Peter Wakefield

Peter and Keziah Wakefield Family

Researched and Submitted by Martha J. Kounse

(2449) Peter Wakefield, son of Peter and Keziah (Burns) Wakefield, was born 24 Sept 1794.

(2398) Elhanen Winchester Wakefield, son of Peter and Keziah (Burns) Wakefield, was born 1 Aug 1799 in Sullivan Co., NH, and married 30 Sep 1827 in Rome Twp., Lawrence CO., OH, (2399) Candance Gillett who was born 23 May 1807 in Ulysses Co, NY. Elhanen Winchester died 3 Sep 1883 in Lawrence Co, OH and was buried in Rome Cem., Rome Twp, Lawrence Co, OH. Candance died 25 Jan 1888 in Lawrence Co, OH and was buried in Rome Cem., Rome Twp, Lawrence Co, OH.

1840 Lawrence Co., Ohio Census Page 32

WAKEFIELD, Elhanan W.
1 male under 5
2 males 5 -10
1 male 10 -15
1 male 15 – 20
1 male 40 – 50
2 females under 5
2 females 5 -10
1 female 30 – 40

1850 Lawrence Co., OH Census

WAKEFIELD E. M.(W?) 51 NH
WAKEFIELD Caroline 43 NY
WAKEFIELD Albert J. 22 OH
WAKEFIELD Amanda 19 OH
WAKEFIELD John W. 17 OH
WAKEFIELD E. W., Jr 16 OH
WAKEFIELD Keziah 14 OH
WAKEFIELD Peter 12 OH
WAKEFIELD Chloe 10 OH
WAKEFIELD Columbus 7 OH

1860 Lawrence Co., OH Census

WAKEFIELD E. W. 60 NH
WAKEFIELD Candance (Gillet) 53 NY
WAKEFIELD Marinda (Amanda?) 29 OH
WAKEFIELD Kezia 24 OH
WAKEFIELD Peter 22 OH
WAKEFIELD Chloe 20 OH
WAKEFIELD Columbus G. 18 OH
THORTON Elijah 22 farm lab.
SHAFER Catherine 22 servant

1870 Lawrence Co., OH Census

WAKEFIELD Winchester 71 NH
WAKEFIELD Candance 64 NY
WAKEFIELD Marinda 34 OH
WAKEFIELD Canddance 22 LA

Pioneers of Union Twp., Lawrence Co., OH

GILLETT Candance
WAKEFIELD Albert
WAKEFIELD Chloe
WAKEFIELD Columbus
WAKEFIELD E. W.
WAKEFIELD E. W. Jr. Rev
WAKEFIELD Columbus Rev
WAKEFIELD Dianna
WAKEFIELD John
WAKEFIELD Keziah
WAKEFIELD Marinda (Amanda?)
WAKEFIELD Peter

Source: The Herald-Dispatch 19 June 1938

Marriage recorded Lawrence Co., OH Book 1-2-3 Page 98

LAWRENCE COUNTY HISTORY by R. C. Hall Ph.D.

