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Thomas Farley, Esq.

Nicknames: "Thomas Farleigh"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Death: Died in Archers, James City, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: VA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Roger Farley; Robert Farley; Roger Farley; Isabella Farley; Jane Evans and 1 other
Husband of Jane Farley and Lady Jane Farley (Sefton)
Father of John B Farley, Sr; Ann Farley; Archer Farley; Barbara Farley; George Farley and 12 others
Half brother of Robert Farley; William Farley; Elliott Farley; Edward Farley; Humphrey Farley and 5 others

Occupation: Plantation Owner and Landlord, emigrated to VA in 1623
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About Thomas Farley, Esq.

  • “Thomas Farley was born in Liverpool. He married the illegitimate daughter of the Baron of Sefton. Jane came from a family of ten children. Her family goes back to the royal houses of Europe and includes lots of very interesting historical persons. After the conquest of England by William I, the feudal landholders became responsible for administering justice. The Sefton, Radclyffe, and Dutton families intermarried and all were sheriffs and members of court. Thomas was a member of the House of Burgess. He may have been involved in the legal field and had contact with the Molyneux family that way. Both Thomas and Jane lost all their parents the same year James brother Richard was listed in the 2nd. VA Company Compact. The colonies were opened in 1622 by the King to families. Jane was pregnant at the time and they brought a servant with them to Virginia. Townthorpe is the name of a Manor House in the East Riding of Europe.” -(Internet: Jan. 2000)
  • “Sir Thomas Farley and Lady Jane left England, and arrived in Jamestown in 1624 on the ship Ann. Their first child, a daughter, whom they named Ann, was born soon after their arrival or aboard ship.”
  • -by Carl Boyer Ship Passenger List, the South, (1538-1825) p52
  • Thomas is listed in the “Bicentennial Register of Members” in Cynthia Leonard’s The General Assembly of Virginia, July 30, 1619 to January 11, 1978. He served as a Burgess, representing the Plantations between Archer’s Hope and Martin’s Hundred, in the 1628 General Assembly of the House of Burgess. He served again during the session of 1630, representing Harrop and the Plantations between Anchor’s Hope and Martin’s Hundred. He also served on the Grand Assembly of 1632 as a representative for Anchor’s Hope. The Farley’s were wealthy land owners who owned many slaves. Thomas was not without his faults however, he and several other residents of Anchor’s Hope were in trouble with the law and the church for being drunk and disorderly late at night. Anchor’s Hope was a raucous community during the late 1620’s.- Source: James City County Keystone of the Commonwealth by Martha W. McCartney.
  • Sir Thomas Farley and his wife Jane left for America in 1623. They brought one servant with them named Nicholas Shotter. They landed on 4 Feb. 1624
  • http://www.geneabios.com/farleythomas2.htm
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  • Born about the year of 1600 probably the son of Roger Farley, married Lady Jane Sefton, of the line of the Earl of Sefton about 1622. Reference: Jesse Kelso Farley, Jr., Twelve Generations of Farleys (Chicago: Press of Albin O. Horn Company, 1943, p 5. They sailed on the ship "Ann" and were living at Archer's Hope, James City County, Virginia, 16 February, 1623. Reference: Hotten, Original List of Emigrants, page 230. Mrs. W. G. Stannard. Colonial Virginia, pages 43. VA Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 34, page 405. Tyler's Historical & Genealogical Quarterly, Vol 13, page 134. Their first child, Ann, was born on the way over and is said to have been named for the ship.
  • Thomas Farley was a "member of the House of Burgesses for the plantations between Harrop and Archer's Hope and Martin's Hundred at the session of March 1629-30 and for Archer's Hope February 1631-32." Reference: Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 19, page 132 and pp 147-8.
  • At Court in James City, 21 August, 1626, Thomas Farley, gent, confessed to "being absent from church on the Sabbath day for three months. He was ordered to pay 100 pounds of tobacco into the public treasury." Reference: Ibid., Vol. 26, page 4. From the minutes of the Council and General Court, 1622-1629: "Thomas Farley of Archer's Hope bargained with Widow Bush for the land he was settled on." Reference: Ibid., Vol. 24, pages 240-241. Children of Thomas and Jane (Sefton) Farley: Reference: Jesse Kelso Farley, Jr., Twelve Generations of Farleys (Chicago: Press of Albin O. Horn Company, 1934), page 25.
