Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sampson Stanfield

Sampson was the youngest son of John and Mary.  He was born January 19, 1768 in Anson County, North Carolina, and died on July 11, 1837 in Whitley County, Kentucky.  Sampson was married first to Easter Thomas, in 1785, with whom he had two sons, Joel and John, and three daughters, Rebecca, Frances and Mary Elizabeth.  It appears that Easter died shortly after the birth of their youngest child, Mary Elizabeth, in 1796.  Sampson is shown on the 1790 North Carolina Census in the Fayette District of Anson County, with 1 male over 16, one male under 16, and three females in his household.  In 1793, he and Easter sold 50 acres beginning at a corner hickory standing on the north bank of Wilkeys Mill Creek of? Jones's Creek in Lewis Lowry's upper line. (Deed Book C-2, page 179) to John May.  Easter makes her mark on the deed, Sampson is able to sign his name.

In 1798, Sampson married Nancy Thomas.  They had four sons:  Sampson Lafayette, Sherrod, William and Robert Lechter.  They also had four daughters:  Louvinia,  Cynthia, Nancy and Rachel.  In 1800, the North Carolina census shows his household as follows:

STANFIELD, SAMPSON - 1 male under 10
1 male 10 to 16
1 male 26 to 45
3 females under 10
2 females 10 to 16
1 female 16 to 26
1 female 45 and over

The female over 45 is likely his mother, Mary.

Also in 1800, he purchases two parcels of land, one from John Ricketts - 100 acres on Jones's Creek in the County and State aforesaid.  Beginning at Murpheys Big branch -- being part of a tract of land three hundred and thirty three acres patented by said William Fielding & c. (1800 Anson County Deed Book H-2, page 53), and from his brother, James,  A certain piece of land lying on Jones Creek above Pleasant Mays Mill --- it being my part of my father's land which he deceased on and fell to me by heirship to have and to hold ---. (1800 Anson County Deed Book H-2, page 11).

Sampson is also among those signing the following petition on November 8, 1800:

To the Honourable, the General Assembly
of North Carolina
The Petition of the Inhabitants of
Anson County Humbly Seteth forth that they
are Informed that at the last General assembly
there was a Separate Election and General Muster
Established in the County aforesaid, contrary to their
Knowledge or wish &C - - - And that your
Petition further shewith, that Said County is Com
pact perhaps as any in the State aforesaid,
and the Courthouse Situated within a few miles of
its Centre, And that the County has been at Great
Expense Erecting Bridges &C- that no Inconveniency
hath yet arisen nor can arise on that
head, and we Humbly Conceive that Said Separate
Election and General Muster was Erected from
Sinister Views, and not from motives of publick good
and that the Seperation is only attended with
unnecessary Expenses, and much Trouble & Tends
only to fraud and Confusions, - - Now so it is we Pray
your Honours in your Wisdoms to take the case under
your wise Consideration and repeal Said act,
or as much therof as ______ to Granting a Separate
Election and General Muster in the County aforesaid
and that they Elections and General Musters in
the County aforesaid, be Consolidated and held
at the same place and in the same manner they
were before such Law passed, as Such other Relief
in the Premises as to your Honours in your Wisd
om may Seem Just and Right, and your petition
ers as In duty Bound

Some of the SIGNERS:

Some time after the birth of their first child, Sampson Lafayette, Sampson moved his family to Knox County, Kentucky.  They were likely among the first settlers of this region, probably following The Wilderness Road that had been made earlier by Daniel Boone, which ran from North Carolina through Tennessee and into Kentucky.   Sampson appears to have been a farmer.  The Knox County Circuit Court shows 125 acres on Clear Fork on the Cumberland River being surveyed for him by John Mullins and Solomon Reed, and in 1814 by James Faulkner and John Mullins.  (Note:  a book was published in the late 1970s by Goldie Smith Hieronymous called "Descendents of Sampson Stanfield, who went from Anson County, North Carolina into Knox County, Kentucky, in the early 1800's, was son of John Stanfield and wife, Mary."  The only copy of this book I have been able to locate is in the Whitley County, Kentucky public library and they do not do inter-library loans, as it's the only copy.).  This area is in the Daniel Boone National Forest, along what is now the Tennessee-Kentucky state line.  Knox County was eventually divided up into Whitley County, where the Stanfields lived.  The following is in the 1837  Whitley Co., Kentucky Deed Book No. 2 - page 68

