Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


Kimball FARR [Parents] was born 1 in 1799 in of Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Kimball married 2 Ruth FRENCH on 6 Sep 1826 in Portage, Ohio, United States.

Ruth FRENCH was born 1 about 1797 in Kentucky, United States. Ruth married 2 Kimball FARR on 6 Sep 1826 in Portage, Ohio, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i
Percis FARR 1 was born 2 about 1837 in Carlisle, Lorain, Ohio, United States.
  M ii
Kimball FARR 1 was born 2 about 1842 in Carlisle, Lorain, Ohio, United States.

Asa Boyd FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born on 1 Apr 1911 in Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States. He died 2 on 9 Sep 2000 in Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Asa married Mrs. Mary Olive Y. FARR about 1934.

DEATH: SSN 250-14-2814

Mrs. Mary Olive Y. FARR was born in 1907 in Alabama, United States. She died in 1977. Mary married Asa Boyd FARR about 1934.

They had the following children.

  F i Olivi J. FARR.
  F ii Ada E. FARR.

Daniel FARR [Parents] was born about 1717 in of Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 15 Nov 1761 in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Daniel married Leah about 1742 in Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
LAW, Sarah
BENNETT, Mary

DANIEL FARR (Samuel, Stephen) Nothing is known of this man except for the children listed in the Stow vital records as being born to him and the fact that on page 295 of the History of Chesterfield by Oran E. Randall, it is stated: "DANIEL FARR . . Whether Daniel, Sen., came to Chfd. or not, is uncertain. A Daniel Farr purchased in Chfd. lot No. 5, in the 9th range, Dec. 25, 1764, at which date Daniel, Jr., was less than 21 years old; a circumstance that renders it somewhat probable that Daniel, Sen, also settled in Chfd."

DEATH: Iv'e also seen the date as 23 May 1774

Leah was born in 1721 in Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Leah married Daniel FARR about 1742 in Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i
Leah FARR was born 1, 2, 3 on 3 May 1743 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
  M ii Deacon Daniel FARR was born on 1 Feb 1744. He died on 27 Apr 1798.
  F iii
Ede FARR was born 1, 2 on 6 Sep 1747 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
  M iv
Edward FARR was born 1, 2 on 3 Apr 1750 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 3, 4 on 16 Jan 1787 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

BIRTH: "son of Daniel and Leah".

Daniel FARR [Parents] was born about 1717 in of Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 15 Nov 1761 in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Daniel married 1, 2, 3 Sarah LAW on 29 Oct 1757 in Acton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
, Leah
BENNETT, Mary

DANIEL FARR (Samuel, Stephen) Nothing is known of this man except for the children listed in the Stow vital records as being born to him and the fact that on page 295 of the History of Chesterfield by Oran E. Randall, it is stated: "DANIEL FARR . . Whether Daniel, Sen., came to Chfd. or not, is uncertain. A Daniel Farr purchased in Chfd. lot No. 5, in the 9th range, Dec. 25, 1764, at which date Daniel, Jr., was less than 21 years old; a circumstance that renders it somewhat probable that Daniel, Sen, also settled in Chfd."

DEATH: Iv'e also seen the date as 23 May 1774

Sarah LAW. Sarah married 1, 2, 3 Daniel FARR on 29 Oct 1757 in Acton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Marriage Notes:

MARRIAGE: Marriage Intention recorded in Acton.


Daniel FARR [Parents] was born about 1717 in of Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 15 Nov 1761 in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Daniel married 1 Mary BENNETT on 16 Nov 1760 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
, Leah
LAW, Sarah

DANIEL FARR (Samuel, Stephen) Nothing is known of this man except for the children listed in the Stow vital records as being born to him and the fact that on page 295 of the History of Chesterfield by Oran E. Randall, it is stated: "DANIEL FARR . . Whether Daniel, Sen., came to Chfd. or not, is uncertain. A Daniel Farr purchased in Chfd. lot No. 5, in the 9th range, Dec. 25, 1764, at which date Daniel, Jr., was less than 21 years old; a circumstance that renders it somewhat probable that Daniel, Sen, also settled in Chfd."

