Unraveling my Layfield family continues to be a tedious project, but I'm hoping someone has discovered something new since my last postings twelve or so years ago. I also hope some of my research might help others to better figure out this confusing family.
I descend from Loudy Layfield (b. circa 1780-1785), a sea captain and a native of Maryland. That he was born in Maryland is CONFIRMED by two of his sons, Henry and George Layfield, when they both listed their father's place of birth as Maryland, in the 1880 Bridgeport, Connecticut census. Connecticut birth, death and burial records also list Loudy Layfield's place of birth as Maryland, and his occupation as sea captain, even though his specific death is not reported.
Loudy Layfield's wife, Abigale Pendleton, was born in 1787, and their first child was born about 1809. Loudy Layfield and Abigale Pendleton, were married in Bridgeport, Connecticut, circa 1809, and had the following children: Mary (c. 1809), George (c. 1812), Elizabeth (c. 1815), Henry (c. 1815), Loudy, Jr., (c. 1820), John (c. 1821), Harriett, my 3rd great grandmother (b. October 27, 1823) and Charles (c. 1825).
According to the Hagerty Family Bible, which is in my possession, with a first entry date of 1823, Harriett Layfield was "born in Connecticut, the daughter of Loudy and Abigale (Pendleton) Layfield".
A lot of confusion has existed in my research, because there was yet another Loudy Layfield, son of Smullen Layfield, who was a native of Maryland. This Loudy Layfield married Louisa Kennedy, lived in Hancock County, Georgia, and is well documented. To add to the confusion, the 1850 U.S. Census also documents that there was, in fact, a third Loudy Layfield (listed above, having been born about 1820), the son of Loudy and Abigale Pendleton Layfield, who lived in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Connecticut, at the same time as the Loudy Layfield who was living in Georgia.
In the "U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560 - 1900", Smullen Layfield is recorded as having married a woman named Priscilla, in Georgia. In this record, Smullen Layfield was born in Maryland in 1770. Since his birth year is about 10-15 years prior to that of the Loudy Layfield who married Abigale Pendleton in Connecticut, I believe that Smullen Layfield (1770) and "my" Loudy Layfield are probably brothers.
Further, the American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI), Vol. 101, pg. 196 (Maryland Rev. recds; pension clain\ms, bounty land applications, marriages of soldiers. By Harry Wright Newman. Washington, DC. 1938. (155p.):142), documents yet another Smullen Layfield, with a birth date of 1750, who had sea service during the American Revolution. I believe this person is MOST LIKELY the father of both Loudy Layfield of Connecticut and Smullen Layfield of Georgia (whose wife was Pricilla), thus making that person Smullen Layfield, Jr..
In summary, it appears that there were, in fact, TWO Smullen Layfield's: The first, born about 1750, who had service in the Revolution, and the second, born in Maryland in 1770, who later emigrated to Georgia and married Priscilla. It is nearly certain that the YOUNGER Smullen Layfield (not the one born in 1750) was the father of the Georgia Loudy Layfield. The Loudy Layfield of Georgia, who married Louisa Kennedy in 1832, could not possibly be the Loudy Layfield of Connecticut, since he is 54 years old when he appears in the 1860 Harris County, Georgia federal census, living in the household with his wife, Louisa (presumably Kennedy), age 48, and their four children.
I have seen some Ancestry family trees that include a Loudy Layfield with the birth year 1785, but as far as I can tell, there are no sources telling who his parents were, where in Maryland he was born, nor is there any record of his birth. Since my Loudy Layfield was born about the same year, and since I believe he is one and the same Loudy Layfield these family trees are referring to, I'd very much like to obtain whatever sources are available concerning him.
Any additional information, sources, facts, etc., would be greatly appreciated.