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Thomas Moore FIELD
Birth:
17 Feb 1837
Mo, Usa
Death:
12 Aug 1893
Denver, Denver co, Co, Usa
Burial:
15 Aug 1893
Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Denver co, Co, Usa
Marriage:
17 Sep 1861
Boone co, Mo, Usa
Individual Information
Notes:
                   Sect. A11, Lot 1, Blk 9


Frank Hall, 4 Hall's History of Colorado, p. 440 (Blakely Printing Co. 188_):      "Field, Thomas M., merchant and contractor, was born on a farm near Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, February 17, 1837.  At the age of fourteen he entered upon a course of study in the University of Missouri at Columbia, graduating at the age of nineteen.  Having a decided inclination toward the profession of engineering, much attention was given to that branch of instruction.  Therefore, soon after graduating, he was employed with the corps then surveying the line of the North Missouri railroad in that state.  Thus practically embarked in the profession of his choice, he followed it about eight years, then came to Colorado (1864), and here subsequently became interested in constructing the Denver Pacific, Kansas Pacific and Denver & Rio Grande railways, both as civil engineer and contractor.  While the latter road was being rapidly pushed forward from Pueblo to the San Luis valley, he purchased large stocks of merchandise and established extensive trading posts in the new and prosperous towns along the line, the largest at Alamosa, where with his partner, the firm being Field & Hill, he carried on a general merchandise business.  From April, 1874 to April, 1876, he was treasurer of the City of Denver, and in 1878, two years after the admission of our state, he was the democratic candidate for the office of lieutenant governor, but was defeated by H. A. W. Tabor.  The old merchandising and railway contracting firm of Field & Hill was one of the strongest in the territory.  It established many houses, made large sums of money, and was a conspicuous factor at the beginning of the new era when the building of iron and steel thoroughfares superseded stages and freighting by mule and cattle trains.  Some of the camps they aided in establishing have since developed into thrifty towns; the wilderness they penetrated in desolation has been transformed into scenes of brisk activity; the commerce which they controlled has been diverted into countless channels.  Years ago Mr. Field retired from such pursuits and became a resident of Denver."

As paraphrased from "The Thomas M. Field House and Properties" Report by Leslie Ullman Architects, August, 1989. "The Parks at Harvard Gulch Master Plan," City and County of Denver, Parks and Recreation Department, 1990 (http://www.denvergov.org/South_Denver_Parks/template21275.asp):

"As compensation for her husbands service in the War of 1812, Mariba Ball, widow of Pvt. Reuben Monroe, was granted 160 acres of newly opened Colorado prairie.  Lying about 15 miles to the east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the property was a long rectangular strip of grassland running east and west.  Near its eastern end it crossed a rise in the prairie, commanding an unobstructed and spectacular view of the mountains to the west and of endless grasslands to the north, south, and east.  A barely visible spec on the northern horizon was five-year-old Denver City, three and one-half miles away.

"After changing hands several times through various landowners, the property was sold to Thomas M. Field, a native of Missouri.  In 1864, Field, his wife, his brother, and his brothers family came across Kansas to Denver.  Field pursued a civil engineering career in Denver, working on various railroad projects before creating his own commercial partnership and opening a series of stores in new towns along the railroad.  Field made a success of his enterprise.  He invested his profits in properties located throughout Colorado.

"Field was active in local politics as well as business, and was elected delegate to the territorial Democratic Convention.  He served as Denver City Treasurer from 1874 to 1876.  In 1878, he ran as the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor of the state, losing by a small margin to H.A.W. Tabor.  In 1887, Governor Alva Adams appointed him state engineer.

"In 1892, the Fields decided to build a new home to be located on their South Denver property.  They hired one of the most prominent architectural firms in Denver, Varian and Sterner.  When Thomas Field purchased the property, he purchased prairie farmland, possessing at its eastern end a superb view and an abundant year round supply of irrigation water from the City Ditch.  Although the area was excellent for farming, residents assumed it would ultimately be developed as a city.

"Completed in 1893, the Field house was confidently executed in the Colonial Revival style.  Symmetry, both in the exterior (doors, windows, fireplaces, building volume) and the interior (entry, room placement, doors, vertical circulation) was handled confidently and was strong enough to allow asymmetrical elements to exist without detracting from the overall composition (conservatory, porch, tower and porte-cochere).  The most notable feature of the Field house was the very high quality of materials and workmanship it exhibited.  The construction was excellent, from the foundation to the stonework of the exterior, to the plaster detailing of the interior.

