Alpha and Mina Hadley Farmer

Alfred “Alpha” W. Farmer, the fifth child of George and Lydia Farmer, was born in 1857 in Indiana.  He married Elmina “Mina” Hadley, born March 16, 1856 in Weldon, Iowa, on May 21, 1879 in Morgan County, Indiana.

The couple had four children: 

Effie May, b. 1880 in Indiana

Mary Eva, b. 1884

Hadley Audley, b. February 16, 1893, d. August 13, 1894 in Morgan County, Indiana, buried at the Mooresville Cemetery (Section 3), Morgan County, Indiana.

Ruth Hildred, b. 1899

Alfred W. and/or Elmina are found in the following federal census records:

1880 in Brown township, Morgan County, Indiana (Alfred, Mina, Effie May)  Next door are parents George and Lydia.

1900 in Brown township, Morgan County, Indiana (Alfred, Mina, Effie May, Mary Eva, and Ruth Hildred)

1910 in Brown township, Morgan County, Indiana (Alfred, Mina, Ruth, and Mina’s father, Miles S. Hadley)

1920 in Brown township, Morgan County, Indiana (Alfred, Mina, Ruth, and a “companion”)

1930 in Brown township, Morgan County, Indiana (Alfred, Elmina)

Alfred W. died on February 1, 1934 in Mooresville, Morgan County, Indiana.  Elmina died on December 22, 1939 in Morgan County, Indiana.  Both were buried at the Mooresville Cemetery (Section 3), Morgan County, Indiana.

Alpha Will

From a file at the Morgan County Public Library, no newspaper name given, February 16, 1934 

"Last Will and Testament of Alfred W. Farmer 

After all debts are paid he gives and bequeaths to his wife Elmina Farmer, during her life time, whatever remains and at the death of the wife the estate shall be divided into three equal parts, one part is bequeathed to the daughter May Henley, another part to a daughter Eva Albertson and a part to the grandson Joseph H. Stanley.  If Joseph Stanley is of age 21 or more he is to have absolute right and title to the one third part.  If he is under age of 21 years then the one-third is devised and bequeathed to May Henley, Eva Albertson and Aubrey H. Stanley, in trust for the support, mainsaid part shall be divided equally between May Henley and Eva Albertson. 

May Henley and Eva Albertson were appointed executrixes of the estate."

Mina Obituary

From a file at the Morgan County Public Library, no newspaper name given, dated December 22, 1939 

"Funeral of Elmina Farmer 

Funeral services were conducted at the Friends Church Monday afternoon for Mrs. Elmina H. Farmer, age 83, who passed away Saturday night. Rev. Albert L. Copeland conducted the services. 

The songs were “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Have Thine Own Way Lord” sung by a quartette.  The pall bearers were: Messrs. Everard Hadley, Harry Hadley, Emmett Farmer, Lolas Hadley, Loren Hadley, Luther Hadley.  The flowers were carried by Mesdames Everard Hadley, Harry Hadley, Louise Brown, Emmett Farmer, Lolas Hadley and Alpha Farmer. 

Mrs. Farmer was born in Weldon, Iowa, and came to this community with her family at the age of seven.  The trip was made in a covered wagon.  She has lived in this community for 76 years.  In 1875 she was graduated from the old Friends Academy here.  She attended the Friends Boarding school in Richmond, which later became Earlham.  Mrs. Farmer became a teacher after completing her education, teaching in Bethel, Macy and White Lick county schools. 

In May 21st she married Alfred W. Farmer.  They established a home near town which they named Hillsdale.  When Mr. Farmer’s health failed they moved to Mooresville where he died several years ago. 

Mrs. Farmer has been an active member of the Friends church and a charter member of the Woman’s Missionary Auxiliary of the Western Yearly meeting.  She enjoyed her association and work in the clubs and attended regularly.  She was a member of the W. C. T. U. Mooresville Woman’s club and Home Circle club.  She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. R. B. Henley of Chicago and Mrs. E. T. Albertson on Indianapolis. 

Three grand children, Mrs. C. J. Welsch of Chicago, Joe Stanley of Clayton and Harold Albertson of Indianapolis and three great grand children also survive.  Burial was in the Mooresville cemetery."

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