THE FERRIER AND McCONAUGHY FAMILYSby Ruth Stratton Cummins
On page 26 of this issue is the five-generation chart of Deborah Heaton Ferrier Strattan, mother of Ruth Cummins. The following material pertains to the Ferrier, McConaughy, and Larimer families, who came to Brown County, OH, around 1810? from Mifflin, Juniata, York, and Lancaster Counties in Pennsylvania. The article, "Ferrier Family Early Settlers", was submitted by Mrs. Cummins to the Brown County Genealogical Society and it was printed in the Georgetown, Ohio News Democrat in November, 1978.
FERRIER FAMILY EARLY SETTLERS
(This is a writing of Miss Nancy McConaughy to her nephew, Samuel Ferrier, the son of David and Sarah Ann McConaughy Ferrier, and the brother of James, David, and George. George was born 30 July 1846, died 10 July, 1920 and was my mother's father.)
Your Grandmother was Miss Anna Thompson, was married to Mr. John Ferrier (prior to 1785) in Lack Twp., now Juniata County, PA. We heard but little of him. Your Grandmother spoke very respectfully of him, the few times we heard her name him. Your Grandmother was a lady of good sense, strong minded, honorable, much beloved, kind, devoted, intelligent Christian. She was a great reader and worker. She removed to Indiana, and after staying a few months, she returned to Ohio in the summer of 1834 (she was about 67 yrs. old) on a short visit, in company with James Ferrier, her son. They made the round trip back on horseback.
They must have been very much fatigued and doubt sick when they arrived back at his home. His mother did not reach her home. They both died in a few days. Mrs. Ferrier and Nancy lived at Thomas Ferrier's in Carrol Co., Indiana. James lived in Illinois, near the line. Thomas did not hear of their sickness until he got there: they were both buried. He had a horse saddled for his Mother to ride home but her dear savior had taken her to that glorious home where trials, toils, sorrows and sufferings are not known, to enjoy a blessed rest through eternity. It was a great shock to their friends. To Nancy, it was a severe, most sorrowful one, which no words can describe. She and her dear Mother and I were intimate with them for many years and they were among our most esteemed friends..
Miss Nancy Ferrier was not married. She was a very pleasant, dignified, honorable, devoted Christian and intelligent lady. Her blessed redeemer has taken her home to enjoy a peaceful rest in his presence forever, where loneliness, cares and sorrows are not endured.
David Ferrier, your beloved father, was in early life and for many years a hatter of a first class, one of the most respected citizens; he was a class leader in the Methodist Church for many years, part of the time in Ripley and part of the time in Georgetown Church. He died of lung disease in May 1850 and was deeply mourned. He was called to a higher home where disappointments, losses and sorrows can never come to disturb his peaceful rest.
Miss Jane Ferrier married a Mr. Church. They remained in Penn.
Miss Eliza Ferrier was married to a Mr. Wm. Innis, a farmer. When she came to Ohio, she engaged in teaching young ladies to make gentlemens' clothing. Mr. Innis had a brick house built and went in a wagon some 15 miles for lumber; on his way home the horses became frightened, he was thrown off the wagon and fatally injured, died in a few hours. Mrs. Innis, in her heart rending sorrows, anxious to have her three dear children educated and her house finished, was more diligent with her needle, till late hours in the night, than her shattered feeble health could endure; her health gave way, and after a few months of severe suffering she was taken to that blessed homewhere bereavements, sorrows and sufferings can not molest her quiet, peaceful rest. Her dear children were cared for by kind friends. Mr. Innis was an honorable, good sincere Christian gentleman, very much respected by friends of Mrs. Innis. She died at her mother's home, her home being over White Oak. Her mother could not be with her continually as she wished.
Miss Mary Ferrier married Mr. A. P. Evans, a farmer. She was a pretty amiable, lovable, sincere Christian lady, a kind daughter and wife, a tender indulgent mother. She died of lung disease, was taken to enjoy a blessed rest in heaven.
Mr. Thomas Ferrier professed religion in early life. He was a chair maker, a first rate workman. We have not heard from him nor of him for several years.
THE FERRIER AND McCONAUGHY FAMILYS(Page 2)
Mrs. Ferrier's last husband did not stay long with her. She did not go by his name.
Miss Margaret Bell was an amiable, beloved Christian lady. I have no need to speak of her loving heart, her kind words and deeds. You were much better acquainted than I was. His sudden death was her sudden glory.
Mrs. Ferrier had two brothers living two miles from Monroe. They were farmers, farms joining of good rich land. The brothers, Francis and James Thompson. They were very honorable men., members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. James was an elder in the Church. They were tall large men, healthy, active, diligent, and successful in raising crops. They had orchards and sugar camp.
