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Jimmy Fagerburg Dick Garfield
Here it is the middle of February already and I am just getting this out, shame on me!! It has been a busy year so far, and we are now getting into the "lets go visit the Garfield's in warm Florida" season. We really havn't had that much company this year but I have got to blame it on something other then getting a lttle older and a lot slower. My son-in-law that had a triple bypass the last of December is feeling much better so he and I went over to the Gulfcoast with the Travel Trailer and did a little fishing. Was hoping I would get more input from you the readers filling in some of the gaps in the family trees and adding new branches. Maybe now that the weather isn't the greatest more people will dig out their family lines and forward more information to us to publish in the newsletter. Thanks everybody, Dick.
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If you have any comments good or bad that you would like posted in this newsletter please send it to me and I will put it in this space. Thank you.
GARFIELD FAMILY STORY
"FAMILY IS THE ESSENCE OF ONE'S IDENTITY,"
Our branch of the Garfield family descends from Samuel, eldest son of Edward Garfield of Watertown, Ma.
Edward Garfield-->Samuel Garfield & Susannah Benefeld-->Daniel Garfield & Mary Crouch-->Ebenezer Garfield & Mary Graves-->Dr. Daniel Garfield & Elizabeth Brewer-->
William B. Garfield & Mary Marshall-->Philomela Garfield & Elbridge Chapin-->Harriet Garfield Chapin & Almeron Smith-->Gladys C. G. Smith & Leo Coats-->Phyllis Coats
& Wayne Mills-->Jayne Mills & Richard Pawlisa.
If you have a family heirloom in your possession, such as a bible, quilt, piece of furniture, than you must be more than curious, as we were, about our ancestors: Who were they; where did they come from; what did they do, what kind of people were they? You must indeed wonder if they were ancestors to be proud of, or if our ancestors would be proud of us and who we are, and what we have become. Edward Garfield came to America in 1630 looking for new opportunities and religious freedom. These original colonists believed strongly in three things: God, Country, and Family. They were people who were farmers; who labored hard and long; who were generous to those in need; who steadfastly lived their religious convictions. We are particularly proud of Doctor Daniel Garfield, who was a Revolutionary Patriot. However, we have found that WILLIAM BREWER GARFIELD best exemplifies our family spirit and ideals.
William Brewer Garfield died March 14, 1861 at the age of 72 of Typus Fever in Alexander (Genesee Co.), New York. He suffered the loss of his parents in 1841 and 1849. His father was a physician, and William learned early the lesson of helping those who were in need. He taught his children to love the land and treasure it's wonderful bounties; to love
God and believe in God's goodness; and to love and cherish their families. At the time
of his death, he had been preceded in death by his parents, several of his siblings, his wife, and four of his children. He is buried with 2 children, and his parents in Maple Hill
Cemetery in Darien, New York. Recently I was able to locate his probate records. At the
time of his death, his assets were $5,700. Looking over his probate records, I found that he was buried in a walnut casket: cost was $11.50. Other funeral costs were: 2 telegraphs
to children in Michigan were $11.50; Cost of digging his grave was $1.50; Cost of Elder Brooks presiding was $6.00; Cost of Tombstone was 47.50. All items were listed by price that had to do with the cost of his funeral (coffee, crackers, hired girl, boy to drive cattle, holders and flowers-quite a long list) which totaled $46.00. William's itemized list of possessions and their worth are very lengthy----about 6 pages.
Also noteworthy: It is clear that William loaned money to those in need, as their were many outstanding notes that needed to be collected in order to settle his estate.
An elderly gentleman, who lives near Maple Hill Cemetery, has in his possession, the original Cemetery Book for the Cemetery. It is a very large book, and it is very old. Only 6 gentlemen had an entire page in the book dedicated to their lives: William Brewer
Garfield is one of those gentlemen. The following is that dedication to Deacon William Brewer Garfield.
