Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


Henry HIGTON. Henry married Mary GREENHOUGH.

Henry married Mary Greenhough on 16 Jul 1609 in St. Mary The Virgin, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, England. (Mary Greenhough died before 23 Feb 1638 in (Cromford), Derbyshire, England and was buried on 23 Feb 1637 in St. Mary The Virgin, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, England.)

Henry was the first Higton recorded in the Wirksworth parish registers at his marriage in 1609. The registers commence in1608.
NOTE Higgton

The following analysis of the British History of the HIGDON surname is provided by John S. Higton (JS_Higton@compuserve.com), a British researcher engaged in a one-name study: “Over the past seven hundred years there have been many variation in the spelling of the name. It is possible that there a is link between these groups and that the variations are due to phonetic problems encountered by those who tried to interpret our ancestors pronunciation of their names. An analysis of more than one hundred and twenty-five pre-1600 records suggest that the first versions of the name appear in the late 13th century with Higden and Hikdon. A major branch of the family appears to have its origins in Derbyshire, England. The first person discovered to date is a Stephen Hikton mentioned in the 1380 Manor Court Roll for Baslow, Derbyshire. Also appearing several times in the Baslow Court Rolls, during the years 1379 -1382, is Richard whose surname is spelt Hikdon, Hicdon, Hykedon and Hikden at different times. These references almost certainly refer to the same person, and as Baslow was a very small village, Stephen is probably of the same family. The next person I have found recorded in this area is William Higden of Cromford, Derbyshire who entered into an agreement to supply lead ore in 1491 at Chatsworth. This is the first mention of the family’s long involvement in the lead mining industry in Derbyshire. This is followed by several Higtons and Higdons in the nearby village of Beeley. In 1558 an Edward Hygton appraised the will of Ysobel the wife of Richard Wigley of Cromford. The Wigleys were a minor gentry family who held land at Cromford and Wirksworth. The Higton family then appears in the parish registers of Wirksworth,Derbyshire with the marriage of one Henry Higton in 1609 (My earliest known ancestor). From this date it is possible to follow most of his descendants both in Derbyshire and other parts of the country. The Higton and Hickton spellings also occur at this time in Hartington and Kirk Ireton. All these places are within Derbyshire and lie within an area, of about 15 miles radius, centred on Cromford. Early family members were involved in lead and lead mining in Derbyshire and it is possible that this mining experience may have encouraged some of them to migrate to the exposed coal field in Nottinghamshire, which lies between the Derbyshire border and Sherwood Forest. By the early 1600's Higtons appear in Greasley and Selston in Nottinghamshire, but this family seems to fade out. This was followed, about 1700, by the Hicktons in the same eastern fringe of Nottinghamshire. As Higton is a Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire spelling I think there is a stong possibility that your John came from this area.” In reviewing some early legal documents, it was apparent that the US original John Higdon was often spelled as Higton. This information was transmitted to the British John Higton who continued in this line of research and reported back the following: “My interest in the spelling of the name in 17th century Maryland is based on an analysis of all mentions of Higton/Higdon in the 'Family Tree Maker' CD's of early legal documents. Higton appears to have changed to Higdon over the first four generations. 1. John’s generation was Higton 18 times in 21 documents. (86%) 2. John’s 6 children were Higton 21 times in 35 documents. (60%) 3. The third generation were Higton 1 time in 9 documents. (11%) 4. Fourth and subsequent generations were all Higdon. (0%) The last occurence of Higton was in 1773. The spelling Higton suggests that he may be from the Derbyshire/ Nottinghamshire area as this is the area in which Higton originated and was most common.” Currently, the British John Higton’s estimated pre-US origin of Derby or Notts is the best speculation available. John’s statement “By the early 1600’s Higtons appear in Greasley . . . but this family seems to fade out . . .” is of particular interest. There is a family myth that the Higdons actually came from Greece. Not too much imagination is needed to hear Greece from Greasley—and the time period is right. Just wishful thinking at this stage—but maybe one day it can be proven true! Until then . .

Mary GREENHOUGH. Mary married Henry HIGTON.

They had the following children.

  M i William HIGTON.

