Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


Walter POWERS was born 1, 2 in 1639 in Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 3, 4, 5 on 22 Feb 1707/1708 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Walter married 6, 7 Trial SHEPARD on 11 Jan 1660 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Marriage record came from Middlesex County Records, Married on the 11th day of ye first month 1660 to Trial Daughter of Deacon Ralph and Thankes Shepard. Before 1752 in England and New England, if the dates were written as above, it meant that the first month was March and the the first day of the new year was the 25th. the above date would be the 4th of April 1660.
Walter's father was probably William.

Trial SHEPARD [Parents] was born 1 on 19 Dec 1641 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. She died 2 on 22 Feb 1707/1708 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Trial married 3, 4 Walter POWERS on 11 Jan 1660 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Marriage record came from Middlesex County Records Married on the 11th day of ye first month 1660 to Trial Daughter of Deacon Ralph and Thankes Shepard. Before 1752 in England and New England, if the dates were written as above, it meant that the first month was March and the the first day of the new year was the 25th. the above date would be the 4th of April 1660.

They had the following children.

  M i William POWERS was born on 16 Mar 1661. He died on 16 Mar 1710.
  F ii Mary POWERS was born in 1663. She died on 5 Apr 1740.
  M iii Issac POWERS was born in 1665. He died in 1735.
  M iv Thomas POWERS was born in 1667. He died on 21 Jan 1734.
  M v Daniel POWERS was born on 10 May 1669.
  M vi Increase POWERS was born on 16 Jul 1671.
  M vii Walter POWERS Jr was born on 28 Jun 1674. He died in 1738.
  M viii Jacob POWERS was born on 15 Dec 1679. He died about 1768.
  F ix Sarah POWERS was born on 8 Feb 1683. She died in 1743.

Thomas POWERS [Parents] 1, 2 was born 3 in 1667 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 21 Jan 1734. Thomas married 4, 5 Elizabeth GOULD in BY 1692 in of Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Elizabeth GOULD [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 15 Jan 1664/1665 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died 3, 4 on 25 May 1698 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Elizabeth married 5, 6 Thomas POWERS in BY 1692 in of Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

of Concord

They had the following children.

  M i Joseph POWERS was born on 1 Dec 1692. He died on 18 Dec 1744.
  F ii Elizabeth POWERS was born about 1693. She died before 5 Aug 1758.

Francis GOULD 1, 2 was born 3 about 1622 in England, United Kingdom. He died 4 on 27 Mar 1676 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Francis married Rose in BY 1649 in of Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

FRANCIS GOOLE, the immigrant ancestor of this branch of the Gould family, was born in England about 1622. Exactly where he came from in England or when he arrived on the shores of the New World is not known. The first mention of him is found in the records of the town of Boston where he is listed as being a watchman before the court in 16392 When next we find mention of him he was in Duxbury, Plymouth colony, (In 1691 Plymouth Colony was united by royal charter to the Massachusetts Bay Colony.) and in 1643 he was listed among the inhabitanta of Duxbury who were able to bear arms. Apparently he remained in the area of Duxbury and nearby Plymouth until the late 1640's for we find that on April 3, 1645, one John Eddy, aged eight years, was apprenticed to "Francis Goulder of Plymouth, yeoman." Since it is recorded that young Eddy learned the trade of a blacksmith from Goole, it seems evident that Francis practiced smithing as a trade.

By 1649 Goole had moved to Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, where he was living with his wife, ROSE Unfortunately, no records have come to light which would indicate to us when they were married or what Rose's maiden name was. The first five children of Francis and Rose Goole were born in Braintree and they continued to reside there until late in 1659 or early in 1660 when they moved to what was then the frontier at Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, It was at Chelmsford that Francis and Rose made their home for the rest of their lives.

At the Chelmsford town meeting of October 7, 1673, the town made a contract with Joseph Barrett, son in law of Francis Goole, to build a house on Robins Hill, outside Chelmsford. When built the house consisted of one room, 16 feet by 18 feet, covered with a single thickness of boards, and had one window. The house was undoubtedly built to serve as a Lookout post to warn the town of approaching hostile Indians, at that time a danger in the area. Francis---Goole, or Goold, signed an agreement with the town selectmen stating that "I have taken to hier the house and land that I now live in of the selecttmen of the town For which house and land I Do covenatt with thin to pay yearly the sum of one peck of endian Corn For the towns use as wittnes my hand this last tuesday in Desembor 1673. (Signed) Francis Goold, his mark."

