APRIL 2005


       JIMMY FAGERBURG                                                                                                                                       DICK GARFIELD
     INACTIVE AT THIS TIME                                                                                                                      
Hello from Garfield Farm! We just toured a new group - Tom Anderson of Geneva High School brought his second class of 50 out today - nothing unusual except this is a junior year horticultural class. Although we did some historic interpretation, it was really an opportunity to pose questions based on the past of future issues. So looking at the field of houses in the distance that once grew
crops, looking at Bucky and Becky, the last known surviving old type Berkshire hogs, or the old privy, questions of land use, loss of genetic diversity, potable water arose as these young people face their future world.
Although a WIP, (work in progress like everything else here), new wall paint and reorganization of furniture in the two front rooms of Burr House are making it more inviting. We are trying to hide the
"office" look even though we still need to have a reception desk, information, etc. Stop by and see how we are doing.
Anyone who wants to attend the April 21st awards dinner should get their reservation to me ASAP. I need to turn in a head count.
This week, a gradiometer that measures the presence of iron in the soil will be used to generate a computer map of potential archaeological features. They will start tomorrow on Saturday and continue for the rest of the week. Come on out (call me or page me 630 584-8485 or 538-8485) to see the process. We will keep our fingers crossed that this will produce the clues we need to find the
original sites of the log tavern, 1842 barn, etc. It could make our August dig more efficient and affective.
The 23rd Semi Annual Country Folk Art Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds will feature Garfield Farm Museum as a door prize this Friday evening, April 15. Early American Life magazine is sponsoring a behind the scenes tour of the farm for a party of 6. The show continues through Sunday.
Last but not least, we need our rare breeders to register for the May 22 Rare Breeds Show. Below is the general information about the show. Please share this with anyone you know who has rare and historic breeds of livestock, poultry, horses, etc. If you can help promote the show, I can send you a four color flier to put up at your local library, feed store, pet store, stable, veterinarian's office, etc.
So we are off to the races as the season swings into gear. So from down on the farm, have a good one-  Jerry Johnson
Rarest of Breeds Needed For Show

Owners and breeders of rare livestock, poultry and animals are needed for the 19th annual Rare Breeds Livestock Show and Sale to be held on May 22, 2005 at Garfield Farm Museum. Breeders throughout the Great Lakes and Midwest typically participate. About the only things becoming rarer than some of the breeds of historic livestock and poultry are breeders of these animals. As more
Americans are several generations separated from family farming, fewer people are preserving breeds of domestic animals that humans have depended upon for centuries. The annual Rare
Breeds Show at Garfield Farm Museum is an opportunity to increase awareness about these endangered animals and their genetics and bring potential buyers and breeders together.
  Many of the exhibitors are members of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, a national organization that provides a network and information on breed status for owners of these rare animals. Many poultry participants are members of the Society of the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities. Both groups recognize the loss of genetic diversity in animals that civilization has depended upon for food, fiber and work. As change inevitably occurs, these rare genetics may well solve future needs.
Exhibitors man their stalls or pens to explain the history of their breeds and can explain behavior and care needs of the animals. Typically, over 60 different breeds of animals are on display from Friesen horses, Devon cattle, Java chickens, Hereford hogs, working dogs, Sebastopol geese, Royal Palm turkeys, Khaki runner ducks, to Jacobs sheep. There is no charge to exhibitors and they are also invited to bring any related products, information or to help give 30 minute lectures during the show.
There is a $6 donation for adults and $2 for children under 13 years of age who come to see the show. Garfield Farm Museum is located 5 between Elburn and Geneva, IL off ILL Rt. 38 on Garfield Road. The 374 acre farm is being restored as an 1840s working farm museum. For information call 630 584-8485 or email

Contact Jerome Johnson  (630) 584-8485  pager (630) 538-8485

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Behind the Scenes Tour Saturday, May 7 @ 11:00 a.m.Have you ever wondered what was behind that door? Now is your opportunity to find out. Join us as we explore the nooks, crannies and seldom seen places of the James Garfield home. Highlights of this "special experience" tour include the upper level of the Visitor Center (formerly the 1893 Carriage Barn), the basement and third floor of the Garfield Home, and the observation level of the windmill. Ability to climb several levels of stairs is required. Cost is $15/person and pre-registration is required  call (440) 255-8722 for tickets. *This tour does not cover rooms seen on the regular house tour. Guests are encouraged to tour the house at another time for a more involved history and look at the house.


