The response to our first "Garfield Families Newsletter" was great, we want to thank those of you who wrote, and those who have promised to supply us with additional information for future letters. On our Mainpage we how have a button to click on to view back issuses of the newsletter.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH !!
WE GET LETTERS
Loved it, now let's just hope there is some participation! Do you want me to
forward it on to the Garfield's on my address list in case you didn't get to them all?
Just got another new book, "The 7 Generations of the Chase Bros." I shall post some of it's info to this newsletter if you like! Hope all is well! And I hope your wife is doing O.K.
Thanks Chrissy, yes forward it to your list also, and if they want to receive future issues have them send me their e-mail address.
Dick and Jim:
The newsletter is a great idea. There will be alot of information to be shared. I continue to search for the roots of Elijah and Martha Ann (Anna) Garfield. I come across all sorts of adventures that Garfields had, but they were not the adventures of MY Garfields. Now I will have a place to send
my found information. Thanks for all your work.
Nancy Garfield Risdon
Thanks Nancy, any infomation that you have we will gladly take and try and fit it into the big picture, and we'll see if we can get you some help in finding the roots of Elijah and Anna.
CHANCE OR MIRACLE: THANKS TO LAURA BUCKMASTER (FOUND HER ON AN INQUIRY BOARD----THEY WORK); SHE GAVE ME DICK GARFIELD'S WEBSITE. AT DICK'S WEBSITE, I FOUND THE "MISSING LINK" WE HAD BEEN SEARCHING FOR, FOR OVER 35 YEARS. HIS INFORMATION GAVE ME WHAT I NEEDED TO FIND EVEN MORE RECORDS AND INFORMATION. ALSO THANKS TO THE YOUNG
CORFU (GENESEE CO. N.Y.) BAPTIST CHURCH SECRETARY, WHO WITHOUT HESITATION, LOOKED UP CEMETARY RECORDS, AND TOOK PHOTOS OF MY ANCESTOR'S TOMBSTONES, I NOT ONLY LOCATED MY GGG GRANDFATHER (WILLIAM BREWER GARFIELD), BUT HIS FATHER (DOCTOR DANIEL GARFIELD--SURGEON IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR). DICK ALSO PUT ME IN CONTACT WITH JIM GARFIELD OF DAVISON, MICHIGAN. HE IS A BAPTIST MINISTER, AND WHEN HE LEARNED THAT MY HUSBAND HAD SURGERY AND
WAS HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME, HE HAD HIS WHOLE CONGREGATION PRAYING FOR HIM---MY HUSBAND IS JUST FINE NOW. CHANCE? THEN DICK ASKED ME TO GO TO HIS WEBSITE AND LOOK AT SUE'S INQUIRY THERE ABOUT DANIEL GARFIELD'S HOUSE. SHE IS LIVING IN MY GGGGGG GRANDFATHER'S HOME (DR. DANIEL'S FATHER WAS EBENEZER, WHO'S FATHER WAS THIS DANIEL). SHE SENT ME PICTURES, FACTS, ETC. CHANCE/MIRACLE? I AM TRYING TO
JOIN THE DAR ORGANIZATION--KEEP FINGERS CROSSED FOR ME.
IN CONCLUSION: HELP DICK WITH HIS WEBSITE---ANSWERS WILL COME FROM OUT OF NOWHERE. YOU WILL FIND "NEW FAMILY" WHO ARE WILLING TO HELP IN MORE WAYS THAN SIMPLY FINDING YOUR ANCESTORS. MY VERY HUMBLE AND HEARTFELT THANKS TO YOU, DICK AND JIM, FOR PROVIDING SUCH A WONDERFUL WEBSITE. THANK YOU MOST OF ALL FOR YOUR VALUABLE FRIENDSHIP.
Thank you very much Jayne!!
We do not publish the e-mail addresses of any of our input sources, if you would wish to correspond with any of these people let us know and we will forward your address to them and they will contact you.
GARFIELD FAMILY STORY
This month will be the first of two parts of an article that
appeared in the Worcester "Telegram" approx.1890.
The article tells of a visit to the Shrewsbury junk shop run
by the Garfield family.
BETTER THEN BARNUM
Visit to the Shrewsbury Junk Shop, Queer Sights and Stories
The owner a cousin of President Garfield
The writer and his friend drove out Lincoln Street,down the
road that leads by the Poor Farm to the lake. From off this
road a turn was taken into the old Boylston Road. This road
was followed to where it turns right,then another turn was taken
and the right hand road was followed to the next right hand
turn, and that road followed nearly to Shrewsbury Centre.
Just this side of the Shrewsbury Cemetery the goal was reached.
It might have been reached by the usual road toShrewsbury, but
the other road is far more attractive. It winds through heavy
woods nearly all the way, after leaving the Lake road and few
houses are seen.Under a deep blue summer sky, the green woods
and occasional bright waters, the "flowers,bees and birds" all
have a charm that lulls and quiets one as no indoor sleep can
succeed in doing.
