Col. Josiah Farrar
The first mayor after the incorporation of the city Peru was Col. Josiah Farrar.
Col. Josiah Farrar was born in 25 Sep 1826 in Clayton Twp., Jefferson County, New York died 20
Mar 1909 Peru, Miami Co., Indiana. His parents were Loyd Briggs Farrar and Rachael (Arnold) Farrar
of Clayton Twp., New York and some of the first settlers to Butler Twp., Miami County, Indiana
(near Santa Fe, Indiana)
Josiah married 20 Nov 1856 Miami Co., Indiana Emeline Cornelia Go uld daughter of Solomon
Gould and Eliza E. Rose.
In 1844 they came to Indiana and settled at Peru in Miami County, where Colonel Farrar and
his brother John L. practiced law for half a century. Col.
Josiah Farrar in 1862 entered the Union army as a captain and was promoted to colonel in the
Ninety-ninth Indiana Volunteers, being at the battles of Lookout Mountain and Chickamauga,
and with Sherman on the march to the sea.
From the: New history of the 99th Indiana Infantry : containing official reports, anecdotes,
incidents, biographies and complete rolls" 1900 HORNER PRINTING CO. ROCKFORD, ILL.
Daniel R. Lucas:
Company D came from Miami county under command of Captain Josiah Farrar who retained the
command until he was commissioned lieutenant-colonel and succeeded to the command of
the regiment which he held at the muster out of the regiment, when he received a commission
"Captain Farrar, who was so long the captain of Company D, and colonel at the time of muster
out of the regiment, was a man of good mind, a good officer and soldier, but not always a
pleasant man to get along with. I always admired his pluck and determination and steady
straightforward methods, and had confidence in him, even if I did not always agree with
him. I heard that he once expressed his opinion of General Ewing (Hugh) to that officer's
face in a very strong way, and I have always remembered him kindly for that. I am glad to
know he yet lives.
Born September 25, 1826, in Jefferson county, New York. Came to Indiana in 1846, having
alway resided at Peru, Indiana, since 1852. Studied law in Rochester, New York, and has been
in partnership with his brother, Hon. John L. Farrar, at Peru for over forty years. He recruited
Company D, and was chosen captain and was with the regiment from the beginning to the
end of its service. Being of a quiet, conservative disposition, and not self-assertive, he is one
of the men who perhaps never received the credit that was due him. He was in command of
the regiment on the reconnoisance to Dalton and Rocky Face in February, 1864, and commanded
the 99th in some difficult places. He was in command of the brigade skirmishers on July 22d at
Atlanta, and was second in command on July 28th, He advanced the Fifteenth Corps' skirmish line
August 3d, the day that Major Brown, 70th Ohio, was killed, and commanded the regiment during
one of the most trying weeks of the siege of Atlanta, while Colonel Berkey was sick and Colonel
Fowler on leave. He commanded the regiment during the march through the Carolinas and to the
end of service. On May 20, 1865, he was mustered as lieutenant-colonel and on muster out was
commissioned as colonel.
Since the war he has been actively engaged in the practice of law and has gained a high standing
as a lawyer, the firm of Farrar & Farrar is well known through central Indiana. The colonel is domestic
in his tastes, loving his family. He lost a lovely daughter, Maude, a young lady of much worth, about
ten years ago, and he has never ceased to lament her loss. Although well along in life, 73 years of
age, he still carries himself erect as of old. The picture on page 7 was taken in 1862 instead of 1865,
as given there.
JOSIAH FARRAR, a leading lawyer of Peru, is a native of Jefferson County, New York, and second
son of Lloyd and Rachel Farrar. He was born September 25, 1826, and grew to manhood on a farm
in his native county, receiving his early education and training in the common school from which he
was subsequently promoted to the academic grade. He took an academic course in which he
acquired the knowledge of the higher branches of learning and while thus engaged decided upon
the legal profession for a life work.
In 1846 he came to Miami County, Indiana and selected in Butler Township a tract of land to which
his father’s family removed and settled the following year. For some time after coming here he was
engaged in teaching school and in the meantime pursued his legal studies as opportunities would
permit. Actuated by a laudable desire to increase his knowledge of the profession, Mr. Farrar, at the
age of twenty-three went to Rochester, New York, where he read for some time under the
instruction of Lysander Farrar, one of the leading attorneys of the city. In this county he read in the
office of H. J. Shirk in 1849 and the following year returned to Rochester, where he was similarly
engaged until 1852. Having thus completed his preparatory reading, during which he made substantial
progress in his profession, Mr. Farrar, in 1852, engaged in the practice at Peru, Indiana, in partnership
with his brother John L. Farrar, and the firm thus constituted still continues.