"On August 12, 1893, at age 56, Thomas Field died at home of acute enteritis.  The silver crash and depression of 1893 affected real estate prices drastically.  John Field, son of Thomas Field, was directed by the Probate Court to sell the Field house and 40 acres to pay both the money owed on loans for the house and a small remaining debt for materials used to build the house.  On August 9, 1897, D.H. Moffat purchased the Field House and 40 acres at auction for $30,615.95."

[Field house was declared a Denver Landmark and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.  A major fire on March 8, 1987, virtually destroyed the Field house. In 1989, it was decided, with Landmark Commission approval, that the Field house should be removed]

1870 U.S. Census fo Arapahoe County, Denver, Colorado: Thomas Field, age 34, M W; occupation RR Contractor, $500 personal property, $1,500 real property; born Kentucky.  Living with his brother Isaac Field.

Fact of birth in Missouri taken from 1885 Colorado Census which lists state of origin as Missouri.

City Treasurer, Denver Colorado--1876.

Note:     In Genealogies and Biographical Sketches, B. F. Van Meter lists two additional children, Kate and William. However, no other source indicates  Thomas Field and Amanda Ellis had any children other Pattie, John and Lizzie.  E.g.,  Last Will and Testament refers to only three children--deceased child Pattie, John and Lizzie.

1890 Denver City Directory:   Thomas M. Field   civil engineer  r. 265 Broadway Denver CO 1890.

Buried in Fairmount Cemetery, 430 S. Quebec St.,  Denver, Colorado.
                  
Amanda Young ELLIS
Birth:
23 Nov 1837
Cedar Township, Boone co, Mo, Usa
Death:
15 Sep 1895
Denver, Denver co, Co, Usa
Burial:
17 Sep 1895
Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Denver co, Co, Usa
Individual Information
Notes:
                   Sect. A11, Lot 1, Blk 9


Dates of birth and death from grave marker, Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.

1870 U.S. Census, Cedar Twp, Boone County, Missouri: keeping house in household of father, John Ellis, with children, Pattie, age 5 (born CO), and John, age 3 (born CO).
                  
Children
Marriage
1
Birth:
12 Apr 1865
Denver, Denver co, Co, Usa
Death:
24 Feb 1893
Clark co, Ky, Usa
Marr:
4 May 1892
 
Individual Information
Notes:
                   Section 9, lot 9


1890 Denver City Directory: Miss Pattie H. Field, r. 265 Broadway Denver CO.
                  
2
Birth:
13 May 1867
Denver, Denver co, Co, Usa
Death:
12 Jan 1954
Denver, Denver co, Co, Usa
Marr:
7 Jun 1897
Denver, Denver co, Co, Usa 
Individual Information
Notes:
                   Sect. A11, Lot 1, Blk 9


1900 U.S. Census for Denver, Arapahoe County, Colorado lists occupation as civil engineer.

1910 U.S. Census for Denver, Arapahoe County, Colorado lists occupation as civil engineer, irrigation, age 42, born in CO, married 13 years, father born in KY, mother born in MO; members of household include wife, Eva O., age 41, born in CT; son, John Thomas, age 11, born in CO; daughter, Victoria H., age 7, born in CO; and servant Hilda Johnson, age 26, white, single.

Dates of birth and death from records of Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.

Obituary, Denver Post, p. 22, Thursday, January 14, 1954:   "   Services for John Ellis Field, 86, early-day state engineer of Colorado and a native of the Denver area, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Rogers Mortuary. A Masonic service will be at Fairmount.  Mr. Field died Tuesday. He formerly lived at 2510 Cherry St. His wife, Eva Field, died two years ago.

"Mr. Field was born May 13, 1867, in a log house, on Deer creek near the present site of Littleton. He attended Denver public schools, and was graduated from Yale university as a civil engineer in 1888.  From 1887 to 1897, Mr. Field was a consulting mining engineer in Aspen and Creede.  Gov. Alva Adams appointed him state engineer in 1897. He was the second man to hold that post in the state's history. He was appointed again in 1913 by Gov. E. M. Ammons. From 1901 to 1903 he was engineer in charge of Denver sewer construction.  As project engineer for the U. S. reclamation bureau in Colorado and Wyoming, he supervised the building of many irrigation projects including the Pathfinder reservoir in Wyoming.

