When Edward Farmer was born on 7 May 1848, in Donisthorpe, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Farmer, was 30 and his mother, Ann Goacher, was 28. He married Elizabeth Percival on 23 November 1868, in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Linton, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom in 1901 and Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom in 1911. In 1911, at the age of 63, his occupation is listed as retired coal miner in Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died on 7 September 1912, in Linton Heath, Derbyshire, England, at the age of 64, and was buried in Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom.
English: occupational name from Middle English fermo(u)r, fermer and Anglo-Norman French fermer (Old French fermier, medieval Latin firmarius). The term denoted in the first instance a tax farmer, one who undertook the collection of taxes, revenues, and imposts, paying a fixed (Latin firmus) sum for the proceeds, and only secondarily someone who rented land for the purpose of cultivation; it was not applied to an owner of cultivated land before the 17th century.
Irish: Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Mac an Scolóige ‘son of the husbandman’, a rare surname of northern and western Ireland.
Americanized form (translation into English) of French Terrien ‘owner of a farmland’ or of its altered form Therrien . Compare Pharmer .
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