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


Homerus Benjamin FARR twin [Parents] [scrapbook]-7335 was born 1, 2 on 13 Mar 1832 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. He died 3, 4, 5 on 11 Jul 1895 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States from of "general debility". Homerus married 6 (MRIN:3151) Harriet CONRAD-7340 on 25 Nov 1857 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

Homerus was counted in a census 7 in 1850 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

The following is from The Ancestors and Descendants of julius E. Farr by Milton Farr Kilroy:

Julius B. Farr had four sisters, but not too much is known about them. There is a Martha L. Farr listed as a teacher in a school in Orangeville, Michigan, between 1847 and 1860, who is probably his sister since the age is right, but there is no proof.

His twin brothers, Homer Joseph and Homerus Benjamin were among the very first land owners in the township of Prairieville, Barry County, MI. Their eighty acres of land were in the northern part of the county, sections 8 and 16, and the patents dated from 1849 to 1854. A dirt road bisected the acreage, and the brothers built homes across the narrow road from each other. Later, according to a plat map of the area in 1873, Homer and Homerus purchased another 160 acres adjoining the original property.1 Since the twins were considerably older than Julius, it seems probable that they were instrumental in getting him settled on land near their homes.

It is interesting to note that most of the descendants of Julius Parr knew his brothers as Homer and Homerus. However, on all documents that they signed, land records, census, death records, etc., they used the manes of Benjamin H. and Joseph H. Could it be that they didn't care for their middle names?

When research for this family history was begun in 1981, the writer knew absolutely nothing about any other relatives of Julius other than his Sons and daughters and their families. The research was started in Barry County where so many of the children of Julius were born. In reading a history of the county by Dr. Prosper Bernard, it was noted that Clancy Parr had been a mail carrier there for years. The writer called the phone number of Dr. Bernard only to learn that he had died. However, the exciting part of the call was to learn that Mrs. Bernard and Mrs. Clancy Farr were, and are close friends. A letter to Bess, Clancy's widow, resulted in Bess and her son Richard Farr, former Mayor of Plainwell, MI, furnishing the pages from the Farr Family Bible [see page 52]. This information made it possible to connect Julius B. Farr with the Farrs from Massachusetts.

There has been a legend in the California Farr family that Grandfather Julius Farr's twin brothers had been hung as horse thieves. The compiler of these records hates to destroy such an interesting tradition, but found that both men were God-fearing, upright Christian men. Homer Joseph died on 4 June 1886 of “slow posetitis”, and his brother, Homerus Benjamin died nine years later on 11 July 1895 of “general debility.”2 Following is an obituary for Benjamin Homerus which appeared in a church publication, and is signed by the minister of the Methodist church:

B. H. Farr was born in Cummington, Massachusetts on March 13, 1832, and died on July 11, 1895 at his home in the township of Prairieville, MI, aged 63 years.

He moved with his parents to Ohio when but a child, and came with them to Michigan in 1845. At the age of eighteen with his twin brother, he settled on the farm where he died, then a wilderness. He was married to Miss Harriet Conrad of Gun Plains, Michigan on November 25, 1857. Pour children were born to them, and two sons survive their father, both members of the M. E. Church, a comfort to their stricken mother, and an honor to their sire. At fifteen, Brother Farr was converted, and united with the Methodist church, where he has been a faithful member ever since. His life has been laborious and useful. With united hard work, they have carved out a beautiful home. Brother Farr was a man of fine natural endowments, of more than ordinary ability and of excellent Christian character. He has faithfully used the talents given him in glorifying God and in blessing mankind, being ever ready to do or speak in a good cause, and was especially interested in everything pertaining to the prosperity of the church, having assisted in building the home church where he worshipped, and has since occupied some official relation. His home was ever a welcome and restful place to the weary minister, as many have testified. His treasure was laid up in heaven. The last years of his life were attended with sickness, nervousness and pain. A short time before death came, he was at church and spoke very earnestly of his trust in Christ and his hope of heaven. Later, two or three days before his death, he spoke of the hour that was drawing near with patience, resignation and trust. His mind was clear and composed nearly to the last, when in the embrace of God, he fell asleep. May God bless the bereaved family.
---C. T. VanAntwerp