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  • Information from "TWELVE GENERATIONA OF FARLEYS'" by Jesse Kelso Farley, Junior. For references see data under Thomas Farley born ca 1730-35 died 1796.
  • Thomas Farley, Burgess 19 V, 132 1 H 147-8. Ann Farley was born on ship at sea and named for ship. George Farley was a supporter of Roger Bacon's Rebellion and one of the first martyr to the cause of liberty in Virginia. Barbara Farley was killed by Indians. James Farley was the ancestor to the branch that went to the Carolina's. John and William Farley may have been twins.
  • These records are from Randolph W. Farley, deceased, Nashua, N.H., and have not been confirmed from other sources.
  • Thomas and Lady Jane Sefton Farley arrived 2 years before the Royal Colony of Virginia was established and the year after the terrible Indian masacre of 347 inhabitants of the colony. An enumeration of living inhabitants who had survived the muderous plot was taken in 1623. These master-rolls (Original List of Emigrants, Hotten pages 181, 230. Colonial Virginia Mrs. W.G. Stannard, page 43: 34 V 405 T 13:134) shows that Thomas Farley and family had arrived and were living at Archer's Hope, then in James City County: "Living in Virginia, February 16, 1623, Thomas Farley and wife and child, Archer's Hope, James City.
  • Thomas Farley came on the "ANN" in 1623. Jane, his wife, and Ann, his child, were on the same ship.
  • Thomas Farley feared neither savage nor devil. Appeared as witness in trial court at James City a year after his arrival. Did not attend church regulary. Arraigned before court in James City in 1626 for missing sabbath services for 3 months while out killing wild hogs in marshes. He was fined 100 pounds of tobacco. (Journal Court of James City Co., Va. August 21, 1626. "Colonial Virginia"--Mrs W.G. Stannard page 328 30 V-265)
  • He owned his own plantation and rented other adjoining lands to produce large quantities of tobacco for English markets. He kept in close touch with his family in his home land and brother, Humphrey, put some of his servants at Thomas' disposal on the plantation. Thomas sent his eldest children, Ann and George, to school in England. (Jounral Court of James City Co., Va. November 1628 24 V - 240 and 241.)
  • As most homes of the time, Thomas maintained a private wharf (Journal Court of James City Count, June 5, 1632-3 31 V - 293) and there is a record of one vessel calling at their plantation for eight tons of tobacco.
  • Records of Wills, death, etc. destroyed in fires at Jamestown at the time of siege by Becon.
  • The Farley Family was compiled by Ruth Gootee of Bedford, Indiana.
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  • 'One line of the Farley family (1897)
  • http://www.archive.org/details/onelineoffarleyf00fost
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  • THE FARLEY FAMILY.
  • Bristol, a place of great antiquity, an important maritime city in the West of England, upon the rivers Frame and Avon, partly in the countries of Gloucester and Somerset, was the early home of one Fabyan Farley. He married Jane Hungerford of Farleigh Castle, Somersetshire . They had seven children, and most of the Farleys now living in America can trace their pedigree to this marriage. The Farley name is one of the oldest in England. It can be traced back to the home of William the Conqueror,
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  • Castle Falaise in Normandy, A. D. 1000. Duke Robert, before starting on his journey of pilgrimage to the Holy Land, left his castle in the custody of William and Walter, as Lords of Falaise, and upon his death, Walter, being the eldest, became the Lord, and William became the Conqueror, as is shown in English history. Walter had a son, William, who went with his half brother to England, as Williamus De Falaise, to whom was given twenty-six lordships in county Devon. In tracing the pedigree of the Farley family, starting with De Falaise, eleven different spellings of the name are found : De Falaise, Ffar-lea, Ffarle, Farle, Fairley, Farlea, Farly, Farlo, Farlegh, Farlee, Farley.
