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Ancient Planters: Farrar Family

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  • George Farrar IV (c.1695 - 1772)
    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 J...
  • Lieut. John Farrar (c.1670 - 1729)
    John Farrar, born 1670 in Farrar's Island, Henrico Co., VA; died 1729 in Farrar's Island, Henrico Co., VA; married Temperance Brown November 16, 1691 in Henrico Co., VA; born in Charles City, Henrico C...
  • Maj. William Farrar (1657 - 1721)
    Major William Farrar III, born 1657 in Farrar's Island, Henrico Co., VA; died 1721 in Farrar's Island, Henrico Co., VA. He was the son of Col. William Farrar II and Mary Williams. He married Priscilla ...
  • Priscilla Farrar (1659 - 1706)
    Priscilla Baugh, born 1669 in Henrico Co., VA; died 1706 in Farrar's Island, Henrico Co., VA. She was the daughter of William Baugh, Jr. and Jane Hatcher. Married: 1682 in Henrico to William Farr...
  • William Farrar, IV (1682 - 1744)
    William Farrar IV was the last owner of Farrar's Island, which he sold to Thomas Randolph on February 5, 1727. In return, he was to receive " land on the north side of the James River in the Parish of ...

This project traces and documents the descendants and ancestors of "Councillor" William Farrar of Jamestown, Virginia, "Ancient Planter."

WILLIAM FARRAR was the third son of John Farrer the elder of Croxton, Ewood, and London, Esquire and Cecily Kelke. He was born into the wealthy landed gentry of Elizabethan England.

WILLIAM FARRAR who emigrated to Virginia in 1618 was a subscriber to the Third Charter of the Virginia Company (He paid £37 10 shillings, although many who subscribed never paid.). His name appears among the citizens and merchants of London listed in Article V of the Charter, "So that posterity may hereafter know who have adventured and not been sparing of their purses in such a noble and generous action for the general good of their country..." Alexander Brown wrote: "Unlike the Second Charter made up mostly of tradespeople, three fourths of the Third Charter were of the gentry," and many of those named in Browne's Biographies, among them William Farrar, "are originators of families who are today largely represented in the United States, and as patriotic citizens should take much pride in being of the Founders' Kin as is taken by Englishmen in tracing from the Roll of Battle Abbey."

At the age of 35 William Farrar cast his lot with the venturers and sailed from London March 16, 1618, in the "Neptune" with Lord Delaware, who had been urged by the settlers to return to Virginia as a governor and who had persuaded many of the gentry to emigrate to Virginia.

William Farrar quickly made a place for himself in the colony acting as appraiser, executor of estates, a member of the the King's Council and justice of two counties. During the famed Indian massacre of Virginia settlers, which began on Good Friday, March 22, 1622, ten persons were killed at William Farrar's house upon the Appomattox River. William Farrar fled with other survivors and managed to escape and find refuge at the fortified home of his neighbors Samuel and Cecily Jordan on the James River arriving the next day, where he stayed for years thereafter.