I started researching the Cofield, Coffield and Caufields many years ago. With the hussel and bussel of life, I have not looked at my research until recently. From what I remember, there were 2 brothers from Nansemond County, Va. that moved to the bertie county in the early to middle 1800's. There is verbal history from both white and black Cofields that these brothers married sisters that were of Indian(f) and black(m) descent for there doweries of $20,000. Most of the Cofields in and around Cofield N.C. are very light skin. There were also some Cofields that lived as white that moved to Ga. in the early 1800's and married into a plantation family. There are black Cofield and Coffields that traced back to the slaves of this family. I am a descendant of the original Coffields of Isle of Wight and Nansemond County VA. The first record of a Cofield or Coffield in the states is Gresham Cofield 1638. I have noticed looking over many early records that the authors took pride in their handwriting, but not in their spelling. I have copies of documents that will Cofield spelled as Coffield, Caulfield, Caufield all in the same document. I hope this information helps. Please email me if I can be of further assistance.
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