Fields Chapel History

The very first Fields Chapel Church was built by Jeremiah Field, who was born April 26, 1768 and died December 23, 1854. The Church was built sometime during his lifetime. We have no record or date as to when it was built, but we presume it was built sometime around 1820, or perhaps before that date. We know that the first church stood for many years and was in use until the church which now stands was built by Charles S. Steele in 1898, and completed in 1899. This church was sponsored and founded by Earl Elias Field and was dedicated on the first Sunday in June in 1899. Reverend Sam P. Jones dedicated the church and it was said that there were 3,000 people present to witness the dedication, in spite of the rainy weather. Reverend Joe Jones, brother of Sam P. Jones, held services that day in the old church which stood between the present church and the cemetery. Homecoming Day on June 3, 1951 marked the 52nd anniversary of the dedication of Fields Chapel Church in 1899. Mrs Fredonia Field Maston, daughter of Earl Elias Field, placed the memorial window in the church in honor of her father.

Jeremiah Field’s descendents, five sons and one daughter, were named: William, Bolen, Mattison, Elias, Elijah, and Melinda.

Elias Field and his wife, Susan McKinney Field, had one daughter and two sons. They were named Fredonia Field Maston, Marous Harvey Field, and Earl Elias Field.