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FARMER, Ferdinand, clergyman, born in South Germany in 1720; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1786. He entered the Society of Jesus, and was sent to Maryland in 1752. His real name was Steenmeyer, but on coming to America he changed it to Farmer. He was learned and zealous, and for many years performed missionary duty at several places in New Jersey, and seems to have been the first Roman Catholic priest to visit this colony regularly. He was afterward stationed in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, whence he frequently visited numerous outlying stations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. After six years' service at Lancaster, he was transferred to Philadelphia.
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