This fine tribute doesn't sound like the obituary of a horse thief!
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1First Land Owners of Barry County, a Michigan Heritage Publication, compiled by E. Gray and Ethel Williams, 1965

2Death records, Barry County Clerk's office. Hastings, Michigan
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Harriet CONRAD-7340 was born 1 on 24 Sep 1836 in New York, United States. She died 2 on 22 Jan 1919. Harriet married 3 (MRIN:3151) Homerus Benjamin FARR twin-7335 on 25 Nov 1857 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

Harriet was counted in a census 4 in 1900 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i
Linford N. FARR [scrapbook]-7343 was born 1, 2 on 19 Oct 1858 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States. He died 3, 4 on 28 Mar 1863.

Linford was counted in a census 5 in 1860 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.
  M ii Eddy C. FARR-7344 was born on 18 Oct 1863. He died on 27 Dec 1938.
  M iii Ernest Benjamin FARR-7345 was born on 17 Nov 1866. He died on 18 Apr 1950.
  M iv
Willie A. FARR [scrapbook]-7346 was born 1 on 17 Jan 1873 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States. He died 2 on 19 Aug 1892.

Willie was counted in a census 3 in 1880 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

Joseph Homer FARR twin [Parents] [scrapbook]-7336 was born 1 on 13 Mar 1832 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2, 3 on 4 Jun 1886 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States from of "slow posetitus". Joseph married (MRIN:3152) Frances E. IDE "Fannie"-7341 about 1852 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Joseph was counted in a census 4 in 1850 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

Frances E. "Fannie" IDE [scrapbook]-7341 was born 1, 2, 3 on 28 Sep 1838 in Pennsylvania, United States. She died 4, 5, 6 on 19 Oct 1921 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States. Fannie married (MRIN:3152) Joseph Homer FARR twin-7336 about 1852 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Fannie was counted in a census 7 in 1850 in Lehman, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i Almon Benjamin FARR-7359 was born on 23 Jul 1863. He died on 15 Aug 1936.
  M ii
Arthur FARR-7360 was born 1 on 2 Apr 1867 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States. He died 2 on 19 Mar 1893.

Arthur was counted in a census 3 in 1880 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

Julius Eugene FARR [Parents] [scrapbook]-7339 was born 1, 2 on 4 Nov 1837 in Chatham, Medina, Ohio, United States. He died 3, 4, 5 on 10 Sep 1885 in Montcalm, Michigan, United States. Julius married 6 (MRIN:3153) Mary Ellen CONRAD-7342 on 22 Dec 1860 in Gun Plains, Allegan, Michigan, United States.

Julius was counted in a census 7 in 1850 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

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

In all the research that has been put into this family record, it has never been ascertained exactly what the middle initial stands for in Julius' name. He was born 4 November 1837 in Chatham, Medina County, Quo, and in that period in our history, it was quite the accepted thing to name a first born son after the father. Since Julius' and Mary's first son was named Eugene, it would seem safe to assume that the name was Julius Eugene. However, in a record written by another son, Frank, in 1906, he was called Julius Edwards. Then when Justin married his second wife in 1934, he gave his father's name as Julius Edward, without the “s.” So what did the “E” stand for? Perhaps it will never be known!

Julius was the eighth child born to Benjamin and Lydia Parr, and the only child to be born in Ohio. He spent his early years in Chatham, and never knew his father because he had died when Julius was less than a year old. When he was about eight years of age, his mother and step-father moved to Prairieville, Barry County, Michigan. There seemed to be no real reason for the move other than it was the trend in those days to move ever westward, and perhaps there was a promise of better land and living conditions.

By 1860, according to the census, Julius, at age 22, was a farmer with his own house, and living alone.1 This state of affairs did not last long for he married before the end of that year.

Julius was a handsome man, with strong features, a high forehead, high cheek bones with deep set eyes. The only pictures of him show a full head of dark hair, a heavy beard, but no mustache. He does not appear to be a tall man, but broad of shoulder and radiating strength. Mary Conrad had dark wavy hair, and was quite petite although in later life, she put on a lot of weight. She had an ample bosom, and with the tight corset she always struggled into, she ended up with a shelf under her chin. This handy shelf was used to set her spool of thread on while her fingers were busy with fancy work, embroidery, crocheting or tatting. One time when she was visiting in California, she reduced two little granddaughters to uncontrollable giggles. They wanted to, but did not dare to suggest to Grandma that she use her “shelf” to hold her glass of lemonade!

