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


Abraham ANDERSON-7301 was born 1 on 18 Aug 1709 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 25 Dec 1768 in Windham Center, Cumberland, Maine, United States. Abraham married (MRIN:3121) Bathshua FARR-7294 in 1732 in Massachusetts, United States.


"Windham Book - p.28"

Deacon Abraham Anderson - 1st Generation on Farm

Deacon Abraham (?) Anderson, Fifth Settler in New Marblehead, Mass.,
Now Windham, Maine, was born Aug.18th, 1708 or 1709, in Groton, Mass.
he settled on Home Lot No.36, on the first Main, now River Road, in
1738.  He first built where the little graveyard at the foot of the
orchard is, but for some reason, moved across the street, below the
barns, in what we now call the "little field".  He built the first
house, and his was the first family located on the first highway laid
out in the Plantation, living there nearly two years before another
family moved nearer than on the Presumpscot river bank.
It is evident from records of New Marblehead, that he was a man of
more than ordinary force of character, and executive ability.  From
the beginning of the settlement until his death, he took a leading
part in the Plantation affairs.  In proof of this, and his
intrepidity, the following extract is adduced from the Centennial
Address delivered at Windham Hill, July 4, 1839, by Thos.L.Smith.  "On
the morning of May 11, 1756, Ezra Brown and Ephraim Winship left the
Fort to labor on Brown's lot, about a mile to the northeast. They were
accompanied by a guard of four men and four boys, Brown and Winship
being in advance.  In the thickest part of the woods, they were fired
upon by a body of fifteen or twenty Indians who lay in ambush.  The
Indians were of the Rockamecook tribe, and commanded by their King
Poland. Brown was shot dead; Winship received two balls and fell to
the ground, when both were scalped.
Upon hearing the report of the guns, half of the guard returned to the
Fort.   Anderson, Manchester and two boys, Winship and Cloudman,
determined to pursue the Indians and avenge the blood of their fallen
companions or perish in the attempt.  Accordingly, this little band of
heroes, cheered on by the voice of Anderson, calling out, "Follow on,
my lads," gallantly pressed on the track.  Poland concealed behind a
tree, discharged his musket at Anderson without effect; in his
eagerness to reload, he exposed his body to Manchester, who was about
thirty feet to Anderson's right, when Manchester instantly leveled his
musket, took deadly aim and fired.  The Indians instantly gathered
round their fallen chieftain, and made the woods resound with their
infernal yells, to which our little band of Spartans replied by giving
them the contents of their muskets.  Two more Indians were mortally
wounded.  The remaining Indians filed away, carrying their dead and
wounded, but leaving behind five packs, a bow, bunch of arows and
several other things."  My father, (John F. Anderson) has the musket
with which Poland was shot.  This was in the lower corner of the
"upper pasture".  The following extract from pages 1 and 2 of the old
records indicates Mr. Anderson's recognized standing in the
town:---Pursuant to a warrant directed to Mr. Abraham Anderson,
principal inhabitant in this Plantation, called New Marblehead, by
Enoch Freeman, Esq., one of his Majesty's justices of the peace for
County Cumberland, under his hand and seal, directing the freeholders
and inhabitants to assemble and meet at the usual place, on Monday the
22nd, day of March, at ten o'clock in the forenoon, to choose needful
officers in said plantation to assess County tax for the year 1762.
Voted &c. On June 12 of the same year the town was incorporated and at
the first town-meeting held in the old fort, July 5, 1762, Abraham
Anderson was first chosen Moderator and then Town Treasurer. Next year
he was one of the selectmen and again in 1768 and 1769. He was chosen
the town's first Representative for the General Court, then held in
Boston, for the years 1767 and 1768. He was Town Clerk in 1766, '67,
'68 and '69, the year of his death.
The old fort above mentioned, was situated between the Anderson house
and Rev. Peter T. Smith's house, on the right side going up the hill.

Bathshua FARR [Parents] 1-7294 was born 2, 3 on 13 May 1712 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died 4 on 4 Jul 1757 in Windham Center, Cumberland, Maine, United States. She was buried in Windham Center, Cumberland, Maine, United States. Bathshua married (MRIN:3121) Abraham ANDERSON-7301 in 1732 in Massachusetts, United States.

Abraham and Bethshua had a daughter named Bethshua 2 Nov 1733 in Harvard, Massachusetts.

The following is from Find A Grave:
Mrs. Bathshua Anderson died at age 39 in July 4, 1751. Her widow took a second wife second wife the following year, Mrs. Anna (Collins), widow of Edward Cloutman, who was taken prisoner by the Indians, in their attack on Gorham, Me., Apr. 19, 1746. He was drowned, with a Mr. Dunbar, while attempting to escape from captivity the next year. 

