Samuel Stanfield & Jane Andrew
from "The Samuel Stanfield Family" by J.L. Fisher
The descendants of Samuel Standfield and Jane Andrew from Lurgan, in the north of Ireland, include the Cephas Fisher families of Ohio, Iowa, & Elsewhere, and the Pennsylvania families of Fisher, Standfield, and Hammer.Samuel Standfield, a Quaker born about 1690, was a possible son of John Stansfield, born about 1665, of Shore, West Yorkshire. Samuel was in Ireland by 1711, where he married Jane Andrew near Lurgan, County Armagh, at the southern end of Lake Neagh near Belfast. Jane was probably a daughter of William Andrew Sr. of Lurgan. Samuel, Jane, and the Andrew family were members of the Lurgan Friends Monthly Meeting. In 1729, Samuel and Jane obtained a certificate of removal from Lurgan meeting and emigrated to Pennsylvania early the next year. They may have been accompanied by Jane’s brother, William Jr.
The Standfields of Ireland were all of English extraction. During the latter half of the seventeenth century, large numbers of Scotch and English settlers were sent to Ireland to establish an English presence. These settlers largely displaced the sparse population in northern Ireland. Ancestors of English settlers in northern Ireland include the planters and also those who came seeking relief from religious persecution. The Quaker Standfields of East Yorkshire are known to have suffered arrests and seizures of property, which probably led to Samuel’s decision to go to Ireland. Like many other Quakers, he may have found that life for members of their Society could be equally hazardous in Ireland, prompting a move to William Penn’s colony in America where their sect was favoured. Since no Irish record of Samuel has been found other than the marriage and removal to Pennsylvania, it seems probable that the family was not in Ireland very long.
There were two Standfield families in colonial Pennsylvania. The Francis Standfield family were also Quakers, who came to Pennsylvania in 1683 from Cheshire in England.22 Apparently the two families became associated in Pennsylvania only when a great-grandson of Francis Standfield, James Fisher, married Samuel Standfield’s daughter Alice in 1736 at Kennett, Chester County, Pennsylvania. There is some evidence that Francis Standfield came from Yorkshire prior to residing in Cheshire. 21 Francis was probably the son of James Stansfield of Brighouse. Samuel Standfield of Pennsylvania was probably also descended from James of Brighouse. It is unlikely that the the two Standfield families of Pennsylvania were aware of any common ancestry.
Upon arrival in Pennsylvania, Samuel and Jane Standfield settled first in East Nottingham, Chester County. Nottingham had been surveyed and settled on the Baltimore Pike as a planned strategy to gain advantage in the border dispute between William Penn and Lord Baltimore. East Nottingham Meeting was established as early as 1700 by Quakers from the Marcus Hook area of Chester Co., Province of Pennsylvania, on a land grant from William Penn called the Nottingham Lots. The land grant stipulated that a small parcel of land be set aside, about 40 acres, for a meetinghouse and graveyard. This was done and a log meetinghouse was built.1 The location was rather remote for its time, being about 50 miles southwest of Philadelphia, almost to Octoraro Creek at the western boundary of Chester County. The final border settlement put the Pennsylvania-Delaware boundary through the township, leaving the East Nottingham meeting house on the Maryland side. The remoteness, and risk of trouble with native Indians, may have led some of the Nottingham settlers to relocate closer to Philadelphia. Even though William Penn’s benevolent and fair dealings with the native peoples had been very successful in preserving good relations with the Quaker settlers, tensions and hostilities were growing among the general population. The Quakers themselves were sometimes resented for not assisting in subduing the Indians. For whatever reason, Samuel and Jane decided to leave East Nottingham about a year after their arrival. They moved closer in on the Pike, to Kennett, about 30 miles from Philadelphia, in the spring of 1731. The following entry concerning their “certificate of removal” from Nottingham has been preserved.
At Our Meeting of E. Nottingham held the 20th of ye 1st Mo 1730/31.
Samuel and Jane Standfield had six children, Alice, John, Jane, William, Samuel and Mary. It is not known with certainty where the first three children were born. The Pennsylvania records imply that the “three younger children” were the only ones born at Kennett. The three oldest children (Alice, John, and Jane) were probably born in the north of Ireland before the immigration.
