Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


William FARR (MRCA) [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2 was christened 3 on 3 Oct 1613 in Kempston, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 4, 5 on 10 Jan 1683/1684 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. William married 6 Faith TAYLOR on 24 Nov 1630 in Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

William's will was probated 7 on 12 Jan 1683/1684 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

William Farr is the MRCA (Most Recent Common Ancestor) between our DNA participant from Bedford England and all of the DNA participants in the Stephen Farr of Concord group. Our Bedford participant descends through William's son Thomas and the Stephen Farr group participants descend through William's son Stephen. With the initial 12 marker test results, there was a 37% probability that William Farr could have been our MRCA. With the 25 marker test results, that probability went up to 81%. Now, with our 37 marker results, the probability is at 94%. This equates to 13 generations and about 325 years.

William is Listed in his father's will #92172 Fairfax #92, Stephen Farr.

In putting this family together I used the Will of William Farr the father of Elizabeth (Far) Dennet Heward b.1631, Thomas Farr, Roger Farr and Stephen Farr b.1640. Elizabeth and Stephen are in the vitals as children of William. Roger and Thomas are named as children of William in his will but not found in the vitals as his children. As you see in William's will below, he mentions grandchildren. These grandchildren are easily traced in the vital records to firm up which Elizabeth, Roger and Thomas were the parents and are found on the Farr CD. When used in conjunction with info included below about Elizabeth and also the info from Thomas Farr's will (son of William) and also the administration of Roger Farr's estate (son of William), the family is solid.

In the parish record below you can see that Elizabeth who married George Dennet was a Far, not a Farlye as show in the IGI extraction record. The 'lye' part is a separate word and is actually "the", and then the date is given. This is from the Bishop's Transcripts film #1066922

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The following image is the same record but from the Parish Register.

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George Dennet in his will mentions four sisters, one named Mary Farr. At first I thought this was Mary Farr wife of Lee Farr or Edward Farr. I looked for a father for George Dennet and found Thomas Dennet's will. In Thomas Dennet's will, he mentions his son George and his daughter Mary Farr the wife of Stephen Farr and her son John Farr. This Stephen Farr is the brother to the William Farr (MRCA) who's will is presented below. From the vitals we know that Stephen's first wife was Katherine and they had a daughter Ann. In the vitals Stephen has two more sons named John and Robert after Katherine's. death. His 2nd wife's name has been a mystery untill now. From Thomas Dennet's will, FHL film #1066809, her name is obviously Mary and she is the mother of Stephen's son John.


Archdeaconry of Bedford - Will
William Farr of Haynes - Yeoman
1683/4 84 - Films 0088084 and 1066822
Will transcribed by Dean Hunter

In The Name of God Amen
The Twelve Day of Janry 1683 & in the Thirty fifth yeare of The Raigne of King Charles the Second of England & I William ffarr of Hawnes in the County of Bedford yem being weake in body but of good and prfect Remembrance God be praised for I Do make and ordaine this my Last will and Testament in mannor & form followinge that is to say first I committ my soule unto The hands of Almighty God whoe gave it, hoping Through the only merritts of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ To be made pertaker of Everlasting life and my body I Committ to the earth where of it was made To be decently Buried at the Discretion of my executor, hereafter named, and as to These worldy blessing which it hath pleased almighty god to Lend me in this mortall life I Devise and bequeath Them in mannor ffollowinge Item I give and bequeath Elizabeth and John ffarr my Grandchildren tenn shillings a peece Item I give and bequeath unto Ann and Thomas ffarr my Grandchildren Tenn shillings a peece, Item I give and bequeath unto Robert Heyward my Grandson Tenn shillings, Item I give devise and unto Roger ffarr my sonn for the terme of his life All that Messuage with the appurtenances in Marston Mortayne in the said County and two Rightles of pasture neare their unto adjoining and seaven Roods of Meddow by estamation in the parish of Marston aforesaid That I lately purchased of Samuel Keenes and after the Decease of my sonn Roger ffarr as aforesaid Then I give and bequeath the said Messuage Rights of pasture and meddow with their appurtenances unto William ffarr my Grand son, The son of Roger farr aforesaid and to the heirs of his body lawfully begotten He paying out of the aforesaid premuses unto william ffarr my Grandchild the son of Thomas ffarr my sonn the sum of Twenty pounds of Lawfull money of England within six months next after william my Grandchild shall be actually possessed of the premisses and in cases of the said william farr my Grandchild shall happen to Depart this life without Issue of his body lawfully begotten, Then I give & bequeath the said Messuage rights of pasture & meaddow ground with their appurtenances unto william ffarr son of Thomas ffarr my sonn his heirs & Assigns forever Item I give unto Thomas ffarr my sonn two Cartts and wheeles and all my plows & hurrows & plow timber and also my will is & I give unto my sonn Thomas aforesaid so much of my stock graine and other goods To the value or worth of fifteen pounds whom I make and ordaine sole executor of this my Last will & Testament All the Rest of my goods & Chattle whatsoever unbequeathed I give Devise and Bequeath unto Roger ffarr Thomas ffarr and Elizabeth Heyward my Three Children, To Be equally Devide between them each ones part To Bee of equally worth and vallue with the other, but it shall soe happen That my tow sonns and Daughter as aforesd shall nott accord or satisfy them selves in parteinge Those my good and Chattles, Then my will is and I Doe hearby nominate In power and appoint my two loveinge ffrinds John Dunham and John Carter Bothe of hawnes aforesd To make that Devision of my goods and Chattles between my Two Sonns & my Daughter, and To sett out each ones part as in theire judgement shall seeme most equall and Doe appoint Those my two Frinds as aforesd overseers of this my will In witness where of I the said william ffarr the elder have so this my last will and Testament sett my hand and seale dated the Day and year first above written
William ffarr
Published sealed & Delivered in The presence of Jno Hoskett, John Carter The mark of Jane Quaite

From the parish records of Lidlington:
Fur William, Chr 1612 8 Mar, s. Roger, Lidlington, FHL Q942.565 B4e v. 29
Fur John or William, Chr 1615 27 Jun, s. Roger, Lidlington, FHL Q942.565 B4e v. 29
Furre Roger, Chr 1617 17 Aug, s. Roger, Lidlington, FHL Q942.565 B4e v. 29
Fur Sarah, Chr 1620 7 Mar, d. Roger, Lidlington, FHL Q942.565 B4e v. 29
Fur Mary, Chr 1621 18 Mar, d. Roger, Lidlington, FHL Q942.565 B4e v. 29
Far Thomas, Chr 1626 27 Aug, s. Roger [Farr-T.], Lidlington, FHLQ942.565 B4e v. 29
Farre Wm,  Mar 1630 24 Nov, Faith Taylor, Lidlington, FHL Q942.565 B4e v. 29
Farre Elizabeth,  Chr 1631 11 Dec, d. William, Lidlington, FHL Q942.565 B4e v. 29
Farre Jn, Mar 1638 17 Jan, Ann Midleton, Lidlington, FHL Q942.565 B4e v. 29
Farre Roger, Bur 1638 5 Dec, Lidlington, FHL British Film #845460
Farr Stephen, Chr 1640 29 Dec, s. William, Lidlington, FHL Q942.565 B4e v. 29

Faith TAYLOR [Parents] [scrapbook] was christened 1 on 4 Dec 1613 in Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. She was buried 2, 3 on 29 Dec 1683 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Faith married 4 William FARR (MRCA) on 24 Nov 1630 in Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  F i Elizabeth (Dennet\Heward) FARRE was christened on 11 Dec 1631. She died on 2 Apr 1684.
  M ii Roger FARR was born about 1634. He was buried on 12 Mar 1712.
  M iii Thomas FARR was born about 1637. He died on 22 Jun 1687.
  M iv Stephen FARR was christened on 29 Dec 1640. He died after 1692.

Stephen FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was christened 2 on 29 Dec 1640 in Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died after 1692 in Massachusetts, United States. Stephen married 3, 4, 5 Mary TAYLOR on 25 May 1674 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Stephen was also known as Steven Farre.

We can't find any sources to prove that Stephen Farr was a son of Thomas Farr of Lynn, MA. or Haynes, Bedford, England. It appears that Thomas Farr of Lynn was really Thomas Farrar of Lynn and Salem. Reports from both ¹Robert Charles Anderson (see report below) and Dr. Arlene Eakle, state that Thomas Farr of Lynn did not exist but Thomas Farrar did. Any reference to Thomas Farr of Lynn is really Thomas Farrer.

The ²DNA that descends from this Stephen matches the DNA that descends from Thomas Farr(b. abt 1637 Lidlington, Bedford, England) down to our English DNA participant who now lives in Belgium. This, along with other records, proves that Stephen is Thomas' brother and both are sons of William. Stephen disappears from the English records and is the only Stephen that can't be accounted for. This is the Stephen that shows up in Concord, MA., and is why he shows in the parish records as a son to William but not mentioned in William's will. The DNA results between our Farrs and our English cousin are as follows:

#14723(David Jackson Farr)-----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30 18 9 10 11 11 24 15 19 29 15 16 17 17 11 10 19 23 17 15 17 17 36 38 12 12
#15659(Steven Timothy Farr)----13 23 14 11 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30 18 9 10 11 11 24 15 19 29 15 16 17 17 11 10 19 23 17 15 17 17 36 38 13 12

The above results show a two-marker one-step mutation. The following two paragraphs from FamilyTreeDNA's website explain why this is not a problem:

When you compare a 12 Marker result to another 12 marker result of someone with the SAME surname, and the results match 12/12, there is a 99% probability that you two are related within the time frame included in the MRCA tables. If the match is 11/12, there's still a high probability that you are related IF the 11/12 match is within the same surname. If you compare a 25 Marker result to another 25 marker result for the SAME surname, and the results match 24/25, then there is also a 99% confidence that the two individuals are related…and at a much closer time interval than with the 12 marker test. If you compare a 37 Marker result to another 37 marker result for the SAME surname, and the results match 35/37, then there is also a 99% confidence that the two individuals are related…and at a much closer time interval than with the 12 or 25 marker test.

