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Conrad (Coonrod Comrod) Farner

Male 1793 - Bef 1870  (77 years)


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  • Name Conrad (Coonrod Comrod) Farner 
    Born 1793  Virginia Or Pennsylvania Per Multiple Census Records Of Children Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef Sep 1870  Liberty Township, Parke County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I159546  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 11 Feb 2014 

    Father Ancestor Farner,   b. From Holland Or Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F9672  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mrs. Farner,   b. Abt 1793, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1837 and 1839, Possibly Liberty Township, Parke County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Married Abt 1820  Possibly Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Child Farner,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Child Farner,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Isaac Farner,   b. Abt 1815, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1870, Parke County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)
     4. James Farner,   b. 1 Feb 1817, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1878, West Union, Parke, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     5. *John Farner,   b. 18 Jul 1822, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1901, Parke, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     6. **William Farner,   b. 1828, Sylvania, Liberty Township, Parke County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1920, Sylvania, Liberty Township, Parke County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     7. Lewis Farner,   b. 1831, Liberty Township, Parke County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1911, Wabash Township, Armiesburg, Parke County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     8. Abraham Abram Farner,   b. Jun 1834, Liberty Township, Parke County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1910 and 1920, Pittsburg, Crawford County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)
     9. Benjamin Farner,   b. 1837, Liberty Township, Parke County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1850 and 1860, Probably Parke County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 13 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F9524  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth Sanderson,   b. 1802, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1860 and 1880, Liberty Township, Parke County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 5 Sep 1840  Parke County, Indiana; Per Indiana Marriages, 1802-1892; Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, Film #0849947 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Farner,   b. 1846, Liberty Township, Parke County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. James Cosby Farner,   b. 1848, Liberty Township, Parke County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Polly Farner,   b. 1849, Liberty Township, Parke County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Nancy J. Farner,   b. 1853, Liberty Township, Parke County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Emanda Farner,   b. 1860, Parke County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [related]
     6. Conrad Farner, Jr.,   b. 1860, Parke County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [related]
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F9525  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • A TRUE FAMILY STORY
      Transcribed and Compiled by,
      Sandra Lee Elkins Juhl RNBSC, c. 2005 A.D.
      Part I: Pioneers
      c. 1821 A.D.
      The woods were hunting grounds of the most privileged of Indians. Toreside on their sacred lands in safety was a great achievement. So,came a few settlers in the beginning. They built, they sewed theground, and they existed. A hard existence as we most all know onlytoo well. The men were hearty and looked up to by their wives who intheir own right were great Americans also. For we all know, thatwomen run their homes and a steady built house in a wilderness was agreat achievement of the pioneer woman. The land that Daniel Booneexplored was wild and free. Looking to be tamed by the mostcourageous of men and women. So these hearty men and strong-mindedwomen did it. By covered wagon they came, hacking, and clearing atrail through Indian paths with four jaded horses to a wagon, JacobBowsher and his wife Margaret. Now, Margaret was very intelligent andknew of an unforeseen force pushing their travels through thisbeautiful but God forsaken country, as she called it at first. Then,she later perceived that it was not God forsaken, but God blessed,because of its cascading beauty and bounty of natures storehouses.Their travels led them to a river called the Quam (Wabash) by theIndians. Jacob had had dreams; three dreams as a matter of fact.He?d left the band of travelers as a scout as he was sure they werenear the land of his dreams. He came to a clearing as know whiteeyes, he was sure, had ever beheld before his. This was the land ofhis dreams! They cleared a small parcel of land at first and calledit the William Wolf Farm. This is near where the Wolf Creek Cemeteryis located now. In 1821, the Bowshers had made themselves a logcabin. This is also the year that this area became a county in itsown right named Parke County. A knock came to their door one day. Atall lanky man stood outside with a deerskin hide, and buckskin on.He had a one shot rifle, which he leaned silently against the logcabin door.
      ?Howdy! I?m Conrad Farner, your neighbor. I live just apiece overthe holler a ways. Got a sec.??
      ?Welcome, welcome neighbor, come on in and visit a while,? was Mr.Bowsher?s answer.
      So began a great friendship between Jacob and Conrad, one that was tolast a lifetime. They and the settlers with them established a placeof worship in around the hills for nearly sixty years. The Indiansknew of them, and befriended them also until the Indians were forcedto leave the area. (The area supported the Tribe of Wea Indians inand around what is now Turkey Run State Park. They were forced tomigrate from the area near the time that the great migration tookplace for the Cherokee Indian Tribes.) The settlers and theirfamilies grew strong. There was little disease, because it was mostlyforeign virgin lands they lived on. Eventually, a church wasestablished through the United Brethren Church Conference of Ohio. Aschool and classes were established and attended by most of thesettler?s descendants for three to four generations. The church isone of five remaining churches to yet survive from the original 170churches of the Miami Conference. It has survived the conflicts andstruggles of more than 180 years.
      Conrad Farner was the grandfather of John Farner, who was the fatherof Gladys Ellen Farner Elkins.

