Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


Rev. Henry Irwin FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 13 Aug 1872 in Greenville, Montcalm, Michigan, United States. He died 2 on 20 Feb 1928 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Henry married 3 Harriet Gertrude HUBBARD on 21 Dec 1898 in Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo, Iowa, United States.

Henry was counted in a census 4 in 1880 in Comstock, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.

Harriet Gertrude HUBBARD [scrapbook] was born 1 on 15 Feb 1878 in Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo, Iowa, United States. She died 2 on 1 Aug 1951 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States. Harriet married 3 Rev. Henry Irwin FARR on 21 Dec 1898 in Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo, Iowa, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i
Gladys Luella FARR [scrapbook] was born 1 on 6 Oct 1900 in Harrisburg, Lincoln, South Dakota, United States. She died 2 on 13 Feb 1910 in Turlock, Stanislaus, California, United States.

Some excerpts from her obituary:
Front page of the Turlock Journal, Feb, 18, 1910:
The funeral of Gladys Farr took place Wednesday of this week at 11 a.m. from the Methodist Church. ... A large assembly of friends had gathered, the audience filling the main auditorium and overflowing into the adjoining parlors of the church. A profusion of beautiful flowers covered the length of the altar rail, while the pulpit was wreathed with smilax. Six little girls from among her friends acted as pallbearers. A sextette of members of the choir furnished the music, the selections were beautiful and feelingly tendered. ... At the grave, the impressive burial service was read, the choir sang "It Is Well With My Soul" by request of the family, and all that was earthly of the fair sweet child was laid away to await the resurrection morn. ...
This was the first funeral to be conducted from the new church building, and the large number of children from the schools, the profusion of flowers and the whole effect of edifice and service made it appear as a beautiful rather than a terrible event.
The Rev. Farr and his faithful wife have been unremitting in their support of the church. To the new building, they have contributed more largely than any other members of the church. Now their own precious child was the first to be buried from it....
  M ii Julius Eugene FARR was born on 30 Mar 1903. He died on 29 Sep 1998.
  M iii Rev. Dr. Joyce Wesley FARR was born on 20 Jul 1905. He died on 25 Jul 1980.
  F iv Harriett Mina FARR was born on 15 May 1909. She died on 4 Mar 1979.

Jesse Whitlock FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 29 Dec 1876 in Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. He died 3 on 19 Oct 1944 in Alameda, California, United States. Jesse married Alice Elizabeth AINSWORTH on 26 Jun 1901 in Worthington, Lincoln, South Dakota, United States.

Jesse was counted in a census 4 in 1880 in Comstock, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.

Alice Elizabeth AINSWORTH was born 1 on 2 Aug 1883 in Canton, Lincoln, South Dakota, United States. She died 2 on 10 May 1957 in Concord, Contra Costa, California, United States. Alice married Jesse Whitlock FARR on 26 Jun 1901 in Worthington, Lincoln, South Dakota, United States.

Other marriages:
HOFFMAN, Edward A.

They had the following children.

  M i Victor Ainsworth FARR was born on 24 Jul 1903. He died on 15 Jan 1991.
  F ii Grace Gladys FARR was born on 21 Dec 1910. She died on 5 Feb 1994.
  F iii Rowena Rose FARR.

Fred Leroy FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 12 Feb 1879 in Comstock, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. He died 3 on 7 Apr 1960 in Salinas, Monterey, California, United States. He was buried on 11 Apr 1960 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States. Fred married Lula Victoria SELBY on 21 Jul 1902 in Hurley, Turner, South Dakota, United States.

Fred was counted in a census 4 in 1880 in Comstock, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.

Lula Victoria SELBY was born on 3 Aug 1880 in Hurley, Turner, South Dakota, United States. She died 1 on 28 Apr 1959 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States. Lula married Fred Leroy FARR on 21 Jul 1902 in Hurley, Turner, South Dakota, United States.

Lula was counted in a census 2 in 1900 in Hurley, Turner, South Dakota, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Vera Mae FARR was born on 2 Jul 1903. She died on 31 Aug 1958.
  F ii Mildred Ethiel FARR was born on 19 Dec 1904. She died on 30 Sep 1990.
  F iii Ruth Naomi FARR was born on 26 Jul 1906. She died on 6 Feb 1993.
  F iv
Eddith Winnifred FARR [scrapbook] was born 1 on 1 Sep 1908 in Oakdale, Stanislaus, California, United States. She died 2 on 6 Sep 1908 in Oakdale, Stanislaus, California, United States.
  F v Evalyn Ardell FARR was born on 28 Dec 1914. She died on 17 Jul 2009.
  F vi Lois Winnifred FARR.
  F vii
Margaret Jeanette FARR was born 1, 2 on 14 Aug 1919 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States. She died 3 on 28 Aug 1997 in Monterey, California, United States.

