Biography of William "Wade" FARMER 1818-1907

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In the 1840 Washington County, AR Federal Census Roll: 20; Page: 257 , a Wm Farmer appears in the West Fork township which lies to the south of Fayetteville. His age bracket is correct and he has one male child under 5 years. This is probably the William Farmer with which we are concerned. If it is, then he must have removed, at some time, north to that part of Washington County that would become Benton County.

The 1850 Washington County, AR Federal Census (Roll: M432_31; Page: 382) lists a William Farmer of the correct age married to an Elizabeth with children: Jasper age 11, Stacy age 8, Isaac age 5, William age 2, and James age 1 month. This William is living next to Nelson Hewitt (the daughter of Abraham Fields, Mackie Fields, married George Dawson Hewitt). Elizabeth was a widow of A W Jackson.

No William or Wade Farmer appears in the 1860 Washington or Benton County Federal Census.

In 1870, Wade Farmer appears in the census in Osage Twp, Benton County, AR with his son living next door. His 2nd wife is Rutha Ann (Ruth Ann Langston), their daughter Nora Farmer and the step sons of Wade Farmer: Franklin Jackson and George Jackson (sons of AW Jackson and Elizabeth).

Marriage to widow Elizabeth Jackson: According to the obituary below, William Farmer and this Elizabeth were married in 1844. The marriage is supported by the 1870 census listing Jackson step-sons in the household. The marriage date is generally accepted to be about 1844, before the births of son William Farmer b. 1845/47 and daughter Frances Julia Farmer b. 1849.

The maiden name of this Elizabeth is generally held to be Williams. Samuel Williams ( 2 doors away) is thought to be the father of Elizabeth Williams.


Barbara Pichering Easky, Obituaries of Benton County, Ark, Heritage Books, 1995, Bowie, MD, Vol 3, p 182 , 1907, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT.
"FARMER, WADE H. - Wade Farmer, an old and well known citizen of Benton county, died at his home neat Colville last Saturday and was interred at the Oakley Chapel cemetery Sunday. He was nearly 90 years old at the time of his death. He lived for many years just west of Bentonville. He was always regarded as an excellent citizen. (Benton County Sun 1/?/07)

"Wade H. Farmer was born in Seanacha [Sequatchie] Valley, Bledsoe County, Tenn., September 9th, 1818, died at his home three miles west of Lowell and eight miles south of Bentonville, March 2, 1907, aged 88 years, 5 months and 23 days. He came to Benton County, Ark in 1840. Was married to Mrs. Elizabeth Jackson who was the grandmother of G.P. Jackson of Bentonville in 1844. Bro. Farmer was married the second time to Mrs. Rutha [Ruth Ann] Langston February 14, 1867. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church for many years but later in life became a member of the M.E. church South and lived a member of this church until death. The writer, who had been his pastor for four years, at the request of his family, conducted his funeral services at Oakley Chapel and in the midst of a large crowd of sympathizing friends and relative his remains were tenderly consigned to their last resting place. Bro. Farmer was a good man and had often told the writer of his faith in God and his readiness to depart and to be at peace. His wife and children sorrow not as those who have no hope." Y.A. Gilmore. (Benton County Sun 3/21/1907) Source: Obituaries of Benton County, Ark, 1905-1909, Vol 3, pg 182 , by Barbara Pichering Easky, Heritage Books, pub 1995, Bowie, Md.

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