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


Charles Robert BERRY 1-8059 was born 2 on 30 Sep 1893 in Bowdoinham, Sagadahoc, Maine, United States. He died 3 on 22 Sep 1946 in Lisbon Falls, Androscoggin, Maine, United States. Charles married 4 (MRIN:3251) Vina Lucretia FARR-7499 on 15 Sep 1946 in Brunswick, Cumberland, Maine, United States.

Vina Lucretia FARR [Parents]-7499 was born 1 on 3 May 1897 in Fairfax, Franklin, Vermont, United States. She died 2 on 10 Apr 1974 in Lisbon Falls, Androscoggin, Maine, United States from of cancer. Vina married 3 (MRIN:3251) Charles Robert BERRY-8059 on 15 Sep 1946 in Brunswick, Cumberland, Maine, United States.

Vina was counted in a census 4 in 1920 in Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States.

Other marriages:
HARRINGTON, Edgar Clayton


John Elbridge FARR [Parents]-7500 was born 1 on 8 Jul 1898 in Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States. John married 2 (MRIN:3252) Marion Scott HYER-8062 on 28 Oct 1927 in Roseland, Essex, New Jersey, United States.

John was counted in a census 3 in 1920 in Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States.

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

Mr. and Mrs. Farr have given generously of their time in helping with the care of children who were in need. When Marion's brother Jack lost hIs wife and he was left with a small daughter, the Farrs cared for her until Jack married Mr. Farr's sister, Alma. After Mr. Farr's sister Delphine and her husband died two days apart in 1943, the Farrs took the three Brown children into their home, and Mr. Farr became their guardian. Later Dorothy went to live with her Aunt Alma in New Jersey, and Alice lived first with her Aunt Mattie Hemenway and later with her father's sister, Mrs. Barrett.

Marion Scott HYER-8062.

They had the following children.

  F i Jeanne Lois FARR-8063.

Chester Addison BROWN-8065 was born 1 on 5 Feb 1897 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 2 on 22 Dec 1943 in Brattleboro, Windham, Vermont, United States. Chester married 3 (MRIN:3253) Mary Delphine FARR-7501 on 10 Aug 1926 in Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States.

Mary Delphine FARR [Parents]-7501 was born on 29 Mar 1901 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. She died 1 on 20 Dec 1943 in Vernon, Windham, Vermont, United States. Mary married 2 (MRIN:3253) Chester Addison BROWN-8065 on 10 Aug 1926 in Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States.

Mary was counted in a census 3 in 1920 in Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States.

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

There follows a copy of the newspaper account of the marriage of Delphine (as she was called) and Chester:

See the History of Chesterfield by Oran E..Randall, pages 460 - 462 for family of Lenna Streeter(this account shows her as Sarah Lenna).

“Miss Delphine Farr Bride of C. A. Brown “In the floral-decorated living room of her
home, °3 North Union Street, Miss M. Delphine Farr, daughter of Willis V. and Ethel M. Farr, became the bride of Chester Addison Brown of Vernon yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Addison M. Brown of Chesterfield, N. H. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Mark Kelley in the presence of many relatives and friends.

Miss Mattie W. Farr, sister of the bride, was maid of honor, and R. Harlan Farr, a brother, was best man. To the strains of the bridal chorus from Lohengrin, which was played by Miss Alma Mae Farr, another sister, the bridal party walked down a gladiolus-banked stairway to the living room, which was also enhanced by a profusion of flowers and ferns.

“The bride's dress was of white georgette over white satin. She wore a picture hat to match, and carried white bridal roses. The maid of honor was attired in green georgette with a black picture hat, and carried rink and white sweet peas.

“Including a $1,000 check from her father, the bride's gifts comprised a large collection of linen, cut-glass, silver and electrical appliances. She gave her maid of honor a snake chain and bracelet, and her sister, who played the wedding march, a brace­let set with rhine stones. A five-dollar gold piece was the bridegroom's gift to the best man.

“FoIlowing the ceremony, dinner was served to 45 relatives and friends on the spacious lawn in the rear of the Farr residence. Mrs. Lillian D. Smith of Addison, assisted by Mrs. Ida Gates of this city, catered. The waitresses were Alma Tyler of Essex, and Grace Williams and Evelyn Trudeau, both of this city.

"About 4:30 o'clock, the couple left on a honey­moon journey to the White Mountains. In two weeks, they will be at home in Vernon.

