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GARFIELD FAMILIES NEWSLETTER

MAY 2004

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  JIM FAGERBURG                                                                                                                                    DICK GARFIELD INACTIVE AT THIS TIME                                                                                                                 GARF6019@YAHOO.COM
Dear Readers:
Just to let you know that this will be the last newsletter untill fall. My wife, Nancy, and I will be spending the summer at the Bayle family farm (Nancy's brother) in Southwestern New York State, about 20 miles east of Erie, PA.  I will be taking my computer with me and will be reading my e-mail daily, so if you have any news or questions go ahead and send them. I hope to be in the Mentor, Cleveland, Akron, OH  part of the time, so if you are going to be in the area e-mail me and maybe we can get together, I would love to meet you. Mentor, OH is also the site of Pres. Garfield's Home, Lawnfield. If I get any  news that I think everybody would enjoy will send a notice out to all. Thanks, have a great summer and see you this fall. In the meantime how about getting some of those Garfield stories out and some pictures, that would be great. Dick Garfield
WE GET LETTERS
Dear Dick.

Thank you for your latest "Newsletter". This is work which many of us would not undertake. However, it is one which all of us, spoken or not, appreciate. Your labors are great, but you are providing much welcomed information.

Thank you!   Bruce Hamilton Garfield

P.S. I especially appreciated the information about Thomas, the President's older brother. Having read so much of Jame's life, and the contributions to his education and success which this man provided, and my curiosity about what happened to him,  the story of his later life, his unselfishness to his brother and family, was truly inspiring.

THANK YOU BRUCE, FOR THE KIND WORDS, WILL HAVE PICTURES OF THOMAS AT THE END OF THIS NEWSLETTER, DICK

Hello...I saw your webpage...Marie Garfield LaClear was married to Kenneth LaClear, who is my uncle. My dad and Kenneth were brothers. I have been working on my family tree for many years and have info about Aunt Marie and Uncle Kenny's children...they all  live in the Lansing area. Am looking for information about Marie's family line.
Dora McColgan

DORA, I CAN ONLY GIVE YOU HER PARENTS AS BEASER AND MERLE GARFIELD CAN ANYBODY GO BACK FUTHER, NEED YOUR HELP  READERS!

I now live in FL and GA., my grandfather was Burdett Garfield, he married Emma Mallette, of Montreal, he was from Ohio, ran for mayor of Montreal. Around 1930's managed the Riaito Theather which is revised, my sisters still live in Jamestown, NY. anyone know more?? thanks, apparently we are all related to Mr. President. From Jamestown, NY e-mail, Paula Meyer.

I WAS ABLE TO GIVE PAULA QUITE A BIT OF INFORMATION ABOUT HER FAMILY TREE AND SHE IS GOING TO HELP ME WITH THE GARFIELD FAMILIES AROUND JAMESTOWN, NY, HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR SOMEBODY TO HELP ME WITH THAT FAMILY BRANCH.

GARFIELD FARM AND INN MUSEUM

News received from Jerry, the first of the month.

Crossing my fingers that this email gets through, we will be holding the18th annual Rare Breeds Show & Sale on Sunday May 16th from 11 am - 4 pm, $6 for adults and $2 for 12
yrs and under. We had a great awards dinner last night. The organizations and/or individuals (see our web page for info) being recognized for their efforts in historic, environmental or agricultural preservation were very pleased and we hope the recognition helps them in their future efforts. It was our best attended evening and we
may have to establish a maximum attendance as I would not want to have to change venues from such a beautiful and historic setting as the Dunham Woods Riding Club.
With the Rare Breeds show just days away and much to prepare for I will sign off for now. thanks for your interest and support-
As Always- Jerry Johnson.

THE GARFIELD FARM AND INN MUSEUM SCHEDULE FOR 2004

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.

