Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
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FARR. The surname

Farr is identical with Farrar, some branches using one spelling, some the other. It is derived from the Latin word for iron, and was doubtless used as a place name before it became a surname. As a family name it was first known in England from Gualkeline (or Walkeline) de Ferraris, a Norman of distinction attached to William, Duke of Normandy, before the invasion of England in 1066. From him all of the name in England and America appear to be descended. Henry de Ferrars, his son, is on the Roll of Battle Abbey among the principal companions and commanders of the Conqueror and was the first of the family in England. When the general survey of the realm, recorded in Domesday Book, was made in the fourteenth year of the Conqueror's reign, Henry was one of the commissioners appointed to compile the work. He bore for his arms: Argent six horse shoes pierced sable.

The fist of the name in New England was George Farr, who settled in Salem in 1629, coming with Higginson; was admitted freeman in 1635; settled finally in Lynn, and left eight children. Most of this families spelling the name Farr are descended from a family that located among the first settlers of Stow, Massachusetts, before King Philip's War. Stephen Farr, born in 1679, at Stow. Married, at Concord, September 28, 1708, Sarah Stone, of Groton, daughter of Simeon and Sarah (Farnsworth) Stone, granddaughter of Matthew Farnsworth; was a famous Indian fighter; his son, Stephen Farr, was father of Stephen, born 1730, died at Fort Ann, New York. John Farr, of Stow, thought by some writers to be grandson of George Farrar, of Lynn, married, May 11, 1703, Hannah, daughter of John Applin, of Watertown. Descendants are numerous of the Farr family in Stow, Littleton, Hardwick, Hatfield and other sections.

Thomas Farr, son of John Farr, of Stow,

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removed to Hardwick, before September, 1742; settled near Gilbertville, on a farm bounded east by the Ware River; wife Elizabeth joined the Hardwick Church; children: 1. Rudolph. 2. Lydia. 3. Hannah. 4. Thomas. 4. Samuel. Samuel Farr, of Stow, born about 1710, settled in Chesterfield, New Hampshire.

(I) James Farr, descendant of the Farr family of Stow, and probably of the Hardwick branch, was living in Leicester, Vermont, in 1790, and according to the federal census then had in his family two males over sixteen, three under that age and three females. Salmon or Solomon Farr was also of Leicester and appears by the census to have been a younger man.

(II) James (2), son of James (1) Farr, was born in 1761. He came from Vermont to St. Lawrence County, New York, and settled at East De Kalb. He was appointed land agent of the state and sold large tracts to the early settlers. He died in 1831 and is buried in the cemetery at East De Kalb. He married Susannah ------------, born 1763, died 1835. Children; 1. Elijah, born September 17, 1776 "on Tuesday four o'clock in the morning fifth day of the moon" (family Bible). 2. Thomas, September 10, 1778, "Thursday 10 o'clock in the evening and the 20th day of the moon". 3. James, Jr., July 10, 1782, "Wednesday 3 o'clock P.M. first day of the moon". 4. Reuben, August 5, 1784, "Friday 11 o'clock P.M. 21st day of the moon". 5. Jared P., June 27, 1786, "Thursday 11 o'clock A.M. 20th day of the moon".

(III) James (3), son of James (2) Farr, was born in Vermont, July 10, 1782, and came with his father to De Kalb, was a farmer there and died there August 6, 1842. He lived for a time in the adjacent town of Hermon, but in 1826 settled on the old Farr homestead and conducted it the remainder of his life. He married Elizabeth Ann St. Lawrence, born in the Mohawk Valley, February 14, 1791, died at De Kalb, November 19, 1863. Children: 1. Melvina A. born January 16, 1811, died January 7, 1849. 2. James Jr., August 21, 1812, died May 26, 1838. 3. John G., May 28, 1814, died August 6, 1839. 4. Czarina, April 19, 1816, died September 21, 1894. 5. Calista W., April 24, 1818, died January 5, 1843. 6. Algernon S. S., February 13, 1820, died January 28, 1909. 7. Miles, February 3, 1822, mentioned below. 8. Mary, December 26, 1825, died July 3, 1850. 9. Sally M., February 24, 1826, lives at Atlanta, Illinois. 10. Urilla, May 5, 1829, died October 1, 1850. 11. Permilla (twin), May 5, 1839, died July 24, 1857. 12. Joseph, April 21, 1832, died February 6, 1854. 13. Benjamin, July 6, 1836.

