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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published by Biographical Review Publishing Company in 1896.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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NATHANIEL W. FARRAR, druggist in the employ of C. J. Smith at Easthampton, Mass., was born in Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio, on July 26, 1839, son of Oscar Chandler and Elsie Ann (Patterson) Farrar.

John Farrar, his great-grandfather, was a patriot soldier of the Revolutionary War. His son Nathaniel removed in 1828 from the East to Ohio, where the last years of his life were passed. He died in Madison, eighty-three years of age, leaving one son and three daughters. His son, Oscar Chandler Farrar, father of Mr. Farrar, was born in Shelburne, Mass., December 25, 1817, and now resides at Erie, Pa. Oscar’s wife was born in Gainesville, Wyoming County, N.Y., and had by him five children, as follows: Nathaniel William; Chester Hinsdale, deceased; Orrell D., a machinist, residing in Columbus, Ohio; Myra, the wife of John Scott, of Harbor Creek, Erie County, Pa.; and Alma, married to John Stephenson, and now living in Toledo, Ohio.

Mr. Farrar received his education in Ohio and at the schools of Beloit, Rock County, Wis. In 1858 he engaged in teaching, but forsook it after a short time. On August 24, 1861, he enlisted in the ranks of Company G of the Thirteenth Wisconsin Regiment, and served in the Civil War for four years and five months, after which he was honorably discharged. For the larger part of that time he was detailed to the hospital service. On the 12th of May, 1869, he was united in marriage with Miss Lucinda S. Midlam, of Albany, N.Y. They have a daughter, Olive Louise, who is a teacher, and lives at home. He came to Easthampton in May, 1873, and since that time has been engaged in his present position, giving satisfaction not alone to his employer, but to their numerous patrons.

The Republican party counts Mr. Farrar as one of its most faithful adherents. He is a member, of Lake Erie Lodge, No. 347, of Girard, Pa., A. F. & A. M., and is also a member of Post No. 166, Grand Army of the Republic, in nearly all of the offices of which he has served.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published in 1896. 

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