Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


Giles MARVIN [scrapbook] was born 1 on 23 Dec 1751 in Lyme, New London, Connecticut, United States. He died on 5 Nov 1801 in Alstead, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Giles married 2, 3 Patience FARR 4 on 28 Nov 1797 in Alstead, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Giles had a will 5 on 23 Oct 1801 in Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. His will was probated 6 on 28 Nov 1801 in Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
BARRON, Lucy

Patience FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2, 3 on 29 Mar 1760 in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. She died after 1809 in New Hampshire, United States. Patience married 4, 5 Giles MARVIN on 28 Nov 1797 in Alstead, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
COLBURN, Benjamin

This is not the Patience Farr that married Stephen Mead! She married Giles Marvin as his second wife and is mentioned in his will.

In the account papers of Giles' probate dated 1805, Patience is listed as Patience Giles alias Coburn. I will have to see if she married a Coburn after the death of Giles.

The will of Giles' is witnessed by Patience's brother-in-law, Samuel Hildreth.

Patience also shows as "Patience Farr" in a 1787 land deed selling land of her father "Daniel Farr" late of Shrewsbury along with her siblings and inlaws to Samuel Farr.(Worcester Deeds, Vol. 106, p. 232. The deed proves that she wasn't married in 1787 and couldn't be the one that married Stephen Mead in 1778 and ended up in New York!


Benjamin COLBURN was born 1, 2 on 5 May 1755 in Hollis, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States. He died 3 on 21 Jan 1847 in Langdon, Sullivan, New Hampshire, United States. Benjamin married 4 Patience FARR 5 about 1809 in New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
WHEELER, Esther

Patience FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2, 3 on 29 Mar 1760 in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. She died after 1809 in New Hampshire, United States. Patience married 4 Benjamin COLBURN about 1809 in New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
MARVIN, Giles

This is not the Patience Farr that married Stephen Mead! She married Giles Marvin as his second wife and is mentioned in his will.

In the account papers of Giles' probate dated 1805, Patience is listed as Patience Giles alias Coburn. I will have to see if she married a Coburn after the death of Giles.

The will of Giles' is witnessed by Patience's brother-in-law, Samuel Hildreth.

Patience also shows as "Patience Farr" in a 1787 land deed selling land of her father "Daniel Farr" late of Shrewsbury along with her siblings and inlaws to Samuel Farr.(Worcester Deeds, Vol. 106, p. 232. The deed proves that she wasn't married in 1787 and couldn't be the one that married Stephen Mead in 1778 and ended up in New York!


Thaddeus UNDERWOOD was born 1 on 17 Sep 1760 in Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States. He died 2 on 8 Sep 1840 in Marlboro, Windham, Vermont, United States. Thaddeus married 3 Mary FARR 4 about 1788.

Mary FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2, 3 on 23 Aug 1766 in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. She died 4 on 3 Aug 1842 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. Mary married 5 Thaddeus UNDERWOOD about 1788.


Deacon Daniel FARR 2nd [Parents] was born 1, 2, 3, 4 on 25 Apr 1768 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Daniel married 5 Hannah HATCH after 1 Jul 1792 in of Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
PRENTICE, Sarah
NORCROSS, Sarah

Hannah HATCH was born about 1770. She died before 14 Sep 1803 in New Hampshire, United States. Hannah married 1 Deacon Daniel FARR 2nd after 1 Jul 1792 in of Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i
Mary FARR 1 was born about 1802 in Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Unmarried.

Deacon Daniel FARR 2nd [Parents] was born 1, 2, 3, 4 on 25 Apr 1768 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Daniel married 5 Sarah NORCROSS "Sally" on 14 Sep 1803 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
PRENTICE, Sarah
HATCH, Hannah

Sarah "Sally" NORCROSS was born about 1776 in New Hampshire, United States. Sally married 1 Deacon Daniel FARR 2nd on 14 Sep 1803 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i
Ruth FARR 1 was born about 1805 in Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. She died in Fairlee, Orange, Vermont, United States.

DEATH: Age 18.
  M ii Daniel FARR was born about 1807. He died on 7 May 1870 from of a tumor in stomach.
  M iii
Elijah FARR [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 on 14 Aug 1808 in Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 3 on 2 Jul 1845 in Bradford, Orange, Vermont, United States.

A lawyer at Wells River, Vermont.

DEATH: "age 36".

