From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 249, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
George I. Fields was born in Wythe county, Virginia, May 16,
1837. His father, John D. Fields, was born in Rappahannock county,
Virginia. His grandfather was a native of Scotland and came to this
country at an early date and settled near Richmond, Virginia. Here he
died at the advanced age of 100 years. Mr. John D. Fields was a brick
mason and a farmer. He attended to his trade and had his sons work the
farm. He lived on his farm until his death in October, 1868, when he
was ninety-six years old. He was a Sergeant in the war of 1812, and
made a fine record in the naval service, especially at Norfolk,
Virginia. He was honorably discharged. He received his land warrant for
160 acres, which he sold. His wife's name was Nancy E. Williams, a
native of Culpeper county, Virginia. She died in Wythe county,
Virginia, after a happy married life of sixty years. Mr. and Mrs. John
D. Fields had seven children, three of whom are still living.
Mr. George I. Fields is the youngest of the family. He left his
home in 1867 and settled in Versailles, Brown county, Illinois. Until
that time he had been a farmer, but from then until 1884 he was engaged
in milling. Since then he has engaged in newspaper work as editor and
publisher of the Versailles Enterprise.
He was married to Ellen P. McWane April 16, 1865. She was born
in Nelson county, Virginia, and is still spared to her family. They
have had nine children, six of whom are still living, namely: Maggie
V., Nancy E., Emma J., Addie D., Louie and Stella May.
Mr. Fields has been elected Tax Collector for the township seven
times. He is a Republican in politics and is the Chaplain of the blue
lodge, A.F.&A.M. He connected himself with the Methodist Episcopal
Church in 1870, and has been a Class-leader and exhorter most of the
time. Mr. and Mrs. Fields are worthy members of society and are greatly
esteemed by their host of warm friends.