Oliver FARWELL

Male 1692 - 1724  (31 years)


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  • Name Oliver FARWELL  [1
    • On the 5th Sept. 1724, Lieut. French with ten men under his command, started for the rescue of two of their friends and townsmen, Thomas Blanchard and nathan Cross, who had been "carried off by the Indians the evening previous. Oliver Farwell was one of this company. On arriving at the place where the two men had been laboring, they found evidence that the men had been carried off alive, and concluding the captors and their prisoners could not be far distant, decided on instant pursuit. They therefore bent their way up the Merrimac till they reached what is now Thorntons Ferry. There they were waylaid, fired upon by Indians, and all killed except Josiah Farwell, nephew of Oliver, who was vigorously chased by them for some time without either gaining much advantage, till he darted into a thicket, where they lost sight of him, and fearing he might have reloaded, abandoned the pursuit. thus he alone escaped--to fall by the hand of the me savage enemy the next year. Fox says in Hist. of Dunstable, the captors were a company of French Mohawks, about seventy in number. A company immediately mustered and proceeded to the place to secure the bodies of their friends and townsmen. Eight were found, placed in coffins and buried in one caacious grave in the ancient Cemetery of Old Dunstable, now in the south part of the City of Nashua. Of the slain was Oliver Farwell, and on a small stone about two feet high is the following inscription:

      OLIVER FARWELL WHO DIED SEPT. 5, 1724, IN THE 33D YEAR OF HIS AGE.

      By reference to the will of his father Joseph, it will be seen that Oliver was chosen to take care of him and his wife during their natural lives; and if "he doth take the whose care of us both and to provide all things comfortable and necessary for us both in sickness and in health, and to bestow upon us, or either of us a decent burial, " he was to receive all his "housings and lands which I have in possession." The father died nearly two years before the untimely death of his son Oliver. Whether the mother was living to mourn the loss of him on whom she had leaned for support and solace in the dec line of life, we are not informed.

      Mary Cummings, wife of Oliver Farwell, b. 25 Apr. 1692, was daughter of Thomas and Priscilla (Warner) Cummings of Dunstable, and grand daughter of John, Sen., and Sarah (Howlet) Cummings of Rowley, Mass. John, Sen. was freeman 1673, rem. to Dunstable 1684; 1685, was one of the founders of the Dunstable Church; selectman and town clerk. The parents of Sarah Howlet were Thomas and Alice (French) Howlet of Boston. Said Thomas Howlet is said by Savage to have come in the fleet with Winthrop 1630. He went with John Winthrop, son of Gov. W., early in 1633 to pant Ipswich, was freeman 3 Mar. 1634, and Rep. 1635. [1]
    Born 25 Nov 1692  Chelmsford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 Sep 1724  [1
    Person ID I73405  Main Tree
    Last Modified 9 Mar 2014 

    Father Ensign Joseph FARWELL,   b. 20 Feb 1642, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1722  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Hannah LEARNED,   b. 24 Aug 1649, Woburn, Massachussetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1677  (Age 27 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1666  Chelmsford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F29738  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary CUMMINGS,   b. 25 Apr 1692 
    Children 
     1. Oliver FARWELL,   b. 19 Nov 1717, Dunstable, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1808, Dunstable, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    Last Modified 16 Dec 2013 
    Family ID F29737  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S5714] "Farwell Ancestral Memorial - HENRY FARWELL, of Concord and Chelmsford Mass., and all his Descendants to the Fifth Generation", David-Parsons Holton, M.C., A.M. and Frances-K (Forward) Holton, (D-P Holton, M.D., Publisher, 1879).