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Local Genealogy - Sheffields one of first in Georgia's colony

Local Genealogy - Sheffields one of first in Georgia's colony

Local Genealogy - Sheffields one of first in Georgia's colony

Roger Allen


   The Sheffield name was originally used to identify somebody who came from the area around "the open space by the River Sheaf," which ran through the middle of the city of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England.
      The first recorded spelling of the Sheffield family name is that of “Johannes de Schefeld” who was listed in 1379 in the "Poll Tax Records of Yorkshire," during the reign of King Richard II.
       The first America Sheffield tied to the Bulloch County clan is William of Northampton, N.C. His wife's name is unknown, but it is certain they raised the following children: John, William, West, Ephraim, Arthur, Isham and Martha.
      William's son West married three times: to Susannah Sherrod, Martha Elizabeth Randall, and then to Martha Deal. West had children by at least two of his wives: Susannah and Martha Elizabeth Randall.
      West and his first wife Susannah raised their sons (Aaron Tison, Sherrod, Bryant and Pliny) and their daughters (Sidnah, Flora and Catherine) in South Carolina and Georgia.
      West and second wife Martha Elizabeth Randall raised their two sons (Randall and John) in Bulloch County. They were joined by three of West's sons, who also chose to raise their families in Bulloch County.
      West's son Aaron Tison and wife Susannah Grantham raised their daughter Sidnah in Bulloch. West's son Bryant and wife Elizabeth Ogden raised their children (David, Pliny, Caroline, John West, Cardinal, Susan, J. Hamilton, Florida, and Texas) in Bulloch, as well.
      They were joined by West's son Pliny and wife Mary Hill Mitchell, who raised their children (Susan M.; Martha T.; Sarah Ann; Eliza; Julia; Pliny; and John) in Bulloch County.
      The next William in the Sheffield line is somewhat mysterious. It is known that he was born between 1725 and 1735, married twice, and had at least one child, William, by his second wife.
      This son, the third William in the Sheffield line, is credited by almost everyone as being the progenitor of the Bulloch County Sheffield clan. Born between 1750 and 1754, he married Mary B. Abbott.
       After serving in Captain Hall's Company in the 10th NC Regiment NC Line from 1782-1783, he was granted 575 acres of bounty land in Washington County by the State of Georgia in March 1784.
William moved to Burke County shortly after the Revolution. In 1788 he sold the bounty land to Robert Forsyth and moved to Effingham County where he was granted 400 acres by Georgia on April 7, 1794.
      In 1796 when Bulloch County was formed, his land was “moved” over to Bulloch County where his cousin West and his nieces and nephews had settled. He remained here until his death in 1826.
William' and Mary Abbott's children were: Delilah (or Deliah); John Hoover; Austin, Martha, Isham, Margaret Peggy, William, and Mary.
       William's daughters married local boys: Delilah (or Deliah) married John Burnside Jr.; Martha married David Groover; Margaret Peggy married Henry Bennett; and Mary married John Hoover.
      William's son, John Hoover, married Martha Harvey. Their children were; Isham; Sarah Ann; John Harvey; Mary Ann; Rachel; Martha; and Glasson Game.
       Second son Austin married Sarah Powers. Their children were: Louisa “Louvicy”; Simeon William; Mary; and William Austin. Third son Isham married Lucinda Harrell. Their children were: John H.; Polly Meda; James; Barbara; Lucinda M.; and Simeon.
       Third son William married at least twice. He and his first wife, Sarah Welcher (or Wilcher) had the following children: William III, Nancy, Crosby, Edmond, Aaron, Solomon, William James, and Henry.
      His children by his second wife Nancy (Crosby?) according to some sources were Elizabeth, Simeon, and Allen. From these Sheffield's, the clan spread throughout the states of Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, just to name a few.

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