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Brian Hass Laurence Farrelly was born in County Meath, Ireland. According to a story passed down orally, he was married three times, with the first and third wives being Catholic and the second being a Methodist. Records show his last wife was Mary Goff (or Gough). He and his wife lived in County Meath, Ireland, where their first four children were born. These were Anna, Patrick, James, and Mary Ann. The family lived about twenty miles from Dublin. According to an oral story passed down, the family slipped out of Ireland "in the middle of the night" because of the potato famine.

The wife and four children arrived in New York on July 10, 1851 on the ship, Shannon. The family name was changed to Farley; and, the father, mother, and four children settled in Illinois. For a few years, the Farleys lived in the area of Meredosia, IL, where their fifth and last child, Lawrence, was born. The mother died when Lawrence was only a year old.

Later, the family operated a farm in the area of Freeport, IL. The two sons, Patrick and James, served during the Civil War. During the 1870's, all members of the family, except James, moved to Union County in what is now South Dakota and homesteaded. The father and four of his five children were later buried there.

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, many descendants of Laurence and Mary Farley were still living in the area of Beresford, SD. All of these were descended from their youngest son, Lawrence.
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Brian Hass In 1853, Lawrence "Larry" Farley was born in Meredosia, Morgan County, Illinois to Laurence and Mary (Goff) Farley. He was the youngest of their five children and was the first born outside of Ireland. Larry's mother died when he was only a year old. Afterwards, he moved with his family to live near Freeport in Waddam Township, Stephenson County, Illinois.

Larry came to Dakota Territory in 1871, taking a preemption before returning to Illinois. He returned in 1874 or 1875, and filed on a homestead in Union County. In 1883, he proved up on the homestead, located in the northwest quarter of section 22 of Prairie Township. Larry was described as an industrious farmer who endured many of the hardships of pioneer life.

In 1878, Larry married Elizabeth B. O'Connor, the daughter of James and Bridget (Jennings) O'Connor. The couple were parents to eleven children. These were James, Mary, Len, Charlotte, Ella, Alice, Phil, Frank, Julia, an unnamed baby, and Thomas. Thomas and the unnamed baby both died in infancy; and, their mother died on the day of Thomas' birth. Mary, Alice, and Phil never married.

After the death of his wife, Larry Farley's home was cared for by his daughter, Mary. For over a year, Larry was in poor health, becoming paralyzed in the spring of 1916. He died on his farm in October of that same year. Larry was remembered as being a kind neighbor and devoted father.
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Most Common Farley First Names

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  • John 4.8%
  • James 4.1%
  • Mary 3.2%
  • William 3.0%
  • Thomas 2.3%
  • Robert 1.6%
  • Charles 1.4%
  • George 1.4%
  • Joseph 1.3%
  • Edward 1.2%
  • Margaret 1.1%
  • Elizabeth 0.8%
  • Richard 0.8%
  • Michael 0.8%
  • Frank 0.8%
  • Catherine 0.7%
  • Patrick 0.7%
  • Francis 0.7%
  • Helen 0.6%
  • Walter 0.5%
  • Anna 0.5%
  • Henry 0.5%
  • David 0.5%
  • Alice 0.5%
  • Peter 0.5%
  • Annie 0.4%
  • Farley 0.4%
  • Donald 0.4%
  • Albert 0.4%
  • Dorothy 0.4%
  • Philip 0.4%
  • Harold 0.4%
  • Lawrence 0.4%
  • Florence 0.4%
  • Marie 0.4%
  • Raymond 0.4%
  • Ruth 0.4%
  • Ann 0.3%
  • Rose 0.3%
  • Eugene 0.3%
  • Ellen 0.3%
  • Arthur 0.3%
  • Frances 0.3%
  • Sarah 0.3%
  • Daniel 0.3%
  • Roy 0.3%
  • Bernard 0.3%
  • Kenneth 0.3%
  • Harry 0.3%
  • Paul 0.3%

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