“The bride was graduated from the Burlington High School and from the UnIversity of Vermont in the class of 1922. She has taught for a year and a half in Grand Isle, for a year in Vernon and during the last school year In Sharon, Conn. The bridegroom Is em­ployed by the New England Power Coupany as an electrician.

“Those from away who witnessed the ceremony in­cluded Mr. and Mrs. Addison Brown of Chesterfield, N. H., Mr. and Mrs. Henry Barrett of Hinsdale, N. H.,
George Brown of Brattleboro, Mr and Mrs. Charles Hale of Vernon, Mr. and It's. Nelson Forsythe and Robert and Jeannette Forsythe of North Tonawanda,
N. Y., Mrs. Erwin L. Hale and daughter Elizabeth of Athol, Mass., Miss Harriet N. Farr of Westminster, Mr. and Mrs. Harry King of Fletcher, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas G. Danforth and Allen Danforth, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. King and Mr.and Mrs. Rupert King of Fairfax, Mrs. Glenn Parish of Westford and Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Benson and Beula Belland of Rutland.”

Delphine and Chester's marriage was a happy one. They were an ambitious and thrifty couple. For a number of years they lived in a house in Vernon, Vermont, owned by the company for which Chester worked, but later they bought a borne in Vernon. Uncle Chester always had a fine garden, and Aunt Delphine diligently canned the produce.

The marriage ended tragically when the couple died two days apart in 1943.

“Sudden Death of Chester Brown Follows
Wife's by Only 52 Hours
“Chester Borwn, 46, chief switch inspector at the Vernon dam, died about 9 o'clock Wednes­day night at Memorial hospital only 52 hours after the death of his wife.

“Mr. Brown became seriously ill with pneu­monia Tuesday night and was brought to the hospital from his Vernon home Wednesday morning. His wife, the former Mary D. Farr, died unexpectedly at her home Monday afternoon after a day's illness.

"Double funeral services for the couple were to be held at Vernon Union church this afternoon at 2 o'clock, the hour originally set for Mrs. Brown's funeral. Rev. E. E. Jones will officiate.

“He was born in Chesterfield, N. H., Feb. 5, 1897, a son of Addison and Lenna (Streeter) Brown. lie attended Brattleboro high school two years. His marriage took place in Burlington Aug. 10, 1926. The couple leave three children, Dorothy, student in Brattlebopo high school, and Robert and Alice, pupils at North school, Vernon. Mr. Brown leaves one sister, Mrs. Herbert Barrett of Hinsdale, N. H., and several nieces and nephews.

“Self trained as an electrical engineer, Mr. Brown diligently pursued his studies during his 25 years of service with the New England Power Co. He had risen to the rank of chief switch inspector. Employed at the Vernon plant the past 21 years, he previously worked for the system at Shelburne Falls, Mass.”


And another newspaper item concerning these untimely deaths:

“DOUBLE SERVICE FOR VERNON COUPLE

“Funeral of Mr. and Mrs. Brown Held in Union Church

(Special to the Reformer)
“VERNON -- Double funeral services were held at Union church Thursday afternoon for Mr. and Mrs. Chester Brown whose deaths occurred Wednesday and Monday, respectively. The church was filled with neighbors, friends and relatives and there were great quantities of floral tributes. Rev. E. E. Jones officiated. A. L. Miller, organist, played favorite hymns of Mr. and Mrs. Brown.

“Mrs. Brown died at her home Monday after a day's illness and her husband died in Brattleboro Memorial hospital Wednesday after a brief illness.

“Relatives and friends were present front Hinsdale, Chesterfield, Keene and Goffstown, N. H., Roseland, N. J., Shelburne Falls, Mass., Brattleboro and Westrninster. Fellow employees of Mr. Brown at Vernon dam attended in a body.

“The bodies were taken to West Chesterfield ceme­tery for burial in the Brown family lot.

“Bearers were Karl Sweet, Dwight Johnson, Wallace Whitaker and Charles Hale, men who were chosen by Mr. Brown to serve as bearers at his wife's funeral.

“Mrs. Brown's nother, Mrs. Willis Farr, of Bradenton, Fla. was unable to attend the services because of illness.”

The last sentence, of course, should have referred to both Mrs. Brown's mother and father, for they were both living in Florida and unable to attend the funeral.

Quoting obituaries and other newspaper accounts in this book add to its length, but I possess a number of such items and they are becoming ragged and torn and yellowed with age. Reproducing them here will insure their preserva­tion for future generations.


