Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


Major John FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 22 May 1810 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. He died 4, 5 on 12 Oct 1892 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. John married 6, 7, 8 Emma Mary HALL 9 on 8 Oct 1862 in Chelsea, Orange, Vermont, United States.

Other marriages:
MORSE, Tryphena
MORRILL, Elizabeth

In 1835 John was one off the three founders of the scythe factory. In the spring of 1871 John Farr was elected president of the National Bank and he served in that position until 1888. Mr. Farr was by nature a cautious man, who counted the cost and hazard as well as the profits of every venture, and this conservative tendency had been increased in the school of experience. Yet, as he was a wise man of affairs, he seldom applied the brake to the wheels of progress, and in so far as his influence guided the affairs of these intitutions their course weas in the direction of a sound and healthy system that inured alike to their financial properity and to the benefit of the commercial interests of the community.


The following is from "History of Littleton, New Hampshire" by By James Robert Jackson, George Clarence Furber

He res. in L. all his life, except 1847 and 8, when he was in Glover, Vt. He was educated in the district schools, commenced the study of law with William J. Bellows and C. W. Hand, in 1852, and  was admitted to the Bar in Haverhill, Sept. 1854. He practised law in  Littleton for thirtv years. Among his printed articles are a report of the  Commission to consider matters relating to the Winnepesaukee Lake Cotton and Woollen Manufacturing Company, 1879, and historical  articles in the Littleton " Argus." The law firms he was connected with were: Rand & Farr, 1853 to 4: Hollows & Farr. 1854 to 9; John Farr & Son, 1867 to 73. Cong. Deacon. Democrat, Whig, and Republican. Selectman, 1840 and 1853. Deputy sheriff, 1840 to 1846 inc. Co. Commissioner, 1862-68. Member Bonrd of Education, Union District, and Treasurer, 1875 to 9 inc. Lake Commissioner, 1879. Member of Constitutional Convention, 1876. State Delegate to Loyalist  National Convention, Phila., 1866. Town Treasurer, 1854. Prest. L. National Bank 1871 to 88, and Director to 1891. Prest. Littleton Savings  Bank, 1871 to 80, and Director to 1892. Police Justice, Feb. 24, 1877, to April 9,1880. J. P. d. in Littleton Oct. 12, 1892. (Biog. G. and C. Bar  Assn., Vol. 2. p. 549.)

Emma Mary HALL 1 was born on 24 Mar 1833 in Guildhall, Essex, Vermont, United States. She died on 18 Oct 1926. Emma married 2, 3, 4 Major John FARR on 8 Oct 1862 in Chelsea, Orange, Vermont, United States.

Was married to a Woolson before she married John Farr.

Marriage Notes:

MARRIAGE: Mrs. Emma M. Woolson.


Philander B. FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3, 4 on 21 Feb 1812 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. He died 5, 6, 7 on 11 Jun 1874 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. Philander married 8, 9, 10 Amanda DAY on 20 Jul 1837 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
MORSE, Susan Fisher

Amanda DAY was born 1, 2 in 1815 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. She died 3, 4 on 20 Apr 1869 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. Amanda married 5, 6, 7 Philander B. FARR on 20 Jul 1837 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Persis FARR was born on 17 Feb 1840.
  M ii Comfort Day FARR was born on 23 Jun 1846.

Philander B. FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3, 4 on 21 Feb 1812 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. He died 5, 6, 7 on 11 Jun 1874 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. Philander married 8, 9, 10 Susan Fisher MORSE on 29 Mar 1871 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
DAY, Amanda

Susan Fisher MORSE was born 1, 2 on 2 Jan 1819 in Concord, Essex, Vermont, United States. She died 3 on 24 Sep 1901 in Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Susan married 4, 5, 6 Philander B. FARR on 29 Mar 1871 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.


Noah GILE was born 1 on 26 Apr 1810 in Bethlehem, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. He died 2 on 27 Sep 1852 in Newark, Caledonia, Vermont, United States. Noah married 3, 4, 5 Elizabeth FARR on 30 Mar 1836 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.

Elizabeth FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 19 Sep 1816 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. She died 4, 5 on 3 Jan 1847 in Burke, Caledonia, Vermont, United States. Elizabeth married 6, 7, 8 Noah GILE on 30 Mar 1836 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.