DEATH: Iv'e also seen the date as 23 May 1774

Mary BENNETT was born about 1720 in of Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Mary married 1 Daniel FARR on 16 Nov 1760 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i
Patience FARR was born 1, 2 on 29 Mar 1760 in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.
  F ii Sarah FARR was born on 28 Mar 1762.
  M iii
Samuel FARR was born 1, 2 on 3 Mar 1764 in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.
  F iv Mary FARR was born on 23 Aug 1766. She died in 1842.

Enoch FARR Sr. [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 28 Dec 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States. He died 4, 5 on 30 Jun 1914 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. He was buried 6 on 2 Jul 1914 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. Enoch married 7, 8, 9 Mary Elizabeth EGGLESTON on 20 Oct 1866 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
MYERS, Esther

One of first seven presidents 76th quorum seventies; Oct. 1884 was ordained high priest; missionary to Sandwich Islands 1884-1887; was president of that mission and superintendent of the Laei plantation. Fruit grower; cement and general contractor.

Mary Elizabeth EGGLESTON [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 22 Sep 1849 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States. She died 3 on 29 Jan 1930 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She was buried 4 on 2 Feb 1930 in Ogden City Cemetery, Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. Mary married 5, 6, 7 Enoch FARR Sr. on 20 Oct 1866 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Mary was counted in a census 8 in 1860 in Crescent, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i Enoch FARR Jr. was born on 15 Jul 1867. He died on 12 Jun 1933.
  F ii Mary Isabell FARR was born on 7 Nov 1869. She died on 7 Sep 1951.
  F iii
Julia May FARR [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 on 29 Feb 1872 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She died 3 on 11 Nov 1889 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.

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



Epitaph Reads: Age 17 Years 8 Mo 13 Days.

A precious one from us has gone;
A voice we Loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our home.
Which never can be filled.

God in His wisdon has recalled.
The boon His Love had given;
And though the body moulders here,
The Soul is safe in heaven.
  M iv Reuben Ezra FARR was born on 30 Apr 1874. He died on 7 May 1959.
  M v Frank FARR was born on 15 Dec 1876. He died on 26 Sep 1938.
  M vi
Fredrick FARR 1 was born 2 on 13 Nov 1878 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. He died on 9 Jul 1879 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.
  M vii Walter Raymond FARR was born on 7 Dec 1879. He died on 23 Nov 1951.
  F viii
Nancy Lurania FARR 1 was born on 1 Jan 1882 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She died on 21 Sep 1882 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.
  M ix George FARR was born on 3 Nov 1883. He died on 24 Nov 1949.
  M x Leslie Orson FARR was born on 16 Jun 1888. He died on 27 Apr 1977.
  M xi Stanley Burgess FARR was born on 4 Feb 1892. He died on 25 Nov 1976.

Enoch FARR Sr. [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 28 Dec 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States. He died 4, 5 on 30 Jun 1914 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. He was buried 6 on 2 Jul 1914 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. Enoch married 7, 8 Esther MYERS on 27 Sep 1883 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
EGGLESTON, Mary Elizabeth

One of first seven presidents 76th quorum seventies; Oct. 1884 was ordained high priest; missionary to Sandwich Islands 1884-1887; was president of that mission and superintendent of the Laei plantation. Fruit grower; cement and general contractor.

Esther MYERS [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 12 Mar 1854 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom. She died 3 on 1 Jul 1935 in Randall, Weber, Utah, United States. She was buried 4 on 3 Jul 1935 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. Esther married 5, 6 Enoch FARR Sr. on 27 Sep 1883 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Esther was counted in a census 7 in 1861 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  M i Thomas Bramley Underwood FARR was born on 14 Apr 1877. He died on 29 Nov 1953.

