I4:. ii. LUTHER, b. . 

3039. BRADFORD FIELD (Bradford. Zebulon, Zebulon, Richard, John, 
John, William, John, Richard. William, William), b. Taunton. Mass. ; m. Ellenor 
Fisher. She d. April. 1889. He was a leather worker. Res. West Townsend, Vt., 
and Woburn, Mass. 

4619. i. MERRILL ALVIN, b. ; d., aged 9, in Nashua, N. H. 

4620. ii. MYRON BRADFORD, b. May 11, 1847; m. Josephine Adams and 

Mary Wilhelmina Wright. 

5044. ABIZER FIELD (Abizer, Zebulon, Zebulon, Richard, John, John, 
William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Taunton, Mass., 17S4; m. Hannah 
Wilbur, b. 1786; d. Covert, Pa., 1865. He d. about 1857. Res. Norton, Mass., and 
Covert. Pa. 

4621. i. ABIZER, b. May 30, 1807; m. Aseneth Everj'. 

4622. ii. OLIVER D.. b. ; res. Troy, Pa. 

4623. iii. GEORGE, b. ; res. Covert. Pa. 

4624. iv. CALISTA, b. ; m. Lyon; res. Covert, Pa. 

4625. v. ADELINE, b. ; m. Yeumous; res. Westovers, Clearfield 

county. Pa. 

4626. vi. LORETTA, b. Dec. 6, iSio; m. Nathan Truman, b. Albany 

county, N. Y.. Nov. 26, 1808; d. March 24, 1887, in Otsego 
county, N. Y. She d. May 9, 1S71. Ch. : i. James C, b. June 
12, 1841; m. June 6, 1S63, Serena Wilbur, of Fall River. Mass.. 
b. Nov. 14, 1S36. He is in the real estate business. Res. Bing- 
hamton, N. Y. His son. Jas. C. Truman, Jr., has two daughters 
— Christine V. Truman and Martha Field 'Truman. All reside 


Nepera Park, Westchester countv, N. Y. 2. Henry L. Truman, 
dead; his sons, Elliot D. Truman and Nathan Truman, both of 
Bainbridge, Chenango county, N. Y, . living. 3. Ira A- Truman, 
living; his sons, Milo A- Truman and Fred Truman, living; all 
of East Windsor, Broome county, N. Y. 4. Amy J. Kelly, li\-ing 
at Wells Bridge, Otsego count}-, N. Y. 5. Thaddeus Field Tru- 
man, dead; left a daughter, Mabel Truman; res. at Bainbridge. 
Chenango county, N. Y. 6. David S. Truman, dead; no children. 

3047. DAVID FIELD (David, Zebulon, Zebulon. Richard, John. John, Wil- 
liam, John, Richard, William, William), b. Norton, Mass.. April 2, 1S08; m. there 
May 16, 1S36, Nancy A. Williams, b. April 10, iSog; d. Jan. 13, 1870, in Norton; 
dau. of Guilford and Mary Williams. Was a farmer. He d. May 25, 1S69. Res. 
Norton. Mass. 

4627. ii. CELIA AX JANET, b. Sept 22. 1S47. 

4623. L LUCRETIA, b. 1S37. 

3043. RATHBURN FIELD (David, Zebulon, Zebulon. Richard, John. John, 
WUliam, John, Richard, William, William), b. Norton, Mass., June 3. 1814; m. 
Matilda W. Leonard. Was a farmer. He d. Oct. 24, 1SS6. Res. Norton, Mass. 

4629. L BARNUM A., b. Aug. 4. 1S4S; d. July 16, 1S64. 

463a it CHESTER R., b. 1S42. 

3057- ALBERT FIELD ijude. Jude, Zebulon. Richard. John, John, William, 
John, Richard, William, William), b. New York city, June 4, 1S40; m. there Oct. 
10, 1 564, Maria L. Combes, b. Aug. 5, 1S42. Business manager nail manufactory'. 
Res. New York, N. Y., ig57 Washington avenue. 

4631. L LILLLAN M., b. July 3. 1S65; m. Oct. 10. i853. Moore. Res. 

Tremont, N. Y. 

463*. u. CLARENCE EVERETT, M.D., b. Jan. 7, 1870; m. Nov. 30, 1S93. 

3067. WILLIAM FIELD (Jabez, William, Jabez, Richard, John. John, 
William, John. Richard, Wiliiam. William;, b. North Bridgewater, Mass., Oct. 29, 
1524; m. Mary Francis Prouty. dau. of Moses Whiting, of Roxbury, SepL 19. iS-ig, 
b. January, 1S27; ^ Newtonville, Mass., March ir, 1S90. He is a dry goods mer- 
chant at Dedham, and moved to Minneapolis, Minn., where he d. March 19, iS5o. 

Mary F. P. Fieid. Newton, widow, died March S, 1S90. Children, William W. 
Field, Newton; Frederic T. Field, Riverside, Cal. ; Mary A. Field, Newton. 
Wm. W. appointed administrator May 27. i8go. — Middlesex Co. Probate. 
4633- i* WILLIAM WHITING, b. Feb. 23, 185 1. 

ANNA ELIZABETH, b. April 7. iS:3; d. unm. in Minneapolis. 

Minn.. Sept. 3, 1371. 
EDWARD AUGUSTUS, b. Aug. 5. 1S55; d. Minneapolis, Minn., 

April' 14, 157S. 
FREDERIC T., b. Oct. 25. 1557: m. Mary Jane Fowler. 
MARY ALGER., b. April 6, iS6r. 

3068. EDWIN FIELD (Jabez, William, Jabez. Richard. John. John, William. 
John. Richard, William, William), b. North Bridgewater, Mass., Feb. 17, 1829; m. 
Sarah iL, dau. of George and Sarah Whiting, of Dedham, Aug. 6, 1351. He was 
a dry goods merchant, formerly at Brookline. Res. Newtonville. Mass. She was 
b. in 1532. 

4633. L FANNY A., adopted. 

3076. CHARLES WALDO FIELD (Galen, Ephraim. Jabez, Richard, John, 


































John, William, John, Richard, William, Williamib. Paris, Me., Sept. 24, 1831; m. 
Jan. 8, 1S54, Olive F. Keen, dau. of Judah, of Stminer, d. Jan, 9, 1S67; m., 2d, Mrs. 
Eliza A. (Tucker) Keene, widow of Horace and dau. of Amasa. Res. Paris, Me. 

CORA A., b. SepL 28. iS;4; m. ; res. Portland, Me. 

WALTER C, b. Oct 31, 1556. 

ARTHUR E., b. July 19. 1853; d. Feb. 23, 1859. 

WILBUR S., b. April 11, 1S73. 

3077. HIRAM T. FIELD (Galen. Ephraim, Jabez, Richard, John, John, 
William. John, Richard, William, William), b. Paris, Me.. April 23, 1834; m. 
Matilda A. Ripley, dau. of Col. Orrison Ripley. Res. Paris and East Sumner. Me. 

E5TELLA A., b. Nov. 16, 155S; m. John CanwelL 

EDNA I., b. Nov. 15, i56o; m. John G. Chase. 

FREMONT H., b. May 15, 1S63. 

FREDERIC G.. b. No-. 10. i563. 

FRANCIS R., b. June 14, 1868. 

SARAH MATILDA, b. Aug. 31. 1870. 

LESTER MAXIM, b. Feb. 14, 1875. 

MARY ALICE, b. May 12, 1877. 

3079. ANSEL SMITH FIELD iZibeon, Ephraim, Jabez, Richard, John, 
John, William. John, Richard. William. William), b. April 13. 18 19. Paris. Me. ; 
m. March 28, 1S43. Clarissa Butterneld. dau. of John, of FarrLngton, Me., b. Jan. 2, 
1820; d. Nov. II, 1895. Res. Milford, Mass.. Justin City and Glendale, Cal 

4<S5i. i JOHN C. b. ; res. Oakland. Cal. 

4652. ii. Z O., b. ; res. Santa Clara county. CaL 

4653. iiL JAMES L., b. ; res. Glendale, CaL 

30S1. FRANCIS BLAKE FIELD (Zibeon, Ephraim. Ja'aez. Richard. John, 
John, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Paris, Me., Dec 16, 1S23; m. 
Abby Bradbury-. He traveled extensively in the Southern States. Died while 
treasurer of Franklin county. He had one daughter that attained to womanhood 
and died. He d. May, 1S54. Res. Farmington, Me. 

30=3. PERLEY PUTNAM FIELD iZibeon. Ephraim, Jabez. Richard. John. 
John. William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Paris. Me., March 22, 1S30; 
m. Aug. 15, 1854, Charlotte P. Corbett, b. Oct 7, 1S33. dau. of CoL Peter and 
Hopestill S. (Prentice), d. Sept 7, 1S65; m., 2d, in Boston. July 3, iS65, Larency 
P. Stone, b. April, 1836, in Watertown, Mass., dau. of Thaddeus and Nancy 
(Rollins); she d. Oct 23, 1871; m.. 3d, June 5, 1S72, Mrs. Emma L. Fogg, h\ New 
Gloucester, Me., in 184S, dau. of Alpheus Rollins and Louise. He moved to Hollis- 
ton and resided there for a short time. He finally returned to Milford and died 
there. He was in the coal and lumber business. He d. Jtine 30, 1897. Res. Mil- 
ford, Mass. 

4654. i. FRANCES P., b. Feb. S, I S58; d. in infancy. 

4655. ii. ABBIE LOUISE, b. May 2. 1S63; d. in infancy. 

4656. iii. PRENTICE PERLEY. b. June 23. 1S73. 

3084. HON. ZIBEON CPIAPMAN FIELD (Zibeon. Ephraim. Jabez, Richard. 
John, John, William, John. Richard, William, William), b. Paris, Ma, Dec. 25, 1S31 ; 
m. March 5, 1S55, Lydia Ann Corbett, dau. of CoL Peter and HopestiU S. (Pren- 
tice), b. Aug. 20. 1S36; d. March 21. 1S72; m.. 2d, June 17. 1874, Anna Thwing. 
daiL of Almon and Sarah Ann (Darling), b. L'xbridge. March 21. 1S42. 

Having been educated in the public schools of Farmington and Chesterville. 
Me.. Zibeon C. Field at the age of seventeen came to MDford. Mass., where he 



worked for a time in a boot manufactory. His health becoming impaired from 
close confinement indoors, he went in 1852 to California, sailing around Cape Horn 
in the ship R. C. Winthrop. For three years he was engaged in mining, and then 
returned to Milford. Subsequently he embarked in the provision business at Rox- 
bury, Mass. In 1858 he settled permanently in Milford, and there he and his 
brother, Perley P. Field, conducted his present business until 1891. Since that year 
he has carried on the business alone. While residing in Roxbury he was foreman 
of the Hook and Ladder Company for two years. In Milford he served for the 
same length of time on the Board of Engineers and was the chairman of the Board 
of Selectmen and a member of the School Committee respectively for three years. 
In 1864 and 1865 he was a representative to the General Court, where he served in 
the Committees on Horse Railroads, Railways and Canals. He was also justice of 
the peace for many years, having been appointed by Governor Andrew. During 
the civil war he was town agent for recruiting soldiers. In this capacity, through 
a personal interview with President Lincoln at Washington in 1864, he secured for 
Milford the credit of one hundred and thirty-seven three-year men — which has not 
been recorded in its favor at the War Department — thereby saving the loss of many 
thousands of dollars to the town. Although for several years he has refused to 
accept any public office, he still retains his interest in politics, and he has been 
chairman of the Milford Republican League. He is an active member of the 
Universalist church, and for a long time was one of the standing committee of the 
parish. He is now a trustee of the Milford Savings Bank, and a director of the 
Milford National Bank. A Mason in good standing, he belongs to Montgomery 
Lodge and Mount Lebanon Chapter. In 1856 Mr. Field married Lydia A., daughter 
of Colonel Peter and Hopestill (Prentice) Corbett, by whom he became the father 
of four children. These were: Prentice, born in 1859, who died in 1861; Frank, 
born in December. 1861; Charlotte T., who was graduated from the Milford High 
School, and is now the wife of F. A. Shepard, of Wrentham, Mass., and Grace P., a 
graduate of Milford High School, who afterwards completed her musical education 
at Dean Academy, and is now the wife of Aaron H. Mayhew, the teller ot the Mil- 
ford National Bank. Frank, who graduated from the Milford High School, and is 
now in business with his father, first married E. Luella Taft, daughter of James and 
Anna Taft, and died in 1892. A second marriage on Sept. 2, 1894, united him with 
S. Etta, daughter of Robert and Sylvia Stewartson. of West Med way. Mrs. Lydia 
A. Field died March 2, 1872. On June 17, 1874, Mr, Field, Sr., contracted a second 
marriage with Anna, daughter of Almon and Sarah A. (Darling) Thwing, of Hope- 
dale. Mrs. Anna Field, who was a successful teacher in the public schools before 
her marriage, is a women of culture. — Copied from a history of Worcester county, 
Mass., 1899. 

Res. Milford, Mass. 

4657. i. PRENTICE CORBETT, b. May 20, 1859; d. Jan. 7, 1863. 

4658. ii. FRANCES DANA, b. Dec. 8, 1861 ; m. Oct, 14, 1885, E. Luella 

Taft, of HoUistown; she d., s. p., Dec. 18. 1891; m., 2d, Oct. 15, 
1894, Sylvia E. Stewartson, of Medway. He is with his father in 
the lumber business. Res. Milford, s. p. 

4659. iii. CHARLOTTE THAYER, b. Oct. 9, 1865; m. July 22, 1891, Fred- 

erick A. Shepard, of Milford, Mass. Ch. : i. Nowell Field, b. 
Sept. I, 1896. 

4660. iv. GRACE PRENTICE, b. Dec. 12, 1868; m. Nov. 6, 1890, Aaron H. 

Mayhew; res. Milford, s. p. 

3085. MASON GREENWOOD FIELD (Zibeon, Ephraim, Jabez, Richard 


John, John, William, John. Richard, William, William), b. Paris, Me., April 23, 
1835; m. there Sept. 7, 1857, Helen Lodiska Ripley, b. Dec. 3, 1838. He is a con- 
tractor. Res. Milford, Mass., Syracuse, N. Y., and Farmington, Me. 

4661. i. NELLIE FRANCES, b. Roxbury, Mass., Feb. 17, 1858; m. at 

Canastota, N. Y., May 28, 1879, Leon Devos Meyer; d. at Tor-^ 
onto, Canada, Dec. 3, 1884. 

4662. ii. HERBERT CLARENCE, b. at Roxbury. Mass., Dec. 3, i860;. 

d. at Toronto, Canada, Dec. 29, i! 

3087. SERGT. DANA AUGUSTUS FIELD (Zibeon, Ephraim, Jabez, Rich- 
ard, John, John, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Paris, Me., Aug. 
9. 1839; m. Melissa A. Holbrook. He was a painter by trade; enlisted in the Civil 
war Sept. 9, 1861, for three years in Company D, Cavalry; was in'the battles at 
James Island, South Mountain, and Antietam; detailed as wagon-master June 17, 
1863; discharged Dec. 31, 1863, to re-enlist, which he did the next day for three- 
years, in the same regiment and company wagon-master; was discharged June 29, 
1865, at expiration of service as sergeant. He d. June 27, 1888. Res. Milford, 

4663. i. ONE daughter, who arrived at womanhood and died unm. 

3097. GRANVILLE HARRISON FIELD (Alvin, Ephraim, Jabez, Richard, 
John, John, William, John, Richard William, William), b. Paris, Me., July 10, 
1836; m. Dec. 12, 1869, Sarah J. Sawyer, b. Jan. 21, 1845. He is^a [manufacturer of 
artificial stone goods. Res. Auburn, Me., p. o. box 161. 

4664. i. WILLIAM K., b. Sept. 25, 1870. 

4665. ii. GRANVILLE H., JR.. b. June 5, 1872. 

4666. iii. MAMIE O., b. March 18, 1876. 

4667. iv. SARAH BERTHA, b. Aug 9, 1880. 

3105. CHARLES COPELAND FIELD (Zopher, Daniel. Jabez. Richard,. 
John, John, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. North Bridgewater, 
Mass., March 18. 1826; m. there Oct. 3, 1848, Lucy Cobb, dau. of NathanieKH. 
Cross. He is a provision dealer on Main street, Brockton, Mass. 

4668. i. LOUISA ADA, b. April 21, 1849; ^- Nov. 22, 1849. 

4669. ii. ADA FRANCES, b. Nov. 11, 1850. 

4670. iii. CHARLES ELMER, b. Oct. 8, 1853. 

4671. iv. GEORGE I^ILTON. b. Sept. 29, 1863. \^ 

3106. WILLIAM LAWRENCE FIELD (Zophar, Daniel, Jabez, Richard, 
John, John, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. North Bridgewater, 
Mass., Oct 20, 1828; m. Middleboro, Oct. 20, 1852, Mary Denison Holmes, b. Nov.. 
19, 1829. He is a retired farmer. Res. North Main St., Brockton, Mass. 

4672. i. WILLIAM FORBES, b. July 21, 1854; m. Cora A. ■ . 

4673. ii. MARCIA ALICE, b. Nov. 28, 1857; d. April i, 1876. 

4674. iii. DANIEL WALDO, b. Feb. 15, 1856; m. Rose A. Howes. 

4675. iv. FRED FOREST, b. May 11. 1861; m. Lizzie K. Packard. 

3109. WALDO FIELD (Waldo, Daniel, Jabez, Richard, John, John, William,. 
John, Richard, William, William), b. Bridgewater, Mass., Feb. 9. 1821; m. there 
Nov. 30, 1848, Ellen F. Hayden, b. 1828, in Quincy, dau. of Samuel and Lois. 

5916. Waldo Field, of Brockton, Mass., d. Jan. 27, 1892. He left a will and 
legatees mentioned: wife, Ellen F. Field, and three children, Herbert W. Field, of 


Chicago, 111.; Frank P. Field, of Denver, Col., and Joseph H. Field, of Brockton, 
Mass. — Plymouth County Probate. 

He d. Jan, 27, 1892. Res. Brockton, Mass. 

4676. i. HERBERT WALDO, b. March 3, 1850; m. July 3, 1878. Maria J. 

Wilbur, b. May 12, 1849. Is a shoe manufacturer. Res. s. p., 

4677. ii. FRANK PEREZ, b. Jan. 18, 1852; m. Mittie H. Jackson. 

4678. iii. JOSEPH H., b. Oct. 6, 1854; m. Annie L. Osborne. 

31 10. PEREZ PERKINS FIELD (Waldo, Waldo. Daniel, Jabez. Richard, 
John, John, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. North Bridgewater, 
Mass., April 5, 1823; m. there Nov. 14, 1847, Lovice M. White, b. Oct. 8, 1828; d. 
Sept. 29, 1S85. Res. East Bridgewater, Mass. 

4679. i. WALDO PERKINS, b. Oct. 30, 1848; d. August, 1849. 

4680. ii. JOHN LORING. b. May 11. 1852; d. Aug. 31, 1852. 

4681. iii. MABEL LOVICE, b. Sept. 8, 1861; m. Jan. 26, 1888, William 

Henry Perkins, He was b. Sept. 10, 1855; s. p. Res. Bridge- 
water, Mass., P, O, Box 604. 

4682. iv. FRED, b. Dec. 28, 1865; m. Ottielyn Taber, 

3112. FRANKLIN FIELD (John, Barzillia, Jabez, Richard, John, John, Wil- 
liam, John, Richard, William, William), b. North Bridgewater, Mass., April 7, 
1822; m. there Oct. 29, 1850, Alice Pharosina Simmons, dau. of Charles, of East 
Bridgewater, b. Sept. 25, 1829; d. April 5, 1897. 

6936. Franklin Field, of Brockton, Mass., d. Dec, 7, 1893. He left a widow, 
Alice P. Field, and daughters, Alice M. Field and Edith F. Mullen, wife of Law- 
rence G. Mullen, of Boston, Mass. 

9182. Alice P. Field, of Brockton, Mass., d. April 5, 1897; her only next ot kin, 
Alice M. Field, of Brockton, and Edith F. Mullen, wife of Lawrence G. Mullen, of 
Boston, Mass.. both daughters of deceased. Alice M. Field appointed administratrix. 
— Plymouth County Probate. 

He d. Dec. 7, 1893. Res. Brockton, Mass. 

ALICE MARIA, b. Nov. 13, 1853; unm. Res. Brockton. 
EDITH FRANCES, b. Dec. 18. 1863; m. Nov. 25. 1885, Lawrence 
Granger Mullen. Res. Boston. He is a grocer, s. p., b. Jan. 
6. 1857. 
MARY ELLEN, b. June 10, 1852; d. Feb. 22, 1859. 
LIZZIE CAROLINE, b. July 11. 1856; d. Feb. 3. 1859. 
JOHN FRANKLIN, b. July 28, 1870; d. Aug. 3. 1871. 

31 14. BARZILLIA FIELD (John, Barzillia, Jabez, Richard, John, John. Wil- 
liam, John, Richard, William, William), b. North Bridgewater, Mass., Feb. 17, 1842; 
m. Aug. II, 1874, Lizzie P. Kimball, b. 1848, in Plymouth, Mass., dau. of Samuel 
and Betsey, Res. Brockton. Mass. 

5566. Petition for adoption and change of name by Barzillia Field, of Brock- 
ton. Mass., and Lizzie P. Field, his wife; petition to adopt Blanche Maud Crowell, 
a child of Desire L. Crowell, of Brockton, born March 18, 1890; name changed to 
Louise Flavella Field, Oct. 4. 1891.— Plymouth County Probate. 

4688. i, BLANCHE MAUD CROWELL, b, March 18, 1890, 

3120. EUSTACE FIELD (John, Barzillia, Jabez, Richard, John, John, Wil- 
liam, John, Richard, William, William), b. North Bridgewater, Mass., May 17, 1824; 












m. Nov. 25, 1847, Maria Morton, dau. of William Snow, of Raynham, Mass. He d. 
Nov. 27, 1857. Res. Brockton, Mass. 

4689. i. JOHN THOMPSON, b. Feb. 14, 1849. 

4690. ii. HARRn<:T, b. March 15, 1852; d. April 3. 1852. 

4691. iii. HARRIET SNOW. b. June 15. 1854. 

3121. OWEN FIELD (John, Barzillia, Jabez, Richard, John, John, William, 
John, Richard, William, William), b. North Bridgevvater, Mass., July 24, 1826; m. 
Hannah P., dau. of Ezra Tobey and Elizabeth, ot Sandwich, Mass., b. 1833. He 
d. March 10, 1862. Res. North Bridge water, Mass. 

4692. i. WARREN AUGUSTUS, b. April 14, 1854; d. April 30, 1857. 

3125. JOHN ALBERT FIELD (John. John, John, Zachariah, Zachariah, 
John, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Providence, R. L, Jan. i, 
1793; m. there August, 1817, Deborah Ann Burr, b. Oct. 2, 1795; d. May 8, 1839; 
m., 2d. Julia Ann Taylor, b. Oct. 31. 1794; d. May 3. 1883. His will was probated 
June 30, 1874. Albert Daily, a son-in-law, was executor. — Providence Probate. 

Will of John A. Field. Probate Docket, Vol. 12. No. A10949. Will Book 24, 
p. 410. — 1 John A. Field, of the City and County of Providence, in the State of 
Rhode Island, do hereby make and publish my last will and testament, intending 
thereby to dispose of all my worldly estate of which I shall be possessed at the time 
of my decease. 

I hereby devise and bequeath the residue and remainder of all my estate, real 
and personal, of which I shall die seized and possessed, after the payment of my 
just debts, funeral charges, and expenses of settling my estate, unto Albert Dailey 
of said City, County and State, and his heirs and assigns, in trust for the following 
purposes, viz. : 

First. To sell and convey all the same as soon as practicable after my decease, 
and, of the proceeds of sales thereof, as soon as practicable after it shall appear that 
the provisions herein made in lieu of dower are not rejected, to invest twelve thous- 
and dollars of such proceeds in the Rhode Island Hospital Trust Company, a cor- 
poration located in said Providence, and pay the income thereof to my wife during 
her life, and for such period of her life as shall elapse before such investment, and 
between the date of my death and one year from the probate of my will, to pay her 
from my estate at the rate of eight hundred dollars per annum, in lieu of her right 
of dower and of any other rights in my estate. 

Second, To distribute, as soon as practicable after my decease, all the rest and 
residue of such proceeds of sales to my children who shall survive me, and to the 
legal issue of any deceased child or children by way of representation of such child 
or children and to the heirs and assigns of such children forever in equal parts. 

Third, To distribute as soon as practicable after the death of my wife the 
amount herein directed to be invested in said Rhode Island Hospital Trust Com- 
pany, and any increase and income thereof remaining to my children who shall then 
be living, and to the legal issue of any deceased child or children by way of repre- 
sentation ot such child or children and to the heirs and assigns of such children 
forever in equal parts. 