(IV) Miles, son of James (3) Farr, was born in Hermon, New York, February 3, 1822, died at De Kalb, August 3, 1905. He came to De Kalb with his father's family when he was only four years old, and was educated there in the common schools. He worked on the farm of his father in his youth, and continued a farmer all his active life. He had a place of four hundred and fifty acres and also a farm of three hundred acres. In 1886 he built large barns and in 1898 erected a handsome brick dwelling house. He always carried on a large dairy business, and in his later years was a dealer in Holstein cattle, of which he had a large herd. He was a Presbyterian in religion and a Republican in politics. He married, October 18, 1659, Martha, born at Goshen, Massachusetts, October 18, 1832, died February 3, 1899, daughter of Moses and Vesta (Cushman) Dresser. Vesta Cushman was a descendant of Robert Cushman, one of the Pilgrim fathers who came in the ship "Fortune" to Plymouth in 1621. (See Cushman VII). Children: 1. Allerton Cushman, born January 18, 1863, mentioned below. 2. Atherton Winfield, December 31, 1864, mentioned below. 3. Allena May, May 14, 1866; married Dr. Edwin M. Cole, of De Kalb. 4. Leon Permilla, March 1, 1868, died February 16, 1869. 5. Cleora Luraine, January 30, 1874; graduate of the New

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England Conservatory of Music, Boston; lives in Springfield, Illinois.

(V) Allerton Cushman, son of Miles Farr, was born in De Kalb, New York, January 18, 1863. He attended the public schools of his native town and Eastman business College of Poughkeepsie, New York. He followed farming until 1904, when he was appointed postmaster for the town of De Kalb. He was re-appointed in 1908 and holds the office at the present time. In politics he was a Republican. He is a member of Hermon Lodge, No. 500, Free and Accepted Masons, Canton Chapter, No. 132, Royal Arch Masons, of Canton; St. Lawrence Commandery, No. 28, Knights Templar, of Canton; Media Temple, Mystic Shine, of Watertown, and was charter member of the Odd Fellows Lodge of De Kalb. He married, April 3, 1901, Harriet, daughter of Martin Saunders, of Colton, New York. Children: 1. Kenneth Miles, born September 17, 1902. 2. Kermit Richardson, May 4, 1907.

(V) Atherton Winfield, son of Miles Farr, was born at De Kalb, December 31, 1864. He was educated in the common schools and in the Richville High School. He worked on the farm with his father in his youth, and since the death of his father has conducted the homestead for the estate. He has a model dairy and keeps a large herd of cattle. He is superintendent of the cemetery at East De Kalb, where his father, grandfather and great-grandfather are buried. In politics he is a Republican. He is a member of Hermon Lodge, No. 500, Free and Accepted Masons; St. Lawrence Chapter, No. 132, Royal Arch Masons, of Canton; St. Lawrence Commandery, No. 28, Knights Templar, of Canton; Media Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Watertown; De Kalb Lodge, No. 67, Odd Fellows, of which he was a charter member.

He married, November 23, 1898, Margaret, daughter of Arnold V. and Martha (Green) Huntress. Children: 1. Althea Corenne, born August 4, 1899. 2. Mildred Frances, December 23, 1900. 3. Donald Ashley, June 17, 1902. 4. Marion Jesse, July 20, 1903. 5. Dorothy, June 19, 1905, died June 27, 1905. 6. Clifford Curtis, August 23, 1906.

(The Cushman Line).

Robert Cushman, ancestor of all the Cushmans in America, was born in England between the years 1580 and 1585. In his religious opinions he was a Non-conformist or Puritan, and was one of the original band of Pilgrims who, for the sale of religious liberty, left England and settled in Leyden, Holland. Nothing further of his history is known until the year 1617, when he was selected, together with John Carver, as agent of the Pilgrims, to go to London and negotiate with the Virginia Company and the King for leave to settle in America, and "have liberty of conscience there." The latter concession the two agents were unable to obtain, and as a result they made a second trip to London, in December of the same year, only to meet with the same disappointment. Finally, in 1619, Mr. Cushman, with William Brewster, made a third journey to London, in the same capacity, and succeeded in obtaining a patent from the King, and in making an agreement, whereby they were supplied with capital with which to emigrate. The success of this enterprise is said to have been due in a large measure to the skill, diplomacy and perseverance of Robert Cushman. When the "Mayflower" and the "Speedwell" set out in 1620, Mr. Cushman, with his son Thomas was among the passengers of the latter, and was left behind in London as their leader, when the ship was disabled. He sailed for New England finally, in 1621, in the "Fortune," the second ship that carried over emigrants, but remained there only a short time, as it was the wish of Governor Bradford that he should return to London and continue as the agent of the Pilgrims there. In the course of this stay, however, he delivered a discourse to the

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colonists, December 12, 1621, which, from its ability and the fact that it was the first sermon delivered in New England, that was published, has become quite noted. It was first published in London, in 1622, and in 1624 in Boston, but with out his name. He left for England in the "Fortune," December 13, 1621, leaving his son, then fourteen years old, to be brought up in the family of Governor Bradford. He continued the faithful friend and agent of the colony, and was in frequent correspondence with the governor and other prominent members of the community as to its welfare. The exact date of his death is not known, but it is supposed to have been in January or February, 1625, He left an only son, Thomas, mentioned below.