The only known studies of descendants of Samuel and Jane Standfield are those of Alice Standfield Fisher and James Fisher. 23,24 That line has been traced to hundreds of descendants in Ohio, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Texas and elsewhere. An interesting possibility is that Cephas Fisher Sr., a grandson of James Fisher and Alice Standfield, may have marrried his Standfield (third) cousin.27 In 1803, he married Rachel Standfield, daughter of Thomas Standfield and Hannah Vernon, in Greene County, Tennessee. Thomas Standfield is likely a descendant of John, the son of Samuel who went to Orange County, N. Carolina, although this has yet to be studied. 16,17 The descendants of the other Standfield family of colonial Pennsylvania, that of Francis Standfield, all derive from daughters of Francis. James Standfield, only son of Francis, died in 1699 with no male heir surviving childhood.
Samuel Standfield and wife Jane probably lived out their lives at Kennett. They were both at the marriage of daughter Alice to James Fisher on Valentine’s Day in 1736. The birth of their youngest child Mary was recorded in 1738.15 Jane was at the wedding of son John at Kennett in 1742, but Samuel (Sr.) had apparently died by that time. No later records have been discovered for Samuel and Jane.
Jane Andrew was probably the daughter of William Andrew Sr. of Lurgan,
County Armagh, Ireland. William Andrew Jr., of Lurgan, may have emigrated
with Samuel and Jane. When John, son of Samuel and Jane, married Hannah
Dixon at Kennett in 1742, William Andrews was one of the family in attendance.
6 William Andrew Jr. had married Miriam Bullock of Lurgan meeting at Lurgan,
County Armagh in 1717. George, son of William and Miriam, was born 1719
at Lurgan.4 In New Jersey, possible relatives are Samuel and Peter Andrews
of Burlington monthly meeting.
Children of Samuel Standfield and Jane Andrew Standfield
1. Alice, probably born at Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland, about 1715. Resided at Nottingham, then Kennett, then East Caln, then York Co. Pa. Married James Fisher on Valentines Day, 1736 at Kennett. James and Alice moved from Kennett to East Caln (Bradford Meeting) in 1741. (All the Thomas Fisher family relocated about that time, except the oldest son William Fisher.) James & Alice moved to Newberry or Monahan (Warrington Meeting) in York County in 1762. One line of descendancy is known: (1.Thomas Fisher & Elizabeth Huntley [m. Chester Co. Pa.,] 2. James Fisher & Alice Standfield [m. Chester Co. Pa.], 3. James Fisher Jr. & Jane Atkinson [m.York Co. Pa.], 4. Cephas Fisher & Rachel Standfield [m. Greene Co. Tenn., lived Highland & Clinton Co. Ohio], 5. Cephas Fisher Jr. & Mary Hoskins [m. Clinton Co. Ohio, lived Indiana & Clinton County Iowa], 6. Samuel Fisher & Effie Van Tassell [m. Mankato, Kansas, d. Okmulgee, Okla.] , 7. Florance C. Fisher & Grace Long [m. Enid, Okla., lived near Morris Okla. & other places in Oklahoma & elsewhere], 8. Woodford P. Fisher & Dorothy Kelly [lived near Enid, Okla. & elsewhere, lastly in Mexia, Tx], 9. Jackie L. Fisher & Janice Thornton [lived Mexia & Seabrook, Tx).
2. John, probably born at Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland, about 1721.
Resided at East Nottingham, then Kennett in Chester County, Pa. Married
Hannah Dixon (nee Hadley) at Kennett Meeting, August 13, 1742, and moved
to Hockesin. The family moved to Cane Creek, North Carolina in the fall
of 1753. John died 1755 at Orange, N. Carolina. Children John Jr., Samuel,
4. William, b. April 26, 1731 at Kennett, Chester County Pa. m. Deborah
Bruce. Moved to East Caln in the spring of 1756 with brother Samuel, where
sister Alice Fisher and others of the Fisher family had moved in 1740-41.
