North Carolina, USA
For additional ideas concerning the father of William Armfield and his siblings see the comments on Isaac Armfield in the tree in Ancestry.com, Armfield Family Tree, by username Susan_Newman.
This is an abbreviated version of the Guilford Co, VA story about William and family (comments welcome):
William Armfield, John's oldest son, married Mary Hamilton of Bucks County, PA cir. 1745. To them were born seven sons and three daughters-William (Little Billy), Robert, Nathan, Solomon, Jonathan, David, John, Mary, Ann, and an unnamed daughter.
The Armfields were Quakers. In 1765 over one hundred men, besides women and children, led by John Armfield, left Pennsylvania on horseback and migrated to North Carolina. They had sold all of their furniture; so they took only food, clothing and small articles with them to North Carolina. Members of the Armfield family among the travelers were John, his wife, and their five sons-William, John, Jr., Robert, Isaac and Thomas and all their families. John's three married daughters had remained in Pennsylvania.
In May 1765 the caravan reached the various destinations of these Pennsylvania travelers. The Armfields first settled on South Buffalo, located a short distance southeast of the present town of Romona or Salem Junction. There, they built log houses and formed a settlement located about three miles from the present city of Greensboro.
About 1770 William and his family moved to Worth Settlement in southern Guilford County, now Centre, where William and his wife's brother opened a blacksmith and wagon shop. During the Revolutionary War his farm was raided by the British. As a result he announced to his wife Mary that he was going to search for game so that his family might eat. He joined Greene's army and was assigned to Joe Lovett's company where he fought all day. After a day in battle he reached home worn and weary. When Mary asked him where his game was, he replied that "the game I had killed was not worth bringing home." [Battle of Guilford Courthouse 15 Mar 1781]
William Armfield continued to live on the homestead owned by his father, John Armfield, located near South Buffalo Creek. After William's brief warfare with General Greene's Army, he spent his time managing the farm and caring for his father. In 1792 his father died at the age of ninety-seven years. He was buried in the New Garden Cemetery, although no gravestone was laid for him or his wife. Mary (Hamilton) Armfield, the wife of William Armfield, died during the Revolutionary War. She was buried in the New Garden Cemetery. After the War William married Mrs. Lydia Julian Fields, the widow of a Revolutionary War soldier, who was killed at the Battle of Kings Mountain.
To William and Lydia were born two sons, one who died young and one named Joseph B., who was born in 1785. Joseph remained with his father at the old homestead on South Buffalo near Pomona until his father's death in 1812. William was buried near his wife Mary in the New Garden Cemetery.
William Armfield's will was dated March 28, 1804. In his will he bequeathed to his wife Lydia Armfield "all of my estate real and personal while she remains my widow." To his son William he "bequeathed ten pounds of my estate to be paid in one year after the death or marriage of my wife." To his daughter Mary Brown, his son Nathan Armfield, his daughter Ann Field and his son David Armfield he bequeathed "twenty shillings each to be paid out of my estate in one year after the death or marriage of my wife." To his son Joseph Armfield he bequeathed "all the rest of my estate both real and personal at the death or marriage of my wife to him and heirs."
7 great grandson through his daughter Mary
Mary Hamilton Armfield (1722 - 1780)
Lydia Julian Fields (1746 - 1819)*
Mary Armfield Brown (1759 - 1827)*
New Garden Friends Cemetery
North Carolina, USA
Maintained by: Ray Vick
Originally Created by: J Tompkins
Record added: Jun 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38315044
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Added: Mar. 6, 2014
William is my 5th great grandfather. Primary sources for the date and place of William's birth have not been found. On page 97 of the History of Guilford County, NC by Sallie Stockard, revised edition, it states that he was born in Pennsylvania in 1720. E...(Read more)|
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Mary Hamilton was his wife in my line.|
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