"Surviving Mr. Field is his son, Dr. J. Thomas Field of the University of Wyoming; a sister, Mrs. E. B. Field of Denver, and three grandchildren."
                  
3
Birth:
4 Mar 1872
Denver, Denver co, Co, Usa
Death:
25 Dec 1955
Denver, Denver co, Co, Usa
Marr:
15 Sep 1898
Denver, Denver co, Co, Usa 
Individual Information
Notes:
                   Full name from D.A.R. application--1891--D.A.R membership no. 223.

Obituary, Denver Post, p. 25, Monday, December 26, 1955:    " Mrs. Edward Bell Field, Jr., 83, of 1317 Ogden St., a Denver pioneer and social leader, died Sunday night in Sands House, 5261 W. 26th Ave., where she had been a patient for 18 months.

"She was born Elizabeth Hardin Field on March 4, 1872, the daughter of Thomas Moore Field and Amanda Ellis Field, early day Coloradans who came to Denver in 1865 from Columbia, Mo.  Mrs. Field's stories of early days in Colorado were written by her in conjunction with Mrs. Blanche McNeal of the University of Denver.  In addition to attending Arapahoe St. school, East high and Mt. Vernon Seminary in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Field studied dramatic art at Lyceum school in New York City.

"    Mrs. Field was one of the few surviving charter members of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  While she was attending Mt. Vernon Seminary in the 1890s at the age of 18, Mrs. Field was invited by a cousin, Ellen Hardin Walworth, one of the founders of the DAR, to become a charter member.  Another of her recollections was attending the unveiling at the White House in 1894 of the portrait of Caroline Scott Harrison, wife of President Benjamin Harrison.

"She was married Sept. 15, 1898, to Edward Bell Field, Jr., whom she had known since he was 9 years old. Field was a pioneer telephone man in the state and, at the time of his death In February, 1920, was vice president of the Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Co.  After her husband's death, Mrs. Field, with her three children, Jim, Pattie and John, moved to Cambridge, Mass., where Jim was graduated from Harvard law school; Pattie Field from Radcliffe, and John Field from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  After that Pattie Field became one of the first women vice consuls of the United States, starting her career in the consular service at Amsterdam in 1925. She was accompanied to The Netherlands by her mother, and mother and daughter were presented to the late Queen Wilhelmina.

"  After the death of her son Jim in 1936, Mrs. Field sought to divert her grief with a round-the-world by freighter at the age of 65. She visited the Dutch East Indies, Singapore, Bali, Manila, Hong Kong, China and Japan. Since she had appeared in amateur theatricals in Denver, Phoenix, and New York, Mrs. Field returned from her trip to put on a dance program in the native costumes she brought back.

"Mrs. Field is survived by her daughter, Pattie H. Field, at present U.S. vice consul at Genoa, Italy; a grandson, Edward Bell Field, III of Beaumont, Texas; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd F. Walpole of Denver and Mr. and Mrs. John R. Marvin of Jenkintown, Pa., and two nephews Thomas Field of Laramie, Wyo., and [F]ield VanMeter of Winchester, Ky."
                  
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Thomas Moore Field - Amanda Young Ellis

Thomas Moore Field was born at Mo, Usa 17 Feb 1837. His parents were John Hardin Field and Martha Ann Hockaday.

He married Amanda Young Ellis 17 Sep 1861 at Boone co, Mo, Usa . Amanda Young Ellis was born at Cedar Township, Boone co, Mo, Usa 23 Nov 1837 daughter of John Patterson Ellis and Catherine Doyle .

They were the parents of 3 children:
Pattie Hockaday Field born 12 Apr 1865.
John Ellis Field born 13 May 1867.
Elizabeth Doyle Hardin Field born 4 Mar 1872.

Thomas Moore Field died 12 Aug 1893 at Denver, Denver co, Co, Usa .

Amanda Young Ellis died 15 Sep 1895 at Denver, Denver co, Co, Usa .

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