Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


John ANDERSON was born about 1715 in Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. John married 1 Mehitable FARR on 9 Feb 1769 in Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

First wife was Margaret Fisher and she died 17 Oct 1767 in Medway, Massachusetts.

Mehitable FARR [Parents] 1 was born 2, 3 on 28 Feb 1716/1717 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died 4 on 6 Nov 1788 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. Mehitable married 5 John ANDERSON on 9 Feb 1769 in Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
ADAMS, Phinehas
RIDER, Ebenezar

BIRTH: 1717 FARR Mehettable, d. John and Hanna[h], Feb. 29 [sic], 1717, Stow.


Ebenezar RIDER was born on 19 Dec 1723 in Sherborn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Ebenezar married 1 Mehitable FARR on 24 Aug 1786 in Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

At marriage to Mehitable, he was from Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

Mehitable FARR [Parents] 1 was born 2, 3 on 28 Feb 1716/1717 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died 4 on 6 Nov 1788 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. Mehitable married 5 Ebenezar RIDER on 24 Aug 1786 in Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
ADAMS, Phinehas
ANDERSON, John

BIRTH: 1717 FARR Mehettable, d. John and Hanna[h], Feb. 29 [sic], 1717, Stow.


John FARR Jr. [Parents] 1 was born about 1710 in of Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 24 Oct 1763 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. John married Mary WHITTEMORE before 1735 in of Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

LDS FHL film #397504, folio #7276
John Farr 1763

John Farr died intestate and Nathaniel Whittemore was appointed administrator of John's estate. John's son, John, was given what was left of the estate after debts were paid. The administration states that John was the only child of John Farr.

Mary WHITTEMORE was born 1 on 12 Jul 1694 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died before 1763. Mary married John FARR Jr. before 1735 in of Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

BIRTH: 1694 WHITTEMORE Mary Whittemore ye daughter of Benjamin Whittemore & Ester his wife was Born July ye 12th 1694.

They had the following children.

  M i
John FARR was born 1, 2 on 6 Sep 1735 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.



The John Farr that married Dommons (Damaris) Wheeler in 1751 is not this one because his surname turns out to be "Barr" not "Farr".

John would have been about 27 years of age when his father's estate was administered. Maybe he was married but not to Dommons/Damaris Wheeler.

BIRTH: 1735 Farr John Son of John & Mary Farr bom September 6th 1735 "Littleton Town Book To enter Births and Deaths" (which also includes marriages) 1714-1778.

Jacob FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2, 3 on 30 Apr 1745 in Acton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 4, 5 on 20 Nov 1807 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. Jacob married 6, 7 Martha RUSSELL on 23 May 1771 in Chesterfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

The following is from The Ancestors and Descendants of Julius E. Farr by Mileta Farr Kilroy:

The Farr family played an important part in the history of Cummington, Hampshire County, Massachusetts from 1771 until almost 1840. In all the research put into this family history, there is, in Cummington, a greater concentration of family data than at any other place in the United States prior to 1900. In the vital statistics in the town records of that time period, we find twenty-four Farr births, seven marriages, and thirteen deaths. Also in the county court house in Northampton are found numerous land records, probates and wills. All of these are proven relatives of Julius E. Farr.

This was a period of great change in the young colonies, and many families were trying to find a better location to build their homes and raise their children. The migration from the East pushed through Cummington and on to New York, thence into Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. And, of course, as will be shown later, the seven sons of Julius E. Farr eventually all reached California and lived out their lives there.

Cummington became a town in 1779, and at that time, the population reached 850. By 1830, the population had climbed to 1261. Although many of the original families were farmers, it was not too long before the new settlers began to utilize the many surrounding rivers and brooks to build saw mills, flour mills, and other factories. By 1840, when the Farrs were almost all gone from Cummington, the population started a slow decline, and by 1900, it was below what it had been in 1790.