John Henry SMITH [scrapbook] was born 1 on 18 Sep 1848 in Carbunca, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States. He died 2 on 13 Oct 1911 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was buried 3 on 17 Oct 1911 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. John married 4 Sarah FARR on 20 Oct 1866.

LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 1, p.141
Smith, John Henry, a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles since 1880, is the son of Pres. Geo. A. Smith and Sarah Ann Libby, and was born at Carbunca, near Kanesville (now Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie county, Iowa, Sept. 18, 1848. His grandfather, Patriarch John Smith, was one of the seven sons of Asahel and Mary Smith. His mother was the daughter of Nathaniel Libby (and Tirzah Lord), who was the son of Captain Charles Libby (and Sarah Pray), who was the son of Charles Libby (and Abigail Hilton), who was the son of Deacon Benjamin Libby (and Sarah Stone), who was the son of John Libby and Agnes. John was the son of John Libby, the immigrant, who was born in England, about the year 1602, came to America in 1630, and was employed for a number of years at Scarborough, Maine. At the time of John Henry's birth his parents were fleeing before the bigotry and intolerance of their countrymen. In 1847 his father came with the Pioneers to Great Salt Lake valley, returned to the Missouri river the same fall, and went to work to prepare for the removal of his family to Utah. June 22, 1849, he started with his family for his new home in the mountains and reached Salt Lake City, Oct. 27, 1849. John Henry's mother, who had been an invalid for years, died June 12. 1851, of consumption. The boy was then put into the care of his mother's sister, Hannah Maria, who was also his father's wife. To her he owes very largely the success he has attained so far in life. She was an industrious, high-spirited woman, ever ambitious to be advancing in everything that was good. Her faith in the gospel was as firm as the rocks. At that time she had a son of her own, Charles Warren, four months younger than the subject of this sketch. The father was absent from home when John Henry's mother died. In July, 1852, his father moved his wives Lucy and Hannah to Provo, and here John Henry lived under the [p.142] watchcare of two good Christian mothers, who both tried her best to guard him and keep him in the path of honor. His father's family were at that time widely scattered, some resided in Salt Lake City others in Provo, and some in Parowan. The head of the family spent but a very small portion of his time at home, the duties of his Apostleship demanding almost his entire attention. The schools in these days were poor, but an effort was made to give each child as good an education as possible. Sept. 18, 1856, John Henry was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by his father. His grandfather, Patriarch John Smith, gave him an inspired patriarchal blessing, Jan. 18, 1852, which has been the guiding star of his subsequent life. He attended school at Provo and Salt Lake City, and obtained a moderately good education for the times. While residing at Provo, he had a very miraculous escape from drowning in the Provo river during the very high water of 1862. On June 8th, of that year, he, together with Thomas and George M. Brown, were crossing the river in a small boat which capsized; John Henry became entangled in some driftwood and was kept under water for some time. People who were standing on the shore had given him up for lost, when suddenly an unseen power seemed to lift him bodily onto the bank. It was afterwards learned that at that very time his father had become forcibly impressed with the feeling that his son was in extreme danger, and he went and robed himself in his Priestly apparel and prayed the Lord to save his son, which was done in the manner named. Oct. 20, 1866, John Henry married Sarah Farr, daughter of Lorin Farr and Nancy Chase, of Ogden. After their marriage the young couple moved to Provo, where John Henry worked as telegraph operator. Some time during the summer of 1867 he was chosen by Bishop W. A. Follet, in connection with H. C. Rodgers, to be his counselor, and aid him in the government of the Fourth Ward, Provo. He remained in this position until the time the Pacific Railroad was nearly completed, when he left Provo and hired out to Benson, Farr and