MARCH 2004


JAMES FAGERBURG                                                                                                                          DICK GARFIELD
INACTIVE AT THIS TIME                                                                                                                GARF601@YAHOO.COM
Dear Readers:
Last month I made the comment that I hadn't heard from anybody on the January issue and didn't really know if it was getting out or not, but I was assured that it was. So thank you to all of you who wrote. February was a slow month, not much information was sent to me, and again no pictures, sure could use some of both. Have been trying to get all the corrections and additions that I had received posted on Generation 5. Have had a few questions forwarded to me over the past month. Those that I couldn't answer I have  asked the help of other people whom I think might know the answer, thanks  to those who have helped. Hope to be heading up north for the summer about the middle of June and am still looking for someone to help with the Garfields around the Busti/Jamestown area. See you next month. Dick.

Hi Dick,

Really liked the newsletter. What a lot of work you put in. The Garfield Farm sounded nice from what Jerry Johnson says.
I thought Megan's photo was quite a nice way to end the Newsletter; a smile!
Have to run, still trying to catch up on letters and emails. Already written 5 letters
so far this morning.
Bye for now, talk soon, Audrey

Thanks Audrey, one of these days I am going to get up there to see Jerry and his barnyard friends, seeing I was born and raised on a farm I should fit right in. PS: Audrey in UK, and I  talk by I M just about every day.

Dear Dick:
It's time that some of us, so often silent, just extended our thanks to you for the very great efforts you and your family have expended in providing the Garfield Families Newsletter.
We appreciate your contribution, and look forward to reading it each month. Thank You!
Bruce Garfield, Sandwich, Ma.

Thanks Bruce, coming from you, who along with your son, Scott, have done so much research on the Garfields it really means a lot to me. I would love to have either of you do a story for us to go in the Newsletter.

I really did enjoy the newsletter. It really makes you want to know more about your family. Also, thank you for trying to find out about Henry S. Garfield. I have not had time to get to the marriage record department yet but I will. Thanks again, Ann G. Adair

Ann, after you get the marriage records let me know and we'll see what more we can find on him.

I am looking for anyone who had a relative in their family by the name of Eddath
Garfield. I don't know which family line she came from even in my own but believe it to
be thru the Pittingers or Tolberts who both came from Robinsons. If I am wrong than she
would have come from the Ashalters/Meads/Hoyts. I have a picture of her labeled and it
was taken in Battle Creek, Mich. My family came from mostly Barry Co. and lived also
in Eaton, Calhoun & Allegan. If any of this sounds remotely familiar please get a hold of
me. Sharon

If anyone can help Sharon, get hold of me and I will give her your e-mail address.

Thought you may enjoy reading this.
Olive Mae Cowles Lindell
I've located a short Bio on the ancestors of John Mason Kemper a descendant of Major
John Mason & Alice Peck.
A Double Mason Line from Major John Mason, Deputy Governor of Connecticut to
New-Cadet John Mason Kemper, West Point, 1931 - Private Research by Donald Lines
Jacobus, Private Printing, April 8, 1932, New Haven, Conn. pgs 1 - 10.
(This report trace a double line of ancestors back to Major John Mason. I have
computerized it and it's available as an Acrobat report if your interested.  Contact me off
Reference is made at the bottom of page 7, Elijah and Lucretia (Greene  his 2nd wife)
[dau. of John Greene b. 1736 - Added by me] Mason were the grandparents of Lucretia
Rudloph Garfield, wife of the twentieth president of the United States, James Abram
Garfield, through the marriage of their youngest daughter Arabella with Zebulon
Rudolph.  It is interesting to note that the oldest Garfield son [Harry Augustus Garfield]
married Belle Hartford Mason [dau. of John Mason & Caroline Robinson], whose line of
ancestry meets that of her husband in Elijah Mason, her great grandfather, through
Roswell of Elijah's first family by Mary Marsh.
I have traced the lineage of Harry Augustus Garfield back to Elijah Mason & Lucretia
Greene.  Harry A. Garfield's death location is listed as Williamstown, Mass. (12 Dec.
1.  Does anyone have access to the direct lineage of Belle Hartford Mason back to
Roswell Mason?
2.  Belle Hartford Mason's death date in the LDS IG is listed as 27 June 1944.  I would
like to confirm a death location?  Was it also Williamstown, Mass.?