Whereas James Fisher, son of Tho: ffisher of the Township of Kennett, in ye County of Chester and province of pensilvania yoem & Alice Standfield Daughter of Samuel Standfield of the same place having Declared their Intentions of Marriage wth each other before several monthly meetings of the people Caled Quakers including Kennett aforesd and at Center in ye County of Newcastle on Delawar, according to the good order used amongst you, and having Consent of parents, and parties concerned their said proposials of marriage was allowed of by ye Sd meetings.
Now these are to certifie all whome it may concern that for the full
accomplishing their Sd intentions this fourteenth day of ye second moth
in ye year of our Lord one Thousand Seven hundred & thirty six, they
the Sd James Fisher and Alice Standfield appeared in a public meeting
of ye aforesaid people at Kennett afforesaid And the Said James ffisher
takeing ye Sd Alice Standfield by ye hand did in Solemn manner openly
Declare that he took her ye Sd Alice Stanfield to be his Wife, promising
with the Lord’s assistance to be unto her a Loveing and faithfull
husband until death separate them, And then & there in ye same assembly
ye Sd Alice Standfield did in like manner declare that she took ye Sd
James ffisher to be her husband promissing to be in ye Lord’s assistance
to be unto her a ffaithfull & Loveing wife untill death shall separate
them, And moreover they the Sd James ffisher & Alice Standfield, (She
according to ye Custom of Marriage assuming the name of her Husband as
a further Confirmation thereof) did then and there to these presents Sett
Samuel Standfield was a Quaker settler who came to Pennsylvania from Lurgan, near Belfast, Ireland, in 1729. He married Jane Andrew in 1711 at Lurgan. Samuel probably came from the Standfield (Stansfield, Stanfeld) family who had been in west Yorkshire many generations, with a family seat at Stansfield, in Halifax Parish. Samuel was a probable son of John Stansfield of Halifax, a descendant of James Stansfield of Brighouse. Francis Standfield, another early Quaker settler in colonial Pennsylvania, who emigrated from Cheshire, was probably also descended from James Stansfield of Brighouse. If this identification is correct, the two Standfield familes of colonial Pennsylvania were related.
The Standfields were in Yorkshire at least as early as 1539, when Margareta Stansfeld married Antonius Smyth at Halifax. One branch, the Thomas Stanfield family, lived in east Yorkshire, around Burstwicke and Patrington. However, most of the family records can be found in the Parish of Halifax, in west Yorkshire. James Stansfield of Manckinholes Monthly Meeting, son of James of Brighouse Monthly Meeting, had at least six children, Martha, Abraham, Susannah, Joshua, and twins Johnas & Johnathan. The first six were born between 1667 and 1683. Another probable daughter, Mary, “daughter of James of Parish Hepton-Stall, Co. York,” married John Barker in 1690. Abraham and Lidia Stansfield died in 1669, prisoners at York Castle and were buried at Mankenholes. Deborah Stansfield, “daughter of George,” died in 1669.
John Stansfield, who died at Shore in 1685, had at least two daughters, Lidia and Susan who died young in 1670 and 1673 respectively, and at least one son John II. John II was probably the father of Samuel Standfield, who moved to the north of Ireland before 1711 and emigrated to Pennsylvania about 1729. John III, son of John II and Mary, was born in 1702. “Mary Stanfield of Blythe” died in 1708. In 1671, Charles Stanfield was arrested with a group of Quakers who had four pounds eight shillings taken in tithes. Charles Stansfield died at Shore in 1685. In 1678, John and James Stansfield were arrested and had titheables taken worth four pounds sixpence, including corn, hay, and each a piece of Kersey (woolen cloth). In 1683, one of the John Stanfields was arrested at “Stanfield cum Langfield,” and had “four Kine, two Heifers and an Horse, worth 24 pounds” taken in tithes.
In 1670, Francis Standfield was arrested at a meeting at Cartop (Probably
Carthorpe, in Yorkshire) and had nine pounds taken in tithes. Francis,
probably the son of James of Brighouse, emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1683.
In 1681, a Johnathan Stanfield was present at a wedding at [?Malersey?].
