Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Ephraim Warfield
MSA SC 3520-16528

Biography:

Ephraim Warfield was a tenant farmer in Montgomery County, Maryland between 1804 and 1815. He rented land near the town of Brookeville from prominent resident Gerard Brooke. Between 1804 and 1807, Warfield paid an annual rent of $213.33 to Brooke. In 1808, he moved to a new parcel, paying $80 a year, where he lived until 1815. Warfield farmed such crops as tobacco, clover seed, wheat, and rye. He also raised livestock including cattle, hogs, and sheep, and he often paid his rent with livestock instead of cash.1

Unlike most of his Quaker neighbors in Brookeville, who were usually opposed to slavery, Warfield owned at least one slave by 1810. During that year, he had a total of nine people living on his property, most of whom were likely laborers on his farm.2

Kyle Bacon, DAR Research Fellow, 2013

Notes:

  1. SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (Mary Farquhar Green Collection) Account book of Gerard Brooke, 1802-1821 [MSA SC 566-1-98, 00/09/06/06]. 
  2. Third Census of the United States, 1810, Population Schedule, Montgomery, Maryland for Ephm Warfield, Roll M252.

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