Henry FEYRY [Parents] was born about 1479. He died in bet 3 Jan 1522/3 and 24 Jan 1522/3 in Shefford, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Henry married Beterys FEYREY.

Henry had a will 1 on 3 Jan 1522/1523 in Shefford, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. His will was probated 2 on 24 Jan 1522/1523 in Shefford, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Probably son of Henry.

Will and probate of Henry Feyry of Shefforth. 3 Jan., pr. 24 Jan 1522/3. (2: 6)

Burial in churuchyard of All Hallows in Camelton (Campton); for his principal as is customary; to high altar of Camelton for tithes and oblations forgotten 12d.; to mother church of Lincoln 2d.; to the maintenance of the bells in CameRon 12d.; for two new torches there 10s.; for two new torches for chapel of St. Michael in Shefforth 10s.; to Dane (Dom) John Rackett subprior of Chyxsand (Chicksands) to sing a trental for testator los.; to the friars of Bedford 10s.; to cousin [?]Gromon a friar of Dunstaple for a trental 10s.; for a vestment to maintain the service of Almighty God in the chapel of Shefforth 33s, 4d.; for a convenient priest to sing for testator in Camelton church for half a year 4 marks.

Wife Beterys to have tenement in Shefford where testator lives for her life, reversion to his daughter Johan and the heirs of her body, in default to the use and maintenance of the chapel of St. Michael in Shefforth, and his (coffees are instructed to hold his properties to these uses.

To daughter Johan 2 chaffing dishes, a latten bason, a pewter pot, a salet, a little posnet, a pair of cobbards, 4 pewter dishes, 3 brass pots and a posnet, a great brass pan and another brass pan with a band of iron, a “Tynkkers” kettle, 4 candlesticks, a featherbed, a mattress, a salting trough, a table and a form, a plain coffer, a bedstead, 2 coverlets one yellow the other with flowers, a chair, a painted cloth, a pair of sheets “flexen and harden”, 2 table cloths, 2 towels and an aumbry. The residue of his household stuff to his wife Beterys.

Exors, wife Beterys and William Stockes, to whom his residue, Witn. sir Alyn Ewe, parson of Camelton, sir John Woodward priest, George Flynders, Edward Johnson, Thomas Warner.

Beterys FEYREY. Beterys married Henry FEYRY.

They had the following children.

  F i
Johan FEYRY.

William ILLYING died before 5 Nov 1524 in Thornborough, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom. William married 1, 2 Mrs. Alice ILLYNG about Dec 1502 in of Thornborough, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom.

William's will was probated 3 on 5 Nov 1524 in Thornborough, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
, Agnes

Archdeaconry of Buckinghamshire
William Illing, 1524 Thornborough
FHL British Film #88492

RE: Emailing: Illing
From: PMBott COMCAST (pmbott@comcast.net)
Sent: Tue 2/19/08 4:04 PM
To:  'Tim Farr' (dustyhills@hotmail.com)

This page just has bits and pieces all over the place. It begins with a probate of William Illyng that is in Latin. It has the name Joh(an) Illyng which is abbreviated but says executrix so it has to be a female, and with the “Joh” I figured it must be Johan. Then farther down are the names Thomas Beard, William Woburn, Robert Norise? (it’s blurry) and somebody Jakman, administrator.

Then a ways down it starts with, “...daughter (doesn’t have her name, it just starts in the middle of the sentence), a Bulloke & A shepe....” I’m not sure if this is the above William’s will or not because that is how the sentence starts with no heading or name on the will. Other names listed are a daughter Agnes, a daughter Elisabeth, and a wife Alice whom he makes along with John Illyng his executors. John Flynder Is overseer and the witnesses are Sir Thomas Herys, Thomas Halling (not Illing), and John Herys.

Then there is a testament of a Roberti Bernard in Latin. Then there are some more parts cut off and it comes down to the will of Willimi Illyng of Thornborough, Bucks (spelled Thornborowe in the will).
The date is 5 Nov 1524.

His eldest son is John. Then he gives to a son Henry and a son William
Then he gives to John his second son and to John his third son.
He also gives to a, looks like Jone or Jane, my... (there is an abb. mark on the name and it is real blurry) and the rest goes black, but this is not the end of the will.

