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


Lewis B. FARR [Parents] [scrapbook]-11738 was born on 31 Dec 1831 in Pittsford, Monroe, New York, United States. He died on 11 Jan 1916. He was buried in Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States. Lewis married 1 (MRIN:5021) Tabitha Sarah KEELER-11740 on 18 Jun 1875 in Menasha, Winnebago, Wisconsin, United States.

Lewis was counted in a census 2 in 1850 in Somerset, Hillsdale, Michigan, United States.

Other marriages:
BAILEY, Laura J.

Tabitha Sarah KEELER-11740 was born 1 on 22 Feb 1840 in Illinois, United States. She died 2 on 24 Dec 1893 in Harlan, Smith, Kansas, United States. Tabitha married 3 (MRIN:5021) Lewis B. FARR-11738 on 18 Jun 1875 in Menasha, Winnebago, Wisconsin, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Mable E. FARR-11739 was born on 3 Nov 1883. She died on 26 Jun 1961.

Lewis B. FARR [Parents] [scrapbook]-11738 was born on 31 Dec 1831 in Pittsford, Monroe, New York, United States. He died on 11 Jan 1916. He was buried in Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States. Lewis married 1 (MRIN:5022) Laura J. BAILEY-11742 on 8 May 1862 in Hillsdale, Michigan, United States.

Lewis was counted in a census 2 in 1850 in Somerset, Hillsdale, Michigan, United States.

Other marriages:
KEELER, Tabitha Sarah

Laura J. BAILEY-11742 was born about 1840 in Cambria, Hillsdale, Michigan, United States. Laura married 1 (MRIN:5022) Lewis B. FARR-11738 on 8 May 1862 in Hillsdale, Michigan, United States.

Laura was counted in a census 2 in 1860 in Cambria, Hillsdale, Michigan, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Abby M. FARR-11741 was born about 1867.

Maxwell W. GRANSON-11744 was born 1, 2 on 16 Jun 1876 in Saint Paul, Howard, Nebraska, United States. He died 3, 4 on 30 Nov 1946 in Surprise, Maricopa, Arizona, United States. Maxwell married 5 (MRIN:5023) Mable E. FARR-11739 on 20 Mar 1915 in Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

Mable E. FARR [Parents] [scrapbook]-11739 was born 1 on 3 Nov 1883 in Plover, Portage, Wisconsin, United States. She died 2 on 26 Jun 1961 in Surprise, Maricopa, Arizona, United States. Mable married 3 (MRIN:5023) Maxwell W. GRANSON-11744 on 20 Mar 1915 in Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

Mable was counted in a census 4 in 1910 in Harlan, Smith, Kansas, United States.


William STEWART-11743 was born in 1863 in Plover, Portage, Wisconsin, United States. William married (MRIN:5024) Abby M. FARR-11741.

Abby M. FARR [Parents]-11741 was born about 1867 in Plover, Portage, Wisconsin, United States. Abby married (MRIN:5024) William STEWART-11743.

Abby was counted in a census 1 in 1880 in Plover, Portage, Wisconsin, United States.


Asa F. SUMNER-11780 was born 1 in 1826 in Addison, Vermont, United States. He died 2, 3 on 17 Jul 1890 in Berlin, Ionia, Michigan, United States. Asa married (MRIN:5030) Marilla FARR-11771 on 10 Mar 1849 in Weybridge, Addison, Vermont, United States.

Asa resided 4 in 1860 in Berlin, Ionia, Michigan, United States. He resided 5 in 1880 in Berlin, Ionia, Michigan, United States.

Enlisted in Company E, Michigan 1st Engineer Regiment on 06 Dec 1861. Promoted to Full Artificer. Mustered out on 31 Oct 1864 at Atlanta, GA.

Marilla FARR [Parents]-11771 was born 1 on 10 May 1817 in Addison, Vermont, United States. She died 2, 3 on 16 Sep 1895 in Saranac, Ionia, Michigan, United States. Marilla married (MRIN:5030) Asa F. SUMNER-11780 on 10 Mar 1849 in Weybridge, Addison, Vermont, United States.