And I hereby appoint the said Albert Dailey Executor of this my last Will and 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 14th day of December in 
the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Seventy two. 

Jno. a. Field. 
Signed by the said testator, John A. Field, as and for his last will and testa- 
ment in the presence of us, two at his request, in his sight and presence, 


and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as attest- 
ing witnesses. 
Chas. Hart. 
Rich. E. Hamlin. 
Simon S. Bucklin. 
Proved June 30, 18 14. 

He d. April 19, 1874. Res. Providence, R. I. 

4692. i. CHARLOTTE, b. Dec. 19, 1820; m. Feb. 14. 1842, Albert Dailey. 

Ch. : I. Charlotte, b. Dec. 19, 1842. 2. Julia, b. Dec. 9, 1844; d. 

young. 3. Albert, b. Nov. i, 1846. 4. Manton, b. March, 1849. 

5. Maud, b. September, 1854; m- Sept. 27, 1883, Henry R. 

Chace, b. Nov. 10, 1838. Res. Providence, R. 1. Address, 

P. O. Box 503. Ch. : (a) Louise, b. July 5, 1884. (b) Maude. 

b. July 27, 1886. (c) Henry Richmond, b. Oct. 5, 1888. (d 

Philip Dailey, b. August, 1895; d. young. 

4694. ii. JOHN A., b. June 18, 1823; m. Susan R. M. Easter and Kate 


4695. iii. CHARLES H., b. ; d. young. 

4696. iv. SOPHIA, b. ; m. June 26, 1849, James B. Tallman. Res. 261 

Gano St., Providence, R. I. Ch. : i. William. 2. Albert. 
3. Ernest. 4. Henry. 

4697. V. LAURA TIFFANY, b. June 28, 1829; m. July 14, 1853, Joseph P. 

Balch. Res. 272 Benefit St., Providence, R. I. Ch. : i. Mary 
H., b. Jan. 22, 1855. 2, Joseph, b. July 16, i860. 

4698. vi. MARY ANNA, b. Sept. 6, 1831; m. John A. Gardiner. Ch. : 

I. Sophia, b. ; unm. 2. Howard I., b. . Res, 12 West- 
minster St., Providence. R. I. 3. Mary Anna. 4. Laura, d in 

4699. vii. GEORGE WILDE, b. June 19, 1S35 ; d. unm. in the Civil war, July 

20, 1864, in battle at Petersburg, Va. 

3141. AUGUSTUS H. FIELD (Richard M., John, John, Zachariah, Zach- 
ariah, John, William, John, Richard, William. William), b. Providence, R. 1., May 
15, 1831; m. . He d. Dec. 19, 1874. Res. Providence, R. I. 

4700. i. BARBARA S., b. . 

4701. ii. ALBERT, b. . 

4702. iii. ANN ELIZA, b. . 

3145. THOMAS FIELD (Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Rhode Island, 1777; m. 
Anna Fanning, b. Aug. i, 1782; d. Jan. 18, 1869, He d. Oct. 5, 1837. Res. Ava, 
N. Y. 

4703. i. CASSENDRA, b. May 7, 1826; m. Sept. 19.1849, David Hum- 

phrey Davis. He was b. North Wales, June 28, 1816; d. Sept. i, 
1883. She d. April 22, 1879. Ch. : i. Ellen A. Record, b. July 
28, 1851, Boonville, N. Y. ; m. Oct. 16, 1878. 2. Mary E., b. 
June 26, 1855. Res. Ava, N. Y. ; m. Sept. 19, 1881, Adelbert G. 
Hubbard, b. Dec. i, 1858. He is a farmer. Ch. : (a) Florence 
E. Hubbard, b. Aug. 2, 1887. (b) Kenneth G. Hubbard, b. Dec. 
3, 1893. 3. Emma J. Davis, b. Oct. 26, 1859. Res. 165A St. Mark's 
Ave., Brooklyn, N. Y. 

4704. ii. SAMANTHA, b. ; m. Boonville. N. Y.. James Wilkinson. 

He was a farmer and d. in Sterling, 111, She d. Feb. 7, 1874. 










Ch. ■ I. Andrew Wilkinson, b. 1835. He has one son. Irwin 
Wilkinson; resides at Sterling, 111. 2. Alonzo Wilkinson, b. 
1837. 3. Ann Eliza Wilkinson, b. November, 1839; m. Sept. 19, 
i860, George Darius Wiard, b. Nov. 17. 1837. He is a farmer 
and vinegar manufacturer. Ch. : (a) Myra Adell, b. July 8. 
1861; d. Jan. 8, 1865. (b) Frederick Mead, b. May 5. 1863; 
d. Dec. 18, 1864. (c) Lyman Field, b. May 2, 1869; d. Oct. 30, 
1872. (d) George Willard, b. Feb. 22, 1865. (e) Frank Henry, b. 
Feb. 2, 1867. (f) Everett Wolley, b. Sept. 14, 1871. (g) Walter 
J., b. May 13, 1874. (h) Robert Gosswold, b. Nov. 29, 1875. 
(i) Grace, b. Jan. 21, 1878. (j) Helen, b. Oct. 27, 1881. Res. 
Ypsilanti, Mich. 4. Jay Wilkinson, b. 1841. 5- Annette Wil- 
kinson, b. 1843. 6. Margaret Jane Wilkinson, b. 1845. 7. Sc- 
phronia Elizabeth Wilkinson, b. 1847; m. Charles Field. She has 
two daughters, Ella May Field, of LaGrange, 111. ; Maud Field, 
of La Grange, 111. Their father is Charles Field, who has been in 
Chicago for twenty years in American Express office. His 
father's name is Leonard Field, of Onondaga, Syracuse, N. Y. 

SAMUEL, b. Feb. 15, 1821: m. Olive Paddock. 

EDMOND, b. ; m. Esther Fanning. 

MERCY ANN, b. ; m. Augustus Greenman, s. p. 

WATERMAN, b. ; m. and resides s. p., Field's Landing, 

Humbolt county, Cal. 

4709. vii. SILAS, b. ; m. and resides Vancouver Island, British Colum- 

bia, s. p. 

3149. WILLIAM FIELD (Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Cranston, R. I., 1792; m. 
Betsey Angell, dau. of Richard, of Johnston, R. I., b. 1794; d. April 20, 1874. He 
d. Nov. 9, 1857. Res. Cranston, R. I. 

4710. i. WILLIAM HENRY, b. Nov. 30, 1816; m. Oct. 24, 1844. Euclesia 

Eddy, dau. of George W. 
CLARINDA, b. Sept. 27, 1818; d. before 1878. 
CLORINDA, b, Sept. 27, 1818; d. before 1878. 
GILPHA, b. Sept. i, 1819; d. before 1878. 
ALBERT R., b. Nov. 20, 1821; m. Abby E. Johnson. 
EMELINE, b. Jan. 28, 1823; d. before 1878. 
HANNAH, b. Feb. 24, 1828; d. before 1878. 

LEONARD, b, Oct. 24, 1825 ; m. Ellen F. Meigs. Res. Danville, O. 
SUSAN, b. Feb. 2, 1831; m. Jeremiah Fenner. 
GEORGE, b. Sept. 3, 1835; d. before 1878. 
LAFAYETTE, b. Dec. 24, 1838; d. before 1878. 

3151. DARIUS FIELD (Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Cranston, R I., in 1777; !"• 
in 1800, Susan King, b. in 1781, in Scituate, R. I. She d. in 1822. 

Scituate, 9, 626. Sept. 4, 1804. Darius Field (wife Susanna), of Leyden, Oneida 
county, N. Y., to Palmer or Abel Tanner, of Scituate. 

He d. in 1822. Res. Cranston, R I., and Boonville, N, Y. 

4721. i. HANNAH, b. ; m. Lyman Wiard. 

Wiard. — In Ypsilanti town, Nov. 12, 1885, Mrs. Hannah Wiard, 
aged eighty years May 21 last. Only last March the 28th, the 
husband and father bade good bye to wife and children, now we 






















make record of the death ot the good wife and mother, we pub- 
lish the obituary notice of both in connection. Sooner than each 
other thought they are reunited, making perpetual the union 
begun on earth and cemented in a sweeter and more sacred 
relation in the Courts above. Miss Hannah Field was the 
daughter of Darius Field, born in Pomfret county, m 1777. The 
genealogj- of the Field family is ver^- interesting, a copy being in 
possession of the Wiard family. In 1830 Hannah was married to 
Lyman Wiard, at Boonville, Oneida county, N. Y., and accom- 
panied her husband to this then wilderness.— Obit, in paper. 

4722. ii. ADELINE, b. ; m. Aug. 24. 1S34, Thomas Clough. 

4723. ill ELIZA D., b. . 

4724. iv. E5EK, b. : m. Sally Ann Hodges. 

4725. V. THOMAS, b. ; m. Elizabeth Hodges. 

4726. vi. SUSAN, b. ; m. Amasa Clough. Res. Mason, Mich. 

4727. vii, MARIA, b. ; m. Hon. E. D. Say; m., 2d, Forsyth. Res, 

Ypsilanti, Mich. 

3152. PARDON FIELD (John, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, 
William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Tolland, Conn. ; m. Rachel Kent. 
Res. Tolland, Conn. 

4728. i. ASHER, b. ; m. Roxey Jennison. 

4729. ii. FANNY, b. ; m. Guilford Field. 

4730. iiL ALMIRA, b. ; m. Powers. 

4731. iv. RACHEL, b. ; m. Yates. 

4732. V. BETSEY, b. ; unm. 

3158. STEPHEN FIELD (Stephen, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William^, b. Cranston, R. I. ; m. Martha 
Yaw; m., 2d, Henrietta . 

Scituate 9, 654. March 27, 1807. Stephen Field (wife Martha) to Isaac Yaw. 
Res. Cranston, R. I. 

4733. L ABRAM, b. ; m. Adeline Wood and Maria Searle. 

4734. iL JOSEPH, b. ; m. Amey . 

4735. iii. AMEY, b. ; m. Thompson. 

4736. iv. CALEB, b. ; m. Eliza Gorton. 

4737. V. CHARLES, b. ; his daughter Elizabeth m. Sherman. 

4737V- vi CALVIN H., b. . 

4737K. vii. LUCY. b. . 

3159. GUILFORD FIELD (Stephen, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, 
Thomas. William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Cranston, R. I., in 1788; 
m. Fanny Field, dau. of Pardon, of Suffield, Conn. ; m.. 2d, Lydia Burlingame, of 
Cranston. He d. 1828. Res. Cranston, R. I. 

4738. i. FANNY, b. in 1811; d. in Providence, vmm., July 7, 1886. 

4739. ii. GUILFORD, b. ; m. Nancy Gorton. 

4740. iii. MOSES, b. . 

3162. ROBERT WESCOTT FIELD (Abner, William, Jeremiah. Thomas, 
Thomas, Thomas, William, John, Richard, William. William j, b. Cranston, R. 1., 
Feb. 28, 1781; m. there April 15, 1804, Lydia Field, dau. of Pardon, of Cranston, b. 
May 16, 1784; d. Sept. 5, 1839. He was a farmer and tailor. He d. Feb. 14, 1858. 
Res. Chester, Vt., and LaSalle, 111. 


4741. i. ABNER, b. Jan. 7, 1806; m. Eliza Sargent. 

4742. ii. WAITE, b. Oct. 26, 1808; m. Aug. 2, 1829, Jonathan Greene. She 

d. in Chicago, June I, 1899. Ch. : i. Maria. 2. Susan. 3. Sarah 
A., b. ; m. Swan. Res. 3604 Hamilton Av., Chicago, 111. 

4743. iii. HANNAH, b. May 20, 1811; m. Dec. 4, 1S34, Riley Putnum. He 

was b. in Chester, Vt., Feb. 7, 1808; d. in Sinclairvnlle, N. Y., 
Nov. 25, 1S80. Was a tarmer. She d. June 18, 1871, in Sinclair- 
ville. Ch. : i. William R. Putnum, b. Dec. 3, 1838; m. Nov. 29, 
1867. P. O. address, Kissu Mills, Taney county, Mo. 2. Viola 
H. Putnam, b. Jan. 5, 1842; m. Jan. 10, 1S61; d. Jan. 6, 1862. 
3. Helen P. Andrews, b. Oct. 10, 1848; m. Jan. 10, 1872. Address, 
Sinclairville, Chaut. county, N. Y. 4. Mary L. Apthorp, b. April 
25, 1850; m. Nov. 9, 1871, Richard Apthorp. Address, Laona, 
Chaut county, N. Y. He was b. March 14, 1S51. Ch. : (a) Viola 
M. Apthorp, b. Aug. 22, 1872. (b) George L. Apthorp, b. July 
21, 1874; m. Oct. 30, 1894. (c) William P. Apthorp, b. May 23, 
1879. (d) James T. Apthorp, b. July 9, 1SS4. (e) J. Riley 
Apthorp, b, March 7, 1S8S. (f) Helen P. Apthorp, b. Aug. 20, 
1890; d. Sept. 21, 1890. (g) Faj' R. Apthorp, b. Jan. 7, 1893; d. 
Sept. 22, 1S93. The address of each one is Laona, Chautauqua 
county, N. Y., Box 130. 

4744. iv. ALINA W., b. Jan. 2, 1813; m. Dec i, 1831, Miles Bailey. She 

d. Jan. 24, 1879. Ch. : i. Hannah C, b. ; m. Abbott. 

Res. Paw Paw, 111. 

4745. V. MARY ANN, b. Sept, 7, 1816; m. Dec. 29, 1841, Charles M. Piper, 

s. p. Res. Paw Paw, 111. 

4746. vi. MARIA H., b. Oct. 13, 1815; m. Sept 23, 1837, Welcome Thurs- 

ton. Shed. March 14, 1888. He is a farmer. Ch. : i. Alfred 
J., b. Maj' 17, |i84i; m. March 14, 1894, Catherine Blanchard. 
Res. Mendota, 111. She was b. April 4, 1866. Ch. : (a) Alfred 
Welcome, ,b. .March ;5, I1895. 2. Robert Field, b. July 18, 
4747- vii. WESCOTT ROBERT, b. Feb. 14, 1819; m. Bethia Bates and 

4748. viii. LYDIA M.. b. Aug. 8, i82i;m. Feb. 24, 1846, Sawj-er Parker ; 2nd, 
Ira K. Miller. Parker was b. Sept 22, 1813; d. April 7, 1847. Mil- 
ler was b. Oct 22. 1820; d. in California in 1S57. She d. Stroms- 
burg. Neb., Feb. 21, 1890. Ch. : i. EUah B. Miller, b. June 23, 
1852; m. Oct 20, 1870, J. G. Green. Res. Stromsburg, Neb. He 
was b. Oct. 20,- 1848. Is a hardware merchant. Ch. : (a) Guy 
W. Green, b. June 11, 1873. Res. Lincoln, Neb. (b.) Clarence 
A. Green, b. May 7, 1875; m. Jan. i, 1898. Res. Stromsburg, 
Neb. (c) Floyd O. Green, b. Nov. 9, 1S78. (d.) Madge E. Green, 
b.'i8S3; d. Aug. 11, 1S85, (e) Neva C. Green, b. Dec. 19, 
1892. 2. Floyd Westcott Miller, b. Feb. 2S, 1850. Res. Osceola. 

Mr. Green, her husband, is a descendant of Gen. Nathaniel 
Green, on the father's side, and on the mother's side belongs 
to the Virginia Randolphs. Mrs. Green has been leader of the 
English- History department of Stromsburg Woman's Club for 
three years. She is just now beginning the fourth year, and is 
vice-president of the club. 


4.749. ix. WILLIAM H., b. Aug. 23, 1824, Boston. Mass.; m. Levina 

4750. X. ALEXANDER, b. Oct. 3, 1826, Paw Paw. 111. ; m. Louisa Rumsey. 

3163. HON. STEPHEN FIELD (Abner. William, Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Chester, Vt.. Jan. 10, 1791; 
m. March 7, 1814, May Jordan, b. Dec. 4, 1790; d. Jan. 10, 1840. He was bom in 
Chester, Vt, where he resided for many years, and took an active part in politics, 
and was elected to the Legislature, but I do not know what year. He learned sur- 
veying and followed it to some extent, although after coming west, he lived on a 
farm. He d. Jan. 27, 1879. Res. East Troy, Wis. 

4751. i. MARTIN, b. Dec. 9, 1814; m. Sarah Pemelia Chaffee Meacham. 

4752. ii. MARY. b. Oct. 4, 1816; ra. Nov. 24, 1841, Hon. Andrew E. 

Elmore. She d. Feb. 26, 1892, leaving James H., Phebe D., 
Mary J. and Augusta P., of Green Bay, Wis. Hon. Andrew E. 
Elmore was born in New Paltz Landing, Ulster county. N. Y., 
May 8. 18 14. He received a brief common school education, and 
was in the grain elevator and warehouse business in Green 
Bay, Wis. In November, 1839, he settled in Mukwonago, Wau- 
kesha county, and resided there for twenty-tour years, since 
which time he has resided in Green Bay and Fort Howard. In 
1840 he was appointed postmaster at Mukwonago, when the 
office was first established, and held the office until 1849. Was 
again appointed in 1853; was married Nov. 24, 1841. In 1846 he 
was elected to the constitutional convention from Waukesha 
county, and was a conspicuous and prominent member and took 
an active part in the proceedings. In 1 84 2-4 3 he was elected a 
member of the Territorial House of Representatives, and served 
for two years. In i860 he was in the State Assembly. Was for 
twelve continuous years chairman of the Board of Supervisors of 
Waukesha county. He was possessed in a remarkable degree 
of a keen sense of wit and humor. He was early called the 
"Sage of Mukwonago;" was ever genial, cordial and compan- 
ionable. Mr. Elmore was for many years on the State Board of 
Charities, and at one time its president. Was universally re- 
spected and esteemed. 

AUGUSTA P., b. June 20, i8i3; d. Nov. 16, 1873. 

STEPHEN F.. b. Feb. 2, 1822; m. and d. Jan. 15, 1895. 

ROSANNA, b. May 20, 1825; m. April 12, 1855, A. O. Babcock; 
res. East Troy, Wis. He was b. Dec. 21, i3i6; d. July 3, 1874, 
s. p. ; was a lawyer. 

3163J4:. HON. ABNER WHIPPLE FIELD (Abner, William, Jeremiah, 
Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Provi- 
dence. R. I., May 14, 1774; m. Jan. q, 1796, in Chester, Vt., Betsey Tarbell, b. m 
1775, dau. of Nathaniel and Ruth; d. in Chester, Aug. 22, 1854. Was a member of 
the Vermont Assembly from Chester, 1819-20 and 1821, and 1835 and 1837. He d. 
May II, 1850. Res. Chester, Vt. 

He went from Rhode Island with his father in 1785. As he reached manhood, 
he became prominently identified with the affairs of the town, holding offices of 
trust. He represented the town in the State Legislature; was interested in all 
progressive movements, and one of the largest contributors to the building of Ches- 
ter.Academy, an institution which flourished from 1S14 to 1876. He was a farmer. 








owning one of the largest tracts of land in town, which he cleared himself, and by 
his New England practicability and economy amassed a comfortable fortune. Polit- 
ically he was a Democrat, and in religious belief a Universalist. 
4755»^. i. DEXTER, b. Sept. i, 1798; m. Eliza Earle. 
4755/4- "• SAMUEL, b. Nov. 25, 1796; m. April 2, i3i8, Seba Wilson; he 

d. in Chester, Oct. 22, 1822. 
4755^- iii- WILLIAM, b. Aug. 19, 1800: m. Sept. 16, 1821, Mary Daggett; he 

d. Oct. II, 1845. 
4755'^- iv. CHLOE W., b. June 7. 1S03; m. Oct. 3, 1822, John Adams; res. 

Andover, Vt. 
47SSH- V. REBECCA P., b. May 23, 1805; m, Jan. 31, 1827, Orrin Beard; 

res. Chester, Vt. 
4755M^' vi. ELIZA, b. April 20, 1807; m. Jan. 27, 1833, Artemas Spalding; 
res. Ludlow, Vt. 

3164. ARTHUR F. FIELD (Nehemiah, William, Jeremiah, Thomas. Thomas, 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. North Adams, Mass., Dec. 
18, 1782; m. Chloe . Res. Ohio. 

4756. i. ALBERT, b. ; m. Juliette . 

4756^. ii. DAUGHTER, b. ; d. young. 

3165. AARON LELAND FIELD (Nehemiah. William, Jeremiah. Thomas, 
Thomas, Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Chester, VL, 
Oct. 14, 1787; m. Anna Ostrander, b. Oct. 18, 1784; d. June 10, 1814; m., 2d, 1818, 
Diana Mowrey, b. Smithfield, R. I., in 1794; d. March 24, 1858. Aaron Leland was 
born in Chester, Vt., Oct. 14, 1787, and grew to manhood in his native State. He 
married Anna Ostrander. who died, leaving three children. He married, second, 
Diana Mowrey, born in Smithfield, R. I., in 1794. In 1818 he emigrated to the 
west, and located in Ohio, finally locating at Ashtabula, here he passed his life 
farming and stock raising. At his death he owned 320 acres of land, including 
the site of the town of Sweden. By his second marriage he had four children — 
George, Eliza Jane, Albert and Arthur. He died March 22, i860, aged 73; was a 
man of energy and ability, and largely assisted in building up that city. Res. 
Ashtabula, Ohio. 

4757. i. WILLIAM A., b. Jan. 2, 1808; d. Nov. 10, 1836. 
AMEY A., b. Jan. 30, 1810; d. Nov. i3, 1858. 
HENRY, b, April 26. 1812. 

GEORGE, b. April 15, 1819; d. . 

ELIZA J., b. Feb. 23, 1821; unm. ; res. Ashtabula. 
ALBERT, b. Feb. 20, 1826; m. in 1853, Mary Leafy Cheney. 
ARTHUR, b. Feb. 24, 1832; n. f. k. 

STEPHEN G. FIELD (David, William, Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Providence, R. I. ; m. Har- 
riet Wallace, of Petersburg, Va. He d. in the South. Res. Mobile, Ala. 

4764. i. DAVID W., m. ; had Harriet, wife of J. B. Collins, Stephen G., 

and James McCowan. 

4765. ii. JAMES, d. unm. 

4766. iii. GEORGE, d. unm. 

3175. JAMES FIELD (Pardon, James, Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, 
William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Chester, Vt., March 27, 1788; m. 
April 2, 1815, Mehitable Thurston, b. July 21, 1792, dau. of John and Lydia 
(Fletcher); d. Dell Prairie, Wis., Oct. 20, 1886. James was a farmer. John was in 
the Revolutionary war. He d, July 8, 1850. Res. Chester, Vt. 
























ABIGAIL, b. Jan. 29, 1816; m. Dec. 19, 1843, John Horton; had 
one son, d. young; res. Dell Prairie, Wis.; she d. Dec. 17, 1857. 

ELIZABETH, b. April 25, 1819; m. Walter T, Atcherson; had two 
daughters and one son, d. young; she d. Dell Prairie, Feb. 
4, 1878. 

HENRY A., b. March 26, 1821 ; m. Olive Thurston. 

MEHITABLE, b. ; d. young. 

3176. JEREMIAH FIELD (Pardon, James, Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Chester, Vt, May 8, 1790; 
m. Eliza Seamons. Res. Chester, Vt. 

4771. i. HENRY S., b. ; m. Washburne. 

4772. ii. SEAMOUS, b. ; m. Maggie . 

4772^. iii. SETH R., b. ; m. and d. 1863; left wife and one child. 

3177. HON. ABNER FIELD (Pardon, James, Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Nov. 28, 1793, Chester, Vt. ; m. 
Feb. 16, 1832. Louisa Griswold. b. Springfield, Vt, Dec. 5, 1807; d. Aug. 15, 1884. 

Abner, the subject of this sketch, was born in Chester. He received his educa- 
tion in the common schools, and when twenty-five years of age began his mercantile 
life in the store of Peter Adas, on "East Hill," in the town of Andover. Later he 
was in trade with Nathaniel Fullerton in Chester, and in 1831 he came to North 
Springfield and formed a partnership with Sylvester Burke. They opened the store 
now occupied by his son, F. G. Field, and continued the business until about 1845- 
Mr. Field was regarded as a man of good judgment, with the courage to express 
his own opinions, as well as to form them, and he possessed the confidence of the 
people. It was through his efforts that a postoffice was established at the North 
Village, and he was appointed the first postmaster. He was one of the incorpo- 
rators of the Springfield Savings Bank, and of the Bank of Black River, at Proctors- 
ville, being for a number of years president of the latter. In politics he was orig- 
inally a Whig, and joined the Republican party at its organization. He was the 
representative of the town in the Legislature in 1835 and in 1837, and a senator 
from the county in 1842 and 1843. He married Louisa, daughter of Daniel and 
Annah Lenthal (Ames) Griswold. 

