Jasper Farmar

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Jasper Farmar - whole. The inference is that What Do You...
whole. The inference is that What Do You Limited to matters of general subjects. Sign name and address, WHITEMARSH , Can you give me a brief history of the Whitemarsh area in Mont- gomery county? " " G. F. . Whitemarsh township covers that section of country once known to the Indians as Umbilicamense. The first grant there by William Penn was made to Major Jasper Farmar, of Cork. Ireland, but he died as he was about to set out. for the New World. His widow and children, however, arrived in Philadelphia Nov. 10, 1685, aboard the "Bristol Merchant," to take possession, and the settlement which grew up on the Farmar tract was called Farmar's Town. A broad, level stretch of ground along the Wissahickon was known as the "wide marsh" which, in the course of time, grew into "Whitemarsh," the present name for the area. St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church in Whitemarsh contains a Communion service given by Queen Anne. The church itself was started as a log chapel built in 1690 by Edward Farmar, one of the most noted men of his time in the province. During the Revolutionary War the church was occupied by American. then Hessian and finally British forces. It is said that tombstones in the adjoining graveyard were used by soldiers for cooking ranges and for target practice. When the British entered Phila- delphia in September, 1777, General par-George Washington withdrew to glass-Whitemarsh and resisted an attack by General Howe there in Decern- ber, 1777.

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  1. The Philadelphia Inquirer,
  2. 14 Jul 1946, Sun,
  3. Page 12

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