Ancestors of Tim Farr and Descendants of Stephen Farr Sr. of Concord, Massachusetts and Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England


Jonathan WARD [Parents]-857 was born 1 on 22 Apr 1674 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 16 Jul 1723 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Jonathan married (MRIN:821) Abigail HALL-2193 on 13 Dec 1700 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Abigail HALL-2193. Abigail married (MRIN:821) Jonathan WARD-857 on 13 Dec 1700 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Possibly married on the 31st. of dec. rather than the 13th.


Joseph WARD [Parents]-859 was born 1 on 15 Nov 1677 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Joseph married (MRIN:822) Esther KENRICK-2195 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Esther KENRICK-2195. Esther married (MRIN:822) Joseph WARD-859 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.


John SPRING 1, 2-1281 was christened 3 on 16 Jun 1587 in Tilbury Juxta Clare, Essex, England, United Kingdom. He died in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. John married 4 (MRIN:823) Elinor-1282 in BY 1623 in England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
HATCH, Lydia


Source: "History of Newton Massachusetts" by Francis Jackson

Possibly died in Barbadoes at the home of his youngest son, William.

Elinor 1, 2-1282 was born in 1588 in Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. She died in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Elinor married 3 (MRIN:823) John SPRING-1281 in BY 1623 in England, United Kingdom.


Source: "History of Newton Massachusetts" by Francis Jackson

They had the following children.

  F i Mary SPRING-1283 was born in 1623. She died in 1656.
  M ii Henry SPRING-1284 was born in 1628. He died in 1697.
  M iii John SPRING Jr-860 was born in 1630. He died on 18 May 1717.
  M iv
William SPRING 1, 2-1287 was born in Jul 1633 in England, United Kingdom. He died about 1695.

William BARSHAM 1, 2-1288 was born 3 in 1610 in Colchester, Essex, England, United Kingdom. He died 4 on 13 Jul 1684 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. William married 5, 6 (MRIN:824) Annabella BLAND-1289 about 1635 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

William had a will 7 on 28 Aug 1683 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

WILLIAM BARSHAM

ORIGIN:  Unknown
MIGRATION:  1630
FIRST RESIDENCE:  Watertown

OCCUPATION:  Possibly a carpenter, as he was involved twice in assessing work on building the meetinghouse, 10 December 1652, 14 October 1654 [WaTR 1:29, 31, 38], and on 19 January 1662/3 was to determine the repairs necessary to the Mill Bridge [WaTR 1:75].  In his will he gave to son Nathaniel "all my working tools and my furnace kettle"; a furnace kettle could be used to melt metals, especially lead, so William Barsham may also have found work as a glazier, producing leaded windows.
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP:  Admission to Watertown church prior to 9 March 1636/7 implied by freemanship.
FREEMAN:  9 March 1636/7 [MBCR 1:372].
EDUCATION:  Signed his will on 28 August 1683 with a firm and distinctive hand, and signed the codicil on 15 April 1684 with a shaky but still legible hand.  Bequeathed his Bible to daughter Hannah Spring.  Inventory included "four old small old books" valued at 5s.
OFFICES:  Gave evidence in death of Austen Bratcher, 28 September 1630 [MBCR 1:78]; petty jury, 19 September 1637 [MBCR 1:203].

Chosen Watertown selectman, 22 December 1652 [WaTR 1:31]; chosen "clerk of the market to seal weights and measures," 26 February 1655/6 [WaTR 1:45]; committee for the proprietors of the farms, 6 October 1662 [WaTR 1:75].
ESTATE:  "William Bassum" granted thirty acres in Watertown Great Dividend, 25 July 1636 [WaBOP 4]; granted three acres in Beaverbrook Plowlands, 28 February 1636/7 [WaBOP 5]; granted three acres in the Remote Meadows, 26 June 1637 [WaBOP 10]; granted a farm of eighty-eight acres, 10 May 1642 [WaBOP 12].  In the 1644 Watertown Inventory of Grants, William Barsham held five parcels: homestall of twenty-eight acres, Great Dividend of thirty acres, three acres [Beaverbrook] Plowlands, three acres Remote Meadow, and six acres of upland at the Town Plot [WaBOP 83]; in the Inventory of Possessions he held one parcel: twenty acres of upland [abutting his homestall] [WaBOP 118].  In the Composite Inventory he held five parcels: homestall of forty-eight acres, Great Dividend of thirty acres, three acres Remote Meadow, three acres [Beaverbrook] Plowlands, and a farm of eighty-eight acres [WaBOP 26].

