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

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.


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
FEBRUARY 15, 1889.-Committed to the Committee of-the Whole House and ordered
to be printed.
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 $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.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin PAGE was born 1 on 7 Jul 1843 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. He died 2, 3 on 23 Sep 1917 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. Benjamin married 4, 5 Caroline FARR on 8 Sep 1870 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.

Caroline FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 19 Mar 1843 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. She died 3, 4 on 8 Feb 1929 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. Caroline married 5, 6 Dr. Benjamin Franklin PAGE on 8 Sep 1870 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.

Charles Albert FARR [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 5 Feb 1848 in Glover, Orleans, Vermont, United States. He died 3 on 25 Jun 1914 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. Charles married 4, 5 Florence Sybil BOWMAN on 20 Sep 1869 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.

He resided in Littleton since 1849. Merchant, Congressman, Deacon, Republican, Knight of Honor. Member Board of Education, Union District, 1873 and 1890. Secretary of Law and Order League, 1888 to 1892.

Florence Sybil BOWMAN was born 1, 2 on 30 Aug 1848 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. She died 3, 4 on 11 Feb 1886 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. Florence married 5, 6 Charles Albert FARR on 20 Sep 1869 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Helen May FARR was born on 12 Aug 1872. She died on 1 Mar 1917.

Edwin Child MILLER [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 on 1 Dec 1857 in Melrose, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 3 on 26 Jan 1920 in Wakefield, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Edwin married 4, 5 Ida Louise FARR on 13 Jan 1884 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

MILLER, Edwin Child, piano mfr. ; b. Melrose, Mass., Dec. 1, 1857; s. Henry Franklin and Frances Virginia (Child) Miller; descendant of John Miller, of Rehoboth, Mass., Roger Williams, and Joseph Jenckes, also of the Arnolds, Kinnicutts and Hitchcocks, of R.I. and Conn.; ed. pub. schs. of Boston; grad. English High Sch., 1875; S.B., Mass. Inst. Tech., 1879; m. Ida Louise Farr, of Littleton, N.H., Jan. 30, 1884; 3 children, Barbara, Henry F., Edith Louise. Identified with piano mfg. since beginning of active career, now près. Henry F. Miller & Sons Piano Co., successors, 1884, to Henry F. Miller, who established the business, 1863. Was chmn. exec. com. when Wakefield celebrated its 250th anniversary, 1894; chmn. Wakefield Municipal Light Commn., 1908-15, and reelected for 3 vrs., spring of 1915. Mem. Mass. Ho. of Rep., 1893-4; mem. Rep. State Com., 1899, 04, 05. Mem. Boston Music Trade Assn. (ex-pres.), Mass Inst. Tech. Alumni Assn. (ex-pres.), Boston Chamber of Commerce, Wakefield Business Men's Assn. Unitarian. Past Master of Middlesex-Essex Pomona Grange No. 28. Mason (Golden Rule Lodge) : Past Patron Order Eastern Star; mem. Knights of Pvthias, N.E.O.P.. Clubs: Technology (1st treas), Boston Rotary (près.). Home: 18 Lawrence St., Wakefield, Mass. Office : 395 Boylston St., Boston. HULES, Elmer Mantón, MD.; b. Ryegate, Vt., Feb. 25, 1873; s. Edward and Eliza (Gates) Miller; grad. St. Johnsbury (Vt.) Acad., 1894; M.D., Baltimore Med. Coll., 1898; grad. Chicago Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Coll., 1912; post-grad, course, Mass. Charitable Eye and Ear Infirmary; m. Lillian E. Ray, of Boston, Mass.. June 22, 1898. Practiced in Woodsville, N.H., since 1898; mem. N.H. Ho. of Rep., 1909. Trustee Woodsville Hosp. Mem. A.M.A., N.H. Med. Soc, Grafton County Med. Soc, N.H. Surg. Soc. Republican. Address: Woodsville, New Hampshire. MILLER, Francis Trevelyan, editor, author; b. Southington, Conn., Oct. 8, 1877; s. Elijah Hutchinson and Jane A. (Hull) Miller; Trinitv Coll., Hartford, 1898-9; law dept. Washington and Lee U., 1899-01; (Litt.D., Washington Coll.. 1913; LL. D., U. of Ky„ 1913); m. Clara E. (Emerson) Bick- ford, of Meriden, Conn., Sept. 7, 1903. On staff, Hartford Globe, 1902-6; editor Conn. Mag.,1902-8; founder, 1907, and editor-in-chief Jour. Am. History. Lit. adviser, Patriot Pub. Co., Springfield, Mass., 1910—; literary editor, Search-Light Library, New York, 1910—; editor-in-chief, Photographic History of the Civil War (10 vols.), 1910- 11 (Review of Reviews Co.). V.-p. Search-Light Book Corpn., of New York. (See Who's Who in America for other details.) Home: Hartford, Conn. Office: 450 4th Av.. New York.»      , Frank Burton, lawyer: b. Cushing, Me., Aug. 16, 1862; s. William H. and Margaret A. (Walter) Miller; grad. Hallowell Classical Acad., 1883; taught sch. 16 terms; studied law; admitted to bar, 1899: m. Columbia Falls, Me., June 19, 1892. Ida M. Tibbetts. Engaged in practice at Rockland since 1899; editor Rockland Courier Gazette, 1890; register of deeds, 1891-03; auditor City of Rockland, 1901 and 1905-7; mem. Bd. of Edn„ 1896-08; chmn. Rep. Co. Com., 1898-07; Rep. candidate for state senator, 1908. Home: 427 Main St., Rockland, Maine. MILLER, Fred Herbert, editor and publisher; b. Boston, July 31, 1855; s. Benjamin Pope and Sarah Elizabeth (Trask) Miller; ed. pub. schs. of Boston, Hingham, and Derby Acad., Hingham. Mass.; m. Hingham. Nov. 7, 1877, Carrie W. Whiton; 2 children, Florence L., b. Mar. 10, 1879; Marion W., June 16, 1891. Apprenticed to printer's trade at 17, in office of Hingham Jour., which purchased, 1879, and has since owned and conducted; town elk. since Mar., 1900. Republican. Unitarian. Odd Fellow, Elk. Club: Wompatuck. Recreations: gunning, fishing. Address: Hingham, Mass.