Marilla resided 4 in 1880 in Berlin, Ionia, Michigan, United States.

Mentioned in her father's will.

Asa and Marilla are listed as parents in the marriage record of their son George Sumner.


Freeman H. FARR [Parents] [scrapbook]-11772 was born 1 on 24 Nov 1818 in Weybridge, Addison, Vermont, United States. He died 2 on 23 Jan 1903 in Parker, Turner, South Dakota, United States. Freeman married (MRIN:5031) Caroline Maria BIRDSLEY "Carrie"-14322 on 3 Dec 1843 in Weybridge, Addison, Vermont, United States.

Freeman was counted in a census in 1860 in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States. He resided 3 in 1870 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa, United States. He resided 4 in 1900 in Parker, Turner, South Dakota, United States.

Mentioned in his father's will.


Hello Tim! My name is Jean (Reiners) Johnson, and my father's maternal line through his great grandmother, Emma Farr, and her father, Freeman H. Farr, leads back to Stephen and Stephen, Jr. of Concord. (Also it would appear to George Farr via Sarah Stone who married Stephen Farr, Jr. in 1707, in Groton, MA.)

I wrote to you many years ago to ask whether you saw my 3rd great grandfather, Freeman H. Farr in your wonderfully extensive Tree, but you had not. Well, many research miles and years later, I believe that he is. I believe my Freeman is the son of Miles Farr and Parmelia Ferris, of Vermont, and listed in your tree as: "Truman FARR-11744 was born about 1824 in Vermont …"

I have been writing my 3rd great-grandfather's history for many years, but have never been able to break through to his parents. You could say I have been obsessed with Freeman. He was an interesting and good man who served (and was severely injured) in the Civil War in the Battle of Stones River near Murfreesboro, TN. He survived the war to prosper again in lumber, but the Panic of 1873 caused him to lose all of his money, and in the very same week, he lost his only son who had just graduated from the University of Ann Arbor-Michigan. At 60 years of age, after losing everything, once again, he picked himself up and moved to South Dakota where he Homesteaded and farmed until he died a very old man. Such resiliency! So it was always a disappointment to not know where he came from! Well, right before I was about to finish his history, I decided to go through every piece of paper I had to see if my tired eyes had missed anything - and of course they had! I noticed that a woman named Mary Ann Farr stood up for him when he married Caroline Maria Birdsley 3 Dec. 1843, in Weybridge, Vermont. 
I began researching Mary Ann and that is when I found the 26 Jan. 1865 Will of Miles Farr from New Haven, Vermont (son of Simeon Farr and Mary Bates). I have attached the portion from Miles's will that shows where Freeman is mentioned, and it certainly could easily have been mistaken for Truman!
 
“I give to my sons Alfred Farr, and Freeman Farr, and Lyman B. Farr, all that I have advanced to them heretofore.”

This is what I wrote in my history:
Freeman lived 85 years in two Territories (Wisconsin and Dakota) and 4 States between 1818 to 1903: Vermont, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, but his life began in Addison County, Vermont. 

Unfortunately, I’ve never found an actual birth record for him, but I believe the pieces of information that I've gathered through the years tell his story: 1) his obituary (written by his best friend) states he was born “near Weybridge, Vermont on 24 November 1818, 2) his name appears in the Jan. 26, 1865, Will of Miles Farr of New Haven, Vermont, who had lived and died along the New Haven River, near where the towns of Weybridge and New Haven meet, 3) the 1820 Vermont Census showing the Miles Farr household notes a son who would have been Freeman’s age, and 4) when Freeman married, one of the persons standing up for him was a Mary Ann Farr, and Miles Farr had a daughter named Mary Ann, who also appears in his Will. So, everything I have found points to Freeman being the 5th child of Miles Farr and Parmelia (Ferris) Farr. 

