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There just wasn't enough new info to warrant a newsletter in September. I am thinking that next year we probaby won't have a newletter during the summer months. Most families have children home from school, taking their vacations with their families, and the more senior members will be traveling or heading north for the summer, and this is as it should be. Have gotten quite a lot of info the past few weeks so hope this newsletter will be of interest to all. With cooler weather coming on how about hearing from more of you people with your family lines and stories about your forefathers. If any of you missed reading in the last issue, we are starting a "Veteran's Roll Call", so if you have any veterans in your family let me know so that I can add them. They must be either Garfields or spouse of a Garfield, would like there DOB - DOD and the time they served. Go to the website and click on Veteran's Roll Call and look it over. Thanks Dick.
GARFIELD FAMILY STORY
The following was sent to us by Nancy Risdon Garfield
The Minute Men Tell Their Story Lexington, April 23d, 1775
We, John Hoar, John Whitehead, Abraham Garfield, Benjamin Munroe, Issac Parks, William
Hosmer, John Adams, and Gregory Stone, all of Lincoln, in the county of Middlesex,
Massachusettes-Bay all of lawful age, do testify and say, that on Wednesday last we were
assembled at Concord, in the morning of said day, in consequence of information recieved, that a
brigade of regular troops were on their march to the said town of Lexington: About an hour
afterwards we saw them approaching, to the number, as we apprehended, of about twelve
hundred, on which we retreated to a hill about eighty rods back, and the said troops then took
position of the hill where we were first posted; presently after this, we saw the troops moving
towards the North Bridge about one mile from the said Concord meeting-house, we then
immediately went before them and passed the bridge, just beforte a party of them, to the number
of about two hundred, arrived: They there left about one half of their two hundred at the bridge,
and proceeded with the rest towards Colonel Barret's, about two miles from the said bridge, we
then, seeing several fires in the town, thought the houses in Concord were in danger, and marched towards the said bridge, and the troops who were stationed there, observing our approach, marched back over the bridge, and then took up some of the plank; we then hastened our march towards the bridge, and when we had got near the bridge, they fired on our men, first, three guns one after another, and then a considerable number more, and then and not before (having orders from our commanding officers not to fire till we were fired uppon) we fired upon the regulars, and they retreated; on their retreat through this town and Lexington, to Charlestown, they ravaged and destroyed private property and burned three houses, one barn, and one shop.
The following was sent to me by Jayne Mills Pawlisa
FIRST, LET ME GIVE EVERYONE A LITTLE FAMILY BACKGROUND. MY GG GRANDMOTHER
WAS PHILOMELIA GARFIELD. SHE HAD A BROTHER, SAMUEL MARSHALL GARFIELD. THEIR
PARENTS WERE WILLIAM BREWER AND MARY MARSHALL GARFIELD. THEIR GRANDPARENTS
WERE DOCTOR DANIEL AND ELIZABETH BREWER GARFIELD. CHARLES W. GARFIELD WAS
THE SON OF SAMUEL MARSHALL AND HARRIET BROWN (OF THE CELEBRATED HALE FAMILY)
GARFIELD. BOTH SAMUEL MARSHALL GARFIELD, AND SON, CHARLES WILLIAM GARFIELD WERE VERY WELL-KNOWN GENTLEMEN, HUMANITARIANS, PHILANTHROPISTS, FOUNDERS OF
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN.
THERE IS A BOOK TITLED, "THE CHARLES W. GARFIELD STORY", WRITTEN BY SCHROEDER,
MARY, EMILY PUBLISHED IN 1977. THE BOOK NEATLY LIKENS THE STAGES OF CHARLES W. GARFIELD'S LIFE TO DIFFERENT TREES. THE FOLLOWING ARE ALL EXERPTS FROM THE BOOK.
