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Ralph Farnum, I

Also Known As: "Ralph Farnham"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Rochester, Kent, England (United Kingdom)
Death: 1642 (34-43)
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Andover/ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Farnum and Mary Farnum
Husband of Alice Martin
Father of Mary Poor; Thomas Farnham, I; Ralph Farnham, II; Sarah Ingalls and John Farnum

Occupation: Barber, Barber-surgeon (!!), Church Sexton, Town Crier
Managed by: Hatte Anne Blejer
Last Updated:

About Ralph Farnum, I

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Farnham-42

  • Parents: Henry and Mary (TAG article, 1994), not Ralph Farnum
  • Occupation: Barber (not merchant)
  • His wedding date to Alice is unknown
  • He is from Rochester, Kent, England, not Surrey

This Overview needs to be cleaned up and the "facts" need to be sources. The most reliable information is the information at the top which is from Robert Anderson's The Great Migration Begins. [Hatte Blejer Jan. 27, 2015] {~• for the time being, several contradictory stories are left intact here [MMvB May 2016] DId he die "in the snows of Roxbury in June? ;) ]

Born about 1603 (aged 32 in 1635). Barber from Rochester, Kent who came to Massachusetts Bay in 1635 on the "James" & settled in Ipswich. Died by 1648 (when his widow remarried).

Married by 1628 Alice _____. She married (2) in Gloucester, MA on the 18th of June 1648 Solomon Martin ("Solloman Martin, ship carpenter, and Ales Varnam, widow, of Ipswich").

On 13 July 1635, "Ralph Farman," barber, aged 32, "Alice Farman," aged 28, "Mary Farman," aged 7, "Tho[mas] Farman," aged 4, and "Ralph Farman," aged 2, were enrolled at London as passengers for New England on the "James."

Source: Anderson's Great Migration Study Project

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  • Birth: 1603, England
  • Death: 1642 Andover Essex County Massachusetts, USA

Children

  1. MARY FARNUM b: 1628 in SOUTHAMPTON, HAMPSHIRE, ENGLAND
  2. THOMAS FARNUM b: 1631 in ENGLAND
  3. RALPH FARNUM b: 1636 in ENGLAND
  4. SARAH FARNUM b: 1638 in SOUTHAMPTON, HAMPSHIRE, ENGLAND
  5. JOHN FARNUM b: 1640 in ROWLEY, ESSEX, MASSACHUSETTS

Only five children were recorded in Andover. I have disconnected son Ephraim. See Ralph Farnum's wife's About. [Hatte Blejer, May 2021]

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There is speculation that the original Farnham's came over to England with William the Conqueror in 1066. The name being known as DeVarnum, but this fact is under dispute.

  • The family acquired large landed estates which are located at Quorn, near Loughborough.
  • The family crest represents a griffin's head protruding from a ducal crown, bearing in its beak a (cressed) crosslet sharpened, ready to be set up. Motto "Je Suis Prot", I AM READY.
  • Ralph Farnham came over from England in 1635 on the Brig "James." First settled in Ipswich, MA, USA. Family settled in Andover, MA, USA and lived their until William (4) moved to Windham, CT, USA around 1720.

Ralph died before 1648, not even 45 years old.


Ralph Farnum, b abt 1603 probably in Rochester, Kent Co England, and d. bef 1648 in Ipswich, Essex CO MA. He married 1 Oct 1627 prob in Rochester, Kent CO England to Alice --. She b. abt 1607 in England. This family emigrated from England, arriving in Boston MA on the ship, "James" in late September 1635. He was a barber-surgeon who lectured people on theology while he shaved them. He was a proprietor in Ipswich MA in 1639. That same year he was appointed "town crier" for "ringing the bell, keeping clean the meeting house and publishing such things as the town shall appoint..." He died in the snow in Roxbury MA while going on a visit to visit a patient. After his death, his wife Allice, married (2) in Gloucester MA to Solomon Martin.

The immigrant, Ralph Farnum, arrived in Boston with his family on the James in late September 1635. His origin in Rochester, Kent, was first proven by Mr. Farnham in an article published in the January 1994 issue of The American Genealogist, thereby refuting the long-held belief that Ralph was a merchant tailor from London. Ralph settled in Ipswich and probably died there about 1647. All of his children moved to Andover, Massachusetts. In the next generations, as the Indian wars eventually abated and new communities opened up for settlement, his descendants scattered across northern New England, to places such as Uxbridge, Massachusetts, Concord, New Hampshire, and Rumford, York, Lebanon and Belgrade, Maine.

Ralph and Alice were 9th great grandparents of President Gerald R. Ford.

