William Farrar III

William Farrar III

Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Death 3 Apr 1721 (aged 63–64)
Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 54640391 · View Source
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William Farrar married Priscilla Baugh 1682, Henrico County, Virginia. Their home was Farrar's Island Plantation, Henrico Co.,Virginia.

William Farrar III was referred to as "Major" William Farrar. He was born, died and buried on Farrar's Island, Henrico Co., VA (see accompanying historical marker and map for location of Farrar's Island).

Major William Farrar III, with his uncle, Lt. Colonel John Farrar, was appointed executor of his father's will in 1678. In 1685, he was appointed guardian of his brother, John.

King William's War (1689–1698) was the American phase of the War of the League of Augsburg in Europe, the first of a series of European conflicts that echoed across the distant American frontier for the better part of a century. The French and Indian Wars (Colonial Wars) is the name used in the United States for this series of intermittent conflicts between the years 1689 and 1763 in North America that represented colonial events related to the European dynastic wars.

In 1698, William Farrar, III's record as a Captain in the Henrico Co., VA militia in command of 54 soldiers during the Colonial Wars (French and Indian Wars) became part of the assembled record.

During the period of 1685-1715, he served as Justice of the Peace in Henrico Co., VA.

He served as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, 1700-02. On 07 Aug 1701 he was on a committee of burgesses appointed to "wait upon his Excellency (the governor) and acquaint him with the Resolutions concerning building the Capitoll...". This concerned Governor Nicholson's efforts to move the capitol from Jamestown to Williamsburg.

William also served two stents as Sheriff of Henrico Co., VA, 1690-92 and 1712-13.

He served on a coroner's jury in Henrico Co., VA on 10 Aug 1685 with his brother-in-law, Walter Shipley.

His war record and other public service qualifies him to be used for applying for membership into the hereditary society, "General Society of Colonial Wars".

He married first, Priscilla Baugh, daughter of William and Jane Baugh, before 01 Apr 1681 at Henrico Co., VA. Priscilla died in 1706 at Henrico Co., VA. He married secondly in 1707 Mary (Tanner) Ligon. She was the widow of William Ligon and the daughter of Joseph and Mary Tanner.

William Farrar III's marriage to Priscilla Baugh, evidently occurred between June 1679 and 01 Apr 1681, for on the latter date William Baugh, Sr. made a deed to further define a tract of land on the Appomattox, adjoining William Lockett, which he transferred to his granddaughter, Priscilla Baugh, 01 June 1679, "now wife of William Farrar (III)". (Henrico Co., Rec. 1677-92, "I", p157)

The children of William and Priscilla (Baugh) Farrar III were:
1) William Farrar IV b. 1683 Farrar's Island, d. 19 Jun 1744 Goochland Co., VA
2) Abell Farrar b. Farrar's Island, Henrico Co., VA
3) Priscilla Farrar b. Farrar's Island, Henrico Co., VA. Her grandmother's, Jane Gower, will dated Jan. 1710 bequeathed "a silver porringer" to her.
4) George Farrar b. 1695 Farrar's Island, d. 16 Mar 1772 Mecklenburg Co., VA, m. 1717/18 Judith Jefferson (aunt of POTUS Thomas Jefferson) at Mecklenburg Co., VA

William's widow, his second wife, Mary (Tanner) Ligon Farrar, was appointed administratrix of his will on 03 Apr 1721. William Randolph and William Ligon were securities.

William Farrar III and his wife, Priscilla, were buried in presently unknown graves on Farrar's Island, Henrico Co., VA.

1) "The Farrars" by William B. and Ethel Farrar, 1964, p15.
2) "Some Farrar's Island Descendants" by Alvahn Holmes, 1979, p57,140.
3) "The Farrar's Island Family" by Alvahn Holmes, 1972, pp146-47.
4) "Virginia's Colonial Soldiers" by Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, 1988, pp229,231.
5) "Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5" by John Frederick Dorman, Vol. I, 4th Ed., 2004, p930.

Bio by Gresham Farrar.

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Gravesite Details Burial Farrar's Island, Henrico County, Virginia


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