Deacon Marshall Day COBLEIGH was born 1 on 21 Jan 1817 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 2 on 20 Jul 1868 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. Marshall married 3, 4, 5 Phinisa FARR on 6 Feb 1838 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.

Phinisa FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 9 Jan 1819 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. She died 4 on 9 Mar 1886 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. Phinisa married 5, 6, 7 Deacon Marshall Day COBLEIGH on 6 Feb 1838 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.


Captain Nelson Cobleigh FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 18 Jun 1824 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. He died 4, 5 on 7 Mar 1884 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. Nelson married 6, 7, 8 Augustia A. SMITH on 24 Aug 1845 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
FISHER, Laura Sophronia

Was a merchant. Store name was 'Farr and Southworth'. In 1874 Nelson was elected to the board of director's of the National Bank.

Cong. Nelson res. in Littleton nearly all his life. Merchant. Cong. Deacon. Republican. Director Littleton National Bank, 1875-9 inc. Director Littleton Savings Bank, 1871-85. J. P.,  A. F. and A. M., Burns Lodge. K . T., St. Gerard Com.

Augustia A. SMITH was born 1, 2 on 15 Jan 1826 in Lancaster, Coos, New Hampshire, United States. She died 3, 4 on 25 Jun 1858 in Bethlehem, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. Augustia married 5, 6, 7 Captain Nelson Cobleigh FARR on 24 Aug 1845 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.


Captain Nelson Cobleigh FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 18 Jun 1824 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. He died 4, 5 on 7 Mar 1884 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. Nelson married 6, 7, 8 Laura Sophronia FISHER on 1 May 1860 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
SMITH, Augustia A.

Was a merchant. Store name was 'Farr and Southworth'. In 1874 Nelson was elected to the board of director's of the National Bank.

Cong. Nelson res. in Littleton nearly all his life. Merchant. Cong. Deacon. Republican. Director Littleton National Bank, 1875-9 inc. Director Littleton Savings Bank, 1871-85. J. P.,  A. F. and A. M., Burns Lodge. K . T., St. Gerard Com.

Laura Sophronia FISHER was born 1, 2 on 27 Oct 1831 in Dalton, Coos, New Hampshire, United States. She died 3 on 24 Jun 1913. Laura married 4, 5, 6 Captain Nelson Cobleigh FARR on 1 May 1860 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i
Infant FARR was born 1 on 17 Aug 1862 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. He died 2 on 17 Aug 1862 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.

George FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 12 Feb 1836 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. He died 4, 5 on 19 Mar 1895 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. George married 6, 7 Eliza Caroline BOYNTON on 11 Jan 1871 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States.

In 1870 became the owner of 'Farr & Southworth' a store on Main Street. It was previously owned by Nelson C. Farr.

He resided in Littleton all his life. Hotel-keeper. Republican. Grad. Dartmouth College 1862. Selectman, 1884-5. Moderator, 1885 to 90, and 1894-5. Member Board of Education, Union District, 1868-9 and 1880 to 86  inc.; and Treasurer, 1880 to 84 inc. Deputy sheriff, 1870 to 77 inc. President Lilleton Musical Association, 1888-9. Police Justice, April 9, 1880,  to March 19, 1895. Department Commander G. A. R. for N. II. 1886.  Commander Marshal Sanders Post, G. A. R., 1882. Delegate to  National Encampment, G. A. R., 1884-5-6. Director Littleton Savings  Bank, 1889 to 95. President N. H. Grange Fair Association, 1894. Master  of Northern N. II. Pomona Grange, 1888 to 1892 inc. Capt. Co.  D, 13th N. H. Inf. A. F. and A. M., Burns Lodge. I. O. O. F.,  N. G. (N. H. Men). Civil War veteran.

Eliza Caroline BOYNTON [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 22 Sep 1845 in Jefferson, Lincoln, Maine, United States. She died 3 on 19 Mar 1910 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. Eliza married 4, 5 George FARR on 11 Jan 1871 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States.

Episcopal President Woman's Relief Corps, 1887-8.

They had the following children.

  F i Grace Emma FARR was born on 3 Dec 1871.
  F ii Gertrude Tryphena FARR was born on 15 Sep 1873. She died in 1941.
  M iii Leslie Boynton FARR was born on 1 Dec 1878. He died in 1961.
  M iv
George FARR was born 1, 2 on 12 Oct 1881 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. He died on 12 Oct 1881 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States from Stillborn.

