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 Robert Edward Farmer

Robert Edward Farmer

Birth
Vermont, USA
Death 15 Apr 1906 (aged 70)
Greenwood, Cass County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Greenwood, Cass County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 47671109 · View Source
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Robert E. Farmer was born in Vermont October 22, 1835, and grew up in the northern part of that state. Left an orphan, he acquired a fair education and was a student all his life.

Leaving Vermont, he came West in 1857 and was a participant in the varied activities and events of the country west of the Missouri River. He did freighting across the plains to Denver and three different times drove oxen from Missouri River points to the far West. He subsequently became a pioneer in Nebraska, took up a homestead in Lancaster County, from there brought his family to Kansas, as already noted, and then returned to Nebraska and died at Hardington in Cedar County in April, 1905. His oldest son was the first white child born in Lancaster County, Nebraska.

Robert Farmer was a man of more than ordinary genius and capabilities. He was active in local politics, could make a good speech, and though republican at first subsequently became independent. He supported W. J. Bryan when the latter made his first campaign for Congress.

Robert Farmer was for forty years a Christian minister. He was ordained at Lincoln, Nebraska, and he filled pulpits wherever he was needed as a supply.

He was twice married. His first wife, Elizabeth Sheffer, whom he married in Nebraska, was a daughter of William Sheffer, who came out from Pennsylvania and was a farmer and homesteader in Nebraska. Elizabeth Farmer died in Nebraska, leaving the following children: William A., who was the first white child born in Lancaster County and is now living in Cass County, Nebraska; Aaron L.; Leonard E., of Des Moines, Iowa; and Nelson C., of Harland, Montana.

Robert Farmer married for his second wife Amy Coleman. They were married in Cass County, Nebraska, and her family had come out from Ohio, where she was born. She died in Nebraska in 1906. To this marriage were born the following children: Mary Elizabeth, who married Elias Gilliand and lives in Purcell, Missouri; Alice J., wife of Sam Gillion, of Hardington, Nebraska; Robert E., of Purcell, Missouri; Charles L., of Phillips, South Dakota; Kate, wife of Alexander McGregor, of Great Sandy, Montana; and Mamie, who married Joseph Pete, of Kilkenny, Minnesota.

Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. [Revised ed.] Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1919, c1918.


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  • Maintained by: Rick Bushong
  • Originally Created by: Susan Petersen
  • Added: 6 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 47671109
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Edward Farmer (22 Oct 1835–15 Apr 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47671109, citing Sheffer Pioneer Cemetery, Greenwood, Cass County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Rick Bushong (contributor 47326612) .