James Haven Farnsworth

Name: James Haven Farnsworth
Born: 3 August 1836 / Indiana
Died: 1891 / Portland, Oregon
Spouse: Mary Elizabeth Odell Farnsworth
Married: 28 March 1858 / Oregon
Arrived in Ore.: 1852
Occupation: Farmer, Carpenter
  • Sarah Blandena Farnsworth (1859–1863)
  • Eri Dempster Farnsworth (1863–1936)
  • Levi Albert Farnsworth (1867–1958)
  • Mary Belle Farnsworth Clarkson (1872-1951)
  • Eva E. Farnsworth Haines (1873–1971)

James Farnsworth emigrated to Oregon via the overland route from Missouri with his grandfather, parents and siblings in 1852. James’ father, Freeman Farnsworth, was a physician and a minister. It is noted that he traveled all over the Willamette Valley “To heal their bodies and save their souls.”

In March 1858, James married widow Mary Elizabeth Odell. Although it is unknown how James and Mary met, after their marriage they lived next to prominent farmer Abram Coovert in the Webfoot area.

James & Mary’s eldest daughter, Sarah Blandena, died in 1863 at the age of four.

James died in 1891, and Mary in 1895. James, Mary, and Sarah Blandena Farnsworth are buried in the Odell Pioneer Cemetery. All their graves are unmarked.

Oregon Historical Society; Portland, OR; Index Collection: Pioneer Index

Unfortunately, Jame’s headstone is missing and presumably stolen. If you have any information about the headstone for James Haven Farnsworth, please contact us at info@odellpioneercemetery.com.

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Reference: 1850, 1860, 1870, & 1880 United States Federal Census | Ancestry.com. Washington State and Territorial Censuses, 1857-1892 [database on-line], Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006 | Washington State Archives, Washington Marriage Records, 1854-2013, Olympia, Washington | Ancestry.com, Washington, Select Death Certificates, 1907-1960 [database on-line], Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014 | Early Oregonians Index, 1800-1860 | findagrave.com