Ivah Newton FARR [Parents] [scrapbook]-7508 was born 1, 2 on 3 Aug 1805 in Windham, Windham, Vermont, United States. He died 3 on 2 Nov 1896 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. Ivah married 4 (MRIN:3254) Nancy DANFORTH-7509 on 28 Feb 1827 in Grafton, Windham, Vermont, United States.

Ivah was counted in a census 5 in 1860 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. He was counted in a census 6 in 1870 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. He was counted in a census 7 in 1880 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. His will was probated in 1897 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States.

Other marriages:
DANFORTH, Mary A.

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

THE FAMILY OF IVAH NEWTON FARR

The obituary for Ivah Newton Farr reads:

"Westminster
"Ivah Newton Farr died at his late residence Monday morning, aged 92 years, 4 months. He was born in Chesterfield, N. H., and was one of the fifth generation from John Farr an early settler of Massachusetts. He has held many positions of trust and took an active part in public affairs keeping well posted in political matters and was deeply interested in the silver campaign. He had been a member of the Congregational Church for more than sixty years, and always contributed liberally to its support. His funeral was held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Mr. Farr was the last of many children of Joseph Farr and raised a large family all but one of whom survive him, namely:
Sylvester N. Farr of Evona, Mo., Henry Farr of Swanzey, N. H., Harlan P. Farr and Mrs. Norman Whitney of Putney, Vt., Robert D. Farr, Mrs. Wm. B.Clay, and Mrs. Edwin Fenton of Westminster."

Obituaries are very helpful to the genealogist, and it is most satisfying when vital statistics bear out the statements found in them. Such is not the case in the above obituary. I have visited Ivah Newton Farr's grave in the Court House Hill Cemetery, Westminster, Vermont, and his stone bears the following inscription:

"IVAH N. FARR
Died Nov 2, 1896
AE. 91 yrs. 3 mos."

A copy of page 118 of a Westminster book of vital statistics headed "for the year ending December 31, A. D. 1896," which I obtained by writing to the town clerk at Westminster, indicates as item No. 15 that Ivah N. Farr died 2 Nov of that year at 91 years, 2 mos. and 21 days, that he was a widower and died of "old age." The entry also shows Ivah Newton Farr to have been born at Westmoreland, N. H., the son of Joseph and Hannah (Reed) Farr.

As to having descended fifth generation from John Farr, an early settler of Massachusetts, this does not appear to be true. As stated in early pages of this book, the best evidence available is that Ivah Newton Farr was fifth generation from Samuel Farr.

However, regardless of these inconsistencies, Ivah Newton Farr lived and died and became the ancestor of a number of people living today, some of whom bear the name of Farr, and many of whom I have been in contact with during the compiling of this book.

The fact that tvah Newton Farr was associated with the Westminster Congregatonai church is attested to by a stained glass window which is still there and which bears the name "FARR," and by a note in the handwriting of his granddaughter, Harriet Nancy Farr, which indicates that the window was given by Ivah N. Farr and his children, John V. Farr, Robert Farr, Harlan Farr, Semira (Farr) Clay, Whitman. Harriet adds: "I think these were all that gave. There were Henry Farr, Swanzey, N. H., Sarah Farr Fenton, N. Dakota, and Sylvester Farr, Missouri."

It is interesting to note that many years after Ivah Newton Farr died, his great, great granddaughter, Jeanne Lois Farr (daughter of John Elbridge and Marion Scott (Hyer) Farr) chose this Congregational church as the place for her marriage to William Semonite on 11 July 1953. I attended that wedding and I can also remember going to at least one church service at the Westminster church with my great aunt, Harriet Nancy Farr.

And making Ivah Newton Farr more human than mere vital statistics can do, there is an envelope which has come to me on which is written "I. N. Farr's Hair." Inside the envelope is a lock of some very soft white hair.

When I was a child there were yearly reunions of the descendants of Ivah Newton Farr. Some of these I attended. I remember one with particular vividness. That one was held at Vilas Pool, Alstead, New Hampshire. These are no longer held, and it is a pity that they ceased, but Ivah Newton's descendants are now spread throughout New England and stretch to California and Washington State and into Kansas and Missouri, New Jersey and Virginia. It would be difficult for these people to gather at a central place annually.

Ivah Newton Farr married his first wife at Grafton, Vermont, and later after her death and the raising of a large family being left a widower, Ivah Newton married his first wife's sister.