OK, can anybody help Olive out here on her questions?

Dear Dick
Wonderful to receive this newsletter and look forward to sharing many Garfield stories.
Regards,  Anne Wiltshire,  Runaway Bay QLD Australia

Thanks Anne, hope you have many more to share with us too.


Finally here is a calendar for the season. Also we will be stuffing newsletters on Saturday March 6 from 9 am - ? so come on out if you can lend a hand and meet our new staff person, Thomas Hillier. Thanks- Jerry Johnson 630 538-8485 for my pager.

Mar 14 Antique Apple Tree Grafting Seminar.  1:30 pm.  Make three grafts of antique apple trees to take home for planting.  Reservations Required. $25.

Mar 18 Kane County Resources for the Family Historian. 7-9 pm.  Every family has stories about an ancestor and their life.  These tales often are the foundation of every family's history, building an interest in learning more about the past.  This discussion will cover
resources available for the novice or advanced family historian researching
descendents with a connection to Kane County.  $5.

Apr 15.  Secret Societies Fireside Talk.  7-9pm.  The 1840's were a time of social and economic upheaval.  Countless religious sects and movements sprang to life.  Learn about the fraternal organizations and secret societies that came to the fore.  $5.

Apr  25 Beginning Blacksmithing.  9am-4pm.  Learn how to draw out, upset and bend steel using traditional blacksmithing techniques. Museum board member and NIU Anatomy Professor Chris Hubbard shares his hobby with blacksmithing enthusiasts. Reservations and Advanced Payment Required.  $75.

May 1 Ox Driving.  Work with the farm's all-star oxen to lean beginning grooming, yoking and driving of single ox and oxen teams.  Reservations Required.  $60.

May 8 Annual Awards Dinner   6 pm Museum friends gather to recognize other preservation groups at the annual dinner held in the historic Dunham Woods Riding Club of Wayne, IL. Advanced reservations and payment required.

May 16 Rare Breeds Show.  11am-4pm.  Breeders from around the Midwest display rare and historic types of livestock.  Individual breeders may offer livestock and poultry for sale.  Member participation by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.  $6/$3

May 20.  Transportation in Early Illinois.  This fireside talk features the state of the art in travel and transportation for pre-Civil War Illinois-canals, steamships and trains.  $5.

May 22-23 Advanced Blacksmithing Techniques 9am - 4pm.  This two-day class offers a variety of advanced techniques including tool making, scrolls, basket handles and hinges.  Students will choose a project to build and take home.  Basic blacksmithing skills are required.  $150.  Reservations & advanced payment required.

June 6 Prairie Walk.  9am-Noon. Human impact and the glory of flowering prairie plants are emphasized.  Reservations Required.  $7.

June 9-25.  Kids Garden Camp.  The University of Illinois Master Gardener's Program offers this hands on learning opportunity for children ages 6-12. Meets Wed & Fri from June 9th through the 25th.   For more information contact the museum.   Reservations and Advanced Payment Required.  $75.

June 17.  Fireside Talk TBA.  7-9pm.  $5.

July 11 Prairie Walk.  9am-Noon. See nature's firework as the prairie puts on a show of flowering plants.  Reservations Required.  $7.

July 15.  Fireside Talk TBA.  7-9pm.  $5.

Aug 1 Antique Tool Show & Sale.  9am-1pm.  Members of the Midwest Tool Collectors Association and the Early American Industries Association display, trade and sell antique and collectable tools.  $5/$2. 

Aug 8  Prairie Walk.  9am-Noon.  A taste of the old prairie as tall grasses gain their full glory.  Reservations Required.  $7.

