Ancestors of Tim Farr and Descendants of Stephen Farr Sr. of Concord, Massachusetts and Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England


John Merrill SAUNDERS [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 8 Dec 1863 in Harrisville, Weber, Utah, United States. He died on 12 Jan 1934 in Collinston, Box Elder, Utah, United States. He was buried on 15 Jan 1934 in Deweyville, Box Elder, Utah, United States. John married Alice Octavia SMITH on 24 Sep 1901 in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
GERMER, Matilda
ERICKSON, Wilhelmina Elizabeth

Alice Octavia SMITH was born on 25 Jan 1865 in Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States. She died on 28 Feb 1937 in Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States. Alice married John Merrill SAUNDERS on 24 Sep 1901 in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States.


John Merrill SAUNDERS [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 8 Dec 1863 in Harrisville, Weber, Utah, United States. He died on 12 Jan 1934 in Collinston, Box Elder, Utah, United States. He was buried on 15 Jan 1934 in Deweyville, Box Elder, Utah, United States. John married 1 Wilhelmina Elizabeth ERICKSON on 15 Aug 1928 in Malad City, Oneida, Idaho, United States.

Other marriages:
GERMER, Matilda
SMITH, Alice Octavia

Wilhelmina Elizabeth ERICKSON was born on 19 Nov 1896 in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, United States. She died on 30 Mar 1984 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She was buried on 5 Apr 1984 in Deweyville, Box Elder, Utah, United States. Wilhelmina married 1 John Merrill SAUNDERS on 15 Aug 1928 in Malad City, Oneida, Idaho, United States.

Other marriages:
SAUNDERS, Earl


Asahel FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 22 Jan 1766 in Hardwick, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. He was christened 2 on 23 Mar 1766 in Hardwick, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. He died 3, 4 on 20 Feb 1823 in Lower Waterford, Caledonia, Vermont, United States. Asahel married 5, 6 Lydia SNOW on 25 Jan 1787 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Asahel was counted in a census 7 in 1800 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

According to "The Farr Genealogy" by the Rev. Charles N. Sinnett, Asahel real name was spelled Ansell but was known as Asahel.

According to Caledonia Co. probate records dated March 1823, the last two children (Mary and Jonathan) were given to Sylvanus Hemmingway of Waterford for guardianship. It states their ages as 13 and 10. Levi R. Farr was appointed Administrator of the Estate.
Source: Copy of probate in possession of Tim Farr


Asahel Farr Deed To Winslow Farr:
Know all men by these presents that I Asahel Farr of Waterford in the count of Caledonia and State of Vermont for and in consideration of three hundred dollars to me well and truly paid before the delivery hereof by Winslow Farr of Waterford aforesaid the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge have given granted bargained and Sold and by these presents do give grant bargain sell alien enfeoff convey and confirm unto him the said Winslow Farr his heirs and assigns forever the following tract or parcel of land lying and being in Waterford aforesaid described as follows, viz. Lot number Eleven in the tenth range and is the first division of the Right of Noah Crittenden except thirty five acres off of the south end of said lot which I have heretofore Deeded.

To have and to hold the said granted premises with all the privileges and appurtenances to the same belonging to him the said Winslow Farr his heirs and assigns to him and their own proper use and benefit forever and I the said Asahel Farr for myself my heirs executors and administrators do hereby covenant grant and agree to and with the said Winslow Farr his heirs and assigns that at and until the sealing these presents I am the lawful owner of the said premises am_____________thereof in my own right in fee Simple to have good right and lawful authority to sell and convey the same in manner aforesaid and that the said premises are free and clear of all and every incumbrance whatsoever And I the said Asahel Farr for myself my heirs executors and administrators engage to warrant and defend the said premises to him the said Winslow Farr his heirs and assigns against the lawful claims and demands of any person or persons whomsoever.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and on the thirteenth day of February one thousand eight hundred and seventeen.

Signed and Sealed and delivered in the presence of Sylvanus
Hemingway Hemingway
Asahel Farr (Ls)

State of Vermont} Waterford February 13, 1817
Caledonia County} Personally appeared Asahel Farr Signer and Sealer of the above instrument and acknowledged the __________ to be his free act and Deed.

Sylv. S. Hemingway Justice Peace
Aforesaid April 1st 1824 the above is a true record
Attest. Sylv. S. Hemingway, Town Clerk


In 1980 Eugenia Powers (1913-1985) made the following description of the original headstone of Asahel Farr:

Row13 #18
"In Memory of
ASAHEL FARR
who died Feb. 20, 1823
aged 57 years & 29 days.

Soapstone--- bulge top with willow & urn-- sunburst in corners of shoulder of stone and diamond pattern border underneath-- inscription area is an oval on end and drapery in the corners outside the oval-- different!!"

DEATH: 57 years, 29 days, wife; Lydia, cemetery; Lower Waterford.

Lydia SNOW [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 18 Mar 1772 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. She died 3, 4 on 13 Feb 1822 in Lower Waterford, Caledonia, Vermont, United States. Lydia married 5, 6 Asahel FARR on 25 Jan 1787 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

In 1980 Eugenia Powers (1913-1985) made the following description of the original headstone of Asahel Farr:

Row13 #19
"In Memory of
LYDIA, wife of
Asahel FARR, who died
Feb. 13, 1822
aged 49 -----?

soapstone--similar--not covered with lichens and less surface damage-- toothed design around curve of bulge-- urn is delicate (same urn and willow as his) Border below is toothed, not diamond--inscription area is the same(oval on end w/ drapery at sides and sunburst in the corners."

DEATH: 49 years, 11 months, 5 days, husband; Asahel Farr, cemetery; Lower Waterford.

They had the following children.

  F i Sybil FARR was born on 13 May 1787. She died on 13 Jan 1843.
  F ii Edith FARR was born in 1791. She died on 31 Jul 1813.
  M iii Winslow FARR Sr was born on 12 Jan 1794. He died on 22 Aug 1865.
  M iv Levi Ruggles FARR was born about 1796. He died on 24 Jul 1840.
  M v Shubael FARR was born in 1799. He died on 14 Sep 1838.
  F vi Lydia FARR was born on 12 Aug 1799. She died on 10 Oct 1827.
  F vii Leafy FARR was born about 1802.
  F viii Harriet Snow FARR was born on 28 Feb 1804. She died on 21 Oct 1880.
  F ix Mary Belinda FARR was born on 31 Jan 1809. She died on 3 Jul 1890.
  M x Jonathan FARR was born about 1813. He died in Jun 1895.

Winslow FARR Sr [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 12 Jan 1794 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 4, 5 on 22 Aug 1865 in Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was buried on 29 Aug 1865 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Winslow married 6 Adelia Maria CLEMENS on 22 Jan 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

Winslow was counted in a census 7 in 1850 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 8 in 1856 in Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 9 on 17 Jul 1860 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
FREEMAN, Olive Hovey
RANDALL, Almena
COLBURN, Amanda Bower
PORTER, Roxana
COLE, Achsach Sans Earl

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.866
FARR, WINSLOW (son of Ashael Farr, baptized March 23, 1776, at Chesterfield, Vt., and Lydia Snow, born March 18, 1772, Chesterfield, Vt. married 1786). He was born Jan. 14, 1794, Chesterfield, Vt, Came to Utah Sept. 30, 1850, Joseph Young company. Married Olive Hovey Freeman Dec. 5, 1816, Hanover, Vt. (daughter of Elijah Freeman, born Nov. 3, 1757, Mansfield, Conn., and Olive Hovey, born Oct. 30, 1761, died Oct. 21, 1820 married Dec. 27, 1781). She was born June 23, 1799, Lebanon, NH., died March 10, 1893, Big Cottonwood, Utah. Their children: John b. Dec. 14, 1817, d. infant; Aaron Freeman b. Oct. 31, 1818, m. Persis Atherton Jan. 16, 1844; Lorin b. July 27, 1820, m. Nancy B. Chase; Olive Hovey b. March 18, 1825, m. William Walker Nov. 3, 1843; Diantha b. Oct. 12, 1828, m. William Clayton Jan. 1845; Winslow b. May 11, 1837, m. Emily Jane Covington Oct. 17, 1858. Family resided Waterford and Charleston, Vt., before coming to Utah. Appointed one of municipal high council of twelve 1846. Settled on Big Cottonwood river 1851. Died Aug. 25, 1867, Big Cottonwood, Utah.

Archibald F. Bennett, Saviors on Mount Zion, p.113 In the Genealogical Library are bound volumes of the Era, in one of which appears this story:

Concerning Gratitude
by President George Albert Smith
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33.)

My great-grandparents lived in New England. When the message of the restored gospel was first taken to that section by Orson Pratt and others, the houses of worship were not open to them. They had a difficult time in finding a place in which to preach. They came to a small village and thought surely they would readily find someone who would offer to open a place for the preaching of the gospel, but they found none. At length they inquired of a man on the street as to where they could secure a place. He said, "Go find Winslow Farr. I think he can help you. So they went to see Winslow Farr; he was easily found; everyone knew him. They told him what they wanted to find a place in which to preach the gospel.  He asked, "What are you going to preach about?" They answered, "Jesus Christ and the gospel." He said, "I will help you. They found a place and invited the people to come. Orson Pratt told them God had spoken again from the heavens, and that a young man named Joseph Smith had received heavenly manifestations. The Lord had directed him to an ancient record which the Prophet translated the Book of Mormon. It was a divine record, the story of the ancestry of the American Indians.

Orson Pratt's testimony was so effective that Winslow Farr came up to him, took his hand, and said, "I have enjoyed your meeting tonight. Where are you going to stay?" On learning that they had no place to stay, he said, "You come home with me. The missionaries didn't know that Winslow Farr's wife was dying of a dread disease  tubercular consumption. But this servant of the Lord, Orson Pratt, seeing her condition and realizing how kind her husband had been, looked at her and asked, "Have you faith to be healed?" The doctor had said she could not be healed, could live but a few days. When asked that question she said, "I don't know if I have that faith or not, but I know God could heal me if he wanted to. And then this servant of the Lord said, calling her by her given name, "Olive, in the name of God, I command you to be healed." She was healed and in a few days was going about performing her household duties.

It was not long after that the Farrs came [p.114] down where our people were situated in Nauvoo. And when our people came farther west, the Farrs were among the first to come. Winslow Farr, my great-grandfather, and Olive Farr, his wife, had three sons and a daughter born to them. They were among the first people to live in Ogden. The last time the Farr family assembled to celebrate her birthday, they found she was grandmother, great-grandmother, or great-great-grandmother to more than three hundred and twenty people, and I was one of the great-grandchildren.


Excerpts From A Patriarchal Blessing Given By
Patriarch John Smith On The Head Of Winslow Farr Sr.
On 7/23/1845 At Nauvoo, Ill.
Thou has obeyed the Gospel with an honest heart, hast not regarded the scorn of thy friends, nor the persecutions of thine enemies, has suffered and labored much for the moving forward the cause of Zion. The lord is well pleased with thee and thy name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life to remain there forever. Thou are of the Blood of Ephraim thy posterity shall be exceedingly numerous and I seal upon thee a continuation of lives. Thou art called to be a counselor in the House of Israel and this shall be thy salvation through all the generations of thy posterity, thou shall do a great work to bring about much restoration for the House of Israel and gather thy thousands into the church and establish them in the Land of Zion with very much treasure thou shalt be able to do any miracle that ever was done by man when it is necessary to forward thy work. Thou shall be able to prevail over thy enemies and not a hair of thy head shall fall by their hands...(15)
Volume 9, p. 312 #935
( Church Historical Department)


An excerpt from:
Biography of Diantha Farr Clayton
by Sharon Jeppson
It is no surprise that the Farr family had receptive hearts for the message of the gospel.   T. Earl Pardoe, a family historian, recorded a family story told to him by his grandfather, Lorin Farr.  Prior to Diantha's birth, Grandfather Elijah Freeman came to visit the family.  Lorin was just six years of age, but he would sit by his grandfather, and hear him say again and again that the true Church of Christ was not upon the earth.  Grandfather Freeman was a devout man who had withdrawn from the Congregational Church, because he felt that it covered-up serious wrongdoing and protected the offenders.  He had immersed himself deeply into the scriptures and would tell his loved ones that when the true church was restored it would have apostles, prophets, and gifts of the Spirit.  He told them that Israel would be gathered again and Jerusalem would be rebuilt.  He informed his family that they were living in the last days and that they might be fortunate enough to see the gospel restored in all of its beauty.

