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Henry Wilkinson Farrar of Australia was born in 1808, and died at age 71 years old in 1879.
Aseneth wed before 1842 in N.Y. to Almerin Leek and had 3 children who all d. young before 1850 in Machias, N.Y., names unknown. Aseneth is not buried in the same cemetery as Almerin Leek and no year is listed on Almerin's gravestone as to when she died.
Raymond Farrar was born on February 28, 1808, and died at age 104 years old in October 1912. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Raymond Farrar.
Amelia Mary Catherin Farrar of C Hil Old Col Hom Australia was born in 1810, and died at age 82 years old in 1892 in C Hil Old Col Hom.
Alfred Farrar of Australia was born in 1811, and died at age 65 years old in 1876.
Elizabeth Farrar of Australia was born in 1813, and died at age 66 years old in 1879.
John Farrar of Australia was born in 1815, and died at age 44 years old in 1859.
David Farrar of Australia was born in 1816, and died at age 44 years old in 1860.
Sarah Farrar of Australia was born in 1817, and died at age 46 years old in 1863.
William Farrar of Australia was born in 1819, and died at age 40 years old in 1859.
Mary Ann Farrar of Clifton Hill Australia was born in 1820 to Bentley William Farrar and Elizabeth Exley Farrar. Mary Farrar died at age 82 years old in 1902 in Clifton Hill.
Sarah Farrar of Australia was born in 1821 to Kay James Farrar. Sarah Farrar died at age 34 years old in 1855.

