JIM FAGERURG                                                                                                                                    DICK GARFIELD INACTIVE AT THIS TIME                                                                                                                 garf6019@YAHOO.COM

Dear Readers:
Well, here it is 2004 already. I hope everybody had a nice holiday season, I know that I did. Ate to much at both Christmas and New Years dinners, but they were sooooo good.
This month we will have the first section from the UK Garfields. Yesterday I received an e-mail from Sylvia (UK) stating that they think they have found their family line back to Henry Garfield, who would be the brother of Edward Garfield, that came to the "New World" in 1630. Now what we need is to get lucky again and find a clue to be able to trace those two brothers back beyond their grandfather which we already have, through Thomas and Edward, the father and grandfather. So go to the Mainpage of the site and click on Garfields of the UK, and look it over. I now have generation five (5) updated, there is a lot of new information there that I didn't have before. Many new DOB & DOD I didn't have along with spouses that were missing. We need more family history to report along with your favorite family story and/or pictures.  Remember, this is your site!!


I just ran across your newsletters and went through them to see if anyone had contacted you on our branch. I found where Vicki Gaffield contacted you in the March 2002 one.
I was wondering if anything else had come to light on this family. Thomas was born in Mass (according to census) in 1766 and the first we find him is in Jericho, Chittenden Co, Vermont, in 1800 and 1810, Clark Co, Ohio 1820, 30, and Logan Co. Ohio after that.
His children believed they were second cousins to Pres. James A. Garfield but from looking at his pedigree they were not that close. In his letter to Pres. Garfield, Putnam Gaffield named his father's brothers - one whom was Parmenter which is a name a couple Garfields married in Watertown.
I'm sure nothing new has come to light on this family which seems to not be in any of the
Massachusetts vital records of the time??
Jerry Ramsey

Thanks for writing, as you say we don't have much on the Gaffield line. Roger Reid in
Canada does a better job on that and we try to get as much information as we can on the
Garfield line. The following I am sure you already have:
Thomas Gaffield b.1766 in VT and 1863 in OH. married Mary b.1772 in VT and
d.1870 in OH. Had at least one daughter, Mary b.Nov 25, 1807 in VT. and d. Mar
27,1887 in Rush, Logan, OH. married Ephriam Munsell, b.Nov 11, 1804 in VT and d.Jul
24, 1885 in OH. son of Thomas Munsell & Lucy Moulton. Hope it helps, Dick Garfield.

(Speaking about the Garfield Farm and Garfield Home activies) Wouldn't it be great to be able to take advantge of all those wonderful Garfield activities. We hibernate in the winter, and at our age, don't even go in good weather like we used to. Leave the highways to those who have to be on them. But I enjoy these news articles, and am proud to have that little bit of Garfield genes. You do such good job. Have a Blessed holiday season, and may 2004 be the best yet for you and yours, and the Garfield clan.  alm

alm, thanks for writing, and yes, I would love to be able to take advantage of all those activities. It sure sounds like fun plus educational as well. Dick.


I didn't receive any new information or articles from Jerry, this month.



Here's what is happening at the Garfield Home (Lawnfield) for the next few weeks, from Allison M. Sharaba, Operations anager.

Victorian Craft Teas

REMEMBER WHEN joins Lawnfield in offering a series of craft teas to enjoy tea and recreate some beautiful Victorian craftworks. Sessions led by Lawnfield staff, and Lynette Trolli of the Victorian Ladies Tea Society. Fee includes tea, refreshments, materials and tour of the Garfield Home (please bring scissors and a teacup to each session, and objects specifically mentioned for each session. Tours take place at noon, before the tea begins). Fee for each workshop is $12 for members, $15 for non-members. Discounts are available if you attend two or more workshops. Reservations are a must. Call 440-255-8722 for reservations.

Wednesday, January 21, 1:00  How to Give a Proper Tea
Wednesday, February 11, 1:00  Tussie Mussie and the Language of Flowers
Wednesday, February 25, 1:00  Button Brooch
Wednesday, March 10, 1:00  Victorian Irish Tea + tea leaf reading
Wednesday, March 24, 1:00  Lace Fan

Winter Lunch and Lecture Series

Winter Lunch and Lecture Series at Lawnfield Inn and Suites First Tuesday of each month, January-April noon-1:30 Enjoy catered lunches at Lawnfield Inn and Suites, while listening to informative talks by staff of the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. $20 ticket includes lunch and program. Reservations can be made at 440-255-8722. Program and lunch begin at noon. Lawnfield Inn and Suites is located 1 mile east of the James Garfield home at 8434 Mentor Avenue

Tuesday, February 3-From the Western Reserve to Millionaires' Row: Changes in
James Garfield's Neighborhood
Tuesday, March 2-Lucretia Rudolph Garfield
Tuesday, April 6-The History of Lawnfield and the James A. Garfield National
Historic Site
President's Day

President's Day Featuring Presidential Squares
Monday, February 16@ 1:00pm-4:00pm
Stop by Lawnfield this year for our annual Presidents Day program. Back by popular demand is our interactive presidential trivia game, Presidential Squares. Join President Garfield, along with several other presidents and first ladies, in an exciting game of presidential tic tac toe for all ages. Crafts and activities are from 1pm-4pm in the Visitor Center. Presidential Squares will be played at 1:30. Visitors will also have a chance to Meet the Presidents at 1:00 and 3:00. Our special presidential guests will offer first person accounts of their lives, and answer questions from the audience. Activities in the Visitor Center are free, and there is a $1.00 fee for each craft. Discounted tickets for tours of the Garfield Home will be sold in honor of our special event! Please call 440-255-8722 for information.

