DICK GARFIELD
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GARFIELD FAMILIES NEWSLETTER
SUMMER 2010
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THE GARFIELD FARM

As I stated in the last newsletter that Nancy and I visited the Garfield Farm Museum  in LaFox, IL. last fall on our way home from the NY - PA - OH area where we spent the summer. The Farm is the only 370 acre historically intact 1840s Illinois prairie farm and Teamster Inn. Through out the year they host many events with the opportunity to see a part of their work at saving our American heritage.

In the winter 2009 / 2010 Newsletter we had many pictures of the Teamster Inn with images of the inside of the Inn showing the early to mid 1800 furnishings. I another newsletter we are going to go out side and take a look at some of the building, just as they were over 100 years ago.

Soon we will have another look at the farm and some of its buildings and outdoor operations along with the Garfield Cemetery across the road from the farm. Very interesting for sure.

Dear Reader:

Here it is the end of August, where has the summer gone? It has been a really warm summer for sure. We came up to upstate NY to get away from the Florida heat and that didn't work, some days here have been hotter then Florida. We left Florida the first part of June, took our time coming up, stopping in GA and KY to visit our grandkids and greatgrandkids. Have our Travel Tralier which we purchased last fall in the shop this week getting work done before the 1 year guarantee runs out.
Still looking for stories and pictures for the news letter and any information you may have about the Garfield Family.



Joan Loveland Thursday, 8/12/10, 2:06 PM From: Corry,Pa

Mike Lysell Tuesday, 7/20/10, 3:06 PM My son-in-law, Mark Davis Jones-Lysell, is a descendant of Edward Garfield through Abigail Garfield who married James E. Jones abt1728. From: Richardson, TX Email: mlysell@tx.rr.com

Walter H. Garfield 3rd Saturday, 7/17/10, 7:30 AM Grandson of Walter H. Garfield 1910-1995 From: Savannah, Ga Email: wallywoodwork@yahoo.com

Jim Henderson Wednesday, 6/16/10, 4:33 AM Great site, I belong to "Clan Henderson USA. Check out the site sometime. From: Whitinsville, MA Email: jeremiah3@charter.net

Linda Garfield Burns Tuesday, 6/15/10, 6:38 PM My father was Walter Hamilton Garfield, 1910-1995. From: Savannah, Georgia Email: Burns604@hotmail.com

Jim McNamara Tuesday, 6/15/10, 10:28 AM Searching for Garfield Ancestor prior to Daniel Garfield of Shrewsbury MA ca 1688 to 1797. From: NH Orginall, GA now Email: JamesEMc@att.net

Kevin Gaffield Sunday, 6/6/10, 1:01 PM Interesting information From: Lake Charles La. Email: tkgaffield@netcommander.com

Jacqueline I. Garfield Leckrone Wednesday, 6/2/10, 8:32 AM looking for anyone that was told their fathers name is Richard Lee Garfield Sr. they more than likely would be from Jacksonville IL. or Chicago IL. They might be my brother or sister From: Jacksonville IL. Email: ireneleckrone@yahoo.com

Brian Garfield Thursday, 4/22/10, 1:38 PM My grandfather arrived in the United States from Russia, probably during the brief presidency of James A. Garfield. My grandfather's name was Russian, in Cyrillic characters, and apparently long and unpronounceable; according to legend, when asked what he'd like his name to be, he drew himself up and said, "Who's your czar?" So he became I. Z. Garfield. I'm interested in tracing him and his forebears. . . ? From: Pasadena, California Web Site: Brian Garfield (author) Email: briagar@aol.com

Rebecca Tuesday, 4/13/10, 10:29 PM I have more information for you ...but it appears this site is dormant...at least so far it is. Please contact me From: Massachusetts Email: RebaBryson@gmail.com