He d. Dec. 19, 1864. Res. Chester and Springfield, Vt. 

4773. i. WALBRIDGE A., b. April 26, 1833; m. Ellen Eliza McLoon and 

Frances Farwell. 

4774. ii. CORDELIA LOUISE, b. Oct. 16, 1834; d. July 25, 1843. 

4775. iii. FREDERIC G., b. Jan. i, 1842; m. Anna M. I'arball. 

4776. iv. ISADORE L., b. Aug. 31, 1845; m. Sept. 10. 1872, Durant J. 

Boynton. Durant J. Boynton, son of Luther G. Boynton, was 
born in Waitsfield, Vt., Dec. 8, 1841. He was educated at 
Springfield Wesleyan Seminary, Fairfield Academy, and the 
University ot Vermont, where he was one year in the academical 
department and two years in the medical department. He grad- 
uated from Pittsfield Medical College in 1886; now a mill owner 
and extensive dealer in lumber at North Springfield. He holds 
important offices ; is a member of the School Committee, of the 
Board of Selectmen, and represented the town in the Legislature 
of Vermont in 1894. 

3178. JOSEPH FIELD (Pardon, James, Jeremiah,'Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, 
William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Chester, Vt., Jan. 22, 1796; m. Aug. 

^y'f^t^njt^ z^^cx^luA^^ 

See page 830. 

See page 831). 


8, 1818, Abigail Willard Thurston, dau. of John and Lydia (Fletcher), b. Chester, 
July 29, 1794; d. Feb. 8. 1879. He was a farmer in Chester; moved to EUisburg, 
N. Y., in February, 1837, and March, 1842, to near Heuvelton, town of Oswegatchie, 
N. Y., where he was one of the assessors for years. He d. Sept. 2, 1881. Res. 
Oswegatchie, N. Y. 

4777. i. HARRISON GRAY OTIS, b. July 5, 1819; d. Aug. 15, 1820. 

4778. ii. WM. THURSTON, b. Aug. 23, 1S21, Grafton. Windam county Vt. ; 

he is a farmer; res. two miles east of Heuvelton, in the Vermont 
settlement, Oswegatchie, where he has resided since 1842, unm. 

4779. iii. JOSEPH WILLIAMS, b. Aug. 23, 1821; m. April 2, 1862, Mary 

Thurston ; is a farmer ; res. Oswegatchie, N. Y. , s. p. 

4780. iv. ABIGAIL WILLARD, b. July 22, 1824; m. Jan. 22, 1846, John 

Wilson Lytle; d. Nov. 23, 1854. She d. Nov. 21, 1865. Ch. : i. 
Laura Cornelia, b. Jan. 29, 1847; m. Nov. i, 1870, Walter Scott 
Weatherston, b. July 16, 1844; a farmer and phrenologiht; res. 
Faribault, Minn; was in civil war from 1861 to 1865, and in 
sixty-three battles. Ch. : (a) Zindorf W., b. April 3, 1873. (b) 
James Harrison, b. Jan. 12, 1849; not been heard from for fifteen 

ALBERT ALLEN, b. March 23, 1826; d. April 30, 1826. 

THOMAS JEFFERSON, b. March 30, 1827; d. March 18, 1835. 

MARY ALVIRA, b. May 3, 1829; d. Feb. 13, 1830. 

SAREPTA LYDIA, b. Sept. 10, 1833; m. Feb. 20, 1866, John 
Boss, b. Feb. 18, 1826; res. Hermon, N. Y. Ch. : i. Eva Maria, 
b. Jan. 8, 1867; m. May 7, 1890, James H. Dresser, b. April 27, 
1864; res. Jersey City, N. J. ; an insurance agent. 

4785. IX. HANNAH M., b. July 19, 1838; unm. 

31S0. WELCOME FIELD (Pardon, James, Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Chester, Vt., Oct. 14, 1802; 
m. Calista Earle. Res. Vermont. 

4786. i. ROSOLO, b. ; m. Harriet Earle and had two children. 

3182. PARDON FIELD (Pardon, James, Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Chester, Vt., April 10, 1805; 
m. May Hoar; m., 2d, Sarah Fish. Res. Vermont. 

4787. i. ELLEN, b. ; m. John Fuller. 

4788. ii. HARRISON, G. O., b. ; m. and had two daughters. 

4789. iii, JOHN, b. ; has children. 

4790. iv. MARY JANE, b. . 

4791. V. LAURA, b. ; m. Meter; two children. 

4791 >^. vi. WILLIS, b. ; d. young. 

3184. CHARLES FIELD (Charles, James, Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Chester, Vt., April 21. 1800; 
m. Townsend, Mass., Mary Foster, b. September, 1804; d. Dec. 14, 1S90; was a 
farmer. He d. March 9, 1880. Res. Chester, Vt. 











GEORGE WASHINGTON, b. Oct. 11, 1841; m. Ina C. Mead. 

i. ANN E., b. ; d. March 21, 18—, aged 30. 

ii. LUCY M., b. Aug. 15, 1837; m. April 30, 1S57, Henry H. Jenkins; 
res. Chester. He is a farmer; was b. July 27, 1836. Ch. : i. 
Mattie A., b. Feb. 3, 1859; d. March 15. 1865. 2. Edwin H.. b, 
Jan. 19, 1861; m. March 13, 1886, to Lovina A. Smith. 3. Mer- 


rill M., b. March 25, 1863. 4. Emma M., b. Jan. 22, 1865; d. 
Sept. 12, 1880. 5. Lucy E., b. Feb. 3, 1867. 6. Fanny S., b. 
Sept. 14, 1868; m. March 4, 1889, to John H. Booth. Ch. : (a) 
Maude E. (b) Florence L. (c) Henry E. 

4795. iv. MARTHA J., b. Feb. 13, 1840; m. April 8, 1863, Frankford H, 

Bates; res. Springfield, Vt. His mother was Lovina Field. He 
was b. May 30, 1849; a farmer. Ch. : i. Alice E. Bates, m. Rush 
Chillis, Claremont, N. H. 2. George W. Bates, m. Mary Haskell, 
Springfield, Vt. 3. Helen L. Bates, m. Ned M. Russell, Birming- 
ham, England. 4. Harry F. Bates ; postoffice address, Holyoke, 

4796. V. ELLA M., b. July 27, 1848; m. Feb. i, 1882, Joel Davis; res. Ches- 

ter, s. p. 

4797. vi. FOSTER P., b. Aug. 21, 1851; m. Calista C. Griffith. 

31S6. ELON FIELD (Charles, James, Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, 
William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Chester, Vt. ; m. Nancy Newton. He 
d. Dec. 2, 1873. Res. Chester, Vt. 

4798. i. ALPHONSO, b. ; m. Julia Conners. 

4799. ii. ELIZABETH, b. . 

4803. iii. ISABEL, b. ; m. Bailey; res. Chester, Vt. 

3189. THOMAS FIELD (Daniel, James, Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, 
William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Chester, Vt, March 22, 1807; m. 
there Dec. 4, 1828, Eliza S. Hyde, b. May 18, 1809; d. May 10, 1897, in Melrose, 
Minn. ; was a farmer. He d., aged 73, May 28, 1884. Res. Watertown, N. Y., and 
St. Peter, Minn. 

4801. i. SYLVIA L., b. Aug. 31, 1837; m. Feb. 9, 1854, Alfred Townsend; 

res. Melrose, Minn.; he was b. Feb. 19, 1819; d., s. p., Jan. 30, 
1877: was a teacher. 

4802. ii. CYNTHIA L , b. Oct. 23, 1840; m. Bennett; res. Eagle Lake. 

ONSLOW DE LAMONT, b. Jan. i, 1835; m. Lydia M. Hudson. 
WILLIAM A., b. May 9, 1843; m. Anne E. Fudge. 
HATTIE C, b. Jan. 27, 1833; m- Tenney. Ch.: i. George. 

She d. Feb. 29, 1874. 
CAROLINE M., b. June 11. 1830; d. Nov. 21, 1843. 
HENRIETTA A., b. Sept. 28, 1831; d. Jan. 5, 1834. 

3iSgl4. LEONARD FIELD (Daniel. James, Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Bodman, Jefferson county, 
N. Y., Feb. 9, 1809; m. Nov. 3, 1834, Margaret Gridley, at Lafayette, Ohio., b. 1813; 
d. 1887. Mr. Field came to the new State of Ohio in 1833. He was one of the pio- 
neer settlers of Lafayette, Medina county. He married Margaret Gridley in 1834. 
He was a farmer, but a man of education, and gave himself with great earnestness 
to all questions of the day. He was a strong temperance man, an abolitionist, and 
voted for James Burney, the first Freesoil candidate for president. He interested 
himself in the schools, and did much toward shaping public sentiment in that 
part of Ohio. He d. Sept. 12, 1849. Res. Lafayette and Chester, Ohio. 

4807^^. i. ADELIA ANTOINETTE, b. Feb. 5. 1837; m. in Rochester, Ohio, 
July 17, 1859, James Mix Johnston, b. 1834; d. Jan. 14, 1862. She 
is a teacher, s. p. At the age of fourteen she commenced teach- 
ing in a country summer school. About this time her widowed 












mother removed with her two young daughters to Oberlin, Ohio, 
for the sake of the educational advantages that place afforded. 
Miss Field studied in the Union School, and then in Oberlin Col- 
lege, graduating in 1856. For a time she was principal of Black 
Oak Grove Seminary, a school for girls, in eastern Tennessee. 
In 1859 she was married to James M. Johnston, a graduate of 
Oberlin College, and a teacher in an academy in Orwell, Ohio. 
Little more than two years later, in January, 1862, Mr. Johnston 
died. Mrs. Johnston had taught with her husband in Orwell. 
After his death she became the principal of the academy in Kins- 
man, Ohio, and later she taught in Scituate, R. I. She spent two 
years in Europe, devoting herself to study, giving special atten- 
tion to the German language and European history. In 1870 
Mrs. Johnston was appointed principal of the woman's depart- 
ment of Oberlin College, and still maintains this office, bearing 
the title of Dean since 1894. In addition to the regular duties of 
this office, involving the oversight and government of some six 
hundred young women students, Mrs. Johnston has given instruc- 
tion to various classes in Oberlin College, and since 1890 has 
held the professor's chair of mediaeval history. Mrs. Johnston 
has never ceased to be a student. She is accustomed to say, "If 
I have been successful as a teacher, it has been because I have 
worked hard. I have never believed my place was secure unless 
I kept up with the times. My theory is that when a teacher has 
passed the time when he loves to study he ought to resign, not 
to live upon past laurels. I have never hesitated to take up new 
studies." Mrs. Johnston has made eight journeys to Europe, and 
has visited every one of its countries, most of them several 
times. Her constant study, her extensive travels, her magnetic 
personality, clear diction and skill in presenting her subjects com- 
bine to make her an excellent and popular teacher. Her classes, 
all elective, are uniformly large. Beside her courses in mediaeval 
history, she gives annually a course of lectures in the history of 
painting and another in the history of architecture. In her fre- 
quent visits to Europe she has acquired several thousand care- 
fully selected large photographs which are used to illustrate her 
lectures. Mrs. Johnston has repeatedly given courses of lectures 
in other places than Oberlin, much to the profit and satisfaction of 
those who have heard her. As a speaker she has much dramatic 
power and never fails to win and to hold the attention of her 
4807^. ii. CYNTHIA JOSEPHINE, b. July 21, 1845; m. July 21, 1874, Lev- 
erett G. Woodworth ; res. Providence, R. I. Ch. : i. James 
Reuben, b. June 5, 1875. 2. Clarence Field, b. March 7, 1877. 
3. Albert Leverett, b. Feb. 14, 1878. 

3197. COLONEL WILLIAM FIELD (Waterman, Thomas, Jeremiah, 
Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. New 
Berlin, N. Y., Aug. 8, 1803; m. Clarissa Pike; she d. at childbirth, and the child 
lived only a short time; m., 2d, Massillon, Ohio, 1838, Sarah A. Bard, b. July 20, 
1811; d. July 16, 1883. 

William Field [passed his early days on a farm and teaching school in New 


York State. He was colonel of a mQitia regiment at the time of General Lafay- 
ette's second visit to America, and was present with his regiment on that occasion. 
He moved to Massillon; then to Columbus, Ohio, about 1S40. Was assistant en- 
gineer on the national road which was being built at that time. Afterwards was 
elected justice of the peace for several years, holding commissions from three gov- 
ernors, (A justice of the peace is elected by vote of the people, but the commission 
to act is made and signed by the governor.) In politics, a Democrat. His last vote 
was cast for Stephen A. Douglass. His fearless regard for the truth and the firm 
stand he took against conWction on circumstantial e\ndence made him many friends 
and gained not only the respect, but admiration of his opponents. Among his inti- 
mate friends were Judge Gustavus Swan, author of "Swan's Tactics" ; Judge Noah 
Swain, chief justice, L'nited States; S. S. Cos, and Judge Allen G. Thtirman, the 
old Roman senator. At the time of his death he was a deacon of the First Baptist 
church of Columbus, Ohio. Contracting a severe cold which culminated in pleu- 
risy, ended his useful life after a painful illness of three or four days, lea\'ing a wife 
and five children to sur^-ive him. 

He d. April, 1S61. Res. New Berlin, X. Y., and Columbus, Ohio. 
480S. i. THOMAS GARDNER, b. May 19, 1843; m. Martha Gifford 

GEORGE BARD, b. May 25, 1S45; m. Annie J. Stevens. 

HENRY WATERMAN, b. Aug. 5, 1847; m. Virginia Patton and 
Emma Jennett Thompson. 

ARTHUR WM., b. April 24, 1850; m. Clara B. Smith. 

ALBERT DANIEL, b. Dec. 9, 1353: m. Clara Ella Clapp. 

MARY GIRLING, b. June 22, 1S40; d. Aug. 19, 1840. 

WILLIAM BOWEN, b. Feb. 13, 1842; d. June 21. 1842. 

RODOLPHUS BARD, b. Dec. 21, 1S49; d. April 2, 1850. 

3205. DAVID FIELD (Isaac, Thomas. Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, 
William, John, Richard, William. William), b. Scituate, R. I., June 13, 1S09; m. 
May 12, 1833, Mercy Ramsdall, b. June 28, 18 13; d. March 25, 1837; m., 2d, Mary 
Richmond, Res. Scituate, R. I. 

4S16. i. ELIZA MARIA, b. March 26, 1S34, 

ISAAC NEWTON, b. March 13, 1S37. 

HARMON, b. . 

GEORGE, b. . 

ISAIAH, b. . 

3209. GEORGE FIELD (Peleg Thomas, Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, 
William, John, Richard, William, William), b. New Berlin, N. Y., Oct 18, 1S03; m. 
March i, 1S24, Frances A. Brooks. He was for many years cashier of the Williams- 
burg City Bank. He d, Oct. 29, 1871. Res. New Berlin, N. Y. 

LAVINIA, m. Capt. John Stewart, of Detroit. Ch. : i. Bijou. 
ALMIRA B., d. in Berlin, Prussia, unm. 

FANNY A., m. Capt Brower Gesner, of New York; res. Naples, 
Italy. Ch. : i. Frances. 

321 1. ORRIN FIELD (Peleg, Thomas, Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, 
William, John, Richard, William, William), b. New Berlin, N. Y., April 28, 1808; 
m. November, 1833, Mary A. Alvord, of Lewiston, N. Y., b. Sept 11, 1813; d. July 
16, 1S41; m., 2d, January, 1843, Marcia J. Whaley, of Verona, N. Y., b. July 11, 
1815; d. Aug. 6, 1896. He was a commission merchant He d. Nov. 7, 1872. Res. 
New Berlin, N. Y. 






































4824. i. EDWARD G., b. Aug. 27, 1834; m. Clara P. Snell. 

4825. ii. CHARLES F., b. July 6, 1836; d. unm. at Fort Hamilton, N. Y.. 
in 1864. At the breaking out of the civil war he enlisted in a 
New York regiment of volunteers ; was captured by the enemy, 
and for some time was confined in Libby Prison. On his release 
he re-enlisted in the Twelfth United States Regpalars. 

RUSHTON H., b. May 6, 1S38; m. Mar>' F. Myers. 

JOSEPH A., b. Aug. 5, 1840; m. Almira Wallace. 

MARY J., b. Nov. 17, 1845; d. unm., Nov. 11, i86g. 

SARAH E., b. Aug. 5, 1848; m. July 9, 1876, William J. Purdy. 
He is in the employ of the Dlinois Central Railway Company in 
a clerical capacity. Res. 422S Indiana avenue, Chicago, 111. 
Ch. : I. Florence, b. Oct 22, 1877; d, Feb. 14, 1893. 

4830. vii. FRANK P., b. Jan. 26, 1844; m. Clemma Edwards. 

3213. ARNOLD FIELD (Peleg, Thomas, Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. New Berlin, N. Y., March 
25, 1813; m. June 8, 1835, Ellen Douglass Bennett, of Edmeston, N. Y., b. Jan. 21, 
1816; d. Sept. 18, 1879. Arnold Field's g^eat-great-grandm other was the grand- 
daughter of Benedict Arnold, the first governor of Rhode Island, from whom his 
Christian name was derived. His early years were spent in school in his native 
village, and subsequently he was a student at the Hartwick Seminars' in Otsego 
county, N. Y. , where he graduated with honors. Not possessed of robust health, 
much of his time was devoted to study and literary pursuits, and in aiding his 
father in the management of his farms and the conduct of his business. After his 
marriage to Ellen Douglas Bennett, of Edmeston, N. Y., and his mother's death, 
he continued to reside with his family, in his father's homestead until his decease, 
in his thirty-first 3-ear. Mr. Field was highly esteemed for his fine attainments and 
high character. Of him it has been written that "he was well informed, diligent in 
the performance of his duties, candid in his speech, amiable in his disposition, 
guileless, just and compassionate." He d. in New Berlin, Sept. 18, 1843. Res. 
Edmeston, N. Y. 

4831. i. GEORGE L., b. Sept 3, 1836; m. Imogen Harger. 

4832. ii. ELIZABETH ELLEN, b. June 26, 1842; m. Dec. 4, 1862, James 

K. Gore; she d., s. p., Oct. 30, 1S63; he was of Mishawaka, Ind. 

3218. JAMES WHIPPLE FIELD (Thomas, Thomas, Jeremiah, Thomas. 
Thomas, Thomas, William, John, Richard, Wiliam, Wniiam), b. South Scituate, 

R. I., March 22, 1S14; m. in Wisconsin, ; m., 2d, York Mills, N. Y., . Res. 

Delevan, Walworth county. Wis. 

3221. ALDEN PIERCE FIELD (Thomas, Thomas, Jeremiah. Thomas. 
Thomas, Thomas, William, John, Richard, William. W^illiam), b. Feb. 17, 1824; m. 
Sarah E. Hopkins. Res. Monrovia, Los Angeles county, Cal. 

3223. JOHN ANGELL FIELD (Thomas, Thomas, Jeremiah. Thomas, 
Thomas, Thomas, William, John, Richard, William. William), b. Scituate. R. L. 
Feb. 21, 1822; m. April 6, 1S43, Florinda Amelia Hopkins, b, June 29, 1S26; she res. 
573 Potters avenue, Providence, R. I. He d. March 22, 18S4. Res. Auburn, Mass. 
4S33. i. FRANCES A., b. April 7, 1845; m. Jtme 3, 1S64, Horace W. Lin- 
coln. He is a farmer; was b. March 7, 1838; res! Oakham, 
Mass. Ch. : i. Eugene Augustus Lincoln, b. Oakham, May 15, 
1866; is a dentist; address, 3332 Walnut street, Philadelphia, Pa. 
2. Stephen Hopkins Lincoln, b. Oakham, Dec 25, 1868; d. Oak- 














ham, Sept. 2, 1892. 3. Maria Louise Lincoln, b. Oakham, March 
15, 1872; teacher in Miss Hill's private school. Philadelphia, Pa. ; 
address, 3332 Walnut street, Philadelphia, Pa. 4. Morton Field 
Lincoln, b. Oakham, Feb. 15, 1875, which is his present address. 
5. Flonnda Elizabeth Lincoln, b. June 20, 1886; address, Oak- 
ham, Mass. 

CELINE A., b. June 5, 1847; d. 1S4S. 

LOUISE S., b. June 8, 1849; m. Charles A. Gladding; res. 573 
Potters avenue, Providence, R. I. 

ULYSSES L.. b. Nov. 15, 1851; d. 1853. 

ARABELLA A., b. Nov. 2, 1855; d. 1856. 

GEORGE W., b. Aug. 26, 1857; m. Helen A. Smith. 

MINNIE, b. ; d. infant. 

3226. HENRY M. FIELD (Jeremiah, Thomas, Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas. 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. July 27, 1813, Scituate, 
R. I.; m. Elizabeth Hixon, b. June 11, 1812. He d. in St. Joseph, Mo., Mar. 1893. 
Res. Providence, R. I. 

4840. i. H. AUGUSTUS, b. June 27, 1838 ; m. Kate M. Barnett. 

^. 3227. ALBERT G. FIELD (Jeremiah, Thomas, Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, 
Thomas, WiHiam, John, Richard, William, William;, b. Scituate, R. I., Jan. 26, 
1816; m. Ann Eliza Smith, b. June 22, 1824. He d. in Hiogo, Japan, in 1889. Res. 
Scituate, R. I. 

MARIA J., b. Jan. S, 1844; m. Young; res. St. Louis, Mo. 

ANNA E., b. Jan. 19, 1847. 

IDA W., b. March 23, 1851; d. infant. 

JEREMIAH A., b. Dec. 15, 1852. 

MARY, b. May 11, 1857. 

LUCY, b. March 22, 1859; m. Miller; res. Carthage City, 


4847. vii. IDA G., b. March 22, 1865; res. Kansas City, Mo., care Board of 

Public Works. 

3228. AUGUSTUS EARL FIELD (Jeremiah, Thomas, Jeremiah, Thomas, 
Thomas, Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Scituate, R. I., 
July 16, 1819; m. April 13, 1841, Barbara G. King, b. Aug. 23, 1818. He was pro- 
prietor of a dairy farm. Res. Scituate and Tarklin, R. I. 

4848. i. MARY E.,b. April 11, 1842; m. Nov. 11, 1873, Dr. Warren Tilling- 

hast; res. 67 Manton avenue. Providence, R. I. Ch. : i. Guy 
B., b, Jan. 4, 1874; m. Aug. 31, 1897, Sadie C. Staples; is a mer- 
chant; res. Olneyville, R. I. 

4849. ii. HELEN F., b, Sept. 28, 1843; ni. Feb. 23, 1865, Jacob A. Pritz. He 

was b. Oct. 23, 1840; is a manufacturer of agricultural imple- 
ments; res. 17 East Third street, Dayton, Ohio. Ch. : i. Earl 
Pritz, b. Olneyville, R. I., June 4, 1870; d. March 2, 1877, Day- 
ton, Ohio. 

4850. iii. GEORGE A., b. July 29, 1847; m. Hattie A. Fenner. 

. 4851. iv. HERBERTINE.S., b. Sept. 17, 1850, d. Nov. 25, 1857. 

3229. HON. JEREMIAH HERBERT FIELD (Jeremiah, Thomas, Jeremiah, 
Thomas, Thomas, Thomas. 'William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Scituate, 
R. I., April 7, 1822; m. Oct. 14, 1855, Malvina M. Wright, b. April 17, 1836. His 
will was probated March 21, 1899; his son Herbert was executor. Jeremiah Her- 













See page 842. 

See page 846. 

See page 848. 

See page 850. 

See page 8:i8. 


bert Field, youngest son of Jeremiah and Florinda (Manchester) Field, was born in 
Scituate, R. I. He was educated at Dean Academy and Holliston Seminary, and 
spent the greater part of his life in his native town, where he was always active in 
its affairs, and enjoyed the confidence of his fellow-men to a large degree, having 
been a member of the State Legislature, and for many years holding various offices 
of trust and responsibility. He retired from active business in 1876, removing to 
Providence, R. I., where he resided at the time of his death. 

Will of Jeremiah H. Field. Probate Docket 5001-6000. No. 5062. Probate 
Proceedings 64. page 17. — I Jeremiah H. Field of the city and county of Providence 
State of Rhode Island in view of the uncertainty of life do make this my last will 
and testament in manner following to wit 

First I give and bequeath to my wife Malvina M. Field all my household furni- 
ture and the sum of One thousand Dollars to be paid her by my executor hereinaf- 
ter appointed as soon after my desease as conveniently may be. 

Second. I give, devise and bequeath all the rest and residue of my estate both 
Real and Personal to my son Herbert Field in trust as trustee to invest, repair, rent, 
sell, improve and manage for the best interest of the same out of the income of said 
estate and the balance or remainder of said income pay over to my wife Malvina M. 
Field in monthly installments if sufficient for her support otherwise such sums as 
her needs require in lieu of dower and after her decease to divide the remainder 
equally among my Three children during their lives as a life estate; One third to 
Ada M. Sanford ; One third to Ida S. Walling and the remainder to be retained by 
my son Herbert Field ; and after them to their children if any there shall be other- 
wise after their decease no heirs surviving their portion remaining to be divided 
among the surviving heirs. 

