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


Newell Irving CUTTER-7469 was born 1 on 15 Sep 1910 in Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 24 Jul 1982 in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States. Newell married (MRIN:3231) Geraldine Roberta FARR-7468 on 15 May 1937 in Reno, Washoe, Nevada, United States.

Geraldine Roberta FARR [Parents]-7468 was born 1 on 19 Apr 1915 in Oakland, Alameda, California, United States. She died 2 on 16 Mar 2001 in McConnelsville, Morgan, Ohio, United States. Geraldine married (MRIN:3231) Newell Irving CUTTER-7469 on 15 May 1937 in Reno, Washoe, Nevada, United States.

Geraldine was counted in a census 3 in 1920 in Happy Valley, Santa Cruz, California, United States. She was adopted 4 in California, United States.

CENSUS: Listed as a boarder in the household of Charles E. Johnson, age 4.


Deacon Daniel FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1-7476 was born 2, 3, 4 on 1 Feb 1744 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 5, 6 on 27 Apr 1798 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Daniel married 7, 8 (MRIN:3232) Lucretia WALTON-7479 on 23 Jul 1766 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

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

Let us consider for a moment the town of Chesterfield and the State of New Hampshire as it was about 1764 and earlier. Let us also think about the journey from Stow, Massachusetts, to Chesterfield.

In doing this, we can relate many of the same thoughts to the movement of other ancestors from a town to another far distant in the early days.

We learn front the Family Encyclopedia of American History that "The first recorded description of New Hampshire is that of Martin Pring, an English sea captain who sailed up the Piscataqua River in 1603, noting 'goodly groves and woods and sundry beasts, but no people.

The same encyclopedia also tells us that by 1679 New Hampshire was a royal province "in its own right." It refers to settlers fanning out into the "wild interior." The Colony was embroiled in boundary disputes for a number of years. And then shortly after young Daniel Farr (son of Daniel and Leah) went to Chesterfield, the Revolutionary War came, and he was off to do his share for independence.

Now to Chesterfield itself. Mr. Randall in his History of Chesterfield states that there were several tribes of Connecticut River Indians, and that Chesterfield was in the territory claimed by the Squakheags. "At first the white settlers and Indians in the Connecticut valley, lived together in peace; but this state of affairs was not destined to be of long duration, and this fair valley was for many years the scene of bloody encounters." (pp. 13-19)

The township No. 1 "nearly identical with the present township of Chesterfield" was accepted by the General Court of Massachusetts 30 November 1736.

On 10 February 1752 a charter was granted incorporating Township No. 1 under the name of "Chesterfield. ' This name may have been in honor of the Earl of Chesterfield or for an English town of the same name. The grantees of Chesterfield were unable to carry out the provisions of the charter within the specified five years. They petitioned the Governor and Council for an extension of time and the time was extended on 11 June 1760.

According to tradition Moses Smith and his son-in-law William Thomas came up the Connecticut in canoes or boats in November 1761, to make the first settlement in town. Both men brought their families with them. Thomas' wife gave birth to a child 25 April 1762, the first white child in town.

Mr. Randall states that town records did not start until 1767, but that it is certain that a number of families had become established in the town before 1767.

Thus we see that our Farr family who purchased land in 1764 was among the early arrivals.

Stow, Massachusetts, not too far from Boston was a well-established town at the time Daniel Farr removed to Chesterfield. And there were dense forests between the two towns. There was a lack of modern transportation and communication. Did the Farr family walk or ride horseback or did the family utilize waterways? We do not know, but what courage these early people had to leave their friends and neighbors (and possibly other family members) and their established home and start out in the wilderness to establish a new home.

And courage took other forms, also. In 1776 the Committee of Safety for the Colony received the following request (p. 51 History of Chesterfield):

"'Colony of New Hampshire.
IN COMMITTEE OF SAFETY.
April 12th, 1776.
"In order to carry the underwritten RESOLVE of the Honorable Continental Congress into execution, you are requested to desire all males above twenty-one years of age (lunatics, idiots and negroes excepted) to sign to the DECLARATION on this paper; and when so done to make return thereof, together with the name or names of all who shall refuse to sign the same, to the General Assembly or Committee of Safety of this Colony.

M. WEARE, Chairman.'

"The Declaration
"WE, THE SUBCRIBERS, DO HEREBY SOLELY ENGAGE AND PROMISE, THAT WE WILL, TO THE UTMOST OF OUR POWER, AT THE RISQUE OF OUR LIVES AND FORTUNES, WITH ARMS, OPPOSE THE HOSTILE PROCEEDINGS OF THE BRITISH FLEETS AND ARMIES AGAINST THE UNITED AMERICAN COLONIES."

