ISAAC FARROW AND CATHARINE (FRENCH) FARROW & FAMILY
of Prince William County Virginia, then Montgomery County Kentucky
and finally of "Medora" - Macoupin / Greene / Jersey Counties, Illinois.
by J. R. Burton
"In the name of God Amen. Isaac Farrow of the County of Prince William and State of Virginia being weak of body but of perfect sound minds and memory do make this my last will and testament as follows to wit... I give unto my grandson Isaac Farrow... two hundred pounds cash."
Isaac Farrow Will/ Prince William County Virginia - 1803:
"This Indenture made this twenty fifth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and seven between Isaac Farrow and Catharine his wife of the County of Montgomery and state of Kentucky of the one part and Edward Payne of the County of Fayette and state aforesaid of the other part.Witnesseth: that the said Isaac Farrow and Catharine his wife for and in Consideration of the sum of Fifty dollars to them in hand paid the receipt whereof they herebyacknowledge have bargained sold relinquished and Conveyed unto the said Edward Payne his heirs or assigns a Certain tract or parcel of Land lying, and being partly in the County of Clark & partly in the county of Montgomery and state aforesaid
It being part of a claim of one thousand acres granted to William French deceased by patent bearing date the 20 day of August 1785 & by his Cert sell and testement bequeth to Stephen French & by Stephen French Conveyed to Isaac Farrow by deed bearing date the 27th day of June 1804
Montgomery County Kentucky - Deed Book 4 - Page 354:25 Sept 1807 / Indenture: Isaac & Catharine Farrow to Edward Payne.
Contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by Shirley Gillespie Moore; 9 Sep 2002.
"Ran across this in 1985 Cook Publications, Kentucky Court of Appeals Deed Books V-Z Vol. 4, page 366. 'Indenture, Feb 4, 1829 Dr. John Miller of Alabama, by James French, his attornery in fact and James French of Montgomery Co, KY to William French of Franklin Co, KY, Catherine Farrow of Montgomery Co, KY, Susannna Farrow of Montgomery Co, KY, Theodotia Hood of Bath Co, KY and Livia Cluke of Montgomery Co, KY, the children of James French."
The transcribed version is found in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, US/CAN 976.9 R2c V.4.
Gail Lamer posted @ Genforum 11 Sept 2003."
"Gentlemen of the Senate: I nominate, for your advice and consent.....
Peter Everitt, to be sheriff of Montgomery county, vice Isaac Farrow, moved to the State of Illinois."
J.T. Morehead. FromJournal of the Senate (Kentucky) Saturday, February 7, 1835.
Isaac & Catharine (French) Farrow moved from the State of Kentucky (1833-1834) to the State of Illinois, settling first in Macoupin County.
Shortly thereafter the family relocated to Greene County, into an area soon to be renamed Jersey County Illinois.
"The founder of the Farrow family... Isaac...married Catherine French, of Virginia, whose great-grandfather was one of the largest land-owners in the state of Virginia, much of the property being still in the family.Isaac Farrow removed with his family from Kentucky to Illinois... settling first in Macoupin county and later in Jersey county where he owned a large farm and where he died at an advanced age.... His son, Stephen F Farrow, continued to live on the paternal farm in Jersey county, and there was married..."
From Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley, Oregon: Chapman Publishing Company, 1903 (Page 1430-1431)
The seven parcels of property that Isaac & Catharine Farrow eventually purchase, are located diagonally "across the street" from one another;
across two counties and three sections, but none are more than "a stones throw away" - one mile distance apart.In addition to the change in county name designations, the township name also changed as Phil's Creek became both Ruyle & Fidelity.