I have records from the David and James Ferrier family Bibles and also from Samuel McConaughy's. John Ferrier, and his father, Andrew, were both Revolutionary war veterans. I have no information beyond the above about Ann Thompson Ferrier. Anybody interested in chasing Ferriers, Thompson's, Bucchanans, McConaughys, Marlins? (Submitted by Ruth (Ferrier) Strattan Cummins, 21 Tomkins St., Cortland, NY 13045.)
The three bible records which follow were transcribed and compared by Mrs. Cummins' cousin (now deceased), Marc Liston, in 1962. She does not know where the bibles are now; the last time she saw them was around 1935 when they were in the care of her cousin, Mary Ferrier (daughter of James Ferrier and aunt of the transcriber) in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
JAMES FERRIER BIBLE
Published American Bible Society, New York, 1857
James Ferrier and Mary Sophronia Shryer, on Thursday, December 18th, 1862, 11 O'clock A.M., by the Reverend J.W. Sullivan, at the method. Episcopal Church, Jeffersonville, Indiana.
John Ferrier, on Thursday, September 18th, 1863
Mary Ferrier, Thursday, March 16th 1865
Jessie Ferrier, on Thursday, February 7th 1867
Rosanna Ferrier, on Wednesday, November 28th 1868
Eleanora Ferrier, on April 6th 1874, Monday
Bertha Ferrier, on Thursday, February 28th 1875
John Ferrier, on Thursday, September 12, 1865, of Scarlet Fever
Aged 2 years, 2 days, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Mary Shryer Ferrier, wife of James Ferrier, at 11:30 Saturday night, December 4th 1909 of Pneumonia, at the Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. Aged 66 years, 2months, 23 days.
SAMUEL McCONAUGHY BIBLE
Published by William Woodward, Philadelphia, 1816
The first entries are apparently family history and are the notes made by Nancy King McConaughy:
William Larimer, father to Mary McConaughy, was born on the 18th of December, 1742. married to Jean King on [inserted later] Dec 3, 1762 and departed this life on the 18th of September, 1773., aged 30 years, 8 months.
Jean Larimer, wife of William Larimer, was born on the 16th of Nov. 1746 and departed this life on the 19th, Oct 1818.
Samuel McConaughy was born March 17th 1723. Was married to Jane Bucchanan, Aug 29th, 1749(?) (who died May 5th 1787) afterwards to Jane King; and died April 4th 1802.
Samuel McConaughy, son of the above-mentioned Jane McConaughy was born May 2nd 1769.
A separate memorandum reads:
Mary Larimer Died Died Dec 28 1770, aged 66 years.
Robert Larimer died May 28th 1772 aged 69 years.
William Larimer, son of Robert and Mary Larimer was born 18th of December, 1742.
William Larimer and Jane King were married December 3rd 1762.
Robert Larimer was born July 4th 1765 and died July 15th.
Victor Larimer was born August 16th 1767 and died July 13th 1837.
Mary Larimer was born May 31st 1771 and was married to Samuel McConaughy, February 1795.
William Larimer died September 13th 1775.
Jane King Larimer died Oct. 19th 1819.
Mary Larimer McConaughy died April 17th 1845.
Samuel McConaughy was born May 2nd 1769 and died April 11th 1851.
Georgetown Ohio, August 20th 1856 [signed] Nancy King McConaughy
This is followed by the usual Bible record:
Samuel McConaughy was married to Mary Larimer on Feb. 17th 1795.
Jane Maria, their oldest daughter, was married to Doct. George Bartlett Bailey on Nov. 4th 1819.
William Larimer McConaughy was married to Jane Moffit (or Maffit) McIlheney on April 22nd 1824(?)
Samuel McConaughy was married to Katherine McIlheney on Jan. 6th 1825.
Eliza McConaughy was married to Archibald Parker Evans on March 12th 1854.
Sally Ann McConaughy was married to David Ferrier on Nov. 6th 1834.
Samuel McConaughy, oldest son of Sam'l and Mary McConaughy, was born Sep 9th 1796.
William Larimer McConaughy was born January 27th 1799.
Jane Maria McConaughy was born March 23rd 1802.
Eliza McConaughy born Aug. 11th 1804.
Margret and Mary McConaughy (twin daughters) born Oct 11th 1806.
Nancy King McConaughy born Oct.18th 1808.
Sarah Ann McConaughy was born July 27th 1811.
Samuel McConaughy died April 11th 1831.
Eliza Evans died September 10th 1846.
David Ferrier died May 24th 1850. [inserted] born May 14 1796.
Mary McConaughy died April 17th 1845.
DAVID FERRIER BIBLE
Published by J. Emory and B. Waugh, New York
David Ferrier was born March 14th, 1796.
Jane Ryan was born March 15th 1806.
David Ferrier and Jane Ryan were married March 25th 1824.
William S. Ferrier was born May 17th 1825.
James D. Ferrier was born January 23rd 1827.
David Ferrier was born April 20th 1829.
Eliza Jane Ferrier was born July 8th 1830.
John Ferrier was born January 5th 1833.