After numerous small adventures with cows, pretty girls and
the like the Gazette man reached the Mecca of his pilrimage.(50
THE OLD JUNK SHOP
He was after the place known as the "The Old Junk Shop", conducted by William Garfield of Shrewsbury. The queer place has got a great reputation "for miles around" and the writer had heard of it for years. He needed no signboard to tell him when he had reached it. A turn in the road showed a little weather beaten house in the distance, but some time before the house was reached dozens of old carriages, teams, coaches, vehicles of every description were seen in the woods that skirted the road. The carriage was driven to the doorway of the little house, but a bit of pasteboard announced that the inmates were "up to Sawyer's". An ugly looking dog, and a lot of cats and a few hens were the only sign of life.
The writer was out of the carriage, however, and meandered across the fields toward Sawyer's. Before he got there, however, he met Mr. Garfield. That gentleman wore a rough and tattered suit, but before the writer left he decided that he was as kindly and courteous an old man as he ever met. His hair and beard were grey and somewhat unkempt but the color in his cheeks was clear and healthy and his grey blue eyes keen and bright. He was getting in hay on his farm but left work and received the newspaper man most heartily.
A STATESMAN'S COUSIN
William Garfield claims to be a cousin of "the murdered President", the late James Abram Garfield. He was born 75 years ago in the President Garfield's native town and says that his father and the great Garfield's father were brothers. While a boy he moved to Wilbraham and there learned the shoe trade. Just 42 years ago, in 1849, he married in Wilbraham, the daughter of Corbett Gardner, a well to do farmer of that place. A year later, the couple located in their present Shrewsbury home.
While the old man was telling these plain facts his wife appeared, and the reporter and his friend were presented. For over an hour after that the old couple entertained ther visitors in most admirable style and told them and showed them much that was interesting.
Mrs. Garfield has been a wonderfully helpful spouse to her husband. She is only 65 years of age, but is slighter and more delicate then he. She has however worked with him on his farm, built barns and houses with him, and hauled over carts and heavy iron.
When the pair located at their present place in 1850... They now own about 10 acres, "and every bit paid for", said the head of the house. "I don't owe a cent". During the fifty years the pair have lived on the place they have cleared, graded, dug away and filled in untill now a portion of their land is quite valuable. They get in enough hay for their horse and enough vegetables for themselves.
For a short time after locating in this place, Garfield made shoes, but he found he did not make enough money and therefore took it into his head to buy up old junk and sell it to dealers. This plan he carried into execution and "old junk" has been his business ever since.
He goes around the country towns collecting what he can and buying occasionally, and sells in Worcester. Until within five or six years, he says, business was good and he made money, but during the last few years prices have gone down and his stock has piled up on his hands.
TO BE CONTINUED
Again this month Susan McIlvene of Shrewsbury, MA has supplied us with some Garfield History
Vital Records: Spencer, MA.
Daniel, s. Joseph and Elisabeth, June 16,1791
Elbridge G., s. Sarah, Dec.8, 1811
Elizabeth, d. Joseph and Elisabeth, May 6, 1801
Esther Jane, w. Joseph, __ ___, 1822 G.S.I
Hannah, d. of Samuel, bap. Aug. 10,1755 C.R.
John, s. of Joseph and Elisabeth, Jan 14, 1799
Joseph s of Samuell and Abigel, Sept 19, 1758
Joseph, s of Joseph and Elisabeth, Jan 4, 1806
Joseph R, s Joseph, bap. May 11, 1806 C.R.
Judith, d Samuel and Phebe, April 9, 1757
Lucy, d Joseph and Elisabeth, May 2, 1803
Samuel, April 22, 1720
Samuel, s Benjamin, bap. Nov 29, 1747, C.R.
Samvell, s Samvell and Abigle, March 5, 1757
Sarah, d Joseph and Elisabeth, Jan 7, 1810
Sarah P, d Silas and Sarah, March 18, 1818
Silas, s Silas and Sarah, Feb 22, 1816
Silas Orrison, s Silas and Clarissa L., Oct 28,1846
William, s Samuel, bap. April 15, 1778 C.R.
Abigail, d Samuel and Abigail, Aug 28, 1764
Elizabeth, " " , Sept 15, 1773
Elisha, s " " , April 25, 1760
Enoch, s " " , Sept 2_, 1766
John, s " " , July 26, 1771
Jonah,s ' " , Oct 12, 1762
Silas, s " " , Jan 10, 1776
Daniel. S Samuell and Abigail, Sept 29, 1760
Hannah, d Samuel and Hannah, July 18, 1755
Phebe, d Samuell Jr. and Phebe, Aug 26, 1751
Sarah, d Samuell Jr. and Phebe, April 2, 1754
Abigail and Phillip Baley of Duglass, July 2 1789
Ann and Natthaniell Sergeant both of Licester, Nov 15, 1753*
Benjamin and Eunice Cooly both of Licester, Sept 2, 1752*
E. Jane of Lungdon, N.H. and Joseph Garfield, int Sept 29, 1849
Eliza and John Biglow Jr. Sept 25, 1817
Elizabeth and Lt. Elijah Kittridge Jr, April 17, 1822
Hannah and Daniel Spear, Jan 26, 1794
Joseph and Betsey Mirick of Princeton, Jan 12 1790
Joseph and E. Jane of Langdon, N.H. int Sept 29, 1849
Lucy and Martin Bemis, Nov 3, 1842
Nathaniel and Tabitha Newhall, Aug 9, 1750 C.R.