Ivab Newton Farr and both of his wives are buried at the Court House Hill Cemetery, Westrnirtter. All three names are on one stone, one name each on each of three sides. The inscriptions for Nancy and Mary Ann read:

"NANCY
wife of
Ivah N. Farr
Died A9. 30, 1867
Aged 61"

and

"MARY ANN D.
wife of
Ivah N. Farr
Died Nov. 10, 1884
Aged 76"

Another item concerning the death of I. N. Farr:
“The venerable Ivah N. Farr, next to the oldest person in town, died Monday morning. His birthplace was in the town of Chesterfield, N. H., where he was born over 91 years ago. After living in various places in this state and New Hampshire he removed to this place 54 years ago with his family where he has continued to live until his death. He was the last of a family of 11 children, nine of whom lived to mature years. Mr. Farr is survived by seven children as follows: Harlan P. and Mrs. Norman Whitney of Putney, Robert D., Mrs. N. S. Clay and Mrs. E. L. Finton of this place, Sylvester who resides in the west and Henry who lives in New Hampshire. He has held a number of town offices and been a prominent member of the Congregational church in this place for many years. Although a cripple for a long time he has taken a lively interest in all matters of public interest. He will be greatly missed in the family circle. The funeral will be attended at his home this afternoon.”

1850 Census of Westminster, Vt. lists: Ivah Newton Farr (b. NH, age 45, Farmer), Nancy D. (b. Mass, age 44), Harvey (b. Vt. age 21), Sylvester (b. Vt. age 19, peddler.

1880 census of Westminster, Vt. lists: Ivah Farr (b. NH, age 74, farmer), Mary A. Farr (b. Vt. age 71, wife), Lemira (b. Vt., age 47, daughter, father born NH, mother born Mass.)

CENSUS: Lists Nancy 54, John 26, Robert 19 and Sarah 15.

CENSUS: Lists J. N. Farr 65, Mary A. 60, Samira 37, Ellen M. 27 and Sarah A. 24.

Nancy DANFORTH-7509 was born 1 on 1 May 1806 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. She died 2 on 30 Aug 1867 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. Nancy married 3 (MRIN:3254) Ivah Newton FARR-7508 on 28 Feb 1827 in Grafton, Windham, Vermont, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i Henry Ivah FARR-7510 was born on 26 Jan 1829. He died on 7 Jun 1898.
  M ii Sylvester Newton FARR-7511 was born on 8 Nov 1830. He died in 1905.
  F iii Nancy Semira FARR-7512 was born on 25 Jul 1832. She died on 8 Jan 1908.
  M iv John Vernon FARR-7502 was born on 1 Jul 1834. He died on 14 Aug 1895.
  M v Harlan Page "Harley" FARR-7513 was born on 10 Apr 1836. He died on 3 Apr 1916.
  M vi Robert Danforth FARR-7514 was born on 29 Dec 1840. He died on 26 May 1920.
  F vii Ellen May FARR-7515 was born on 25 Oct 1842. She died on 16 Oct 1922.
  F viii Sarah Marilla Ann FARR-7516 was born on 2 Oct 1845.

Erwin Leland HALE-8052 was born 1 on 21 Sep 1875 in Marlboro, Windham, Vermont, United States. He died 2 on 4 Apr 1928 in Athol, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Erwin married 3 (MRIN:3255) Gertrude May FARR-7505 on 31 Aug 1910 in Vermont, United States.

BIRTH: Birth date calculated.

Gertrude May FARR [Parents] 1-7505 was born 2, 3 on 2 May 1872 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. She died 4 on 13 Jul 1956 in Athol, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Gertrude married 5 (MRIN:3255) Erwin Leland HALE-8052 on 31 Aug 1910 in Vermont, United States.

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

An account of the death of Gertrude (Farr) Hale follows:

“Gertrude Farr Hale
“Gertrude Farr Hale, daughter of John V. and Mary L. (Watkins) Farr was born In Westminster May 6, 1872. Educated in the schools of Westminster, Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, Massachusetts and the Sadler-Roe Business college of Baltimore, Md., Mrs. Hale taught for five years at Cushing Academy. In 1897 she came to Athol High school where she founded the commercial department, acting as its head until her marriage to the late Erwin L. Hale. After Mr. Hale's death, in 1929 she again became a member of the high school faculty until her retirement in 1942. Mrs. Hale was a member of the Athol Congregational church, a charter member of the Athol Women's Club and a former member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

“Surviving are a daughter, Elizabeth F. Hale, instructor at the State Teachers college at Castleton, a sister, Harriet N. Farr of Westminster and Athol, a nephew, John E. Farr of WestmInster, and three nieces, Mrs. Vina F. Berry of Bowdoinham, Me., Mrs. Mattie Hemenway of Bellows Falls, Mrs. Alma F. Hyer of Roseland, N. J.”


