The Field of Honour

The Field of Honour Book Cover

Cover Illustration: Lt. Robert Grier McAulay~ CSA

The Stories of the Macaulay Family

Including a Genealogical and Historical Record of the Forebears of Neill Webster and Henrietta Holleman Macaulay of South Carolina


James Lewis MacLeod
Neill Webster Macaulay, Jr.

© 1973 James L. McLeod
All rights reserved.

Oakwood, Georgia


The following book review is from the New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, Volume 106, page 109:


"The Field of Honour: The Stories of the Macaulay Family, by James Lewis MacLeod & Neill Webster Macaulay, Jr. 1973. *
A subtitle reads, “Including a Genealogical and Historical Record of the Forebears of Neill Webster and Henrietta Holleman Macaulay of South Carolina.” The authors state that “this small book is an attempt to provide a sense of history for one family, hoping to touch future generations, that may see themselves as part of a chain of life,” and point out that it is a history of “honour, dignity and goodness” in an American family.
The immigrant Ewen Mc Aulay, born in Scotland 5 January 1715, spoke only Gaelic, even after settling in North Carolina, and lived to be 102. Much of the narrative concerning the family, especially during and just after the Confederate War, consists of quotations from letters that have been preserved in the family. The authors mention family traditions, and in some instances show them to be false. Other families treated briefly, as they pertained to the Macaulays, are Grier of Pennsylvania, Heard of Virginia, Holleman and Gaillard of South Carolina, Black, Serre, DuPree, and Sharp.
The narrative is lively, though often moralistic. It is a good picture of an upper middle class Southern family. "

(*Scholars please note that names are misspelled in the original printed review.)


“Men today see every type of beauty but the beauty of holiness.”


“Let us see before us always those who were truly great, who
acted well in their time without hope of fame. They had integrity.
They were teachers. They were elders. They were parents who
turned upon ordinary life, raising it to the field of honour whereon they struggled quietly, truly valient. The memories of their lives are like banners to be hung high in Valhalla that their descendents may move beneath them in the sure and certain knowledge
of the eventual triumph of honest men.”



“Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”

Psalm 137:3


Table of Contents

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The McAulays, 1715—1832
Life on the Plantation
The McAulays, 1861—1865
The McAulays in the Post Bellum Period
Neill Webster Macaulay
The Griers: American Pioneers
Mary Heard of Washington, Georgia
Lt. John Black
The Hollemans
The Gaillards of South Carolina
The Serres and DuPrees
Elder John Sharp


Charts of Lineal Ancestry to the Revolution
Sketch of Lt. Robert Grier McAulay
Descendents of Neill and Henrietta H. Macaulay*

*Scholars note that to protect the privacy of the living, descendents not appear on the web. 


The 200th anniversary of the United States is approaching.
At such a time it is appropriate for the country, for commun-
ities and for families, the basic units of all society, to look
back. We might say to look back to find themselves and their
place in history; or, we might say a look back will remind them
they have a place in history, which, like it or not, they are
performing as members of the nation, a family, or, if you like,
the human race.

The authors have sensed in the modern family as well as the
nation a lack of cohesiveness and authority. The explanation
is not solely economic. The modern family has lost its sense
of vision. it has lost vision because it has lost a sense of
continuity. We believe the nation is in a similar plight.
This small book is an attempt tc provide a sense of histbry
for one family, hoping to touch future generations, that may
see themselves as part of a chain of life. These are confused
times where the basic integrity of the American heritage seems
lost. We believe this is an American book because it shows that
a history of honour, dignity and goodness have belonged to the
people and that, since this is America, will come from them
again. It is a tale of our people.
Where there are mistakes, we apologize, hoping the future
will be less prone to error than we, which is doubtful. This
book would not have been possible without the helping hands and
haunting stories of Mrs. James Perrin (Eunice Macaulay), Mrs.
James Dusenberry (Isabel Macaulay), the late Mrs. John Rollins
(Melvina Rea), and the late Mrs. Samuel Kilgore (Estelle Rea),
all granddaughters of Neil McAulay of Coddle Creek. "And pro-
found appreciation must be given to Mrs. William Lasater McLeod
(Sara Macaulay)."
Best Wishes,

James Lewis MacLeod
The Manse
1900 Eleventh St.
Lake Charles, La. 70601*

Neill Webster Macauley
12 Clement Road
Columbia, South Carolina 29203*

(*Scholars note that the above addresses are not current.)


Dr. James MacLeod may be contacted through the Neill Macaulay Foundation.