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Brenda Marie (Ellis) Farrar was born on October 10, 1970 in York, York County, Pennsylvania United States to Charles William Ellis and Betty Ellis. She married Thomas Denon Farrar Jr. in 1991 in York, York County and they later divorced in 1998 in York. Brenda Farrar has children Jessica Lynn Farrar and Devin Thomas Farrar. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Brenda Marie Farrar.
Jill Ann (Farrar) Bookwalter was born on August 18, 1976 in Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania United States to Lawrence Edward Walker and Charlene Ann Walker, and has siblings Tammy Katherine Farrar and Edward Ray Walker. Jill Bookwalter married Gary John Bookwalter in 1994 in Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, and has children Makenzie Jillian Bookwalter, Matison Rose Bookwalter, and Marissa Marie Bookwalter. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Jill Ann Bookwalter.
Tammy Katherine (Walker) Farrar was born on August 21, 1973 in Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania United States to Lawrence Edward Walker and Charlene Ann Walker, and has siblings Edward Ray Walker and Jill Ann Bookwalter. Tammy Farrar married Thomas Denon Farrar Jr. in 1999 in York, York County, and has a child Alyssa Anne Farrar. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Tammy Katherine Farrar.
Alyssa Anne Farrar was born on August 15, 2000 in York, York County, Pennsylvania United States. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Alyssa Anne Farrar.
Thomas Denon Farrar Jr. was born on March 12, 1971 in York, York County, Pennsylvania United States to Thomas Denon Farrar Sr. and Clare Valerie Farrar, and has a sister Lynn Marie Spangler. He married Brenda Marie Farrar in 1991 in York, York County and they later divorced in 1998 in York. They had children Jessica Lynn Farrar and Devin Thomas Farrar. He married Tammy Katherine Farrar in 1999 in York, York County. They had a child Alyssa Anne Farrar. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Thomas Denon Farrar Jr..
Devin Thomas Farrar was born on February 24, 1996 in York, York County, Pennsylvania United States to Thomas Denon Farrar Jr. and Brenda Marie Farrar, and has a sister Jessica Lynn Farrar. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Devin Thomas Farrar.
Jessica Lynn Farrar was born on July 13, 1992 in York, York County, Pennsylvania United States to Thomas Denon Farrar Jr. and Brenda Marie Farrar, and has a brother Devin Thomas Farrar. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Jessica Lynn Farrar.
Lynn Marie (Farrar) Spangler was born on May 4, 1974 in York, York County, Pennsylvania United States to Thomas Denon Farrar Sr. and Clare Valerie Farrar, and has a brother Thomas Denon Farrar Jr.. Lynn Spangler married Troy David Spangler in 1996 in York, York County, and has a child Kierstan Alyssa Spangler. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Lynn Marie Spangler.
Clare Valerie (DeMauro) Farrar was born on April 6, 1949 in York, York County, Pennsylvania United States. She was married to Thomas Denon Farrar Sr. in 1970 in York, York County, and they were together until Clare's death on April 24, 2013 in West Leisenring, Fayette County. She had children Thomas Denon Farrar Jr. and Lynn Marie Spangler. Clare Farrar was buried on April 28, 2013 in York, York County. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Clare Valerie Farrar.
Thomas Denon Farrar Sr. was born on October 21, 1945 in York, York County, Pennsylvania United States. He was married to Clare Valerie Farrar in 1970 in York, York County, and they were together until Clare's death on April 24, 2013 in West Leisenring, Fayette County. Thomas Farrar has children Thomas Denon Farrar Jr. and Lynn Marie Spangler. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Thomas Denon Farrar Sr..
Annie Irene (Farrar) Fitzpatrick of Ballarat, City of Ballarat County, VIC Australia was born circa 1897 in Ballarat. Annie Fitzpatrick was married to Herbert Arthur Fitzpatrick in 1924, and died at age 98 years old in 1996 in Ballarat.
Stella Leigh Victoria (Farrar) Scally of Blackburn South, Whitehorse City County, VIC Australia was born on July 3, 1884 in Darlington, and died at age 91 years old on February 21, 1976 in Blackburn South.
Margaret Kathleen (Doyle) Farrar of Preston, City of Darebin County, VIC Australia was born in 1891 in Salford, Greater Manchester County, England United Kingdom. She was married to John Hammond Bell Farrar in 1918, and had a child Mavis Kathleen Farrar. Margaret Farrar died at age 85 years old on December 12, 1976 in Preston, City of Darebin County, VIC Australia.
John Hammond Bell Farrar of Parkville, VIC Australia was born circa 1894 to George William Farrar and Mary Victoria Bell. He had siblings George William Farrar, Stella Leigh "Mary" Victoria Farrar, Thomas Matthew Farrar, Douglas Sholtor Farrar, Stanley Gordon Farrar, and Herbert Raymond Farrar. He married Margaret Kathleen Doyle in 1918, and had a child Mavis Kathleen Farrar. John Farrar died at age 51 years old on January 21, 1946 in Parkville.
Herbert Raymond Farrar of Mornington, Shire of Mornington Peninsula County, VIC Australia was born on August 27, 1883 to George William Farrar and Mary Victoria Bell. He had siblings George William Farrar, Stella Leigh "Mary" Victoria Farrar, Thomas Matthew Farrar, Douglas Sholtor Farrar, Stanley Gordon Farrar, and John Hammond Bell Farrar. He married Irene Muriel Coy in 1912, and had a child Ronald Raymond Farrar. Herbert Farrar died at age 60 years old on October 24, 1943 in Mornington.
Stanley Gordon Farrar of Hawthorn, City of Boroondara County, VIC Australia was born on June 15, 1891 to George William Farrar and Mary Victoria Bell. He had siblings George William Farrar, Stella Leigh "Mary" Victoria Farrar, Thomas Matthew Farrar, Douglas Sholtor Farrar, Herbert Raymond Farrar, and John Hammond Bell Farrar. Stanley Farrar married Phyllis Mary Hawkins in 1931, and died at age 41 years old on October 22, 1932 in Hawthorn.
Douglas Sholtor Farrar of Werribee, City of Wyndham County, VIC Australia was born in 1889 to George William Farrar and Mary Victoria Bell. He had siblings George William Farrar, Stella Leigh "Mary" Victoria Farrar, Thomas Matthew Farrar, Stanley Gordon Farrar, Herbert Raymond Farrar, and John Hammond Bell Farrar. He married Beatrice Irene Vic Wilson in 1913, and had children Beryl Irene Victoria Farrar, Stanley Douglas Farrar, George William Farrar, and Noel Farrar. Douglas Farrar died at age 73 years old on March 7, 1963 in Werribee.
Thomas Matthew Farrar of Werribee, City of Wyndham County, VIC Australia was born on May 27, 1887 in Darlington to George William Farrar and Mary Victoria Bell. He had siblings George William Farrar, Stella Leigh "Mary" Victoria Farrar, Douglas Sholtor Farrar, Stanley Gordon Farrar, Herbert Raymond Farrar, and John Hammond Bell Farrar. He married Mary Ann (Willis) Farrar, and had children Sabina Farrar, Verna Lorraine Farrar, and Thomas John Farrar. Thomas Farrar died at age 82 years old on August 20, 1969 in Werribee.
Muriel Georgette Farrar of Donvale, City of Manningham County, VIC Australia was born in 1918 in Hawthorn, City of Boroondara County, and died at age 81 years old on January 18, 2000 in Donvale, City of Manningham County.
Lilian Marjorie Farrar of Kilsyth, VIC Australia was born in 1911 in Terang, and died at age 91 years old on August 10, 2003 in Kilsyth.

