Joseph Farr and Mary Ann Whitford

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Parents :      Joseph Farr and Ann Carter           William Whitford and Martha Manning

Joseph Farr (b abt 1782 probably Bayford Herts, m Mary Ann Whitford 1806 St George Hanover Square London, d 1850 Bourne, Edmonton, Middlesex)    
Mary Ann Whitford (b 1779 Westminster, d 1859 Southgate Middlesex)
    MaryAnn Farr (b 1807)   
    Sarah Farr (b 1809, d 1874 England)   
    Amelia Farr (b 1811 Southgate Middlesex)  
    William Farr (b 1812 Southgate)   
    Martha Farr (b 1815 Southgate, d 1888 Greater Hackney London)   
    Maria Farr (b 1817 Southgate, d England)   
    Hannah Farr (b 1819 Southgate, m William Pollard 1855 St Margaret Lothbury London, d 1877 England)   
    Caroline Farr (b 1821 Southgate, d 1826 England)   
    Harriet Farr (b 1821 Southgate, d aft 1900)   
    Thomas Farr (1824 Southgate, m Hannah Martin 1849 Camden Town, London, d 1901 St Kilda Vic)
         Edwin Farr (b 1858 Ballarat, m Louisa Jane Briant 1884 Presb Manse Ballarat, d 1943 Northcote)
               Winifred Emma Farr (b 1890 Northcote, m Norman Thompson 1918, d 1994 Preston) 

Farr children from Amelia onwards are recorded Weld Chapel, Southgate Middlesex

1841 Census

Winchmore Hill. Edmonton Middlesex, Hope House Chaseside  
Farr Joseph                   55                   Agricultural Labourer          Not born Middlsex
Farr Mary                     60                                                              Born Middlsex
Possiply Thomas Farr's parents

1851 Census

Edmunton, Bourne, Southgate Groveland Lodge(?)                  occupation     born
Mary Ann Farr               Head         Widow             71         Infirm(?)          Westminster
Hannah Farr                   Dau            Unm                32                                 Southgate Mdx
Harriet Farr                    Dau            Unm                 30                                ditto
Note Hannah Farr is the daughter, not Hannah Martin who married Thomas Farr

Hannah Martin is living with her inlaws  (31 Mar 1851)          Born
St Pancras     (38 Goldington North St)
Charles MARTIN         Head                       52        Master Butcher         Twibil, NTH
Frances MARTIN                                        50                                              St Pancras, MDX
Henry MARTIN                                           19
Louisa MARTIN                                          17
Thomas FARR             Head                        27        Carpenter                  Southgate, MDX
Hannah FARR                                              21                                          Islington, MDX
Alice L FARR                                                3 months                               St Pancras, MDX
(all living in number 38)
Twibill is probably Twywel, NTH (29G45)            

Southgate link for Photos

An email from Judy Holmes gave us Mary Ann Whitford's family - see William Whitford's page

The following material is from posters prepared by Glenis Crocker for a Martin and Farr reunion she organised in Ballarat

Mary Ann’s father was a jeweller/silver smith, and she was born in Westminster. She had a sister Martha, but no other family information has been gathered yet.
Joseph Farr was not born in Middlesex, but as yet the place of his birth is not known.  As he died after the introduction of Civil Registration, his death certificate should have this information on it.  He was a gardener.  At the time of the 1851 Census, his widow Mary Ann and two of his unmarried daughters were living in Grovedale Lodge, Southgate, while Grovedale House was occupied by a Gardener/Steward, and an elderly caretaker. It seems likely that Joseph Farr was the previous gardener/Steward of the house and that the family were allowed to stay on in the Lodge after his death. 

