Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


William CLAY 1 died 2 in 1896 in Putney, Windham, Vermont, United States. William married 3 Nancy Semira FARR about 1852 in Vermont, United States.

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 William CLAY about 1852 in Vermont, United States.

Other marriages:
WHITMAN, Ira E.

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.


Ira E. WHITMAN 1 was born about 1832 in Vermont, United States. Ira married 2, 3 Nancy Semira FARR on 25 Dec 1898 in Putney, Windham, Vermont, United States.

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 on 25 Dec 1898 in Putney, Windham, Vermont, United States.

Other marriages:
CLAY, William

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.


Harlan Page "Harley" FARR [Parents] 1, 2 was born 3, 4, 5 on 10 Apr 1836 in Grafton, Windham, Vermont, United States. He died 6 on 3 Apr 1916 in Putney, Windham, Vermont, United States. He was buried 7 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. Harley married 8, 9 Lucretia Maria WHITNEY on 20 Sep 1858 in Springfield, Windsor, Vermont, United States.

Other marriages:
PERRY, Esther Louise (Clark)

Lucretia Maria WHITNEY 1 was born 2, 3 on 30 Sep 1836 in Bridgewater, Windsor, Vermont, United States. She died 4, 5 on 15 May 1897 in Putney, Windham, Vermont, United States. Lucretia married 6, 7 Harlan Page FARR "Harley" on 20 Sep 1858 in Springfield, Windsor, Vermont, United States.

The following is from "The Family of Willis Vernon Farr" by Jayne E. Bickford:

There follows accounts of the death of Louise's third great grandmother, Lucretia (Whitney) Farr. I found these accounts among my mother's papers after her death and presume they originally belonged to my grandfather, Willis Vernon Farr. It is stated in one of the accounts that Lucretia's grandfather, Joshua Whitney, was the first settler of Bridgewater, Vermont, but this is disproved (see last page of this section).

“Mrs. Harlan Farr died Saturday after an illness of less than two weeks, although she had not been in good health for a long time. They had this spring moved into the village and she was anticipating much pleasure in her new surroundings but she had a stroke of paralysis and steadily declined. She was a very social woman, a kind neighbor and will be much missed. She leaves only one child a daughter of fifteen. Her funeral was attended by Revs. Wiswall and Mitchell on Monday and she was buried beside her son in Westminster.”

“She leaves only one child a daughter of fifteen” of course, was an incorrect statement, and the following account of Mrs. Farr's death correctly shows her to have also left a son.

“Death of Mrs. Harlan P. Farr
“Lucretia Whitney, 61, wife of Harlan P. Farr, died about 9 o'clock Saturday morning from the effects of a shock of paralysis May 3. She had had heart disease for over a year, and under the strain of the paralytic stroke her heart was unable to maintain its action. Mrs. Farr was born in Bridgewater, this state, in that part of the town known as Bridgewater Hollow. Her father was Joshua Whitney, whose father was the first settler in Bridgewater. Her father died In 1848, and when she was 16 years old the moved to Westminster with her mother. She married Mr. Farr of Westminster and continue to live there until they moved to East Putney, where, for many years, Mr. Farr has been a prosperous farnier, working several hundred acres of land. About two months ago Mr. Farr bought and moved into the F. 0. Pierce house, on the Brattleboro road in this village. Mrs. Farr was striken with paralysis while working in her kitchen, and steadily failed until the end. The funeral was held at the house at 1 o'clock Monday, Rev. E. F. Mitchell officiating. The burial was in Westminster. Besides her husband Mrs. Farr leaves a son, Frank, in Westminster, and a daughter, Alice, who lives at home. She was a sister of Mrs. Lucia Chapin, Mrs. Minerva Church, Mrs. Clarissa Allbee of Westminster, Mrs. Ann Atwood of bloodstock, Norman Whitney of Putney, Francis Whitney of Indiana and George Whitney of Colorado.

It is to be noted that Lucretia Whitney's brother Norman married Ellen Mary Farr, sister of Harlan Page
Farr.

Recent acquisition of a newly compiled History of Bridgewater by Gladys Adams disproves the statment in Lucretia (Whitney) Farr's obituary that her grandfather was the first settler of Bridgewater. There were a number of persons there earlier. In fact the census of 1790 shows 60 heads of families, and it wasn't until 1801 that Joshua Whitney arrived on the scene. The above history states:

“Joshua Whitney came to Bridgewater from Wendell NH in 1801 and settled near Bridgewater Hollow. His name appears in Wendell records on a list of those who had just purchased land in town and made some small improvements and then went volenters into the army in differant departments.' Joshua Whitney died Bridgewater Dec 1 1816, age 70, leaving a wife Sarah and ten children some of whom had moved to northern New York."