Gwen Thursday, 4/8/10, 2:28 PM From: United States Email: gkadams12@comcast.net


Caroline Garfield Wednesday, 3/24/10, 3:51 PM I am very surprised of how many cousins I have. Many of them I know, but others I have never heard of! I am President Garfield's great great great grand daughter. Thank you for making this website! I really apreciate it :) From: Portland, Maine Email: ketfishg@gmail.com

Nancy Robison Sunday, 2/14/10, 7:23 PM Related through Capt. Josiah, John, Benjamin, Abijah, James, and my greatgreat grandmother Abigail Jones (1826-1919) married Richard A. Hails (1821-1904), of England, and later Middlesex, Mass. From: Pa. Email: honcerobison@gmail.com

Lisa Thursday, 2/11/10, 4:50 PM I was born baby girl Garfield, March 25th 1976 to Florence Jean Garfield of Seaside Oregon. From: Astoria, Oregon Email: l_craber@yahoo.com

BELOW ARE SOME OF THE MESSAGES LEFT IN OUR SIGN-IN BOOK
THE GARFIELD SOCIETY

Jayne Pawlisa would like to remind you readers that probably many of you are eligible to join the Garfield Society. If you think that you can trace your lineage back to Edward Garfield (Gearfield) that arrived in the New World in 1630, get hold of Jayne and let her help you out. If you are eligible to join the Garfield Society you also will be eligible to join the Winthrop Society, and will be a long ways along in your research for joining the DAR and SAR. Jayne has joined all the above plus others and can be of a great help, so get hold of her at jpawlisa@accessus.net and get on board.

BE A GARFIELD

THE FOLLOWING IS A BIOGRAPHY OF BENJAMIN GARFIELD
BY MY GRANDSON JAMES FAGERBURG

BENJAMIN GARFIELD
BORN IN 1740
INDEX NUMBER 05:50B

Papa,
Much of this information was pieced together from the time line I created which I’ll add after the write up for you to see the events of how Benjamin’s life unfolded year by year.  In some cases the time line goes further with details about specific events.  I am also including information about the battles that were fought by the 2nd MA and the 15th MA while Benjamin was reportedly enlisted with those units.  Some of the information I came across seems to contradict some of the information we currently have, and where I couldn’t find information I came up with some educated guesses based on other information and events to come up with some time frame to when the unknown event would have taken place.

Benjamin Garfield [05:50B]  Biography

Although not much is known about Benjamin Garfield [05:50B] born in 1740 at Watertown, MA prior to his being married, He had moved from Watertown to Grafton prior to 1761.  When Benjamin was 21 he enlisted under the command of Captain William Paige during the French and Indian Wars.

Benjamin married Lucy Chase in Sutton, MA on November 15, 1764 and their first son, Timothy C. was born on August 24, 1765. Benjamin and Lucy had four more sons  (Joshua, April 4, 1776; Elijah, December 6, 1768; Benjamin, January 3, 1771; and Samuel, December 30, 1772) before the American Revolutionary War broke out. 

When word of the Lexington alarm arrived on April 19, 1775, Captain Drury and his men along with Benjamin as a Sergeant began the 40-mile march to Cambridge. They arrived the following morning to join a massive army of volunteers from across Massachusetts. Drury’s company was soon incorporated into a Continental regiment and stationed on the lines at Dorchester. After this enlistment, it is not clear where or what Benjamin went on to.  It appears that by 1776 his next son, Daniel was born (by estimation of a record from Vermont in which Daniel would have had to been at least 16 yrs old to have signed). 

Benjamin enlisted with the 15th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment of the Continental Army under Captain Daniel Barne and Colonel Timothy Bigelow for 3 years in April 28, 1777.  On June 12, the 15th was assigned to the 2nd Massachusetts Brigade of the Highland’s Department.  On July 24th , the 2nd MA was reassigned to the Northern Department and on September 19th , Entered into the Battles of Saratoga.  The Battles of Saratoga ended on October 17 and on November 7th, the 2nd MA was reassigned to the Main Continental Army.  On November 17, 1777, Benjamin recieved a vote for inclusion on the Committee to provide for the families of those who served the Continental Army.  By December of that year, the 2nd MA along with the Main Continental Army was fighting in the Defense of Philadelphia, leading up to that brutal winter at Valley Forge.