Margaret was counted in a census 4 in 1920 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States.

Was married to a Judson and a Donahue.

Samuel James RAYMOND [scrapbook] was born 1 on 19 May 1798 in Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States. He died 2 on 4 Dec 1876 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. He was buried 3 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. Samuel married Ruth FARR in 1854 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

Ruth FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 2 Jan 1834 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. She died 2 on 21 Jan 1909 in Lake Shore, Utah, Utah, United States. She was buried 3 on 24 Jan 1909 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. Ruth married Samuel James RAYMOND in 1854 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

Ruth was counted in a census 4 in 1850 in Chatham, Medina, Ohio, United States.


Elbridge FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 5 May 1803 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 19 Apr 1849 in Chatham, Medina, Ohio, United States. Elbridge married 2, 3 Sarah RUSS on 3 Jul 1828 in Hinsdale Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Sarah RUSS [scrapbook] was born 1 on 6 Feb 1806 in Middlefield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. She died 2 on 13 Sep 1884 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. Sarah married 3, 4 Elbridge FARR on 3 Jul 1828 in Hinsdale Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Sarah was counted in a census 5 in 1850 in Chatham, Medina, Ohio, United States. She was counted in a census 6 in 1860 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

HISTORY OF SARAH RUSS
Wife of Elbridge Farr

Sarah Russ was the daughter of Hezekiah Russ and Ruth Wright. She was born 6 February 1805, in Middlefield, Hampshire, Mass. The first part is the incidents of her life as a child in her own hand writing.

I was born Wednesday, February 6, 1805. Mother often said that I was an extra ordinary good-natured child until I was one year old. Then all at once I cried the most of the time when awake. She did not know what ailed me. I think that I was hurt by a girl that used to come and play with us. After I was old enough to remember I never liked to play with her she was so savage with little children. She would whip or hurt them some way to make them cry and when she got them crying she would laugh and hop and jump and say, "Oh! I do love to hear them cry." Her parents were very good people so called. After she was ten or twelve years old she dare not go away from the house for fear the devil would get her for she would see him often. She cried then as bad as she liked to hear children cry. She was that way quite awhile before she got over it. When I was four years old my parents sent me to school. I had to go one mile and a quarter. I soon got tired out going so far, but my parents would make me go. They wanted me to get learning. It was too much for me. It kept me weak.

Father rented part of this farm to Mr. Scovill and they lived in the house with us. They had three boys, the youngest was mean to me. One day I went to the front door and just as I stepped into it, Brigham, their youngest son threw a rock, it hit me in my breast and knocked me over. Mrs. Scovill asked, "What is the matter with Sally?" Mother said, "Brigham knocked her down with a rock!" "Oh!" Mrs. Scovill said, "If she did not know enough to get out of the - - -I did not know that Brigham was anywhere near." I disliked their boys so much that I kept away from them as much as I possibly could. Their two oldest would quarrel and fight often. That made me afraid to be near them.

When I was four years old my sister, Delinda, died with the dysentery, (29 August 1810.) I had a severe attack of it. I was so much better when she died that I went to the grave and saw her buried. I was so lonesome that I knew not what to do. I would often go into- - -and get into some places out of sight and sit there alone and think about little Delinda. Oh! how I wished she could come back to play with me.

My mother would talk to Aminda, my sister, older than I, and me and ask us questions about Adam and all the noted people the Bible tells about, and tell us what great things they done. She would teach us the catechism contained in Roger's Primer and explain it to us to have us understand it. She learned us the Ten Commandments. She had us learn Psalms and hymns. We would repeat them when we were at work. One evening she was teaching us about Christ and his apostles, she told us what they did, how they healed the sick, etc. She said, "That Jesus took little children in his arms and blessed them." That struck my mind, I said to Mamma, "Why don't they do so now?" She replied, "That is all done away with now." I felt very sorry that such things were done away with. I really thought that such things ought to be practiced now as well as then because Christ instituted it. I often thought of it and wished that it had been my lot to lived on this earth when and where the Savior did.