Our bodies work as copy machines when it comes to the Y-DNA. You can have a copy machine doing 1,000 copies without a problem, and then, the 1,001 copy may have an "o" that looks more like an "e". And when we use this copy to make additional ones, all the new ones will now have an "e" instead of an "o". This is a simple way to explain how mutations occur in our Y-DNA when it's transferred (copied) from father to son. Mutations don't happen frequently, on the contrary, very seldom, but they can happen randomly in time, which means that I could be one mutation off from my father. That is why all those matches or close matches on 12 markers will, in most cases, go away when they happen between different surnames and when we increase the number of markers that are compared with more mutations showing up. This means farther back in time to when the common ancestor lived.

I was searching the 'New England Historic Genealogical Societies' online archives and ran across the New England Friends Cemetery Inscriptions. As I began to search the different Friends cemeteries I noticed more Farrs than I expected. When I finished the search I had found 35 Farrs whom had been buried during the 19th century in Quaker cemeteries.

I then decided to do more searching for available friend records in the SLC FHL and could only find records from the late 1700's to the 1900's. I then contacted the Archivist of Friend records at the Rhode Island Historical Library by email and asked if they knew if any Quaker records existed for the mid to late 17th century and early to mid 18th century for the state of Massachusetts. A few days later I received an email from Marnie Miller-Gutsell who is the archivist over the Friend's records. She informed me that the Massachusetts Friend records where all on file at the Rhode Island Historical Library with the exception of a few western Massachusetts Friend records that are housed at a university in Pennsylvania and a few in New York.

For years Maybeth Reimann urged me to check the Quaker records for Farrs but I couldn't find the records for the years needed to check on Thomas and Stephen Farr. It didn't occur to me that the records would be in Rhode Island instead of Massachusetts. I was very surprised when Marnie wrote back and said that the records were in RI. not MA.

I sent information on Thomas Farr's alleged family and information on Stephen Farr and his children in the mail to Marnie. The following is her response back to me shortly after she received my mailing:

Marnie Miller-Gutsell, Archivist
New England Yearly Meeting Archives
Rhode Island Historical Library
121 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906

Hi Tim--

I received your family information today, and did a preliminary search. I'm sorry to tell you that there wasn't a single Farr/Farre in the Quaker records of the Salem/Lynn/Boston area during the time period you are interested in. Those were the only active Quaker worshipping groups anywhere in that vicinity at that time. Even if there were some small worshipping groups in Stow or Billerica, two other locations you mentioned, they would still have connected with the main groups nearer the coast.

To tell the truth, when I saw that Stephen was a veteran of King Phillip's War, I wasn't really surprised not to find him. Quakers were (and often still are) pretty strict pacifists, and there are many records of their paying large fines or having property confiscated for refusing to train with the militia. Men who did train or serve could be "disowned" by their Meeting for doing so. If Stephen had become a "convinced" Friend after the war, he or his children would still have shown up in the record.

Sorry to report such disappointing news. Best of luck in finding the Farrs elsewhere.
Marnie

Note: Stephen was a soldier in King Phillip's War and was present when his commander, Capt. Nathaniel Davenport was slain, April 21, 1676.


The following was taken from the NEHGR Vol. 151, Jan, p. 59, 1997 and is why we can't find vitals on some of Stephen's children:

UNRECORDED EARLY BIRTHS
IN BILLERICA, MASSACHUSETTS:
BACON, FARR, BROWN, AND HINDES

Melinde Lutz Sanborn

Most genealogists are only too familiar with frustrations caused by records that are inadequate because of such hazards as illiteracy, court house fires, water damage, and occasional theft. Negligence was often a factor as well, as shown by the following communication from a frustrated registrar in 1686. The document was unearthed recently among Middlesex County Court Files.

Billerica decembr 15, 1686
Capt Hammond, sr I received yours, dated Novembr 6th wherein you are pleased to signify to my self, ye Honrd County Court appointing myselfe to take the account of births & deaths in our Towne, sr, I have here enclosed a list of all that I have heard in our Towne, since my last returne, with a penny a name, according to former customes, but I have not sent ye shilling over pluss, for my purpose is not to hold ye Service any longer; if I may obtaine that favour of ye Honrd Court, & therefore do intreat your self to motion it to ye Court to appoint another. I have served in ye place about twenty year and have returned many a name, & money with them, that I never got a penny for. here is six names in this returne, that none take care of to pay for, in deed ye law made is strikt enought, if p[er]sons would regard it, or that there were a way found to execute it for my owne [blot] I am weary of running after many p[er]sons, & minding them of ye law, unless [blot] would reguard what ye law is. Sr. I will only mention ye names of 3 or 4, which have bin often spoken to, as Michail Bacon, Steven Farre, John Browne has had 2 children since he came into this Towne, & has given account of none. John Hindes, was married 4 year since, often Called upon, but to no purpose, & now is removed to lankastere. So, if men may be p[er]suaded to attend ye law in these respects, I shall be willing to do any service in this kind, w[he]n called to it, but to have so much labour to looke after these things & nothing but ill will for my paines, this I am weary of Pray P[ar]rdon my boldness with yr selfe, I humbly request ye Honrd Court to appoint another in my stead
Sr, I remaine yor Humble, servt, Jonathan Danforth, Senr.

Note by Tim Farr: Stephen Farr and Michael Bacon in another Billerica town record (FHL film #901876) were warned to show at a town meeting in 1681 and they attended. Also in the records p. 247 a Job Caine was warned by the selectmen not to entertain Stephen Farr upon his farm, so as to bring him in as an inhabitant amongst us without ye consent of ye town.

I believe that Stephen was a Puritan because of the following record from the NEHGR Vol. 136, p. 45:
George Farley was active in town affairs: in March 1659/60, he served on the Grand Jury (ibid., 59); also in 1660 he was a corporal in the train band, a group formed to train and protect the town. On 14 August 1675, in a period of frequent Indian attack, his house was selected as a garrison in time of extremity. He was also on the march which took the life of his son Timothy at Brookfield, Massachusetts, 1675.

His name appears frequently in the selectmen's records. On 22 November 1674 he was chosen surveyor of highways, and 11 August 1682, he was elected a tithing man for the ensuing year with the following families under his care: John Lame, Steven Far, Nathaniel Hill, Sq. Hill, Jno Hill, Isaac Sternes, Mr. Whiting, Henry Jeffs (sic), John Sternes, Samuel Farley (his son), Widdow French (sic), Wm Chamberlain, John Chamberlain, John Shed, and Dan'l Shed, Sr. (sic). The tithing men were each responsible for ten families, supervising their moral behavior and church attendance. He is mentioned on several other occasions in various town matters.

George Farley was a Baptist, and as such his church activities are of interest. He was on the committee to build a church and provide for a minister at Billerica, 10th of 6th mo 1658 (Hazen, History of Billerica, 153), yet he was frequently at variance with the views of the church. The Puritans, who had left England to escape the restrictions of the established church, reversed positions and cast the Baptists into the role of dissident in the new colony. The principal Baptist belief was freedom of religion, and, therefore, the Puritan insistence on infant baptism was particularly offensive to them (Francis H. Russell, “A Cobbler at His Bench: John Russell of Woburn,” Register, 133 [1979]:125-133). They frequently turned their backs during baptism or walked out. Samuel Farley, son of George, was fined for eating and drinking in church, probably more an indication of his defiance than a reflection of his boorishness (Superior Court records no. 1689, 131-133).


The following is a research report by ¹Robert Charles Anderson for the ³Winslow Farr Sr. Family Org., 1996:

THOMAS AND STEPHEN FARR


1)        PASSENGER LISTS

Attempts have been made to find Thomas or Stephen Farr in passenger lists, but the only Farr entries mentioned in the research files are Edward Farr and Barnabas Farr. Edward is listed on a 1635 ship to St. Kitt's. There is no evidence that this man ever came to New England, and examples of passengers on these ships bound for the Caribbean later coming to New England are vanishingly few. Barnabas Farr, who sailed on the James in 1635 with Rev. Richard Mather, is in all New England records Barnabas Fawer, a different surname.
Thomas and Stephen Farr do not appear in surviving passenger lists, and the prospects of finding more lists for the appropriate period are quite slim. Further research in this class of records at this time should not be conducted.