Thomas Stanfield was imprisoned five weeks in 1652? for “exhorting the People assembled at Patterington” and refusing to pay sixpence for tithes. He was “carried to jail” and had goods taken worth six pounds eightpence. Thomas had at least four children, Sabrina, Salamona, Zachariah, and Elisha, all born between 1660 and 1667. Thomas died at Burstwicke in 1670.
Many descendants of Samuel Standfield and Jane Andrew have been documented in previous studies.24 The studies are all found in the catalog index for the Family History Library of the Church of Christ Latter Day Saints (Mormons) at Salt Lake City, Utah. Also, this author is preparing a new Fisher family history which will document many more descendants. The Fisher history will be placed in the Mormon library and also in the Clayton Genealogical Library in Houston, Texas. The first version is expected to be available in 1996.
Probable ancestry of Francis Standfield, and known descendancy to this author, is as follows.
[James Stansfield Jr.] b.  West Yorkshire [Halifax Parish]
[John Stansfield Sr.] b.  West Yorkshire [Brighouse]
[ John Stansfield Jr.] b.  West Yorkshire, [Hepstonstall]
Samuel Stanfield (m. Jane Andrew) b.  [West Yorkshire]
Cephas Fisher Sr. (m. Rachel Standfield) b. 1780 York Co., Pa.
Cephas Fisher Jr. (m. Mary Hoskins) b. 1812 Highland Co., Ohio
Samuel Fisher (m. Effie Van Tassell) b. 1857 Clinton Co., Indiana
Florance C. Fisher Sr. (m. Grace Long) b. 1886 Jewell City, Kansas
Woodford P. Fisher (m. Dorothy Kelly) b. 1911 Helena, Oklahoma
Jackie L. Fisher (m. Janice Thornton) b. 1939 Jett, Oklahoma
Laura Lynn Fisher (m. Barry Armer) b. 1961 Ventura, California
Kevin Shawn Fisher (m. Doreen Schmelter) b. 1964 Houston, Texas
Jonathan Davis Fisher (m. Alisa Mayfield) b. 1969 Texas City, Texas
1. Births, Deaths and Marriages of the Nottingham Quakers 1680- Alice L. Beard RO1614 30153
2. LDS 0389402 Nottingham & New Garden etc Monthly Meetings
3. LDS 0562981 Bradford/Caln Monthly Meeting
4. LDS 0571396 Lurgan Monthly Meeting
5. LDS 0441458 Burlington Monthly Meeting Index
6. LDS 20402 Kennett Monthly Meeting marriages 1718-1821
7. Pa. Archives 974.8 P415
8. LDS 0389407 Kennett Monthly Meeting
9. LDS 0387937 Warrington Monthly Meeting
10. LDS 0389404 Newark Monthly Meeting (Kennett)
11. LDS 0389414 Nottingham Monthly Meeting Men’s Minutes
12. LDS 562980 Misc. Church Records of Chester County Pa.
13. LDS 0389399 Kennett Monthly Meeting
14. LDS 0389399 Kennett Monthly Meeting
15. LDS 0389399 Kennett Monthly Meeting
17. Pa. Marriages Prior to 1810
18. The Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pa 1682-1750 Albert Cook
Myers Pa Gen 974.8 M996
20. LDS 0441406 Yorkshire Friends Qrtly Mtg
21. LDS 0599671, A Collection of Sufferings of the People Called Quakers.
22. LDS 962253, Our Family, Thomas M. Potts 1895
23. LDS Electronic Ancestral File
24. Fisher histories in the LDS catalog
25. LDS 0813512 Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire Monthly Meeting
26. LDS 0588415 Yorkshire Halifax Friends Records (Brighouse)
27. Abstracts of Wills, Orange County N. Carolina, Ruth Herndon Shields,
Sutro Library San Francisco
Andrew, George, 8, 14
Barker, John, 11, 16
Carleton, Hannah, 15
Davis, Jonathan, 13
ffisher, James, 14
Hadley, Ruth, 14
Kelly, Dorothy, 9, 13
Leech, Henry, 16
Martin, Mary, 9, 14, 15
Penn, William, 6, 17
Royer, Hannah, 16
Schmelter, Doreen, 13
Thornton, Janice, 9, 13
Van Tassell, Effie, 9, 13
Way, Jacob, 14