William Wood Farmer

William Wood Farmer

Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 29 Oct 1854 (aged 41)
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Farmerville, Union Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 32509513 · View Source
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William Wood Farmer was born in the Pine Hills of what is now southern Union or northwestern Ouachita Parish Louisiana, the son of early Union Parish settler Mills Farmer and his wife, Susannah Wood. He was named for his maternal grandfather, William Wood, who settled in the Pine Hills before 1810 with his family. Despite the remote wilderness of the region in which he grew up, William Wood Farmer received an excellent education, serving as one of the first justices of the peace for the Pine Hills region.

He married Pamelia A. Mixon (22 Oct 1815 - 22 Nov 1874) on 21 March 1839 in Union Parish. She was the daughter of Joel and Feriba Mixon, later of Jackson Parish Louisiana. Pamelia had first married to a Mr. Mason and had son Strother Hilliard Mason (31 Aug 1835-4 Feb 1851).

William W. Farmer served as the first Representative of Union Parish to the Louisiana Legislature in 1839. After serving several terms, he was elected as the State Senator from Union and the surrounding region. He was the on the gubernatorial ticket of Paul O. Hebert as the candidate for Lieutenant Governor in the 1852 election, and they were elected to office. His popularity is apparent in the 1853 Louisiana Senate election
for U. S. Senator. He polled the largest number of votes behind the eventual Senator, John Slidell. He was undoubtedly slated to become the next Democratic candidate for Governor of Louisiana.

A surveyor, Farmer had gone to New Orleans to receive payment from the United States Land Office. He was supposed to return to Baton Rouge a week earlier, but some other duty delayed him, and then his boat broke down. The next day he caught yellow fever, then fairly common in New Orleans. Originally buried in New Orleans, his remains were moved to the Farmerville Cemetery in January 1855.


1) William Mills Farmer (later changed to William Wood Farmer) (29 Mar 1840 - 14 Apr 1883).

2) Frances M. Farmer (11 Dec 1842 - 1876) married Colonel Charles Henry Morrison

3) Julia Arabella Farmer (12 July 1847 - 27 Aug 1848) was born and died in Ouachita Parish.

4) Susannah E. Farmer (13 Sept 1849 - 28 July 1851) was born in Ouachita Parish and died in Union Parish.

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  • Maintained by: Timothy D. Hudson
  • Originally Created by: Sharon Ray
  • Added: 30 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32509513
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Wood Farmer (27 Apr 1813–29 Oct 1854), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32509513, citing Farmerville Cemetery, Farmerville, Union Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Timothy D. Hudson (contributor 48347384) .