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Readers, if you are ever in the La Fox, ILL area be sure and stop in at the Garfield Farm Museum and say "Hello" better yet if you can spare a few days or hours they are always in need of volunteers, any skill that you might have they will be able to use, see Jerome Johnson. If you want info on the many activies that they have e-mail them at and ask for the 2014 Calender of Events. Thanks



Take a tour of the President James A Garfield home (Lawnfield) in Mentor, OH right on US 20, it is a NRS and very well cared for. You will learn a lot from the tour and also a better understanding of the life of the President  They have a lot of weekend activies for all ages, stop and see them, you will be glad that you did.




Here it is 2014, I know, you haven't heard from me for quite some time now, but that is about to change. As I get closer to that four-score age I find that I am getting slower, can't remember anything, and can't get 2 things done in one day, so by after eating breakfast I have spent half the day already.
Also there is that thing called health that keeps getting in the way, for the month of January I already have 14 doctor appointments. They are checking me from head to toes trying to find a brain, have done EEG - MRI and a bunch of other stuff  but they haven't given up quite yet, they say a lot is the ageing process, how dare them!!
Anyway, have been talking to our friend, Jayne Pawlisa, she has been a great help in the past newsletters with articles and pictures, she also is the lady that will help you trace your Garfield lineage back to Edward Garfield, and takes care of the Garfield Society membership. We have decided that she will furnish the articles for the Newsletter and I will set it up and mail it until such time as we can get together and turn most of the stuff over to her. We have way to much information on the Garfields to lose it all now. I still have about 1000 names to go through to make additions and corrections.
Thanks for all of your past help in pictures, stories and etc. Please stay in touch and I will try and get back with you.

Why We Are the Storytellers of Our Tribe

The Story Tellers.....

We are the chosen.

My feelings are in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors.
To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.
To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before.
We are the story tellers of the tribe.
All tribes have one.
We have been called as it were by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us:
Tell our story.
So, we do.

In finding them, we somehow find ourselves.
How many graves have I stood before and cried? I have lost count.
How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family, you would be proud of us?
How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me?
I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts.
It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do.
It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen.

The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh.
It goes to doing something about it.
It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish.
How they contributed to what we are today.
It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up,
their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.

It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation.
It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us.
That we might be born who we are.
That we might remember them.
So we do.

With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us.
So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family.
It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers.

That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old
to step up and put flesh on the bones.

(Tom Dunn, Author)

If any body has information that might be used by these people, please
E-Mail them and offer your help. Thank You
Deforest Garfield Wednesday, 11/13/13, 9:29 AM
From: Jamestown, NY Email:

Nina Garfield Friday, 8/30/13, 9:51 AM Hi! I think our branch of Garfield's stops at the generation of my father, Douglas Garfield (the youngest of five children of John Garfield & Janet Dodge) married to my mother Olivia Pattison are listed as are my dads siblings & spouses (James m. Mary Brown, died maybe 10 years ago) John m. Christine Henriques (he is the only living child of John and Janet - 90 this year!),Janet m. Alexander Brown (Alexander and Mary Brown were siblings), Frances m Charles Tillinghast), but none of the next generation (me, my sibs and cousins) or the next generation after us are there. Let me know if you want the info - Thanks, Nina Garfield
From: Bethlehem NH Email:

Jason Cerny Tuesday, 8/13/13, 3:26 PM From what I can tell, Rachel Garfield, wife of John Priest, is my 8x great-grandmother.
From: Nebraska/Wyoming Email:

Teresa Mee Saturday, 4/13/13, 4:11 PM Daughter of George f Garfield
From: camp hill pa Email:

Kathleen Steingraber Monday, 2/25/13, 11:08 AM My husband's 3rd gr-grandfather was an Alvin Whitman who married a Hannah C Garfield. Working on filling in 'the rest of the story'.
From: Wisconsin Email:


Jayne Mills Pawlisa
January 2014