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Elswick Sherwood Field
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Birth: Jun. 1, 1808
Randolph County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Aug. 3, 1867
Caldwell County
North Carolina, USA

Elswick Sherwood Field was the second son and fifth of eleven children born to Jeremiah Field (c.1764-1830) and his wife Eleanor Sherwood (1776-1859) of Randolph County, NC. His paternal grandparents were William Field, Jr. (c.1825-1805) and his wife Lydia Elswick (1743-1829); and his maternal grandparents were Daniel Sherwood III (1749-1838) and his wife Frances Linthicum (1749-1806). Elswick married Guilianna Lindsay (1807-1885, a daughter of William Lindsay and Elisabeth Briggs) in Guilford County in 1831.

Elswick was employed by Henry Humphreys (1790-1840), who built and ran the Mt. Hecla cotton mill, the first steam powered cotton mill in the South, in Greensboro around 1830. Mr. Humphreys was married to Letitia Harper (1785-1835) who had first married Robert Lindsay, Jr. (1776-1818), Guilianna's uncle.

By 1850, Mr. Humphreys had passed away and his son-in-law, Thomas Randolph Tate, owned the Mt. Hecla mill, and Elswick ran it. They determined to move the mill to Gaston County, where it could be powered by water from the Catawba River. Elswick designed, built and ran the new mill, called the Mountain Island mill, also known as Tate's factory. This very large mill stood until it was washed away in the great flood of 1916.

Some time around 1857-60, the family moved to Leaksville, Rockingham Co., where Elswick was superintendent of another cotton mill, this one owned by Gov. John Motley Morehead, who was married to Guilianna's first cousin, Ann Eliza Lindsay. In the spring of 1861, they moved to Caldwell County, where Elswick ran the Patterson cotton mill, owned by in-laws of the Moreheads. This mill was burned by the yankees at the end of the War.

Elswick died in Caldwell County in 1867. A newspaper notice, published in the Raleigh Register on 17 Sept. 1867, stated:

"DIED: Recently, in Caldwell County, N. C., ELLSWICK SHERWOOD FIELD. The deceased was extensively known as the Superintendent of Tate's factory."

Elswick S. Field and Guilianna Lindsay had eight children: Martha Eliza Field (1833-1844, died in Greensboro), Eleanor Elizabeth Field (c.1834/5, disappears after 1860), William B. Field (1836-1865, Lieutenant, First NC Cavalry, Confederate States Army), Susan Lavinia Field (1838-1903, Mrs. Augustus H. S. Beard, lived & died in Kernersville), Robert Henry Field (1840-1911, m. Amanda R. Bisanar, lived & died in Charlotte), Thomas Elswick Field (1843-1912, m. Lillie Caroline Wilson, lived & died in Hickory), John Andrew Field (1846-1883, m. Mary Adeline Wilkinson, lived & died at Coddle Creek, Cabarrus Co., my line) and Frances Guilianna "Fannie" Field (1851-1919, Mrs. Lewis E. Griffith, lived & died in Kernersville).

The inscriptions on the stone read:

"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." Rev. 14:13


"No pain nor grief nor anxious fear,
Invades thy tomb, no mortal woes,
Can reach the peaceful sleeper here,
While Angels watch his soft repose."

Family links: 
  Jeremiah Field (1764 - 1830)
  Eleanor Sherwood Field (1776 - 1859)
  Guilianna L. Lindsay Field (1807 - 1885)*
  Martha Eliza Field (1833 - 1844)*
  Elizabeth Eleanor Field (1834 - ____)*
  William B. Field (1836 - 1865)*
  Susan Lavinia Field Beard (1838 - 1903)*
  Robert Henry Field (1840 - 1911)*
  Thomas Elswick Field (1843 - 1912)*
  John Andrew Field (1846 - 1883)*
  Frances Guilianna Field Griffith (1851 - 1919)*
  Martha Field McDaniel (1795 - 1863)*
  Benton Field (1797 - 1871)*
  Frances Field Staley (1800 - 1842)*
  Rebecca Field Tyler (1805 - 1844)*
  Elswick Sherwood Field (1808 - 1867)
  Hugh H. Field (1811 - 1897)*
  Mary Ethel Field Craven (1813 - 1908)*
  Eleanor Field Teague (1815 - 1899)*
  Jeremiah J. Field (1817 - ____)*
  Tabitha Field Taylor (1818 - 1897)*
  William Field (1820 - 1852)*
*Calculated relationship
Rocky Mount Cemetery
Caldwell County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: John Field Pankow
Record added: Sep 09, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15675166
Elswick Sherwood Field
Added by: John Field Pankow
Elswick Sherwood Field
Added by: John Field Pankow
Elswick Sherwood Field
Added by: John Field Pankow
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You are loved, honored and remembered on your birthday, Sir, by your son John's grandson John's grandson John.
- John Field Pankow
 Added: Jun. 1, 2015
You are loved, honored and remembered on this day, Sir, on the 203rd anniversary of your birth, by a 3rd great grandson. May God bless your rest.
- John Field Pankow
 Added: Jun. 1, 2011
You are loved, honored and remembered this day, Sir, on what would have been your 202nd birthday, by a descendant.
- John Field Pankow
 Added: Jun. 1, 2010
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