2)        THOMAS FARR

The existence of Thomas Farr depends on the existence of records which show that such a man was in New England in the middle of the seventeenth century. The next thing to do is examine each of the records supposed to apply to this man.

a)        The Holmes-Corey researchers stated that a record of Thomas Far had been found in Boston in 1645, but did not provide a citation for this record. A Thomas Farrar of Boston, husbandman, son of Thomas Farrar of Burnley, Lancashire, in 1645 gave a power of attorney to his brother Henry Farrar. if this is the record referred to by Holmes-Corey, then it has nothing to do with a supposed Thomas Farr. The Farr and Farrar names are quite distinct, although, as we shall see, they can be confused by misunderstandings of written versions of the name.

b)        In 1654 Daniel King of Lynn sold to “Thomas Farr” of Lynn several sizeable parcels of land in Lynn [Essex Deeds 1:30]. This record is certainly the basis for much of the belief in the existence of Thomas Farr, and of his possible connection with George Farr of Lynn. I believe, however, that the grantee in this deed was Thomas Farrar of Lynn, a person who certainly did exist.. The version of these deeds which we now consult is a nineteenth-century transcript, the original of which is no longer available. Many seventeenth-century scribes would write “Farr-ar” by converting the last two letters into a flourish, so it might look to a person unfamiliar with the older scripts as “Farr” with a fancy termination. It should be possible to resolve this point by examining the later land transactions of Thomas Farrar of Lynn, to see if any of the parcels purchased from Daniel King appear in his hands.

c)        Suffolk Court Files Case #24440 involves Thomas Powers and Thomas Farr-who are both of age, but the deposition is not dated. However, two of the principal players in the deposition are Ebenezer Parkhurst and his wife Mary, a couple who were not known to have married before 1695, and so the deposition must have been made no earlier than this date, and probably some years later. The deponent would therefore be the Thomas Farr born about 1688, son of Stephen Farr.

d)        The supposed Thomas Farr- is given sons John, Thomas and Jonathan, in addition to Stephen. John is said to be of Lynn, but this must be John, son of George Farr-of Lynn, as evidenced by John's probate of 1672. I find no evidence for the existence of Thomas and Jonathan Farr, supposed sons of the supposed Thomas.

On this evidence I see no reason to believe that Thomas Farr ever existed. If I have overlooked any records thought to prove the presence of a Thomas Farr in early New England, I would be glad to examine them.

3)        STEPHEN FARR

Stephen Farr first appears in New England records in 1674 when he married in Concord. Since we have eliminated Thomas Far as his possible father, we are left with little else in New England. The only earlier Farr family is that of George Farr of Lynn. From the probate records relating to George Farr and his son John, it is clear that Stephen was not a son of George. Given his marriage date and his participation in King Philip's War, Stephen cannot have been born much later than 1650; but, inasmuch as those sons of George Farr who did marry were married much later than 1650, Stephen Farr also cannot have been a grandson of George Farr.
The conclusion from all this is that Stephen Farr was born in England, of unknown parents, probably in the 1640s.

4)        RECOMMENDATIONS

From the above arguments, we conclude that Stephen Farr came to New England as a single man, which will not make finding him in England an easy prospect. Only two lines of research suggest themselves:

a)        Since we first find Stephen Farr in Concord, he may have been related in some manner to a Concord family, or possibly came with a Concord family as a servant. All records for Stephen Farr should be examined to determine if he had any frequent associations with families in Concord.

b)        Search English records systematically for any Stephen Farr- born in England in the right time period, without any preconceptions about the names of his parents. This approach can be combined with the first suggested avenue of research, should anything suggestive appear from those efforts.

In this regard I would note that previous research has turned up one possibility that is at least worth pursuing - the Stephen Farr baptized at Lidlington, Bedfordshire, on 29 December 1640, son of William Farr. The baptismal date is a little early, but not terribly so, and many early Concord residents were from Bedfordshire. This may turn out to be a false lead, but I believe that your search for the origin of Stephen Farr will run along these lines - searching English records for a likely Stephen Farr, and then examining each candidate to see whether he can be eliminated, or whether any supporting evidence can be found.

I would be willing to make myself available to the Farr-Family Organization, at no further charge, in two specific areas. First, if I have failed to address any record which purports to prove the existence of a Thomas Farr in New England prior to the appearance of Stephen Farr, I would be glad to study it and give an opinion on its evidentiary value. Second, if some other researcher finds in England a Stephen Farr who appears to be a strong candidate for identification as the immigrant, I would be glad to examine the records and express an opinion.

5)        APPENDIX

Nearly twenty years ago I was involved in a study of early examples of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease). One of the earliest cases described was that of a Farr family of Vermont. Enclosed are two articles in medical journals which describe the disease as it appeared in this branch of the Farr family, and also a few Farr vital records which I extracted from the Vermont vital records which apply to this branch of the family. ALS usually strikes a person in the fifth decade of life, and in more than eighty percent of cases leads to death within five years. Nineteenth-century medicine had not yet classified neurological degenerative diseases in the way we do now, so when one sees records in which a person is dying in his or her forties or fifties, with the cause of death listed as paralysis or palsy or some similar designation, a diagnosis of ALS or something similar may be in order. I hope this information is of some use and interest to the members of the Farr family organization..

Robert Charles Anderson
27 March 1996
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¹Robert Charles Anderson is the over the New England Great Migration Project.
²Farr Surname DNA results can be found online at: www.dustyhills.net/FarrDNATestResults.htm
³The Winslow Farr Sr. Family organization can be contacted through their website at: www.winslowfarr.org/index.htm

Notes about Stephen from Famous and Infamous Farr Family:
Stephen Farr was a soldier of King Philip's War, serving under Capt. Nathaniel Davenport in the Narragansett Campaign of 1675. This group of foot soldiers attacked the Narragansett Indian fort at Kingston, Rhode Island and attempted to wipe out the Narragansett Indian tribe in a battle known as “The Great Swamp Fight” The Narragansett Indians were believed to be allies with the Wampanoag Indians under King Philip's leadership who had attacked many Engliah settlements and killed a great many English settlers and their families. It was a very sad time in New England history when cultures in conflict were part of everyday life.


Double Proof: The Farr Family DNA Project http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2006/08/14/double-proof-the-farr-family-dna-project/
Many genealogists in the past believed Stephen Farr, who married Mary Taylor 24 May 1674 in Concord MA, had to be the son of a Farr who lived in Massachusetts or possibly Maine. Rev. Charles N. Sinnett, in his The Farr Genealogy (filmed by the Genealogical Society of UT in 1951) proposed Thomas Far of Lynn MA as the ancestor. There was a George Farr of first Boston and then of Lynn; he was also a candidate. Thomas Farr of Lynn turned out to be named Farrar with ties to Lancashire, England and George left a will naming his children and Stephen was not one of them.

The Farr Family Organization wrestled with the problem of their origins for decades. Finally in 2003, Tim Farr, a computer-savvy descendant, with the blessing and financial support of the family organization, launched a DNA Farr Surname Project. Two cousins were tapped to be tested first. They matched exactly with 12 markers, then 25 markers, and today with 37 markers. (There is now a 59 marker test!) Other male descendants were invited to participate and some asked to be included. A total of eleven descendants matched exactly.

Another male descendant, living in Belgium, contacted the family–he was born in Bedfordshire, England, where there were pockets of Farrs going back as far as the records themselves. And there was a Stephen Farr christened 1640 in Lidlington, Bedfordshire. He had already been highlighted as a good prospect for origins.

When (Belgium) Farr was tested, 35 of 37 markers matched exactly. The markers that matched indicated a probability of 99% relationship, and the 2 mutations indicated a different generation for the most recent common ancestor.

What makes the Farr DNA Surname Project unique? First, a computer database of English wills for the Farr surname was professionally created and circulated to family members on CD. Family members, with professional oversight, translated and transcribed the wills for analysis. This CD of wills was completed before the results of many of the tests were in.

Then, Tim with the aid of his sister Karen, added all the parish register entries for the Farr surname to an excel spreadsheet for comparison and careful analysis–so that every possible candidate for Stephen Farr’s parents and siblings could be identified and accounted for. These were added to the CD. At present more than 25,000 Farrs from records all over England are on this CD available from the family organization (see contact information below).

As the test results were coming in, each and every key lineage was also proven and documented with a clear paper trail–linking each generation from the dna match all the way back, son to father to grandfather and so on.

Stay tuned for the next episode, 21 August, 2006: I will show you why it is essential to check all the places where the ancestors resided for evidence. Some ancestors provided information beyond our wildest thoughts.

What makes a project like this possible?

1. The International Genealogical Index compiled by the LDS Church principally from parish registers. Bedfordshire was microfilmed early and all parishes are included in the database. Where there is a question of reading or interpretation, original registers are available on microfilm to check. The project had a few entries to be checked against the originals.

2. Computer software to speed the collection of data into spreadsheets: where the IGI batches are arranged alphabetically by location; and LDS Companion 2.12 from Archer Software. These remarkable tools enable you to convert parish register entries for your surname of interest in to comparable charts for analysis.

3. Dedicated, computer-savvy, personnel willing to spend the hundreds of hours needed. Few organizations can afford to use professionals for such a study. This massive effort includes the volunteers who in-put the data in the IGI, the dedicated genealogists who created the index utility for the batch numbers, Ancestry.com who ensured that freepages at rootsweb survived as a free site, and others who were unpaid participants willing to donate their time and energy to achieve success. And we all are indebted to the LDS Church whose foresight and financial resources have acquired the record sources on microfilm in sufficient quantity and completeness to ensure success.

4. Male descendants willing to have the DNA testing done through a reputable and careful lab. The Farr Project was powered by Family Tree DNA of Houston TX Other labs are available, descriptions can be found on the internet. Down-line research may be necessary to locate living male descendants. And only male descendants carry the Y-Chromosome dna (in spite of claims made on the internet). Each and every male carries a copy of the dna of his male ancestors. “There is no need to dig up dead bodies” for tests, Tim says.

Add to your summer reading:
Stephen Farr of Concord < Massachusetts b. 1640: His Family, Descendants, and Probable English Origins (A DNA Study) written by Timothy M. Farr, 2006. Available for $34.00 from Winslow Farr, S., Family Organization, 26561 Campesino, Mission Viejo CA 92691. CD also available, $5.00.

