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A Historical Record Of Winslow Farr Jr.

Winslow Farr Jr. Was one of the most respected early Mormon Pioneers in the Utah Territory. He was born May 11, 1837 at East Charleston, Orleans County, Vermont and was the third son of Winslow Farr Sr. And Olive Hovey Freeman.

He traveled with his parents to Kirkland Ohio and was with the Mormons during the persecutions which drove the Saints from Missouri. As a boy he moved to Nauvoo and often sat on the knee of Prophet Joseph Smith. Later the family moved to winter quarters, now known as Florence, Nebraska. When he was 13 years old his family came west to the Utah Territory . The trip across the plains was made by Ox team. He arrived in Salt Lake in 1848. The first pair of shoes he ever had were made in Salt Lake from rawhide. His mother made a pair of pants from a piece of carpet. His family lived in Salt Lake during the days when starvation was prevalent among the pioneers. He was a playmate and companion of President Joseph F. Smith. The family eventually moved to Cottonwood Canyon where he worked with his father's farm. He was a Captain in the Mormon Militia organized to resist the invasion of Johnson's Army when the United States government attempted to put down the A Mormon Rebellion.

He was ordained a Seventy in the Priesthood in April of 1852. In 1861 he moved to Cache Valley in northern Utah Territory and then onto Paradise. He fought Indians as a Captain of a company in the Mormon Minutemen when they made life difficult for the colonists. He was called to his first mission to Great Britain soon after he moved to Ogden . He left Ogden by mule team to Laramie, Wyoming where he took passage on a train to New York where he boarded the Steamer France to Liverpool England. He was called to preside over the Kent Conference in 1869.

He was ordained a Seventy in the Priesthood in April of 1852. In 1861 he moved to Cache Valley in northern Utah Territory and then onto Paradise. He fought Indians as a Captain of a company in the Mormon Minutemen when they made life difficult for the colonists.. He was called to his first mission to Great Britain soon after he moved to Ogden . He left Ogden by mule team to Laramie, Wyoming where he took passage on a train to New York where he boarded the Steamer France to Liverpool England. He was called to preside over the Kent Conference in 1869.

He was Bishop of Ogden Third Ward for twenty three years. He was the husband for four wives and thirty one children, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. In 1889 he was called to help form a Mormon colony in Mexico. He was appointed Bishop of Colonia Dublan Mexico and held that position for nine years. He was ordained a Patriarch by President Wilford Woodruff. Winslow was convicted of Unlawful Cohabitation in 1888 and spent six months in the Utah Territorial Penitentiary as a matter of conscience. He kept a diary while he was in prison. He was known for his special ability as a peacemaker among men and for his fairness, honesty and integrity. His decedents admired his talent with the violin, his robust pioneering spirit and his unwavering principles to his religious belief.


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