Information Sources: 
Weld Chapel birth records
St Georges Hanover Square Parish Records
Farr family bible
Marriage certificate of Thomas Farr & Hannah Martin
Census Information,1851, Southgate

The Family Bible

David Farr has Joseph Farr's Family Bible, and has kindly supplied pictute of the bible and the inside page.
(Images are bigish)      The Bible    Inner page left      Inner page right    Martha Farr Card found in Bible
Written in the bible is
This is the right hand inner page.
Composite text of two pages
At the top of the listing in very faint pencil is written the following:
"Children of Joseph and Mary Ann Farr (TF Oct 9, 1881)"
        Mary Ann Farr Born the 24th of September 1807
        Sarah Farr Born the 29th of July 1809
        Amelia Farr Born the 19th of January 1811
        William Farr Born the 22 of October 1812
        Martha Farr Born the 11 of January 1815
        Maria Farr Born the 30 of January 1817
        Hannah Farr Born the 14 of January 1819
        Harriot Farr Born the 12 of Febuary 1821
        Caroline Farr Born the 12 of Febuary 1821
        Thomas Farr Born the 28th of March 1824
        Caroline  Farr Died 17 of November 1826
Father's Mother - Ann Farr died 19 February 1826
Father's Father - Joseph Farr Died  9 June 1831
Mother's Sister - Martha Whitford Died 16 June 1835
Father          - Joseph Farr Died February 24th 1850
Father's Sister - Susan Farr Died Apr 9 1850
Father's Brother - James Farr Died 29 June 1850
Sarah Elizabeth Si?? Died July 2th 1850
Mother         - Mary Ann Farr Died Sept 7th 1859 aged 78 years
Sarah Farr Died November 25th 1874
Hannah Pollard Died May 25 1877
Thomas Farr Arrived In Australia 1853 - Ballarat

At the bottom of this, faintly in pencil, is written "Sunday Oct 9 1881 TF".
At the top of this page, very faintly in pencil, is written:
"I, Thomas Farr bequeath this book to my son Lucius. Jan 2, 1881."
Lucius of course died in 1888 at the age of 19. Underneath the first sentence is the next poignant sentence:
"Leigh is to have this book. June 12, 1890."

LR Hannah Pollard is Hannah, daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann Farr, born the 14 January 1819?
David Farr
Sarah Elizabeth ???? remains a mystery. The surname starts with "Si" but beyond that it's hard to make out.
 It could be "Simms" perhaps?
An obit card for Martha, found in the Family Bible, says:
"For 57 years the faithful and devoted friend and servant of Charlotte Tidy, of Mare Street, Hackney".

Harriet or Harriot Farr

Her name is spelt Harriot in the family bible, but other evidence point st Harriet. She seems to have spread further confusion by marrying a Farr
- 1851 Census : Harriet Farr unmarried born abt 1821 Southgate,
- 1851 LDS Daughter Harriet  born 21 SEP chr 29 SEP 1851   Workhouse Chapel, Saint Marylebone, London, England
- 1852 LDS Gives marriage to William Henry Farr 04 NOV  Pentonville, London, England
- 1861 Census Likely Harriet and family
- 1871 Census Likely Harriet and family
- 1881 census no joy
- 1891 Census : Harriet Farr born abt 1821 Southgate, living 85 Warwick St, head of household, widow, St George, Hanover Square
        Children born Marlebone : William J 1855. Eliza 1859, Emily 1861
- 1901 Census : Harriet Farr born abt 1821 Southgate, living 151 Elsley Rd, head of household, widow, Battersea
        Children born Marlebone : William J 1855. Eliza 1859


A lot of the material on the Farrs comes from Glenis Crocker.. David Farr has supplied pictures and information, much appreciated.
Judy Holmes kickstarted Mary Ann Whitford for us

Research Notes

1806 Marriage Joseph Farr and Mary Ann Whitford

1850 Death Joseph Farr
1841 Census Farr Joseph
1851 Census Farr Mary Ann
1861 Census Harriet  Farr
1871 Census Harriet  Farr
1891 Census Harriet Farr
1901 Census Harriet Farr

Genes Reunited checked for  Joseph and Mary Ann
LDS  checked
Glenis  has Mary Ann Farr (Nee Whitford)'s death certificate - informant daughter Maria, age 78, of bronchitis

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