GARFIELD HOME (LAWNFIELD)
September December, 2004 Programs
James A. Garfield National Historic Site
Republican Convention Drama - Hardball: How Politics Was Played in 1880
Think political conventions are boring? Go back in time and experience the drama of the 1880 Republican Convention which nominated James A. Garfield as its Dark Horse candidate. Tickets are $7 per person. Participants will receive 20% discount of Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of James A. Garfield by Kenneth Ackerman available at our Museum Store.
Ghosts of the White House
Saturday, October 30, 2004 Evening presentations starting at 6:30 p.m.
Please call 440-255-8722 for reservations.
Celebrate family and James A. Garfield's birthday with free cake (while supplies last!) for all visitors and house tours by the president and his wife Lucretia. No reservations required. Regular fees apply. Call for more information (440-255-8722)
Sunday, December 5, 2004 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tour the Garfield home decorated in the tradition of Lucretia Garfield. Enjoy holiday music and refreshments. Visit our Museum Store for unique gift items. No reservations required. Regular fees apply.
Tea Workshops: Holiday Series November and December 12:00 p.m. Call for more information (440-255-8722)
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ENGLISH GARFIELDS NEWSLETTER
I had hoped that a long break would have seen more advancement made on our Garfield family tree, but not to
be. A couple of leads were followed but came to nothing,
I guess some people don't share our passion for this hobby.
I'm still having trouble finding birthdate/place for John Garfield and Susannah Atkins who married 1792 St Michaels,CoventryI had thought they were both born in Coventry but can find no trace of them.
There is a Susannah Adkins born 1760 Stratford-on-Avon according to the IGI
If she married a John Garfield in 1792 in Coventry it would make
her 32, which might explain why she only had 2 children (John and Maria)
But. why go to Coventry?
We have lost Dorian who after some searching at the St Mary, Newington records, discovered that her Mary Garfield was in fact Mary GARGRAVE. A real shame to lose her and her wonderful pics
We have though been able to help with an enquiry from Pat Eyre who wrote in reply:
I have just received Frederick (my grandfather)'s birth certificate. He was born on 3 July 1879 at Hewell Road, Redditch. His father was Thomas Garfield and his mother Eliza Anne (nee Crow) - as some of you said - I was having a senior moment when I emailed before and confused her with Alice's mother! According to the 1891 Census Fred had 4 brothers - Thomas (13), Albert (10), Harold (6) and Sidney (1) - all born at Redditch. Thomas Snr. seems to have been a fishing tackle warehouseman and Thomas Junior a cabinet case maker. On my father's birth certificate (his name was Norman Eric Garfield, d.o.b. 8.8.06) Fred is shown as Boot Salesman (manager). The address was 6 Unicorn Hill, Redditch.
Had a quick look at the Garfield site and thought it amazing - I'll be back for a more detailed perusal later.
There has always been a family mystery regarding what Fred did after Alice died. I am getting a bit closer to finding out - Alice died on January 10th 1912 at Cirencester. Fred was present at her death (from Eclampsia - Coma) - I had always been told she died in childbirth, so that seems correct. I have just received a marriage certificate which confirms that Fred married again, almost exactly 1 year after her death. He was 33 and a Manager, his bride was Nellie Malady, aged 19! She was a shop assistant. They were both living in Wigan. So Fred got about a bit! My father was brought up by various aunts and uncles.
I have so far been unable to find Fred's death - but I am continuing the search. I have been wondering whether he went to America - he seems to have had some relatives there, probably from an earlier generation. I tried to contact a James Garfield who was looking for info. on Garfields from Redditch, but the email address does not seem to be current. His message was forwarded to me by Sylvia. I think it was originally in genforum. Has anyone any ideas?
Nobody told me how addictive all this could be! Family Research can damage your health - or at least take up a lot of your time.
So out of that we have:
Thomas Garfield (IGI possible baptism date 22 April 1855, Redditch)
married Eliza Ann Crowe 1876
Thomas born c1878
Albert born c1881
Harold born c1885
Sidney born c1890
Frederick born 3 July 1879, Redditch married Alice Whitefoot
Norman Eric born 8 August 1906, Redditch
*Redditch is in the Bromsgrove district of Worcs, and is "just across the border" from Warwickshire. There are a large group of Garfields from that area but we have yet to find a connection with our families.
If anyone can help Pat further with her research or has a connection to this family,
I'm sure she'd be very grateful. Just contact me.
Another contact that I hope we have been able to help is Betty Clifton. Her Garfields also originate in Warwickshire and a search of the IGI came up the following. Although by no means verified they do point to a possible link with our Garfields
Spernall and Binton are within a few miles of each other and are very close to Preston on Stour where I believe our Garfields originated
There are a lot of Garfields around this general area
JOHN Garfield Mary Baker married 1729, Spernall
HENRY bapt 18/01/1730 Spernall
William bapt 1732 Spernall
Edward bapt 1735 Spernall
Thomas bapt 1737 Spernall
HENRY Elizabeth Clarke married 03/02/1756 Binton
EDWARD bapt 1760 or 1762 Binton
Mary bapt 1764 Binton
Elizabeth bapt 1769 Binton married Thomas Osborne 1790, Binton
Laetitia bapt 1766 Binton married Paul Wilkes 1792, Binton
Henry bapt 1772 Binton
EDWARD - Mary Canning 09/12/1790 Binton, (bapt 17/2/1766, Norton Lindsey?)
William 1791 Binton
HENRY 1795 Great Alne
Mary Ann 1797
HENRY Elizabeth Jackson, Norton Lindsey
Again if anyone can help further with this family please contact me.
A House called Garfield
In the course of a general trawl of the Spennell's Annual Directory, Coventry and District 1912-1913. and Coventry Street Directory I came across this entry
in the Hearsall Ward St Thomas' Parish Part of St John's registration District
"Lowe, Mrs. "Garfield" 1 Brunswick St. "
Mrs Lowe was Susannah Garfield who married Alfred Lowe in 1881.
Susannah was the daughter of John Benjamin Garfield and Harriet Heather.
and sister to
John (my g/grandfather)
Jane (Audrey's and Anne's gg/grandmother)
In 1913 she was 68 and a widow.
My thanks to my cousin Eileen for the pic, it has been added to the site.
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
or Dick Garfield on the homepage