WILLIAM FRANK MOOREFIELD, (SR.) OF HALIFAX COUNTY, VA.
- ANCESTRY OF
WILLIAM FRANK MOOREFIELD, SR
WILLIAM FRANK MOOREFIELD, III
1424 SPRUCE ST.
MARTINSVILLE, VA. 24112
AUGUST 14, 2006
GENERATION NO. 5 MASTIN MOOREFIELD ( born about 1780 and died in
Mastin Moorefield, (also named Martin and Marstin in various
court records), and Wilmouth Stokes were married in Halifax County on
5-21-1804. At that time, anyone getting married had to be at least
age twenty-one or have permission of a parent or legal guardian.
Since Mastin was married without such permission, he must have been
age 21 or older, giving him a birth year of 1783 or sooner. He first
appeared on the Halifax PPTL in 1805, which is consistent with a
birth year of 1783-84. Again, at that time, records can be found for
only two Morefield families living in Virginia, those of Edward who
died in 1785, and John, Sr. who died in 1812. As Edward and his wife
were probably beyond child-bearing years, it is more probable that
Mastin was the son of John, Sr. and Patsy. Mastin died in 1815
leaving his widow Wilmouth and several children. In the year of the
next census, 1820, there were about sixty members of fourteen
Moorefield families living in Halifax and Pittsylvania counties in
Virginia. There are no records of any Moorefields living anywhere
else in what is now Virginia at that time, although there were
several Morefield/Moorefield households in North Carolina, Tennessee,
and current West Virginia. In the household of Wilmouth Moorefield,
there were she and six others, younger than she and the ages to have
been children of she and Mastin. The 1820 census named only the head
of the household; spouses and children were not named until the 1850
census. From data we have assembled about the individual Moorefields
living at that time, a group of researchers, myself included, have
attempted to group these individuals into their respective families.
Without going into greater detail for our reasoning, following are
the names of some of the children that I and other Moorefield
researchers have included in the family of Mastin and Wilmouth:
a. Banister ca. 1805 Susan M.
Banister and Susan lived a mile or two south of
present day Scottsburg, toward the Dan River, and had at least nine
children. He died of pleurisy in 1849, and Susan later sold their
property and bought a farm near the Roger's Chapel Baptist Church,
near Clover. She is buried there with sons Theophilus and Mastin A.
Three other sons moved to western Kentucky after the Civil War.
b. Mary ca. 1806 Asa
Their son Columbus married Louisa, a daughter of Banister
c. Leroy ca 1808 Susannah
They had five daughters, and twin sons Elijah and Elisha.
Leroy seems to have
died about 1845.
d. Elijah ca. 1810 Martha
Cheatham no record found
e. Charles ca 1814 Mary J.
f. Stephen ca. 1815 Eliza
There are a number of court records in Halifax naming Mastin,
but little is known about him. He and Wilmouth likely lived in the
area around present day Scottsburg, Va.
GENERATION NO. 6 STEPHEN MOOREFIELD (ca 1815 to1854)
The 1850 census gives Stephen Moorefield's age as thirty-five,
which, if correct, gives him a birth year of 1815. The first written
record of Stephen is for his and Eliza Wilmouth's marriage on 2-11-
1834 in Person County, N.C. It is believed that she was a daughter
of Thomas C. and Nancy Traylor Wilmouth. It is also very likely
that, being under the age of twenty-one, they went to Person County,
and falsified their ages to get married. It is assumed that Eliza
died before the 1850 census, as she is not named in Stephen's
household, only he and their children. Stephen then married Martha
McKinney on 2-23-1851 in Halifax County.
Stephen and Eliza had at least the following children:
Name born (est)
a. Calvin 1835 Elizabeth
Martin 1857 Halifax
They had two sons, Milleral Cabel, who moved to Person County,
NC, and has descendants in North Carolina, and Jonathan Colluther,
who married Leander's daughter Josephine C.
b. Algernon 1838 Sallie
E . not found
No marriage record has been found for Algernon, and he had died
by 1875. He and Sally had Salina, Robert P., and Cordelia. Robert
later moved to Richmond, Va; his mother, sister Cordelia, and aunt
Mariah living with him and his family.
c. James McAlister 1840
No record of any marriage found; Leander was named administrator
of his estate in October, 1861.
d. Leander A. 1840 Elizabeth
Wilmouth 1860 Halifax
f. Elias Dodson 1842 Eliza Ann
Wilmouth 1865 Halifax
Elias died by 1869, leaving no children.
g. Decordus C. 1845 named only
in the 1850 census.
h. Mariah 1848 no
marriage found, lived her later years
in Richmond with her nephew, Robert P. Moorefield, son of
Stephen and Martha had two children, Eliza in born 1852, and
Harriet G. in 1853.
