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."