Ida Louise FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 26 Apr 1863 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. She died 3, 4 on 3 Sep 1953 in West Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Ida married 5, 6 Edwin Child MILLER on 13 Jan 1884 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

APRIL 1954
By Arthur Adams, Historian

Mrs. Edwin Child Miller (Ida Louise Farr), who was elected a resident (annual) member of the Society 2 Feb. 1898, was born in Littleton, N. H., 26 April 1863, and died in West Newton, Mass., 3 Sept. 1953.
She was one of the first thirty-six women to become members of the Society. They were elected 2 Feb. 1898, in consequent of an act of the General Court approved 10 April 1897.
Mrs. Miller was for many years active in the affairs of the Society. From 1899 to 1902, she was a member of the Committee on the Cabinet, and from 1905 to 1908 of the Committee on the Collection of Records. From 1907 to 1909, she was a member of the Council, and served again from 1916 to 1917. She was a member of the Committee on Ways and Means in 1913 and from 1916 to 1927, and was a member of the Committee on Increase of Membership from 1923 to 1927.
She was a graduate of the Museum of Fine Arts School of Boston, and was a member of the Class of 1885 of Wellesley College. From her mother she inherited her talent for painting in oils and water colors.
Mrs. Miller was active in many civic and patriotic affairs. She was Regent of the Faneuil Hall Chapter of the D.A.R., and oldest Ex-President of the Kosmos Club of Wakefield. She was for many years a member of the School Committee, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, President of the Wakefield Historical Society, President of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Chapter of the Order of the Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, President of the Y.W.C.A. Auxiliary, a charter member of the Wakefield Grange, and a founder of the New Hampshire Daughters in 1894. She was a member of the committee on the celebration of the three hundredth anniversary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, an incorporator of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, first President of the Quannapowitt Ladies Club, President of the Melrose Women's Club, a member of the Progressive Club of Peterboro, N. H., the Wellesley College Club of Boston, the Daughters of Veterans, a member of the Macdowell Association, and was active in the work of the Red Cross. She was a Vice President for Massachusetts of the Mary Washington Memorial Association of Fredericksburg, Va.
She married, 30 Jan. 1884, Edwin Child Miller, a piano manufacturer. The children were: (a) Barbara, born 30 Aug. 1885, now Mrs. Charles C. Wicker of Philadelphia, Pa.; (b) Henry Franklin 2nd, born 18 Nov. 1887, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and (c) Edith, who married Ronald Cushing, died in 1942. A grandson, Charles C. Wicker, Jr., was killed in World War II while piloting a plane over Germany. Her grandsons, Henry F. Miller 3rd and Proctor Miller, served several years in the armed services overseas, 1942-1945.

