219. Jennie Looney (Jane) WOODY
was born on 15 Mar 1827 in Roane Co., TN. She died in 1895 in Ft. Worth,
Tarrant, TX. She was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery. From: History of Texas,
Mrs. Jane Farmer, widow of the late George P. Farmer, was the first white
woman of Fort Worth, Texas, and her children were the first white children born
Mr. and Mrs. Farmer were married in 1844, and three years later, in 1847,
emigrated from their native state (tennessee) to Texas, first settling in Fannin
County, where they remained two years and whence the came, in 1849, to Fort Worth.
They reached here three weeks before the arrival of the soldiers. At that time
a furrow had not been plowed nor had an ax or hoe been used in the vicinity.
Nature was undisturbed, and not a sign of habitation was here. They camped
on the present site of Fort Worth. After the arrival of the troops Mr. Farmer
was employed by the government to attend the sutler's store, and he continued
thus employed for four years. He then took a homestead claim of 320 acres and
devoted his energies to the development of a farm, soon bringing a hundred acres
of this tract under cultivation. He also engaged in the cattle business, which
he carried on until the opening of the late war, when he sent his cattle west
with one of his sons, who continued the business there. About 1862 Mr. Farmer
sold his homestead, taking in payment therefor negroes and Confederate money,
both of which proved worthless. Later he purchased the farm where his widow now
lives. This tract comprises 240 acres, 135 of which are under cultivation, being
rented on the shares, and wheat, oats, and corn being the chief products.
Amthough she endured many privations and hardships, Mrs. Farmer has many
pleasant reminiscences of her pioneer life. At the time they settled here game
of all kinds and honey and wild grapes were plentiful. Grapes, however, were
the only fruit they had, and there were no vegetables here whatever. Ten years
elapsed before she had a mess of Irish potatoes. Groceries and provisions of
all kinds had to be hauled from Houston, and some times during the rainy season
it took two to three months to make the trip.
Mr. Farmer was a man of many sterling qualities. In his makeup were found
the elements of a true pioneer. He was a veteran of the Seminole war in Alabama
an Florida, and his widow is a pensioner of that war. While he never aspired
to official position, he took a laudable interest in public affairs, and was
well known and highly respected all over the pioneer settlement, retaining the
confidence and good will of all who knew him, up to the time of his death, which
occurred January 14, 1892. He was especially notes for his hospitality, his
good wife sharing with him in this. The latch-string of their cabin door always
hung on the outside, both friend and stranger were given a hearty welcome, and
the needy were never turned away empty handed. The name of "Press"
Farmer is dear to all of the early settlers.
Mrs. Farmer was born and reared in east Tennessee, tha date of her birth
being March 15, 1827. Her father, Samuel Woody, was among the first settlers
of Parker County, Texas, He having come here a few years after the arrival of
Mr. and Mrs. Farmer, and he remained in the county until his death, about 1877.
He was a farmer and blacksmith, and was prominent in his day.
This worthy pioneer couple were the parents of fourteen children, five of
whom died in infancy. A record of the others is as follows: Susan is the wife
of Thomas Young, a native of Virginia and a druggist of Lewisville, Denton County,
Texas; Jacob is engaged in the cattle business in Montana; Molly is the wife
of Eugene Small, of Velasco; Josephine is the wife of Dr. Higgins, of Cooke County,
this state; Emma is a member of the home circle; Florence, wife of Alexander
Henderson, resides on a farm in Tarrant county, Texas; Alexander died at the
age of twenty-one years; William died and left a widow and eight children; and
Hannah, wife of James Sutter, is deceased.
Mrs. Farmer was present at the organization of the Baptist Church of Fort
Worth, and also at that of Enon. Of this church she has been a consistent member
for many years.
She was married to George Preston (Press) FARMER (son of
Elijah Ward FARMER Sr and Martha Jane PRESTON) in 1844 in
Roane Co., TN. George Preston (Press) FARMER was born
in 1825. He died on 14 Jan 1892 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant, TX. Jennie Looney (Jane)
WOODY and George Preston (Press) FARMER had the following children:
Susan FARMER was born in Ft. Worth, Tarrant, TX. First white child born
in Fort Worth.
Jacob FARMER was born on 5 May 1854 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant, TX. He died
in 1921. He was buried in Everman Cemetery.
William Press (Buck) FARMER was born on 27 Aug 1855 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant,
Molly FARMER was born on 26 Nov 1861 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant, TX.
Emma FARMER was born in Jun 1866 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant, TX.
Josephine (Josie) FARMER was born in Dec 1868 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant, TX.
Florence FARMER was born on 1 Apr 1870 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant, TX.