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Albert Edward Farrar of Somers, VIC Australia was born on May 1, 1906 in Bannockburn, Golden Plains Shire County to Thomas Matthew Farrar and Margaret Clarice (Terrier) Farrar. He had siblings Gwendoline May Farrar, Florence Victoria Beatrice Farrar, Robert Matthew Farrar, and Thomas Florentine Farrar. Albert Farrar married Thelma Georgina Isabel Martin in 1931, and died at age 73 years old on March 17, 1980 in Somers.
Mary Louise (Irwin) Farrar of Indianapolis, Indiana United States was born in Indianapolis. She was in a relationship with James Hilyard Farrar, and has a child John L Farrar. Mary Farrar died in Indianapolis.
Thelma Georgina Isabel (Martin) Farrar of Parkville, City of Melbourne County, VIC Australia was born on August 28, 1908 in Beaconsfield, and died at age 40 years old on June 1, 1949 at Royal Park in Parkville.
The Argus, Melbourne. 6th October 1894. MARRIAGES. FARRAR - TERRIER. On the 19th August, at the residence of the bride's mother, by the Rev. A. Maxwell, Thomas Farrar, eldest son of Matthew Farrar, Shelford, to Margaret Clarice, youngest daughter of the late Jules Terrier, of Inverleigh.





