Papers of the Continental Congress, compiled 1774 – 1789

This document from the National Archives describes the events of April 19, 1775 at Concord Bridge as testified by men of  Lexington, MA before the Continental Congress.  The men, including Abraham Garfield, testified that it was the British who first fired the “Shot heard around the world” and lead to the fighting that day and to the start of the armed rebellion of the Colonist against Great Britain.

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For more information on the Battles of Lexington and Concord and the start of the American Revolution you can check out the following links:

Wikipedia:  Battles of Lexington and Concord

Minuteman National Park:  A Revolution begins – A Nation is born

Library of Congress:  Today in History – April 19


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New Records

Just a quick update on the site as I have been working on how to best display all the documents for each person.  I have settled on how I would like it, and I am working on figuring out how to make it work better.  For now you can see the progress by clicking here:  Individual Records.

Updates to the Garfields in America section have followed a similar design and you can check out the progress here:  Garfields in America.  If you have bookmarked to any of the old Garfields in America pages please update them to the new ones as I will be deleting the old pages in the future.  I will try to get back to my grandfather’s work of updating them when I can.

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Will of Edward Garfield

The will and inventory of Edward of Garfield of Watertown, MA, who came to America in 1630.  Edward was born in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England the on the 28th of July, 1583 to Thomas and Agnes Garfield.  He had three brothers, Thomas, William and Henry and three sisters, Margaret, Sara and Elizabeth.

Although no passenger list exists to my knowledge it is widely held that Edward came over in the ship Arebella with Governor Winthrop as he is mentioned in family records of Isaac Stearns.  Edward was granted the rights of a Freeman on the 6th of May, 1635 as well as serving as Selectman and Constable for Watertown.

Edward married three times and had seven children, the first three being born in England and following their father over after his arrival.  He died on the 14th of June, 1672 and his will was probated on the 11th of July, 1672.

For more information on Edward Garfield and his family, you can check the Garfield’s in America section here:  Garfield’s in America.

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Eventually, all the wills and inventories I have will be put up in a PDF format on the website so you can view, zoom, save and print them as you like.  If you are looking for a particular will or inventory, you can email me and I will check to see if I have it in my files at



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