In your online Tree you have his sister Sarah as being born in 1818 - which would conflict with Freeman's birth of 24 Nov. 1818 -- but there is a Vermont Death Index record on Ancestry that shows she died in Oct. of 1851, as Sarah Wright, at just 37 years of age - meaning that she was actually born in 1814. Freeman's birth date does not interfere with any other of the people who I believe are his siblings. His two nearest siblings, Marilla, was born on either Jan 19, 1816, or 10 May, 1817 and Mary Ann is thought to have been born in 1820, so Freeman being born in November 1818 fits in without any obvious problem.

So, let me know what you think. I only wish I could find an actual birth record or index record for Freeman. 

Tim, your Tree is an amazing resource and so well done that I can only be envious. I have always loved my Farr ancestry through Freeman, but now I love it even more after seeing all of your information. Thank you So much!
Best Regards, Jean Marie


Hi Tim....
Freeman Farr was born "at or near" Weybridge, Vermont, on 24 Nov. 1818, according to his obituary, and appears in the 26 Jan. 1865 Will of his father, Miles Farr, who lived in New Haven, VT (Weybridge is near New Haven). Also in Weybridge on 3 Dec. 1843, he married young Caroline Marie Birdsley (bn: 3 June, 1828, in Montreal, according to her obituary, and died in Parker, SD on 17 Jan. 1902.)  They remained in Vermont near his family for 3 years and had their first daughter, Emma Elizabeth Farr, in Middlebury, VT. on 22 June 22, 1846. By 1847 the family was in the Wisconsin Territory and appeared in that year's census -- so they made their 1000-mile move when Emma was just a baby. They moved to Fond du Lac "when that city numbered only 3 framed houses …" and they lived there for 22 years.

Freeman was a lumberman, a carpenter, and a millwright, and had his own business in Fond du Lac until the time of the Civil War. He and Caroline had two other children while living in Fond du Lac: Ella was born in 1848 and died in 1851, and Frank Ward Farr, born in 1853 and died in 1873. Freeman walked away from his business in 1861 when President Lincoln called for volunteers to fight in the Union Army. He was one of the first to sign up for 3 years service. He served first as a Private and then as a Sergeant with Company K of the 1st Wisconsin Regiment. There is a physical description of him that was written into a Civil War Logbook (that is housed in the Wisconsin Historical Archives on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus). The description of him was written by Captain Green on Saturday, Sept. 21, 1861, and described Freeman as: "43 years of age, married, blue eyes, mixed hair, sandy complexion, 5' 9 1/2 inches in height, and a builder by occupation." 

Freeman's father, Miles Farr, saw at least 2 sons serve in the Civil War (one in New York and one in Wisconsin), and a grandson. I have seen Draft records for two other brothers, but I don't know if they served. Freeman's service was interrupted when he was shot through the jaw on 30 Dec., 1862, at the Battle of Stones River near Murfreesboro, TN.  (He also had seriously injured his left ankle and tibia bone the year before.) Sometime before the Stones River battle, he was made Sergeant and put in charge of the supply train that the Union Army was trying to get to Nashville, and away from the Confederates who were desperate for supplies by that point in the war. He was Commissary Sergeant of over 60 wagons  with the 1st Division under Major General Lovell H. Rousseau and was shot in defense of that train when Wheeler's Cavalry attacked them on the early morning of 30 Dec. After being shot, Freeman spent 5 1/2 months in a Confederate prison hospital in Nashville (until 17 May 1863). Three months after returning home to Wisconsin, his family doctor removed teeth that had been lodged in his tongue since he had been shot. 

Freeman and Caroline moved to Clinton, Iowa, sometime the end of the 1860's - probably around 1867 -- since their daughter Emma married Edgar Ely there that year. In 1869 their son Frank went to the University of Michigan. Freeman prospered in Clinton once again in the lumbering business. That would come to an end in 1873 when the "Great Panic" financial crisis hit the U.S., and he lost a lifetime of savings. Tragically, he lost his son at the same time. A few years later, in 1878, at 60 years of age, with disabilities from his war injuries and broken financially, they moved to the Dakota Territory to homestead in Parker (S.D.) where they built a farm together.