Samuel Jr and Phebe Worster, Aug 9, 1750 C.R.
Samuel Jr and Phebe Rice,, Oct 4, 1774*
Silas and Sally Bothwell, Feb 1, 1815
Silas(s. of Silas and Sarah, a. 29) and Clarissa L. Bemis, May 28, 1845
Phebe and Ebenezer Warren of Licester, Mar 30,1780*
Phebe and William Watson, Jan 14,1768*
Samuel and Abigail Pierce of Holden, May 27, 1756*
Wid. Abigail, Jan 23, 1816 (Abigail Pierce, wid Samuel a 83 G.S.I.)
Betsey, wid Jos. May 9, 1838 C.R.
Daniel, April19, 1816(a 25 G.S.I.)
Elizabeth wid Joseph, May 9, 1838 a 71 G.S.I.
Hannah w. Samuel, July 27, 1755 G.S.I.
Joseph, June 10, 1836, a 77 A Revolutionary Soldier
Samuel, Dec 25, 1775 a 29 G.S.I.
Samuel, June 22, 1792 ( a72y 2m) A soldier in two colonial wars and the
Sarah, d Joseph and Elizabeth, Aug 22, 1811, a. 1y 7m 15d G.S.I
Silas April 22, 1829 a53
Sila O. (Orrison in G.S.I.) s Silas and Clarissa L. Aug 5, 1847, a. 9m 8d Fits.
_____, wid Joseph, May 8, 1838 a 71
Samuell Jr, Sept16, 1766
Sarah, d Samuel and Phebe, Jan 28, 1756
* marriage intention not recorded
A LITTLE MORE HISTORY FROM CHRISSY,
When you can't get in the front door, sometimes you need to go around
and try coming in the back way. Case in point, the never ending walls
one runs into while researching their family tree, in this case THE
(From "The Descendants of AQUILA and THOMAS CHASE" Compiled by John Carroll Chase and George Walter Chamberlain. This book was first
published in 1928. And reprinted in 1983, 1993, 1998. and March of 2002
by Picton Press in Rockport, Maine.)
Children of Daniel Chase by 1st. wife Hannah Tuttle
Children, born in Sutton: (I have listed only those who married Garfield's)
Hannah, b. 30 Jan. 1736/7; m. 3 July 1759, Eliakim Garfield of Leicester.
Lucy, b. 30 an. 1738/9; m. 15 Nov. 1764, Benjamin Garfield of Grafton.
Eunice, m. Nathaniel Garfield
Silas Chase b.) 31 Aug. 1760; m. in Royalston, 11 Feb 1788, Diademia
Garfield of Warwick, born 14 June 1763 and d. in Royalston, 9 June 1838
in her 75th. year. She was the daughter of Moses and Sarah Garfield of
Eliphalet Chase b. in Royalston, 28 July 1790; m. there 28 July 1813,
Hannah Garfield, daughter of Joshua and Abigail Garfield, b. in
Royalston, 25 June 1794.
Emily Chase, d. of Caleb Chase and Fanny Harris, b. 21 Feb. 1807; m. 21
Dec. 1825, Nathan Garfield.
From Vermont and New York to Iowa and on to Nebraska--Elijah
Chubbuck Garfield and Martha Ann (Anna) Caley began their family adventures with marriage in Iowa. The year was 1871. Elijah was 37 years old, his birth, 1834, was in Montpelier, Vermont. Anna was 22, 15 years younger than her husband. She was born in Albany, New York in 1849. Her heritage was Dutch. By 1876 they had three children: Frederick (b.1872), William (Billy) (b.1873) and Egburt (Burt) (b.1875). They left Iowa and began the next part of their life in Oak (Nuckolls county), Nebraska. Margaret
(Maggie) (b. 1878), James Arthur (Archie) (b.1883), and Ernest (b.1884) were born in Oak. Elijah and Anna had six children in all. Elijah's death certificate (4-27-1910) lists Samuel Garfield as his father. One Samuel Garfield was born 1789. His wife, Betsey Chubbuck, was born April 22, 1787 in Bedford (Hillsborough Co.), New Hampshire. If Betsey was Elijah's mother she would have been 47 at Elijah's birth. Samuel would have been 49. It is possible that they were his parents, but not many women had children (and
survived) at the age of 47. Does anyone have information about Elijah, Anna and their parents?
Nancy Garfield Risdon