Our ancester Daniel Farr (the son of Daniel and Leah) signed this declaration. Elisha Walton, son of our ancestor, Lawrence Walton, was reported as not having signed the declaration, and I expect it took equal courage to decline to sign. Mr. Randall points out that had the American cause failed, every person signing the declaration would have been subject to charges of treason.

As alluded to before, Daniel Farr, the father, was a Revolutionary soldier. Harriet Nancy Farr's notes state "Private under Gen. Stark at Bennington, Vt. Corporal at Ticonderoga. The DAR Index shows: Daniel Farr, b. 2-1-1744/5 d. 4-27-1798 m. Lucretia Walton, Sgt., N. H.

Reverend Sinnett's genealogy of the Farr family does not show the second son Joseph. However, his existence is substantiated by the fact that his daughter Mercy is buried in his parents' burial lot at Chesterfield. Further, a visit to Windham, Venont, reveals that Joseph and his wife Hannah are buried there. He died 20 March 1824 in his 50th year which is reconciled by subtracting his date of birth from his date of death and finding he was Just past 49, but in all truth in his 50th year. Ellen Mary Farr in her notes referred to "Joseph Farr (Grandfather Farr) died March 20, 1824.'

A LOOK AT DANIEL FARR"S REVOLUTIONARY SERVICE

Randall's History of Chesterfield refers on page 91 to the Militia Act passed in 1776 by the New Hampshire Assernoly and Council. He states:

This act provided for the organization of all male persons, with certain exceptions, into a Training Band' and an 'Alarm List,' the former comprising able-bodied male persons from sixteen to fifty years old, and the latter all male persons from sixteen to sixty-five years old, not included in the Training Band. Negroes, Mulattoes and Indians, together with persons occupying certain public positions, and engaged in certain employments, were exempted from military service. Both classes of the militia were organized into companies and regiments, which, in part or in whole, were liable to be called out for duty at any time; but persons in the Alarm List were only to do duty in case of an emergency. All persons, however, of either class, under sixty years of age, were required to do 'watch duty, ' when occasion demanded the establishment of a military watch in any town. Every person was obliged to provide his arms and accoutrements, if able to do so, at his own expense; otherwise, the ; town in which he resided, was to provide them. The specified equipments were as follows: A good fire-arm, ramrod, worm, priming-wire and brush, bayonet with belt and scabbard, cutting sword or hatchet, cartridge-box, a hundred buck-Shot, jack-knife, six flints, tow for making wadding, one pound of powder and forty leaden balls, a knapsack and blanket, and a canteen or wooden bottle having a capacity of at least one quart. The selectmen were also to furnish, at the expense of each town, a certain number of spades or shovels, pick-axes and hoes, for the use of the militia. The 'alarm' was to be given by firing three guns in succession, by beating drums, or by beacons.

It is to be assumed that Daniel Farr was properly equipped and his name is shown in the list of men who under the command of Captain Waitstill Scott of Westmoreland set out on the march to the threatened Ticonderoga fortress in 1777. At this time Daniel Farr is shown as Corporal.

Mr. Randell tells us that the alarm proved false and these soldiers did not engage in battle. He says "Most of Capt. Scott's men served about 40 days.'

The men who marched to Ticonderoga in May 1777 were hardly home when word was received that Burgoyne's army was marching toward that important post. Again the New Hampshire milita was called to the rescue. It does not appear that Daniel Farr was in this group.

In 1777, August 16th, the Battle of Bennington (Vermont) took place. The New Hampshire Malitia was divided into two brigades. General Stark commanded one and General Whipple commanded the other. Colonel Moses Nichols commanded one of the regiments in Stark's brigade, and the eighth company of this regiment was commanded by Captain Kimball Carlton of Chesterfield. This company went from Chesterfield and adjacent towns 22 July 1777. And we find Daniel Farr, Sergeant, at the Battle of Bennington. Whether he was injured, we do not know. We only know his rank and that he served under the command of Captain Carlton.

