Walter Field and wife (formerly Mary Ranney), emigrated from the headwaters of the Allegheny river, in Pennsylvania, to Athens county, Ohio, in 1819, where Mr. Field bought fifty acres of land, which he cleared and improved. He first came to Ohio in 1818, and selected his land. His father and mother, John Field and wife [Sarah*], came to Ohio the same year—1818—and settled in Athens county, where they remained until 1826, when the removed to Clinton township, Franklin county, where Walter Field and family had removed in 1825. Here John Field died in March, 1864, at the age of one hundred years, one month, and seventeen days. His wife died in 1846.
Walter Field bought one hundred acres of land in the northeast corner of Clinton township, in 1825, on which he built a cabin and made a home. The land was then in its native state, covered with a heavy growth of timber, which took years of labor to remove and leave the soil fit for cultivation. After improving this land, he purchased one hundred and fifty-five acres west of his home, on which he moved in 1867. He died in 1877, aged eighty years.** His wife died in 1875, aged seventy-five years.**
The children of Walter and Mary Ranney Field were: Elizabeth, John, Frederick, and Artamissa, who were born in Athens county; and Zenas C., Louisa A., Jason B., Albert, and Andrew W., who were born after their removal to Clinton township. Elizabeth married Robert Barnes, and now lives in Wakeman, Huron county, this State; John married Mary Wood, in Cattaraugus county, New York, and settled in Indiana, whence he removed to Illinois, where he now lives; Frederick lives with his brother Albert, on the old homestead; Artamissa, married John Fry, and now lives in Franklin township, this county; Zenas went to the West, and became a pioneer in Oregon, where he endured great hardships, and took part in many campaigns against the Indians, and while engaged in this duty he took a severe cold, which settled on his lungs and threw him into consumption, from which he died in 1859; Louisa A. married George Sunderland, and lives in Sharon township, this county; Jason B. went to the West, in 1855, and has not been heard from since 1857; Andrew went to Kansas, in 1858, and in the spring of 1859 was overtaken on the plains in a sever storm, and perished.
Albert Field was born in Clinton township, August 3, 1835. In October, 1859, he married Elizabeth Harter, whose father was an early settler in Licking county, and afterwards settled in Clinton township, Franklin county, where he made a home. Mr. and Mrs. Field have had three children—named Linda J., Huldah R., and Carrie A. Huldah, the second daughter, was married, December 24, 1878, to Taylor W. Smith. All live at home.
Mr. Field enlisted in Company C, One Hundred and Thirteenth regiment Ohio infantry, August 20, 1862. He was with his regiment in the battles of Chickamauga, September 20, 1863; Wilson Creek, November 26, 1863; Buzzard's Roost, May 8, 1864; Resaca, May 14, 1864; Rome, May 17, 1864; and Kenesaw [Sic.] Mountain, June 22, 1864; all these battles being in the State of Georgia. During the battle of Kenesaw [Sic.] Mountain, June 22, 1864, he was struck in the left leg by a shell, and the next morning suffered amputation of the limb. He was taken to Chattanooga, where he remained in hospital until August 19, when he was taken to Nashville, from there to Louisville, and to Camp Chase, Columbus, September 1st. He was in the hospital fourteen months before his leg became healed and his health good. On August 17, 1865, he was discharged from the service, at Tripler United States military hospital, Columbus. Since his discharge he has been engaged in farming, a part of the time in Kansas, but most of the time in Clinton township, this county, on the place he now owns. During a great part of the time, for ten years previous to his mother's death, he devoted his time to caring for her. At the same time his wife was engaged in the same duty toward her mother in the adjoining township of Sharon.
Mr. and Mrs. Filed, with their children, now own and occupy the old homestead of one hundred and forty-two acres, in the northwest quarter of Clinton township.
* FIELD, John, Jan 22, 1761-Mar 7, 1861, aged 100 years, 1 month, 16 days and Sarah, wife of John, Aug 7, 1773-Nov 7, 1845, aged 72 years 3 months—The Franklin County Genealogical Society a Chapter of the Ohio Historical Society, compiler, Franklin County, Ohio Cemeteries, 11 volumes (Columbus, 1980-1997), vol. 6 "Washington, Clinton, Montgomery & Brown Townships," page 70, Old M. E. Church (Clinton Chapel) Cemetery.
** Walter and Mary (Ranney) Field are both buried at Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus (gravestone photos).