Hi Phyllis and Willie,
You ask if I'm related--the long answer is that I believe that a very high percentage of the Mofields, Morefields and Moorefields of the U.S. are related.I'm part of a Morefield (all spelling variations) research group, and we have definitely linked other Mofields to the Morefield/Moorefield family that was in Halifax Co, VA from 1755.If you listen to residents of that area today, you can understand why "Morefield" was understood as "Mofield" in areas that have a strong, definite "r" sound at the end of syllables.We have found the name spelled or mis-transcribeed as Morfield, Moorfield, Moonfield, Manfield, Mafield, Marfield, Morfull, Morfeal, Mowfield, Maxfield, Mosefield, etc.There are many cases, similar to Richard's, where one census has Morefield and another has Mofield for the same person.
There are a few MFLDs who probably are not connected to the VA/NC group.There were a few Morefields in early New England; no connection found to the VA or NC family.There are a few scattered records of Morefields in MD; possibly connected to the VA family.There was a Morefield family in WI from 1850; I think they may have been German.There were Morfeldts in KS from 1850; also probably German.Their descendants spread into some of the same areas as the MFLDs from VA and NC, and some of their descendants began to use the Mofield spelling.There were Morefields and Mofields in OH and NY by the 1850s; we haven't found any connection to the VA family--possibly from the New England family.
The research group that I mentioned is trying to tie as many MFLDs as possible to the Halifax Co, VA family or to the early NC MFLDs, who appear to be connected to the Halifax Co. family.Alex Morefield of Caddo Parish, LA is one of my brick walls.The census records give his PoB as VA very consistently.At that time, the only MFLDs that we have found in VA records were in Halifax, Pittsylvania, and Patrick Counties, all of which border NC.We have documented all of the Pittsylvania and Patrick Co. MFLDs as tied to the Halifax Co. family.There are two MFLDs who moved from Halifax, VA to Troup and Muscogee, GA, one by 1840 and the other by 1850.Both had sons who later moved to TX, but not close to Caddo, LA.I've looked at both of them, but haven't been able to rule either one in or out.One of them did have a son born 1825/1830 and another son b. 1820/1825 that we haven't identified.His name was William, and he had a brother Richard; their father was named John.Hmmm...I've looked at them because Amanda's PoB is given as GA, but since she and Alex married in TX and lived in LA, that may have been happenstance.If it should turn out that Amanda Pogue came from the same area of GA, I'd say we have a good link.
Note that Richard had a brother John F. who was two years older.After 1880, I have found no trace of him.Do you know of any family traditions about him?It might also be worthwhile to try to find a death record for Richard, John F. and for Alex.
Pat (Moorefield) Seaver