"The Charles W. Garfield Story"
is affectionately dedicated to the memory of CHARLES W. GARFIELD 1848-1934 gentleman, humanitarian, nature lover donor of Garfield Park and Burton Woods (Garfield Nature Center)
to the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan and whose final resting place is in this Park and on this land he loved so much!
BLESSED BENEFACTOR---REST IN PEACE!
Wisconsin Tree: from Psalm, "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water"----which
wonderfully enough, fits this portion of Mr. Garfield's life perfectly. For he spent his babyhood and
his early boyhood, until he was ten, by a river, the Menominee River, in Wisconsin......................
He was born there, in a log cabin at Wauwatosa, a suburb of Milwaukee, on March 14, 1848.......
"What is there about being born in a log cabin that seems to give us so many great and illustrious
men? If that's the secret to the key to success, maybe we all ought to go back and try to be born
in a log cabin"
However, just because Mr. Garfield was born in a log cabin, doesn't indicate poverty or lack of
education......The truth is that Samuel Marshall Garfield, Mr. Garfield's father, was a very
enterprising, intelligent and unusual man. A native New Yorker (Genesee County), like so many of our own early settlers, he had migrated west in 1840 to Wisconsin, where he became both a farmer---worked a farm--- sold it---and bought another---was also the Superintendent of a saw mill. It was the desire to raise fruit which brought him to Michigan and Grand Rapids. He had heard tales of the fertility and special suitability of the local soil for that sort of endeavor, from Joel Simonds, husband of his sister Harriet Garfield Simonds, who had bought land from the Burtons and settled here earlier (Simonds' house being on the site of the present Garfield Park Lodge). When, in 1856, he and his family visited the Simonds, they were so impressed, that they decided to buy, too, purchasing the last remaining portion of the Burton Farm---that of the homestead itself of 20 acres, a little time later 70 acres adjoining---and planted a large part of it in orchards. ....then to go back and give the whole Psalm in its entirety---not for its power and its beauty, but for its decided applicability to Mr. Garfield's (Charles W.) own life.
"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the council of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of
sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in this law of the Lord doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly
shall not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous,
For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish."
The Paternal Tree: What a tree! Sheltering him, and at the same time, stimulating him; guiding
him and at the same time, guarding him; teaching him and at the same time, testing him; advising him and at the same time admonishing him; leading him, and at the same time. leaving him, when the time was right, to his own devices, decisions, deeds, and destiny! But a paternal tree that, even when it was dying felt moved to leave behind (Samuel Marshall Garfield b. June 1816 d. Jan. 1876) yet another seed to germinate and sprout. For his father told him, when practically on his death bed, "Remember always what people have done for you and that you give of yourself and your services to the people without thought of renumeration."..........The tall, towering, and stalwart tree that was to become Charles W. Garfield, was only thus, because, above him and before him, had stood another tall, towering and stalwart tree---his father--Samuel M. Words from Charles W. regarding his father: "there was a time, when father was elected to the
Michigan Legislature, in which I was brought into his confidence in a very ununusual way. I had
finished my college course and was engaged in an official capacity with my Alma Mater and living at the college (foreman). Father, in serving his state in the Legislature, was in Lansing, and the same old close relationship existed and I was brought into conference with him upon most of the matters with which he had to deal in his offical capacity. He was in poor health and it was a
struggle for him to perform the duties which he felt were incumbant upon him, and when an
aggravating political contest came up in the Legislature in connection with the election of a United Stes Senator, because of the independent position that my father took, he was assailed by crafty politicians and men of party influence in such a way that I know it had a great bearing upon his health; and I can see now that the tremendous pressure which was placed upon him to secure his vote and his desire to live upto his convictions, shortened his life." "During those years the relationship of father to son was, I think, perhaps as valuable to the father as to the son, and I am proud today that I was the son of my father and that I had the experiences which it seems to me are quite rare in this relationship---the result of which has made a continuous impress upon my life in determining the style of service I should give. I think that my own independence of action upon matters of importance is largely a legacy from my father, and, as I recall the events in my life, from my earliest boyhood until his death, it seems to me that there was no factor so great in influencing my life and its purposess as the intimate relationship of father and son."
