Charles Edward "Ed" Farrell was one of eleven children born to Milton Farrell and Margaret (Dalton) Farrell on October 7, 1876 in Millville.

His father, born in Virginia in 1823, came west with the First Dragoons (Calvary) in 1859 to the Fall River area. His mother, Margaret Jane Dalton, came west in 1850 by wagon train from Cincinnati, Ohio to Shasta County with her parents, Thomas and Rebecca Dalton and one sister, Polly Ann. She was one of only seven females in Shasta County in 1850, three of whom were under 9 years of age.

Anna Marie Chase and Charles Edward Farrell were married at Hanford in September of 1905. They met in Shingletown, where her father, Benjamin Franklin Chase had a sawmill. He and his wife, Elvira Jane (Hamilton) Chase, had moved there with their family from Mill Creek Canyon. Mill Creek is where Anna was born on August 24, 1888.

Ed and Anna came back to Shasta County soon after their marriage and remained there the rest of their lives. They had seven children:
Roy Albert b. May 7, 1906 d. May 21, 1972
Blanche Eloise (Abbott) b. April 1, 1908
Virgil Royal b. December 23, 1909
Lorita May (Schelling) b. June 27, 1915
Velma Jane (Jones) b. September 1, 1918 d. April 30, 1972
Nelda Irene (Bruce)
George Edward

Ed Farrell was a stockman and Anna was a housewife. They raised horses, cows, sheep, hogs, and turkeys. Ed was a good cowhand and knew his cows well. As a hogman, he raised hogs and caught wild hogs. In his time, hogs were driven to market; seldom ever hauled. He worked for Sard Wilcox herding sheep. The sheep were wintered on the Millville plains and driven to the Madaline Plains near Adin for summer pasture.

During his childhood, Ed spent a great deal of time with his step-sister, Nancy Jane (Hill) Toepel. He lived close, to her all of his life, and when he died of heart failure on October 9, 1931, at about 4:30 p.m., Nancy said, "I'll join him in two years." she died, on october 9, 1933 two years to the year, day, hour, and nearly to the minute.

Anna died on February 1, 1942 and both she and Ed, are buried in the Masonic Cemetery at Millville, California.

Source: Shasta Historical Society

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