Lastly I hereby appoint my son Herbert Field sole executor of this my last will 
and testament hereby revoking all other and former wills by me made and establish 
this and this only as my last will and testament. 

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand at Providence this third day 
of January 1889. 

Jeremiah H. Field. 
Signed, published and declared by Jeremiah H. Field as and for his last will 

and testament in our presence who have at his request in his presence 

and in presence of each other hereunto set our name as witnesses 

Albert H. Whitaker 

George E. Parker. 
Proved April 11, 1899. 

He d. March 16, 1899. Res. Scituate and Providence, R. I. 

4852. i. HERBERT, b. March 8. 1857: m. Harrriet E. Brown. 

4853. ii. ADA MALVINA, b. Oct. i, 1858; m. Nov. 15, 1888, Walter H. 

Sanford, b. Nov. 6, 1859; res. 999 Westminster street, Provi- 
dence, R. I. Ch. : I. Ethel Field, b. July 29, 1890. 
4854- iii- IDA SABIN, b. July 7, i860; m. J. M. Walling. They res. looi 
Westminster street, Providence, R. I. 

3230. LORENZO DANIEL FIELD (Salathiel, Daniel. Jeremiah, Thomas, 
Thomas, Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Springfield, Vt., 
June 22, 1804; m. in Liverpool, England, about 1831. He d. Dec. 20, 1836. 

4855. i. HE LEFT two children, but his relatives in Vermont never heard 
what became of them. He d. in Mississippi. 

3231. REV. DANIEL FIELD (Salathiel, Daniel Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Springfield, Vt., Oct. 13, 


1805; in. Jan. 23, 1833, Mary Fuller; d. s. p., Oct. 3, 1850; m., 2d, Jan. 2, 185 1, 
Elizabeth Nancy Stebbins, b. May 24, 1827. * :- :''^.r'':r.::^:^^'^:;tX!:^;;::"' •^■:~-';,::: 

Copied from the minutes of the Vermont Conference. — Rev. Daniel Field was 
born in Springfield, Vt. From his native town he entered the work of the itineracy 
in 1 83 1, and for nineteen consecutive years he filled with fidelity|,the appointments 
given him. From 1850 to 1855 he sustained local relations, but again entered the 
effective ranks and did work for fifteen years. He was a man of many rare gifts. 
With a clear comprehension of Divine truth and the duties of the Christian life, he 
was able, by striking illustrations and unique presentation of the truth to stir the 
conscience and move the heart. He had a sure instinct which enabled him to find 
the weak point in an argument, and he was able to reveal that weakness with the 
suddenness of the lightning flashes. Against every form of hypocrisy and unrighte- 
ousness his sarcasm was at once withering and stunning. His power in prayer was 
often marvellous; and his genial, devout, loyal disposition made his presence a 
benediction even after his active ministry closed. From a life of almost continuous 
bodily weakness he found release^on the morning of May 20, 1883. "His works do 
follow ^him." We commend to the God of all grace the. widow and children 

He d. May 20, 1883. Res. East Brookfield, Vt.™ 

4856. i. MARY ELIZABETH, b. Dec. 19, 1851; m. Sept. 30, 1875. Return 

Strong Davis. She d. Dec. 7, 1887. He was b. Williamstown, 

, Vt., Feb. 5, 1848. Ch. : i. Harold Windfleet Davis, b. Oct. 30, 

1876; unm. Res. HoUidaysburg, Pa.. ~'Z;i::i:T.'Z-:^— " .^rZZ'Z.^ 

4857. ii. FANNY ADELAIDE, b. Sept. 12. 1853; m. July 11. 1893, Thomas 

Terry, s. p. Res. 30 Melvin St., Somerville, Mass. ,. ,^. 

HENRY LEEDS, b. Oct. 9, 1854; m. Annie L. Kuder. " - "' 
SARAH JOSEPHINE, b. March 22, 1856; unm. Res. York, Pa. 
ORTON DANIEL, b. Nov. 2, 1858; m. Mary L. Simmons. 
EDWARD AUSTIN, b. Dec. 24, 1859; m. Addie L. Paige. 
FLORENCE LILLIAN, b. Nov. 30, 1866; unm. Res. York. Pa. 
JAMES OLNEY, b. May 28, 1869; m. Violet L. Simmons. 













3233. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FIELD (Salathiel. Daniel, Jeremiah, 
Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Spring- 
field, Vt., Nov. 18, 181 2; m. New Albany, Ind., Nov. 4, 1841, Jane M. Dunlop, b. 
Feb. 8, 1821; d. Oct. 13, 1886. He was a stone mason. He d. Dec. 11, 1886. Res. 
Reed City, Mich. 

4864. i. LORENZO DUNLOP, b. Nov. 11, 1842; m. Francelia Pettit. 

4865. ii. MARY LYDIA, b. April 10, 1844: m. Oct. 11,11863, Alfred Lafay- 

ette Scobey. Res. 19 A North Ashland Av., Chicago, 111. He 
was b. Sept. i, 1842. Is a lumberman. Ch. : i. Wallace Joel 
Scobey, b. Aug. 16, 1865; m. in 1890; wife d. in 1897. 2. Jennie 
Elizabeth Scobey, b. Aug. 4, 1867. 3. Rina Adelaide Scoby, b. 
Oct. 19, 1877. All at home, 19 N. Ashland Av. 

3236. LINCOLN MICHAEL FIELD (Salathiel, Daniel Jeremiah, Thomas, 
Thomas. Thomas. William, John, Richard. William, William), b. Springfield, Vt., 
Sept. 15, 1819; m. Feb. 15, 1848, Eliza P. Fairbanks; m., 2d, Louisa M. Bowen. He 
d. Feb. II, 1882. Res. Lowell, Mass. 

4866. i. JOHN. b. . 

3243. DAVID SALATHIEL FIELD (Salathiel. Daniel, Jeremiah, Thomas, 
Thomas, Thomas. William. John, Richard, William, Willam), b. Springfield, Vt.. 












Feb. I, 1837; ra- May 10, 1861, Millie M. Shaw, b. June 16, 1830. He went to 
Lowell, Mass. ; learned machinist trade and was a contractor in Lowell machine 
shops. He bought, a few years since, the homestead farm in the west part of the 
town, now owned by his son Arthur, but never moved on to it. He d. Jan. 29, 
1890. Res. Springfield, Vt. 

4867. i. ARTHUR M., b. Oct. 11, 1865; m. Estella Kinsman. 

4868. ii. CHARLES W., b. Feb. 27, 1867; m. Mary S. Pettengill. Res. 

Chelmsford, Mass. 

4869. iii. BERNICE, b. June 21, 1882; unm. 

3246. RICHARD FIELD (Arthur, Daniel, Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Springfield, Vt., Jan. 18, 
1821; m. Jan. i, 1851, Susan Kilburn, b. Claremont, N. H., Aug. 12, 1827; d. June 
20, 1890. Richard worked with his father in the manufacture of hoes and other 
tools. At one time worked in locomotive works Boston, Mass. ; afterwards returned 
to Springfield and was in business with his father. He d. Jan. i, 1894. Res. 
Springfield, Vt. 

CHARLES R., b. March 21, 1852. Res. Springfield. 

LILLIE A., b. April 18, 1857; m. William N. Dexter. Res. New 
Salem, Mass. 

JENNIE, b. July 22, i860; d. in infancy. 

ANNIE, b. June 23, 1865; d. in infancy. 

FREDERICK A., b. May 17, 1868. Res. Lowell, Mass. 

3257. BARNET AUGUSTUS FIELD (Jeremiah, Jeremiah, Jeremiah, 
Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Kil- 
lingly, Conn., May 16, 1827; m. New Bedford, Mass., May i, 1854, Julia Wilson, b. 
Nov. 27, 1838. He is a druggist. Res. Richmond, Ind. 

4875. i. MINNIE, b. March 30, 1856; unm. Res. at home. 

3268. HON. WILLIAM FIELD (William, Jeremiah, Jeremiah, Thomas, 
Thomas, Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. March 12, 1823, 
Stafford, Conn.; m. Sept. 6, 1854, De Pere, Wis., Martha Jordan, b. Sept. 16, 1826. 
William Field (b. 1823) came to Wisconsin in 1841 ; was for some years a teacher in 
De Fere, later a manufacturer of flour, and in his last years in the employ of the 
National Furnace Company. He was one of the charter members of the De Pere 
Masonic Lodge. He served his district in the Legislature for two terms. He d. 
Oct. 21, 1883. Res. De Pere, Wis. 

4876. i. GRACE, b. July 22, 1855; d. Feb. 7, 1861. 

3270. GEORGE FIELD (William, Jeremiah, Jeremiah, Thomas, Thomas, 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. Stafford, Conn., Feb. 19, 
1827; m. Green Bay, Wis., Aug. 14, 1865, Cornelia Bleecker Last, b. Oct. 13, 1844. 
George Field left Connecticut in 1854, and after living short periods in Davenport, 
Iowa, in Minnesota, and at Bayfield, Wis., came to Green Bay, Wis., in 1862, and 
opened a store for the sale of flour and feed. In 1864-65 he built the military road 
between Green Bay and Shawano. In 1867 engaged in the sale of pine lumber at 
Council Bluffs, Iowa. Later furnished timber for the building of the Union Pacific 
railroad, and built some railroad bridges in Nebraska. In 1871 removed to Utah 
and engaged in mining, where he still has interests, although he has resided in 
Green Bay for twenty years past. In politics, a radical Republican. In religion, 
a Universalist Res. Green Bay, Wis. 

4877. i. WILLIAM HATCH, b. Feb. 4, 1869; unm. '^ Res. Green Bay, 























4878. ii. FANNIE, b. Aug. 4, 1871; m. June 12, 1894, Henry Whittlesey 

Esselstyn, at Green Bay. Res. Green Bay, s. p. 

4879. iii. PHILIP EARLE, b. May 20. 1874; d. at Green Bay, Aug. 21, 1876. 

3273. ELISHA FIELD (William, Charles, Thomas, William, Thomas, 
Thomas, William, John, Richard, William), b. Hartwich, N. Y., in 1799; ™- i° 
that town, Autus Lippitt, dau. of Joseph and Rose (Wells), b. 1799; d. June 20, 
1890, age ninety-one. He d. Sept. i6, 1884. Res. Hartwick, N. Y. 

DELOS THEODORE, b. June 19, 1823; m. Amy Ann Medbery. 

ELIZUR AMBROSE, b. ; m. Nancy Card, of Block Island, 

R. I. Res. Hartwick. Three children. 


HARVEY APLIN. b. ; d. unm. 

JOSEPH LIPPITT, b. ; m. De Etta Lake, of Todsville. N. Y. 

Res. Hartwick. One daughter, Hattie. 

32S0. MAJOR JOSEPH T. FIELD (Thomas S., Thomas, Elnathan. 
Robert, Elnathan, Robert, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. 
Middletown, N. J., Nov. 9, 1840; m. Isabelle Wikoff. He was Major of 29th New 
Jersey Volunters in Civil war. Is a farmer. Res. Red Bank, N. J. 

JULIA, b. July 4, 1868. 

THOMAS S., b. Dec. 15, 1869; m. Emeline Conover, 

CHARLOTTE, b. April 11, 1875. 

HARRISON, b. ; d. 

WALTER, b. May 7, 1878. He was color sergeant of the 4th New 
Jersey Volunteers in Spanish-American war. 

3281. HENRY FIELD (Thomas S., Thomas, Elnathan. Robert, Elnathan, 
Robert, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Middletown, N. J., 
Aug. 2, 1844; m. Ada Brooks. He is a civil engineer and merchant. Res. Red 
Bank, N. J. 

EDWIN, b. July 25, 1886. 

FRANK, b. ; d. . 

HENRY, b. April 4, 1892. 

CHESTER, b. Sept. 23, 1895. 

ROBERT, b. Dec. 9, 1897. 

3286. JOSEPH FIELD (Joseph, Thomas, Elnathan, Robert, Elnathan, Robert, 
Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Red Bank, N. J., Dec. 29, 
1870; m. Aug. 14, 1897, Nettie Frazer, b. Nov. 12, 1873. Res. Red Bank, N. J. 

4895. i. JOSEPH, b. May 31, 1898. 

3283. DR. EDWIN FIELD (Thomas S., Thomas, Elnathan, Robert. Elnathan, 
Robert, Robert. William, William, John. John. William), b, Middletown, N. J., 
May 2. 1849; ™- ^eb. i, 1875, Alice M. Hance, b. Feb. i, 1849. Res., s. p.. Red 
Bank, N. J. 

3288. ELNATHAN FIELD (Elnathan, Elnathan, Elnathan. Robert. Elnathan. 
Robert. Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Middletown, N. J., 
Oct. 2, 1838; m. Annie Hendrickson. He is a nurseryman. Res. Red Bank, N. J. 

4896. i. ANNA FRANCIS, b. July 25, 1881. 

4897. ii. MARY M., b. June 13, 1878. 

3290. DR. ROBERT FIELD (Robert, Robert, Robert. Robert, Benjamin, 
Robert, Robert. William. Christopher. John, Christopher. John), b. Natchez, Miss., 
































Aug. 19, 1842; m. Sept. 8, 1869, Belle Daniel, dau. of Henry C. and Mary, b. June 
22, 1845. Dr. Robert Field was born on the Anchorage plantation Aug. 19, 
1842. His boyhood and youth were uneventful. He was educated at home by pri- 
vate tutors. At the breaking out of the Civil war he enlisted in the Confederate 
army, and was mustered out in 1S65, with the rank of lieutenant. In 1868 he took 
the degree of M. D, in the University of Louisiana, at New Orleans, and since that 
time has practiced his profession continuously in Mississippi, except for a period of 
about two years spent in Arkansas. In 1869, he married Belle, daughter of Henry 
C. and Mary Daniel, of Jackson, Miss. A large family is the result of the union, of 
whom Marion Griffith Field, born April 3, 1874, is the eldest surviving son. Res. 
Pocahontas, Miss. 

ROBERT, b. Aug. 19, 1870; d. Aug. ri, 1873. 

HENRY DANIEL, b. Feb. 29, 1872; drowned in Guatemala, 
C. A., Nov. 9, 1876. 

MARION GRIFFITH, b. April 3. 1874, Jackson. Miss. 

ROBERT, b. July 25, 1875, Jackson, Miss. 

CHARLOTTE, b. Nov. 11, 1877: d. May 15, 1882. 

JULIAN DUNBAR, b. Oct. 17. 1879, Pocahontas. 

BELLE DANIEL, b. Aug. 19, 1883; d. July 4, 1885. 

EDGAR LEE, b. April 19, 1881, Jackson. Miss. 

MARY, b. Jan. 9, 1888, Pocahontas, Miss. 

RICHARD STOCKTON, b. June 9. 1890, Pocahontas. 

3292. WILLIAM BROOKS FIELD (Robert, Robert, Robert. Robert. Ben- 
jamin, Robert, Robert, William, Christopher, John, Christopher, John), b. near 
Natchez, Miss., May 12, 1844; m. Fayette, Miss., Feb. 22, 1865, Medora Cotton, b. 
He is a farmer. Res. McNair. Miss. 
WILLIAM BROOKS, b. March 22, 1866; unm. ; res. McNair. 
ROBERT, b. April 12, 1868; m. Mary Abrams. 
RICHARD STOCKTON, b. Aug. 14, 1871; m. Ollie Enold Wil- 
JESSE CADMUS, b. March 16, 1875, Columbus, O. 
CHARLOTTE BROOKS, b. July 24. 1877, Fayette, Miss. ; m. 
Nov. 18, 1896, William McCaleb Darden, b. Sept. 3, 1873. Is a 
farmer. Res. Fayette, Miss., s. p. 

3297. MAJOR EDWARD FIELD (Richard S.. Robert. Robert. Robert. 
Benjamin, Robert, Robert. William, Christopher, John, Christopher, John), b. 
Princeton, N. J., May, 1841; m. Washinton, April 28, 1868, Minna Young, b. 1845. 
Major Edward Field has for the last three years been artillery inspector for the 
Department of California, and in addition to this duty has for the past year been 
detailed from the War Department as Inspector General for the Department, also 
during the early part of the war with Spain, for several months served as adjutant- 
general for the department. Major Field traces his lineage directly from the 
famous student and astronomer, John Field, to whose researches England is 
indebted for the introducjtion of the Copernican system. His ancestors emigrated 
from England at an early day, and Richard Stockton, a member of the Conti- 
nental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence was a great g^reat- 
grandfather of Major Field. Major Field is a graduate of Princeton, having gained 
his diploma in 1861, at the outbreak of the Rebellion; fired with the war spirit 
he joined the cavalry and was early commissioned second lieutenant in the ist 
New Jersey, that won such renown in the second division of the cavalry corps 
of the Army of the Potomac. In 1862, he was tendered an appointment in 

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Light Battery C. 4th Artillen,-, United States army. Throughout the war the 
young officer distinguished himself, and at Chancellorsville won the public 
thanks of General Gear}' for gallantry. After the Civnl war he saw active service 
in several Indian campaigns. In addition to his military duties throughout his serv- 
ice he has always found time to indulge his literary tastes. In 1SS2, he was chosen 
to deliver the Decoration Day address at Newport, R. I. In 1884, he made a not- 
able address before the National Guard Association of New York, and before the 
Military Service Institute, at Governor's Island, in 1885. He has contributed sev- 
eral military articles of value for the United Service Magazine. Major Field was 
lieutenant and captain in the 4th United States Artillery for thirty-three years. In 
1896, was promoted to major in the 2d Artillery, and has been on duty in the depart- 
ment of California ever since. Res. 900 Suttro St., San Francisco, Cal. 

4913. i. ROBERT, b. in 1869; lieutenant 14th Infantry United States 

Army, Manila, Philippine Islands. 

4914. ii. ALEXANDER, b. 1875; office, Board of Fire Underwriters, Butte, 


4915. iiL RICHARD STOCKTON, b. 1871; d. 1873. 

3303. HON. TIMOTHY FIELD (Caleb S., Joseph, Benjamin, Ambrose, 
Robert, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Rising Sun, near Bor- 
dentown, Burlington county, N. J., Oct. 6, 1805; m. Dec. 23, 1830. Juliet P. David- 
son, b. March 31, 1808; d. July 21, 1873. Timothy Field was born in Burlington 
county. New Jersey, and moved to Trenton in 1839. He owned an extensive iron 
foundry. Was a prominent citizen and was elected a member of the New Jersey 
Legislature in the 50's, but was defeated for re-election, as he would not canvas his 
district or take any part in the campaign. He was president of the Trenton Horse 
Railroad Company from its inception up to the time of his death. The Trenton 
Horse Railroad Company was chartered May 9, 1S59, by an act of the Legislature. 
The incorporators were Timothy Field, president ; Robert Aiken, William M. Force, 
Lewis Perrine, Thomas P. Johnston, Jonathan S. Fish, Charles Moore, Joseph 
Whittaker and James T. Sherman. The authorized capital of the company was 
$30,000, with the power to increase to $36,100. In 1863, the construction of the road 
was commenced, and the track was laid from the Pennsylvania railroad station, on 
Clinton street, through State street, as far as Calhoun street. A spur was laid 
through North Warren as far as Hanover street A few years later the track was 
extended along State street as far as Prospect street. Mr. Field was almost uni- 
versally known among the citizens of Trenton and the surrounding country, his 
name being very familiar with the older business men as that of the first business 
man of that section of the country. He was highly esteemed and respected. He 
d. July, 1878. Res. Trenton, N. J. 

MARTHA, b. ; d. . 

CHARLES F., b. ; d. . 

JAMES, b. . Res. Trenton, N. J. 

DELIA S.. b. Oct 12, 18—; m. Cogill; d. October, 1S98. 

ANNA, b. ; m. Hutchinson. Res. 140 West State St, 

4921. vi. KATHERINE THOMAS, b. Sept 27, 1839; m. Oct 24. 1861, 
George Anthony Heyl, b. Jan. 10, 1836. He resides 2122 Walnut 
St, Philadelphia, Pa. Is president of the Gloucester Manufac- 
turing Company. Summer residence Rosemont, Pa. Ch. : i. 
Henry Latimer Heyl, b. Dec. 6, 1863; d. July 21, 1865. 2. Juliet 
Field Heyl, b. Feb, 24, 1866. 3. Mathilda Charden Heyl Jackson, 
























b. Aug. 19, 1868; m. Feb. 16, 189—. 4. Katherine Thomas Heyl, 
b. June 3, 18 — . 

George A. Heyl was a member of David S. Brown & Company 
for many years ; now president of the Gloucester Manufacturing 
Company. His father, William G. Heyl, and mother, Matilda 
Chardon, daughter of Anthony Chardon, and his wife, Elenor 
Rawle, of Philadelphia, Pa. 

JULIET, b. ; m. Purdy. Res. Tacony, Pa. 

HELEN, b. ; m. Dyer. Res. Newark, N. J. 

MARY RIDGE WAY, b. ; d. in childhood. 

3313. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FIELD (Benjamin, Joseph, Benjamin. 
Ambrose, Robert, Robert, William, William, John, John. William), b. April 14, 
1834, in Fieldsboro, N. J.; m. in Trenton, June 30, 1B57, Hannah Cook Stephens, 
b. April 24, 1838. He was machinist apprentice on the Camden & Amboy Railroad, 
at Bordentown, N. J., about 1850, and worked in different parts of the country 
since. In San Francisco, Cal., in 1864. Was foreman of locomotive repairs on the 
Northern Central Railroad, at Elmira, N. Y., from 1877 to 1883; also had the same 
position on the Beech Creek Railroad, in New Jersey Shore, Pa., until 1893. He 
then moved to Lima, O. He d. Aug. 24, 1899. Res. New Brunswick, N. J., and 
222 Park Av., Lima, O. 

ELLA FRANCES, b. April 6, 1858; unm. 
WILLIAM AMBROSE, b. May 18, i860; m. Hattie L. Lewis. 
ABBIE ANNA, b. July 24, 1862 ; m. Robert E. Logan ; no children. 
Res. 403 Spruce St. N. W., Washington, D. C. 
4928. iv. JOSEPH COOK, b. Nov, 14, 1864; m. December, 1895, Mattie 
Stone. He d. December, 1896. No children. He was machinist 
apprentice in Elmira, N. Y., on the Northern Central Railroad, 
1884. He worked as machinist at Jersey Shore, Pa., on the 
Beech Creek Railroad, and was killed by the explosion of a 
boiler Dec. 7, 18S6. His wife is Mrs. Eugene Lower, Elmira, 
N. Y. 

33I9>^. BENJAMIN PRINCE FIELD (Austin, Austin, Benjamin, Ambros^^ 
Robert, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Flushing, L. I., March 
27, 1800; m. there 1821, Eliza Post, b. Dec. i, 1806; d. July 4, 1892. He was a car- 
penter. He d. Feb. 9, 1886. Res. Flushing. L. I. 

CHARLES A., b. Jan. 26, 1823 d. 1884; m. twice, 1846 and i860. 
SUSAN ANN QUARTERMAN, b. July i, 1825; m. March, 

1851. P. O., Flushing. 
ELIZA, b. April 12, 1827. 
TliOMAS, b. 1829: d. 1854. 

BENJAMIN PRINCE, b. Apnl 7, 1831; m. Mary Ann Purchase. 
MANUEL W., b. Sept. 17, 1833; d. i860. 

MARY A. WILLETS, b. Sept. 17, 1833; m. April 29, 1S51. Res. 
4928-1. viii. JANE MILLER, b. Jan. 13, 1S36; m. Nov. 27, 1S67. Res. 

4938-2. ix. MARGARET, b. March 4, 183S. Res. Flushing. 
4928-3. X. SAMUEL W., b. Aug. 13, 1841. Res. Flushing. 

3320. CAPT. HENRY AIKEN FIELD (Peter, Peter, William, Samuel, Ben- 
jamin, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Nov. 22, 1820; 


























ra. Sept. 25. 1S44, Julia M. Evertson, b. April 20, 1S23; d. April 24, 1881. Henry 
Field was born in 1820, in Ulster county, New York. Served as regimental quarter- 
master of the loth New York Cavalry during the Civil war, enlisting in Buffalo, 
N. Y. He afterwards went to San Francisco, where he died. He d. July 4, 1897. 
Res. Buffalo, N. Y., and San Francisco, Cal. 

AUGUSTUS H., b. Oct. 18, 1845, Buffalo, N. Y. 

CLARISSA E., b. Sept. 10, 1847, Denver, Col., care Broadway 

HENRY AIKEN, b. Oct. 22, 1849; d. Aug. 17, 1863. 

JULIAN E., b. Dec. 29, 1851; d. March i, 1854. 

