Monday, September 24, 2012

Mrs. Joanna Farrington - partially identified

Mrs. Joanna Farrington was born in Portland in 1785, and she died there 20 Aug 1874 at the age of 89. She is buried at Western Cemetery in Portland. When she was admitted to the Home was a a widow without any children.

She was a member of High Street (Congregational) Church.

In 1812 (the intention date was 15 Aug 1812) Joanna Tyler was married by Rev. John Lindsey to Eliphalet Farrington who was born in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts 15 Dec 1778, the son of Benjamin and Sarah (Fuller) Farrington. According to one source, he may have been previously married to Anne Baker and had by her a son Nathaniel born in Dedham in 1801.

There was no one with the Tyler surname enumerated in the 1810 Portland census, although there were some in nearby communities; there was also no Eliphalet Farrington with a household in either Portland or Dedham that year.

In 1820, Eliphalet is found in Portland, with two males, one 16-18 and the other 26-44 (this would be Eliphalet who would have been about 42), and two females, one 10-15, the other 26-44 (Joanna would then be about 35). Perhaps the two younger people were children of Eliphalet's first marriage.

By 1829 they had moved to his hometown of Dedham, where she admitted as a member of the First Parish Church by letter from High Street. They were enumerated in Dedham in 1830 (one male 50-59; one female 40-49) and in 1840 (one male 20-29, one male 60-69, and one female 50-59).

Eliphalet died in Dedham 17 Oct 1840 and is buried in the First Parish Church cemetery with his parents and siblings. After his death, Joanna transferred back to High Street Church in Portland. She was not located in the 1850 census, but was found in the 1851 city directory, working as a seamstress.

Eliphalet Farrington's ancestry is well documented, but the Tyler line is style a mystery.

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