WILLIAM B. GARFIELD, BETTER KNOWN AS DEACON GARFIELD, WAS BORN IN 1789. HE WAS MARRIED TO MISS MARSHALL OF LITCHFIELD, HERKIMER COUNTY N.Y. IN 1809. HE SETTLED ON A NEW FARM IN NORTHEAST DARIEN IN 1814. IN 1827 HE SOLD THIS FARM AND MOVED ON TO A FARM IN NORTH ALEXANDER WHICH HE PURCHASED OF HIS BROTHER, MYRA GARFIELD. HE RESIDED THERE UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1861 BEING 72
YEARS OF AGE. HIS WIFE DIED WITH HER DAUGHTER NEAR MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN IN 1855. THEY HAD 9 CHILDREN; THE TWO OLDEST DIED IN INFANCY.
HE WAS A HARD WORKING MAN, AND STRICTLY HONEST. HIS PECULIAR CONVENIENCEIES, TO OTHERS WERE STRANGE INCONVENIENCES. THE OLD FASHIONED WAY WAS HIS WAY.
SICKNESS AND MISFORTUNES OFTEN OVERTOOK HIM, BUT WITH COURAGE HE WOULD GRAPPLE WITH THEM TILL HIS EFFORTS WERE CROWNED WITH SUCCESS. HE WAS
KIND TO THE POOR AND NEEDY AND A USEFULL AND ENTERPRIXING MEMBER OF SOCIETY. IN EARLY LIFE HE UNITED WITH THE BAPTISTS, AND SOON BECAME A DEACON. HE WAS NOTED FOR HIS STEADY ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS. NOTWITHSTANDING MUCH BAD LUCK HE BECAME WELL OFF.
JAYNE PAWLISA, THE PROUD GGG GRANDDAUGHTER OF WILLIAM BREWER GARFIELD
Thank you very much Jayne for sending that thru for the newsletter, Dick.
Perhaps someone could use this info:
This is from PROBATE COURT; DISTRICT OF WESTMINSTER; STATE OF VERMONT; Bellows Falls, Vermont: Dated October 23, 1978: signed Wanda L Falzo, Register.
I have searched the records of this Court and find the following estates for Garfields:
1. Abbie M. Garfield, late of Townshend, Vt., opened 2/4/1903.
2. Cabel Garfield, late of Townshend, Vt., opened 2/7/1864. (Estate opened but never
3. Charlotte Garfield, late of Londonderry, opened 8/11/1892.
4. Egbert S. Garfield, late of Londonderry, opened 5/17/1932.
5. Josie A. Garfield. late of Londonderry, opened 4/21/1908.
6. Oscar R. Garfield, late of Townshend, opened 9/11/1902.
7. Sidney G. Garfield, late of Townshend, opened 6/5/1907.
Regards--Nancy Garfield Risdon Thank you Nancy for that information, maybe it will be just what somebody was looking for, Dick.
I am attaching a scanned letter from my cousin Clarence Anderson of Falmouth, MA and the clipping from the Falmouth Enterprise about J.A.G.'s granddaughter Eleanor's passing.
My cousin Clarence Anderson (now 90) of Falmouth worked for President Garfield's son Irving McDowell Garfield from about 1929 to 1942. He knows that I am very interested in any Garfield news as I have Garfields (desc. from Joseph in Phelps, NY) in my family. He knew this branch of the family well. He said that the President's grandson, Irving McDowell Garfield, Jr. was known as "Mike."
Clarence worked for the Garfields first as caretaker of the Garfield estate at Nobska Point in Woods Hole (part of Falmouth). According to Clarence, (JAG's son) Irving McDowell Garfield married Susan Emmons at the Emmons mansion on Mill Road in Falmouth, with
his mother (president's widow) attending. He also drove Mr. Garfield, often to and from the train. Interestingly, Mr. Garfield (JAG's son) could have taken the train right to Woods Hole and have Clarence pick him up there, but instead he seemed to like to have him
pick him up 17 miles up the line in Buzzards Bay (top of Cape Cod, where the trains
split, with half of the train going on to Hyannis and the other half to Woods Hole).
