Washington New Hampshire
Seventh-day Adventist Church



William Farnsworth
February 8, 1807 - December 17, 1888

Photo of William Farnsworth Monument Photo of William Farnsworth

View a photograph of the William Farnsworth Homestead - "Happy Hollow"

Parents: Daniel (1782 - 1864) and Patty (1785 - 1875)
Brothers: Simeon, Daniel, Joel, Cyrus, John

FARNSWORTH, WILLIAM (1807-1888). Reputed to be "the first SDA," that is, the first of the Adventists who kept the seventh-day Sabbath. He accepted the Adventist (Millerite) doctrine about 1840 and in 1844 declared himself a Sabbathkeeper, among the first of a small group from among the members of the Washington, New Hampshire, Christian church who became the first Adventists to observe the seventh day as the Sabbath (see Washington, New Hampsire Church).

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia, Volume 10, page 454, 1976. Review and Hearld Publishing Association. Used with permission.



William & His Twenty-Two - stories of William and his family, by Mabel Miller.



Children of William Farnsworth
and Sarah/Sally Mead
Married on December 2, 1830
Children of William Farnsworth
and Cynthia Stowell
Married on September 19, 1855
Lucy A. 1832 - 1835 Loretta V. 1857 - 1933
John P. 1834 - 1918 Orvil O. 1859 - 1947
Stephen M. 1836 - 1915 Lenora L. 1860 - 1873
Josephine 1838 - 1860 Benton 1861 - 1885
Lucien B. 1839 - 1862 Irvin E. 1863 - 1907
Albert 1841 - 1865 Elmer E. 1865 - 1937
George W. 1843 - 1931 Alton V. 1867 - 1961
Sarah J. 1846 - 1923 Melbourne A. 1868 - 1914
Eugene W. 1848 - 1935 Nellie M. 1870 - 1949
Augustus W. 1849 - 1937 Ernest H. 1872 - 1973
Imogene A. 1851 - 1913 Merton A. 1874 - 1951

Note: The first wife of William was Sarah Mead (1812 - 1855). She also went by the name of Sally and the believed reason was to prevent name confusion as the mother of Sarah was also named Sarah.


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