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


Amasa Robert PAYNE 1 was born 2 on 7 May 1837 in Euclid, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States. He died 3 on 8 Dec 1901 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States. Amasa married 4 Betsy Aurelia FARR on 2 Feb 1878 in Portage, Ohio, United States.

Betsy Aurelia FARR [Parents] was born 1 on 12 Apr 1855 in Stillwater, Michigan, United States. She died 2 on 18 Mar 1915 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States. She was buried on 20 Mar 1915 in Euclid, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States. Betsy married 3 Amasa Robert PAYNE on 2 Feb 1878 in Portage, Ohio, United States.

Betsy resided 4 in 1860 in Mantua, Portage, Ohio, United States. She resided 5 in 1900 in Euclid Township (south half), Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States. She resided 6 in 1910 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States.


Harrison McKinley ROSS Sr was born 1, 2 on 13 Sep 1893 in Blairsville, Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States. He died 3 on 10 Apr 1953 in Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States. He was buried on 12 Apr 1953 in Riverview Cemetery, Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Harrison married Sadie Eldena FARR in 1919.

Harrison resided 4 in 1930 in Warren Township, Trumbull, Ohio, United States.

Sadie Eldena FARR [Parents] was born 1 on 28 Jul 1900 in Youngstown, Mahoning, Ohio, United States. She died 2 on 25 Nov 1957 in Chatham, Georgia, United States. Sadie married Harrison McKinley ROSS Sr in 1919.

Sadie resided 3 in 1930 in Warren Township, Trumbull, Ohio, United States.


Needham H. PARRISH was born about 1900 in South Carolina, United States. He died 1 on 25 Feb 1998 in Chatham, Georgia, United States. Needham married Georgie Adele FARR.

Needham resided 2 in 1940 in Savannah, Chatham, Georgia, United States.

Georgie Adele FARR [Parents] 1 was born on 23 Jul 1906 in Ohio, United States. She died 2 on 30 Aug 1973 in Chatham, Georgia, United States. Georgie married Needham H. PARRISH.

Georgie resided 3 in 1920 in Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States. She resided 4 in 1940 in Savannah, Chatham, Georgia, United States.


Asa Boyd FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 on 1 Apr 1911 in Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States. He died 3, 4 on 9 Sep 2000 in Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States. He was buried 5 in North Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Asa married Mary Olive YOUNGBLOOD about 1930.

Asa resided 6 in 1920 in Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States.

Mary Olive YOUNGBLOOD was born 1 on 8 Sep 1907 in Pike, Alabama, United States. She died 2 on 1 Dec 1977 in Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States. She was buried 3 in North Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Mary married Asa Boyd FARR 4 about 1930.

Mary resided 5 in 1930 in Brundidge, Pike, Alabama, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Olive Joann FARR was born on 11 Apr 1931. She died on 2 Sep 2007.
  F ii Ada E. "Betty" FARR.

Jerry Boyd FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 11 Jun 1950 in Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States. He died 2 on 17 May 1987 in Persian Gulf from by Exocet missiles fired from Iraqi warplanes. He was buried 3 in Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Jerry married Shirley Jean KENNINGTON.

He graduated in 1971 from St. John's High School on John's Island, Charleston, South Carolina. He served in the U. S. Navy from Sep 1970 - May 1987, communications expert, First Class Petty Officer, stationed in Key West, FL, Norfolk, VA, Charleston, SC, Naples, Italy, and Mayport, Florida. He died on 17 May 1987 in the Persian Gulf.  He was killed on board the USS Stark in the Persian Gulf by Exocet missiles fired by Iraqi warplanes.

Shirley Jean KENNINGTON.


Daniel FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born about 1717 in of Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. He died on 23 May 1774 in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. Daniel married Leah about 1740 in Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America.

Daniel's will was probated 1 on 13 Jun 1775 in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America.

Other marriages:
BENNETT, Mary

DANIEL FARR (Samuel, Stephen) Nothing is known of this man except for the children listed in the Stow vital records as being born to him and the fact that on page 295 of the History of Chesterfield by Oran E. Randall, it is stated: "DANIEL FARR . . Whether Daniel, Sen., came to Chfd. or not, is uncertain. A Daniel Farr purchased in Chfd. lot No. 5, in the 9th range, Dec. 25, 1764, at which date Daniel, Jr., was less than 21 years old; a circumstance that renders it somewhat probable that Daniel, Sen, also settled in Chfd."