Evidently, Jane Garfield Cheever is the only surviving grandchild of JAG. Clarence tried to send her a letter recently, but it came back. He was quite fond of her when she was young. She'd be over 90 now.
Sincerely, Bob Shoring
San Francisco, California> 12/25/02
Another quick short letter to you as I just got the obituary of Eleanor Garfield out of the Falmouth enterprise and my reason for sending it is to show that (Mike) Irving McDowell
Garfield Jr. had already passed away before Eleanor, you may remember we talked
about him a couple of years ago that you might try to locate him so now we know he is not living.
As l told you before l did not know where his slster Jane Cheever was living, or if she was still living, so here we have it.
You will notice that in this Falmouth Enterprise article they do have the Garfield last name spelled wrong I know very definitely it should be Irving and not Irvin Mc.Dowell
As I have told you I worked for the Garfields for many years but l also grew up with them from day one they were such nice people.
Mr. Garfield was very much a very common type of person and spent the week in Boston at his law office and came down to his summer home at woods hole on week ends and some times he would call up from Boston and ask for me to go to Buzzards Bay and meet him and he would get off the train there and I would drive him to Woods Hole and I always used to think he did that because he liked to talk to me as I wouldn't be talking like his high faluting lawyer pals. He could always unlinmber and talk plain english to
me and sometimes we would come down to the Locust St. crossing and have to stop and let the train go by and it would get to Woods Hole before we would.
I think so often of the Garfields as such wonderful people.
signed: Clarence J. Anderson
Thank you very much for sending that thru for us Bob, Dick.
WE GET QUESTIONS THAT NEED ANSWERS
CAN YOU HELP US ??
FATHER - JOSHUA GARFIELD
MOTHER - RUTH HAMMOND
CHILD - AARON GARFIELD b.03/27/1755
Who does this Joshua belong to?
This is the answer I give, if anybody has anything different or can add to it please let me know. Thanks, Dick
Edward Garfield & Rebecca Johnson
Joseph Garfield & Sarah Gale
Edward Garfield & Mehitabel Child
Joseph Garfield & Abigail Fuller
Joshua GARFIELD,[05:26] b.Jul 9, 1727 in Waltham, MA. married on May 23, 1754 in Waltham, MA. Ruth HAMMOND,[05:26-S] b.1734 (daughter of Thomas HAMMOND and Ruth CONVERSE). Joshua d.1795 in Waltham, MA.
JOSHUA AND RUTH HAD 6 CHILDREN - 06:42-06:43-06:44-06:45-06:46-06:47
Aaron GARFIELD,[06:42] b.Mar 27, 1755 in Waltham, MA.
Ruth GARFIELD,[06:43] b.Mar 18, 1759 in Weston, MA. married on Apr 9, 1788 in Waltham, MA. David RICE,[06:43-S]. Research under RICE
Moses GARFIELD,[06:43] b.Jul 19, 1763 in Waltham, MA. married on Sep 12, 1790 in Princeton, MA. Abigail MASON,[06:44-S]. Abigail d. Dec 18, 1817 in Princeton, MA
MOSES AND ABIGAIL HAD AT LEAST 2 CHILDREN - 07:33-07:34
Lois GARFIELD,[06:45] b.Mar 13, 1768 in Waltham, MA. and died Feb 3, 1789.
Esther GARFIELD,[06:46] b.Jul 31, 1774 in Weston, MA.
Anna GARFIELD,[06:47] b.1761 married in 1783 Jonathan WELLINGTON, [06:47-S]. Anna d.1834. Research under WELLINGTON
Subject: Cyrus Garfield family
Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2003 20:30:44 -0500
This is a wonderful stie. I am new at tracing the family tree and came upon your site by accident. I want to give you a few facts and see if you can advise me what to do next.