Winfred Roland FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1-7507 was born 2, 3 on 4 Jun 1878 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. He died 4 on 24 May 1906 in Charlotte, Chittenden, Vermont, United States. Winfred married 5, 6 (MRIN:3256) Mary YALE-8053 on 30 Jun 1903 in Vermont, United States.

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

After the death of Winfred Roland Farr on 24 May 1906, his widow and son moved out west. I regret deeply that I am unable to contact any possible descendants of Yale Farr for inclusion ifl this book.

Set forth below are copies of two newspaper items attesting to the tragic early death of Winfred Roland Farr.

“W. R. Farr COMMITS SUICIDE WHILE DESPONDENT WAS ESTIMABLE YOUNG MAN.
“The public was greatly shocked by the tragic death of Winfred R. Farr of this place, who committed suicide Thursday afternoon about five or six o'clock, cutting his throat with a razor. During the afternoon he went into a field some distance from the house of W. S. Yale to work in a garden he had there. Failing to return at the usual time search was made and his dead body was found in a clump of bushes near the garden. He had been in poor health for some time, being despondent, and his friends had been apprehensive of some tragedy. Mr. Farr was a native of Westminster in this State. He was 32 years old and three years ago married Mary Yale, only child of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Yale, who, with a little son, survives him. He was a man of fine character and was respected by all our people. He possessed fine business ability and an unusual amount of energy; but he was not physically strong. He owned real estate in Westnjjnster. There will be a prayer service at his late home Saturday morning at 7:30 o'clock. The body will be taken to Westminster Station for inter­ment and funeral services there at 2:30.” -

The second item is headed “WESTMINSTER” and reads as follows:

“The funeral of the late Winfred Roland Farr of Charlotte was held here at his old home at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The services were conducted by the Rev. Gulick of Charlotte, assisted by the Rev. DeBevoies, his former pastor. The great floral tribute and the many friends bore evidence of the high esteem in which the young nan was held. Among those who were in attendance from out of town were John I. Farr of Stockton, Kans., Mrs. W. R. Farr, W. S. Yale, Wm. Gulick of Charlotte, Mary Farr of Johnson, Charles Cook of Rutland, Gertrude M. Farr of Athol, Mass., Harriet N. Farr of Bernardston, Mass., sisters of the deceased, H. F. Farr, Alice Farr, Norman Whitney, Harlie Whitney and Ida Whitney of Putney, Winslow Barnett and John Proctor of Walpole, N. H. The deceased was buried in the family lot in the old cemetery.”

It is to be noted that Winfred's brother, Willis V. Farr, is not listed as attending from out-of-town. Willis daughter Mattie was born at Westminster in 1905, and it is assumed that Willis was living at Westminster when his brother committed suicide.

Mary YALE 1-8053 was born about 1880 in Vermont, United States. Mary married 2, 3 (MRIN:3256) Winfred Roland FARR-7507 on 30 Jun 1903 in Vermont, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i
Yale Watkins FARR 1-8054 was born 2 in May 1904 in Charlotte, Chittenden, Vermont, United States.

Ivah Newton FARR [Parents] [scrapbook]-7508 was born 1, 2 on 3 Aug 1805 in Windham, Windham, Vermont, United States. He died 3 on 2 Nov 1896 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. Ivah married 4 (MRIN:3257) Mary A. DANFORTH-7803 on 23 Dec 1869 in Rockingham, Windham, Vermont, United States.

Ivah was counted in a census 5 in 1860 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. He was counted in a census 6 in 1870 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. He was counted in a census 7 in 1880 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States. His will was probated in 1897 in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States.

Other marriages:
DANFORTH, Nancy

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

THE FAMILY OF IVAH NEWTON FARR

The obituary for Ivah Newton Farr reads:

"Westminster
"Ivah Newton Farr died at his late residence Monday morning, aged 92 years, 4 months. He was born in Chesterfield, N. H., and was one of the fifth generation from John Farr an early settler of Massachusetts. He has held many positions of trust and took an active part in public affairs keeping well posted in political matters and was deeply interested in the silver campaign. He had been a member of the Congregational Church for more than sixty years, and always contributed liberally to its support. His funeral was held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Mr. Farr was the last of many children of Joseph Farr and raised a large family all but one of whom survive him, namely:
Sylvester N. Farr of Evona, Mo., Henry Farr of Swanzey, N. H., Harlan P. Farr and Mrs. Norman Whitney of Putney, Vt., Robert D. Farr, Mrs. Wm. B.Clay, and Mrs. Edwin Fenton of Westminster."

