George Farley of Billerica

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George Farley

Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Farley of Towthorpe and Jane Farley, of Down Ampney
Husband of Christian Births
Father of James Farley; Caleb Farley, Sr.; Timothy Farley; Elizabeth Farley; Samuel Farley and 2 others

Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About George Farley of Billerica

George 1615-27 Dec 1693, b. in England, d. at Billerica, Middlesex Co., MA. In 1639 he departed England for religious reasons, boarding the ship Lyon and landing in either Charleston or Roxbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony. [New Hampshire Genealogies 1908 Vol 2] He initially settled at Roxbury, MA [Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England, by John Farmer. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1969, pp. 100-101]. He was one of the early Baptists, and a member of the first Baptist Church of Boston.

George m. Christian BIRTHS on 9 Apr 1641 in Woburn, MA. She was a Swede, whocame to this country on the same ship as he did, and whose father had died on the voyage and was buried at sea. They lived in Woburn for about 12 years, where he was listed on a 1645 tax roll as a 'clothier.' (His great-uncle Roger FARLEY was a well-known clothier in Yorkshire, as well as having other businesses in Worcestershire.) George moved eight miles to the northwest before 1656, and became one of the founders of the town of Shawshin, which later became Billerica. The George Farley home in Billerica, built in 1676, still stands at 161 Concord Road. The west end is the original George Farley house [per Farley Family of Hollis website]. He sold his house in Woburn to a Richard SNOW on 19 Nov 1656.

 George and his family were good citizens. In Mar 1660, he served on the Grand Jury; also in 1660 he was a corporal in the train band, a group formed to train and protect the town. On 14 August 1675, in a period of frequent Indian attack, his house was selected as a garrison in time of extremity. He was a participant in the August 1675 military expedition in which Nipmuck Indians killed his son Timothy and seven others at Brookfield, Massachusetts. [NEHGR, Vol. 136]. George and his family, as Baptists, were also at odds with the Puritan religion. His son Samuel was fined for eating and drinking in church, probably more an indication of his defiance than a reflection of his boorishness. [Superior Court records of 1689, pp. 131-133; research by Melinde Lutz Sanborn]. The fact that at least two persons from Billerica were seized during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 may not have sat well with him. He died a year later. His wife died on 27 Mar 1702. 
  • 'One line of the Farley family (1897)
  • 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,
  • 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
  • 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
  • '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)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • .... 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.
  • 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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George Farley of Billerica's Timeline

Age 8
Age 20
from England on LION
November 23, 1643
Age 28
Woburn, MA, USA
April 1, 1645
Age 30
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
February 27, 1646
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