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Richard Fields, Sr.

Birthdate: (103)
Birthplace: England
Death: April 11, 1849 (103)
Locust Grove, Mayes County, Oklahoma, United States
Place of Burial: Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Fields and Catherine Fields
Husband of Sarah Coody and Susannah Emory
Father of Elizabeth Buffington, "Half Blood Cherokee"; Susannah "Su-sa-ni" Fields; Chief Richard Kula Fields; John Fox "Jack" Fields; Thomas Fields and 3 others

Occupation: Trader
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About Capt. Richard Fields

Richard Fields : adventurer in the Indian trade

Who is Richard Fields?

He was born c.1744 and came to South Carolina (from England or Virginia) with his father Richard Fields by 1754. Richard Fields Sr. was reimbursed by the legislature in January 1755 “for a Negro Slave of his that was executed for poisoning.” [SC Commons Journal of 8 Jan 1755, 12 Mar 1755, 9 May 1755]

Around 1765 or 1766 he met and married Susannah Emory (b.1750), daughter of William Emory (d.1770). It is likely they met near Charleston, probably at Goose Creek. This Susannah Emory was NOT the mother of Bushyhead (b.1758), the son of Captain John Stuart.

A 1766 deed locates Richard Fields Sr. on the Savannah River, on the South Carolina side, in what became the Abbeville District. [Langley, SC Deeds, III, 305]

By 1770 Richard Fields Jr. was established in the Indian trade with the Creek Indians of upper Georgia. Although he was married to a powerful Cherokee girl, the Cherokee trade was over-exploited and unprofitable after the Cherokee War (1762). After the murder of George Beck and Thomas Jackson by Creek Indians in 1771 in upper Georgia, Richard Fields was part of a group of traders that suggested the Creek Indians be allowed to pay off their debts to traders by transferring land to the traders. Indian Commissioner John Stuart (the father of Bushyhead) rejected the plan, though the governor of Georgia then presented it to the king. [Col Recs GA, Coleman XXVIII Pt 2, 351-361)]

It would be socially impossible for Richard Fields, a proud Englishman, to go to John Stuart, a proud Scotsman, with this plan if Stuart had fathered a child by the wife of Fields. It just would not happen. This is one of the more convincing facts toward proving that there were two Susannah Emorys.

Richard Fields died c.1781 in the Revolutionary War, probably as a British soldier or a loyalist. A Jacob Fields served with John Emory in a company of loyalists in Georgia. [Loyalists, I,470]

Cherokee children of Richard Fields and Susannah Emory

These are from online sources, without verification. The Cherokee Fields family is so well-documented but with conflicting results. The University of Texas website on Chief Richard Fields places his birth at around 1780 but admits others have it as 1770, even as 1759.

i. John Fields b.c. 1767 m. Elizabeth Wickett

ii. George Fields b.c. 1769 m(1) Nannie Brown; m(2) Sarah Coody

iii. Lucy (Luvica) Fields b.c. 1770 m(1) Daniel McCoy Sr; m(2) James Harris (Luvica is fem. form of Ludovic)

iv. (Rev.) Turtle Fields b.c. 1774 m(1) Ollie; m(2) Sarah Timberlake

v. Thomas Fields b.c. 1776 m(1) Nannie (Downing) Rogers twins vi. Susannah Fields b.c. 1776 m(1) George Brewer; m(2) Thomas Foreman

vii. (Chief) Richard Fields b.c. 1778 m(1) Jennie Buffington; m(2) Elizabeth Hicks (2 other marriages given)

h/o Sarah Coody, Mary ? & Jennie Brown

f/o John, Ruth, Dempsey, Richard, Nannie, Rider, Martha, Annie, Archibald, Robert, Johnson, Susan & Rachel Fields

Nationality: Clan: Ani'-Gilâ'hi = Twisters, Braids, or Long Hair Clan (Mary Grant)


