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Horatio Nelson Defield
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Birth: 1837
Death: 1916

Horatio "Nelson" DEFIELD, 79, was born about 1837 in Middlesex Co., Ontario, Canada. He was christened a Methodist. He was a blacksmith. He immigrated to the United States in 1869 and died in Worth County, Missouri.

His father was Edward Defields (b: ABT 1806 in Ontario, Canada) His Mother: Mabel "Calista" Munro (b: ABT 1812 in New York State, U.S.A.)

He married Rebecca Packer (b: 01 AUG 1849).

The two had several children all born in Denver, Worth County, Missouri: Bertie M. Defield b: 22 APR 1871; Della Defield b: 1874; Gertrude M. Defield b: 09 DEC 1874; Mertie Defield b: 05 NOV 1877; Lora Ella Defield b: 17 JUN 1881; Guy Eldridge Defield b: 13 NOV 1886; Dollie Defield b: 05 DEC 1890.

Their fifth child, a male, was stillborn on 11/12/1887.

Why this relative was named after the famous ship captain, I don't know, but everyone apparently called him Nelson as that's the name he's typically listed as in historical records.

Please note: All of my life, I was told the Defield's were French Canadian, but my research, and that of others, doesn't bear this out. Apparently, the Defields were of English descent (They probably got the name Defield during the Norman Invasion of Britian ages ago) and Horatio's grandfather was a Tory, loyal to the British crown during the American Revolution. His lands were seized on the East coast, and he fled to Canada, changing his name to Dunfield temporarily. In fact, several of his children bore the last name "Dunfield." Later, however, he again started using the name Defield and giving the name to his children. Perhaps, the danger had worn off.

Sources:Title: 1851 Census, Caradoc Twp., Middlesex Co.Date: 04 SEP 2003  
Kent Cemetery
Worth County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Bobette
Record added: Jun 16, 2006
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Horatio Nelson Defield
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