ANNIE M., b. July 4. 1856; m. Gerald Kavanaugh. Res. Kings- 
bridge P. O.. New York, N. Y. 

4934. vi. JULIA ELIZABETH, b. Sept. I, 1858; m. Sept. 27, 1882, Clifford 

Alison Pelton, b. Aug. 6. 1858. He is in the life insurance busi- 
ness, being general agent for the Northwestern Mutual Life 
Insurance Company. Res. s. p., 117 Riverside Drive, Bingham- 
ton, N. Y. 

4935. vii. FLORA CORNELIA, b. Nov. 9, i860. Res. 204 South Division 

St., Buffalo, N. Y. 

4936. viii. ISABELLA M., b. May 11, 1864; m, at Denver, Col., May 27, 

1885. Meyer Harrison, b. London, England, Sept. 27, 1859. He 
is in the life insurance business. Res. 1833 Lafayette St., Den- 
ver, Col. Ch. : I. Julia Lerisa Harrison, b. Feb. 27, 1886. 2. 
Henry Roger Harrison, b. Dec. 28. 1887. 3. Edward Field Har- 
rison, b. July I, 1891. 4. Benjamin Harrison, b. Nov. 8, 1893; d. 
Nov. 24, 1893. 

4937. ix. EDWARD P., b. Aug. 25, 1854. Res. Buffalo. N. Y. 

4938. X. LILLIAN A., b. Aug. 22, 1866. Res. Denver, Col. 

3329. THADDEUS CRANE FIELD (Oliver, William, Van W., William, 
Samuel, Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. 
Westchester county. New York, Nov. i, 1836; m. St. Paul, Minn., March 3. 1859, 
Julia Ingersoll, b. April 23, 1837. Thaddeus Crane Field, dry goods merchant, was 
bom in the town of Somers, Westchester county, N. Y., being a son of Oliver and 
Lydia Crane Field. He received his education at Clinton Liberal Institute, Clinton, 
N. Y. After leaving school he came to St. Paul with the late D. W. Ingersoll, and 
was engaged by him in his dry goods business, which was established about June 
I, 1856. He entered this firm as a clerk, and afterward became manager, and in 
1859 was admitted to partnership in the firm, which then became known as D. W. 
Ingersoll & Company. He continued as an active partner until the firm was 
changed in 1881, to Field, Mahler & Company, when he became head of the house; 
and later, in 1896, when the firm name was again changed to Field, Schlick & 
Company, he still remained at his post, from which he guides the affairs of his 
large establishment. Field, Schlick & Company are to-day the largest exclusive 
retail dry goods firm, not only in St. Paul, but the entire northwest outside of Chi- 
cago. No other line is carried, and the firm has at no time made an effort to branch 
out into the department store direction, confining itself strictly to the legitimate 
trade in their chosen line. Their present location, covering almost the entire block, 
with a frontage on Wabash, Fourth, Fifth and St. Peter streets, is an ideal one in 
many respects. It is of central location, readily accessible from every street car 
line in the city, light, roomy and handsome. Over 37,500 square feet of ground- 
floor space, and all upon the street level, are in constant use to meet the demands 


made upon the firm by its enormous trade. All tedious waits, climbing of stairs 
or riding upon elevators are avoided by the magnificent interior arrangements of the 
store. Over 200 people, both men and women, find employment there the year 

For more than forty years Mr. Field has been without interruption, engaged 
as a member of the oldest and largest dry goods house in Minnesota. Born and 
raised on a farm in the hills of Westchester, he came west long before the days 
when Horace Greeley adviced the rising generation to "Go West." He struck his 
stake in St. Paul, and was content to advance with the city's advancement. Mr. 
Field realized the meaning of hard work, and was never afraid to meet its require- 
ments. In all of the times of speculation, which swept over the city and threw their 
ensnaring influences around many of our best citizens, Mr. Field kept clear of the 
temptation, devoting his entire attention and his means solely to his business. 
This fact has been regarded in the fullest measure, and he has succeeded in placing 
his house where it stands to-day, the largest retail dry goods house west of Chicago. 
Although now sixty years of age, Mr. Field is daily at his post in the offices of his 
establishment. His standing in the community and the commercial centers of the 
country is of the highest and no better recommendation can be given to any man 
than that the public places implicit confidence in him. 

Res. s. p., St. Paul, Mmn. 

4939. i. CAROLYN, b. Feb. 3, 1868 (adopted) :m. John Ireland Howe Field 
(her adopted father's nephew). 

3330. ELBERT FIELD (Oliver, William, Van W., William, Samuel, Ben- 
jamin, Anthony, Robert, William, William. John, John, William), b Westchester 
county. New York, Nov. 4, 1833; m. May 30, 1861, Lydia Purdy Howe, dau. of 
William and Lydia (Purdy), of Ridgefield, Conn., b. Aug. 27, 1839. ^^ d. Dec. 
II, 1889. Res. New York. 

JOHN IRELAND HOWE, b. Nov. 22, 1868; m. Carolyn Field. 

OLIVER, b. July 23, 1862; d. Oct. 16, 1876. 

WILLIAM HOWE, b. July 17. 1864; d. Feb. 5, 1867. 

MARY HOWE, b. Dec. 3, 1866. 

ETHEL GUION, b. Jan. 10, 1874. 

HELEN ATWATER, b. April 29, 1883. 

3334. DR. GEORGE WILLIAM FIELD (William P.. Charles. William, 
Samuel, Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. 
New York, Jan. 8, 1842; m. Portsmouth, O., Oct. 13, 1868, Elizabeth Mariah Lloyd, 
b. Feb. 25, 1846. Res. 32 Park St., Park Lane, W., London, England. 

4946. i. GEORGE WILLIAM, b. Nov. 9, 1872; m. Blanche M. Perkins. 

4947. ii. FLORA BELLE, b. Aug. 7. 1869; unm. Res. at home. 

4948. iii. HYACINTH FLOYD, b. Feb. 8, 1877. Res. at home. 

4949. iv. TRACY CAMERON, b. Feb. 24, 1880. Res. at home. 

4950. V. CHARLES KINGSLEY, b. Jan. 30, 1882. Res. at home. 

3337- JOSEPH COLE FIELD (John C, Joseph C, William, Samuel, Ben- 
jamin, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Syracuse, 
N. Y., Jan. 19, 1827; m. May 30, i860, Emeline C. Ely, b. Feb. 8, 1834; d. April 
13, 1895. He was an electrician with Western Electric Company. He d. June 3, 
1898. Res. Evanston, 111. 

4951. i. FLORENCE EMELINE, b. March 21, 1861; m. April 25. 1882, 

Willard Lucius Cobb. Res. 1231 Asbury Av., Evanston, 111. He 
was b, Chicago, Jan. 26, 1857. Is in the grain commission busi- 














ness. Ch. : i. Helen Field, b. Aug. 20, 1885. 2. Willard 
Howard, b. Nov. 6, 1892. 
4952. ii. HOWARD, b. Oct 27, 1863; m. Elizabeth Belle Edwards. 

3339>^-5. WILLIAM HOLLAND FIELD (Philip S., Joseph C, John. Van 
W., Samuel, Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), 
b. Sullivan county, New York, April 17, 1828; m. Feb. 17, 1858, Luna G. Fisher, 
b. April 24, 1839; d. April 23, 1863; m., 2d, April 10, 1864, Sally M. Risley, b. Sept. 
25, 1843. He is a carpenter and joiner. Res. Stevens Point, Wis. 

4952>i i. PHILLIPS M. T., b. Aug. 23, i860. . 

4952)4:. ii. ADELAIDE E., b. Aug. 16, 1874. 

4952>^. iii. ANGELINE M., b. March 27, 1876. 

4952>^. iv. HATTY V., b. Aug. 21, 1881. 

4952^. V. WILLIAM H., JR., b. March 21, 1883. 

3340. FRANCIS JEFFERSON FIELD (Thomas J., Joseph Coles, John, 
Van W., Samuel, Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, Wil- 
liam), b. Marcellus, N. Y., Jan. 10, 1830; m. in Ohio, Charlotte E. Selkirk, b. Oct. 
5, 1830; d. Nov. 12, 1890. He was a sailor on a whaler out of New Bedford, Mass. ; 
later a farmer, and is now retired from business. He was born in the Stale of New 
York, in 1830. He was six years ot age when his parents moved west. 
Attended the schools of Porter county, Indiana, until nine years of age, when he 
returned east to Syracuse, N. Y., and there attended school. He secured an excel- 
lent education and remained there until 1845, when he returned home. Two years 
later he went to Chicago, where he clerked in a store, and later purchased a canal 
boat and engaged in forwarding on the Illinois and Michigan canal. Was captain 
of the boat until 1849, and later went to sea, going to the Arctic Ocean on a whaler; 
was absent for five years, and captured forty-three whales himself. He continued 
his sea-faring life ; was later mate of the ship, and visited Society Islands, Japan, 
and Honolulu. He has had many interesting experiences. Returning home he 
was married, but later went to sea as mate of the "Caronna, which was wrecked 
between New York and Cuba in 1859. On his return he engaged in business in Chi- 
cago, and when the war broke out enlisted in the 2d Illinois Artillerj^ and served 
until the close of the war. After the war he resided in Jefferson county, Illinois, 
and later moved to Porter county, Indiana. In 1888 he moved to Valparaiso, where 
he now resides. Res. s. p., Valparaiso, Ind. 

3342. JUDGE ELISHA CHAPMAN FIELD (Thomas J., Joseph C, John, 
Van W., Samuel, Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, Wil- 
liam), b. Portage, Ind., April 9, 1842; m. Sycamore, 111., Sept. i, 1864. Mary Edith 
Jackman, b. May 26, 1846. Law had its beginning with the creation of man. Its 
complexity has grown as the horoscope of time has marked the passing years; and 
yet, after all, it is merely a system of logical results, — the natural sequence of well 
defined principles, with which man has had to do since the world began, in their 
relation to man and his activities. The potentiality of law might be expressed in 
the one word protection, for it is the safeguard of life and property. That new laws 
have been formulated is but the natural outgrowth of the complicated conditions of 
our business life, — individual, collective and international. Since the railroad has 
become such an indispensable factor in all the activities which encompass human 
existence, railroad law has become one of the most important branches of jurisprud- 
ence, and no railroad company of any magnitude is to-day without its legal repre^ 
sentative. Standing in this important relation to the Chicago, Indianapolis & Louis- 
ville Company is Elisha C. Field, a distinguished member of the Chicago bar, whose 
thorough understanding of the principles of jurisprudence and accurate application 


thereof to the interests of business life make him a safe counselor and able advisor. 
In no profession is there a career more open to talent than in that of the law, and 
in no field of endeavor is there demanded a more careful preparation, a more thor- 
ough appreciation of the absolute ethics of life, or of the underlying principles 
which form the basis of all human right and privileges. A man of strong mental- 
ity, Mr. Field has cultivated the keen analytical power, the close investigation and 
cogent reasoning which are indispensable to the able lawyer and bv his own merit 
has risen to an eminent position in the legal fraternity. 

A native of Porter county, Indiana, he was born April 9, 1842, and is a son of 
Thomas J. and Louise (Chapman) Field, natives of New York, whence they removed 
to Indiana in 1836. They spent the residue of their days in the latter state, the 
father passing away at the age of seventy-two years, while the mother's death 
occurred at the age of sixty-four years. Judge Field pursued his education in what 
was known as the Valparaiso (Indiana) Male and Female College, now the North- 
ern Indiana Normal School, and was graduated in that institution in 1862. 
With a natural predilection for the law he determined to fit himself for the bar, and 
accordingly entered the law department of the University of Michigan, at Ann 
Arbor, where he remained until his graduation, in 1865. 

Judge Field entered upon the practice of law at Crown Point, Ind., and in 1868 
was elected prosecuting attorney of what was then the Ninth District of the state. 
On the expiration of his term of service m that office he was elected to the general 
assembly. As the years passed he was steadily gaining prestige by reason of his 
thoroughness, close application, his mastery of the law in its application to the 
interests entrusted to his care and his unfaltering fidelity to the interests of his 
clients. Fame at the bar is not quickly won, although the brilliant conduct of a 
case may sometimes bring one prominently before the public notice ; it rests upon 
the more substantial qualities of a mastery of judicial principles and of great care 
and precision in the preparation of cases. It was these qualities in Mr. Field, 
recognized by a discriminating public, that led to his election to the bench of the 
Thirty-first Circuit of Indiana, and so well did he administer justice, that in 1884 he 
was re-elected without opposition from any source. He was the candidate of the 
Republican party, and so marked was his ability for the office and so free was his 
course from all partiality or judicial bias that the opposing parties placed no candi- 
date in the field, and thus indirectly paid the highest possible compliment to his 

Judge Field continued upon the bench until 1889, when he resigned that posi- 
tion in order to accept that of general solicitor of the Louisville, New Albany & 
Chicago Railroad, in which incumbency he has since been retained, although the 
name of the corporation has been changed to the Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville 
Company. Removing to Chicago in the year of his appointment to this position, 
he has since conducted some very important litigation for the company, protecting 
its interests through legal measures and in the court-room with a zeal that has won 
him the grateful acknowledgment of the corporation on more than one occasion. 

In 1864, Judge Field was united in marriage to Miss Mary Jackman, of Syca- 
more, 111., and they have two sons and two daughters, namely: Charles E., now 
general claim agent for the Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville Railway Company; 
Cora Belle, now Mrs. G. V. Crosby, a resident of Alburquerque, New Mexico; 
Robert L., a graduate of the Bethel Military School, of Virginia, and commissioned 
captain by tne governor of the state, and Bernice Ray. 

The Judge is a popular member of the Harvard Club and is a leading Republi- 
can. In 1888 he was a delegate from the Tenth Congressional district of Indiana to 
the National convention in Chicago, which nominated Benjamin Harrison for Presi- 


dent of the United States. He is a most companionable gentleman, known and 
liked for his many social qualities, and a mind and nature of breadth are indicated 
by the fact that his friends represent all classes, for genuine worth is the only 
requisite which he demands of those who enjoy his regard. — From "Bench and Bar 
of Illinois," by John M. Palmer Lewis Publishing Company. 
Res. 544 W. 6ist Place, Chicago, 111. 

4953. i. CHARLES EDGAR, b. June 11, 1S72; m. Jan. 18, 1894, and 

resides Indianapolis, Ind. 

4954. ii. CORA BELL, b. Nov. 26, 1874; m. Sept. 9, 1896, G. V. Crosby. 

Res. Albuquerque, N. M. 

4955. iii. ROBERT LESLIE, b. Feb. 25, 1877; res. at home. 

4956. iv. BERNICE RAY, b. Feb. 4. 1883; res. at home. 

334S. CORTLANDT DE PEYSTER FIELD (Benjamin H., Hazard, John, 
Anthony, Benjamin. Anthony. Robert, William, William, William, John, John, 
William), b. New York City, Dec. 28, 1S39; m. there June 8, 1865, Virginia Ham- 
ersley, dau. of John W. Andrew Hamersley was born in 1725. His father was 
William Hamersley, of the same baronial family as Sir Hugh Hamersley, born in 
England in 1687; he was an officer in the British Navy, who resigned the service in 
1716, and took up his abode in New York; he became a shipping merchant in the 
Mediterranean trade, and was a vestryman of Trinity church from 1731 to 1752. Of his 
three sons, Andrew was the only one who married. His wite inherited the interests 
of one ot the Lords proprietors of New Jersey, which has been handed along in the 
slow process of division to the Hamersley family of the present day. Andrew 
Hamersley had three sons: i. William, who was the first professor of the Institute 
of Medicine, at Columbia College, having received his medical degree from Dr. 
Robertson, the historian at Edinburgh, and was thirty years connected with the 
New York hopsital, he married Elizabeth Van Cortlandt De Peyster, and of their 
two sons. Andrew was a distinguished author, and William was mayor ot Hartford; 
2. Thomas, a gentleman of great learning, who was pronounced by Lorenzo du 
Ponte the best Italian scholar in America; he married Susan Watkins, daughter 
of Col. John W. Watkins and Judith, fifth daughter of Governor William Livings- 
ton, of New Jersey ; 3. Louis Carre Hamersley, who married in Virginia. His 
sons are A. Gordon Hamersley, who married Sarah, daughter of John Mason, and 
John William Hamersley, who married Catharine Livingston, daughter of Judge 
James and Sarah Helen Hooker, of Dutchess county. Mrs. Hooker was the daugh- 
ter of John Reade, for whom Reade Hoeck (Red Hook) was named, who was the 
son of Joseph Reade, one of the governor's council and for whom Reade 
street, in New York City was named. Lawrence Reade, the father ot Joseph 
Reade, was born and married in England, removing to New York in the early part 
of the eighteenth century. He was descended from a line of wealthy British noble- 
men of the name, who for centuries were a power in themselves, Sir William Reade 
and Sir Richard Reade being his more immediate ancestors. The mother of Mrs. 
Hooker was Catharine Livingston, great grand-daughter of the first Lord of Liv- 
ingston Manor, and granddaughter of Col. Henry Beekman, "the great patentee" 
of Dutchess county. The only sister of Mrs. Hooker'^ mother married Commis- 
sionary-General Halke, and their only daughter was the mother of Frederick De 
Peyster, president of the New York Historical Society. One of the sisters of Mrs. 
Hooker married Nicholas William Stuyvesant; another sister married Philip Kear- 
ney. The children of John William Hamersley and Catharine Livingston Hooker 
are: 1. Mary, died in infancy. 2. James Hooker. 3. Virginia, married Cortlandt 

See page H5.J. 

See page 864. 


De Peyster Field. 4. Helen. 5. Catharine L., married John Henry Livingston, 
great-grandson of Chancellor Robert R. Livingston. 

Mr. Field gave the Field Library to Peekskill, N. Y. It contains a fine collec- 
tion of books given by Mr. Field, but the building is very homely to the eye. It 
was a private riding rink, which Mr. Field built for his own use to ride horseback 
in, and it looks just like a large hippodrome. Later he gave up horseback 
riding and turned it into a library. The building answers the purpose, bui it is not 
a thing of beauty. He will probably erect one more artistic before long. 

The "Field Home," which ]\Ir. C. de P. Field has erected for aged and respect- 
able invalids of Yorktown, Westchester county, first preference being given for 
members of the Field family, is a memoral to his mother, Mrs. Benjamin H. Field. It 
has not yet been opened as a home, but it contains a chapel within it that is used 
every Sunday for service for people in that vicinity, and Mr. C. de P. Field has 
charge of the service, as it is his own chapel, which is much appreciated by the people 
who attend service there. "Field Home" is about four miles out of Peekskill, on 
very high ground, and the scenery is beautiful for inland. 

Res. s. p., 21 East 26th St.. "Field Home." New York. N. Y. 

3350. FRANCIS KELLOGG FIELD (Stephen, John, John, Anthony, Benja- 
min, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John. William), b. Montreal. Can- 
ada, March 13, 1829; m. Auburn, Ind., Oct. 14, 1854, Frances A. Burr. b. Nov. 26, 
1834, in Rapides Parish, La. He is a civil engineer. Res. Auburn, Ind., Maiden, 
N. Y., and New Britain, Conn. 

4957. i. BURR KELLOGG, b. May 5, 1856; m. May 5, 1886; he d. Jan. 13, 


4958. ii. ELLEN MARY, b. Feb. 15, 1S62; m. Sept. 5, 1884, N. F. Hawley, 

of Minneapolis, Minn. 

4959. iii. WALTER DAN FORTH, b. Nov. 10, 1864; m. June, 1890; res. 

Newark, N. J. 

3354- OSCAR SEAMAN FIELD (Leonard H., Daniel B., John, Anthony, 
Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Feb. 28, 
1823, New York State; m. June 6, 1849, Louisa Frederika Weigand, dau. of John 
Henry, of New York City, b. Jan. 13, 1826; d. Sept. 8, 18S8. He was born proba- 
bly at Yorktown, N. Y., and resided at different times in New York City, Jackson, 
Mich., New Orlean, La., and Hot Springs, Mo. He was an accountant, and for 
fifteen years before his death resided in Hot Springs, where he was cashier and bus- 
iness manager of the Arlington Hotel. The Hot Springs paper, in the course of a 
lengthy obituary, says: "He was brave, courteous, charitable and upright. Captain 
Field leaves behind him a reputation of which his children and friends can well feel 
proud. His cheering smile and kindly words were ever ready for those in need of 
encouragement or consolation. He was truly a good and true man." 

Mrs. Field died at the Arlington Hotel of malarial fever. She was a woman of 
estimable qualities, and was beloved and admired by all who knew her. Her 
funeral was largely attended at the Presbyterian church, and the body interred in 
Hollywood Cemetery. 

He d. May 28, 1894. Res. Hot Springs, Mo. 

4960. i. LOUISA FREDERIKA, b. May 15, 1850; m. Oct. 27, 1869, Abner 

L. Bodle, of Chicago. He was b. Sept. 30, 1838; d. Feb. 11, 1898. 
She res. 6615 Monroe avenue, Chicago. Ch. : i. Elizabeth Belle, 
b. Aug. 22, 1872; m. Mark Hugh Maher. She res., s. p., with her 
mother, her husband t^ing dead. 

4961. ii. FREDERIC REQUA, b. April 10. 1S54; m. Oct. 28, 1879, Ida 


Fane Dyer. She d., s. p., Nov. 25, 1880. He never married 
again, and died at Mercy Hospital, Chicago, in 1897. 

3358. WILLIAM EMILE GASQUET FIELD (James H.. Daniel B., John, 
Anthony, Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. 
New Orleans, La., 1836; m. Louisa Aglea Requa, b. June 26, 1830; d. June 8, 1879, 
dau. of Frederick Wm., of Peekskill N. Y. Res. New York. 

4062. i. FREDERICK WILLIAM, b. Aug. 16. 1855. 

4963. ii. ELIZABETH HUGGEFORD, b. Sept. 18, 1858. 

3359. EDWARD GASQUET FIELD (James H., Daniel B., John, Anthony, 
Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. New 
Orleans, La., Sept. 15, 1837; m. Oct. 18, 1859, Adeline Bard Elmendorf, of Cauld- 
well, N. Y. Res. Cauldwell, N. Y. 

4964. i. EDWARD PHILIP ELMENDORF, b. Sept. 23, 1861. 

Moses, John, Anthony, Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, 
William), b. Oct. 21, 1848; m. Oct. 25, 1877, Louise Moore Legee, only dau. of Baltis 
Moore Legee. 

The records of the Naval Academy show that Maunsell Bradhurst Field was 
appointed a midshipman Feb. 25, 1863, from the ninth Congressional district of New 
York. At the annual examination, 1864, he passed No. 3 in a class of seventy-eight 
members, and made the practice cruise of that year in the sloop Marion. At the 
annual examination, June, 1865, he passed No. 19 in a class of seventy-nine mem- 
bers, and in 1866 he graduated No. 20 in a class of seventy-four members, and after 
graduation made the practice cruise of 1866 in the Marblehead. 

This officer was promoted to the rank of ensign from March 12, 1868; master, 
March 26, 1869; and lieutenant, March 21, 1870. Served on the Sacramento from 
September, 1866, to November, 1867; navy yard, New York, January to June, 1868. 
In July, 1868, ordered to the South Pacific squadron, where he served on the Nyack 
until March, 1871; at the navy yard. New York, Irom April to December, 1871, 
when he was granted six months' leave. In July, 1872, resignation accepted, to 
take effect December 31 of ^that year, and later extended, to take effect from April 
I, 1873. Res. New York. 

4965. i. LOUISE MAUNSELL, b. Oct. 7, 1878. 

3359. EDWARD PEARSALL FIELD (Moses A., Moses, John, Anthony, 
Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. New York, 
N. Y., June 20, 1858; m. Oct. 28, 1880, Anna Tailer Townsend; d. March 27, 1882. 
Res. New York, N. Y. 

4966. i. EDWARD PEARSALL, JR., b. May 24, 1881. 

3379. FRANKLIN FIELD (Anthony, Anthony, Anthony, Anthony, Benja- 
min, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Washington, 
111., April 8, 1840; m. Oct. 22, 1863, Sarah M. Van Camp, b. March 31, 1844; d. Jan. 
15, 1892; m., 2d, Oct. 30, 1894, Mary A. Gingerick, b. Jan. 22, 1862. He is a farmer 
and member of the Board of Supervisors of Tazwell county. 111. Res. Deer Creek, 

4967. i. MARY E., b. Sept. 12, 1864; m. Dec. 30, 1886, B. F. Ayers; res. 

Montevideo, Colo. 

4968. ii. CHARLES, b. Jan. 10, 1870; m. Jan. 4, 1893, Myrtle Small; res. 

Deer Creek, 111. 

4969. iii. MARTHA, b. Oct. 3, 1872; m. July 12, 1894, Eddie McCloud; res. 

Remington, Ind. ^..rr era 


4970. iv. WILLARD, b. Feb. 19, 1875; res. Deer Creek, 111. 

