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James Franklin Fields (1853 - abt. 1908)

James Franklin Fields
Born in , MOmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 27 Mar 1878 in , Orange, TXmap
Husband of — married 2 Sep 1908 in Newton, Texas, United Statesmap
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Died about [location unknown]
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Died ABT 1908. Cause: Pneumonia. Buried ABT 1908. Deweyville, Newton Co., TX. Note: DNA testing has confirmed that he is probably the son of Joseph Fields and Elizabeth Holman as his descendants are related to other descendants of Joseph Fields. On the 1860 census of Ray Co. MO pg. 195 they are listed there with children Mary (10), James (8), Ellen (5) and John (5/12) all born in MO. Joseph is 35 born in MO and Elizabeth is 33 born in MO. In a conversation with Alice Fields Eldridge, James' daughter, on October 19, 1994, she didn't know the name of her father's parents. She thought that her father had a sister named Ellen. I found the above family with a son named James and a daughter named Ellen. The above family is next door to a Howard and Elizabeth Fields who is probably Joseph's brother. Next door to them is a Hannah Fields, aged 56 from VA who I think is their mother. Going back to 1850 in Ray Co., MO I find Howard and Elizabeth Fields living next door to Joseph (60 b. in VA) and Hannah (52 b. in VA) Fields who I think are the parents. In the 1850 Buchanan Co., MO census is a Joseph Fields (24) living with a family by the name of Holman with a girl aged 24 named Elizabeth. I think this is the same Joseph and Elizabeth. In Joseph's Confederate pension application, he lists son James as being born December 14, 1851. My James Fields has December 1853 on the 1900 census, two years difference. From Deena Mault: "The family story was told to Martha Isabel Fields from her father, Anson Milo Fields, who heard the story from his father, Samuel S. Fields. "James Fields (son of Joseph and Elizabeth Fields) was a young man and he was doing some work for a farmer in the area (Missouri). When he went to get his pay, the farmer refused to pay him. James hit the farmer, knocking him down. James thought that the farmer was dead so he ran away to Texas and the family lost track of him. However, the farmer did recover and James was not wanted for murder as he thought he was.". 1860 - Ray Co., MO. Census, page 195. Some speculation that this is the same James. Listed as being 8 years old, i.e. born in 1852. 1870, July 22 - Ray Co., MO. census. Page 483. 1877 - Newton Co., TX. tax. 1880 - Newton Co., TX. tax. 1880, June 1 - Newton Co., TX. Census. Page 530, S.D. 1, E.D. 54, 54th District. Per census he was lumberer. He and Emma were living as boarders with a Henry Gibson. Living next door to Henry and Caroline Jones, who I believe are Emma's brother and sister-in-law. 1882 - Newton Co., TX. tax. 1883 - Newton Co., TX. tax. 1884 - Newton Co., TX. tax. According to the record he owned no land but paid taxes on personal property. 1885 - Newton Co., TX. tax. 1886 - Newton Co., TX. tax. 1887 - Newton Co., TX. tax. 1888 - Newton Co., TX. Tax. 1900, June - Newton Co., TX. Census. Sheet 4A, S.D. 8, E.D. 55, Precinct #5. On the census it says that he was a log floater by occupation. Per the census he could not read or write. In September 2, 1908 he married his former wife's sister-in-law Caroline Clark. The name on the marriage certificate was Caroline Predan. On the 1910 census there is a two year old child by the last name of Predan. She had apparently married someone by the name of Predan and the child had probably just been born when she married James. In March 27, 1909 she was widowed and selling land that I believe had belonged to James, so James died sometimes between September 2, 1908 and March 27, 1909. Per Alice Gay's father he died of pneumonia. I don't know when James died. His daughter Alice told me in Oct. 19, 1994 that her father had died on the way to picking her and the other children up. They were staying with the oldest girl who was married at the time. Along the way he had a heart attack and died. He had married a woman named Carolyn and according to Alice, Carolyn got everything and the children received no inheritance. I've yet to find out when and where he died. Alice thought that he died near Albany (Shackleford Co.) TX. She thought that he and Emma were buried in or near Deweyville. I've been unable to find their graves. From Alice Gay: Joe and Emma lived near Old Salem and ran a ferry. After Emma died, Joe married Caroline and they were living close to Roscoe TX or in neighboring Fisher Co., TX. He and Caroline were married for only about 5-1/2 months. He died of pneumonia. Alice's notes as taken from talking with her father has James buried in Shepherd cemetery in Newton County. On a trip there on 12-12-03, I could not find a marker for him. A relative mentions children Aunt Eunice and Aunt Gussie which may be nicknames for a couple of the girls.


  • 1860 census of Ray Co. MO pg. 195

1870, July 22 - Ray Co., MO. census. Page 483.

1880, June 1 - Newton Co., TX. Census. Page 530, S.D. 1, E.D. 54, 54th District.

1900, June - Newton Co., TX. Census. Sheet 4A, S.D. 8, E.D. 55, Precinct #5

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