History of Pettis County Mo 1919 by Mark McGruder, Page 548
(Transcribed by Laura Paxton)
John Robert Field, proprietor of a nicely improved farm of 189 acres in Longwood township has lived his entire life in the vicinity of which he was born and reared. He was born November 11 1865 on the old Field homestead in Longwood township. He is a son of Henry Young Field, who was born June 21 1937, and died July 6 1898. His mother was Mary (Baker) Field, who was born May 1 1838, in Kentucky on a farm within four miles of Danville.
Henry Young field was a son of Col. William Hill Field, a native of Virginia, who was educated for the practice of law in Kentucky, where his parents had removed when he was but a child. Col. William H. Field came to Pettis County in 1853 and purchased a large tract of land from Ransom Wells. This land embraced over 2,000 acres and Mr. Field brought a retinue of slaves with him to till the land. He erected a splendid mansion at the cost of over $25,000 and conducted farming and livestock operations on a large scale. He had previously practice law in Louisville Kentucky and he followed his profession to some extent in Pettis County after coming here. In 1862, when feeling ran high in western Missouri between the Union adherents and the advocates of slavery and many crimes were committed in the name of war, Colonel Field fell victim to war's cruelty. He endeavored to maintain a neutral attitude and had really taken no part in war's activities, but he was marked by those of the opposition and supposedly because of his high standing in the community and his influence, he was taken from his front porch to a nearby wood and shot by men masquerading as Union soldiers. He died bravely. He left a widow and seven sons and three daughters. His widow died in Louisville in 1880. She was Mary Young prior to her marriage.
Henry Young Field accompanied his parents to Pettis County in 1853 and engaged in farming on the Field estate when he attained maturity. In the fall of 1878 he was elected clerk of Pettis County on the Democratic ticket and served for two terms in this capacity. Mr. Field owned a farm of 400 acres in Heath's Creek township and was widely and favorably known throughout the county. He was married in December 1856 to Mary Baker, who was born in Garrard County Kentucky May 1 1838 and bore him children as follow: Nannie, died in infancy; William died at the age of 17 years; Mrs. Lucretia Davis died in Oklahoma; John R., of this review; Nellie, died at the age of 14 years; Allie wife of David Bouldin, living on a farm near Hughesville; Edmonia wife of Samuel May living near Hughsville; Janie wife of Allen Frick Sedalia. Mrs. Field reared 22 children in all, those besides her own children being wards. She has seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. She is a daughter of Lucretius Baker, who was born in Clay County Kentucky in 1809. His parents were natives of Virginia and both died in Kentucky. He was married in 1835 to Nancy Rout who died in 1845. In 1846 he was again married to Lydia Montgomery of Kentucky. Mr. Baker came to Pettis County in 1854 and purchased a farm of 400 acres, fifteen miles north of Sedalia on the Independence and Boonville Trail. Mr. Baker died in Pettis County in 1893.
John R. Field was reared in Pettis County and has always been engaged in farming. He was married on September 12 1910 to Miss Sallie Madison Major, who was born in Sedalia Missouri. She is a daughter of Dr. Thomas Turley Major, who practiced dentistry in Sedalia for many years. Dr. Major was born in Franklin County Kentucky, March 4 1829, a son of Oline T., a native of Virginia and Nancy T (Gunnell) Major, a native of Kentucky. The family removed to Saline County, Missouri in 1848 and Dr. Major was reared in that county. He took up the study of dentistry in 1852 with his brother, Dr. A C Major of Brownsville. In 1863 he located at Glasgow, Howard County Missouri and afterwards practiced his profession at Waverly and Lexington. He located in Sedalia in 1868 practiced his profession in Sedalia for many years and died in this city on June 24 1902. Doctor Major was married in 1850 to Rachel Lewis who bore him three children: Margaret, wife of John Stewart, deceased; Lizzie, deceased; Nannie, wife of John T. Grimshaw, Los Angeles. She has a son, Edwin, who served in France as a soldier in the National Army.
Mrs. Rachel Major died in 1857. Dr. Major was again married in 1864 to Miss Mattie Buckner, who died in 1899, at the age of 67 years. Three children survive her: Mrs. Sallie Field, of this review; Dr. George Major, engaged in dental manufacturing in Kansas City and Miss Anna May Major making her home with Mr & Mrs Field. Dr. Major was a soldier in the Confederate Army and served under General Price. The Major family is a very old one in American annals and its beginning in this country dates with the year 1700 when Bartholomew Dupuy, a Frenchman, who fought bravely in the armies of Louis XIV of France, fled to America with his wife, Susanna LaVillan, rather than renounce his religious belief. He was a Huguenot.
Mr. Field is a Democrat of the true and steadfast kind, who is a firm believer in democratic principles of government. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Field is a member of the Christian Church.