4971. V. MILDRED, b. Feb. 19, 1875; res. Montevideo, Colo. 

4972. vi. OLIE A., b. Oct. 3, 1877; res. Peoria. 111. 

4973. vii. DELIA, b. Nov. 27, 1881; res. Remington, Ind. 

3381. RALPH FIELD (Ralph, Gilbert, Anthony, Anthony, Benjamin, 
Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Smithville, Ontario, 
in 1828; m. there in 1852, Hannah Johnston, b. 1832. He is a farmer. Res. Clio, 

4975. i. LAURA ANN, b. 1853; m. 1878; no children; d. 1897, 

4976. ii. GEORGE THOMAS, b. 1855; m 1881; postoffice, Chase, Mich. 

4977. iii. ISAAC RALPH, b. Aug. 2, 1857; m. 1884, Edith C. Rice. 

4978. iv. ORZA MARTIN, b. 1859; m. 1888; postoffice, Clio, Mich. 

4979. V. MARY ANNETTIE, b. 1863; m. 1886; postoffice, Clio, Mich. 

4980. vi. MARCIA WILLETTA, b. 1865; m. 1889; postoffice, Burch Run, 


4981. vii. THERESA HANNAH, b. 1874; m. 1898; postoffice, 427 Morrel 

street, Detroit, Mich. 

3383. JACOB MIREE FIELD (Ralph, Gilbert, Anthony, Anthony, Benja- 
min. Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Grimsby, 
Ontario, Sept. 12, 1825; m. Dec. 12, 1848, Janette Laidlaw, b. March 16, 1828; d. 
March 17, 1875. He is a farmer and fruit grower. Res. Virgil, Ontario. 

4982. i. HORACE, b. Sept. 14. 1849; m. May 17. 1873, Margaret Jane 


4983. ii. ALVARETTA ANN, b. ; m. May 8, 1874, Theodore O. 


4984. iii. RALPH LAIDLAW. b. ; m. March 5, 1884, Juliette Kennedy. 

4985. iv. J. MURRAY, b. ; m. Sept. 19, 1888, Annie Adams. 

4986. V. MARY AMELIA, b. ; m, James I. Stevens. 

3384. DR. GILBERT CHRYSTER FIELD (Ralph, Gilbert, Anthony, 
Anthony, Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. 
Grimsby, Ontario, Jan. 2, 1831; m. there in 1855, Emma Lydia Cook, b. 1837; d. 
1874. Res. Grimsby, Ontario. 

4987. i. GILBERT SMITH, b. June 25, 1867; m. Edith M. Coventry. 

4988. ii. EDWIN WARD, b. 1858; m. 1881. 

4989. iii. WILLIAM CHRYSTER, b. 1859- 

4990. iv. MARY WILMETTA, b. 1863. 

4991. V. FRANK HARTMANN, b. 1869. 

4992. vi. ALFRED HEADLY, b. 1871. 

4993. vii. NELLIE EMMA COOK, b. 1874. 

3387-4. BENJAMIN THOMAS FIELD (Thomas, Benjamin, Anthony, 
Anthony, Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. 
Ferrisburgh, Vt., June 19, 1855; m. Sept. 20, 1876, Minnie S. La Duke, b. Aug. 6, 
1858. He is a farmer and merchant. Res. Vergennes, Vt. 

4993-2. i, MAUDE E., b. Sept. 5, 1877. 

4993-3. ii. THAD B., b. Aug. 5, 1880. 

4993-4. iii. ROSE M., b. Oct. 22, 1881 ; d. Nov. 17, 18S6. 

3387-8. WALKER B. FIELD (George, Benjamin, Anthony, Anthony, Benja- 
min, Anthony, William, William, John, John. William), b. Ferrisburgh, Vt., Feb. 
26, 1840; m. in Charlotte, Carrie E. Higbee, b. Aug. 14, 1839; d. May 15, 1899. He 
is a farmer. Res. Ferrisburgh, Vt. 


4993-5. i. CORA J., b. October, 1864; m. March 19, 1885, Kent; res. 

Panton, Vt. 

4993-6. ii. CHARLES C, b. Feb. 27, 1876. 

4993-7. iii. GEORGE W., b. Feb. 26, 1879. 

4993-8. iv. HELLEN M., b. Feb. 12, 1866; d. Sept. 25, 1877. 

4993-9. V. JOHN, b. July, 1870; d. Nov. 17, 1872. 

4993-10. vi. PARK, b. April 12, 1874; d. Aug. 25, 1887. 

3389. ANSON FIELD (Nathan, Isaac, Solomon, Joseph, Benjamin, Anthony, 
Robert, William, Christopher, John, Christopher, John), b. Nov. 2, 1806; m. Dec. 
26, 1838, Huldah Ambler, b. Jan. 20, 1812; d. Jan. 23, 1876. He d. April 14, 1880. 
Res. Redding, Conn. 

4994. i. SUSAN ANN, b. Oct. 2, 1839; d. Dec. 8, 1842. 

4995. ii. CHARLES AMBLER, b. Aug. 2, 1841; m. Susan Maria Wood, of 

Danbury, Conn., b. Sept. 7, 1848; he d., s. p., Dec. 10, 1874. 

4996. iii. SUSAN AMELIA, b. Oct. 15. 1843; m. June 18, 1868, Seth San- 

ford, of Ridgefield, Conn., b. Sept. 11, 1840; res. West Redding, 

4997. iv. MARY EMMA, b. Sept. 9, 1845; m. Nov. 15, 1865, James Joseph 

Ryder, of Redding, Conn., b. July 23, 1842; res. West Redding,, 

4998. V. ELMER BENJAMIN, b. July 31. 1850; m. Jan. 3, 1877. Mrs. 

Susan Maria (Wood) Field, his brother's, Charles A., widow; 
res., s. p., Bethel, Conn. 

4999. vi. EDGAR THOMAS, b. July 31, 1850; m. Mary E. Boughton. 

3397. LYMAN FIELD (Nathan, Isaac, Solomon, Joseph, Benjamin, Anthony, 
Robert, William, Christopher, John, Christopher, John), b. April 24, 1822; m. Nov. 
16, 1850, Kesiah Ann Ellis, b. Jan. 8, 1830, in South East; d. Jan. 31, 1887. He d. 
Aug. 18, 1875. Res. Patterson, N. Y. 

5000. i. ORVILLE HOWARD, b. Feb. 20, 1855; m. Laura Betsey Hugh- 

son and Mrs. Jennie Louise Rogers (Smith). 

5001. ii. ISAAC EDWARD, b. July 14, 1862; res. Patterson, N. Y. 

3398. ISAAC FIELD (Nathan, Isaac, Solomon, Joseph, Benjamin, Anthony, 
Robert, William, Christopher, John, Christopher, John), b. May 6, 1825; m. 1856, 
Henrietta Kent; m., 2d, October, 1865, Martha Knapp, b. September, 1840. Res. 
Patterson, N. Y. 

5002. i. JENNIE MAY, b. March 8, 1866; m. June 15, 1895, William 

Andrew Ferris, of Brewster, N. Y. ; res. there. 

5003. ii. JOHN WARD, b. Oct. 16, 1867; res. Brewster, N. Y. 

5004. iii. ISAAC STAUNTON, b. Nov. 6, 1873; m, Estelle Osborne. 

3399. URIAH FIELD (Solomon, Stephen, Solomon, Joseph, Benjamin, 
Anthony, Robert, William, Christopher, John, Christopher), b. July 3, 1830; m. 
Sept. 3, 1863. Mary Amelia Everitt, dau. of Samuel, of South East. Res. Brews- 
ter, N. Y. 

5005. i. SOLOMON PIERRE, b. Aug. 31, 1865; res. Brewster, N. Y. 

5006. ii. SAMUEL EVERITT, b. March 13, 1871; m. Florence Bailey. 

3402. GEORGE FIELD (Selah, Joseph, Elnathan, Joseph, Benjamin, 
Anthony, Robert, William, Christopher, John, Christopher, John, William), b. 
April 7, 1839: m. July 4, 1863, Sarah Cornelia Lyons, dau. of William Maltby and 
Hannah (Knox) Lyons. He d. in Brewster, N. Y. Res. Brewster, N. Y. 


5007. i. ANNIE MALTBY, b. June i, 1864; m. Elmer B. ; res- 

Bethel, Conn. 

5008. ii. LILLIE GERTRUDE, b. July 20, 1866; d. July 2, 1867. 

5009. iii. GEORGIE CORNELIA, b. March 17, 1868; m. Elmer B ; 

she d. 

3403. EGBERT BURCH FIELD (Selah, Joseph, Elnathan, Joseph, Benja- 
min, Anthony, Robert, William, Christopher, John, Christopher, John, William), b, 
Oct. 27, 1842; m. Oct. 12, 1863, Lavinia Chapman Meed, dau. of Ira and Jane Ann 
(Quick), of South East, N. Y. He d. Dec. 7, 1889. Res. Brewster, N. Y. 

5010. i. IVA LAVINIA, b. Dec. 12, 1865; m. Fredericka Allen; res. Hart- 

ford, Conn. 

5011. ii. GEORGE SELAH, b. July 25, 1876; res. Brew?ter, N. Y. 

5012. iii. ALIDA JANE, b. Jan. 2, 1873; res. Brewster, N. Y. 

3406, WILLIAM RANDALL FIELD (Isaac T., Joseph, Elnathan,. Joseph, 
Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, Christopher, John, Christopher, John, 
William), b. Nov. 19, 1850; m. Oct. 21, 1874, Elizabeth Raymond, b. Dec. 13, 1850. 
Res. Danbury, Conn. Postoffice address, Brewster, N. Y., and Mill Plain, Fairfield 
county. Conn. 

5013. i. RAYMOND THOMPSON, b. Oct. 14, 1886. 

3410. JAMES COLEY FIELD (Joseph E., Joseph, Elnathan, Joseph, Benja- 
mm, Anthony, Robert, William, Christopher, John, Christopher, John, William), b. 
1854; m. September, 1876, Mary Piatt, b. 1856; d, November, 1889; m., 2d, 1891, 
Minnie Cutter. Res. Stepney, Conn. 

5014. i. HARRIET, b. 1881. 

5015. ii. JULIA, b. . 

5016. iii. ADA, b. Feb. 28, 1892. 

3417. JOHN B. FIELD (Benjamin I., John B., Benjamin, Jeremiah, John,, 
Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Bound Brook, N. J., 
Nov. 28, 1828; m. Oct. 17, 1855, Mary Ellen Van Doren, b. Aug. 22, 1832. He is a 
farmer. Res. Bound Brook, N. J. 

5017. i. JOSEPH VAN DOREN, b. April 10, 1858. 

5018. ii. ASA REMYON, b. June 24, 1866. 

3418. JOEL DUNN FIELD (Benjamin 1., John B., Benjamin, Jeremiah, 
John, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Bound Brook, 
N. J., Oct. 12, 1830; m. Jan. 16, i860, Elizabeth De Graw, d. July 25, 1899. Res. 
New Brunswick, N. J. 

5019. i. CORNELIA LAWRENCE, b. July 19, 1862; d. Feb. 3, 1864. 

3424. GABRIEL FIELD (Richard H., Hendrick, Richard, Jeremiah, John, 
Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Lamington, N. J., 
May 2, 1808; m. Jan. 19, 1836, Ann Maria Luce, b. April 19, 1815; d. Dec. iS, 1878, 
He lived on the old place. Was a farmer. He d. Nov. 4, 1890. Res. Lamington,. 
N. J. ; postoffice address. North Branch, N. J. 

5020. i. ELIZABETH, b. Dec. 22, 1837; m. Thomas Martin, March 19, 

1863; address, Morristown, N. J. 

5021. ii. SARAH, b. Oct. 2, 1839; d. July 4, 1857. 

5022. iii. RICHARD, b. Jan. 19, 1843; m. May 13, 1870, Mary Ann Conover. 

3425. DR. HENRY FIELD (Richard H., Hendrick, Richard, Jeremiah. John, 
Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Feb. 25, 1805, Lam- 
ington, N. J.; m. Lebanon, N. J., Dec. 15, 1831, Ann Kline, b. Feb. 25, 1814; d. 








May I, 1899. Henry, brother to Gabriel, studied medicine: settled at Clinton, N. J. 
He was a skillful practitioner. He d. March 15, 1878. Res. Clinton, N. J. 

5023. i. S. ELIZABETH, b. Dec. 4, 1834; d. Feb. 12, 1837. 

5024. ii. AUGUSTA M., b, June 6, 1838; m. May 20, 1863, A. M. Steger; 

postoffice, 61 Pulaski street, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

5025. iii. WILLIAM H., b. Dec. 27, 1840; m. June 24, 1869, and April 21, 

1896; res. 41 Rector street, Newark, N. J. 
MARY EUDORA, b. Feb. 20, 1848; d. Feb. 7, 1849. 
MARGARET KLINE, b. Dec. 11, 1849: d. Oct. 2, 1850. 
RICHARD E., b, Oct. 28. 1851; d. May 13, 1891. 

3429. WILLIAM R. FIELD (Richard H., Hendrick, Richard, Jeremiah, John. 
Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. North Branch, N. J., 
Feb. 14, 1821; m. Clinton, N. J., February, 1856, Sarah Elizabeth Kline, b. Feb. 14, 
1832; d. Aug. 2, 1891. He was a farmer. He d. Sept. 12, 1892. Res. Newark, 


5029. i. AUGUSTUS K., b. Feb. 20, 1859; m. May 16, 1883; res. Arling- 

ton, N. J. 

5030. ii. JAMES C.,b. Feb. 19, 1861; m. Feb. 19, 1889, Minnie E. Whiting. 

5031. iii. RICHARD M.. b. Jan. 25, 1864; res. Arlington, N. J. 

5032. iv. S. FRANCES, b. Feb. 12, 1867; m. Oct. 14, 1897, Wm. Cox; res. 

Somerville, N. J. 

5033. V. WILLIAM H., b. April 16, 1871 ; res. Arlington, N. J. 

3439. JOHN W. FIELD (William, Hendrick, Richard, Jeremiah, John, 

Anthony, Robert, William. William, John, John, William), b. Lamington, N. J., 
Oct. 20, 1847; m. March 25, 1880, Ida I. Holmes. Res. Somerville, N. J. 

5034. i. HARRIET HOLMES, b. April 21, 1881. 

5035. it. ROBERT WELDON, b. April 29, 1883. 

5036. iii. ELLA, b. July 30, 1885; d. April 13, 1892. 

5037. iv. IDA ANGELINA, b. March 7, 1888. 

5038. V. FRANK EDWIN, b. May 13, 1891. 

5039. vi. JOHN WINANT, b. Dec. 28, 1894. 

3442. JEREMIAH R. FIELD (Richard I., Jeremiah, Richard, Jeremiah, John, 
Anthony, Robert, William. William, John, John, William), b. North Branch, N. J., 
Dec. 16, 1809; m. March 15, 1838, Margaret Wood Telfair, b. Dec. 26. 1817. He 
was a merchant ; was in dry goods business in New York City, but on account of ill- 
health relinquished it, and later opened a general store in Bound Brook. He d. 
Feb. 7, 1856. Res. Bound Brook, N. J. 

5040. i. JOHN TELFAIR, b. Dec. 8, 1838; m. Mary Adelaide Childs. 

5041. ii. RICHARD I., b. Nov. 25, 1841; m. Mary Ellen Carpenter. 

5042. iii. MARGARET WOOD, b. May 27, 1849; m. March 6, 1873, Isaac 

Newton Maynard, b. Utica, N. Y,, May 6, 1849. Ch. : i. Rich- 
ard Field, b. April 23, 1875. Res. Chicago, 111., and 284 Genesee 
street, Utica, N. Y. 

3444. JACOB KLINE FIELD (Richard L, Jeremiah, Richard, Jeremiah, John, 
Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Jan. 31, 1814, New 
Jersey; m. Sept. 5, 1843, Rebecca G. Stewart. He d. Aug. 26, 1890. Res. New 

5043. i. RICHARD I., b. Sept. 19, 1844; d. March 28, 1847. 

5044. ii. MARY ELIZABETH, b. July 25, 1846; m. Charles Westervelt; 

res. Bound Brook, N. J. 












5045. in. HENRY STEWART, b. Oct. 8, 1855; d. March 22, 1857. 

5046. iv. WILLIAM BOYD, b. Nov. 7. 1858; d. March i, 1859. 

3446. RICHARD R. FIELD (Richard I., Jeremiah, Richard, Jeremiah, John, 
Anthony, Robert. William, William, John, John, William), b. March 8, 1818; m. 
Feb. 27, 1845, Margaretta B. Miller, his cousin. Richard R. Field was a prominent 
resident of New Jersey, He died March 18, 1892, at Plainfield, aged seventy-five. 
He was father of Dr. Chauncey M. Field, a well known surgeon, and of Richard, 
Jacob and Albert. Peter W. Field, the New York merchant, is his brother. Mr. 
Field was at one time a prominent wholesale merchant in St. Louis, and later dealt 
largely in central New Jersey real estate. Res. Plainfield, N. J. 

ALBERT MILLER, b. Jan. 8, 1846; m. . 

RICHARD SPENCER, b. Jan. 8, 1848. 

CHAUNCEY MITCHELL, b. March 27, 1850. 

JACOB OGDEN, b. Nov. 28, 1851, Plainfield, N. J. 

MARY FLORENCE, b. June 8, 1856. 

3447- BENJAMIN McDOWELL FIELD (Richard I., Jeremiah, Richard, Jer- 
emiah, John, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. May i, 
1820, Lamington, N. J.; m. Fieldville, N. J., July 22, 1851, Ellen M. Field, a sec- 
ond cousin, b. Jan. 13, 1831. 

Benjamin M. Field, a representative of one of the oldest and best known families 
in Middlesex county, was a son of Richard Land Mary Kline Field; was born at 
North Branch, Somerset county, N. J. He was educated in the Franklin School, 
Piscataway township. While still in his teens, he went to New York city, and was 
clerk in his brother Jeremiah's dry goods store, 452 Pearl street, for six years, sub- 
sequently occupying a similar position in a dry goods store at Utica, N. Y., for six 
years. He returned to New York city and spent two years as a salesman for 
Thomas Hunt & Co. In 1849 h® went to Chicago, and entered in business as a 
dealer in tailors' trimmings, which he conducted successfully until 1864, founding 
the firm of Field, Benedict & Co. He then removed to Plainfield, N. J., and shortly 
afterward located upon his farm in Fieldville, one and a half miles from Bound 
Brook, N. J., where he erected fine modern buildings. He resided here with his 
family until his death. May 30, 1897. Mr. Field was independent in politics, casting 
his vote for the best candidate, irrespective of party. He has been district clerk 
and school director of Piscataway township for years ; was a member of the Presby- 
terian church at Bound Brook, of which he was an elder for twenty-five years, and 
in which has been placed a stained glass window to his memory. Mr. Field was 
one of the solid and influential men of the community, and for over a quarter of a 
century contributed in no inconsiderable extent to its development and general 
welfare. He was known and respected throughout the county as a man of sound 
judgment and business ability; he took a very active interest in church matters, and 
was a liberal supporter of all worthy Christian or charitable enterprises. 

Fieldville was named for the numerous Fields, who lived there, and has been 
called so as long as any one can remember, and longer, probably for two hundred 
years. The Fields owned a large tract of land along the Rantan river ; this neigh- 
borhood is called Fieldville, and Bound Brook is the nearest village. 

He d. May 30, 1897. Res. Chicago, 111., and Fieldville, Bound Brook, N. J. 

5052. i. ANN ELIZA, b. July 2, 1852; m. Nov. 22, 1882, William Fowler 

Metlar. She d. Oct. 17, 1895. Ch. : i. Edwin Field, b. ; 

res. New Brunswick, N. J. 

5053.- ii. JOHN DENNIS, b. Jan. 24 1854: d. Aug. 20, 1854. 

5054. iii. AMY KLINE, b. Sept. 20, 1858; m. Nov, 17, 1880, D. F. Vermeule, 


Jr. He was b. Aug. 6. 1855; res. Bound Brook. N. J., P. O. Box 
73. He is a merchant. Ch. : i. Leroy Field Vermeulen, b. Sept. 
29, 1883. 2. Edyth Field Vermeulen, b. May 14, 1886. 

5055. iv. ADA AMYAS. b. March 13, 1863; ra. Nov. 14. 1888. Walter Wool- 

sey; res. 500 South Broad street, Elizabeth, N. J. 

3449. JOHN KLINE FIELD (Richard I., Jeremiah, Richard. Jeremiah, John, 
Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Dec. 27, 1825; m. 
May 6, 1850, Lucinda Whitehill. He d. Nov. 23. 1888. Res. New Jersey. 

5056. i. LAURA WHITEHILL, b. July 7, 1855; m. May 6. 1875, Charles 


3450. ISAAC NEWTON FIELD (Richard I.. Jeremiah, Richard. John, 
Anthony, Robert, William, William. John, John. William), b. May 4, 1828. Field- 
ville, N. J.; m. June 15, 1870, Mary Dutcher, b. Feb. 28, 1848. Is in the insurance 
busmess. Res., s. p.. Bound Brook and Plainfield, N. J. 

3451. PETER WARTMAN FIELD (Richard I., Jeremiah, Richard, Jeremiah. 
John, Anthony, Robert, William, William. John, John. William), b. Nov. 17, 1830; 
m. June 3, 1863, Helen Shipman. Res. Plainfield, N. J., West 7th avenue. 

5057. i. HELEN SHIPxMAN, b. Feb. 6, 1868; d. 

5058. ii. EDWARD, b. . 

3452. WILLIAM BOYD FIELD (Ricnard I., Jeremiah, Richard, Jeremiah, 
John, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Sept. 16, 1834, 
Bound Brook, N. J.; m. Bloomington, 111., June 17, 1S74, Harriet Elizabeth Boyd, 
b. Jan. 23, 1843. He is a capitalist. Res. St. Louis. Mo., 5105 McPherson avenue. 

5059. i. MARY HELEN, b. May 8, 1875. 

5060. ii. PARKE BOYD, b. July 25, 1876; d. Feb. 17, 1888. 

3454. JEREMIAH H. FIELD (Michael J., Jeremiah. Richard, Jeremiah, 
John, Anthony, Robert, William, William. John. John, William), b. Somerset 
county, N. J., Jan. 2. iSis; m. at Fairmount, March 9, 1843, Mary A. Welsh, b. 
Nov. 5, 1819. Occupation, farmer. Served two terms as justice of the peace for 
ten years. Religion, Presbyterian. Politics. "Republican, until a few years ago. 
the party left me." He has lived to see the fifth generation. His wife beats him. 
She recollects of seeing her grandfather on her mother's side, Amos Leak. Res. 
Fairmount, N. J. 

£o6i. i. JOHN v., b. Jan. 23, 1846; m. Rebecca Lane. 

MICHAEL, b. July 13, 1S47; m. Martha Beekman Hagaman. 
FRANCIS K., b. Nov. 20, 1850; m. Nov. 19, 1874. Abram B. Hag- 
aman; she d. s. p. 
RICHARD D., b. July 7, 1852; m. Elizabeth A. Cox. 
MARY E., b. Dec. 15, 1353; m- May 7, 1887. Samuel Valentine. 
Ch. : I. Grace, d., aged two years. 2. Clarence, b. 1888. 3. Rich- 
ard, b. 1892. 
GEORGE T., b. July 4, 1856; m. Eliza J. Mapes. 
MORRIS W., b. Dec. 25. 1S58; m. Alice Vliet. 
MARGARET A., b. Jan. 14. 1849; d. unm., July 30, 1869. 

3464. MICHAEL M. FIELD (Michael J., Jeremiah, Richard, Jeremiah, John, 
Anthony. Robert, William. William, John, John, William), b. Whitehouse, N. J.. 
Dec. 3, 1834: m. Oct. 30, 1867, Mary Adelaide Veech, b. Sept. 23, 1844. in Clay 
Village, Ky. He is a contractor and builder. M. M. Field was born at Whitehouse, 
N. J., where he worked on his father's farm and attended the public schools until 
















1854; at the age of twenty when he left for the then far west — Illinois — reaching 
Chicago in the days of its mud holes, poor buildings, etc., and having no street cars. 
He went on to Henry, 111., the terminus of the railroad at that time, but where prep- 
arations were being pushed for a further extension. From Henry he went to Peoria 
by stage coach, the passengers having to help push the stage up hills and to pull it 
out of the mud frequently. Peoria at that time being a mere hamlet, having no 
railroad. Later he reached Fairview, 111., a New Jersey settlement, and there 
learned the carpenter trade. After two years at Fairview he went to Henderson 
county in 1857, it then being almost a wilderness with few roads and huts of any 
kind, and with wild game in abundance, including deer, turkey, etc. He settled 
there and grew up with the country, marrying Mary Veech. During his years of 
residence in Henderson county as a contractor he erected many of the comfortable 
and substantial dwelling houses that now adorn western Illinois. Having invested 
the results of his early labors, in 1897 he moved to Monmouth to enjoy a life of re- 
tirement. Res. Monmouth, 111. 