James A. PAGE was born 1, 2 on 10 Dec 1835 in Sanbornton, Belknap, New Hampshire, United States. He died 3 on 19 Sep 1903 in Haverhill, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. James married 4, 5 Ellen Mary FARR on 14 Dec 1860 in New Hampshire, United States.

Ellen Mary FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 21 Apr 1837 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. She died 3 on 18 Aug 1909. Ellen married 4, 5 James A. PAGE on 14 Dec 1860 in New Hampshire, United States.


Major Evarts Worcester FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 10 Oct 1840 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. He died 4, 5 on 30 Nov 1880 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. Evarts married 6 Ellen Francis BURPEE on 19 May 1861 in Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States.

ADDRESS OF MR. BRIGGS, OF NEW HAMPSHIRE.

FEBRUARY 8, 1881.

Mr. SPEAKER: I desire to submit the following resolutions.

The SPEAKER. The resolutions will be read.

The Clerk read as follows:

Resolved, That this House has heard with profound sorrow the an­nouncement of the death of Hon. EVARTS W. FARR, late a Repre­sentative from the State of New Hampshire.

Resolved, That in token of regard for the memory of the lamented deceased the members of this House do wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days.

Resolved, That the Clerk of this House do communicate these resolutions to the Senate of th~ United States.

Resolved; That as a further mark of respect to the memory of the deceased this House now adjourn.

Mr. BRIGGS. Mr. Speaker, I rise to perform the melancholy duty of announcing to this House the death of my colleague, EVARTS W. FARR, which occurred at his home in Littleton on the 3oth of Novem­ber last. It was my sad privilege to be with him when he passed away. He died as he had lived, with the heroism of a noble man­hood born of hope and faith.

It is no vain tribute of respect New Hampshire would fain pay to her noble and gallant son. As a member of this House, I submit he was universally respected both by political friends and foes. But it is not merely an excellent Representative at the National Capitol that New Hampshire mourns in the death of Major FARR. Among those who pressed eagerly to the front when an imperiled nation called her sons to her rescue, this man was the pride of our State, and under the flag with which we draped that hearse at Littleton he earned the imperishable gratitude of our people.

EVARTS W. FARR was born at Littleton on the 10th of October, 1840. He belonged to one of the best families of our State. His father, an honored member of the legal profession, survives him. Mr. FARR was one of eight children, and his early advantages were those of the typical New England country lad. He pursued his academic course at Thetford, Vermont, where he was graduated with honors, and went thence to college. Frank, earnest, and intelligent, the char­acter of the boy gave true promise of the man. What might have been his fortune had he been permitted quietly to pursue his studies, we cannot tell. Destiny had assigned him a part in a stupendous drama, which was to startle Christendom. In that drama he per­formed his part gloriously and well; and like many other young Americans of that eventful period, he leaped to distinction before he had reached the age of manhood.

At the breaking out of the war young FARR was a member of Dartmouth ­College. With characteristic decision, he turned his back upon college and his face to the field. He was the first man to enter the service from the town of Littleton, from which he enlisted in the First New Hampshire Volunteers. He served continuously from April 20, 1861, to June 4, 1865.

Soon after he entered the service he joined the New Hampshire Second; was appointed a lieutenant June 4, i86i; he was promoted to the rank of captain January 1, 1862, and while in command of company G lost his right arm at the battle of Williamsburgh, Virginia, May 5, 1862. His regiment, one of the most gallant and distin­guished in the service, was then one of the four constituting General Hooker's original brigade.

As soon as his wound permitted he returned to the field, and Sep­tember 9, 1862. was promoted to rank of major in the New Hampshire Eleventh. After fighting with distinguished gallantry at Fred­ericksburgh, Major FARR went with his regiment to the West, and participated in the siege and capture of Vicksburgh. After the capt­ure he went South with General Sherman to attack General John­ston at Jackson, Mississippi, and during the remainder of the war served on court-martial duty, most of the time as judge-advocate.

Unquestionably his employment on court-martial duty during all the latter part of the war alone prevented his high promotion in the line. As it was, his career as a soldier was an exceptionally brill­iant and successful one. In many of the severest engagements of the war he won golden laurels. In the action at Fredericksburgh it was my fortune to be near him, and no veteran of a hundred battles could have shown a statelier, loftier heroism. There was a touch of chiv­alry in his nature, and he was then of the age when this spirit is at high tide. His patriotism was not lost in the, effervescent spirit of the cavalier; he had devotion as well as courage. Nor was his courage of that lower order, derived from excitement. It had nothing to do with rashness nor frenzy. He was cool, patient, and determined. It was the courage of Ney rather than that of Murat, In the fiercest and most disheartening fight he was never known to lose his self-command. This, with his quick decision and soldierly intuition, com­bined to make him a man of wonderful resources. In action or in any grave and responsible situation he never was “at his wit's end.”

