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


Maurice XAVIER [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 30 Jun 1913 in Osborn's Bridge, Fulton, New York, United States. He died 2, 3 on 16 May 1989 in Geneva, Ontario, New York, United States. He was buried 4 in Ovid, Seneca, New York, United States. Maurice married 5 Madelin Beatrice TURO 6 on 20 May 1939 in Ovid, Seneca, New York, United States.

Maurice was also known as Ivan John Farr. He was also known as John M Lyon. He was also known as John M Firmer. He resided 7 in 1915 in Northampton, Fulton, New York, United States. He resided 8 in 1925 in Charleston, A.D. 01, E.D. 01, Montgomery, New York, United States. He resided 9 in 1930 in Charleston, Montgomery, New York, United States. He resided 10 in 1940 in Ovid, Seneca, New York, United States.

Adopted name.

Changed his last name to Firmer for a while.


My husband's father, Maurice Xavier, was born & named Ivan John Farr, on 30 Jun 1913 in Fulton County, NY. (He didn't have a good relationship with his father and after leaving home, he changed his name.) Maurice/Ivan  was the son of Nellie Mae King (1876-1951) and her husband John M Farr (10 Jun 1866 Granville, Washington County, NY- 11 Apr 1946 Town of Charleston, Montgomery County, NY). Here is where it gets confusing. John M Farr was adopted either officially or unofficially by Abel and Susan M (Akley) Lyon. The couple had 2 babies that had died previously and so they  took John in and named him John M Lyon. John only attended school as far as the 6th grade and worked on the Lyons' family farm. After John married Nellie King, they lived with Abel and Susan Lyon for a while. In 1905 they were still living with them and raising their own children there. Abel was still referring to himself as a Lyon and working the Lyons' farm. By 1910 he had some kind of falling out with his adoptive parents and moved his family out. He changed his name back to John M Farr and purchased a farm on Bunker Hill Road in Northville, NY. By 1940 he had changed his name again to John M Firmer because he was sick and tired of people making fun of his last name and calling him John "Fart." Nellie separated from John  in 1930. She referred to herself as Nellie Farr. But after her death, she was buried next to John in plot #8 of the Maple Avenue cemetery in Fultonville, New York, under the name "Firmer."

John's marriage certificate states that his place of birth was Granville, NY, which is located in Washington County, on the Vermont border, due east of Glens Falls, Washington County, New York. His death certificate states his birth place as Glens Falls, in Warren County, NY. Granville, however, is considered to be a part of the greater Glens Falls metropolitan district. His adoptive parents, Abel and Susan Lyon stated that John was born in Saratoga County, just as they were, on the 1875 NYS Census for Saratoga County. That was obviously incorrect. John's NYS death certificate, filed under the name John M Firmer, stated he was born in Glens Falls. This same death certificate states John's parents as  John Farr, and the mother's maiden name as Knox, birthplaces unknown. Unfortunately, I have not found John's birth certificate. 

The only parents I could find that matched the death certificate were a John M Farr, born 6 jul 1828 in Woodbury VT, married to a Roxanna Knox.  On 17 Sep 1850, John was living in Schroon, Essex County, New York. He was single, 22 years old and a joiner. He lived with Charles Knox, 24, and Byron Knox, 18. Both Charles and Byron were also employed as joiners and were born in Vermont. All three men were employed and living with a carpenter A B S Crew or A C S Crew, his wife, and 2 small children. Crew was also originally from Vermont. The following year, John M Farr had married Roxanna Knox on 14 Oct 1851 in Fair Haven, Rutland County, VT. Roxanna was probably the sister of Charles and Byron. By 1860, John M Farr was living in Chester, Warren County, NY. He was employed as a constable and owned his own home worth $150. He owned $800 in personal estate. His wife, Roxanna E Knox, was 26 years old. They had a son George and a daughter Jannettie. John M Farr enlisted on 31 Aug 1864, to serve a period of 1 year, as a Private, in Company E of the 2nd New York State Cavalry. He was mustered out 5 June, 1865, in Alexandria, VA. His occupation before the war was listed as a carpenter. He had blue eyes, brown hair, light complexion, and was 6 ft 2 inches tall. While he was in the Army, his wife and children remained in Schroon, NY. On the 1865 NYS Census, it shows a third child, named Laura M, had been born about 1861. John died on 22 Oct 1896 in Rutland County, Vermont from pneumonia. I have not found any death records for Roxanna E Knox Farr. She was supposedly born in Orwell, Addison County, Vermont. As to why they would give up their infant John...I suppose it is possible that she died during childbirth or shortly after giving birth to John Farr/Firmer/Lyon, was too ill to take care of an infant, or just felt she couldn't handle another child. I have yet to research newspaper obits and cemetery records for her. Before I delve into that research project, I told my husband to do a deep Y test and participate in the Farr DNA project and maybe we could someday figure out if John M Farr and Roxanna Knox were indeed the parents and we weren't climbing up the wrong John Farr tree. There WAS a John Farr living in the Stillwater Township in Saratoga County, NY on the 1900 US Census. He was born in 1850 in NY State and would have been 16 years old and single when John Farr/Lyon/Firmer was born. He's the only other John Farr paternal contender I have found.

