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)
Benjamin Franklin Fields _________ Mary Jame Miller Fields
(1862-1950) (Born a slave) (1868-1932)
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Henry | Amanda Ola Augusta Julia Elizabeth
1887-1944 | 1889-1947 1890-1962 1892-1985 1894-1932 1897-2046
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| Edna Benjamin, Jr. George, Sr.
| 1899-1930 1902-1979 1904-1988
Henry H. Fields ----------- Virginia Woodyard Fields
(1887-1944) (1886-1924) 1st Wife
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| 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
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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
To love the life you have for
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
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.