I have been researching my family (CARVELL) history for a number of years now and it traces back to a Thomas Carvell, son of William Corrall?, baptized 23 December 1610. I came across your old site some years ago linking the Garfields to Edward Garfield who was baptized in Hillmorton on 11 March 1583 (the son of Thomas and Agnes). I have had suspicions that Thomas Carvell's father was one of Edward's younger brothers. In the Parish records he is transcribed as William Garfyld baptized 14 March 1586 or 1587. I believe he married Margret Banneyasster? on 20 October 1607. I also I believe I have traced Margaret's birth to ? Bonneychastell baptized 6 October 1586. I have had questions over whether I have made a correct link, however I have recently completed the AncestryDNA test and this has thrown up a number of links to the Garfields of Watertown, MA. It would appear that there were at least three brothers; Edward and Thomas came over to the US in about 1630 and William remained in Hillmorton. The name appears to have morphed from Garfield to Carvell as there are no Carve ll references pre-1600 and all the Garfield references have gone by about 1650. I would first like to thank you as your site has been invaluable in helping me make these links and I will ensure I follow you and update you with any future developments. I am hoping to visit Warwick Records Office later today to view the original Parish Registers.
It is an interesting connection. I haven't been able to accomplish much in the way of gathering information on Edward Garfield prior to his migration to America. I have not seen or heard any evidence for his brother Thomas coming over, if you have any records that mention him in MA, I would love to see them and see how it works in (There is a founders monument that was erected in Watertown, MA that lists Edward Garfield, but no other Garfields. If you do a Google image search you can see it). I have a lot of information on various Garfield families from around Warwickshire and Northamptonshire but I have not been able to draw any connections between them. Just can't find any documents going further back than the parish registers at the moment. I am trying to get my hands on Poll Tax records currently. I wonder myself how the local dialect pronounced Garfield back then as Garfield and Carvell could sound similar in some speech and spelling was arbitrary. Ple ase keep me informed if you find any more links and I plan to take the DNA test myself sometime next year to see what it turns up. Maybe it will find some connection between us through the Garfield line.