In Our Mothers We Trust

Sunday, March 14 @ 1:00pm
First Mothers come to life during a first person program on presidential mothers. Visit with the moms of Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, John Kennedy, and others to discover the characteristics and commonalties all share in raising successful sons. A question and answer period will follow. There is a $7 fee. Please call (440) 255-8722 for reservations.

Behind the Scenes Tour

Saturday, February 7, Saturday, March 6 @ 11:00
Have you ever wondered what was behind that door? Now is your opportunity to find out. Every first Saturday of the month at 11:00pm, our staff will take you through the nooks, crannies and seldom seen places of the James Garfield home. Highlights of this "special experience" tour include the upper level of the Visitor Center (formerly the 1893 Carriage Barn), the basement and third floor of the Garfield Home, and the observation level of the windmill. Ability to climb several levels of stairs is required. Cost is $12 for members of the Western Reserve Historical Society, and $15 for non-members. Pre-registration is required call (440) 255-8722 for reservations. *This tour does not cover rooms seen on the regular house tour. Guests are encouraged to tour the house at another time for a more involved history and look at the house.


By: Sylvia Lagah

                                 Welcome to the very first newsletter of the Garfields of England

First of all, let me introduce myself. I am Sylvia Lagah (nee Newton). I was born at Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey in 1946. My father was Albert Edward John Newton (his mother was Lydia Eliza Garfield) and my mother Frances Helen (nee Townsend  of Scottish descent). I have an older sister Janice and adopted brother and sister, John and Carol. A move to the north when I was 6 meant all of my schooling was done in Britain's beautiful Lake District. Back down to London to work, then a big decision by my sister and myself meant we were off to Australia in 1966. Later I married a New Zealander and moved to New Zealand. A divorce and 20 years down the track sees me married to Chand, we have 6 children between us and 12 grandchildren. Chand is an Ex-Vietnam Vet, now retired, and I am a Library Manager in a small town in New Zealand.

I guess I'm a bit of a newbie to Genealogy research. I've only been doing it seriously for about 18 months, but it's been a case of "a duck to water" and a labour of love. Finding a box of old birth and death certificates amongst my mother's papers, when she moved into a retirement home, got me thinking about the people who went before and their history.

When Audrey Potts and Anne Weyers found me through another researcher, I was in the midst of a desperate brickwall blockage, but now we are in motion and our thanks to Dick and his grandson for allowing us to put our first small offering online. We have a long way to go yet. We are hoping that eventually our Warwickshire (Coventry) Garfields will somehow link up with Dick's Warwickshire (Hillmorton) Garfields. It will mean filling a 200 year gap with, yet to be discovered, generations. 

If you have your own English Garfield line you would like us 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.

These are the three young ladies that will be writing about the UK Garfields

Sylvis Lagah (NZ)                           Audrey Potts (UK)                           Anne Weyers (UK)

From the book: J A Garfield by William Ralston Balch, copyrighted, 1881

Garfield, which was pronounced differently to the way it is now sounded, for, as old names always did, it meant something. In Anglo-Saxon it meant "field watch". An accient coat of arms, derived from Gaerfili Castle in Wales, has on the shield a gold ground crossed by three red horizontal bars, and in the upper dexter corner (left hand looking toward the shield) on an ermine canton, is a red Maltese cross, (croix firmee). The crest consists of a helmet with a raised visor, above which is an arm with a drawn sword, similar to the familiar device in the State seal of Massachuseetts. The motto is "In cruce vinco," (Through faith I conquer). The Maltese seems to indicate that the bearer had been in the Crusades, and the ermine signifies that the coat of arms was conferred by the king.


In 1587 James Garfield, (Gearfield) was deeded a tract of land by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, the estate was located near Chester, England on the border of Wales near Oswestry, and the vale of Leangollen. It is believed that the land was given for military service rendered the Earl on the Continent.
It is conjectured that the Garield family was of Welch origin and may date back to Scandinavian ancestry through the Vikings invasions. The family appears to have stemmed from dscendants of the Knights of the Caerphilly (Caerfili) Castle, meaning "Keeper of the Battle Field".

My note, 1587 would be about the time that Edward was born, maybe the above named James could be a brother to Thomas, Edward's father??