Aug 18.  Illinois Soil.  7-9pm.  This Fireside Talk features the natural resource that drew countless Americans to Illinois in the first half of the nineteenth century.  Learn what made the Prairie State the richest agricultural community in the world.  $5.

Aug 29 Heirloom Garden Show.  11am-4pm.  Rare and specialty fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs are displayed and sold by midwestern growers. Member participation by Seed Savers Exchange.  $6/$3.

Sept 5 Prairie Walk.  9am-Noon.  The full array of seasonal color is on display in the last prairie walk of the year.  $7.

Sept 12 Rug Braiding.  12:30-4:30.  Braided rugs add period warmth and charm to any home.  Create a family heirloom while learning historic technique.Reservations Required.  $25.

Sept 12 & 19.  Papermaking & Bookbinding.  Learn to make paper from natural fibers you can grow in your own garden. Session one covers material selection, processing natural fibers and hand paper making.  Session two covers hand binding to form two booklets.
Participants will need an apron, baking tray (to carry their paper on), and an old bed sheet. All other supplies will be provided.  Reservations Required. $60.

Sept 16.  Tavern Life.  7-9pm.  This Fireside Talk features tales of social life on the frontier.  Taverns, like the Garfield's, offered more than just food, drink and shelter.  Learn the how's, why's and what's of this important symbol of civilization.  $5.

Oct 1 Student Harvest Days 9 am-1 pm.  Limit of 600 students by advanced reservation.  $5/$4.

Oct 2 & 3 Harvest Days 11:30 am- 4 pm.  Join museum volunteers in this celebration of the season.  Continuous demonstrations of farm and household skills, living history encampment, 19th century music and food.  $6/$3.

Oct 21.  Law and Order Fireside Talk.  7-9pm.  Join lawyer and  re-enactor Rick Holman for a look at law, order and justice in the 1800s.  $5.

Fall 2004.  Overall Trouser Workshop.  Saundra Altman of Past Patterns offers a sneak peek at her newest pattern.  This men's work-garment is based on an 1840's original found at Historic Deerfield.  Contact the museum for more information.

Nov 14.  Volunteer Party.  3-6 pm.  For all those who helped out at the farm, a pot-luck with photos and awards make for a fun social afternoon.

Nov 18.  Spiritualism in the Age of Romance. 7-9pm.  St Charles was a hotbed of Spiritualism.  Séances and mediums drew believers from all walks of life. This Fireside Talk focuses on the Spiritualism movement in the first half of the nineteenth century.  $5.

Dec 4&5 Candlelight Reception 3-7pm.  Experience the tradition of  winter visiting as practiced by families like the Garfield's in their 1846 Brick Inn.  Hospitality, food, music, and bake-sale. Donations Accepted.

This is great Jerry, I sure do wish I could be there for every one of them. When I was growing up in SW NYS we farmed with horses and it sounds just like some of the things we did at our farm.



Here's what is happening at the Garfield Home (Lawnfield) for the next few weeks from,
Allison M. Sharaba, Operations manager.

Victorian Craft Teas

REMEMBER WHEN, joins Lawnfield in offering a series of craft teas to enjoy tea and recreate some beautiful Victorian craftworks. Sessions led by Lawnfield staff, and Lynette Trolli of the Victorian Ladies Tea Society. Fee includes tea, refreshments, materials and tour of the Garfield Home (please bring scissors and a teacup to each session, and objects specifically mentioned for each session. Tours take place at noon, before the tea begins). Fee for each workshop is $12 for members, $15 for non-members. Discounts are available if you attend two or more workshops. Reservations are a must. Call 440-255-8722 for reservations.

Wednesday, March 24, 1:00  Lace Fan

Winter Lunch and Lecture Series

Winter Lunch and Lecture Series at Lawnfield Inn and Suites First Tuesday of each month, January-April noon-1:30 Enjoy catered lunches at Lawnfield Inn and Suites, while listening to informative talks by staff of the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. $20 ticket includes lunch and program. Reservations can be made at 440-255-8722. Program and lunch begin at noon. Lawnfield Inn and Suites is located 1 mile east of the James Garfield home at 8434 Mentor Avenue

Tuesday, April 6-The History of Lawnfield and the James A. Garfield National Historic Site

Now what do we do, we can't be at two places at one time, both the Garfield Farm and Lawnfield's programs  sound like an interesting way to spend a day.


