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Edmund Farrah

EDMUND FARRAH, farmer, post-office Sandy Lake, was born December 9, 1833, in Trumbull County, Ohio, to Isaac and Hannah (Webster) Farrah, natives, the father of New Jersey and the mother of Massachusetts. They came to Ohio when small. They were married in Trumbull County, Ohio, where they lived until 1838, when they settled in Sandy Lake Township. The father died in Michigan at the home of his son, Isaac Farrah. His father was a soldier in the Revolutionary struggle, and served under George Washington and Mad Anthony Wayne. The children of Isaac Farrah were: Sallie, married Henry Leonard; Abram, dead; Webster, lives in Ohio; Isaac, Hazzard, Edwin and Edmund, twins; Hannah, married John McEnallen.

Our subject was educated in the common schools, and has always been a farmer. He was married in 1855 to Eliza DeFrance, by whom he has five children: Mary, married A. T. McElwain; Jefferson, at present treasurer of Stark County, D. T.; Clara, married George Beggs; Jessie M. and Nannie, a teacher. Mr. Farrah is a stockholder of the Stoneboro Fair. He has taken an active interest in the Democratic party.

Mrs. Farrah was born August 29, 1833, in Mill Creek Township, to John and Mary (Dailey) DeFrance, the former of whom was a native of France. The Daileys were of Irish descent, and served in the Revolutionary War under Anthony Wayne. The first to come to this country was the great-grandfather of Mrs. Farrah. Her parents had five children who grew up: R. M., dead; John, dead; Nancy, married John M. Galloway; Eliza J. and James A. Her grand parents, James and Elizabeth (Arthur) DeFrance, had twelve children: Robert, Allison, John, James, Charles, Abram, William, Arthur, Matthew, Boon, Anna and Eliza, who died when small from the bite of a rattlesnake. The maiden name of the mother of Elizabeth Arthur was Boone, and she was a niece of the renowned Daniel Boone. Robert was at a time a prominent officer at Burlington, Iowa, and both he and John were in the War of 1812. Robert fought in the battle of Lake Erie.

Mr. and Mrs. Farrah are consistent members of the Presbyterian Church of Sandy Lake.

History of Mercer County, 1888, page 1058

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