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Welcome to the OCTOBER 2014 Garfield Families Newsletter

Nancy and I got back to Florida a week ago and for a change nice cool (for Florida) weather and sunshine. We had a great summer but it went by way to fast. Have got a bundle of work waiting for me now that we are back after being gone for 4 - 5 months. As you can see from the last Newsletter we got over to the James A. Garfield Historical Site in Mentor, OH and talked to some very interesting people about things to come and changes that will be made at the site. There is a lot of very talented people there working behind the scenes for a better informative tomorrow at the site. If you haven't done so before you might want to go to the Friends of James A. Garfield Historical Site and maybe join this very worth while group of friends. The fall issue of The Orbit has been sent and again loaded with information, past - present - and future.
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Once again Jayne has worked hard in getting this months Newsletter off to the press Thanks Jayne!! 
( I think we should get a picture of Jayne in here!!)

                                OCTOBER 2014 GARFIELD NEWSLETTER

As of today, October 24, Dick and Nancy should be back in Florida after a long drive from Pennsylvania.  Dick has asked me to publish this Newsletter, as they have much to catch up on at home after spending the summer months away.  He will be doing the November Newsletter.  November is an important month, as we all look forward to Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Day.  Thinking about these two special days, I suddenly realized they really do belong in the same month giving us all a chance to thank our troops, veterans, and wounded warriors……..Jayne Pawlisa:                            Assistant Editor and Garfield Website Historian

MESSAGE FROM HISTORIAN:  If you need help or assistance please contact me ( or Dick Garfield.  We need, and greatly appreciate your comments, suggestions, contributions, input, and corrections if our News-letter is to be useful, entertaining, interesting and successful.  If anyone has family pictures, stories, or heirlooms we would like you to share those with us so that we might use them in future Newsletters.  The Garfield Website is not only about providing valuable information that Dick has gleaned over many years of research, but it is also about sharing all of the above with your Garfield Family.

OCTOBER HUMOR:  When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian said simply, “Ours.”

OCTOBER THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH:  “It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.”…..
Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American author and essayist.

OCTOBER PROFOUND QUOTE:  Every one of us has in him a continent of undisclosed character.  Blessed is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul.”  Author unknown

OCTOBER:  THE MONTH OF CHANGES………Consider the following dates

October  2:  The Declaration of Independence and other historic
                     documents that had been sent away from Washington, D.C.
                     in December of 1941 for safekeeping were returned 1943 (I
                     did not know this!)

October  3:  George Washington proclaimed the first National
                     Thanksgiving (1789) President Lincoln declared last
                     Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day (1863)
October  7: The first Colonial Congress met (1765)

October  9:  Roger Williams was banished from Massachusetts Bay
                      Colony (1635)

October 12: Columbus arrived with expedition in the present day 
                      Bahamas (1492) We wrongly say he discovered America
                      (1492), when we should say he discovered the Americas
                      (North and South America)

October 16:  Radical abolitionist John Brown led a group of 21 men in a
                      raid on Harper’s Ferry in western Virginia; all were executed

October 21: Thomas Edison invented the working electric light (1879)

October 28:  The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by
                      Grover Cleveland (1886

October 29: The New York Stock Market Crash (1929)

October 31:   Halloween

                                                    MEMBER NEWS:

1.  I was deeply saddened to hear from Anne Weyers (England Garfield
    connection)  that her husband, Robert, passed away last month.  Anne
    has lost two of three sons and her husband in less than two years. 
                         Please keep her in your thoughts.

2.  I received word from Cathy Lilburne, descendant of Caleb Garfield
    and Martha "Patty" Robbins (son of Joshua Garfield and Abigail Rawson), that she
    was able to make a couple of trips to Townshend, Vermont.  She visited
   the Townshend Historical Society, who would be delighted to receive
   any memorabilia regarding Garfield’s.  Cathy also took tombstone pictures of Caleb,     Mary (first wife), and Martha (Patty) Robbins (2nd wife), who are buried in the West   
  Townshend Cemetery.  She did submit and post them to Find a Grave for all to view.
  She also will be submitting some changes for her line in Generation 9. 
                                      Thank you so much Cathy!

