William Farmer settled on section 9, in the fall of 1867. He is a native of England, born on the 21st of March, 1820. He is the son of Joseph and Helen (Mathews) Farmer, who both died in the "Old Country." Mr. Farmer emigrated to America in the fall of 1848, and settled in Jefferson county, Indiana, where he remained until 1865. He was united in marriage, while there, in the fall of 1849, with Friswith F. Collett, a daughter of John H. and Jane Collett, natives of Wales, by whom he has three children living--William J., Ellen A. and Hattie F. In 1865, Mr. Farmer came to Iowa, locating at first in Polk county, but in the fall of 1867, came here, as above stated. He is still a resident of the township, living with his son-in-law, Mathew Martin, on section 16.
Contributed by Lisa Varnes-Rex from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 712-713.