Ironton Register 24 July 1938:
      There have been perhaps few pioneers whose descendants became so widely known as E. W. WAKEFIELD. By widely known we mean that they scattered far and wide and became leading citizens in many and various places. Some years ago when this writer, as a teacher, went to a community new to him in Ohio, a community of entire strangers to him, he soon made the acquaintance of a member of this fine family. And now, in our researches into the history we find that some of its members migrated to the far west, some to the far north and some to the south and east. E. W. WAKEFIELD was born at Claimant, NH, Aug. 1, 1799, and when only about eight years of age, found himself a member of that group of New England emigrants going our from their homes to seek their fortune in the ‘west’, which then included Ohio. In 1807, he reached the southern part of this state and became one of the first settlers of what, some ten years later, was to become Lawrence County. It is interesting to note that Mr. WAKEFIELD was one of the New England emigrants to Lawrence county which perhaps accounts in part got the fact that his family early became identified with the anti-slavery movement. However, he found enthusiastic support from his neighbors who had come from Virginia and were, for the most part, also opposed to slavery. During his youth, Mr. WAKEFIELD found conditions in Union Township about as primitive, perhaps, as we today can imagine. But like the Booths and the Brammers, the WAKEFIELDS set about carving a home out of the wilderness and the establishment of those institutions so needful to a civilized community. On Sept. 3, 1827, Mr. WAKEFIELD married Candice GILLETT of Rome Twp. Mrs. WAKEFIELD herself was a member of a typical pioneer family. Her people were the GILLETTS of Rome Beauty apple fame. She was born in Ulysses County, NY on May 23, 1807, the very year in which her future husband came ‘west’. Mr. and Mrs. WAKEFIELD settled on a farm in Union Township, Lawrence County, Ohio and became the parents of a large family of children. Of course there was nothing so remarkable for intellectual and religious qualities. In spite of the handicaps of a frontier community with almost no schools, practically every member of the family secured a fine education for their time, and in the matter of general reading and study, their attainments would probably put to shame a majority of the people of today. Particularly was this true in religious reading and study. No less than three of this family became ministers of the gospel, one in particular being for years a leading preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church. In fact, it is hardly to much to say that the WAKEFIELDS formed a family of preachers and teachers. The children of Mr. and Mrs. WAKEFIELD were named Albert, Dianna, Marinia, John, E. W. Jr, Keziah, Peter, Chloe and Columbus. Of these, Diana, who married a Mr. Holroyd, passed away in 1865 and was followed in the great beyond in 1871 by her sister, Chloe, who had migrated to what was then the Territory of Montana. Reference to this emigration brings up another interesting fact in reference to the WAKEFIELDS, for it is but one illustration of the continued pioneer spirit of the family. For just as the parents came from New England and New York to the ‘west’ to participate in the development of the advancing frontier. Albert moved to Lake Washington, Minnesota; Peter to Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri; while Chloe as we have seen removed to Minnesota. Marinda became a school teacher and taught at various places in Quaker Bottom and vaccinate. This writer’s father was one of her pupils. This writer remembers her in her latter years as Mrs. Marinda Reed, a very religious lady and punctual in her attendance at church and various Christians gatherings, societies, etc. She lived, for many years, on Elizabeth Street in Proctorville on the site now occupied by the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Atkinson. E. W. WAKEFIELD, Jr., better known as the Rev. Elhanan WAKEFIELD, early in his career, espoused the anti-slavery cause. When call came for volunteers to help John Brown and others bring Kansas into the Union as a free state, Elhanan WAKEFIELD was one of those who grasped his musket and hastened to the defense of freedom, according to the date we have on his subsequent career, he settled at Anadale, Fairfax County, Virginia, after the Civil War. Later he returned to Proctorville, Ohio, when his sister, Mrs. Reed, became ill. He will be remembered by many people of the tri-state region. To his last days on earth he carried one arm in a sling as a result of the sacrifices he made in his youth for the cause of the liberty on the plains of Kansas. Rev. Columbus WAKEFIELD, afterward, some time in the ministry, passed away, in 1876, and Rev. John WAKEFIELD remained an active minister in Ohio, for many years.

Children:
2456 Albert Joel Wakefield b. 31 May 1828 d. 14 Jun 1896
2457 Diana W. Wakefield b. 18 Oct 1829 d. 20 Dec 1865
2458 Marinda “Minnie” Wakefield b. 8 Jan 1831
2459*John Wesley Wakefield, Rev. b. 27 Nov 1832
2460 E. W. Jr. Wakefield, Rev. b. 7 Feb 1834
2461*Keziah Wakefield b. 25 Jun 1836 d. 19 Feb 1865
2396 Peter Wakefield b. 1 Mar 1838 d. 26 May 1923
2462*Chloe Wakefield b. 24 Dec 1839 d. 1871
2463*Columbus Gillett Wakefield, Rev.
b. 24 Dec 1839 d. 31 Oct 1876

(2450) Mary Ann Beard Wakefield, daughter of Peter and Keziah (Burns) Wakefield, was born 25 Sep 1801 and married 1 May 1834 in Lawrence Co, OH, (2493) John T. Judd.