By the time the Mormon Elders arrived, Grandfather Freeman had passed on, but his family recognized the truth.  When Lorin first heard the teachings of the Elders, he exclaimed, “Why that is what my grandfather said.” After his baptism, Father Winslow was ordained a Teacher, a Priest, and then, in July of 1834, an Elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood.  As the Farr family began serving in the church, they found their testimonies growing, and they developed a yearning desire to join the body of the Saints in Ohio.  (3, pp. 23-25)


This desire was realized four years after their baptism, when Diantha was eight years of age.  As Winslow was a man who was highly respected in the community, the townsfolk were not pleased to hear of his desire to move from the area and join the Mormons in their gathering place.

Tullidge in his biographies of Men of Northern Utah, p. 177 writes:

“Father Farr sold out his property, he having some 2,000 acres of land, but found it difficult to sell for anything near its worth, his neighbors throwing every obstacle in his way to prevent him from selling as he was a prominent and influential man in the country, they did not want him to leave to gather with the deluded Mormons.  Determined, however, to leave in the fall and winter of '36-7, he sold a portion of his property for one-fourth less than its true value.  By September 1837, he got his teams ready and the entire family prepared to go to Kirtland, Ohio.

“A village party was given the Farrs for their leaving, but many of Winslow's and Olive's friends stayed away, telling them frankly that such going showed little wisdom and warranted naught but trouble and ultimate disgrace.”(3, p. 26)


Marriage: Water Town Clerk, Index of Marriage Records Book 2, page 229. Married by Sylvanus Hemingway.

CENSUS: Age 57. Listed with wife Olive and son Winslow.

CENSUS: Winslow had a household of 6, a real wealth of $1500, and a personal wealth of $600.

Adelia Maria CLEMENS [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 on 14 Oct 1820 in Bastard, Leeds, Ontario, Canada. She died on 5 Sep 1903 in Basalt, Bingham, Idaho, United States. She was buried in Sep 1903 in Iona, Bonneville, Idaho, United States. Adelia married 3 Winslow FARR Sr on 22 Jan 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

She was counted in a census 4 in 1870 in Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
GRIBBLE, William
PERKINS, Daniel Wadsworth

Shirley Charlesworth typed the following from the handwritten Pension request of Adelia M. Gribble: (See pages 10 and 11 of this history for the request made by Elizabeth B Gribble.):
Old War and Navy Div., Dept, of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions Deposition A
Case of Adelia M. Gribble No. 13477.
Continuation of Claimant (Adelia) Statement.
Came back from the Mexican War; so it was but he did not come home from the Army but went to Calilbrnia and stayed several years and then when he came back he married Elizabeth. Elizabeth and I lived together as his wives—and she was living at his death—but was not present when he died. I was with him on that trip and therefore was present when he died. She was at our home in Gunnison when he died, but she was sent for and was present at the funeral. After his death, Elizabeth and I continued to live together in same house. Sometime after that Elizabeth married George Fenn in Salt Lake by the Mormon form of sealing and she has lived with him ever since and is living with him now—they have been married or living together for 26 years but have had no children. Brother Fenn also had another wife, but she is dead—only died 2 years ago. They lived in Salina. Sevier Co., Utah.
Question: Did you have at any time any other husband than William Gribble, either under the customs of the Mormon Church or otherwise.
Answer: Yes, Sir, but not since he died. While he was in the Army and in California, not knowing whether he was dead or not, and according to Utah law had been gone so long that our marriage was "outlawed." I didn't get any divorce but was sealed to Daniel Perkins, the father of Mark Perkins (4BJ) by me. I didn't live with him, Perkins, but 8 years when he started to Chicago on business and I have never heard of him since. In the meantime and before Perkins went away, Gribble came back and married Elizabeth (sealed to her). I did not live with him again till Perkins disappeared. I was sealed to him, or as we say, married him again, so that Elizabeth and I continued to be his wives till his death.
Question: After (Gribble's death have you married, been sealed to or lived or cohabited with any other man as his wife.
Answer: No, Sir—neither—I never had anything to do with any other man since his death--I consider it an insult to ask me such a question if you mean to intimate that I lived unlawfully, by Church or State, with any man at any time.
Question: Where have you lived since his death.
Answer: In Gunnison, Sanpete Co., Utah, till 2 years ago. Everybody in Gunnison and vicinity know me well all the time I lived there.
Question: Were you ever divorced by Church or State from William Gribble or he from you. Answer: No. Sir—not as far as I know and I guess I would have known.
Question. It is said that he was divorced from you at Nauvoo, Ill. Is that true.
Answer. It is a lie and the person who so says knows he lies. He was married at Nauvoo, or rather was sealed to Sophia Smith, but he was not divorced from me by any form. As I said before, while he was in the Army and in California I was sealed to another man Perkins, and lived with him till he disappeared and then was reunited to Gribble by the Mormon form of sealing. A church record is always made in the Church where the ceremony of "sealing" is performed.
Question: Do you know in what Co. and Reg. in the Mexican War Gribble served.
Answer: The Mormon Battalion that is all I know. His Cal. was named Cook. I don't remember who his captain, but I think is was Higgins—it may have been James Brown, but that is not my recollection—I don't remember when he enlisted or how long he served nor when he was discharged or where—but I do know that he took his plural wife, Sophia Smith, with him when he went off. I don't remember where he started from. I know he got to Mexico about the close of the war. I used to know all about it but have forgotten. I think he was discharged in California and pensioned there as I have stated.
Question: Have you any papers or other documentary evidence certifying your husband, William Gribble, as the soldier, William Gribble, in the Mormon Battalion.
Answer: All our papers were destroyed while fleeing from the Indians.
Question: Was your husband, Wm. Gribble, ever granted a land warrant.
Answer: Yes, Sir.
Question: Do you remember the number—or have you the warrant.
Answer: No, Sir. I suppose Elizabeth has it.
Question: Do you thoroughly understand and comprehend the questions asked you and have your answers to them been correct words in this deposition.
Answer: Yes.
We were both present at the taking and reading of the forgoing deposition and do certify that claimant declared in our presence that she had thoroughly understood the questions and that her
answers are correctly recorded in the same.
Signed: Adelia M. Gribble
Claimant
Joseph Crofts
Olive M. Crofts
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9 day of June, 1898, and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing
Signed: C. W. Freeman
Special Examiner
Page 13 Deposition A
The Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register copy (on following page) that Shirley obtained when they were visiting Nauvoo, Illinois. It shows the Endowment of William Gribble and Huldah Sophia Gribble. She is the wife that Adelia M. Gribble says went with him on the Mormon Battalion march in the above deposition.

Joseph Smith Gribble history as told to his daughter, Lorene:

