Culpeper County, VA
Biographies
Downtown Culpeper
HARRISON FIELD was born in Bourbon County, Ky., October 22, 1810, son of Joseph and Jemima (Wright) Field, the father a native of Culpeper County, Va., and the mother of Woodford County, Ky. The Fields were originally from England, their settlement in this country dating at colonial times. Members of the family served in the Revolution and in the early Indian or border wars. The grandfather, Daniel, served in the Revolution and afterward bought a large tract of land in Bourbon County, Ky. The father married Miss Wright in Kentucky, and in 1814 settled in Washington County, Indiana, on Twin Creek, and about two years later came to Bono Township, Lawrence County, but after a time located on the G. R. Field farm, in this township (Marion Township, Lawrence County), and there passed the remainder of his days. His children were Thomas, George, Harrison (our subject), Sarah, Daniel, Willis and Joseph J. Our subject, when seventeen years old, with meager education, began farming for himself--hiring out by the month at $5, $6 and $8 per month. He made four trips to New Orleans on flat boats, receiving $30 for the round trip. At the end of seven years he had saved considerable and he bought eighty acres. He now has 246 acres (Marion Township). His wife, Ellen Rankin, whom he married October 13, 1835, bore him these children: Mary A., Sarah J., Susan Y., Harrison W., Ellen J., George T., William C., James W., Willis P., Albert M and John R. Sarah, Susan, George and John only are living. Harrison, Jr., died while in the last war. George served and safely returned. The Rankins settled in Washington County in 1811, and five years later near Bedford. Mr. Field is a Republican, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church. They are excellent people.

from: "History of Lawrence, Orange & Washington Counties, Indiana", Goodspeed Brothers. 1884


Stringfellow, John H., an early physician of Kansas, one of the founders of Atchison, and speaker of the house in the first territorial legislature, was born in Culpeper county, Va., Nov. 14, 1819. He was educated at Caroline Academy, Va., Columbia University, Washington, D. C., and graduated in the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1845. Soon after that he located at Carroliton, Mo., where he married Ophelia J. Simmons, niece of Gov. Edwards. During the cholera epidemic of 1849, when every boat coming up the river unloaded cholera patients at Hill's Landing, he converted a large warehouse into a hospital and devoted three months to caring for them. In 1852 he removed to Platte City. Upon the organization of Kansas Territory he crossed the river, selected a claim, and in connection with some friends formed a town company which laid out the town of Atchison. In 1854 he brought his family and lived in Atchison until 1858. He was the founder and editor of the Squatter Sovereign, the first newspaper in Atchison, and was commissioned colonel of the Third regiment of the territorial militia by Gov. Shannon. He was called to Virginia by the death of his father in 1858 and was detained there until after the opening of the Civil war. He entered the Confederate service as captain of a Virginia company, but was at once detailed as surgeon and acted in that capacity only. In 1871 he returned to Atchison and remained there until 1876, when he went to St. Joseph, Mo., where he resided until his death on July 24, 1905.  Pages 770-771 from volume II of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, Standard Publishing, Chicago, 1912.


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