Posterity Tree: ...............Mr. Garfield's long battle in the interest of reforestation.; as well, a
number of other living and lasting contributions, which Mr. Garfield made while he was a member of the State legislature--------even moare appropriately it "points up" so vividly, the "like father--like son" theory. For after your death, Samuel M., your son Charels W., lost very little time in startin to walk in your footprints. In 1880, he ran for--and was elected--to a seat--and the very same seat--in the State Legislature you had held previously for a number of terms. Human dynamo that he was to become, he again lost little time in setting out on the long road he was to travel in the interest of this special project of his----reforestation.......remind us that 1880 was also a national election year, and that there was another Garfield on the ballot--James A.---the Republican Presidential nominee, and it was "Garfield all the way"-----except there was tragedy ahead in the form of Jams A's assassination.
The Guiding Tree: This tree is Mr. Garfield himself, and what he contibuted to the lives of
others---not only in the way of guidance, and advice, but by sheer personality impact! We find it on so many fronts!..........In the meantime, we are going to make mention of as many instances as we possible can, of where Mr. Garfield;s influence and goodness of heart; his sheer joy of living; his wanting to share many of his interests with others, were manifest and demonstrated. Not only young people, whom he helped finance through college, but he helped boys and girls, grown men and women too---anyone and everyone who crossed his path, or whose path he crossed!
It was his concern for the welfare of boys and girls, that no doubt, prompted him to push the "park and playground movement". He was, indeed, the pioneer of the project of a "playground within 1/4 mile of each child"--and his gift of the Burton Street acreage, between Madison and Jefferson Drive, which became Garfield--Fletcher Park was indicative of this ..............................
This concern for others was probably what led to another one of his many innovations. This one
was his weekly talks to his bank employees. This was something new for a bank president to do,
but then, Mr. Garfield was no ordinary bank president; just like he was no ordinary man, and
probably right about here we ought to give a few bank "details". This was the Grand Rapids Savings Bank, of course, which his father (Samuel M.) had helped organize in 1870. In 1886, Mr. Garfield himself became a Director. In 1893, he was eleted President, and would hold that office until August 1912, when he became Chairman of the Board, with William Alden Smith as President. In 1917, he became Chairman of the Executive committee............
The Love Trees: These were Mr. Garfield's gifts to the city, of which we all are already aware, but are brought in again, because LOVE was the motiavating factor behind his bequests---Love both for the city and his fellow citizens! First of course, came Garfield--Fletcher Park, and its acres at Burton and Madison given by Mr. and Mrs. Garfield and Mrs. Julia Simonds Fletcher, Mr. Garfield's cousin. Next came the adjoining eight acres, the present "picnic grove", and then, the six acres of Burton Woods.
In about 1931, or so, he donated a plot on Blaine Avenue, as a pre-school, or kindergarten
playground, hoping this would start a series of "juvenile play areas"---All done out of the goodness of his hear and his desire to do something for children. Speaking of children...........Charles and Jesse had no children.
The Marriage Tree: (Charles married Alice Rockwell early on, but she died shortly after their
marriage, and they had no children). On November 24, 1897 (at age 49) Charles W. Garfield and
Miss Jessie Robertson Smith, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony...................Jessie Smith Garfield,...... was a woman of "rare excellence"! "She seemed to typity so exquisitely that beautiful picture of a perfect lady; making you think of lavendar and old lace." Another quote: "A lady is a woman in whose presence a man is a gentleman." Charles and Jesse Garfield were to have nearly forty years of wedded life ahead of them, and suffice to say, all the beauty "Charlie" Garfield saw, Jessie Garfield saw also!
