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IN AMERICA


The following changes have been made to the Edward Garfield
family line who was the first Garfield to come to the
"New World" from England, as per new information published by
Robert C. Anderson, in the
"New England Historical and Genealogical Register".


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  EDWARD GARFIELD, grandfather to the above named Edward,
was born Abt. 1528, in the Warwickshire area of England.
He married ALICE ___?___) Abt. 1553. 

Edward was buried on March 12, 1584/85 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England.

Administration of the estate of Edward Garfield, was granted on September 27, 1586 to
"Alice the relict".

Alice was buried on February 15, 1602/03 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England.



Children of EDWARD GARFIELD, and ALICE ___?___) are

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           ELIZABETH GARFIELD, b. Abt. 1553; m. JOHN YORKE, April 27, 1573
                       Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England.
          * THOMAS GARFIELD, b. Abt. 1557 and d. Aft. 1596 married Agnes ___?___,
                       about 1582. Agnes, was buried on February 22, 1614/15 at Holy Trinity,Coventry,
                       Warwickshire, England.
          JOHN GARFIELD, b. Abt. 1560; m. ALICE GUMLEY, in July of 1586, 
                       Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England. John, was buried February 02, 1635/36,
                       Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England  Alice, was buried November 30, 1632,
                       Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England.
                  MARY GARFIELD, b. Abt. 1562; m. THOMAS HEWARDE, October 13, 1582,
                       Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England.



Children of THOMAS GARFIELD, and AGNES ___?___) are

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               * EDWARD GARFIELD, b. July 28, 1583, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England;
                         d. June 14, 1672, Watertown, Mass..
                  THOMAS GARFIELD, b. February 20, 1585/86, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England.
                  WILLIAM GARFIELD, b. March 14, 1585/86, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England.
                  MARGARET GARFIELD, b. April 09, 1589, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England.
                  SARA GARFIELD, b. June 02, 1591, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England.
                  HENRY GARFIELD, b. October 20, 1593, Hillmorton, Warwickshire,England;
                        m. AGNES MARTIN, January 19, 1621/22, Coventry, Warwickshire, England.
                  ELIZABETH GARFIELD, b. July 31, 1596, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England.



GARFIELD'S IN AMERICA

The Garfield family descends from Edward Garfield who was born in Warwickshire, England in 1583 and died in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1672. Edward was the first of the Garfield family to leave England for the New World and was the forefather for most if not all of the people bearing or connected to the Garfield name in the American colonies.

Edward and his first wife, name unknown, had three children in England, Jonathan who died shortly after his birth in 1611, Samuel who was born in 1613 and Sarah born in 1616, possibly named for her mother. According to new information published by Robert C. Anderson in October 2002 in the NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL REGISTER, (pg 327 - vol 156) Edward Garfield was baptized in Hillmorton, Warwickshire in 1583 and his parents were listed as Thomas Garfield and Agnes. His three children were all baptized at Holy Trinity Church, Coventry, Warwickshire and were recorded in the Parish Registers there but nothing is known about his wife who must have died early.

Edward was a widower when he immigrated to the Puritan colony of Massachusetts, perhaps in the Winthrop fleet of 1630 since he is mentioned in the family records of Isaac Sterns as one of his fellow passengers, along with Gov. Winthrop and Sir Richard Saltonstall. The first official evidence of Edward Garfield in Massachusetts is shown in Watertown records when he was granted the rights of a freeman on May 6, 1635, (voting rights for property owners.) After his arrival, he married Rebecca Johnson, who was born in England in 1606, and they resided in Watertown with their four children: Joseph born in 1637, Rebecca born in 1640, Benjamin born in 1643 and Abigail born in 1646. He received 30 acres of land in 1636, and a total of 12 acres in 1637. In addition, he purchased another 100 acres as recorded between 1651 and 1662. During the years when Watertown struggled for existence, he performed many services, appearing often in the town records, which included serving as selectman in 1638, 1655 and 1661 and "Ould Garfield" was chosen as Constable in 1661. He died on June 14, 1672 at an advanced age and his will was probated on July 11, 1672.

Apparently, Edward sent for his children soon after his arrival in Massachusetts because both Edward and his son Samuel are shown in the land inventories of 1637 and 1647. In 1630, when Edward departed for the "New World," Samuel would have been 17 and Sarah 14. Robert C. Anderson makes a case for Sarah Garfield being the second wife of George Parkhurst and the mother of Sarah Parkhurst, the grandchild who is mentioned in Edward's will but the exact identity of Sarah Parkhurst's mother has not yet been definitely established.



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Edward GARFIELD [01:05A] (Gearfield) b. July 28, 1583 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire,
England. (Edward Garfield's probable birth record is found in the
Parish Registers of Hillmorton, Warwickshire, 1524-1876, Register 49 (1895): 194,3003).
He married in England Bef. 1611 a Woman UNKNOWN [01:05A-S1] who d. Bef. 1630.
He married 2nd in America in 1632, Rebecca JOHNSON(?) [1:05A-S2] b. Abt. 1606 in Kendal,
Westmoreland, England. Rebecca d. Apr 16, 1661 in Watertown, MA.
Edward married 3rd on Sep 1, 1661, Mrs. Johanna (Robinson) BUCKMASTER [01:05A-S3],
widow of Thomas Buckmaster, of Muddy River (Brookline), MA.
Edward d. Jun 14, 1672 and Johanna d. Aug 17, 1676, both in Watertown, MA.

EDWARD AND UNKNOWN WIFE IN ENGLAND HAD 3 CHILDREN: 02:05A - 02:05B - 02:05C
EDWARD AND REBECCA HAD 4 CHILDREN: 02:05D - 02:05E - 02:05F - 02:05G


FOR MORE INFORMATION

EDWARD GARFIELD 01:05A
BIOGRAPHY


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FROM THE FILES OF "THE STEARNS FAMILY AND DESCENDANTS"

Isaac Stearns and Mary, his wife, with two daughters, Mary and
Ann, embarked in the ship "Arabella" from Nayland, England on
the 12th of April 1630, for America. Among their fellow
passengers were Gov. Winthrop, Sir Richard Saltonstall and Edward
Garfield, ancestor of President Garfield. Edward Garfield settled
in Watertown, MA. near Mt. Auburn.



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