Mary TAYLOR [Parents] 1 was born 2 on 19 Feb 1649/1650 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died in 1699. Mary married 3, 4, 5 Stephen FARR on 25 May 1674 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Refered to as daughter ffarr in her father's will. Marriage to Stephen found in Concord Reg. marriages of Middlesex County reference # US/CAN 974.44/C4 v2c p. 17

Marriage Notes:

MARRIAGE: Original hand written record of Stephan ffarre mar. to Mary Tailor in Concord, Mass. FHL film #0964880.

They had the following children.

  M i
Ebenezer FARR was born 1, 2 on 10 Nov 1676 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.



The following is taken from the Rev. Sinnett's "The Farr Genealogy":
Many have tried to find his name as that of a Grandfather, or Ancestor. But no such clue has been discovered. The following explanation is given by the scholarly Anson Titus, "The naming of a first child is a point of interest which we think will do away with the idea that Ebenezer is an ancestral name. The father had seen several months of service in the defense of the homes of the colonists from the Indians, King Phillip and his followers. He was in the company of Capt. Nathaniel Davenport when that leader was slain at Sudbury, Mass., Apr 21, 1676. For a year before that the people were in fear and trembling because of the savages. The devastation of many towns, the murder of some of the best men, the brutal treatment of the women, and the captivity of the children, made the Puritans desperate. In Aug. 1676 King Phillip was driven to a swamp near his home at Mount Hope, near Bristol, R.I., and hunted to death. This gave rejoicing, as it was practically the end of the War. Stephen Farr, and other soldiers returned to Thanksgiving, and there was great rejoicing in New England and Old England. In the midst of this time of great joy Nov 10, 1676, a son was born to Stephen Farr. Believing in 1st Samuel Chapter 7th, verse 13th, he and his Godly wife, named this son Ebenezer, 'Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.' We must always take careful note of the intensity of religion in those days."
  M ii Stephen FARR Jr. was born on 11 Apr 1679.
  M iii John FARR was born about 1681. He died on 14 Jan 1723/1724.
  M iv Samuel FARR was born about 1684/1685. He died on 7 Jun 1754.
  F v Mary FARR was born on 4 May 1686. She died on 23 Jun 1748.
  M vi Thomas FARR Sr. was born about 1688. He died before 8 Jul 1783.
  M vii Jonathan FARR was born about 1690. He died on 14 Jan 1721.

William TAYLOR [scrapbook] 1 was born in PROB 20 AUG 1621 in Toddington, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died 2 on 6 Dec 1696 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. William married 3 Mary MERRIAM in BY 1650 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

William was of Concord Mass , Where he was owner of a large farm on the east Bedford Road. William's father may be Richard of Toddington/Harlington, Bedfordshire.

George Merriam had a daughter Mary but she died in 1646. Joseph Merriam, son of Joseph Merriam, had a daughter named Mary b.1664 that married Isaac Stearns.

The following is a research report by Andrew Pierce:  On to the Middlesex County MA problems. Ruth H. Bubul's recent George Hayward: A Line From Concord, Massachusetts, 1635  states that William Taylor (born ca.1618) married by 1649 (when he was a proprietor in Concord), Mary Meriam, daughter of Joseph & Sarah (Goldstone) Merriam. After her death, in 1677 he married (2)Hannah Merriam, a cousin of his first wife. The Merriam family is also sketched, with sources such as Lemuel Shattuck's notes, and there seems no reason to doubt that Mary Merriam was not William Taylor's wife. I do not see in your notes the source which supposedly identifies Mary was a Coltham, daughter of William Coltham of Wethersfield CT, but the latter place is quite far from Concord MA, where William Taylor lived.

The IGI (apparently based on vital records) gives the marriage date of William Taylor to Mary Merriam as 19 October 1650, which seems to clash with the birth of their oldest daughter Mary on 12 September 1649/50; but since transcriptions of calendar dates of that period sometimes don't take into account the 'double years' given between fall and spring, it would be worth another look at the VRs for Concord. Also, the new publication of Middlesex County probate records (to 1660) might be checked, as well as Middlesex County deeds through 1700 to see if William & Mary Taylor, or their children, deeded out land in her right; and a probate for Mary's presumed mother Sarah (Goldstone) Merriam, who married (2)Joseph Wheeler of Concord and died there in 1671, to see if she mentioned Mary or her children. Wheeler's probate might be checked too, since he may have remembered stepdaughter Mary or her children.

Will of William Taylor US/CAN film #421536 file #22257:
I, William Taylor, of ye town of Concord in ye county of Middlesex in New England, being in perfect memory priviledged be God to make this my last will in manor & form following.  My soul I commit into the hands of my most merciful God in  Christ Jesus believing the ressurection of my body at ye last and great day of ye great and xxx xxx xxx and my body to descent burial for my temporal estate as followeth.  I give to my eldest son John Taylor my fourteen acres of land called Sprouters Lot and my sons Isaac Taylor and Joseph Taylor and my daughter ffarr have all of them received their portion from me already. As for my state now remaining mine and not given by deed of gift to my above said sons.  I will and give to my true and beloved wife all my movable estate one and others of all xxx and kinds and to her disposal at her death.  And to sell and make xxx of for ye comfort of her life.  Also all my lands and mansion dwelling house and all ye engagements and xxx in my deeds of gifts to my sons I will that they be truly performed to their mother my loving and beloved wife and all my land now in my hands not given as above said I will and give to my wife for her to make use of as her need and comfort of life requireth.  And what land is left at my wife's death.  I give to my two sons Abraham Taylor and Jacob Taylor also I make my loving wife the executrix of this my last will all former and other wills void and anulled.  In witness that this is my last will and testament.  I, William Taylor ye ageed set to my hand and seal this twentieth day of ffebuary in the year one thousand six hundred ninety and two and three in ye four year of ye reign of William and Mary xxxx  Signed and sealed in presence of xxx Samuel xxx, Susannah Sprouthford??? Marke of William Taylor

Inventory of estate was approved by R. Fox, John Merriam, Samuel Howe.

DEATH: Will inventory witnessed by John Merriam.

Mary MERRIAM [Parents] [scrapbook] was born in 1625 in Hadlow, Kent, England, United Kingdom. She died 1, 2 on 10 Dec 1699 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Mary married 3 William TAYLOR in BY 1650 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Mary TAYLOR was born on 19 Feb 1649/1650. She died in 1699.
  M ii John TAYLOR was born on 19 Oct 1653. He died on 20 Nov 1719.
  M iii
Samuel TAYLOR 1 was born 2 on 3 Jul 1655 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 3 on 16 Jul 1655 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Birth from US/CAN film #1420474
  M iv Abraham TAYLOR was born on 14 Nov 1656. He died on 19 Jun 1729.
  M v Isaac TAYLOR was born on 5 Mar 1659.
  M vi Jacob TAYLOR was born on 8 May 1662.
  M vii Joseph TAYLOR was born on 7 Apr 1665. He died on 20 Sep 1709.

Stephen FARR Jr. [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2, 3 on 11 Apr 1679 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Stephen married 4, 5 Sarah STONE on 28 Sep 1707 in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Source: FHL film #0815617
Comments:  Shows both John and Stephen together in a town meeting at Stow in 1700.

Middlesex Deeds
Vol. 41, p. 325
FHL Film US/CAN #0554024
Stephen Farr to Stephen Farr, Jr, of Stow, Mass., 200 pounds; land in Stow and Acton Mass., of 100 acres. One parcel consists of part of a house and lot (the line passes through middle of the chimney) in this John Davis' land is mentioned; also land of Samuel Farr and Jonathan Farr. Another parcel which belonged to Stephen Farr Senior on the westerly side of the road leading from Stow to Jonathan Farr's. Dec 25th, 1735
Stephen Farr/Sarah Farr
Witnesses, Joseph Farr Jr., Jacob Hooker, Wm Farr.

BIRTH: April was used instead of Feb. because the year started in Mar. in the pre 1750 records so 11, 2, 1679 would be 11 Apr 1679

Sarah STONE was born 1 about 1684 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died in 1741 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Sarah married 2, 3 Stephen FARR Jr. on 28 Sep 1707 in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Sarah descends from George Farr of Lynn, Essex, MA through his daughter Mary Farr Farnsworth and then through Mary's daughter Sarah Farnsworth Stone.

They had the following children.

  M i Stephen FARR was born about 1710.
  F ii Jemimah FARR was born on 29 Nov 1713. She died on 18 Nov 1739.
  M iii Joseph FARR was born on 11 Apr 1718. He died on 24 Feb 1796.
  F iv
Susannah FARR was born 1, 2, 3, 4 on 6 Sep 1724 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

John FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born about 1681 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 14 Jan 1723/1724 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. John married 3, 4 Hannah APPLIN on 11 May 1703 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

John is mentioned in his brother Samuel's will. Because Samuel was confirmed by DNA testing, John is now confirmed by the will. If you read the Melinde Sanborn article under Stephen Farr, you can see why most of his children are not found in the vital records.

Mention of John is found in the Rev. Charles N. Sinnett's book "The Farr Genealogy" Film #0015506 p. 11, 48.

Film #385981 Middlesex MA Probate Docket FA - HA
Shows index of John Farr's probate of Littleton No.7274. This is the John married to Hannah Applin.

Film #0397054 Middlesex Probate Pages #7274
Shows original probate of John Farr Husband of Hannah Applin. Relations listed are: Hannah Applin (wife), John Farr (eldest son), Hannah Hayes (daughter, Husband James Hayes), Mehetable Adams or Davis (daughter), Mary Dodge (daughter), BethShua Anderson (daughter), Abia _____, Rachel Cavy(daughter), Prudence Farr(daughter). I couldn't read the last name of Abia.

