George W. FARRIS
(-Abt 1844)


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Mary E. W. KING

George W. FARRIS 1

  • Marriage: Mary E. W. KING on 28 Nov 1838 in Sumner County, Tennessee 1
  • Died: Abt 1844, Andrew County, Missouri 2

bullet   Another name for George was Washington G. FARRIS.3


bullet  Research Notes:

There is some question whether the given name of the Farris who married Mary King was George W. or John. The death certificate of Isaac Smith Farris names his parents as John Farris and Mary King. On the other hand, their marriage record shows his name to have been George W. The 1840 tax list for Barren County, Kentucky (1838-1839 are missing) shows a new Farris household headed by George W. Both George W. and Isaac, his father, are missing from the 1841 and later tax lists, suggesting they had by then moved to Andrew County, Missouri. Court records from 1842-1844 involving the Estate of John King, Dec'd, show him as Washington G. Farris and as no longer living in Kentucky. [The court records raise another question, i.e., whether he may have been more commonly known by his middle name.] I believe the marriage record, the 1840 tax list and the 1842-1844 court records support the conclusion that the informant for the death certificate of Isaac Smith Farris was mistaken. 1 3 4 5


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: 1840, Barren County, Kentucky. 6

Household of Isaac Farris: Believed to be the male age 20-30.

[Note the Isaac Farris family also moved to Andrew County, Missouri in the early 1840s.]


George married Mary E. W. KING, daughter of John KING and 1st Mrs. John King, on 28 Nov 1838 in Sumner County, Tennessee.1 (Mary E. W. KING was born on 5 Sep 1819 in Barren County, Kentucky,4 7 died on 15 Aug 1904 in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri 7 8 and was buried in Savannah Cemetery, Nodaway Township, Andrew County, Missouri 7.)



1 Edythe Rucker Whitley, Marriages of Sumner County, Tennessee, 1787-1838, Page 106.

2 Family Records of Carole Merrills. Carole is a descendant of George W. Farris and Mary E. W. King through their son, Isaac Smith Farris. She maintains the Arnett-Millett Family Tree as part of the World Tree Project, which contains information on the all the children of Mary and their descendants, including those by her second marriage to Andrew Jackson Pettyjohn. For further information, see Her e-mail address is

3 Circuit Court Order Book, Vols. 10-11, 1842-1845, Barren County, Kentucky, FHL Film No. 209,780, Vol. 10:108 and Vol. 11:236.

4 Family Records of Carole Merrills.

5 Tax Books, Barren County, Kentucky, 1835-1847, FHL Film No. 7,867.

6 1840 Census, Barren County, Kentucky, Roll 103, Page 156 ( Image 13 of 79).

7 Photograph of Tombstone of Mary E. Pettyjohn, found by Mary Pettyjohn ( at

8 Family Records of Mary Pettyjohn. Mary's e-mail address is

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