Contributed By Clella Stiles · Jun 21, 2013, 4:31 PM
This is the life story of my 2 great grandfather, JOSEPH SMITH GRIBBLE, as told by his daughter, Lorene Gribble Sheppard and written by Phyllis Cooper.Grandfather JOSEPH SMITH GRIBBLE was the son of William Gribble and Adelia Maria Clemens Gribble. He was born 2 Sep 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock, IL. His parents came from Canada, where they were converted to the LDS church by missionaries there. An item of interest is the fact that his mother, Adelia Maria, attended the first Relief Society meeting held in the room upstairs over the Prophet Joseph Smith's store, when the Prophet organized the R.S. My grandfather was named for the prophet.(Clella's note: Adelia's name is not found among the women in the 1st RS. Maybe it was one of the first, but not the first.)Before the saints left Nauvoo my grandfather's parents had separated. His father, Wm. Gribble, came across the plains with an advanced company of Saints, and was one of the volunteers in the Mormon Battalion, going on to Calif. during the Gold Rush. His mother, Adelia Maria, had married Winslow Farr, and they crossed the plains with a later company.Grandfather was 5 yr old when he crossed the plains, and he walked most of the way — much of the time barefooted. He had one sister, Lydia, who was 9 yr old at the time, and a brother, James, who was a baby of 3 yr of age. James suffered during the trek, and was buried on the plains. This family suffered many of the hardships that other families suffered. They had a wagon and one horse and a cow. The cow was hitched to the wagon and, with the horse, did double duty, in that she helped to pull the wagon and furnished milk for the journey. She was milked every day and the folks put the milk in a crock in the wagon. The jolting of the wagon turned the milk to butter , and the folks ate the butter, and drank the milk. It didn't have time to sour, for it was used daily.Like all the rest of the Saints, they were happy when they reached the Salt Lake Valley. Times were hard for these people and Mr. Farr, being elderly, passed away within a year or so after arrival in SL. Grandfather tells that their food supply was very meager at times. They subsisted on corn pounded up and made into cakes, and on pig weed greens. This was hardly enough food for a growing boy, and he used to sneak out to the horse troughs and get handfuls of wheat to eat. When his mother found out about this she scolded him, and told him not to be taking the feed away from the horses! She was not only his mother, but he school teacher, for she taught school for several years to help provide for her family. She must have been a very versatile person, for it is told that she also sang in the Salt Lake choir, among other things. It is said that she made fancy hats, walked ten miles to sell them, and paid her tithing out of the proceeds.When Grandfather Gribble was about 10 his mother, Adelia Maria, married Dan Perkins. He was not LDS, but joined the Saints in Salt Lake, and was called a "winter Mormon." He later joined the church. To them was born 3 boys ~ Daniel, Charles and Frank. My Grandfather was very fond of these boys, who were his half- brothers, and also of his step—father, Dan Perkins.In the meantime, great grandfather, William Gribble, had returned from Calif. He married Elizabeth Brunell, who was his housekeeper. To them were born 7 children — 2 boys and 5 girls. Grandfather was living part of the time with his father and steps mother, but most of the time with his mother and step—father. He preferred to live with his mother, because he didn't know his father very well. Many times he would run away from his father's place and walk barefooted to his mother's home, which was some 10 miles away.When Grandfather was 14 he went to work on the railroad, where he worked for 2 yr. He was away from home those years, but since he was not of age his money was sent to his mother. During this time he managed to save enough money for himself to buy a horse, and was planning to use this horse for a pack horse. The day he quit his railroad job he was riding one horse and leading the other, when he chanced to meet a group of Indians riding along in a wagon. The Indians stopped him and offered to buy his pack horse. Now Grandfather was very proud of this horse, and didn't wish to part with it. In the wagon one of the squaws was holding a little Indian boy about 2 yr old, and this child was naked. The Indians told Grandfather that they would trade the baby for the horse. But Grandfather refused. When he did they told him if he didn't trade the horse for the baby that they would kill the baby, and proceeded to make preparations to do that very thing. So Grandfather parted with his horse and took the baby. He carried it to the home of an old English couple who gladly took it, as they didn't have any children of their own, and they named it Joseph, after my grandfather. They raise this boy as their own, and some years later this Indian boy rode in a race on the 4th 1 July and won the race. A white man whose family had been massacred by the Indians was disgruntled with the results of the race, and proceeded to take revenge on this boy by horse—whipping him. After this incident the boy left his white benefactors and returned to his own people.When Grandfather was 16, his stepfather, Dan Perkins, went out one day with his team and wagon to get timber, but was never heard from again. My Grandfather searched for him for over 2 yr, but with no luck. Eventually parts of the wagon were found, but nothing more. It was assumed that he had been ambushed by the Indians, and they had taken his life. From then on for the next 4 yr my grandfather lived with his mother and 3 half—brothers, and helped to take care of them. He loved his half—brothers dearly, and never thought of them as half—brothers, but only as his brothers, for he had no brothers of his own. It was sometime during these years that among other things, he rode the Pony Express for a time. On Aug 7, 1865, when he was 20, he married my grandmother, Phoebe Jane Reynolds, who was then 15. Phoebe was born at Winter Quarters in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where her mother died at her birth, and she is buried in the cemetery there. Joseph and Phoebe received their endowments in the Endowment House Aug 7, 1871. Grandmother Phoebe came across the plains with her father and brothers and sisters. She was about 2 yr at the time, so she didn't have to walk, as my grandfather did at age 5.My grandparents moved to a farm in Indianola, Utah in 1875. They had 3 children then. At this time the Indians were beginning to get troublesome again. One night grandfather heard a band of them coming up to the cabin, so he got his gun, told my Grandmother to stand behind the door with bullets in her apron. Then as the Indians came up to the door on their horses, my grandfather opened wide the door, much to their surprise, and spoke to them in their native tongue. They listened to him as he talked them, then turned on their horses and rode away. He had learned to speak the Ute Indian language fluently, and made friends of many of the Indians. He also learned to speak the Danish language from the Danish immigrants who came to Utah as converts.One time my grandfather was away from home for a few days. My grandmother heard Indians coming, but there was no way in those days of determining whether they were friendly or not. She was alone with her 3 small children, one being just an infant was just getting dusk and she gathered her children to her, crept out of the cabin into the sagebrush, and crawled with the children for about 2 miles to the settlement. Another time in the middle of the winter, grandfather was away, and a man came to the house at night and asked if he could come in. There was a storm raging outside, and she felt she cou1dn't turn him away, although she was suspicious as to who he was. She told him she had no bed for him to sleep in, but he could roll his blanket down in front of the fireplace if he wished to. I'm sure she didn't sleep much that night, and must have gone to bed with a prayer on her lips, for the next morning he thanked her, and asked her if she didn't have an idea who he was. She told him she did, but couldn't refuse him shelter from a raging blizzard. It turned out that he was one of the outlaws of the territory of that time. My Grandmother was a very kind and generous woman, and seldom was afraid of anything. She was kind to the Indians who came begging frequently to their door.About this time my grandfather went back to work for the railroad, for a season. He was working for some contractors as an overseer. One payday the contractors failed to appear with the payroll for the laborers. There was considerable unrest in the camp but grandfather had such faith in his employers that he volunteered to pay them out of his own pocket. This amount was somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,000. But his faith was not justified, for the contractors failed to show up, but instead absconded with the money. So Grandfather took his saddle horse and set out to follow them. He had great determination, and this act of injustice spurred him on. The trip took him up into Oregon and down the coast of Calif. When he arrived at San Francisco, however, he found the men he was tracing had just taken a ship and sailed from the country. He stayed in Calif. almost 3 yr after that, still hoping that those men might return, but he never saw them again. He worked in the fruit orchards and various industries in Calif. Years later he used to entertain his family by telling them about his trip — especially about beautiful Grand's Pass, Oregon, and about leaving the snow filled valleys of Utah and riding into sunny CA. Oranges were a rare treat to those early Utah saints.When the Black Hawk Indian War _broke out Grandfather was commissioned by the U.S. Army to be an Indian Scout, since he could speak the language. At one time he was sent with an Indian Guide to Fishlake County with a message to the soldiers stationed there. They rode night and day for several days, and grandfather had to keep the Indians in front of him all the time, for the Indians were treacherous, even though they professed to be friends. The Indian was to guide them through country that grandfather didn't know, and they delivered the message of the declaration of war. For about 3 yr grandfather served as an Indian scout, trailing the Indians and locating their positions. He had to do this scouting mostly at night, for he could observe their camps by the campfires, and too, they could not observe him as easily at night. One night he and two other Scouts were out searching for Indians, and came so close to one of their camps that before they could get away they were captured. The Indians took them into their camp and held a Pow Wow as to what they could do with the soldiers. Grandfather could understand them, and knew they were discussing the method of torture they were going to use - as they were preparing to tie up the soldiers, a young Indian brave stepped out of the crowd and came and stood beside grandfather. In Indian he spoke to his people and said: "This man is my friend — if you kill him you kill me.” The chief of the tribe looked at the soldiers, and with a gesture of his hand he said: "Go." This was the Indian boy whose life grandfather had saved by trading his prized horse.Grandfather had many interesting experiences at this time, and also suffered many privations and hardships. As an Indian Scout he worked mostly at night and rested by day, and told that he scarcely had his Army uniform off in almost 3 yr. He was happy to see the hostilities with the Indians come to an end, for in his heart he never hated the Indians, but instead had a deep regard for them. After the close of the Indian War my grandparents lived at Cottonwood Canyon, then at Indianola, Mount Pleasant, and Gunnison, Utah. 8 more children were born to them, making 11 in all. Their children in the order of their birth were: Phoebe Adelia, May, Joseph William, Lydia Musetta, Mary Melissa, Eva Amanda, Lottie Crowell, Charles Harold, Hazel (who died in infancy), Lorene, and Stanley Squire. At this time they were living on a farm at Indianola. They had a good farm, and it consisted of fine meadowland. Also at this time the church had many Indian converts and decided to buy up a lot of the land to rehabilitate the Indians. Grandfather was dissatisfied with the price offered him for his land, so he turned it over to the church without cost, and moved to West View Utah. His feelings were hurt over the land deal and he left the church at that time and never was active again. This incident caused a split in his family and several of them never were baptized into the church. When grandfather was attending church he made friends of many of the Indians there. Many times these Indians couldn't understand what was being preached and they would call out: "Joe Gribble, Joe Gribble" — wanting him to interpret for them. This sometimes caused a disturbance in church, over which some of the presiding authorities were not too pleased.In West View my grandfather took up a homestead and lived there for many years. He brought stock from Indianola, and he raised hay. Summers he took his family to 12 mile canyon and got umber for the saw mills. He also peeled poles, with the help of his family and others, and took them down to the valley and sold them. One time while they were up logging in the canyon there came an electrical storm and a flash flood. The men cut the oxen loose from the wagons and drove them up on the hillside. The water poured down the canyon in a raging torrent. It sept away the wagons, and when it reached the camp where grandmother and her children were, it swept away the tent and all their provisions and drowned the milk cow that was tied to the wagon box. Grandmother heard the roaring of the flood in time to save her children and herself by escaping up a hillside. She even lost her only pair of shoes in the flood. By nightfall, however, word of the flood had reached the community in the valley below, and two wagon loads of supplies, and another cow, was sent to them. For this they were very thankful.Grandfather was always very fond of horses. One time he was fording the Sevier River. It was a quiet river, but at times had a strong undercurrent. This time the undercurrent caught the horse and swept it under. Grandfather managed to free himself from the saddle and swam to the bank, but the horse was drowned. grandfather felt very badly about this, for he always loved his horses. Another time in his life he had race horses on the track. They were pacers and trotters. His son—in—law, Lauritz Erickson, also had race horses, and they were in direct competition with each other.Several times during these races grandfather became so excited he lost consciousness and fell to the ground. My grandmother would have to pour cold water on him, and get him up and walk him around. For many years it was thought he had a bad heart. He was always very interested in politics and would become very enthusiastic and excited about political campaigns. For a period of 6 mo. he studied law under one of Utah's prominent attorneys, but his eyesight became faulty at this time, so he was forced to abandon this endeavor, and it was a great disappointment for him, as he had a keen and active mind. When he and grandmother were first married they acted in several plays in the old Salt Lake theater. One time grandfather had to under—study for the leading part, and had 24 pg. of script to memorize over night. He learned his part well. He had to wear a pair of red tights, with a pillow in the back and one in the front. He had to jump out of a tree, and as he did so, the tights ripped, the pillows gaped out. This caused quite a hilarious moment, which wasn't called for in the script. It was difficult to get the audience to settle down enough to hear the rest of the play that evening.Due to grandfather‘s failing eyesight it became increasingly difficult for him to support his family, but in spite of his disability he carried on with many of his former activities. He continued to work in the timber with different groups of men. He did contract plowing and farming, and continued to take care of his own stock, with the help of his boys. Due to his failing eyesight he was prone to accident. One time when he was driving his team in the timber and a young sappling flew up and caught him in the forehead, laying the flesh on his forehead wide open and hanging down over his eyes. Again grandmother came to the forefront, put the flesh back in place and applied some salve which was probably axel grease, used for many purposes in those days, and bandaged the wound. It is said that the wound healed without leaving a scar. Another time he was walking to a neighbor’s house on a business errand, and stepped into a 100' well. It happened there was a large pole through the middle of this well and grandfather managed to reach the pole and hang on in the water until sometime later when someone heard his shouts and cam to his aid. It might be mentioned here that both my grandparents were excellent swimmers, swimming back and forth across the Sevier River on many occasions, just for the pleasure of it. Both were experts with firearms, grandmother handling guns as well as a man.Another interesting incident in the lives of my grandparents and their children was a time when the grandparents hitched up the team to the wagon and went to the village to get supplies, leaving the 4 girls at home. My mother was the youngest, being 4 or 5. Shortly after the folks were gone the girls observed some Indians approaching the house. They were frightened, not knowing whether or not they were friendly. But they proved to be friendly, and came along down the road in single file, as was the custom of the Indians. They had on moccasins and their blankets wrapped around them. This was old Chief Swedds and some of his followers, who were admirers of grandfather, and they had come a long way to pay him a visit. The girls didn't know what to do, but decided to prepare a meal, as was the custom of their mother when they had visitors. The fact that the Indians said, "Eat, eat." also helped them in their decision. So they sat the Indians down to the’ table (7 or 8 of them) and fed them. After the meal was over they didn't know what else to do, so they gathered up what food was left in the house and put it in the Indians sacks and the Indians departed. Then the folks returned and the girls told them what had happened, and my grandparents told them they had done the right thing. Grandfather was sorry he missed his friends.One winter grandfather went out into the valley with the sheep herd. He was about 45 then. One day he came home and told my grandmother that he couldn't see at all. They thought he was snow blind. However, after some days he still was unable to see, so he sold his team of horses and some of his milk cows and went to the hospital in Salt Lake. He stayed in the hospital for 6 weeks, and finally got so he could distinguish light from dark, but he was never able to see anymore than that the rest of his life.Much work fell to my grandmother from then on to help support her family. They gathered wool from the fences that the sheep had pulled off as they went through, and she washed and carded this wool and spun it. She knitted all her family's stockings and made their clothes. They milked their own cows and she churned butter and made cheese. They always had their own pigs, and grandmother took great pride in her fine flock of chickens which produced eggs for the family use and for sale. In 1901 they moved to Marysville, Idaho, where they had a farm on Fall River. Times were very hard for these elderly people but their backs were made for the burden, so they struggled on. When Grandfather was 70 yr old he got a small soldiers pension, and they bought an old store building in Marysville, which they used for a home until their deaths. Grandfather died at the age of 80, five years before grandmother. Up to his death he still loved horses and the Indians. On his grave was placed an American flag. Truly a great American.


Winslow FARR Sr [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 12 Jan 1794 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 4, 5 on 22 Aug 1865 in Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was buried on 29 Aug 1865 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Winslow married 6 Almena RANDALL on 22 Jan 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

Winslow was counted in a census 7 in 1850 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 8 in 1856 in Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 9 on 17 Jul 1860 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
FREEMAN, Olive Hovey
CLEMENS, Adelia Maria
COLBURN, Amanda Bower
PORTER, Roxana
COLE, Achsach Sans Earl

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.866
FARR, WINSLOW (son of Ashael Farr, baptized March 23, 1776, at Chesterfield, Vt., and Lydia Snow, born March 18, 1772, Chesterfield, Vt. married 1786). He was born Jan. 14, 1794, Chesterfield, Vt, Came to Utah Sept. 30, 1850, Joseph Young company. Married Olive Hovey Freeman Dec. 5, 1816, Hanover, Vt. (daughter of Elijah Freeman, born Nov. 3, 1757, Mansfield, Conn., and Olive Hovey, born Oct. 30, 1761, died Oct. 21, 1820 married Dec. 27, 1781). She was born June 23, 1799, Lebanon, NH., died March 10, 1893, Big Cottonwood, Utah. Their children: John b. Dec. 14, 1817, d. infant; Aaron Freeman b. Oct. 31, 1818, m. Persis Atherton Jan. 16, 1844; Lorin b. July 27, 1820, m. Nancy B. Chase; Olive Hovey b. March 18, 1825, m. William Walker Nov. 3, 1843; Diantha b. Oct. 12, 1828, m. William Clayton Jan. 1845; Winslow b. May 11, 1837, m. Emily Jane Covington Oct. 17, 1858. Family resided Waterford and Charleston, Vt., before coming to Utah. Appointed one of municipal high council of twelve 1846. Settled on Big Cottonwood river 1851. Died Aug. 25, 1867, Big Cottonwood, Utah.