This indenture made and entered into this 24th February 1837,between SAMPSON STANFIELD
and NANCY STANFIELD is wife of the one part and JAMES STANFIELD of the other part all of
the County of Whitley & State of Kentucky Witnesseth that the said SAMPSON STANFIELD,
and wife for and inconsideration of the Sum of five hundred dollars, to them in hand paid,the
receipt where of they do hereby acknowledge, hath this day bargained and sold and by these
present doth grant bargain and Sell unto the said JAMES STANFIELD a certain tract or parcel
of Land lyng on the Clearforkof Cumberland River containing one hundred & 25 acres by survey
be the same more or less and bounded as follows (to wit) Beginning on a White Oak at the tip
of a Bluff conditional line between Said STANFIELD & John Mullins running thence with said
condition at 10 w 220 poles to 2 White Oaks & 2 Beeches in Soloman Reed's line, thence with
the same N 54 W 15 poles to a Sugar tree & Red oak at the mouth of a drain on the Bank of
Said fork, thence up Said fork binding on the meanders there of S45 W 48 poles, thence S 30 W
48 poles, thence S 8 E 58 poles, thence S E 26 poles,Thence S 7 W 100 poles, thence N 65 E 102
poles to a Beech & Ash, thence N 10 poles to the Beginning with its appertenancies to have and
to hold the said tract or parcel of land with its appertenancies to the Said JAMES STANFIELD and
his heirs forever Free from them the Said SAMPSON STANFIELD & his wife and from the claim
or claims of any person or persons claiming either in, by or through them but have the claim or
claims of no othe rwhatsoever -- IN testimony we hereunto set our hands and sealed with our
Seals and dated as above written.

Test. Daniel Faulkner???? Signed: SAMPSON STANFIELD
William Siler?????? NANCY STANFIELD

Mr. Daniel Faulkner & William Siler Justices of the Peace for Whitley County do certify that
NANCY STANFIELD wife of the afore mentioned SAMPSON STANFIELD was this day
examined privately and apart from her Husband and she declared that she did freely and
willingly sign the said indenture and wishes not retract it and did acknowledge the said
writing to be her act and deed and consenteth that the same may be recorded --Given
under our hands this 24th of February 1837.

Daniel Faulkner J.P.
William Siler J.P.
James Faulkner S.C.
John Mullins, George W. Craig, S.K.

This parcel of land is recorded in Land Grants Records at Frankfort,KY.
Jellico Grant # 360, Bk. No. 1, Page 447. 

Stanfield family cemetery
Sampson died later in 1837, and is buried in Stanfield Cemetery, on what was his farm.  Nancy lived until 1855.

*From Welsey Hart, who took the photos for findagrave:  "Oldest stones here and no longer readable. They are most likely Stanfields. However, Whitley County Cemetery book VOl 1, page 130 list a headstone for Sampson Lafayette Stanfield with just his DOD in a much smaller Stanfield Cemetery located on Sampson's family farm further South on Sandy Flats near Boston, Whitley County, Kentucky. Sampson is more likely buried on his old homestead instead of here.


  1. Sampson is my 6th great grandfather, I am descended from his son Sherrod.

  2. He is also my 6th great grandfather via his daughter Frances.

  3. I am also decent of Sampson throuhh Joel

  4. I am a descendant of Sampson through his daughter Cynthia who married William Perkins, grandson Peter Perkins who married Evelyn Mahan, Great Grandson John Wesley Perkins who married Elizabeth Kincaid - my grandparents. I have a copy of Goldie's book on the Stanfield family - 1981.
    James R. Brisbin -