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KY & TN - late 1700s to mid 1800s - Scofield
Posted by: John Scofield (ID *****2135) Date: July 03, 2002 at 15:10:03
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I am working on a puzzle with my Scofield past, as my father never really knew his family. These puzzles are what makes the research fun, I have found.

Iíve had to piece the Scofields through several generations in Indiana in the 1870s - 1920s, and then back to Kentucky/Tennessee. If you bear with me, below, you will see that my most-distant ancestor (at this point) appears to have been from Kentucky, born there between 1780 and 1790: Henry Scofield (one of many from what Iíve been able to see). Iíve never seen any other link to KY/TN Scofields during my genealogy research Ė itís like walking into a black hole of genealogy.

As you can see, I am interested in trying to connect my last-identified ancestors to the Scofields of the Eastern United States. A Scofield son must have wandered out of CT or NY to go find farm land in (what was then) the distant West. Iím only a generation or two from putting the puzzle together, but Iím at a standstill, I think. Perhaps, if you have a moment, you could review my findings and give me a kick in the right direction.

My last-identified ancestor is Cornelius Scofield. He was born in about 1822 and died in between 1855 and 1860 (approximately). He was born in Kentucky or Tennessee and appears to have died in Kentucky. He married Isabell (spelled differently in different places) Scofield, abt. 1821 Ė abt. 1895. They had four children in their marriage, John (11/21/1853 Ė 3/8/1909), Charles, Mary, and Elizabeth.

Information as to the identity of Cornelius and Isabell Scofield as the parents of John Scofield (a fifth great grandparent of mine or so) are obtained from the death certificate and records of John Scofield. All further information about Cornelius and Isabell Scofield are obtained from the 1850 and 1860 Kentucky census records for Anderson and Washington Counties, Kentucky respectively. The census record for 1850 does not list an employment for Cornelius. Discrepancy: the census records indicate that Cornelius and Isabell were from Kentucky, and the death records of John Scofield indicate that they were from Tennessee.

By deduction and inference, I have concluded that Henry Scofield was Corneliusí dad: The 1850 Kentucky census record for Cornelius Scofield reflects that he was from Kentucky. [Note: Other records (those of John Scofield, Cornelius' son) reflect that Cornelius may have been from Tennessee, but no "Scofields" are noted in the Tennessee census records of 1840 or 1830.] Only six "Scofield" families lived in Kentucky in 1840 (when Cornelius was about 18), and only three of those families lived in Kentucky in 1830 (when Cornelius was about 8). Of the three "Scofield" families that lived in Kentucky in 1830 and 1840, only one had a son between the age of 15 and 20 -- Henry Scofield.

According to the 1840 census records of Graves County, Kentucky, Henry Scofield was between age 50 and 60. Living with him, he had six young men (presumably sons), five young women (presumably daughters), a wife (between the age of 40 and 50), no "free colored persons," and no slaves. The men were one under 5-years-old, one between 5 and 10, two between 10 and 15, one between 15 and 20, and one between 20 and 30. The women were one under 5-years-old, one between 5 and 10, two between 10 and 15, and one between 15 and 20. In 1840, Graves County, Kentucky had a population of 7,465.

If you have any suggestions, I would be very appreciative. If you would like any of my information on the Cornelius Scofield family tree, I would be happy to provide you with more than you might care to know.

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