When I was eight years old father sold his farm and bought in Perre Hollow. We all felt pleased to get there it was so much warmer and less wind. There it was but half a mile to school if we went around the road, we generally went across. I did not have so far to walk to school. I could learn fast, but I had troubles there. The school children would tell tales about me to the teacher to get me punished. I thought the whole town was against me. I thought it was because my father was a Methodist. There but two or three more in town of that order.

When I was about nine or ten, Lucy Thompson came to father and said that the seventh chapter of Ezekiel was read in the air in Mass. I forgot what town it was in. I think it was not far from where we used to live. She said that every word was spoken as plain as could be. There were men to work in the field that heard it. They said it sounded exactly over head, but there was nothing to be seen. Those that were in their houses heard it. The sound was over head. Some went up stairs thinking that possibly might be some one a reading there, but nothing to be seen. Still the reading went on as plain as ever. Some put their heads out of the windows to determine where it was. They said it was exactly overhead. They thought it must be an angel and thought it would surely come to pass. The next summer we had a very cold season. The corn was cut off by frost in June to the ground. It grew up again. The ears got large enough for green corn to cook and then the frost cut it down again. That ruined it. The astrologers said there were spots before the sun. Upon closer observation they said it was stars between the sun and the earth that kept the heat off from the earth so that things could not grow as usual.

On Perre Hill it froze water. Not far from this time there was a great talk about the Northern Lights. Some thought it was the sign of Christ's second reign on earth. Billy Hibbard composed two hymns upon the subject, one of them stated that they would shine forth until Christ came. There was a great many different opinions about it. Some talked very wicked. They made wicked speeches upon the subject It made mother feel bad that they should make such wicked speeches about what the Lord had done. She said they ought to be submissive and say it is the Lord that hath done it, blessed be his name.

The summer after I was twelve mother was taken sick the last of May or the first of June. She had the Kings Evil. Doctor Sears thought that he could cure it with Secutel. She put it on the boil for a poultice and took it inside. It made her worse. She lived until September. She died 4 September 1817, leaving four children to mourn her loss. These four children were, Sarah, Vinson, Fanny and David Whitney. The fall after aunt Ferris Biglow, was to fathers, she was talking to grandmother about us. She said, "Oh, poor children they never will know what they lost." I think it was the next winter after that Amanda was coming home from school. She broke through the ice and wet her feet. When she got home she never changed her stockings or dried her feet. In a few days she was taken with a pain in her side. She thought she would get over it soon. It was seated too strong to be moved by what we did. She would work all day when she was so lame that she could not rise up alone in the morning. The doctor came he said, "She had a settled fever, she had a bad cough ever after she had the whooping cough the summer before."

After the death of Ruth Wright, Sarah Russ's mother, her father Hezekiah Russ married Mary Sexton as a second wife. He had four children, Mary Ann, Jonathon, Joshiah Ward, and Amasa, by this second wife. He died 4 March 1853.

(second part)

Sarah Russ married Elbridge Farr, 3 July 1828, in Mass. Elbridge Farr was born 5 May 1803. They lived in Mass., where their four oldest children were born, Diantha K., 6 September 1829. Elbridge Sheldon, 27 January 1831. Ansel born 21 March 1832 and Ruth born 2 January 1834. They moved from Mass. to Chatham, Medina County, Ohio. Their last four children were born here and they were Cynthia born 22 November 1835, Raymond Franklin born 12 October 1837, Sarah Matilda born 1 May 1841, and Martin born 20 November 1846. At this place they had a large farm, a nice dwelling house, big barn, farm implements, horses and cattle.