Archibald F. Bennett, Saviors on Mount Zion, p.113 In the Genealogical Library are bound volumes of the Era, in one of which appears this story:

Concerning Gratitude
by President George Albert Smith
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33.)

My great-grandparents lived in New England. When the message of the restored gospel was first taken to that section by Orson Pratt and others, the houses of worship were not open to them. They had a difficult time in finding a place in which to preach. They came to a small village and thought surely they would readily find someone who would offer to open a place for the preaching of the gospel, but they found none. At length they inquired of a man on the street as to where they could secure a place. He said, "Go find Winslow Farr. I think he can help you. So they went to see Winslow Farr; he was easily found; everyone knew him. They told him what they wanted to find a place in which to preach the gospel.  He asked, "What are you going to preach about?" They answered, "Jesus Christ and the gospel." He said, "I will help you. They found a place and invited the people to come. Orson Pratt told them God had spoken again from the heavens, and that a young man named Joseph Smith had received heavenly manifestations. The Lord had directed him to an ancient record which the Prophet translated the Book of Mormon. It was a divine record, the story of the ancestry of the American Indians.

Orson Pratt's testimony was so effective that Winslow Farr came up to him, took his hand, and said, "I have enjoyed your meeting tonight. Where are you going to stay?" On learning that they had no place to stay, he said, "You come home with me. The missionaries didn't know that Winslow Farr's wife was dying of a dread disease  tubercular consumption. But this servant of the Lord, Orson Pratt, seeing her condition and realizing how kind her husband had been, looked at her and asked, "Have you faith to be healed?" The doctor had said she could not be healed, could live but a few days. When asked that question she said, "I don't know if I have that faith or not, but I know God could heal me if he wanted to. And then this servant of the Lord said, calling her by her given name, "Olive, in the name of God, I command you to be healed." She was healed and in a few days was going about performing her household duties.

It was not long after that the Farrs came [p.114] down where our people were situated in Nauvoo. And when our people came farther west, the Farrs were among the first to come. Winslow Farr, my great-grandfather, and Olive Farr, his wife, had three sons and a daughter born to them. They were among the first people to live in Ogden. The last time the Farr family assembled to celebrate her birthday, they found she was grandmother, great-grandmother, or great-great-grandmother to more than three hundred and twenty people, and I was one of the great-grandchildren.


Excerpts From A Patriarchal Blessing Given By
Patriarch John Smith On The Head Of Winslow Farr Sr.
On 7/23/1845 At Nauvoo, Ill.
Thou has obeyed the Gospel with an honest heart, hast not regarded the scorn of thy friends, nor the persecutions of thine enemies, has suffered and labored much for the moving forward the cause of Zion. The lord is well pleased with thee and thy name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life to remain there forever. Thou are of the Blood of Ephraim thy posterity shall be exceedingly numerous and I seal upon thee a continuation of lives. Thou art called to be a counselor in the House of Israel and this shall be thy salvation through all the generations of thy posterity, thou shall do a great work to bring about much restoration for the House of Israel and gather thy thousands into the church and establish them in the Land of Zion with very much treasure thou shalt be able to do any miracle that ever was done by man when it is necessary to forward thy work. Thou shall be able to prevail over thy enemies and not a hair of thy head shall fall by their hands...(15)
Volume 9, p. 312 #935
( Church Historical Department)


An excerpt from:
Biography of Diantha Farr Clayton
by Sharon Jeppson
It is no surprise that the Farr family had receptive hearts for the message of the gospel.   T. Earl Pardoe, a family historian, recorded a family story told to him by his grandfather, Lorin Farr.  Prior to Diantha's birth, Grandfather Elijah Freeman came to visit the family.  Lorin was just six years of age, but he would sit by his grandfather, and hear him say again and again that the true Church of Christ was not upon the earth.  Grandfather Freeman was a devout man who had withdrawn from the Congregational Church, because he felt that it covered-up serious wrongdoing and protected the offenders.  He had immersed himself deeply into the scriptures and would tell his loved ones that when the true church was restored it would have apostles, prophets, and gifts of the Spirit.  He told them that Israel would be gathered again and Jerusalem would be rebuilt.  He informed his family that they were living in the last days and that they might be fortunate enough to see the gospel restored in all of its beauty.

By the time the Mormon Elders arrived, Grandfather Freeman had passed on, but his family recognized the truth.  When Lorin first heard the teachings of the Elders, he exclaimed, “Why that is what my grandfather said.” After his baptism, Father Winslow was ordained a Teacher, a Priest, and then, in July of 1834, an Elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood.  As the Farr family began serving in the church, they found their testimonies growing, and they developed a yearning desire to join the body of the Saints in Ohio.  (3, pp. 23-25)


This desire was realized four years after their baptism, when Diantha was eight years of age.  As Winslow was a man who was highly respected in the community, the townsfolk were not pleased to hear of his desire to move from the area and join the Mormons in their gathering place.

Tullidge in his biographies of Men of Northern Utah, p. 177 writes:

“Father Farr sold out his property, he having some 2,000 acres of land, but found it difficult to sell for anything near its worth, his neighbors throwing every obstacle in his way to prevent him from selling as he was a prominent and influential man in the country, they did not want him to leave to gather with the deluded Mormons.  Determined, however, to leave in the fall and winter of '36-7, he sold a portion of his property for one-fourth less than its true value.  By September 1837, he got his teams ready and the entire family prepared to go to Kirtland, Ohio.

“A village party was given the Farrs for their leaving, but many of Winslow's and Olive's friends stayed away, telling them frankly that such going showed little wisdom and warranted naught but trouble and ultimate disgrace.”(3, p. 26)


Marriage: Water Town Clerk, Index of Marriage Records Book 2, page 229. Married by Sylvanus Hemingway.

CENSUS: Age 57. Listed with wife Olive and son Winslow.

CENSUS: Winslow had a household of 6, a real wealth of $1500, and a personal wealth of $600.

Almena RANDALL was born 1 on 28 Nov 1814 in Madrid, St. Lawrence, New York, United States. She died 2 on 27 Feb 1891 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Almena married 3 Winslow FARR Sr on 22 Jan 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 5, p.196
As the St. Lawrence River leaves Lake Ontario, it flows in a northeasterly direction and on into southern Canada, thus forming part of the boundary line between the United States and Canada. To the east lies Lake Champlain and to the south the Mohawk Valley. This section of the state of New York is known as St. Lawrence County. Early day records give little information as to the exact locations of birthplaces, consequently the birthplace of Almina Randall is designated merely as St. Lawrence County, New York. The date of her birth is given as 28 November 1814. Almina's parents were Henry and Sarah Randall.

The Henry Randall family were staunch Methodists and as such took part in the community in which they resided until 1834, when they moved to Niagara County, New York. Niagara County is joined on the south by Erie County, on the north by Lake Ontario, and on the west by the Niagara River which includes the great Niagara Falls. Into this region came Samuel Milliner, a convert from Edinburgh, Scotland. In April, 1843 Almina Randall was baptized a member of the Church by Samuel Milliner, and in 1845 she migrated to Nauvoo, Illinois. Here she found confusion and the disorder which existed prior to the expulsion of the Saints the following spring. Evidently Almina Randall was not accompanied to Nauvoo by members of her family. It became necessary for such members of the Church to be cared for by others and Almina was fortunate in being sent to the Winslow Farr home. These kind and gracious Saints gave her a good home and loving care. As the time arrived for departure to the west, it was decided that Winslow Farr should marry Almina Randall, as a plural wife (1845), and as such she left Nauvoo with the family.

Not much information is available concerning Almina's life in Utah, but the following report was given in the newspaper at the time of her death: "After her (Mrs. Farr's) arrival in Great Salt Lake City in 1850, she occupied a lone habitation near the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon where she was exposed to great danger from maurading Indians. Subsequently, she lived for a time on a farm in Big Cottonwood where her husband died in August, 1866. Previous to his death, however, she moved to Salt Lake City. For over forty [p.197] years she followed the profession of midwife and in that capacity waited upon thousands of her sisters."

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 5, p.197
Another incident which influenced her life was when Mary W. Huff, a widow with five children whom she had known in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, came into the valley. Mary had been a member of the Uriah Curtis company and while crossing the plains they were married. The Huff children became very fond of "Aunt Mina" and sometimes stayed a day or two with her. Following the move south at the coming of Johnston's Army Mary and her family remained in Springville, but her daughter, Lavina Huff, was permitted to return to Salt Lake with Almina Farr. Here Lavina continued her attendance at school and assisted her foster mother with the care of some of her patients. The young girl appreciated the love and care "Aunt Mina" gave to her and Almina was truly grateful for the comfort which Lavina brought to her lonely abode.

On the 13th of October, 1865, Lavina, now twenty years of age, was married to William H. Folsom as third wife. Almina Farr cared tenderly for her foster daughter during the delivery of her first five children who were born in Salt Lake City. Then, in 1877, Lavina and her family bade Almina goodbye for they were moving to Manti where they were to live while Mr. Folsom took charge of the construction of the Manti Temple.

Almina Randall Farr made her home on North West Temple Street in Salt Lake City in the 17th Ward. It was here she passed away on February 26, 1891, at the age of seventy-seven years.—Nina Folsom Moss


Winslow FARR Sr [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 12 Jan 1794 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 4, 5 on 22 Aug 1865 in Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was buried on 29 Aug 1865 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Winslow married 6 Amanda Bower COLBURN on 7 Feb 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

Winslow was counted in a census 7 in 1850 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 8 in 1856 in Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 9 on 17 Jul 1860 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
FREEMAN, Olive Hovey
CLEMENS, Adelia Maria
RANDALL, Almena
PORTER, Roxana
COLE, Achsach Sans Earl

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.866
FARR, WINSLOW (son of Ashael Farr, baptized March 23, 1776, at Chesterfield, Vt., and Lydia Snow, born March 18, 1772, Chesterfield, Vt. married 1786). He was born Jan. 14, 1794, Chesterfield, Vt, Came to Utah Sept. 30, 1850, Joseph Young company. Married Olive Hovey Freeman Dec. 5, 1816, Hanover, Vt. (daughter of Elijah Freeman, born Nov. 3, 1757, Mansfield, Conn., and Olive Hovey, born Oct. 30, 1761, died Oct. 21, 1820 married Dec. 27, 1781). She was born June 23, 1799, Lebanon, NH., died March 10, 1893, Big Cottonwood, Utah. Their children: John b. Dec. 14, 1817, d. infant; Aaron Freeman b. Oct. 31, 1818, m. Persis Atherton Jan. 16, 1844; Lorin b. July 27, 1820, m. Nancy B. Chase; Olive Hovey b. March 18, 1825, m. William Walker Nov. 3, 1843; Diantha b. Oct. 12, 1828, m. William Clayton Jan. 1845; Winslow b. May 11, 1837, m. Emily Jane Covington Oct. 17, 1858. Family resided Waterford and Charleston, Vt., before coming to Utah. Appointed one of municipal high council of twelve 1846. Settled on Big Cottonwood river 1851. Died Aug. 25, 1867, Big Cottonwood, Utah.

Archibald F. Bennett, Saviors on Mount Zion, p.113 In the Genealogical Library are bound volumes of the Era, in one of which appears this story:

Concerning Gratitude
by President George Albert Smith
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33.)

My great-grandparents lived in New England. When the message of the restored gospel was first taken to that section by Orson Pratt and others, the houses of worship were not open to them. They had a difficult time in finding a place in which to preach. They came to a small village and thought surely they would readily find someone who would offer to open a place for the preaching of the gospel, but they found none. At length they inquired of a man on the street as to where they could secure a place. He said, "Go find Winslow Farr. I think he can help you. So they went to see Winslow Farr; he was easily found; everyone knew him. They told him what they wanted to find a place in which to preach the gospel.  He asked, "What are you going to preach about?" They answered, "Jesus Christ and the gospel." He said, "I will help you. They found a place and invited the people to come. Orson Pratt told them God had spoken again from the heavens, and that a young man named Joseph Smith had received heavenly manifestations. The Lord had directed him to an ancient record which the Prophet translated the Book of Mormon. It was a divine record, the story of the ancestry of the American Indians.