As to your question about the middle initial M.  No one in the family seems to know what our John M Farr/Lyon/Firmer's middle name was. And I have yet to figure out what the M stands for in John M Farr (1828-1850). 

Recieved From C. Xavier

Madelin Beatrice TURO 1 was born 2, 3 on 3 Aug 1916 in Onondaga, New York, United States. She died 4 on 27 Jun 2004 in Ovid, Seneca, New York, United States. She was buried 5 in Ovid, Seneca, New York, United States. Madelin married 6 Maurice XAVIER on 20 May 1939 in Ovid, Seneca, New York, United States.

Madelin resided 7 in 1920 in Onondaga, New York, United States. She resided 8 in 1930 in Ithaca, Tompkins, New York, United States. She resided 9 in 1940 in Ovid, Seneca, New York, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Rita C XAVIER.
  F ii Doris XAVIER.
  F iii Jamie XAVIER.
  M iv Bruce XAVIER.
  M v Gary XAVIER.
  M vi Capt. Francis V. XAVIER DNA Participant #B226305.
  M vii Daryl XAVIER.
  F viii Marcia XAVIER.

Capt. Francis V. XAVIER DNA Participant #B226305 [Parents].

Cherie CARTWRIGHT.


Joseph A Bennett.

Doris XAVIER [Parents].


Creston V FARR [Parents].

Doroth BENNETT.


Myron Lathrop BENNETT was born 1, 2 on 13 Jul 1892 in Ludlow, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States. He died 3 in 1973. He was buried 4 in 1973 in Enfield, Tompkins, New York, United States. Myron married 5 Muriel FARR on 23 Dec 1931 in Tompkins, New York, United States.

Myron resided 6 in 1900 in Ludlow Town Holyoke city, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States. He resided 7 in 1910 in Ludlow, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States. He resided 8 in 1920 in Agawam, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States. He resided 9 in 1940 in Enfield Town, Tompkins, New York, United States.

Muriel FARR [Parents] was born about 1899 in New York, United States. Muriel married 1 Myron Lathrop BENNETT on 23 Dec 1931 in Tompkins, New York, United States.

Muriel resided 2 in 1910 in Northampton, Fulton, New York, United States. She resided 3 in 1915 in Northampton, Fulton, New York, United States. She resided 4 in 1930 in Ithaca, Tompkins, New York, United States. She resided 5 in 1940 in Enfield Town, Tompkins, New York, United States.


David Robbins FARR [Parents] was born 1 in Apr 1810 in New Hampshire, United States. He died 2, 3 on 7 Nov 1868 in Townshend, Windham, Vermont, United States. He was buried 4, 5 in Townshend, Windham, Vermont, United States. David married Sophronia S. ROBBINS in 1834 in Townshend, Windham, Vermont, United States.

David resided 6 in 1840 in Townshend, Windham, Vermont, United States. He resided 7 in 1850 in Townshend, Windham, Vermont, United States. He resided 8 in 1860 in Townshend, Windham, Vermont, United States.


Mentioned in the probate of his father.

Sophronia S. ROBBINS was born 1 on 7 May 1810 in Athens, Windham, Vermont, United States. She died 2, 3, 4 on 29 May 1873 in Townshend, Windham, Vermont, United States. She was buried 5 in 1873 in Townshend, Windham, Vermont, United States. Sophronia married David Robbins FARR in 1834 in Townshend, Windham, Vermont, United States.