Children of Ralph & Alice Farnum: generations are numbered in sequence

  1. Mary Farnum, b. bef 13 July 1628 in Rochester, Kent, England (Ancestor of Gerald Ford as follows:
  2. Daniel Poor m. Mary Farnum
  3. Mary Poor m. John Noyes
  4. John Noyes Jr. m. Mary Thurlo
  5. Elizabeth Noyes m. William Adams
  6. Sarah Adams m. Daniel Ayer
  7. Samuel Ayer m. Polly Chase
  8. John Varnum Ayer m. Elida Vanderburgh Manney
  9. George Manney Ayer m. Amy Gridley Butler
  10. Adela Augusta Ayer m. Levi Addison Gardner
  11. Dorothy Ayer Gardner m. Leslie Lynch King
  12. Leslie Lynch King Jr. (name changed to Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr.) (38th President USA) [AAP 276]

other children

2. Thomas Farnum, b. 10 Apr 1631 in St. Nicholas Parish, Rochester, Kent, England 3. Ralph II Farnum, b. 4 Aug 1633 in St. Nicholas Parish, Rochester, Kent, England 4. Sarah Farnum, b. abt 1638 prob Ipswich Essex CO MA

Sarah is the 4th ggrandmother of US President Rutherford B. Hayes as follows
generations are numbered in sequence

  1. Sarah Farnum m. George Abbott Jr.
  2. Lydia Abbott m. Henry Chandler
  3. Isaac Chandler m. Abigail Hale
  4. Abigail Chandler m. Israel Smith
  5. Chloe Smith m. Rutherford Hayes
  6. Rutherford Hayes Jr. m. Sophia Birchard
  7. Rutherford Birchard Hayes (19th President USA)

(continuing with offspring) 5. +John Farnum, b. abt 1640, prob Ipswich Essex CO MA

I have disconnected Alice Farnum, b. abt 1638 in Ipswich, Essex CO MA. [Hatte Blejer, May 2021]


from internet -----

Notes

Lisa: Trust me: Ralph Farnum is the immigrant to America in 1635. His marriage date to Alice has NEVER been found. John & Elizabeth (Holcrofte) F is another (Boston) line. Ralph's father was Henry/Mary as stated in my TAG article. Robert F, an IGI fantasy, has hung around for years, but serious Farnham searchers know better. It is unworthy of repetition, as it is fantasy, much as the fact that we descend back to the "Norman" (England) days. Pure fantasy. Whew! Can't understand where such nonsense originates. Your aware the Varnums of Dracut have no connection with the rest of us.


In an article in the January 1994 (pp. 33-36) The American Genealogist R. C. Farnham put this issue to rest (I think). He provides evidence that Ralph was the son of Henry Farnham, Rochester, Kent, England, who married Mary _____. R. C. states with equivocation that Ralph was not the son of the tailor Ralf and that he was not from Surrey, England. Good hunting.

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There is speculation that the original Farnham's came over to England with William the Conqueror in 1066. The name being known as DeVarnum, but this fact is under dispute. The family acquired large landed estates which are located at Quorn, near Loughborough. The family crest represents a griffin's head protruding from a ducal crown, bearing in its beak a (cressed) crosslet sharpened, ready to be set up. Motto "Je Suis Prot", I AM READY ____________________

RALPH FARNHAM was born on 25 Aug 1601 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England.14,World Family Tree, Volume II, Family #2676, has Ralph born in London, London, England. In 1637 he was Barber in England.16 He emigrated in Jul 1638 from Boston, Suffolk Co., MA.16,316 Came over on the James. Settled in Ipswich, MA.

Ralph of Andover, came from London to Boston in brig "James" June 3, 1635, with wife Alice and 3 children, viz: Mary, b. 1628, Thomas, b. 1631, and Ralph, b. 1633, and had 3 children, b. in Andover, viz.: Ephriam, Sarah and John. Removed to Ipswich then to Andover. Ralph Farnum, ancestor of all the Farnum families of southern Worcester Co., was born in England, probably in Leicestershire, in 1603, died Jan 8, 1692-3, and the inventory of his estate is dated Mar 29, 1693. He came from London in the brig "James", which sailed from Southampton, Apr 6, 1635, and reached Boston, June 3, 1635. He gave his age at sailing as thirty-two, his wife, Alice's as twenty-eight, and they had with them three young children, Mary, thomas and Ralph. He was a yeoman after coming to America, and settled at Ipswich, of which he was proprietor in 1639. He removed to Andover, MA. Children: Mary married Daniel Poor, of Andover, MA, in Boston, Oct 20, 1650, resided at Andover, she died at the age of thirty-five years; Thomas married July 8, 1660, Elizabeth Gibbons, who died Aug 26, 1683, he died Jan 11, 1685; Ralph married Elizabeth Hall, in Andover, Oct 2, 1658, she died at the age of seventy-eight years, he died January 8, 1691-2; Sarah, born Andover, married Apr 16, 1658, George Abbott; John, son of Ralph and Alice Farnum, was born at Andover, MA and died there in the eighty-third year. He married, Nov 12, 1667, Rebecca Kent, daughter of Stephen Kent of Newbury, MA. He died on 8 Jan 1691/92 in Andover, Essex Co., MA.He signed a will May 29, 1693- Will inventoried in Andover, Essex Co., MA. Parents: ROBERT FARNHAM and ELIZABETH.


