My Maine Heritage - Oct 2020 - Person Sheet
My Maine Heritage - Oct 2020 - Person Sheet
NameRalph Farnham Farnum Sr./I
Birth Date25 Aug 1601
Birth PlaceLeicestershire, England
Memoalt date: 1603, loc: Rochester, Kent, England
Death Datebef 1644 Age: 42
Death PlaceIpswich, Essex Co., MA
Memoalt loc: Andover, Essex Co., MA
FatherHenry Farnham Farnum (1567-<1620)
MotherMary (~1581->1620)
Misc. Notes
May have been the surgeon-barber of Boston, described by Edward Johnson in “Wonder--working--Providence,” who lectured people on theology while shaving them. He, according to tradition, perished in the snow in Roxbury while going to visit a patient who needed a tooth pulled. This was about 1649, as the widow, Alice, married Soloman Martin of Gloucester and came to Andover in 1654 to settle with the Farnham heirs of Ralph, when the Ipswich farm was sold. From the proceeds of the sale and the property of Martin in Gloucester, the couple purchased a farm in Andover.

Sailed from Southhampton, England, April 6, 1635 in the brig “James,” and after the voyage of fifty-eight days, landed in Boston June 3, 1635, aged 32.

On 13 July 1635, "Ralph Farman," barber, aged 32, "Alice Farman," aged 28, "Mary Farman," aged 7, "Tho[mas] Farman," aged 4, and "Ralph Farman," aged 2, were enrolled at London as passengers for New England on the James [Hotten 108].

He was among the proprietors of Ipswich, MA in 1635. Settled in Ipswich and moved to Andover about 1652.

Recorded as being in London in 1601 at the Sign of the Lute (Inn): a merchant tailor.

Ralph was born in England, came to New England in the ship "JAMES" in 1635. He, his wife, and three children left London 13 July 1635. The shipping list by Capt. John May, Master, has 43 passengers, appearing Ralph Farman, a barber, age 32; Alice Farman, age 28; Mary, age 7; Thomas, age 4; and Ralph, age 2. The occupation of a barber-surgeon at that time combined tonsorial work, tooth extracting, blood letting, setting bone and minor amputations. They soon located in lpswich where he appears as proprietor in 1639. His home lot was on the south side of High St., a few yards west of the corner of N. Main St., this passing to his widow Alice, and later in the possession of her 2nd husband Solomon Martin. Ralph was voted in 1640 in lpswich that he be a town crier, ringing the bell, keeping clear the meeting house, and publishing such things as the town shall appoint, and shall have for his pay, of every man for the past whose estate under 100 pounds, 6d.,and from 100-500 pounds, 12d., and upward, 18d, the like for the year to come. He left no will. Alice’s 2nd husband was a ship carpenter, who also came on the ship "James". They settled in Gloucester, MA, then removed to Andover, MA ln 1652 he sold his property in New England, soon after left and apparently never returned.

Source: Ralph Farnham of Andover, by Henry F. Johnson 1950
Farnham/Farnum Families, by Anoinett Farnham Stepared, 1993.
Birth Dateaft 1607
Birth PlaceLeicester, England
Death Dateaft 9 Feb 1652 Age: 45
Death PlaceAndover, Essex Co., MA
Misc. Notes
Marr Date10 Oct 1627
Marr PlaceEngland
ChildrenMary (1628-1714)
 Thomas (1631-1686)
 Ralph (1633-1692)
 Ephraim (1638-)
 Alice (1638-1728)
 Sarah (1639-1728)
 John (1640-1729)
Last Modified 1 Nov 2015Created 3 Oct 2020 using Reunion for Macintosh
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