First record of Benjamin at Valley Forge occurs for the month of January 1778, February has him listed as “on duty”.  Benjamin spent the last two months at Valley Forge “sick in camp” and on June 28th 1778, Washington broke camp at Valley Forge and Engaged the British at Monmouth, NJ.  On July 22nd, the 2nd MA was reassigned to the Eastern Department and Entered the Battle of Rhode Island on Aug 29, 1778. 

It would seem that at sometime around December 1778 – January 1779 Benjamin would have been on leave as his son Salmon was born approximately nine months later.  The 2nd MA doesn’t seem to have been involved in any major battles after the Battle of Rhode Island and in July 7, 1779 is reassigned once again back to the Highland’s Department, a month later the 15th MA Regiment is redesignated.  Salmon, Benjamins last son, was born September 5, 1779. 

From January 1780 to June 1780, Benjamin is listed as “on furlough” from the 15th MA in Captain Phineas Bowman’s Company stationed at Camp Robinson’s Farms on the Hudson River across from what is today West Point, NY.  Benjamin deserted the military in July 1780 at 40 years of age, apparently never returning from furlough.

The four years from 1779 to 1783, seem confusing, it is unknown when or how the family moved moved to Vermont or who moved there first, Benjamin or his son Elijah.  It is my specualtion based on the fact that while Benjamin was assigned to the Highlands Department with the 2nd MA Brigade, and the 15th MA Regiment, he would have been in the area of Salisbury and Leicester Vermont.  Maybe he liked the area and decided to stay, or the family moved up north following his assignments. 

The next records of Benjamin don’t happen until 1787 in Leicester, VT.  Benjamin appears on a number of committees for Leicester, Vt from 1787 to 1796.  He served as Selectman of Leicester, VT in 1789 and 1792 and appears on the 1790 census as:

Benjamin Gaffield - Salisbury, Addison County, VT.
4 – Free white males 16 and older
                                     (Benjamin, Joshua, Benjamin, Samuel)
2 – Free white males under 16
(Salmon, Daniel)
1 – Free white female
(Lucy)
** Benjamin’s son Elijah was married in 1783 and also appears in Salisbury,
          Addison County, VT
**Benjamin’s son Timothy appears to have stayed in Massachusetts, marrying in
         Upton.

I was unable as of yet to find much information for Benjamin after 1796, until Lucy’s death on August 11, 1819 at 79 years old.  Benjamin survived another 5 years and died on December 17, 1824 in Leicester, Vt at 84 years of age.  Benjamin was survived by only three of his six sons.

Benjamin Garfield [05:50B] Timeline

1740 – Benjamin born in Watertown, MA

Apr 2, 1740 – Benjamin baptized in Watertown, MA

1761 – Benjamin on a list of men, under the command of Captain William Paige during the French and Indian Wars.  {4} (21 yrs)

Nov 15, 1764 – Married in Sutton, MA to Lucy Chase {5} (24 yrs)

Aug 24, 1765 – Timothy C. [06:135A] Born in Grafton, MA {5} (25 yrs)

Apr 4, 1767 – Joshua [06:135B] Born in Grafton, MA {5} (27 yrs)

Dec 6, 1768 – Elijah [06:135C] Born in Grafton, MA {5} (28 yrs)

Jan 3, 1771 – Benjamin [06:135D] Born in Grafton, MA {5} (31 yrs)

Dec 30, 1772 – Samuel [06:135E] Born in Grafton, MA {5} (32 yrs)

Apr 19, 1775 – Responded to Lexington Alarm in Captain Luke Drury’s Company, General Ward’s Regiment heading towards Cambridge with a rank of Sergeant, served 13 days {4} (35 yrs)

Abt 1776 - Daniel [06:135G] Born (estimated birth year based on a record from Vermont.  A Petition, which he would’ve had to been atleast 16yrs old. To sign) {7}

Apr 28, 1777 – Enlisted with the 15th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment of the Continental Army under Captain Daniel Barne and Colonel Timothy Bigelow for 3 years (37 yrs)

Jun 12, 1777 – 15th MA Reg. assigned to the 2nd MA Brigade of the Highland’s Department.

