FARMER: Wm. B. Farmer was born in Robertson Co. Tennessee 20 Sept. 1811 and came to Southwest Missouri in 1840. He died in May of 1878. In 1843, Wm. B. Farmer was also the agent for Joseph Clark who owned 1˝ town lot in Springfield. Although he was not head of household in 1840, W.B. Farmer was known as one of the leading Democrats in the county in 1840, but later became a Whig. He was postmaster in 1844, but was re-appointed in 1849 by the Whig Postmaster General. He became county judge in 1854 and was the first to authorize a county poorhouse. A new township was laid out in Greene County in 1856 and at first called “Farmer” township after Judge Farmer, but upon a motion of Judge Farmer himself, the name was changed to Center township.
W. B. Farmer was living, in 1850, with his family in Springfield next to C.B. Holland. Farmer was a merchant-tailor worth $3000. He was 38 years of age and born in Tennessee. His wife was Julia A. White who he married in 1841 after returning to Tennessee.