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John W Mayfield Sr (abt. 1720 - 1782)

Lieutenant John W Mayfield Sr
Born about in Essex, Colony of Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1741 in Essex Co., VA or Warren Co., NCmap
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Died in Union, District 96, South Carolina, United Statesmap
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John Mayfield Sr was a Virginia colonist.
Lieutenant John Mayfield Sr participated in the American Revolution
from Mayfield-415
  • born about 1725, Amherst, Amherst, Virginia, British Colonial America
  • married 1745, Waxhaw Settlement, North Carolina Colony
parents (Mayfield-262 had no parents attached):
see Research Notes for the 26 kids who were attached to Mayfield-415. Mayfield-262 had one: John W Mayfield Jr. (abt.1754-1780)

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.


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 "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.) [2]

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.

DAR Soldier[3]
Ancestor #: A076136
Service Description: 1) ESTATE WAS PAID FOR DUTY PERFORMED IN 1781 & 1782

Research Notes

The first nine children cited above can’t be correct.

Correct children:[4] 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
Isabell 1745–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).[5] Note - DAR lists only those children with a descendant who joined the DAR through that child.

The following 26 kids were attached to Mayfield-415 at the time of the merge, 23 Sep 2021. Mayfield-262 had one: John W Mayfield Jr. (abt.1754-1780).
  • Elijah Mayfield (Mayfield-425)
  • Jesse Mayfield (Mayfield-426)
  • William Mayfield (Mayfield-418)
  • Thomas Mayfield (Mayfield-419)
  • Steven Mayfield (Mayfield-420)
  • James Mayfield (Mayfield-422)
  • Elisha Mayfield (Mayfield-424)
  • John W. Mayfield (Mayfield-413)
  • Isaac Ellender Mayfield Sr. (Mayfield-774)
  • Isaac Ellender Mayfield Sr. (Mayfield-423)
  • John Mayfield (Mayfield-773)
  • Elijah Mayfield (Mayfield-778)
  • Micajah Mayfield (Mayfield-771)
  • William Mayfield (Mayfield-772)
  • Abraham Lewis Mayfield (Mayfield-427)
  • Abraham Mayfield (Mayfield-762)
  • Elisha Mayfield (Mayfield-777)
  • Jesse Mayfield (Mayfield-776)
  • James Mayfield (Mayfield-775)
  • Stephen Mayfield (Mayfield-770)
  • Samuel Mayfield (Mayfield-769)
  • Randolph Mayfield (Mayfield-756)
  • Clarenda (Pleasant) Mayfield (Pleasant-61)
  • Mary Mayfield (Mayfield-758)
  • Jesse Mayfield (Mayfield-759)
  • Thomas Mayfield (Mayfield-760)

Maintenance Categories

  • Needs Extensive Work: More than three "Needs" categories. ~ Brady-1418, 22 August 2021
  • Needs Relationship Review: Too many children attached. ~ Brady-1418, 22 August 2021
    • Warning received upon saving 23 Sep 2021: " Warning: Check the data. A child's birth date (Mayfield-425 born 1721) should not be before a parent is six years old (Mayfield-262 born 1720)."
  • Needs Style Review: See the project's Editing Guidance. ~ Noland-165 01:13, 24 September 2021 (UTC)
  • Merge Attention: Post-merge cleanup. ~ Noland-165 01:13, 24 September 2021 (UTC)
  • Needs Research: DAR record in DAR-grs database has, apparently, been corrected & no longer shows him as a Lieutenant during the war. There are currently only two DAR records for John Mayfield, neither is for a Lieutenant Mayfield (the other is #A076138). Three John Mayfield profiles are attached as son - one is "the Tory" & one cites #A076138 to support his information. ~ Noland-165 01:47, 24 September 2021 (UTC)


  1. GEDCOM: From a GedCom supplied by Charlotte Mayfield Jackson dated Jun, 1997.
  2. Alice Ann Fesmire's Postings on "Alice Ann's Family Tree"
  3. DAR Record for Patriot Ancestor #A076136, accessed prior to 23 September 2021 (record as of 23 September 2021 does not match the text provided under "DAR Soldier" in the biography). The link was the same:
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Mayfield-415 and Mayfield-262 appear to represent the same person because: These men are duplicates that will require work to straighten out. Neither is the husband of Stanwix
posted by Chris Brady
Mayfield-425 and Mayfield-262 appear to represent the same person because: These two men appear to represent the same person - work is needed.
posted by Chris Brady
Phil Norfleet published a well-researched article ( on the John Mayfield-Mary Stanwix “legend” in which he examines whether John Mayfield could have married Mary Stanwix, the daughter of Lt. Gen. John Stanwix. He examines the published versions of the legend from 1914 through the present, and also looks at the official records of Lt. Gen. Stanwix from 1766 through 1894. Here is Phil’s final summary from that article:
”Based on the above extracts from authoritative sources, it is obvious that there is no way for John Mayfield to have married a daughter of John Stanwix. The General had only one daughter, who perished with him in October 1766. The General's only son (Thomas) had previously died, as a young man in 1756, undoubtedly without leaving any progeny. I also consider it very doubtful that there was ever a marriage between a member of the Mayfield family and anyone with the Stanwix surname. This name is very uncommon, even today. I searched all of the published 1790 census records for all the states, including New York, and not even one Stanwix household was listed. I also searched the 1997 United States telephone directories (via CD-ROM) for the Stanwix surname and only 62 entries were noted; this compares to almost 10,000 entries for the Mayfield surname. I must repeat - the Stanwix surname is extremely rare in the United States.”

I think Phil makes some good points here. Unfortunately, he isn’t around to discuss it anymore – Phil passed away in Dec 2018.

posted on Mayfield-415 (merged) by Stephen Mosier
edited by Stephen Mosier
Mayfield-741 and Mayfield-415 appear to represent the same person because: The name and the birth and death dates are nearly identical.
posted on Mayfield-415 (merged) by Molly (Boling) Gibbs
Mayfield-262 and Mayfield-612 appear to represent the same person because: Birth and death dates and places similar.
posted on Mayfield-612 (merged) by Rick Williams
Hi! MatchBot proposed a merge of Standwix-1 and Bracken-51. I rejected that merge because of Stanwix-9... who married John Bell Mayfield & those two are attached as wives of John W. Mayfield/John W. Mayfield.

I'd propose a merge, but I don't know if it's Standwix (with a d) or Stanwix (without)... and I'm not even really sure that John Bell Mayfield & John W Mayfield aren't the same person. Best source for her maiden name between the two profiles is a tree posted on Rootsweb citing Ancestry's One World Tree.

If anyone has better sources, please post.

Thanks! Liz, MatchBot MP

posted on Mayfield-741 (merged) by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Hi! MatchBot proposed a merge of Standwix-1 and Bracken-51. I rejected that merge because of Stanwix-9... who married John Bell Mayfield & those two are attached as wives of John W. Mayfield/John W. Mayfield.

I'd propose a merge, but I don't know if it's Standwix (with a d) or Stanwix (without)... and I'm not even really sure that John Bell Mayfield & John W Mayfield aren't the same person. Best source for her maiden name between the two profiles is a tree posted on Rootsweb citing Ancestry's One World Tree.

If anyone has better sources, please post.

Thanks! Liz, MatchBot MP

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Hi! I changed the 1721 marriage date to 1741 (profile shows his birth as 1721 & hers as 1726 - 1741 because I'm assuming 1721 was a typo).
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett