Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


William COLE died on 4 Mar 1796 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. William married 1, 2 Martha FARR "Patty" on 13 Apr 1795 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Martha "Patty" FARR [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 22 Apr 1776 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. She died on 4 Aug 1804 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. Patty married 3, 4 William COLE on 13 Apr 1795 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
LYON, Aaron


Aaron LYON was born about 1774 in Massachusetts, United States. Aaron married Martha FARR "Patty" after 4 Mar 1796 in of Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Martha "Patty" FARR [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 22 Apr 1776 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. She died on 4 Aug 1804 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. Patty married Aaron LYON after 4 Mar 1796 in of Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
COLE, William


Edward BARTLETT was born 1 on 20 Aug 1774 in Stoughton, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 2 Jun 1861 in Worthington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. Edward married 3 Mary FARR "Polly" on 27 Dec 1796 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Mary "Polly" FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 27 Sep 1778 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. She died 4 on 20 May 1849 in Worthington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States from of lung fever. Polly married 5 Edward BARTLETT on 27 Dec 1796 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

DEATH: 1849 BARTLETT Mary, b. Cummington, w. -, d. Jacob Farr and Martha, lung fever, May 20, 1849, a. 70 y. 7 m. 23 d. [Polly, w. Edward, C.R.] [Mary, w. Edward, G.R.5.]


John FOX was born about 1782 in of Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. John married 1 Cynthia FARR on 3 Feb 1805 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Cynthia FARR [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 5 May 1784 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. Cynthia married 3 John FOX on 3 Feb 1805 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.


Benjamin FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 2 Feb 1796 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 25 Jul 1838 in Chatham, Medina, Ohio, United States. Benjamin married 3 Lydia BEACH 4 on 11 May 1824 in New Lebanon, Columbia, New York, United States.

The following is from TheAncestors and Descendants of Julius E. Farr by Mileta Farr Kilroy:

Benjamin Farr was born in Cummington, Massachusetts, on 2 February 1796, the first born child of Anselm Farr and Folly Lincoln. Where he met his wife, Lydia, who her parents were, or where they were married is still a mystery. We do know that in a Journal kept by William Packard of Cummington, there is an entry which states: “May 16, 1824 (Sunday) Ben Farr and new wife came out... .“1 Mr. Packard was the town treasurer from 1802 until 1860, and he kept a diary all those years in which he often listed the names of people who paid social visits. This journal is called Private Record No. 1 and is now located in the files of the Cummington Historical Commission in the Community House. The bit of information quoted above is of interest in that the term “came out” sounds as if the newlyweds were from another community. At any rate, the statement does give a fairly accurate time for the marriage of Benjamin and Lydia.

In the Town Records there is an entry which states “Child, of Benjamin Farr d. June 3, 1828 age 3” so it is known that the young couple were residents of Cummington at that time.

The children of Benjamin and Lydia Farr, as indicated in a family Bible record furnished by Mrs. Clancy Farr, were:2

1. Child who died
2. Mary A. Farr
3. Martha L. Farr
4. Twin: Homerus Benjamin b 13 Mar 1832 m Harriet Conrad 25 Nov 1857 d 11 Jul 1895
5. Twin: Homer Joseph Farr b 13 Mar 1832 m Fanny E. Ide d 4 June 1886
6. Catherine Eliza Farr b 24 Sep 1835
7. Matilda Farr
8. Julius E. Farr b 4 Nov 1837 m Mary Conrad 22 Dec 1860 d 10 Sep 1885

A copy of the page from the Bible is on page 52, and the reader can observe that the name of the child that died is not on that list. Also the compiler has rearranged the sequence of the children's births. This is a result of obtaining the 1830 Federal census which declares that Benjamin Farr had two female children under five years of age. Then on the 1840 census for Medina County, Ohio, Benjamin had two white females between the ages of 10 and 15, so obviously the two girls were born some time before the twins and not afterward as the family Bible record implies. On the 1850 census in Barry County, Michigan, Martha is age 20 and there is no mention of Mary. Therefore if the writer is correct in her supposition, Mary was probably the older daughter, and no doubt was married by 1850.

