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FARMER, John, genealogist, born in Chehnsford, Massachusetts, 12 June 1789: died in Concord, New Hampshire, 13 August 1838. After teaching for ten years, and subsequently engaging in business, he finally devoted himself to antiquarian investigation with extraordinary zeal and success. He was elected a member of various literary societies, and at his death was corresponding secretary of the New Hampshire historical society, of which he was one of the founders. Among the more important of the works in which he condensed the results of his researches, are his edition of Belknap's "History of New Hampshire" and the " Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England" (1829). The latter is a remarkable example of the author's industry and talent for historical investigation. He also published histories of Billerica (1806) and Amherst (1820), and. with the assistance of J. B. Moore, a " Gazetteer of New Hampshire" (1823). Besides contributing to the " Collections " of the historical societies of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and to the " American Quarterly Register," he compiled the" New Hampshire Register." In 1822, in connection with Jacob B. Moore, he began the historical, biographical, and topographical " Collections of New Hampshire" (3 vols.).
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