Film #0928676 Haseltine Papers, Watertown Marriages Book 2 1695-1737 John Farr from Stow MA & Hannah Applin from Watertown  MA m./May 11, 1703

Film #1321409, item 13, page 156: gravestone inscription of John Farr

FHL film #1321409, item 13, page 37: John and Thomas Farr as land owners in Littleton.

DEATH: Deaths from Grave Stones in the Old Burying Ground at Littleton Common. Inscription:
Here lyes ye Body
of Mr. John Farr
who Dec'd Jan.
ye 14th 1724 in ye
43d year of his age.

Hannah APPLIN [scrapbook] was born on 26 May 1680 in of Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Hannah married 1, 2 John FARR on 11 May 1703 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Mary FARR was born about 1705.
  M ii John FARR Jr. was born about 1710. He died on 24 Oct 1763.
  F iii Bathshua FARR was born on 13 May 1712. She died on 4 Jul 1757.
  F iv Hannah FARR was born about 1713.
  F v Abiah FARR was born on 25 Jul 1714.
  F vi Rachel FARR was born on 28 Aug 1715.
  F vii Mehitable FARR was born on 28 Feb 1716/1717.
  F viii
Prudence FARR 1 was born 2, 3 on 24 Mar 1718/1719 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

BIRTH: 1719 Farr Prudance Daughter of John and Hanah Farr born march the 24.1719. Earliest records of births and deaths, recorded in the first book of town-meeting records begun 1715/16.
  M ix
Isaac FARR was born 1, 2 on 1 Oct 1721 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 13 Feb 1747/1748.

BIRTH: 1721 Farr Isaac Son of John and Hanah Farr born October the: 1: 1721. Earliest records of births and deaths, recorded in the first book of town-meeting records begun 1715/16.

Samuel FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born about 1684/1685 in of Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2, 3 on 7 Jun 1754 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Samuel married Hannah WHITNEY about 1713 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Samuel had a will 4 on 4 Feb 1754 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

The best proof we have that ²Samuel was a son of ¹Stephen is the DNA results between participants #51092 (Douglas Wayne Farr), #26155 (James Russell Farr), #33301 ( whom descend from ²Samuel Farr, #36078 (Donald Richard farr), and participant #15338 (Donald Eugene Farr) who descends from ²Stephen Farr Jr. (proven son of Stephen Farr) The DNA results are as follows:

#15338----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30 18 9 10 11 11 24 15 19 29 15 16 17 17
#33301----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30 18 9 10 11 11 24 15 19 29 15 16 17 17
#36078----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30 18 9 10 11 11 24 15 19 29 15 16 17 17
#51092----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30
#26155----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30

All five have an exact match. Samuel Farr is a brother of Stephen Farr Jr. and we know that Stephen Jr. is a son of Stephen Farr and Mary Taylor from the Concord vitals. Full results of the Farr DNA Project with FamilyTreeDNA, can be viewed at: http://www.geocities.com/dustyhills/FarrDNATestResults.htm. If you read the Melinde Sanborn article under Stephen Farr, you can see why most of his children are not found in the vital records.

Mention of Samuel is found in the Rev. Charles N. Sinnett's book "The Farr Genealogy" Film #0015506 pp. 11, 68-69 Died June 7th 1754 and lived at Stow, Mass., and married Hannah Whitney


Will dated Feb. 4, 1754
probated July 8, 1754
Stow, Middlesex, Mass.
Probates, vol. xxvii p. 149

In the Name of God Amen. I Samuel Farr of Stow in the county of Middlesex in the Provivence of the Massachusetts Bay in New England yeoman, being considerably advanced in age but of sound and disposing mind, Do Constitute and Appoint this to be my soul Will & Testament this fourth day of February Anno Domi one thousand seven hundred fifty four. Principally & first of all I give my soul into the hands of God that gave it & my body to the Earth to be buried in Decent Christian Burial out of my Estate, & as touching the worldly Estate that I am Blessed with I give & dispose of as follows:
I give to my wife Hannah the use of my moveable Estate and the use of that part of my Real Estate that is not given away by this will during her life. Item: I give to my eldest son Samuel Farr that part of my messauge  that I have set to him of meets & bounds. Item: I give to my son Daniel Farr about an acre of orcharding that was set to him by meets & bounds being part of the orchard that I purchased of my brother John Farr also all that part of my living that I gave to my son Jonathan by word of mouth, my said son Daniel having paid him the full Value thereof, this I give to my son Daniel beside the deed I gave to Samuel Haywood & Jeremiah Ward at his desire and advantage. Item: I give to my son Jonathan Farr four acres of swamp that lyeth in or near the Great Swamp in said Stow besides what he diposed of and received the profit of from my son Daniel above said. Item: I give to my youngest son Abraham Farr one full half of my messuage & buildings at home, as also the other half of it after my wife's decease & the decease or marriage of my daughter Lydia Farr in case he shal look after them & give them a proper maintenance out of it & them & me Decent Christian burial out of it. Item” I give to my said daughter Lydia her maintenance as above said during life if she shal remain a single woman but if she should happen to marry four pounds lawful money & she shal quit her title to the maintenance abovesaid  this beside her bed & the furniture of it.  Item: I give to my three married daughters what I gave them viz. Hannah Farr, Elizabeth Whitney, & Hepsibah Thomas each of them one pound six schillings & eight pence lawful money apiece for each of them & all my household goods to be equally divided among them after my said wife has done with them, but if my said wife shal continue my widow during her life she shal enjoy my moveable estate during said term. But if she should happen to marry, my said son after marrige shal befree from his obligation with regard to her maintenance & enjoy my estate as if he had maintained her for life & she shal have liberty to take a bed & furniture with her. Further I give a piece of land that I bought of Butterwick to my three sons Samuel, Daniel & Abraham Farr, & constitute & appoint my said son Abraham Farr soul executor of this my last will and testament & revoking all other wills by be at any time made. I ratifie and confirm this & no other to be my last will & testament the day & year above written.
Memorandum: The ten acres near the clay pitts adjoining to my said son Samuel, I call my messuage at home & accordingly give it to my said son Abraham.
Signed, Sealed, Published, Pronounced & Declared by the said Samuel Farr as his last Will & Testament in the presemce of us the Subscribers:
John Gardner
Elizabeth Gardner
Susannah Gardner

WILL: Mentions his brother John Farr in his will. Because Samuel was confirmed in Stephen Farr's family by DNA testing, John is now confirned through the will.

Hannah WHITNEY was born about 1692 in of Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Hannah married Samuel FARR about 1713 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i
Lydia FARR was born 1, 2, 3 on 29 Mar 1714 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Mentioned in father's will.
  M ii Samuel FARR 1st was born in Jul 1716.
  M iii Daniel FARR was born about 1717. He died on 15 Nov 1761.
  M iv Jonathan FARR 1st was born on 24 Feb 1722/1723.
  F v Elizabeth FARR was born on 25 Nov 1725. She died on 24 Apr 1754.
  F vi Hepzibah FARR was born on 3 Jun 1727. She died on 22 Jan 1815.
  M vii Abraham FARR was born on 1 Oct 1730. He died on 18 Jun 1810.
  F viii Hannah FARR was born about 1720.

Samuel COREY was born 1 on 20 Sep 1691 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Samuel married Mary FARR about 1712 in of Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Mary FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 4 May 1686 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died 2 on 23 Jun 1748 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Mary married Samuel COREY about 1712 in of Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

The IGI and many other sources, incorrectly have this Mary Farr as the wife of Jacob Hooker. Sinnett in his book, "The Farr Genealogy", uses a Middlesex County, Massachusetts's land deed, dated 1766, incorrectly to support her as the wife of Jacob Hooker. Using the dates from the land deeds, this Stephen Farr would have to be about 125 years old. However, there could be a Jacob Hooker from an earlier time that could be confusing the matter.

Mary, that married Jacob Hooker, would be the daughter of Stephen Farr b. abt 1710 and Sarah Bennett b. 1708/9.

Mary Farr probably married abt 1712, Samuel Corey b. 20 Sep 1691 Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts. They had the following children:  Samuel b. 25 Feb 1714/15, Samuel b. 30 Aug 1717, Mary b. 2 Apr 1720, Stephen b. 25 Mar 1723, Elizabeth b. 13 Feb 1725, and Oliver b. 21 Aug 1729.

Samuel Corey was appointed guardian of John Farr's children in 1724.

Record of Mary being a child in this family found in Concord Reg. births, marriages and deaths of Middlesex County reference # US/CAN 974.44/C4 v2c.

Mary's Headstone Inscription:
Mary Corey the wife of Left Samuel Corey Desest the 28th day of June 1748 aged aboute 62 years


Thomas FARR Sr. [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2 was born about 1688 in of Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 3 before 8 Jul 1783 in Hollis, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States. Thomas married 4, 5, 6 Elizabeth POWERS on 16 Mar 1713/1714 in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
WHITCOMB, Hannah [Powers]

Thomas Farr Sr. and Hannah
and
Thomas Farr Jr. and Hannah
By Tim Farr
Updated 20 January, 2017
 
Thomas Farr Sr. was born abt. 1688 to 1692 of Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts to Stephen Farr and Mary Taylor.Thomas Farr Sr. had seven children between the years of 1715 and 1730. All of the children’s birth records indicate that the mother’s name was Elizabeth.
 
