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


William ARNOLD [Parents] 1, 2-5198 was born 3, 4 on 24 Jun 1587 in Cheselbourne, Dorset, England, United Kingdom. He died on 9 Jul 1685 in Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island, United States. William married 5 (MRIN:2371) Christian PEAKE-5419 in 1610 in Muchelney, Somerset, England, United Kingdom.

Probably a stepbrother to Thomas Arnold who married Phebe Parkhurst. In William's statement his says that "Thomas Arnold my brother, my Mother in lawes sonne, was Baptized the 18th  April, 1599. It is not clear if Thomas' father was Thomas or Nicholas Arnold.

The Arnold Family of Smithfield
It can be truly claimed that the family of Arnold is not only a historic family in New England but world wide historic as well so as European influence has extended the history of the human races.

Henry II of England, called the great “ Lawgiver,” took a great interest in genealogy. Ethelred of Rievaux, the great authority of the age, dedicated his great work, “Genealogic Regum,” to the king. He traced his pedi­gree back to Adam without referring to his Angevin father or Norman grandfather. This pedigree line in an­other form is one of the rich manuscript treasures of the crown of England today. Without venturing to dispute or prove its authenticity to Adam the line can be well proven back to one of the so called “Twelve Imrnortals” which name I think the poet Virgil gives to the twelve patrician families of Rome. This one was known as Arno. What is still singular, the name has remained from that far back period in history until now without change save in the terminal letters. During the age of heraldry for deeds done the public service I have seen drawings of more than 200 arms. To one versed in the reading of these emblems a history of the family could be written.

A branch of the family became settled on the border of Wales and England where it built up a strong follow­ing. From here, Abergaveny, came two of the family to New England. It will thus be seen that so far as family history goes no New England one can point to a more aristocratic origin.

William and his younger and half-brother left Ports­mouth May i and arrived at Boston June 24 in the year 1635. He had the forethought to take the date of birth and baptism of his father's family. The first addition to this paper was the date of the emigration; the next was this item: “ Memorandum-We came to Providence to dwell April 20, 1636.”

This is the earliest date where the word Providence can be found. The first official using of the word is at the head of the Report of the Arbitrators, 27 of 5 mo., 1640.

That William Arnold and his brother Thomas were the wealthiest men of the Colony goes without saying. Thomas owned at the time of his death in September, 1674, near 10,000 acres of land. His brother William and two sons Benedict and Stephen could own nearly as much. They paid the heaviest tax in the Colony.

William Arnold has been very much misunderstood. Williams has given him a bad name. Mr. Williams was like our modern Teddy in some ways in giving character­istics to those who did not agree with him. In order to settle the general belief that Arnold was a bad man I in­tend to publish his letters to Massachusetts and the deeds he recorded there. Mr. Williams' letters have been pub­lished. It is now no more than right that the other should be also.

Thomas Arnold does not appear to have aroused~ Mr. Williams' ire so much as did his brother William or his nephew Benedict. Perhaps this was because Thomas would not quarrel with him. His son Richard appears to have been a man of influence as he was a member of Coy. Andros' Executive Council which made him prac­tically acting Governor of the State for three years.

Christian PEAKE [Parents]-5419 was christened 1 on 15 Feb 1583. Christian married 2 (MRIN:2371) William ARNOLD-5198 in 1610 in Muchelney, Somerset, England, United Kingdom.


Arnholt ap ARNHOLT VYCHAN Esquire [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3-5202 was born about 1403. Arnholt married (MRIN:2372) Sybil ap EINON AP THOMAS RHUN-5203.

Sybil ap EINON AP THOMAS RHUN 1, 2, 3-5203. Sybil married (MRIN:2372) Arnholt ap ARNHOLT VYCHAN Esquire-5202.

They had the following children.

  M i Roger ARNOLD-5200 was born in 1442. He died in 1502.

Sir Thomas GAMAGE Knight, Lord of Coytey [Parents] 1-5305. Thomas married (MRIN:2373) Matilda DENNIS-5315.

Matilda DENNIS [Parents] 1-5315. Matilda married (MRIN:2373) Sir Thomas GAMAGE Knight, Lord of Coytey-5305.

They had the following children.

  F i Joan GAMAGE-5201 was born in 1444. She died in 1509.

Arnholt ap GWILLIM OF MERIC Esquire [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2-5204. Arnholt married (MRIN:2374) Janet FLEMING-5205.

Janet FLEMING [Parents] 1, 2, 3-5205. Janet married (MRIN:2374) Arnholt ap GWILLIM OF MERIC Esquire-5204.

They had the following children.

  M i Arnholt ap ARNHOLT VYCHAN Esquire-5202 was born about 1403.

Gwillim ap MEIRIC Esquire [Parents] 1, 2, 3-5206. Gwillim married (MRIN:2375) Jane FERCH IVOR AP SYSSYLTH-5207.

Jane FERCH IVOR AP SYSSYLTH 1, 2, 3-5207. Jane married (MRIN:2375) Gwillim ap MEIRIC Esquire-5206.

They had the following children.

  M i Arnholt ap GWILLIM OF MERIC Esquire-5204.

Philip FLEMING Esquire 1-5306.

He had the following children.

  F i Janet FLEMING-5205.

Meiric ap ARTHUR [Parents] 1, 2, 3-5208. Meiric married (MRIN:2377) Annest ap EINON AP GOLHROYN-5209.

Annest ap EINON AP GOLHROYN [Parents] 1, 2, 3-5209. Annest married (MRIN:2377) Meiric ap ARTHUR-5208.

They had the following children.

  M i Gwillim ap MEIRIC Esquire-5206.

Arthur ap SYSSYLTH [Parents] 1, 2, 3-5210. Arthur married (MRIN:2378) Jane FERCH LEIN-5211.

Jane FERCH LEIN [Parents] 1, 2, 3-5211. Jane married (MRIN:2378) Arthur ap SYSSYLTH-5210.

They had the following children.

  M i Meiric ap ARTHUR-5208.

Cradock ap EINON AP GOLHROYN 1-5307.

He had the following children.

  F i Annest ap EINON AP GOLHROYN-5209.

Systyl ap DYFNWALL Lord of Upper Gwent [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3-5212. Systyl married (MRIN:2380) Annest FERCH RUSSELL-5213.

Shortly after the conference between the King and Welsh leaders, William de Broase invited Sitsyllt ap Dyfnwal, Geoffrey, his son, Jorwerth and many other cheftains(sic) of Gwent to a Banquet in the Castle of Abergavenny, and at a given signal slaughtered every man of them.

One account reads: 'Many nobles, including Sitsyllt ap Dyfnwal, were invited to the Castle under the pretence of peace and with the most solemn guarantee of safety. The real object of the gathering was to hear the laws of the realm, which forbade any traveller from carrying bow and arrow.

Annest FERCH RUSSELL [Parents] 1, 2, 3-5213. Annest married (MRIN:2380) Systyl ap DYFNWALL Lord of Upper Gwent-5212.

They had the following children.

  M i Arthur ap SYSSYLTH-5210.

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