West, aiding them in the building of two hundred miles of the Central Pacific Railway. When this work was completed, he was offered a good situation in Sacramento, Cal., by Governor Leland Stanford, but his father requested him to come home to Salt Lake City and labor with them. This he did and spent a number of years in his employ. During the session of the Territorial legislature of 1872, John Henry was assistant clerk of the house of representatives; he also acted as assistant clerk in the Constitutional convention. Among the members were George Q. Cannon, Frank Fuller, Thomas Fitch and many others of all shades of faith. A constitution was drafted and adopted, having a minority representation clause in it. John Henry traveled in various parts of the Territory with his father, and by this means became acquainted with many people. He also became intimate with Pres. Brigham Young and asked him many questions in regard to Church government. Among other things Pres. Young told him that it was the right of the senior Apostle (in order of ordination) to preside in case of his (Pres. Young's) death, but no man that had ever faltered or turned back could lead. At the general conference of the Church held in May, 1874, John Henry was called to go on a mission to Europe; his father gave him a blessing and Apostle John Taylor set him apart for his mission. He was also ordained a Seventy by Pres. Joseph Young, and set apart to preside as one of the counsel over the 65th Quorum of Seventies. In the latter capacity he, however, never acted, as some mistake had been made, the quorum being already full. He left Ogden to fulfil his mission June 29, 1874, and reached New York city July 4th. He paid a visit to his uncles (mother's brothers) in New Hampshire. They received him kindly. July 14, 1874, in company with David McKenzie and L. John Nuttall, he sailed from New York in the steamship "Idaho," and landed at Liverpool July 26th. He visited a few days with his cousin, Pres. Joseph F. Smith, and was appointed to labor in the Birmingham conference, under the direction of Elder Richard V. Morris. Subsequently he visited most of the conferences in Great Britain, and in 1875, in company with Pres. Joseph F. Smith and other Elders, visited Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and France. His father being taken very sick, John Henry was ordered home in July, 1875. [p.143] He arrived in time to spend fifteen days at his father's bedside, who died Sept. 1, 1875. After this John Henry was in the employ of the Utah Central Railway Company for several years. Nov. 22, 1875, he was ordained a High Priest and Bishop by Pres. Brigham Young Geo. Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, Pres. Young being mouth, and set apart to preside over the Seventeenth Ward of Salt Lake City. In this position he was sustained by the people of the Ward, and enjoyed his labors very much. At the city election in February, 1876, he was elected a member of the city council from the Third Precinct. He was re-elected twice and served six years altogether. In August, 1882, he was elected a member of the Territorial legislature. During the excitement attending the passage of the first Edmunds law, he and Moses Thatcher were sent to Washington, D. C., to labor with Elder George Q. Cannon, using their influence against the passage of that law. They found it impossible to approach public men, owing to the excitement, and after about a month's sojourn at the capital they returned home. In April, 1877, John Henry yielded obedience to the principle of plural marriage by marrying Josephine Groesbeck, a daughter of Elder Nicholas Groesbeck. He was ordained an Apostle Oct. 27, 1880, President Woodruff being mouth, in answer to prayer. After the October conference in 1882, he was sent to preside over the European Mission, and was away from home two years and five months, during which time he traveled extensively in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. He also visited the Isle of Man, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Since his return from this mission abroad, and during the excitement incident to the execution of the Edmunds law, he has labored incessantly among the Saints in Utah and surrounding States and Territories. He was arrested in July, 1885, on the charge of unlawful cohabitation, and was discharged by the Commissioner. In connection with Apostle John W. Taylor he organized