Lafayette Farr

20 June 1839–30 September 1909 (Age 70)
Clayton, Clayton, Jefferson, New York, United States

The Life of Lafayette

When Lafayette Farr was born on 20 June 1839, in Clayton, Clayton, Jefferson, New York, United States, his father, Stephen Farr, was 57 and his mother, Heiress Towne, was 35. He married Amanda Steele about 1862, in Jefferson, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in United States in 1909 and Lowville, Lewis, New York, United States in 1909. He died on 30 September 1909, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Clayton, Clayton, Jefferson, New York, United States.

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Lafayette Farr
Amanda Steele
Marriage: about 1862
Merton Elmer Farr I
James A Farr

Spouse and Children


    Amanda Steele


about 1862
Jefferson, New York, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 7

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1848 · State Capital Moves to Lansing

Age 9

Detroit fought to maintain the Capitol within its jurisdiction, but communities in the growing western part of the state had reasons for wanting a move inland. This move would make the Capitol more easily defensible in case of another war between the British and the U.S. like that of the War of 1812. Proponents of moving the capitol also sought to make the government more accessible to the people throughout the state. Construction began in 1847 on a temporary state capitol building in Lansing. It was a simple two-story wood frame structure, painted white with green wooden shutters and topped by a tin cupola. The building was sold when the permanent capitol building opened in 1879 and, like the first capitol, it was later destroyed by a fire in 1882.

Age 24

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

1 English: from Middle English farre ‘bull’, applied as a nickname for a fierce or lusty man or a metonymic occupational name for someone who kept a bull.2 German: nickname from Middle High German varne, var, with the same meaning as 1.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Farr Lafayette, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Lafayette Farr, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Layfayette Farr in household of Stephen Farr, "United States Census, 1860"

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