Thomas William Fielding b. 1795 in KY, m. Elizabeth Hunter (1797-1872) on Jan. 23, 1812 and living in TN from the time of their marriage. The 1810 census has 'William' as the head of house with 10 family members and 2 slaves... perhaps his father is 'William' as 15 seems young to be head of house w/ 10 members. 1830 census has the same number of family members with 'Thomas' listed as the head of house. In all census the birthplace is KY. Elizabeth's birthplace is SC. No parents for her either and no idea how she ended up in Kentucky. The children are William Lott, Sterling Brewer, Thomas William, Victoria, James J., Isaac N., Jane, names which are not easily associated with the VA branch of Fieldings.
I've been trying to find parents or any representation of the Fielding name in Kentucky or Tennessee, and theoretically, a linkage back to Virginia. My hope is to build a connection to the prominent Fielding family of Northumberland and Surrey counties, VA. Most of the Fieldings listed before 1800 are in the Tidewater areas with ties back to Bristol, Gleicester, England.
Kentucky experienced huge population growth after 1780 following the Revolutionary War. Some moved on to neighboring states, in the case of this Fielding family, Tennessee and eventually to Florida. Virginia seems the most likely point of origin for my ancestors in KY/TN. I've tried several TN and KY geneology/historical sources. No luck. The Fielding name is not very common with the only other concentration in New England states.
So I've got to bridge 2-3 generations to get back to Virginia, but no clear path or methodology. I checked Sons of American Revolution, various UVA and William & Mary sources confident I would make a connection, but...