the Uintah Stake of Zion, May 9, 1897; since then he has assisted in the organization of a number of other Stakes and Wards. Besides attending to his ecclesiastical duties, Elder Smith has figured prominently in the political affairs of the State. In February, 1876, he was elected a member of the Salt Lake City council. Being re-elected twice, he served for six years in the capacity of councilman. In August, 1881, he was elected a member of the Territorial legislature. When the People's party and the Liberals divided upon national political lines he was one of the first and foremost in advocating the principles of Republicanism in the Territory, and ever since he has been an active Republican in politics. He was president of the convention that formed the constitution under which Utah was admitted as a State of the Union. Since his call to the Apostleship, Elder Smith has devoted practically the whole of his time to public duties. Except at times when upon missions abroad, he has traveled almost constantly among the Stakes of Zion, attending conferences, instructing and encouraging the Saints, organizing and setting in order Stakes and Wards, etc. He has visited every Stake of Zion, and many of them several times over. In 1899, he also made a tour of the Southern States Mission, doing considerable preaching on the way. A number of times he has attended as a delegate the sessions of the Irrigation and the Trans-Mississippi Congresses. The Trans-Mississippi Congress of April, 1900, was held in Houston, Texas. After its adjournment he went, with Pres. George Q. Cannon and others, to the City of Mexico. The visit was of deep interest to him, and he was much impressed with what he witnessed in our sister republic. His time being so devoted to public affairs, Apostle Smith has not engaged personally to any great extent in business enterprises, though he has ability in that line, and is connected with a number of the leading business institutions of the State, as an officer or director. By nature and training he is most eminently qualified for public duties. He has a good knowledge of human character and an extensive acquaintance with prominent men, not only in his own State, but throughout the nation. These qualifications, and above all, his remarkable faculty for making friends wherever he goes, fit him admirably for the position and labors that have fallen to his lot. The character of John Henry Smith is a fine study for every young [p.144] man; and from it one can gain valuable lessons. It requires no very close acquaintance to understand his disposition, for in it there is no element of deceit or artfulness. The motives by which he is actuated may be read in his open countenance and easy, natural and unassuming manner. He is straightforward in all his actions—never being guilty of any double-dealing—and is always outspoken and candid in expressing his sentiments. He possesses courage of the highest type—a fearlessness born of the assurance that he is in the right. These qualities impress all people with whom he comes in contact that he is sincere in his convictions, whether or not they agree with his ideas. He is of a happy disposition, always hopeful, and he takes the most cheerful view of conditions that may confront him, no matter how discouraging the aspect may be. He is quick to discern and appreciate the good qualities of others, is ever thoughtful regarding their welfare, and is broad-minded in his views. He possesses the same good qualities of heart as of mind, and he is liberal almost to a fault. By his continual upright course in life he has established a credit for integrity and honesty, without which no man can expect to gain and retain the confidence of his fellows, no matter how brilliant his other attainment may be. As a public speaker, Apostle Smith is convincing, forceful and eloquent. His eloquence is that of sincere earnestness. In private conversation he displays the same earnestness, and is always interesting and entertaining. But the great secret of his influence with mankind is his love for them. The power that some men, more than others, seem to possess and exert over their fellows—frequently even against the will of the latter—is sometimes called personal magnetism. The force of attraction possessed by Apostle Smith is nothing less than the magnetism of pure love for humanity. (See also "Southern Star," Vol. 2, p. 421; "Juvenile Instructor," Vol. 35, p. 321.)