The Tree of Death:
DEATH COMES TO CHARLES W. GARFIELD
A venerable tree has fallen
At 4:25 A.M. on Sunday moring, September 9, 1934, at Butterworth Hospital, Charles W. Garfield,
aged 86---Grand Rapids' "Grand Old Man" entered into his eternal rest........................................
Bearers will be old and dear friends---Dean Davenport, Dean Emeritur of the University of Illinois;
Professor Thomas Gunson, Professor Emeritus of Horticulture, Michigan State; Fred R. Jean;
John B. Martin; William Tallmadge; Clay H. Hollister. There will be no honorary bearers "every citizen Might consider himself as an honorary bearer."
The Buriel Tree: Under a large tree, near the Lodge in Garfield Park---a tree which he himself
planted--- the earthly remains of Charles W. Garfield were laid to rest, in a private burial ceremony. Permission to be buried there had been arranged by Mr. Garfield years before, and it certainly afforded a beautiful and appropriate resting place for the man who had so loved, cherished, and planted trees; and had so loved and cherished children that he had given the land of this Park to the City and the community so that they, the children, might always have an adequate place to play. Now, he---the land---and the children could sort of become one!............It had been one hundred years before, in 1834, that Barney and Harriet Burton had come to this piece of property as man and wife, and planted the first trees--- which started this land on its "way to fame." Now, a century later, Mr. Garfield----by being buried on it--
maintains and perpetuates its historic link with its pioneer past, as his earthly remains rest there
under his Eternal Tree!
A NOTE FROM JAYNE: Obviously, I am so very proud of Charles W. and Samuel M. Garfield, as
I am of my GG Grandmother (I have her bedroom bureau that was handmade by her husband,
Elbridge G. Chapin-----direct descendent of Deacon Samuel Chapin----just before their marriage
in Darien/Alexander N.Y. (Genesee Co.) in 1836. It was brought to Oakland County Michigan
by covered wagon in 1846 by Philomelia and Elbridge. Welcome and Myra Garfield (William
B. Garfield's brothers) were first settlers in Oakland County in the 1820"s. William bought
property there as well, and it is this property that Philomelia and Elbridge settled. Harriet
Garfield Simonds was a sister to Philomelia and Samuel, and she and husband were first
settlers to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their mother (Mary Marshall Garfield) and a sister (Helen
Jane Garfield) died in Wisconsin in 1855 while visiting Samuel M. Garfield and his family.
PERSONAL REQUEST: If anyone out there can locate death records of Mary Garfield and Helen
Jane Garfield, my family would sure appreciate the help. Also, if there are any Garfields out there who are descended from Myra and Welcome Garfield, we need to hear from you please!!! Samuel, his wife, and several very young children are buried in Oak Hill Cemetary in Grand Rapids---The Library has much devoted to both Samuel Charles, and Julia Simonds Fletcher. William, two of his 9 children (infants), a brother (Aid), his parents (Doctor Daniel and Elizabeth Brewer Garfield) are buried in Maple Hill Cemetary in Darien, New York. Elbridge Chapins Parents (Ralph and Betsey Otis Chapin) are also buried in the other Darien Cemetary, as is his brother, Solomon. Marshall H. Chapin, son of Elbridge and Philomelia Garfield Chapin, served in the Civil War, and is buried in Evergreen Cemetary in Vanderbuilt Michigan with his wife
and family. Doctor Daniel Garfield was a surgeon in the American Revolutionary War.
The following was sent to me by Lee Gruzen
As promised I have transcribed 7 letters from my Cape Cod ancestors Lyman Garfield
(1837-1894) and William Wallace Garfield (1829-1902) - to President Garfield. They came from
the 177 reel collection of "The Personal Papers of James A. Garfield" published by the Library of
Congress. Since it appears that most every Garfield in America wrote the President to ask for a
favor or supply him with genealogical information, something Garfield truly enjoyed, this source is invaluable for researchers. It is thoroughly indexed and available at most universities or major
public libraries. I read them in New York at Columbia University.
