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Mary Hallet Hamlen Farrington
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Birth: Oct. 9, 1813
China
Kennebec County
Maine, USA
Death: Mar. 1, 1904
South China
Kennebec County
Maine, USA

It is the youngest of these, Mary, that I am to write a few lines. She was born 9 October 1813 and until she was 18 years of age was very frail and delicate. With the dark hair and eyes, she also inherited from her father some of the determination and purpose in life which caused him to settle here and carve his fortune out of the wilderness; and these combined with her mother's courage and hope for the best, gave her a character which could take her through any hardships and difficulties. Her education was very limited but she made good use of her time and was very fond of reading, so soon made herself a woman capable of talking on any of the subjects of the day.

At the age of 21, Mary Hamlen married Ezekiel B. Farrington, a son of Thomas and Content (Leonard) Farrington. [The Farrington family line stems from the area of Buckinghamshire Olney, England, immigrating to Lynn, Mass. about 1835, on to Dedham, Mass. and finally to the Weeks Mills, Windsor, So. China, Maine area]. Mary and Ezekiel first went to live with his parents on a farm just above China Village. At this home, twins were born, also one son, Horatio. The twins died in infancy and when Horatio was about a year and a half old, they moved to Troy, Maine. While there another son, Charles, and one daughter, Helen, were born. From there they moved to Windsor, Maine where six more were born; Byron, Reuben, Gustavus, Timothy, Mary and William. After a time, they moved again to a farm just above Weeks Mills and it was while they were living there that the country became agitated by the Civil War. Charles was married and lived in Waterville, Maine and Horatio in Dover, Maine. Horatio was the first to answer to the call of his country and it was not long before four of his brothers had gone at different times. Reuben was an orderly sergeant, Charles a Lieutenant. Byron died at a hospital at Washington, 25 August 1862.

Horatio received an honorable discharge and was on his way home when he died, 1 June 1864. Reuben reached home and died 12 June 1864 and Charles died in Washington 30 June 1864. Gustavus, only seventeen when he left home, died in a hospital at New Orleans, 30 October 1864. During this time, the family home burned and they moved to a house a little farther above Weeks Mills where they lived until 1881 when they moved to a farm on Chadwick Hill, So. China, Maine where this noble mother lived the closing years of her life. Mr. Ezekiel Farrington died in 1886 and Mrs. Mary Farrington lived with her son William and his family [William and Mary Deborah (Metcalf) Farrington] to the good old age of ninety, dying 1 March, 1904.

For over thirty years she was a subscriber to the Kennebec Journal Newspaper and always read its pages with deep interest and son William still continues the subscription. If our country was built by such people as these, who loved their country well enough to give five sons for it, what wonder it is that we have the most prosperous country in the world? May the future bring us many such noble self-sacrificing lives as this Mother of Soldiers.
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 Parents:
  Timothy Hamlen (1764 - 1849)
  Martha Priest Hamlen (1769 - 1847)
 
 Spouse:
  Ezekiel B. Farrington (1810 - 1885)
 
 Children:
  Horatio Packard Farrington (1837 - 1864)*
  Charles Atwood Farrington (1839 - 1864)*
  Byron Hamlen Farrington (1843 - 1862)*
  Reuben Meigs Farrington (1845 - 1864)*
  Gustavus A. Farrington (1848 - 1864)*
 
 Siblings:
  David Hamlen (1789 - 1862)*
  Daniel Hamlin (1791 - 1877)*
  Lois Hamlin (1795 - 1819)*
  Jonas Hamlin (1797 - 1858)*
  Otis Hamlen (1799 - 1863)*
  Reubin Hamlin (1802 - 1864)*
  Calvin Hamlen (1804 - 1889)*
  Sophronia Hamlen Owen (1806 - 1886)*
  Lucy W. Hamlen Rollins (1809 - 1873)*
  Sumner Hamlen (1811 - 1852)*
  Mary Hallet Hamlen Farrington (1813 - 1904)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Weeks Mills Cemetery
China
Kennebec County
Maine, USA
 
Created by: Mel Fletcher
Record added: Feb 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65745949
Mary Hallet <i>Hamlen</i> Farrington
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Mary Hallet <i>Hamlen</i> Farrington
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Mary Hallet <i>Hamlen</i> Farrington
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Wife of my Paternal 6th cousin 3x removed
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 Added: Dec. 27, 2013
 
 
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