Obituaries are very helpful to the genealogist, and it is most satisfying when vital statistics bear out the statements found in them. Such is not the case in the above obituary. I have visited Ivah Newton Farr's grave in the Court House Hill Cemetery, Westminster, Vermont, and his stone bears the following inscription:

"IVAH N. FARR
Died Nov 2, 1896
AE. 91 yrs. 3 mos."

A copy of page 118 of a Westminster book of vital statistics headed "for the year ending December 31, A. D. 1896," which I obtained by writing to the town clerk at Westminster, indicates as item No. 15 that Ivah N. Farr died 2 Nov of that year at 91 years, 2 mos. and 21 days, that he was a widower and died of "old age." The entry also shows Ivah Newton Farr to have been born at Westmoreland, N. H., the son of Joseph and Hannah (Reed) Farr.

As to having descended fifth generation from John Farr, an early settler of Massachusetts, this does not appear to be true. As stated in early pages of this book, the best evidence available is that Ivah Newton Farr was fifth generation from Samuel Farr.

However, regardless of these inconsistencies, Ivah Newton Farr lived and died and became the ancestor of a number of people living today, some of whom bear the name of Farr, and many of whom I have been in contact with during the compiling of this book.

The fact that tvah Newton Farr was associated with the Westminster Congregatonai church is attested to by a stained glass window which is still there and which bears the name "FARR," and by a note in the handwriting of his granddaughter, Harriet Nancy Farr, which indicates that the window was given by Ivah N. Farr and his children, John V. Farr, Robert Farr, Harlan Farr, Semira (Farr) Clay, Whitman. Harriet adds: "I think these were all that gave. There were Henry Farr, Swanzey, N. H., Sarah Farr Fenton, N. Dakota, and Sylvester Farr, Missouri."

It is interesting to note that many years after Ivah Newton Farr died, his great, great granddaughter, Jeanne Lois Farr (daughter of John Elbridge and Marion Scott (Hyer) Farr) chose this Congregational church as the place for her marriage to William Semonite on 11 July 1953. I attended that wedding and I can also remember going to at least one church service at the Westminster church with my great aunt, Harriet Nancy Farr.

And making Ivah Newton Farr more human than mere vital statistics can do, there is an envelope which has come to me on which is written "I. N. Farr's Hair." Inside the envelope is a lock of some very soft white hair.

When I was a child there were yearly reunions of the descendants of Ivah Newton Farr. Some of these I attended. I remember one with particular vividness. That one was held at Vilas Pool, Alstead, New Hampshire. These are no longer held, and it is a pity that they ceased, but Ivah Newton's descendants are now spread throughout New England and stretch to California and Washington State and into Kansas and Missouri, New Jersey and Virginia. It would be difficult for these people to gather at a central place annually.

Ivah Newton Farr married his first wife at Grafton, Vermont, and later after her death and the raising of a large family being left a widower, Ivah Newton married his first wife's sister.

Ivab Newton Farr and both of his wives are buried at the Court House Hill Cemetery, Westrnirtter. All three names are on one stone, one name each on each of three sides. The inscriptions for Nancy and Mary Ann read:

"NANCY
wife of
Ivah N. Farr
Died A9. 30, 1867
Aged 61"

and

"MARY ANN D.
wife of
Ivah N. Farr
Died Nov. 10, 1884
Aged 76"

Another item concerning the death of I. N. Farr:
“The venerable Ivah N. Farr, next to the oldest person in town, died Monday morning. His birthplace was in the town of Chesterfield, N. H., where he was born over 91 years ago. After living in various places in this state and New Hampshire he removed to this place 54 years ago with his family where he has continued to live until his death. He was the last of a family of 11 children, nine of whom lived to mature years. Mr. Farr is survived by seven children as follows: Harlan P. and Mrs. Norman Whitney of Putney, Robert D., Mrs. N. S. Clay and Mrs. E. L. Finton of this place, Sylvester who resides in the west and Henry who lives in New Hampshire. He has held a number of town offices and been a prominent member of the Congregational church in this place for many years. Although a cripple for a long time he has taken a lively interest in all matters of public interest. He will be greatly missed in the family circle. The funeral will be attended at his home this afternoon.”

