One of the more interesting families that formerly resided near the Mouth of the Salt river is the Field Family. The first Field family to reside in this immediate area was Abraham Field, who lived on Little Bee Lick Creek in south west Jefferson County. His home was located somewhere between the present day Beth haven Baptist church and the Okolona area. One of his sons was Ezekiel Field. The Field family are all descendants of the Withers family in Virginia thru the marriage of the great-grandfather of Ezekiel, an Abraham Field I and Elizabeth Withers, in Culpepper County, Virginia, before 1719. Here at West Point, the Field family became connected with the Miles, Ditto and Hart families, among others.
This great grandfather of Ezekiel Field who settled near West Point about 1806, as stated was Abraham Field I. He married Elizabeth Withers, the oldest daughter of James and Elizabeth Withers.(see futher information in the chapter on the withers family in this book). Abraham Field was a vestryman of the Great Fork Church in Culpepper County, VA. From 1744 to 1774. Abraham Field died before 1775. Elizabeth Withers Field died before 1760. There were at least four sons and three daughters by the first marriage and after her death he married a second time and there were at least three more sons born. All of the Field family that resided near West Point were descendants of the first marriage. Many of the sons of Abraham I distinguished themselves in the Revolutionary War. One son, John Field (1720-1775) represented Cilpepper County in the house of Burgesses in 1765. This John field served with General Braddock in 1755 in the French and Indian War and was with Forbes in 1758 and was killed in the Battle of Point Pleasant.
Abraham Field, who settled in Kentucky in 1785, was a grandson of Abraham Field I, above, and a nephew of John Field just mentioned. He was renowned as an Indian fighter on the frontier. He received a pension for serious wounds he received at the Battle of Point Pleasant in which his Uncle John was killed. He came to the Falls of the Ohio (now Louisville) in 1874 and moved to the "fish ponds" near present day Okolona, Ky.
Abraham Field was born in 1744. Those individuals desiring more information on his life and that of his sons, should read a most interesting article by Roy. E. Appleman, of Colorado Spraings, Colorado, in the January 1975 issue of the Filson Club Historical Quarterly. This article goes into such detail on the life of Abraham Field this writer will make no attempt to elaborate any further.
Ezekiel Field, married (1.) Mary Myrtle (2.) Polly Ditto
Poly Field, married George Brown
Cynthia Field, married William Lewis [possibly the brother of Anna Lewis the wife of Keen (Cain) Field who moved to southern Indiana in 1799]
John Field, wifes [sic] name unknown- children were Matilda Hollis, Maryann Newlane, Willis, Abraham, Larkin, Elizabeth and Eliza.
Cain Field, wifes [sic] name unknown [Anna Lewis] his children were Abraham, Elizabeth, Ben, Cynthia, Joseph, Stephen, Thomas, Reubin, Ezekiel, and Cain (Keene).
The two sons, Joseph and Reubin Field accompanied Lewis and Clark. On their journey to the Pacific Ocean. This writer and his wife Judy, retraced a large portion of the Lewis and Clark travels, all the way to Astoria, Oregon a few years ago. We found time and again references to the two Field brothers on historical markers as we went along. In the Lewis and Clark Journal, the Field brothers were mentioned more often than anyother men on the expedition with the exception of the officers. In passing it is well to note that still a third man from West Point, a John Shields, was among the 28 men, an Indian girl, and a dog that made the great trek from the Missouri River to the Mouth of the Columbia River. After the journey was over, the two brothers returned to the southwest Jefferson County area where they remained the rest of their lives, living in more or less humble conditions. Today no one for sure knows where they are buried. This writer feels that they may have been buried in the old Myrtle graveyard witch has been destroyed by the so-called march of progress. Some of the Myrtle remains were moved into a common grave at Bethany Cemetery. Don Dearden, a good friend of this writer, believes thy may have been buried in a family plot near the old Fish Ponds Okolona.
The oldest son of Abraham Field was Ezekiel field. He married Mary Myrtle, about 1801. She was the daughter of John Myrtle, the old war veteran. She died of complications at the birth of their first child and then about 1806 he married Polly Ditto, daughter of Henry and Nancy Ditto. Henry Ditto then deeded them a farm in the hill country about one and a half miles south of West Point where Ezekiel Field lived and died. He is buried in the Field Cemetery near the present day Ditto Hill Firing range on Fort Knox. The children of Ezekiel Field by his two wives were:
The writer has in his possession a small personal book on which is written on the fly-sheet "Ezekiel Fields Book" in which the old gentleman recorded the Births and deaths and marriages of his children and grand-children. From this book the following information was secured:
Grand-children of Ezekiel Field were:
Children of John Whaling and his wife, Nancy Field
Children of John and Maria McGeehee
Children of Curtis and Pentelope Field
Children of Silas Hart and Mary Ann Hart
Children of Issac C. and Artridge Withers
The following deaths were recorded in Ezekiel Fields book:
Births (from the same source)
Maria Shackleford Field was born March 18, 1822, the children of Levi and Maria Field were:
(note- Levi Field Married Maria Shackleford on August 15, 1843. Maria died on March 18, 1855 in Memphis and her body was brought back to West Point for burial. On November 13, 1883 Levi Field married Miss Alphie Prewitt in Meade County. She died June 15, 1896. Levi Field died the following year)
Birthdays of Ezekiel Fields grandchildren
Additional births: Ezekiel Field [sic] personal book then continued with another list of birthdays. Who these individuals are is unknows to this writer but it is my personal belief tht these were the birthdays of children of the personal slaves of Ezekiel Field.
Children of Scarrett;
Children of Fanny
Briggs, Richard A, Pioneer Settlers and Related Families At The Mouth of Salt River (West Point, Kentucky) Ancestral Trails Historical Society, Vine Grove KY., 2000, pgs. 125-128.