Francis Farley was born about 1775-80 and lived in the Monroe or Greenbrier county
area of Virginia. He married Rachel McMullen, a daughter of Edward McMullen who was
from Botetourt County, VA. Rachel was born in 1780 - probably in Botetourt County.
Rachel and Francis were probably married in the late 1790s. They had children before
he died in 1802.
In 1803 Rachel Farley married Henry Ballengee (a descendant of French Huguenots) in
Monroe County, VA. They started this marriage with the little children from Francis
Farley and these children kept the Farley name.
Henry and Rachel were in the 1830 census of Monroe Co., WV with one child left in the household.
Most of this family eventually moved to Missouri where Henry died in 1839. Evi Ballengee
went to Michigan before coming to Missouri about 1838.
The 1850 Census of Miller County, MO shows a Samuel Farley, born 1795 in VA. He
was married to Permelia born 1820 in KY. This may be a second marriage as he is
shown in 1840 with 8 children and no wife. Samuel married 17 Aug 1841 to Permelia
Ann Clark in Cole County. By the 1850 census Permelia is with him with only two
children born before 1840.
We feel that Samuel Farley was the son of Rachel because his wife, Permelia was quite the
favorite in the Ballengee family and one son was named after a step-brother.
Some of the above children may be accounted for in Cole or surrounding counties.
They did not turn up in Miller county marriage or census records except for the
Evi Ballengee Farley was named after Henry Ballengee's son, Evi. E.B. Farley
was born 1828 in MO although the Ballengee family did not arrive there for several
years later. His wife in 1850 was Virginia, born 1830 in MO, but by 1860, his wife
was given as Amanda M. b. 1830 in TN. He married Amanda M. Allen 7 Feb 1850 in
Miller County, MO. His children were John T., Frank W. (Francis?),
and Lucy A. Farley. E. B. Farley was a clerk at the Miller County Courthouse.
Martin Farley may be a relative. He was born 1809/10 in Virginia and is in the 1850 census
of Miller County married to Elizabeth who was born 1815 in Virginia.
In 1850 there was a Peter Farley livng with Martin, born 1835 in Kentucky. This
family was living next door to John Fulkerson who married Bersheba Russell, daughter
of Joseph Russell. See the Russell page.
The Civil War came along during the mid 1860s and caused a great deal of strife among
the neighbors in Miller county. Most of our families had moved away by 1870. Only
Permelia was left in 1870 and she was living with Anderson Jenkins and Eliza Jenkins
family. They had been married about 1854, possibly in Cole County and were not in
earlier censuses of Miller County. It is not yet known what relation they are
to Permelia; perhaps through the Allen side.