The American Farndales








This is the story of Jim Farndale, who emigrated to Canada and then on to America and later became a senator. It is also the story of his descendants.





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The American Farndales


The American 1 Line are the descendants of James Farndale (FAR00607), 1885 to 1967 who emigrated from Tidkinhow to Alberta and then to USA.


The American 2 Line are the descendants of George William Farndale (FAR00643) who emigrated to New York or Chicago in around 1910-1915. His family with his first wife were born in Chicago and Prophetsown, Illinois. He later married for a second time in Iowa.


The American 3 Line are the descendants of John Alan Farndale (FAR00921) who emigrated to Santa Ana, California


Other Farndales associated with the States were:


William George Farndale (FAR00492) who was a clerk of Middlesborough who went to USA in 1907

William Jameson Farndale (FAR00677)

Georgina Ann Farndale (FAR00934) of Hendon who emigrated to the USA

Anthony Reginald Chesters Farndale (FAR00944)







The following places are associated with the Farndales:


Prophetstown, Illinois

Prophetstown is a city in Whiteside County, Illinois, United States. 

On November 19th of 1812, the future 12th U.S. President, the then U.S. Army Brevet Major Zachary Taylor, visited Prophetstown along the Rock River (Mississippi River) while on a military expedition through there during the War of 1812. While there, his commanding officer ordered the burning to the ground of a nearby Indian village belonging to the Kickapoo First Nation who were then at war with the U.S.

Prophetstown occupies the site of the village of the Winnebago prophet, which the Illinois volunteers destroyed on May 10, 1832, in the first act of hostility in the Black Hawk War. Prophetstown was named for Wabokieshiek (White Cloud), the prophet who lived upon the land. Wabokieshiek served as an advisor to Black Hawk and took part in the Black Hawk War. Wabokieshiek and his followers, the Sauk Indians, resided where the current Prophetstown State Park (of Illinois) is now located. They left the land in 1832 as the Black Hawk War ended, when Wabokieshiek was taken captive by the United States. This area is now a state park, but at one time it held a community of 14 villages.

It is believed that residents of Prophetstown petitioned to move the U.S. government from Washington D.C. to Prophetstown in the 1800s because of its supposed central location of the lower 48 states.

Prophetstown once held community events such as Cruise Night and showcased many classic cars. Eventually that event faded and Eclipse Park was replaced with a memorial to honour those who served in the Armed Forces. Prophetstown is still held in high esteem for having one of the largest Fourth of July fireworks shows in the area. Prophetstown also hosts a Lighted Christmas Parade as the highlight of the start of the holiday season the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Prophetstown is an Illinois Main Street Community. The downtown features a series of historical murals and Eclipse Square Park as well as an interesting selection of stores and dining possibilities.








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Las Vegas


New York






Farndales who travelled to USA


The Ellis Island Website shows records of those who travelled to USA arriving at Ellis Island, New York.



William George and Annie E Farndale (FAR00492) both of Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, travelled to USA arriving on 15 April 1907 on board the Cedric. They had departed from Liverpool. But we think he died in Guisborough in 1908.


Dis George William Farndale (FAR00643) come from Redcar, Yorkshire and moved to USA at the age of 17 (about 1907?) Reconcile as this may have been the same as FAR00492



William Farndale (is this FAR00677?) arrived in US on 2 December 1923 on board the Honorata (Manifest No 20). He had departed from Cardiff. These records show people who emigrated to USA to work and make money, to improve their position at home - many later returned (as did William it seems). The immigration centre at Ellis island processed all people who entered USA from the west.


John A Farndale (FAR00921) emigrated to USA and settled in Santa Ana, California. Probably John A Farndale who travelled on the Queen Elizabeth in 1957.



Georgina A Wingard (FAR00934) lives in USA.


Anthony Reginald Chesters Farndale (FAR00944), MSN Mcguire, born Westminster, married Anita Jean Metthen (nee Lea) went to USA and lived California.




The Jim Farndale story and his family (FAR00607)


James was the first member of the family to be born at Tidkinhowe. He was born on 22 December 1885, the sixth child and the fourth son of Martin and Catherine Farndale. As with his siblings, he started school, aged 5, with his brothers and sisters and, at age 11, he went to Boosbeck, but unlike the rest except Kate, he on to Guisborough County School. On leaving school, he worked for a local farmer called Petch for a while, was a miner for a while and helped his father at Tidkinhowe. He was always keen on learning and in his early days he was always studying and reading. He, like his siblings, would listen to all the talk about Canada and he would have seen that there was little hope for him at home.