Orson Pratt's testimony was so effective that Winslow Farr came up to him, took his hand, and said, "I have enjoyed your meeting tonight. Where are you going to stay?" On learning that they had no place to stay, he said, "You come home with me. The missionaries didn't know that Winslow Farr's wife was dying of a dread disease  tubercular consumption. But this servant of the Lord, Orson Pratt, seeing her condition and realizing how kind her husband had been, looked at her and asked, "Have you faith to be healed?" The doctor had said she could not be healed, could live but a few days. When asked that question she said, "I don't know if I have that faith or not, but I know God could heal me if he wanted to. And then this servant of the Lord said, calling her by her given name, "Olive, in the name of God, I command you to be healed." She was healed and in a few days was going about performing her household duties.

It was not long after that the Farrs came [p.114] down where our people were situated in Nauvoo. And when our people came farther west, the Farrs were among the first to come. Winslow Farr, my great-grandfather, and Olive Farr, his wife, had three sons and a daughter born to them. They were among the first people to live in Ogden. The last time the Farr family assembled to celebrate her birthday, they found she was grandmother, great-grandmother, or great-great-grandmother to more than three hundred and twenty people, and I was one of the great-grandchildren.


Excerpts From A Patriarchal Blessing Given By
Patriarch John Smith On The Head Of Winslow Farr Sr.
On 7/23/1845 At Nauvoo, Ill.
Thou has obeyed the Gospel with an honest heart, hast not regarded the scorn of thy friends, nor the persecutions of thine enemies, has suffered and labored much for the moving forward the cause of Zion. The lord is well pleased with thee and thy name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life to remain there forever. Thou are of the Blood of Ephraim thy posterity shall be exceedingly numerous and I seal upon thee a continuation of lives. Thou art called to be a counselor in the House of Israel and this shall be thy salvation through all the generations of thy posterity, thou shall do a great work to bring about much restoration for the House of Israel and gather thy thousands into the church and establish them in the Land of Zion with very much treasure thou shalt be able to do any miracle that ever was done by man when it is necessary to forward thy work. Thou shall be able to prevail over thy enemies and not a hair of thy head shall fall by their hands...(15)
Volume 9, p. 312 #935
( Church Historical Department)


An excerpt from:
Biography of Diantha Farr Clayton
by Sharon Jeppson
It is no surprise that the Farr family had receptive hearts for the message of the gospel.   T. Earl Pardoe, a family historian, recorded a family story told to him by his grandfather, Lorin Farr.  Prior to Diantha's birth, Grandfather Elijah Freeman came to visit the family.  Lorin was just six years of age, but he would sit by his grandfather, and hear him say again and again that the true Church of Christ was not upon the earth.  Grandfather Freeman was a devout man who had withdrawn from the Congregational Church, because he felt that it covered-up serious wrongdoing and protected the offenders.  He had immersed himself deeply into the scriptures and would tell his loved ones that when the true church was restored it would have apostles, prophets, and gifts of the Spirit.  He told them that Israel would be gathered again and Jerusalem would be rebuilt.  He informed his family that they were living in the last days and that they might be fortunate enough to see the gospel restored in all of its beauty.

By the time the Mormon Elders arrived, Grandfather Freeman had passed on, but his family recognized the truth.  When Lorin first heard the teachings of the Elders, he exclaimed, “Why that is what my grandfather said.” After his baptism, Father Winslow was ordained a Teacher, a Priest, and then, in July of 1834, an Elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood.  As the Farr family began serving in the church, they found their testimonies growing, and they developed a yearning desire to join the body of the Saints in Ohio.  (3, pp. 23-25)


This desire was realized four years after their baptism, when Diantha was eight years of age.  As Winslow was a man who was highly respected in the community, the townsfolk were not pleased to hear of his desire to move from the area and join the Mormons in their gathering place.

Tullidge in his biographies of Men of Northern Utah, p. 177 writes:

“Father Farr sold out his property, he having some 2,000 acres of land, but found it difficult to sell for anything near its worth, his neighbors throwing every obstacle in his way to prevent him from selling as he was a prominent and influential man in the country, they did not want him to leave to gather with the deluded Mormons.  Determined, however, to leave in the fall and winter of '36-7, he sold a portion of his property for one-fourth less than its true value.  By September 1837, he got his teams ready and the entire family prepared to go to Kirtland, Ohio.

“A village party was given the Farrs for their leaving, but many of Winslow's and Olive's friends stayed away, telling them frankly that such going showed little wisdom and warranted naught but trouble and ultimate disgrace.”(3, p. 26)


Marriage: Water Town Clerk, Index of Marriage Records Book 2, page 229. Married by Sylvanus Hemingway.

CENSUS: Age 57. Listed with wife Olive and son Winslow.

CENSUS: Winslow had a household of 6, a real wealth of $1500, and a personal wealth of $600.

Amanda Bower COLBURN was born 1 on 29 Dec 1826 in Lyons, Wayne, New York, United States. She died 2 on 8 Feb 1850. Amanda married 3 Winslow FARR Sr on 7 Feb 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.


Winslow FARR Sr [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 12 Jan 1794 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 4, 5 on 22 Aug 1865 in Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was buried on 29 Aug 1865 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Winslow married 6 Roxana PORTER on 22 Feb 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

Winslow was counted in a census 7 in 1850 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 8 in 1856 in Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 9 on 17 Jul 1860 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
FREEMAN, Olive Hovey
CLEMENS, Adelia Maria
RANDALL, Almena
COLBURN, Amanda Bower
COLE, Achsach Sans Earl

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.866
FARR, WINSLOW (son of Ashael Farr, baptized March 23, 1776, at Chesterfield, Vt., and Lydia Snow, born March 18, 1772, Chesterfield, Vt. married 1786). He was born Jan. 14, 1794, Chesterfield, Vt, Came to Utah Sept. 30, 1850, Joseph Young company. Married Olive Hovey Freeman Dec. 5, 1816, Hanover, Vt. (daughter of Elijah Freeman, born Nov. 3, 1757, Mansfield, Conn., and Olive Hovey, born Oct. 30, 1761, died Oct. 21, 1820 married Dec. 27, 1781). She was born June 23, 1799, Lebanon, NH., died March 10, 1893, Big Cottonwood, Utah. Their children: John b. Dec. 14, 1817, d. infant; Aaron Freeman b. Oct. 31, 1818, m. Persis Atherton Jan. 16, 1844; Lorin b. July 27, 1820, m. Nancy B. Chase; Olive Hovey b. March 18, 1825, m. William Walker Nov. 3, 1843; Diantha b. Oct. 12, 1828, m. William Clayton Jan. 1845; Winslow b. May 11, 1837, m. Emily Jane Covington Oct. 17, 1858. Family resided Waterford and Charleston, Vt., before coming to Utah. Appointed one of municipal high council of twelve 1846. Settled on Big Cottonwood river 1851. Died Aug. 25, 1867, Big Cottonwood, Utah.

Archibald F. Bennett, Saviors on Mount Zion, p.113 In the Genealogical Library are bound volumes of the Era, in one of which appears this story:

Concerning Gratitude
by President George Albert Smith
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33.)

My great-grandparents lived in New England. When the message of the restored gospel was first taken to that section by Orson Pratt and others, the houses of worship were not open to them. They had a difficult time in finding a place in which to preach. They came to a small village and thought surely they would readily find someone who would offer to open a place for the preaching of the gospel, but they found none. At length they inquired of a man on the street as to where they could secure a place. He said, "Go find Winslow Farr. I think he can help you. So they went to see Winslow Farr; he was easily found; everyone knew him. They told him what they wanted to find a place in which to preach the gospel.  He asked, "What are you going to preach about?" They answered, "Jesus Christ and the gospel." He said, "I will help you. They found a place and invited the people to come. Orson Pratt told them God had spoken again from the heavens, and that a young man named Joseph Smith had received heavenly manifestations. The Lord had directed him to an ancient record which the Prophet translated the Book of Mormon. It was a divine record, the story of the ancestry of the American Indians.

Orson Pratt's testimony was so effective that Winslow Farr came up to him, took his hand, and said, "I have enjoyed your meeting tonight. Where are you going to stay?" On learning that they had no place to stay, he said, "You come home with me. The missionaries didn't know that Winslow Farr's wife was dying of a dread disease  tubercular consumption. But this servant of the Lord, Orson Pratt, seeing her condition and realizing how kind her husband had been, looked at her and asked, "Have you faith to be healed?" The doctor had said she could not be healed, could live but a few days. When asked that question she said, "I don't know if I have that faith or not, but I know God could heal me if he wanted to. And then this servant of the Lord said, calling her by her given name, "Olive, in the name of God, I command you to be healed." She was healed and in a few days was going about performing her household duties.

It was not long after that the Farrs came [p.114] down where our people were situated in Nauvoo. And when our people came farther west, the Farrs were among the first to come. Winslow Farr, my great-grandfather, and Olive Farr, his wife, had three sons and a daughter born to them. They were among the first people to live in Ogden. The last time the Farr family assembled to celebrate her birthday, they found she was grandmother, great-grandmother, or great-great-grandmother to more than three hundred and twenty people, and I was one of the great-grandchildren.


Excerpts From A Patriarchal Blessing Given By
Patriarch John Smith On The Head Of Winslow Farr Sr.
On 7/23/1845 At Nauvoo, Ill.
Thou has obeyed the Gospel with an honest heart, hast not regarded the scorn of thy friends, nor the persecutions of thine enemies, has suffered and labored much for the moving forward the cause of Zion. The lord is well pleased with thee and thy name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life to remain there forever. Thou are of the Blood of Ephraim thy posterity shall be exceedingly numerous and I seal upon thee a continuation of lives. Thou art called to be a counselor in the House of Israel and this shall be thy salvation through all the generations of thy posterity, thou shall do a great work to bring about much restoration for the House of Israel and gather thy thousands into the church and establish them in the Land of Zion with very much treasure thou shalt be able to do any miracle that ever was done by man when it is necessary to forward thy work. Thou shall be able to prevail over thy enemies and not a hair of thy head shall fall by their hands...(15)
Volume 9, p. 312 #935
( Church Historical Department)


An excerpt from:
Biography of Diantha Farr Clayton
by Sharon Jeppson
It is no surprise that the Farr family had receptive hearts for the message of the gospel.   T. Earl Pardoe, a family historian, recorded a family story told to him by his grandfather, Lorin Farr.  Prior to Diantha's birth, Grandfather Elijah Freeman came to visit the family.  Lorin was just six years of age, but he would sit by his grandfather, and hear him say again and again that the true Church of Christ was not upon the earth.  Grandfather Freeman was a devout man who had withdrawn from the Congregational Church, because he felt that it covered-up serious wrongdoing and protected the offenders.  He had immersed himself deeply into the scriptures and would tell his loved ones that when the true church was restored it would have apostles, prophets, and gifts of the Spirit.  He told them that Israel would be gathered again and Jerusalem would be rebuilt.  He informed his family that they were living in the last days and that they might be fortunate enough to see the gospel restored in all of its beauty.

By the time the Mormon Elders arrived, Grandfather Freeman had passed on, but his family recognized the truth.  When Lorin first heard the teachings of the Elders, he exclaimed, “Why that is what my grandfather said.” After his baptism, Father Winslow was ordained a Teacher, a Priest, and then, in July of 1834, an Elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood.  As the Farr family began serving in the church, they found their testimonies growing, and they developed a yearning desire to join the body of the Saints in Ohio.  (3, pp. 23-25)


This desire was realized four years after their baptism, when Diantha was eight years of age.  As Winslow was a man who was highly respected in the community, the townsfolk were not pleased to hear of his desire to move from the area and join the Mormons in their gathering place.

Tullidge in his biographies of Men of Northern Utah, p. 177 writes:

“Father Farr sold out his property, he having some 2,000 acres of land, but found it difficult to sell for anything near its worth, his neighbors throwing every obstacle in his way to prevent him from selling as he was a prominent and influential man in the country, they did not want him to leave to gather with the deluded Mormons.  Determined, however, to leave in the fall and winter of '36-7, he sold a portion of his property for one-fourth less than its true value.  By September 1837, he got his teams ready and the entire family prepared to go to Kirtland, Ohio.