Kaeleen May Farrar of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri United States was born on May 23, 1953 in Kittery, York County, ME, and died at age 59 years old circa November 23, 2012 in Joplin, Jasper County, MO.
Robert Allen Farrar
Robert Allen Farrar of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri United States was born on April 6, 1936 in Highway Highlands, CA to Kathleen Farrar and Floyd W. Farrar. He married Jean Marleah (Edwards) Farrar on March 16, 1968. They had a child Brian Farrar. He also married Leta May Cook, and they had a child Kaeleen May Farrar. Robert Farrar died at age 76 years old on April 4, 2013 in Joplin, MO, and was buried at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery S Southwood Rd, in Springfield.
Elspeth R Farrar was born on April 6, 1911 in South Carolina United States, and died at age 55 years old on February 24, 1967 in Los Angeles County, CA.
Thomas Matthew Farrar of Carrum Downs, City of Frankston County, VIC Australia was born on March 19, 1856 in Shelford, Golden Plains Shire County, and died at age 73 years old on September 3, 1929 in Carrum Downs, City of Frankston County.
James Michael Farrar of Blackburn, Whitehorse City County, VIC Australia was born on October 26, 1866 in Leigh Creek, Moorabool Shire County to Matthew Farrar and Matilda Robinson Farrar. He had siblings Emma Ann (Farrar) Gillett, Stella Matilda (Farrar) Blacker, Ada Eden (Farrar) Caldow, Matthew John Farrar, Selina Robinson (Farrar) Wilson, Maude Mary Presnell Farrar, Alice Elizabeth (Farrar) Scott, George William Farrar, Thomas Matthew Farrar, and Charles Ward Farrar. James Farrar died at age 79 years old on July 1, 1946 in Blackburn, Whitehorse City County.
Vyola Fay (Howard) Farrar of Lewistown, Fergus County, Montana was born on July 26, 1918 in Graceville, Choteau County. Vyola Farrar was married to Albert Leo Farrar, and died at age 86 years old on April 14, 2005 in Lewistown, Fergus County.
Gwendoline May (Farrar) Notley of Traralgon, Latrobe City County, VIC Australia was born on August 23, 1896 to Thomas Matthew Farrar and Margaret Clarice (Terrier) Farrar. She had siblings Florence Victoria Beatrice Farrar, Robert Matthew Farrar, Albert Edward Farrar, and Thomas Florentine Farrar. Gwendoline Notley married Charles Alexander Notley in 1921, and died at age 84 years old on November 16, 1980 in Traralgon.
Stanley Gordon Farrar of Hawthorn, City of Boroondara County, VIC Australia was born on June 15, 1891 to George William Farrar and Mary Victoria Bell. He had siblings George William Farrar, Stella Leigh "Mary" Victoria Farrar, Thomas Matthew Farrar, Douglas Sholtor Farrar, Herbert Raymond Farrar, and John Hammond Bell Farrar. Stanley Farrar married Phyllis Mary Hawkins in 1931, and died at age 41 years old on October 22, 1932 in Hawthorn.
Junius Henry Farrar
Junius Henry Farrar was born on February 12, 1823. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Junius Henry Farrar.
Brenda Marie (Ellis) Farrar was born on October 10, 1970 in York, York County, Pennsylvania United States to Charles William Ellis and Betty Ellis. She married Thomas Denon Farrar Jr. in 1991 in York, York County and they later divorced in 1998 in York. Brenda Farrar has children Jessica Lynn Farrar and Devin Thomas Farrar. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Brenda Marie Farrar.
Don C Farrar of Gastonia, Gaston County, NC was born on January 18, 1946, and died at age 63 years old on April 27, 2009.
William M Farrar of Manchester, Coffee County, TN was born on June 12, 1923, and died at age 78 years old on June 23, 2001.
Selina Robinson (Farrar) Wilson of Caulfield, City of Glen Eira County, VIC Australia was born on September 16, 1870 in Shelford, Golden Plains Shire County, and died at age 81 years old on July 18, 1952 in Caulfield, City of Glen Eira County.
Maude Mary Presnell (Farrar) Bewsher of Malvern East, City of Stonnington County, VIC Australia was born on June 22, 1872 in Shelford, Golden Plains Shire County, and died at age 74 years old on October 27, 1946 in Malvern East, City of Stonnington County.
Nellie May (Farrar) Allen of Meredith Australia was born on October 31, 1903 in Meredith, VIC to Charles Ward Farrar and Ellen Lawson Farrar. She has siblings Reginald Charles Farrar, Emma Matilda Farrar, Eleanor Estelle Farrar, Percy Booth Farrar, and Harold Farrar. Nellie Farrar married Ernest Edward Allen in 1922. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Nellie May Farrar.
Bertha Ball Farrar of Cranston, Rhode Island United States. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Bertha Ball Farrar.

Farrar Death Records & Life Expectancy

The average age of a Farrar family member is 72.0 years old according to our database of 6,330 people with the last name Farrar that have a birth and death date listed.

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72.0 years

Oldest Farrars

These are the longest-lived members of the Farrar family on AncientFaces.

Alice G Farrar of Shelton, Fairfield County, CT was born on January 28, 1893, and died at age 109 years old on April 18, 2002.
109 years
Mary J Farrar of Saint Louis, Saint Louis City County, MO was born on October 21, 1892, and died at age 104 years old on April 2, 1997.
104 years
William Farrar of Richmond, Richmond City County, Virginia was born on July 16, 1875, and died at age 105 years old in September 1980.
105 years
Ella C Farrar of Washington, Washington County, PA was born on January 12, 1889, and died at age 105 years old on January 22, 1994.
105 years
Andrew C Farrar of Butte City, Glenn County, CA was born on May 17, 1896, and died at age 104 years old on December 15, 2000.
104 years
Raymond Farrar was born on February 28, 1808, and died at age 104 years old in October 1912. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Raymond Farrar.
104 years
Anna B Farrar of Perryville, Perry County, MO was born on November 25, 1884, and died at age 103 years old on November 21, 1988.
103 years
Robert Farrar of Hackensack, Bergen County, NJ was born on June 27, 1888, and died at age 104 years old on August 26, 1992.
104 years
Frances Farrar of Newark, Essex County, NJ was born on March 13, 1883, and died at age 104 years old in June 1987.
104 years
Christy Farrar of Saint Louis, Saint Louis City County, Missouri was born on October 31, 1880, and died at age 103 years old in November 1983.
103 years
Elizabeth Farrar of Quincy, Norfolk County, MA was born on March 4, 1879, and died at age 103 years old in December 1982.
103 years
Florence C Farrar of Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles County, CA was born on October 11, 1896, and died at age 101 years old on September 20, 1998.
101 years
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Sgt. Junius H. Farrar, 2nd AR Cavalry Co F, Union Army
Edited & Submitted by direct descendent, Floyd L. Farrar
Camp Cmdr & Historian & Newsletter Editor
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sedgwick-Granger Camp 17, Santa Ana -Tustin CA

