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Capt. John Farrar (b. 1728, d. February 11, 1808)John Farrar (son of George Farrar and Judith Jefferson) was born 1728 in Farrar's Island, Chesterfield Co. Virginia, and died February 11, 1808 in Wake Co. North Carolina.
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An early record of John Farrar is found in a court order that Jonathan Neal, orphan of John Neal dec'd., be apprenticed to John Farrar, April 5, 1758 (Meck. O.B.5, 65).Also, Priscilla Mallett, orphan of William Mallett of Manakin Town was bound to John Farrar in Mecklenburg Co. (OB. 4, 365). (Boddie: Hist. Southern Fam. i, 142).
On May 14, 1777, John Farrar was one of a large number of citizens, headed by Bennett Goode and Peyton Skipwith, to sign a Mecklenburg Declaration to the House of Delegates of Virginia, protesting the presence of British merchants not loyal to the American Cause.
Capt. John Farrar fought in the Revolutionary War as an officer in the Virginia Militia. John Farrar was appointed on October 13, 1777 as Second Lieutenant in Captain Parham's Company of Militia, under Col. Bennett Goode.John took the oath as a Second Lieutenant on February 8, 1778.He took the oath for promotion to Captain on June 9, 1783 and was entrusted with moving the county records to New London, Bedford County, Virginia, when Cornwallis threatened his section of the country. (Va. St. Lib., List of Colonial Soldiers; McAlister's Register; Crozier's Va. Colonial Militia).In another Mecklenburg County record he made oath that neither he nor his brother Abel, who served in the last war between Great Britain and France, had received land to which they were entitled for this service.
John Farrar's wife, Rebecca Puryear, the daughter of John and Martha (Normant) Puryear, received property left to her in her father's will in 1785; the will also established her identity as John Farrar's wife. John Puryear lived four miles from Boydton on Butcher's Creek where he owned a good deal of land, totaling about 1000 acres.Besides this land, his will mentions lots in the town of Warwick and land in Henrico County.John Puryear's will left property to his wife Martha and "daughter Rebecca Farrar," April 17, 1785 / August 8, 1785 (Meck. Co., W.Bk. 2, 111). John Farrar, also a legatee, received his share in settlement of the estate January 13, 1794 (W.B. 3, 193).
The 1787 Personal Property Tax List of Mecklenburg Co. Virginia named the Head of Household, males 16 years and older, names of slaves, and the number of horses and cattle owned.Thomas Farrar (age 60 at the time) is listed with two white males age 16-21.John Farrar (no age given) is listed with John Davis, Jr. and 13 slaves.(Is this the same John Farrar?)
John and Rebecca Farrar lived four miles from Boydton, the county seat, on Allen's Creek, their place since known as the J. E. Crute place.John Farrar is listed in the Mecklenburg County Census of 1782-85, with a family of 10 and 12 slaves, and in the 1790 Census of Wake County, North Carolina with a family and 11 slaves. They evidently moved about the time he bought 1300 acres in Wake County on both sides of Middle Creek on March 18, 1788 (Wake Co. , N. C. , O.Bk. H, 415).On October 13, 1788, Rebecca, wife of John Farrar, relinquished her dower rights to land in Mecklenburg County.
John Farrar on March 14, 1799, sold to George Farrar of Charlotte County, Virginia, for 100 lb. 150 acres on Middle Creek north side of McCuller's line.Powell Farrar witness.
On May 2, 1806 John Farrar sold to Jefferson Farrar, both planters, 200 acres for $250, N. side of Middle Creek, being part of land John Farrar lives on.
(Wake County, D. Bk. 5, 254).
John Farrar's will of April 7, 1806 was probated on March 1, 1808 in Wake County (W. Bk. H, 320).He left his wife Rebecca the plantation, six slaves and chattles, slaves, etc. , divided among his children: Powell, Obadiah, Edward, William P. and Jincy Farrar. The rest of his children, the oldest, Samuel, Peter, John Jr., and heirs of Elizabeth Finch, had received their legacies during his lifetime."My worthy friend Mathew McCuller and William Farrar."Witnesses: H. S. McCullers, Wm. W. Cullers, who filed the will.
A notice of his death appeared in the Raleigh Register:
"Capt. John Farrar of Wake County, died February 11, 1808."
John Farrar's descendants have been the only ones to remain in Mecklenburg County, Virginia to this day. Their stability and their well-preserved family records as well as records in Boydton Court House have been a boon to researchers of the Jefferson-Farrar family.
Judge Hutcheson for provided family Bible records and special research.
Miss Annie Smaw of Baskervills; Miss Lilla Odom of Eatonton, Georgia;
Mrs. Katherine B. Elliott of South Hill, Virginia- her published books of Lunenburg and Mecklenburg Co. Virginia.