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Daniel (1782 - 1864) and Patty (1785 - 1875)
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.
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.