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Guide to the Almira Ames Farnham memoir

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1896
Creator: Farnham, Almira Ames (1800-1896)
Extent: 1.00 item.
Collection Number: IWA0105
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Essay describing the life of Almira Ames Farnham, a pioneer woman from New England who settled near Morley, Iowa in 1859.

Arrangement: One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Access: The memoir is open for research.

Use: Copyright has not been transferred to the University of Iowa.

Acquisition: The biographical sketch (donor no. 166) was donated by Maureen Williams in 1993.

Preferred Citation: Almira Ames Farnham memoir, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5068
Curator: Kären Mason

Almira Ames Farnham was born in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1800. She married John Farnham at the age of twenty-five but was widowed fourteen years later, leaving her with five children. Later the family moved to Lowell, Massachusetts, where several of the children worked in the mills while Farnham took in boarders. Two of these boarders, Tom Hall and Tom Dunn, eventually married into the family.

In 1855, several members of the family, including Farnham, traveled to Minnesota to homestead. A financial panic in 1857 caused foreclosure on the land owned by Dunn and Hall. In response, most of the family members decided to move to Colorado. Upon hearing reports of Indian uprisings, however, the caravan stopped in Iowa, and the family decided to settle there. In later years, Farnham alternated living with her son Hiram Farnham's family, near Morley, Iowa, and her daughter Mary Dunn's family north of Anamosa. She died at Dunn's house on June 8, 1896.

This four-page biographical sketch was found among Edith Miller's papers. It is undated but chronicles the period from 1800 to 1896. The biographical sketch describes the life of Almira Ames Farnham as related by her granddaughter, Leslie Dunn.

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  • Series 1: BIOGRAPHICAL
  • Memoir - 1800-1896