“A village party was given the Farrs for their leaving, but many of Winslow's and Olive's friends stayed away, telling them frankly that such going showed little wisdom and warranted naught but trouble and ultimate disgrace.”(3, p. 26)


Marriage: Water Town Clerk, Index of Marriage Records Book 2, page 229. Married by Sylvanus Hemingway.

CENSUS: Age 57. Listed with wife Olive and son Winslow.

CENSUS: Winslow had a household of 6, a real wealth of $1500, and a personal wealth of $600.

Roxana PORTER [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 18 Sep 1796 in Pomfret, Windsor, Vermont, United States. She died 4 on 19 Oct 1863 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. She was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Roxana married 5 Winslow FARR Sr on 22 Feb 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

Roxana was counted in a census 6 in 1850 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. She was counted in a census 7 in 1860 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
FREEMAN, Isaac Farwell

Patriarchal Blessing Date: December 5, 1837 Kirtland, Geauga, OH, USA Officiator: Joseph Smith Sr.


Winslow FARR Sr [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 12 Jan 1794 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 4, 5 on 22 Aug 1865 in Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was buried on 29 Aug 1865 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Winslow married 6 Achsach Sans Earl COLE "Axie" on 3 Feb 1856 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Winslow was counted in a census 7 in 1850 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 8 in 1856 in Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 9 on 17 Jul 1860 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
FREEMAN, Olive Hovey
CLEMENS, Adelia Maria
RANDALL, Almena
COLBURN, Amanda Bower
PORTER, Roxana

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.866
FARR, WINSLOW (son of Ashael Farr, baptized March 23, 1776, at Chesterfield, Vt., and Lydia Snow, born March 18, 1772, Chesterfield, Vt. married 1786). He was born Jan. 14, 1794, Chesterfield, Vt, Came to Utah Sept. 30, 1850, Joseph Young company. Married Olive Hovey Freeman Dec. 5, 1816, Hanover, Vt. (daughter of Elijah Freeman, born Nov. 3, 1757, Mansfield, Conn., and Olive Hovey, born Oct. 30, 1761, died Oct. 21, 1820 married Dec. 27, 1781). She was born June 23, 1799, Lebanon, NH., died March 10, 1893, Big Cottonwood, Utah. Their children: John b. Dec. 14, 1817, d. infant; Aaron Freeman b. Oct. 31, 1818, m. Persis Atherton Jan. 16, 1844; Lorin b. July 27, 1820, m. Nancy B. Chase; Olive Hovey b. March 18, 1825, m. William Walker Nov. 3, 1843; Diantha b. Oct. 12, 1828, m. William Clayton Jan. 1845; Winslow b. May 11, 1837, m. Emily Jane Covington Oct. 17, 1858. Family resided Waterford and Charleston, Vt., before coming to Utah. Appointed one of municipal high council of twelve 1846. Settled on Big Cottonwood river 1851. Died Aug. 25, 1867, Big Cottonwood, Utah.

Archibald F. Bennett, Saviors on Mount Zion, p.113 In the Genealogical Library are bound volumes of the Era, in one of which appears this story:

Concerning Gratitude
by President George Albert Smith
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33.)

My great-grandparents lived in New England. When the message of the restored gospel was first taken to that section by Orson Pratt and others, the houses of worship were not open to them. They had a difficult time in finding a place in which to preach. They came to a small village and thought surely they would readily find someone who would offer to open a place for the preaching of the gospel, but they found none. At length they inquired of a man on the street as to where they could secure a place. He said, "Go find Winslow Farr. I think he can help you. So they went to see Winslow Farr; he was easily found; everyone knew him. They told him what they wanted to find a place in which to preach the gospel.  He asked, "What are you going to preach about?" They answered, "Jesus Christ and the gospel." He said, "I will help you. They found a place and invited the people to come. Orson Pratt told them God had spoken again from the heavens, and that a young man named Joseph Smith had received heavenly manifestations. The Lord had directed him to an ancient record which the Prophet translated the Book of Mormon. It was a divine record, the story of the ancestry of the American Indians.

Orson Pratt's testimony was so effective that Winslow Farr came up to him, took his hand, and said, "I have enjoyed your meeting tonight. Where are you going to stay?" On learning that they had no place to stay, he said, "You come home with me. The missionaries didn't know that Winslow Farr's wife was dying of a dread disease  tubercular consumption. But this servant of the Lord, Orson Pratt, seeing her condition and realizing how kind her husband had been, looked at her and asked, "Have you faith to be healed?" The doctor had said she could not be healed, could live but a few days. When asked that question she said, "I don't know if I have that faith or not, but I know God could heal me if he wanted to. And then this servant of the Lord said, calling her by her given name, "Olive, in the name of God, I command you to be healed." She was healed and in a few days was going about performing her household duties.

It was not long after that the Farrs came [p.114] down where our people were situated in Nauvoo. And when our people came farther west, the Farrs were among the first to come. Winslow Farr, my great-grandfather, and Olive Farr, his wife, had three sons and a daughter born to them. They were among the first people to live in Ogden. The last time the Farr family assembled to celebrate her birthday, they found she was grandmother, great-grandmother, or great-great-grandmother to more than three hundred and twenty people, and I was one of the great-grandchildren.


Excerpts From A Patriarchal Blessing Given By
Patriarch John Smith On The Head Of Winslow Farr Sr.
On 7/23/1845 At Nauvoo, Ill.
Thou has obeyed the Gospel with an honest heart, hast not regarded the scorn of thy friends, nor the persecutions of thine enemies, has suffered and labored much for the moving forward the cause of Zion. The lord is well pleased with thee and thy name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life to remain there forever. Thou are of the Blood of Ephraim thy posterity shall be exceedingly numerous and I seal upon thee a continuation of lives. Thou art called to be a counselor in the House of Israel and this shall be thy salvation through all the generations of thy posterity, thou shall do a great work to bring about much restoration for the House of Israel and gather thy thousands into the church and establish them in the Land of Zion with very much treasure thou shalt be able to do any miracle that ever was done by man when it is necessary to forward thy work. Thou shall be able to prevail over thy enemies and not a hair of thy head shall fall by their hands...(15)
Volume 9, p. 312 #935
( Church Historical Department)


An excerpt from:
Biography of Diantha Farr Clayton
by Sharon Jeppson
It is no surprise that the Farr family had receptive hearts for the message of the gospel.   T. Earl Pardoe, a family historian, recorded a family story told to him by his grandfather, Lorin Farr.  Prior to Diantha's birth, Grandfather Elijah Freeman came to visit the family.  Lorin was just six years of age, but he would sit by his grandfather, and hear him say again and again that the true Church of Christ was not upon the earth.  Grandfather Freeman was a devout man who had withdrawn from the Congregational Church, because he felt that it covered-up serious wrongdoing and protected the offenders.  He had immersed himself deeply into the scriptures and would tell his loved ones that when the true church was restored it would have apostles, prophets, and gifts of the Spirit.  He told them that Israel would be gathered again and Jerusalem would be rebuilt.  He informed his family that they were living in the last days and that they might be fortunate enough to see the gospel restored in all of its beauty.

By the time the Mormon Elders arrived, Grandfather Freeman had passed on, but his family recognized the truth.  When Lorin first heard the teachings of the Elders, he exclaimed, “Why that is what my grandfather said.” After his baptism, Father Winslow was ordained a Teacher, a Priest, and then, in July of 1834, an Elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood.  As the Farr family began serving in the church, they found their testimonies growing, and they developed a yearning desire to join the body of the Saints in Ohio.  (3, pp. 23-25)


This desire was realized four years after their baptism, when Diantha was eight years of age.  As Winslow was a man who was highly respected in the community, the townsfolk were not pleased to hear of his desire to move from the area and join the Mormons in their gathering place.

Tullidge in his biographies of Men of Northern Utah, p. 177 writes:

“Father Farr sold out his property, he having some 2,000 acres of land, but found it difficult to sell for anything near its worth, his neighbors throwing every obstacle in his way to prevent him from selling as he was a prominent and influential man in the country, they did not want him to leave to gather with the deluded Mormons.  Determined, however, to leave in the fall and winter of '36-7, he sold a portion of his property for one-fourth less than its true value.  By September 1837, he got his teams ready and the entire family prepared to go to Kirtland, Ohio.

“A village party was given the Farrs for their leaving, but many of Winslow's and Olive's friends stayed away, telling them frankly that such going showed little wisdom and warranted naught but trouble and ultimate disgrace.”(3, p. 26)


Marriage: Water Town Clerk, Index of Marriage Records Book 2, page 229. Married by Sylvanus Hemingway.

CENSUS: Age 57. Listed with wife Olive and son Winslow.

CENSUS: Winslow had a household of 6, a real wealth of $1500, and a personal wealth of $600.

Achsach Sans Earl "Axie" COLE [scrapbook] was born 1 on 20 Dec 1818 in North Leverett, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States. She died 2 on 26 Jan 1883 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Axie married 3 Winslow FARR Sr on 3 Feb 1856 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Axie was counted in a census 4, 5 in 1880 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
PATRICK, Rufus

ACHSAH SARNS EARL COLE

From a large old family bible, owned by Jedidiah Grant and Chastina Heninger, we have some of the record of Achsah Sarns Earl Cole who was the mother of Chastina. A great great grandchild of Achsah’s (Ruth Heninger Goodwin) has the bible now, 1962[1].

There is also another, smaller bible that was given to Achsah when she was married. In this bible it is written – “Rufus Patrick, the son of William Patrick, and Achsah S. E. Cole were married on the 4th day of July in the year of our Lord 1839 – by Daniel F. Remington, who presented this bible at the time of marriage”. A great grandchild of Achsah’s (Marguerite Heninger Anderson) has this bible now, 1962[2].

This small bible also has the names of the children of Achsah, and the marriage date and children of Achsah’s daughter Chastina.

Children of Rufus and Achsah Cole Patrick: NAME BORN
Jaroam Patrick 25 May 1844
Elestina Patrick 1Mar 1846
Osker Patrick 2 Nov 1846
Chastina Patrick 18 Nov 1852

The marriage of Chastina, in this smaller bible, it is written that “J. G. Heninger, the son of Phillip Heninger was married to Chastina Almina Farr on the 18th of October 1867 by George Q. Cannon.” The writing in the bible also states that Chastina’s mother’s name was Achsah Farr, and her father’s name was Winslow Farr.

Children of Jedediah and Chastina Heninger – (Achsah’s grandchildren)

Name Born Where Died
Winslow Phillip Heninger 22 Aug 1868 S.L.C., Salt Lake, Utah 22 Aug 1868
Lorin Grant Heninger 11 Mar 1870 S.L.C., Salt Lake, Utah 26 Sep 1930
Achsah Elizabeth Heninger 12 Sep 1872 S.L.C., Salt Lake, Utah 16 Oct 1888
Ida May Heninger 25 Oct 1875 Ogden, Weber, Utah 8 Oct 1915
Oscar Heninger 9 Jan 1878 Ogden, Weber, Utah 17 Jan 1878
Thomas Harold Heninger 16 Jun 1879 Ogden, Weber, Utah
Rufus Patrick Heninger 24 Mar 1885 Ogden, Weber, Utah 24 Mar 1885
Hortensia Heninger 3 Feb 1887 Ogden, Weber, Utah 27 Mar 1887

Only the record of birth of the first four children of Chastina are in the small bible and not the death dates except for Winslow Philip who died the same day. The large bible contains the names and dates for all the children.

Only three of Chastina’s children lived to adulthood and married. They were Lorin Grant, Ida May, and Thomas Harold.

Through Lorin Grant Heninger’s family we were given the information that when Achsah heard the gospel of the L.D.S. Church in Massachusetts, that she joined the church and wanted to come to Utah, as all converts to the church were advised to do in those days. She tried to get her husband Rufus to join the church too, but he wouldn’t. So Achsah left her husband Rufus Patrick and came to Utah for the love of her church. She was an early pioneer.