The following was brought to my attention by Vanessa Herring on August 12, 2017:

Mr. Farr,

     I have an interest in Samuel Hildreth who married Hannah Farr, since my James Wheeler became guardian of several children in that branch of the Hildreth Family. I came across your research on the various Hannah Farrs, and realized that I have the answer to your question of which Hannah Farr married Samuel Hildreth of Westmoreland NH.

     The answer lies in a quit claim deed that was executed in Chesterfield NH and Boyleston MA in 1787. The following persons of Chesterfield participated in the quit claim: Samuel Hildreth [wife Hannah possibly having died before/during 1787], Daniel Farr, Edward Hildreth and wife Sarah [nee Farr], and Mary Farr. Patience Farr of Boylston MA also participated. For the sum of 5 lbs, each, they quit claimed to Samuel Farr of Boylston MA their interest in the estate of "our hon'd father Daniel Farr late of Shrewsbury North Parish, now called Boylston, deceased". 

    So, the Hannah Farr who married Samuel Hildreth was an unrecorded daughter of Daniel Farr and Leah Unknown. Neither the date nor place that Daniel married Leah are known, but Hannah must have been born around 1741/2, though she is not recorded in Stow.

Leah was born in 1721 in Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. Leah married Daniel FARR about 1740 in Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America.

They had the following children.

  F i Hannah FARR was born about 1740. She died on 23 Dec 1786.
  F ii
Leah FARR was born 1, 2, 3 on 3 May 1743 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America.
  M iii Deacon Daniel FARR was born on 1 Feb 1744. He died on 27 Apr 1798.
  F iv
Ede FARR was born 1, 2, 3 on 6 Sep 1747 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America.
  M v
Edward FARR was born 1, 2 on 3 Apr 1750 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. He died 3, 4 on 16 Jan 1787 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

BIRTH: "son of Daniel and Leah".

Daniel FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born about 1717 in of Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. He died on 23 May 1774 in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. Daniel married 1, 2 Mary BENNETT 3, 4, 5 on 16 Nov 1760 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America.

Daniel's will was probated 6 on 13 Jun 1775 in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America.

Other marriages:
, Leah

DANIEL FARR (Samuel, Stephen) Nothing is known of this man except for the children listed in the Stow vital records as being born to him and the fact that on page 295 of the History of Chesterfield by Oran E. Randall, it is stated: "DANIEL FARR . . Whether Daniel, Sen., came to Chfd. or not, is uncertain. A Daniel Farr purchased in Chfd. lot No. 5, in the 9th range, Dec. 25, 1764, at which date Daniel, Jr., was less than 21 years old; a circumstance that renders it somewhat probable that Daniel, Sen, also settled in Chfd."

The following was brought to my attention by Vanessa Herring on August 12, 2017:

Mr. Farr,

     I have an interest in Samuel Hildreth who married Hannah Farr, since my James Wheeler became guardian of several children in that branch of the Hildreth Family. I came across your research on the various Hannah Farrs, and realized that I have the answer to your question of which Hannah Farr married Samuel Hildreth of Westmoreland NH.

     The answer lies in a quit claim deed that was executed in Chesterfield NH and Boyleston MA in 1787. The following persons of Chesterfield participated in the quit claim: Samuel Hildreth [wife Hannah possibly having died before/during 1787], Daniel Farr, Edward Hildreth and wife Sarah [nee Farr], and Mary Farr. Patience Farr of Boylston MA also participated. For the sum of 5 lbs, each, they quit claimed to Samuel Farr of Boylston MA their interest in the estate of "our hon'd father Daniel Farr late of Shrewsbury North Parish, now called Boylston, deceased". 

    So, the Hannah Farr who married Samuel Hildreth was an unrecorded daughter of Daniel Farr and Leah Unknown. Neither the date nor place that Daniel married Leah are known, but Hannah must have been born around 1741/2, though she is not recorded in Stow.

Mary BENNETT 1, 2, 3 was born on 27 Jul 1729 in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Mary married 4, 5 Daniel FARR on 16 Nov 1760 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America.