Cemetery records show she is buried her, along with her children Bathshua, Abraham and Isaac. The graves are unmarked


Thomas HAMMOND-12718 was born 1, 2 on 31 Oct 1719 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 3 in 1782 in Swanzey, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Thomas married 4 (MRIN:3122) Abigail FARR "Abiah"-7295 on 4 Feb 1744 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Abigail "Abiah" FARR [Parents] 1-7295 was born 2 on 25 Jul 1714 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died 3 on 9 Aug 1772 in Swanzey, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Abiah married 4 (MRIN:3122) Thomas HAMMOND-12718 on 4 Feb 1744 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Abiah was also known as Abigail Farr.

On LDS FHL film #397054, folio #7275 Abiah Farr petitions the probate court for Samuel Corey to be appointed the guardian of her and Rachel, Mehitable and Prudence. At the bottom of the petition it says that Samuel Corey was appointed guardian on Nov 6, 1733 of the above said and Isaac(about 13), children of the late John Farr.


Eleazer CORY-7302 was born about 1713 in of Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 1 on 14 Oct 1746 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Eleazer married (MRIN:3123) Rachel FARR-7296 about 1735 in of Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Rachel FARR [Parents] 1-7296 was born 2, 3 on 28 Aug 1715 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Rachel married (MRIN:3123) Eleazer CORY-7302 about 1735 in of Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
BATHRICK, Jonathan

BIRTH: 1715 FARR Rachel, d. John and Hannah, Aug. 28, 1715. Birth, Stow.


Jonathan BATHRICK-13103 was born about 1700 in Massachusetts, United States. He died 1 in PROB 3 JUN 1769 in prob Arlington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Jonathan married 2 (MRIN:3124) Rachel FARR-7296 on 18 Feb 1748/1749 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Rachel FARR [Parents] 1-7296 was born 2, 3 on 28 Aug 1715 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Rachel married 4 (MRIN:3124) Jonathan BATHRICK-13103 on 18 Feb 1748/1749 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
CORY, Eleazer

BIRTH: 1715 FARR Rachel, d. John and Hannah, Aug. 28, 1715. Birth, Stow.


Phinehas ADAMS-7303 was born 1 on 19 May 1705 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 9 Feb 1756 in Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. Phinehas married 3 (MRIN:3125) Mehitable FARR-7297 on 8 Oct 1741 in Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Mehitable FARR [Parents] 1-7297 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 (MRIN:3125) Phinehas ADAMS-7303 on 8 Oct 1741 in Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
ANDERSON, John
RIDER, Ebenezar

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


John ANDERSON-13104 was born about 1715 in Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. John married 1 (MRIN:3126) Mehitable FARR-7297 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] 1-7297 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 (MRIN:3126) John ANDERSON-13104 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-13105 was born on 19 Dec 1723 in Sherborn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Ebenezar married 1 (MRIN:3127) Mehitable FARR-7297 on 24 Aug 1786 in Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

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

Mehitable FARR [Parents] 1-7297 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 (MRIN:3127) Ebenezar RIDER-13105 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] 1-7300 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 (MRIN:3128) Mary WHITTEMORE-7902 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-7902 was born 1 on 12 Jul 1694 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died before 1763. Mary married (MRIN:3128) John FARR Jr.-7300 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-7903 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] 1-7310 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 (MRIN:3129) Martha RUSSELL-7306 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

___________________________________________________________________

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.”
___________________________________________________________________

Martha RUSSELL [scrapbook] 1-7306 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 (MRIN:3129) Jacob FARR-7310 on 23 May 1771 in Chesterfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i Anselm FARR-7319 was born on 20 Jul 1772. He died on 12 Feb 1808.
  M ii Archibald "Archeable" FARR-7320 was born on 27 Apr 1774. He died after 1840.
  F iii Martha "Patty" FARR-7321 was born on 22 Apr 1776. She died on 4 Aug 1804.
  F iv Mary "Polly" FARR-7322 was born on 27 Sep 1778. She died on 20 May 1849 from of lung fever.
  F v
Electa "Lecty" FARR-7323 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-7324 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-7325 was born on 5 May 1784.
  F viii
Lydia FARR-7326 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] 1-7309 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 (MRIN:3130) Sarah SUSANNAH-7317 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, 2-7317 was born about 1746 in Massachusetts, United States. She died on 19 Oct 1818 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. Sarah married (MRIN:3130) Joseph FARR II-7309 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-11219 was born on 6 Jul 1769. He died on 22 Jul 1859.
  F ii
Persis FARR-11217 was born 1 on 11 May 1771 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.
  F iii
Sally FARR-11218 was born 1 on 18 Mar 1773 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.
  M iv Joseph FARR III-7318 was born on 4 Feb 1775. He died on 2 Dec 1845.
  M v Eliab FARR-9223 was born on 16 Jun 1777. He died on 6 Sep 1865.
  F vi
Polly FARR-12067 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-11401 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-11723 was christened on 17 Sep 1780 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.
  M ix Bela FARR-11399 was born in Apr 1783. He died on 25 Sep 1834.
  M x Asa FARR-12552 was born in 1784.
  M xi Dr. Levi FARR-12531 was born on 7 Jul 1787. He died on 20 Jul 1859.

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