An American Family History

The Farr Family

In 1688, during the Glorious Revolution, the Protestant king and queen,William and Mary, took the English throne from Catholic King James II. The bloodless revolution profoundly impacted the American colonies.

Stephen Farr was born about 1640.

Stephen married Mary Taylor on May 25, 1674 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Thomas served in Captain Davenport's Company in King Phillips War.

Mary and Stephen's children probably included:

Ebenezer Farr (1676),
Stephen Farr, Jr. (1679, married Sarah Stone),
John Farr (1681),
Samuel Farr (1684/5),
Mary Farr (1686 ),
Thomas Farr (1688, married Elizabeth Powers),
Jonathan Farr (1690),
Joseph Farr (1692)

Stephen, Sr. died after 1692 in Massachusetts.


King Philip’s War was a bloody and costly series of raids and skirmishes in 1675 and 1676 between the Native American people and the colonials. King Philip was the Native American leader Metacom.
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was settled and incorporated in 1655. During King Philip's War, indigenous warriors burned all but four of Groton's garrisons. Survivors fled, but returned two years later to rebuild the town. Groton was again threated during Queen Anne's War.
Stephen Farr was born in 1679 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts . His parents were Stephen Farr and Mary Taylor.

He married Sarah Stone on September 28 1708 in Concord. Sarah Stone was born in 1688 in Groton. Her parents were Simon Stone and Sarah Farnsworth . 

Stephen and Sarah's children may have included:

Stephen Farr (1710, married Sarah Bennett),
Jemima Farr (1713),
Joseph Farr (1718, married Dinah Powers),
Susanna Farr (1724),
Sarah Farr (1726),

[why big gap]

Sarah Farr (1735, married Josiah Whitney),
Olive Farr (1744, married Jonathan Holman),
Simeon Farr (1746), and
Elias Farr (1749). 


Middlesex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643. The county originally included Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, Wayland, and Reading.

Samuel Farr was born in 1684/1685 in Stow, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Samuel Farr (1700)
Jonathan Farr (1704)
Abraham Farr (1706)
Lydia Farr (1708)
Hannah Farr (1710)
Elizabeth Farr (1712)
Samuel Farr (1712)
Hepsibah Farr (1714)
Lydia Farr (1714),
Daniel Farr (1717)
Jonathan Farr (1723)
Elizabeth Farr (1725)
Abraham Farr (1730)
Hepsibah Farr (1732)

Samuel died on June 7, 1754 in Stow.

Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

Jonathan Farr was born on February 4, 1724/25 in Littleton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. His parents were Thomas Farr and Elizabeth Powers.

He married Mary Wells on June 5, 1751 in Hardwick, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

William Farr
Jonathan Farr

In 1754 he was the constable in Hardwick.

He married Mercy Winslow on January 19, 1757 in Hardwick.

Joshua Farr (1757)
Amos Farr (1759)
Mary Farr (1760),
Moses Farr (1762),
Mercy Farr (1764),
Asahel Farr (1766),
Abigail Farr (1769).

In 1768 Jonathan sold his homestead to Isaac Thomas. It was bounded on the East by the Ware River South by the land of Thomas Farr and west by the highway.

Jonathan Farr 2nd, 3rd and 4th signed the Association Test in Chesterfield.

He married Robena about 1778 in Chesterfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire
Sabra Farr,
Susy Farr
Charlotte Farr

He appeared in the in 1790 census in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire.

He appeared in the in 1800 census in Chesterfield.

Jonathan died on December 14, 1810 in Chesterfield.



Cheshire County, New Hampshire was one of the five original counties of New Hampshire, and was organized in 1771 at Keene.




