Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Stanfill Family - Samuel Stanfield
I've traced the Stanfill family back to one Wyon, Lord of Stansfield, in Normandy around 1046. According to the Stansfield family history, the family is of Norman descent and Wyon Maryons, a follower of William de Warrene, Earl of Surrey, who came to England with William the Conqueror and fought the Battle of Hastings in 1066. For his part in suppressing a local uprising against the Normans, the Earl was granted the Manor of Wakefield, previously belonging to Saxon kings, which included the whole upper Calder valley. Wyon was given the lorship of Stansfield, two churches and scattered dwellings in the county of Yorkshire, for his service to the king during the Battle of Hastings. He appears to have also participated in putting down an uprising of local people against the Norman occupiers, where much or Yorkshire was destroyed and many of the population were killed.
The American Stanfills do appear to have originated as the Stansfield family in Yorkshire, England. The first Stanfield (as the family was then known) to emigrate to the colonies may have been Samuel Stanfield, born in Heptonstall, Yorkshire, England in 1625, died in Chester County, Pennsylvania on November 28, 1687. While I can't find an immigration record for him, I do find that one of his sons, Francis, is listed as emigrating from Liverpool to Pennsylvania in 1683, on a ship carrying 23 Quaker families. Francis is traveling with his wife, Grace, and their children, Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth, Grace and James, as well as 8 servants.
Samuel's son Robert, my 7th great-grandfather, was also born in England and emigrated to Virginia some time after 1698, when he married Ester Sandiford. Their fourth child, Robert, my 6th great-grandfather, is among the first generation of Stanfield born in the colonies.
Below is a deed from John Rainwater to John Stanfield for 125 acres on Sandy Creek for the sum of 10 pounds, dated January 6, 1757 (Deed Book C - Granville County, NC):
This Indenture made this sixth day of January year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty seven between John Rainwater of the one part
and JOHN STANFIELD of the other part witness that the said John Rainwater for and in consideration of the sum of ten pounds Proc. money of ___
___ in hand paid at or before the ___ ___ and delivery ___receipt hereof is hereby acknowledged and the said John Rainwater to the said JOHN
STANFIELD doth hereby aquit and discharge lands granted bargained ___ ___ and confirmed by ___ __ doth fully and absolutely grant bargained sold
and confirmed unto the said JOHN STANFIELD his heirs assigns forever a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in theCounty of Granville
containing one hundred and twenty five acres of land be the same more or less beginning at a corner Maple on the North side of Sandy Creek thence
along a line of mark trees to a corner Pine thence along a line of mark trees to a corner ___ thence along a line of mark trees to the head of a branch
___ ___ branch and down the said branch to the said creek thence up the said creek to the first station together with all houses buildings thereon and
all his right title and interest in and to the said premises and the revertion and revertions remainder and remainders rent issues and profits thereof to and
of every part and parcel thereof with the appertainances to have and to hold the said tract of land with all edifices profits priviledges hereditaments to the
same belonging to the said JOHN STANFIELD his heirs and assign forever ___ ______ paying quit ___ for the same and the said John Rainwater for
himself his heirs Executors administrators doth covenant provide and agree to andwith the said JOHN STANFIELD his heirs and assigns that the above
bargained premises are free and clear of all charges and incumberances whatsoever that the said John Rainwater his heirs hath and ___ estate ______
in ___ ___ and to the said premises and have full power and authority to sell and dispose of the same and he the said John Rainwater his heirs Executors
and Administrators shall and will warrant secure and forever defend the same to the said JOHN STANFIELD his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful
claim or demand of any person or persons whatsoever and shall and will at anytime here after on the reasonable request of the said JOHN STANFIELD
make and execute such ___ in the law as shall for the___ confirming and ___ making the said premises to the said JOHN STANFIELD his heirs on assigns
as shall be advised or required. In Witness whereof the said John Rainwater hath here unto set his hand and seal the day and year above mentioned.