In his will, dated 28 August 1683 (with codicil of 15 April 1684) and proved 29 August 1684, William Barsham bequeathed to son John a two-year old heifer and the "vantage" [increase], four ewe sheep and £5 in silver; to "William Barsham the son of my son John Barsham" twenty shillings in silver; to son "Joshuah Barsham" twenty shillings in silver and "my good musket"; to son "Nathaniall Barsham ... all my working tools and my furnace kettle"; to daughter "Hanna Spring" a cow, four ewe sheep, £3 in silver and "my bible"; to daughter "Susanna Capen" a cow, four ewe sheep, £3 in money and "my joined chair"; to daughter "Sarah Browne" a cow, four ewe sheep, £3 in silver and "my great armed chair"; to daughter "Mara Bright" a pair of oxen, four ewe sheep, £3 in silver and a great armed chair; to daughter "Rebecka Winship ... my farm of seventy-two acres"; to daughter Elizabeth Barsham "my farm of sixty-four acres"; to last two daughters, Rebecca Winship and Elizabeth Barsham, four acres in Thatcher's Meadow and all household stuff not previously mentioned to be divided between them; in a codicil of 15 April 1684 he bequeathed to "my daughters Hannah Spring, Susanna Capen, Sarah Browne, Mary Bright and my son John Barsham to each of them twenty shillings apiece" [MPR Case #1329].

The inventory of "the estate of William Barsham who deceased the 3d of July 1684" was taken 5 August 1684; no total of the values was made, but the inventory did include £26 in real estate: "seventy-two acres of land called farm land," £10; "sixty-four acres of land called farm land," £10; and "four acres of meadow in Thatcher's Meadow," £4 [MPR Case #1329].

BIRTH:  By about 1610 based on approximated date of marriage.
DEATH:  Watertown 3 or 13 July 1684 "widower" [MPR Case #1329; WaVR 55].
MARRIAGE:  By 1635 Anabel Smith alias Bland, born say 1615, daughter of John Smith alias Bland [TAG 61:20-21]; d. by 23 August 1683 (not named in husband's will).

COMMENTS:  The dates of birth for the last two children are obviously too close, and Savage has corrected the year of birth for Elizabeth to 1659, but given the long gap between Mary and Rebecca, the more likely solution is that Rebecca was born in 1656.

Bond gives William a son William "mentioned in his father's will," and is followed in this by Savage.  Bond must have misread the will, which refers to "William Barsham the son of my son John Barsham."  Joshua apparently never married, and Nathaniel had no children, so the only grandson with the Barsham surname was this William, son of John.

William Barsham refers to his daughter Sarah only as "Sarah Browne," and on this basis various Brown families have claimed her as the wife of some man with an otherwise unidentified wife Sarah. In Torrey's index "Sarah [Barsham?]" is suggested as the wife of John Brown of Reading (as his second wife, the marriage taking place on 14 November 1681) and of William Brown of Salem and Marblehead (the marriage taking place by 1669).

When Sarah Barsham's brother Nathaniel made his will on 10 May 1716 he, like his father, referred unhelpfully to "my sister [worn] Brown," but also in his probate packet was the following deposition:

William Bond, Jonas Bond and Hepzibah Bond do testify & say that we being all related to Capt. Nathanill Barsham and very conversant at his house both formerly and lately we do well remember that many of his relations who were sister's children lived with the said Capt. Barsham many years, some a longer, some a short time, as namely Abigail Spring, Susannah Spring, Andrew Mansfeild, Bethiah Mansfeild and Nathanill Brown [MPR  Case #1328].