3.  I am in constant contact with Susan Schmidt, who has submitted this
    month’s article.  Susan is battling breast cancer.  She had a pet scan on
    Wednesday, and will find out on the 17th. how her chemo treatments
    have affected her tumors. You may go to Caring Bridge and put in
    Susan Schmidt Brentwood (California) to read her posts.  I can
    guarantee that you will not only be touched, but profoundly inspired by
    her courage, faith, and humor.

4.  At the conclusion of Susan’s article, I will be posting my pictures of
     the month. Hopefully Dick will be able to put them on his template. 
     The first picture is of my Mother playing the “Wicked Witch” from the
     Wizard of Oz, at an assisted care living home in Bellingham,   
     Washington on October of 2012 (she was 94 years). I was there
     visiting, and we all had such a blast watching her wield her “magic”.
     My amazing Mom passed away July 24, 2014. 
                            Rest in Peace Mom (1917-2014)

     Because October is the season for fall colors, I have included a picture
     of a soft maple in full color near my country home .

                            My 4X GGrandmother; Laura Ann Gaffield, 1815-1897
                      From:  The Unidentified Garfield’s Section (Susan Schmidt)

After my parents passed away, I became especially intrigued by some notes my father left behind that said his grandmother “had sailed around the horn as a child.”  Working backwards through his line led me to this, the Garfield Website.  Perhaps our family is somewhat unusual in that I am 69 years old and was born in California in 1945My father was born in California in 1920.  His mother was born in California in 1888, and both of her parents (my great grandparents) were born in California in 1858 and 1865.  Many people are surprised if I mention I’m a native Californian, and it is a rare person indeed whose family has been here for more than 160 years.

My father’s line goes back to my 4X Great Grandparents, John Garfield/Gaffield, who married Elizabeth (Bithy) Aldrich in 1794 in Grafton, Massachusetts.  And, that is where the brick wall rears its ugly head.  Despite years of attempting to sleuth out John’s parent, I still have not come up with the right answers.  John’s marriage record lists him as John Garfield.  His death record calls him John Gaffield.  His children and grandchildren used the name Gaffield, although I have no idea how, when, or why it became their official name.  In 1814, Elizabeth’s father, Alexander Aldrich, died in Northbridge, Massachusetts, and in his will he names Elizabeth as one of his married daughters, calling her Elizabeth “Gaffield”.

John and Elizabeth Garfield/Gaffield reside on this website in the “Unidentified Garfield’s’ section.They were the parents of 13 children, 12 of whom lived to maturity to marry and raise families of their own.  It is inexplicable to me, how one large family with numerous descendants can be so anonymous!  John and Elizabeth were married in Grafton, Massachusetts in 1794, but relocated to Bradford (Orange County), Vermont with their first two children, Sally and Jasper, sometime before 1800. John appears as John “Garfill” in the 1800 census for Bradford.  Anyone researching the Garfields Knows the challenges of finding family members under the names of Garfield, Gearfield, Garfill, Gapfel Goffield, Ganfield and other odd variations, so it is understandable why my own genealogy research on them looks at times like swiss cheese with big holes. So, who WAS John Gaffield?  Or maybe his first name wasn’t even John.  To make matters worse, one of his sons, Thomas Woodbury Gaffield born 1806, had his name legally changed to George Woodbury Hale and went on to marry Lydia Drury Flagg of the prominent Brigham, Drury, and Flagg families in Grafton, Massachusetts in 1834.  What would be the reason for a name change?  George Woodbury Hale died 1888 in Grafton.  John’s son, Jasper Gaffield, married and resettled in Upton, Massachusetts.  Some of the other children also went back to Grafton and married there.  Apparently, the only one who remained on the Gaffield Farm in Vermont was Josiah (1804-1875). I believe John and Elizabeth were still living on the Bradford farm with Josiah’s family when Elizabeth died in 1847.  I have not been able to find a death record for Elizabeth.

