Lydia Field was the second of eight children born to William Field, Jr. (born before 1727, in Pa. or Md., died 1805, Randolph County, NC) and his wife Lydia (probably Lydia Elswick, born 1743, Augusta, now Montgomery, Co., Va., died c. 1829, Randolph Co., NC). The area in which they lived was Rowan County, NC before 1771, when it became Guilford. It became Randolph in 1779.
William Field was the son of William Field (1698-1748) of Lancaster (now Adams) Co. Pa., and Jane (possibly Benton) Field, d. after 1773 in NC. After William's death, Jane and her seven children moved from Pa. to NC, in the 1750s, and settled in the area that later became Guilford and Randolph Counties. Lydia Elswick was...probably...a daughter of John Elswick, Jr. (d.1748/9) and Lydia Ratliff (1721-1798) of Augusta Co., Va. The Elswick and Field families had been neighbors in Chester Co., Pa. in the 1720s.
William Field, Jr. first appeared in the NC records in 1758, though his mother had applied for land patents in 1755. In Dec. 1770 and Jan. 1771, he was listed as a member of the vestry of St. Luke's Parish, Anglican. William and his brothers were leaders of the Regulators who rebelled against the corrupt administration of NC's British Governor Tryon in the 1760s, and were defeated at the Battle of Alamance in 1771. Subsequently, they were forced to take an oath of loyalty to the King. William was elected to serve in the NC House of Commons as representative of newly formed Guilford County from 1771 to 1774. Because of the oath he had sworn, William wrote that he felt compelled by honor to remain loyal to the King during the Revolution, and he wound up a Colonel in the British army, though he appears to have spent most of the war as a prisoner in Maryland. After the war, he applied for pardon, and had most of his confiscated lands restored to him. (1,290+ acres in 1776) By 1800, he appears to have become a Methodist, and was a well known and respected member of his community.
The children of William and Lydia Field were:
1. Mary Field (c.1760-1846) m. Pierce Noland and went to Mississippi.
2. Lydia Field (1762-1852) m. Richard Lewis and went to Indiana.
3. Jeremiah Field (c.1764-1830) m. Eleanor Sherwood and remained in NC...my 4th great grandparents.
4. Robert Field, on Surry Co., NC census of 1790, no further information.
5. Jane Field (c.1769-1859) m. Jesse Stroud and went first to Harrison Co., In. circa 1805, and by 1840 she was in Greenville, Floyd Co.
6. William Field, m. Anne. On 1800 census of Randolph County, NC, no further information.
7. Rebecca Field (1772-1852) m. Hugh Sherwood, went to Washington County, Indiana.
8. Tabitha Field (c.1775-aft. 1860) m. Thomas Sherwood Kirkman, and remained in Randolph County, NC.
"Almighty God, we remember this day before thee thy faithful servant Lydia, and we pray thee that, having opened to her the gates of larger life, thou wilt receive her more and more into thy joyful service; that she may win, with thee and thy servants eve...(Read more) -
John Field Pankow Added: Jan. 9, 2009