James John FARRELL – Wrexham Policeman

James John Farrell had been born in Glamorganshire in 1863, he was the son of Martin Farrell and Mary Ann Evans.

Martin Farrell had been born in Westmeath, Ireland and in 1861 was a Sgt 75th battalion in Brompton, Kent.  By 1863 the family were in Pembroke Dock where James John was born, and by 1871 they were in Gourock, Renfrewshire.  Martin had retired on a pension in 1868.

By 1881 only Mary Ann  and her children were in 39 Garden Place, Mold , she states she is married but Martin has gone missing and isn`t found again.  Mary Ann is a dressmaker and has 5 children, James John 17, Bridget 15, Martin 10 and Elizabeth 8 who were all born in Scotland.  There is also 6 year old George who was born in Mold.

By 1888 John James had joined the police force, and moved from Wrexham to Denbigh.

DENBIGH POLICE REMOVALS. Several police removals have been recently made.  Police-constable Farrell (of Wrexham) takes the place of Police-constable Davies, who has been removed to Abergele.


In 1889 James John married Sarah Furmston at St John’s Church in Mold.  He was still a police man in Denbigh as there are many accounts of incidents he attended.

Sarah was the daughter of Thomas Furnston and Mary Ann Breeze who was from Mold.  Thomas was a tinplate worker originally from Oswestry, by 1881 Thomas had died and Sarah was still with her mother in High Street, Mold.

After their marriage  the couple were at  Love Lane, Denbigh , they were still there  in 1901,  James John was now a police superintendent,  they had children  Alice M 11,  Thomas J 9 , Ethel 7 ,  James J 4  and Reginald F aged 3, the youngest 3 children had been born in Wrexham so the family must have moved back and forth  for a while.

WREXHAM POLICE CHANGES. We understand that Sergeant Edward Roberts, formerly of Wrexham , and now of Ruthin, will be promoted inspector, and will take the place of Inspector Robinson, who  goes to Abergele. The news of this promotion will be received with general satisfaction. Sergeant Woollam, it is understood, will go to Ruthin, and Sergeant Farrell will come on town duty. P.C. T. Lee, of Stansty, will become bridewell keeper.

October 1895.

In 1904 their son George Leigh Farrell died in Wrexham aged just 4 months old. in 1904.

By 1911 Sarah and her family are in 20 Mount Street, but James John isn`t at home.  There are now 3 more children, Mabel 9, Ernest 6 and Leonard aged 2. James John is in”The Model” Milford St, Mold where he is a lodging house proprietor, he states he is married, so it`s probable that they have two houses. He has 14 lodgers, the house had 7 rooms so it was a profitable business.  James John and Sarah remained at 20 Mount Street until their deaths.

Sarah died on 20 September 1926 aged 59, she was buried with her baby son George Leigh Farrell.  James John died 29 May 1936 aged 72. Also buried with them is their son Reginald Furmston Farrel who died 3 July 1959.

Researched by Annette Edwards. April 2019. Gravestone photographs Graham Lloyd.

Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery A-00145

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