It is interesting to note on this Bible record that it is the first use of middle names that has been found so far.

In the forty year period between about 1810 and 1850, there was a great migration westward. In 1762, with the opening of the Berkshire Hills area, Cummington itself had been the western frontier, but with new lands becoming available, pioneers were pushing on to new frontiers in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. Benjamin Farr and his brother Elbridge must have been swept up in the fever, because they left Cummington with their wives and children probably in the summer of 1836, and traveled as far as Medina County, Ohio, where they established their homes in a small settlement called Chatham.

An interesting paper in Benjamin's probate packet says:

One day from date for value received, I promise to pay William Jurdan or bearer twenty five dollars to be paid in labor.
Chatham, September 16, 1836
[Signature] Benjamin Farr

Land records indicate that Benjamin purchased 37½ acres of land on that day so that is further proof that the Farr's were in Ohio by 1836. The land was bought from William Jurdan for the sum of Two Hundred and Twenty-Five Dollars, and was situated in the township of Chatham being Township No. 2 in the sixteenth range of townships in the Connecticut Western Reserve. A copy of the land record is on page 54. The acreage adjoined the Wadsworth Tract on the north, on the east by Jerome Shaw's land, on the south by the County road and on the west by Jonah Turner's land.

A friend from Cummington, Cyrus Ford, was a silk merchant, and made trips to Michigan, Indiana and Ohio in connection with his business. While traveling, he always looked up his old friends, and on one such trip, he wrote back to his brother at home. The letter is dated December 10, 1837 and is from Lyme, Ohio. He writes:3

Arrived here yesterday [on his way to Michigan.] Spent night 27 miles from Masillon. The next night arrived at Daniel Richards in Chatham. Found them and a host of families from Plainfield and Cummington. They are in a new township of most excellent soil. In this town we stopped six days. Called on Daniel Richards, Esq., Iram Packard, Ben Farr, John Bates, Eben Shaw (son of Doc. Shaw), Jacob Snow, and saw Elbridge Farr, Roswell Packard and some 10 or 12 Shaws and Packards from Plainfield besides. D. Richards has a farm of 25 acres, 100 under improvement. Esq. Iram Packard is wealthy, lives on a farm of 214 acres of the best of land, house and barn. Richards has a good barn, logg cabin; Eben Shaw 200 acres, cabin, framed barn, brick kiln; Ben Farr has 37 acres of good land (paid for) Logg cabin, one acre sowed to wheat and means to chop another acre (or nearly) this winter. An addition of a son 5 weeks old to their hungry family. It was hard tithes last year for Ben Farr in Ohio. Elbridge has been longer on his 40 acres and has some 8 or 10 acres which produced a tremendous crop of weeds and some corn. Neither he nor Ben have a cow, however, they are looking forward to better days and more meat from Chatham.

Of course, the “son 5 weeks old” was Julius E. Farr, the man this history is all about! It is not known whether Benjamin ever acquired a cow, for he died the following summer, sometime between the 17th of July 1838 when he had a “visit and medication” from Dr. C. P. Stocks, and the first of August 1838 when a bill for $3.00 was sent by Mr. Salmon Wood for making a coffin for Benjamin Farr.

Probate papers received from Medina County, Ohio, show that Nebadiah Cass was made the Administrator of the estate of Benjamin Farr. Mr. Cass and the widow, Lydia, were married 16 November 1838, just a few short months after Benjamin's death.4 This was a common practice in those days because women could not take care of themselves in that untamed land, and of course, the men needed women to tend the house, do the cooking, washing and mending and other household chores while the men did the back breaking work of building homes and tilling the soil for the crops.

After Benjamin's untimely death, Lydia received $175.00 for the support of herself and her seven minor children for twelve months. Among the possessions listed in Benjamin Parr's inventory were:
Two beds and beding $4.00
One chest                    .50
Three chairs                1.50
One gun                      2.00

Obviously, they hadn't lived in their new home long enough to accumulate many worldly possessions. And no wonder that Lydia jumped into another marriage so quickly!