  • Military service: 1814 - Cherokee Auxillaries to General Andrew Jackson
  • Military service: 1814 - Creek War
  • Census: Nov 14 1818 - 1817-1819 Reservation: #149, south side of Thompson's Creek, 8 in family
  • Census: Nov 14 1818 - 1817-1819 Reservation: #149, south side of Thompson's Creek, 8 in family
  • Emigration: Between 1836 and 1837 - Alabama to Indian Territory
  • Emigration: Between 1836 and 1837 - Alabama to Indian Territory
  • Residence: Alabama, Cherokee Nation
  • Updated from Find A Grave Memorial via daughter Ruth West (born Fields) by SmartCopy: Feb 9 2015, 20:50:56 UTC
  • Updated from MyHeritage Family Trees via son George Fields by SmartCopy: Feb 9 2015, 20:57:58 UTC
  • Updated from Find A Grave Memorial by SmartCopy: Feb 9 2015, 21:03:04 UTC' ' Richard Fields, born 1732 in England. He married 11. Susannah "Cherokee" Emory. 11. Susannah "Cherokee" Emory, born 1749. She was the daughter of 22. William Emory and 23. Mary "Cherokee" Grant.

Children of Richard Fields and Susannah Emory are:

i. Chief Richard Kalu-Gas "Cherokee" Fields, born 1762 in, TN; died May 08, 1827 in Nacogdoches, TX;

married (1) Jennie Buffington 1795; born 1780; 

married (2) Nancy Brown 1799; born 1782; married (3) Elizabeth "Cherokee" Hicks 1803; born 1771 in Cherokee Nation-IT;

married (4) F. N. Grapp 1810; born 1780.

Notes for Chief Richard Kalu-Gas "Cherokee" Fields: Blood: 1/4 Cherokee Clan: Long Hair Clan (Mary Grant) Chief Texas Cherokee Captain in Creek War of 1814. Richard died in Texas after crossing the Sabine River. He was executed on order of Duwa'li to appease the Mexican Government.

ii. John "Cherokee" Fields, born 1764 in, TN; married Elizabeth "Cherokee" Wickett; born 1775 in, TN.

More About John "Cherokee" Fields: Blood: 1/4 Cherokee Clan: Long-Hair Clan (Mary Grant)

More About Elizabeth "Cherokee" Wickett: Clan: Wolf Clan (Quatsy)

iii. Thomas "Cherokee" Fields, born 1766 in, TN; married Nannie Downing 1796; born 1775.

More About Thomas "Cherokee" Fields:

Blood: 1/4 Cherokee Clan: Long-Hair Clan (Mary Grant)

iv. Captain George "Cherokee" Fields, born 1769 in, TN; died April 14, 1849 in Delaware Dist. IT; married (1) Nannie Brown; married (2) Sarah Coody; born 1780.

Notes for Captain George "Cherokee" Fields: Blood: 1/4 Cherokee

Clan: Long Hair Clan (Mary Grant). 

Captain of Cherokee auxillaries to Gen Andrew Jackson's army 1814. 1818 Nov 14, Reservation #149 South side of Thompson's creek, 8 in fam.

v. Lucy "Cherokee" Fields, born 1770; married (1) Daniel McCoy 1790; born 1763 in, TN; married (2) James Harris 1805; born 1770. More About Lucy "Cherokee" Fields: Blood: 1/4 Cherokee Clan: Long-Hair Clan (Mary Grant) Baptism (LDS): March 15, 2001, OKLAH vi. Rev. Turtle "Cherokee" Fields, born 1776; married (1) Sarah Timberlake; married (2) Ollie Timberlake. More About Rev. Turtle "Cherokee" Fields: Blood: 1/4 Cherokee Clan: Long Hair Clan (Mary Grant) Creek War of 1814 - Cherokee Allies, later Methodist Minister, 1822 lived Wills Town, AL, 1835 Census: Wills Valley, AL Baptism (LDS): March 15, 2001, OKLAH. 5

vii. Susannah Su-sa-ni "Cherokee" Fields, born 1766 in, TN; married (1) Chief John "Cherokee" Walker; married (2) George Brewer 1797; married (3) Thomas Tasgalodigisgi "Cherokee" Foreman 1800.

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Capt. Richard Fields's Timeline

October 29, 1745
Age 14
Cherokee, Washington, Tennessee, USA
Age 16
Cherokee Nation East, TN, USA
Age 18
Tennessee, United States
Age 20
Tennessee, United States
Age 22
Old Cherokee Nation
Age 23
Delaware District, Indian Territory, United States
Age 27
Age 34
Cherokee Nation East, South Carolina