Jul 24, 1777 – 2nd MA Brigade relieved from the Highland’s Department and assigned to the Northern Department.

Sep 19, 1777 – Start of the Battles of Saratoga

Oct 17, 1777 – End of Battles of Saratoga

Nov 7, 1777 – 2nd MA Brigade relieved from the Northern Department and assigned to the Main Continental Army.

Nov 17, 1777 – Benjamin received a vote for inclusion on the Committee to Provide for the Families of those who served in the Continental Army. {3}

Dec 1777 – Defense of Philadelphia, Leading up to winter at Valley Forge.

Jan 1778 – First month at Valley Forge, Capt. Daniel Barnes’ Co., Col. Timothy Bigelow 15th MA Reg. {1} (38 yrs)

Feb 1778 – Second month at Valley Forge, on duty, Capt. Daniel Barnes’ Co., Col. Timothy Bigelow 15th MA Reg. {1}

Mar 1778 – Third month at Valley Forge, On _______Command, Capt. Daniel Barnes’ Co., Col Timothy Bigelow 15th MA Reg. {1}

Apr 1778 – Fourth month at Valley Forge, sick in camp, Capt Daniel Barnes’ Co., Col. Timothy Bigelow 15th MA Reg. {1}

May 1778 – Fifth month at Valley Forge, sick in camp, Capt. Daniel Barnes’ Co., Col. Timothy Bigelow 15th MA Reg. {1}

Jun 28, 1778 – Battle of Monmouth Court House

Jul 22, 1778 – 2nd MA Brigade relieved from the Main Continental Army and assigned to the Eastern Department.

Aug 29, 1778 – Battle of Rhode Island

1779 – Estimated Guess Benjamin would’ve been home in the beginning of the year.  (Based on Salmon’s birthdate 9 months from now.

Mar 29, 1779 – The Committee accepted Benjamin Garfield’s bill for money paid to Hannah Grover of 1-14-0 {3}(39 yrs)

Jul 7, 1779 – 2nd MA Brigade relieved from the Eastern Department and assigned to the Highland’s Department.

Aug 1, 1779 – 15th MA Regiment redesignated

Sep 5, 1779 – Salmon [06:135F] Born

Jan 1780 – On furlough, Capt. Phineas Bowman’s Co., Col. Timothy Bigelow 15th MA Reg. (40 yrs)

Feb 1780 – On furlough, Capt. Phineas Bowman’s Co., Col. Timothy Bigelow 15th MA Reg.

Mar 1780 – On furlough, Capt. Phineas Bowman’s Co., Col. Timothy Bigelow 15th MA Reg.

Apr 1780 – On furlough, Capt. Phineas Bowman’s Co., Col. Timothy Bigelow 15th MA Reg.

May 1780 – On furlough, Capt. Phineas Bowman’s Co., Col. Timothy Bigelow 15th MA Reg.

Jun 1780 – On furlough, Capt. Phineas Bowman’s Co., Col Timothy Bigelow 15th MA Reg.

Jul 28, 1780 – Service Record from “Camp Robinson’s Farms” for previous months of furlough, Capt. Phineas Bowman’s Co., Col. Timothy Bigelow 15th MA Reg. {1}

Aug 31, 1780 – Service Record from “Camp” Deserted Jul 1780, Capt. Phineas Bowman’s Co., Col. Timothy Bigelow 15th MA Reg.

