HENRY FARWELL son of William Farwell, was born in England, presumably about 1605: married in Boston, England, April 16, 1629, Olive Welby (or Welbie), dau. of Richard and Frances (Buckley) Welby, who was bapt. in Moulton, England, in 1604.
Henry Farwell came to New England. with his wife and two children about the year 1636. He settled first in Concord, where he lived until about 1655. when he became a resident of Chelmsford. He was Deacon of the church in Chelmsford. He died Aug. 1, 1670, in Chelmsford and the record states that he died "suddenly." His widow died there March 1, 1691-2.
Henry Farwell was a tailor by trade. His name does not appear in the index of Grantors and grantees in the Middlesex County, Mass,, Registry of Deeds. His holdings consisted of the land grants which he received from the towns of Concord and Chelmsford. He disposed of his property in his will made twenty days before his death. He lived on the Billerica road on the same side of it as Abraham Parker and Jacob Parker. His borne was nearer the village than theirs.
Fox, in his history of Dunstable, omits the name of Joseph as one of the children of Henry Farwell' and records Henry³ as the son of Henry¹, thus omitting a generation Savage, Kidder, Farmer and others have been misled by this mistake. A similar error has caused some genealogists to give James as one of the sons of Henry¹, but there is no evidence at all that Henry Farwell, the progenitor of the American family, had either a son Henry or a son James.
The first mention of the meeting house in Mr. Fiske's record incidentally supplies the names of church officers, and specifies the dates of their incumbency, as follows:
Thomas Hinchman and Henry Farwell were chosen deacons at a Church meeting 16 of 9___ 60. Bro. Hincksman was to keep the box booke and accounts of contributions. Bro. Kemp to provide the bread and the wine, and Bro. Farwl to take charge of the linen and pewter.
Before the introduction of bells it was the custom to summon the worshippers to meeting with a drum. Among the town charges in 1659 one was "for the paiment for A drum to Henry Farwell £3-5-0"
Petition to trade with Indians Henry Farwell (3rd name on the list). Proprietors in the New-Field, Feb. 1,1667, N. S., 22 persons named No. 6 ‘Henary ffarwell 6 Acres.
England: Boston Pariah Register, County Lincoln, 1599-1638, Vol. II, pp.142, 147, 166, 176, 179.
Concord, Maas., Vital Records. p. 2.
Waters "History of Chelmsford, Mass."
Chelmsford, Mass., Town Book.
THE WILL OF HENRY FARWELL
the American ancestor of the FARWELL family, probably dictated from a sick bed, was drawn up twenty days before his death.
Following is a copy of the original instrument, of which you will find a photographic reproduction on the opposite page.
In the Name of God Aman
I Heniary ffarwall In The County of medallsax Taylar of Chalmfford of parfet and sound Memory I prais my god x I make this my Laft will and Taftimant In manar and form as fallouing: first I will and Erneftly defire that all my Debtes bee paid and sattiffied as fhall appare Legally or Reafinahly to be due upon or by bond Bill or books or otharwis or other wis howfover out of my Eftat with what Convannient speed the same can he raifid paid and sattifflied: 2andly it is my will and i doe gife and Bequeth unto Ollife ffarwall my beloved wife my houf in with the upland about it web I have now in pofsasfhion with Convaniant maddow to kepe foure Conk during the time of her natarall life: 3ly I gife and bequeath unto Ollif my wife all my mofables to be at her in zzz Defpoufs: 4ly I bequeath unto Ollif my now wife thre Couse and my mare for her owns propper use: 5ly I bequeath unto Oliff my wife all my swine for her owns propper use: Sly I Gife and Bequeath unto my Son John ffarwall all my Acomandaticinfe alt Concord wch he bath in prefant pofeosetion to him and his Ayres for ifar of his owne boddye Lawfully begotin: all wife providid and my will is that my son John farwall shall pays forty shillins A year zz unto Olif farwall my now wife During the tim of her natarafl Life: 2ly I bequeath unto my son John farwall wone yer old hafar and my Codt zzzz 41y I give and Bequeath unto my son Jofiph ffarwall all the Land that bee bath in prefant pofafhion with twenty Ackers of upland lying att Lettall Tadmock with six Ackares of upland lying in the newfield: My my will is that Jofiph farwall my Son shall have the remaindar of my acomandations in Chalmfford aftar my zz wifes defase only two small parfales of maddow namly one acer lying in the Rifar maddow Jining to the maddow of William ffiemher: I gife and Bequeath to zzz Marl Battes m' Dauter and one score and hoMe of maddow lung alt Lettall Tadmock Jinen to the mnddow of James haldrib to Ollife Spual&ng my Dauter my will is incafe Jofifh my son dies before Ollife his mothar than the Lands att his mothars Deses I gife to the Aires of Jofith my son I gife and bequeath unto Jofif my son the Remaindar of my waring Aparall x my Will is that Joflf my son shall pay ten zz Shillins A year to Oliff his mothar during the tim of her natarall life fothar my wilt is that Jofif my son shall paye thirty pounds to his thre siftares xx namly Ten pounds within balk A yeare aftar my defafe nainly thre pounds six shilling and Eaight penne to Elilabath Willbor and thre pounds six skiing Eiaght panne to mary Bates and thre pounds six shilline Eight panne to Ollif Spalding my Dauters: my will is that Jofepth my son shall pave Six pound and A marks to Elifabath Wilbor with in on yer aftar the Defase of Ollif my wife and six pounds and a inarke to mary Bates with in too xx year aftar my wifes defsase and six pounds and A marke to Ollif Spalding within thre yer aftar my wifes Defase: I gif and Bequath unto Ollif my Wife her A third part of the front of my orchard during the time of nataratl Hf and A third pard of the front to Jofiph my son and a third part of the front to mary Bates and Ollif Spalding my Dauters for five yers to be EquallIy dividid and whan the five yeares at Axpirid my will is that part shall retorn to Jofiph ffarwall my son: 613' my will is that Oliff ffarwall tnt' now beloved wife and Jofiph farwai my Son to be my Sole Exetruturs to this my Laft will and taftimant and my will is that the remaindur of my stork I lave with my an Exuoutares to the paymant of my Due debtes and the paimant of the firIt part of the Laekesies All thes Lakasies my wilt is shed be paied at the now Dwalling house of my son Jofiph in Chaimfford aft prise Corant in Corn or Cattale Lastly my will is that hannah farwall my Dauter my Son Jofiphs wif shall have the thord part of the Land after her hufbands defase this I doe declar to be my Laft will and Taftimant Revokin and Difclarning all othar wbsoifar: by this prfants In taftimony wher of I the sd Hennary zz ffarwal have heerunto set my hand and seal the Twelfh day of July in the yearre of or Lord God According to the compitashion of Newingland One Thousant Six hundared and Seventy.
samnell fiofter senier
John ffifke juner
(Endorsed on back)
Hen ffarwells will
lib 3 p. 230
Rec. Vol. 3 Page 298 (modern entry)
(William Lincoln Palmer, Boston, Mass. Authority for signatures to will.)
DEATH: [Torn suddenly] P. R. 1.-EXTRACTS FROM REV. JOHN FISKE'S NOTE-BOOK, NOW IN POSSESSION OF THE MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY.