Escaping England in 1624
My 7th great grandfather was James Field. At the tender age of 20 he came to America as a ‘servant’ to a family friend. This was done to avoid signing to loyalty oath to the Church of England and the King. James was the grandson of John Field, the Puritan preacher that stood before parliament and exposed the excesses of the church. They rewarded him with a ban on his preaching for 10 years. James began writing. Because of his writing, he was thrown in jail for a year. It is no wonder that the family wished James to have religious freedom.
It is noteworthy that James Feild is the great grandfather of Thomas Jefferson. Unfortunately, James is as close as I get to the founding father. This makes me his 3rd cousin.