Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


Josiah FARR [Parents] was born in 1779 in New Hampshire, United States. He died on 4 Oct 1846 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States. Josiah married 1 Laura ALLEN on 6 Apr 1806 in Charlestown, Sullivan, New Hampshire, United States.

He served as a Major in the War of 1812, Josiah and family moved from Cavendish to Brookfield (Waukesha County) Wisconsin around 1837. He was listed as 'head of  household' in Cavendish School District # 4 up to that year.   He purchased 80 acres of land from Section 33, Township # 6 [Vernon] on 23 Feb. 1841 for $250.00.  He must have removed to Milwaukee, as he and Laura sold the land the next year and he was listed as a Milwaukee resident in the 1840 census.

Laura ALLEN was born about 1781 in of Charlestown, Sullivan, New Hampshire, United States. Laura married 1 Josiah FARR on 6 Apr 1806 in Charlestown, Sullivan, New Hampshire, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i
Josiah FARR Jr. was born in 1808 in Vermont, United States.



LIVING: Stedman Spaulding paid a visit to his farm in the west in 1855.
  F ii Harriet Louisa FARR was born on 8 Aug 1808. She died on 18 May 1867.
  M iii
James FARR was born in 1819 in Wisconsin, United States.

Nathaniel Russell FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born in 1781 in of New Ipswich, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States. He died on 12 Nov 1840 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States. Nathaniel married 1 Mary ABBOTT "Polly" on 12 May 1808 in Chester, Windsor, Vermont, United States.

From the research of Linda Farr Welch:

Often confused with his father, he dropped his first name and went by the name of Russell Farr.  In the 1880 census of Cavendish, Nathaniel's daughter Mary told the census taker that her father was born in Massachusetts, and her mother in New Hampshire. Perhaps Nathaniel was born in Westford before his father moved to New Ipswich, and his birth was not recorded.

From the List of Cavendish Schools, Heads of Families with Children between ages 4-18, we surmise that he had four children.

In 1828, The District # 8  (Gilchrist school district):  The Farr farm was occupied by Nathaniel R. Farr, where two children of the family were attending school in the district at that time.

Russell Farr had two children and was living in Proctorsville, District #2 in 1836.   From 1837-8, two children were attending District #8 school from Nathaniel R. Farr's family, as well.

Mr. Farr died at Cavendish, 12 Nov., 1840, and is buried in the Farr Family Plot.

In the 1843-4 School record list of Baltimore, Vt., we find the Widow Polly Farr with two school-age children, living here under the names of Foster and Horace Farr.

In the year 1846, Widow Polly Farr was listed as head of the household with two children at school, Foster Farr, and Clark Spaulding living in District # 8, the Gilchrist school.  It is believed that she was living with her sister-in-law, Patty Hutchinson and inherited the place when Patty died in 1846.  In 1846, her oldest son Horace was already married and living in Baltimore.

Mary "Polly" ABBOTT was born on 31 Oct 1789 in of Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States. She died on 25 Jul 1867 in Proctorsville, Windsor, Vermont, United States. Polly married 1 Nathaniel Russell FARR on 12 May 1808 in Chester, Windsor, Vermont, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Rebecca Susan FARR was born on 9 Jun 1812. She died on 9 Feb 1895.
  F ii Mary Rachel FARR was born on 16 Aug 1816. She died on 27 Aug 1897.
  M iii Foster FARR was born in 1819. He died after 1851.
  M iv Horace Bemis FARR was born on 4 Jun 1825. He died on 28 Dec 1906.

Samuel HUTCHINSON Jr. was born about 1785 in of Vermont, United States. Samuel married Patty FARR on 25 Nov 1811 in Vermont, United States.

Patty FARR [Parents] was born in 1787 in of Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States. She died in Feb 1846 in Proctorsville, Windsor, Vermont, United States. Patty married Samuel HUTCHINSON Jr. on 25 Nov 1811 in Vermont, United States.


Osgood PARKHURST [scrapbook] was born on 17 May 1807 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He was christened 1 in Oct 1806 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 31 Mar 1872 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Osgood married 2 Harriet Louisa FARR on 1 Jun 1837 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States.

Harriet Louisa FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 8 Aug 1808 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States. She died 1 on 18 May 1867 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States. Harriet married 2 Osgood PARKHURST on 1 Jun 1837 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States.