May 10, 1781 – Appears in a List of the names of those Soldiers who enlisted in Col. Bigelow’s whose Continental bounty was paid by the bounty Muster Master in 1777. 
List dated: Worcester, May 10, 1781. {1} (41 yrs)

Feb 16, 1783 – Elijah [6:135C] Marries Lorraine Morrill in Leicester, VT (43 yrs)

Oct 01, 1787 – Member of the Committee of Leicester  named in certificate of the committee of Leicester and Salisbury regarding petition for a survey of the line between said towns, by the Surveyor General, as fixed by their charters {7}

Oct 13, 1787 – Manager of a bridge lottery, Petition for further lottery to complete two bridges {7}

Apr 6, 1789 – Timothy [6:135A] and Eunice Pond file for intentions at Grafton, MA {5} (49 yrs)

Sep 3, 1789 – Timothy [6:135A] Marries Eunice Pond in Upton, MA

Sep 23, 1789 – Selectman of Leicester, Petition of inhabitants of that part of Leicester set off to Salisbury by new survey, to pay 1788 tax on grand list of Leicester {7}

Oct 09, 1789 – Selectman of Leicester, Petition for abatement of the 1788 taxes, on account of alteration of the grand list by listers {7}

1790 – Benjamin Gaffield - Salisbury, Addison County, VT.  {6} (50 yrs)
4 – Free white males 16 and older
(Benjamin, Joshua, Benjamin, Samuel)
2 – Free white males under 16
(Salmon, Daniel)
1 – Free white female
(Lucy)
** - Benjamin’s son Elijah was married in 1783 and also appears in Salisbury, Addison County, VT

Sep 21, 1790 – Petition for repeal of Act setting off part of Leicester to Salisbury with son Elisha{7}

Jul 16, 1792 – Selectman of Leicester, Petition for Leicester or Middlebury Falls for shire of Addison County with sons Daniel, Joshua, and Samuel {7}

Apr 21, 1796 – Member of Committee on Jurisdictional Line, Petition for confirmation of the line between Salisbury and Leicester as agreed upon by committee {7}

Oct 3, 1797 – Joshua [6:135B] Marries Lydia Parker in Leicester, VT

Unknown – Daniel [06:135G] Died.

Aug 11, 1819 – Lucy Dies in Leicester, VT (79 yrs)

Dec 17, 1819 – Benjamin [6:135D] Dies in Fitchburg, MA

Apr 29, 1822 – Joshua [06:135B] Dies in Leicester, VT

Dec 17, 1824 – Benjamin Dies in Leicester, VT (84 yrs)

Thoughts and Theories:

Benjamin and Lucy with Family must have moved from Grafton, MA to Leicester, VT between 1779 and 1783 – need to narrow down 4 yr span.  Approx. 150 miles over a 2 day trip by foot.

Salisbury and Leicester is not far from the battlefields of Saratoga and the area the Highland Division of the Continental Army was stationed.  Possibly moved up during the last years of his enlistment when he was on furlough from Camp Robinson’s Farm which was located roughly across the Hudson River from West Point, NY.  Liked the area around where he was stationed

Salmon could have been born in Vermont either in Salisbury or Leicester

Based on a petitioned signed by Daniel, assumed son of Benjamin in Leicester, VT, his approximate birth date would have been 1776, assuming he was 16 years of age when signing.  It is curious that he is not listed in the Grafton, MA vital records for the years up to 1850.  By the same assumption, the fact that Salmon is not on any of these petitions, He being only 13 yrs old, he would have been the youngest son of Benjamin.

Not sure when the family moved from Salisbury approx nine miles south to Leicester.

Benjamin’s Son Timothy moved from Grafton/Upton MA to NH sometime between 1789 and 1791, then on to Lansingburgh, NY sometime after 1791.

Following will be a account of the different battles and campaigns of the REVOLUTIONARY WAR. We are going to leave this for the time being, as this is getting quite long as it is. We will get back to it in another of our newsletters.


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