  • Fabyan Farley, who, as mentioned above, married Jane Hungerford, was a
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/onelineoffarleyf00fost#page/3/mode/1up
  • descendant of this before mentioned Williamus De Falaise. After his marriage he resided in Torothorpe County, York, England, where he had two sons. His first son, Thomas, was born in 1602. His second son, George, was born in 1615, In the lives of these two sons of Fabyan Farley the American Farleys have special interest. Thomas emigrated to Virginia, with his wife and one servant, Nicholas Shotter. Thev landed at Archer's Hook, a projection of land opposite Jamestown, Va., 4 Feb. ,1624, on the ship Anne, the third ship after the May Flower. They had a child, Anne, named in honor of the ship that brought them over. She was the first Farley born in America. But the movements of Fabyan's other son, George, are of the greatest interest to those for whom this brochure
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/onelineoffarleyf00fost#page/4/mode/1up
  • is written. He emigrated to America in 1640. He came to this country on the ship Lion, and landed at Charleston or Roxbury. The cause of his coming to this country may be found in the religious persecution of those days, growing out of the differences between Protestant dissenters and the Church of England. Soon after his arrival in this country he moved to Woburn, Mass., where he married 9 April, 1641, Christian Births, a Swede, who had come over in the same ship. She was an orphan, her father having died at sea in the passage over. They lived at Woburn until the year 1653, his name being on the first list of county tax assessed at Woburn, 8 September, 1645, this being the first on record. In 1653 they moved to Shawshin, afterward known as Billerica, Mass., where they ....
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  • 'The Farley, Fairley, Farlo family (1902)
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  • A large amount of history has been collected of the family from 1100 to 1650. I have the record of Thomas, George and Michael, going back one hundred years previous to their emigration to America. Thomas landed at Jamestown, Va., in 1624 with his wife Jane and one servent, Nicholas Shotter, where he was given nine square miles of land in return for services rendered his king, James I. He had several children of whom Ann was the first
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  • being named frpm the ship that brought them over. This was the first Farley born on American soil.
  • George landed at Boston in 1640 and became the ancestor of over a thousand Farleys in New England, while Michael came over in 1675, landing at Ipswich, Mass., where he and his two sons, Michael and Mechack started the first Woolen mill in America. His descendents were of a seafaring turn and their deeds during the Revolution were many and interesting.
  • The complete history of Farleigh Castle has been obtained carrying the record back 1850 years to A. D. 50 when it was a Roman camp. No castle in England can show such an unbroken record of owners numbering fifty-two going back to tbe days of King Aethelrid I, when he gave this site to his cheif huntsman Leofwine, calling it Faernleaga. This name changes five times before reaching Farleigh or Farley. Our family has been connected with this castle three times in its history.
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  • 'Genealogy of Joseph Fisher, and his descendants, and of the allied families of Farley, Farlee, Fetterman, Pitner, Reeder and Shipman (1890)
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  • http://www.archive.org/stream/genealogyofjosep00fish#page/149/mode/1up
  • .... The name is handed down from Williamus De Falaise through successive generations until we come to Thomas Farley of Bristol, who married Jane Hungerford of Farleigh Castle, Somersetshire, and had two sons, of which we have secured record.
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/genealogyofjosep00fish#page/150/mode/1up
  • Thomas, the eldest son, born in 1602, went to Virginia with his wife, Jane, and one servant, Nicholas Shotter. They landed at "Archer's Hoop," a projection of land opposite Jamestown, Feb. 4th, 1624, on the ship Anne (the third vessel after the Mayflower). They had one child, born either on the ship or immediately after landing, whom they named Anne, in honor of the vessel that brought them over. This was the first Farley born on American soil. George, the second son, born in 1615, went to Charlestown or Roxbury, Mass., in 1639, and became the head of our Billerica branch, who record I will give in detail with that of his descendants to the present day. .....