DEATH: Farr, Hariet L. d. 18 May 1867 age 59-2-21 b & d at Cavendish
dau of Josiah Farr filed as parkhurst, Mrs. Harriet L. film No. 27,649


Lewis BEMIS was born on 17 Mar 1809 in Baltimore, Windsor, Vermont, United States. He died 1 on 21 Sep 1890 in Baltimore, Windsor, Vermont, United States. Lewis married Rebecca Susan FARR on 13 Apr 1829 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States.

Rebecca Susan FARR [Parents] was born on 9 Jun 1812 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States. She died 1 on 9 Feb 1895 in Baltimore, Windsor, Vermont, United States. Rebecca married Lewis BEMIS on 13 Apr 1829 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States.

DEATH: Father listed as Russell.


Alexander MCCOY was born on 8 Nov 1816 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States. He died on 15 Apr 1848 in Ludlow, Windsor, Vermont, United States from from typhoid fever. Alexander married Mary Rachel FARR in 1835 in Vermont, United States.

Alexander was a shoemaker by trade. James McCoy War of 1812. John I. Cromwell's Corps of U. S. Artillery, on the muster roll from 30 April, to 30 June, 1814. There were McCoys in Acworth, NH

Mary Rachel FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 16 Aug 1816 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States. She died on 27 Aug 1897 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States. Mary married Alexander MCCOY in 1835 in Vermont, United States.

Other marriages:
SHEDD, Isaac
CRAIGUE, Saxton Alfred

DEATH: Died on Sunday. a.m. Her funeral was held at the Universalist church with Rev. D. W. Lyman officiating. She was buried in the Cavendish village cemetery.


Isaac SHEDD was born on 30 Dec 1791 in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 22 Mar 1873 in Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States. Isaac married Mary Rachel FARR on 30 Dec 1851 in Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States.

Mary Rachel FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 16 Aug 1816 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States. She died on 27 Aug 1897 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States. Mary married Isaac SHEDD on 30 Dec 1851 in Reading, Windsor, Vermont, United States.

Other marriages:
MCCOY, Alexander
CRAIGUE, Saxton Alfred

DEATH: Died on Sunday. a.m. Her funeral was held at the Universalist church with Rev. D. W. Lyman officiating. She was buried in the Cavendish village cemetery.


Saxton Alfred CRAIGUE was born on 23 Jul 1805 in Weathersfield, Windsor, Vermont, United States. He died on 2 Feb 1887 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States. Saxton married Mary Rachel FARR on 18 Jan 1874 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States.

Mary Rachel FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 16 Aug 1816 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States. She died on 27 Aug 1897 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States. Mary married Saxton Alfred CRAIGUE on 18 Jan 1874 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States.

Other marriages:
MCCOY, Alexander
SHEDD, Isaac

DEATH: Died on Sunday. a.m. Her funeral was held at the Universalist church with Rev. D. W. Lyman officiating. She was buried in the Cavendish village cemetery.


Foster FARR [Parents] was born in 1819 in of Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States. He died after 1851 in Baltimore, Windsor, Vermont, United States. Foster married Eveline RAYMOND about 1850 in Vermont, United States.

Eveline RAYMOND was born about 1829 in Ludlow, Windsor, Vermont, United States. Eveline married Foster FARR about 1850 in Vermont, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i
Abbie FARR was born on 9 Aug 1850 in Bridgewater, Windsor, Vermont, United States. She died 1 on 7 Jan 1920 in Woodstock Manor from Cerebral hemorage.

DEATH: Vermont Death Records, 1909-2008
Name: Abbie Farr Howland
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 9 Aug 1850
Birth Location: Bridgewater, Vermont
Death Date: 1 Jan 1920
Death Location: Woodstock, Windsor
Cause Of Death: Mitral Reguritation Senility
Mother's Maiden Name: Raymond
Mother's Name: Everline
Father's Name: Foster Farr
Vital Event Type: Certificate of Death
  M ii Augustus F. FARR was born on 1 Jan 1851. He died on 29 Oct 1920.

Horace Bemis FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 4 Jun 1825 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States. He died on 28 Dec 1906 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States. Horace married Amanda Nancy HORTON on 4 Mar 1849 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States.

