Deacon Henry Farwell1

b. circa 1605, d. 1 August 1670
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7th great-grandfather of Louise Underwood.
9th great-grandfather of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Underwood and Allied Families
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Pedigree for Louise Underwood
     Deacon Henry Farwell was born circa 1605 in England.2 He was the son of William Farwell.2 He married Olive Welby, daughter of Richard Welby and Frances Bulkeley, on 16 April 1629 in St. Botolph's, Boston, Lincolnshire, England.3,4,5 He died "suddenly" on 1 August 1670 in Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.2,6,5
     Deacon Henry Farwell was a tailor.7 On 9 February 1635/36 William Farwell and his son Deacon Henry Farwell, with their respective wives, joined in selling to Thomas Welbie, gentleman, and George Smyth, gentleman, for £60, real estate in Boston, Lincolnshire, England, consisting of one messuage, one stable, one garden, and one orchard. Soon afterwards Deacon Henry Farwell, with his wife Olive and his two children, Elizabeth and John, migrated to New England.7 He settled first at Concord.7,2 He took the Freeman's Oath on 14 March 1638/39.8,9 In 1644, he and other members of the Church in Concord signed a petition on behalf of a member who was down on his luck.8 He moved to Chelmsford about 1655.2,7 He was chosen as a deacon at a church meeting "16 of 9--60" (16 November 1660); "Bro. Farwl to take charge of the linen and pewter."2 His name does not appear in the index of grantors and grantees in the Middlesex County Registry of Deeds. His holdings consisted of the land grants which he received from the towns of Concord and Chelmsford.2 The will of Deacon Henry Farwell was drawn up 12 July 1670, twenty days before his death.10,11,5 Click to view image An inventory of his estate returned a value of £343 11s. 00d., and included movable goods, £209 11s. 00d; house lot, £38 00s. 00d; meadow, £43 00s. 00d; four acres arable, £8 00s. 00d; wilderness land, £48 00s. 00d.8

Children of Deacon Henry Farwell and Olive Welby


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  2. [S184] Jane Harter Abbott and Lillian M. Wilson, compilers, A History of Henry Farwell and His Wife Olive (Welby) Farwell of Boston, England, and Concord and Chelmsford, Mass. 1605-1927, 2 volumes (Rutland, Vermont: The Tuttle Company, 1929), 25.
  3. [S184] Jane Harter Abbott and Lillian M. Wilson, Farwell Family, 1: 25.
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  8. [S206] David Parsons Holton and Frances K. Holton, Farwell ancestral memorial : Henry Farwell of Concord and Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and all his descendants to the fifth generation: to which are added three branches, the families of Daniel, of Groton and Fitchburg, Mass., 1740-1815, Bethiah, of Mansfield, Conn., and Westminster, Vt., 1747-1813, Elizabeth, of North Charlestown, N.H., 1751-1840, and their descendants to 1879 (New York: D.P. Holton, 1879), 3.
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