Moses Fields

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Moses Fields (born December 24, 1816 in Old Jonesboro; died 1886) was the first white child born in Jefferson County. He was the first son of Samuel Fields and his wife Mary, early settlers in Jonesborough, incorporated in 1822. Another Moses Fields, possibly Samuel's brother, was also present in Jonesborough. Fields was remembered as "a quiet man who took small part in public affairs." He was buried at the cemetery of the Bethlehem Methodist Church in present-day Hueytown.

Present day Jonesboro was formed when the railroad was constructed a few miles to the east after the Civil War and many of the residents moved closer to the station. The new Jonesboro community is still a ward within the city of Bessemer. Old Jonesboro became a ghost town.


  • "The First Sons of Jefferson County." (February 20, 1912) The Ledger
  • Carter, Lane (April 25, 1943) "About Birmingham:" The Birmingham News