Nebediah Cass was an older man, approximately twenty years older than Lydia, and he was evidently a pillar of the community. In the Pioneer Historyof Medina County, by N. B. Northrup, published in 1861, Northrup has this to say:

Chatham township was organized December 5, 1833. The first township officers were Nebediah Cass, Joel and Iram Packard, trustees.

Mr. Northrup goes on to say that Nebediah Cass was one of only eleven voters in the first election in the newly organized township. Mr. Cass was also a veteran of the War of 1812. He migrated to Ohio much sooner than the Farrs, but he most certainly must have known them before since he too came from Cummington.

It was no doubt a life saver to Lydia to have Nebediah Cass come into her life, for the probate papers show that the property that Benjamin had paid $225.00 for in 1836 had to be sold in 1841 for $175.00. When all the bills were paid and the estate closed on 25 March 1842, there is a short statement signed by Cass which declares:

This Administrator reports that all of the debts of said estate are paid so far as he knows and that said estate is indebted to him for
$102.16.

In 1845, Nebediah and Lydia Cass moved to Barry County, Michigan in a small community called Prairieville. On the 1850 Federal census there is an indication that Nebediah and Lydia lived in one house and the Farr children in the house next door with one of the twins, Joseph H. Farr, age 18, listed as head of the household.

It is not known when Nebediah Cass died, but he is buried in the Prairieville cemetery. Lydia married for the third time on 21 September 1865 to Isaac Diamond. Nothing is known of him except that they were married for eleven years when he died in April 1876. Lydia lived just three months longer and died on the 4th of July, 1876. The cause of death was palsy. She was 74 years of age, and her grave is beside Nebediah Cass' grave in the Prairieville cemetery.

No grave has been found for Benjamin Parr, but in the tiny cemetery in Chatham, Ohio, where he supposedly died, there are four unmarked graves. It is very possible that two of them are the graves of the two brothers who were destined to live such short lives.

Elbridge Farr had six children before his death in 1849 at age 46. His widow, Sarah Russ, moved to Spanish Fork, Utah, and died there in 1884.

Many of this branch of the Farr family are of the Mormon faith, and the writer has been in communication with Max Bramall, a great-great-grandson of Elbridge Farr.

It has been an interesting sidelight of this family that Elbridge had a son, Ansel, who was born in 1822. He did not migrate to Utah with the rest of his family but moved to Alma, in Gratiot County, Michigan. It seems apparent that he kept in touch with his cousin, Julius E. Parr, and when Julius' oldest son, Eugene Farr was married in 1899 to Lily Strouse, Ansel Farr was a witness.6

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1Information received from Mrs. Daphne Morris in a letter to the compiler on 13 July 1985.

2The compiler has not been able to ascertain the original owner of the Bible where this record was found, or whether it could still be in the possession of some family member.

3Ford Family Letters, housed in the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio. Zeroxed copies of several of the letters are in the possession of the compiler.

4Town Records of Medina County, microfiche Batch #M514181, Serial sheet #1623, Genealogical Library, Salt Lake City, UT. Zeroxed copy in possession of compiler.

5Barry County Clerk's Office, Hastings, MI

6Gratiot County Clerk's Office, Ithaca, MI
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Lydia BEACH [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 about 1801 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. She died 3 on 4 Jul 1876 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States. Lydia married 4 Benjamin FARR on 11 May 1824 in New Lebanon, Columbia, New York, United States.

Other marriages:
CASS, Nebediah
DIAMOND, Isaac

Marriage Notes:

MARRIAGE: "Farr, Benjamin, Cummington, m 11 May 1824 Lydia Beach, New Lebanon" Marriages in New Lebanon, New York, Rev. Silas Churchill, 1795- 1851, p. 7

They had the following children.