Another trait of a great soldier was his fortitude, his power of en­durance. “No pain,” writes an officer who was long and most inti­mate with him, “no pain that he suffered could bring a moan, no toil he encountered could dismay him, the longest and hardest march we ever made could not bring a word of complaint from his lips."

In the fight between Hooker's and Longstreet's divisions at Will­iamsburgh, FARR'S coolness and endurance came out in full flower. The fight was close, hot, and prolonged to the verge of human en­durance. It rained hard, and the sufferings of the-men were terrible, FARR seemed imbued with the spirit of a multitude. He demeaned himself through that weary, bloody day in a manner never to he for­gotten by those to whom it was known. His valor was equaled only by his equanimity. Only breaking ranks, only the signs of yielding, could provoke his impatience. Just at the close of that terrible day he received the shot which made his empty sleeve thenceforth his badge of honor - - -


What a tell-tale thing is an empty sleeve.
It tells in a silent tone to all,
Of a country's need, and a country's call,
Of a kiss and a tear for child and wife,
And a hurried march for a nation's life:
It tells of a battle-field of gore,
Of the saber's clash, of the cannon's roar,
Of the deadly charge, of the bugle's note,
Of a gurgling sound in a freeman's throat,
Of the whizzing grape, of the fiery shell,
Of a scene which mimics the scenes of hell;
Though it points to a myriad wounds and scars,
Yet it tells that a flag of stripes and Stars,
In God's own chosen time will take,
Each place of the rag with the rattle-snake;
And it points to a time when that flag will wave,
O'er a land where there breathes no cowering slave.
Till this very hour, who could ere believe,
What a tell-tale thing is an empty sleeve,
What a weird, queer thing, is an empty sleeve.


His tastes were essentially military, and he brought to his duties in the field that energy. and fixedness of purpose which characterized the man in all he undertook, 'He mastered-the science of the camp and field in an incredibly short time,' and, young as he was, became a  recognized authority therein. He was a strict disciplinarian, thor­ough and exact in all his duties, and requiring the same of others. But he was full of considerate kindness to his men, to whom he en­deared  himself as the 'friend of all, Prompt, brave, and responsible, he was ever at the post of duty; and in those evil days there marched not under the flag a hero of more dauntless courage, a devotee of more unfaltering faith than EVARTS W. FARR.

At the close of the war he embraced the profession of the law and at once became one of the most promising members of the New Hampshire bar. An ardent and stirring Republican, he also came early to the front in the politics of our State. He held, successively, the positions of assistant assessor and assessor of his internal-revenue district, solicitor of Grafton County, and a member of the governor's council. To the latter position he was handsomely elected in a dis­trict which had always been strongly Democratic; and in this, as later, in his two Congressional canvasses, his popularity was abundantly demonstrated. He did credit to every place he held, and his elec­tion to the Forty-sixth, and his re-election to the Forty-seventh Con­gress, were only in the natural course of his ascendant fortune. Of his career in this House, so sadly and so early closed, I will not speak. That I leave to others. His record is familiar to you all. Is it not one of promise?

His memory long will live, alone
In all our hearts, as mournful light
That broods above the fallen sun,
And dwells in heaven half the night.

Of the character of the deceased I propose to offer few words other than those I have already spoken. His was an open, generous, san­guine, earnest nature-such an one as “he who runs may read.” Were I fully to express my own admiration for the man, I should be suspected of intemperate speech. My acquaintance with him began in the Army, where we were comrades together, and from that time our- friendship was fast. He was instinct with generous and kindly impulses which endeared him to his friends and bound them to him in bonds of the strongest affection. Naturally in such a character there was that which inspired his foes with respect, and however he might dislike, no man could despise EVARTS W. FARE.