The affiants were related to Elizabeth Bond, Nathaniel Barsham's wife, and the first two relations named were children of John and Hannah (Barsham) Spring.  This document proves that the Sarah Barsham who married Samuel Mansfield in Lynn was this daughter of William Barsham, and that she married second a Brown, by whom she had a son Nathaniel. Samuel Mansfield died in 1679, and "the father of Samuel Mansfield, and the father of the wife, with the consent of the wife, chose and empowered Mr. Thomas Laughton Sr., Andrew Mansfield and Nathaniel Bersham to divide the estate" [EPR 3:306-07].  The chronology eliminates William Brown of Salem and Marblehead as a candidate for Sarah's second husband, as that man was supposed to have married her by 1669, far too early.

The record of the second marriage of John Brown of Reading comes from the vital records sent to the county clerk for recording, and not from the town records.  This entry gives the date of the marriage, 14 November 1681, but not the surname of the bride.  John and Sarah Brown of Reading did have a son Nathaniel, born 22 April 1688, who in turn named one of his daughters Bethia, presumably for his elder half-sister [TAG 30:16].  Reading and Lynn at that time shared a common boundary, and a number of close relatives of Samuel Mansfield lived in Reading in this same time period.  These clues all add up to the conclusion that this John Brown was the second husband of Sarah Barsham.

When William Barsham made his will his daughter Rebecca had been married to Edward Winship for just over three months.  This explains the bequest to her of two parcels of land and half the household goods, which must have been her marriage portion, as it was equal to the legacy received by her younger, unmarried sister, and more than what was received by the other married daughters.

BIRTH: Based on marriage date

Annabella BLAND [Parents] 1-1289 was born in 1613 in Colchester, Essex, England, United Kingdom. She died on 13 Jul 1683 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Annabella married 2, 3 (MRIN:824) William BARSHAM-1288 about 1635 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i John BARSHAM-1290 was born on 8 Dec 1635. He died in 1698.
  F ii Hannah BARSHAM-861 was born on 7 Jan 1637. She died on 18 Jul 1710.
  M iii
Joshua BARSHAM 1-1291 was born on 15 Jan 1640 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.



JOSHUA, b. Watertown 15 March 1640 [WaVR 8]; on 24 April 1657 a writ was issued to the constable of Watertown "to attach the body of Joshuay Barsham & take bond of him to the value of twenty pounds with sufficient surety or sureties for his appearance at the next County Court held at Charlestown to answer the complaint of John Sherman Sr. in an action of the case for calling his son John Sherman from his work & going away with him & for damage sustained thereby ..." [MCF Folio #19]; d. after 28 April 1683, apparently unmarried.
  F iv Susanna BARSHAM-1292 was born on 28 Nov 1641/1642. She died on 27 Nov 1672.
  M v Nathaniel BARSHAM-1293 was born in 1644. He died on 2 Aug 1716.
  F vi Sarah BARSHAM-1294 was born in 1646.
  F vii Mary BARSHAM-1295 was born on 23 Jun 1648.
  F viii Rebeckah BARSHAM-1296 was born on 12 Dec 1657. She died in Aug 1717.
  F ix Elizabeth BARSHAM-1297 was born on 29 Jul 1658/1659. She died on 28 Jul 1735.

Daniel TROWBRIDGE-2196. Daniel married (MRIN:825) Hannah SPRING-862.

Hannah SPRING [Parents]-862 was born on 1 Oct 1657 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Hannah married (MRIN:825) Daniel TROWBRIDGE-2196.


