This introduction to the Canfield Family was put together with the combined efforts and information of Mary Susan Mayo-Strain, Eleanor Frances Pflug-Rundus, and the late Clara Canfield-Coats.

One Group Of The Large Canfield Family
Far Left: Ada Shaver-Canfield; Far Right: William Byron Canfield; Small Girl Front-Left: Ruth Canfield; Taller Girl To Her Right: Violet Canfield; Smallest Girl (In White) Mary Frances Parsons

The Canfield Family came to New Jersey from England in the 1700s. Our line will probably eventually be traced back to Thomas Canfield, one of those early Canfields who immigrated to the United States. The first ancestor we are sure of is James Ellsworth Canfield, who was born in New Jersey and then migrated to Ohio, near Columbus. Before James, there were family tales told of a "Jacob Canfield married to Susan Bartlett" who fought in the Revolutionary War, but we have not yet been able to verify that connection.

James Ellsworth Canfield took as his second wife, Mary Elizabeth Montgomery, and they were the parents of John Montgomery Canfield, our direct ancestor. John Montgomery Canfield was born in Ohio, married Eleanor Johnson, also of Ohio, daughter of Mister Yonson, and the newlyweds moved through Illinois and into Lykins (now Miami) County, Kansas. (See "Our Canfield History.")

After John Montgomery's death in New Lancaster, Miami County, Kansas, in 1894, Eleanor Johnson-Canfield left Kansas and, taking several of her children with her, settled in Aldine, Harris County, Texas, where she later died and is buried.

The Canfields of Texas were known throughout the family for their strong Christian faith and their close-knit sibling relationships. As they married and formed their own families, they made their homes in Arizona, Washington, Oklahoma, Kansas, and of course, Texas.



History Written in 1981 by Clara Canfield-Coats
and Submitted To This Site by Eleanor Pflug-Rundus

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