He graduated from Yale in 1802, and received Doctorate in Divinity degree from Williams College.
He held pastorates at Haddam, Connecticut, and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He wrote A History of the Town of Pittsfield, in Berkshire County, Massachusetts (1814), A Statistical Account of the County of Middlesex in Connecticut (1819), The Genealogy of the Brainerd Family, in the United States, with Numerous Sketches of Individuals (1857), Centennial Address with Historical Sketches of Cromwell, Portland, Chatham, Middle-Haddam, Middletown and its Parishes (1853), among other works. He is buried at the Stockbridge Cemetery in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Their children were:
David Dudley Field, Junior.
(1805–1894) was a United States Congressman and law reformer. Emilia Ann Field Brewer (1807 – 1861), who married missionary Review
Timothy Beals Field (1809 – 1836)
Mathew Dickinson Field (1811–1870)
Jonathan Edwards Field (1813–1868)
Stephen Johnson Field (1816–1899) was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Cyrus West Field (1819–1892) was a business man and industrialist who led the effort to lay the first Atlantic telegraph cable.
Henry Martyn Field (1822–1907) carried on in the family tradition becoming a clergyman and author
Mary Elizabeth Field (1823–1856).