1850 Census of Westminster, Vt. lists: Ivah Newton Farr (b. NH, age 45, Farmer), Nancy D. (b. Mass, age 44), Harvey (b. Vt. age 21), Sylvester (b. Vt. age 19, peddler.

1880 census of Westminster, Vt. lists: Ivah Farr (b. NH, age 74, farmer), Mary A. Farr (b. Vt. age 71, wife), Lemira (b. Vt., age 47, daughter, father born NH, mother born Mass.)

CENSUS: Lists Nancy 54, John 26, Robert 19 and Sarah 15.

CENSUS: Lists J. N. Farr 65, Mary A. 60, Samira 37, Ellen M. 27 and Sarah A. 24.

Mary A. DANFORTH 1-7803 was born 2 in 1809 in Vermont, United States. Mary married 3 (MRIN:3257) Ivah Newton FARR-7508 on 23 Dec 1869 in Rockingham, Windham, Vermont, United States.


Joseph W. FARR [Parents]-7517 was born 1, 2, 3 on 21 Feb 1775 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 4 on 20 Mar 1824. He was buried after 20 Mar 1824 in Windham, Windham, Vermont, United States. Joseph married 5 (MRIN:3258) Hannah (Rugg) READ-7518 on 17 Nov 1796 in Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

For those of you who would like to visit the graves of Joseph and Hannah Farr, take route 30 from Townsend, Vermont. Turn sharp right to Windham. Go 5.8 miles. The cemetery is the second one on the right beside the road from Townsend to Windham Four Corners. This is a beautiful section of Vermont, and you will enjoy the magnificent countryside.

Hannah (Rugg) READ [scrapbook] 1-7518 was born 2 on 18 Jun 1777 in Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. She died on 15 Nov 1843 in Windham, Windham, Vermont, United States. Hannah married 3 (MRIN:3258) Joseph W. FARR-7517 on 17 Nov 1796 in Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i
Mercy R. FARR-7519 was born 1 in Sep 1797 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. She died 2 in 1801.
  M ii Deacon Daniel FARR-7520 was born on 19 May 1799. He died on 24 Jan 1868.
  M iii Micah Read FARR-7521 was born on 17 Mar 1801. He died on 4 Jul 1861.
  M iv Joseph FARR Jr.-7522 was born on 13 Jul 1803. He died on 27 Jan 1855.
  M v Ivah Newton FARR-7508 was born on 3 Aug 1805. He died on 2 Nov 1896.
  M vi Elisha FARR-7523 was born on 29 Sep 1807. He died after 1 Jun 1880.
  F vii Eliza Parker FARR-7524 was born on 19 Oct 1809. She died on 13 Jul 1871.
  F viii Nancy FARR-7525 was born on 1 Oct 1812. She died on 24 Feb 1865.
  F ix Emily FARR-7526 was born on 14 Jun 1815. She died on 11 Apr 1882.
  M x Elijah FARR-7527 was born on 14 Jul 1818.

Henry Ivah FARR [Parents] 1-7510 was born 2, 3 on 26 Jan 1829 in Windham, Windham, Vermont, United States. He died 4 on 7 Jun 1898 in Swanzey, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Henry married 5, 6 (MRIN:3259) Sarah E. WRIGHT-7532 on 21 Oct 1856 in of Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States.

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

Descendants of Henry Ivah are living today and some bear the Farr name. One of these is Henry's grandson, Leslie Joseph Farr. He and his wife live on Court Street in Keene, New Hampshire. My mother and Leslie remained good friends and kept in touch with each other through­out my mother's life, as did Leslie's father and my mother's father (Oscar and Willis Farr) throughout their lives. Leslie and his wife visited my mother in Maine after she moved there on several occasions, and during the last year of her life they made a special trip to see her as she lay so sick in the hospital at Lewiston. they stayed with my husband and me at that time. We now correspond occasionally, and the summer of 1976 my husband's cousin Charlene and I called on the Farr's when we passed through Keene. They told us of their Senior Citizens activities and of a trip they had taken the previous winter to England, Scotland and Ireland and shared pictures taken during the trip with us. I have vivid memories of seeing my grandfather Willis Farr and Leslie's father, Oscar Farr, visiting with each other during Farr reunions when I was a child. Happiness showed in their faces as they talked and it was evident they enjoyed seeing each other.