5069. i. FANNIE T., b. 1869; unm. ; res. Monmouth. 

5070. ii. RALPH V.,b. in 1871; m. Feb. 19, i8g6, Mildred Nora Zenor; res. 

Oneida, 111. Ralph V. Field was bom at Raritan, 111., where he 
received the benefit of the public schools ; then spent three years 
in common schools of Henderson county, and later in Indiana 
college and Knox College in Galesburg. In 1894 he was chosen 
as principal of the Williamsfield, 111., High School, where he re- 
mained three years, when he removed to Oneida, 111., taking 
charge of the Oneida High School as principal, where he is at 
present employed. He was married to Mildred Nora Zenor, of 

5071. iii. D M., b. in 1873; res. unm., Nashville, Tenn. D. M. Field was 

bom at Raritan, 111., and received a common school education, 
and then taught school for three years, and later attended Knox 
College, going to Nashville, Tenn., where he attended Vacder- 
bilt University as a dental student during the school year 1898-99. 
At present he is a member of the junior class of the Chicago Col- 
lege of Dental Surgery. 

5072. iv. ERLE P., b. Oct. 10, 1875; unm.; res. Monmouth. He was born 

at Raritan, 111., where he received a common school education, 
and taught in the public schools of Henderson county for three 
years, attending Knox College at Galesburg, during the year 
1896-97, at the close of which he took a place in the office of Kirk- 
patrick & Alexander, attorneys of Monmouth, 111., as a clerk and 

3467. GEORGE LUTHER FIELD (Michael J., Jeremiah, Richard, Jeremiah, 
John, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, John, William), b. Whitehouse, 
N. J., Nov. 23, 1845; m. Greenfield, N. Y., Nov. 19, 1S67, Henrietta Lewis, b. Dec. 
26, 1840. He is chief clerk in the freight department of the Delaware, Lackawanna 
and Western Railroad. Res. Scran ton. Pa,, 636 Adams street. 

5073. i. LEWIS TEN EICK, b. Sept. 8, 186S; d. Oct. 7, 1870. 

5074. ii. FANNIE ADELLE, b. Nov. 3, 1869; res. at home. 

5075. iii. GEORGE LE GRAND, b. April 22, 1873; m. June 19, 1895; res. 

603 Washington avenue, Scranton, Pa. 

5076. iv. CLARENCE DE WITT, b. March 5, 1875; res. 64 West 23d 

street, New York city. 












5077. V. HENRIETTA MADALINE, b. Oct. 12. 1876; res. at home. 

5078. vi. JENNIE GRACE, b. Oct. 12, 1876; d. Feb. 15, 1877. 

3468. WILLIAM FIELD (John, Isaac, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, Henry, 
John, John, John, Richard, William, William, Thomas), b. England, June 16, 1817; 
m. Feb. 4, 1842, C. Wright. He d. Aug. 6, 1851. Res, England. 

WILLIAM, b. April 28, 1843. 

ELLEN, b. Jan. 11, 1846. 

ERNEST, b. Dec. 11, 1850. » 

ADA CARTER, b. May 22, 1857. 

ARTHUR DOUGLAS, b. Sept. 10, 1859. 

3469. OLIVER AUGUSTUS FIELD (John, Oliver. John, John, Thomas, 
Henry, John, John, John, Richard, William, William, Thomas), b. England, Nov. 
19, 1826; m. Dec. 23, 1852, M. A. Eagleson. Res. England. 

5084. i. CLAUDIUS FREDERICK, b. Feb. 15, 1858; d. Nov. 14, 1858. 

5085. ii. RICHARD AUGUSTUS, b. Aug. 16, i860. 

John, John, Thomas, Henry, John, John, John, Richard, William, William, 
Thomas), b. June 21, 1850; m. Sept. 30, 1885. Annie Woodhaus. Res. Liverpool, 

5086. i. FRANCES MAUDE NEVILLE, b. Aug. 19, 1889. 

5087. ii. HENRY TREVOR CROMWELL, b. March 4, 1891. 

5088. iii. CHRISTOPHER NORMAN CROMWELL, b. Nov. 30, 1892. 

347734'. MAJOR CYRIL FIELD (Samuel P., John, John. John, Thomas, 
Henry, John, John, John, Richard, William, William, Thomas), b. Langston, 
Havant, Hants, England, Dec. 20, 1S59; m. St. George's church, Stonehouse, Ply- 
mouth, Dec. 3, 1889, Violet Westgarth, dau. of William, of Sydney, N. S. W., b. 
April II, 1868. Joined R. M. L. I., Portsmouth, as lieutenant, Sept. i, 1879; served 
in Egyptian war, 1882, battles of Mehalah Junction (Alexandria), Tel-el-Mahuta. 
Magper, Kassassim (first and second battles), and Tel-el-Kiber. Served H. M. S. 
PembroKe, April 7, 1883 to Nov. 4, 1894; H.M.S. Nelson (an Australian station), Jan. 
15, 1S85 to Jan. 22, 1889; promoted captain, Nov. 24, 1888; H. M. S. Aurora, July 
18 to Sept. 14, 1889; H. M. S. Triumph (Queenstown), April 13, 1892, to Aug. 28. 
1893; H. M. S. Waupite. Aug. 29, 1893, to April 26, 1894; recruiting officer, Glas- 
gow, April 27, 1894, to Nov. 3. 1895; adjutant, 5th (Glasgow Highlanders) Battal- 
ion Highland Light Infantry, Nov. 4, 1895, to date; promoted major, Sept. 24, 1896' 
Res. Plymouth, England, care Royal Marine Barracks. 

5088^4'. i. DOROTHEA FLORENCE, b. Oct. 25. 1S90. 

50883^. ii. ESME BEATRICE, b. Oct. 4. 1892. 

5088K. iii. STAUNTON ALASTAIR, b. March 20, 1S97. 

3479. ALLAN FIELD (Edwin W., William, John. John, Thomas, Henry, 
John, John, John, Richard, William, William, Thomas), b. England, Dec. C, 1835; 
m. there Miss Phillips. Res. England. 

5089. L BEATRICE MARY, b, Nov. 25, 1864; m. Aug. 21, 1886, A. 


5090. ii. ETHEL MAUI), b. Jan. 3, 1866; m. March 16, 1889, J. E. 

MABEL ANNIE, b. March 4. 1867; m. A. Purdey. 
SIBELLA MARGARET, b. June 9, 1S70. 
KATHLEEN NORA, b. Feb. 26, 1876. 







See page 864. 

See page 865. 


See page 866. 

See page 868. 


See page 866. 


3480. WALTER FIELD (Edwin W.. William, John, John, Thomas, Henry, 
John, John, John, Richard, William, William, Thomas), b. England in 1837; m. 
Mary Jane Cookson. Res. England. 

5094. i. SYLVIA, b. March 13, 1864; m. April 18, iSqs. E. A. St. Hill. 

5095. ii. ARTHUR STRICKLAND, b. Aug. 30. 1870. 

5096. iii. EDWIN, b. Dec. 16, 1871; m. Dec. 30, 1897. Ball. 

5097. iv. OLIVER, b. Feb. 8. 1873- 

5098. V. LETITIA, b. Feb. 17. 1874. 

5099. vi. THOMAS, b. July 5, 1876. 

5100. vii. RUSSELL, b. March i, 1878. 

3485. JOHN HAMPDEN FIELD (John H., William, John, 'John, Thomas, 
Heniy, John, John, John, Richard, William, William, Thomas), b. Kingston, Onta- 
rio, Canada, Sept. 13. 1849; m. Jan. 13, 1873. Mary A. Parks, b. 1834; d. May 21, 
1878; m., 2d. Jan. 2, 1879, Rebecca Breadon, b. Jan. 16, 1851. He is a chemist with 
Smith & Co., 311 Wabash avenue, Chicago. Res. Chicago, 111., 157 West 64th street. 

5101. i. LILLIAN CROMWELL, b. Nov. 19, 1889. 

5102. ii. NORMAN RANDOLPH, b. Jan. 4, 1881. Is employed in Mar- 

shall Field & Co.'s wholesale store, Chicago. 

3497. OLIVER FIELD (Ferdinand E.. William, John, John, Thomas, Henry, 
John, John, John, Richard, William, William, Thomas), b. England in 1865; m. 
there June 21, 1888, Minnie Carnie. Res. England. 

5103. i. FERDINAND CROMWELL, b. Nov. 9, 1891. 

3500. EDWARD FIELD (Algernon S., William, John, John, Thomas, Henry, 
John, John, John, Richard, William, William, Thomas), b. Leamington, England, 
May 21, 1850; m. in Edinburgh, Nov. 4, 1880, Beatrice Maude Ogilvie Riach, b. 
July 23, 1859. He is deputy clerk ot the Warwickshire County Council. Edward 
Field, son of Algernon Sydney Field, ot Blackdown Hill, near Leamington. War- 
wickshire, was born on May 21, 1850. He was educated at Rugby School, 1864-68, 
and Wadham College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. in 1872. He was articled 
to his father as a solicitor in Leamington; was admitted in 1876, and at once taken 
into partnership by his father. In 1878 he was appointed deputy to his father as 
clerk of the peace for the county, to be followed in 1889 as deputy clerk of the 
County Council on the creation of the new county authority, and now practically 
discharges the duties of those offices. 

When traveling to Leamington for the family gathering at Blackdown Hill for 
the Christmas of 1874, Mr. Edward Field was somewhat seriously injured and 
shaken in the terrible Shipton railway accident on the Great Western railway a 
few miles north of Oxford. Over 40 people were killed, over 100 were injured; 
and as the whole of the remaining persons who were in the crowded com- 
partment in which Mr. Field was were killed on the spot, his own escape from 
death must have been close. Some months elapsed before Mr. Edward 
Field recovered sufficiently to resume work, most of which were spent in travel, 
through France, Italy and Switzerland, followed by a tour round the world. In 
1880 Mr. Field married Miss Maude Ogilvie Riach, of Edinburgh, a descendant of 
an old Scottish Highland family, when they settled down at Strathfield, Leaming- 
ton, where they still reside. 

Mr. Field has always been fond of active pursuits; he had his football "cap" 
at Rugby, rowed for his college boat at Oxford, and in his younger days was well 
to the front in many a good spin with the North Warwickshire hounds. Though 
the calls of business now only allow him an occasional day's sport, he is still some- 














times to be seen following the hounds in the holidays generally accompanied by one 
of his sons. 

Res. Strathfield, Leamington, England. 

SYDNEY RIACH. b. March 30. 1882. 

EDWARD HUBERT, b. Oct. 28. 1884. 

ARCHIBALD WILLIAM, b. Jan. 14, 1886. 

BEATRICE ELEANOR, b. April 12, 1887. 

HESTER MAUDE, b. May 26, iSBg. 

WALTER OGILVIE. b. March 24. 1893. 

3502. HENRY FIELD (Algernon S., William. John. John, Thomas, Henry. 
John, John, John. Richard, William, William. Thomas), b. Leamington, England, 
Dec. I, 1853; m. Dec. 28, 1882. Margaret Alexina Wentworth Bickmore. 

Henry Field, son of Algernon Sydney Field, of Blackdown Hill, near Leam- 
ington, Warwickshire, was born on Dec. i, 1853. He was educated at Rugby 
School, 1867-71, and Wadham College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A., in 1874. 
He was articled to his father as a solicitor in Leamington; was admitted in 1877. 
and at once taken into partnership by his father. He now discharges the duties of 
clerk to the justices of the Kenilworth division of Warwickshire. In 1882 Mr. Field 
married Miss Margaret Alexina Wentworth Bickmore, and a few years later they 
moved to their newly built country home. "The Quarry," near Leamington, with 
charming views overlooking the Warwickshire Avon. Mr. Field is a thorough 
sportsman; he had his football "cap" and was a member of the School XV. at 
Rugby, and played in the first match between Oxford and Cambridge at Rugby 
football ; rowed for his college boat at Oxford, was a smart cricketer, and is a first- 
rate shot. 

Res. Leamington, England. 

5110. i. HENRY ST. JOHN, b. Nov. 22, 1833. 

5111. ii. MARK GWENDWR, b. Dec. 2, 1S84. 

5 112. iii. SYBIL MARGARET, b. June, 1887. 

51 13. iv, ROGER MARTIN, b. Nov. 27. 1890. 

5114. V. HUGH CROMW^ELL, b. Jan. 3, 1895. 

3505. HENRY CROMWELL FIELD (Alfred, William, John. John. Thomas, 
Henry, John, John, John, Richard, William, William, Thomas), b. Jan. 17. 1853. 
New York, N. Y. ; m. in Birmingham. England, June 12, 1883, Kate Collings, b. 
Feb. 21, i860. 

Henry Cromwell Field was born in New York in 1853. and went over to Eng- 
land with his father when he was quite young. Educated at Rugby School, and 
afterwards for a short time at Jena University, in Germany, where he saw the 
Saxon battalion come back from the siege of Paris in 1871. In 1872 he entered his 
father's firm of Alfred Field «S: Co., of Birmingham, England, and New York, in 
which he is now the chief partner, and on business affairs has frequently visited the 
United States. He married Miss Collings, the daughter of the Rt. Hon. Jesse 
Collings, well known in England as the author of the Allotments and Small Hold- 
ings Acts; he was a member of Mr. Gladstone's government, and is now a member 
of the Unionist government, being under-secretary of State for the Home Depart- 
ment, and one of Her Majesty's privy councillors. Mr. Field is president of the 
Birmingham Kyrle Society and vice-chairman of the Chamber of Commerce; also 
justice of the peace for the city of Birmingham. 

Res. Courtlands, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. 

5115. i. JESSE CHARLOTTE, b. July 7, 1885. 

5116. ii. GUY CROMWELL, b. Jan. 15, 1887. 


5117. iii. RICHARD ERRINGTON. b. Sept. 5, 1889. 

5118. iv. HENRY LIONEL, b. May 2, 1894. 

3517. JAMES SEAWARD FIELD (James. John. Benjamin. Isaac, Thomas, 
Henry, John, John. John, Richard, William, William), b. England, April 8, 1813; 
m. Sept. 6, 1848, Kate Ford. Res. England. 

5119. i, KATE CONSTANCE, b. Dec. 8, 1849. 

5120. ii. JAMES JOSHUA, b. Aug. 24, 1851. 

5121. iii. EDWARD ALLEN, b. Nov. 14. 1854. 

3518. JOSHUA FIELD (Joshua. John, Benjamin, Isaac, Thomas, Henry, 
John, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. England, Dec. 29, 1828; m. Aug. 
14, 1855. E, I. Evans. Res. England. 

5122. i. JOSHUA LESLIE, b. March ir, 1857. 

5123. ii. GEORGE HERBERT, b. Oct. 26. 1858. 

3540. FREDERICK HOLMES FIELD (Edmund M., Edward, Samuel, 
Samuel, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. 
North Guilford, Conn., June 20, 1859: m. Jan. 8, 1881, Mary Harriet Dibble, b. Sept. 
6, 1858. He is a railroad engineer. Res. 26 Burritt Av.. South Norwalk, Conn. 

5124. i. FREDERICK RAYMOND, b. Feb. 25, 1882. 

5125. ii. INFANT SON (not named), b. March 11, 1884; d. March 18, 1884. 

5126. iii. IDA VIOLA, b. Aug. 28, 1885. 

5127. iv. HOWARD LEROY, b. Oct. 6. 1889. 

5128. v. FRANK BENTON, b. Jan. 17, 1892. 

5129. vi. BESSIE BROCKWAY, b. Dec. 17, 1895. P. O. address of all, 26 

Burritt Av., South Norwalk, Conn, 

3543. NEWTON FREDERICK FIELD (Frederick. James. Samuel, Samuel, 
Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William. William), b. Nov. 
9, 1843, Madison, Conn. ; m. Adelaide Huntley, Res. Madison, Conn. 

5i29>i. i, ADELBERT, b. Sept. 30, 1869. 

5r29X. ii. ROBERT E., b. July 5, 1871. 

5i29>^. iii. EVELYN L., b. Aug. 16, 1873. 

5129'^. iv. LUCY E., b. in 1S79. 

3548. SAMUEL JAMES FIELD (Samuel, James, Samuel, Samuel, Ebenezer, 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Samuel and 
Susan M. (Norton), b. in Madison, Conn., July 21, 1834. He m. Nov. 4, 1858, Julia 
A., dau. of Edward Bates, of Lyme, Conn., b. Feb. 10, 1842. Res. Soldiers Home, 
Norton, Pa. 

5130. i, JESSIE ETHEL, b. Sept, 8. 1859. 

5131. ii. KITTIE LOUISA.b. Aug. 30. 1862; m. Leonard P. Chamberlain. 

3554. JONATHAN NELSON FIELD (Samuel. James, Samuel. Samuel. 
Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John. Richard, Wilham, William), son of 
Samuel and Susan M. (Norton), b. in Madison, Conn., Nov. 23, 1847. He m. Nov. 
30, iS63, Emma Maria Hustis, b. April 27. 1843; d. Dec. 17, 1882; m.. 2d. March 
19, 1884, Carrie E. Hutchinson, b. Dec. 5, 1862. Res. Guilford, Conn., P. O. Box 

5132. i. CLARENCE OSMER, b. July 10. 1870; m. June 17, 1895. Res. 

Stamford, Conn. 

5133. ii. CHARLES NELSON, b. Dec. 9, 1874; m. Feb. 22. 1899. Res. 42 

Summer St., Waterbury. Conn. 

5134. iii. LIZZIE K,, b. May 14, i385. Res. Guilford. 


3574. CHARLES S. FIELD (David D.. John, Daniel, Samuel, Ebenezer, 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. New Haven, 
X. Y., Feb. 21, 1S2S; m. there Sept. 17, 1848, Hester Ann Goodrich, b July 19, 
1S32. Charles S. Field was born in New Haven, N. Y. ; educated in the common 
school. When a young man learned the cooper trade. Married in 1850 Hester Ann 
Goodrich; engaged in the manufacture of flour barrels for the large flouring mills 
then located at Oswego, N. Y. ; joined the M. E. church in New Haven, N. Y., in 
1S49, and was an active member of that organization for fifteen years; trustee, class 
leader and Sunday school superintendent. He sold homestead farm and cooper 
business in 1866, and moved to Michigan, and settled in Brighton, Livingston coun- 
ty ; engaged with son in general merchandise business. He continued in business 
ten years and retired. Afterwards moved to Howell, Mich., and then to Pittsford, 
Mich., where he died. He d. Dec. 10, 1897. Res. New Haven, [New York, and 
Pittsford, Mich. 

5135. i. MYRON CHARLES, b. Oct. i, 1849; m. Mary E. Cobb. 

5136. ii. MARTHA ALMYRA, b. Dec. 24, 1852; d. Dec. 9, 1854. 

5137. iii. MORRIS B.. b. March 4, 1855; m. Lillian F. Albright. 

3575. OSCAR HENRY FIELD (David D., John, Daniel, Samuel, Ebenezer, 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William. William), b. April 17, 1831, in 
New Haven, N. Y. ; m. Mary Smith, b. Feb. 7, 1836; d. in Kalamazoo, Mich., 
Feb. 8, 1881. He was born in New Haven, N. Y., where he always resided; was 
quite an extensive farmer, and conducted a mill and cooper shop. When the Civil 
war broke out he enlisted in one of the home companies and was killed in the sec- 
ond battle at Bull Run. He d. in 1863. Res. New Haven, N. Y. 

5138. i. ALLEN B., b. Oct. 21, 1858; unm. Res. Chicago, 111. He was 

born in New Haven, N. Y., and resided there some time after the 
death of his father, and until the widow and children removed 
to Kalamazoo, Mich. There he was clerk in a general store 
until twelve years ago, when he became connected with The 
Camden & Philadelphia Soap Company. For several years he 
was one of their traveling salesmen, and when they opened their 
western branch Mr. Field was appointed their manager. The 
Starchroom, a laundrymen's paper, has this to say of Mr. Field: 
"Mr. Field is a gentleman, and all who come in contact with him 
feel the full influence of his magnetism. He has had long 
experience in the laundry supply business, and is a careful, pains- 
taking manager. The western end of the business, on the road, is 
looked after by another Field, Mr. R. B. The two 'Fields' get the 
trade confused sometimes, but those who know them personally 
at once recognize that there is a 'diiTerence.' Both are 'full-sized' 
men, and can be considered equal to an acre each. The Chicago 
branch of this company has lately moved into new and more 
commodious quarters, at Nos. 20 and 30 South Clinton street. 
The building is new, and the store they occupy is furnished with 
a large stock of laundry supplies." 

5139. ii. ALTA FLORENCE, b. March 6, i860; unm. Res. 152 South 

Oakley St.. Chicago, 111. 

5140. iii. ALICE GARY, b. Oct. 14, 1856; m. April 26, 1871, Olin Reese. 

He d. March, 1893. She resides at 345 2d St., Jackson, Mich. 
They had three children, Mary Field, Pearl Rosa and Arthur 

5141. iv. ALBERT D., b. July 18, 1854; na. Ella J. Davis. 


3589. JOHN PHILANDER FIELD (Philander M.. John, Joareb. Samuel. 
Ebenezer. Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Ma- 
dison, Conn., May 27, 1849; ™- October, 1876, in Bristol, Me., Annie Louisa Miller, 
b. 1859; d. ; m., 2d, Oct. 26, iSSi, Hattie Amelia Cook, b. Aug. 21, 1S69. He is a 
farmer. Res. Guilford, Conn. 

5142. i. FANNY LOUISE, b. Nov. 27, 1877; m. Dec. 8. 1896. P.O. 

address, Mrs. Fanny L. Ashman, Stony Creek, Conn. 

5143. ii. EMMA ALIDA, b. Oct, 16, 1883. P. O address Guilford. Conn. 

3592. HENRY DEMERITUS FIELD (Joseph D., Joareb. Joareb, Samuel. 
Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, Zechariah), b. Bethel. Mich., May 24. 1842; m 
Sept. 28. 1863, Mary Ann Shaw, of Burr Oak, Mich., b. Jan. 17, 1838, dau. of Wil- 
liam F. and Betsey Shaw. For years he was assistant cashier of the Illinois 
National Bank. He enlisted April 19. 1861, in ist Regiment Michigan Infantry 
serving in Army of Potomac; commissioned Aug. 13, 1S62, second lieutenant 4th 
Regiment Michigan Cavalry, Army of the Cumberland, under General Rosecrans 
until discharged, Feb. 27, 1863. The 4th Regiment Michigan Cavalry will ever be 
remembered as the captors of the arch traitor Jeff Davis, president of the so-called 
Confederate States. May 10, 1865. He removed to La Crosse, Wis., February, 1864; 
to Menomonie, Wis., May. 1867, and to Chicago. 111.. January, 1869. Res. Chicago, 
111.. Crown Point, Ind., and Los. Angeles, Cal.. s. p. 

3592X. DARWIN WILLSON FIELD (Joseph D., Joareb. Joareb, Samuel. 
Ebenezer. Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John. Richard, William, William), b. March 
27, 1846; m. in Chicago. Jan. 30, 1873, Medora Jane Barton, b. Aug. 30. 1848. dau. 
of John and Vesta Barton. Removed to La Crosse. Wis., in 1865; to Chicago in 
1866; to Huntsville, Ala.. 1870 and to Chicago same year. 

5143;^. i. FRANK FAY, b. April 24, 1884; d. young. 

3593. BENJAMIN DOWD FIELD (Lawrence A., Jedediah, Luke, Samuel, 
Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William. William), b. Mad- 
ison, Conn., Jan. 27, 1847 ;m. Nov. 25, 1867, Mary Almina Finn, of Waterloo, N. Y., 
b. Dec. 31, 1851. She d. and he m., 2d, Nov. 25, 1887, Lilla E. Page. He is a con- 
tractor. Res. 143 Park St., Hartford, Conn. 

5144. i. HARRY LAWRENCE, b. March 16, 1869; d. 

3595. FREDERICK W. FIELD (Thomas S., Jedediah, Luke, Samuel, Eben- 
ezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Thomas 
S. and Juliet (Wilcox), b. in Madison, Conn., Feb. 5, 1847; m. Dec. 29, 1873, 
Imogene, dau. of Charles M. Miner, of Madison, Conn. 

3608. JASON L. FIELD (Anson, Benjamin. David, David, Ebenezer, Zech- 
ariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Anson and Achsah 
(Benton), b. in Madison, Conn.. Feb. 8, 1815; d. July 12, 1857. He m. April 15, 
1838, Myrtie Ann, dau. of Ebenezer Lee, b. May 6, 1815. Res. New Haven, Conn. 

WILMOT STONE, b. Nov. 4, 1839; d. July 18, 1S59. 

ANSON BENJAMIN, b. June 25, 1841. 

MARY JANE. b. Dec. 23, 1842. 


