Nancy Semira FARR [Parents] 1, 2, 3 was born 4, 5, 6 on 25 Jul 1832 in Windham, Windham, Vermont, United States. She died 7 on 8 Jan 1908 in Putney, Windham, Vermont, United States. Nancy married 8, 9 Ira E. WHITMAN 10 on 25 Dec 1898 in Putney, Windham, Vermont, United States.
The following is from "The Family of Willis Vernon Farr" by Jayne E. Bickford:
I am fortunate in having a copy of the original obituary
for this lady and quote it below. It gives us an insight into her life and personality.
"PUTNEY. Life Sketch of Mrs. Nancy Semira Whitman. "Mrs. Nancy Semira Whitman, 76, whose death, Jan. 8. was mentioned in last week's Reformer, was born in Grafton, July 25, 1832, a daughter of Iver Newton and Nancy (Danforth) Farr and one of a family of eight children, all of whom lived to be over 60 years of age. Mrs. Whitman was in the fifth generation from Daniel Farr and Lawrence Walton, both settling in Chesterfield, N. H., about 1760, Daniel Farr coming from Stow, Mass. Both these ancestors were soldiers in the war of the revolution. Her mother was born in Templeton, Mass., and was a descendant of John Danforth of Billerica, Mass. When Mrs. Whitman was 10 years of age her parents and family moved to Westminster, where most of her life was spent with the exception of one year in Bellows Falls and eight In Putney. Mrs. Whitman received her education in Saxtons River and Westminster under the instruction of John Goldsburg and L. F. Ward. At the age of 18 she began her work as a teacher. She taught successfully for several years, but, her health failing, she was obliged to give up the work for a few years. Regaining her health she again took up her chosen work, teaching a select school which was very successful. She was a thorough scholar and had a correct memory, and the ability to impart her knowledge to the young. Many of her former pupils have late in life thanked her for her faithfulness to them while under her instruction. Mrs. Whitman was a member of the Congregational church at Westminster, joining when 15 years of age, and when health permitted was an active worker. At the last rollcall of the church she was acknowleded to be its oldest member.
"Mrs. Whitman had a fine ChrIstian character and her interest was shown in all Christian work. She was especially interested in the young and was ready to render a helping hand to all who where in need. During the last seven years of her life she had been a great sufferer from rheumatism, being helpless and confined to the bed, but during all this time her sufferings had been uncomplainingly borne. No word of murmuring or complaint was ever given utterance. Mrs. Whitman was twice married, her first husband being William Clay of Putney, who died in 1896. Dec. 25, 1898, she married Ira E. Whitman of Bellows Falls. Mrs. Whitman is survived by her husband, two brothers, H. P. Farr of Putney and R. D. Farr of Westminster, two sisters, Mrs. N. H. Whitney of Putney, and Mrs. E. F. Finton of Michigan. The funeral was held at her late home in Putney Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. L. W. Morey or the Congregational church officiating. Mrs. H. L. Bailey sang Nearer My God to Thee and Abide with Me. The burial was in the old church yard in Westminster, Rev. G. H. DeBevoise of Walpole, N. H., officiating at the committal service. Those present from out of town to attend the funeral were W. V. Farr and daughter, Deiphia of Burlington, Miss Harriette N. Farr of Bernardston, Mass., R. D. Farr, F. H. Farr, E. H. Farr, Mr. and Mrs. Walton Farr of Westminster, Charles Rich of Bellows Falls, Arthur Whitman of Springfield, Mass., and Mrs. Ella Howard of Worcester, Mass."
I have copied the above item exactly as it appeared in the newspaper. Most of the errors will be readily apparent. The Delphia Farr of Burlington who attended the funeral was in fact my aunt Mary Deiphine Farr, daughter of Willis Vernon Farr.
My mother, Vina Lucretia Farr, told me that she could remember visiting her Aunt Semira at Putney. My mother said that at the time she was bedridden, was a small and very friendly woman.