I know these letters have clues, but I need help figuring them out. My cousin Scott Garfield, uncle
Bruce Garfield and I have struggled for years to pin down the parents of Joseph R. Garfield
(c.1801-1851), printer and patriarch of what ultimately became a Garfield clan on Cape Cod near
West Dennis, MA. Beside mariners Lyman and William Wallace, Joseph's sons were Alexander
Hamilton Garfield, Dr. John Garfield, Amos Monteville Garfield and step-son Henry Edgecombe.
Their mother Lydia Faunce (1799-1871) married 1st Mr. Edgecombe, 2nd Joseph Garfield, and
3rd Captain Nathan Baker of West Dennis.
Does anyone recognize the 19th c. names of Uncle Alexander, Uncle Henry (MD who lived near
Reading and Elmira NY) and Uncle James (not the President)?
Any references to printers aligned with Garfields near Monroe, Michigan or Phelps, NY c.
1815-1853 would also be enormously welcomed.
Captain William W. Garfield had two wishes come true. Shortly after James became President,
money was appropriated and the Bass River lighthouse was relit. The Captain also visited the
President at the White House and had a meal. Sadly, it took place on the day before Garfield was
Thank you for the terrific newsletter.
All best wishes to you. Lee
Letters from the Personal Papers of President James A. Garfield in the Library of Congress
1. Lyman Garfield to Hon. James A. Garfield, writing from Baltimore. February 16, 1878.
it is with Pleasure that I can assure you that I have received your letter and speachs and I can truly say that I am ever so much obliged to you. You have a very fine Photograph. I must say and I hope the time will come when you will occupy the Presidential Chair. I very often hear your name spoken of with praise. Not only in the North but the South also: as my business carries me on the Water and sailing to diverent Ports I have a chance to know what the sentiments of the People are in regards to you and they always speak of you in the highest praise. You will Pardon me for being so familiar in writing to you as you are a Stranger to me. but if I should ever come to the City of Washington I should be very happy to make your acquaintance I am an Officer on board the Schr O.D. Witherell. My Brother is Capt. his name is William Garfield. We will send
our Photographs to you when we arrive in Boston which will be the next Port we shall sail for. Our residence is Cape Cod. West Dennis. Barnstable Co. Mass. So I will close by sending my best wishes to you and Family. Your with respect. Lyman Garfield. 225 Commercil St. Boston or West Dennis Mass.
2. Lyman Garfield to Hon. James A. Garfield, writing from Chelsea, Massachusetts. August 30, 1880.
I have just returned from a Foreign Voyage of several months and did not hear of your Nomination to the Presidency untill my return. I congratulate you on your nomination hoping you will succeed. I think that the Old Bay State will give you a strong Majority. I have spoken to a good many business men about the present Administration and they say they do not want any change in the Government. I hope you will send me some of your late speachs I also hope you will come to Boston and speak also Chelsea. I suppose you have a great many letters so I will not write a very long one for it may tire you to read it. I hope this will find your family all well as it does mine and hope if you come this way you will honor us with a visit.
Enough all ___. So I will close hoping that you will susceed to the Presidency. Yours Truly, Lyman
Garfield. No. 100 William Street Chelsea, Mass.
3. Lyman Garfield to Hon. J.A. Garfield, President, writing from Chelsea, Massachusetts. November 3, 1880.
Hon. J.A. Garfield President
it does my heart good to hear the good news that you are elected President of the United States for I know that the Country is safe for four more years. I hope you may live to enjoy the honors of the victory. some years ago my Mother was on a visit at my Brothers in Ohio. And when she returned she Provaside your election to the Presidency and thank God it has come true. The City of Chelsea has given you a Majority of 1000 [4000?] in a vote of 3000 [?]. I live in a Republican City. I hope this letter will not tire you. I received your speach and letters and would of thanked you before ___ but you had all the business you wanted to do, sending and answering ___ Peoples letters. So a close hoping that you will live a great many years to enjoy the honors of your Election. Your Truly Lyman Garfield No 100 William St. Chelsea Station Mass.