Mary Conrad was very fastidious, and one granddaughter remembers the daily morning inspection of neck and ears when Grandma Farr was visiting. Her grandson, Kenneth Farr, tells an amusing story of a camping trip to Yosemite Valley in California, about 1917. Grandma insisted she must freshen up after the dusty four hour trip in an open touring car. A makeshift bathroom was hastily made by stretching blankets on wire between the trees, while water was heated on the campfire in a large tub brought from home. When all was in readiness, Grandma took her fresh clean clothing and put them neatly on a pile within the enclosure. As she removed her dust laden clothes, she piled them neatly beside the other stack. Dusk had fallen by the time the bath was finished. Imagine the consternation when the lanterns were lit to discover the Grandma had put back on the soiled clothing!

Where Julius and Mary Conrad met is not known, but they were married on 22 December 1860 by Rev. A. Gore, minister of the Gospel. Ann Eliza Gore, possibly the minister's wife, was the only witness. A copy of the marriage certificate is on page 63. It is not known where the marriage took place. Julius lived in Prairieville, Barry County and Mary lived in Gun Plains, Allegan County, Michigan.

It is hard to say what religion the two newly weds adhered to, but they were received in membership in the United Methodist Church in Galesburg, Michigan on 28 October 1877. Mary Parr was baptized on the same day. These records were found in the basement of the United Methodist Church, 111 West Battle Street in Galesburg. This was an exciting find for the compiler, because this church was built in 1853, and is the one mentioned in the Conrad Chronicle on page 72. The church is still a fine looking edifice, and has a large congregation.

One entry found in one of the musty old ledgers reads: “M. Conrad, married, died in hope of a better life. May 13, 1884.” This was Marv Conrad's father, Melkiah.

Julius Farr died at a very early age, and there are conflicting stories of the cause of his death. The death certificate reproduced on page 64 gives the cause of death as consumption. In those days, when it was not known exactly what caused a death, it was a common practice to call it “consumption.” Evalyn Farr Kreider, Julius' granddaughter, tells this story of his death:

When our grandfather, Julius, was in his early 40s, he purchased a combine, which was a new piece of machinery in the 1880's. Since he was the only one for miles around to own such a piece of equipment, he was much in demand when it was time to harvest the wheat and grain. He had a crew of men who went with him from place to place harvesting the crops of the farmers in surrounding areas.
On one such job in a neighboring community, on an extremely hot day, the combine broke down some distance from the farmer's house, Julius apparently had some know-how about repairing machinery, so he lost no time in immediately setting to work trying to fix the complex equipment. He became very warm, and asked the farmer's son to go fetch some water from a well at the farm house. It seems this youngster was well known for being a lazy no-good type of boy, and he resented being sent on such a long errand. So, instead of going the considerable distance to the well at the house, he went to a nearby abandoned well that he knew about. He filled the bucket with water there, and took it to Julius who eagerly drank it. Little did he dream that the water contained typhus, and that his life would end one week later!

This story is plausible in that, according to the obituary shown on page 64, Julius became delirious in his last hours. Delirium is not usually associated with consumption, which is a slow, steady wasting disease.

Julius was buried in the Forest Home Cemetery in Greenville, Montcalm County, Michigan. Mary Conrad lived another forty years after his death, and spent much time visiting her daughters in Michigan, and her sons who had all migrated to California. She was making her home with her daughter, Dollie, in Woodland, Michigan, when she passed away on 5 October 1925. An obituary in the Hastings Banner of Wednesday, October 14 1925 reads:

Grandma Farr passed away last Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at the home of her daughter Mrs. E. J. Sheldon at the age of 84 years. She will be missed by all who knew her. Those who attended her funeral from away were Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Farr, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Farr, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Farr of Prairieville, Mrs. Sleeper, Mrs. H. S. Earle, of Galesburg, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Tylor and family, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Egelkroud and son of Detroit, and Rev, and Mrs. Thomas Thompson.2

Another notice in the Woodland News reports:

Mary Conrade was born in York State, Sept. 8, 1841. She came to Michigan at the early age of five years.