About the first of the year 1849, Father, Elbridge Farr, took sick having consumption. While ill the Mormon Elders visited their house. He believed their teachings and said when he got well he would join the church. He never recovered from his illness, dying 19 April 1849. Elbridge Farr, the father, was a very religious man, but Sarah Russ had not taken much thought of religion until after her husbands death. The sorrow and responsibility of the children after his passing set her to thinking about spiritual things. Her husband had belonged to the Methodist church and her parents to another. She wanted to go with her husband when she died. She was not a church member and did not know what church to join. In her desire to choose correctly, she began to seek the Lord in prayer. She decided to fast and pray to obtain this knowledge. She fasted and prayed three days. She remained out husking corn so that her children would not know she was fasting. She went by herself to pray. While she was praying she felt impressed to go to a certain widower. (This widower was a Mormon Missionary, there on a mission). She was a shy widow and felt she could not go to any widower for information. She was impressed to go to this widower for this knowledge about the church she should join. She was disappointed and felt that she would rather go to hell as to inquire of this widower. She was not satisfied and went out again to pray, and she told her Father in Heaven, that she would rather go to hell for a thousand years as to inquire of this man. Then these words came to her very forcefully as if some one had spoken to her, "For ever and ever." She thought must I go to hell forever and ever? Then she felt she must go to him, and she went to his place immediately, before returning to her house, for fear she would change her mind and not do as she was bidden. When she arrived at his home and told him what she came for, he explained to her some of the first principals of the Gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Her husbands people were very angry when they heard she was going to join the Mormons. Through their actions toward her it caused her older children to turn against her too. Her oldest son, Elbridge, was at this time going to College away from home. When he learned about her believing in the Mormons he wrote his mother and said, "Mother I would hate it mighty bad if you took the children and went into China and raised them among the heathen, but I would not hate it as bad as if you joined the Mormons and took them to Utah. Would you join the Mormons? Would you take my little brothers and sisters and go to Utah if it caused my death? She wrote him and said, "Yes, I know it is true and I have to join them." Shortly after she joined the church he died of a broken heart. She felt real bad about the way her children and her husband's people felt toward her about joining the church.

Sarah Russ invited the L. D. S. Missionaries to hold a meeting at her home. Her son Ansel, thought he would spite his mother, and chagrin the missionaries, so he told every one in town about this meeting. Out of curiosity many came to this meeting. The house and yard was crowded with people. The Elders stood in the doorway so the people both inside and outside the house could hear them. It was a benefit to the Elders and the church instead of a detriment. Sarah Russ Farr, and her children, Franklin, Matilda and Ruth were baptized April 1831-1832 in Ohio by Samuel Bird.

After she joined the church she made preparations to emigrate to Utah with the Saints. Her husband's people being so angry at her and because her children were under age they would not let her sell any of her property or take it to help her on her journey. She went out to work to get enough to emigrate to Utah. She got a chance to let her little daughter Sarah Matilda who was ten years go with a company of emigrants, and lead a blind woman for what she could eat and wear. Sarah Matilda walked all the way across the plains and led the blind woman. The mother thought she would go in the next company. She did not have enough to go on when they left. It was a year before she could go.

In 1853 she emigrated to Utah taking her children, Ruth, Raymond, Franklin and Martin. She would like to have taken Cynthia who cried to go, but Ansel held her, and would not let her go. (He said to his mother, "If you go, you go without us.")
Sarah Russ Farr arrived in Utah and settled in Spanish Fork. She did not have any bedding. The army had been through Utah and left a lot of their old clothes. She took old coats and cut them up and made them into quilts. They did not have any thread to sew them with, so before they cut them into pieces she raveled out the threads and used them to sew with. She was very industrious, doing all the things the early pioneers did, like cording, spinning, weaving and etc.

Sarah Russ Fair died in Spanish Fork, Utah 31 August 1914, true to the faith for which she had suffered so much for.

(She never did see the children again that she left behind when she went to Utah, but years later, her daughter, Sarah Matilda, went to Michigan and visited with her brother, Ansel, who grabbed Cynthia, the little daughter, off the wagon seat and held her tight. She was 71 years old and her brother was 79 years old.)

(Sent to the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, April 1955)

They had the following children.

  F i Diantha King FARR was born on 6 Sep 1829. She died on 11 Aug 1876.
  M ii
Elbridge Seldon FARR was born on 27 Jan 1831 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 13 Nov 1853.

Elbridge was counted in a census 1 on 25 Jul 1850 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States. He was counted in a census 2 on 18 Sep 1850 in Chatham, Medina, Ohio, United States.
  M iii Ansel FARR was born on 21 Mar 1832. He died on 22 Nov 1926.
  F iv Ruth FARR was born on 2 Jan 1834. She died on 21 Jan 1909.
  F v Cynthia FARR was born on 22 Nov 1835. She died on 6 Sep 1877.
  M vi Franklin Raymond FARR was born on 12 Oct 1837. He died on 24 Apr 1901.
  F vii Sarah Matilda FARR was born on 1 May 1841. She died on 23 May 1914.
  M viii
Martin FARR [scrapbook] was born on 20 Nov 1843 in Chatham, Medina, Ohio, United States. He died on 9 Sep 1896 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

Martin was counted in a census 1 in 1850 in Chatham, Medina, Ohio, United States. He was counted in a census 2 in 1860 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

Oliver P. NICHOLS was born 1 on 25 Sep 1830 in New York, United States. He died 2 on 28 Nov 1906 in Plainwell, Allegan, Michigan, United States. Oliver married Diantha King FARR about 1851 in Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Diantha King FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 6 Sep 1829 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. She died 2, 3 on 11 Aug 1876 in Orangeville, Barry, Michigan, United States. Diantha married Oliver P. NICHOLS about 1851 in Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Diantha was counted in a census 4 in 1850 in Chatham, Medina, Ohio, United States.


