This has been a real puzzler for me as to where the fit might be. William B. Stanphill might be in the lines I'm researching, from Edgecombe/Rowan/Surry, NC. My ancestor is Thomas Stanfield; he applied for a Rev War pension, but app was denied. His probable but unproven brother was Rev. War soldier James Stanfield whose wife was Fanny (maiden name said to be Guinn unproven, although that's what it states on an old DAR application from a Delphia Price descendant. A Cornelius Guinn was living near them in NC). Fanny did receive a pension. Their surviving children in 1842 were James and Cornelius Stanfield, Mary Britton, and Delphia Price. Cornelius went to IL, and not much is known of James' whereabouts or his descendants, if any.
Vincent/Vinson Stanphill, unproven son of above Thomas Stanfield, married Mary Gotcher, . They were in Franklin co, AL by about 1819 and died there. The name Pomphrey/Pumphritt/Pumphrey was a common given name. William B. Stanfield/phill was in Franklin co on one census, living not too far from Vincent & Mary Stanphill; memory ?1860.
Another Stanfield family in Marshall co, AL was George R. Stanfield, a son of Rev War Capt John Stanfield, who married Sarah Roberts in Halifax, VA. Sarah (Roberts) Stanfield received a widow's pension based on his service which lists all their surviving children and where most were living/when. George R. Stanfield's 2nd wife was Irena Davenport. George R. served briefly in the Civil War and was killed a few days after enlisting, I think maybe in AR. All George R. and Irena's family were said to have removed together shortly before the Civil War. Another son of Capt. John and Sarah was John Stanfield, who was living for a time in Georgia and was said to have lived in Marshall-DeKalb-Etowah cos. Some believe most of the area's Stanfields descended from him.
Another puzzler is a Cornelius Stanphill/field of Marshall co, AL who fought and was killed in the Mexican War. Two women claimed to be his mother; one from Marshall county, and the other from New Orleans - entirely different ladies.
This is pure speculation, but my first guess as a father would be James Stanfield, son of James and Fanny. Next MIGHT be that William B. was a son of Cornelius Stanfield (who was son of James & Fanny). There is one son yet to be identified. I know very little about John Stanfield, son of Capt. John and Sarah.
I pretty much 'gave up' on William B. m Nancy Ellen Swords, to be honest. I do feel the others living near him in Marshall co, AL were related. Jerry Richmond has an excellent Stanfield website, and another where he has posted information on various "common-name" male Stanfields of the era. I'll email these.
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