4. William Garfield to Hon. James A. Garfield. West Mentor Ohio, writing from West Dennis
(Massachusetts) January 3, 1881. Received January 6, 1881.
As I am at home this winter with my family I take this oppertunity to write you a letter to let you know how I came to Massachusetts. I left my home in the Western Part of New York State when I was thirteen years of age. I traveled on the canal down to albany and shiped on board of a Schoner bound to Boston and have been to sea thirty seven years and after five years took charge of vesels and have been Captain thirty years of most all classes of vessels. When the war broke out I was on the coast of Africa. In 1862 I joined the navy under Admiral Dupont and was two years in the war and ever since Then I have been cruising all over the world. General, you were the only Garfield that I have ever seen outside of my Father and brothers. I have read a grate deal about you when you was In congress. I see you done a grate deal of good for our
country most every body says so that I have seene. I wrote you a letter when I was in Baltimore two years ago and received one from you and your picture. I did not answer your letter back at the time. I was just agoing away to sea so I take this time and send you mine. General, I am coming to see you when I come to Washington. I live 18 miles from Vineyard haven in a nice respectable place. I have a family of eight children five girls and three boys my oldest son is in my vessle this winter.
General I always keep my self in good society I never was an intemperant man I allways was honest In my dealings. I have allways been a well and heltha man if I had not been I could never stood what I have been through. I am Fifty-one Years of age next November. My weight is 216 pounds stand five foot and nine inches. I have two brothers more in Massachusetts one of my Brothers sent me one of your speaches that you made in cleveland last October it was a grate speech most evry body in town has read it they think it was the greatest speech that ever they red we ar all good Republican around here we sweep all the democrats out on election day General every man around here sends thare best respets to you and hope that your Administration will be one of the best one has been since the war so you must excuse me if I have wrote you to much we send our best respects to you and your family and your mother which we hear is with you. We ar having a cold winter here We see no salt water here for two miles to sea on the account of the Ice
I close this letter by wishing you and your family a happy New Year and god bless you and your
Administration I remain yours Most Respectfuly. William Garfield West Dennis Mass. Barnstable County
5. Lyman Garfield to Hon. James A. Garfield President Elect, writing On Board Schr (the schooner)
O.D. Witherell. Baltimore. January 15, 1881.
To the Hon James A. Garfield
I hope you won't think that I am agoin to far when I call you cousin for I think that you are my cousin. I have writen you several letters and am much obliged to you for answering them. I will give you a sketch of my life. I was born at Phelps Ont. (Ontario) Co. NY in 1838. My Father name was Joseph Garfield what Grandfathers name was I do not know. I was thirteen years old when father died. He died at the age of 48 years and some months with the Bronchitis Consumption. When father died I think that Grandmother Garfield lived in the Western part of the state of New York she was very Old when she Died. I recolect seeing Uncle Alexander and Uncle Henry Garfield he was an M.D. and lived near Elmira N.Y. I think it was Reading. my Father I think was born in Onida [Oneida] Co. NY. he could talk the Indian Language as Fluently as the English. my father had a sister that Married and moved to some part of Massachusetts. the family was scattered all over the Country and at that time it was hard work to find out where they had
moved to. I have heard my mother speak about Uncle James. I am the youngest of six sons. my oldest brother you are acquainted with Mr. A.H. Garfield, formerly of Painsville Ohio, but lately removed to Denver City Col. [Colorado]. I have two Brothers living in Massachusetts besides my self. one is a Doctor and the Other is a Capt. of a schn [schooner]. the other two are dead. At the age of fifteen years I went to Monroe Michigan to learn the Printing business but being homesick I returned to Phelps and worked at it there two years and being taken sick I was ordered to the seaside for my health and getting it. I Married at the Age of 19 years. I have Eight children Living and one dead. my oldest is 22 years of Age and goes in the best of society. we are poor but manage to live with our Neighbors and be respectable. I have followed the sea for 22 years and managed to bring my family up by giveing them a good Education so they could go out in the World and earn there living. I have three sons in stores. one in a Hardware and one in a Hat store and one in a large Wholesale and Retail Dry Goods store, and are thought a goodeal of by there Employers. so I have given a fare sketch of my life and I hope you are not tired reading it. I send my regards to your Mother and Family and I also wish you all a happy New Year. We are loading with coal for Boston and will sail Tuesday. It is very severe on the coast this Winter and a tough life agoin to sea. I hope that the time may come when I can beg your assistants for a situation that I can be with my family and you have the Hon. of making one Garfield family happy. I would like for your sons to call at my House when they are passing through Boston. I think we could entertain them very well. So good day. Your Obedient Servant Lyman Garfield No. 100 Wm. Street. Chelsea Station Mass.