On 17 Jan. 1902, Caroline died. Freeman stayed in Parker until a few months before his own death at 85 years of age, when he went to live with his daughter. Freeman is buried next to Caroline in Rose Hill Cemetery in Parker, S.D. 
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Freeman is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Parker, S.D. under an old cottonwood tree. They have cleaned up his stone in the last couple of years, but the attached photo from 2001 was taken by me when my husband and I visited there. It reads: Sgt. F.H. Farr, Co. K, 1 Wis. Inf. and next to it was an old weather-beaten Civil War plaque.

I previously sent Freeman's obituary, but not sure if I told you it was from the Jan. 30, 1903 issue of THE NEW ERA, (Parker), S.D. newspaper.

Attached is the official doc I received back in 1996 from the Wisconsin Historical Society -- Univ. of WI Archives, in Madison, Wisconsin, confirming Freeman's Civil War service in Company K of Wisconsin 1st Infantry. 

Attached is a copy from Page 412 of the Nathaniel Ely and descendants History book showing Freeman and Caroline and the parents of Emma Elizabeth Farr who married Edgar Titus Ely on 12 May, 1869, and Emma and Edgar's children. To complete the info in this history: Mary Lydia (Ely) Cairy died 26 Jan. 1919, in Hurley, S.D. Her brother Frank Hanson Ely died in Los Angeles, CA on 24 May, 1944. (Also, Frank amended his birth record in 1942, to note that he had been born on 9 Sept. 1873 and NOT 8 Sept. 1874.)

The 1847 Territorial Census for Lamartine  Township (Seven Mile Creek), Fond du Lac County showed Freeman and 2 females (Caroline and Emma) and was from an online source dated 22 Oct. 2018: www.http://wlhn.org/fond du lac/towns/census/1847 Lamartine.htm. Microfilm of the original records is available at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin library (Call No. 1847-1).

Jean Marie Johnson

Caroline Maria "Carrie" BIRDSLEY [scrapbook]-14322 was born 1 on 3 Jun 1828 in Montreal, Chambly, Québec, Canada. She died 2 on 17 Jan 1902 in Hurley, Turner, South Dakota, United States. Carrie married (MRIN:5031) Freeman H. FARR-11772 on 3 Dec 1843 in Weybridge, Addison, Vermont, United States.

Carrie resided 3 in 1860 in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States. She resided 4 in 1900 in Davis Parker Townships Parker City, Turner, South Dakota, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Emma Elizabeth FARR-14323 was born on 22 Jun 1846. She died on 17 Feb 1914.
  F ii
Ella A. FARR [scrapbook]-14344 was born in 1848. She died on 12 Jan 1851 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States.



From Jean Johnson:
Ella A: I was never able to find a birth record for Ella, but according to a photo of her tombstone, she was born in 1848, and died on either 12 or 14 Jan. 1851. Back on 9 May, 2010, I found her in the burial index for Rienzi Cemetery and Mausoleums, N6101 Hwy K, in Fond du Lac, WI, so I gave them a call. When I spoke to Family Service Counselor Diane Bunger, she said Ella was buried in Lot #475, in the Roseside section. She even went out and took a photo of her stone for me the next day, which I thought was so nice! She said their record showed the owners of the burial site were "Farr and A. Durand." The tombstone reads "F.H. and C.M. Farr" - clearly Freeman H. and Caroline M. - my 3rd great-grandparents. I am glad I found this back in 2010, because last year I noticed Rienzi changed their website and so looked again - but Ella is not in the list of burials. Very puzzling.
  M iii
Frank W. FARR-14324 was born in 1853 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States. He died on 23 Sep 1873 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.

Frank was counted in a census 1 in 1860 in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States. He was counted in a census in 1870 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States.



