Benjamin Garfield (1643 - 1717) MP

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Birthplace: Watertown, Middlesex, MA, USA
Death: Died in Watertown, Middlesex, MA, USA
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About Benjamin Garfield

Capt Benjamin Garfield was born Nov.18, 1643 in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts and died Nov. 28, 1717 in Waltham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He is buried in Waltham Cemetery, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He was also known as Benjamin Gearfield.

Parents: Edward Garfield (1583-1672). "the immigrant," and Rebecca Johnson d/o Edw (~1632-), his second wife.


  1. on Jan 17, 1673 in Watertown, Massachusetts to Mehitabel Hawkins (1650-1675), the daughter of Timothy Hawkins and Anne Hammond Hawkins. Mehitabel died Jun 9, 1675 at childbed in Watertown, MA; 2 children.
  2. on 17 January 1677/78 in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, to Elizabeth Bridge (1659-aft. 1720), the daughter of Matthew Bridge and Anna Danforth of Lexington and Cambridge. She married Daniel Harrington 2nd (1657-1728). 7 children.

Children of Mehitabel Hawkins and Benjamin Garfield:

  1. Benoni Gearfield (1675 - 1725)
  2. Benjamin Garfield, Jr.

Children of Elizabeth Bridge and Benjamin Garfield include:

  1. Anna Garfield Brown (1683 - 1737)
  2. Mehitabel Garfield Jones (1687 - 1762)
  3. Elizabeth Garfield
  4. Thomas Garfield
  5. Abigail Garfield
  6. Samuel Garfield
  7. Mary Garfield


  • Benjamin's house and barn were burned the night of Mar 29, 1682, the blame being laid to his Negro servant Joshua. On Apr 24, 1682, Joshua was found with his throat cut and with a knife in his hand.
  • In 1704, Garfield's fence was burned by Christopher Thompson, who was then ordered to be sold into a neighboring colony.


  • direct ancestor of President Garfield.
  • given a commission of Captain in the Colonial Militia by the Governor of Massachusetts.
  • He was also elected 9 times between 1689 and 1717 to the Colonial Legislature as a Rep. of Watertown and held numerous municipal appointments.
  • On Apr 1, 1673 Benjamin Garfield received of Elliz BARRON(step-father of his 1st. wife) 20 pounds, his wife's share of the estate of her deceased father, T. Hawkins. Benjamin was admitted freeman Apr 18, 1690. (1)
  • He served as constable and for many years as both selectman and town clerk and was chosen representative to the General Court several times as well as a special delegate to carry petitions from Watertown to Boston.



  1. Pope, Charles H. The Pioneers of Massachusetts: A Descriptive List, Drawn from Records of the Colonies, Towns, and Churches, and Other Contemporaneous Documents. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1991. Print. p 36
  2. Crane, Ellery B. Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity. New York: Lewis Pub, 1907. Print. p 60
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Captain Benjamin Garfield's Timeline

November 28, 1643
Watertown, Middlesex, MA, USA
January 17, 1673
Age 29
May 8, 1674
Age 30
Watertown, Middlesex, Ma
December 4, 1675
Age 32
Middlesex, Massachusetts
January 19, 1677
Age 33
Watertown, Middlesex, Ma
June 30, 1679
Age 35
December 12, 1680
Age 37
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
June 2, 1683
Age 39
Watertown, Middlesex, Ma
July 13, 1685
Age 41
December 7, 1687
Age 44