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Henry Harrison Farnum
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Birth: Apr. 3, 1844
Sullivan County
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 23, 1924
Bronx County
New York, USA

Henry Harrison Farnum died at his home, 150 E 150th street, New York City on Thursday October 23rd, after a week’s illness. He was in the 81st year of his age. He was an unusually fine citizen and neighbor and always had a host of friends.
He was born in Mongaup April 3, 1844, and was the son of Samuel B. and Asenath C. Farnum. He was a civil engineer by profession, have been graduated from the Rensaeller Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He was a founding father of the Theta Xi National Fraternity. On April 29, 1864 - that most sacred night in the history of Theta Xi - eight former members of Sigma Delta met in their secret rooms for the purpose of founding Theta Xi. Ralph G. Packard was chosen chairman because he had been president of Sigma Delta at the time of its dissolution. Brother Farnum was requested to act a secretary. A committee made up of Brothers Buel and Brainerd was designated to develop an initiation service, while another committee comprised of Brothers Raymond, Starbuck, and Brainerd was made responsible for developing a grip, various symbols, and names of the officers, as well as for completing
all vacancies in the constitution. The Constitution, By-Laws, and Rules of Order which had been drawn up by the committee were read and adopted without a dissenting vote. The oath of initiation was taken by all the Founders as a group, then they signed the Constitution alphabetically and by classes. The new society decided that the chapter be called the Alpha Chapter of Theta Xi, and that each succeeding chapter should be named by the following letter of the Greek alphabet. On the same night Edward H. Morrison was unanimously selected as the first new member of the Fraternity, and was initiated eight days later on May 7, 1864.

For many years, he was in the service of the city of New York as chief engineer in charge of sewer development in the Bronx. He had been a resident of Port Jervis Prior to his going to New York City in 1889. On December 15, 1887, he was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Beattle, daughter of Rev. Mrs. Hezekiah Beattle, of Salisbury Mills. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Port Jervis.
Henry Farnum’s ancestors founded and established the town of Port Jervis in New York State. There are many Farnums still alive in Port Jervis. 
Family links: 
  Samuel Bernard Farnum (1810 - 1892)
  Aseneth Cuddeback Farnum (1814 - 1899)
  Benjamin Cuddeback Farnum (1839 - 1911)*
  Henry Harrison Farnum (1844 - 1924)
  Katherine Cuddeback Farnum (1849 - 1928)*
*Calculated relationship
Laurel Grove Cemetery
Port Jervis
Orange County
New York, USA
Plot: Section B Lot 67
Created by: Alex Ricardo
Record added: Sep 30, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9537153
Henry Harrison Farnum
Added by: Alex Ricardo
Henry Harrison Farnum
Added by: Alex Ricardo
Henry Harrison Farnum
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Plot 67 Section B.
 Added: Sep. 15, 2014
Rest In Peace.
- Carolyn Farnum
 Added: Jun. 4, 2005
Our Strong Bonds Can N'er Be Broken
Formed In Theta Xi
Far Surpassing Wealth Unspoken
Sealed by Friendship's Ties
Amici Usque Adaras
Deep Gravened On Each Heart
Shall Be Found Unwaivering Truth
When We From Life Shall Part
- Alex Ricardo - Gamma 1086
 Added: Sep. 30, 2004

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