This is short so I’m going to just type here what is on it.
Testamentu(m) Willi(a)mi Illyng de Thornborowe

“In the name of god amen the yere of o(ur) lord one (thousand) V (5) C (hundred) and XXIV the Vth day of Nov(em)bre I William Illing of Thornborowe to the mother churche of lincoln 2 pence Itm to the highe aulter of Thornborowe 4 pence Itm to the belles ther A bushell of barly Itm to John my eldest son(n)e A coulte of A yere olde & A shepe Itm to henry my son(n)e A colte of 2 yeres olde Itm to William my sone a colte

Itm to John my second sone A calf of a yere old Itm to John my thirde sone A shepe Itm to Jone?(abb.) my....and then it quits.

Mrs. Alice ILLYNG. Alice married 1, 2 William ILLYING about Dec 1502 in of Thornborough, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom.


Jacob FARR Jr. [Parents] [scrapbook] was born about 1758 in of Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States. He died 1, 2 on 22 Nov 1827 in Woodbury, Washington, Vermont, United States from suddenly. He was buried in Harvey Cemetery, Woodbury, Washington, Vermont, United States. Jacob married 3 Hannah MUZZEY on 20 Jun 1796 in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States.

He was counted in a census 5 in 1820 in Woodbury, Washington, Vermont, United States.

Other marriages:
DAVIS, Phebe

In the 1820 census he is living in Woodbury, VT.

DEATH: His body was found on the side of a path leading from his home to Hardwick near or beside a pond, probably East Long Pond or Nichols Pond.

Hannah MUZZEY [scrapbook] was born about 1770 in New Hampshire, United States. She died 1 on 21 Oct 1841 in Woodbury, Washington, Vermont, United States. Hannah married 2 Jacob FARR Jr. on 20 Jun 1796 in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States.

Appears in the will of Benjamin Muzzey as "Hannah Farr".

Marriage Notes:

MARRIAGE: Father was listed as Jacob.

They had the following children.

  F i
Sally FARR was born 1 on 8 Nov 1796 in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States.
  F ii
Hannah FARR was born 1 on 27 Dec 1797 in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States. She died on 4 Jan 1798 in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States.
  M iii Benjamin FARR was born on 15 Feb 1799.
  F iv
Laury FARR was born 1 on 7 Jun 1801 in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States.
  M v Roswell FARR was born in 1805. He died on 14 Jan 1864 from of consumption.
  M vi Hyrcanus FARR was born on 18 Aug 1808. He died on 17 Aug 1878.
  F vii Hannah FARR was born on 25 Oct 1814.
  F viii
Betsey FARR was born in 1817 in Woodbury, Washington, Vermont, United States.
  F ix
Sylvia FARR was born in 1819 in Woodbury, Washington, Vermont, United States.

Jacob FARR Sr. [scrapbook] was born about 1733 in England, United Kingdom.

Said to have come from England in the mid 1750s.

MILITARY: Discharge date. Service length 1 month 4 days. Marched 110 miles to Ticonderoga on the alarm May 8th 1777.

He had the following children.

  M i Jacob FARR Jr. was born about 1758. He died on 22 Nov 1827 from suddenly.

Ossian NYSTROM was born on 3 Jun 1907 in Illinois, United States. He died on 1 Jun 1985 in Zephyrhills, Pasco, Florida, United States. Ossian married Avis Margaret FARR about 1931 in Illinois, United States.

Avis Margaret FARR [Parents] was born on 30 Sep 1909 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States. She died on 5 Apr 1992 in Pinellas, Pinellas, Florida, United States. Avis married Ossian NYSTROM about 1931 in Illinois, United States.


Marvin Andrus FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 9 Aug 1852 in Schroon, Essex, New York, United States. Marvin married Charlotte CAMP on 28 Jan 1886 in Schroon, Essex, New York, United States.

Marvin was counted in a census 1 in 1860 in East Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States.

