My "Fields" surname has been traced to Benjamin F Fields, who was born in Oglethorpe County Georgia, 21 Jul 1820. This information is derived from B F "Frank" Fields civil war pension application. The best evidence has Benjamin F Fields father, to be James Fields. James Fields drew land in the 1821 GA land lottery, while living in M.D. 227, Captain Thomas W Goldings District of Oglethorpe County Georgia. This is the only "Fields" found, living in Oglethorpe Co. about the time that Benjamin was born. James Fields also paid a poll tax in 1827, in M.D. 227, Captain Blanton M. Hills District of Oglethorpe County Ga. This district is also known as the "Big Creek" district.
Benjamin F Fields married Upha F Stephens in Henry County Georgia on 31 Oct 1841.
Benjamin F Fields is found in the "Minutes of the Inferior Court" for Oglethorpe Co. from 1846 to 1855.
1846- Benjamin F. Fields paid tax in M.D. 230, Captain Wright's District, of Oglethorpe County Ga.
Benjamin and Upha Fields are in Division 66 of Oglethorpe Co., with children, in the 1850 Federal Census.
1853- B.F. Fields paid tax in M.D. 236, Grove Creek District, of Oglethorpe County Ga.
01Jun1860- Clarksborough District, Jackson, Georgia,USA: Census shows "Benjamin F Fields", 38 yrs old; living with his wife, Eupha, 39 yrs old; value of real estate, 1500; children; Sarah, 18 yrs; Mary, 14 yrs; Harriet, 12 yrs; John 10 yrs; Nancy, 9 yrs; William, 7 yrs; Cornelia, 5 yrs; "twins"- James and Eliza, 3 yrs; and Martha Fields, 9 months old.
15Aug1870- Subdivision 71, Jackson, Georgia,USA: Census shows "Benj Fields", 55 yrs old, living with wife "Nifa", 55 yrs; and children; Harriett, 23 yrs; Mary, 20 yrs; Sousy "Susie", 18 yrs; Nillie "Cornelia", 16 yrs; Eliza, 13 yrs; Frances, 11 yrs; William, 17 yrs; James, 14 yrs; and Beael sic "General" Fields, 9 yrs old. Note: Living nearby are, Holliday, and Whitehead.
23Jun1880- House's District # 243; Jackson, Georgia,USA: Census shows "Benjamin "Feilds"; 63 yrs old; wife, Eupha, 65 yrs; children; Nancy S, 29 yrs; Mary C, 28 yrs; William D, 23 yrs; Pernelia(cornelia), 21 yrs; Martha E, 20 yrs; and General D, 18 yrs old. Note: Place of Benjamin's, fathers birth was "unknown".
04Jun1900- Chandler, Jackson, Georgia,USA: Census shows "B F Fields", 79 yrs old, born Jul 1820; widower; daughter, Mary, 43 yrs, born: May 1857; daughter, Harriet, 39 yrs, born: Jun 1860; son, William D, 38 yrs, born: May 1862; grandson, Thomas, 14 yrs old, born: May 1886. Note: Living next door, is son, General W, 38 yrs old, with his wife, Emer, and children.
Benjamin F Fields died May 1909 according to "Indigent Soldiers Pension Roll". Witnesses for his CSA pension were F.M. Bailey and W.H. Hood.
To this day I have not been able to connect Upha F Stephens with her parents. However, Joseph and Martha Carter Stephens were living in Division 66 of Oglethorpe Co. Ga. according to the 1850 Census, and are of the "right" age to be her parents.
Other information on my family, including CSA records, marriage certificates, death certificates and photographs are available upon request.