Eugene A Field
The actual origin of the Field surname and the line of direct ancestors of the Fields in America is lost in history and will most likely remain a mystery forever.
Another mystery that may be more easily solved is the origin of the Virginia Field family line in America. Again, there is much speculation concerning the earliest immigrant whose descendants are the members of this family. As we state in our introduction to this web site Abraham Field, (abt. 1636 - 1674) of Westmoreland County, Virginia, is the documented ancestor of this specific branch of the Field Family. (See Documentation to Establish Descent of Eugene Allen Field from Keen Field of Gibson County, Indiana) It is often stated that Abraham's father was Henry Field born in 1611 in England. There is documentation that a Henry Field along with a relative John Dickenson, sailed on the ship Expectation. The ship cleared from London and landed in Virginia, November 20, 1635. (Pierce 1101) According to Pierce, Henry, his brothers and father took a prominent part in religious controversies in London, England. As a result, he was obliged to flee to America to avoid persecution. Pierce also states that he died in Jamestown Virginia.Also according to Pierce, Henry had three brothers, Richard, Darby and Robert. Darby is reported to have immigrated from Boston England to Boston, Massachusetts. in 1636, then to Exeter, New Hampshire, and finally to Dover, New Hampshire. (Pierce 949). Darby is the ancestor of many of the Field families of New England.
One way to begin to prove that Henry and Darby were brothers and that Henry was the father of Abraham of Westmoreland County, Virginia, would be for descendants of Darby and descendants of Abraham from his sons and grandsons have their Y chromosome analyzed to see if the mutation sequence is the same.