My great-great grandfather Junius Henry Farrar was born 12 Feb. 1823, Perry County, Alabama. His father, John Howard “Jack” Farrar, a confirmed veteran of the War of 1812 in the 10th Regiment of the US Infantry, moved to Lincoln/Bedford Counties of Tennessee around 1830-1834. Ultimately he went to Benton County, Arkansas without his wife where he passed away in 1865.

Grandfather Junius was married to Catherine Nail on July 7th 1843, at the residence of Ben Hubbard in Benton County, Arkansas by pastor Jimmie Cowan. They had ten children between 1843 and 1863, eight boys and two girls, the eighth child was Clark Wallace Farrar, my great grandfather, born in 1857 in Benton County AR. Junius and brother Albert Galitin (spelling on middle name is questionable) migrated to Benton County, AR around 1854. According to general land records, Junius registered 40 acres on Nov. 15, 1854 and again on February 1, 1860, he registered 40 more acres next to his brother Albert’s section. Then again on July 1, 1861, I find him registering 40 more acres near the same section in and around Elm Springs AR.

According to his testimony taken on January 10th 1873, when he filed a claim against the US government of his farm being foraged by Union forces under a General Blunt. He states that he had a 355-acre farm, seventy of which was under cultivation, at Elm Springs, ten miles south of Bentonville, Arkansas. From his own words it was around three miles east of Elm Springs.

Ironically from his testimony, Junius stated that he tried to enlist in the Union Army on April 1st 1863 in Fayetteville but the 1st AR Cavalry surgeon turned him down on account of an unstated disability. He accompanied the command in their retreat to Springfield, MO as the 2nd AR Cavalry was being formed there. He applied again and was successful at enlisting. Grandfather Junius including his two sons, John and Nicholas, were inducted at Fayetteville AR. On July 12, 1863, Junius at age 40 was sworn in as a Sergeant in Company F, 2nd Arkansas Cavalry, Union Army.

The deposition taken in his claim, including the words of his wife Cassie, sons John, and Nicholas about the Union army’s foraging of his farm before joining the army, is over twenty-eight pages of hand written material. It is the stuff of documentaries on the History Channel! I wondered why the entire document was hand written. It finally dawned on me that in 1873 in rural Arkansas; stenographers were in short supply (Pitman shorthand was invented in 1837 but not widely used, and the commonly used Gregg shorthand was invented in 1888) and tape recorders were not invented yet. Depositions and testimonies were done in long hand and written with flourishing penmanship.

As I have learned from his own words, life as a civilian farmer in the Ozarks of northwest Arkansas during the War of the Rebellion, especially if you were a unionist, were incredibly difficult and very stressful. Man made, life-threatening events were commonplace. I will try to hit only the highlights of his testimony before the claims commissioner in January of 1873.

The following is a very brief outline of over thirty hand-written pages of Junius’ claim filed for restitution by Union forces foraging his farm before he enlisted in the Army:

Junius learns in the fall of 1862, that a rebel company commander by the name of Brown wants to find him and hang him for being a union sympathizer. His brother in law, (not named by Junius, but my investigation shows most likely it was James Garrett, wife Cassie’s sister Elizabeth’s husband…1860 Census Benton County AR resident or maybe Charlie Nail, Cassie’s brother, rebel & half Cherokee Indian) and “a rebel” (his words) said that the only way to save his life, as he had no chance to escape this fellow, was to join a group of confederate home guard. He did this and was placed into a loose knit militia group. He says that they “armed themselves.” He states emphatically that he did it to save his life and was not sworn in or had any allegiance to the south. They were stationed “in the woods” for less than two weeks and were detailed to keep people and confederate troops from eating fruit from the farm trees. He escapes and returns home.

