February 8, 1807 - December 17, 1888
Parents: Daniel (1782 - 1864)
and Patty (1785 - 1875)
Brothers: Simeon, Daniel, Joel, Cyrus, John
From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia, Volume 10, page 454, 1976. Review and Herald Publishing Association. Used with permission.
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.
William Farnsworth Homestead "Happy Hollow"
Eugene William Farmsworth
November 27, 1848 - 1935
The ninth child of William and Sarah Farnsworth
From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia, Volume 10, page 453, 1976. Review and Hearld Publishing Association. Used with permission.
FARNSWORTH, EUGENE WILLIAM (1848-1935). Evangelist, administrator. His father, William, was one of the "first Seventh-day Adventists," and Eugene was among the first born into an SDA family. At 19 he came under the spiritual influence of J. N. Andrews, and a short time later, when James and Ellen G. White and J. N. Andrews conducted meetings in Washington, N.H., Eugene Farnsworth was baptized in an opening cut through two feet of ice. Later, after moving to Iowa, he responded to the urging of G. I. Butler and others to enter the gospel ministry.
Licensed in 1874, he preached eloquently and vigorously to the settlers in the Middle West. In 1883 he was appointed president of the Iowa-Nebraska Conference, but continued in evangelistic work. Later he superintended the district comprising Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota.
He was in demand as a speaker at camp meetings and general gatherings in most parts of the United States. Shortly after the establishment of Union College he became instructor in Bible, and during his first year baptized 100 of the 600 students. In 1896 he began eight years of pioneer evangelism in Australia and New Zealand, then went to London, England. Returning to America, he was for four years president of the Atlantic Union Conference, and then head of the Bible department of what is now Columbia Union College for one year (1910). In 1911 he assumed the presidency of the California Conference, and several years later retired at Angwin, California. However, he was again brought into service, and spent several years visiting churches, schools, and camp meetings in the United States and Canada.
Following an illness and healing, he became active in responding to hundreds of requests to pray for the sick, and prepared a booklet entitled Divine Healing.
Cyrus K. Farnsworth
Born: February 4, 1823
Died: April 6, 1899
Parents: Daniel (1782 - 1864) and Patty (1785 - 1875)
Brothers: William, Simeon, Daniel, Joel, John
Wives: Rachel Delight Oaks, Lydia E. Knight,
From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia, Volume 10, page 453, 1976. Review and Herald Publishing Association. Used with permission. (Note: Birthdate was incorrect so changed it to 1823.)
FARNSWORTH, CYRUS K. (c. 1823-1899). Younger brother of William Farnsworth; member and, it appears, a lay leader of the first group of SDA's in Washington, New Hampshire (see Washington, New Hampshire Church), in whose home many of the early SDA meetings took place. He married Delight Oakes, whose mother, Mrs. Rachel Oakes (later Preston), was instrumental in bringing the knowledge of the seventh-day Sabbath to Adventist believers of Washington.
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