      Part II: The Next Generations
      c. 1868 A.D.

      Continued Story
      Now John Farner grows like a Willow Tree, tall, straight, majestic,and respected. He was a rascal in school for he was a domineering,self-assured, plus rugged personality, the type who becomes leaders ofmen. He was a Tom Sawyer type while growing up, before Tom Sawyerever existed, while living not far from the Wabash River in hisyounger years. The steamboats made daily runs up and down that mightycurrent. I picture a boy on a raft, fishing, skipping school,hunting, and running though the forest like a rabbit darting here,there, and everywhere his mind, body, plus his imagination would takehim. I see him running to the docks when the steamboats withexplorers like Daniel Boone, or William Tell would tie up to drop offpassengers and freight for the pioneer settlers. Can you imagine himtying a rope to a tree and swinging from it nude and dropping intoSugar Creek below him into the cool, cool blue water giving an Indianwar whoop all the way even until his last breath is taken as his headis engulfed over with water? What a free life it must have been forchildren in those early days when they were not needed to work orattend school during the long days of summer.
      As he grew, John became very well known and respected by his fellowmen and brethren. When a young man he met the love of his life, apretty, little, fragile, and lovely lady. He had his eye on her forsome time it was told, even though many for her hand had courted her.What he had not realized was that she too had her eye on him as well,and had no interest in any other, but John from the very beginning oftheir acquaintance. Her name was Margaret Rector. Dark haired withwhite skin as new as fallen snow which was most lovely to look at.Why shouldn?t the most dashing and bravest of young men be interestedin her hand for marriage such as John. She was the most becomingdamsel of the township; Such as a damsel in King Arthur?s Court, andhe was her white knight. Margaret was eighteen years old when theywere joined in Holy Matrimony.
      The couple spent five blissful years together before the birth oftheir daughter. To them was born a darling girl child who was fairskinned like her mother. The couple adored their precious littlebundle of joy. But, Margaret was fragile as said, and weak a greatdeal of the time after the Childs birth. Martha Rector, her mother,helped her as best she could to take care of the child.
      One day, a Friday afternoon to be precise, while John was at the RockCrusher Mine, he was killed. Yes, he died in his prime of life. Itseems he had just put in a charge of dynamite into the hillside, butit did not explode as predicted. Thinking the fuse had gone out, Johnwalked toward where the explosives had been set. Then the worst thingoccurred, the dynamite exploded unexpectedly throwing and lifting Johnsix feet off the ground. After several hours of untold agony, hedied. When Margaret was told, she was grieved to her heart. She knewit would not be long before she joined her husband. She hadcontracted consumption, which is an ailment of the lungs resemblingtuberculosis or long lasting recurring pneumonia. Alas, Margaret
      soon passed away to join her husband leaving her four-year-olddaughter in the care of William and Martha Rector, the Childsgrandparents.
      The child?s name was Gladys Helen/Ellen Farner (the compiler'sgrandmother).

      ONLY 13 OF COONRAD FARNER'S 15 CHILDREN CAN BE ACCOUNTED FOR TO DATE,15 SEPTEMBER 2006.

      My mother (Joyce L. Clore Elkins) documented this: "Conrad Farnerseems to be the first known Farner in the vicinity of Parke County,Indiana in the early 1850's, being born according to the censusrecords about 1793 in Virginia. I do believe he married twice, firstin Virginia or Tennessee and second in Parke County, Indiana. Notproven that he is related to our William Farner. Only that he was inthe vicinity at the same time." [Transcribed by, SLJuhl, 15 Jul 2005]
      (NOTE: With the updated information below in the census records it hasbeen proven that our families, William Farner, was a son of ConradFarner. SLJuhl, compiler, 30 July 2006.)