Elijah RUGG was born in 1772 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Elijah married Lucretia FARR about 1796 in of Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Lucretia FARR [Parents] was born 1, 2, 3, 4 on 22 Dec 1776 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. She died 5 on 26 May 1857 in Londonderry, Windham, Vermont, United States. Lucretia married Elijah RUGG about 1796 in of Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

DEATH: Farr, Lucretia f. d. 26 May 1857 age 80-5-4 at Londonderry
b. Chesterfield, N. H.
dau of Daniel & Lucretia Farr
filed as Rugg, Lucretia F. film No. 27,675

They had the following children.

  F i Lucretia RUGG was born in 1797.

William HILDRETH 1. William married Nancy FARR about 1800 in of Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Nancy FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3, 4 on 22 Aug 1782 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. She died on 23 Feb 1802 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Nancy married William HILDRETH 5 about 1800 in of Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.


Appleton TWITCHELL was born in 1793 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Appleton married Lucretia RUGG.

Lucretia RUGG [Parents] was born in 1797 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Lucretia married Appleton TWITCHELL.


Edward HILDRETH 1 was born on 14 Sep 1767 in of Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Edward married Sarah FARR 2 on 19 Feb 1786 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Sarah FARR [Parents] 1 was born 2, 3 on 28 Mar 1762 in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. She died in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Sarah married Edward HILDRETH 4 on 19 Feb 1786 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.


John Vernon FARR [Parents] 1 was born 2, 3 on 1 Jul 1834 in Windham, Windham, Vermont, United States. He died 4 on 14 Aug 1895 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. John married 5, 6 Mary Lucinda WATKINS on 10 Jan 1866 in Walpole, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

The following is from "The Family of Willis Vernon Farr" by Jayne E. Bickford:

THE FAMILY OF JOHN VERNON FARR

The fourth child born to Ivah Newton Farr and his wife Nancy was another son, and they chose the name John Vernon for him. This son is of particular interest to me, for he was my great grandfather. The house in which John Vernon spent his married life and where all his children were born still stands in Westminster, Vermont, in that part of the town known as Westminster Station. Going south from Bellows Falls to Brattleboro, the house is the third one on the left after the underpass over the road which leads to Walpole, New Hampshire. A pic­ture of his house is included in this section.

When I was a child and young woman, John's daughter Harriet Nancy occupied the second floor of this house and also had a front parlor on the first floor. The re­mainder of the house was rented. I can recall visiting my great aunt Harriet and of sitting in this parlor on horse hair covered parlor furniture. I don't know, but I think in all probability this furniture had belonged to John Vernon Farr and his wife Mary. The windows in the parlor went clear to the floor and intrigued me as a child.

My husband and I have in our home two Currier and Ives pictures which came from John Vernon Farr's home. One is titled “Little Manly” and the copyright date is 1714. The second one is titled “The Village Beauty." However, as John Vernon died in 1866, I have to assume “Little Manly,” at least, belonged to John Vernon's daughters. Also, I have some wax fruit and vegetables said to have been made by John's wife Mary. I can remember as a child my grandparents (Willis and Ethel Farr) having the molds from which these items were made. Also, there is a charcoal drawing beloning to my cousin, Jeanne (Farr) Semonite which was done by Mary.

But I know very little about my great grandparents except for what you will find in the following newspaper items and remarks. I regret deeply that I did not learn more from John's son, my grandfather Willis, when my grand­father was living, but unfortunately I did not begin serious genealogical research until 1972. For some reason an interest in family history for most people seems to occur in one's middle or later years, not when a child or teenager.

I have visited the Court House Hill Cemetery, Westminster, Vermont, and seen the graves of my great grandparents. Two of their daughters and one of their sons are buried with them. The inscriptions read:
“John V. Farr
July 1, 1834 - Aug. 14, 1895
His wife
Mary L. Watkins
Nov. 20, 1840 - Jan. 28, 1882”

These inscriptions are on one side of the monument and on the other side appears the names of three of John and Mary's children.

“Winfred B.
May 9, 1878 - May 24, 1906

Mary B.
Jan. 14, 1882 - Apr. 24, 1918

Harriet N.
Aug. 18, 1868 - Oct. 25, 1953”

I visited Windham, Vermont, to locate a birth record for John Vernon, as his obituary which follows indicated he was born there, but I could not find such a record at Windham. It proved that his birth is recorded at Grafton.

The following is a copy of the obituary for John Vernon Farr. I copied it from a diary which originally belonged to Willis Vernon Farr, John's son. It is presently in the possession of Willis' son, John Elbridge Farr, of Westminster, Vermont. John Elbridge also has the Farr family Bible.