The ancestry of this Joshua Whitney has not yet been proved by your compiler, which she would like to do in order to establish the relationship between him and the Hannah Whitney who married Samuel Farr (son of Stephen and Mary Taylor).

They had the following children.

  M i
Walter Newton FARR was born 1, 2 on 17 Apr 1862 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. He died 3, 4 on 6 Jul 1863 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States.
  M ii Frank Harlan FARR was born on 9 Aug 1866. He died on 19 Nov 1927.
  F iii Alice Alida FARR was born on 4 May 1882. She died on 26 Mar 1955.

Harlan Page "Harley" FARR [Parents] 1, 2 was born 3, 4, 5 on 10 Apr 1836 in Grafton, Windham, Vermont, United States. He died 6 on 3 Apr 1916 in Putney, Windham, Vermont, United States. He was buried 7 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. Harley married 8, 9 Mrs. Esther Louise (Clark) PERRY on 20 Sep 1899 in Vermont, United States.

Other marriages:
WHITNEY, Lucretia Maria

Mrs. Esther Louise (Clark) PERRY 1 was born 2, 3 in May 1849 in New York, United States. She died 4 on 27 Jun 1923 in Putney, Windham, Vermont, United States. She was buried 5 in Champlain, Clinton, New York, United States. Esther married 6, 7 Harlan Page FARR "Harley" on 20 Sep 1899 in Vermont, United States.


Robert Danforth FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 29 Dec 1840 in Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 4, 5 on 26 May 1920 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. He was buried 6 in 1920 in Court House Hill Cemetery, Westminster, Vermont, United States. Robert married 7 Mary Ellen WHITE on 3 Nov 1869 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States.

Robert was counted in a census 8 in 1870 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. He was counted in a census 9 in 1880 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States.

None of Robert's children had children so this branch ends with the death of Walton H. Farr.

MILITARY:
Name: Robert D Farr
Residence: Westminster, Vermont
Enlistment Date: 18 Aug 1862
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: Vermont
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company I, Vermont 12th Infantry Regiment on 04 Oct 1862.
Mustered out on 14 Jul 1863 at Brattleboro, VT.
Sources: Roster of Vermont Volunteers During the War of the Rebellion 1861-66

CENSUS: Robert D. 29 b. NH and Mary E. 24 b. NH.

CENSUS: Lists Robert D. 39, Mary E. 34, Herbert 9, Edgar R. 7, Charles M. 5 and Walter H. 2.

Mary Ellen WHITE 1 was born 2 on 11 Nov 1844 in New Hampshire, United States. She died 3 on 11 Nov 1922 in Vermont, United States. She was buried 4 in Nov 1922 in Court House Hill Cemetery, Westminster, Vermont, United States. Mary married 5 Robert Danforth FARR on 3 Nov 1869 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i
Herbert George "Bert" FARR 1 was born 2, 3 on 12 Nov 1870 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. He died 4, 5 on 10 Feb 1952 in Bellows Falls, Windham, Vermont, United States. He was buried 6 in 1952 in Court House Hill Cemetery, Westminster, Vermont, United States.



The following is from "The Family of Willis Vernon Farr" by Jayne E. Bickford:

I have vague childhood recollections of Bert and Ed. The former never married and I remember hearing that he had a disasterous love affair which resulted in a breach of promise suit.

DEATH: Unmarried.
  M ii
Edgar Robert FARR 1 was born 2, 3 on 7 Aug 1872 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. He died 4 on 6 Mar 1936 in Vermont, United States. He was buried 5 in Mar 1936 in Court House Hill Cemetery, Westminster, Vermont, United States.



The following is from "The Family of Willis Vernon Farr" by Jayne E. Bickford:

Ed never married either, and I remember him visiting us at Burlington, Vermont. He liked to “be on the move,” and it is my recollection that he rode on the freight trains. I remember hearing that he would arrive at my grandparents' home and say “I'm mighty hungery for some of your johnnycake, Ethel,” or words to that effect.
  M iii
Charles Newton FARR 1 was born 2 on 2 Jan 1875 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. He died on 8 Feb 1905 in Gamagra, , Pennsylvania, United States. He was buried 3 in Feb 1905 in Court House Hill Cemetery, Westminster, Vermont, United States.

BURIAL: His stone reads that he served in Co. C 14th U. S. Inf.
  M iv Walton Hayes FARR was born on 29 Jun 1878. He died on 24 Nov 1951.

Norman Haines WHITNEY was born 1, 2 on 24 Apr 1827/1828 in Bridgewater, Windsor, Vermont, United States. He died 3, 4 on 24 Nov 1908 in Putney, Windham, Vermont, United States. Norman married 5, 6 Ellen May FARR on 22 Feb 1871 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States.

