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 Agnes Betsy <I>Bird</I> Farnsworth

Agnes Betsy Bird Farnsworth

Sevier County, Utah, USA
Death 12 Oct 1964 (aged 89)
Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Compton, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 39038319 · View Source
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Agnes Betsey Bird Farnsworth’s mother, Ann Muir (1850-1911), was born in Scotland; her father, Kelsey Bird (1837-1909), was a descendant of the Allertons, Bradfords, and Warrens who immigrated here on the Mayflower. Through those families, she was related to Presidents Taylor, Grant and Franklin Roosevelt.

She was named “Betsey” for her great-grandmother, Elizabeth “Betsey” Churchill Kennedy (1778-1862).

Agnes’ family lived in Massachusetts and New York until 1838, when they relocated to Missouri and, later, Utah, where she was born. Her grandfather, Charles Bird (1803-1884), was mayor of Mendon, Utah from 1872-76.

She and Joseph Farnsworth (1869-1944) married on Dec. 30, 1891, in Sevier, Utah, and relocated to Bonneville County, Idaho, where they farmed and ranched. They had nine children. After 1915, they moved to Long Beach, California, where they built, owned and operated the Dundee Apartments, the Farnsworth Apartments and the Majestic Apartments. Her husband served on the Long Beach City Council from 1927-28 and ran unsuccessfully for reelection in 1930.

She was an early supporter of racial equality and, according to a great-granddaughter, frequently hosted local meetings of the International Peace Mission.

Joseph and Agnes Farnsworth had nine children:

Meribah Cordelia Farnsworth Shurtliff
Joseph Arthur Farnsworth
Elwin J. Farnsworth
Guy Farnsworth
Blanche Farnsworth Nelson
Amelia Farnsworth
Dora Thelma Farnsworth Walker Hartman
Mary Elizabeth Farnsworth Browning
Jack Dramond Farnsworth

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  • Maintained by: Richard Walker
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 39038319
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Agnes Betsy Bird Farnsworth (28 Dec 1874–12 Oct 1964), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39038319, citing Angeles Abbey Memorial Park, Compton, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Richard Walker (contributor 48184336) .