Other marriages:
BAILEY, John

They had the following children.

  F i Patience FARR was born on 29 Mar 1760. She died after 1809.
  F ii Sarah FARR was born on 28 Mar 1762. She died after 1850.
  M iii Samuel FARR was born on 3 Mar 1764.
  F iv Mary FARR was born on 23 Aug 1766. She died on 3 Aug 1842.

Enoch FARR Sr. [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 28 Dec 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States. He died 4, 5 on 30 Jun 1914 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. He was buried 6 on 2 Jul 1914 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. Enoch married 7, 8, 9 Mary Elizabeth EGGLESTON on 20 Oct 1866 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
MYERS, Esther

One of first seven presidents 76th quorum seventies; Oct. 1884 was ordained high priest; missionary to Sandwich Islands 1884-1887; was president of that mission and superintendent of the Laei plantation. Fruit grower; cement and general contractor.

Mary Elizabeth EGGLESTON [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 22 Sep 1849 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States. She died 3 on 29 Jan 1930 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She was buried 4 on 2 Feb 1930 in Ogden City Cemetery, Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. Mary married 5, 6, 7 Enoch FARR Sr. on 20 Oct 1866 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Mary was counted in a census 8 in 1860 in Crescent, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i Enoch FARR Jr. was born on 15 Jul 1867. He died on 12 Jun 1933.
  F ii Mary Isabell FARR was born on 7 Nov 1869. She died on 7 Sep 1951.
  F iii
Julia May FARR [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 on 29 Feb 1872 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She died 3 on 11 Nov 1889 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.

Julia was counted in a census 4 in 1880 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.



Epitaph Reads: Age 17 Years 8 Mo 13 Days.

A precious one from us has gone;
A voice we Loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our home.
Which never can be filled.

God in His wisdon has recalled.
The boon His Love had given;
And though the body moulders here,
The Soul is safe in heaven.
  M iv Reuben Ezra FARR was born on 30 Apr 1874. He died on 7 May 1959.
  M v Frank FARR was born on 15 Dec 1876. He died on 26 Sep 1938.
  M vi
Fredrick FARR 1 was born 2 on 13 Nov 1878 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. He died on 9 Jul 1879 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.
  M vii Walter Raymond FARR was born on 7 Dec 1879. He died on 23 Nov 1951.
  F viii
Nancy Lurania FARR 1 was born on 1 Jan 1882 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She died on 21 Sep 1882 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.
  M ix George FARR was born on 3 Nov 1883. He died on 24 Nov 1949.
  M x Leslie Orson FARR was born on 16 Jun 1888. He died on 27 Apr 1977.
  M xi Stanley Burgess FARR was born on 4 Feb 1892. He died on 25 Nov 1976.

Enoch FARR Sr. [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 28 Dec 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States. He died 4, 5 on 30 Jun 1914 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. He was buried 6 on 2 Jul 1914 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. Enoch married 7, 8 Esther MYERS on 27 Sep 1883 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
EGGLESTON, Mary Elizabeth

One of first seven presidents 76th quorum seventies; Oct. 1884 was ordained high priest; missionary to Sandwich Islands 1884-1887; was president of that mission and superintendent of the Laei plantation. Fruit grower; cement and general contractor.

Esther MYERS [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 12 Mar 1854 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom. She died 3 on 1 Jul 1935 in Randall, Weber, Utah, United States. She was buried 4 on 3 Jul 1935 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. Esther married 5, 6 Enoch FARR Sr. on 27 Sep 1883 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Esther was counted in a census 7 in 1861 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  M i Thomas Bramley Underwood FARR was born on 14 Apr 1877. He died on 29 Nov 1953.

John Henry SMITH [scrapbook] was born 1 on 18 Sep 1848 in Carbunca, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States. He died 2 on 13 Oct 1911 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was buried 3 on 17 Oct 1911 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. John married 4 Sarah FARR on 20 Oct 1866.

LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 1, p.141
Smith, John Henry, a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles since 1880, is the son of Pres. Geo. A. Smith and Sarah Ann Libby, and was born at Carbunca, near Kanesville (now Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie county, Iowa, Sept. 18, 1848. His grandfather, Patriarch John Smith, was one of the seven sons of Asahel and Mary Smith. His mother was the daughter of Nathaniel Libby (and Tirzah Lord), who was the son of Captain Charles Libby (and Sarah Pray), who was the son of Charles Libby (and Abigail Hilton), who was the son of Deacon Benjamin Libby (and Sarah Stone), who was the son of John Libby and Agnes. John was the son of John Libby, the immigrant, who was born in England, about the year 1602, came to America in 1630, and was employed for a number of years at Scarborough, Maine. At the time of John Henry's birth his parents were fleeing before the bigotry and intolerance of their countrymen. In 1847 his father came with the Pioneers to Great Salt Lake valley, returned to the Missouri river the same fall, and went to work to prepare for the removal of his family to Utah. June 22, 1849, he started with his family for his new home in the mountains and reached Salt Lake City, Oct. 27, 1849. John Henry's mother, who had been an invalid for years, died June 12. 1851, of consumption. The boy was then put into the care of his mother's sister, Hannah Maria, who was also his father's wife. To her he owes very largely the success he has attained so far in life. She was an industrious, high-spirited woman, ever ambitious to be advancing in everything that was good. Her faith in the gospel was as firm as the rocks. At that time she had a son of her own, Charles Warren, four months younger than the subject of this sketch. The father was absent from home when John Henry's mother died. In July, 1852, his father moved his wives Lucy and Hannah to Provo, and here John Henry lived under the [p.142] watchcare of two good Christian mothers, who both tried her best to guard him and keep him in the path of honor. His father's family were at that time widely scattered, some resided in Salt Lake City others in Provo, and some in Parowan. The head of the family spent but a very small portion of his time at home, the duties of his Apostleship demanding almost his entire attention. The schools in these days were poor, but an effort was made to give each child as good an education as possible. Sept. 18, 1856, John Henry was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by his father. His grandfather, Patriarch John Smith, gave him an inspired patriarchal blessing, Jan. 18, 1852, which has been the guiding star of his subsequent life. He attended school at Provo and Salt Lake City, and obtained a moderately good education for the times. While residing at Provo, he had a very miraculous escape from drowning in the Provo river during the very high water of 1862. On June 8th, of that year, he, together with Thomas and George M. Brown, were crossing the river in a small boat which capsized; John Henry became entangled in some driftwood and was kept under water for some time. People who were standing on the shore had given him up for lost, when suddenly an unseen power seemed to lift him bodily onto the bank. It was afterwards learned that at that very time his father had become forcibly impressed with the feeling that his son was in extreme danger, and he went and robed himself in his Priestly apparel and prayed the Lord to save his son, which was done in the manner named. Oct. 20, 1866, John Henry married Sarah Farr, daughter of Lorin Farr and Nancy Chase, of Ogden. After their marriage the young couple moved to Provo, where John Henry worked as telegraph operator. Some time during the summer of 1867 he was chosen by Bishop W. A. Follet, in connection with H. C. Rodgers, to be his counselor, and aid him in the government of the Fourth Ward, Provo. He remained in this position until the time the Pacific Railroad was nearly completed, when he left Provo and hired out to Benson, Farr and West, aiding them in the building of two hundred miles of the Central Pacific Railway. When this work was completed, he was offered a good situation in Sacramento, Cal., by Governor Leland Stanford, but his father requested him to come home to Salt Lake City and labor with them. This he did and spent a number of years in his employ. During the session of the Territorial legislature of 1872, John Henry was assistant clerk of the house of representatives; he also acted as assistant clerk in the Constitutional convention. Among the members were George Q. Cannon, Frank Fuller, Thomas Fitch and many others of all shades of faith. A constitution was drafted and adopted, having a minority representation clause in it. John Henry traveled in various parts of the Territory with his father, and by this means became acquainted with many people. He also became intimate with Pres. Brigham Young and asked him many questions in regard to Church government. Among other things Pres. Young told him that it was the right of the senior Apostle (in order of ordination) to preside in case of his (Pres. Young's) death, but no man that had ever faltered or turned back could lead. At the general conference of the Church held in May, 1874, John Henry was called to go on a mission to Europe; his father gave him a blessing and Apostle John Taylor set him apart for his mission. He was also ordained a Seventy by Pres. Joseph Young, and set apart to preside as one of the counsel over the 65th Quorum of Seventies. In the latter capacity he, however, never acted, as some mistake had been made, the quorum being already full. He left Ogden to fulfil his mission June 29, 1874, and reached New York city July 4th. He paid a visit to his uncles (mother's brothers) in New Hampshire. They received him kindly. July 14, 1874, in company with David McKenzie and L. John Nuttall, he sailed from New York in the steamship "Idaho," and landed at Liverpool July 26th. He visited a few days with his cousin, Pres. Joseph F. Smith, and was appointed to labor in the Birmingham conference, under the direction of Elder Richard V. Morris. Subsequently he visited most of the conferences in Great Britain, and in 1875, in company with Pres. Joseph F. Smith and other Elders, visited Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and France. His father being taken very sick, John Henry was ordered home in July, 1875. [p.143] He arrived in time to spend fifteen days at his father's bedside, who died Sept. 1, 1875. After this John Henry was in the employ of the Utah Central Railway Company for several years. Nov. 22, 1875, he was ordained a High Priest and Bishop by Pres. Brigham Young Geo. Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, Pres. Young being mouth, and set apart to preside over the Seventeenth Ward of Salt Lake City. In this position he was sustained by the people of the Ward, and enjoyed his labors very much. At the city election in February, 1876, he was elected a member of the city council from the Third Precinct. He was re-elected twice and served six years altogether. In August, 1882, he was elected a member of the Territorial legislature. During the excitement attending the passage of the first Edmunds law, he and Moses Thatcher were sent to Washington, D. C., to labor with Elder George Q. Cannon, using their influence against the passage of that law. They found it impossible to approach public men, owing to the excitement, and after about a month's sojourn at the capital they returned home. In April, 1877, John Henry yielded obedience to the principle of plural marriage by marrying Josephine Groesbeck, a daughter of Elder Nicholas Groesbeck. He was ordained an Apostle Oct. 27, 1880, President Woodruff being mouth, in answer to prayer. After the October conference in 1882, he was sent to preside over the European Mission, and was away from home two years and five months, during which time he traveled extensively in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. He also visited the Isle of Man, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Since his return from this mission abroad, and during the excitement incident to the execution of the Edmunds law, he has labored incessantly among the Saints in Utah and surrounding States and Territories. He was arrested in July, 1885, on the charge of unlawful cohabitation, and was discharged by the Commissioner. In connection with Apostle John W. Taylor he organized the Uintah Stake of Zion, May 9, 1897; since then he has assisted in the organization of a number of other Stakes and Wards. Besides attending to his ecclesiastical duties, Elder Smith has figured prominently in the political affairs of the State. In February, 1876, he was elected a member of the Salt Lake City council. Being re-elected twice, he served for six years in the capacity of councilman. In August, 1881, he was elected a member of the Territorial legislature. When the People's party and the Liberals divided upon national political lines he was one of the first and foremost in advocating the principles of Republicanism in the Territory, and ever since he has been an active Republican in politics. He was president of the convention that formed the constitution under which Utah was admitted as a State of the Union. Since his call to the Apostleship, Elder Smith has devoted practically the whole of his time to public duties. Except at times when upon missions abroad, he has traveled almost constantly among the Stakes of Zion, attending conferences, instructing and encouraging the Saints, organizing and setting in order Stakes and Wards, etc. He has visited every Stake of Zion, and many of them several times over. In 1899, he also made a tour of the Southern States Mission, doing considerable preaching on the way. A number of times he has attended as a delegate the sessions of the Irrigation and the Trans-Mississippi Congresses. The Trans-Mississippi Congress of April, 1900, was held in Houston, Texas. After its adjournment he went, with Pres. George Q. Cannon and others, to the City of Mexico. The visit was of deep interest to him, and he was much impressed with what he witnessed in our sister republic. His time being so devoted to public affairs, Apostle Smith has not engaged personally to any great extent in business enterprises, though he has ability in that line, and is connected with a number of the leading business institutions of the State, as an officer or director. By nature and training he is most eminently qualified for public duties. He has a good knowledge of human character and an extensive acquaintance with prominent men, not only in his own State, but throughout the nation. These qualifications, and above all, his remarkable faculty for making friends wherever he goes, fit him admirably for the position and labors that have fallen to his lot. The character of John Henry Smith is a fine study for every young [p.144] man; and from it one can gain valuable lessons. It requires no very close acquaintance to understand his disposition, for in it there is no element of deceit or artfulness. The motives by which he is actuated may be read in his open countenance and easy, natural and unassuming manner. He is straightforward in all his actions—never being guilty of any double-dealing—and is always outspoken and candid in expressing his sentiments. He possesses courage of the highest type—a fearlessness born of the assurance that he is in the right. These qualities impress all people with whom he comes in contact that he is sincere in his convictions, whether or not they agree with his ideas. He is of a happy disposition, always hopeful, and he takes the most cheerful view of conditions that may confront him, no matter how discouraging the aspect may be. He is quick to discern and appreciate the good qualities of others, is ever thoughtful regarding their welfare, and is broad-minded in his views. He possesses the same good qualities of heart as of mind, and he is liberal almost to a fault. By his continual upright course in life he has established a credit for integrity and honesty, without which no man can expect to gain and retain the confidence of his fellows, no matter how brilliant his other attainment may be. As a public speaker, Apostle Smith is convincing, forceful and eloquent. His eloquence is that of sincere earnestness. In private conversation he displays the same earnestness, and is always interesting and entertaining. But the great secret of his influence with mankind is his love for them. The power that some men, more than others, seem to possess and exert over their fellows—frequently even against the will of the latter—is sometimes called personal magnetism. The force of attraction possessed by Apostle Smith is nothing less than the magnetism of pure love for humanity. (See also "Southern Star," Vol. 2, p. 421; "Juvenile Instructor," Vol. 35, p. 321.)

