Farley Family History & Genealogy
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Most Common First Names
- 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%
Farley Last Name History & Origin
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Farley Death Records & Life Expectancy
According to our database of 16,005 people with the last name Farley that have a birth and death date listed:
These are the longest-lived members of the Farley family on AncientFaces.
- Thomas Farley lived 113 years
- Lewis Farley lived 110 years
- Carrie Farley lived 106 years
- Raymond Mervy Farley lived 107 years
- Edythe C Farley lived 105 years
- Nellie A Farley lived 104 years
- John A Farley lived 104 years
- Emma Farley lived 104 years
- Julia C Farley lived 103 years
- Alice B Farley lived 104 years
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.
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.