(II) Thomas, son of Robert Cushman, was born in England in February, 1608, and came to America with his father in the ship "Fortune," which sailed from London, July, 1621, and landed at Plymouth, in November of the same year. He was brought up in the family of his father's particular friend, Governor Bradford; January 1, 1633, he was admitted a freeman, and at this time is believed to have been twenty-five or six years old. In 1635 he first served as juryman. In 1637 he is supposed that he removed to Jones River, now Kingston, where he purchased a grant of land. In 1645 he purchased "Prince's Farm" in Kingston, by exchanging land for it, for seventy-five pounds. On this land is "the Elder's Spring" from Elder Thomas Cushman, whose house stood near it. He became ruling elder of the church at Plymouth in 1649, and continued in that office until his death. March 29, 1653, Thomas Cushman, Thomas Prence and others, received by deed a tract of land in Rehoboth, from the Indian chief Massasoit and his eldest son Wamsitto, for which they paid the sum of thirty-five pounds. In 1657 he was the principal witness to the will of Governor Bradford, and also inventoried the latter's estate. He married, about the year 1635, or 36, Mary, third child of Isaac Allerton. She came over in the "Mayflower," at the age of eleven, and was the last survivor of its passengers. She survived her husband seven or eight years, and was probably buried in the Burying Hill cemetery at Plymouth. He died December 11, 1691, and was buried in the same place. His gravestone is still to be seen. Children: 1. Thomas, born September 16, 1637. 2. Sarah, married John Hawks, of Lynn, April 11, 1621.. 3. Lydia. 4. Isaac, born at Plymouth, February 8, 1647-48. 5. Elkanah, June 1, 1651, mentioned below. 6. Feare, June 20, 1653, died young. 7. Eleazer, February 20, 1656-57. 8. Mary.

(III) Thomas Cushman, son of Thomas Cushman, was born September 16.

(III) Deacon Elkanah, son of Thomas Cushman, was born June 1, 1651. He married (first) Elizabeth, February 16, 1676-77, daughter of James Cole. She died January 4, 1682, and he married (second), March 2, 1682-83, Martha, daughter of Jacob Cooke, of Plymouth. She was born March 16, 1659-60, at Plymouth, died September 17, 1722. He was deacon of the church at Plymouth for about nine years, from March 1718-19. In 1723 he was representative in the general court from Plymouth, and held the office of ensign in the military company in that town. His will was dated October 14, 1725; he died September 4, 1727. He was called "a pious godly man," devoted to the prosperity of the church. Children of first wife: 1. Elkanah, born September 15, 1678. 2. James, October 22, 1679, died young. 3 Jabez, December 28, 1681. Children of second wife: 4. Allerton, November 21, 1683, mentioned below. 5. Elizabeth, January 17, 1685-85. 6. Josiah, March 21, 1687-88. 7. Martha, baptized 1691. 8. Mehitable, born October 8, 1793.

(IV) Allerton, son of Deacon Elkanah Cushman, was born November 21, 1683. He married (first) Mary Buck, January 11,

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1710-11; she died October 15, 1725. He married, (second), Elizabeth, daughter of George Sampson, September 15, 1726. She died April 17, 1744. He and both his wives were members of the church of Plympton. He died January 9, 1730-31. Children of first wife: 1. Allerton, born December 16, 1712, mentioned below. 2. James, May 27, 1715. 3. Mary, June 5, 1718. 4. Ephraim, October 5, 1720; died November 17, 1725. Children of second wife: 5. Alice, June 19, 1727, died July 17, 1727. 6. Joseph, February 24, 1829-30, died July 20, 1731.

(V) Allerton (2), son of Allerton (1) Cushman, was born December 16, 1712. He married (first) Alethea Soule, of Duxbury, January 30, 1734-35, and (second) Deborah ------------. She died December 1, 1751. His first wife, Alethea, was born January 7, 1714, died March 3, 1748. He moved to Connecticut after the death of his second wife, and settled in Lebanon. He and his first wife were members of the church at Plymouth, where they were received unto "full communion," August 26, 1739. Children of first wife: 1. Asenath, born November 22, 1735. 2. Zilpha, February 3, 1736-37. 3. Allerton, May 4, 1738, died August 19, 1738. 4. Allerton, May 3, 1740, at Plympton. 5. Lydia, October 2, 1741. 6. Ephraim, February 14, 1742-42, at Duxbury. 7. Mary, December 23, 1744. 8. Luther, October 14, 1747. Children of second wife: 9. Caleb, mentioned below. 10. Deborah, born September 26, 1751.