From Jean Johnson
Frank Farr is an interesting story. He was probably born in (or near) Fond du Lac (city), WI about 1853 (based on census records and college paperwork). The first place he is referenced is without his name, but I am sure it is him. The 1855 Wisconsin State Census shows Freeman with 2 males in his household (he & Frank), and 2 females (Caroline & Emma). He shows in the 1860 FDL Census at 7 years, as you found. He next appears at 17 years of age, a college student and boarder, in the 1870 Michigan Census-Ann Arbor (city) Ward 6, in the household of a John Wylde (a millwright like Freeman). Frank was a freshman at the Univ. of Michigan in 1869, according to their records, and graduated 1873. Tragically, he died 23 Sept. 1873 - just days after graduating. I contacted the University for any information on his him and this is what I found, and what I wrote in my history:

"Notes from Frank’s college file state that he was in the 1869 freshman class at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, and that after graduating he “went on a visit to his home, September 19, 1873,” but that he died on 23 Sept.

in Chicago. There was a handwritten note from his college file in that is now in a repository at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, and I transcribed it here:

 Frank Ward Farr, B.A. 1873, Teacher-elect in a Japanese Educational Institution. Was prepared for college at Clinton, Iowa, and [admitted into?] the freshman class in 1869. He pursued his course [without?] interruption and was graduated in 1873. Previous to graduation he had received and accepted an appointment to a connection with the educational [missing word] of the Japanese Empire and pursuing a course [missing word] specially intended to fit him for the duties of the place. [missing words] to Chicago, from Ann Arbor on Sept. 19, 1873, and was [?] taken sick, and died on the 23 of the same month. Was preparing to fill a position in the Education Bureau of Japan. Went on a visit to his home, Sept. 19, 1873. Died Sept. 23, 1873 at Chicago.  ~ Signed by President Angell of the University.

I don’t know why or how Frank died in Chicago – unless Chicago was where he went to begin his journey to Japan. His brother-in-law, Edgar Ely, had a brother working in Chicago at the time, so perhaps he was visiting them before leaving, or before continuing on to Iowa to say goodbye to his sister or to his parents? Freeman and Caroline Farr were in Clinton, IA. Emma and husband, Edgar, were in Charles City, Iowa.

I searched for an obituary for Frank and could not find one. I searched many times for death or burial information in Chicago, and Clinton, but found nothing. However, there is a Frank Farr buried in Riverside Cemetery in Charles City, (Floyd County), Iowa, and I believe it is him. The Cemetery stated they no longer had paperwork for him, and no death certificate has been found, but it makes perfect sense that he could’ve ended up there. This is where his sister Emma was living at the time of his death, and she could easily have ended up managing what must have been a tremendously sad situation for their parents – a situation made even worse by the fact that they had just lost all of their savings in the financial crisis. Frank was so young and so full of possibilities. He had accepted what must have been a prestigious assignment – a job in Japan with the newly formed Education Bureau. That was an opportunity that was only recently available for anyone, anywhere in the Western world, for it was only in 1871 that the “Ministry of Education” in Japan began accepting Western teachers. After centuries of barring themselves off from western ways, they were in the process of building a national system of education and seeking teachers such as Frank. 

In trying to figure out what may have killed Frank so quickly, I looked in a history of Chicago and found this: “an outbreak of cholera hit hard in 1873” and killed 116 people.The Board of Health said it took only 11 hours to kill a person. “It is said this disease (Asiatic cholera) first became an epidemic in Bengal, India, in the year 1817; and that it arrived in America in 1824, then again in 1832-1834, 1848-1852, 1854-1855, and last of all, as late as 1873, when it made its final appearance …”  

This would be the last of the great cholera outbreaks in America, and it may or may not have taken Freeman’s only son; but if it did, by several years later, it is something that would not have happened. By 1881 Chicago had connected all of its sewers with residences and had taken many measures to improve sanitation – making it one of the safest places to live."

Rev. Alfred Augustus FARR [Parents] [scrapbook]-11773 was born 1 on 29 Aug 1810 in Middlebury, Addison, Vermont, United States. He died 2 on 4 Nov 1874 in Albany, Albany, New York, United States. Alfred married 3, 4 (MRIN:5032) Lucinda WILCOX-11832 on 3 Dec 1829 in Hancock, Addison, Vermont, United States.