  M i
FARR was born 1 before 1828 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2, 3 on 3 Jun 1828 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

FARR-12794 was also known as Child Farr.
  F ii Mary A. FARR was born in 1828.
  F iii
Martha L. FARR 1 was born in 1830 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Martha was counted in a census 2 in 1850 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.
  M iv Homerus Benjamin FARR twin was born on 13 Mar 1832. He died on 11 Jul 1895 from of "general debility".
  M v Joseph Homer FARR twin was born on 13 Mar 1832. He died on 4 Jun 1886 from of "slow posetitus".
  F vi
Catherine Eliza FARR was born 1 on 24 Sep 1835 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Catherine was counted in a census 2 in 1850 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.
  F vii
Matilda FARR 1 was born in 1836 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.
  M viii Julius Eugene FARR was born on 4 Nov 1837. He died on 10 Sep 1885.

Nebediah CASS was born 1 on 5 Aug 1785 in Richmond, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 2 on 4 Dec 1860 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States. Nebediah married 3, 4 Lydia BEACH 5 on 16 Nov 1838 in Medina, Ohio, United States.

Lydia BEACH [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 about 1801 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. She died 3 on 4 Jul 1876 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States. Lydia married 4, 5 Nebediah CASS on 16 Nov 1838 in Medina, Ohio, United States.

Other marriages:
FARR, Benjamin
DIAMOND, Isaac


Isaac DIAMOND was born in 1791 in of New Hampshire, United States. He died 1 on 22 Apr 1870 in Rutland Township, Barry, Michigan, United States. Isaac married 2 Lydia BEACH 3 on 21 Sep 1865 in Barry, Michigan, United States.

Lydia BEACH [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 about 1801 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. She died 3 on 4 Jul 1876 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States. Lydia married 4 Isaac DIAMOND on 21 Sep 1865 in Barry, Michigan, United States.

Other marriages:
FARR, Benjamin
CASS, Nebediah


Frederick JONES was born in 1824 in New York, United States. Frederick married 1 Mary A. FARR 2 on 3 Nov 1844 in Medina, Ohio, United States.

Mary A. FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born in 1828 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. Mary married 2 Frederick JONES on 3 Nov 1844 in Medina, Ohio, United States.


Homerus Benjamin FARR twin [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 13 Mar 1832 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. He died 3, 4, 5 on 11 Jul 1895 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States from of "general debility". Homerus married 6 Harriet CONRAD on 25 Nov 1857 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

Homerus was counted in a census 7 in 1850 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

The following is from The Ancestors and Descendants of julius E. Farr by Milton Farr Kilroy:

Julius B. Farr had four sisters, but not too much is known about them. There is a Martha L. Farr listed as a teacher in a school in Orangeville, Michigan, between 1847 and 1860, who is probably his sister since the age is right, but there is no proof.

His twin brothers, Homer Joseph and Homerus Benjamin were among the very first land owners in the township of Prairieville, Barry County, MI. Their eighty acres of land were in the northern part of the county, sections 8 and 16, and the patents dated from 1849 to 1854. A dirt road bisected the acreage, and the brothers built homes across the narrow road from each other. Later, according to a plat map of the area in 1873, Homer and Homerus purchased another 160 acres adjoining the original property.1 Since the twins were considerably older than Julius, it seems probable that they were instrumental in getting him settled on land near their homes.

It is interesting to note that most of the descendants of Julius Parr knew his brothers as Homer and Homerus. However, on all documents that they signed, land records, census, death records, etc., they used the manes of Benjamin H. and Joseph H. Could it be that they didn't care for their middle names?

When research for this family history was begun in 1981, the writer knew absolutely nothing about any other relatives of Julius other than his Sons and daughters and their families. The research was started in Barry County where so many of the children of Julius were born. In reading a history of the county by Dr. Prosper Bernard, it was noted that Clancy Parr had been a mail carrier there for years. The writer called the phone number of Dr. Bernard only to learn that he had died. However, the exciting part of the call was to learn that Mrs. Bernard and Mrs. Clancy Farr were, and are close friends. A letter to Bess, Clancy's widow, resulted in Bess and her son Richard Farr, former Mayor of Plainwell, MI, furnishing the pages from the Farr Family Bible [see page 52]. This information made it possible to connect Julius B. Farr with the Farrs from Massachusetts.