from Vital Records of Stow

Abraham and Rachel Fosket, int. June 1, 1754.
Daniel and Sarah Law of Acton, int. Nov. 6, 1757.
Daniel and Mary Bennit, int. Nov. 16, 1760.
Elias and Mary Davison, int. Dec. 15, 1769.
Elizabeth and Jeremiah Whitney, int. June 17, 1749.
Hannah and Samuell Hildreth of Westmoland, int. July 22, 1759.
John and Hannah Applin of Watertown, May 11, 1703, in Watertown.
Katharine and Ephraim Powers, int. Dec. 7, 1751.
Mary of Lettleton, and Delevranc Perkens, int. Feb. 5, 1726.
Olive and Jonathan Holman of Templetown, int. Mar. 9, 1765.
Phebe and Abel Lawrance of Littleton, int. Feb. 3, 1753.
Rebeckah, Mrs. [int. omits Mrs.], and Jona [int. Jonas] Davis of Westmoreland, N. H. [int. Westmoland, omits N. H.], June 24, 1760, in Littleton.
Sarah and Josiah Whitney, int. Sept. 9, 1751.
Silas and Mary Whitney, int. June 21, 1762.
Stephan [int. Stephen] of Acton, and Lois Kendall [int. Loes Randal], Mar. 1, 1764, in Acton.
William and Mrs. Abigail Russel of Littelton, int. Feb. 4,


from Genealogical and Personal Memoirs edited by William Richard Cutter and William Frederick Adams

(from Volume 4)
Stephen Farr, believed to be a son of Thomas Farr, of Lynn, first appears on the records at Concord, Massachusetts, where he married, May 25, 1674, Mary, daughter of William and Mary Taylor, born March 19, 1649.

He served in King Philip's war from Concord in 1675-76, as a member of Captain Davenport's company, and resided in the district now constituting the town of Stow, which lay between the towns of Concord and Lancaster.

Two of his children were recorded at Concord but no record can be found of others, of whom there were probably several. Those recorded were: Ebenezer, born November 10, 1676, and Stephen.


Stephen (3), son of Stephen (2) and Sarah (Stone) Farr, was born as early as 1710 and resided in Stow, where records show that he purchased one hundred acres of land from his father.

He married Sarah Bennett, and they had children recorded at Stow:
Sarah, born January 19. 1735:
Silas, September 10. 1742:
Olive, January 11, 1745;
Simeon, March 23, 1747;
Elias, August 23, 1749.


The French and Indian War lasted from 1754 to 1763 and was the North American phase of the Seven Years' War.

from Stow, Massachusetts, 1683-1933, p. 70

During the French and Indian War, from 1755 to 1763, the town furnished soldiers for the army at Fort William Henry, Crown Point, Canada and Nova Scotia. Sometimes when the soldiers were leaving for the seat of war, services were held by the resident minister. Thus, on the 23rd of June 1755, Rev. Mr. Gardner preached at the desire of Capt. William Pierce, being the day he began his march with his company for Albany, in the expedition against Crown Point. Samuel Preston was a captain in the army in 1756.

In Capt. Pierce's company, Michael Law was sergeant, John Law was corporal, Jonathan Farr was drummer, Nathan Whitney; Solomon Taylor, Josiah Wetherbee Jonathan Pierce of Stow, were privates. Ephraim Powers was sergeant in Capt. Preston's company, and Ezekiel Davis in another company. May 22, 1758, Ensign Jabez Brown and others of Stow, whose names are not known, started to join the army destined for Canada. In April, 1760; others started for Crown Point. 

The following Stow soldiers went to Canada in 1760: Joshua Brown, Jonathan Far, Phineas Fuller, Amos Gates, Simon Gates; Abra Gates, Paul Graves, and Solomon Savcas, a servant of Mary Hapgood. None of the men were killed in the army during the war, but the following died while in service from diseases contracted in camp: January 4, 1756, Capt. Ephraim Brown, a few after his return from the army; July 23, 1758, Ebenezer Gates died at Lake George May 24; 1760, Abel Ray died at Shrewsbury, on his march to the army; November 1760, Isaac Taylor died at Crown Point; November 28, 1761, Stephen Houghton while returning from Crown Point. Robert Lawrence held a garrison a short time; was promoted Captain; was mortally wounded in an attack on the fort in 1690, by the French and Indians. Captain Thomas Lawrence, commander of a company, enlisted in the French War in 1758, from Pepperell and vicinity.


Fort Crown Point was constructed by the French in the 1730s at the south end of Lake Champlain to protect the southern part of New France from British colonial expansion. By the mid-1740s it was an imposing stone fortress. During the French and Indian War, Crown Point was the target of five efforts by the British to wrest control of Lake Champlain from the French.

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