Farmer, John, 1789-1838

Farmer, John, 1789-1838



  • Existence: 1789 - 1838


John Farmer was born on June 12, 1789 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Farmer is considered the founder of systematic genealogy in America. In 1819, he was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society. In the 1820s, he and fellow antiquarians began to produce genealogical and antiquarian tracts in earnest, slowly gaining a devoted audience among the American people. Though Farmer died in 1839, his efforts led to the creation of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, which publishes the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. The society is one of New England's oldest and most prominent organizations dedicated to the acquisition, preservation, and dissemination of public records and private monuments that would otherwise have decayed and been forgotten.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

John Farmer diary

Identifier: MS-388
Date(s): 1806 to 1838

John Farmer (1789-1838), historian and genealogist. The collection contains his diaries with records of weather observations (1806-1838), notes of daily events and list of correspondents (1823-1838).

William Plumer letter

Mss 834125
Identifier: Mss 834125
Date(s): 1834-01-25

In English.