Mentioned in his father's will.

Lucinda WILCOX-11832 was born about 1811 in Hancock, Addison, Vermont, United States. She died 1 on 1 May 1880 in New York, United States. Lucinda married 2, 3 (MRIN:5032) Rev. Alfred Augustus FARR-11773 on 3 Dec 1829 in Hancock, Addison, Vermont, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i
Philena L. FARR-11833 was born on 18 Dec 1830 in Addison, Vermont, United States. She died 1 on 23 Jan 1832 in Middlebury, Addison, Vermont, United States.
  M ii
Alfred Bates FARR-11834 was born on 24 Nov 1836 in Vermont, United States. He died 1 on 9 Feb 1874 in Albany, Albany, New York, United States from of cong. of the lungs.

Alfred was counted in a census 2 in 1860 in Albany, Albany, New York, United States.

BIRTH: Calculated from age at death - 37 years, 2 months, 16 days.
  M iii John Clark FARR-11835 was born about 1841. He died on 10 Nov 1914.
  F iv
Mary Augusta FARR-11836 was born about 1844 in New York, United States. She died 1 on 15 Jan 1860 in Albany, Albany, New York, United States.

Miles FARR [Parents]-11774 was born about 1814 in Vermont, United States. Miles married (MRIN:5033) Sarah-12380.

Not mentioned in his father's will of 1865, maybe he was deceased already.

Sarah-12380 was born about 1816 in Vermont, United States. She died after 1850 in Vermont, United States. Sarah married (MRIN:5033) Miles FARR-11774.

They had the following children.

  F i
Elizabeth FARR-12382 was born in 1837 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States.
  M ii
Francis J. FARR-11872 was born 1 on 13 Nov 1841 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States.
  M iii
Charles W. FARR-11871 was born 1 on 18 Sep 1848 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States.
  F iv
Alice FARR-12381 was born in Nov 1849 in Vermont, United States.

William A. FARR [Parents] [scrapbook]-11775 was born 1, 2 on 22 May 1812 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States. He died 3 on 26 Sep 1872 in Vermont, United States. He was buried in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States. William married (MRIN:5034) Marietta-11877 about 1836 in Vermont, United States.

William was counted in a census 4 in 1850 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States.

Other marriages:
ROBBINS, Antoinette Almira

Mentioned in his father's will.

Marietta-11877. Marietta married (MRIN:5034) William A. FARR-11775 about 1836 in Vermont, United States.

Listed in death record of her son Franklin.

They had the following children.

  F i
Elizabeth FARR-11943 was born 1 about 1837 in Vermont, United States.
  M ii Franklin J. FARR-11878 was born on 22 Nov 1841. He died on 19 Feb 1871.
  M iii
Francis FARR-11942 was born 1 about 1841 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States.
  F iv
Alice FARR-11944 was born 1 in 1849 in Vermont, United States.

William A. FARR [Parents] [scrapbook]-11775 was born 1, 2 on 22 May 1812 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States. He died 3 on 26 Sep 1872 in Vermont, United States. He was buried in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States. William married (MRIN:5035) Antoinette Almira ROBBINS-11781 about 1862 in Vermont, United States.

William was counted in a census 4 in 1850 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States.

Other marriages:
, Marietta

Mentioned in his father's will.

Antoinette Almira ROBBINS-11781 was born 1 on 16 Nov 1835 in Claremont, Sullivan, New Hampshire, United States. She died 2, 3 on 17 May 1910 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States. Antoinette married (MRIN:5035) William A. FARR-11775 about 1862 in Vermont, United States.

Antoinette was counted in a census 4 in 1880 in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States.

CENSUS: "Widowed".

They had the following children.

  F i Anna L. FARR-11783 was born on 9 Nov 1864. She died on 9 Sep 1931.
  M ii Oscar Miles FARR-11782 was born on 3 Oct 1867. He died on 30 Dec 1941.
  M iii George W. FARR-11868 was born on 23 Dec 1869. He died on 12 Mar 1926.

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