ANN ELIZA, b. . 

GUSTAVUS GOODRICH FIELD (Anson, Benjamin. David, David, 
Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of 
Anson and Achsah (Benton), b. in Madison, Conn., Nov. 3, 1818. He m. Zuni 
Sparry, of Canaan, Conn. 

5150. i. FOUR CHILDREN. 














3624. ANSON HOWE FIELD (Henry, David, David, David, Ebenezer, 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John. John, Richard, William, William), son of Henry and 
Rachel (Howe), b. in Jericho, Vt., Mar. 14, 1824. He removed to Pike county, 
111., where he died . He m. 184^ Martha Baker. 

5151. i. A DAUGHTER, b. ; ra. . 

3625. HON. DAVID LEE FIELD (Henry, David, David, David, Ebenezer, 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Henry and 
Laura (Lee), b. in Jericho, Vt., Dec. 24, 1831. He removed to Milton, Vt., where 
he now resides, an extensive and model farmer. He represented the town of Milton 
in the Legislature in 1872. He m. Jan. 19, 1854, Anna B. Johnson, b. Feb. 28, 1836. 
No issue. 

3626. JOHN HENRY FIELD (Henry, David, David, David, Ebenezer, Zech- 
ariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Henry and Laura 
(Lee), b. in Jericho, Vt., March 18, 1833. He removed to Chicago, 111., where he 
now resides. He m. Feb. 10, 1863, Edna S., dau. of Dr. Lewis and Huldah M. 
(Wilder) James, of Swanton, Vt., b. Sept. 19, 1835. No issue. 

3638. HENRY MARTYN FIELD (Anson, David, David, David, Ebenezer, 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Jericho, Vt, Nov. 
26, 1833; m. Oct. 20, 1855, Lucy Davis; d. Sept. 21, 1S74; m., 2d, Oct. 20, 1875, 
Mrs. Elizabeth C. (Blodgett) Shaw. He was born in Jericho, Vt. ; was manufactur- 
ing pumps and water pipe in that town for a number of years. The goods are well 
known in many parts of New England and New York State ; was postmaster for 
some time. Has been in Boston about nine years. He is now Division Claim 
Agent for the Boston Elevated Railway Company. Res 319 Warren St., Boston, 

5152. i. EMMA LEONA, b. September, 1862; m. June 1885, Homer E. 

Holmes. Res. Burr Oak, Jewell county. Kans. He was b. 
Dec. 18, 1862. Ch. : i. Mamie L. Holmes, b. June 3, 1887. 2. 
Myrtle L. Holmes, b. Nov. 27, 1893. He is the inventor of the 
Holmes Duplex Writer, patented May 3, 1898. The only means 
in existence whereby two or more pen and ink duplicate or mani- 
fold letter can be made at the one operation of writing. Does 
away with the copying press. 

5153. ii. JEDEDIAH BAKER, b. Feb. 23, 1877; d. June 5, 1889. 

5154. iii. WILLIS B., b. ; d. aged ten days. 

3641. ANSON FIELD (Anson, David, David, David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Jericho, Vt., Oct. 21, 1840; 
m. June 24, 1868, Ella Louise Woodford, b. 1842; d. May 4, 1871. He is a manu- 
facturer of wooden pumps. Res. Jericho, Vt. 

5155. i. CLINTON WOODFORD, b. April 30, 1870; d. July 28, 1871. 

5156. ii. LORA ELLEN, b. April 28, 1871; d. Dec. 20 1874. 

3651. ALANSON FIELD (Elisha, Ichabod, David, David, Ebenezer, Zechar- 
iah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Elisha and Sarah 
(Butler), b. in Madison, Conn., July 4, 18 19. He went with his father, in 1822, to 
Lansing, Tompkins county, N. Y., where he resided and d. Feb. 11, 1892. Hem. 
March 24, 1842, Maria Terpening, b. April 8, 1818. 

5157. i. ELISHA, b. April i, 1843; m- Martha A. Woodbury. 

5158. ii. PETER ECKERT, b. Dec. 15, 1844; m. Louise Gibbs and Lizzie 

5:59. iii. MARY J., b. April 10, 1847; m. Dec. 31, 1868, LeRoy Jencks. He 


was b. June 12, 1837; d. May 27, i8g6; was a merchant. Res. 
Groton, N. Y. Ch. : i. Minnie Louise Jencks. b. March 6, 1870;. 
m. June 18, 1890. Address Mrs. Minnie J. Losey, Groton, 
N. Y. 

5160. iv. HENRY MERVIN, b. Aug. 10, 1849; m. June 19, 1879. Res. 

Asbury, N. Y. 

5161. V. LINA L,, b. March 11, 1852; m. Oct. 9, 1877, Edward M. Averjv 

Res. Groton, N. Y. 

5162. vi. FLORENCE M., b. Feb. 14, 1856; d. Jan. 26, 1858. 

5163. vii. ELLA JOSEPHINE, b. Feb. 4, 1861 ; m. June 21. 1882. Charles 

Aaron Hart. Res. McLean, N. Y. He was b. March 19, 1859. 
Is a farmer. Ch. ; i. Grace Mildred, b. Dec. 15, 1883. 2. Anna. 
Marie, b. Oct. 19, 1886. 3. John B., b. Sept. 18, 1888. 

3652. SELDEN LYMAN FIELD (Elisha, Ichabod, David, David. Ebenezer, 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Elisha and 
Sarah (Butler), b. in Madison, Conn., Sept. 11, 1821. He came with his father, in. 
1822, to South Lansing, Tompkins county, N. Y., where he d. Jan. 10, 1862. He 
m. May 25, 1850, Eliza, dau. of Personius, b. Jan. 10, 1828. He was a farmer. 

5164. i. DELIA M., b. March 4, 1856; m. May 12, 1886, Daniel Stroud 

Bush. Res. Ithaca, N. Y. He was b. Jan. i, 1849. Ch. : i. 
Nina Eliza Bush, b. Feb. 18, 1887. 2. Harry Selden Bush, b. 
Nov. 6, 1888. 3. Bessie Susan Bush, b. Aug. 14, 1891. 

3654. SAMUEL BUTLER FIELD (Elisha, Ichabod, David, David, Eben- 
ezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Elisha 
and Sarah (Butler), b. in South Lansing, N. Y., Jan. 20, 1827; m. Oct, 3, 1848, Cath- 
erine Knettles Tichenor, b. Nov. 15, 1828; d. Dec. 25, i8gi. He was a farmer, and 
d. South Lansing, N. Y., Feb. 2, 1893. 

5165. i, EVALYN J., b. March i, 1855; unm. She is a teacher. Res. 

South Lansing, N. Y. 

WILLIAM A., b. March 8, 1857: m. . 

GEORGE E., b. June 11, 1859; m. Ella Webb, 

MARION K.. b. May 24, 1863; m. 1898. W. H. Wilcox. Res. iigS- 

59th St., Chicago, 111. 
CHARLES T., b. Aug. 2, 1866; d. April 27, 1870, 
FRANKLIN W., b. Feb. 8, 1868; d. July 26, 1898. 

JULIUS S. FIELD (Augustus, Ichabod, David, David, Ebenezer, 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Augustus, b. 

in Lansing, N. Y., May 26, 1820. He removed to , where he now resides. He 

m. Feb. 25, 1846, Elizabeth S. Smith, b. Nov. 19, 1823. 

5171- i- FRANCES C, b. Dec. 17, 1846; m. July 11, t866, Augustus Ter- 
ELSIE P., b. Nov. 9, 1848. 
OSCAR L., b. April 22, 1851. 
MARY E., b. April 7, 1854. 

3660. SAMUEL J. FIELD (Augustus. Ichabod, David, David, Ebenezer, 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William), son of Augustus, b. in Lans-^ 

ing, N. Y., Jan. 13, 1831. He removed to , where he now resides. He m. ; 

six children. 

3669. ELIJAH S. FIELD (Selden, Ichabod, David, David, Ebenezer. Zechar- 
iah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William. William), son of Selden and Lydia. 




















Ketchum, b. in Lansing, N. Y., May 17, 1327; d. March 9, 1376. He m. Sept. i, 
1847, Rhoda A. Hillard. 

NOAH S., b . 

i. BYRON E., b. 


5177. iii. ORANGE, b . 

517S. iv. BINE J., b. . 

3672. JEDEDIAH J. FIELD ^Selden, Ichabod, David, David, Ebenezer, 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John. Richard, Wiliam, William;, son of Selden and 
Lydia Ketchum. b. in Lansing, N. Y., Oct. 27, 1833; m. July 3, 1856, Amanda 

5179. i. LEROY, b. . 

518a ii. WILLIAM, b. . 

5181. iii. JAMES, b. 























5182. iv. SELDEN, b. 

3676. JOSEPH E. FIELD (David L , Ichabod, David, David, Ebenezer, 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, Vrilliam), son of David L. and 
Mary (Knettles), b. in Lansing, N. Y., Jan. 2, 1S26. He m. Jan. 7, 1846 Cathalinda, 

DAVID T., b. Feb. 7, 1847. 

EDWARD, b. May 29, 1850. 

IDA, b. Aug. 2, 1852; m. Sept. 10, 1873, Elmer Hubbell. 

EMMA, b. April 21, 1854; m. Feb. 28. 1S72, Charles Coleman. 

CHARLES, b. April 4, 1856. 

FRANKLIN, b. March 13, 1858. 

HELEN, b. April 19, i860. 

HARLOW, b. Jan. 19, 1863. 

CAROLINE, b. June 6, 1865. 

ANNA, b, June 26, i863. 
ANSON FIELD (Jedediah, Ichabod, David, David, Ebenezer, Zechar- 
iah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Jedediah and 
Bethana (Brown), b. in Lansing, N. Y., Feb. 29, i323. He removed to Barton. 
N. Y. ; in i860, to Black Hawk, Col., where he resided until he moved to TuUa- 
homa, Tenn. He m. June 6, 1849, Alvina Brown, of Lansing, b. Feb. 20, 1826. 

5193. i. STELLA ISADORE, b. June 7, 1850; m. Oct. i, 1872, Loren C. 

Hume, of Tabor, Iowa. He was b. July 24, 1850. Is a farmer. 
Ch. : I. Claude C. Hume, b. Sept. 27. 1873. 2. H. Clayton 
Hume, b. May 27, 1875. 3. Bruce G. Hume, b. May 31, 1877. 
4. Ethalena Hume, b. April 14, 1879. 5. Bernard F. Hume, b. 
Sept. 15, 1888. 6. Alice L. Hume, b. Aug. 25. 1893. 7. Wayne 
Hume, b. July 22, 1897; d. July 29. 1897. 

5194. ii. WILMOT G.. b. July 9, 1864. Res. Tullahoma, Tenn. 

3686, CHAUNCEY BROOKS FIELD (Jedediah. Ichabod, David, David. 
Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of 
Jedediah and Bethana (Brown), b. in Lansing, N. Y., April 23, 1830. He removed. 
in 1854, to Grand Rapids, Mich; in 1855, to Sparta, Mich., where he now resides. 
He enlisted Sept. 23, 1862, at Grand Rapids, in Company — , 6th Regiment Mich- 
igan Cavalry; served three years and three months, and was honorably discharged. 
The first battle he was in was at Gettysburg, Pa., July 3, 1863. The regiment was 
under the command of Generals Custer and Kilpatrick through the war. The 
regimental flag says it was in sixty engagements and skirmishes, most of which he 
was in, and was not captured or wounded. He m. Sept. 28, 1854, Mary J., dau. of 














Carl, of Barton, N. Y.. b. April 13, 1830; d. at Alpine, Mich., Aug. 19. 1868; 

m., 2d, Oct. 20, 1369, Anna M. Lathrop, ot Onondaga, N. Y., b. Nov. 22, 1837. 
ALBERT AUGUSTINE, b. Feb. 18, 1856; m. May 26, 1SS7. 
WILLIAM WARREN, b. Oct. 3, 1858; m. in i334. Res. Sparta, 

ELMER ELLSWORTH, b. Aug. 2, 1871; m. Ettie Holben. 

EDITH SEVILLA, b. Aug. 2, 1S71; m. Parks. Res. Bal- 

lards, Mich. 
GRACE, b. March 21, 1S7S. Res. Sparta, Mich. 
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FIELD (Jedediah, Ichabod, David, 'David, 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Jedediah and 
Bethana (Brown), b. in Lansing, N. Y., July 26, 1S61. He removed to Pennsylvania, 
and to Groton, N. Y.. and finally to Elmira, N. Y., where he now resides. He m. 
March 4, 1S56, Caroline Underwood, of Groton, b. May 14, 1334. 

5200. i. EMMA GERTRUDE, b. Oct. 30, 185S. 

5201. ii. MINNIE ANNETTE, b. Aug. 31, i860. 

5202. iii. GRACE BETHANA, b. Jan. 5, 1865 ; d. Sept. 2. 1S65. 

3633. JOHN WYKOFF FIELD (Jedediah. Ichabod, David, David, Eben- 
ezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Jedediah 
and Bethana (Brown), b. in Lansing, N. Y., June 13, 1833. He removed, in 1856, 
to Alpme and to Traverse City, Mich., where he now resides. He m. March 11, 
1855, Wealthy A. Nippress, of Madison. O. , b. April 15, 1837. 

REDERIC THEODORE, b. Nov. 15, 1857. 

CAROLINE IDA. b. Nov. 19, 1S59. 

ALICE BETHANA, b. March 22, 1869. 

EUNICE OLIVE, b. March 25, 1873. 

JESSE BROWN FIELD (Jedediah. Ichabod, David. David. Ebenezer, 
Zechariah, Zechariah. John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Jedediah and 
Bethana (Brown), b. in Lansing. N. Y., April 26, 1836. He removed to Alpine, 
Mich., and later to Ballards, where he now resides, a farmer. He m. Nov. 12. 
1863, Almira Fisk, b. Oct. 2, 1844; d. Sept. 13, 1S72; m., 2d, Sept. i, 1573, Eliza A. 
Hubbell, of Barton, N. Y., b. Oct. 23, 1S36. 

5207. i. ELSIE MAY. b. May 12, 1S67; unm. Res. Grand Rapids, Mich. 
• 5208. ii. ERNEST WORTHY, b. Nov. 14, 1869; m. Edith Mae Culver. 

3690. DAVID LYMAN FIELD (Jedediah, Ichabod, David, David, Ebenezer, 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Jedediah 
and Bethana (Brown), b. in Barton, Tioga count}-, N. Y., Nov. 21, 1838. He 
removed to Grand Rapids, Mich., where he now resides at 423 North Front St. He 
is a traveling salesman. He m. Nettie Creager, b. Oct. 9, 1837. 

5209. 1. WILLIS ELDRED, b. June 18, 1864; m. Sept. 9, 1890, . 

Res. Grand Rapids, Mich. 

5210. ii. HENRY MARLOW, b. Sept. 24, 1869; m. Nov. 29, 1891, 

. Res. Sparta, Mich. 

5211. iii. BERTHA L., b. Jan. 8, 1875; unm. Res. at home. 

3693. CHARLES S. FIELD (Ichabod G., Ichabod, David, David, Ebenezer. 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John. Richard, William. William), son of Ichabod G. 
and Wealthy (Saxton), b. in Lansing, N. Y.. May 24, 1833. He removed to Clark 
county, Indiana, where he now resides. He m. Nov. 22, 1S60, Elizabeth, dau. of 
Compton, of Oakland, Mich., b. Oct. 26, 1839. 

5212. i. MARY W., b. May i, 1862. 

5213. ii. SHELBY CHARLES, b. July i. 1863. 












3699. BENJAMIN F. FIELD (Noah, Ichabod, David, David, Ebenezer, 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Noah and 
Eleanor (Stebbins), b. in Lansing, N. Y., July 29, 1834. He removed to North Bar- 
ton, N. Y., where he resided. He m. April 18, 1858, Priscilla, dau. of Get- 
man, of Van EUenville, N. Y. ; m., 2d, in 1868, Almeda E., dau. of Burgess, 

wid. of Taylor. He d. in 1894. 

5214. i. FRANKLIN, b. Jan. i, 1859; d. July i, 1863. 

5215. ii. HORACE, b. Feb. 17, i860. 

3700. HORACE WEBSTER FIELD (Noah, Ichabod. David. David. Eben- 
ezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Noah 
and Eleanor (Stebbins), b. in Lansing, N. Y., Nov. 29, 1835. He removed to North 
Barton, N. Y., where he d. Dec. 18, 1867. He m. April 17, 1867, Aggie Cushman, of 
Toronto, U. C. No issue. 

3704. ELI FIELD (Noah, Ichabod, David, David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Noah and Eleanor (Steb- 
bins), b. in North Barton, N. Y., March 15, 1844, where he resided until he moved 
to Chicago, 111. Res. 954 North Washtena Av. He m. about 1875, Eva A. Shaw, 
of Lyons, N. Y. ; m., 2d, Emma Larson. 

5216. i. MARY, b. 1876. Res. Lj'ons, N. Y. 

5217. ii. FRANK, b. Oct. 13, 1878; unm. Res. with his uncle, W. H., in 


5218. iii. GRACE, b. 1893. 

5219. iv. IRENE, b. 1895. 

3705. HENRY ELISHA FIELD (Noah, Ichabod. David, David, Ebenezer, 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Noah and 
Eleanor (Stebbins), b. in North Barton, N. Y., March 31, 1837. He removed to 
Spencer, N. Y., where he resided until he moved to 211 East State St., Ithaca, 
N. Y. He m. Dec. 16, 1867, Louisa Fanny Bunnell, of Ludlowville, N. Y., b. 
Jan. 24, 1842. He is a farmer. 

5220. i. CORA BELLE, b. Dec. 18, 1868; d. March 28, 1890. 

5221. ii. SUSIE MAGGIE, b. Dec. 3. 1870; m. Sept. 12, 1892. Willis Ben- 

jamin. She d. Feb. 12, 1893. 

5223. iii. HORACE LUTHER, b. June 12, 1879. 

3706. BYRON FIELD (Noah, Ichabod, David, David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, 
Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Noah and Eleanor (Steb- 
bins), b. in North Barton, N. Y., June 2, 1849. He removed to Chicago, 111., where 
his office is at 182 State St. He m. Dec. 22, 1870, Alzina Sales; d. Dec. 16, 
1872, s. p. 

3707. WILLIAM AUGUSTUS FIELD (Noah, Ichabod, David, David, Eben- 
ezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Noah 
and Eleanor (Stebbins), b. in North Barton, N. Y., June 8, 1853. He removed to 
Chicago, 111., where his office is at 182 State St. He m. Jan. 11, 1881, Mary 
Ardela Shaw, b. Feb. 23, 1855. They reside at 677 Walnut St., Chicago, 111. 

5224. i. LE GRAND JACOB, b. Dec. 19, 1881. 

5225. ii. MINNIE MYRTLE, b. Feb. 16, 1883. 

3714. JAMES HENRY FIELD (Truman, Jedediah, David, David, Ebenezer, 
Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), son of Truman and 
Charlotte (Elmore), b. in Peru, Clinton county. N. Y., June 10, 1833. He removed, 
in i860, to River Falls, Pierce county, Wis., where he now resides, a farmer. He 


m. Feb. 22, 1873, Clarissa Maria, dau. of Loren and Sarah (Childs) Reynolds, b. in 
Madrid, St. Lawrence county, N. Y., May 11, 1847. 

5226. i. NELLIE MAY, b. Dec. 18, 1875; m. July 7, 1897, August Boles. 

Res. River Falls. 

5227. ii. FRED L., b. March 28 1877; unm. Res. River Falls. 

3719. FRANKLIN C. FIELD (Truman, Jedediah. David, David, Ebenezer, 
Zechariah Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. Prescott, Wis., 
Sept. 26, 1857; m. in Wadena, Minn., Oct. 21, 1891, Nellie M. Stowe, b. Feb. 14, 
1864. He was educated in the common schools of Prescott, Wis., and then entered 
mercantile business as clerk until 1879, when he was elected county auditor of 
Wadena county, Minnesota, which office he has held continually since that date. 
He has also been engaged in the real estate and loan business in addition to his 
duties as county auditor. In politics is a Republican. Res. Wadena, Minn. 

5228. i. RUTH G.. b. March 11, 1897. 

3722. DAVID DUDLEY FIELD (David D., David D., Timothy, David, 
Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, William), b. New 
York City, N. Y., Nov. 28, 1830; m. Jan. 29, 1861, Laura Belden. He was educated 
at the New York City public schools; fitted for college, and_was graduated at Will- 
iams College in the class of 1850. Following his graduation he traveled on the con- 
tinent for nearly two years. Returning to New York, he studied law and was 
admitted to the bar in 1854, and became a partner with his father in his extensive 
law business. He was a well read lawyer, and his counsel was much sought by a 
generous public. But his bodily strength was not equal to his mental acquirements 
and needs. He died in Stockbridge, Mass., where he came to seek repose and 
recuperate his system, from heart disease, Aug. 10, 1880, and was interred in the 
family cemetery there. Res. New York, N. Y. He married Kate Wallace, who 
died in New York City July 4, 1882, leaving 

5229. i. HARROLD LEWELLYN, b. Dec. 25, 1859; unm. He was grad- 

uated at Annapolis Naval Academy in 1881, and later in 1884 at 
Columbia College. He was admitted to the bar of New York 
State in 1884. Is now connected with the Chicago Inter Ocean. 
5229^^. ii. KATE WALLACE, b. Apr. 6, 1861; m. Colgate Gilbert. Res. 
Rye, N. Y. 

3725. HEMAN LAFLIN FIELD (Mathew D., David D,, Timothy, David, 
Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah. John, John, Richard, William, William), son of 
Mathew D. and Clarissa (Laflin). b. in Lee, Mass., Sept. 11, 1837. He came with his 
father, in 1854. to Southwick, Mass. Later he removed to Northampton, Mass., where 
he resided m the employ of the New Haven & Northampton Canal Railroad. He is 
now employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad. He m. in 1868, Martha, dau. of 
Theron and Mabel (Doane) Forwaut, of Southwick, b. in 1842; d. 1896. Res. Reno, 

5230. i. THERON ROCKWELL, b. . 

5231. ii. CLARA MABEL, b. . 

Timothy, David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, 
William), b. Stockbridge, Mass., Jan. 31, 1846; m. Bennington, Vt. Nov. 8, 1894, 
Ruth Downing Clark. Commander Wells L. Field has served in all parts of the 
world, having commanded the Mosquito Fleet for the protection of New York harbor 
and the adjacent coast during the war, then took the Justin out to the Pacific, and 


is now inspector of light houses at Portland, Oregon. Res. Portland, Oregon, 
Light House Inspector. 

5232. i. SALLY BLACKWELL, b. October, iSgy. 

3731. DR. MATHEW DICKINSON FIELD (Mathew D., David D., Tim- 
othy, David, Ebenezer. Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, Wil- 
liam), b. July 19, 1853; m. Pittsfield, Mass., Oct. 6, 1886, Lucy Atwater, b. Yonkers, 
N. Y., Oct. 26, 1857. Dr. Matthew Dickinson Field was born in Nashville, Tenn., 
and died in New York. Within the compass of the forty-one years, seven months 
and seventeen days of his life, the following events personal to him occurred, viz. : 
He received his preparatory education at Monson Academy, Mass. ; was graduated 
from Williams College, in the same state, class of 1875; was graduated in medicine 
from Bellevue Medical College, class of 1879; on Oct. i, 187S. was appointed to the 
resident medical staff of Bellevme Hospital, and on April i, 1880, completed his 
term of service; in 1881, was appointed visiting physician to Charity Hospital, and 
served three years; in 18S2, was appointed sanitary inspector of the health depart- 
ment, and served two years in the corps of inspectors of typhus fever cases; in 
1882, was appointed examiner in lunacy to the Department of Public Charities and 
Corrections, which place he held at the date of his death; on Oct. i, 18S3, was 
appointed surgeon to the Manhattan Railway Company, which office he continued 
to occupy. His wife and the two youngest children survi%'e him. The death of the 
elder children, a son and two daughters, had a visibly depressing effect on him. 
One of these daughters lived to the age of five years, and was a child of great 
beauty and promise. He recovered somewhat his usual cheerfulness on a trip to 
Europe, but his heart affection soon after began to impair his general physical con- 
dition. During the last year he visited Spain, and returned with his brother, who 
was commander of the school ship. He greatly enjoyed this voyage, and his 
health was temporarily improved; but the impairment of the heart, which had so 
long existed without seriously embarrassing him, began to increase with fatal 
rapidity, and at the end of four months terminated his life. He suffered chiefly in 
his latter days from dropsical effusions, which finally created much dyspnoea, but 
he bore his disabilities with great fortitude and cheerfulness. On Monday, March 
II, a quiet service, largely attended by the medical profession, was held at his res- 
idence, and on the following day he was laid beside his three children in the cem- 
etery at Stockbridge, Mass. 

Dr. Field inherited good Ne