The James Wesley Saterfiel Family
James Wesley Saterfiel was born January 13, 1885. He was the son of James Henry Saterfiel, a primitive Baptist minister in Newton County Mississippi, and Mary Rebecca Jones. On November 15, 1903 he married Bertie Dean. She was born
December 17, 1885.
James Wesley and Bertie Dean Saterfiel had 9 sons -- Clarence A. (b. Jan. 6, 1905 - d. ), Ollie Lee (b. Jun 25, 1908 - d. ), Cecil Calvert (b. Jun 23, 1910 - d. Sep 24, 1971), Troy N. (b. Sep 7, 1912 - d. Mar 6, 1930), Herman Buford (b. Oct. 14, 1914 - d. ), Howard A. (b. Nov. 24, 1916 - d. Aug 21, 1932), James Dean (b. Aug 14, 1920 - d. ), Carlos Maloy (b. Dec 17, 1922 - d. Dec 24, 1922) and Earl (b. Oct. 18, 1924 - d. Oct 28, 1998).
Like his father, James Henry, and brother, Fred Lee, James Wesley Saterfiel was a Baptist preacher. From his home in Newton County, Mississippi, Rev. Saterfiel would travel to Vicksburg where he would take the ferry across to Louisiana where he would lead church services. Apparently his ministry was in Louisiana; he did not preach in Mississippi.
In 1918 James Wesley Saterfiel brought his family from Newton County, Mississippi to West Monroe, Louisiana. He purchased 80 acres on Jim Arrant Road, southwest of West Monroe, where they erected a large tent to live in while clearing the land and building a home. Rev. Saterfiel and his sons would work on clearing the land during the day and he would work on the house at night using the day's cut wood for his firelight.
In 1927 he began building the house, which still stands, at 136 Saterfield Road (the "d" on the name was required by the parish when the road's name was changed as there was already a "Saterfiel" Rd in northeast Ouachita Parish - where Clarence Saterfiel lived). Grandad brought some of the materials from the original house to the new house. One of the reasons for the move was because of the unavailability of well water at the original location. They tried several wells unsuccessfully. Granny Saterfiel would have to carry laundry and containers several hundred yards to a spring to get drinking water and wash clothes. The new home was built close to this spring.
Rev. Saterfiel farmed the land during the week and would travel to various churches to preach on the weekend. Usually he went by horse or carriage but he sometimes would walk to catch a bus on the Jonesboro Road to get to where he was going to preach. It was about 1925 before he ever received any money for his preaching. He would get paid in vegetables, eggs, etc. His first cash payment was a quarter--two bits. In addition to farming, Grandad Saterfiel did carpentry work to help support his family. While working on Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, near West Monroe, after a tornado, Rev. Saterfiel fell off a ladder and suffered a serious skull fracture.
Some of the Saterfiel boys--Herman, Ollie, Dean, Earl--moved to Detroit to work at the Ford plant. Grandad and Granny Saterfiel sold their house to Cecil and moved to Detroit also. They didn't stay long before moving back to West Monroe. They purchased 80 acres at the west end of (present day) Emmett Arrant Road, about 1/2 mile from their former home.
The property now belongs to Clarence's children.
Both James Wesley and Bertie Saterfiel died from cancer.