FARMER – John 74th Regiment

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74th Regiment Highlanders

NameFARMER – John
Regiment (s)74th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1788
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
17th February 1840 / 18 years 2 months / Fort William Cavan Ireland
Labourer
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 Ft 8½ in
Fresh / Blue / Fair / None
Overseas Service/DurationNorth America – 3 years 9 months
Length of Service21 years 192 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 27th August 1861 /
No place given Inquiry Aberdeen Scotland
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Chatham Kent England
Pension Districts1861 Chatham
1865 Tilbury
1865-1866 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1865 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RACEHORSE 10th August 1865
Date/Place of Birthc1821 Rossleay Monaghan Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Father
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Elizabeth Adela
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st Wife2 children names unknown
Father / Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd Marriage of wifeHAMILTON Frank
1867 Fremantle WA
Land Grants Western
Australia
None
Occupation after
Arrival
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 2 March 1866 page 2 Death of John Farmer
Departure from Western
Australia
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial21st February 1866 Fremantle Western Australia
Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index:
1841 Pte John Farmer 1788 Located Waterford Depot 17 May 1841 embarked for Service Corps
1851 Pte John Farmer 1788 stationed at Fermoy and Cork and at sea
1861 Pte John Farmer located Aberdeen, Scotland
19th December 1866 Captain Finnerty reported that Pensioner farmer had been missing from his home since the morning of the 18th. PC Armstrong set out to search for him and found him at Lefroy’s farm.
On 17 February he was again missing from home and a search was instigated. On the 21st February Corporal Ryan and a native located his body about 12-13 miles from Fremantle returning with his body.
On 25 February 1866 Captain Finnerty wrote to the Resident Magistrate requesting financial assistance for Mrs Farmer and her two children to tide her over until she received from England an insurance payout on her husband’s life for seventy five pounds. She was allowed one shilling per day for two months providing the insurance money was not received before that time.
Shortly after Elizabeth Hamilton married Frank Hamilton in 1867 he was the mate on the Emma when it was lost with all hands in February 1867.
After the loss of her second husband on the Emma Mrs Hamilton formerly Farmer requested assistance until she was able to support herself and children as a midwife, six pence per day was granted for two months.