Like all of us, the man had his faults; yet he had no prominent defects, and I never knew a man whose faults counted for less as against the general strength and purity of his character. I have had much to say of his earnestness, for this I conceive was the leading factor of his strength. He was ready to take up any duty that lay before him, and to attack it with firm and sincere purpose. He fol­lowed a purpose with his whole soul and did nothing by halves. This element of his character, together with his versatility, implied large possibilities. He was a young man, and with length of days must have accomplished that of which all that he had done was but a hint. On the whole, his character was solid, well rounded, and symmetrical; with­out grotesque or brilliant eccentricities, he was a very positive force.

The immediate cause of his death was a sudden and violent at­tack of typhoid pneumonia. Overwork had induced extreme debility, and his system had little power of resistance. His general health had been blighted in the Army, and his empty sleeve was not the only sad remembrance, not the only legacy of woe that he brought back from southern fields. A post-mortem examination disclosed the presence of chronic disease, which, at best, must ere long have
proved fatal.

In his domestic relations he commanded the strongest affection. We will not lift the veil from that circle of crushed hearts.- There is that which should be respected. There is a supreme sorrow, as one day-

There was dole in Astolat.

Major FARR was a great favorite in our State, and his name will be set among those whom New Hampshire delighted to honor. He was a most gallant soldier, a promising young statesman, and a noble, sincere man. We bespeak your respect for his memory as some­thing we shall proudly and gratefully cherish.

Ellen Francis BURPEE [scrapbook] was born 1 on 14 Nov 1840 in New Hampton, Belknap, New Hampshire, United States. She died 2 on 5 Jan 1907 in Campania, Italy. Ellen married 3 Major Evarts Worcester FARR on 19 May 1861 in Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States.

50th Congress 2nd Session} House of Representatives {Report No. 4057
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ELLEN B. FARR.
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FEBRUARY 15, 1889.-Committed to the Committee of-the Whole House and ordered
to be printed.
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Mr. GALLINGER, from the Committee on Invalid Pensions, submitted,
the following REPORT:
[To accompany bill S. 3588.]


The Committee on Invalid Pensions, to whom was referred the: bill (S. 388) granting a pension to Ellen B. Farr, having considered the same, report as follows:

The report of the Senate committee, which we adopt as a part of our, own, is as follows:
The claimant, Ellen B. Farr, is thew idow of Evarts W. Farr, late major of the Eleventh New Hamshire Volunteers. Major Farr served as first lieutenant from June , 1861, to Jannary 1, 1802, as captain from latter date to Septemer 22, 1862, slid e major from latter date to muster-out, June 4, 1865. He died, June 21,' 1881.

He was pensioned as captain at $20 per. month for the loss f right arm while., be held that rank in May, 1862, and was afterward iuoteased to $24, special rate for his, disability. His widow was pensioned at $17 per month Jauuary 22, 1881, the rate of. total pension for the rank of first lieutenant. No higher rate could be allowed her un­der the law, because the disability (malaria) which produced his fatal disease was contracted while he held the rank of first Lieutenant in 1861

The widow now asks for an liiorease.to $25 per month, the amount aflowed under the general law for the rank of major. ,

The Commissioner of Pensions, in his annual report for the year 1887, makes the fol­lowing recomnendation for this class of claims:

"I beg leave to call attention to the fact that during the last year the Secretary of the interior presented to Congress a request for a modification of the law which declares that a pension shall be graded according to the rank of the claimant at the time that the injury was received, without regard to the fact that such claimant might subsequently have been promoted for meritorious services and in good faith;.. The suggestion of the Commissioner is that the rank, subsequently acquired , bona fide,should be considered by the Commissioner in determining the amount to be allowed."

Congress has In several Instances recognized this equitable and just recommenda­tion by special acts.

This widow is In Indigent circumstances; has a daughter to support, and is in feeble health, being seriously disabled in her right arm, which is indispensable in the performance of the labor upon which she depends for support.

It is proper that we should add that 'Major Farr was a member of this House during the Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses, his death occurring before the close of the latter Congress. He was a brave soldier and an able legislator, and as his widow was left in comparatively necessitous circumstances and is now in feeble health, as well as because of the further facts set forth in the Senate report, your commit­tee recomend the passage of the bill.

They had the following children.

  F i Ida Louise FARR was born on 26 Apr 1863. She died on 3 Sep 1953.
  M ii Herbert Augustas FARR was born on 30 Oct 1865. He died on 24 Mar 1903.
  F iii
Edith May FARR [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 on 5 Sep 1872 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. She died 3 on 11 Jun 1891 in Wakefield, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

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