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LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel; Friday September 29 1916
AN IOWA PIONEER Settled in Benton County Sixty-One Years Ago Had attained a great age Deceased was a Native of Ireland and Came to America When a Girl-Was the Mother of Six Sons and Three Daughters
Bridget Kelly Farrell

Mrs. Bridget Farrell died at the home of her son, Attorney Pat Farrell, on Main street, on Wednesday shortly after noon. Her demise was not unexpected as she has been in failing health for some time suffering from the infirmities of old age. She had attained the great age of eighty-eight years on August 15 last. She had been sick for the past eight weeks.

Mrs. Farrell had made her home for several years with her son Ed Farrell at Cedar Rapids and came to LeMars in June to visit her son P. Farrell, here.

She was a native of Ireland, her maiden name being Bridget Kelly, and was born in Kilkenney on August 15, 1828, and grew to womanhood in her native place. When nineteen years of age she came to the United States and three years later was united in marriage with John Farrell at Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Mr. and Mrs. Farrell were among the early settlers in Iowa, coming to the state sixty-one years ago, settling in Benton county, where they farmed for many years. Mr. Farrell died about ten years ago, since which time Mrs. Farrell lived with a son, Edward, at Cedar Rapids. Mrs. Farrell is survived by six sons, who are Thomas, of Sumtra, Montana, James, of Cedar Rapids, M.G. Farrell of Atkins, Iowa, Patrick, of LeMars, John, of Perham, Minnesota, and Edward F., of Cedar Rapids. Three daughters preceded her in death.

Mr. and Mrs. P. Farrell accompanied the remains to Cedar Rapids yesterday and the funeral will be held at Norway, in Benton county, on Saturday morning and the body laid to rest beside that of her husband.. Mrs. Farrell was a loving wife and mother, a devout christian woman and was deservedly esteemed and beloved by all who knew her.

{Submitter comment: Bridget Farrell is my great great grandmother. Although she died in LeMars, IA, she resided in Benton County for 61 years. I am related to her son John Farrell, who is listed as residing at Perham, MN at the time.}
Submitted on May 30, 2001 by
Pam Farrell, genealogistpam @

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Victor Index; December 1915
Samuel Farrell

Samuel Farrell was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, March 14, 1850. In 1857 he came with his parents to Iowa, residing in Iowa City. February 8, '73, he was married to Isabelle Lindamood of Iowa City. Two years later they moved to Iowa County

Three childen were given them: a son, William Rex, who died in infancy when but four months old, and two daughters, Mrs. Hilda Watkinson, of Eddyville, Nebraska, and Mrs. Willard Coates of Victor

Mr. Farrell was a life-long farmer, following that occupation until four years ago when he retired in Victor. He was a splendid neighbor, and being such, he won many people to a close friendship. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need

He is the first of a family of six children to pass away. Thus, he leaves to miss him, two brothers: William Farrell of South Dakota and John Farrell of Della, Kansas; three sisters: Mrs. Mary Brown of Norway, Mrs. Johanna Brown of Ocheyeday, Iowa, Mrs. Emma Wilhite of Rockwell, Iowa, his wife and two daughters and a host of friends

His sickness was short and severe but not a murmur of complaint was heard. Tuesday night, December 14, at the age of 65 years and 9 months, he passed away, peacefully and calmly and with folded hands

The funeral service was held at the Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. J. F. Rex.
Submitted on January 25, 2002 by
Nancy Montague,

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