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COL. FERREE & daughter SARAH (married JOHN SNEE)
Posted by: Cathy Farrell (ID *****9307) Date: October 28, 2009 at 07:44:34
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From the "Early History of The Peters Creek Valley and The First Settlers"
Compiled by Noah Thompson 1973

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History of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania : including its early settlement and progress to the present time ; a description of its historic and interesting localities ; its cities, towns and villages; religious, educational, social and military history ; mining, manufacturing and commercial interests, improvements, resources, statistics, etc. ; also, biographies of many of its representative citizens.
Chicago : A. Warner Co., 1889: Subject terms:
Cushing, Thomas, 1821.


HENRY LARGE, distiller, West Elizabeth, son of JONATHAN and EASTER (FINNEY) LARGE, was born July 4, 1836. His grandfather, JOHN LARGE, a soldier in the Revolution, and a native of New Jersey, came to this county about 1796, locating on the Boggs farm in Upper St. Clair township; later moved to Jefferson township and purchased the farm adjoining that owned by HENRY LARGE and built a distillery. His family consisted of seven children; JONATHAN, SAMUEL, MARGARET, HENRY, ISAAC, NANCY and THOMAS, (all of whom are deceased, excepting HENRY, now a resident of Mifflin Township, age 92 years; and MARGARET, now of Crawford Co., Iowa. - on pg. 513). JONATHAN LARGE was born in New Jersey and came here to this section when very young. He married EASTER, daughter of ANDREW FINNEY of Mifflin township and he bought a farm near Lebanon church, built a distillery and trampmill, which later he disposed of and purchased the place that was owned by HENRY LARGE, JR. on Peters Creek, Jefferson township which was known as the “FERREE” purchase. The FERREES were in the War of 1812 and COL. FERREE was identified in the Whiskey Insurrection. Peters’ Creek derives its name from an old Indian trapper called Peter. It was on this farm that a fort was built, in a field known as “fort-field” only accessible from one point, being a natural fortification and affording a view of nearly eight miles up and down the creek. JONATHAN LARGE’S children were: JANE, JOHN, ANDREW, LEVI, SAMUEL, NANCY, HARRIET, JONATHAN, JAMES, ISAAC and LLEWELLEN (twins) and HENRY. In 1861, HENRY, the subject of this memoir, married ANNA H. GREENLY, and in 1863 he engaged in the manufacture of Monongahela rye whiskey, the brand having been established by his grandfather, and had the reputation for excellence.

From the "Early History of The Peters Creek Valley and The First Settlers"
Compiled by Noah Thompson 1973, pg. 4



J. S. WICKS, farmer, postoffice Gill Hall, son of SILAS WICKS, who died in Pittsburgh, was born near Jones ferry, below Pittsburgh, in 1821. In 1848 he married SARAH J., daughter of JOHN SNEE, of Jefferson township, and their children are RHODA J. (now MRS. BOYER, in California), LIZZIE (now MRS. BARKLEY, in Washington county, SILAS M. married in Santa Barbara, Cal.), JOHN (married, and a resident of Jefferson township),CHARLES W. (married, and the owner of an adjoining farm), JAMES A. and JESSIE L. (a twin). JOHN SNEE came with his parents to Jefferson township when he was fifteen years old, and in 1823 he married SARAH, daughter of COL. FERREE, of Peters Creek. He bought the Gill Hall farm in 1824. His children were SARAH J., THOMAS and JOEL F., latter two being now deceased. JOHN SNEE died in 1872, aged seventy-nine, his widow in 1875, aged seventy-seven. MR. and MRS. WICKS are members of the Methodist Church, MRS. WICKS’ father came with his parents to Jefferson township when he was fifteen years old, and they purchased the farm now owned by our subject.

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