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Re: James Farrior's ancestors
Posted by: Robert Farrior (ID *****2990) Date: August 11, 2005 at 21:13:51
In Reply to: Re: James Farrior's ancestors by Robert Cox of 98

Hi,

I posted something 6 years ago, and never followed up. I am a descendent of a line of Farriors from the general vacinity of Duplin County, NC. Our line is mostly in Richlands, NC which I believe is in Onslow County. I didn't grow up there, but have many aunts, uncles and more cousins than you can count.

My father is Robert Lewis Farrior. His father is William Eskel (spelling?) Farrior. His mother is Sarah Taylor Farrior. My father was one of 11 siblings. My grandfather William was born around the turn of the century and passed away in the 80s. My grandmother was considerably younger and passed away a few years ago.

My grandfather had a brother named Buck. I'm not sure anymore what his real name was, I suspect Buck was a nickname. My Uncle Buck (great-uncle) was married to Etta Taylor Farrior. That means that my grandfather and his brother married two sisters. Etta and Sarah Taylor were the daughters of a man named Simon Taylor, who is pictured on the Adams Schoolhouse photo on the Cox Family website.

That site also shows a class reunion photo taken in 1975 at the Adams Schoolhouse. I think I was there or was at least around then. We had a big family reunion around that time and I distinctly remember my Uncle Buck and Aunt Etta as well as my grandparents getting all dressed up and going to some old building to have their photo taken with a bunch of other old folks. It was the only time I remember old Ek (everybody called my grandfather Ek) riding in a car.

Anyway, I've looked around somewhat and have not been able to find a good lineage defined for my branch of the family. I've read about the James Farrior connection and the Huegonots, but nobody in my family ever mentioned being French. In fact, Ek told me that there were three Farrior brothers (William, Robert and James or John) that came to America from England. He said that two of the brothers settled in and around the Duplin/Pender/Onslow county area and the third in Virginia.

Anecdotal as it is, it is the only family "history" I ever knew. I have asked all of my living relatives over the years and they all confirmed the English story. Only within the last 10 years have I started to hear about the French connection via James and perhaps his parent named Pierre Ferrier.

I searched some years back through ship registries for ships arriving in Virginia. The only Ferrier I ever found was a Pierre Ferrier in the 1700s. I never saw a James listed in any ship, but that doesn't mean much. It just means I didn't find it.

When I was a teenager, I asked my grandparents to tell me about their ancestors and I wrote down what they told me. Unfortunately, I was an irreponsible youth and lost all of it. According to my grandfather, the Farriors once owned a large tract of land, which he sold to a Huffman during a serious bout of alcoholism. When I was a kid we would go hunting on the land, which was referred to as Farrior Field (even though it was mostly wooded). The land was near Huffmantown Road, I believe.

I also remember the ruined remains of the old Farrior house near there where my father and his siblings were born. The chimney was still visible 5 or 6 years ago. My grandparents lived at the corner of NC-1301 and NC-1383. I don't remember the names of the roads. My Uncle Bill still lives there.

My great Uncle Buck and Aunt Etta lived off Catherine Lake Road in a big old farmhouse surrounded by very large and very old trees. I suspect this was in the family a long time. It felt old.

If you could point me to a geneology that might show my grandfather and/or Uncle Buck and Aunt Etta, I would be very appreciative.

Sincerely,

Robert William Farrior
Age: 41 Lives in: Dallas, Tx


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