David Ferrier, son of David and Jane Ferrier, died June 1st 1829.
Eliza Jane Ferrier, daughter of David and Jane Ferrier, died January 8th 1833.
James D. Ferrier, son of David and Jane Ferrier, died January 10th 1833.
Jane Ferrier, wife of David Ferrier, died January 12th 1833.
David Ferrier died May 23rd 1850.
John Ferrier, son of David and Jane Ferrier, died December 2nd 1853.
William S. Ferrier, son of David and Jane Ferrier, died at Charlestown, Indiana,
Saturday February 3rd, 1912.
David Ferrier and Sarah Ann McConaughy were married November 6th 1834.
James Ferrier, son of David and Sarah Ann Ferrier was born February 28th 1836.
Mary Ferrier was born June 10th 1839.
David Ferrier was born March 26th 1841.
Samuel Ferrier was born October 13th 1843.
George Ferrier was born July 30th 1846.
Mary Ferrier died September 22nd 1841.
[It is interesting to note that much of the above information was written by only two persons, so it is possible that it was copied from some other source or the entries were made at one time. For example, the entries of the first family of David are in the handwriting of one person, while the entries relating to the second family and the death of the "first" David are in another handwriting. The recording of the deaths of John and William C. were made by James Ferrier, the first-born of the second marriage. This transcription was made and compared with the original data by Marc L. Liston, grandson of the above James Ferrier, February 18th 1862.]
Ruth Strattan Cummins
21 Tomkins Street
Cortland, NY 13045********* * **
Pedigree by Ruth Strattan Cummins
16 Andrew Ferrier
b. 1738 Ire-d 1792, Mifflin Co, PA 8. John Ferrier
m. 24 April 1758 York Co, PAb. 17 Nov 1760 York Co PA
17 Jean Marlind. 1803 Juniata Co PA
b. ca 1740 Ire - d. ca 1792 PAm. before 1785
18?Thompson9. Anna Thompson
b. bef 1767d. 1834 IL
19?Thompson wife.(near the IN line)
m/2 John Bell - to Brown Co OH
20 Samuel McConaughy
b. 1723d. 1802 Gettysburg, PA10. Samuel McConaughy
m/129 Aug 1749m/2 aft 1787b. 2 May 1769
21 Jane Buchanand. 11 Apr 1851
b. ?d. 1787 Gettysburg, PAm. 17 Feb 1795
22 William Larimer
b. 1742d. 1773 m. 3 Dec 176211. Mary Larimer
23. Jane (Jean) Kingb. 31 may 1771
b. 1746d. 1818d. 17 Apr 1843
24. Jacob Arnold
b. 1771RId. ca 1816 Ham. Co OH12. Albert Gallatin Arnold
m. ca 1797 r Dutchess Co NYb. 1802 NY - d. aft Dec 1852
25. Sarah KippCollege Hill, Hamilton Co OH
b.?d.?OHm. ca 1827r Hamilton Co OH
26. Solomon Howard
b. 1761 CTd. 1834 Hamilton Co OH13. Anna M. Howard
m. 6 Nov 1783Lyme NHb. 1809/10 OH
27. Anna Careyd.?
b. 1765CTd. 1854 Hamilton Co OH
28?Bard14. John Bard
b. 20 Feb 1797 NY - d. 28 Jan 1830
29.?Hamilton Co OH
m. 22 Nov 1818 Cincinnati OH
30. ?Forshar. Cincinnati, Hamilton Co OH
31.Deborah Mead?15. Mary Ann Forsha(m/2 Stevens)
b. 1775CTd. 1855 OHb. 8 Feb 1799 Westchester Co NY
d. 9 Aug 1878 OH (?)
4. David Ferrier
b. 14 Mar 17962. George Bartlett Ferrier
d. 23 May 1850 Brown Co OHb. 30 July 1846
m/1 25 mar 1824 Jane Ryand. 10 July 1920 Burl. Co NJ
m/2 6 Nov 1834Brown Co OHm. 25 June 1874 Columbus IN
5. Sarah Ann McConaughy1. Deborah Heaton Ferrier (Mother of Compiler)
b. 27 July 1811b. 15 July 1878 Burlington Co NJ
d. 22 Aug 1962 Cortland NY
m. 20 Nov 1913 Burlington Co NJ
(Husband- George Edmund Strattan)
6. Alfred Bartlett Arnold
b. 1827 College Hill OH3. Carrie Joella Arnold
d. 13 July 1892 Burl. Co NJb. 7 May 1853 College Hill OH
m. 3 Sep 1851 Hamilton Co OHd. 9 May 1937 Burlington Co NJ
7. Deborah Ann Bard
b. 1 Aug 1830 Cincinnati OH
d. July 1876 Clark Co IN
1790 Census, PA, Mifflin County, PA
John over 16 plus one more male
Wife - Anna plus a daughter.
1830 Census, Brown County, OH Pleasant Twp, Image 17