Sarah FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 30 Oct 1849 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. She died 4 on 4 Feb 1921 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. She was buried 5 on 7 Feb 1921 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Sarah married 6 John Henry SMITH on 20 Oct 1866.

Jas. T. Jakeman, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and Their Mothers, p. 124
Sarah Farr Smith:—Was born in Salt Lake City, October 30, 1849, the daughter of Lorin and Nancy B. Chase Farr.

As a girl she took active part in the Tabernacle Choir of Ogden, until her marriage October 20, 1866, to John Henry Smith, at Salt Lake City. She has lived in the 17th Ward a good many years. She is a member of the Relief Society, and Daughters of the Revolution.

She has made her home and children her life interest, and has always been a kind, considerate, and loving woman, willing at all times to help those in need and assist in every way possible to lighten the woes of the distressed. Sister Smith resided at 23 North West Temple.


Biography of Sarah Farr Smith from David J. Farr
President George Albert Smith recalled some events about his mother from an interview conducted by Luacine C. Fox.  President Smith was asked what qualities in your mother most affected him in his life. He replied, “her tenderness, her devotion to her children-there were eleven of us, you know..she had been a real mother..of course to us she was the best mother in the world. When I was a little fellow, just getting so I could climb the stairs, I remember mother took me by the hand, led me up the stairs into the bedroom where my crib was, and sitting by my crib, she had me kneel. She took both my little hands in hers and taught me how to pray, and do you know the prayer she taught me? 'Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, And if I die, before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.'” President Smith also recalled the time he only willfully disobeyed his mother. “She took a little willow stick and marched me into the kitchen and was about to whip me with it, but I took hold of both of her hands and wouldn't let her do it. 'I'm not going to whip you Son. If  your'e old enough to know you can stop me by holding my hands, then you're too old to be whipped,' and she never did it again.” (Three Minatures From Life, The Mother's of the First Presidency” Relief Society Magazine, May 1946, pg. 291)

Sarah Smith was never well and unable to take a real active part in the church. Her home duties and care of her beloved children took all her time. She did enjoy traveling and accompanied her husband on church business. (Ibid. Pg. 292)

Sarah married John Henry Smith Oct. 20, 1866 ten days before her 17th birthday. They had eleven children. John Henry Smith's father was George Albert Smith, cousin to the Prophet Joseph Smith. His great grandfather was John Smith, uncle to the prophet Joseph, and was both Salt Lake Stake President and patriarch to the church, when he died i n 1854.