Herbert Augustas FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 30 Oct 1865 in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. He died 3 on 24 Mar 1903 in Everett, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Herbert married 4, 5 Catherine Ellen CLARKE on 30 Mar 1894 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Catherine Ellen CLARKE 1 was born 2 in Sep 1863 in Massachusetts, United States. Catherine married 3, 4 Herbert Augustas FARR on 30 Mar 1894 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Robert CONANT [Parents] was born about 1583 in East Budleigh, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom. He died on 12 May 1638 in Bicton, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom. Robert married Elizabeth MORRIS on 14 Oct 1607 in East Budleigh, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom.

Elizabeth MORRIS was born about 1587 in of, East Budleigh, Devon, England, United Kingdom. Elizabeth married Robert CONANT on 14 Oct 1607 in East Budleigh, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom.

Richard. Richard married Joan CONANT about 1600 in of East Burleigh, Devon, England, United Kingdom.

Joan CONANT [Parents] was born on 20 Jan 1579 in East Budleigh, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom. She was christened on 20 Jan 1579 in East Budleigh, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom. Joan married Richard about 1600 in of East Burleigh, Devon, England, United Kingdom.

Richard CONANT [Parents] was born on 12 Feb 1581 in East Budleigh, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom. He was christened on 21 Feb 1581 in East Budleigh, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom. He died on 13 Sep 1625 in East Budleigh, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom. Richard married Jane SLADE on 18 Sep 1609 in of, East Budleigh, Devon, England, United Kingdom.

Jane SLADE. Jane married Richard CONANT on 18 Sep 1609 in of, East Budleigh, Devon, England, United Kingdom.

Thomas KNOWLES was born about 1580 in of, East Budleigh, Devon, England, United Kingdom. Thomas married Jane CONANT on 18 Sep 1609 in East Budleigh, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom.

Jane CONANT [Parents] was christened on 9 May 1584 in East Budleigh, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom. She died after 1630. Jane married Thomas KNOWLES on 18 Sep 1609 in East Budleigh, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom.

William FARRE [Parents] was christened 1 on 31 Aug 1606 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 2, 3 on 21 Mar 1660/1661 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. William married 4 Etheldred GREENE on 5 May 1635 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

William's will was probated 5 in 1660/1661 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
, Ann

PRO E 115/158/41
We his ma(jesty) or ma(gestrate) commissioners here under named doe certifie and declare unto the Right Honorable, the lord High Treasurer of England and to all others to whom in this behalf it may apartaine, that William ffarr is taxed and accessed towards the payment of the *fyft ((fifth)) Subsedie, granted to his ma(jesty)or ma(gestrate) at fower pounds goodes in Bedford where he hath bene dwellinge and resident, for the most part of the yeare now last past, in witness whereof wee have hereunto set our handes and seales: dated this 19th day of Jun: in the yeare of our lord god 1629

                                                                    William ffarrer
                                                                     John Spenser Maior (probably “Major”)
                                     4 pounds 10 shillings 8 pence
                                                                       Jo: (hn) Wank
                                                                        William Hawkes

I looked up the surnames Maior and Wank on Ancestry and they appear to be of German origin. The majority of Wank surnames in England are in London and the Maior surname is in Wales.  But where “i” and “j” were interchangeable during this time period then the surname could be Major.  There are “Major surnames all over England.

* I'm not positive this is “fyft”.  The scribe is making his f's and s's the same with a slight variance so it could be “fyst” meaning “first”.