(VI) Caleb, son of Allerton (2) Cushman, was born at Woodstock, Connecticut, October 21, 1749. He was a farmer. He removed to Goshen, Massachusetts, where he died, January 3, 1809. He married Bathsheba Spaldin, born September 23, 1756, died at Goshen, January 17, 1805. Children: 1. Rufus, born April 12, 1778. 2. Wealthy, October, 1779. 3. Calvin, June 13, 1784, at Goshen. 4. Theodamia, August, 1786. 5. Minerva, August 20, 1788, at Goshen. 6. Vesta, October 27, 1790, mentioned below. 7. Ralph, October 7, 1792, at Goshen. 8. Mary, November 26, 1796.

(VII) Vesta, daughter of Caleb Cushman, was born October 27, 1790. She married Moses Dresser, of Goshen, February 3, 1813. Children: 1. Caleb Cushman, born December 19, 1813, died March 25, 1880. 2. Levi, February 28, 1816, died September 4, 1890. 3. Martha, April 13, 1818, died September 30, 1828. 4. George, July 20, 1820, died July 13, 1906. 5. Dorothy Chloe, June 1, 1823, died February 26, 1908. 6. Wealthy, June 24, 1826, died April 27, 1906. 7. Rufus, December 4, 1828. 8. Martha, October 18, 1832, died February 3, 1899.

SWIFT. William Swift, immigrant ancestor, came probably from Bocking, county Suffolk, England, to New England, in 1630. He settled in Watertown, Massachusetts, where he was a proprietor in 1630. In 1637 he sold his estate there and removed to Sudbury. On June 28, 1641, he sold his house and land in Sudbury, and removed to Sandwich, where he died in January, 1643-44. He married Joan --------------, whose will was proved October 12, 1662; she died before that date. She bequeathed to Daniel Wing's two sons, Samuel and John; grandchildren Hannah Swift and Experience Allen; to Mary Darby; to Hannah Wing the elder and her daughters; to Zebediah Allen. Her son William was executor of her will, and made distribution of her estate. Children: 1. William, mentioned below. 2. Hannah. 3. Esther.

(II) William (2),. son of William (1), Swift, was born in England, about 1627, died at Sandwich, January, 1705-06. He was deputy to the general court in 1673-74-77-78. He married Ruth -------------. Children, born at Sandwich: 1. Hannah, March 11, 1651. 2. William, August 28, 1654, mentioned below. 3. Ephraim, June 6, 1656. 4. Mary, April 7, 1659. 5. Samuel,

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August 10, 1662. 6. Josiah. 7. Jireh. 8. Temperance. 9. Esther. 10. Dinah.

(III) William (3), son of William (2) Swift, was born August 28, 1654. He was a carpenter by trade. His will was dated June 17, 1700, and presented at court, May 12, 1701, thus fixing the year of his death. He lived at Sandwich. He married Elizabeth ----------------. Children: 1. William, born January 24, 1679. 2. Benjamin, 1682. 3. Joseph, November, 1687. 4. Samuel, December, 1690. 5. Joanna, March 9, 1692. 6. Thomas, mentioned below. 7. Elizabeth (twin) January 11, 1696. 8. Thankful, (twin) January 11, 1696. 9. Josiah. 10. Ebenezer.

(IV) Thomas, son of William (3) Swift, was born in December, 169-, and settled in Plymouth. He married, January 23, 1718-19, Thankful Morey, of Plymouth. Children: 1. Lydia, born September 1, 1720. 2. Deborah, May 28, 1723. 3. Elizabeth, January 11, 1724-25. 4. Thomas, May 11, 1727. 5. Jerusha, February 25, 1731-32. 6. Phineas, march 10, 1733-34. 7. Rhoda, 1735. 8. Thankful (twin), February 26, 1737-38. 9. Lemuel, (twin), mentioned below.

