- According to his death certificate, he was a cooper by profession. He had lived in Jefferson Parish, according to the receipts kept by the family. His ancestry is a mystery.
He and Catherine Klipfel divorced. Suit 5090, Parish Court, Mary B. Fields & Charles Fields, filed Dec. 1st, 1828. This is a citation for a separation, recorded on 1 Dec. 1828 and served on 3 Feb. 1829.
"The petition of Mary Barbara Fields residing in said city respectfully shows, that she is the wife of Charles Fields, also of said city and by him her two children, that the said Fields constantly refuses to make any provision for her or their said children and that when he is in a state of drunkenness he abuses your petitioner in the most vulgar and brutal manner and he frequently can [?miterd] personal violence on her, that in her last state of pregnancy he hit your petitioner in such manner as to put her life at hazard in consquence of which conduct in the past of her said husband it is impossible for her to live in safety or tranquility with him, wherfore she prays the said Fields may be cited to answer this petition & that a separation from bed, board and property be [?deemed] between him & your petitioner and that he be [?deemed] to pay your petitioner the sum of thirty dollars per month & the cost of this suit & she [?for] this prays your honor to a_____ ^[_______ ____]^ him to carry on the suit.
"Mary Barbara Fields being duly sworn says that the facts set forth in the forgoing petition are true.
"Sworn before me this 1st day of December, 1828. [signed] ______ [signed] Barbara Fields
M. Charles Fields of New Orleans
I hereby certify that I am willing for the court to give Mary B. Fields a separation but am unwilling to allow the thirty dollars per month as specified in the ____. [signed] Chas. F. Fields. [witnessed Dec. 1st, 1828]
The document was sent to "Mr. Chs. Fields" at the "corner of Girod & Tchoupitoulas Street at a tavern kept by Mr. Frederick," which is apparently where Fields resided.
"Mrs. Barbara Klipfel, widow by first marriage of Charles Fields, and by second marriage of John McMillen, residing in this City, who by these presents declares that her first husband, Charles Fields, a native of the State of New York, a cooper by profession, aged thirty-five years, died in this city of New Orleans in the year eighteen hundred and thirty four."