Saturdays @ noon

Bring your young ones for a child-friendly tour of the Garfield Home with Hancock, our resident groundhog. Hancock will lead families through the home, with special attention on finding items in each room. No reservations necessary! Tours gauged for children ages 4-10.


Farm Tours

Sunday, May 29

Attend a special version of our Behind the Scenes tour as we tour the property of Lawnfield. Visit outbuildings, examine historic photos, and get a feel for what life was like on James Garfield's farm. $15/person.. Call the Site for reservations and tour times. *This tour does not cover rooms seen on the regular house tour. Guests are encouraged to tour the house at another time for a more involved history and look at the house.

Memorial Day

Monday, May 30

Open 10-5 for tours


Starting May 1 - hours are Monday - Saturday 10-5, Sundays 12-5

Thanks Allison.
(Allison is the very capable manager of Lawnfield)


April and Daylight Savings Time, with April showers bringing May flowers. Spring is slowly traveling north from the now quite warm south. Another 6 weeks and Nancy and I should be heading north also for the summer. Haven't had much activity on the site this month, need some input from you the readers. Hope to get a lot of the generations ( 7 - 14 ) brought up to date this summer if all goes well. This newsletter will be quite short but hope to have more material for the May newsletter.

On my e-mail I always ask if anyone would like to be removed or someone you know added to the newsletter mailing list, or any changes you would like made. I got the following note from Janice Farnsworth. Janice, for those of you who don't know her, transcribes and puts on the internet whole books, or great information on the early settlers in and around New England. I have posted some of her work here in the newsletter at different times. All she asks is to "by line" that the article was transcribed by her.
This is her reply to March's e-mail:

"Well I for one like it just fine! Thanks for all your continued hard work. Janice Farnsworth".

Thanks Janice, coming from someone who does such great work I really appreciate that.

Last month I failed to state where the picture of the month was taken, that might be because I didn't know as there was no info posted wih the picture. I got the following information from Kirby Parker.

Hi Dick:
"Your picture of the month is very good. I have walked across that bridge numerous times and even twice hiked to the top of the falls. I didn't see any identification telling us it is Multomah Falls Oregon, about 30 miles east of Portland along the Columbia River. Kirby Parker, descendant of Caleb Garfield and Moses Garfield".

Thanks Kirby, for telling us where that picture was taken. I sure didn't know.


                          Hi folks, as a follow on to last month's newsletter I now include

                           Elizabeth's request to be granted administration of Henry's estate.  The other                                        document is the bond she had to enter as a guarantee that she would administer                                  the estate properly.

Petition for Administration of Estate of Henry Garfield

Gloucestershire Record Office ref Garfield/1712/401

14th October 1712

Before the distinguished Charles Brereton, Bachelor of Law, Surrogate of the worshipful Henry Penrice, Doctor of Letters, Chancellor of the Diocese of Gloucester,

There appeared personally Elizabeth Garfield, widow, and alleged that Henry Garfield, late of Great Dorsington Magna in the diocese of Gloucester, yeoman, departed this life intestate, no will having been made by him, and that she was and is the relict of the said deceased,

For which reason she sought that administration of the goods, rights and credits of the said deceased [be granted] to her, under a suitable caution to be imposed by him, and asked for right etc,

Whereupon the said Surrogate charged her with an oath and decreed administration to be granted to her,

In the presence of me, Ro. Moore, Notary Public.