Thomas Farr Jr. was born on 4 Nov 1719 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts to Thomas Farr Sr. and Elizabeth Powers. Thomas Farr Jr. had six children between the the years of 1742 and 1755. All of the children’s birth records indicate that the mother’s name was Hannah.
 
The only marriage records found to date are of Thomas Farr and Hannah Powers on 5 Aug 1758 and Thomas Farr to an Elizabeth Powers 16 Mar 1713/14. All publications attribute the children of Thomas Farr Jr. to Hannah Powers. Some indicate, including my own publications,that the marriage date must have been mis-transcribed and should read 5 Aug 1738.
 
Hannah Powers birth and death were never found and so the idea of the marriage date really being 1738 was fine at the time but I have uncovered new evidence to the contrary. I first discovered the headstone of a Hannah, widow of Mr Thomas Farr, located in the Congregational Church Burial Yard of Hollis, Hillsborough, New Hampshire.
 
This sparked my curiosity because Dr. Arlene Eakle and I have done so much research on Thomas Farrs that I knew it had to be the wife of Thomas Farr Jr. or the wife of Thomas Farr Sr. the grandson and son of our Stephen Farr the immigrant of Concord, Middlesex,Massachusetts and Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England.
 
I first searched the cemetery records to see if any Farrs were buried there other than Hannah and I found none. I then found a number of Powers buried in the same cemetery so I looked in the “Hollis Family Album, The Folk Tales and Family Trees of the First Settlers of Hollis, New Hampshire” and found that Peter Powers was one of the first settlers in that town. Peter Powers is a son of Daniel Powers and Elizabeth Whitcomb making him a first cousin to Elisabeth Powers Farr the wife of Thomas Farr Sr.
 
At this point I needed to know if Hannah on the headstone was a Powers or not so I looked for a probate record of a Hannah Farr in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. To my surprise Hannah did leave a will dated 8 Jul 1783 and probated on 16 Aug 1785 found on FHL US/CAN Film #16070, p. 358. In the will Hannah states that she is the widow of Thomas Farr late of Hollis deceased. She then makes a bequeath to her son named“Thomas Powers” and also makes him executor of her will.
 
This find caused me to go back to the marriage bann shown previously and I then noticed that it listed Hannah as“Mrs. Hannah Powers” and Thomas as “Mr. Thomas Powers” which means that they had both previously been married. This now tells us that the marriage date in the records of 5 Aug 1758 is correct and that Hannah Powers is not the mother of Thomas Farr Jr’s. children! Hannah Powers maiden name is now not known and the maiden name of Thomas’ first wife Hannah is also not known.
 
Given the fact that the headstone of Hannah states that she was 92 years and 7 months old when she died on the 6 Jul 1785, puts her birth at abt. 6 Dec 1692. This makes her too old to be the one that married Thomas Farr Jr. Hannah’s will also states that she is the widow of Thomas Farr late of Hollis deceased. We know that Thomas Jr. died in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire so this would indicate that Thomas Sr. is her husband.
 
The headstone of Hannah ____ Powers Farr would never have been found if it were not for someone taking the time to photograph the headstones in that cemetery and posting them to the Internet.Until now, we’ve had no reason to look for Hannah in Hollis, New Hampshire. But it now makes sense why she was not found in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire because she was not the mother of the Farr children.
 
We now need to find which Powers Hannah was married to before she married Thomas Farr Sr. so we can find her maiden name. We also need to re think who Hannah, the mother of Thomas Farr Jr’s children, really is!
 
After doing a search for Powers marrying a Hannah, I found Joseph Powers married Hannah Whitcomb in Groton,Massachusetts on the 16 Mar 1713 and they had their children in Littleton. Joseph died on 18 Dec 1744 in Littleton. The widow Hannah Powers  then married Thomas Farr Sr. in Hardwick on the 5 Aug 1758 and was listed as being from Littleton. Her son Thomas Powers listed in her will was the son of Joseph Powers and Hannah Whitcomb/Powers/Farr.
 
Joseph Powers is the brother of Thomas Farr's first wife Elizabeth Powers, so he married his sister in law Hannah Whitcomb Powers! We now know that Thomas Farr Sr. died in Hollis, NH.
 
I also found in The Hollis records a "warning out" for Thomas and Hannah Farr and it said that they were previously of Littleton.
 
 
Since publishing the above findings, I received an email from a Thomas Stanley Farr of Crystal Lake, Illinois to add more of his Farr line to the Stephen Farr descendants book and also make some corrections. Stan asked me if I was familiar with the 1915 Lawrence Brainerd genealogical chart of the descendants of Stephen Farr Sr. I had never seen the chart and figured that it would have all the usual mistakes found in the earlier published charts. I looked for the chart on FamilySearch and found a digitized film with Brainerd's hand written charts on it. After going through over 200 pages of film, I couldn't find the Farr chart that Stan had mentioned. I emailed Stan for a copy and was surprised to find it on my doorstep just three days later.

Stan had pointed out to me that the Brainerd chart had the answer to who Thomas Farr Jr.'s wife's maiden name was. Stan had read the above article on my website and knew that I was looking for Hannah's Maiden name. The chart shows that Thomas Farr Jr. married his first cousin Hannah Farr the daughter of Samuel Farr and Hannah Whitney.

At first I couldn't swallow this assertion but the more I studied it the more it looked possible. In looking at Samuel Farr's will, we find the following: Item: I give to my three married daughters what I gave them viz. Hannah Farr, Elizabeth Whitney, & Hepsibah Thomas......... He names his daughters by their married names and this includes Hannah!

Next I looked at the vitals that I had on Hannah Farr daughter of Samuel Farr and all the information I could find online. Everyone has her being born about 1732 and married to Samuel Hildreth on the 27th of November 1759. I also have her marriage documented with an original source. The problem I saw with the marriage year of 1759 was the fact that Samuel Farr's will was dated 1754 thus putting Hannah's marriage well before 1759 and obviously not to Samuel Hildreth. The parentage of the Hannah Farr that married Samuel Hildreth is now not known. This now puts the birthdate of Hannah Farr the daughter of Samuel Farr much earlier than 1732 and at least in the neighborhood of 1720 in order to be named as a married daughter in a will dated 1754.

This makes it extremely possible that Hannah Farr daughter of Samuel Farr is the Hannah that was married to Thomas Farr Jr. the son of our direct ancestor Thomas Farr Sr. The Samuel Farr we have been talking about here is the brother of our Thomas Farr Sr. thus Brainherd's chart labeling Hannah Farr as a 1st cousin and wife of Thomas Farr Jr. The chart also points out that Dr. William Farr married his 1st cousin Jemima Farr. Dr. William Farr was a son of Jonathan Farr brother of our Thomas Farr Sr. and Jemima Farr was a daughter of Stephen Farr Jr. also a brother to our Thomas Farr Sr. This information we already had correct.

Whether or not this is correct about Hannah Farr being the wife of Thomas Farr Jr., it is correct that Hannah Farr daughter of Samuel Farr is not the one that married Samuel Hildreth, her birth was much earlier and her married name was "Hannah Farr"!

I found a listing on FindAGrave.com for both Thomas and Elizabeth being buried in the Hardwick Central Cemetery. I called the cemetery sextant and he told me there was no record of them being buried there.

The best proof we have that ²Thomas was a son of ¹Stephen is the DNA results between participants #14704 (Ben W. Farr Sr.), #20588 (Kendall Clark Farr), #20589 (Keith Lyle Farr), #23559 (Robert Farr) and #14723 (David Jackson Farr) whom descend from ²Thomas Farr, and participants #15338 (Donald Eugene Farr) and #46956 (Rupert Andrew Farr) whom descend from ²Stephen Farr Jr. (proven son of Stephen Farr). The DNA results are as follows:

#14704----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30
#20588----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30
#20589----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30
#23559----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30
#46956----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30 (Rupert Andrew Farr)
#14723(David Jackson Farr)----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30 18 9 10 11 11 24 15 19 29 15 16 17 17 11 10 19 23 17 15 17 17 36 38 12 12
#153389(Donald Eugene Farr)----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30 18 9 10 11 11 24 15 19 29 15 16 17 17 11 10 19 23 17 15 17 17 36 38 12 12

All seven have an exact match. Thomas Farr is a brother of Stephen Farr Jr. and we know that Stephen Jr. is a son of Stephen Farr and Mary Taylor from the Concord vitals. Full results of the Farr DNA Project with FamilyTreeDNA, can be viewed at: www.dustyhills.net/FarrDNATestResults.htm. If you read the Melinde Sanborn article under Stephen Farr, you can see why most of his children are not found in the vital records.

Thomas buys land from Stephen Farr Jr Mar 10, 1741:
Thomas Farr of Acton, Mass., 500 pounds to Stephen Farr Jr. of Stow, Mass., land in Acton, Mass., 120, or 170 acres. film #0015506 p. 50.

Mention of Thomas Farr, M. at Groton, Mass., March 16th, 1713 to Eliza (Elizabeth) Powers.in the Rev. Charles N. Sinnett's book "The Farr Genealogy" FHL film #0015506 p. 11. Marriage also mentioned in Early Massachusetts Marriages Prior to 1800, Middlesex, Hamshire, Bershire and Bristol, Middlesex County, Groton, page 58.

FHL film #1321409, item 13, page 37: John and Thomas Farr as land owners in Littleton.

The following is from Hollis Town Records 1733-1887 vol. 2 and was provided to me by Susannah Zemke: "Thos Farr and his wife Hannah was warnd out of Town July 1, 1773 who last came from Littleton in the County of Middlesex & Province of the Massachusetts Bay."