Jacob Farr and Martha Russell, both of Plantation No. 5 in Cummington, were married on 23 May 1771 in the nearby town of Chesterfield, Massachusetts. The Reverend Benjamin Mills officiated at the ceremony. Martha was originally from Killingly, in Windham County, Connecticut, and was the daughter of Stephen Russell and Lucy Carter. Stephen Russell's father was David Russell who married a Mrs. Suzanna Lawrence, probably as his second wife, so she may not have been Stephen's mother.2

The children of Jacob Farr and Martha Russell were: 3

1. Anselm Farr b 20 Jul 1772 d 12 Feb 1808 m Polly Lincoln
2. Archibald Farr b 27 Apr 1774
3. Martha (Patty) Farr b 22 Apr 1776 m 13 Apr 1795 William Cole
4. Mary (Folly) Farr b 27 Sep 1778 m 27 Dec 1796 Edward Bartlett
5. Electa Farr b 11 Apr 1780
6. Lucenda Farr b 11 Jun 1782
7. Cynthia Farr b 5 May 1784 m 3 Feb 1805 John Fox
8. Lydia Farr b 15 Apr 1786

Jacob and Martha Farr both died in Cummington, and are buried in the Bryant Cemetery on Row 15, lots No. 2 and 3. Jacob died at age 64, and Martha died on 28 April 1822 at age 79. A diagram of the cemetery can be found on page 41.

In July, 1984, the writer and her husband visited Cummington, and were delighted with the town and its inhabitants. Such charming, friendly and helpful people! The population of the town is now approximately 650, and it seemed that most of that number are dedicated to the preservation of the local history. Although the museum was not open the day of the visit, a stop at the Community House on Main Street of the town soon put them in touch with the Bates sisters, Barbara and Mildred, whose parents were very early Cummington residents. The visitors were soon given a delightful guided tour of the museum by Mildred. While there, the books, Only One Cummington by Helen Foster and William Streeter, and The Vital Records of Cummington, Massachusetts 1762-1900 by Daphne Morris and William Streeter were purchased, and have proved to be a great help in tracing the Farr history. It was noted in the first book that “Jacob Farr.. ,willed property to his son, Anseim.” This was an exciting discovery, for until that moment, the writer had not been aware that such a will existed! This resulted in a telephone call to Mr. Streeter, and he readily offered to send a copy of the will. Imagine the elation of the writer when she returned to California, to find the packet from Mr. Streeter contained not only Jacob's will, but also the wills of his father, Joseph, and his son, Anselm!

The will of Jacob Farr is handwritten, and a copy of the original will, as well as a typewritten transcription will be found on page 42 through 45.4

The Bryant cemetery, where the graves of Jacob and Martha are located is a lovely spot on a hill overlooking the town of Cummington. The cemetery is very small, rectangular in shape, and is surrounded by virgin forest.


THE WILL OF JACOB FARR

In the name of God, Amen

I, Jacob Farr, of Cummington, County of Hampshire, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, yeoman, being in usual state of health and of perfect mind and memory, thanks to God, but calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that 'tis appointed for all men once to die: do make and ordain this my last will and testament. That is to say, principally and first I give and recommend my soule into the hand of the Almighty Cod, who gave it, and my body to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executor, nothing doubting but at the resurrection I shall revive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching my worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this Life:
I give, demise and dispose of the same in the following manner

First, I give and bequeath unto Martha my well beloved wife the improvement of one third part of all my improved lands and buildings, and sufficient quantity of timber to be taken off my unimproved land for the support of necessary Firs in such parts of my house as they shall occupy and for the repairing of the above said part of the building and fences. Also the use of two cows and the use of a horse when desired. The above to be given her during the term of her natural life. And all my household furniture except such articles as shall be hereafter mentioned.

Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my son Archeable Farr five Dollars.

Thirdly, I give and bequeath unto my son in law Aaron Lyon two Dollars.

Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Mary Bartlett, fifty seven Dollars.

Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Lecty Knapp, seventy Dollars.