Laura Ann Gaffield (born 1815 Vt.) and her younger sister Chastina (born 1821 Vt.), were the 12th and 13th children born to John and Elizabeth.  Both girls are found working at the textile mills in Lowell, Massachusetts by 1838, and had savings accounts at the Lowell Institute for Savings Bank.
Both girls married in Lowell:  Chastina to Timothy Smith in 1841, and Laura Ann to Calvin Honey in 1843.  Calvin and Laura Ann (my 3X grandparents) lived in Lowell, and had two daughters, then moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts where their son Lewis was born in December of 1850.  Some-time between 1851 and the spring of 1853, Calvin (carpenter by trade) and Laura Ann along with Evelyn (born 1844), Alice (born 1847), and Lewis (born 1850) sailed around the horn for San Francisco. They then made their way to Springfield, California, which is located just outside the town of Sonora in Tuolumne County.  Calvin’s name appears on the school board for said county in the fall of 1853.  I do not know on which ship they sailed, or the exact date of their arrival, but I do know they were here by 1853.  It must have seemed surreal to come all the way from the thick woods and green mountains of Vermont to the oak-studded dry hillsides of the California foothills.  It appears that they never looked back, however, and never returned to the East Coast.  Two more sons were born to the Honey’s in California:  Marcus in 1855 and Milton in 1858.  Calvin and Laura Ann moved their family from Springfield, to Copperopolis around 1861, living on lot #7.  They served as Postmaster and Postmistress for many years.  Both died in Copperopolis and are buried in the Pioneer Cemetery there.

But what about Laura Ann’s father, John Garfield/Gaffield?  From city directories, I discovered that John’s daughter Chastina, along with her husband, Timothy Smith, were living on Oak Street in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1853.  John’s death record gives his place of death as Oak Street, Lawrence in 1854.  It is probable that he was living with his youngest daughter, Chastina, at the time of his death.  At this writing, there are tombstones for both John and Elizabeth Gaffield in the Upper Plain Cemetery in Bradford, Vermont.  No one seems to know who relocated them to this cemetery nor when.  Since John’s birth probably went unrecorded, or perhaps under a different first name, the only birth date anyone has for him is the date of birth on his tombstone, which is May 29, 1772.  Is this correct?  Maybe; maybe not.  There IS a death record for John in Lawrence dated 23 April 1854, so his death date is most likely accurate, but this record states “parents unknown.”

The parents of John Garfield/Gaffield are still unknown to me after 7 years of exhaustive research and consultation with my dear (somehow) cousin, Jayne Pawlisa.  In an effort to leave no stone unturned, I created a public tree on called RFlounders Tree, which may be accessed by anyone.  On that tree, I have filled in as much additional family information as I could find through census records and other various records and sources.  I am not giving up on the quest to find the parents of John Garfield/Gaffield, and I would be MOST grateful for ANY clues or help from anyone who may know more about these mysterious Gaffields.  Please email me, Susan Schmidt,  if you can assist in breaking through this brick wall.  You would be bringing some sanity back to my genealogy sleuthing!  Thank you and dick Garfield for this wonderful Website. Without it, I would have had very little information on my 4X GGrandparents, John Garfield/Gaffield and Elizabeth Aldrich.

Susan:  I know that Dick appreciates comments on his website, as do I.  I have a hunch that you and Cathy Lilburne may be a match.  Let’s follow that road and see where it leads.  I also think, after years of helping you, that we really need to take a long, hard look at the Jonathan Sr. and Jonathan Jr. of Sudbury, Massachusetts. Dick does not have these 2 listed, or, they are listed as only one Jonathan.  We will find the answer.  Let’s all help in solving this mystery!!!