Illinois Land Records:Cyberdrive - Search Criteria: Farrow
Name of Purchaser Legal Description Section Township Range Meridian Date Purchased County
FARROW FRENCH NW 32 09N 09W 3 06/05/1835 MACOUPIN (NOTE: I believe this "French Farrow"
FARROW FRENCH W2SE 31 09N 09W 3 06/05/1835 MACOUPIN is a nephew - not a son of Isaac - JRB)
FARROW FRENCH E2NE 31 09N 09W 3 06/05/1835 MACOUPIN
FARROW FRENCH SWSE 30 09N 09W 3 06/05/1835 MACOUPIN
FARROW ISAAC NWSW 30 09N 09W 3 06/07/1834 MACOUPIN
FARROW ISAAC SWNW 30 09N 09W 3 06/07/1834 MACOUPIN
FARROW ISAAC E2SW 30 09N 09W 3 05/07/1835 MACOUPIN
FARROW ISAAC W2NE 36 09N 10W 3 10/13/1834 JERSEY
FARROW ISAAC E2SE 36 09N 10W 3 10/13/1834 JERSEY
FARROW ISAAC E2NE 25 09N 10W 3 06/07/1834 JERSEY
FARROW ISAAC SESE 25 09N 10W 3 06/13/1834 JERSEY
FARROW ISAAC W2NW 36 09N 10W 3 06/13/1834 JERSEY
FARROW ROBERT BEATY E2NE 31 09N 09W 3 06/05/1835 MACOUPIN (NOTE: I believe this "Robert Beaty Farrow"
FARROW ROBERT BEATY NW 32 09N 09W 3 06/05/1835 MACOUPIN is a son of Isaac & Catharine Farrow - JRB)
FARROW ROBERT BEATY W2SE 31 09N 09W 3 06/05/1835 MACOUPIN
(NOTE: I believe this "Stephen F Farrow"
FARROW STEPHEN F SWSW 30 09N 09W 3 05/07/1835 MACOUPIN is a son of Isaac & Catharine Farrow - JRB)
"Land sales from the public domain were recorded by field employees of the U.S. General Land Office, state and local officials, and clerks of the Illinois Central Railroad. These records were transferred to the Illinois State Archives for permanent retention in 1957. Because the records are arranged by legal description, a database was developed to allow the records to be searched by name.
The database contains information about nearly 550,000 land sales from the 54,740 square miles of the public domain sold within Illinois. Each purchase entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, numeric code indicating the county in which the land is located, legal description (township, section, range), volume and page numbers of original entry, and variously, the sale type, and the purchaser's sex and residence."http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/data_lan.htmlhttp://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/data_lan.html
Will of Isaac Farrow, 19 Sept 1821 - Aug. 1836 / Page 15:
Wife: Catherine Farrow
Children; James Farrow, Robert Farrow, Richard Farrow, Thomas Farrow, Stephen F Farrow, Mary Farrow, and John Farrow.
Wit: Kenaz Farrow, Stephen French, Richard Morton, Geo. Farrow.
Codicil - 23 Oct 1825
Son; Albert Farrow, born since will made.
Codicil - May 10, 1830
Son; James Farrow married and had his inheritance.
From "Complete Abstract of Montgomery County Kentucky Will Book E"/
Mrs. Carl Boyd, Mt. Sterling Ky; Gen. Chrm., Col. George Nicholas Chapter D.A.R.
Children (8) of Isaac Farrow & Catherine (French) Farrow: Listed in the same order as presented in the 1821 will.
1) James Farrow -
"Henry Ryan was born in Greene county, Ill., three miles southwest of Carrollton, March 28, 1831. He is the seventh child of John and Jane Ryan.... " (he) "... received his early education in the common schools of Greene county. He was married October 2, 1852, to Miss Catharine, daughter of James Farrow, who was one of the early settlers of the county. Mrs. Ryan and her only child died December 23, 1853.
From The 1872 Atlas Index of Jersey County.
2) Robert B Farrow - d. 1836. Burial: Medora Cemetery, Jersey Co., IL.Find A Grave Memorial #84463249.
(Note: Elder Jacob V. Rhoads unites in marriage: "Mrs. Mary Farrow" to William Moore Simpson on 28 August 1838 in Greene County...)
"The People of the State of Illinois, to all who shall see these presents, Greetings.Know Ye That License and permission is hereby granted... to celebrate and certify the marriage of Mr William M Simpson and Mrs. Mary Farrow, now both of this County according to the usual custom and laws of the State of Illinois.(William M. Simpson ~ License to Marry ~ Mary Farrow"
(...Attached is a preprinted "Affidavit for Marriage License" form:)
"State of Illinois, Green County:Personally appeared before the undersigned, Clerk of the County Commissioners' Court within and for the county of Green, William M Simpson, who being duly sworn, deposeth and saith that his father Henley Simpson has given his consent that a license be obtained for a marriage union between herein this W. M Simpson and Mary Farrow, and futher the deponent saith not.Sworn to, and subscribed before me this 27 day of August 1838.William M. Simpson."