6. Lyman Garfield to Hon. J.A. Garfield. Executive Office. Washington D.C., writing On Board
Schooner O.D. Witherell. North Booth Bay (Maine). March 9, 1881.
Please accept my congratulations on your taken the seat of Office as President of the United States. Your Obedient Servant Lyman Garfield
7. William Garfield to Mr. James A. Garfield. West Mentor Ohio, writing from West Dennis January
[This is written with handwriting different from his other letter, so possibly he dictated one of them or both. Since the other one has more feathery and finer writing I guess that this could be William's.]
i Was Cold [called] a Way just Be fore i got youre Letter and Have Just Returned, General i am ever thankful to you for Sending me youre Book of youre Life my family thinks evry thing of the Book We all Have Read it and it Has gone through the place for others to Read General i Will tell you all i know a Bout my Father and my Grand father fathers name Was Joseph R Garfield my Grand father name i Cant tell What His name Was i Was So young When I Left Home i must forgot His name i think He Belong to the family of Solomon Garfield the one you Speak of in your Book i think i Have Heard my Mother Say that fathers folks Was the first Garfields that She ever Heard of in the State of New York She Wold Bin 80 years old now if She Was Living So General i think you know more a Bout our family than I do i Have got Some Brother that i Have not Seen or Heard of for thirty years So you see that I Have not taken a Great Deal of time to Look them up i Have thougth that i Should take a trip in the Western States next Summer and See if i Can find any one there that is a living i Shall give up the Sea Life this year and Start Some other Bisness i
Have got ten thousand Dollars invested in vessel property my vessel is the Largest one that ___. She is a thousand tons Register She is on Her Way from Baltimore to Boston With Coal the freight Bisness is gitting So Poor that a vessel under a thousand tons Cant Do anything So General i Shall drop you a Line or too a gain on account of a Light House We Have Here that Has Bin Standing for twenty five years and Last October it Was put out By the Light Hous Board We Have Sent in a Large Petition for them to Re Light it a gain our Harbor is one of the Best that there is in the Vinyard Sound all vessel Come in Here in Bad Weather and no Light it makes it Bad for Large vessel When you git in Washington and git evry thing Werking Well then We Shall Write you and Se if you Can do any thing for this Light House So Remain yours Respetfully
PICTURE OF THE MONTH
This picture was sent to us by Susan L. Willig
The following picture is of the headstone for Hannah (Rumrill) Garfield,[06:129-S] the wife of
Cyrus Garfield,[06:129] and their son Joseph Garfield.[07:121AA].
Hannah was born Jun 18, 1802 and died Dec 20, 1852.
Joseph a volunteer with Co. C, 3rd. VT. Reg. was born Jun 2, 1836
and died Dec 27, 1861 at Camp Griffin, VA.
Both Hannah and Joseph are buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Charlestown, NH.
Does anybody have any info as to where Cyrus Garfield, the husband and father,
is buried and date of death and etc., Cyrus was born May 10, 1802 in Charlestown, NH.