Administration Bond re Henry Garfield dec'd, 1712

[May all men know, by these presents,

That we, Elizabeth Garfield, of Great Dorsington in the County of Gloucester, widow, Henry Garfield of the same, yeoman, and Toms Mealing of the same, yeoman,

Are held and firmly bounden unto the Reverend Father in Christ, the Lord Bishop of Gloucester,

In the sum of three hundred pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to be paid to the same Bishop or his certain Attorney, Executors or Administrators;

To which payment indeed, well and faithfully to be made, we oblige ourselves, and each of us by himself for the whole, our and each of our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, firmly by these Presents, Sealed with our Seals,

Dated the fourteenth day of the month of October and in the eleventh year of the reign of our Lady Anne, by the grace of God, Queen of Great Britain, France and Ireland, defender of the faith etc, and in the year of our Lord 1712.]

Administration Bond re Henry Garfield dec'd, 1712

The Condic[i]on of this Obligac[i]on is such;

That if the Above bounden Elizabeth Garfield, widow, Administrator of all and singuler the goods, ch[att]ells and credits of Henry Garfield, late of Great Dorsington, Yeom[an], deceased,

Doe make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singuler the goods, chattells and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, poss[ess]ion or knowledge of her, the said Elizabeth Garfield, or into the hands and possession of any person or persons for her;

And the same soe made doe exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of Goucester at or before the last day of November next ensuing;

And the same goods, chattells and credits, and all other the goods, chattells and credits of the said deceased at the time of his death which at any time after shall come to the hands or possession of the said Elizabeth Garfield or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her, doe well and truly administer according to law;

And further doe make or cause to be made a true and just accompt of her s[ai]d Ad[ministra]c[i]on at or before the last day of October 1712;

And all the rest and residue of the said goods, chattells and credits which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrators accompt, the same being first examined and allowed of by the Judge or Judges for the time being of the said Court, shall deliver and pay unto such person and persons respectively as the said Judge or Judges by his or their decree or sentence (p[ur]suant to the true intent and meaning of a late Act of Parliament made in the two and twentieth and three and twentieth yeares of the raigne of o[u]r Late Soveraigne L[or]d King Charles the second, Intituled An Act for the better settling of Intestates Estates) shall limit and appoint,

And if it shall hereafter appeare that any last will and Testament was made by the said deceased, and the Executor or Executors therein named doe exhibit the same into the said Court, makeing request to have it allowed and approved accordingly, if the said Elizabeth Garfield above bounden, being thereunto required, doe render and deliver the said L[ett]res of Ad[ministra]c[i]on (approbac[i]on of such Testament being first had and made) in the said Court,

Then this Obligac[i]on to be void and of none effect, or else to remaine in full force and vertue.

Sign[um] Eliz[abethe] Garfield

[The mark of Elizabeth Garfield]

Sign[um] Henrici Garfield

[The mark of Henry Garfield]

Sign[um] Tomsii Mealing

[The mark of Toms Mealing]

Sealed and delivered in the presence of

Cha: Brereton

Ro. Moore N[otary] P[ublic]


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Happy hunting

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                    I HAVE BEEN THERE
dear mr. garfield,

i am researching a painted chest in the collection of the american folk art museum. a similar chest inscribed in pencil "Solomon Garfield Tyringham, Massachusetts 1840" was sold in 2001 at skinner's auction house in massachusetts. i am wondering if the solomon garfield who painted this chest can be identified and if any descendants retain any information about him and about the wonderful furniture he decorated. the museum's example will be on view this fall.

                                        Stacy C. Hollander
                                        Senior Curator/Director of Exhibitions
                                       American Folk Art Museum
                                    45 West 53rd Street
                                    New York, NY 10019

I received the above e-mail from Stacy and replied with the Solomon Garfield that in my list of Solomons would best fit the time and place. If anybody can help Stacy, she would be very
pleased indeed. Thanks

Solomon GARFIELD,[06:60J] b.Jun 10, 1797 in Tyringham, MA. married
on Nov 7, 1822 in Tyringham, MA., Sabrina NORTHROP,[06:60J-S] b.Apr 29, 1801
in Tyringham, MA.(daughter of John NORTHROP and Sarah MILLER).
Solomon d.Nov 2, 1870 and Sabrina d.Oct 2, 1880 in Minnesota.

SOLOMON AND SABRINA HAD 4 CHILDREN - 07:85A-07:85B-07:85C-07:85D