We were given the information that Achsah’s daughter Chastina was born in Massachusetts, but in the Weber Co. Utah census of 1880 it states that Chastina was born in Utah and her parents were born in Massachusetts.

After Achsah came to Utah she married again. She married Winslow Farr and was sealed to him, and her daughter Chastina was sealed (see note by Tim Farr below) to Winslow Farr as his daughter and given the middle name of Almina. Almina was a loved name of the Farr family. This explains the two marriages of Achsah Sarns Earl Cole Patrick Farr, and explains why it is written in the bible that Chastina was the daughter of Winslow Farr when she was actually the daughter of Rufus Patrick.

In the records of Marguerite Heninger Anderson (the great granddaughter of Achsah) is the patriarchal blessing given to Achsah in Salt Lake City, Utah, 9 Feb 1868. The blessing was given by John Young, Patriarch, to Achsah Sarns Earl Farr, daughter of Burdin and Sarah Cole; born in the town of Leveritt, Franklin County, Mass. 20 Dec 1818.

Achsah died 26 Jan 1883 in Ogden, Utah.

The foregoing was written my Maguerite Chestina Heninger Anderson in 1962
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What follows was written in 2012 Dean R. Anderson (Marguerite’s son and Achsah’s great great grandson)

ACHSAH, RUFUS AND WINSLOW

I should have listened closer to my mother, but here in a sentence or two is what was passed on to me (family tradition – misinterpretations and misunderstanding are entirely my own). Achsah S. E. Cole and Rufus Patrick were both born and raised in Massachusetts. Achsah met Rufus. They fell in love, were married and had four children the youngest being Chastina. There was an encounter with Mormon missionaries. Achsah was converted, joined the church and migrated west with the Mormons carrying Rufus’s yet to be born youngest daughter, and leaving the unconverted Rufus behind. Rufus, wanting to reconcile with Achsah, subsequently followed her west, only to find that she had married a polygamist by the name of Winslow Farr. Rufus, heartbroken, moved on to California and was never heard from again. So the story goes…

Here is what I have learned since (not surprisingly there is some conflict between the facts and family lore)

Achsah Sarns Earl Cole was born to Burdin and Sarah Cole in Leveritt, Franklin MA on 20 Dec 1818.

Rufus Patrick was born to William and Polly Phipps Patrick in Holliston, MA on 4 Sep 1808 according to the Holliston town vital records. Subsequent records show his date of birth as 4 Sep 1818. I believe 1808 to be the correct year, especially since his sister Delana was listed as the second child of the couple and she was born in 1816.

How Rufus and Achsah met and anything else they might have done between 1818 and 1839 is lost to history. They were married on 4 July 1839. The following is recorded in Achsah’s bible (which is now, 2012, in my possession). “Rufus Patrick the son of William Patrick and Achsah S. E. Cole were married the 4th day of July in the year of our Lord 1839 by Daniel F Remington who presented this Bible at the time of marriage.”.

Recorded in the bible are the births of four children.

Jaroam Patrick 25 May 1844
Elestina Patrick 21 Mar 1846
Osker Patrick 2 Nov 1849
Chastina Patrick 18 Nov 1852

Apparently both Rufus an Achsah were converted to the Mormon faith and joined the saints in Nauvoo, Il. The Nauvoo endowment records show that on 22 Jan 1846 Rufus Patrick and Achsah S. E. Cole received their endowments. Coincidentally on that same date, 22 Jan 1846, and at the same place, Winslow Farr Sr. was sealed to two of his wives, Almena Randall and Adelia Maria Clemens.

Rufus appears on the list of those serving on the quorum of Seventies while in Nauvoo.

On January 31, 1847 Rufus and Achash were attendees at the St Louis LDS conference.

Not all Nauvoo families were able to make the 1846 pilgrimage across Iowa. Many families “went south” to St. Louis, where they found employment to pay their passage to Zion. This was just one way in which St. Louis played a vital role during the early “gathering” years of the Church. There were an estimated fifteen hundred Latter-day Saints in St. Louis during the winter of 1846–47. According to the federal census, in 1840, St. Louis had a population of 16,469 (History of the Church, 4:xxiv). During this important period of Church history, Latter-day Saints comprised nearly 10 per- cent of the population of St. Louis.

St. Louis Branch Members at the 31 January 1847 St. Louis Conference included PATRICK, Rufus; at Conference in St. Louis on 31 Jan 1847; member 2nd Quorum of Seventies; with wife Achvah[3]

At this conference, the clerks calculated the LDS membership population at 1,478. The list of members present at this conference is a good indication of which members went from Nauvoo to St. Louis in the 1846 exodus. An actual count of the names written by the clerk at the conference is about 599 (includ- ing unnamed children), so obviously many names were not recorded or many are members who did not attend the conference.

St. Louis Branch Death Records 1849–62 This record contains approximately 350 deaths. The years “1849–1862” on the book heading are deceiving, as there are only two deaths listed for the year 1849 when the huge cholera epidemic began. From 1 January to 30 July 1849, 4,547 people in the city died of the dreaded disease.8 Certainly hundreds of Latter-day Saints must have died during the year 1849, and those deaths were not recorded. Likewise, only a few deaths were recorded in the years 1850 and 1851, as deaths from cholera continued to plague the city. It appears that the record was kept more consistently starting in the summer of 1852. However, even during that period, not all members’ deaths were recorded.[4]

Jaroam, Elestina and Osker apparently did not survive -- indications are that they passed away sometime early in 1852.

The 1852 Iowa special census shows the Rufus Patrick household consisting of 4 members (3 males and 1 female).

The tragedy of their children’s deaths and the accompanying trauma no doubt led to the splitting up of Rufus and Achsah.

Achsah departed Kanesville, Iowa with the Wimmer Party in July of 1852 and arrived in Salt Lake on 15 Sep 1852. None of her first three children were on that wagon train, but she was pregnant with her fourth child Chastina Patrick who was born in Salt Lake City on 18 Nov 1852.

Rufus went back to Massachusetts and nine years later answered the call to serve the Union in the Civil War. Note that in 1861, Rufus would have been 53 years old (born in 1808). 45 was the upper age limit in the Union Army. This probably explains why all of the later records show Rufus’s birth year as 1818.

On 3 Feb 1856, four years after her arrival in Salt Lake, Achsah S. E. Cole Patrick was sealed to Winslow Farr, Sr. as his 6th wife. Chastina (now age 4) was at the same time sealed as a child to Winslow (I have no evidence of Chastina’s sealing, only family tradition, but according to my mother this was when Chastina recieved her middle name of “Almina” which name Winslow loved and was the name of his second wife Almina Randall).

During her lifetime, Chastina never used the surname Patrick but was known as Chastina Almina Farr and after her marriage as Chastina Almina Heninger.

In Achsah’s bible, referenced above, is recorded the following “J. G. Heninger the son of Phillip Heninger was married to Chastina Almina Farr on the 18th of October 1867 by George Q. Cannon. Chastina Farr’s mother’s name was Achsah Farr. Her father’s name was Winslow Farr”.

On 9 Feb 1868, Achsah S. E. Cole Patrick Farr, her daughter Chastina and son-in-law Jedediah Grant Heninger all received their patriarchal blessings on the same day under the hands of John Young, Patriarch.[5]

Rufus Patrick, whose intent was to go on to California after he found out that Achsah had remarried, apparently got no further than Tooele. Rufus appears in the 1870 Tooele, UT census with his wife Mary Smith Patrick and Mary’s daughter Jane age 13.

On 26 Jan 1883 Achsah died at age 65 in Ogden, Ut. She is buried in the Winslow Farr, Sr. family plot in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

On 14 Nov 1888 Chastina Almina Patrick Farr Heninger died at age 36 and is buried in the Ogden Cemetery.

On 4 Mar1892 Rufus Patrick died at the age of 73 years 6 months and is buried in the Tooele Cemetery.

Finding Rufus in the Tooele Cemetery records was a huge occasion for me. Until I found that record, I assumed that, in fact, he had gone on to California and that he had indeed disappeared and no one would ever know what happened to him. His grave was unmarked, and I have since obtained a headstone honoring him and his service to the Union. His son-in-law, Jedediah, who he never met, fought for the South.

Note: Chastina honored her adoptive family, the Farrs, by naming her first child Winslow and her second child Lorin. (see note by Tim Farr below)

Note also that in the published histories of Winslow Farr Sr. and Lorin Farr that there is no mention of adopted daughter/sister Chastina. Nor will the Winslow Farr Sr. Family Organization recognize her existence. I was told by the president of that organization that none of Winslow’s wives, except Olive, had children. (see note by Tim Farr below)

Written by Dean R. Anderson in 2012
Achsah’s great great grandson

[1] Now in the possession of Richard Heninger (2012)
[2] Now in the possession of Dean Anderson (2012)
[3] St Louis Branch records, members listed at conference 31 Jan 1847 (FHL film 0001945 item 2) name spellings kept as in record
[4] Sheri E. Slaughter: Index of Early LDS in St. Louis, Missouri
[5] Now in the possession of Dean R Anderson (2012)

Note by Tim Farr:
I spent some time at the FHL in Salt Lake last Thursday in Special Collections and found the answer to the question of Chastina the daughter of Achsach and Rufus Patrick being sealed/adopted by Winslow Farr Sr. when he was sealed to Achsach. Winslow’s sealing to Achsach is found on Special Collections Film #183374 and Chastina is not there. The location is the President’s Office. I then looked through all the sealing records for the dates that she could have been sealed after the marriage of her mother and found nothing. I then realized that if Chastina was married and sealed to Jedidiah Grant Heininger, she would had to of used her legal name in the record. I found Chastina’s sealing and marriage on Special Collections Film #1149515, Pg. 70, “Jedadiah Grant Heninger b. 3 Mar 1843, Chastina Patrick b. 18 Nov 1852 Cottonwood, Sealed 19 Oct 1867 by George Q. Cannon”. Chastina’s legal name was “Patrick” not “Farr” and was never sealed or adopted by Winslow Farr Sr. She used the name of Farr because her mother was a Farr but when she had to use her legal name, it was “Patrick”. Further proof of this is found on the death record of her sons Lorin Grant Henniger and Thomas Harold Heninger were they have to list the maiden name of the mother which was listed as "Patrick".

Winslow was simply the stepfather of Chastina. She was obviously known as a Farr but legally a Patrick.

CENSUS: Listed as "Axie Farr" widow and as a mother in law in the household of Grant Heninger.


Capt. Elijah FREEMAN [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 on 3 Nov 1757 in Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut, British Colonial America. He died 3, 4, 5 on 21 Dec 1828 in Waterford, Caledonia, Vermont, United States. He was buried 6 in Waterford, Caledonia, Vermont, United States. Elijah married 7, 8 Olive HOVEY on 27 Dec 1781 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States.

One of the first pioneers of Waterford CT and a Captan,  he came in 1796.
He belonged to the Congregational church.  He was sheriff and once attached property of one Tim Richardson in a way, which Richardson said, was crooked.  The church called a council of ministers to hear the case and they met at the house of Joseph Hale.  Among the witnesses were Joseph Knights and Vine Taylor.

Taylor, who was a curious genious, got old Tim well "beered up" for the hearing and took a seat by the side of him.  Capt. Freeman got up and began to tell a pittiful story about the attachment, during which old Tim kept whispering, "He lies."  Vine said, "Now is your time to tell him".  Tim jumped up and boldly exclaimed, "Capt. Freeman, you lie, and I can prove it by Joseph Knights, Vine Taylor and God Almighty."  The witnesses were reliable and the church dismissed him. Freeman lived with his son Aaron until he died not far from 1825.
Source: Lorin Farr Pioner by T Earl Pardoe page 9


From the records of Ben W Farr Sr:

“Young Lorin Farr believed in the testimony, every word they said on the first night, and never in his life since has he doubted. While Elder Pratt was preaching his first sermon, stating that the true Church of Christ was again on the earth, with all the gifts and blessings of the gospel, and spoke of the literal gathering of the house of Israel, to rebuild Jerusalem, his mind reverted back to what he had heard his grandfather Freeman say.

