1828 - 1913
Greene - Wayne County, NC
James Addison and Sarah McKinne Fields
James Addison Fields was born Aug 7, 1828 in Greene County, NC and died Sep 8, 1913 in Wayne County, Brogden Township, NC. He appeared in the following 1850 Greene County census age 22, head of household, occupation farmer with a real estate value of 1,000. His mother Elizabeth Fields age 59, brothers Bennet Fields age 20 and Robert Fields age 15 were members of the household. It is thought there was a daughter, Margaret who married Nicholas Smith before the 1850 census. One of the neighbors of this family in this census was Nicholas Smith age 35 and wife Margaret D. Smith age 24. Addison and Sarah were married in Wayne County at "Nicholas Smiths".
It is thought this family was the second family of Jeremiah Fields of Greene County. Following are clues about a possible connection:
Jeremiah and wife were in the Greene County, NC 1800 census ages "up to 20" and born 1780 or before. In the 1830 census his age was 50-59 years and his wife's age 30-39 years, she being born 1791 or later. This second's wife age matches that of Elizabeth Fields.
In the 1840 Greene county census one of Jeremiah's neighbors was Parrott Mewborn. Jeremiah died sometime before the 1850 census in which a Parrott Mewborn was one of Addison's family's neighbors.
Greene County, NC Estate Records 1839-1845 by Bill Murphrey
Jeremiah had two sons in his first family named Henry and Matthew. In the 1850 Greene County census, a Henry and Matthew Fields were neighbors of Addison's family and their ages match those in Jeremiah Fields first family's Bible Record.
Jeremiah's three other sons in his first family were Josiah, Lemuel and William B. Fields. The same names appear in Wayne County Fields' deeds by 1841. Josiah and William B.'s ages in the Wayne County 1860 census match those in Jeremiah Fields first family's Bible Record.
It's possible the following deed indicates when Addison's family arrived in Wayne County:
State of North Carolina - Wayne County
State of North Carolina - Wayne County
1860 Wayne County, NC Census - Indian Springs
Elizabeth Fields, 67
By 1860 Addison and Sarah were living adjacent to Newman Potts Sr. who bought land described as "a certain tract or parcel of land, situated, lying & being in the County & State aforesaid on the south side of Neuse River and on the east side of Wilmington & Weldon Rail Road, adjoining the lands of James A. Fields & others". [Today the land would have been along both sides a one mile road called Potts Road in Brogden Township].
The two families intermarried with Addison's two children (John Franklin and Mary Abstella) marrying two of Newman Sr.'s children (Cynthia Ann and Newman Jr.). After Newman Sr.'s death in 1884 his land was divided between the children and all of them, except for Newman Jr., eventually sold their shares and moved on. Addison and Sarah bought a number of these shares.
Addison appeared in a photo of nearby Emmaus Baptist Church sometime after 1893 when the land for the church was purchased. His daughter Mary and husband Newman Potts Jr. are also in the picture. The photo is studio quality but has no studio name. Perhaps the occassion was the dedication of this first Emmaus Church.
Front row L-R: Possibly Frances Lawhon, wife of Urban Potts, Hannah Potts Stafford, Susan Potts Jones, possibly Urban Potts, Addison Fields, Matthew Jones and Lucius Potts
Civil War Service and Pension
Addison Fields submitted a Pension Application based on his service on July 6, 1908. It stated he enlisted in Co. E, 20 Reg. N.C. State Troups, on or about the [blank] day of Oct. 1864, to serve in the armies of the late Confederate States, and that while in said service at Monk Neck Bridge, in the State of VA, on or about the [blank] day of [blank], 1864, he received a wound or wounds, etc. He also complains of pain in elbow from wound received in the war, right knee joint is broken in half and inverted, left leg sore, chronic exzema, general break down - his disability constitures at least 3/4. Application was approved. Application (text) - Images
Addison's brother Robert C. Fields lived nearby and is buried in Casey Cemetery about a mile from Potts Road. Brother Bennit Curby Fields settled in Goldsboro and is buried in Willowdale Cemetery in that city.
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