“Aug. 14, 1895, Windham County, Westminster
“John Vernon Farr died at his late residence in this village Wednesday afternoon, age 61 years, one month and 13 days. He was born in Windharn, Vt., July 1, 1834, was educated at the Saxton's River Academy and Westminster Institute, and at the age of 16 started in the retail silk business from which he worked into the wholesale silk trade which he followed for a number of years, making regular trips througth the New England States and Northern New York until 1866 when he was taken with typhoid fever and after a long illness he gave up the silk business. Having earned a competence he turned his attention to farming. He married Mary L. Watkins of Walpole, N. H., in Jan. 1866, by whom he had five children, Willis V., in charge of the circulation of the Free Press; Harriet Nancy, who has kept his house since her mother's death on Jan. 28, 1882; Gertrude May, at the head of the commercial department at Cushing's Academy at Ashburnharn, Mass.; Winfred Roland and Mary Bell, who lives at home. Six years ago he was thrown from a roller, injuring hIs eye and shattering his nerves. About- four years ago he was attacked with what gradually deprived him of the use of one arm and affected the other, but was able to get about without assistance till about a year ago when he was thrown from a wagon.

BIRTH: Birth record is actually of Grafton.

Mary Lucinda WATKINS was born 1 on 20 Nov 1840 in of Walpole, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. She died 2, 3 on 28 Jan 1882 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. Mary married 4, 5 John Vernon FARR 6 on 10 Jan 1866 in Walpole, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i Willis V. FARR was born on 5 Nov 1866. He died on 18 Nov 1945.
  F ii
Harriet Nancy FARR 1 was born 2, 3 on 18 Aug 1868 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. She died 4 on 25 Oct 1953 in Athol, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. She was buried 5 in Oct 1953 in Court House Hill Cemetery, Westminster, Vermont, United States.



The following is from "The Family of Willis Vernon Farr" by Jayne E. Bickford:

An account of her death follows:

“Harriet N. Farr
“Miss Harriet Nancy Farr, formerly of Westminster, died at the home of her niece, Elizabeth F. Hale of Athol, Mass., October 25, after a short illness. The daughter of John V. and Mary L. Watkins Farr; she was born in Westminster August 18, 1868. She was educated in the schools of Westminster, Vermont Academy and graduated from the Johnson Vermont Normal school and the Hyannis, Mass., Normal school. She taught in Ferrisburg and Andover before going to Bernardston, Mass., where she taught the Green school for 33 years until her retirement in 1937. Miss Farr was a member of the Abigail Stearns Chapter, D. A. R. of Walpole, N. H., and of the Westminster Congregational church.

“Other survivors are three nieces, Mrs. Charles Berry of Bowdoinham, Me., Mrs. Mattle Hemenway of Bellows Falls and Mrs. Jackson Hyer of Roseland, N. J., and a nephew, John Farr of Westminster Station. She also leaves several grandnieces and nephew's.

“Funeral services were held at the Westminster Concregational church October 27. The Rev. Olof Johnson of Castleton officiated. Frank Foster, jr. of Bernardston, Mass., was soloist. Bearers were Wendell Streeter and Frank Foster, sr., of Bernardston, Mass., and Ernest Wright, Fay Wright, Fred Nelson and George Woods of Westminster. Burial was in the Old Cemetery, Westminster.”

I remember Harriet Nancy Farr very well. She was a fine person, ambitious, precise, dignified but with a good sense of humor. She joined the D.A.R. through her ancestor, Daniel Farr, and I have her notes (given to me by her) for preparing her D.A.R. application. The information In the notes has been nost useful to me in researching the family.

DEATH: Unmarried.
  F iii Gertrude May FARR was born on 2 May 1872. She died on 13 Jul 1956.
  M iv Winfred Roland FARR was born on 4 Jun 1878. He died on 24 May 1906.
  F v
Mary Belle FARR was born 1 on 14 Jan 1882 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. She died 2 on 24 Apr 1918 in Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, United States.



The following is from "The Family of Willis Vernon Farr" by Jayne E. Bickford:

I recall hearIng that Mary Belle went to Alabama to teach in a black school, and that she died there. At the time of her death, her brother, Willis Vernon Farr, went to Alabama. A copy of her death record indicates that she vas residing at 511 S. Union Street, Montgomery, at the time of her death, and that she was a teacher. Mary Belle is buried at Westminster, Vermont, with her parents.

You will note that Mary's mother died fourteen days following Mary's birth. I have been told that Mary's sister Harriet Nancy brought Mary up before she (Harriet) went to teachers college.

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