(,,, W M Simpson is underage, and Mary Farrow was previously married.I believe "Mrs. Mary Farrow" is the widow of Robert B Farrow.Additionally, I believe that Isaac L Farrow was the son of Robert B Farrow & M F (Unknown) Farrow.Isaac L Farrow is buried in the same cemetery as Robert B Farrow.His tombstone reads: "Isaac L / Son of R.B. & M.F. Farrow / Born July 26 1836 - Died Oct 15 1846."Burial: Medora Cemetery, Jersey Co., IL.Find A Grave Memorial #84463178.But this is supposition only - JRB.)
3) Richard Farrow -
4) Thomas Farrow -
5) Stephen French Farrow - b. 1815, Montgomery Co., KY.; d, 22 June 1885, Linn Co., OR.Find A Grave Memorial #49557103.
"The founder of the Farrow family in Oregon was born in Montgomery County, KY..."
"...Stephen F Farrow, continued to live on the paternal farm in Jersey County, and there was married, January 17, 1844, to Maria Jane Cleaver, who was born in Hardin county, KY, October 16, 1825.Thus it will be seen that the Cleaver and Farrow families... all should have been animated by the common impulse to shift their fortunes to the far west.... The family gathering left illinois March 27, 1848, crossed the Mississippi river at Alton, and the Missouri river at St. Jospeh, proceeding through the Indian country via the old Oregon trail...and they arrived in the Willamette valley by way of the Barlow route in September, 1848, having been about six months on the way....
Stephen F Farrow settled on a claim of six hundred and forty acres on Butte creek, Clackamas county, and made this his home for sixteen years."
From Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley, Oregon: Chapman Publishing Company, 1903 (Page 1430-1431)
6) Mary Farrow -b. 1817-1818, Montgomery Co., KY.; d. before 8 Sept 1848.
"John Farrow Simpson ~ Application for Marriage License ~ Mary Farrow.18 years old. Consent of Mother filed January 5th 1836.Father dead.I hereby authorize the Clerke to issue Marriage License for my daughter Mary to marry John Simpson.Given under my hand this 5th January 1836. Catharine Farrow. Attest: KFarrow & Stephen F Farrow."
"State of Illinois, Green County, S.S.The People of the State of Illinois, To any authorized Minister of the Gospel, Judge of the Supreme or inferior Court or any Justice of the Peace for the County aforesaid, Greetings ~ You are herby Licensed and permitted to join together in the Holy bonds of Matrimony, Mr. John Farrow Simpson ~ and Miss Mary Farrow, and make due return to me according to Law.And for so doing this shall be your justification. Witness, Moses A Bledsoe, Clerk of the County Commissioners, Court of Green County, at Carrollton.
J. F. Simpson ~ License Mary Farrow: "The within executed by me this 7th day of January 1836, Jacob Rhoads, Jr."
Guardianship of James H Simpson & Mary Simpson."Came into Court William M. Simpson and made satisfactory proof that James H. Simpson was born on the fourth day of October 1847* that Mary Elizabeth Simpson was born on or about the fifth day of June 1845 that said children are heirs of Mary Farrow deceased..."
December Term 1854 - Macoupin Co., IL. Order / Record Book "B"; p. 575 - 576. (*Note: should read October 1837 - JRB)
7) John H Farrow - Married 30 Sept 1841, at Jersey Co., IL., to Caroline Pearson.
" ... I do know that later on he" (John Farrow) "erected a building on the corner diagonally across from the Sons of Temperance building and that he conducted a store in it for some time. I do not know in what year he and his family left Summerville, but it was long enough before the war.I do not recall ever having seen them after I began going to the Summerville school.I do not know to what town they went but it was somewhere east of Hillsboro, like Pana or Charleston.
When I was a bit of a lad there was a Dr. Bunn who had his office in the Farrow residence, which, by the way, was located on the present site of the Haynes property.I used to be sent there for the doctor quite often, hence I saw much of the family.There was a boy by the name of "Ike" and he and I were great chums."
