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Robert Edward Farmer
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Birth: Oct. 22, 1835
Vermont, USA
Death: Apr. 15, 1906
Cass County
Nebraska, USA

Robert E. Farmer was born in Vermont October 22, 1835, and grew up in the northern part of that state. Left an orphan, he acquired a fair education and was a student all his life.

Leaving Vermont, he came West in 1857 and was a participant in the varied activities and events of the country west of the Missouri River. He did freighting across the plains to Denver and three different times drove oxen from Missouri River points to the far West. He subsequently became a pioneer in Nebraska, took up a homestead in Lancaster County, from there brought his family to Kansas, as already noted, and then returned to Nebraska and died at Hardington in Cedar County in April, 1905. His oldest son was the first white child born in Lancaster County, Nebraska.

Robert Farmer was a man of more than ordinary genius and capabilities. He was active in local politics, could make a good speech, and though republican at first subsequently became independent. He supported W. J. Bryan when the latter made his first campaign for Congress.

Robert Farmer was for forty years a Christian minister. He was ordained at Lincoln, Nebraska, and he filled pulpits wherever he was needed as a supply.

He was twice married. His first wife, Elizabeth Sheffer, whom he married in Nebraska, was a daughter of William Sheffer, who came out from Pennsylvania and was a farmer and homesteader in Nebraska. Elizabeth Farmer died in Nebraska, leaving the following children: William A., who was the first white child born in Lancaster County and is now living in Cass County, Nebraska; Aaron L.; Leonard E., of Des Moines, Iowa; and Nelson C., of Harland, Montana.

Robert Farmer married for his second wife Amy Coleman. They were married in Cass County, Nebraska, and her family had come out from Ohio, where she was born. She died in Nebraska in 1906. To this marriage were born the following children: Mary Elizabeth, who married Elias Gilliand and lives in Purcell, Missouri; Alice J., wife of Sam Gillion, of Hardington, Nebraska; Robert E., of Purcell, Missouri; Charles L., of Phillips, South Dakota; Kate, wife of Alexander McGregor, of Great Sandy, Montana; and Mamie, who married Joseph Pete, of Kilkenny, Minnesota.

Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. [Revised ed.] Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1919, c1918. 
Family links: 
  Amy Coleman Farmer (1841 - 1907)
  Elizabeth Sheffer Farmer (1835 - 1868)*
  William A Farmer (1860 - 1930)*
  Mary Elizabeth Farmer Gilliland (1868 - 1951)*
  Katherine Farmer McGregor (1880 - 1952)*
  Amy Marie Farmer Pete (1885 - 1972)*
*Calculated relationship
Sheffer Pioneer Cemetery
Cass County
Nebraska, USA
Maintained by: Rick Bushong
Originally Created by: Susan Petersen
Record added: Feb 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47671109
Robert Edward Farmer
Added by: Susan Petersen
Robert Edward Farmer
Added by: Rick Bushong
Robert Edward Farmer
Added by: Rick Bushong
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