There was a Martin Morefield on the Halifax, VA tax list in 1814 and 1815. A Martin Morefield married Mary/Polly Weaver in Blount, TN in 1817; Martin was mentioned in the 1829 Blount, TN will of Dr. William Thomas. In 1840 Martin Mofield appeared on the Smith Co, TN census. In 1850 Martin Mowfield appeared on the Smith, TN census. In 1860 Martin Mofield appeared on the Williamson, IL census. I believe that this Martin was the common ancestor of the Smith Co, TN Mofields.
I believe that Martin had 4 sons: James, Thomas, Johnson and Walter. James and Thomas are not proven as s/o Martin, but it is highly likely that they were. James had two grandsons named Martin. Thomas, Johnson, and Walter also migrated to Williamson, IL. James remained in Smith, TN, where he married Rachel Craig; they had 6 sons--William B., John D., Thomas M. Charles M., Robert A. and James E.
Martin's DoB varies a great deal from one census to the next, but based on the fact that he was on the Halifax, VA tax list in 1814 and 1815, I tend to believe the 1860 census, which gives his age as 65.
In 1830 Smith, TN there were two entries for a Johnson Morefield and there was a Julius Morefield. Julius Morefield was listed next door to one of the Johnson Morefields. I tend to think that the second Johnson Morefield was a census error; there are no indications that there was a second Johnson Morefield during that time period. By 1840 Johnson was in Jefferson, IL and Julius was in Clay, IL.
I *speculate* that Martin and Johnson were brothers, and that Julius was a cousin.
Pat (Moorefield) Seaver
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