My great grandfather was Samuel Garfield of Lansing, Mich. According to the age given in the MI census for 1860, 70, and 80 Samuel would have been born in or close to 1840. He lists New Hampshire as his birthplace. Based on the 27 Garfield families listed in the 1850 NH census only one family has a 10 year old son and that son is Samuel. I am
assuming and I know that is dangerous, but I feel that this family with Cyrus(06:129) Garfield as father and head of household is the family I should be following. However, I have hired someone in Lansing to follow Samuel's family and she has not been able to locate anything that lists Samuel's father's name. The Charlestown, NH Historical
Society is researching for me also, but the records for that time period burned. Do you have any suggestions or know of anyone I could contact that would be able to help me. Cyrus's brother was Horace (06:131) and I thought I would follow through to the end of your family tree to see if I could possibly find someone living that might could help
me. Horace did move to Jackson, MI so that would explain how Samuel ended up in Lansing. Thank you, Sandy Smith.
I wrote back to Sandy telling her that I had very little if any information that would help her but asked for more information about what she knew about her family and received the following letter back.
I am so glad to hear from you. Everyone I have contacted mentioned your name as the one I needed to get in touch with. I have traced my great, great grandfather, Samuel Garfield, to Lansing Michigan. He is a 20 year old male living during the 1860 Michigan census in the household of Benjamin Rendall. In the l870 census he is married to Martha
Ann (maiden name unknown) Garfield. They have 3 children. I have records from there
forward, but can not find their marriage certificate or his death time and place. I have Martha Ann's burial place; cemetery records do not indicate Samuel is buried beside her.
On all of the census records Samuel lists his birthplace as New Hampshire. I am new at tracing family trees and do not have access to census records, etc. so I hired a woman in Lansing to do this research. She looked up the 1850 New Hampshire census records for
Garfields. There were 27 families listed. She then went through each record looking for one that had a 10 year old son. There was only one family with a 10 year old son and his name was Samuel. The family was the Cyrus and Hannah Rumrill Garfield family. Cyrus's brother, Horace, moved to Michigan in 1836 so that provided a small incentive
for a 20 year old male to move to Michigan. This is the information I am basing the connection from our Samuel to Cyrus. I would love to have something more concrete to base my assumption on. Samuel did spend several years in the Jackson Prison in
Michigan so I have contacted Ruth Lewis, genealogist, to find out if she can find any parental names for Samuel in the court records. I have ordered ordered the death certificate for my great grandmother, Martha Ann Garfield Alleman, from the state of Illinois in hopes it might have some useful information on it.
Samuel Garafield born 1840 New Hampshire no mention of him after 1885. Married
Martha Ann ?? Garfield born abt 1845 in Michigan buried Maple Grove Cemetery, Mason, MI died 1887-90.
Children of Samuel and Martha Ann Garfield all born in the Lansing, MI area:
Louisa born abt 1863
Alice born abt 1866 married Luther Russell 1881, second marriage Solomon Peter Kauffman 4/8/1888 Alice died 12/16/1929 in Chicago
Minnie born July 28, 1868 married Charles Wyman 1887 buried Maple Grove, Mason, MI
Emma born February 14, 1871
Samuel born Spetember 7, 1872
Martha Ann born September 1, 1875 married Albert Augusta Alleman died 12/29/1920 Chicago. She is my great grandmother.
I would appreciate any information or advice you can give me on what to do next.
Does anybody have any information that they can give Sandy and help her find her roots??
PICTURE OF THE MONTH
LETS GET SOME MORE PICTURES FROM YOU THE READERS, THEY CAN BE CURRENT OR BACK WHEN YOU WERE "CUTE", AS MY WIFE SAYS.
STEPHEN LAWRENCE GARFIELD GERALD & HELEN MARIE (GARFIELD) MERCER
Son of Robert and Marjorie Their wedding picture
(Schweitzer) Garfield. b. 1944 Gerald was b. 1921 & Helen 1923
ID photo from 1970's when he Gerald was in the D-Day landing at Normandy
joined the police force. on June 6, and served as a Lieutenant with
Patton's 3rd. Army. He sustained seriour chest
wounds in St. Lo, France in August 1944 and
was sent back to the states. He was
Gerald is Stephen's uncle. hospitalized for nearly two years while
recovering from those wounds. Gerald and
his wife live in Idaho.