THE FIELDS FAMILY


 

THE FIELDS FAMILY
By Uriah J. Fields

Beginning with the kidnapping of Baatsi and Ashanti Nkrumga in Africa in 1776 by European slavers they and  their descendants were enslaved in America for the next four generations until Harold Miller a slaveowner and Amanda a slave became the parents of Benjamin Franklin Fields. Benjamin told his grandson Uriah J. Fields the things his mother had told him about his enslaved  ancestors  which  Uriah  recorded  in  the novel Grandpa Benjamin. A week after Baatsi and Ashanti arrived in Charleston, South Carolina they were sold to  different slaveholders and  never again did they see each other just as they never again  saw their two children left in Africa. It is through the maternal line that The Fields Family came to be. Beginning with Benjamin Franklin Fields' parents The Fields Family is a true story.

Harold Miller------ Amanda (Parents of three sons: Benjamin, George and Alex)
(1838-1878)        (Slave)   (Amanda's fourth son is  reported to be Larry Scott)
(Slaveholder)
 ___ |_______________________________________________________________________________
       |
Benjamin Franklin Fields _________ Mary Jame Miller Fields
(1862-1950) (Born a slave)             (1868-1932)
____|_________|_______________________________________________________________________
    |          |       |           |                 |           |                  |
Henry           |    Amanda      Ola              Augusta      Julia             Elizabeth
     |               |
1887-1944  |   1889-1947  1890-1962  1892-1985  1894-1932   1897-2046
_____________|_______________________________________________________________________
     |               |                        |                        |
     |          Edna             Benjamin, Jr.   George, Sr.
     |          1899-1930   1902-1979       1904-1988
___|_________________________________________________________________________________
     |
Henry H. Fields ----------- Virginia Woodyard Fields
(1887-1944)                  (1886-1924)  1st Wife
___|_________________________________________________________________________________
     |           |           |           |         |           |                |               |          |          |
     |     Robert  Janie   Ruth   Ola     Willie   Henrietta  Henry  Ella    Loyal
     |     1910    1912    1915   1916  1917   1918          1920    1922  1924
     |
Henry H. Fields ------- Amanda Fendley Fields
(1887-1944)              1897-1954) 2nd Wife
___|__________________________________________________________________________
     |                 |             |            |               |                |            |
Gertrude  Pearlie   Uriah    David  Jonathan   Bessie   Mary
1926        1928       1930    1932    1934          1936      1940

In 1900 William Scott lived in Amanda Scott's household (along with her sons George
and Alex) since he was her 21 year old son.  His father was Larry Scott (born in 1855).
Confirmation of his death  has not  been found but is  being actively  sought. Records
suggest he was Amanda's fourth son.


ODE TO GRANDPA BENJAMIN
To love the earth you know for
greater knowing;
To love the life you have for
full life;
To leave the friends you love for
heavenly loving and angelic fellowship:
To find a land more sweet than home
and more awesome than earth;
Behold! A wind is rising and rivers
are flowing;
Your soul too is rising and flowing;
You are communing with the wind
and the rivers;
You, the wind and the rivers are one.

Farewell Grandpa Benjamin
Your Grandson Uriah
(Sent to Grandpa shortly before his death)

Copyright 2013 by Uriah J. Fields

Note: Reading the novel Grandpa Benjamin by Uriah J. Fields will
add significantly to the story of The Fields Family.




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