In 1856, he was elected on the Democratic ticket, prosecutor for the counties of Miami and Cass, and
n 1867, against his wishes, was elected mayor of the city of Peru. Since his admission to the bar Mr.
Farrar has, by close application to business and commendable studiousness gradually surmounted the
obstacles in the course of every professional man and won for himself a fine reputation as a successful
In 1862 he closed his office and tendered his services to his country recruiting in May of that year,
Company D., 99th Indiana Infantry, of which he was chosen captain. He accompanied his command
through all its varied experiences in the southwestern campaign of the Mississippi department, and at
the battle of Atlanta, July 22, 1864, was in command of the brigade of skirmishers, a duty fraught with
a great deal of danger. At the battle of July 28th, of the same year, he was second in command of the
regiment, and while his Colonel was sick during the siege of Atlanta, he commanded the regiment one
week when the duty was very diffic ult to perform. The confidence which the line officers reposed in
his ability is attested by the fact that they frequently requested him to take command on trying
occasions, and it is also a conceded fact that in nearly every hotly contested battle in which the 99th
was engaged he was at its head. He commanded the regiment during the reconnaissance toward
Dalton and Rocky Face Gap, in February, 1864, and subsequently on the arrival at Savannah, being the
ranking officer succeeded to the command which he held until mustered out of the service. On May 20,
1865 he was mustered as Lieutenant Colonel, and on the mustering out of the regiment received a
commission as Colonel. Among the battles in which he participated were the following: Vicksburg,
capture of Jackson, Mississippi, Mission Ridge, the numerous engagements in the advance upon Atlanta,
the battle of the 22nd of July, when General McPherson was killed, battle of the 28th, same month
west of Atlanta, flank movement which res ulted in the capture of that city, and battles consequent,
Sherman’s march to the sea and up through the Carolinas, and to the battle of Bentonville, the last
fight in which the Ninety-ninth was engaged. At the close of the war his regiment marched to
Washington City, and after participating in the “Grand Review,” he was honorably discharged. Col. Farrar
was a brave and honorable soldier, and his military record is bright with duty intelligently and faithfully
performed. In him were combined those qualities of mind which display under the most trying
circumstances the possession of great executive ability, added to a personal courage, that made him
the trusted leader on many bloody battle fields.
Returning, after an absence of three years, to the quiet of civil life, he resumed the practice of his
profession, which he has since successfully continued in Peru. He is an able lawyer, thoroughly
acquainted with the methods and principles of legal jurisprudence, and stands high among his professional
associates of the Miami County bar. He is and always has been a Democrat in politics. Though he adheres
to his political faith with tenacity and expresses his sentiments fearlessly, he is far removed from partisan
intolerance, and on several occasions has followed his convictions rather than the dictates of party. He is
a member of the Masonic fraternity and takes an active interest in the G.A.R. post in the city.
He married on the 13th day of November, 1856, Miss Emma Gould, daughter of Solomon and Eliza Gould,
of Peru. Mr. and Mrs. Farrar have three children, viz.: William C., Ada and Maude Farrar.
From History of Miami County, Published in 1887 by Brant and Fuller in Chicago - Peru Township
From the HISTORY OF MIAMI COUNTY INDIANA A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its
People and Its Principal Interests Edited by MR. ARTHUR L. BODURTHA
Josiah FARRAR Born: 25 Sep 1826 Jefferson Co, Ny Died: 20 Mar 1909 Peru, Miami Co,
In Buried: Place: Oak Grove Cem, Miami Co, In son of Loyd FARRAR and Rachel ARNOLD
Early Resorter Gone
Col Joseph Farrar of Peru Passed Away at an Advanced Age>
News comes to the lake that Col. Joseph Farrar of Perus, oone of the earliest summer rosrters
about the beautiful Maxinkuckee, died Aug. 29
He had been in declining helth for some time on accounty of advancing age, but his death was
a surprise to many acquaintances here.
He commenced spending his summers at the lake 32 years ago ptiching his tent on "DInner Point"
at the south end of the lake where he later erected a large and commodious cttage which he
and his family occupied every season since except the present.
While at the lake he spent most of ohis time trolling for black bass at which he was an expert.
Last season on one of his fishing rounds he hooked what he said was at least a 50-pound buffalo
fish. He could not land him, and before he reached him the fish turned an aquatic somersault,
broke the pole and tackle and escaped.
The colonel was fond of hunting, and was the owner of an extra fine shot gun, and a blodded
bird dog that money wouldn't buy.
One evening last year he went out on the wooded road hunting rabbits without success. As he
was returning in the gloaming and when near the house he saw what he suppposed to be a
rabbit crossing the road. He fired and sent his grandson to bring in the game. When it was
brought in it was found to be the old maltese cat, the pet of the household.