Dennison Lott HARRIS [Parents] [scrapbook]-992 was born 1, 2 on 17 Jan 1825 in Windham, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States. He died 3, 4 on 6 Jun 1885 in Monroe, Sevier, Utah, United States. He was buried on 8 Jun 1885 in Monroe, Sevier, Utah, United States. Dennison married 5 (MRIN:826) Anna Maria MESSERLI-867 on 1 Nov 1883 in St George, Washington, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
WILSON, Sarah
ALLEN, Margaret

Family records of Leander Harris
From the Autobiography of Dennison L. Harris: "Verbal Statement of Bp. Dennison L. Harris of Monroe, Sevier Co., Utah, made by him to President Joseph F. Smith in the presence of Elder Franklin Spencer, at the house of Bp. Dorius of Ephraim, Sanpete Co., Utah, on Sunday Afternoon, May 15th, 1881.   Reported by George F. Gibbs."  Author and another young man invited to meeting where plots against Joseph Smith were being hatched, Nauvoo, spring 1844.  Attended series of meetings.  Lives placed in danger because they refused to take oath not to reveal what they heard.  Reaction of Joseph Smith to their adventure. Circumstances of the Apostles receiving endowments from Joseph Smith in Nauvoo.
Also includes statement of circumstances in which this material was presented and recorded.
Spy for Israel to reveal William Law plot

LDS baptism date is a re-baptism

BIRTH: Headstone says 1824

Anna Maria MESSERLI [scrapbook]-867 was born 1 on 24 Mar 1858 in Wattenwil, Bern, Switzerland. She died 2 on 16 Oct 1889 in Monroe, Sevier, Utah, United States. Anna married 3 (MRIN:826) Dennison Lott HARRIS-992 on 1 Nov 1883 in St George, Washington, Utah, United States.


John MASON-2197 was born on 22 Jan 1676 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 24 Mar 1738 in Lexington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. John married (MRIN:827) Elizabeth SPRING-869 on 18 Oct 1699 in Lexington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Elizabeth SPRING [Parents]-869 was born on 7 Apr 1675 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Elizabeth married (MRIN:827) John MASON-2197 on 18 Oct 1699 in Lexington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.


John SPRING [Parents]-870 was born in 1678 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 5 May 1754. John married (MRIN:828) Joanna RICHARDS-2198 on 8 Mar 1703/1704.

Cambridge and Newton are the same place

Joanna RICHARDS-2198. Joanna married (MRIN:828) John SPRING-870 on 8 Mar 1703/1704.


Richard PARK-1298 was born on 8 Aug 1609 in London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom. He was christened on 8 Aug 1609 in of Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 12 Jul 1665 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Richard married 1 (MRIN:829) Margery CRANE-1299 in 1628 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Richard emigrated 2 on 3 Oct 1635 from Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. His will was probated 3 on 5 Dec 1665/1666 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
COLLIER, Sarah

A number of US sources list Thomas, Isabel and Sarah as children or Richard and Marjery, including "Genealogy Dictionary of New England" by Savage, 974 D2s Vol. 3.  I have not done the English research on this family.
Above note from Yvonna Tyrrel

Richard Park, was a proprietor in Camb., 1636, and of Camb. farms, (Lexington,) 1642. His house was near the Cow Common, in Camb. In a division of lands, in 1647, he had eleven acres in Camb. Village, bounding W. on Mr. Edwrad Jackson's land, and the highway to Dedham was laid out through it, in 1648. The very ancient dwelling house upon this lot, which was pulled down about 1800, was supposed to have been built by him.
Source: "History of Newton Massachusetts" by Francis Jackson


RICHARD PARKE was born in England about 1595. He married first, Margery, daughter of Hon. Jasper Crane. She died in Massachusetts, perhaps on Sept. 1, 1656, as Richard married second, “after Sept. 1, 1656,” Sarah, widow of Love Brewster, the latter having died about 1650, the son of Elder William Brewster of the Mayflower. Richard died in Newton, Mass., in 1665, and Sarah removed to Duxbury, Mass., dying there a wid­ow on April 26, 1601.