Ellen May FARR [Parents] 1 was born 2, 3 on 25 Oct 1842 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. She died 4 on 16 Oct 1922 in Putney, Windham, Vermont, United States. Ellen married 5, 6 Norman Haines WHITNEY on 22 Feb 1871 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States.

The following is from "The Family of Willis Vernon Farr" by Jayne E. Bickford:

Ellen Mary Farr was the only daughter of Ivah Newton and Nancy Farr who had children. She was 13 years 9 days and 3 months younger than her parents oldest child, Henry. By the time Ellen was born the family had moved to Westminster, Vermont, and Ellen grew up there.

Ellen at 29 years of age married Norman Haines (or Haynes) Whitney. He was a brother to Lucretia Whitney who married Harlan Page Farr, Ellen's brother. Norman and Lucretia were children of Joshua and Persis (Moore) Whitney, and Joshua's father (another Joshua) was an early settler of Bridgewater, Vermont, going there from Wendell (now Sunapee), New Hampshire. A correspondent tells me that this Joshua married Sarah (perhaps Haynes) about 1776-7 judging from the fact that the first child recorded at Sunapee was born in May of 1779. It is possible that this was a second marriage, for Joshua was about 30 when he married Sarah. The probability of Sarah having been a Haynes is based on the fact that Joshua's third son was named Haynes. For the benefit of Whitney readers, I give below the children of Joshua and Sarah Whitney, the first ten of which are recorded according to my informant at Sunapee. It is probable that the last two children were born in Bridgewater, Vermont, but not a certainty, and I rather doubt it, for the recent History of Bridgewater indicates that Joshua did not go there until 1501.

I have not been able to prove who the father of Joshua who went to Bridgewater from N. H. Was. I feel it is highly probable that he descended from the same family as did Hannah WhItney who married Samuel Farr many years earlier than the time when this Joshua lived.

I have learned from Ellen's granddaughter (Grace (Whitney) Burbank) that Ellen was keenly interested in the family history. Grace has shared many of Ellen's papers with me, and they have been of considerable assistance, particularly in tracing the lineage of John Danforth, Ellen's grand­father. Ellen died in 1922, and I wasn't born until 1924; yet learning of her interest in genealogy gives me a strong feeling of kinship to this lady who lived so many years ago. I am confident that Ellen would be pleased that her research of family statistical data is being used and will be distributed to family members and a few genealogical libraries for the use of future (and present) genera­tions wanting to know about their ancestors.

A copy of the marriage record for Norman Whitney and Ellen Mary Farr (shown in the record as Mary Ellen) indi­cates the occupation of the groom to have been "mechanic," and that it was a first marriage for both the bride and groom. The groom's age is given as 43 and the bride's as 28. However, if you subtract Ellen's birth date from the date of her marriage, it appears that in reality she was 29. The couple were married by F. J. Fairbank, minister.


William POTTER 1. William married Sarah Marilla Ann FARR.

Sarah Marilla Ann FARR [Parents] 1 was born 2 on 2 Oct 1845 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. She died 3 in South Dakota, United States. Sarah married William POTTER.

Other marriages:
FENTON, Edwin


Edwin FENTON 1. Edwin married Sarah Marilla Ann FARR.

Sarah Marilla Ann FARR [Parents] 1 was born 2 on 2 Oct 1845 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. She died 3 in South Dakota, United States. Sarah married Edwin FENTON.

Other marriages:
POTTER, William


Deacon Daniel FARR [Parents] was born 1 on 19 May 1799 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 2 on 24 Jan 1868 in New Hampshire, United States. Daniel married 3 Clarissa ESTY on 26 Sep 1818 in Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
GOODNOW, Emily Maria Veazey

Clarissa ESTY 1 was born 2 on 20 Mar 1799 in Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. She died 3 on 30 Aug 1852. Clarissa married 4 Deacon Daniel FARR on 26 Sep 1818 in Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Marriage Notes:

CENSUS: Mercy Esty is also in the household age 76.

They had the following children.

  M i David Esty FARR was born on 25 Jun 1826.
  M ii
Charles Henry FARR 1 was born 2 on 18 May 1832 in New Hampshire, United States.
  M iii
Albert FARR 1 was born 2 in 1848 in Vermont, United States.

Deacon Daniel FARR [Parents] was born 1 on 19 May 1799 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 2 on 24 Jan 1868 in New Hampshire, United States. Daniel married 3 Emily Maria Veazey GOODNOW on 16 Jun 1853 in New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
ESTY, Clarissa

Emily Maria Veazey GOODNOW was born on 11 Oct 1818 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. She died 1 on 19 Mar 1895 in New Hampshire, United States. Emily married 2 Deacon Daniel FARR on 16 Jun 1853 in New Hampshire, United States.

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