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  • Roger's Will: Following is a copy of his will: "Roger Farley of City of Worchester, gentleman. Will, 29 March, 1622: Proved, 25 September, 1622: "To my wife Jane, the tenement my son Robert Farley now dwells in the broadstreete of Worchester and adjoining to the East side of now dwelling house and at her decease to my son Robert. To my son Robert the house in my own occupation and the house in occupation of my sister Alice Kent. To wife Jane, £300 and all the goods which were her own when I married her. To William Farley my son £120 and various articles of furniture and the lease of the house John Younger now dwelleth in . To Elliot Farley £100. To Edward Farley my son £10 to buy him a cloak and his wife a gown. To 'son Thomas Farley' £5. To son Humphery Farley £5. To Ceycill my daughter £5. To daughter Margaret Broadhurst £5. To daughter Katherine Barnsley £5. To wife's son Robert Allen £40. To sister Alice Kent £3. To each of my apprentices and servant maids £10. To poor of Worchester £7. To Thomas and Edward Evans, my wife's brethern £20 each. Robert Farley my son to use my Cloth-Mark in any clothes he shall make. I forgive my brother Thomas Farley of all debts he owes to me and also discharge Thomas Rogers, my son-in-law, of all moneys and also my son-in-law William Ceycill. Lands I hold from Corporation of Worchester to Jane my wife. The deed of feoffment to some of my children of lands in Anbury als Avenbury in co. Hereford and of lands in city of Worchester to remain safe custody of my executor. To John Clyman £ 22. Residuary Legatee and executor: son Robert Farley. Overseers: John Watts of City of Worchester gent, and John Breyton of same city, Dyer. If I die in forenoon of any day my body to be buried in the afternoon of the same day and if I die in the afternoon of one day to be buried in the forenoon of next.
  • Witnesses: Edward Waringe, William Allen, Richard Oswald, John Hill. Scr." September 1622: Worchester, Worchestershire, England
  • Notes for Roger, 'Thomas' father': Born 1576 in Towthorpe, Yorkshire, England and d. 25 Sep 1622 in Worcester, England. He married (1) Isobel PUMPHREYS. Roger and Isobel had 9 children: (1) William (mentioned in will) born 28 Nov 1583 and christened 7 Dec 1583; (2) Dorothy, born 22 May 1585 and christened 31 May 1585; (3) Elizabeth born 26 Jul 1586 and christened 3 Aug 1586; (4) Elinor born 1 Sep 1587 and christened 10 Sep 1587; (5) Margaret born 1589 and christened 27 Dec 1589. Margaret probably died in infancy. '(6) Thomas (mentioned in will) born 15 Jan 1591 and christened 24 Jan 1591. Thomas died in Jamestown, Virginia and married Jane MOLYNEUX in Worchestershire, England'; (7) Humfrey born 9 Jan 1592 and christened 16 Jan 1592. Humfrey probably died in infancy; (8) Humfrey born in 1594 and christened 2 Jun 1594. Humfrey (mentioned in will) married Susannah SHIPPEY and had William, Thomas, Susannah who married Charles GREGORY and Anne who married Peter MITCHELL; (9) Katherine (mentioned in will) born 15 Jan 1598 and christened 24 Jan 1598. Katherine married ___ BARNSLEY. All the children of Roger and Isobel were born in Worcester, Worchestershire, England and christened in the All Saints Church there. (Names and christening dates were taken from the register of All Saints Church and submitted by Lorna Jones). Roger also married (2) Jane EVANS ALLEN, a widow in 1599. Roger and Jane had Margaret born 2 Dec 1601 and christened 11 Dec 1601. She married ___ Broadhurst; Joanne ?Jane? born in 1602 and christened 27 Nov 1602. She married Thomas ROGERS. There were other children mentioned in Rogers will who are not on the christening list. It is not known if they are the children of Isobel or Jane, but most researchers have them listed as the children of Jane: Robert, Edward and Susannah who married William CEYCILL (mentioned in will). Jane also had a son, Robert ALLEN, from her previous marriage. She is the sister of Thomas and Edward EVANS. Robert ALLEN, Thomas and Edward EVANS were mentioned in Roger?s will of 1622. Some researchers list an Elliott as Rogers son. There is an Elliot mentioned but not as his son. Other researchers have listed Richard and Broadhurst as being the children of Roger, but since they do not show on the christening list nor or they mentioned in the will, I have chosen not to list them until we have proof. Another researcher has Humphrey b. 1610 in Lathrope York, England as the son of Roger and married to Susannah SHIPPEY. I believe this to be incorrect because of the christening date for Humfrey. I believe our Humfrey b. 1594 and christened 2 Jun 1594 to be the Humfrey who is married to Susannah.
  • http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/FARLEY/1999-01/0915230875
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Thomas Farley, Esq.'s Timeline

1600
1600
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
1622
1622
Age 22
WORCHESTER , ENGLAND
1622
Age 22
Worcester, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
1623
1623
Age 23
VA
1623
Age 23
England
1623
Age 23
Came to Virginia
1627
1627
Age 27
VA
1628
1628
Age 28
VA
1631
1631
Age 31
VA
1633
1633
Age 33
VA