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William Farris of Vassalboro and China, Maine
Posted by: Andrew (ID *****0357) Date: December 12, 2007 at 07:22:45
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Hi, here is some information I put together on William Farris of Vassalboro and China, Maine.

William Farris was born in 1755 at Yarmouth, Massachusetts. On October 5, 1775 he married Elizabeth Burgess also of Yarmouth whom he had at least eight children with.

Meltiah
Thankful
Rebecca
Elizabeth
Benjamin
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Diedama
Tamsin

During the Revolutionary War he enlisted in the company of Capt George Lewis in Col. Putnam's regiment on November 1, 1775. He served with the regiment for two months building fortifications at Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was verbally discharged by his officer at Cambridge.

In February 1775 he enlisted again for two months as a private in a a company commanded by Capt. Joshua Gray in the regiment commanded by Col. Carey. His regiment built fortifications at Dorchester, Massachusetts and he was verbally discharged there by his officers.

In April or May 1776 he again enlisted as a private in the company commanded by Capt John Russell in the regiment commanded by Col. Berckiah Bassett. He served for a period of four months and was at Martha's Vineyard in October - November 1776 guarding the shore. He received his final verbal honorable discharge there.

During the war he made his home in Yarmouth, Massachusetts.

The exact date that William and his family came to Maine is uncertain. The 1800 Census of Vassalboro, Maine states that he came to Maine from Massachusetts in 1796. According to his veteran's pension application in 1832 he came to Vassalboro, Maine about 1802 and to China, Maine about 1820.

Sometime around 1805 his first wife Elizabeth (Burgess) Farris died. On March 18, 1806 William married his second wife, Miss Martha Long of Vassalboro. She was about 22 years old when they married, William being about 51 years old. Her name was recorded as Patty Long when they filed their marriage intentions with the Town of Vassalboro on March 12, 1806.

In 1816 William Farris, yoeman of Vassalboro bought 1/4 of Lot 15 in Vassalboro.

William Farris applied for a veteran's pension of $33.33 a year on July 13, 1832, age 76 and a resident of China, Maine. He was listed as age 81 of China, Maine in the 1840 Census of Pensioners Revolutionary or Military Services. He died on October 19, 1841 in China at the age of about 86.

His widow, Martha (Long) Farris applied for his pension on October 5, 1855, age 71, resident of China. In a supporting letter in her pension application Samuel Farris states that he is the son of William Farris. His son Samuel Farris was born about 1812.

Sources:

Our Family History, Barbara Carpenter
1800 Census of Vassalboro, ME
1880 Census of China, ME
Kennebec County Registry of Deeds
Genealogical Abstract of Revolutionary War Pension Files Vol. II F-M
Vital Records of Vassalboro, ME
1840 Census of Pensioners Revolutionary or Military Services
Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files


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