Accordingly on 31 March 1913, Jim (as he was always called) sailed for Canada, aged 28 and joined his brothers Martin and George and his sister Kate. He spent two years in Canada and kept a diary of his journey out and of his first year.

However, he always wanted to improve his education and there wasn't much chance in those early days in Canada. So he decided to go on to USA. He 1915, he managed to get into Duluth High School from where he got himself a place at Valpraiso University in Indiana. It was on 20 January 1917 at the university that he met Edna Adams whom he married on 25 September 1917. When the USA declared war on Germany in 1917, he joined the American Army and went to France. Very little is known of his military service except that he caught a very bad dose of influenza from which he never did fully recover. However at the end of the war, he did manage to visit Tidkinhowe again.

In 1918, he was posted to San Antonio where he left the army. He and Edna went to live at Plymouth, Indiana, but by then he had developed lung trouble. He began to make a living at carpentry. In 1919, he moved to the west coat to try to get to a better climate and to be near Edna's parents. Jim built them a house at Los Angeles and then he built one for himself. At this time, Jim was working in an architect's office and at the same time, he was attending the University of California in Los Angeles. He did this until 1929 when his health began to give him serious trouble and the doctors said he must live in a really dry climate.

Their first child, Hazel Jane, was born in Los Angeles on September 1922 and their second, James, on December 1923. Mary was born in 1926.

The family moved to a ranch in the desert at Las Vegas in 1929. Life became a hard struggle for Jim and he did the best he could as a 'finish carpenter'. In 1930, they moved into Las Vegas and built a house. In 1931, the family drove by car to visit the family in Alberta, Canada, where Jim's youngest brother and sister, Alfred and Grace, had by then joined Martin, George and Kate. It was remembered as quite a reunion

In 1932, their fourth child, Gordon, was born. Although still a finish carpenter, Jim had become Business Agent for the Carpenter's Union. It was in this year that he first became involved in the Boulder Dam project. In 1935 their fifth child and second daughter, Doris, was born. Jim was now proving himself to be an efficient administrator through his work with the Carpenter's Union and the Boulder Dam Project. He developed a reputation for reliability and honesty. Accordingly, in 1936, he was elected to the Nevada State Assembly. This now gave him a very full life where at last he could exercise his ability and knowledge, even though he was still troubled by ill health. After a four year period, he was re-elected for a second term, in 1940; a great honour and he was by then a recognised leader of Nevada State. In 1942, he was elected to serve in the Nevada State Senate and was to complete a four year term, until 1946. He did much work on housing projects in the State and never forgot the World War One veterans.

In 1951, he and his daughter, Hazel Jane (always known as Janie) visited Canada again. By this time, his younger brother, Alfred had returned to England. Then in 1954 and for the first time, since the end of the First World War, he visited England. This was a memorable visit which meant so much to him. He went again to Tidkinhowe and to stay with those members of the family who had remained in England. In 1955, he again visited Canada, with his two daughters, Janie and Mary.

But tragedy struck in September 1955 when his daughter, Doris, was killed in a motor accident at the age of twenty. Jim took this very hard indeed and never really recovered from it.

In September 1958, his younger brother, Alfred and his wife, Peggy called to see him at Las Vegas while on a visit to Canada. At this time, Jim was still active with the Carpenter's Union, the Housing Authority and the Veterans. He was at this time a member of the Labour Council.

In 1961, Jim again visited Canada for what was to be the last time. His health by then was deteriorating badly. Jim died at his home, 922 San Casino Centre Boulevard, Las Vegas on 20 January 1967, aged 81. He is buried at Mount View Gardens of Memory, Las Vegas. The funeral was on 23 January and was taken by the Reverend Douglass Harrell of the First Methodist Church at Bunker Brothers Chapel at 1pm.

By his own efforts Jim achieved much. He pioneered in Canada and America, got himself qualified through university, fought for his country and rose through the Nevada State Assembly to the Senate. He was always dogged by his ill health, but his courage and ability kept him going.

His wife, Edna, died at Austin, Texas, where she was in a home near her daughter, Janie, in 1980.

Jim's family were the first of a new generation of Farndales. His son, Jim, had no family, but his son Gordon had a son, Mark



Reunion at Trochu in 1931. Martin, James, Kate, Grace, George and Alfred at Kate's homestead near Trochu, Canada, during Jim's visit in 1931 (Jim's car)


Click here to read Jim Farndale’s diary of his voyage to Canada