Early in the present season the colonel had a first class pier built in front front of his cottage,
but has not here this year
During his lfe he was prominent in business and social circles, and served with distinction in the
civil was as the colonel of a regiment.
13 Sep 1906 Culver Citizen
married: 13 Nov 1856 Miami Co, In 'Emma' Emeline Cornelia Gould Born: Mar 1840 Ny Died: 17
Mar 1924 Place: Laporte, , In Married: 13 Nov 1856 Place: , Miami Co, In daughter of Solomon and
Eliza E. (Rose) Go uld, Both are buried buried Mt. Hope. Cemetery Peru, Miami, Indiana
The children of Josiah Farrar are:
2 William Clayton Farrar, b. April 2, 1859, Peru, Miami, Indiana, d. June 21, 1936, Laporte, Indiana.
3 Ada Farrar, b. December 1861.
4 Maude Farrar, b. 1868 Peru, Miami, Indiana , d. November 15, 1892, Peru, Miami, Indiana; buried Mt.
Hope. Cemetery Peru, Miami, Indiana
2 William Clayton Farrar was born April 2, 1859 in Peru, Miami, Indiana, and died June 21, 1936 in
Laporte, Indiana. He married Peru, Miami, Indiana December 12, 1893, Minnie Phoebe Eldred daughter
of Jesse Florence Potter Eldred and Charlotte Betsy Potter.
3 Josiah Eldred Farrar, b. March 27, 1895, Peru, Miami, Indiana, d. July 1, 1982, Kokomo, Howard,
Indiana; He married February 8, 1929, Peru, Miami, Indiana,Alice Berye Robinson.
4 Virginia Farrar, b. July 13, 1896, Peru, Miami, Indiana,and died June 19, 1971 in Mansfield, Ohio. She
married Kirk Bruce Sweet in Omar, West Virginia.
5 Emeline Farrar, b. March 21, 1900, Peru, Miami, Indiana, d. March 16, 1983, Stamford, Connecticut;
She married Ralph James Teeple on August 14, 1919 in Michigan.
6 Clayton William Farrar, b. October 5, 1902, Peru, Miami, Indiana, and died December 1, 1966 in
Kokomo, Howard, Indiana. Sunset Memory Gardens, Kokomo, Howard, Indiana. He married Frances
Eleanor Eikenberry on February 25, 1931 in Sycamore, Decalb, Illinois, daughter of B. Franklin Eikenberry
and Effie Ellen Wilson.
3 Ada Farrar was born 4 December 1864 Peru, Miami, Indiana died 31 Aug. 1948 Plymouth, Marshall,
She married on February 26, 1890 in Peru, Miami, Indiana Lawrence L. Daugherty born 18 Oct 1865
Wabash, Wabash, Indiana d. 12 Jul . 1953 Culver , Marshall, Indiana son of Josiah Scott Daugherty
and Minerva Harriet Lumaree.
Lawrence L Daughtery Dies Manday At Home of Culver Daughter
Lawrence L Daughter, native of Wabash, died Monday afternoon at the hom of his daugheter
Miss Sidder Daugherty, Farrar Road, Culver
Mr Daughtery formerly resided in LaPorte, South Bend and then New York City were he lived
with his daughter before making his home on Lake Maxkinkuckee
Besides his daughter he leaves a son, Farrar J. Daugherty, of Helena, Ark.
Services will be held in Wabash at the Jones Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Wednesday. - 14 Jul 1964 Citizen
Both are buried Falls Memorial Gardens Wabash Wabash County Indiana
OBITUARY #1 - Plain Dealer, Wabash (IN)
Funeral services for Mrs. Ada Farrar Daugherty who died at her home in Plymouth Tuesday morning will
be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Jones Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral
The decedent was the wife of Lawrence Daugherty, former Wabash resident, and the daughter of
Col. Josiah Farrar and Emeline (Gould) Farrar. Survivors include the husband, two children and one
OBITUARY #2 - Plain Dealer, Wabash (IN)
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Ada Farrar Daugherty which occurred Tuesday morning
at her home in Plymouth. She had been critically ill for several weeks.
The decedent was the wife of Lawrence L. Daughtery, former resident of Wabash and brother of
Carl Daugherty of this city. Survivors include the husband and two children, Farrar Daugherty and
Maude Marie Daugherty.
The body is being brought to the Jones Funeral Home, Wabash, where services will be arranged
Residence of Lawrence & Ada Daugherty - 516 West Hill Street, Wabash, Indiana
7 - Lawrence Daugherty
8 - Sidder Daugherty
9 - Farrar J. Daugherty