Signed John Rainwater (SEAL)
Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presents of us
___ ___ ___
At a Court held for Granville Co., 7 June 1757
John Rainwater acknowledged this deed to ___ ___ ___ and on motion it was ordered to be registered. ___ ___ ___
William Eaton, public register
By 1762, John Stanfield had sold his property in Granville County and moved to Cumberland County, North Carolina. Below are Abstracts of The Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Cumberland Co., NC, Volume 1, October 1755 - January 1779
William C.Fields, Editor - 1977
Feb. 1761 Court, Page 77- "Motion of William Kennedy, attorney for SARAH STANFIELD, wife of ROBERT STANFIELD lately dec'd, for letters
of administration granted. Bond 80 lbs.proc.: Securities Duncan McNeil and Stephen Gardner, said widow then quallified."
16 February 1762 - Deed: Wm Hodges to JOHN STANFILL proved by Wm Colvin.
The sale of the land above to JOHN STANFILL is mentioned in a deed in the Cumberland Co., NC, Deed book pages 265,266,267. The deed is from
William Hodges to William Armstrong for land on the N.W. side of the N.W. branch of Cape Fear River. On page 266 it says that for the sum of Twenty
Pounds Proc. money William Hodges sold to JOHN STANFIELD one hundred acres of this property on February 16, 1762.
Feb. 17,1762 - Marks and brands recorded by Isaiah Powell, Ferq. Cambell, Wm. Colvin and JOHN STANFIELD.
17 Aug 1762
Petty Jury: Neill McNeill, Absolem Tyler, John Maulden, Neill McNeill, Archd Boury, John Thomas, Sam' l Kennedy, Hugh Smith, Wm. Green,
Wm Johnston, Joseph Adams and JNO. STANFIELD.
May 18,1863 - Petty Jury: Neil McNeil, Absolem Tyler, John Mauldin, Arch'd Bouy, John Thomas, Sam'l Kennedy, Hugo Smith, Wm. Greene,
Wm. Johnston, Joseph Adams and JOHN STANFIELD.
May 18, 1764 - The following summoned to qualify as constables: Abm. Tyler, Daniel Wooten, Nathaniel Holten, THOMAS STANFIELD, Wm Moore,
Wm. Hall, Thomas Tucker and Wm. Narrimoure. Replacements: Richard Stringfield in place of David Trantham; Phillip Thomas in place of Jethroe Hall;
James Howard; James Jones in place of John Taylor; James Muse in place of Jonathan Ritchison; JOHN STANFIELD in place of THOMAS STANFIELD.
May 1764 - Constables summoned to present taxable lists: JOHN STANFIELD to Walter Gibson, Esq.
May 21, 1765 - Moses Tyler appointed constable in place of Charles Stewart, Joseph Adams in place of Daniel Wooten, Thomas Jones in place of Patrick
Campbell, Silvanius Wilson in place of Nathaniel Holten, Richd. Creatch in place of Philip Tomas, John Smith in place of Cornelius Loften, Thomas Conner
in place of JOHN STANFIELD and Aquilla Campbell in place of Lewis Barge.
1767 - Tax List - Cumberland County, North Carolina
JOHN STANFIELD 1 W
January 27, 1773 - Deed: JOHN STANFILL and wife MARY to Duncan McIntosh proved by Duncan McNeil, Esq.
Notes for FRANCIS FAULKNER: (the son of Francis Faulkner- Nathan's brother) Claude W. Faulkner reports that in 1784 this Francis Faulkner moved his
family to the Wilkeys Mill Creek-Jones Creek area of Anson County, North Carolina. His younger brother Nathan and his friends the JOHN and THOMAS
STANFIELD families had settled there at least 10 years earlier. ( It seems that Francis Faulkner may have married a sister to JOHN and THOMAS STANFIELD, since there were Faulkner families that went with different Stanfield's to different areas. As close as these families were they seemed more like kin than friends.)
By 1774, John and Mary have moved to Anson County, North Carolina. Below are records from Anson County regarding for the purchase of land. It's interesting that the spellling of the last name goes from Stanfield to Stanfill and back again. From what I have seen, the name continued to be Stanfield for a couple more generations before the spelling changed to Stanfill.