Thus Francis and Rose Goole moved into the Robins Hill house, outside Chelmsford, with their children, Francis lived there until his death, March 27, 1676, while Rose remained in the house with her daughter and son in law, Hannah and Daniel Galusha, after they took it over from the town. Rose died about 1679 in Chelmsford.

In the records for this generation the name Gould is spelled variously as Goole, Goold, Gold, and Gould.

Rose 1, 2 was born about 1624 in England, United Kingdom. Rose married Francis GOULD in BY 1649 in of Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Abigail GOULD was born on 18 Feb 1649/1650. She died in 1719.
  F ii Mary GOULD was born on 23 Dec 1651. She died on 18 Aug 1687.
  F iii Martha GOULD was born on 15 Oct 1654. She died on 15 May 1698.
  F iv Hannah GOULD was born on 18 Jul 1655.
  M v
John GOULD was born 1, 2 on 26 Apr 1657 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. He died 3 on 20 Apr 1660 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
  M vi Samuel GOULD was born on 12 Aug 1658. He died on 27 Oct 1747.
  M vii John GOULD was born on 21 Aug 1660. He died on 16 Apr 1689.
  F viii Leah GOULD was born on 4 May 1663. She died in 1718.
  F ix
Rachel GOULD twin was born 1, 2 on 4 May 1663 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died 3 on 12 Feb 1674 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
  F x Elizabeth GOULD was born on 15 Jan 1664/1665. She died on 25 May 1698.
  F xi Mercy GOULD was born on 23 Feb 1666/1667.
  M xii
Isaac GOULD was born 1, 2 on 3 Mar 1669 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
  F xiii
Thankful GOULD was born 1, 2 on 30 Jan 1671/1672 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Joseph POWERS [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 1 Dec 1692 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 18 Dec 1744 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Joseph married 3, 4 Hannah [Powers] WHITCOMB on 16 Mar 1713 in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

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 3, 4 Joseph POWERS on 16 Mar 1713 in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Hannah had a will 5 on 8 Jul 1783 in Hollis, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States. Her will was probated 6 on 16 Aug 1785 in Hollis, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
FARR, Thomas Sr.

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.

They had the following children.

  M i Joseph POWERS was born on 19 Jul 1715.
  M ii Thomas POWERS was born on 15 Feb 1717. He died on 9 Jun 1799 from of palsy.
  M iii
Nathaniel POWERS was born 1 on 15 Jul 1720 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
  F iv Dinah POWERS was born on 12 Nov 1722. She died on 1 Jun 1802.
  M v
Ephraim POWERS was born 1 on 14 Sep 1726 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 7 Aug 1727 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
  M vi
Phinias POWERS was born 1 on 3 Feb 1724/1725 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
  M vii Ephraim POWERS was born on 24 May 1728.
  F viii
Hannah POWERS was born 1 on 6 Jan 1729/1730 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Kenelm WINSLOW [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2 was born 3 in 1636 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. He died 4 on 11 Nov 1715 in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. Kenelm married 5 Mercy WORDEN on 23 Sep 1667 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
EAMES, Damaris


occ. purchaser of Rochester
edu. College of Yarmouth
KENELM, b. say 1635; m. (1) by 1668 Mercy Worden (eldest child b. Scituate 9 August 1668, father stated to be of Yarmouth; in her will of 6 March 1686[/7] Mary Worden, widow, of Yarmouth bequeathed to daughter Mercy Winslow [MD 3:201-02, citing BarnPR 1:12]); m. (2) by 1693 Damaris Eames, daughter of Mark Eames (in his will of 12 July 1693 Mark Eames of Marshfield bequeathed to "daughter Damaris Winslow" [Gen Adv 3:93-94, citing PPR 1:172]).

