Edmund Farrington

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Edmund Farrington, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born at England, about 1588.1 He died at Lynn, Essex Co., Massachusetts, 20 January 1670/71.1

Edmund married Elizabeth Newhall, daughter of (…) Newhall, at Sherington, Buckinghamshire, England, 29 November 1613.1,2,3

6 April 1635, Edmund Farrington and his family were enrolled for passage to New England on the Hopewell, William Bundocke master, out of London, bound for New England. The list shows he was from Oney [Olney, Bucks], age 47, with wife Elizabeth 49, and children Sarra 14, Mathew 12, John 11, and Elizabeth 8.4

He does not appear in the records in New England until 1638 when he was granted 200 acres of land at Lynn. Shortly thereafter, about 40 families of Lynn, "finding themselves in straightened circumstances," left Lynn to settle on Long Island where they purchased land from an agent of Lord Stirling. These settlers ran into difficulties with the Dutch, and only five of the Lynn families made permanent homes there. Although Edmund did sign the papers for the settlement of Southampton, there is no record he actually went there, even temporarily.

3 July 1646 he is "freed from common training, keeping their arms complete."

14 Nov 1648 he and Joseph Armitage were sureties for the good behavior of Thomas Beale, who was fined for abusing the Lynn watch. The next day, he and other Lynn men were fined for failing to fence their share of the common field against "great cattle."

26 December 1648 "Edmund Farrington, on account of age, at his request," was freed from fine for not training.

Hay became a bone of contention between Edmund and several others:
27 March 1649 he sued William Flint for "taking away hay;" the case was heard 31 May 1649 but no resolution recorded.
28 June 1649 He was successfully sued by Captain Steven Winthrop for carrying away hay; Farrington appealed, it was reviewed 25 September 1649; heard again on 26 March 1650 and the judgement was reversed.
In September 1650, he again sued William Flint; this case was reviewed in March 1651. No judgement seen.

28 June 1649 Edmund was called to court to for saying he wished Major Endicott to hear his son Matthew's court case against Goodman Edwards, because "he had given him apple trees." Edmund had to publicly apologize for implying that he had bribed Edicott.

29 June 1653 he and Edward Kemp were in court for being drunk

4 July 1653 He sold "two hundred acres of upland & meadow within the bounds of Lin and ten acres of meadow lying in the Great Meadow about half a mile from the 200 acres."

22 May 1666 "Edmond Farrington of Linn..., yeoman," deeded to "my son Mathew Farrington the one-half of my cornmill with the utensils thereto belonging, with all the profits, produce & effects arising therefrom, except the toll of my son Fuller's grist, which is well & dule to be ground toll free during the life of my daughter Elizabeth his wife. I do likewise give to my son Mathew Farrington the one-half of the mil house, houses, barn & half the upland & meadow that I bought of Nicholas Browne, & half my salt marsh in th eTown Marsh," in return for which Mathew Farrington will maintain his father and mother for the rest of their lives, and to pay to "my son John Fuller, his hirs or assigns, the sum of ten pounds sterling at my decease."

3 December 1669 he deeded to Mathew Farrington the one-half of the tide mill at Linn with the housing, barn and several parcels of land that belonged with it.

His will was dated 12 August 1667 and proved 28 March 1771:
giving wife Elizabeth half his land and corn mill during her natural life and to his son after her decease;
all "moveables" to "my wife";
to son Edward Farrington 20s;
to son Roberd Terry, 20s;
to daughter Elizabeth Fuller, £10;
"my son Mathuw Farington executor.

In 1679, some neighbors gave depositions that exaggerated the ages of Edmund and his wife: "Mathew Farrington, Sr., had kept and maintained his aged father and mother ever since his brother John Farrinton died, which is about thirteen years. His mother was a sickly woman a great part of this time and not able to keep herself any more than a child, and was kept like a sick body by reason of her great age. She lived until she was a hundred years old 'wanting two or thereabouts,' and his father lived until he was four score and eight."5,1


Elizabeth Newhall b. abt. 1586, d. 15 Dec 1678
  • Edward Farrington1 b. say 1615
  • Thomas Farrington1 b. say 1617, d. bef. 1654
  • Sarah Farrington2 b. 5 Sep 1619
  • Mathew Farrington2 b. 12 Feb 1620/21, d. 11 Dec 1700
  • John Farrington+1 b. 1622, d. 2 May 1666
  • Elizabeth Farrington2 b. 19 Sep 1624
This person was last edited on4 Sep 2015


  1. [S2053] Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn Jr. and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration: Immigrants To New England, 1634-1635, 7 volumes (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999-2011), 2:494-498, further cited as Anderson, et al., The Great Migration.
  2. [S1368] Thomas W. Cooper II, "The Olney, Bucks., Emigrant Cluster: The Buckinghamshire Origin of the New England Families of Worcester: New(h)all, Kirtland, Farrington, Fuller, Gaines, Partridge, and Purrier," The American Genealogist 65 (Apr 1990): 65-68, at 67, further cited as Cooper, "Olney Bucks., Emigrant Cluster."
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 530, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  4. [S1492] Peter Wilson Coldham, The Complete Book of Emigrants: 1607-1660: A Comprehensive Listing Compiled from English Public Records of Those Who Took Ship to the Americas for Political, Religious, and Economic Reasons; of Those Who Were Deported for Vagrancy, Roguery, or Non-Conformity; and of Those Who Were Sold to Labour in the New Colonies(Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 132, further cited as Coldham, Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1660.
  5. [S1370] Marcia Wiswall Lindberg, "Edmund Farrington and His Descendants Through Sons Mathew and John," The Essex Genealogist 17 (Aug 1997): 142-153, at 142-43, further cited as Lindberg, "Edmund Farrington."