                                                                   by: Sylvia Lagah

Welcome everyone

I hope that you've had a better month than we have here in New Zealand. A month of terrible flooding, homes ruined, stock and crop losses. I feel for the families affected and hope their lives get back to normal soon, though it will be a struggle for some who have lost everything.

As far as the research goes it's been an interesting month with the usual highs and lows that invariably go hand in hand. Audrey says she is suffering from family history overload at the moment with all the research she's doing for other people.

We now have the death certificate for Charles Garfield whose birth certificate (1839) we obtained last month. He died aged 3 years of Inflammation of the chest.  Also Anne Wiltshire and Audrey very kindly found the 1871 census entry for my John Garfield (1841) living on his own at 14 London St, Bethnal Green, South Hackney. He is still listed as married and staying with him, listed as a visitor, is one Eliza Smith born Hull. Could this be the Eliza he later married in 1880? My great grandmother? Oh dear, Smith is not the easiest name to research.

I have also been chasing Garfields, father and son, in Preston-on-Stour. Warwickshire, and have copies of surveys done by them of land at Clopton 1710. Aishcooms 1746, Mickleton 1751 and Meon Hill  not dated. I was having trouble trying to work out the £ s d till I realized the numbers represented acres, rods and perches!  I must say though it's a little weird looking at 250-300 year old signatures of your ancestors. The handwriting of both Johns is beautiful, reasonably easy to read, and evidence of them having a good education. I'll post these in the documents section of our site.

We have a few more odds and end you may find useful:

Worcestershire: - Registers of Marriages (Various Parishes), 1538-1836 
  Marriages at Church Lench, 1702 to 1812.  
  Volume 2.  County: Worcestershire,  Country: England 
  John Garfield, b., & Sarah Clark, s. 25 Oct 1804 
Worcestershire: - Registers of Marriages (Various Parishes), 1538-1836
  Marriages at Bradley, 1630 to 1812.  
  Volume 3.  County: Worcestershire ,  Country: England 
  William Garfield, & Sarah Fisher, both of B. 29 Dec 1760 
Worcestershire: - Registers of Marriages (Various Parishes), 1538-1836  
  Marriages at Bradley, 1630 to 1812. 
  Volume 3.  County: Worcestershire,  Country: England 
  James Garfield & Mary Clarkson, both of B. 11 Dec 1797 
Worcestershire: Upton Snodsbury - Parish Registers, 1577-1837
  County: Worcestershire,  Country: England 
  Garfield, Richard 25 Sep 1827 m. 4 10 (of Abbots Morton) m. Martha Crisp 
Worcestershire: Upton Snodsbury - Parish Registers, 1577-1837
  County: Worcestershire,  Country: England 
  Hemming 09 Jan 1827 m. 4 9 m. John Garfield (of Abbots Morton) 
Worcestershire: Upton Snodsbury - Parish Registers, 1577-1837
  County: Worcestershire,  Country: England 
  Garfield, John 09 Jan 1827 m. 4 9 (of Abbots Morton) m. Elizabeth Hemming 
Worcestershire: Upton Snodsbury - Parish Registers, 1577-1837
  County: Worcestershire,  Country: England 
  Crisp, Martha 25 Sep 1827 m. 4 10 m. Richard Garfield (of Abbots Morton) 
GARFEILD, Richardus Marriage
Wife: Margarita GRYMLEY
Marriage Date: 7 Feb 1613 Recorded in: Rugeley, Stafford, England
Source: FHL Number 1040785 Dates: 1569-1720
DOUGHTE, Thomas Marriage
Marriage Date: 16 Nov 1624 Recorded in: Stillingfleet, York, England
Source: FHL Number 1068407 Dates: 1598-1720
WILSON, Thomas Marriage
Marriage Date: 20 Dec 1812 Recorded in: Great Gidding, Huntingdon, England
Source: FHL Number 1040989 Dates: 1574-1877
GARFIELD, Samuel Marriage
Wife: Mary Ann SPILSBURY
Marriage Date: 25 Jul 1825 Recorded in: Clent, Worcester, England
Source: FHL Number 1042161 Dates: 1805-1885
BUSK, John Marriage
Marriage Date: 6 Apr 1885 Recorded in: Clent, Worcester, England
Husband previously married
Husband's Father: Thomas BUSK
Wife's Father: Henry GARFIELD
Source: FHL Number 1042161 Dates: 1805-1885
GARFIELD, William Age: 23 years Marriage
Wife: Hannah SCOTT Age: 30 years
Marriage Date: 25 Dec 1885 Recorded in: Saint Thomas, Old Brampton, Derby, England
Source: FHL Number 1041026 Dates: 1832-1889

