To whoever happens upon these pages, Welcome my Friend.
On these few pages I have tried to take over 400 pages of family
history and show the Garfield Family Line in the Town of French
Creek, County of Chautauqua, State of New York. I have started
with, Edward Garfield, the first to come to the New World in
1630. Keeping with tradition, in most cases I have only carried
down the male family line.
Edward Garfield, one of the founding fathers of Watertown, MA
and many of his descendants stayed in the Watertown area for
quite some time. Then they gradually started moving into Vermont,
Northeasten New york and finally into Chautauqua County. Also
many others traveled further west into Ohio (President James
A. Garfield) and beyond.
The first recorded Garfield in Chautauqua County was, Dea. Samuel
Garfield, who with his wife, Lydia Hayward, and maybe some of
their younger children moved to Busti, N.Y. in 1814. Samuel,
was elected as one of the first of three property assessors
of the Town of Busti, N.Y. when it was formed on April 16, 1823.
The Garfields then and later were known as breeders of purebred
cattle and horse traders. They were prosperous and well-to-do.
The late 1800 and early 1900 the Garfield families flourished
in the French Creek, N.Y. area (at that time French Creek had
its own Post Office) with large property holdings, and
prosperous farms. They also built a gristmill on French Creek
at Durkeyville, also known as Marvin, a settlement which at
that time had it's own Post Office, dry goods store and a hotel
that was used as a overnight stop for stagecoachs. As the
families spread out and left the area, the property was sold
and the farms deteriorated until now there are no Garfield
properties or family members living in the Town of French Creek.