Lucretia WALTON [scrapbook]-7479 was born 1 on 9 Dec 1745 in Griswold, New London Connecticut, United States. She died 2 on 19 Oct 1818 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Lucretia married 3, 4 (MRIN:3232) Deacon Daniel FARR-7476 on 23 Jul 1766 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i
Daniel FARR [scrapbook]-7471 was born 1, 2 on 25 Mar 1767 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 3 on 25 Mar 1767 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.
  M ii Deacon Daniel FARR 2nd-7480 was born on 25 Apr 1768.
  M iii
Joseph FARR-7481 was born 1, 2, 3 on 22 Sep 1769 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 4, 5, 6 on 5 Jun 1774 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.
  M iv
Amariah FARR [scrapbook]-7482 was born 1, 2, 3, 4 on 20 Nov 1771 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 5, 6, 7 on 21 Feb 1775 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.
  M v Joseph W. FARR-7515 was born on 21 Feb 1775. He died on 20 Mar 1824.
  F vi Lucretia FARR-7483 was born on 22 Dec 1776. She died on 26 May 1857.
  F vii
Susanna FARR-7484 was born 1, 2, 3, 4 on 10 Feb 1779 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. She died 5 on 23 Aug 1789 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.
  F viii Nancy FARR-7485 was born on 22 Aug 1782. She died on 23 Feb 1802.
  F ix
Hannah FARR 1-7486 was born 2 on 22 Jul 1787 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. She died 3, 4 on 23 Aug 1789 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Amariah FARR [Parents] [scrapbook]-7472 was born 1, 2 on 1 Jun 1791 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 3 on 23 Jun 1858 in Athol, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Amariah married 4 (MRIN:3233) Clarissa FARNSWORTH-8943 on 10 Apr 1814 in Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Clarissa FARNSWORTH [scrapbook]-8943 was born 1 on 15 Nov 1794 in Athol, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. She died on 28 Jul 1864 in Athol, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Clarissa married 2 (MRIN:3233) Amariah FARR-7472 on 10 Apr 1814 in Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i
Clarissa FARR-11931 was born 1 on 1 Sep 1814 in Athol, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. She died 2 on 17 May 1816 in Athol, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.
  M ii Charles FARR-11929 was born on 15 Apr 1817. He died on 11 Jan 1871.
  M iii Hollon FARR-11224 was born on 13 Feb 1819. He died on 23 Sep 1901.
  M iv George FARR-11930 was born on 6 Mar 1821. He died on 25 Apr 1880.
  M v Albert FARR-11923 was born on 8 Apr 1824. He died on 24 Dec 1905.
  F vi Mary A. FARR-11927 was born on 24 Feb 1830. She died on 23 Dec 1894.

Deacon Daniel FARR 2nd [Parents]-7480 was born 1, 2, 3, 4 on 25 Apr 1768 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Daniel married 5, 6 (MRIN:3234) Sarah PRENTICE "Sally"-7490 on 26 Sep 1790 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
HATCH, Hannah
NORCROSS, Sarah

Sarah "Sally" PRENTICE [scrapbook]-7490 was born 1 on 2 Mar 1766 in Hinsdale, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. She died 2 on 1 Jul 1792 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Sally married 3, 4 (MRIN:3234) Deacon Daniel FARR 2nd-7480 on 26 Sep 1790 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i Amariah FARR-7472 was born on 1 Jun 1791. He died on 23 Jun 1858.

Giles MARVIN [scrapbook]-13184 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 (MRIN:3235) Patience FARR-7473 on 28 Nov 1797 in Alstead, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Giles had a will 4 on 23 Oct 1801 in Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. His will was probated 5 on 28 Nov 1801 in Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
BARRON, Lucy

Patience FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1-7473 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 (MRIN:3235) Giles MARVIN-13184 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-13186 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 (MRIN:3236) Patience FARR-7473 about 1809 in New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
WHEELER, Esther

Patience FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1-7473 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 (MRIN:3236) Benjamin COLBURN-13186 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-7474 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 (MRIN:3237) Mary FARR-7493 about 1788.

Mary FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1-7493 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 (MRIN:3237) Thaddeus UNDERWOOD-7474 about 1788.


Deacon Daniel FARR 2nd [Parents]-7480 was born 1, 2, 3, 4 on 25 Apr 1768 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Daniel married 5 (MRIN:3238) Hannah HATCH-8949 after 1 Jul 1792 in of Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
PRENTICE, Sarah
NORCROSS, Sarah

Hannah HATCH-8949 was born about 1770. She died before 14 Sep 1803 in New Hampshire, United States. Hannah married 1 (MRIN:3238) Deacon Daniel FARR 2nd-7480 after 1 Jul 1792 in of Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i
Mary FARR 1-8951 was born about 1802 in Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Unmarried.

Deacon Daniel FARR 2nd [Parents]-7480 was born 1, 2, 3, 4 on 25 Apr 1768 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Daniel married 5 (MRIN:3239) Sarah NORCROSS "Sally"-11947 on 14 Sep 1803 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
PRENTICE, Sarah
HATCH, Hannah

Sarah "Sally" NORCROSS-11947 was born about 1776 in New Hampshire, United States. Sally married 1 (MRIN:3239) Deacon Daniel FARR 2nd-7480 on 14 Sep 1803 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i
Ruth FARR 1-8950 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-8952 was born about 1807. He died on 7 May 1870 from of a tumor in stomach.
  M iii
Elijah FARR [scrapbook] 1-8953 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-7487 was born in 1772 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Elijah married (MRIN:3240) Lucretia FARR-7483 about 1796 in of Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Lucretia FARR [Parents]-7483 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 (MRIN:3240) Elijah RUGG-7487 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-7488 was born in 1797.

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