(V) Lemuel, son of Thomas Swift, was born February 26, 1737-38, in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He married, December 8, 1756, Rebecca Whitfield, of Rochester, Massachusetts. He was a soldier in the Revolution in Captain Nye's company, Fourth Plymouth county regiment in 1776 at the defense of Elizabeth Islands. He was corporal in the service in the Rhode Island campaign in 1780. At the close of the war he went to New Hampshire (probably) from Wareham, and thence to Barnard, Vermont. His brother Thomas appears to have settled there also. In 1790 Thomas had two males over sixteen and two under that age, and five females in his family in Barnard. Lemuel does not appear in this census, though he did not permanently remove to New York until 1804. Homan Swift, Joseph Swift and Levi Swift had young families at Barnard and were sons of Thomas or Lemuel. Lemma was one of the pioneers at Potsdam, New York, and he is buried in the old Garfield burying-ground there, two miles from the village of Potsdam.

(VI) Levi, son of Lemuel Swift, was born in Sandwich or Wareham, probably, about 1775. He was with his father at Barnard and Potsdam, and he cleared a farm at Potsdam, now occupied by Judge Theodore H. Swift. He married ------------ Boyden. Children: 1. Harvey. 2. Foster. 3. Hiram, killed when our years old, accidentally. 4. Wilbur or Willard.

(VII) Harvey, son of Levi Swift, was born in Barnard, Vermont, 1799, died at Potsdam, New York, November 8, 1862. He was educated in the public schools, and followed farming on the homestead, to the ownership of which in due time he succeeded. He was a useful and honored citizen of the town. He married Hannah Avery, who died December 12, 1863, aged sixty-eight years. Children: 1. Hiram. 2. Julia. 3. Betsey.

(VIII) Hiram, son of Harvey Swift, was born in Potsdam, New York, September 11, 1820, on the homestead where his father and grandfather had lived, and he died there in 1861. He attended the public schools and St. Lawrence Academy. He inherited the homestead on which he lived all his life. He built the present brick dwelling house on the property. He was a well-to-do and influential citizen. He married, in March, 1849, Lucy A., born in Massena, New York, April 18, 1829, daughter of Shadrach and Lucy (Gamble) Foster. She is now living on the homestead in her son's family. Her father was a native of Vermont. Children, born at Potsdam: 1. Theodore Hiram, mentioned below. 2. Francine, born April 15, 1852; married Alvedo S. Barber, a merchant at Ithaco, Michigan; daughter Anna E., born March 5, 1880. 3. Charlotte, born October 2, 1853; died January 20, 1902; married James L. Powers, a farmer at Lowville, New York; children: i. James Harold Powers, February 14, 1882, ii. Hiram

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H. Powers, September 20, 1883, iii. Mary F. Powers, May 7, 1884.

(IX) Hon. Theodore Hiram, son of Hiram Swift, was born at Potsdam, June 14, 1850. He attended the publics schools and St. Lawrence Academy, but in 1868, at the age of eighteen, began to read law in the office of Dart & Tappan. He entered the law school of St. Lawrence University, from which he was graduated in 1871. In the same year he was admitted to the bar. He was associated with the firm of Tappan & Irwin for two years, and in 1873 opened an office in Potsdam. After practicing two years, he formed a partnership with C. E. Sanford. The firm was dissolved at the end of three years, and Mr. Swift continued in his profession in Potsdam until June, 1880, when he removed to New York City. For the next eight years he enjoyed there an excellent practice and an honorable rank in his profession. One of the notable cases in which he was an attorney was in the contest of the will of James H. Paine in the surrogate's court of New York County. Mr. Swift represented the administrators and won his case, the decision being given by surrogate Daniel G. Rollins on the last day of his term, December 31, 1887. From May, 1888, to May, 1892, Mr. Swift was again in partnership with Mr. Sanford, practicing in his native town of Potsdam. In December, 1892, he admitted to partnership Frank L. Bell. He is a Republican. In 1894 Mr. Swift was elected county judge of St. Lawrence County and re-elected for a second term of six years in 1900. In 1902 he resigned to accept the appointment of judge of the court of claims of New York, and since 1906 he has been presiding judge of that court. He was for a few years town clerk of Potsdam. As a public speaker Judge Swift has been in great demand, especially during political campaigns before he was called to the bench. He has always retained in his possession the old Swift homestead where he was born and on which he now lives. The farm comprises some one hundred and twenty-five acres and he had a model stock farm with a herd of fine Holsteins. He is a member of the Raquette River Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons.

He married, July 5, 1871, Mary A., daughter of John L. and Clarissa Brown Perkins, of Parishville, New York. Children: 1. John H., died at the age of nine years. 2. Hiram H., born June 25, 1875; lives on the homestead; married (first) Tacy Wood, of Massena, New York; (second) Blanche Aldous; children: Pauline Wood and Theodore H. 3. Leon T., born in July, 1878, died aged three months.


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