He states that from the spring of 1862, onward his farm was occasionally raided and robbed by Cherokees, Confederates, and then Union forces. He describes loosing crops in the fields, livestock, mules, and at least four head of horses including their tack. He said his life and the lives of his family were in constant danger. They lived with threats constantly of being killed or maimed by one side or another. He describes being robbed repeatedly by the Arkansas rebel home guard. Then the robbers cursed him for being a “damned old man” and not having anything more of value to steal! Junius further describes being robbed and threatened by Bushwhackers on a trip home from Fayetteville in March of 1863. (The above paragraph was much more detailed than I have described it in this narrative and was handwritten. Back then penmanship was either very good or very bad and the wording is sometimes very hard to understand)

See page six for Addendums graciously submitted to me by cousin Hontas Hines of west Texas:

After he went into the army and the Union forces seemed in control his family lived in some kind of peace and “raised a little stuff” (his words). Then in the fall of 1864, his family was robbed once again and the house was burned, all on account of him being a “union man.” The family then left for Green County MO where I assume they stayed with friends or relatives. It was well known that granddad and his sons were Union Soldiers and the southern factions did not like this.

Junius clearly describes his farm being foraged by Union forces commanded by General Blunt.* He tells of exactly what was taken and how many wagonloads left his farm. He calculated closely how much it cost too. Junius was taking four mules to town to sell. Union soldiers accosted him on the road and forced him to relinquish the stock, stole his bridle and saddle, then let him go under death threats! He said he was glad to get away with his life.

He then recounts how he saw a Col. Hart riding HIS mule in town and told him of it. The Union officer said he purchased it from the Quartermaster legitimately. He was indignant about this (my words) and graphically described the mules stolen from him to the officer and in effect was brushed aside. Junius told the interviewer in no uncertain terms that the fine brown mule, fifteen hands high was worth at least one hundred and fifty dollars, “green backs.” (This figures prominently in his monetary settlement from the US Government)

During his army service I found he had one bout with dysentery from Feb. 25 of 1865 thru March 1st. He was honorably discharged and mustered out at Memphis TN on Aug. 20, 1865. As best I can tell Junius, and his two sons walked back his family in Green County, Missouri. Where they had fled after his family house on the farm was burned. This is a part of the puzzle that I have yet to find out the full details but I am working on it.


*NOTE: General James Gillpatrick BLUNT Born July 21, 1826, in Trenton ME Died July 27 1881, Washington DC
Pre-War Profession Sailor, doctor. Post War Career Doctor, claims agent.
War Service: July 1861 recruited the "Kansas Brigade" in which he commanded a cavalry regiment. In April of 1862 he was appointed Brig. Gen. of Volunteers and commanded Dept. of Kansas, Old Fort Wayne, commanded 1st Div/Army of the Frontier, Prairie Grove, November 1862 promoted Maj. Gen. of Volunteers and opposed Sterling Price's Missouri raid. He commanded Districts in Arkansas and Kansas, then dismissed from command after his wagon train was attacked by guerillas and sent to recruiting duty.

Junius’ claim against the US Government was for $710.32 and filed in early 1873. It was settled December 14, 1874 for $160.00, and a check was issued in March of 1875. Even with many pages of testimony they said without direct witnesses, the stolen mule was the only thing they would allow.

He tells of witnesses who lived near him but all had been killed, vanished, or moved to the western territories, and he had no addresses for them. Only one friend (I could not make out his name) from the 48th MO Infantry, Union Army testified in his behalf and confirmed his mule story. So this is exactly what the courts would allow for the claim.

In further hand written addendums wife Cassie, sons John and Nicholas describe in greater detail the foraging of the farm by General Blunt’s men. While great reading, is too long to include here.