Ansel FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 21 Mar 1832 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. He died 1 on 22 Nov 1926 in Alma, Gratiot, Michigan, United States. Ansel married 2, 3 Catherine Elizabeth LEPLEY on 3 Aug 1854 in Medina, Ohio, United States.

Ansel was counted in a census 4 in 1850 in Chatham, Medina, Ohio, United States.

Catherine Elizabeth LEPLEY was born 1, 2 on 28 Aug 1834 in Wayne, Ohio, United States. She died 3, 4 on 22 Sep 1923 in Alma, Gratiot, Michigan, United States. Catherine married 5, 6 Ansel FARR on 3 Aug 1854 in Medina, Ohio, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i
George Dewitt FARR was born on 13 Aug 1855 in Auburn Township, Geauga, Ohio, United States. He died on 17 Sep 1855 in Auburn Township, Geauga, Ohio, United States.

Not proven.
  M ii Charles Sumner FARR was born on 17 Nov 1856. He died on 1 May 1928.
  F iii
Ida FARR was born in 1868 in Ohio, United States. She died after 1880 in of, Pine River Township, Gratiot, Michigan, United States.

Ida was counted in a census 1 in 1880 in Pine River Township, Gratiot, Michigan, United States.

Galand A. SMITH was born 1 on 28 Sep 1831 in Michigan, United States. He died 2 on 22 Feb 1909 in Millbrook Township, Mecosta, Michigan, United States. Galand married 3 Cynthia FARR on 1 Feb 1857 in Allegan, Michigan, United States.

Cynthia FARR [Parents] was born on 22 Nov 1835 in Chatham, Medina, Ohio, United States. She died 1 on 6 Sep 1877 in Boston Township, Ionia, Michigan, United States. Cynthia married 2 Galand A. SMITH on 1 Feb 1857 in Allegan, Michigan, United States.

Cynthia was counted in a census 3 in 1850 in Chatham, Medina, Ohio, United States.


Franklin Raymond FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 12 Oct 1837 in Chatham, Medina, Ohio, United States. He died 2 on 24 Apr 1901 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. He was buried on 28 Apr 1901 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. Franklin married 3 Anne JONES on 22 Dec 1866 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Franklin was counted in a census 4 in 1850 in Chatham, Medina, Ohio, United States. He was counted in a census 5 in 1860 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.


Franklin was a Gentle Man. He was a poet, and wrote the words to the Mormon Hymn, "Guide Me To Thee." He was an early settler in Spanish Fork. He was a broom maker by trade, but his principal occupation was farmer. He participated in the Indian Wars of the time. He arrived in Valley in 1853 with Capt. Cooley and Capt. Miller cattle drive. He was much loved by his family and those who knew him.

Source: Conquerors of the West: Stalwart Mormon Pioneers by Florence C. Youngberg

Anne JONES [scrapbook] was born 1 on 22 Aug 1848 in St. Brides Major, Glamorganshire, Wales, United Kingdom. She was christened on 24 Sep 1848 in St. Brides Major, Glamorganshire, Wales, United Kingdom. She died 2 on 8 Dec 1928 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. She was buried on 13 Dec 1928 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. Anne married 3 Franklin Raymond FARR on 22 Dec 1866 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Anne was also known as Anna Jones.

They had the following children.

  F i Anne Elizabeth FARR was born on 10 Oct 1867. She died on 5 Nov 1889.
  F ii Pamella Emily FARR was born on 13 Aug 1869. She died on 9 Jan 1944.
  F iii Mary Eliza FARR was born on 19 Jan 1872. She died on 12 Feb 1949.
  M iv Franklin John Elbridge FARR was born on 12 Mar 1874. He died on 25 Feb 1934.
  M v
George Ansel FARR [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 on 10 Jul 1876 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. He died 3 on 13 Sep 1901 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. He was buried 4 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.
  F vi Jeanette Bevan FARR was born on 6 Jun 1878. She died on 16 Nov 1950.
  F vii Sarah Louisa FARR was born on 22 Nov 1880. She died on 26 Sep 1950.
  M viii Thomas Vaughn FARR was born on 5 Sep 1884. He died on 16 Apr 1956.
  M ix Wilford Iver Jones FARR was born on 27 Jan 1888. He died on 1 Oct 1943.