She was married to Julius E. Farr, Dec. 22nd, 1860. To this union was born nine children, two daughters and seven sons, of whom all are living. The children are Mrs. H. S. Earl of Galesburg, MI; Mrs. E. J. Sheldon, Woodland, MI; Eugene, Justin, Frank, Irwin, Jesse, Fred and George Farr, all of California. There are 37 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. H. S. Sleeper, of Pasadena, CA, and Mrs. E. W. Sleeper of Galesburg, MI, and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was born in a Methodist home, converted in early life, and was a loyal Methodist all through the years. All her children are Christian workers, of which three, Prank, Irwin and Jesse are preachers of the Gospel.

She passed from earth to heaven at the home of her daughter, Mrs. B.
J. Sheldon, October 5th, 1925, at the age of 84 years. The funeral was held at the Woodland Methodist Church October 7th, 1925, and interment beside her husband in Forest Home cemetery at Greenville, Michigan, where they resided over forty years.
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1Federal census, 1860, Barry County, MI, M432, #346

2Ernest Farr and Ed Parr were the Sons of Homerus Farr. The D. A. Farr might possibly be Almon Farr, son of Homer. There were no Farrs in Paineville at that tine with those initials.

Mary Ellen CONRAD [scrapbook] 1-7342 was born 2, 3 on 8 Sep 1841 in Tompkins, New York, United States. She died 4, 5 on 12 Oct 1925 in Woodland, Barry, Michigan, United States. Mary married 6 (MRIN:3153) Julius Eugene FARR-7339 on 22 Dec 1860 in Gun Plains, Allegan, Michigan, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Luella Eliza FARR-7361 was born on 25 Nov 1861. She died on 3 Nov 1936.
  M ii Eugene Day FARR-7374 was born on 7 Apr 1863. He died on 8 Jan 1953.
  F iii Dollie Jane FARR-7375 was born on 9 Dec 1864. She died on 10 Feb 1937.
  M iv Justin Conrad FARR-7376 was born on 30 Nov 1867. He died on 26 Sep 1941.
  M v Rev. Frank Conrad FARR-7377 was born on 10 Dec 1869. He died on 4 May 1953.
  M vi Rev. Henry Irwin FARR-7378 was born on 13 Aug 1872. He died on 20 Feb 1928.
  M vii Jesse Whitlock FARR-7379 was born on 29 Dec 1876. He died on 19 Oct 1944.
  M viii Fred Leroy FARR-7380 was born on 12 Feb 1879. He died on 7 Apr 1960.
  M ix George Wesley FARR-7373 was born on 23 May 1881. He died on 6 Jan 1978.

Eddy C. FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1-7344 was born 2, 3 on 18 Oct 1863 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States. He died 4, 5 on 27 Dec 1938 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, United States. Eddy married 6, 7 (MRIN:3154) Minnie M. WARDELL-7347 on 4 Dec 1895 in Barry, Michigan, United States.

Minnie M. WARDELL 1-7347 was born 2 on 24 Jun 1875 in Michigan, United States. She died 3 on 24 Sep 1935 in Michigan, United States. Minnie married 4, 5 (MRIN:3154) Eddy C. FARR-7344 on 4 Dec 1895 in Barry, Michigan, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Beatrice Carlotta FARR-7350 was born on 2 Sep 1896. She died on 15 Jul 1934.
  F ii Helen V. FARR-7351 was born on 22 Jul 1900. She died on 14 Mar 1991.
  M iii Kingsley Edward FARR-7352 was born on 18 Nov 1916. He died on 10 Jan 1997.

Ernest Benjamin FARR [Parents] [scrapbook]-7345 was born 1 on 17 Nov 1866 in Michigan, United States. He died 2 on 18 Apr 1950. Ernest married 3 (MRIN:3155) Hallie B. KING-7348 on 4 Apr 1904 in Wayland, Barry, Michigan, United States.

Ernest was counted in a census 4 in 1880 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

Other marriages:
BRONSON, Ida Mae

Hallie B. KING-7348 was born 1 on 22 Jul 1869 in Yankee Springs Township, Barry, Michigan, United States. She died 2 on 23 May 1908 in Michigan, United States. Hallie married 3 (MRIN:3155) Ernest Benjamin FARR-7345 on 4 Apr 1904 in Wayland, Barry, Michigan, United States.