The deposition sworn on March 28, 1873 in Bentonville AR

There were at least ten more pages of hand written history of Junius’ later years describing his health and medical problems. Then dealing with the government on filing claims for medical treatment expenses. He lost a left eye in the late 1880s due to an ulcerated infection, reason not given. He had major kidney and urinary tract infections also about this time. The government treated his problems but he had trouble with the claims.

Author’s observation:
It seems as if the government bureaucracy of 1870s and 1890s was not much different than it is today.

Junius passed away 24 June 1899 in Benton County AR and was buried in Elm Springs Cemetery, Washington County Arkansas. His wife Cassie passed away in 1900 and is buried there also*(see addendum)

NOTE: I wish to thank my 3rd Cousin Patsy O’Gilvy, who resides in Orange CA, for providing me with stacks of information, which she obtained thru the National Archives and various other sources. Most all of the story is exactly as grandfather described it, I have only added a bit here and there to make it more readable.
Floyd Farrar. September 25, 2005

Addendum to Junius Henry Farrar Bio:

A very kind lady by the name of Cheri Coley from the Washington County, Arkansas Genealogical and historical society very thoughtfully took photos of Junius’ grave marker in Elm Springs Cemetery right after I sent her the bio of my relative.



















Junius Henry Farrar:
Located in Section 1, Row 8-1
Elm Springs Cemetery, Arkansas
Additional Info on Junius Farrar received on January 20, 2007, by cousin Hontas Hines from West Texas:

Author’s note:
I have yet to verify most of the below, but it is never the less interesting-

Charlie Nail, Junius’ half Indian brother-in-law, was enlisted in the 2nd Arkansas by grandpa Junius, (probably for the money bounty).

Now, more mystery- The Nails, Cassie's brothers, were listed, also Charles Nail, age 35, born Bledsoe Co., TN and enrolled as a private in 2nd Ark Cavalry, 10 Dec. 1863, Fayetteville, AR. He deserted at Cassville, MO 15 Jan 1865, killed in Benton Co., AR. And, Nicholas Nail, age 34, born in Bledsoe Co., TN, Co. L. (All others were Co. F.) enrolled as a private, 10 Dec 1863 Fayetteville, AR.

One story I have heard is that Charles Nail, Cassie's brother, was in both the Confederate and Union Armies--that he was a spy for the Confederacy and joined the Union Army as above--stole Union Army battle plans, deserted, and was on the way back to the Confederate lines when the Union soldiers found him and killed him (probably executed as was the case in those days-without a trial) in Benton County Arkansas. Junius said Charles was a Confederate soldier and was killed, or so the story was passed down.

I did find one book that clears up some questions about Junius. In "SECOND ARKANSAS UNION CAVALRY. A REGIMENTAL HISTORY OF THE UNIT" the following is found: "Junius H. Farrar. Pvt. at enrollment and Sgt. when mustered out. Enrolled, Springfield, MO, 12 July 1863, born Perry (Co), Alabama, and aged 40. Born 1823.” Junius and his sons were listed on page 48 in "Second Arkansas Union Cavalry” printed 1987, by Desmond Walls Allen, Arkansas Research, P. O. BOX 303, CONWAY, AR 72032. You know we questioned where he was born--Alabama or Tennessee. Seems he and his sister, Martha Holmes Covey, were born in Alabama.

Did you know her g-g-grandson (Covey) was an astronaut on one of the shuttle missions?

The photo of Junius and his wife Cassie was very graciously supplied to me via Mona Farrar Thomas of Trophy City, Texas, July 30, 2007.
Remembering Vets Day

