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James C. Farr

JAMES C. FARR, a reliable farmer of Diamond Township, was born at Alderman Plains, Canada, October 21, 1838.  His parents were George W. and Martha (Blackburn) Farr, both of whom were born near London, England, where they were married.  They came to this continent and settled in Canada in 1834, and in 1840 came to the United States and settled in Dodge County, Wisconsin. There they took out Government land, and the father now resides on the place originally settled, near Beaver Dam, at the age of eighty years.  The mother died in August, 1885, at the age of seventy-three years.  They reared a family of eight children, of whom J. C. is the third.  They are: Charlotte, wife of Joseph Clark; Henry, Edwin, Daniel, Mary Ann, who was married and died at the age of twenty-four years; Martha, wife of Albert Baker, and Ellen, who also died at the age of twenty-four years.  J. C. remained at home until he was twenty-two years old, when he enlisted in Company K, Twelfth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, for three months, but the most of that time he was kept at Carroll, Illinois.  After returning home he enlisted in Company K, Eleventh Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered in at Milwaukee in the fall of 1862.  His service continued until the close of the war when he was discharged in Alabama, at Mobile, September 4, 1865.  He took part in the battles of Magnolia Church, Raymond, Champion Hill, Vicksburg and Jackson.  He held the position of Sergeant under First Lieutenant Clark S. Gilbert.

Mr. Farr was united in marriage May 7, 1866 to Miss Catherine A. Stone.  She was born in Lewis County, New York, January 2, 1842 and is a daughter of Curtis and Alida (Van Norman) Stone.  After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Farr settled in Martin County, Minnesota, where they remained until 1880, when they removed to Iowa and settled in Diamond Township, Cherokee County.  They now own a farm of 160 acres of finely located land, well improved.  Their family consists of Alvin Curtis, Mary A., Charlotte Belle land Kittie Leone.  Thomas Farr, the son of a brother, was adopted into the family at the age of nine years, and Mabel Burns, a little girl of five years, a daughter of John Burns, has made her home with the family of Mr. Farr since she was two years old and will continue to live under this generous and hospitable roof.  Mr. Farr is a member of the Masonic fraternity.  In politics he supports the issues of the Republican party.  The Government has rewarded his services during the late Civil War by paying him a pension of $8 per month.

  Biographical History of Cherokee County, IA, W. W. Dunbar & Co Publishers, 1889

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