20 July 1774 - Land Grant #3556 Anson Co. on Jones Creek for 100 acres of land to JOHN STANFIELD.
15 May 1775 - Anson Co., NC, Deed Book K, page 359
Lawrence Franklin - to - JOHN STANFILL
THIS INDENTURE Made the fifteenth day of May in the fifteenth yearof the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third and in the year of our Lord One
Thousand Seven Hundred Seventy Five Between Lawrence Franklin of Anson County in the Province of North Carolina of the One Part and JOHN STANFILL
SENR. of the said County and Province afore said of the other Part WITNESSETH that for and in consideration of the sum of Sixteen Pounds Proc. Money
by the said John Stanfill to the said Lawrence Franklin in hand paid the Receipt whereof is given granted bargained and sold and by these Presents doth give
grant bargain and sell unto the said JOHN STANFILL SENR. his Heirs and Assigns a certain piece or parcel of land lying and being in the said County of Anson
in the Province Afore said Beginning at a white oak standing on the So. side of Wilkeys Mill Creek of Jones Creek in Lewis Lowry's first line about a Quarter of a
Mile above Robert Edwards's Survey and runs thence So. 6 Et. 155 poles to a stake among 3 Pines Pointers thence So. 84 Wt. 139 poles to a stake in William
May's first line, then No. 20 Wt. 272 Poles with his said line, then No. 42 Et. 207 Poles to the said Lowry's 2nd line Reverse to a stake among 3 Black Oaks then
No. 48 Et. 100 Poles with his first Line Reverse to the first station containing One Hundred and forty five acres granted by Patent dated 25th July 1774. TO HAVE
AND TO HOLD the aforesaid One Hundred and forty five Acres of land with the appertenances and all Rights Privileges and Improvements to the same in any wise
belonging to him the said JOHN STANFILL his Heirs and Assigns forever and the said Lawrence Franklin and Mary his Wife their Heirs and Assigns doth hereby
covenant and agree to and with the said JOHN STANFILL SENR. that He the said JOHN STANFILL his Heirs and Assigns shall and may forever hereafter peaceably
& Quietly Have Hold Occupy Possess and Enjoy the afore granted land and premises without the Let or Molestation of any person whatsoever and free and clear
from all and all manner of Incumbrance whatsoever, and the said Lawrence Franklin doth oblige himself his Heirs Executors and Administrators to warrant & defend
the afore-granted land and forever against the claim of all persons whatsoever. IN WITNESS WHERE OF the Parties have herunto set their Hands and Seals the day
and year first above written.
Signed Sealed and Delivered?? Lawrence Franklin (SEAL)
in the Presence of???? Her
THOS. STANFILL?????Mary X Franklin (SEAL)
Nathan X Melton
Mark??? Anson County Sct. Then this Deed was in
open Court duly proved by the oath of THOMAS STANFILL a witness thereto and ordered?????to beregistered.
J. Auld? Clk.
12 July 1775 - Buford and Howard vs Isaac Brigman. Jury:
John Lambden, Chas. Ray, Wm. Brooks, Burlingham Rudd, Lawrence Franklin,William May, Thos. Jowers, JOHN STANFIELD, John Jarman, Duncan McNabb.
Joseph Huff and Reuben Phillips.
22 August 1777 - Anson County, NC, Deed Book K, page 448
Lewis Lowery to JOHN STANFILL
THIS INDENTURE Made the 22nd day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred & Seventy Seven Between Lewis Lowry and Anson County
in the Province of North Carolina of the one part and JOHN STANFILL SENR. of the sd. County & Province afsd. of the other part Witnesseth that for & in
consideration of the sum of Sixteen Pounds Proc.Money by the said JOHN STANFILL to the said Lewis Lowry in hand paid the Receipt wherof is hereby fully
acknowledged by the said Lewis Lowry and he Hath given granted bargained & sold & by these presents doth give grant bargain & sell unto the said JOHN STANFILL
& His Heirs & Assigns a certain piece or parcel of land lying & being in the said County of Anson & Province afsd. on the Mill prong of Jones's Creek begining at a
poplar by a white oak East of a small Spring Branch South of said prong said to be near Robert Edwards line & running thence So. 5 W 44 chains & 73 links to a
stake among 2 pines a black oak & hickory pointers then No 40 Wt to a hickory and then along a line of marked trees to the Creek & then down the courses of the
Creek to Lewis Lowry's 4th line then direct to the Begining containing sone Hundred acres of land more or less it being part of a tract of land granted by his Majesty
to Lewis Lowry of the said County bearing date the Eighteenth day of April in the year of oour Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred & Seventy One. TO HAVE &
TO HOLD the afsd oneHundred acres fo land more or less with the appurtenances and all rights privileges improvements to the same in any wise belonging to him
the said JNO.STANFILL his Heirs & Assigns forever & the said Lewis Lowrey & Susanna Lowry his wife their heirs & Assigns doth hereby covenant & agree to &
with the said JOHN STANFILL SENR. that He the said JOHN STANFILL his Heirs & Assigns shall & may forever hereafter peaceably & quietly Have Hold Occupy
Possess & enjoy the afore granted land & premises without the let or molestation of any person whatsoever & free & clear from all & all manner of incumbrances
whatsoever & the sd Lewis Lowry doth oblidge himself his Heirs Executors & Administrators to warrant & defend the afore granted land & Premises to him the said
JOHN STANFILL SENR. his Heirs & Assigns forever against the claim of all persons whatsoever. IN WITNESS WHEROF the parties have here unto set their hand
& seals the day &Year first above written.