One of the son's of Sarah and John was George Albert Smith, who was to become an apostle and one of the presidents of the church. When George Albert Smith was visiting San Francisco in 1911 holding various meetings he had an interesting dream in which he beheld in very vivid fashion his father John Henry Smith (who had recently died), Joseph F. Smith and his grandfather and namesake George Albert Smith.  Elder Smith also saw his grandfather, Lorin Farr in such a vivid sense that he described in detail his mode of dress. Grandfather Lorin wore a gray and pepper and salt business suit with a soft hat. He said that he looked and acted twenty years younger than when he died walking like a young man. As they met he shook George Albert's hand and talked with him about the family. His grandson was struck by the fact that he could feel the warmth of his grandfather's hand and detected that he had a body of flesh and bones. Elder Smith made no effort to interpret the dream other than to say it was a great comfort to him. President Smith would refer often to the different dreams he had of his grandfathers and father which showed he attached great spiritual meaning in his life. These dreams were clear and logical and conveyed the love that his relatives felt for him.  These dreams came during long periods of illness he suffered and were very welcome.  (George Albert Smith, by Francis Gibbons, pgs. 1, 74-75)

John Henry Smith was a large and powerfully built young man. . He with two friends were crossing the Provo River when their small boat capsized with John Henry becoming entangled in driftwood being kept under the water for sometime. People on the shore gave him up for dead when he was suddenly lifted bodily on to the shore by a wave as if by some unseen force.  It was learned afterwards that his father was fervently praying for him being impressed that he was in danger. (John Henry Smith, History by Josephine Peterson, DUP)

He married his first wife, Sarah Farr, at age eighteen. The young couple moved to Provo where John Henry was employed as a telegrapher. While there he served as a counselor to Bishop W.A. Follett. He often traveled with his father on his journeys throughout the territory.  Through this he became more acquainted with prominent men of the community.  In November 22, 1875 he was called as Bishop of the Seventeenth Ward where he served for five years with energy and zeal.  At General Conference in 1880 he was called to fill one of the vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve.  Elder Smith served as President of the European Mission. On his return home he was arrested for polygamy. Discharged for lack of evidence he continued to serve. In addition to his church service he was active in politics belonging to the Republican Party. He was appointed a member of the Salt Lake City Council in 1876 serving six years.  John Henry's easy, natural and outgoing personality denoted a frank and straightforward character. These human qualities impressed all of his sincerity. His happy disposition enabled him to take the most cheerful view of conditions no matter how bleak things might appear.  As a public speaker he was forceful, convincing and eloquent.  His pure love and magnetism for people made him interesting and convincing in personal conversation or a the pulpit.  These qualities were key to his success. He would go on to be President of the Constitutional Convention for the state of Utah. (Ibid.)

John Henry Smith was called as a member of the First Presidency by his cousin, President Joseph F. Smith, in 1910.  In business he was a member of the executive board of directors of the ZCMI, the Salt Lake Knitting Works, the Heber J. Grant Company, Home Fire Insurance Company and was president of the Utah Mexican Rubber Company. He owned a large amount of property immediately south of the Salt Lake Temple. (Ibid)

In another account it tells how George Albert was sick abed when his brother Winslow called to tell him their father, John Henry Smith, had passed away. This was a great blow as his father had been such an anchor to the whole family. The year was 1911. He reported a dream in which he saw his father smiling and President Joseph F. Smith delivering a package to him that seemed to contain something he had been seeking.  This seemed to indicate that he was in a better position in the church and that pleased his father.  Again he recounted the dream of seeing his grandfather, Lorin Farr, who was walking in a beautiful pasture with the spring of young manhood in his step. He was surprised when the dream image of his grandfather shook his hand.  While they walked toward a brook his grandfather said that there would  be a harvest of my family soon.  Again he reported that he could feel the warmth of his hand the thrill of pleasure that I had when I found he could shake hands and he  had a body of flesh and bone. (Builders of the Kingdom, Pusey, pgs.253-54)

George Albert Smith referred to his grandfather Lorin, as 'Grandpa Apples.'  He would speak at Lorin's funeral in 1909 to the many mourners who had gathered to celebrate his grandfather's life.  Later when he became President of the church he liked to show visitors pictures of his father, John Henry Smith and two grandfathers, George A. Smith and Lorin Farr. (Builders of the Kingdom, Pusey, pgs. 248 and 337)

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