8) Elder Albert Farrow - Find A Grave Memorial #13612564.
"Across the road to the north... lived Elder Albert Farrow, commonly called "Bert" ... I remember Elder Farrow very distinctly... He was spare built and active, and as a preacher he had but few equals in that section of the country.He could talk like a cataract running away down hill with all the brakes off...But he was both a good man and a good preacher, and so he left a lasting impression upon the community with his ministry.I have no idea where the family moved to... I heard in after years that the boys had taken to railroading."
"In 1858, he (Mr. Hankins) united with the Providence Baptist Church, and was ordained to the ministry, by Elders J. V. Rhoads and A. Farrow, in 1864."
History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois: Continental Historical Co., 1885.
In addition to the above named children (James, Robert, Richard, Thomas, Stephen F, Mary, John & Albert) I believe this pair of "brothers"* are the two youngest children of Isaac & Catharine Farrow:
(1) Andrew H (aka "Andy") Farrow.
(2) William Callaway (aka "Calloway") Farrow.
The Delaware School: "I attended the first school taught in it...I can remember...Calloway Farrow, M. L. Farrow's father, and his brother, Andy, all came to the Delaware school.The first term of school was in 1836 or 1837."
"That Delaware School Memory" - The Medora Messenger, March 12 1909:by Orin Palmer.
Children ( #9?) & (#10?) of Isaac Farrow & Catherine (French) Farrow:
9) Andrew Farrow -
"Andy" Farrow, as he was always called, was a man whom I recall very vividly.I do not know where he lived most of the time but at one time the family lived at the "old Eastham" place, just north of Summerville.... It seems strange that much as I saw of the children that summer I do not recall the name of any of them.There was a girl some younger than I and several other children."
"Albert Eastham was a son of Lawson (Eastham)... and was as true a man as ever lived. He was called " 'Squire.... Mrs. Eastham was Miss Mary Love... Of the children there were Susan, Eliza, Nancy, Jane, Isaac, Lewis and Allan... Eliza became the wife of Andrew Farrow..."
10) William Calloway Farrow - married to #1: Jane Ryan - Find A Grave Memorial #22938560.
"Back there in those days I used to see Calloway Farrow and family at church only.They lived farther west, possibly in Hawkins prairie, at any rate it was out of my range as a boy.During the Elder Morton meetings... I saw much of Mr. Farrow and a daughter then about 17 years of age..Since my return from California I have met Mr. Farrow a number of times in Medora and have had very pleasant visits with him in talking over the days long agone."
"John Ryan..." (&) "... his wife (Jane Wilcox), of Canada West... "had a family of eight children, in the following order of birth, viz: Jane, former wife of Wm. C. Farrow, of township 9, range 10" (Jersey County).
From The 1872 Atlas Index of Jersey County.
"In 1909, early in the spring, there began to appear in the Medora Messenger, a series of reminiscent articles from the facile pen of Lyman Palmer, that at once attracted the interested notice of the local readers... Eventually... a condensation of Lyman Palmer's recollections of the early history and peoples of Chesterfield township and vicinity is here produced...A word or two as to Lyman Palmer: He tells us he was the firstborn of Luther Bateman Palmer and Louisa A. Brainard... That he grew to manhood in the vicinity of Medora and "stuck type" on the Carlinville Democrat... Moved to California, where he... was connected with San Francisco papers... Returned to Macoupin county, then took up his residence in Chicago and... finally settled in Florida."
"History of Macoupin County, Illinois: biographical and pictorial" by Hon. Charles A Walker / 1911.
C) Isaac Farrow most probably died in 1835.I have not located a gravesite.Neither have I physically visited the area.The most likely spot for his & her burial is in, or adjacent to, the Medora Cemetery, Jersey Co., IL.This cemetery is located T9N / R10W on property originally purchased by Isaac Farrow.From maps, the cemetery appears to be a 10 acre tract, and according to Find-A-Grave has 1466 graves.
D) Catharine (French) Farrow "the widow" and some number of her children continued to live in Jersey Co., IL. after the death of her husband Isaac; including during the enumeration of the 1850 & 1860 US Census.
E) Stephen F Farrow (son of Isaac & Catharine Farrow) & his family left the State of Illinois in 1848, relocating to the Oregon Territory.