From the research of Linda Farr Welch:

Horace Farr was a farmer in Proctorsville, living on the Farr homestead, which he bought 15 Oct., 1853 from Susanna and Sarah Farr, his maiden aunts. It was a small farm described as the old Timothy Adams Farm, and is the place where his father Nathaniel R. Farr, and his grandfather, Nathaniel Russell Farr, the first “FARR” to come to Cavendish in 1799, are both buried in a little family graveyard in back of the house, along with other early members of the Farr family. This little cemetery , about forty feet square, would also be Horace's last resting place, and was always 'excepted' in transfer deeds to remain the possession of the Farr family.  On 17 Aug., 1868, Horace purchased a piece of land of about six acres of Samuel Alford Jr. off of the Deacon John Adams farm which adjoined the Farr farm.  On 18 Aug., 1868, Horace and Nancy signed a mortgage deed with Don C. Pollard for $170 using the farm as collateral.

News of the Horace Farr Family: Proctorsville, 18 Aug., 1871: “On Monday evening last, Horace B. Farr went into the pasture to catch his horse and when near, the horse kicked, striking him in the side and lower part of his body. Fortunately, no bones were broken, and it is thought he will be able to resume is work in a few days.” - 25 Aug., 1871: “Mr. Farr who was kicked by his horse a short time since and whose injuries at that time were considered slight, are proving quite serious. He is unable to leave his bed and fears are entertained of his full recovery at present.”

-Proctorsville, 3 July, 1875: “The School in District # 8 [Gilchrist School], taught by Jennie S. Logan, closed last Friday. The whole number of scholars in attendance was ten, of these, the following were neither absent nor tardy during the term- Ada Morse, Mary Farr, Laura Spaulding and George Morse. Frank and Francis Farr had no tardy marks. None of the scholars have received dismissal marks.”

In 1883, Horace Farr's farm had only six acres of land connected with it. Horace supplemented his income employed as a cloth finisher in the Proctorsville woolen mill. He first went to work in the mill 2 Feb., 1849. On 3 Feb., 1899, the operatives in the woolen factory finishing room presented him with a nice easy chair in memory of his 'fifty years of service' at the mill.

-Proctorsville, 29 Nov., 1889: “The teams of Hon. Charles F. Barrett and Horace B. Farr, driven by their respective owners, came in collision when passing each other near A. G. Blood's Monday evening, throwing Mr. Farr from the carriage, injuring him seriously; also, throwing out his granddaughter Mabel, who was riding with him. She escaped with a few bruises. Mr. Barrett was not injured, neither were the carriages. it is supposed the accident was caused by the shying of Mr. Barrett's horse at some object beside the road.” -11 Oct., 1895: “The readers of the Tribune will remembered reading a few months ago how Mrs. Horace Farr found a long lost brother, Lewis Horton. The brother and his second wife are now at Proctorsville on a visit to his sisters, Mrs. Horace Farr.” 18 Oct., 1895: “Mrs. Horace Farr's brother and his wife have returned to their home in Dorchester, Mass.” 18 Oct., 1901: “Mrs. Horace Farr, who is living with her son in Amsden, was at her home here Wednesday.” - Proctorsville, 11 Dec., 1903: “Horace Farr is housed with a hard cold.” -15 Jan., 1904: “Mrs. Horace Farr is ill at Will Densmore's.” -8 April, 1904: “Mrs. Horace Farr came to Mrs. Caroline Bailey's to assist her with her work, but stayed only a few days as she was taken sick and taken down to her son's, R. H. Farr's on Sunday.” - 22 April, 1904: “Horace Farr, who has been feeble for some time, but persisted in going to his work in the mill, had a bad spell Wednesday morning and was carried to his home.” - Twenty-Mile Stream, 19 Aug., 1904: “Some of the neighbors turned out and helped Horace Farr with his haying.” -16 Dec., 1904: “Horace Farr, who has rooms here in Proctorsville village and is very feeble, fell in his rooms and hurt his side Monday afternoon.” - Amsden, 13 Jan., 1905: “Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Brown were called to Proctorsville Tuesday by the unfavorable condition of Mrs. Brown's father, Horace Farr, who has been sick for some time.” -10 Feb., 1905: “Horace Farr was able to go to the mill Monday, the first time for several weeks.” -13 April, 1906: “Mrs. Farr was taken to the Town farm Wednesday, April 4.” -Proctorsville, 25 May, 1906: “Horace Farr was a recent caller at Frank Dugan's At present he is making his home with Archie Savage at West Windsor. He passed the 80th milestone of life, May 16, and is very feeble. He worked 57 years here in the woolen factory. On account of his feeble condition, he gave up work a little over two years ago.” -22 June, 1906: “Horace Farr is among the new arrivals at the Town Farm.” -11 Oct., 1906: “Don C. Pollard and Charles Walker have traded property. Mr. Pollard, as owner of the Horace Farr farm on Twenty-Mile Stream, has traded for the little house of Charles Walker here in Proctorsville village. Mr. Walker will move as soon as the present incumbent, Mr. W. H. Martin, moves out.” -1 Nov., 1906: “Charles Walker is moving onto the Farr farm recently purchased by him.”