      The children listed with approximate birth dates are from the 1850Federal Census of Liberty Twp. Parke Co., Indiana. Also, "Believethat Polly, Charlotte, Conrad, Emanda, and James living in thishousehold in 1850 aand 1870 Census are grandchildren or nearrelatives. Conrad Farner does not appear in the 1880 Census sopossibly has died", per Joyce L. Elkins. [Transcribed by, SLJuhl, 15Jul 2005.]
      (NOTE: Polly is Conrad Farner's daughter as shown below in the updatedinformation. There is no indication in the original 1850 or 1870census's of a Charlotte, Conrad, or Emanda living with Conrad Farner.There is a James Cosby Farner living with Conrad Farner in the 1860Census however. It is agreed that Conrad Farner does not appear inthe 1880 census records. SLJuhl, compiler, 30 July 2006.)

      Information taken from the 1850 census from the Parke County area. Theinformation presently available is confusing, and since Gladys FarnerElkins did not know her family we can only surmise at theinter-relationships of the family members. When Joyce Elkinsinterviewed family members, the information that she listed was thebest she could put together at the time, because even the nearrelatives memories were sketchy as to who was who in the family.[S.L. Juhl--15 July 2005]
      (NOTE: The updated information below shows that in the 1850 censusJohn & William were living with their brother James in Parke Countynear their father Conrad Farner who is on the same census sheet withthem. SLJuhl, compiler, 30 July 2006)

      Listed in 1850 through 1880 Indiana Census using the records of JoyceL. Clore Elkins: Conrad Farner married Elizabeth Sanderson.According to census, Charlotte is a sister to Conrad Carl and JamesFarner. Charlotte married a Millikin or Mullins. According to EstherHann Billings of Montezuma, Indiana, she stated that Conrad CarlFarner was her grandfather and his father was Isaac Farner. One ofour relatives, Irene Cory Webster of Pontiac, Michigan, evensuggested that Conrad and Isaac Farner were brothers perhaps. [SLJuhl,compiler, 15 July 2005]
      (NOTE: There is an Isaac Farner who is the son of William Farner perthe 1870 census records updated below. He would then be the grandsonof Conrad Farner. SLJuhl, compiler, 30 July 2006)

      MORE UPDATED RESEARCH:
      UPDATED INFORMATION FROM CENSUS & MARRIAGE RECORDS OBTAINED 30 JULY2006 at www. Ancestry.com (Internet Genealogy site).

      1840 Federal Census for Parke County, Indiana
      Page 120; 23; Listed below in order ON THE SAME CENSUS SHEET for 1840.
      SON--JAMES FARNER - Living in household is:
      1 male between 20-30 yrs of age (James)
      1 female between 20-30 yrs of age (Hannah-wife)
      FATHER--COONROD (CONRAD) FARNER - Living in household is:
      1 male under 5 yrs old
      2 males between 5-10 yrs old
      7 males between 10-15 yrs old
      2 males between 15-20 yrs old
      1 male between 20-30 yrs old
      1 male between 40-50 yrs old (Conrad)
      1 female between 5-10 yrs old
      1 female between 30-40 yrs old (Elizabeth)

      INDIANA MARRIAGE COLLECTION, 1800-1941
      JAMES FARNER AND HANNAH SHELBY
      30 NOV 1839, PARKE COUNTY, INDIANA
      Ancestry.com. Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 [databaseonline]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. Original data: WorksProgress Administration, comp. Index to Marriage Records Indiana:Indiana Works Progress Administration 1938-1940.

      INDIANA MARRIAGES, 1802-1892 RECORD
      (2nd Marr.) COONRAD FARNER AND ELIZABETH SANDERSON
      05 SEP 1840, PARKE COUNTY, INDIANA
      Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah; Film # 0849947

      1850 Federal Census: For 09 Oct 1850, District No. 137, LibertyTownship, Parke County, Indiana
      ON THE CENSUS SAME SHEET AGAIN TOGETHER BOTH JAMES & CONRAD FARNER:
      882/882 JAMES FARNER , 29, M, W, Farmer, 160, Tennessee
      Hannah , 28, F, W, Kentucky
      Maria, 6, F, W, Indiana
      John (Farner), 27, M, W, Farmer, Tennessee (probably a brother toJames)
      William (Farner), 22, M, W, Farmer, Indiana (probably a brother toJames & our Ancestor)
      1850 Federal Census: For 09 Oct 1850, District No. 137, LibertyTownship, Parke County, Indiana
      885/885 COONRAD (CONRAD) FARNER, 57, M, W, Farmer, 1000, Virginia
      Elizabeth, 48, F, W, Kentucky
      Lewis, 19, M, W, Indiana
      Abram, 16, M, W, Indiana
      Benjamin, 13, M, W, Indiana
      Sarah, 17, F, W, Indiana
      Polly, 1, F, W, Indiana

      1860 Federal Census: For 6th July 1860, Liberty Township, Post OfficeSylvania, Parke County, Indiana; Page 96; 68B
      732/732, CONRAD FARNER, 67, M, Farmer, 800, 2911, Virginia
      Elizabeth, 58, F, Kentucky
      Sarah, 14, F, Farm Girl, Indiana (grand-daughter)
      Polly, 11, F, Indiana
      James Cosby Farner, 12, M, Indiana (grand-son)

      UPDATED INFORMATION FROM CENSUS & MARRIAGE RECORDS OBTAINED 30 JULY2006 at www. Ancestry.com (Internet Genealogy site).