Sarah FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 30 Oct 1849 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. She died 4 on 4 Feb 1921 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. She was buried 5 on 7 Feb 1921 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Sarah married 6 John Henry SMITH on 20 Oct 1866.

Jas. T. Jakeman, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and Their Mothers, p. 124
Sarah Farr Smith:—Was born in Salt Lake City, October 30, 1849, the daughter of Lorin and Nancy B. Chase Farr.

As a girl she took active part in the Tabernacle Choir of Ogden, until her marriage October 20, 1866, to John Henry Smith, at Salt Lake City. She has lived in the 17th Ward a good many years. She is a member of the Relief Society, and Daughters of the Revolution.

She has made her home and children her life interest, and has always been a kind, considerate, and loving woman, willing at all times to help those in need and assist in every way possible to lighten the woes of the distressed. Sister Smith resided at 23 North West Temple.


Biography of Sarah Farr Smith from David J. Farr
President George Albert Smith recalled some events about his mother from an interview conducted by Luacine C. Fox.  President Smith was asked what qualities in your mother most affected him in his life. He replied, “her tenderness, her devotion to her children-there were eleven of us, you know..she had been a real mother..of course to us she was the best mother in the world. When I was a little fellow, just getting so I could climb the stairs, I remember mother took me by the hand, led me up the stairs into the bedroom where my crib was, and sitting by my crib, she had me kneel. She took both my little hands in hers and taught me how to pray, and do you know the prayer she taught me? 'Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, And if I die, before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.'” President Smith also recalled the time he only willfully disobeyed his mother. “She took a little willow stick and marched me into the kitchen and was about to whip me with it, but I took hold of both of her hands and wouldn't let her do it. 'I'm not going to whip you Son. If  your'e old enough to know you can stop me by holding my hands, then you're too old to be whipped,' and she never did it again.” (Three Minatures From Life, The Mother's of the First Presidency” Relief Society Magazine, May 1946, pg. 291)

Sarah Smith was never well and unable to take a real active part in the church. Her home duties and care of her beloved children took all her time. She did enjoy traveling and accompanied her husband on church business. (Ibid. Pg. 292)

Sarah married John Henry Smith Oct. 20, 1866 ten days before her 17th birthday. They had eleven children. John Henry Smith's father was George Albert Smith, cousin to the Prophet Joseph Smith. His great grandfather was John Smith, uncle to the prophet Joseph, and was both Salt Lake Stake President and patriarch to the church, when he died i n 1854.

One of the son's of Sarah and John was George Albert Smith, who was to become an apostle and one of the presidents of the church. When George Albert Smith was visiting San Francisco in 1911 holding various meetings he had an interesting dream in which he beheld in very vivid fashion his father John Henry Smith (who had recently died), Joseph F. Smith and his grandfather and namesake George Albert Smith.  Elder Smith also saw his grandfather, Lorin Farr in such a vivid sense that he described in detail his mode of dress. Grandfather Lorin wore a gray and pepper and salt business suit with a soft hat. He said that he looked and acted twenty years younger than when he died walking like a young man. As they met he shook George Albert's hand and talked with him about the family. His grandson was struck by the fact that he could feel the warmth of his grandfather's hand and detected that he had a body of flesh and bones. Elder Smith made no effort to interpret the dream other than to say it was a great comfort to him. President Smith would refer often to the different dreams he had of his grandfathers and father which showed he attached great spiritual meaning in his life. These dreams were clear and logical and conveyed the love that his relatives felt for him.  These dreams came during long periods of illness he suffered and were very welcome.  (George Albert Smith, by Francis Gibbons, pgs. 1, 74-75)

John Henry Smith was a large and powerfully built young man. . He with two friends were crossing the Provo River when their small boat capsized with John Henry becoming entangled in driftwood being kept under the water for sometime. People on the shore gave him up for dead when he was suddenly lifted bodily on to the shore by a wave as if by some unseen force.  It was learned afterwards that his father was fervently praying for him being impressed that he was in danger. (John Henry Smith, History by Josephine Peterson, DUP)

He married his first wife, Sarah Farr, at age eighteen. The young couple moved to Provo where John Henry was employed as a telegrapher. While there he served as a counselor to Bishop W.A. Follett. He often traveled with his father on his journeys throughout the territory.  Through this he became more acquainted with prominent men of the community.  In November 22, 1875 he was called as Bishop of the Seventeenth Ward where he served for five years with energy and zeal.  At General Conference in 1880 he was called to fill one of the vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve.  Elder Smith served as President of the European Mission. On his return home he was arrested for polygamy. Discharged for lack of evidence he continued to serve. In addition to his church service he was active in politics belonging to the Republican Party. He was appointed a member of the Salt Lake City Council in 1876 serving six years.  John Henry's easy, natural and outgoing personality denoted a frank and straightforward character. These human qualities impressed all of his sincerity. His happy disposition enabled him to take the most cheerful view of conditions no matter how bleak things might appear.  As a public speaker he was forceful, convincing and eloquent.  His pure love and magnetism for people made him interesting and convincing in personal conversation or a the pulpit.  These qualities were key to his success. He would go on to be President of the Constitutional Convention for the state of Utah. (Ibid.)

