Col. William Farrar

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William Farrar, II

Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: "Jordan's Journey," Jamestown Settlement, James City, Virginia
Death: February 11, 1677 (50)
Charles City, Henrico, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Councillor William Farrar and Cecily Reynolds
Husband of Mary Farrar
Father of Cecily Farrar; Abraham Farrow, Sr.; Maj. William Farrar; Martha Sutton; Thomas Farrar, ll and 1 other
Brother of Lt. Col. John Farrar and Cecily Farrar
Half brother of Temperance Cocke; Mary Jordan and Margaret Jordan

Occupation: Justice of the Peace for Charles City Co. (1657) and for Henrico Co. (1677), and also was a commissioner for the Henrico Co. Court (1669).member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, Colonel
Managed by: Anne Momsen Hailey
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About Col. William Farrar

William Farrar II was the eldest son of William Farrar and Cecily Bailey Jordan Farrar. He was probably born at Jordan's Journey where his parents resided for a few years after their 1625 marriage. William Farrar, born in 1627, was the second child of his parents and joined a thriving family then consisting of half-sisters Temperance Bailey 10, Mary Jordan 6, Margaret Jordan 4, and sister Cecily Farrar 2. William was the first boy and no doubt the long awaited little prince of the family. His father sailed back to England in the summer of 1631 to settle the estate of his father John Farrer the Elder. It is not known if Cecily accompanied her husband or if they brought the children on the trip with them. William Farrar II, his sister Cecily Farrar and mother Cecily are named in the deed of sale of the inherited properties for which Cecily and the children released their rights to the inheritence. Upon return to Virginia William's father patented and founded Farrar's Island on the former site of the Virginia colony's second settlement in Henrico County, a 2000 acre estate that would remain in the Farrar family for 100 years. William was only about nine or ten when his father died in 1636. The Farrar's Island patent was granted by King Charles I posthumously to his father June 11, 1637 and put in his name at that time.

As the son of one of the colonies distinguished landed gentry William Farrar II was raised to take his place in Virginia society...

Comments: William II, like his father, became rather prominent in Virginia society. He served as Justice of the Peace for Charles City Co. (1657) and for Henrico Co. (1677), and also was a commissioner for the Henrico Co. Court (1669). However his most notable contributions to the colony were made as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, where he served for 18 years (1659-1676). He also wore the title of Colonel as a company commander in the militia.

Will of WILLIAM FARRER, Henrico County, May 6, 1677

In the name of God, Amen, I WILLIAM FARRER of Henrico in the make and ordain this my last will and testament Viz:

I give and bequeath to my very loving brother Capt. JOHN FARRER TWO parcels of land which was formerly laid out and measured by Scott Thomas Lygon one parcel lying without Capt Davis Bottoms containing about three hundred acres, the other parcel within the said bottom containing something of two hundred acres, all I freely give to my said brother and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever. And for want of..........I give and bequeath the ...parcels of land to my two sons THOMAS FARRER and JOHN FARRER and to the heirs of their bodies lawfully begotten, and if either of them die before he have issue then the survivor to enjoy the said land forever, but in the ........of these two parcels of land to my brother JOHN FARRER I make this condition and exception, that my brother JOHN FARRER shall relinquish all the right, title and interest he hath to a parcel of land I ........gave him called by the name of Coles Field or .........this my bequest to be of him nor his.

I give and bequeath to my sons WILLIAM FARRER this neck of land I live on to him and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever and the said neck of land is to pass gained my new dwelling twice to a ridge of trees , a b......two hundred paces of, but of it shall please God that my son shall depart this life without issue, then my will and desire is that my sons, THOMAS FARRER and JOHN FARRER have and enjoy the said neck of land to them and their heirs lawfully begotten forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my sons THOMAS FARRER and JOHN FARRER and the male heirs of their bodies lawfully begotten all the land that I have a right and title to without this neck of land already given to my eldest son WILLIAM FARRER, and then two parcels given to my brother JOHN FARRER, all the rest I do give to my said sons THOMAS and JOHN and their heirs as above said forever to be equally divided between them when they please after they shall arrive of age.

I ordain and appoint my brother JOHN FARRER and my son WILLIAM FARRER to be the executors of this my will...............In witness hereof I set my hand and date this 6th of May 1677. WILLIAM FARRER

Testee: Michael Turpin.


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Col. William Farrar's Timeline

James City, Virginia
Age 21
Farrar's Island, VA
October 9, 1653
Age 26
Staindrop, County Durham, England, United Kingdom
Age 30
Henrico County, Virginia
Age 36
Farrar's Island, Henrico County, Virginia Colony
Age 38
Farrar's Island, Henrico, Virginia
Age 43
Henrico, Virginia
February 11, 1677
Age 50
Charles City, Henrico, Virginia