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From: "Lee Todorovich" <>
Subject: Re: [TNCANNON] Phillips/Farler
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2010 19:26:48 -0800
Brent - Thanks for the information on Patton Farler/Farley. Some of it I
have seen...some was new. I realized the marriage license said Miss Nancy
Philips but I question that. Here is why. I have been researching
Phillips/Philips in the Warren County TN area for sometime now. I am
particularly interested in any that might have lived in or around Warren Co
in about 1850 -1855. and then moved to KY.
I have found no Philips/Phillips in the 1850 census in Warren Co...but in
the 1860 census there were several including James born 1831 and Jno born
1830. I wondered if either of these had a brother who might be my missing
Phillips....so I started searching back. But first note that in the 1870
census these two men live very close to each other.....making me wonder if
they were related.
I could not locate any Phillips family I could connect either to. So I
started researching other possibilities....Jno was living with Patton
Farler and his wife Nancy....wondered if they were connected. That is when
I found them in the 1850 census - both James and Johnathan were living with
Nancy and Patton but the boys were using the name Farler at the time. By
1860 they had changed their names to Philips. I think it is very possible
they were Nancy's children when she married Patton and the census taker just
made a mistake in 1850. That is why I was trying to locate an possible
prior marriage. It is possible they were relatives of Nancy and not her
children but I am betting they were her sons.
If you learn anything else on this family I would love to hear from you.
Likewise if I find anymore I will let you know.
Thanks again - Lee
----- Original Message -----
From: "Brent Cantrell" <>
Sent: Sunday, December 12, 2010 9:30 AM
Subject: [TNCANNON] Phillips/Farler
> I've been investigating Patton Farley/Farler in an attempt to locate the
> parents of my ggg grandmother Letty Farley who married Tom Prater.
> First, the Farler/Philips marriage license says "Miss Nancy Philips" which
> strongly indicates that she this was her first marriage, though she was
> about 40 at time of marriage.
> Patton's last name is "Farley" in the earliest land records in 1831 and
> "Farly" in 1834. Patton "Farler" and John Farler are living next to one
> another in 1840. Patton's first wife is apparently still alive in 1840.
> In 1841 there is this interesting item in the court record: "This day
> reported to court an Inquest Held by them over the dead body of an Infant
> child at the house of Patton Farles on the 6th day of March 1841 -- report
> upon their oath that the said Infant came to its death by the visitation
> God and not otherwise -- And whereupon the following justies being present
> to wit.
> David Patton
> Sam'l Lance
> Sam'l Greear
> Martin L. Prater
> David D. Hipp
> Nathan Neely
> James Mears Esqrs."
> Patton Farler married Miss Nancy Philips on 2 Feb 1844. R. Fowler was the
> clerk and made the entry. This would indicate that Patton's last name was
> NOT "Fowler" otherwise the clerk would likely have spelled it the same as
> his own name.
> In 1850 Patton Farler and Nancy are on the census. Also that year Patton
> Farler transfers 75 acres of land to John Farler.
> In 1854 Patton is on the tax list in the 13th Civil District in Warren
> County (just across the county line in the old Davenport area)
> also in 1854 Patton Farler receives a small land grant in the same area of
> In 1860 Patton and Nancy Farler are in the Census in Warren County and a
> Philips, 27, Laborer is living with them.
> Patton and John were born in Kentucky and may be the sons of Clay Farley
> Lettice "Letty" McCarthy of Barren County Kentucky. Letty's grandmother
> a Patton.
> Also in Jan 1826 a Clay Farley owned 20 acres in on the "headwaters of the
> Stones River" in Warren County, Tenn. This may be Clay Farley, Sr or it
> be Clay Farley, Jr.
> If anyone knows more about this family please sontact me.
> Brent Cantrell
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