“When Lorin was about six years old, and grandfather Freeman came to visit Father and Mother Farr, Lorin would, sitting in his little chair by their side, hear his grandfather often say that the true Church of Christ was not on the earth. Grandfather Freeman was a religious man, having been raised in the Congregational Church, and was a devout man. He had discovered that the Church he belonged to, covered up sin and iniquity, and screened persons from justice. On this account he withdrew from the Church, not­withstanding the urgent importunings of his minister to remain with them. He was very conversant with the scriptures; Lorin heard him talk for hours with his parents, showing to them when the true church should be restored to the earth that there would be in it apostles and prophets, and the believers would enjoy all the gifts and blessings of the gospel, as they did in the days of Christ and His apostles; that the time would come when the children of Israel would be gathered back to their own lands to rebuild Jerusalem, and that we were living in the last days, and that Lorin's father and mother might Live to see the true Church of Christ organized upon the earth. it was about five years from the time that Lorin heard his grandfather talk thus, that he heard Elders Pratt and Johns on preach and tell the same thing which his grandfather said would come to pass. Believing what he had heard his grandfather say, Lorin' s mind was prepared to receive this testimony

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of these servants of God; and thus believing, he obeyed at eleven years of age, and was baptized by Lyman E. Johnson in Clyde River, which was near his father's house. He was confirmed by Orson Pratt. He often retired to a bower which he had built in a grove nearby, and there obtained a testimony of the truths of the Latter-day work, which has remained with him to the present day.

Page 176. “Grandfather Freeman passed away about two years before, but his children lived to realize what he said they would, Lorin has often said that his grandfather was to him and his parents, what John the Baptist was to his people. “Why, that is what my grandfather said.” he exclaimed to the elders.”

DEATH: 71 years, husbamd of Olive Freeman.

Olive HOVEY [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 30 Oct 1761 in Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut, British Colonial America. She died 2, 3, 4 on 21 Oct 1820 in Waterford, Caledonia, Vermont, United States. She was buried 5 in Waterford, Caledonia, Vermont, United States. Olive married 6, 7 Capt. Elijah FREEMAN on 27 Dec 1781 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States.

Archibald F. Bennett, Saviors on Mount Zion, p.118 [p.119] Still more prolific are results on the Hovey line. The published Hovey Book (A6E33) is well indexed. Since numerous Olive Hoveys are listed in it, it saves time to look for the Freemans. Elijah, Olive and Olive Hovey Freeman are all shown on page 188, where the record comes down to the family of Olive Hovey who married Elijah Freeman, and their children, including Olive Hovey Freeman who married Winslow Farr. With this and a beginning we are able to chart the names of 201 forefathers of Olive Hovey, and printed pedigrees on each line, sometimes many. One line traces back from Olive Hovey Freeman Farr twenty-two generations to an Earl of Winchester in England, who was one of the Barons who forced King John to sign the Great Charter in 1215, and who died a few years later on a Crusade to Jerusalem. Nor does the pedigree end here.

DEATH: 59 years, wife of Elijah Freeman.

They had the following children.

  M i Elijah FREEMAN was born on 23 Nov 1782. He died on 12 Apr 1869.
  M ii Aaron FREEMAN was born on 31 Dec 1784. He died on 12 Nov 1864.
  M iii Arad FREEMAN was born on 24 Dec 1788. He died on 11 Apr 1860.
  M iv Isaac Farwell FREEMAN was born on 12 Nov 1795. He died on 25 Jul 1843 from of inflamation of the brain.
  F v Olive Hovey FREEMAN was born on 23 Jun 1799. She died on 10 Mar 1893.

Aaron Freeman FARR Sr [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 31 Oct 1818 in Waterford, Caledonia, Vermont, United States. He died 3, 4 on 8 Nov 1903 in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States. He was buried on 12 Nov 1903 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. Aaron married 5, 6 Persis ATHERTON on 16 Jan 1844 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

Aaron was counted in a census 7 on 14 Jul 1870 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 8 in 1900 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
ASTILL, Hope
THORPE, Lucretia Ball

Farr, Aaron F., one of the original pioneers of Utah, was born Oct. 31, 1818, at Waterford, Caledonia Co., Vermont. He was baptized in 1832 and in 1836 his father's family moved to Kirtland, Ohio, and in 1842 located at Nauvoo, Ill. On June 16, 1844, he married Persia Atherton, the Prophet Joseph Smith performing the ceremony. In 1847 he was chosen as one of Pres. Brigham Young's company of pioneers and traveled with the main body until the company reached Green River, when he and four other brethren were sent back to act as guides to the oncoming emigration. He came to Salt Lake Valley Sept. 20, 1847, with Daniel Spencer's company and helped to establish a government in Salt Lake Valley, being by profession a lawyer. In 1852-1853 he filled a mission to the West Indies and on his way home was called to preside over the St. Louis Branch, succeeding Horace S. Eldredge in that position. Upon his return he made his home in Ogden where he practiced law and served as U. S. Deputy Marshal under Joseph L. Heywood. In 1856 he filled a mission to Las Vegas, Arizona (now Nevada), and in 1859 was elected probate judge of Weber County.

He also served as an alderman of Ogden and as representative for Weber County to the Utah territorial legislature. He died Nov. 8, 1903, at Logan, Utah, while visiting his daughter, wife of Moses Thatchef. He was survived by three sons and two daughters. He was a brother to Lorin Farr of Ogden.
LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 4, p.702

Aaron Freeman Farr was born in the Township of Waterford, Caledonia county, Vermont, October 31, 1818. His parents were Winslow and Olive Hovey Freeman Farr. Nothing of importance transpired in the life of Aaron Farr until the year 1832, when Orson Pratt and Lyman Johnson preached the gospel of the Latter-day Saints near their home and he and his younger brother, Lorin, were baptized. In 1837 he moved with his father's family to Kirtland, Ohio from which place he followed the body of the Church to Nauvoo, Illinois. On the 16th of January, 1844 he was married to Peris Atherton in the Mansion House by the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Brigham Young selected Aaron Farr among the first to be one of the vanguard of the Saints to the Rocky Mountains. The following letter written by Mr. Farr to the Semi-Centennial Commission January 7, 1897 tells the story of his contribution:

Dear Sir:
Replying to your solicitations to all pioneers to Utah in 1847, would state that my name is Aaron F. Farr, and was born in the State of Vermont, October 31, 1818, being now 78 years of age. My first leader was Brigham Young. He was the leader of the pioneers who left Winter Quarters, on the Missouri River, April 7th and 8th, 1847. The company comprised 144 men, three women and two children in forty-three wagons. Nathaniel Fairbanks was my companion. We journeyed to Green River, (now in Wyoming) where we made rafts, and on the first three days of July ferried over the river, and on the 4th of July celebrated on the west side. Aaron Freeman Farr, President Young and his counselors thought it advisable to send several men back to meet the coming immigration that was following slowly after us, and to pilot them through the Black Hills from Laramie. I was selected, with four others, to return, noting each camping place on our way back. My companion, Fairbanks, took my mule team and outfit to Salt Lake with the pioneers proper. I met the immigration 200 miles east of old Fort Laramie. Met my wife and baby in the company. She had been driving two yoke of cattle hitched on to a wagon which contained our all. We were placed in Daniel Spencer's hundred and Horace S. Eldredge's fifty. We were in the lead of the immigration from there until we camped at some fine springs where Salt Lake City now stands, where we arrived September 20, 1847.

My companion had planted my half bushel of potatoes on July 27, also turnips and buckwheat. Frost came early and cut to the ground what appeared to be the showing of a fine crop. Later on I made a search for potatoes and succeeded in finding a half pint, some about the size of sparrow eggs, and the balance about as large as peas. My brother Lorin, in the spring of 1848, planted half of them where the Sixth Ward is now in Salt Lake City. I planted the other half near Big Cottonwood Creek, now Brinton Ward. My brother raised six bushels of excellent potatoes, while I raised three and one-half bushels. We distributed them in small lots for seed, and they were the only potatoes I saw [p.589] here in the year 1848. Captain Jefferson Hunt of the Mormon Battalion, left here in January for San Diego, California, and brought back with him, on horseback, one bushel of fine potatoes, and had to take great care of them for fear they should get frozen. He sold them for one dollar each, and as I was afraid mine might not come up, I bought one at this price

After I had my house logs hauled to the middle fort ground, William Walker and myself, being stalwarts, thought we could make a sawmill for ourselves, so we went into Red Butte canyon, northeast of Fort Douglas, and cut two saw logs, squared them with a broad-axe, and lining them sawed 400 feet of fine lumber, with which we floored our houses and made the first panel doors and three-light windows in the country in the year 1847.

Mr. Farr became one of the prominent citizens of Ogden, Utah contributing much time and effort towards its development. He died in Logan, Utah, November 8, 1903, while visiting at the home of his daughter. Burial was in the Ogden City cemetery.
Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 2, p.587-589

CENSUS: Age 51, wife Persis 49, Aaron 18, Lucian 14, Lucretia 39, Oliver, 12, William 14, Cordelia 10, Rose 8.

CENSUS: Age 81.

Persis ATHERTON was born 1 on 27 May 1820 in Dalton, Coos, New Hampshire, United States. She died 2 on 31 Dec 1906 in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States. She was buried in Jan 1907. Persis married 3, 4 Aaron Freeman FARR Sr on 16 Jan 1844 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

Persis was counted in a census 5 in 1870 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She was counted in a census 6 in 1900 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Information taken from book "Lorin Farr Pioneer" by T. Earl Pardoe.

BIRTH: Daughter of Samuel Atherton and Molly Brown.

CENSUS: Age 49. Birth place NH.

CENSUS: Age 80.

Marriage Notes:

Married by Joseph Smith Jr.

MARRIAGE: Married by Joseph Smith Jr.

CENSUS: Age 32 farmer, Persis 30, Celestia Ann 4, Percia A, 2, Aaron F 6 months.

They had the following children.

  F i Celestia Ann "Lettie" FARR was born on 3 Jan 1845. She died on 21 Jun 1921.
  F ii
Percia Annah FARR [scrapbook] was born 1 on 25 Nov 1848 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. She died 2 on 21 Mar 1857.



Persia Anna Farr was born November 25, 1848, the daughter to Aaron Freeman Farr and Persis Atherton. Her parents moved from Cottonwood Canyon back to Salt Lake City, where he father Aaron built a new home in the 17th ward. The home had just been completed prior to her birth. She was the second daughter joining her sister Celestia Ann (Lettie).

Her father Aaron Farr was appointed by Brigham Young to act as the first Judge of htis new and wild territory. He opened the court docket in 1850. As was necessary in the early days of the territory, he was required to go on several expeditions, leaving his wife and young daughters alone.

When Persia was one and a half, her Grandfather Winslow and Grandmother Olive arrived in Salt Lake. They came to stay with them in their home.

She welcomed the birth of her brother Aaron Freeman Farr, Jr., on November 1, 1850 right before her 2nd irthday.

During the summer, her family would spend their time in Cottonwood Canyon, where her father, grandfather and uncle were building a sawmill.

When Persia was almost four, her father left on a mission to the West Indies and the Eastern States. He was gone almost two years.

The following year her brother Lucian Corridan joined the family on September 4th 1855, born in their home in Salt Lake.

After his trip home, from his mission, Aaron, her father, took two wives in plural marriage in January of 1855, Lucretia Ball Thorp and Hope Marie Astill.

Aaron left almost immediately and became deputy marshal in Fillmore and a few months later went to Las Vegas to colonize the area and establish rapport with the Indians.

At the prompting of her Uncle Lorin Farr the family decided to move to Ogden. While her family was making the preparations, Persia accidentally ate a poisonous sego lily on March 21, 1857. She suffered for several days and died on March 23rd. Her little body was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. She was only eight years old.
  M iii Aaron Freeman FARR was born on 1 Nov 1850. He died on 2 Apr 1907.
  M iv Lucian Corridon FARR was born on 14 Sep 1855. He died on 24 Mar 1933.
  F v
Ladornia Gilky FARR [scrapbook] was born 1 on 20 Jun 1857 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She died on 3 Mar 1864.



Ladornia caught Scarlett Fever and on March 3, 1864 she died. She was 6 years 9 months old. They buried her the same day she died for fear of the dreaded disease. She is buried in the Salt Lake Cemetery ner her sister Persis.

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