      1870 Federal Census: For 09 Sep 1870, Post office Sylvania, LibertyTownship, Parke County, Indiana; PAGE 35; 127; ON THE SAME SHEET WITHHIS BROTHER JAMES AND WILLIAM H. SALE & WIFE SARAH FARNER (sister toWilliam & James), PLUS NANCY FARNER IS STAYING WITH WILLIAM & SARAHSALE; AND ON PAGE 36 IS JOHN FARNER LISTED RIGHT AFTER WILLIAM &SARAH. Conrad Farner is no longer listed in the census records, andis presumed to have died then before September, 1870.
      284/276, WM (WILLIAM) FARNER, 38, M, W, Farmer, 100 personal value,Indiana
      Catherine, 30, F, W, K. House, Indiana
      Isaac, 6, M, W, Indiana (twin)
      Sarah, 6, F, W, Indiana (twin)
      John, 4, M, W, Indiana
      Wm (William), 1, M, W, Indiana
      286/278, JAMES FARNER, 52, M, W, Farmer, 3000 land value, 800personal value, Tennessee (perhaps he inherited his father?s propertyas well as his own since the value of his property has increased agreat deal)
      Hannah, 48, F, W, K. House, Indiana
      Shelby, Deborah, 74, F, W, Kentucky (Hannah?s mother)
      289/281, WM (WILLIAM) H. SALE, 30, M, W, Works on Saw Mill, 1000personal value, Indiana
      Sarah, 25, F, W, K. House, Indiana
      Alley Chaney, 4, F, W, Indiana
      Farner, Nancy , 17, F, W, House Keeper, Indiana (grand-daughter ofConrad Farner)

      1870 Federal Census: For 09 Sep 1870, Post office Sylvania, LibertyTownship, Parke County, Indiana;
      FIRST LISTING ON PAGE 36
      290/281, JOHN FARNER, 47, m, w, Farmer, 2000 land value, 1000personal value, Tennessee
      Emily, 38, F, W, K. House, Indiana
      James M., 18, M, W, Farmer, 100 personal value, Indiana
      Erben L., 13, M, W, Indiana (attending school)
      James W., 8, M, W, Indiana (attending school)

      LAND RECORD SOURCE:http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch/Detail.asp?Accession=IN1320%5F%5F%2E044&Index=2&QryID=8730.742&PF=true;COPIES OF BOTH PATENT CERTIFICATES OBTAINED.

      1). Accession/Serial #: IN1320__.044 BLM Serial #: IN NO S/N
      Names
      Patentee: CONROD FARNER
      Survey
      State: INDIANA
      Acres: 40
      Metes/Bounds: No
      Title Transfer
      Issue Date: 3/18/1837
      Land Office: Crawfordsville
      Cancelled: No
      U.S. Reservations: No
      Mineral Reservations: No
      Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
      Document Numbers
      Document Nr.: 22327
      Accession/Serial Nr.: IN1320__.044
      BLM Serial Nr.: IN NO S/N
      Aliquot
      Parts Sec./
      Block Township Range Fract.
      Section Meridian State Counties Survey
      Nr.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      NWSW 27/ 17-N 8-W No 2nd PM IN Parke

      2). Accession/Serial #: IN3240__.341 BLM Serial #: IN NO S/N
      Names
      Patentee: CONRAD FARNER
      Survey
      State: INDIANA
      Acres: 40
      Metes/Bounds: No
      Title Transfer
      Issue Date: 9/10/1838
      Land Office: Crawfordsville
      Cancelled: No
      U.S. Reservations: No
      Mineral Reservations: No
      Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
      Document Numbers
      Document Nr.: 31196
      Accession/Serial Nr.: IN3240__.341
      BLM Serial Nr.: IN NO S/N
      Aliquot
      Parts Sec./
      Block Township Range Fract.
      Section Meridian State Counties Survey
      Nr.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      NESW 27/ 17-N 8-E No 2nd PM IN Hancock