DEATH: "Thomas Farr late of Holles deceased".

Elizabeth POWERS [Parents] was born 1 about 1693 in of Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died before 5 Aug 1758 in Hardwick, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Elizabeth married 2, 3, 4 Thomas FARR Sr. on 16 Mar 1713/1714 in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Marriage Notes:

MARRIAGE: Both of Nashobah.

They had the following children.

  F i Elizabeth FARR was born on 24 Jan 1715.
  F ii Abigail FARR was born on 26 Dec 1716.
  M iii Thomas FARR Jr. was born on 1 Nov 1719. He died on 11 Jan 1773.
  F iv
Joanna FARR was born 1, 2, 3 on 22 May 1722 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
  M v Jonathan FARR 2nd was born on 4 Feb 1724/1725. He died about 25 Feb 1791.
  F vi Mary FARR was born on 12 Mar 1727/1728. She died on 5 Feb 1803.
  F vii Keziah FARR was born on 12 Jun 1730.

Thomas FARR Sr. [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2 was born about 1688 in of Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 3 before 8 Jul 1783 in Hollis, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States. Thomas married Hannah [Powers] WHITCOMB.

Other marriages:
POWERS, Elizabeth

Thomas Farr Sr. and Hannah
and
Thomas Farr Jr. and Hannah
By Tim Farr
Updated 20 January, 2017
 
Thomas Farr Sr. was born abt. 1688 to 1692 of Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts to Stephen Farr and Mary Taylor.Thomas Farr Sr. had seven children between the years of 1715 and 1730. All of the children’s birth records indicate that the mother’s name was Elizabeth.
 
Thomas Farr Jr. was born on 4 Nov 1719 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts to Thomas Farr Sr. and Elizabeth Powers. Thomas Farr Jr. had six children between the the years of 1742 and 1755. All of the children’s birth records indicate that the mother’s name was Hannah.
 
The only marriage records found to date are of Thomas Farr and Hannah Powers on 5 Aug 1758 and Thomas Farr to an Elizabeth Powers 16 Mar 1713/14. All publications attribute the children of Thomas Farr Jr. to Hannah Powers. Some indicate, including my own publications,that the marriage date must have been mis-transcribed and should read 5 Aug 1738.
 
Hannah Powers birth and death were never found and so the idea of the marriage date really being 1738 was fine at the time but I have uncovered new evidence to the contrary. I first discovered the headstone of a Hannah, widow of Mr Thomas Farr, located in the Congregational Church Burial Yard of Hollis, Hillsborough, New Hampshire.
 
This sparked my curiosity because Dr. Arlene Eakle and I have done so much research on Thomas Farrs that I knew it had to be the wife of Thomas Farr Jr. or the wife of Thomas Farr Sr. the grandson and son of our Stephen Farr the immigrant of Concord, Middlesex,Massachusetts and Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England.
 
I first searched the cemetery records to see if any Farrs were buried there other than Hannah and I found none. I then found a number of Powers buried in the same cemetery so I looked in the “Hollis Family Album, The Folk Tales and Family Trees of the First Settlers of Hollis, New Hampshire” and found that Peter Powers was one of the first settlers in that town. Peter Powers is a son of Daniel Powers and Elizabeth Whitcomb making him a first cousin to Elisabeth Powers Farr the wife of Thomas Farr Sr.
 
At this point I needed to know if Hannah on the headstone was a Powers or not so I looked for a probate record of a Hannah Farr in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. To my surprise Hannah did leave a will dated 8 Jul 1783 and probated on 16 Aug 1785 found on FHL US/CAN Film #16070, p. 358. In the will Hannah states that she is the widow of Thomas Farr late of Hollis deceased. She then makes a bequeath to her son named“Thomas Powers” and also makes him executor of her will.
 
This find caused me to go back to the marriage bann shown previously and I then noticed that it listed Hannah as“Mrs. Hannah Powers” and Thomas as “Mr. Thomas Powers” which means that they had both previously been married. This now tells us that the marriage date in the records of 5 Aug 1758 is correct and that Hannah Powers is not the mother of Thomas Farr Jr’s. children! Hannah Powers maiden name is now not known and the maiden name of Thomas’ first wife Hannah is also not known.
 
Given the fact that the headstone of Hannah states that she was 92 years and 7 months old when she died on the 6 Jul 1785, puts her birth at abt. 6 Dec 1692. This makes her too old to be the one that married Thomas Farr Jr. Hannah’s will also states that she is the widow of Thomas Farr late of Hollis deceased. We know that Thomas Jr. died in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire so this would indicate that Thomas Sr. is her husband.
 
The headstone of Hannah ____ Powers Farr would never have been found if it were not for someone taking the time to photograph the headstones in that cemetery and posting them to the Internet.Until now, we’ve had no reason to look for Hannah in Hollis, New Hampshire. But it now makes sense why she was not found in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire because she was not the mother of the Farr children.
 
We now need to find which Powers Hannah was married to before she married Thomas Farr Sr. so we can find her maiden name. We also need to re think who Hannah, the mother of Thomas Farr Jr’s children, really is!
 
After doing a search for Powers marrying a Hannah, I found Joseph Powers married Hannah Whitcomb in Groton,Massachusetts on the 16 Mar 1713 and they had their children in Littleton. Joseph died on 18 Dec 1744 in Littleton. The widow Hannah Powers  then married Thomas Farr Sr. in Hardwick on the 5 Aug 1758 and was listed as being from Littleton. Her son Thomas Powers listed in her will was the son of Joseph Powers and Hannah Whitcomb/Powers/Farr.
 
Joseph Powers is the brother of Thomas Farr's first wife Elizabeth Powers, so he married his sister in law Hannah Whitcomb Powers! We now know that Thomas Farr Sr. died in Hollis, NH.
 
I also found in The Hollis records a "warning out" for Thomas and Hannah Farr and it said that they were previously of Littleton.
 
 
Since publishing the above findings, I received an email from a Thomas Stanley Farr of Crystal Lake, Illinois to add more of his Farr line to the Stephen Farr descendants book and also make some corrections. Stan asked me if I was familiar with the 1915 Lawrence Brainerd genealogical chart of the descendants of Stephen Farr Sr. I had never seen the chart and figured that it would have all the usual mistakes found in the earlier published charts. I looked for the chart on FamilySearch and found a digitized film with Brainerd's hand written charts on it. After going through over 200 pages of film, I couldn't find the Farr chart that Stan had mentioned. I emailed Stan for a copy and was surprised to find it on my doorstep just three days later.

Stan had pointed out to me that the Brainerd chart had the answer to who Thomas Farr Jr.'s wife's maiden name was. Stan had read the above article on my website and knew that I was looking for Hannah's Maiden name. The chart shows that Thomas Farr Jr. married his first cousin Hannah Farr the daughter of Samuel Farr and Hannah Whitney.

At first I couldn't swallow this assertion but the more I studied it the more it looked possible. In looking at Samuel Farr's will, we find the following: Item: I give to my three married daughters what I gave them viz. Hannah Farr, Elizabeth Whitney, & Hepsibah Thomas......... He names his daughters by their married names and this includes Hannah!

Next I looked at the vitals that I had on Hannah Farr daughter of Samuel Farr and all the information I could find online. Everyone has her being born about 1732 and married to Samuel Hildreth on the 27th of November 1759. I also have her marriage documented with an original source. The problem I saw with the marriage year of 1759 was the fact that Samuel Farr's will was dated 1754 thus putting Hannah's marriage well before 1759 and obviously not to Samuel Hildreth. The parentage of the Hannah Farr that married Samuel Hildreth is now not known. This now puts the birthdate of Hannah Farr the daughter of Samuel Farr much earlier than 1732 and at least in the neighborhood of 1720 in order to be named as a married daughter in a will dated 1754.

This makes it extremely possible that Hannah Farr daughter of Samuel Farr is the Hannah that was married to Thomas Farr Jr. the son of our direct ancestor Thomas Farr Sr. The Samuel Farr we have been talking about here is the brother of our Thomas Farr Sr. thus Brainherd's chart labeling Hannah Farr as a 1st cousin and wife of Thomas Farr Jr. The chart also points out that Dr. William Farr married his 1st cousin Jemima Farr. Dr. William Farr was a son of Jonathan Farr brother of our Thomas Farr Sr. and Jemima Farr was a daughter of Stephen Farr Jr. also a brother to our Thomas Farr Sr. This information we already had correct.

Whether or not this is correct about Hannah Farr being the wife of Thomas Farr Jr., it is correct that Hannah Farr daughter of Samuel Farr is not the one that married Samuel Hildreth, her birth was much earlier and her married name was "Hannah Farr"!

I found a listing on FindAGrave.com for both Thomas and Elizabeth being buried in the Hardwick Central Cemetery. I called the cemetery sextant and he told me there was no record of them being buried there.

The best proof we have that ²Thomas was a son of ¹Stephen is the DNA results between participants #14704 (Ben W. Farr Sr.), #20588 (Kendall Clark Farr), #20589 (Keith Lyle Farr), #23559 (Robert Farr) and #14723 (David Jackson Farr) whom descend from ²Thomas Farr, and participants #15338 (Donald Eugene Farr) and #46956 (Rupert Andrew Farr) whom descend from ²Stephen Farr Jr. (proven son of Stephen Farr). The DNA results are as follows:

#14704----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30
#20588----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30
#20589----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30
#23559----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30
#46956----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30 (Rupert Andrew Farr)
#14723(David Jackson Farr)----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30 18 9 10 11 11 24 15 19 29 15 16 17 17 11 10 19 23 17 15 17 17 36 38 12 12
#153389(Donald Eugene Farr)----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30 18 9 10 11 11 24 15 19 29 15 16 17 17 11 10 19 23 17 15 17 17 36 38 12 12

All seven have an exact match. Thomas Farr is a brother of Stephen Farr Jr. and we know that Stephen Jr. is a son of Stephen Farr and Mary Taylor from the Concord vitals. Full results of the Farr DNA Project with FamilyTreeDNA, can be viewed at: www.dustyhills.net/FarrDNATestResults.htm. If you read the Melinde Sanborn article under Stephen Farr, you can see why most of his children are not found in the vital records.

