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The "Humble Petition of the Distressed People of Lancaster" to the government for assistance in this emergency, dated March n, 1675-6 is now on record in the office of the Secretary of State. It is signed "Jacob ffarrar" and 18 others. The widow Farrar and her son-in-law, John Haughton, Jr., were appointed administrators of her husband's estate, which was divided between the widow and "two children now surviving" (who must have been Mary and Joseph) and the children of his son Jacob2 deceased." John Haughton filed his administrator's bond March 27, 1682. (See "Willard's History of Lancaster," and "Whitney's History of Worcester County.") Issue:
2 i. Jacob,2 born 1642; killed by Indians in King Philip's
War, Aug. 22, 1675; married, 1668, Hannah Haywood, ii. John, died 1677 without issue living, iii. Henry, killed by Indians Feby. 10, 1675-6. iv. Mary, married John Haughton, Jr., Feby. 22, 1671.
(All the above children born in England, 16401650.) v. Joseph, born at Lancaster, Aug. 6, 1660.
Jacob2 Farrar (Jacob1), born in England 1642. Came to Lancaster 1658; married in 1668 Hannah, daughter of George Hayward, of Concord, N. H. He was killed by Indians in King Philip's War, Aug. 22, 1675. Hannah, his widow, took administration on his estate Oct. 3, 1676, and at same time returned an inventory dated "27th, 7th mo., 1675." Soon after his death his widow and children went to Concord, where her relatives resided and where the children were brought up. She married Adam Holloway, of Marlborough. On Oct. 6, 1697, the four sons below named, all having become of age, deeded to their uncle, John Haughton, all the land they inherited in Lancaster from their grandfather, Jacob1 Farrar. Issue:
i. Jacob,3 born April 29, 1669; married Susan Radiate. 3 ii. George, born Aug. 16, 1670; married Mary Howe
Sept. 9, 1692.
George' Farrar (Jacob? Jacob1), born Aug. 16, 1670; died May 15, 1766; married Sept. 9, 1692, Mary Howe. George was carried by his mother to Concord when he was but five years old and brought up by a farmer, Mr. Goble, at the place now called Lincoln. When George arrived at 21 years of age he had only a quarter of a dollar in his pocket. He called his companions together and told them he would treat them with all he had and begin the world square. He married Sept. 9, 1692, Mary Howe, who had also lived at Mr. Goble's from her childhood, and with her he lived, including the time they spent together in childhood, more than eighty years. He early purchased a large tract of land in the neighborhood where he was brought up and where his posterity of the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh generations lived and their descendants now live. He was several years selectman of Concord. His will was dated March 17, 1749. Issue:
i. Joseph,* born Feby. 28, 1693; married Mary .
ii. Daniel, born Nov. 30, 1696; married Hannah Fletcher.
iii. George, born Feby. 16, 1704; married Mary Barrett.
iv. Mary, born Oct. 12, 1706; married Nathan Brown. 4 v. Samuel, born Sept. 28, 1708; married Lydia Barrett.
Samuel4 Farrar (George? Jacob? Jacob1), born Sept. 28, 1708; died April 17, 1783. He settled on the central or homestead portion of his father's farm and married Jany. 13, 1732, Lydia Barrett, daughter of Captain Benjamin Barrett, born Aug. 2, 1712; died June, 1802. Samuel Farrar was a deacon of the church, an exceedingly strong character and very distinguished in his day. He was much interested in public affairs, frequently serving his town as selectman, town clerk, representative, etc., and was a patriot of great zeal, steadiness and perseverance. He was selectman of Concord, N. H., in 1754, when Lincoln was set off. and afterward for many years town clerk and representative of the new town.
