Biography of Eldredge Farwell
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Farwell, Eldredge, the founder of Clarendon, Orleans county, N. Y., one of ten children of William and Bethiah Eldredge Farwell, was born in Carlton, New Hampshire, March 6, 1870. He was fifth in descent from Henry Farwell, who came from England early in colonial times. September 25, 1799, in Franklin county, Vermont, Eldredge Farwell married Polly, daughter of John Richardson. Their older children were born in New England: Susannah. January, 1801; William, August, 1802; Mary Ann, May, 1804. While migrating from New England to Western New York, March 25, 1806, Harry was born at Half Moon, N. Y.; George Washington, February 1, 1809, and Eldredge Farwell, jr., February 24, 1811, were born in Clarkson, Monroe county, N. Y. March, 1811, the family left "The Ridge" for their new home in the woods, mother and baby making the journey on horseback. Here, Elisha (the first boy born in what is now the village of Clarendon), was born October 1, 1814, and Horace, August 11, 1816. In 1821 the brave wife and mother, aged thirty nine, was laid to rest. The brown stone with its quaint inscription still marks her grave in the cemetery west of the village. Mrs. Submit Andrus, a daughter of Judge Lee, of Barre, became the wife of Mr. Farwell, and the faithful mother of his children; as "Aunt Mitty," she was pleasantly known throughout the country. She died at the home of her only child, Mrs. Caroline Andrus Kirby. She was buried in Clarendon. Judge Eldredge Farwell died October, 1843. Of his children only William did not marry; he died in 1838. Mary Ann also died early. She was the wife of Amos Glidden. and she left a daughter, who died young. Susannah lived in Clarendon until after the death of her husband, Remick Knowles, in 1854. She died in the West. Her children were: Seth, who had a daughter; Polly, who married Mortimer Tanner. and had one son, Samuel Lucy, who married Delos Platt, and had children, Harriette and Theron; Eldredge and Albert were unmarried. Harry Farwell married Hannah Glidden and removed from Clarendon to the town of Yates, there he died. His children were: Sarah, who married Homer Gould, and had a daughter and granddaughter; Fidelia, who married Miner Cartwright and had one daughter. Henry, now living in Dowagiac, Michigan, was a soldier in the late Civil War. He has two sons. George Washington Farwell married Betsey Merriman. In 1858 he removed from Clarendon to North Chili, N.Y., where he died in 1892. His children are Frances, who married Robert Caswell, and had Ida Caswell, Peekham, Will and George; and George Selwyn Farwell. who served in the army. He married and had one daughter. His home is in North Chili, New York. Eldredge Farwell, Jr., married Laura M. Baldwin. Their six children are: Laura Ellen, who married Thomas K. Young, who has a son, Thomas Farwell; Gertrude, who is a physician; Fowler B., whose son is Fred; Susan, who married Robert Milliman, and has Florence, Gertrude, and Layton Farwell; Florence, who married Rev. Henry C. Milliman, and is the mother of Charles Farwell. Horace Eldredge, whose children are, Laura, Marion, Louise and Horace Eldredge, Jr. Eldredge Farwell, jr., removed from Clarendon to Holley. N. Y., October 1, 1852. He died November 15, 1863, aged fifty two. Elisha Farwell married Sarah Ann Goddard. Their children, Eldredge Lee and Clara, died unmarried. Elisha is the only person bearing the name of Farwell in the whole town of Clarendon. He was eighty years old October 1, 1894. Horace, the eighth and Youngest child of Eldredge and Polly Farwell, married Frances Wood of Hulberton. He died in 1856 on his fortieth birthday, leaving three motherless children, Theresa, Ella and Juliette, all of whom married and have children. "The Pioneer History of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase" mentions Eldredge Parwell as buying land on "The Triangle" in 1808. His brothers, John and Isaac, lived on "The Ridge' farther west, in what is now Murray. Olarendon village is built on land formerly owned by Judge Farwell. Here he built mills, gave land for the first school house. He was the first supervisor, postmaster, librarian, and on the first bench of county judges. Of those bearing his name at the present time are his son Elisha and his daughter in law, Mrs. Eldredge Farwell, jr., his grandson, Henry, with his sons. his grandson, Selwyn, and his wife, his granddaughter, Dr. Gertrude A. Farwell of Holley, and her brothers, Fowler B. (Chinese Inspector at Niagara Falls), and his son, Fred. and Horace Eldredge and his wife and four children, of Holley.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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