LTC John Farrar

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LTC John Farrar

Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Death Apr 1685 (aged 53)
Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown, Specifically: Buried on Farrars Island, Henrico County, Virginia in Farrar Family Cemetery.
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FYI: The blue highlighted names are clickable links. John Farrar (1631-1685), son of William Farrar, I, [1583 England-1637 Virginia] and his wife, Cecily (__?__) Baley Jordan Farrar (1600 England-Aft. 1637 Virginia), was born on Farrar's island, Henrico Co., VA (see accompanying map for location of Farrar's Island and historical marker). John was born after September 1631, the date of sale of his father's inheritance in England (see explanation below). NOTE: John Farrar's mother's, Cecily Baley Jordan Farrar, maiden name is unknown although several theories abound in the genealogical literature. These unproven theories are often presented as fact especially the one claiming her madien name was "Reynolds". See discussion below.

In his 1628 will, John Farrer, the Elder of London, Esq., bequeathed property in Great Amwell, Hoddesdon and Broxburne, Herefordshire, England and 20 Pounds annuities from the Farrar estate, "Ewood" in Yorkshire, England to his son, William Farrar, I (1583-1637) of Virginia. In a codicil dated 24 Apr 1628, he bequeathed to William, I (1583-1637) "of Virginia" 50 Pounds "on his return into England" and if he be not living it should be reserved for his wife and children. William, (I) did return briefly alone to England for on 06 Sep 1631 William Farrar of London, Gent., by a Deed of Sale, sold his brother, Henry Farrar, of Reading, Berkshire for 200 Pounds the properties and annuities so bequeathed. Since his father's, John Farrar, will had reserved these bequests to William's wife and children in case of his death, the names of "Cecily, his wife, and Cecily and William, his children" appear in the deed as they relinquished their rights to his inheritance. William and Cecily Farrar's third child, John Farrar (1631-1685), wasn't mentioned, due to his birth occurring in Virginia shortly after the transaction in England. 41 Y/O William Farrar, (I), who was baptized on 28 Apr 1583 at Croxton, Lincolnshire, England had married in Virginia to 25 Y/O Cecily Baley Jordan in 1625, as her third husband, two years before the death of his father, John Ferrar, the Elder of London, Esq. NOTE: Intellectual dishonesty frequently rears its ugly head in the case of the parentage of Cecily (__?__) Baley Jordan Farrar. Stating theory as fact without qualification doesn't make it so but it certainly misleads the uninformed who will further propagate it. Absolutely "NO" record of Cecily's maiden name, the names of her shipboard chaperones or the names of her parents or guardians in Virginia exists but there are many unprovable published theories stated as fact not theory. This misinformation is especially seen repeated in Family Trees on and in poorly researched Find A Grave memorials where the name "Reynolds" is a favorite for her maiden name, although "Pierce", "Greene" and even "Jordan" are proposed. The "Jamestowne Society" and the "Order of Descendants of Ancient Planters" recognize Sisley (aka Cecily) as an "Ancient Planter" thus qualifying her as an ancestor for membership. Their information concerning Cecily states: "Jordan, Sisley (__?__) born 1600, England, died after 1637, Henrico Co. (Ancient Planter), wife of (__?__) Baley, Samuel Jordan and William Farrar). As noted, neither the "Jamestowne Society" nor the "Order of Descendants of Ancient Planters" recognize any maiden name for Sisley (Cecily) or given name for her 2nd husband, Baley, or her having married anyone after the death of her third husband, William Farrar, I [1583-1637]. Many unproven published statements claim she married twice more before her "unknown dead date". Even her death date is misrepresented in the genealogical literature, family trees and on Find A Grave memorials either due to poor research or agendas.

John Farrar (1631-1685) was referred to as Lieutenant Colonel John Farrar. At an early age, in Oct 1649, he was deeded 200 acres of land by his brother, Col. William Farrar II. The land, called "Coald's Field", was located near Glebeland of Varina. (FYI: The name "Varina" came from the fine tobacco grown in the area, similar in quality to the high priced Varina tobacco of Spain. John Rolfe's plantation was named Varina Farms. It was located about 45 miles upstream from the first settlement at Jamestown in the Virginia Colony, and across the river from Sir Thomas Dale's 1611 settlement at Henricus.

Lieutenant Colonel John Farrar and his nephew, Major William Farrar III, were appointed executors of his brother's (Colonel William Farrar II) will in 1678. Colonel William Farrar II's 06 May 1678 will gave his brother, Lieutenant Colonel John Farrar, another 500 acres.

John also operated a 200 acre tract on the Appomattox River purchased from Mr. Thomas Batte, Sr. whose widow, Temperance, married John's nephew, John Farrar, son of William Farrar II.

Unmarried, childless and long a prominent citizen of Henrico County, John Farrar (1631-1685) held a number of important offices. He was very active in the militia (W. A. Crozier, "Virginia Colonial Militia", 1651-1776, p103), a coroner (appointed by the governor), a Burgess in 1680, 1683 and 1684; Justice of the Peace of Henrico County 1677-1685 and at the time of his death in 1685, held the prestigious high office of sheriff of the county, 1683-1685 (Sheriffs were appointed by the governor from among Justices of the county court who were among the foremost citizens of the colony).

He received 5,500 lb. of tobacco in 1683 as salary for the office of Burgess. This remuneration covered not only his salary but the cost of "boats and rowers, ferryage (ferriage) for his horse and all expenses while in Jamestown" (Bruce,"Institutional History of Virginia", II, p443). In addition to his public service, he also operated two separate plantations as shown by deeds and wills, and in addition to his home, at the time of his death had a house "at the falls" and a new one being built.

"Att a Court Holden at Varina (see attached map near Farrar's Island for location of Varina) for the County of Henrico, 1st Day of February 1677/8", Lt. Col. John Farrar relinquished claim to a deed of 200 acres of land given him in October 1649 by his brother, Col. William Farrar II, called "Coald's (Coles') Field", next to glebeland of Varina, in accordance with his brother's will, in order to accept in his "lovinge kindnesse" his bequest of two parcels of land totaling 500 acres, "lying on both sides of Davis's bottome" He also operated a tract of 200 acres on the Appomattox River, purchased of Mr. Thomas Batte, Sr. (mentioned above).

John's will was probated 01 Apr 1685 and his nephews, William and Thomas Farrar, were the executors (Henrico Co., Rec. p300). Division of his personal estate was held at Mr. Thomas Farrar's house, 10 Apr 1685 (Henrico Co., Court, June 1685, pp 300/1). A long list of personal belongings were divided between Mr. William Farrar, Mr. Thomas Farrar and Mr. John Farrar.

He was buried on Farrar's Island, Henrico Co., VA, most probably in the Farrar Family Cemetery, although the exact site is unknown presently. The Farrar family owned and lived on Farrar's Island from 1637 until they sold it to Thomas Randolph on 26 Jan 1727.

1) "The Farrar's Island Family" by Alvahn Holmes, 1972, pp10, 137-139.
2) "Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5" by John Frederick Dorman, Vol. I, 4th Ed., 2004, pp928-929.
3) "The Farrars" by William Baker Farrar and Ethel Farrar, 1964, p15.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for LTC John Farrar (Sep 1631–Apr 1685), Find a Grave Memorial no. 110932103, ; Maintained by Gresham Farrar (contributor 47643741) Burial Details Unknown, who reports a Buried on Farrars Island, Henrico County, Virginia in Farrar Family Cemetery..