James Sr Mayfield
Facts and Events
IN AMHERST COUNTY VIRGINIA
JAMES MAYFIELD IN AMHERST COUNTY VIRGINIA James Mayfield appears several times in the records of Amherst County. The court records indicate that he was involved in several lawsuits and may have had financial problems. While living in the county he executed two deeds as follows:
09 July 1768: James Mayfield executes a mortgage deed for £26, as collateral, James conveys all his personal goods, chattels and utensils to a certain Joseph Higginbotham. [See Amherst County VA Deed Book B, pages 354-355.]
08 September 1778: James Mayfield and his wife Ellender, convey to James Rowsey, for £100, a tract of land containing 100 acres, lying on the north branch of Buffalo River in Amherst County VA. Southerland (spelled "Sutherlin")) Mayfield signs this deed as a witness. [See Amherst County VA Deed Book E, page 57.]
JAMES MAYFIELD'S CHILDREN
The children listed for this James Mayfield, with the exception of James, Jr., can all be supported by hard documentary evidence. Birth years for both Micajah and Elijah Mayfield are based upon their sworn statements included in their Revolutionary War pension application. Unfortunately, the birth years given for the other children are merely estimates on my part.
James Mayfield (d. 1780) had eight known children
DEED BOOK D, 1769-1778
James must have been married earlier wife unknown was mother to at least the first four of his children, it is believed his first wife died and John Conner died, so James married John Conner's widow Ellender or Eleanor any way his second wife was named Elllender
James died (in Eaton's St. Crumb, in Haywoods History) killed by Indians and buried in Murfessboro, Tennessee REMARKS 1136
James along with part of his family, went with the Doneson's Party to Tennessee (Donelson's boat Adventure arrived in what is now Davison County, Tennessee in 1780)(there is another story that James and part of his family came by West Virginia and Kentucky and arrived about the same time as Doneson). James and his son Isaac (Isaac came a little later) with 18 others who had recently become of age are both listed on "Davidson County Pioneer Rolls of Honor"
James was among the first settlers to what is now Davidson County, Tennessee.
Because of the dissertation of the greatest number of he first settlers, or adventures, and because up to the last information just before the enactment ot the Statue of 1784, the Indians had already killed 62. Very few men were left in defense of the settlements. At one time not more that 70. The Cherokees could muster about 2,000, and the Creeks about 5,000 (the Cherokees and Creeks where the most hostile groups) but because this small remnant of the original settlers, were always steadfast. Standing by Col. Roberson to the last extremity, even after the greatest number of settlers or adventures had deserted him. These faithful few (70) together with those who had fallen (62) with (19)others some of whom had come a little later, and some only recently become of age. The total being 151. Thus they constitute "Davidson County Pioneers Roll of Honor" (see My Revolutionary War Ancestors .
Robertson being sent as representative to North Carolina Legislature, saw to it that this Roll of Honor was officially recorded and rewarded, for in 1784, he procured the passage of an Act, after a favorable committee report. Granting 640 acres of land without money or price, (except for surveyors fees and office charge) to each one of the 70 original settlers that still survived: to the heirs and devises of the 62 men who had come a little later or recently become of age, but all of whom had born themselves well in helping to hold and defend the country. ==GRANTING 640 ACRES OF LAND== James was given grant # 101 (was now where the city of Brintwood water tank stands and to the south of this large hill on which the present (1973) water tank stands. The grant also ran east to the south of the hill is a cemetery known as "Mayfield Cemetery" (but like a lot of old cemeteries it has become in bad condition. Very few Stones are left the cemetery is located at the corner of Wilson Pike and Old Smyrna Road.)of 640 acres of land in 1783. Issued to James Mayfield and those who were killed in the defense and settlement of Davidson County then a part of North Carolina, but now of Tennessee lying on the head of the west fork of Mill Creek. James Mayfield's heirs received grant No. 101-Davidson County, North Carolina, for having been one of the 62 (Original Settlers)who had fallen. It states, James Mayfield, a tract of land, containing 640 acres lying and being in our county of Davidson. Lying on the head of West Fork of Mill Creek, being at the Elm on Thomas Denton's north boundary, and runs north 102 poles to a Red Oak on William Overall's South Boundary line: thence with said line crossing a branch of th West Fork Of Mill Creek 196 poles, continuing to an Elm on John Henderson's east boundary at 416 poles. Thence south with Henderson's line 326 poles and 6/10ths, to a Oak thence east 236 poles to and Ash in Thomas Dentons west boundary, thence north to said Denton's corner Mulberry and Honey Locust, 186 poles and 6/10ths, thence east to the beginning.
(HAYWOOD HISTORY OF TENNESSEE); The records shown above were recorded to James Mayfield's heirs and warrant No.245 issued for same Daniel Hogan and Southerland Mayfield signed the same. This land which was in what later become Williamson County, Tennessee, from later deeds the same description as above was given for (Old Mayfield Sation Tract) John Frost eventually bought part of it. Deeds have been found were Micajah Mayfield sold (or gave) his share to the heirs of Southerland Mayfield.
DIED AT EATON S STATION
JAMES MAYFIELD GRAVE LOCATION UNKNOWN. LIVED FIRST IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TENNESSEE, THEN MOVED TO DAVIDSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE. (REF. PUTNA; HISTORY: HAYWOOD HISTORY; DAVIDSON COUNTY TENNESSEE RECORDS. THE DEED WAS SIGNED BY RICHARD CASWELL GOV. OF NORTH CAROLINA APRIL 17TH, 1786 ( IT IS STATED DAVIDSON COUNTY, NC BUT LATER BECAME WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE)
FIFTEEN SOUTHERN FAMILIES
THIS IS FOUND ON PAGE 160 "FIFTEEN SOUTHERN FAMILIES" PARAGRAPH 2
"THE MAYFIELD FAMILY ALL SEEMED TO HAVE BEEN OF THE CALIBER OF DANIEL BOONE, DAVID CROCKETT AND OTHER FRONTIERSMEN. THEY SEEMED NEVER TO HAVE BEEN INTERESTED IN HOLDING PUBLIC OFFICE NOR THE OWNING OF VAST AMOUNTS OF LAND; RATHER THEY WERE ALWAYS "WHERE THE FIGHTING WAS" JAMES MAYFIELD, THE PROGENITOR OF ALL THE ONES WHO COME TO MIDDLE TENNESSEE FROM VIRGINIA AND ALL OF HIS SONS FOUGHT IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND FIVE LATER FOUGHT INDIANS IN WHAT IS NOW MIDDLE TENNESSEE. AS HAS BEEN NOTED IN THIS RECORD, MANY OF THEM GAVE THEIR LIVES IN DEFENSE OF THE EARLY SETTLEMENTS OF DAVIDSON COUNTY.
MY REVOLUTIONARY WAR ANCESTORS
including Tennessee pioneers Barry Dunagan's Genealogy and Confederate History JAMES MAYFIELD, born 1720 in Virginia, killed in 1780 Indian Attack on Eaton's Fort. JAMES MAYFIELD was one of the first settlers of what is now Davidson County, Tennessee. He was among the 64 who stayed at the settlement to help hold the fort, as others left due to continued Indian attacks, JAMES MAYFIELD is listed in Davidson County's "PIONEER ROLL OF HONOR". His heirs received 640 acres of land in his name for his gallant stand at the forts and stations. Their grant was were the city of BRENTWOOD now stands.
BRENTWOOD is a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee