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William Randolph Mayfield and his wife Sarah Amanda Davis ca. 1900.

Mayfield Family Genealogy

Tombstone of Micajah Mayfield (1748-1838), Revolutionary War Veteran.

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Mayfields and Sharps Named in the Early Tax Records of Jefferson County and Shelby County, Kentucky

Jefferson County, one of the three original shires of Kentucky, was created in 1780, when Kentucky was still part of Virginia. Shelby County was formed in 1792 from the eastern part of Jefferson County. That same year (1792), Kentucky was admitted into the Union as the Nation's fifteenth State.

The family of Micajah Mayfield and those of his brothers, Elijah and James, appear to have lived in the "Long Run" (northeastern branch of Floyd's Fork) region of eastern Jefferson County, near the border of Jefferson with Shelby County. The earliest tax records that have survived for Jefferson County KY begin with the year 1789; for Shelby County the earliest year is 1792.

Near the Mayfields of Long Run, lived a certain John Sharp; In July 1799, John married Eleanor, a daughter of James Mayfield.  Eleanor was John Sharp's second wife; by his first wife he had several sons who also show up on the Jefferson County tax lists. As the Sharp and Mayfield families would subsequently become linked by several additional marriages, it is useful to also track those Sharps who are close relations of John Sharp.  As the following tax data will illustrate, after 1795, the Mayfields were frequently located and taxed within the bounds of Shelby County.

Tax Lists of Jefferson County KY (1789-1830):

Year Name WM's 21 & Over Acres - Location Remarks
1789 Micajah Mayfield 1 0
1789 John Sharp 1 0 Presumably this is the same John Sharp who married Eleanor Mayfield in 1799
1790 Micajah Mayfield 1 0
1790 John Sharp 1 0
1791 Micajah Mayfield 1 0
1791 John Sharp 1 0
1792 Micajah Mayfield 1 0
1793 Micajah Mayfield 1 0
1794 Micajah Mayfield 1 10 Acres
1795 Micajah Mayfield 1 220 Acres
1796 No Mayfields Noted! --- --- Micajah Mayfield is listed for Shelby County
1796 John Sharp 1 100 Acres - Chenowith Run
1797 Micager Mayfield 1 159 Acres - Long Run
1797 John Sharp 1 100 Acres - Chenowith Run
1798 No tax lists extant --- ---
1799 Micager Mayfield 1 144 Acres - Long Run
1799 James Mayfield 1 0 First appearance of James - brother of Micajah?, + 1 WM age 16-21 (James E. Mayfield??)
1800 James Mayfield 2 0 + 1 WM age 16-21 (Samuel Mayfield??); other wm age 21 & over = James E. Mayfield??
1800 John Sharp 1 100 Acres - Long Run + 1 WM age 16-21 (William Sharp??)
1801 Micager Mayfield 1 144 Acres - Long Run
1801 James Mayfield 1 + 1 WM age 16-21 (Samuel Mayfield??)
1801 John Sharp 2 126 Acres - Long Run + 1 WM age 16-21 (Nehemiah Sharp??); other WM age 21 & over = William Sharp??
1802 No Mayfield/Sharps --- ---
1803 No Mayfields/Sharps --- ---
1804 No Mayfields/Sharps --- ---
1805 No Mayfield/Sharps --- ---
1806 Elijah Mayfield 1 0 Elijah, brother of Micajah, migrated from SC
1807 Micager Mayfield, Jr. 1 0 Son of Micajah (1748-1838), AKA Catesby
1808 Elijah Mayfield 1 0
1809 Elijah Mayfield 1 0
1810 Elijah Mayfield 1 0
1811 Elijah Mayfield 1 0 + 1 WM age 16-21 = George Mayfield??
1811 Micajah Mayfield 1 0
1811 James Mayfield 1 0 + 6 Black Polls (Slaves), son of Micajah, Sr.??
1812 Thomas Mayfield 1 0 Who is this??
1812 M. Mayfield, Jr. 1 0
1812 M. Mayfield, Sr. 1 0 + 2 WM's age 16-21 =
1812 ___??___ Mayfield 1 1 Can't read name
1813 Thomas Mayfield 1 0
1813 Micajah Mayfield 1 0
1813 Elijah Mayfield 1 0
1814 Micajah Mayfield 1 0
1814 Elijah Mayfield 1 0
1814 Levi Mayfield 1 0 Son of Micajah, Sr.
1814 James Mayfield 1 0 Son of Micajah, Sr.
1815 No tax lists extant --- ---
1816 No tax lists extant --- ---
1817 Micajah Mayfield 1 0 Micajah, Jr.??
1817 Levi Mayfield 1 0 Son of Micajah, Sr.; + 2 Black Polls
1817 James Mayfield 1 0 Son of Micajah, Sr.
1817 Elijah Mayfield 1 0 Brother of Micajah, Sr.
1817 Micajah Mayfield 1 0 Micajah, Sr.??
1818 James Mayfield 1 0 Son of Micajah, Sr.
1818 Cates B. Mayfield 1 0 Son of Micajah, Sr.; AKA Micajah, Jr.
1818 Elijah Mayfield 1 0 Brother of Micajah, Sr.
1818 Micajah Mayfield 1 0
1818 Levi Mayfield 1 0 Son of Micajah, Sr.
1818 Isaac Mayfield 1 0 Son of Micajah, Sr.
1819 Nick (??) Mayfield 1 0
1819 James Mayfield 1 0 Son of Micajah, Sr.
1820 No Mayfields noted! --- --- Tax list only fragmentary
1821 Levi Mayfield 1 50 Acres - Floyd's Fork Son of Micajah, Sr.
1821 Cates B. Mayfield 1 150 Acres Son of Micajah, Sr.; + 4 Black Polls (Slaves)
1821 Micajah Mayfield 1 0 + 6 Black Polls (Slaves)
1822 Levi Mayfield 1 50 Acres - Floyd's Fork
1822 Catesby Mayfield 1 163 Acres - Floyds's Fork + 2 Black Polls; slaves & land from 2nd wife's estate
1823 Levi Mayfield 1 50 Acres - Floyd's Fork
1823 Sarah Mayfield 0 180 Acres - Floyd's Fork Widow of Catesby; + 2 Black Polls
1824 Levi Mayfield 1 50 Acres - Floyd's Fork
1824 Sarah Mayfield 0 150 Acres - Floyd's Fork Widow of Catesby; +2 Black Polls
1825 No Mayfields noted! --- ---
1826 No Mayfields noted! --- ---
1827 No Mayfields noted! --- ---
1828 No Mayfields noted! --- ---
1829 No Mayfields noted --- ---
1830 No Mayfields noted --- ---

 

Tax Lists of Shelby County KY (1792-1820):

Year Name WM's 21 & Over Acres - Location Remarks
1792 No Mayfields noted! --- ---
1793 No tax lists extant --- ---
1794 No Mayfields noted! --- ---
1795 No Mayfields noted --- ---
1796 Micajah Mayfield 1 0 + 2 Horses; + 11 Cattle
1797 No Mayfields noted! --- ---
1798 No tax lists extant --- ---
1799 No Mayfields noted! --- ---
1800 No Mayfields noted! --- ---
1801 James Mayfield 2 0 Brother of Micajah
1802 James Mayfield 1 0 + 2 WM's age 16-21
1802 Micajah Mayfield 1 0 + 1 WM age 16-21
1802 Samuel Mayfield 1 0 Son of James
1803 James Mayfield 1 0 Brother of Micajah, Sr; + 1 WM age 16-21
1803 Samuel Mayfield 1 0 Son of James
1803 Elijah Mayfield 1 0 Brother of Micajah, Sr.
1804 James Mayfield 2 0 + 1 WM age 16-21
1804 Samuel Mayfield 1 0 Son of James
1804 Elijah Mayfield 1 0 Brother of Micajah, Sr.
1804 Micajah Mayfield 1 0 + 2 WM's age 16-21
1805 James Mayfield 1 0 + 1 WM age 16-21
1805 Samuel Mayfield 1 0 Son of James
1805 William Mayfield 1 0 Son of James
1805 Micajah Mayfield 1 0 + 1 WM age 16-21
1805 Elijah Mayfield 1 0 Brother of Micajah, Sr.
1806 Micajah Mayfield 1 0 + 1 WM age 16-21
1807 Elijah Mayfield 1 0
1807 Micajah Mayfield 1 0 + 1 WM age 16-21
1807 Catesby Young 1 0 Father-in-Law of Micajah Mayfield, Jr.
1808 Micajah Mayfield 1 0 Micajah, Jr.
1808 Micajah Mayfield 1 0 Micajah, Sr.; + 1 WM age 16-21
1808 Catesby Young 1 0 + 6 Black Polls
1809 Micajah Mayfield, Sr. 1 0
1809 Micajah Mayfield, Jr. 1 0
1809 Catesby Young 1 0 + 7 Black Polls
1810 No tax lists extant --- ---
1811 No Mayfields noted! --- --- Tax lists fragmentary
1812 No Mayfields noted! --- ---
1813 Catesby Young 2 120 Acres - Long Run Father-in-Law of Micajah Mayfield, Jr.; + 7 Black Polls
1813 No Mayfields noted! --- ---
1814 Catesby Young 1 122 Acres - Long Run + 7 Black Polls
1814 No Mayfields noted! --- ---
1815 George Mayfield 1 0 Son of Elijah??
1815 Catesby Young 2 123 Acres - Long Run
1816 William Mayfield 1 60 Acres - Floyd's Fork Son of James Mayfield, Sr.??
1816 Catesby Young 3 123 Acres - Long Run
1817 Catesby Young 3 123 Acres - Long Run
1817 No Mayfields noted! --- ---
1818 No tax lists extant --- ---
1819 Catesby Young 2 123 Acres - Long Run
1819 No Mayfields noted! --- ---
1820 Catesby Young 1 123 Acres - Long Run
1820 No Mayfields noted! --- ---

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