Birth: 1603, England Death: unknown Andover Essex County Massachusetts, USA

Born about 1603 (aged 32 in 1635). Barber from Rochester, Kent who came to Massachusetts Bay in 1635 on the "James" & settled in Ipswich. Died by 1648 (when his widow remarried). Married by 1628 Alice _____. She married (2) Gloucester 18 June 1648 Solomon Martin ("Solloman Martin, ship carpenter, and Ales Varnam, widow, of Ipswich"). On 13 July 1635, "Ralph Farman," barber, aged 32, "Alice Farman," aged 28, "Mary Farman," aged 7, "Tho[mas] Farman," aged 4, and "Ralph Farman," aged 2, were enrolled at London as passengers for New England on the "James." Source: Anderson's Great Migration Study Project

Family links:

Spouse:
 Alice Farnham Martin (1607 - ____)
Children:
 Mary Farnham Poor (1628 - 1713)*
  • Calculated relationship

Burial: Unknown

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RALPH4 FARNUM, SR. (ROBERT3, ROBERT2 FARNHAM,JR., ROBERT1) was born 25 Aug 1601 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, and died 08 Jan 1692 in Andover, Essex, MA. He married ALICE MARTIN 10 Oct 1627 in Andover, Essex, MA. She was born 1610 in Andover, Essex, MA, and died 09 Feb 1652 in Andover, Essex, MA.

Notes for RALPH FARNUM, SR.: Christened on 30 Aug 1601 in St. Peter's Church, Cornhill, London, England.

The passengers were certified as eligible to leave England on July 13, 1635, and the ship would have left soon after, depending on the winds and whatever. I think they arrived in Boston in September, but I don't have that documented. Planters of the Commonwealth by Charles Edward Banks states that the James sailed for New England the latter part of July and arrived in Boston the last week in September. Included in the pasenger lists are Ralph Farnham, age 32, barber, destination Ipswich; Mrs. Alice Farnham, 28; Mary Farnham, 7; Thomas Farnham, 4; and Ralph Farnham, 2.

They settled in Ipswich where Ralph became the first town crier.


Ralph Farnham was born in ca. 1603 in England, probably in Rochester, County Kent. He is almost certainly the son of Henry Farnham and Mary____. His father was a mariner who died at sea in 1619 or 1620. Ralph married Alice Harris and their three children came to Boston in 1635 in a ship, the James, which was legally cleared to leave London on July 13. Ralph was 32, Alice was 28, the children were Mary, age 7; Thomas, age 4, and Ralph, age 2. Ralph was a barber (or barber surgeon) according to the ship records and his children's baptismal records. Once in America, the first records of them are in Ipswich, Mass. in 1639, when he was church sexton and town crier--not high class occupations. (They may have been in Ipswich all along; many early records for Ipswich are missing.) Ralph died or at least disappeared sometime between 1639 (conception of last child) and 1641, when Alice is referred to as a widow. Again, the circumstances of that reference suggest the Farnhams didn't have a lot of money: a will granted Widow Vernham the use of a ewe goat for one year. Two more children were born to them here--Sarah b. ca 1639 and John b ca. 1640.



Arrived in Boston on the James in 1635

GEDCOM Source

@R1503248714@ U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 Ancestry.com Ancestry.com Operations Inc 1,3824::0 Genealogical Publishing Co.; Baltimore, MD, USA; Volume Title: New England Marriages Prior to 1700 1,3824::48686

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Ralph Farnum, I's Timeline

1601
August 30, 1601
Southampton, Hampshire, England
August 30, 1601
Saint Peter's, Cornhill, London, Greater London, England
August 30, 1601
London, London, England, United Kingdom
August 30, 1601
Southampton, Hampshire, England
August 30, 1601
Cornhill, Saint Michael, London, England
1603
1603
Rochester, Kent, England (United Kingdom)
1605
November 24, 1605
Age 2
Saint Clement Danes, London, Westminster, England (United Kingdom)
1628
July 13, 1628
Rochester, Kent, England (United Kingdom)
1631
April 10, 1631
St. Nicholas, Rochester, Kent, England (United Kingdom)