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From: "Gene Barron" <>
Subject: Re: [Union Parish LA] Lt. Governor William Wood Farmer
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 12:49:24 -0500
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Was Susannah Wood's father Matthew Wood?
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From: "T. D. Hudson" <>
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Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2006 7:44 AM
Subject: [Union Parish LA] Lt. Governor William Wood Farmer

> Hi everyone,
> I have for several years wanted to find obituaries of Lt. Governor William
> Wood Farmer, one of Union Parish's most famous "native sons". He was born
> in what is now Union Parish in April 1813, the son of early Union Parish
> settler Mills Farmer and his wife, Susannah Wood. Mills Farmer is the
> second earliest (known) white settler of Union Parish. WW Farmer went into
> politics, served as a justice of the peace of Ouachita Parish prior to the
> creation of Union Parish. The citizens of Union Parish elected him to the
> Louisiana Legislature during the 1840s - both the House and Senate. He was
> elected as the Lt. Governor in 1852, nearly elected to the U. S. Senate in
> 1853, and was believed to be a "shoo-in" as the next Governor, had he
> lived. He died of yellow fever in New Orleans in 1854.
> I finally went to the Louisiana State Library yesterday and copied several
> obituaries from both New Orleans and Baton Rouge papers. If anyone is
> interested, you can read them here:
> Incidentally, three of Mills Farmer's sons died within the two-year period
> 1852-1854. Mills' second son, and the first Union Parish Police Juror from
> Ward One -- John Newton Farmer (born 1820), went west to Caliafornia in
> the latter 1840s, apparently in the "Gold Rush". He worked as a minor in
> 1850, and he died in Nevada City, CA on 2 January 1852. Next was the
> youngest son, Shepherd Mills Farmer (4 May 1825 - 25 Sept 1852). Lt.
> Governor Farmer then died at New Orleans in October 1854.
> Of the Farmer sons, this left only Benjamin Franklin Farmer, born about
> 1824. He enlisted in Company E, 19th Louisiana Infantry Regiment and was
> sent north to join the Confederate Army opposing Yankee General Grant's
> invasion of Kentucky and Tennessee. The company suffered heavy
> casualties at the Battle of Shiloh on April 6-7, fighting at the famed
> "Hornet's Nest". Farmer was present for duty through December 1861, but he
> was absent from duty in the hospital in May. He died 1 June 1862 at
> Oxford, Lafayette County Mississippi. His death does not indicate whether
> he died from wounds suffered at Shiloh or disease.
> For obituaries of John N. Farmer and of Lt. Gov. Farmer's son, Judge WW
> Farmer, see here:
> Tim
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