Jesse Fielding

Jesse Fielding (1817 – 1850) – Jesse Fielding was born on Feb. 7, 1817 in England, the son of James and Sarah Fielding.  He married Sarah Butterworth on June 11, 1838.  Jesse and his brother came to America about 1843, leaving his wife and son behind.  He settled on Shaw’s Forks near Ellisville, IL.  In the fall of 1844 he wrote his wife to come in the spring, giving directions for the trip, telling her to come via New Orleans by boat.  Sarah and her son Edward set sail on February 11, 1845 from Liverpool and arrived safely in Illinois after a long voyage.  Jesse built a small two room house on forty acres.  Two daughters, Sarah Ann and Mary Ellen were born in Illinois.  On July 27, 1850, Jess went after a load of wood and before starting for home went in to bathe at “Cedar Creek near the ford”.  He had a cramp in a deep water hole and drowned.  Someone came by and found his team tied close by and discovered his body.  His wife, Sarah, was waiting dinner for him when she received the sad news.  They had intended to a Baptist Church meeting that evening.  Sarah married Andrew Maholland on July 17, 1851.[1]  Jesse’s son Edward served in the Civil War, Company C, 59th Illinois Inf., and died at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.

[1] Goodell Familly History, an account written by Sarah Ann Fielding Goodell is the main source of information for this sketch of her father, Jesse Fielding.


Father*                     James Fielding (b. 29 Mar 1783, d. 14 Jan 1847)

Mother*                    Sarah (--?--)


Birth*                  07 Feb 1817

Marriage*           11 Jun 1838            Sarah Butterworth (b. , d. 10 Nov 1886); Royton.

Son:                   14 Dec 1840            Edward Emmett Fielding (b. 14 Dec 1840, d. 1864); Lankeshire; died of wounds at the Civil War battle of Kenneswa Mt., 59th IL Inf. Company C

Daughter:          22 Sep 1847            Sarah Ann Fielding (b. 22 Sep 1847, d. 30 Aug 1928); Avon, Fulton County, IL.married Levi Goodell

Daughter:           06 Mar 1850            Mary Ellen Fielding (b. 06 Mar 1850, d. 29 Jun 1912); Fulton County, IL.; married William Cornelias

Death*                  27 Jul 1850            Fulton County, IL.


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