1870 census of Winchester, NY lists: Henry J. Farr (b. Vt., age 41, tin peddler, $1,100), Sarah E. Farr (b. Mass., age 38), Oscar R. Farr (b. Vt., age 12), Walter P. Farr (b. Vt., age 4).

1880 census of Swanzey (Cheshire Co) NH lists: Sarah E. Farr (b. Mass., age 48, father born NY, mother born Mass.,) Oscar R. Farr (age 22, son), Walter P. Farr (b. Vt., age 14, works in bucket shop).

1880 census of Factory Village, Swanzey, NH lists: William J. Sawyer (age 59), Henry J. Farr (b. Vt., age 51, farmer, father born NH, mother born Vt., boarding).

Sarah E. WRIGHT 1-7532 was born 2, 3 on 8 Mar 1830 in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States. She died 4, 5 on 25 Apr 1887 in Swanzey, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Sarah married 6, 7 (MRIN:3259) Henry Ivah FARR-7510 on 21 Oct 1856 in of Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i Oscar R. FARR-7537 was born on 26 Nov 1857. He died on 9 Nov 1938.
  M ii Walter Parker FARR-7536 was born on 4 Jun 1866.

Sylvester Newton FARR [Parents]-7511 was born 1, 2, 3 on 8 Nov 1830 in Windham, Windham, Vermont, United States. He died 4 in 1905 in Guthrie, Logan, Oklahoma, United States. Sylvester married 5, 6 (MRIN:3260) Alida B. STARIN-7533 on 19 Oct 1860 in Saint Johnsville, Montgomery, New York, United States.

Sylvester was counted in a census 7 in 1870 in Beaver, Grundy, Iowa, United States.

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

Sylvester, the second son of Ivah Newton Farr and his wife Nancy, married in New York State in 1360 and was in Iowa in 1865 when his son was born. Iowa was the 29th state admitted to the Union in 1846. There was flat and fertile farmland which lured many settlers from the East, as well as European immigrants. Railroads were built across the state beginning in the middle 1800's.

Sylvester's only daughter died in Missouri in 1879, showing that Sylvester moved there, whether directly from Iowa or not is not known. Missouri's early growth was due to fur and lead, but before long the rich soil there attracted many farmers. Missouri was admitted to the Union in 1821 as the 24th state.

Sylvester died in Oklahoma in 1905 indicating that he also lived in Oklahoma. Oklahoma was the 47th state to be admitted to the Union - in 1907. The Reader's Digest Family Encyclopedia of American History tells us that the first railroad crossed what is now Oklahoma in 1872. The railroad brought “land hungry squatters” called “boomers” who wanted to exploit the fertile, unassigned land in the center of the Indian Territory. At first Federal troops cleared the squatters off, but they grew in number and were determined. In 1889 President Benjamin Harrison opened a two-million acre tract to homesteaders. At the sound of a pistol on April 22nd at noon, 50,000 some whites pound into the “Oklahoma district” to stake their claIms. There were soon similar runs for other tracts of land, and eastern Oklahoma was organized as the Oklahoma Territory in 1890. Did Sylvester take advantage of one of these runs? Wouldn't it be interesting to know.

Sylvester obviously had an adventurous nature. I do not know if he ever returned to Vermont after leaving it. Information is scanty concerning Sylvester's life, but it is safe to conclude that he was a courageous man who like many other early settlers pushed beyond the boundaries of' New England to make a new life for himself.

Alida B. STARIN-7533 was born 1 on 12 Sep 1829 in Saint Johnsville, Montgomery, New York, United States. She died 2 on 28 Feb 1916 in Stockton, Rooks, Kansas, United States. Alida married 3, 4 (MRIN:3260) Sylvester Newton FARR-7511 on 19 Oct 1860 in Saint Johnsville, Montgomery, New York, United States.

Sylvester's grandson William and his wife Elsie have an announcement or the death of Alida B. (Starin) Farr, edged in black. It reads:

In Loving Rememberance
Mrs. S. N. Farr
Died February 28, 1916
Age 87 years 6 months 16 days

Subtracting her birth date from her death date results in an age of' 87 years, 5 months, 16 days. However, there is some question whether she was born in August or September. If her death announcement is correct, she was born in August.

They had the following children.

  F i
Kattie FARR 1-8010 was born 2 on 16 Oct 1861 in Stanberry, Gentry, Missouri, United States. She died 3 on 17 Nov 1879 in Stanberry, Gentry, Missouri, United States.
  M ii John Ivah FARR-8011 was born on 8 Jan 1865. He died on 23 May 1945.

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