William is mentioned in the will of his father-in-law Robert Greene. Etheldred's christening is in Salford next to Wavendon. This Robert Green would be the one mentioned in the Wavendon title deeds found by Dean Hunter on one of his trips to England. This William, however, is not one of the William's mentioned in the title deeds. This William is, however, the grandson of our William Farre Sr. of Aspley.

Name spelled in Latin on births of two children Ralph and William.

Abstract of the Will of William ffarre
Bedford Probate Records
Film #1066815

On twentie of March one thousand six hundred & sixty
Will of Will ffarre Aspley Guies in Bed husbandman
Anne wife
Ralph son [not yet twenty one]
Will ffarre sone
John Collins
Anne ffarre daughter
Mary daughter
???? [witness]
Tho: Arkesorn [witness]
Robert Byworth [witness]

The following record references show that the Farr, Green, Claver and Dennett Families were living close together. In the records they have intermarried. Thomas Dennett is Elizabeth Farr's (sister of our Stephen Farr in Concord) father-in-law. Robert Green married a Faire the grandniece of our John Fayre of Aspley. Robert Green's daughter Etheldred married William Farr the grandson of our Wiliam Farre Sr. Arthur Claver is the father-in-law of two daughters of Robert Green. Robert Green and his wife___ Faire (grandniece of our John Fayre) had a daughter Mary who married Thomas Dennett.

Copies of these records need to be aquired on one of our cousin's trips to England!

Assignment of term of years D168/7/2 1 June 1640

These documents are held at Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies

(1) Robert Smyth
(2) William Farr
Recital: Mortgage 25 Nov. 1638 whereby Sir John Thomson of Husborne Crawley, Beds., conveyed to Sir Thomas Hyde of Aldbury, Herts., the reversion of a lease of the manor of Wavendon, the manor house (occup. Thomas Dennett), a messuage and appurts. (occup. Robert Greene) and 3 cottages (occup. George Gostley, Thomas Norris and Thomas Savage), 3½a. and Abbots grove and Little grove
Recital: 15 Feb. 1640. Assignment by Thomas Hyde of the reversion of the lease to (1) [Thos. Hyde in full possession due to failure of re payment by Sir Jn. Thomson]
NOW (1) to (2) for the remainder of years, of the farmhouse, 3 closes and 1 pightle in the occupation of Robert Greene

Feoffment D168/7/1 14 April 1640

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(1) Arthur Claver of Buckingham, gent
Robert Smyth of Buckingham, gent. and son, William
(2) William Farr of Akeley, gent
Messuage or farmhouse in Wavendon and appurtenant lands (occup. Robert Greene; formerly in occup. Sir John Thomson, Knt.)
Consideration: £400

Feoffment [no ref.] 18 Mar. 1653/4

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(1) John Worrald of Kempston, Beds., yeoman
(2) William Farr of Wavendon, gent
Cottage called Nixons in Wavendon and 2 pightles
Consideration: £30

Purchases etc. by the Farr family [no ref. or date]

These documents are held at Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies
Messuage, 3 closes, 1 pightle (occup. Robert Greene) D168/7 [n.d.]

Various Pieces of Land in the common fields (occup. Thomas Dennett) D168/8

The Grange and Lands in the common fields D168/9 [n.d.]

Cottage called Nixons D168/10 [n.d.]

Various pieces of the common fields of Wavendon D168/11 [n.d.]

1 Messuage, 2 cottages and 116a. in common fields D168/12 [n.d.]

20a. on Wood Leys D168/13 [n.d.]

Normans Spinney or Grove, Wavendon D168/14 [n.d.]

Messuage, cottage and malthouse in Green End, Wavendon and c.123a. land D168/15 [n.d.]

Etheldred GREENE [Parents] was christened on 12 Aug 1604 in Salford, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Etheldred married 1 William FARRE on 5 May 1635 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  M i Ralph FARRE was christened on 28 Nov 1641. He died in 1709.
  M ii William FARR was christened on 4 Oct 1646. He was buried on 30 Aug 1711.
  F iii
Ann FARRE 1 was born about 1647 in of Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  F iv
Mary FARRE 1 was born about 1650 in of Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

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