Charlotte CAMP was born about 1855 in Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States. Charlotte married Marvin Andrus FARR on 28 Jan 1886 in Schroon, Essex, New York, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i
Newton FARR was born on 25 Dec 1887 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States. He died 1 in Nov 1967 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.

Newton was counted in a census 2 in 1910 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.
  F ii
Barbara Charlotte FARR was born on 16 Feb 1906 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.

Barbara was counted in a census 1 in 1910 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.

Gage Hughes AVERY was born on 6 Jan 1880 in Bellevue, Eaton, Michigan, United States. Gage married Ethel FARR on 27 Jun 1905 in Onekama, Manistee, Michigan, United States.

Ethel FARR [Parents] was born on 10 Mar 1880 in New York, United States. Ethel married Gage Hughes AVERY on 27 Jun 1905 in Onekama, Manistee, Michigan, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Margaret Farr AVERY was born on 24 Oct 1906. She died on 2 Dec 2005.

Jacob FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 8 Sep 1780 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 1, 2 on 1 May 1864 in Bradford, Orange, Vermont, United States from of paralysis. He was buried in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States. Jacob married Betsey TAPLIN about 1807 in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States.

Jacob was counted in a census 3 in 1850 in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States. He was counted in a census 4 in 1860 in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States.

DEATH: Father listed as Jacob and mother listed as Rhoda which turns out to be a transcription error. In the original, FHL film #2110573, the name is spelled "Phebe".

Betsey TAPLIN [scrapbook] was born 1 in 1786 in Massachusetts, United States. She died 2 on 11 Nov 1862 in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States. Betsey married Jacob FARR about 1807 in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States.

Betsey was counted in a census 3 in 1850 in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States. She was counted in a census 4 in 1860 in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States.

DEATH: "ae. 76 yrs."

They had the following children.

  M i Zelotas FARR was born on 16 Jul 1808. He died on 15 Jan 1857.
  M ii Chester N. FARR was born on 20 Oct 1809.
  M iii Amos FARR was born on 27 Feb 1811. He died on 11 Feb 1902.
  F iv Levina T. FARR was born on 7 Mar 1813.
  M v Horace FARR was born about 1820. He died on 23 Oct 1877.
  F vi Susan FARR was born on 18 Oct 1825.
  M vii
Jacob Edwin FARR was born 1 about 1830 in of Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States.

Jacob was counted in a census 2 in 1850 in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States.



Edwin J. Farr, M. D., came to Kenosha in 1855, and the following year removed to Prairie du Sac, Sauk county, and in 1857 to Mauston, Juneau county, and in 1869 to Eau Claire.  He was born at Corinth, Orange county, Vermont, August 24, 1832.  He was educated at Castleton Medical College and graduated in 1851, and practiced at white River Junction, Vermont, until he came to Wisconsin.  He was assistant surgeon of the Second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry for five months, and with Thirtieth Wisconsin Regiment for nearly three years.  He was post surgeon at Ft. Sully from July, 1863, to October, 1864, and had charge of the prison hospital at Louisville from January to August, 1865.

Dr. Farr was mayor of the city of Eau Claire and railroad surgeon for the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha and the Wisconsin & Minnesota Railway Companies.  He was a member of the A. F. & A. M. (Grand High Priest and Grand Master), I. O. O. F. and A. O. U. W.  He was married at White River Junction in January, 1855, to Emily L. Sawyer.  They had two children, twins:  Ewin B. and Emily B., born August 14, 1867.  Dr. Farr died July 10, 1914.

-Transcribed from the "History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914," page 318

Amos FARR [Parents] was born 1 on 6 Nov 1786 in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States. He died 2 on 30 Sep 1861 in Bradford, Orange, Vermont, United States. Amos married 3 Polly HADLEY on 20 Mar 1845 in Bradford, Orange, Vermont, United States.

Amos was counted in a census 4 in 1860 in Bradford, Orange, Vermont, United States.

Other marriages:
MOULTON, Anna

Polly HADLEY was born on 11 Nov 1799 in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States. She died on 11 Sep 1856 in Bradford, Orange, Vermont, United States. Polly married 1 Amos FARR on 20 Mar 1845 in Bradford, Orange, Vermont, United States.

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