Alexander J. Farrer1,2

ID# 12715, (abt 1805 - )

Key Events:

Birth: about 1805, North Carolina3,4
Marriage: 3 Jan 1828, Granville Co., North Carolina, Permelia S. Walton (about 1805 - 4 Sep 1886)5,6,7

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Narrative:

     Alexander J. Farrer was born about 1805 in North Carolina.3,4
     Alexander married Permelia S. Walton, daughter of Dolly [surname unknown], on 3 Jan 1828 in Granville Co., North Carolina.5,6,7 Alexander and Permelia S. Walton appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Christian Co., Kentucky, enumerated 7 Aug 1850, reporting real estate of $5,120 and 11 slaves. Their son Alexander was listed as living with them, as was Elizabeth John Smith, who appears to have been an adopted daughter, and Dolly, who appears to have been Permelia's mother.2,8
     Alexander and Permelia appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Hopkinsville, Christian Co., Kentucky, enumerated 10 Aug 1860, reporting $14,920 in real estate and $10,700 in personal property, including 23 slaves, living in 5 slave houses. Listed as living with them as are Elizabeth John Smith, who appears to be their adopted daughter, her husband, Henry Davis Tuck, and their son, Alexander F..1,9
     He was a farmer.2,1
     
Research Note, 25 Feb 2009:
It does not appear that Alexander J. Farrer and Permelia S. Walton are the birth parents of Elizabeth John Smith. Permelia is listed in the 1880 census in the household of Betty and her husband, shown as his mother-in-law. There are other signs that Alexander and Permelia treated Betty as a daughter. In 1860 Betty and her husband, and their son, are living with them. In 1870 Permelia, apparently now a widow, is living with Henry and his family, from all appearances, on the property previously owned by her and Alexander. Permelia and her mother are buried in the family cemetery later used by Betty and her husband; if Alexander is buried there no stone remains with his name. At least one, and perhaps two, of Betty's children were given the middle name Walton, Permelia's maiden name.
     However, in 1850, Betty is shown in the Farrer household with the surname Smith. At age 14, it seems very unlikely she had been married and widowed or abandoned. The most likely explanation seems to be that Betty was adopted, perhaps informally. No record of the only known child of Alexander and Permelia, Alexander Jr., has been found after the 1860 census. So it seems likely he had died, and they treated Betty as their daughter and only heir.10,11,12,13,14

Children:
     Children with Permelia S. Walton:

Citations

  1. [S1761] A. J. Farrer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  2. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  3. [S1761] A. J. Farrer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows age 55 and state.
  4. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows age 45 and state.
  5. [S2152] "North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2000," Ancestry.com, citing FHL film #19009 , county Court Records, shows date and county.
  6. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows them apparently as husband and wife.
  7. [S1761] A. J. Farrer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows them apparently living as husband and wife.
  8. [S2151] Alex. J. Farrar, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, slave schedule, and Dolly Walton, lines 15-21 left.
  9. [S1749] Alex J. Farrer and H. D. Tuck, owner, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  10. [S1900] Henry D. Tuck household, 1880 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Permelia Farrow in the household, identified as Henry's mother-in-law.
  11. [S1761] A. J. Farrer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Betty J. and Henry D. Tuck, and their young son, in the household.
  12. [S1769] Henry Tuck household, 1870 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows the Permilia Farrer, apparently now a widow, in the household.
  13. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 134, shows Dolly Walton, and Permelia S. Fabbar, along with Henry and Betty, and three of their children, all buried there.
  14. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Betty John Smith, age 14, in the household.
  15. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows them in same household apparently a parent and child.
  16. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Elizabeth in the household of Perelia and Alexander, but with a different surname.
  17. [S1761] A. J. Farrer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Elizabeth and her husband living in the household of Alexander and Permelia.