Walter Turner BARNEY [scrapbook] was born 1 on 18 Sep 1836 in Lake Fork, Logan, Illinois, United States. He died 2 on 18 May 1922 in Solomonville, Graham, Arizona, United States. Walter married Sarah Matilda FARR on 13 Oct 1858 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

From records in possession of Joy Lyn Jo
From records in possession of Joy Lyn Johnson Heaton and also the Franklin Russ Barney Book: Walter Turner Barney was born in Illinois in 1836 after his father's family had joined the LDS church and had moved to Nauvoo. Walter remembered seeing the Prophet Joseph Smith and of going to conference in the Nauvoo Temple before it was completed. Walter was eight years old when Joseph Smith was killed, and he remembered what terrible gloom and sorrow was felt by all the members of the Church, old and young. When Walter was 18, he went by mule team, to San Bernardino, Calif. where he remained two & a half years. When he decided to return to Utah he bought two ponies and pack saddles, and he came in company with the mail carrier. On the way some of the party got ahead of the mail and were suddenly surrounded by 2 to 300 Indians who were making ready to annihilate the travelers, but when the Indians found out they were with the mail they left in peace as they had made a treaty to let the mail go through unmolested. When Walter got home about Christmas, he found the saints in great consternation because the US soldiers in Johnston's Army had threatened to enter Salt Lake Valley. Walter was callled by Brigham Young to work under the direction of lot Smith, who sent him with 15-20 other men to guard the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon. In 1858, Brigham made a treaty with the soldiers and Walter was released. That summer and winter Walter courted Sarah Matilda Farr. The first time he took her anywhere was to a home talent theater. It was held in a log house without a floor in it. They had to imagine the scenery, and they used sheets stretch across the room for a curtain. They were married in Spanish Fork in 1858, then when the endowment House in SLC was finished, they received their endowments and were sealed. They lived in Spanish Fork, Springville, and Circleville, Utah. Four children were born to them in Utah, two of which died. While they were in Circleville (Circle Valley) Indian uprisings became severe. A relative, Jefferson barney, was killed by Indians in Payson. While there, Orson, Walter's brother, a lad about 14 took the cows to graze across the Sevier River. The Indians spied him and began shooting at him. He ran like a deer but an arrow struck him in the back. The Indians stripped him of his clothing and left him dead. Three other men were killed. The saints pursued the Indians and took seventeen of them captive, then held them in a guarded school house. While Walter was off guard duty for dinner, some of the Indians began a revolt and the settlers had all the Indians killed when he returned. The settlers were so few in number and the Indians so bad that the Mormons all left Circle Valley and the settlement broke up. Walter and his family went to Beaver, Utah, cradled wheat, and stood guard against the Indians. They moved to Kanosh where more of their children were born, and then received a call from John Taylor to the Arizona mission. They arrived in the Gila Valley October 1884, settling in the Solomonville area. They homesteaded 160 acres, the present Barney Lane and the land eastward where the Ivanhoe Mobile home park is now located. Chester and Bessie Hancock Johnson now own and reside on 20 acres of that original homestead. It the early Arizona days, the Apache Indians were very hostile. Excited by Geronimo, they were often on the warpath and would plunder and kill at will. One night the Barney family was expecting a raid so they took their bedding and slept in a field. The Indians came during the night and stole some ducks. Not finding any people, they passed on by. Sometime later Walter received his second blessing in the SL temple. In Aug. 1920, Walter had his land surveyed and appraised. The 200 acres were valued at $85,000. The children deeded their mother's share to him. He then divided the whole farm amony his children. Each child received a deed for his or her share. These deeds were valid at the time of Walter's death. He died on 19 May 1922 at his home near Solomonville and was buried in the Safford Cemetery by the side of his wife.