Richard Parke came from Hadleigh, county Suffolk,England, and there is some reason to believe that he was a relative of Deacon William Parke of Roxbury,Mass.,and Samuel Park of Med­ford, Mass., and perhaps of Thomas Park of Stonington, Conn.

Richard Perk, miller, 33, with wife Margery, 40, Isabell, 7, and ELIZABETH, 4, sailed from London in the Ship Defence, on Aug. 10, 1635, with Reverend Thomas Shepard's company, ar­riving in Boston on Oct. 3, 1635. They Settled in Cambridge, Mass., that year, and Richard was a proprietor of Cambridge Farms (now Lexington) in 1642. In a division of land in 1647 he had eleven acres in Cambridge Village (now Newton), “on the south side of the river, bounded by Edward Jackson's land on one side, near the Cow Common.” The highway toDedham, Mass., was laid out through this land in 1647. In the division of land on the Shawshine River in 1652 he had Lot 78, 100 acres. A very ancient dwelling house which was pulled down in 1800, was supposed to have been built by him. Previous to 1652 he owned a large tract of land in the northwest part of the vil­lage. It contained 600 acres which he probably bought of Rev­erend Thomas Shepard or his heirs.

He served as constable in Newton in 1656, and in 1657 was one of the committee, with Edward and John Jackson and Samuel Hyde, to lay out and settle highways in the village. Cambridge Village desired to be set of f from Cambridge, and during the ensuing controversy he sent a petition in 1661 to the General Court of Massachusetts at Boston, praying to retain his con­nection with the Cambridge church. In 1663 he was released from training on account of age. He signed a petition to the General Court in 1664, asking it to address His Majesty the King, approving the established government, and praying that it be continued.

“The early settlers of Newton numbered at most twenty-two, among them Jackson, Fuller, Ward, Hyde, Park, Wiswall, Prent­ice and Trowbridge. These men exercised a leading influence in all the affairs of the town.” A marble pillar was erected in 1852, near the place where the first meeting house stood, with the names of the first settlers inscribed an the four faces. On the west side is the name of Richard Parke.

His will of July 12, 1665, was witnessed by Elder Wiswall and Captain Hugh Mason. He left to his “only son thomas' all his housing and lands in Newton, after the death of his wife, Sarah. All but the 600 acres with buildings was equally div­ided between his two daughters, Isabell and ELIZABETH. In the inventory of his estate taken by JOHN SHERMAN and John Spring on Oct. 19, 1665, the dwelling house, barn, outhousing and 600 acres of land, 'although 20 acres is broken up,” was appraised at £660; 20 acres elsewhere, £100; whole amount £972.' After his death his widow Sarah removed to Duxbury, where she was a member of the Plymouth First Church.

Source: Thomas Farr of Harpswell, Maine by Edith Bartlett Sumner

EMIGRATION: With wife Margery on the ship "Defence" from London on Aug 10, 1635.

Margery CRANE-1299 was born in 1595 in London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom. She died 1 in 1656 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Margery married 2 (MRIN:829) Richard PARK-1298 in 1628 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i Thomas PARK-871 was born in 1628/1629. He died on 11 Aug 1690.
  F ii Isabel PARK-1301 was born in 1628. She died on 31 Mar 1665.
  F iii Elizabeth PARK-1303 was born in 1633. She died on 19 Sep 1690.
  F iv
Sarah PARK-3711.

Thomas PARK [Parents] 1-871 was born 2 in 1628/1629 in St Botolph, London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom. He died 3 on 11 Aug 1690 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Thomas married (MRIN:830) Margery-4029 about 1690 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
DIX, Abigail

Mentioned in father's will. Crippled in King Phillip's War, 1675.

Margery-4029 died 1 on 3 Feb 1691 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Margery married (MRIN:830) Thomas PARK-871 about 1690 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

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