Title: Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania Vol. 1 / editor-in-chief, John W. Jordan.
Author: Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921.
Pg. 371, 372
(I) The family of FERREE is of French derivation, JOHN FERREE, with whom this brief record has its inception, having fled his native land under religious persecution, finding asylum in the Palatinate of Germany, where he died. He belonged to the class known in history as Huguenots, his widow, MARY, in 1709 coming to America accompanied by her six children, DANIEL, CATHERINE, MARY, PHILIP, JANE, JOHN.
(II) PHILIP FERREE, son of JOHN and MARY FERREE, married LEAH, daughter of ABRAHAM DU BOIS, who was born in 1659, died in 1731, a son of LOUIS and CATHERINE DU BOIS, who immigrated to America in 1660. Children of PHILIP and LEAH (DU BOIS) FERREE: ABRAHAM, JACOB, PHILIP, JOEL; ISAAC; ELIZABETH, MAGDALENE, LEAH, RACHEL.
(III) JOEL FERREE, son of PHILIP and LEAH (DU BOIS) FERREE, married (first) MARY COPELAND, by whom he had no children; (second) JANE JOHNSON; (third) SUSAN, widow of ISAAC FERREE; (fourth) SARAH DAVID, a widow and had children, ISAAC, LEAH, RACHEL.
(III) ISAAC FERREE, son of PHILIP and LEAH (DU BOIS) FERREE, married and had a son JACOB.
(IV) JACOB FERREE, son of ISAAC FERREE, married RACHEL, his first cousin, daughter of JOEL FERREE, and had children: JACOB, JOEL, JANE, REBECCA, ELIZABETH.
(V) JACOB (2) FERREE, son of JACOB (1) and RACHEL (FERREE) FERREE, was a farmer on Peters Creek in the southern part of Allegheny Co., having moved from Chester Co., later becoming the owner of land on the present site of Coraopolis, securing more than 300 acres of government land. This extended from what is now Montour St. along the southern bank of the Ohio River to the eastern boundary of Coraopolis. He and his wife were members of the Presbyterian Church. He married (second) in Chester Co., Pa., ALICE POWELL, both being buried on the GEORGE FERREE farm in Coraopolis, Pa. Children of first marriage: JOEL, born Oct. 6, 1771, a gunsmith; LEAH, Jan. 26, 1774; REBECCA, Dec. 30, 1775; JANE, Sept. 19, 1778; ELIZABETH, Jan. 19, 1781. Children of second marriage: RACHEL, born May 29, 1784, died in girlhood; ISAAC, Jan. 9, 1786; OLAF, Jan. 10, 1788; MARY, May 6, 1790, married SAMUEL MARKS, and lived at Chester, West Virginia; ANNA, May 31, 1792, died in girlhood; LIDA, July 2, 1793, died young; JACOB, July 17, 1795, held the military rank of colonel, being stationed at Fort Meigs; WILLIAM POWELL, March 29, 1798; LAVINA, June 6, 1803, married BENJAMIN JACKSON, and lived in Coraopolis, Pa.
(VI) WILLIAM POWELL FERREE, son of JACOB (2) and ALICE (POWELL) FERREE, was born on Peters Creek, Allegheny Co., Pa., March 29, 1798, died Feb. 3, 1863...He married MARY STODDARD, born in Moon Twp., Allegheny Co., Pa., Aug. 1, 1798, died Dec. 23, 1888, and had children: 1. JACOB F. 2. MARGARET O., born March 10, 1826, died about 1866, married ANDREW SHAFFER, proprietor of a fulling mill. 3. ROBERT S., born Jan. 30, 1828, married ELIZABETH WOODS, living at the present time (1914), their home was the old homestead. 4. GEORGE M., born April 21, 1830, died in Sept. 1906, married RACHEL CURRY, lived on part of the old farm in Coraopolis. 5. WILLIAM K., born Jan. 22, 1833; enlisted in the 9th Regiment Pa. Reserves in 1861 and was discharged for disability, his death occurring Jan. 1, 1865. 6. SANFORD H., born May 28, 1835, died in spring of 1914 in Coraopolis, Pa., a veteran of the Civil War, having served in the Union artillery, married ANNA MATTHEWS. 7. MARY O., born in 1837, married BIDDLE YOUNG, resided in St. Louis.
(VII) JACOB F. FERREE, son of WILLIAM POWELL and MARY (STODDARD) FERREE, was born in Robinson Twp., Allegheny Co., Pa., died in that county, age 73 years...At the time of the Civil War he was a member of the Home Guards. He married NANCY PHILLIPS, born in Robinson Twp., Allegheny Co., Pa., died age 74 years, and had children: 1. JOHN W., deceased, was a retail furniture dealer of Allegheny City (Pittsburgh North Side), lived on Stockton Ave. 2. JENNIE E., married JAMES E. McCAGUE. 3. HARRY W., general foreman of the car repair shops of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad at McKees Rocks, Pa. resides on State St., Coraopolis. 4. WILLIAM A., a foreman in the shops of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad, resides on State St., Coraopolis. 5. SARAH L., unmarried, resides on State St., Coraopolis. 6. ROBERT B., a physician of Allegheny City, Pa., residing on Ridge Avenue. 7. LILLIE E., married T. EDWARD CORNELIUS, resides on State St., Coraopolis, her husband, an architect. 8. FRANK, died young.
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