Genealogy: Farrar

This genealogy of the Farrar ancestors of Lucy Preston, wife of Frederick Wickham, is an excerpt from the transcription of a handwritten notebook I discovered in my grandmother’s papers. The family history in this notebook was the work of two women, Agnes Caroline Wickham and her daughter, Harriott Benedict Wickham Barton (my grandmother), who separately researched and made entries in it over a period of seventy years.  Agnes Wickham wrote roughly half of the entries in the notebook from 1909 to 1915.  In 1915, she gave handwritten copies of her work to each of her five children: Eleanor, William, Lucy, David and Harriott.  Harriott continued her mother’s work off and on for the next sixty years, adding entries as late as 1977.

Dave Barton

Farrar Genealogy

1.  Jacob, died 1677; married Ann – 1640; children – Jacob, John, Henry, Mary, Joseph (last born in Lancaster, Massachusetts).

2.  Jacob, born in England, 1642 or 3, was one of original proprietors of Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1653.  Came to Concord, Massachusetts in 1658.  Married Hannah, daughter of George Hayward of Concord, 1658(6?); children: Jacob, George, John, Henry, Joseph.  Killed by Indians in King Philip’s War, August 22, 1675. (1)

3.  George, born in Concord (Lancaster?), August 16, 1670.  Settled in that part of Concord now (1852) called Lincoln, 1692.  Married Mary Howe, September 9, 1692; children: Joseph, Daniel, George, Mary, Samuel; died 1761.

4.  Samuel, born September 28, 1708 at Lincoln, Massachusetts; married 1731 to Lydia, daughter of Captain Benjamin Bassett & granddaughter of James Minot, Esq.  Lived in Concord.  Served as town selectman, town clerk, representative, etc.  November 1773 was chairman of 1st Committee of Correspondence.  August 30, 1774 was member of Middlesex Convention.  October 11, 1774 was member of 1st Provincial Congress.  At age of 66 took part in Battle of Concord, April 19, 1775.  Died April 17, 1783. (2)

5.  Rebecca, born August 13, 1743; daughter of Samuel Farrar; married Dr. John Preston of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, November 29, 1764; died April 1, 1829.  Her brother was a minister.

(1) New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 6, pp. 321-2.
(2) Firelands Pioneer of Norwalk, O.N.S. Vol. 20.  History of New Ipswich, p. 358.

[below is from Preston Genealogy Page]

IV. Dr. John Preston served at least one campaign as a soldier in the Company of his father Samuel in the French War in 1756.  In 1759, served 32 weeks as surgeon’s mate under Col. Abijah Willard, residence Harvard.  In 1760 he settled in New Ipswich as a physician.  Married Rebecca Farrar, November 29, 1764.  Was elected one of the first board of selectmen and often served the town as Representative in the General Court (State Legislature).  In 1782 was chosen member of Convention for framing State Constitution.  Was a most ardent Whig.  Anecdotes of his wit and humor as a legislator have come down & the records of the town preserves memorials of this trait.  He built the large house in New Ipswich where his descendants still live (1852).  Died February 17, 1803.  Wife survived more than 26 years. (1)
1.  Rebecca, born July 16, 1768; married John Hubbard, a graduate of Dartmouth (1785), August 10, 1791.
2.  John, born February 15, 1770.
3.  Lucy, born December 3, 1771; married Thomas Bancroft of Peppperell, October 16, 1794.
4.  Lydia, born October 26, 1774; married Josiah Bellows of Lancaster, New Hampshire.
5.  Hannah, born January 8, 1776.
6.  Mary, born June 5, 1777.
7.  Samuel, born June 24, 1778; married Esther Taylor.
8.  Stephen Farrar, born June 20, 1780; married Hannah Kimball.
9.  Timothy Farrar, born June 20, 1780 (?).
10. Peter, born June 20, 1780 (?!); died at Cape Breton.
11. Nancy, born August 10, 1784; married October 1808 to Seth King who died in 1851.

V. Samuel, born June 24, 1778 at New Ipswich, New Hampshire; married Esther, daughter of Timothy Taylor and Esther French of Merrimac, New Hampshire; died March 3, 1852 at Norwalk, Ohio. (2)
1.  George Albert, born July 16, 1805; died January 14, 1815.
2.  Catherine, born March 12, 1807; died April 15, 1818.
3.  Charles Lauris, born July 23, 1812; died January 18, 1815.
4.  Lucy Bancroft, born March 27, 1814; died January 19, 1897.
5.  Charles Albert, born January 22, 1816; died June 14, 1868.  Had daughter Nellie, born April 1860 & son Charles – both went to live in Denver. Charles & wife died young & “Cousin Nellie” brought up his children (Mignon Bee & Lucy) Mignon’s daughters are Mignon Pearl & Jo Lytton of Colorado.

VI. Lucy Bancroft Preston, born at Nashua New Hampshire March 27, 1814, came to Norwalk, Ohio, December 1819; married Frederick Wickham who was born in New York City, March 11, 1812.  Later they moved to Huron, Ohio, January 15, 1835; died June 19, 1897 at Norwalk, Ohio. (2)

(1) Preston Family Genealogy by William B. Preston, Salt Lake City.
(2) History of the Western Reserve, p. 1690).

NOTE: Agnes and Harriott cited their sources in the margins of original notebook.  I included these citations as footnotes, attempting to keep them as close as possible to where they appear in the original notebook.

I would appreciate critiques and corrections of this genealogy. Please comment below. Thank you.

© 2006, 2009 by David W. Barton. All rights reserved

One Response

  1. I am the Farrar DNA project Admin at above website.
    and at I am hoping to find
    New England Farrar’s (descendants of Jacob, George, John and others) to join the Farrar DNA project. I have plenty of Farrar’s descended from William Farrar of Va, migrated aboard the Neptune in 1618, but no New England Cousins. my research informs me that the New England Farrar’s are cousins of the Virginia Farrar’s as they call came from the same family in and around West Riding Yorkshire.
    Feel free to contact me at farrardna at yahoo dot com.
    (email disguised to foil phishing bots)


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