Marriage Recorded Book 1-2-3 Page 170 Lawrence Co., OH

 

(2451) Albert G. Wakefield, son of Peter and Keziah (Burns) Wakefield, was born 16 Oct 1804 in Clairmont, NH, and married 29 May 1851 in Lawrence Co, OH, spouse unknown.

(2452) Harriett Amanda Wakefield, daughter of Peter and Keziah (Burns) Wakefield, was born 15 Oct 1806 in Marietta, Washington Co., OH, and married 2 Mar 1843 in Lawrence Co, OH, (2494) George W. Beams. George W. was also married to Marinda Thomas.

Resided in Rutlan Co., VT in 1833
SOURCE: Vol 6 Pages 288-296 Lawrence Co., OH Recorder’s Office Deed Book
She also married (2581) Joel Jones.

(2454) George Washington Wakefield, son of Peter and Keziah (Burns) Wakefield, was born 15 Mar 1812 and married 22 Oct 1839, (2469) Emily Gilett who was born 28 Sept 1817. George Washington died 30 Jan 1897. Emily died 3 Jul 1852 in Cameron, LA.

From Historical, Genealogical and Biographical Register of the name and family of WAKEFIELD by: Homer WAKEFIELD, M. D. 1897

Page 64
GEORGE WASHINGTON WAKEFIELD-son of Peter and Keziah BURNS, born 15 March 1812 in Lawrence Co., OH, married first 22 Oct 1839 to Emily GILLETT daughter of Joel and Chloe (GRISWOLD) GILLETT, who was born 28 Sept 1817 and died 3 July 1852 at Cameron, LA. He married second to Ellen WELCH daughter of John and Mary WELCH. They were married 22 Oct 1856. Mary was b. 1 Aug 1833 at Washington Parish, LA. George died 30 Jan 1897. He sustained a physical injury in childhood, which left him partially paralyzed on one side. This misfortune he has had to contend with throughout life. He moved south in 1844 and settled in Cameron Parish, LA. He established a homestead on which he has lived for over fifty years, engaged in farming and stock raising. He lost considerable property by the Civil War, and came very near losing his life, for being a Unionist. He being a cripple prevented his being forced into the Confederate Army. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church since boyhood.

Marriage recorded Lawrence Co., Oh Book 1-2-3 Page 310

CHILDREN:
1) Peter b. 24 Sept. 1794 died in infancy
2). Elhanen Winchester b. 1 Aug 1799 married 30 Sept 1827 to Candice GILLETT, he died 5 Sept 1883.
3). Mary Ann Beard b. 25 Sept 1801 married —- to John JUDD.
4). Albert GALITAN b. 16 Oct 1804 in Clairmont, N. H.
5). Harriett Amanda b. 15 Oct 1809 at Marietta, OH; married to J. C. TERRY
6). George Washington b. 15 Mar 1812, he married first Emily GILLETT on 22 Oct 1839; married second Ellen WELCH 22 Oct 1856. He died 30 Jan 1897.
7) Benjamin Austin b. 15 Aug 1809, married Parthua JUDD. He died 4 Jan 1889.
8). Mahala Singer b. 7 Juy 1817, married first to Elias BRAGG, second to James WALL.