Sophronia resided 6 in 1850 in Townshend, Windham, Vermont, United States. She resided 7 in 1860 in Townshend, Windham, Vermont, United States. She resided 8 in 1870 in Townshend, Windham, Vermont, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i
Harriet FARR was born in 1839 in Townshend, Windham, Vermont, United States.

Harriet resided 1 in 1850 in Townshend, Windham, Vermont, United States.

Simon FARR [Parents] was born on 8 Apr 1764 in Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Simon married 1, 2 Phebe BLANCHARD on 12 Oct 1803 in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.

Phebe BLANCHARD was born in 1766 in Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. Phebe married 1, 2 Simon FARR on 12 Oct 1803 in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.


Nelson Ford FARR [Parents] was born in 1868 in New York, United States. He died 1 on 2 Feb 1936 in San Mateo, California, United States. Nelson married 2 Katherine "Kate" GREEN on 15 Nov 1891 in Kings, New York, United States.

Nelson resided 3 in 1870 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States. He resided 4 in 1880 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States. He resided 5 in 1900 in Borough of Brooklyn, Election District 9 New York City Ward 24, Kings, New York, United States. He resided 6 in 1920 in Queens Assembly District 6, Queens, New York, United States.

Katherine "Kate" GREEN was born in 1872 in New York, United States. She died on 12 Feb 1930 in Queens, New York, United States. Katherine married 1 Nelson Ford FARR on 15 Nov 1891 in Kings, New York, United States.

Katherine resided 2 in 1900 in Borough of Brooklyn, Election District 9 New York City Ward 24, Kings, New York, United States. She resided 3 in 1910 in Queens Ward 2, Queens, New York, United States. She resided 4 in 1920 in Queens Assembly District 6, Queens, New York, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i Rogers Nelson FARR was born on 22 Jun 1903. He died on 19 Sep 1988.
  M ii Herbert Warren Bruce FARR was born on 28 Mar 1906. He died on 28 Dec 1984.
  F iii
Dorothy Fuller FARR was born 1 in Jul 1899 in New York, United States. She died 2, 3 on 10 Aug 1900 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States. She was buried 4 on 11 Aug 1900.

Dorothy resided 5 in 1900 in Borough of Brooklyn, Election District 9 New York City Ward 24, Kings, New York, United States.
  M iv
Sidney Bruce FARR was born 1 on 28 Mar 1906 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States.
  F v Mildred Alice FARR was born on 14 Oct 1896. She died in Aug 1953.
  F vi Ruth Edna FARR was born on 30 Mar 1893.

William Henry H. HIGGINS was born in 1868 in New York, United States. He died 1 on 9 Sep 1941. He was buried 2 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States. William married 3 Evelyn FARR on 23 Jun 1897 in Kings, New York, United States.

William resided 4 in 1900 in Borough of Brooklyn, Election District 4 New York City Ward 24, Kings, New York, United States.

Evelyn FARR [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 25 Jul 1870 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States. She was christened in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States. She died 3 on 21 Apr 1947 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States. She was buried 4 on 24 Apr 1947 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States. Evelyn married 5 William Henry H. HIGGINS on 23 Jun 1897 in Kings, New York, United States.

Evelyn resided 6 in 1880 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States. She resided 7 in 1900 in Borough of Brooklyn, Election District 4 New York City Ward 24, Kings, New York, United States. She resided 8 at widowed, living with daughter Dorothy Higgins Nelson in 1940 in Kings, New York, United States.


Percy Griffeth DICK was born 1 in 1877. He died 2 on 11 Jan 1940 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States. He was buried in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States. Percy married 3 Edna Lilian FARR on 29 Oct 1902 in Kings, New York, United States.

Percy resided 4 in 1880 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States. He resided 5 in 1930 in Brooklyn (Districts 0501-0750), Kings, New York, United States.

Edna Lilian FARR [Parents] was born 1 on 22 Dec 1879 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States. She died in Oct 1969. She was buried on 3 Oct 1969 in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States. Edna married 2 Percy Griffeth DICK on 29 Oct 1902 in Kings, New York, United States.

Edna resided 3 in 1880 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States. She resided 4 in 1930 in Brooklyn (Districts 0501-0750), Kings, New York, United States. She resided 5 in 1940 in Kings, New York, United States.

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