Hallie was counted in a census 4 in 1900 in Yankee Springs Township, Barry, Michigan, United States.


Ernest Benjamin FARR [Parents] [scrapbook]-7345 was born 1 on 17 Nov 1866 in Michigan, United States. He died 2 on 18 Apr 1950. Ernest married (MRIN:3156) Ida Mae BRONSON-7349 before 1940 in Barry, Michigan, United States.

Ernest was counted in a census 3 in 1880 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

Other marriages:
KING, Hallie B.

Ida Mae BRONSON-7349 was born 1 on 23 Sep 1883 in Michigan, United States. She died 2 on 28 Dec 1961 in Barry, Michigan, United States. Ida married (MRIN:3156) Ernest Benjamin FARR-7345 before 1940 in Barry, Michigan, United States.

Ida was counted in a census 3 in 1930 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

In the 1930 census Ida was a servant in the household of Ernest and a wife in the 1940 census.


Edward James BARR-7353 was born 1, 2, 3 on 2 Mar 1896 in Will, Illinois, United States. He died 4 in Apr 1986 in Wilmington, Will, Illinois, United States. Edward married 5 (MRIN:3157) Beatrice Carlotta FARR-7350 on 18 Apr 1930 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States.

Beatrice Carlotta FARR [Parents] 1-7350 was born 2 on 2 Sep 1896 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States. She died 3 on 15 Jul 1934 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States. Beatrice married 4 (MRIN:3157) Edward James BARR-7353 on 18 Apr 1930 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States.

Beatrice was counted in a census 5 in 1900 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States. She was counted in a census 6 in 1930 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States.


Jerald K. HOEKSTRA-7354 was born 1, 2 on 15 Jul 1898 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. He died 3 on 6 Sep 1984 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. Jerald married (MRIN:3158) Helen V. FARR-7351 on 21 Jul 1938 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.

Other marriages:
CAMPBELL, Enid Lillian

Helen V. FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1-7351 was born 2, 3 on 22 Jul 1900 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States. She died 4, 5 on 14 Mar 1991 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. Helen married (MRIN:3158) Jerald K. HOEKSTRA-7354 on 21 Jul 1938 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.

Helen was counted in a census 6 in 1930 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States.

CENSUS: Living with her sisiter Beatrice. Her husband Jerold was listed in the census in Kalamazoo with a wife Enid L.


Kingsley Edward FARR [Parents] 1-7352 was born 2 on 18 Nov 1916 in Michigan, United States. He died 3, 4 on 10 Jan 1997 in Grand Junction, Van Buren, Michigan, United States. Kingsley married 5, 6 (MRIN:3159) Lillian Mae SNEATHEN-12738 on 1 Jan 1940 in Middleville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

Lillian Mae SNEATHEN-12738 was born 1 on 19 Mar 1917 in Charlevoix, Charlevoix, Michigan, United States. She died 2 on 24 Jun 1998 in Paw Paw, Van Buren, Michigan, United States. Lillian married 3, 4 (MRIN:3159) Kingsley Edward FARR-7352 on 1 Jan 1940 in Middleville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Living-7357.
  M ii Living-7358.
  M iii Living-7355.
  M iv Living-7356.
  F v
Donella Ruth FARR-12739 was born 1 on 11 Sep 1951 in Allegan, Allegan, Michigan, United States. She died 2 on 13 Sep 1951 in Allegan, Allegan, Michigan, United States.
  F vi
child FARR-12740 was born 1 on 9 Sep 1953 in Allegan, Allegan, Michigan, United States. She died 2 on 9 Sep 1953 in Allegan, Allegan, Michigan, United States.

Jerald K. HOEKSTRA-7354 was born 1, 2 on 15 Jul 1898 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. He died 3 on 6 Sep 1984 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. Jerald married 4 (MRIN:3160) Enid Lillian CAMPBELL-12737 on 29 Mar 1922 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.

Other marriages:
FARR, Helen V.

Enid Lillian CAMPBELL-12737 was born in 1901 in Leighton Township, Allegan, Michigan, United States. She died on 27 Feb 1937 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. Enid married 1 (MRIN:3160) Jerald K. HOEKSTRA-7354 on 29 Mar 1922 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.

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