OLDER TIMES AS THEY WERE IN WINDSOR, UNION AND ROME

From Ironton Register 12 Sept 1895

…….H. W. does not speak of Peter WAKEFIELD, who settled there (twps) in 1808, one mile north of Mr. Singer on the creek, and what afterward became the Guyandotte and Jackson Road. He was a soldier of the Revolution; for 40 years a Justice of the Peace; and the Father of E. W. (Winchester), Benjamin, George and Albert G. who died about 1824. Ned Murnaham lived above the WAKEFIELD’S, John L. Griffith where Scottown is and Boaz Mannon, father of Moses, James and Wilson, just above, and old Squire Burcham, a soldier of 1812, father of Squire Nathaniel and Jack and great grandfather of Dr. Burcham of Scottown. ………..

Children:
2471*Thomas Gardner Wakefield, Rev.
b. 5 Sep 1840
2472*George Washington Wakefield, Jr.
b. 20 Jul 1842
2473*Mary Ann Wakefield b. 1845
2474*Candace Emily Wakefield b. 1847
2475*Albert Peter Wakefield b. 1850

He also married 22 Oct 1856, (2470) Ellen Welch who was born 1 Aug 1833 in Washgton Parish, LA.

Children:
2483*Alwilda Hortense Wakefield b. 1 Aug 1857
2484*John Wesley Wakefield b. 4 Jul 1869 d. 9 Sep 1876
2485 James Austin Wakefield b. 14 Jan 1861
2486*Mahala K. Wakefield b. 4 Jan 1863
2487*Martha Augusta Wakefield b. 26 Nov 1864
2488*Nellie Dorcas Wakefield b. 29 Oct 1866

(2453) Benjamin Austin Wakefield, son of Peter and Keziah (Burns) Wakefield, was born 15 Aug 1809 and married 11 May 1834 in Lawrence Co, OH, (2496) Parthenia Judd. Benjamin Austin died 4 Jan 1890 and was buried in Windsor Twp, Wakefield Cem, Lawrence Co, OH.

1840 Lawrence Co., OH Census

WAKEFIELD Benjamin A.
1 male under 5
1 male 30-40
1 female under 5
1 female 20-30

1850 Lawrence Co., OH Census

WAKEFIELD Benj. A. 40 OH
WAKEFIELD (Parthenia) Martha 37 NY
WAKEFIELD Nancy 15 OH
WAKEFIELD Timothy 11 OH
WAKEFIELD Austen 9 OH
WAKEFIELD Catherine 6 OH
WAKEFIELD Rhode 1 OH

1860 Lawrence Co., OH Census

WAKEFIELD B. A. 50
WAKEFIELD Providence 32
WAKEFIELD Timothy 21
WAKEFIELD M. D.(male) 18
WAKEFIELD Catherine 15
WAKEFIELD Mahala 11
WAKEFIELD Benjamin Jr 5
WAKEFIELD Talbot 4
WAKEFIELD Cora B. 1

1870 Lawrence Co., OH Census

WAKEFIELD Benj 60 OH
WAKEFIELD Providence 42 OH
WAKEFIELD Frank 15 OH
WAKEFIELD Tolbert 14 OH
WAKEFIELD Cora 11 OH
WAKEFIELD George 9 OH
WAKEFIELD John 1 OH

Marriage recorded Lawrence Co., Oh Book 1-2-3 Page 184

Children:
2499*Nancy Wakefield b. 1835
2501*Austen Wakefield b. 1841
2502*Catherine Wakefield b. 1844
2503*Rhoda Wakefield b. 1849
8462*M. D. Wakefield b. 1842
8460*Mahala Wakefield b. 1849

He also married 19 May 1853 in Lawrence Co, OH, (2497) Providence J. James who was born 28 Mar 1823. Providence J. died 27 Jul 1914 and was buried in Windsor Twp, Wakefield Cem, Lawrence Co, OH.

Marriage Recorded Book 5 Page 26 Lawrence Co., Oh

Children:
2506*Benjamin Wakefield, Jr b. 1855
2507*Tolbat Wakefield b. 1856
2508*Cora B Wakefield b. 1859
2509*George Wakefield b. 1861
2510*John Wakefield b. 1869