Little else is known about Stephen, except that he died in 1854,
evidenced by a court record which ordered an appraisal of his estate,
stating him to be deceased. There is no record of his ever owning
any property and he left no will. From the 1850 census, we know that
he lived next to Elijah Moorefield at that time, assumed to be his
brother, and we know that Elijah owned property along present day
McDonald Road toward the present Staunton River State Park and near
the pipeline which currently runs from Clover. His farm is now part
of the Falkland game preserve. (I believe I have identified the
graves of Elijah and Martha and two of their sons on this property).
From this, it is evident that Stephen lived a few miles from
Scottsburg, and near the property owned by his father-in-law, Thomas
GENERATION NO. 7 LEANDER MOOREFIELD (ca 1838 to 1910)
Leander, at different times, was a member of two Confederate
companies in the Civil War, and military enlistment records give his
birth date as 2-9-1840, although he is shown as age twelve in the
1850 census. On 11-22-1860, he married Elizabeth Wilmouth, daughter
of Yancey and Susan Whitlow Wilmouth. Yancey was a son of Thomas C.
and Nancy Traylor Wilmouth, Leander's grandparents on his mother's
side, so he and Elizabeth were first cousins. He listed his
occupation on his marriage license as carpenter.
One of the more pivotal battles in the early months of the Civil
War was the Battle of Rich Mountain in then Randolph County, Va., now
West Virginia. At this time, what is now the state of West Virginia
was still the northwestern part of Virginia. On July 11, 1861, the
Union Army, led by Major General George B. McClellan overran
Confederate forces there, and by doing so, gained control of the
major railroad lines through the western half of Virginia from
Staunton into Ohio. Leander, who had enlisted into Company H, 20th
Infantry Regiment Virginia on May 28, 1861, was captured during this
battle and paroled on July 17, to return home. West Virginia
separated from Virginia and was admitted into the Union as a state
two years later. According to records at the United Daughters of the
Confederacy in Richmond, Va., Leander was also a member of Company K,
Leander's name is a curiosity. His name as such is not listed in
the 1850 census with Stephen, but there is an Andrew L., age 12,
listed. On his marriage license to Elizabeth, he is listed as
Leander J., however other records list him as Leander A. I feel it
most likely that his name was intended to be either Lee Andrew or
Andrew Lee, and that it was he in the 1850 census listed as Andrew
L. Whatever his true name, he was known as Lee.
Although I have found no record detailing how he acquired it,
Leander owned a sixty-two acre farm near Scottsburg, just off present
day McDonald Road. This road begins at the Scottsburg Baptist Church
going toward Staunton River Park. Leander's farm is located on
current day Throckmorton Trail. Leander died on May 24, 1910, and
his buried in a single plot on his former farm. This property
remained in his estate until it was bought by his son in law,
Jonathan Colluther Moorefield on 9-27-1920. The sellers were Leander
and Elizabeth's children and a "Lizzie D. Moorefield", who I cannot
identify, except to speculate that she may have been Elizabeth.
Jonathan was married to their daughter, Josephine. An overhead photo
of this property can be found on the website "webgis.net". The
property number is 26603. Throckmorton Trail runs through the middle
of the property.
I feel Jonathan and Josephine did not live on Leander's farm,
as the house they lived in is located on McDonald Rd., (still
occupied), and they are buried in the Moorefield Hundley cemetery
about 100 yards behind this house. This property is near the farm
owned by Leander.
Elizabeth died on July 12, 1926 in Person County, N.C. Her son
Andrew Jackson lived there at the time, and I feel that she must have
been living with him, as he signed as informant on her death
certificate. I have been very curious as to why she was not buried
with Leander, as the farm was still owned by Johnathan and Josephine
at the time of her death. Elizabeth is buried in a private cemetery
beside Providence Baptist Church about a mile northeast of Roxboro,
N.C. on Rte. 49. Her headstone refers to her as "wife of Lee". I
feel that she may have lived on the farm until 1920, when she sold it
to Jonathan and Josephine, and then moved to Jalong, in Person
County, which is where Andrew and his wife lived at the time.
