John was born in 1726 in Essex, Colonial Virginia to Abraham M. Mayfield, Sr. and Elizabeth Valentine Bell.
He married Mary "Molly" Stanwix in 1745 in Waxhaw Settlement, SC. John is noted as being a Lieutenant (South Carolina) in the Revolutionary War Journals. He served in the war of the Revolution for American Independence, as a private in Captain Jacob John Lansing's Company, 3rd Regiment of New York Levies, commanded by Col. Morris Graham. He enlisted August 1st, 1780, for a term of three months and his name last appears on a company muster roll dated October 26, 1780. He attained the rank of Captain in the Pre Revolutionary Army. John lost his life in the Battle of King's Mountain around 1783 in the 96th District, Union, South Carolina at age 59. All of his sons that were of age enlisted and some were at the Battle of King's Mountain.
John and his friend, Samuel McJunkin, served under General John Stanwix as privates while stationed at Ft. Stanwix near Rome, New York. They both settled in a rural community 30 miles north of Greenville, SC called Traveler's Rest near King's Mountain.
According to the book Texas and Texans, John served at the Battle of King's Mountain in the Revolutionary War. It is also mentioned in the book "Some Heroes of the American Revolution" in the chapter on Major Joseph McJunkin. Captain John was with his Commander, Col. Thomas Fletcher when he was found on Fletcher's Plantation hidden in the hollow of a long sycamore tree. They were both taken prisoner and sent to Charleston. Fletcher and his men were released around March of 1766.
John Mayfield married Mary Stanwix and moved to the northern portion of South Carolina. Defended against the Cherokee Indians; took part in the Revolutionary War, etc. John & Mary Stanwix Mayfield moved to Amherst County, VA about 1767. Removed to Greenville County, SC. after the Revolutionary War.
John Mayfield and Samuel McJUNKIN were promoted to be Captains and each maintained his position until 1776 when each resigned. Captain John Mayfield and his wife, Mary Stanwix, settled on the land joining Thomas Brandon on Brown's creek. They bought two tracts from the Brandons 9 Dec. 1775.
Capt. John Mayfield and some fifty of the men of his command took the oath of allegiance to the SC Constitution of March 26 1776, and stubs 1916 shows payment Dec. 31, 1775 payment of expenses, 2 pounds, 16 shillings and 11 pence for services rendered. (Gibbs Documentary History)
On call for troops for the Indian War of 1776, Capt. John Mayfield with Capt. Samuel McJUNKIN, joined Hugh's company, Brandon's Reg., at the fall of Charleston, was paroled, took part in the reorganization July 1780 at the Bullocks Creek Meeting House and helped shape the organization which selected Col. Thomas Sumpter as their General and was assigned to Peter Burns' company, Sumpter Reg., and fought at Hanging Rock, 7 Oct 1780, and at Fishing Creek, Kings Mountain, Black Stock Ford and Cow Pens. Jan. 1780. Capt. John Mayfield, at Charleston, planned the running of the powder allotted to Col. John Thomas and Col. Thomas Brandon's Reg., through the British blockade, and aided by Maj. Joseph McJunkin and John P. Thomas and a skilled crew of sailors safely landed the precious cargo near Thikety and with eight picked officers hid all except for immediate use which was lodged in Col. Thomas' residence and then removed.
The American Historical Company did all of the above record about John Mayfield, for Mrs. Pearson B. Mayfield of Cleveland TN.
He left a will on 31 July 1783 at Abbeville County, South Carolina, USA; WILLIAM WILLIAMS, JOHN SESSON AND LAWLAT PORTER MADE INVENTORY ON HIS WILL 31 JULY 1783. ABBEYVILLE DISTRICT HIS WIFE MARY WAS NAMED ADMINISTRATOR. JOHN WAS GRANTED 300 A LAND BY GOV. ROWEN OF, NC AND SAID LANDS WERE THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN IN, NC UNTIL THE LINE WAS RUN AND FOUND TO BE IN UNION COUNTY, SC.
John Mayfield and all his children said to have been in the battle of King's Mt., NC. Lt. John Mayfield and samuel McJunkins served as pvts under Gen. stanwix at Fort Stanwix. Removed from VA to the northern part of SC. Went to Pulaski Co., KY 1795, stopping at Knoxville, TN, for a short time en-route.
Alice Ann Fesmire's Postings on Rootsweb.com "Alice Ann's Family Tree" - updated 06 Sep 2002. In one of her sources " The Mary Mayfield Birge Letter" she states the following: " The Mayfield's came to America from Ireland. They were among the early settlers. John Mayfield married Rebecca Armitage in 1666 (New England Genealogy, Volume 5, 339). For more than a hundred years their descendants took part in defending "The Settlers" sgainst French and Indians. John Stanwix, a British soldier, built forts for defense - one was completed in 1758 which was called Fort Stanwix, in honor of his name. (The Stars and Stripes were first raised in battle at Fort Stanwix.) 
The first available record of the Mayfield family in this country is of John Mayfield who married Rebecca Armitage in 1666. This record is in the New England Genealogy Vol. 5, page 339, in the Library at Washington D. C. The next record is of another John Mayfield, born in 1735. This leaves a gap of possible two generations, between the two John's.
Ancestor #: A076136
Service: SOUTH CAROLINA Rank(s): LIEUTENANT
Birth: 1720 ESSEX CO VIRGINIA
Death: 1784 SOUTH CAROLINA
Service Source: SALLEY & WATES, STUB ENTRIES TO INDENTS, BOOKS O-Q, P 36, LIBER O, #181
Service Description: 1) ESTATE WAS PAID FOR DUTY PERFORMED IN 1781 & 1782
The first nine children cited above can’t be correct.
Ellender Mayfield 1742–1822
Isaac Mayfield 1742–1822
John W Mayfield 1745–1816
Elijah Mayfield 1746–Deceased
James Mayfield 1748–1825
Abraham Lewis Mayfield 1749–1782
Isham Mayfield 1752–1818
Micajah Mayfield 1755–1798
William Mayfield 1758–1820
Randolph Mayfield 1760–Deceased
William Mayfield 1743–Deceased
William Mayfield 1748–1761
Abraham Lewis Mayfield 1750–1842
Stephen Mayfield Sr. 1755–1834
Stephen Andrew Mayfield Sr 1756–1846
Elisha Mayfield 1758–Deceased
Jesse Mayfield Sr. 1765–1833
DAR has one son listed (Abraham, married Jane Jones). Note - DAR lists only those children with a descendant who joined the DAR through that child.
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