Sixthly, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Lucinda Farr all necessary support during the time of her being unable to support herself; but if contrary to speculation, she should recover her health or marry, fifty Dollars.

Seventhly, I give and bequeath to my Daughter Cynthia Farr fifty Dollars. Eighthly, I give and bequeath to my Daughter Lydia Farr ninety Dollars.

the above specified sums of money given and bequeathed unto my children above named to be paid unto them by my Executor hereafter named in Next Stock in one year after my decease.5

Ninthly, I give and bequeath unto my son Anselm Farr whom I hereby ordain my sole Executor to this my last Will and Testament all my Real and Personal Estate Except the household Furniture and such things given tony wife, out of which I give him the said Anselm Farr my Shugar Kitties, Cidar Barrels, Hogshead, Casters and grain Chests.

And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke, disanul all and every other dormer Will and testament Legacy bequeaths and [a crease in the paper makes illegible] and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.

Witness whereas I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and five.

Signed sealed and published pronounced and delivered by the said Jacob Farr as his last Will and Testament in presence of us who in his presence

and in the presence of each other have thereunto set our names.

[Signature] Jacob Farr

[Signatures]

James Briggs
Betsey Wizwall
Mitchell Dawes

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1William Streeter and Daphne Morris, The Vital Records of Cummingtom, Massachusetts 1762-1900, 1979, Hartford, CT

2Genealogies of Connecticut Families, Vol. III, Genealogical Pub. Co.,
1983, pp. 259 through 263

3The Vital Records of Cummington, MA

4The original will is in the courthouse in Northampton, MA, Box 55
Docket 17, 1807

5The writer is not sure of the two words “Next Stock.”
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Martha RUSSELL [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 about 1752 in Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States. She died 3, 4 on 28 Apr 1822 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. Martha married 5, 6 Jacob FARR on 23 May 1771 in Chesterfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i Anselm FARR was born on 20 Jul 1772. He died on 12 Feb 1808.
  M ii Archibald "Archeable" FARR was born on 27 Apr 1774. He died after 1840.
  F iii Martha "Patty" FARR was born on 22 Apr 1776. She died on 4 Aug 1804.
  F iv Mary "Polly" FARR was born on 27 Sep 1778. She died on 20 May 1849 from of lung fever.
  F v
Electa "Lecty" FARR was born 1, 2 on 11 Apr 1780 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.



Called "Luly" in her father's will.
  F vi
Lucinda FARR was born 1, 2 on 11 Jun 1782 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. She died 3 on 6 Aug 1851 in Worthington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.
  F vii Cynthia FARR was born on 5 May 1784.
  F viii
Lydia FARR was born 1, 2 on 15 Apr 1786 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. She died 3 on 30 Mar 1851 in Worthington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Joseph FARR II [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2, 3 on 30 Aug 1743 in Acton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 24 Feb 1796 in Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States. Joseph married Sarah SUSANNAH about 1763 in of Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Joseph's will was probated 4 in 1797 in Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States.

His will was probated September 6, 1797. Probate Court Records, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Docket # 1693. Index film #1749904. Record film #873485. His probate/administration should prove that Bela Farr was his son?

I looked at FHL film #7705493, pp. 226-7, 362 a guardianship prove that Bela, Asa and Levi were minor sons of Joseph at the time of his death. It also proves that Sarah was his wife.

Pittsfield records state that in 1796 "lost 36 persons 14 of whom were full grown". No names were given.

Sarah SUSANNAH 1, 2 was born about 1746 in Massachusetts, United States. She died on 19 Oct 1818 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. Sarah married Joseph FARR II about 1763 in of Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Sarah was the administrator of Joseph's estate. FHL film #873485 pp. 191-193, 226, 227, 246,244, 362.

They had the following children.