Like his father Stephen, very little is known about Leander.
There is only one known photograph of him, no oral history passed
down about him, and few of his descendants know of him.
Leander and Elizabeth had at least the following children:
a. James Calvin 1861 Ellen C.
White 1883 Halifax
They had five children, but only two daughters lived to
adulthood. Calvin died
on 3-20-1916, and according to his death certificate, is
buried at his home,
the location of which is unknown to me.
b. William Charles 1863 Nannie Rebecca White
1890 Halifax, sister to
Ellen. They lived about halfway between Scottsburg and Clover
on Green Level Rd., and had nine children who reached adulthood. One
of these was my grandfather, William Frank Moorefield, Sr., who
married Stella Coleman
c. Leroy R. 1864 Alice Whitlow
1886, Ollie King 1919
Leroy's first wife Alice died in 1915, and between her and
Ollie, Leroy had
eleven children, leaving numerous descendants throughout
Virginia and North
d. Andrew Jackson 1867 married four times
Jack, as he was referred to, had at least eight children. It
is known he died in
1930, but his burial place is unknown to his descendants.
e. Josephine C. 1868 Jonathan C. Moorefield,
Josephine married her first cousin, Jonathan Colluther
Moorefield, son of Calvin and Elizabeth, and they had nine children.
She and Jonathan are buried in the family cemetery behind their
former home on McDonald Rd., near Scottsburg.
f. Ida Bell 1872 Humstead
Willard 1887 Halifax
Ida Bell and her husband had a son and daughter, both who
lived in Miami,
Fl. She died in 1972 in Lynchburg, Va.
GENERATION NO. 8 WILLIAM CHARLES MOOREFIELD (1863 to 1934)
William Charles Moorefield, known as Charlie, was born on March
20, 1863 in Halifax County. On October 5, 1890 he and Nannie
Rebecca White, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth C. White were
married. His occupation was listed as carpenter. They lived in the
general area about halfway between the towns of Scottsburg and
Clover, near the Dificult Creek. I have found no record of Charlie
and Nannie having owned a farm. They had the following children.
Oscar M. 1891 Annie Mae
William Frank 1895 Stella C.
Mary Frances 1896 Will Seamons
Carl Rennie 1901 Katie W.
Nannie Elizabeth 1903 Otis W.
James Herbert 1904 Lester M.
Rosa Ermine 1907 Thomas Lee
George Filmore 1908 Elsie M.
Dallas Vest 1910 Janie G.
Nannie, who was born on 5-29-1869, died on 2-28-1957, and is buried
with Charlie, who died on 1-3-1934, on the farm owned by Wayne
Moorefield on the Guill Town Rd., near Clover. My father tells me
that their burial site is near their former home, but not on the same
GENERATION NO. 9 WILLIAM FRANK MOOREFIELD, SR.
William Frank Moorefield was born on 2-6-1895 and married my
grandmother, Stella Coleman Wilmouth on 1-31-1919 in Halifax County.
Stella was the daughter of Joseph Henry Wilmouth and Ada D. Torian.
Joseph was a grandson of Thomas C. and Nancy Wilmouth, mentioned
previously, and he was owner of much of the land previously owned by
Frank, as he was known, and Stella owned a farm off Green
Level Rd. near her parents' farm. This property can be viewed on
webgis.net as properties no. 30254 and 14075. Their cash crop was
tobacco, but like most everyone else in the community, raised much of
what they ate, plus food for livestock. When my grandfather decided
to stop raising tobacco, he operated a small store in the town of
Scottsburg, until near his death. The building, owned by my uncle
Charlie, no longer stands, but was located on what is now the parking
lot for Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department. Charlie donated this
property to the fire department, with the condition that the fire
station would be built tall enough for kids to play basketball
My grandfather died on 7-11-1977, and my grandmother on 8-5-
1994. They are buried in Oakland Cemetery near their farm. Their
children in order of birth were Charles Hagood, Helen Irene, William
Frank, Jr., and Ada Rebecca.
I was born on 11-18-1946 to William F., Jr. and Lois Marie Viar
Moorefield. My father lives in Halifax County; my mother is deceased.
My wife, the former Judy Ramsey Moorefield, and I live in
Martinsville, Va. and are the parents of two sons, William F., IV,
who lives in Richmond with his wife Landon, and Wesley Alan
Moorefield who is currently a rising Junior at Virginia Tech.