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Almira Ames Farnham
September 10, 1800–June 8, 1896
Almira A. Farnham, mother of Mrs. T. H. Dunn and H. P. Farnham of this county was born in North Andover Massachusetts, September 10, 1800 and died June 8, 1896.
Throughout a long and useful career of ninety-six years the subject of this sketch had scarcely seen a day of illness. Reared of an ancient Puritan stock her ancestors were among the Plymouth fathers. Her maiden name was Almira Ames. In 1827 she was united in marriage to John Farnham, also a native of North Andover. Five children were the fruit of this union, four of whom survive, one member of the family, Sarah, died in Oregon in 1863. After but thirteen years of wedded life, Almira was left a widow, remaining in single blessedness for fifty-six years. In 1859, with her children, Mrs. Farnham removed to Iowa where she has since made her home. She was a constant reader; ever conversant with current topics and prior to her paralytic affliction she had perused her papers and volumes without the aid of glasses. Almira has of late years made her home alternately with her son H. P. Farnham and her daughter Mrs. T. H. Dunn, passing peacefully away at the home of the latter.
The surviving children are: William Farnham of Desoto, Iowa; Henry Farnham of Malden, Massachusetts; Mrs. T. H. Dunn of Wayne township in Jones County and Hiram Putnam Farnham of Rome township of Jones County. The funeral was held Wednesday, June 10, 1896 at the Green School House in Rome Township. Reverend Slocum of the M.E. Society officiated.

Submitted by: Dave Bock

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