Connections: Ballou – Garfield

BALLOU – GARFIELD CONNECTION

Harold Ballew, rare book dealer and founding member of the Ballew Association, recently acquired a nineteenth century book containing valuable pieces of Ballou history. He already knew that James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States, was related to the Ballous.

The book, dated 1822, is signed by Eliza Ballou Garfield, mother of James Abram Garfield. Between the pages was found an early postcard picturing “Lawnfield”, the President’s home in Mentor, Ohio.

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Abram Garfield (1799-1833) married Eliza Ballou in 1820 and they had five children; James was the fifth child. Eliza is buried at Roselawn Cemetery in Solon, Ohio.

Abram Garfield (1799-1833) married Eliza Ballou in 1820 and they had five children:

Mehitabel Garfield (b. 1821), m. Stephen Trowbridge in 1837; Thomas Garfield (b. 1822); Mary Garfield (b. 1824), m. Marenus Larrabee in 1844; James Garfield (1827-1829); and James Abram Garfield, LL.D. (1831-1881), president Hiram College; member Ohio Senate; colonel 42d Ohio Volunteers; major general of volunteers; member of Congress; U. S. senator-elect; President of the United States; m. 1858 to Lucretia Rudolph (1832-1918)