In November, 1773, he was chairman of the first Committee of Correspondence and afterwards a member of the Great Middlesex Convention of August 30, 1774, which led off in the Revolution by Resolving, among other things of similar import: "That it is our opinion these late acts (of the British Parliament) if quietly submitted to, will annihilate the last vestige of liberty in this province, and therefore we must be justified by God and the world in never submitting to them." i
He was also a member of the first Provincial Congress, which met Oct. II, 1774, and at the age of sixty-six years, took part in the first battle of the Revolution at Concord, April 19, 1775. He rallied the militia before Colonel Prescott came up. (See "History of the Fight at Concord" by Rev. Ezra Ripley, D. D., p. 14, printed and published by Allen & Atwell; also "Shattuck's History of Concord" and "Kidder's History of New Ipswich, N. H.,"
Samuel Farrar died soon after the conclusion of the war, April w, l7&3> m the seventy-fifth year of his age, having witnessed the establishment of the independence of his country and endured the hardships of its acquisition, but leaving to his posterity the enjoyment of the rich inheritance of its blessings. Issue:
i. Lydia,5 born Sept. 2, 1735; married William Bond.
ii. Samuel, born Feby. 14, 1737; married Mercy Hoar.
iii. Stephen, born Sept. 8, 1738.
iv. James, born July 24, 1741; died 1769.
5 v. Rebecca, born Aug. 13, 1743; married Nov. 29, 1764,
Dr. John Preston.
vi. Lucy, born April 27, 1745; married Humphrey Farrar.
vii. Timothy, born Jany. 28, 1747; graduate Harvard 1767; died Feby. 21, 1849, aged one hundred and one years, seven months and twelve days.
Rebecca5 Farrar (Samuel* George* Jacob,1 Jacob1), born Aug. 13, 1743; died in New Ipswich, N. H., April 1, 1829; married in New Ipswich, Nov. 29, 1764, Dr. John6 Preston (Samuel, Samuel, Samuel,2 Roger1). Issue:
6 i. Anna9 Preston, born Aug. 10, 1784; married Oct. 15,
1808, Major Seth King. (And twelve others. See Preston-King, p. 549 ante.) Sixth Generation.
Anna8 Preston (Rebecca1 Farrar, Samuel* George,1 Jacob,2 Jacob1), born in New Ipswich, N. H., Aug. 10, 1784; died in New Ipswich, Sept. 6, 1863; married in New Ipswich, Oct. 15, 1808, Maj. Seth5 King (Lieut. Eliphalet,4 Capt. Joseph.3 James,2 William1), born at Suffield, Conn., Sept. 27, 1777; died in New Ipswich, July 12, 1851.
(For account of Maj. Seth King and his descendants see King Genealogy, pages 160-161, ante.)
Walter" King (Ashbel* Capt. Joseph,1 James,1 William1), born at Suffield, Conn., Dec. 26, 1792; married Cynthia Maria Holliday, daughter of Jesse Holliday (John, Joseph, John, Jonas), of Kentucky.
It is said that this name was formerly Halliday and that the line began with Henry, of Minchin, Hampton, England. Sir Leonard Halliday, great grandson of Henry and son of William (who in 1554 was created Baron Chandes of Sudley) was at his father's decease sent to London, where he rose to be sheriff and in 1605 was Lord Mayor of that city and was knighted by King James I. The coat armour of this family was:—Arms—Sable, three helmets argent, garnished or, within a border engrailed, of the second. Crest—a demi-lion rampant or, holding an anchor azure. Motto—Quarta Saluti.
Jonas Holiday was the first whose name appears on the Virginia records. He was sheriff of Norfolk county, Virginia, 171314, 1717-18. He had two sons, Marshall and Anthony. The latter had a son Joseph, born about 1669; died before 1718. He had a son Joseph who left a large family. Capt. John Holladay was probably a son of the last named Joseph. He was a resident of Spottsylvania county, Virginia, and died Nov., 1742. The Virginia Assembly passed an act May, 1780, ordering the court of Spottsylvania county "to hold their sessions at the house of John Holladay until the next court house, now building, shall be completed." His will mentions nine children, of whom Joseph was the fourth.
Joseph Halladay was born about 1724; succeeded his brother as inspector of tobacco at Fredericksburg under commission dated Nov. 30, 1761. The office was held by the Holladays for over fifty years. He married Elizabeth (Betty) Lewis, daughter of Harry Lewis, and had eleven children, of whom the eldest was John.
John Holladay, eldest son of Joseph, was born about 1749. He removed to Clark county, Kentucky, about 1795, and died there May 21, 1819, being killed by a hogshead of tobacco which was being rolled down a hill to the boat, when it caught him against a tree and crushed him. His wife's name was Martha, and they were the parents of Jesse Holliday, who was born May 15, 1776;