Henry Farwell was born circa 1601 in Boston, Lincolnshire, England to William Farwell (1682-1637) and Dorothy Routh (1585-1617) and died 1 August 1670 in Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Olive Welby (1604-1692) circa 1629 in St. Botolph's Church, Boston, Lincolnshire, England.

Research Notes

Henry Farwell was born to William Farwell and his first wife. He was one of at least five children they had together.

Henry Farwell married Olive Welby on April 16, 1629 at St. Botolph's Church in Boston, Lincolnshire, England. (My son's wife has ancestor's who were married there as well.) Henry and Olive had six children together, three having been born in England and three in Massachusetts.

Olive Welby is a niece of Rev. Peter Bulkeley of the Concord Church, and granddaughter of the Rev. Edward Bulkeley of Odell, England.

Henry emigrated from England with his wife and two children before July 1636.

Sometime after July 5, 1636 The Concord Church, of which Henry was a member, was organized by a council which met at Cambridge, July 5th, 1636. The Rev. Peter Bulkeley was ordained Pastor. Henry remained an active member for in 1660 as a Deacon, he was in "charge of the linen and pewter". (Another source lists him as a tailor. Perhaps this is why he was put in charge of the church linens.)

Henry took the Oath of Allegiance in Concord, Massachusetts on March 14, 1639, but moved from there to Chelmsford about six years later.

"His house in Chelmsford was situated on the Billerica road..." "on the same Abraham Parker and Jacob Parker. His home was nearer the village than theirs."

At some point Henry received land grants from both Concord and Chelmsford, but I don't have the dates for those.

Sometime after 1655 Henry signed a petition "to trade with the Indians".

In 1659 he received £3 5s from the town of Chelmsford "for the paiment for A drum..." My question is, "Was this a drum he'd gotten from the Indians or a drum he built?"

Henry wrote his will twenty days before his death.


Offspring of Henry Farwell and Olive Welby (1604-1692)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Farwell (1630-1670)
Samuel Farwell (1633-1634)
John Farwell (1635-1686) 25 October 1635 Boston, Lincolnshire, England 26 August 1686 Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Sarah Wheeler (1640-1662)

Joseph Farwell (1640-1722)
Mary Farwell (1642-1714)
James Farwell (1645-)
Olive Farwell (1647-1724) 1645 Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States 24 July 1740 Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut, United States Benjamin Spalding (1643-bef1708)

Henry Farwell (1649-)



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