Mercy WORDEN [Parents] 1 was born 2 in 1640/1641 in of Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. She died 3, 4 on 22 Sep 1688 in Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. She was buried in 1688 in Winslow Cemetery, Dennis, Massachusetts, United States. Mercy married 5 Kenelm WINSLOW on 23 Sep 1667 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i Kenelm WINSLOW was christened on 9 Aug 1668. He died on 20 Mar 1728/1729.
  M ii Josiah WINSLOW was born on 7 Nov 1669. He died on 3 Apr 1761.
  M iii
Thomas WINSLOW was christened 1 on 3 Mar 1672/1673 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 6 Apr 1689 in Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. He was buried in 1689 in Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.

Buried in the Winslow Cemetary in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass.
  M iv Samuel WINSLOW was born in 1674. He died on 18 Jun 1750.
  F v Mercy WINSLOW was born about 1676. She died about 1720.
  M vi Nathaniel WINSLOW was born in 1678.
  M vii Edward WINSLOW was born on 30 Jan 1680/1681. He died on 29 Jun 1760.

Samuel WINSLOW [Parents] was born 1 in 1674 in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 18 Jun 1750 in Petersham, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Samuel married 2, 3 Bethia HOLBROOK on 26 Sep 1700 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
KING, Mary

Bethia HOLBROOK. Bethia married 1, 2 Samuel WINSLOW on 26 Sep 1700 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.


Samuel WINSLOW [Parents] was born 1 in 1674 in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 18 Jun 1750 in Petersham, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Samuel married 2 Mary KING on 11 Nov 1703 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
HOLBROOK, Bethia

Mary KING [Parents] was born 1 on 30 Mar 1679 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. She died 2 on 16 Feb 1733 in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Mary married 3 Samuel WINSLOW on 11 Nov 1703 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Mercy WINSLOW was born on 16 Aug 1705. She died on 20 Sep 1726.
  F ii
Elizabeth WINSLOW was born 1 on 29 Jan 1706 in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. She died on 3 Aug 1790 in Petersham, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.
  F iii Ann WINSLOW was born on 13 Feb 1708/1709. She died on 4 Jul 1734.
  M iv Thomas WINSLOW was born on 7 Jun 1711. He died on 13 Mar 1782.
  M v Kenelm WINSLOW was born on 20 Feb 1712/1713.
  F vi
Judith WINSLOW was born 1 on 8 Jul 1715/1716 in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

Thomas KING [Parents] 1 was born 2 on 21 Sep 1645 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. He died 3 on 1 Dec 1711 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. He was buried in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Thomas married 4, 5, 6 Elizabeth CLAPP on 20 Apr 1669 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

Plymouth Colony Vital Records
[p. 22] Thomas King Marryed to Jane Hatch Widdow march the 31 1653

Elizabeth CLAPP [Parents] 1 was born 2 about 1649 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. She died 3 on 18 Mar 1698 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Elizabeth married 4, 5, 6 Thomas KING on 20 Apr 1669 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i
Thomas KING was born 1 on 26 May 1670 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 12 Apr 1673 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.
  F ii Sarah KING was born on 18 Sep 1670. She died on 16 May 1727.
  F iii
Jane KING was born 1 on 4 Oct 1674 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.
  M iv Daniel KING was born on 19 Sep 1675.
  M v John KING was born on 8 Jul 1677. He died in 1721.
  F vi Mary KING was born on 30 Mar 1679. She died on 16 Feb 1733.
  M vii Ichabod KING was born on 24 Apr 1681. He died in 1753.
  M viii George KING was born on 27 Aug 1682. He died on 16 Jun 1754.
  F ix Anne KING was born in May 1684.
  M x
Ebenezer KING was born 1 on 22 Feb 1685 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

James WHITCOMB. James married 1 Mercy WINSLOW on 15 Aug 1721 in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

Mercy WINSLOW [Parents] was born 1 on 16 Aug 1705 in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. She died 2 on 20 Sep 1726 in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Mercy married 3 James WHITCOMB on 15 Aug 1721 in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.


Roland HAMMOND was born about 1703 in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Roland married 1 Ann WINSLOW on 1 May 1731 in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

Ann WINSLOW [Parents] was born 1 on 13 Feb 1708/1709 in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. She died on 4 Jul 1734 in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Ann married 2 Roland HAMMOND on 1 May 1731 in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

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