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1. Moses W. MAYFIELD1 was born between 1790 and 1796 in Union District, South Carolina.1,2 According to the 1850 Macon Co., NC census and the 1860 Fannin Co., GA census, Moses was born about 1790 in SC. However, according to his Military Discharge, he was born in 1796 in Union District, SC. We believe his parents to be Samuel and Jane Mayfield but this is based on shakey evidence at this time. That evidence being that Samuel/Jane lived in or about Union County at the time and they had two sons. That one of the sons was Archibald is easily proven. No one seems to know the name of the other son. At this time, we think it might be our Moses. He died after 1870 in Monroe Co, TN.3,4 Moses appears in the 1840 and 1850 Macon County, NC Census and the 1860 Fannin County, GA Census. In 1840 there were two females in his household besides his wife. One was 5-10 years old which is believed to be Matilda. The other is 10-15 years old. Moses had a daughter, Nancy, by a previous marriage, that married a James M. Grant in Macon County on Dec. 6, 1845. She is believed to be the other daughter. There was also a Jane Mayfield that married a Harrison Gipson Jr. on Aug. 14, 1834. This may be another daughter of Moses. Since Moses and Martha were married Dec. 2, 1833, both girls would be Moses daughters by a previous marriage. There was also a six year old James E. Runnion living in the Mayfield household in 1850. We don't know yet what the relationship of James was to the Mayfields but he is thought to be a grandson. It is speculated that One of Moses daughters married a son of James and Belinda Runnion and she (or both) died and Moses and Martha took James to raise.

Moses also appears in the 1870 Monroe County, Tennessee census. His wife is listed as Sarah but we are certain this was Martha. Also living in the household was their daughter Mattie (Matilda) and her children William, Douglas and Martha. All of the birth dates are wrong by several years as well as Moses'' wife's name. For that reason, we believe the census taker probably got his information from a neighbor that didn't know much about the Mayfields.

According to Moses' handwritten military discharge, he was born in Union Co., SC ca. 1796 and served in the War of 1812 as a private in the 7th Regiment of the United States Infantry under Capt. Thomas Blackstone, having enlisted in Spartanburg County, SC Sep. 25, 1814. He was listed as 5'-8 1/2" tall, fair complection, blue eyes, sandy hair and by profession when enlisted, a farmer. He was honorably discharged Sept. 24, 181? (looks like 1817) at Fort Scott, Georgia. Moses was issued a land grant (no. 23478) in 1820 in what is now Lonoke County, Arkansas. It is thought that Moses served at the battle of New Orleans.

In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, Moses and Martha moved from Fannin County, Georgia to Monroe County, Tennessee. They lived in the mountains south of Citico Creek in what is now known as the Mount Pleasant Community. In comparing Moses land deeds to those of Pat McCrary, now owner of land in what's known as Polly Ann Hollow, we know that Moses and Martha lived in or around Polly Ann Hollow also. On Pat McCrary's land, on top of a high wooded hill is a small family cemetery called Dale or Crowder Cemetery with about twenty graves. The only graves marked with real headstones are the Crowder family, including Atlas Crowder, Daniel B. Crowder, Nancy Calin Crowder, Timsey Crowder and Zinnie Crowder.

Since Atlas was a second cousin to Martha, we believe that Moses and Martha are probably buried in this cemetery. Before 1890, Atlas lived several miles away between the Little Fodder Stack and the Big Fodder Stack peaks. He sold this land in 1890 and died in 1895. We don't know yet where he lived from 1890 till his death in 1895 but it's possible he lived with or around the Mayfield family. We know that Moses died between 1870 and 1880 so he wasn't around 1890-1895 but we know that Martha sold some of their land in December of 1888 but still lived in the community. Her grandsons William McKinley Mayfield and Pleasant Douglas Mayfield and their families still lived there in 1900.

Moses W. MAYFIELD and Elizabeth CARNEY were married on 29 Jan 1826 in East Feliciana Parrish, Louisiana.5 We are not absolutely certain that this marriage is our Moses. However, since we have been unable to find anything else on another Moses Mayfield in this time frame, this is probably ours.
Elizabeth CARNEY died between 1828 and 1833. Moses W. MAYFIELD and Elizabeth CARNEY had the following children:

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Nancy Burnum MAYFIELD.

Moses W. MAYFIELD and Martha BRADLEY were married on 2 Dec 1833 in Macon Co, NC.6 Moses & Martha's marriage record:

GROOM: MAYFIELD, Moses W. BRIDE: BRADLEY, Marthey
DATE: 02 Dec 1833 RECORD: 061-01-008
BONDSMAN: Ple(a)sant BRADLEY WITNESS: John TATHAM (CL
BOND NO: 00007686
Note: Pleasant Bradley was a brother to Martha.

Source: Marriage Index: KY, NC, TN, VA, WV, 1728-1850. Martha BRADLEY7 (daughter of Asa BRADLEY Sr. and Frances Wilson "Fanny" CROWDER) was born about 1803 in Virginia. She died after Dec 1888 in Monroe Co, TN.8 In the 1880 Monroe Co., TN Census, there was a 78 yr. old widowed grandmother living with William and Mary Runnion by the name of M. Mayfield. There is also record of a Patsey [Martha] Mayfield selling two parcels of land in District 17 of Monroe Co., TN where William Runnion/Mayfield lived. We believe those to be this Martha.

Martha had a sister named Frances/Fanny Jane that had an illegitimate son named Philip Marion in 1834. This son told his son that he (Philip) should have really been a Mayfield. The descendants presume that Moses was the father of Philip. Moses W. MAYFIELD and Martha BRADLEY had the following children:

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Frances Matilda "Mattie" MAYFIELD.

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James E. RUNNIONS.