John Henry Smith was called as a member of the First Presidency by his cousin, President Joseph F. Smith, in 1910.  In business he was a member of the executive board of directors of the ZCMI, the Salt Lake Knitting Works, the Heber J. Grant Company, Home Fire Insurance Company and was president of the Utah Mexican Rubber Company. He owned a large amount of property immediately south of the Salt Lake Temple. (Ibid)

In another account it tells how George Albert was sick abed when his brother Winslow called to tell him their father, John Henry Smith, had passed away. This was a great blow as his father had been such an anchor to the whole family. The year was 1911. He reported a dream in which he saw his father smiling and President Joseph F. Smith delivering a package to him that seemed to contain something he had been seeking.  This seemed to indicate that he was in a better position in the church and that pleased his father.  Again he recounted the dream of seeing his grandfather, Lorin Farr, who was walking in a beautiful pasture with the spring of young manhood in his step. He was surprised when the dream image of his grandfather shook his hand.  While they walked toward a brook his grandfather said that there would  be a harvest of my family soon.  Again he reported that he could feel the warmth of his hand the thrill of pleasure that I had when I found he could shake hands and he  had a body of flesh and bone. (Builders of the Kingdom, Pusey, pgs.253-54)

George Albert Smith referred to his grandfather Lorin, as 'Grandpa Apples.'  He would speak at Lorin's funeral in 1909 to the many mourners who had gathered to celebrate his grandfather's life.  Later when he became President of the church he liked to show visitors pictures of his father, John Henry Smith and two grandfathers, George A. Smith and Lorin Farr. (Builders of the Kingdom, Pusey, pgs. 248 and 337)


John Franklin GAY was born 1 on 28 Mar 1843 in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi. He died 2 on 28 Dec 1921 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. He was buried 3 on 1 Jan 1922 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. John married 4 Tirzah FARR on 19 Jan 1869 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Tirzah FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 3 May 1852 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She died 4 on 23 Oct 1946 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She was buried 5 on 26 Oct 1946 in Ogden City Cemetery, Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. Tirzah married 6 John Franklin GAY on 19 Jan 1869 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Jas. T. Jakeman, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and Their Mothers, p. 124
Teriza Farr Gay:—This noble mother in Israel has always rejoiced in the fact that she was well born. She was born of godly parents. Her father was Lorin Farr, one of God's noblemen, and her mother Nancy B. Chase Farr. She came into the world on the 3rd day of May, 1852, and was married to John Franklin Gay, in the Endowment House at Salt Lake City. She is the mother of nine children, six of whom are living. She has been a resident of Ogden all her life. She is a member of Company G. Daughters of the Pioneers of Ogden City.


Biography of Tirzah Farr from David J. Farr
Tirzah was born 3 May 1852, in Ogden Utah.  She remembered that Brigham Young and his party would often stay at their home as they visited Ogden or on their way north to other settlements. Some 20 carriages full of people and supplies would accompany him. When they came, Lorin Farr would hire men to fish the streams to catch fresh fish for the group to feast on. Occasionally, Lorin accompanied the party on their journeys and took Tirzah with him. They traveled in a fine three seated carriage. She enjoyed traveling with President Young's daughter, Alice, who she remembered as beautiful and well dressed. She wanted to be just like her. (Ogden Standard, March 19, 1940, DUP)

On the trip with her father and Brigham Young they would stay a couple of nights in various communities and speak at their meetings. On the way back on one trip they took a road Lorin had constructed from Bear Lake to Huntsville. For sometime there was no celebration of Christmas and a child would be lucky to get a stick of candy in the season. (Sketch of the Life of Tirzah Farr Gay, Etta Gay Shupe, pgs.3-4)

Tirzah remembered the first electric light in the city at Twenty Fifth Street and Adams and that it made the people standing under it look like ghosts.  She recalls their first cabin having a floor of straw, because it could be changed quickly when wet. (Ogden Standard, op.cit.)

