|Posted By:||Boots Farrar|
|Subject:||Re: Leornard Farrar|
|Post Date:||May 29, 2009 at 14:49:08|
|Forum:||Farrar Family Genealogy Forum|
Actually the DAR did not make a mistake. Leonard Farrar's pension application states that he was born in 1764.
It has been an error by Leonard's descendants in their haste to "prove" a familial connection to William Farrar the immigrant to conflate Leonard into Raynard of Pittsylvania, and then conflate Raynard of Pittsylvania, Co to Rene son of Richard Farrar and Elizabeth Sanders born in Goochland in 1761.
Sadly there is no evidence of the birth for Richard Farrar and Elizabeth Sanders Farrar's children after Rene, i.e. Raynard, Seth, Leonard and Elizabeth.
The only evidence of Leonard prior to his civil war pension application is a Leonar Farrar in Pendleton Co, SC in 1790 as head of household along with Seth and Richard. It is obvious from the size and constituency of the household of Leonard and Seth that they are young marrieds. Meanwhile their older brother Stephen Farrar (my ancestor) is living nearby, a few hours walk away, in Greenville Co Sc and enumerated as Stephen Farrow. The name is spelled alternatively Farrow and Farrar in Pittsylvania Co, Va documents as well as various documents and census in SC, Ga and even in Alabama and Louisiana.
Here is the current consensus Richard Farrar b circa 1727/31 and Elizabeth Sanders had children:
Stephen born 1756, died between 1798 and 1800)
Shadrack born 1758
Priscilla born 1759
Rene born 1761
Leonard born 1764
Seth (d 1794 in SC, left Will)
Having to revise family stories and GEDCOM's is not fun.I understand, but genealogy is not an exact science, and people who try to square pegs into round holes, or fudge dates, places and names to fulfill a family wish or myth are only asking for trouble.
There really is no final word, in tracing ancestry. And those that think they are descended from this or that person, or family, might find a rude awakening when their DNA is tested and they discover that their ancestor is unknown or other than they thought.