“Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania” Vol. 3
Author: Jordan, John W., 1840 – 1941
...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.
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, (pg. 371) JOEL, ISAAC; ELIZABETH, MAGDALENE, LEAH, RACHEL.
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.
ISAAC FERREE, son of PHILIP and LEAH (Du BOIS) FERREE, married and had a son JACOB.
JACOB FERREE, son of ISAAC FERREE, married RACHEL, his first cousin, daughter of JOEL FERREE, and had children: JACOB, JOEL, JANE, REBECCA, ELIZABETH.
JACOB FERREE, son of JACOB and RACHEL (FERREE) FERREE, was a farmer on Peters Creek in the southern part of Allegheny County, whither he had moved from Chester County, 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 Street 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 County, Pa., ALICE POWELL, both being buried on the GEORGE FERREE farm in Coraopolis, Pa. Children of first marriage: JOEL, born October 6, 1771, a gunsmith; LEAH, January 26, 1774; REBECCA, December 30, 1775; JANE, September 19, 1778; ELIZABETH, January 19, 1781. Children of second marriage: RACHEL, born May 29, 1784, died in girlhood; ISAAC, January 9, 1786; OLAF, January 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; LAVINA, June 6, 1803, married BENJAMIN JACKSON, and lived in Coraopolis, Pa.
WILLIAM POWELL FERREE, son of JACOB and ALICE (POWELL) FERREE, was born on Peters Creek, Allegheny County, Pa., March 29, 1798, died February 3, 1863. He inherited 100 acres of land from his father and to this tract he added 225 acres, purchased in small lots as they appeared for sale. He was a surveyor by profession and performed a great deal of work of that nature in all parts of Allegheny County. In politics he was a Whig, later an Abolitionist and afterward a Republican. On the slavery question he held opinions and views of the most decided nature, and his home was an important and busy station on the “Underground Railroad” that was so strong an institution in ante-bellum days. He supported his convictions with his life, enlisting in the Union army and being killed in battle in 1863. His religion was the Presbyterian. He married MARY STODDARD, born in Moon Township, Allegheny County, Pa., August 1, 1798, died December 23, 1888, and had children: 1. JACOB F. 2. MARGARET O., born March 10, 1826, died about 1863; married ANDREW SCHAFFER, proprietor (pg. 372) of a fulling mill. 3. ROBERT S., born January 30, 1828; married ELIZABETH WOODS; living at the present time (1914); their home was the old homestead, the house in which they resided still standing in the place it has occupied for more than a century. 4. GEORGE M., born April 21, 1830, died in September, 1906; married RACHEL CURRY; lived on part of the old farm in Coraopolis. 5. WILLIAM K., born January 22, 1833; enlisted in the Ninth Regiment Pennsylvania Reserves in 1861 and was discharged for disability, his death occurring January 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 MATHEWS. 7. MARY O., born in 1837; married BIDDLE YOUNG; resided in St. Louis.
JACOB F. FERREE, son of WILLIAM POWELL and MARY (STODDARD) FERREE, was born in Robinson Township, Allegheny County, Pa., died in that county, aged seventy-three years. He was first a resident of his native township, later acquiring title to more than 500 acres of land in Moon Township, bordering on the Ohio River for one-half of a mile and extending back from the water-front for three-fourths of a mile. For almost a quarter of a century he was justice of the peace in Coraopolis, and he was an active worker in the activities of the Presbyterian church, being a member of the session thereof. His entire life was spent in farming operations. At the time of the Civil War he was a member of the Home Guards. He married NANCY PHILLIPS, born in Robinson Township, Allegheny County, Pa., died aged seventy-four years, and had children: 1. JOHN W., deceased; was a retail furniture dealer of Allegheny City (Pittsburgh North Side); lived on Stockton Avenue. 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 Street, Coraopolis. 4. WILLIAM A., a foreman in the shops of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad; resides on State Street, Coraopolis. 5. SARAH L., unmarried, resides on State Street, Coraopolis. 6. ROBERT B., a physician of Allegheny City, Pa., residing on Ridge Avenue. 7. LILLIE E., married T. EDWARD CORNELIUS; resides on State Street, Coraopolis, her husband an architect. 8. FRANK, died young.
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