Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


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.


Ben Franklin ABBOTT was born 1 on 10 Jan 1860 in Linn, Missouri, United States. He died 2 on 28 May 1929 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was buried on 2 Jun 1929 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Ben married 3 Mary Eliza FARR on 5 Apr 1905 in Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Mary Eliza FARR [Parents] 1 was born 2 on 19 Jan 1872 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. She died 3 on 12 Feb 1949 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Mary married 4 Ben Franklin ABBOTT on 5 Apr 1905 in Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Mary was also known as Mary Eliza Farr.


William Samuel BRAMALL was born 1 on 16 Jan 1884 in Springville, Utah, Utah, United States. He died 2 on 5 Aug 1955 in Springville, Utah, Utah, United States. William married 3 Sarah Louisa FARR on 16 Jan 1908 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

Sarah Louisa FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born on 22 Nov 1880 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. She died 2 on 26 Sep 1950 in Springville, Utah, Utah, United States. She was buried on 29 Sep 1950 in Evergreen Cemetary, Springville, Utah, Ut. Sarah married 3 William Samuel BRAMALL on 16 Jan 1908 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

Sarah was also known as Louise Farr.


Zenos Peter ROMERILL was born 1, 2 on 19 May 1860 in Saint Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands. He died 3, 4 on 14 Aug 1945 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Zenos married 5 Anne Elizabeth FARR on 24 Nov 1887 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

Zenos was also known as Zenos Peter ROMERIL.

Other marriages:
FARR, Jeanette Bevan

Anne Elizabeth FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 on 10 Oct 1867 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. She died 3 on 5 Nov 1889 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. She was buried on 8 Nov 1889 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. Anne married 4 Zenos Peter ROMERILL on 24 Nov 1887 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

Anne was also known as Anne Farr.


John William LEWIS was born 1 on 4 May 1862 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. He died 2 on 15 Nov 1924 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. He was buried on 18 Nov 1924 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. John married 3 Pamella Emily FARR on 25 Apr 1895 in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States.

Pamella Emily FARR [Parents] 1 was born 2 on 13 Aug 1869 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. She died 3 on 9 Jan 1944 in Payson, Utah, Utah, United States. She was buried on 12 Jan 1944 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. Pamella married 4 John William LEWIS on 25 Apr 1895 in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States.

Pamella was also known as Pamela Farr.


Zenos Peter ROMERILL was born 1, 2 on 19 May 1860 in Saint Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands. He died 3, 4 on 14 Aug 1945 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Zenos married 5 Jeanette Bevan FARR on 13 Oct 1897 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

Zenos was also known as Zenos Peter ROMERIL.

Other marriages:
FARR, Anne Elizabeth

Jeanette Bevan FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 on 6 Jun 1878 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. She died 3 on 16 Nov 1950 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Jeanette married 4 Zenos Peter ROMERILL on 13 Oct 1897 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

Jeanette was also known as Janette Farr.

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