Signed Sealed & Delivered???? Lewis Lowry (SEAL)
in the presence of us????? Susanah Lowry (SEAL)
Thos.(X) T. Mirkell??? Anson County October Court 1777
Mark????? This deed was duly proved by oath THOS.STANFIELD & ordered to be registered.
J. Auld Clk. Co.
Abstracts of Anson County Court Records (NC) p. 136 - 139
October 1779 - Petition of Inhabitants of Anson County (Oct. 1779)to have county divided into two counties. The Pee
Dee River as dividing line. Among signers: JOHN STANFILL
1 November 1782 - Anson County, NC, Deed Book 4, page 186
JOHN STANDFIELD to JAMES STANDFIELD
THIS INDENTURE made the first Day of November in the year of our Lord 1782 Between JOHN STANDFIELD SEN.
of Anson County in the state of North Carolina & the one part & JAMES STANDFIELD of the sd County & province aforesd.
of the either part Witnesseth that for & in Consideration of the sum of Fifty pounds specie money by the sd JAS. STANDFIELD
to the sd JOHN STANDFIELD SEN. in hand paid the Recpt whereof is hereby acknowledged by the sd. JOHN STANDFIELD SEN.
& he hath given granted bargained & sold & by these presents doth give grant bargain & sell unto the sd JAMES STANDFIELD
his heirs & assigns a certain tract of Land Lying & being in the County of Anson & state aforesd on the middle prong of Jones's
Creek Beginning at a pine in thefork of a branch of said Creek near his old survey & Runs thence No. 65 Et. 127 poles to a black
oak then No. 25 wt. 127 poles to a stake then so. 65 wt. 127 poles then so. 25 et. 127 poles to the Beginning containing one
hundred acres of Land more or less it being a tract of Land granted by his majestys Letter Patent to the aforesd. JOHN
STANDFIELD SEN. of the sd County Bearing Date the 20th, day of July in the year of our Lord 1774 To have & to hold the aforesd.
100 acres of Land more or Less with the appurtenances and all Rights privileges Improvements to the same in anywise Belonging
to him the sd JAMES STANDFIELD his heirs & assignsforever & the sd. JOHN STANDFIELD SEN. & MARY STANDFIELD his wife
their heirs & assigns doth hereby covenant & agree to & with the sd JAMES STANDFIELD that he the sd JAMES STANDFIELD his
heirs and assigns shall & may forever hereafter peaceably and Quietly have hold occupy possess & Enjoy the aforesd. granted Land
& premises without the Let or molestation of any person whatsoever the sd JOHN STANDIFIELD SEN. doth oblige himself his heirs
Exrs. & admrs to warrant & Defend the afore granted Land & premises to him the sd JAMES STANDFIELD his heirs & assigns forever
against the Lawful claim of all persons whatsoever In Witness whereof the parties have herby set their hands and seals the day & year
first above Written signed Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of us.
Nathan X Melton????? JOHN X STANDFIELD (SEAL)
THOS. STANDFIELD????? her
MARY X STANDFIELD
Anson County Court 1784 then this Deed was duly ackknowledged in open Court by JOHN STANDFIELD the Party Thereto & ordered
to be Registered
Test Mich Auld Clk.