Thomas buys land from Stephen Farr Jr Mar 10, 1741:
Thomas Farr of Acton, Mass., 500 pounds to Stephen Farr Jr. of Stow, Mass., land in Acton, Mass., 120, or 170 acres. film #0015506 p. 50.

Mention of Thomas Farr, M. at Groton, Mass., March 16th, 1713 to Eliza (Elizabeth) Powers.in the Rev. Charles N. Sinnett's book "The Farr Genealogy" FHL film #0015506 p. 11. Marriage also mentioned in Early Massachusetts Marriages Prior to 1800, Middlesex, Hamshire, Bershire and Bristol, Middlesex County, Groton, page 58.

FHL film #1321409, item 13, page 37: John and Thomas Farr as land owners in Littleton.

The following is from Hollis Town Records 1733-1887 vol. 2 and was provided to me by Susannah Zemke: "Thos Farr and his wife Hannah was warnd out of Town July 1, 1773 who last came from Littleton in the County of Middlesex & Province of the Massachusetts Bay."

DEATH: "Thomas Farr late of Holles deceased".

Hannah [Powers] WHITCOMB [scrapbook] 1 was born in 1692 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died 2 on 10 Jul 1785 in Hollis, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States. Hannah married Thomas FARR Sr..

Hannah had a will 3 on 8 Jul 1783 in Hollis, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States. Her will was probated 4 on 16 Aug 1785 in Hollis, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
POWERS, Joseph

Thomas Farr Sr. and Hannah and Thomas Farr Jr. and Hannah
By Tim Farr

Thomas Farr Sr. was born abt. 1688 to 1692 of Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts to Stephen Farr and Mary Taylor. Thomas Farr Sr. had seven children between the years of 1715 and 1730. All of the children’s birth records indicate that the mother’s name was Elizabeth.

Thomas Farr Jr. was born on 4 Nov 1719 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts to Thomas Farr Sr. and Elizabeth Powers. Thomas Farr Jr. had six children between the the years of 1742 and 1755. All of the children’s birth records indicate that the mother’s name was Hannah.

The only marriage records found to date are of Thomas Farr and Hannah Powers on 5 Aug 1758 and Thomas Farr to an Elizabeth Powers 16 Mar 1713/14. All publications attribute the children of Thomas Farr Jr. to Hannah Powers. Some indicate, including my own publications, that the marriage date must have been mis-transcribed and should read 5 Aug 1738.

Hannah Powers birth and death were never found and so the idea of the marriage date really being 1738 was fine at the time but I have uncovered new evidence to the contrary. I first discovered the headstone of a Hannah, widow of Mr Thomas Farr, located in the Congregational Church Burial Yard of Hollis, Hillsborough, New Hampshire.

This sparked my curiosity because Dr. Eakle and I have done so much research on Thomas Farrs that I knew it had to be the wife of Thomas Farr Jr. or the wife of Thomas Farr Sr. the grandson and son of our Stephen Farr the immigrant of Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts and Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England.

I first searched the cemetery records to see if any Farrs were buried there and I found none. I then found a number of Powers buried in the same cemetery so I looked in the “Hollis Family Album, The Folk Tales and Family Trees of the First Settlers of Hollis, New Hampshire” and found that Peter Powers was one of the first settlers in that town. Peter Powers is a son of Daniel Powers and Elizabeth Whitcomb making him a first cousin to Elisabeth Powers Farr the wife of Thomas Farr Sr.

At this point I needed to know if Hannah on the headstone was a Powers or not so I looked for a probate record of a Hannah Farr in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. To my surprise Hannah did leave a will dated 8 Jul 1783 and probated on 16 Aug 1785 found on FHL Film #16070, p. 358. In the will Hannah states that she is the widow of Thomas Farr late of Hollis deceased. She then makes a bequeath to her son named “Thomas Powers” and also makes him executor of her will.

This find caused me to go back to the marriage bann shown previously and I then noticed that it listed Hannah as “Mrs. Hannah Powers” and Thomas as “Mr. Thomas Powers” which means that had both previously been married. This now tells us that the marriage date in the records of 5 Aug 1758 is correct and that Hannah Powers is not the mother of Thomas Farr Jr’s. children! Hannah Powers maiden name is now not known and the maiden name of Thomas’ first wife Hannah is also not known. But who was Mrs. Hannah Powers married to, Thomas Jr. or Thomas Sr.?

Given the fact that the headstone of Hannah states that she was 92 years and 7 months old when she died on the 6 Jul 1785, puts her birth at abt. 6 Dec 1692. This makes her too old to be the one that married Thomas Farr Jr. Hannah’s will also states that she is the widow of Thomas Farr late of Hollis deceased. We know that Thomas jr died in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire so this would indicate that Thomas Sr. is more likely her husband.

The headstone of Hannah ____ Powers Farr would never have been found if it were not for someone taking the time to photograph the headstones in that cemetery and posting them to the Internet. Until now, we’ve had no reason to look for Hannah in Hollis, New Hampshire. But it now makes sense why she was not found in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire because she was not the mother of the Farr children.

We now need to find which Powers Hannah was married to before she married Thomas Farr Sr. so we can find her maiden name. We also need to re think who Hannah, the mother of Thomas Farr Jr’s children, really is!

After doing a search for Powers marrying a Hannah, I found Joseph Powers married Hannah Whitcomb in Groton, Massachusetts on the 16 Mar 1713 and they had their children in Littleton. Joseph died on 18 Dec 1744 in Littleton. The widow Hannah Powers  then married Thomas Farr Sr. in Hardwick on the 5 Aug 1758 and was listed as being from Littleton. Her son Thomas Powers listed in her will was the son of Joseph Powers and Hannah Whitcomb/Powers/Farr.

Joseph Powers is the brother of Thomas Farr's first wife Elizabeth Powers, so he married his sister in law Hannah Whitcomb Powers!


Hannah Farr's last will:

In the Name of God Amen
The Eighth Day of July 1783
I Hannah Farr of Holles in the County of Hillsborough, and State of Newhampshire Widow and Relict of Thomas Farr late of Holles deceased being aged and Infirm in Body but of sound mind and memory, thanks begiven unto God therefor and Calling to mind the mortality of my Body knowing that is it Appointed to all men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. (Viz)

Imprimis, I will, and ordain that all my just Debts should be paid. Item, I give and Bequeath to my beloved Son Thomas Powers of Holles aforesaid all my household Furniture of all sorts and kinds to his use and dispose, and all my Cloathing, and I do Constitute and Appoint my said Son Thomas Powers to be sole executor of this my last will and Testament—In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the day and year abovesaid.

Hannah Farr her mark

Signed, sealed, Published, pronounced and declared by the said Hannah Farr as her last Will and Testament in Presence of us the Subscribers

Thomas Wheeler
William Ball
Noah Worcester

DEATH: Headstone says 6 Jul 1785.


Jonathan FARR [Parents] 1 was born about 1690 in of Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 14 Jan 1721 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachuettes, United States. Jonathan married Elizabeth about 1713 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

A descendant of Jonathan took the DNA test and he matched the other participants that descend from other sons of Stephen Farr. He is DNA Participant #133892 in Farr project with Family Tree DNA. We now have proof that he descended from Stephen also. Only one son remains to be proven, Joseph.

Mention of Jonathan is found in the Rev. Charles N. Sinnett's book "The Farr Genealogy" Film #0015506 p. 11, 66-67 lived at Stow, Mass., and married Elizabeth.

The following is from the research of Linda M. Farr Welch:

The most frustrating part of all the Farr and related family genealogies is this very family line of Jonathan Farr.  There has been an inability to find much source material about our Jonathan Farr's life, except the bare minimum He signed the Covenant at Stow, Mass. 10 June, 1700.  He was a Tithing man in Stow, 1719-20, and elected one of the selectman, 6 March, 1720. He was well respected, obviously, by his peers. He died much too young. His three children were all very young to lose their father.

Stow was settled between 1650-55. It lies on the Assabet Brook in the northwest part of the town near the border with Boxboro. It's original limits composed territory bounded by Sudbury, Concord, Groton, Lancaster, Marlboro and Littleton. The first meetinghouse was built in 1686. In 1697 there were “twenty-eight poor families settled” because eight had left town due to the want of a settled minister and trouble with the local Indians. The townspeople petitioned the Massachusetts authorities to help provide funds for a minister as they just couldn't afford it. The most respected and loved minister was Rev. John Gardner, who came to Stow from Charlestown. He served the town's ministry from 1718-1775. He was probably the minister who was present for the funeral and burial of Jonathan Farr.

Elizabeth 1 was born about 1692. Elizabeth married Jonathan FARR about 1713 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Last name may be 'Powers'.

They had the following children.

  F i
Anna FARR (twin) was born 1 on 27 Apr 1714 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
  M ii Dr. William FARR (twin) was born on 27 Apr 1714. He died on 26 Sep 1794.

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