Sarah Matilda FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 1 May 1841 in Chatham, Medina, Ohio, United States. She died 2 on 23 May 1914 in Thatcher, Graham, Arizona, United States. She was buried on 25 May 1914 in Layton, Graham, Arizona, United States. Sarah married Walter Turner BARNEY on 13 Oct 1858 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

Sarah was counted in a census 3 in 1850 in Chatham, Medina, Ohio, United States.

Sarah Matilda Farr

By Joy Johnson Heaton
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(Author’s note: This is the retelling of a beautiful part of my pioneer heritage. It takes place at the time in Church history when the Saints were to go west and establish Zion, and is the story of Sarah Matilda Farr, who walked across the plains, leading a blind woman. I told the story from her point of view as I imagined it.)The righteous shall … come to Zion (D&C 45:71).
I couldn’t help looking back. My feet were moving one way and my heart the other. Through my tears I could see Mama still standing on the porch. She was getting smaller with each step I took.
So many times I had asked her, “Must I be the one to go, Mama? I am only eleven years old. Are you sure I can do it all by myself?” And each time she reassured me. Yes, I was the one to go. And yes, this was Heavenly Father’s way for me to reach Zion. With Mama praying for me, I knew I shouldn’t doubt.
When I was eight years old, Papa died. It wasn’t easy without Papa there anymore. Even with my older brothers and sisters, who helped out a lot, there were still eight children to feed and take care of. Mama worked long hours with us in the cornfield. Sometimes when the rest of us were eating supper, Mama went outside and shucked corn. We didn’t know it, but she was using that time to pray and fast. She didn’t want my older brothers to see her fast, because sometimes they made fun of her religious beliefs.
One day while Mama was outside meditating and shucking corn, she was prompted to go and visit an elderly widower who lived down the street. She found two missionaries there, and they taught her the gospel. She received answers to her concerns about the death of my father and about what happens after death. She came home very excited.
When my brothers found out about it, they were upset and began to laugh at her. And when Papa’s folks found out about it, they, too, were bitterly opposed. I couldn’t understand why they caused so much trouble about it.
Mama decided to give up the new religion. It was causing too much friction in our home. The beautiful truths just were not worth it.
Mama was never the same. She could not deny the things she had heard. She tried hard to convince my brothers, but they just wouldn’t listen. I did. And I had a warm feeling inside me when I went into the waters of baptism the same day Mama was baptized.
Mama wanted awfully bad to go west with the Saints. She had no money for such a great undertaking, but she was a woman of faith and knew that her prayers would be answered.
Then Mama found a way for me to go. An elderly blind lady needed a companion to help her walk across the many, many miles of hazardous terrain to the mountains of Utah. So that is how I came to leave my mother and my family and cross the plains without them.
When I left, tears were streaming down my face. With all the courage I could muster, I clasped hands with the blind lady and walked away.
My blurry eyes became her eyes. I guided her with my sight; she guided me with the wisdom of her years. Together we walked every step of the way through the dust and the dirt of the crude trails. After many long, tiring days, and weeks, and months, we made it!
But I felt so alone! I was in Zion, the place of peace and rest for the Saints. I was supposed to be happy. But I missed my family.
The blind lady allowed me to stay with her and keep house, and I tried my hardest to keep everything neat and clean for her. But she wasn’t my family. Mama was always in my thoughts. I knew that she would come. Somehow, some way, Mama would make it to Zion.
Whenever I heard of a wagon train coming into the Salt Lake Valley, I watched for the dusty sky—a sure sign that the wagons would arrive soon. Then I’d run to the fence and climb as high as I could to see the immigrants. At first they would be just a dust cloud on the horizon. But slowly, oh so slowly, I could make out the wagons and the animals and the people.
I studied the women passing by. Mama’s hair is that color—but no, it isn’t her. Over there is a woman with Mama’s posture—but no, it isn’t her, either. Could that one driving the team be her? No, no, no. With every incoming group, I thought, Surely Mama will be in this company with my younger brothers and sisters.
I searched and searched, and doubts would come. No one smiled at me. No one ran and wrapped me in her arms. As the wagons rolled past, another heartache began. With each disappointment, the tears coursed down my cheeks and I cried until there were no more tears left.
Two long, hard years passed before Mama finally came. When she did, I could hardly believe my eyes. She was worn and tired and covered with dust. I almost didn’t recognize her. But she knew me, even though I had grown quite a bit taller.
I ran to her as fast as I could. I wrapped my arms around her and wept—this time tears of happiness. She had made it to Zion. I wasn’t alone anymore. Together we were home. At last I felt Zion in my heart.

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