  M i Dr. Jonas FARR was born on 6 Jul 1769. He died on 22 Jul 1859.
  F ii
Persis FARR was born 1 on 11 May 1771 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.
  F iii
Sally FARR was born 1 on 18 Mar 1773 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.
  M iv Joseph FARR III was born on 4 Feb 1775. He died on 2 Dec 1845.
  M v Eliab FARR was born on 16 Jun 1777. He died on 6 Sep 1865.
  F vi
Polly FARR was born about 1778 in Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States. She was christened 1 in Jul 1781 in Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States.
  F vii
Betty FARR was born 1 on 28 Jan 1779 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. She died after 1820 in Oneida, New York, United States.
  M viii
Thomas FARR was christened on 17 Sep 1780 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.
  M ix Bela FARR was born in Apr 1783. He died on 25 Sep 1834.
  M x Asa FARR was born in 1784.
  M xi Dr. Levi FARR was born on 7 Jul 1787. He died on 20 Jul 1859.

Jasile FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2, 3, 4 on 19 Jan 1746/1747 in Acton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 5 on 7 Nov 1813 in Pittsford, Monroe, New York, United States. He was buried 6 in Nov 1813 in Old Burial Ground, Pittsford, Monroe, New York, United States. Jasile married Rebecca AKERS about 1771 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Jasile had a will 7 on 10 Sep 1812 in Ontario, New York, United States.

Other marriages:
FARR, Mrs. Elisabeth

Rebecca AKERS was born about 1752 in of Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. She died on 17 Jul 1791 in Pittsford, Monroe, New York, United States. Rebecca married Jasile FARR about 1771 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

DEATH: Age 39.

They had the following children.

  M i David FARR was born on 11 Jun 1780. He died before 15 Oct 1809.
  F ii
Hannah FARR was born 1 on 12 Jul 1782 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.
  M iii Jasile FARR was born on 13 Dec 1775. He died on 7 Nov 1813.
  F iv Dinah FARR was born on 15 Apr 1778. She died on 12 Mar 1852.
  F v
Lois FARR was born 1 on 1 Jun 1784 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Jasile FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2, 3, 4 on 19 Jan 1746/1747 in Acton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 5 on 7 Nov 1813 in Pittsford, Monroe, New York, United States. He was buried 6 in Nov 1813 in Old Burial Ground, Pittsford, Monroe, New York, United States. Jasile married Mrs. Elisabeth FARR after 1791 in of Pittsford, Monroe, New York, United States.

Jasile had a will 7 on 10 Sep 1812 in Ontario, New York, United States.

Other marriages:
AKERS, Rebecca

Mrs. Elisabeth FARR died 1 on 6 Feb 1830 in Pittsford, Monroe, New York, United States. She was buried 2 in Jun 1830 in Pittsford Cemetery, Monroe, New York, United States. Mrs. married Jasile FARR after 1791 in of Pittsford, Monroe, New York, United States.

DEATH: Record states "Elijabeth wife Jasiel died 2-6-1830 age 53."


Deacon Simon FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3 was born 4, 5 on 24 Apr 1749 in Acton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 6 on 8 Jan 1826 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States. Simon married 7, 8, 9 Mary BATES on 21 Nov 1771 in Worthington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Simon was also known as Simeon Farr. He had a will 10 on 22 Nov 1822 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States. His will was probated 11 on 19 Apr 1826 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States.

Other marriages:
FARR, Sarah

History of Middlebury, VT calls him "Deacon Simon Farr"
1790 settled at Middlebury, VT
Moved to New Haven, VT

Mary BATES was born about 1753 in Middlebury, Addison, Vermont, United States. Mary married 1, 2, 3 Deacon Simon FARR on 21 Nov 1771 in Worthington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Mary was counted in a census.

Mary is listed in the 1860 census in the houshold of her son Ira Farr and her age his reported to be 94.

Marriage Notes:

MARRIAGE: 1771 BATES Number 5," and Simeon [int. Simon] Farr of " the New plantation Called Number 5," Nov. 21, 1771.

They had the following children.