Horace, who had been very feeble for a year, died at the Cavendish Town Farm, Friday, 28 Dec., 1906 (age 81).

“Funeral services were held Sunday morning at the town farm, Rev. R. C. T. Mackenzie of the Universalist church, officiating.”  E. G. White charged $30.50 to bury him, H. D. Sanders charged $3.50 to dig his grave, and Rev. MacKenzie $3.00 for his funeral.  At the time of his death, his widow Nancy, was also living at the town farm, at the age of 74 years. Cavendish, 24 April, 1907: “Mrs. Farr who has been at the town farm the past winter has gone to live with relatives in Massachusetts.”  7 Nov., 1907: “Mrs. Farr, who has been in Claremont for some time, has been a visitor among friends the past week.”

Sometime between Dec. 10 and Dec. 13, 1907,  Drs. Lawton and Cobb determined to take Amanda from the Cavendish town farm to the Brattleboro asylum. From the records of the Town farm in the 1907 Cavendish town report, it appears that the only family member involved in the committal  process was Mary Ann Brown.  Dr. Lawton certified her committal at the Probate Court on 27 Dec., and Milo S. Buck drew up the papers, and Amanda was brought to Brattleboro on 28 December, 1907.

Nancy Amanda died at Brattleboro, 11 March, 1908 (age 78 years).

Henry D. Saunders went to Brattleboro on Friday to return with her remains to the Proctorsville home of her son, Russell Farr, for Saturday where funeral services were held.  The body was placed in the tomb at Cavendish until such time as it could be buried beside her husband. “The smile on her face is quiet, And the flowers lie soft on her breast; Her hands are folded together, And the word on her lips is rest.  And somewhere yet in the hilltops, Of the country hat has no pain, She will watch in her beautiful doorway, To bid us welcome again.”

Amanda's funeral expenses of $48.00 were paid for by Augusta B. Taylor.

Both Horace and Amanda are  buried in the Farr Family cemetery in back of the old farm where all former Farr family relatives are buried.  They were the last of the family to be buried in this little grave yard, and their graves are marked with fieldstone markers.  Twenty-Mile Stream, 8 Oct., 1908: “Richard Smith has sold the Farr place to Frank White of Fort Ann, New York.”  - 18 April, 1918: “Homer Wheeler has moved to Frank White's farm.”- 27 May, 1920: “Mr. Sweet of Massachusetts has purchased the farm formerly owned  on Twenty Mile Stream by Frank White and has moved his family there.” - 7 April, 1921: “George Martin has sold back to Mrs. Lilla Spaulding the house he bought last fall and is soon to move into the Horace Farr place.”- 15 Dec., 1922: “George Martin's people have moved from Mrs. Sweet's farm (better known as the Horace Farr farm) to Mr. Sheriden's farm in Proctorsville.” [note: George Martin died of cancer in early January, 1926] - 17 Aug., 1923: "Mr. Gleason of Ludlow has moved his family to the place on Twenty-Mile Stream formerly known as the Horace Farr farm." - 7 Nov., 1924: "Fred Gleason, who lives on the Horace Farr farm, was in a motorcycle accident last Saturday. His faced was badly scratched and one leg broken. Dr. Buxton attended him."

Amanda Nancy HORTON [scrapbook] was born about 1832 in Chester, Windsor, Vermont, United States. She died on 11 Mar 1908 in Brattleboro, Windham, Vermont, United States. Amanda married Horace Bemis FARR on 4 Mar 1849 in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Eliza Harriet "Elsie" FARR was born in 1850.
  M ii Russell Horace FARR was born on 18 Dec 1852. He died on 10 Nov 1919.
  M iii Francis Steven FARR (twin) was born on 11 Jan 1863.
  M iv Franklin John FARR (twin) was born on 11 Jan 1863.
  F v Mary Anne FARR was born on 16 Mar 1866. She died in Jan 1937.

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