I received info from Mayfield Ky about how it got its name. I will try to relay this info as best as I can remember. I was looking for Information on my GGGrandfather, George W. Mayfield of Clarke Co. Mississippi.
In the early 1800s, horse races were held at a olace in Ky. and was attended by many people from all over. George Mayfield, Known as a High Roller attended very often. A group of men kidnaped him and held him prisoner for ransom on a near by creek. He attempted to escape and was shot and killed as he crossed the creek. The kidnappers were later caught. From then on the creek was called Mayfield Creek. Later a town was formed nearby and received the name of Mayfield Ky. I neve found out if this Mayfield was my ancestor and I am still looking for information oon my GGGrandfather George W. Mayfield who was married to Ann Smith and then was married to Melissa Felisa Cox after Ann died. He had children by both wives.