She married John Gay on 19 January 1869.  She had met  him while going to Lorin Farr's neighborhood schoolhouse.  He was a strapping 25 year old man, standing a good six feet three inches tall to Tirzah's petite five feet.  There first date was dance in celebration of the completion of the Farr Woolen Mill at the foot of Ogden Canyon near where Lorin's grist mill and sawmill had been located. (John Franklin Gay by David Salmon, pg. 21)

They had nine children; Olive Gertrude, Tirzah, John Franklin, Julie Etta, Newton Adelbert, Lawrence, Florence, Loring Eugene, Nancy Pearl.  During the small pox epidemic in 1870, both John and Tirzah became ill.  Their first born, just 1 year old, died of the disease.  Tirzah was not as ill as John and was able to nurse him back to health. (Sketch of the Life Of Tirzah Farr Gay, op.cit.)

John worked for Lorin Farr, freighting out to where the railroad was being built.  One time he was asked by Chauncey West to carry $100,000 in gold to pay the men.  He had a four-horse team carrying supplies to the men and hid the gold in a sack of oats.   En route, he was stopped by robbers who asked him if it was Bishop West's outfit.  They had heard West was carrying the gold.  John replied it was his own outfit, so they let him pass without searching. That experience so scared him, he never again carried the payroll. (ibid, pg. 5)

In the early 1860's John worked at logging in the Big Cottonwood Canyon.  He was caught in a terrible blizzard with the other loggers and blocked from returning to the sawmill.  John volunteered to walk down the river and seek help.  He was nearly frozen by the time he got there, but was able to rescue them.   He was later employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad as a baggage master and remained with them for 37 years, 7 days a week, 12 hours a day until retirement.  He predeceased Tirzah, dying December 28, 1921.   Tirzah lived to age 94.  She died at her home, of causes incident to age on October 23, 1946. (Sketch of the Life of John Franklin Gay by Martha Gay Stromberg, May 30, 1975, DUP)

Benjamin L. Rich spoke at Tirzah's funeral held in the Ogden Fourth Ward Oct. 26, 1946. He said she had lived more than half the period of the creation of the United States. She lived longer than any of her family. There were 12 Presidents of the U.S. before her birth and 20 after. She remembered the assassination of the President Lincoln as if it had been yesterday. Her father said that a great calamity had come to the nation.  She had said to Ben Rich that she had never harmed anyone. She had obeyed the laws of God and man. Ben was amazed at her almost encyclopedic memory. Her modesty and  language was above reproach. Throughout life she had radiated love, affection, kindness, goodness and a beautiful dignity. (Tirzah Farr Gay, by Mrle Farr Thacker, DUP)


Ezra FARR (twin) [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 21 Feb 1854 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. He died 4 on 5 Dec 1933 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. He was buried 5 on 8 Dec 1933 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. Ezra married 6, 7 Elveretta KAY on 9 Apr 1877 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Ezra was counted in a census 8 in 1910 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.

Elveretta KAY [scrapbook] was born on 12 Nov 1857 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She died 1 on 5 Mar 1897 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. Elveretta married 2, 3 Ezra FARR (twin) on 9 Apr 1877 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i Ezra Leon FARR was born on 30 Jul 1878. He died on 19 Mar 1935 from of tuberculosis.
  F ii
Clara Kay FARR [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 on 23 Dec 1880 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She died 3 on 7 Dec 1960 in Roy, Weber, Utah, United States.

Clara was counted in a census 4 in 1910 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.
  F iii Inez FARR was born on 15 May 1883. She died in Sep 1961.
  F iv Zelma FARR was born on 27 Aug 1885. She died on 29 Sep 1939.
  M v
Cecil Earl FARR [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 on 2 Jan 1889 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. He died 3 on 16 May 1910 in Hood River, Oregon, United States.
  F vi
Mabel FARR 1 was born on 27 Oct 1890 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She died on 28 Oct 1890 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.
  F vii
Jeanetta Ruth FARR [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 on 30 Jul 1893 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She died 3 on 8 Dec 1957.

Jeanetta was counted in a census 4 in 1910 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.

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