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George Farrar, Sr.

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Henrico, Virginia
Death: Died in Mechlenburg, Virginia
Place of Burial: St.james Parish, Mecklenburg, Va
Immediate Family:

Son of Maj. William Farrar and Priscilla Farrar
Husband of Judith Farrar
Father of Abel Farrar; Mary Moore; Field Farrar; William Farrar, Sr.; Thomas Jefferson Farrar, Col. and 4 others
Brother of Martha Skepley; William Farrar, IV; Thomas Farrar; Abel Farrar; Priscilla Burton and 3 others
Half brother of Cicely Farrar

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About George Farrar IV

George Farrar (son of William Farrar and Priscilla Baugh) was born Abt. 1695 in Farrar's Island, Henrico Co. Virginia, and died March 16, 1772 in St. James Parish, Mecklenburg Co Virginia. He married Judith Jefferson on Abt. 1717 in Henrico Co. Virginia, daughter of Thomas Jefferson II and Mary Field.

“In 1729, Thomas Jefferson deeded to son-in-law, George Farrar, the plantation ‘Gilly’s Mill,’ which George and his wife, Judith, occupied for the next thirty years. Miss Alvahn Holmes wrote in ‘Some Farrar’s Island Descendants’ that ‘the deed describes the plantation as being in Henrico County, Southside, (which later became Chesterfield County), south side of Swift Creek, both sides of Reedy Run, near Curles … Described as on John and Frederick Baugh’s line, it was also in the neighborhood of the Jefferson Plantation.’ During that time, he lived at Gilly’s Mill, George Farrar was active in the community, serving on the jury, acting as appraiser and processionar of land in 1736. In 1759, George and Judith Farrar moved to Mecklenburg County, Virginia (formerlyLunenburg County) to be near her brother, Field Jefferson.”

George Farrar’s dwelling abode was at Grill’s Mill, willed to Judith Jefferson.  George’s will was probated on October 12, 1772, at Mecklenburg County, Virginia.  George’s will was written on March 16, 1772).

“One of the famous Farrar family members, Colonel William Farrar II, born about 1626, tried to get Virginia planters to turn to silk culture instead of raising that ‘Evil Weede’ tobacco. In 1759, George and Judith moved from then Chesterfield County, Virginia, to Mecklenburg County, Virginia, to be near her brother, Field Jefferson. Field had many acres of land on both sides of the Roanoke River, just east of present day Clarksville, Virginia. George, IV and Judith lived for about 30 years on a plantation in the southside of Henrico County, Virginia (which after 1747 became Chesterfield County, Virginia) before moving in 1759.”

George IV died: March 16, 1772, St. James Parish, Mecklenburg County, Virginia

George Farrar and his siblings were among the last to be born and raised on Farrar's Island. The Farrar's along with many other families who played prominent roles in the 1600's, were being supplanted by more politically powerful and wealthy families, like the Randolph's. George continued to own a share of Farrar's Island on the James River in Virginia until 1760.

George Farrar married Judith Jefferson, eldest child of Thomas Jefferson II and Mary Field, about 1717.

During about 1727-28 George's older brothers, William IV, Thomas and John, sold their shares of the Farrar's Island estate to the Randolph's. George continued to live on his share of the estate at that time.

In 1729, Thomas Jefferson II deeded to son-in-law George Farrar the plantation "Gilly's Mill," which George and his wife Judith occupied for the next thirty years. The deed describes the plantation as being in Henrico County Southside (which later became Chesterfield County), south side of Swift Creek, both sides of Reedy Run, near Curles... Described as on John and Frederick Baugh's line, it was also in the neighborhood of the Jefferson Plantation. During the time that he lived at Gilly's Mill, George Farrar was active in the community, serving on the jury, acting as appraiser and processionar of land in 1736.

On a tithable list for Lunenburg Co. Virginia in 1748, Field Jefferson was charged with Tithe's for the following: Thomas Jefferson, George Farrar, Joseph Aking (Akin), Wm. Edwards, and David Dodd.

On the Tithable list for 1749, Lunenburg, George Farrar is charged with a tithe for Joseph Akin.

In 1759 George Farrar sold his and Judith's property (Gilly's Mill bequeathed by Thomas Jefferson II) and moved to Mecklenburg Co., Virginia (formerly Lunenburg County), to live near Judith's brother, Field Jefferson, who had established a large estate on the north side of the Roanoke River near the Howards, where he operated a ferry for years (shown on Peter Jefferson's Map of Virginia). August 10, 1759 George patented land of 385 acres on the branches of Roanoak, adjoining Deloney, and Allens lines (Patents 34, p. 406).


(Will does not name wife, but researchers have proven she was Judith JEFFERSON, daughter of Thomas JEFFERSON II, & aunt of President Thomas JEFFERSON.)

In the name of God, Amen. I GEORGE FARRAR of the county of Mecklenburg and parish of St. James, being sick and weak but of perfect mind and memory and knowing it is allotted to men once to die do make ordain this my last will and testament in the manner following. First I commend my soul to God that gave it through the Mercy of Jesus Christ my Savior in all humble hopes of its future happiness. As to my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a descent manner at the discretion of my executors herein mention.

I give to my son WILLIAM FARRAR one Negro wench, Marrian. I give to my son JOHN FARRAR one Negro boy, Abram, and one featherbed and furniture.

I give to my grandson FIELD FARRAR, JR. son of FIELD FARRAR, SR., one Negro girl Patt.

I give and desire my son FIELD FARRAR to have a horse and saddle and my wearing clothes.

I give to my WIFE the right to the full use of the remaining part of my estate, both Negroes and movables, during her life.

I desire that at the death of my loving WIFE my Negro fellow Dick may choose which he please for his master of those of my sons, THOMAS FARRAR, WILLIAM FARRAR or JOHN FARRAR.

Item: I desire my daughters MARY MOORE and PRISCILLA HOWARD each of them to have one cow and calf.

Item: I give to my son THOMAS FARRAR two young Negroes Sam and Annie.

Item: I lend to my son PETER FARRAR two Negroes Sarah and Pope during his life and after his death I desire that they and their increase may be equally divided between his youngest sons SAMUEL FARRAR and GEORGE FARRAR.

Item: To my grandson GEORGE FARRAR, the son of GEORGE FARRAR deceased one Negro boy George to them and their heirs.

I do hereby constitute and appoint my sons THOMAS FARRAR and WILLIAM FARRAR the executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 16th day of March 1772.

Witnesses: (signed) GEORGE FARRAR (Seal)

James Brown (Brame?)

Jane Puryear; Johnie Carter

Proved at a Mecklenburg County Court 12 October 1772, by THOMAS FARRAR, WILLIAM FARRAR and JOHN FARRAR, Exors.

SOURCE: Alvahn Holmes book "Some Farrar's Island Descendants"

Alvahn Holmes "George Farrar and Judith Jefferson and Their Colonial Ancestors" in Stripes, Vol. XXVI, March 1986.

1759 land patent in Lunenburg Co. Virginia

1772 Will Book 1, page 134, Mecklenburg Co., Virginia.


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George Farrar IV's Timeline

Henrico, Virginia
Age 22
Chesterfield, VA, USA
Age 25
Henrico, Virginia
Age 29
Chesterfield, Virginia, United States
Age 29
Chesterfield County, VA
August 10, 1726
Age 31
Henrico, VA, USA
Age 33
Virginia, United States
June 9, 1729
Age 34
Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States
June 6, 1730
Age 35
Chesterfield, Virginia, United States