In Volumes 2 and 3 of the originals of Miss Emma Haynes’ History of Polk Co., the following Barfields are mentioned.
The Malachai T. Nettles Family (starts on p. 12)
“...... James W. Nettles........... James W Nettles chose farming as his chief occupation and chose Martha “Mattie” O. Barfield of Providence community to help him establish a home in the Beech Creek Community, where they lived until 1902. ........” p. 15
“...... In July 1958, Martha “Mattie” O. Barfield Nettles celebrated her 97th birthday....... Mrs. Nettles lived three more years.” (Recollections of Annie Bellle Nettles 1966) p.16
“Jason Carl Nettles married Miss Ella Barfield of Providence comunity and a niece of Mrs. Martha “Mattie” O. Barfield Nettles...........” p. 16
“Susan Nettles married Henry Barfield of Providence community in 1869 (see Barfield family history). Children James C. (1871), Della, Mary, Lena and others.” p. 19
Hiram Barfield lived on the Livingston -Liberty Road in 1879 p.9
The Barfield Cemetery, located about 3 miles SE of Livingston on land settled by Hiram Barfield and owned by his descendants. Grave marker names are used in the history of the family.. p. 19
Each time she mentions the Barfield family history, she is referring to that portion of a planned later volume which would have included that part of the county, presumably Vol.3. Unfortunately she died before it could be finished. Supposedly, the notes for the family histories are in the files of the Polk Co. Museum.
In Miss Haynes’ History of Polk Co. published by Polk Co.Historical Commission in 1996, the article about Henry Settlement/Providence community gives the following: “Hiram Barfield moved here in 1850 and built a handplaned house that is still standing (1966); Steve Barfield lives in it.....” p. 193
This doesn’t answer any of your questions, but perhaps provides a few more little links.