There has been a legend in the California Farr family that Grandfather Julius Farr's twin brothers had been hung as horse thieves. The compiler of these records hates to destroy such an interesting tradition, but found that both men were God-fearing, upright Christian men. Homer Joseph died on 4 June 1886 of “slow posetitis”, and his brother, Homerus Benjamin died nine years later on 11 July 1895 of “general debility.”2 Following is an obituary for Benjamin Homerus which appeared in a church publication, and is signed by the minister of the Methodist church:

B. H. Farr was born in Cummington, Massachusetts on March 13, 1832, and died on July 11, 1895 at his home in the township of Prairieville, MI, aged 63 years.

He moved with his parents to Ohio when but a child, and came with them to Michigan in 1845. At the age of eighteen with his twin brother, he settled on the farm where he died, then a wilderness. He was married to Miss Harriet Conrad of Gun Plains, Michigan on November 25, 1857. Pour children were born to them, and two sons survive their father, both members of the M. E. Church, a comfort to their stricken mother, and an honor to their sire. At fifteen, Brother Farr was converted, and united with the Methodist church, where he has been a faithful member ever since. His life has been laborious and useful. With united hard work, they have carved out a beautiful home. Brother Farr was a man of fine natural endowments, of more than ordinary ability and of excellent Christian character. He has faithfully used the talents given him in glorifying God and in blessing mankind, being ever ready to do or speak in a good cause, and was especially interested in everything pertaining to the prosperity of the church, having assisted in building the home church where he worshipped, and has since occupied some official relation. His home was ever a welcome and restful place to the weary minister, as many have testified. His treasure was laid up in heaven. The last years of his life were attended with sickness, nervousness and pain. A short time before death came, he was at church and spoke very earnestly of his trust in Christ and his hope of heaven. Later, two or three days before his death, he spoke of the hour that was drawing near with patience, resignation and trust. His mind was clear and composed nearly to the last, when in the embrace of God, he fell asleep. May God bless the bereaved family.
---C. T. VanAntwerp

This fine tribute doesn't sound like the obituary of a horse thief!
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1First Land Owners of Barry County, a Michigan Heritage Publication, compiled by E. Gray and Ethel Williams, 1965

2Death records, Barry County Clerk's office. Hastings, Michigan
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Harriet CONRAD was born 1 on 24 Sep 1836 in New York, United States. She died 2 on 22 Jan 1919. Harriet married 3 Homerus Benjamin FARR twin on 25 Nov 1857 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

Harriet was counted in a census 4 in 1900 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i
Linford N. FARR [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 19 Oct 1858 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States. He died 3, 4 on 28 Mar 1863.

Linford was counted in a census 5 in 1860 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.
  M ii Eddy C. FARR was born on 18 Oct 1863. He died on 27 Dec 1938.
  M iii Ernest Benjamin FARR was born on 17 Nov 1866. He died on 18 Apr 1950.
  M iv
Willie A. FARR [scrapbook] was born 1 on 17 Jan 1873 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States. He died 2 on 19 Aug 1892.

Willie was counted in a census 3 in 1880 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

Joseph Homer FARR twin [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 13 Mar 1832 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2, 3 on 4 Jun 1886 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States from of "slow posetitus". Joseph married Frances E. IDE "Fannie" about 1852 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Joseph was counted in a census 4 in 1850 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

Frances E. "Fannie" IDE [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 28 Sep 1838 in Pennsylvania, United States. She died 4, 5, 6 on 19 Oct 1921 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States. Fannie married Joseph Homer FARR twin about 1852 in Cummington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

Fannie was counted in a census 7 in 1850 in Lehman, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i Almon Benjamin FARR was born on 23 Jul 1863. He died on 15 Aug 1936.
  M ii
Arthur FARR was born 1 on 2 Apr 1867 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States. He died 2 on 19 Mar 1893.

Arthur was counted in a census 3 in 1880 in Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States.

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