Check us out and if you have your own English Garfield line you would like to add, histories or stories of your Garfield families or can expand on what we have, please feel free to contact me at:  or Dick Garfield on the homepage


This article was brought to my attention by Jayne Pawlisa, thanks Jayne

Quiet Little Ottawa Cemetery Shelters Body of Sacrificing Brother of James A. Garfield

(Zeeland, July 15 G. R. Press, pg. 13) Ottawa county has had some of the unsung heroes of American history as one of its early residents.

In the quiet Olmstead cemetery (now known as Hanley Cemetery in Georgetown Township) in Jamestown township lies Thomas Garfield, a brother of the martyred president, James A. Garfield. The cemetery is a marked contrast to the resting place of the ex-president in Lakeview cemetery, in Cleveland.

In the Jamestown cemetery the Garfield tomb lies among rank growths of weeds and grass. No eager guides are present to assist the visitors to find the lowly gravestone bearing the inscription: "Thomas Garfield, 1822-1910".

Thomas Garfield lived a life of self-sacrifice and poverty in order to aid the other members of his family. On November 10, 1831, in Orange township, Cuyahoga county, Ohio, 18 miles from Cleveland, James Abram Garfield was born in the home of Abraham and Eliza Ballow Garfield.

Eighteen months later the father died from a fever contracted while he was fighting a forest fire. Thomas was 10 years old at this time and he was left to act in his father's place in managing the home and helping his mother in looking aft the welfare of James Abram and his two sisters. James went to Chester college as a result of the sacrifices of Thomas who had gone in 1854 as a pioneer to Michigan woods where he lived for three years. He gave up all his hope for an education but he saw James rise to fame through the sacrifice of an unselfish brother.

When the Civil war broke out James and Thomas tried to enlist but Thomas was turned down and went back to his home. In 1867, after working for his brother, his mother and his sister for 30 years, he started to work for himself. He built a home on the Garfield property, two miles from Olmstead cemetery with funds from his brother, the president of the United States, indicating James was conscious of the earlier sacrifice of Thomas. Thomas died in abject poverty on the mortgage-bound homestead in Jamestown township, Ottawa county.

Today the Garfield farm is the home of a 47-year-old recluse, James A. Garfield, a grandson of Thomas and a grandnephew of President Garfield. James is a retiring sort of individual who spends his time working the farm made historical because according to the traditions handed down to James, at one time James A. Garfield visited his brother Thomas in Michigan.

The sequestered Garfield homestead lies one mile north and one-half mile east of Jamestown. It has not been maintained but it reminds one of the descriptions in "The Deserted Village" of Oliver Goldsmith.

(These articles found in Scrapbook, MKG92 Scr16, V.7 at Grand Rapids Public Library.)
Transcriber: Evelyn Sawyer
Created: 27 January 2004
Contact County Coordinator:

Next month I hope to have an article in more detail on Thomas Garfield, with quotes during an inteview he did for the newspaper and perhaps a picture of him if I can get a good copy.