YOU CAN VISIT THE GARFIELD FARM AND INN MUSEUM ON LINE AT:
WWW.GARFIELDFARM.ORG


GARFIELD HOME (LAWNFIELD)
                 
I didn't receive any new information or schedules from Lawnfield for May.

YOU CAN VISIT THE GARFIELD HOME (LAWNFIELD) ON LINE AT:
WWW.WRHS.ORG/LAWNFIELD
                    

ENGLISH GARFIELDS NEWSLETTER

                                                    Welcome everyone
                                            It's been such a quiet month! Where is everyone?
                                            I've decided to include a list of BMD's I received from The                                                    Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust Records Office. It includes a                                                few notes and a wonderful comment on one of the John                                                      Garfields

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Garfield references in transcript of the registers from Preston-on-Stour (DR41/53)
A note on dates: Until January 1752, the year began on the 25th March  thus March 24th
1749 was followed by March 25th 1750 etc.

The dates given here are as quoted in the transcript.

Baptisms

1604 June 7th John son of Thomas and Elizabeth Garfield
1613 March 20 Henrie son of Thomas and Elizabeth Garfield
1617 June 29 William son of Thomas and Elizabeth Garfield
1628 April 15 Mark of Thomas Garfield
1681 Sept 4 John to John & Anne Garfield
[We think the two dates quoted for baptisms below indicate the birth and then christening
dates]
1711 Oct 13-21 Johannes son of Johannes and Sarah Garfield
1712 March 13-22 Anne d. of John and Sarah Garfield
1716 June 27-July 1 Thomas son of John and Sarah Garfield
1718 Nov.15-30 Henry son of John and Sarah Garfield
1724 March 25-April 28 William son of John and Sarah Garfield
1742 Dec 29 Elizabeth d. of John and Elinor Garfield
1750 July 6 Martha & John, children of John and Elinor Garfield

Burials

1612 Oct. 1 Eliz. Garfield
1617 March 3 William Garfield
1695 Aug. 18 Mary w. Hen. Garfield
1698 Aug. 23 Hen. Garfield
1707 Feb.22 Anne Garfield
1730 Jan. 5 John Garfield
1733 Sept. 20 Wilm Garfield
1749 July 6 Elinor w. John Garfield
1749 Oct. 7 John s. John Garfield
1779 May 24 John Garfield an ingenious mechanick near 70 - (Sylvia's note  John born
1711? Aged 68)
1787 May 1 Eliz. Garfield

Marriages

1710 Jan 8 Johannes Garfield and Sarah Jones
1777 Jan 7 John Percocks and Sarah Garfield
1780 Oct. 16 William Johnston of Long Marston and Martha Garfield

At the back of the earliest register is the following: an account of what money was
collected for the use of the French Protestants in the parish of Preston-upon-Stour, Glos,
1694. There follows a list of 22 contributors who altogether contributed one pound, 10
shillings and a penny. The three wealthiest landowners contributed a pound altogether,
John Garfield gave 2 pennies.
[The French protestants were being persecuted by the king at that time & nationally the
Church of England raised considerable sums to send to them]

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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
sylvialagah@hotmail.com
or Dick Garfield on the homepage

LAST MONTH WE HAD THE LIFE STORY OF THOMAS GARFIELD, THE PRESIDENT'S BROTHER, THIS MONTH WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME PICTURES TO VIEW.

THOMAS GARFIELD
      1822 - 1910
THOMAS GARFIELD     MARY J. GARFIELD
      1822 - 1910                   1828 - 1900
JAMES A. GARFIELD
AUG 26, 1850 - 1926
AMELIA (CRAMER) GARFIELD
MAY 31, 1848 -
  FLORENCE E. (GARFIELD) ODELL
  APRIL 26, 1855 -
    FLORENCE & CHARLES ODELL WERE MARRIED SEPTEMBER 1, 1878
JAMES & AMELIA WERE MARRIED
        SEPTEMBER 16, 1876
Photos from the GenConnect Boards for Ottawa County, Michigan