  F i Miriam FARR died on 19 Apr 1825.
  M ii Samuel Allen FARR was born in 1786. He died on 26 Dec 1854.
  M iii Miles FARR was born on 29 Jul 1788. He died on 1 Jul 1866.

Deacon Simon FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3 was born 4, 5 on 24 Apr 1749 in Acton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 6 on 8 Jan 1826 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States. Simon married Sarah FARR in 1787 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States.

Simon was also known as Simeon Farr. He had a will 7 on 22 Nov 1822 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States. His will was probated 8 on 19 Apr 1826 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States.

Other marriages:
BATES, Mary

History of Middlebury, VT calls him "Deacon Simon Farr"
1790 settled at Middlebury, VT
Moved to New Haven, VT

Sarah FARR [scrapbook] was born 1 in 1753 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States. She died 2, 3 on 6 Oct 1831 in Ferrisburgh, Addison, Vermont, United States. She was buried 4 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States. Sarah married Deacon Simon FARR in 1787 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States.

Mentioned in her husband's will.

They had the following children.

  M i Ira FARR was born about 1793. He died on 5 Jan 1855.

Salmon FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2, 3, 4 on 23 Nov 1757 in Acton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 5 on 13 Jan 1834 in Brandon, Rutland, Vermont, United States. He was buried on 13 Jan 1834 in Brandon, Rutland, Vermont, United States. Salmon married 6, 7 Mary SWINERTON on 7 Oct 1779 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Salmon was counted in a census 8 in 1790 in Leicester, Addison, Vermont, United States.

Other marriages:
MATHEWS, Lucy

An article in the NEHGR volume 110, January 1956, pg.4 entitled "Miss Shirley Farr" by Arthur Adams states that Salmon was a son of Stephen Farr and Sarah Bennett but the vital records clearly show that Salmon was a son of Joseph and Dinah Farr. I find no record of a Salmon Farr being born on that same date to a Stephen and Sarah Farr.

People have confused Soloman son of Jonathan Farr and Lucy Fay and Salmon/Solomon son of Joseph Farr and Dinah Powers. Children of these families have also been combined. Soloman son of Jonathan was born 1764 and died in 1849. Salmon Farr son of Joseph was born in 1757 and died in 1834. Mary Swinerton was married to Salmon Farr 1779 son of Joseph Farr. Solomon Farr son of Jonathan was married to Mary Polly Swimerton about 1785.

Mary SWINERTON [scrapbook] was born about 1755. She died 1, 2 on 12 Jun 1802 in Brandon, Rutland, Vermont, United States. Mary married 3, 4 Salmon FARR on 7 Oct 1779 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

BIRTH: Calculated from age at death.

They had the following children.

  F i
Lena FARR was born 1 on 30 Aug 1780 in Rutland, Rutland, Vermont, United States. She died 2 on 15 Nov 1830 in Brandon, Rutland, Vermont, United States.
  F ii Irena FARR was born on 27 May 1782. She died on 23 Oct 1840.
  F iii
Wealthy FARR was born 1 on 24 Mar 1784 in Rutland, Rutland, Vermont, United States.
  M iv Salmon FARR Jr. was born on 13 Jul 1786. He died on 30 Apr 1865 from of diabetes.
  M v Lyman FARR was born on 23 Jun 1790. He died on 31 Jul 1857.
  M vi
Royal FARR was born in 1798 in Brandon, Rutland, Vermont, United States. He died 1 on 4 May 1799 in Brandon, Rutland, Vermont, United States.

DEATH: 16 months.
  F vii Elizabeth "Betsey" FARR was born on 22 Jul 1800. She died on 30 Jan 1842.
  F viii
Mary H. FARR was born in 1802 in Brandon, Rutland, Vermont, United States. She died 1 on 31 Jul 1803 in Brandon, Rutland, Vermont, United States. She was buried on 31 Jul 1803 in Brandon, Rutland, Vermont, United States.

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