I attended the closing of Long Beach Naval Station on September 30, 1994. It was held on the lawn outside the old main administration building. I gazed out over the water and was very near the pier 9 that I talked about. It was devoid of all the ships I mentioned. In fact the only things there were decommissioned ships waiting to be towed over to Southwest Marine in San Pedro to the scrap yards. Incredibly one was the USS Coral Sea, another at the head of the pier was a submarine rescue vessel. One down at the end of pier 9 was incredibly the repair ship USS Frontier. Guess I kinda had come full circle. My mind’s eye still went back to what I was used to seeing from my vantage point on the lawn. The veritable sea’s of gray masts, large and small. Gray hulls with white numbers by the hundreds. The sounds of whistles, ship’s bells, PA systems, salt water smells, white wakes from all the small boats, the large ships, the small ships, along with the smell of fuel oil, diesel fuel and tuna boat smells from the canneries on Terminal Island. Not to mention the hustle and bustle of the base itself. I worked the base messhall once waiting for my ship back in September of ‘58, and vaguely remember being told we fed over three thousand at each meal! White hats and bodies were everywhere you could see. I could go on and on…Paydays were a real trip, you didn’t know that many were on that base until you left the gate to try to go to town! Downtown Long Beach on payday was a sight to behold, from Magnolia and Ocean to Atlantic and up to Broadway it was wall to wall sailors. Now the Pike was another story in and of itself…
However, all was very quiet that day, many like me were left with only our memories.
I was the only ex-minesweep sailor present at the closing, out of the thousands who I know came through there. I told anyone who would listen about the minesweeps based there, including the names and squadrons. A few remembered, but most didn’t seem to care. They were mostly interested in the capital ships that used to be there, the USS New Jersey and USS Missouri, the USS Los Angeles, and others including some of the Essex class carriers too numerous to mention. Can’t blame em, they were very impressive when I viewed them too. But hey, we were there too damnit. We worked hard, sweated, and gave out our best when it was needed, even if we weren’t glamorous like them others. Our little ships worked hard and we played hard too. I touted my organization, The Naval Mine Sweep Ocean Association (NMSOA) the best I could, but as I said, not many could relate to what I remember, at least as it pertained to minesweepers or any of the smaller craft assigned to Long Beach Naval Station.
I also attended the last public visit to the base on May 31, 1998, to take pictures and to sign my name and remembrances for the time capsule. Things for me had come full circle; the base as I knew it was no more. In it’s place I saw weeds, pealing paint on buildings and the spirits of many like me who had gone before. I could picture myself again, a young nineteen, walking up to the Administration Building in my crisp uniform of the day, undress whites, to deliver some paperwork from our skipper. It was in early May 1960, just before we were to get underway for Japan. It seemed only like yesterday…

I felt as though Rod Serling was going to jump out and say you have joined the Twilight Zone…

I could and should do an entire article on the Long Beach Naval Base that I knew very well from the early fifties to the time it closed. My mom and dad had a friend who commanded an oiler during the Korean War. So I got to go there many times even if I was only about ten to twelve years old at the time, I remember it very well. My mom took us to Pierpoint landing in the early 50’s to watch the return of the Missouri from Korea duty. I still remember it to this day. We rode the big Red Street Cars down from LA, then over to see it sail in past the mole. It’s a shame to see the old place going to seed now as I worked across the street at Terminal Island near Gate 5 of the now to be shut-down Naval Shipyard. I was employed in the operations division of Southern California Edison at a gas turbine electric generation station power plant just under the Gerald Desmond Bridge and only a few miles from the Queen Mary. I would top the bridge every day going to work and slowly watch the base and shipyard winding down. I left work early and watched them decommission the USS Missouri and watched them tow it though and out the outer breakwater, and head north to Washington. Through my field glasses from the roof of my station under the bridge, I watched many ships come in just to be decommissioned and towed over to the scrap yards on Terminal Island just across from San Pedro’s Sea Port village. They brought the USS Ranger down and it stayed in dry dock one to be fitted out for mothballing. I saw it leave also. I knew as I watched these events that it was also time for me to leave too, I retired in October of ‘96. It was sad sitting at a restaurant near the LA Maritime museum and watching a very famous ship such as the “Bonnie Dick” be ingloriously towed down the channel to be chopped up and probably return as a Toyota, Honda or a Panasonic Air Conditioner!
My wife and I have a daughter and grand kids that live in San Pedro, so we can get a view as to what is happening to the area on a frequent basis, it isn’t very pretty. Everything is gone, the old base is flattened for container storage, and the red grasshopper cranes dot the area, only the mole remains. Oh well, time marches on and progress is, well, on going. …


Still, they’ll never take this old sailor’s memories away…


Floyd Farrar
USS Inflict (MSO-456)
Long Beach Naval Station 1958-1963

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